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TravAlarm Alerts if Problems Arise – Disrupt NY 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI have officially switched to my phone as an alarm clock (when I need it). Its easy to set and the alarm wakes me up. TravAlarm said that was not enough, so they made a smart alarm system. Imagine your alarm clock goes off a half hour earlier. You look at your phone and read there is a problem on the 101 or your city got 5-6 inches of snow. Now you can make better choices to start your day or just call in and not go to work. TravAlarm also will set alarms for you bus and train riders. If you fall asleep on the ride there, TravAlarm will wake you up with music before you miss your stop. TravAlarm is available for the Android with an iOS app soon. Check out TravAlarm.com for more info.   Advertisements

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TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Recap

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI got into New York at about 10 AM and headed right to the event. Hackers have been working over the last 24 hours. I am sad I couldn’t get to watch them in action but happy I got to see the end results during the hackathon. The presentation itself was well done. They only had 60 seconds to present and the MCs kept them to that – only giving extra time to technical issues. Some presenters were well oiled machines while others didn’t do that well. A couple presented a pitch but didn’t show a product. In a Hackathon you have to show your work at the end. I heard some tweets where presenters were not allowed to show their hack because of the rating of their presentation. This was to avoid the problems from last year presentations. There are several...

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Download a Free EA PC Game from Origin’s “On The House”

I know that a lot of you love a freebie, so you are going to like this one! EA have recently started a new promotion on their Origin Store called “On The House”. Essentially, the way this works is that EA make a PC game availalbe for free for a limited time.  At this time, the game that’s currently on offer is Dead Space. As far as I know, there is no catch here. The games in the promotion are not demos or betas. These are the full games. Once you have claimed your game it’s yours to keep. If you have not done so already, then you can create your Origin/EA account, and get your free game. Again, each game will not be free for a long time, so I would recommend jumping on each offer as soon as possible. That said, once claimed it, you can...

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Motorola Droid Maxx vs. Motorola Moto-X – Android Throwdown

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThere are a lot of Android, Windows and iOS phones out on the market. Old and new, it gets really confusing to try and find a phone that will work for you. I talked with the folks at Verizon and they agree – they want to get you a phone that works for your needs. That is why we are running a series of videos putting different phones together. I will be talking their good points and bad. In this video, I take the larger Motorola Droid Maxx and pit it with the Motorola Moto X. Both phones will go through a few tests with battery and software usage. I’ll report on their results. Motorola Droid Maxx The price right now is $99.99 with 2 year contract or $499 out of contract. But this Android device is really for those of you...

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EA Announces the Madden NFL 15 Release Date

Get ready to take to the grid iron! EA has announced that they will be releasing Madden NFL 15 on 29th August. The game will be coming to XBox One, XBox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. You can check out the teaser trailer below.

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Livestream HD510 Live Production Streaming PC – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn this portable world we sometimes have to be ready to move when needed. Sometimes you are recording a hall, the next day you are in a small club getting that new up and coming band. That is why you need a portable solution such as the Livestream HD510. A new sleek design and combination of SDI and HDMI inputs, you will be able to set up a one – or multiple camera shoot. The HD510 also has a built-in 17″ LCD touch screen that flips up for quick use. The Livestream HD510 is built on a Core-i7 3.2GHz processor with 1 TB hard drive and 8 GB RAM. 5 HDMI/SDI inputs and 2 remote cameras give you up to 7 points to shoot from. Add on the optional Studion Surface controller pad for a full production switcher – or just use the...

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A More In-Depth Look at Amazon FireTV

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Lots of great stuff this week as I prepare for NYC and TechCrunch Disrupt. Finishing up the NAB videos this week. Also catching up on some products I had in the wings for a couple months. The studio is getting a spring cleaning so it may look a little different. My office is a mess with boxes and gear I set to the side. I can barely walk through the room anymore! Still waiting on the Aereo vs ABC supreme court ruling. I’ll keep you updated if anything changes. TWIGG was awesome last night but I am having a hard time trying to really understand Google Hangouts. The service took my microphone sound and clipped it. Since I can’t hear my own voice, I had no idea until it posted. I’ll have it fixed by next show. Thanks to all that emailed...

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DPA d:fine Headset Microphones – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI am always looking for a good microphone to create content with. Recently I ditched the big microphone for most of my video content with a headset mic. I might just be switching again as I checked out the DPA Microphones d:fine series. The d:fine headsets have one big advantage over some of the others on the market – the earpiece isn’t a solid piece of metal. In fact, the DPA d:fine has an interesting curly-q design (I was calling a pig tail). The flexible hook allows to go over anybody’s ear comfortably. Get DPA d:fine microphones at Amazon You can get the d:fine series in 4088 directional or 4066 omnidirectional capsules. The boom arm is completely adjustable and removeable from the ear mount and cable. What this does is allows you to easily adjust the boom (even move the boom from...

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One Man Crew Camera Slider with Tablet Control – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhen I set up my home studio I tried to find ways to make my cameras work better for me. I thought a slider would be a fun addition – at the time there were no tablets and anything remote controlled would cost an arm and a leg. When I saw Redrock Micro’s One Man Crew, I knew I found something I could use at a decent price. Keep in mind the slider is still $1,495. If you can afford one it will add movement via the camera so you are not in the same static talking head pattern. Even the slightest movement can really help in the production and storytelling. Get the One Man Crew at B&H Photo This device also allows you to set up some great time-lapses. Set the slider to the slowest movement and hit the record button....

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Streambox Video Streaming Service with Google Glass App: NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI checked out Streambox, an alternate live stream service for those looking to stream an event. They have services for everyone from the podcaster to those expecting thousands of views. For simple streaming, Streambox has the iOS and Android app that can turn a phone or iPad into its own camera. Of course you can always use a computer and streaming software to send video to the masses. An embed code will allow you to post on your website or other locations. Streambox also has broadcast production gear including the Avenir Mini 2 – a HD/SD encoder with network bonding. You will be able to connect to Wifi, 3G, 4G, and Ethernet to get the strongest and most reliable signal possible. To help you understand the signal better, Streambox also has a Google Glass app available. This app is for the cameraman...

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