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My Gaming Pick of The Week: Fist of Awesome

Every week, I will try and bring you a game that I think you should check out. This week, I have chosen a game called Fist of Awesome. This is essentially a beat-em-up game. You play the time-travelling lumberjack Tim Burr(cue impending rim shot). He is on a mission to correct the timeline by punching bears (and other animals) in the face and save humanity. You can punch, kick, and do a jumping kick.  However, tapping and holding on a second of the screen releases the special move known as the fist of awesome.  You have a main story mode (with the above plot). You also have an arena mode, where you have to kill as many bears as possible in the alloted time. The reason that I picked this game is because it reminds me of the golden age of beat-em-ups in the early 1990s. It reminds...

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HP Multifunction Color Laser Printer: HP MFP-M177fw

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSToday I take a look at a sun $300 color laser printer that is also a scanner, fax, copier, built in apps, and more. The HP MFP M177fw is a multifunction color laser for the small to medium business. I took this printer through its paces. HP ePrinter Apps The M177fw comes with an app store. An MSNBC app prints out daily news and coupons. Not bad, but a tablet could do the same thing. Other apps allow you to print crossword puzzles, comics, planner information, coupons, and games for the kids to play. Out of all, the greeting card app seems to be the one to use most. Everything else can be done on tablet. Get the HP MFP M177fw at Amazon The Good: HP MFP M177fw The quad-toner color laser printer sends high-quality prints from your computer, tablet or smarphone. With the...

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Ford Traffic Tamer App Challenge to Help Reduce Road Congestion

Over the years, I have talked with K. Venkatesh Prasad about Ford’s open source initiative. Today, I was invited to talk with the group over a Google Hangout on the Traffic Tamer app challenge. This is a contest for the open source community to help mash data up and open streets. The challenge is to build hardware and software that can help reduce congestion in urban areas. Whether it be an app that avoids a traffic incident, a reroute if there is a situation, community ride sharing or another new idea, you will be able to submit for a chance at $10,000. Anyone can register. Maybe you are not a coder — that is OK. Put an idea together and post your ideas. You can find others that might also are interested in the idea and could turn it to reality. Ford also works with TechShop to help build...

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Is Uber Responsible for a Child’s Death?

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS This week was simply a catch up week as I have to make CES videos and post them to TPN.TV. Of course we’re in the middle of the polar vortex and doing anything this week is a lot tougher. iPad365 started back up this week with Call of Duty Strike Team. Also had a great TWIGG last night with Luke Wallace. Still planning to head to Vegas for Tech Cocktail, but I need your help with travel. If you can help, let me know! Use the Amazon link or B&H link. Congrats to Rob Greenlee, the new CTO at PodcastOne. Bringing Bloggers onto the site. Looking for more people that want to help grow Geekazine. If interested in starting your own blog, let me know! Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts...

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Why The Free-to-Play Model Has Become Popular

Everyone loves a good freebie. Because of this, a model of pricing for games called free-to-play has really taken off as of late. The idea is that you can download a game and start playing it for free. However, a developer also gives you the ability to buy certain things using real money to aid your progress in a game or unlock extra features.  To better illustrate it, let’s take a look at an example. On the recently released Killer Instinct for XBox One, the Double Helix Games and Microsoft operate a free-to-play model. You can download the “Round One”/basic package, which gives you one of the characters available for free, which rotates between the 8 available.  This also gets you all the game modes as well, so that’s quite a generous offering. You can also pay more to get all eight characters and the classic version. (The...

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What Technology is Coming This Year – CES 2014 Roundup

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Although I did not get symptoms other than this cough, I guess I came down with something from CES. No biggie. Gotta keep moving, right? Very in-depth TWIGG episode last night. We talked about if Google Glass can handle itself with the upcoming wave of wearable tech. Lots of great news as we caught up from a 4 week break. Temperatures are cold here but at least the sun is out. I spent all last night getting my desktop back up and running from the crash it gave right before CES. May need to get a new PC. Great news — I’ll be heading back to Vegas next month, but looking for a sponsor to cover travel. More in the episode. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can...

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Chevy Turns the Car into a Full Wifi Hotspot, Adds App Shop

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSWhile at CES, I stopped by the Chevy booth where I found the Hotspot car. This is a Chevy vehicle using the OnStar system to turn your car into a full hotspot. Your car even has its own phone number! Chevy also showed off their app shop — an app enabled store where you can get automobile-centric apps like Pandora, Glympse and even Priceline.com (if you need to find a hotel). Chevy has 12 apps right now with more coming. Chevy also has an open API for developers to program with. Chevy will include these features in all 2015 vehicles. [cessponsor]

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Vuzix M100 Smart Glass for Industrial, Medical, Personal Use

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSObviously, I own Google Glass. Vuzix has their very own wearable modern technology in the Vuzix M100 Smart Glass. I had to see exactly what their glass was different from mine. Vuzix has been around for years with wearable technology. Their M720 is a headset you can use to watch video and not disturb people around you. So when they got into the Glass market, it was a perfect fit. Tailored toward commercial or business usage, the M100 snaps into a pair of security eye protections so you could use them and remain safeguarded. The M100 is an Android based wearable that can track occasions, check product, take photos and video, manage calendars, and much more. The M100 also works for personal use. Attach to a pair of glasses and you can use it like any bluetooth headset, adding photo and video support. [cessponsor]

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Did Google Buy Nest to Spy on You?

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Lots to talk about on CES and the Downtown Las Vegas startup project that Tony Hsieh is working on. I will be going back to Vegas for Tech Cocktail next month, which already have plans to really rock it out. CES was another success as we pulled out about 250 videos. Now I have to get to processing those, but my main PC died. Looking for people who will help in getting a new machine for video editing and I have some great sponsor opportunities because of it. TWIGG will start back up next week, as will iPad365. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek...

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Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Las Vegas Project: New Startup City?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSTwo months ago, I got to hear Tony Hsieh of Zappos talk about his new project – the takeover of Vegas City Center and the revitalization of the 500+ blocks of Freemont street for startups. Since I am here for CES, I had some time to visit the park and learn a little more about his idea. What I didn’t expect was open arms and 36 hours of hanging with some new friends. I met Lindsay and Mike at CES. They were pushing PWRglass – a battery for your Google Glass. We did a quick interview and with the bustle of CES, they moved on in the distance. On Sunday, I stopped by Zappos and Container park to find out more on the shops who got approved to be there. Many fashion, some food and a lot more. Kids playing in the playground, music...