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Star Trek Divergence: This Isn’t Your Father’s Star Trek

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSThis week we talk about the Divergence in Star Trek and how the franchise grew from it. We also have images from Comic Con from Amanda Blain, Calvin Lee, and more! I also talk about the HP Pavillion x360, ToughTested USB Charger and the issues I had with copyright when trying to do this Facebook Live Video! Morning Geeks! Episode 13 show notes: – Goodbye Gary Marshall We start on a somber note as we pay tribute to a geek of film, Gary Marshall. This man shaped our viewing habits in so many ways. From Dick Van Dyke Show, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, to Pretty Woman, the new Odd Couple, and even the upcoming movie called “Mother’s Day”. There is a bad joke out there saying Scott Baio took him over the line after the announcement that he will be...

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Hulu Plus with No Ads AND Showtime?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSWhenever someone says “Hulu”, people turn and complain about the ads. They have some of the best new content from major networks like ABC, NBC and FOX. But will the enticement of ad-free content, EPIX movies and Showtime bring you over to the service? EPIX Moving from Netflix to Hulu Plus Keep in mind I am saying “Hulu Plus” here. If you use the free Hulu service, you might not get this content. Nonetheless, on August 30th it was announced that Netflix will be losing the movie content from EPIX on September 30th. The next day Hulu Plus announced they signed a contract with EPIX to deliver content to their service. No word on how you will be able to watch the movies in their library just yet, but definitely a hard blow in the Netflix library. Still, Netflix has a lot of great...

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs. Fire TV: A Two TV Solution Under $200

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSEarlier this year Amazon announced the FireTV – a competitor to the Roku and Apple TV. Doubling the specs of both devices, this became my goto choice for over the top television. Now, Amazon has come out with their lower cost version in the Fire TV Stick – mostly to compete with Chromecast and Roku Stick. This $40 device plugs right into your HDMI port in the TV, with a combined power USB cable which – depending on the TV you own – can be powered right through the USB port for a cord-free TV. Before we accellerate on the subject: keep in mind you DO NOT need an Amazon Prime subscription to own or use Fire TV. It does enhance the experience with more content. You can easily just run Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other apps on Fire TV but I invite you...

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Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast – the Throwdown II

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSLast year when the Chromecast came out, I wanted to highlight the pros and cons of the top set top box devices. That included the Apple TV and Roku. What I called the Throwdown. Yesterday, Amazon announced their entry into the streaming box market. Their set top box made a big splash with the community. Faster than the other media boxes, the Fire TV also plans to compete with the gaming market and an additional wireless controller system. Therefore, I had to bring the competitors back for… The Set Top Box Throwdown II Amazon Fire TV If you have an Amazon Prime account and want to use it more, this box is for you. The Fire TV is  the larger of the four – at 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches. Inside the box is a Snapdragon quad-core processor – just like your Android smartphone...

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Amazon Fire TV: What This Streaming Device Needs to Win

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Did you get fooled today? Lots of April Fools jokes out there, so make sure you read through the whole article before you buy into it. Finished all the SXSW videos this last week except for one (and there is a reason why – more later). Now it’s time to get ready for NAB! I’ll be heading out on Friday. Last night was a laid back one for TWIGG. Luke and I talked about Android Wearables and how that affects Google Glass. We also debuted Chroma-key shirt, and debuted the Glass app – Beetlejuice. Download the code here Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – Stitcher – YouTube You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 – This...

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Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu Plus – the Throwdown

This week, Amazon mentioned they may be raising the yearly fee by up to $40. This would make the Amazon Prime service $120 a year, or about $10 a month. Netflix and Hulu Plus have their service for $8 a month. While Amazon offers more to their Prime service, is it worth keeping with the price increase. Better yet, if you only had $10 / month to spend on a service, which one would you buy? The Good and Bad of Netflix Netflix has a streaming service and a DVD rental service. They used to be one entity, but were split into two, with hopes to sell the DVD rental side. Once Qwikster fell apart, the company focused on the streaming — especially TV shows. Netflix is great for TV enthusiasts and kids. There are a ton of shows they can watch over and over again. I have...

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Facebook Wants to Give Your Credit Cards to 3rd Party Apps

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS It’s grilling season for me – inherited a gas grill that needed a little bit of TLC. The end result is I am grilling everything. No TWIGG this week, next week Kathi Browne will be joining us. I will be trying out Google Hangouts Live Q&A to see how this will play into future recordings. I’m using a new mixer for this episode of Geek Smack. The Monoprice 615808 pro audio 8-channel mixer. Tell me what you think of the sound. 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 Smack! episode 275 Tech News:

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Apple iPhone 5S/5C Event: Which Phone is Worth It?

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS On Monday, I helped my brothers rebuild the back porch and access ramp so my Dad can come home from the nursing home. Of course we decided to do it on one of the hottest days in the summer. Today, I hurt! I did record TWIGG last night but was too exhausted to post, so I’ll probably post during the Apple announcement. 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 Smack! episode 273 Tech News: Microsoft Invite -New Surface coming soon XBox Music -Microsoft is expanding their music service Glass XE9 – Music Identification, Vignettes and other features Udacity – Open Education Alliance with AT&T,...

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Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Chromecast – It’s a Throwdown!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSA few weeks ago, Google came out with their newest streaming media device in Chromecast. An HDMI dongle that plugs into the back of your TV to watch applications such as Netflix, YouTube and more. In the meantime, the Parks Associates just released a report stating Roku has 37% share to Apple TVs 24% in the market. So which one do you want to get? Today, I am going to show you these three set top boxes along with their advantages and disadvantages.Then you can make an informed decision to purchase the set top box of your choice. Other Streaming Media First of all I want to state there are many other set top boxes out there. From Boxee, Western Digital and Sony to even gaming systems PS4, XBox One and Nintendo Wii. Certain DVD and Blu-Ray players also come with apps installed and...

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Texting and Driving Leading Cause of Teen Automobile Deaths

Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Two weeks done on the 10,000 step challenge. Today is going to hit the 80’s so I’m racing to get this episode done and enjoy the warmer weather. Thanks to all who have been watching! 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 Smack! episode 262 Tech News: Samsung Powers Up Getting ready for 5G speeds with a new tower HTC First Gone Facebook phone on AT&T was nixed Amazon Coin Kindle Fire users getting new ways to purchase apps and more. Google, Microsoft Drives Both increase their free services for more storage 75% Android 3 out of 4 smartphones run Android. Doesn’t mean that...