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Watson - PitStop Meetup - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-04

In this second part of a two-part PitStop Meetup, we move to Watson, IBM's deep learning and cognitive reasoning technology. The experts discuss several different fields where Watson could improve life. This is the tech that not only has solved problems in the healthcare and finance industries, but has given us amazing food concoctions out of the by using cognitive cooking.

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Internet of Things - PitStop Meetup - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-04

In this first part of a two-part PitStop Meetup, the Internet of things was the point of conversation. From the estimated 20 billion possible connected devices to how to actually use the data these devices are giving you, it was definitely an interesting discussion. Where are we now? What is the future of our data and devices? All of that is talked about in this segment.

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Attendee Reactions - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-04

In this short video from IBM Innovate 2014, we wanted to ask a few attendees what they thought about the convention and what they learned or hoped to take away from it. For Nick, while there was no 3D printer to take away, there is butternut squash BBQ sauce on the horizon!

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Part 3 - Internet of Things Discussion - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Ryan Boyles, Michael Rowe and Veronica Belmont sit down to have a quick, free-form discussion about the Internet of things. They dissect the "creepy vs. magic" factor about a lot of the technologies they follow for both their jobs and their sheer love for technology and gadgets. Drones, connected cars and Disney's ever-watching eye are all topics of conversation in this three-part discussion.

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Part 2 - Internet of Things Discussion - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Ryan Boyles, Michael Rowe and Veronica Belmont sit down to have a quick, free-form discussion about the Internet of things. They dissect the "creepy vs. magic" factor about a lot of the technologies they follow for both their jobs and their sheer love for technology and gadgets. Drones, connected cars and Disney's ever-watching eye are all topics of conversation in this three-part discussion.

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Part 1 - Internet of Things Discussion - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Ryan Boyles, Michael Rowe and Veronica Belmont sit down to have a quick, free-form discussion about the Internet of things. They dissect the "creepy vs. magic" factor about a lot of the technologies they follow for both their jobs and their sheer love for technology and gadgets. Drones, connected cars and Disney's ever-watching eye are all topics of conversation in this three-part discussion.

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FRC Team 1649 EMS - PitStop Meetup - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Long standing fans of our shows and events will know that seeing a FIRST team at IBM Innovate 2014 was quite refreshing for Nick! FRC Team 1649 EMS was the center of attention for a PitStop Meetup hosted by Veronica Belmont. The team discussed its recent successes in the past two seasons of FIRST competitions and some of the members talked about their plans after high school, which include wanting to become an engineer. There is a lot of crossover between robotics and software development, and that point is really driven home by this panel.

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Sky Matthews - Connected Car, Jaguar F-Type - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

A seat in a custom Jaguar F-Type led us to speaking with Sky Matthews about the connected car and the Internet of things. Expanding beyond just a buzzword from a few years ago, Matthews digs deep into what the future could hold for all connected devices around the planet. He also talks about the Jaguar and the potential of what it can do. From advanced notifications about traffic and weather conditions, to giving you real-time information about things happening inside your house or place of work, your car could have the potential to be just one of many devices providing you with useful information at all times.

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Clinton Bonner - topcoder - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

topcoder has been around longer than most "Top" shows you might have seen on TV and in fact, has over 600,000 people signed up to the site from all over the world. Their mission? To compete in challenges in different aspects of software design. The site also has a community aspect where members improve their skills, demonstrate and gain reward for their expertise, and provide the industry with objective insight on new and emerging technologies.

One of the cool things about topcoder is that the site launches challenges that require an extremely fast turnaround. So fast that they actually launched one during IBM Innovate 2014 that lasted only 22 hours. The task was to work with a Twitter data scraper to create beautiful and useful experience. Developers everywhere took this challenge head-on and the results of their efforts were very impressive!

Clinton Bonner from topcoder talks about all of that, as well as some really cool things the site's members have created.

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Gene Kim - The Phoenix Project - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Gene Kim, former CTO of Tripwire, and author and researcher of "The Phoenix Project" was gracious enough to talk with us at IBM Innovate 2014, where he was a special guest and keynote speaker. Kim dives into a few different points of his reasons for being at Innovate, along with a couple of funny anecdotes and comparisons.

Kim also touches on the principles of developer operations and says that his passion is to turn horses into unicorns, something you have to listen to in order to understand what he means.

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Meg Swanson - BlueMix Overview - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-03

Meg Swanson, Marketing Director with IBM's BlueMix cloud-based development platform, talks with us before the show floor opens for the day about BlueMix as a whole. She gives a brief overview and then gives a call to action for developers who might be interested to try out the software. In this segment, Swanson says that BlueMix has been really well received by almost everyone who has tried it, with IBM's support team rapidly making requested features and changes available to developers based on dev feedback.

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Cloud Discussion - PitStop Meetup - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-02

At IBM Innovate 2014 in Orlando, FL, the crew sits in and records a quick panel on some information regarding cloud computing and the IBM platforms.

A team of experts discuss different aspects of the cloud, including things like security and deployment. The panel was hosted by celebrity tech enthusiast Veronica Belmont.

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Tom Banks - Liberty Speedway and RC Cars - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-02

In this interview, Nick talks to Tom Banks, the Technical Evangelist for WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile. Tom might have the coolest job, as he tries to find new and innovative ways to show off IBM technologies to the masses and has done so with a car that can be driven via your smartphone.

The car has sensors to prevent it from crashing, speed limiters and more, and it is all run off of Raspberry Pi. The application is so compact that it only takes up a small percentage of the resources of the mini-computer.

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Sanjay Joshi - Cloud Development with BlueMix - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-02

Nick talks with Sanjay Joshi with jStart Cloud Projects and Client Outreach - Emerging Technologies Software Group IBM. In this discussion, Joshi speaks on designing secure applications in IBM's new platform-as-a-service, BlueMix.

Sanjay also touches upon some interesting projects he's working on and things to watch for.

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Veronica Belmont - Cloud PitStop - IBM Innovate 2014, Orlando, FL

2014-06-02

At IBM Innovate 2014 in Orlando, FL, the crew sits in and records a quick panel on some information regarding cloud computing and the IBM platforms.

A team of experts discuss different aspects of the cloud, including things like security and deployment. The panel was hosted by celebrity tech enthusiast Veronica Belmont.

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Jason Michael Paul - rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes - Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL

2014-04-19

Scott Ertz from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology sat down with Jason Michael Paul, executive producer of rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, a live-orchestrated video game symphony. The show made its North American premiere at historic Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, FL, performed by the Florida Orchestra. The two discuss Paul's beginnings, his influences and how this wonderful show came together. For more information or to see if rePLAY is playing in a town near you, visit replay-symphony.com.

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Wayne Rasenen - Tampa Bay Inventors' Council - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Wayne Rasenen of the Tampa Bay Inventors' Council. He talks about the organizations goals and participation in the local maker community. He also shows off his own invention, a new keyboard which only requires 10 keys, designed for mobile use. #gcmakers

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Teresa Emmons - Bait Dipper - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Teresa Emmons of Bait Dipper. She discusses the features of her invention, which is a bait bucket that makes it easier to get to your bait without getting your hands all wet. She also talks about the process by which she developed her idea into a product. #gcmakers

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Brian Johnson - Johnson Arms Props - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Brian Johnson of Johnson Arms Props. He discusses his replica props, his process and how the details can make the prop come to life. Brian's focus in the prop world is painting, which he says can make the difference between okay and great. #gcmakers

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Jason Rawley - Fireblade Comics - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Jason Rawley of Fireblade Comics. He discusses his replica props, his process and how new technology like 3D printers have changed the game. #gcmakers

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Bryan Gallo - USF Robotics Interest Group - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Bryan Gallo from the University of South Florida Robotics Interest Group. He talks about the various aspects of robotics, including the Battlebot competition that was run here at MakerCon. #omgrobots #gcmakers

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Chuck Stephens - Local Maker - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Chuck Stephens, a local maker. Chuck is a true tinkerer and he talks about the maker movement, what he enjoys in the space and why makers are so important. Chuck also dives into the collaboration aspect of making and the local drive to bring people together. #gcmakers

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Lance Eppley - Free Fab 3D - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Lance Eppley of Free Fab 3D. Lance talks about the company and why it's so interesting. Free Fab 3D made a 3D printer, from a 3D printer. In fact, the printer can make gears, adjustable wrenches and even parts for the 3D printer. The crew at F5 said they wanted to leave Gulf Coast MakerCon with a 3D printer and Free Fab 3D actually brought one to their table. Will they walk away with it? #gcmakers

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Mo Eppley - NerdTag.Me - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Mo Eppley of NerdTag.me. Mo discusses what NerdTag.Me is all about and how it came to be. The company makes various pop culture items. Each tag is custom-designed and printed by a 3D printing robot. #gcmakers

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Marissa Scheireck - FTC Team 2845 Team Duct Tape - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Marissa Scheireck of FTC Team 2845 - Team Duct Tape. Marissa discusses how she got into FIRST, starting with Lego League, and working her way into the FIRST Tech Challenge, and her team's season. She also discusses her other group, the ASCII Warriors, a programming club currently competing in the Microsoft Imagine Cup. #gcmakers #omgrobots

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F5 Live Event Experiences - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology discuss their combined experiences at the event. When one room can hold robots, replica props and digital music, there is likely to be a lot of great experiences to discuss. #gcmakers

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Kanad Sarkar - FTC Teacm 6433 Neutrinos - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Kanad Sarkar of FTC Team 6433 - Neutrinos. He discusses his time in the FIRST Robotics organization, his team's season so far and his plans post-season. #gcmakers #omgrobots

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Jon Adair - Tampa Hacker Space - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Jon Adair of the Tampa Hacker Space. The organization is designed to give makers of all kinds an opportunity to use equipment that they might not be able to afford on their own, while fostering the ideals of the maker movement. #gcmakers

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Cameron Eckelberry - The Digital Berry-Bot - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Cameron Eckelberry, a digital artist who goes by the name The Digital Berry-Bot. He discusses how he got into music, why he does it and his inspirations. He also talks about his entertaining live performance style. #gcmakers

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Teresa Morales - Sarasota Scientific Instruments - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Teresa Morales of Sarasota Scientific Instruments. A certified teacher, Teresa works with schools, home schooling and educational organizations to help bring science to life by bringing equipment and experiments to them. #gcmakers

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Terri Willingham - Life Unlimited - Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014

2014-04-05

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Terri Willingham, Event Coordinator for Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014. Her organization, Life Unlimited, organized the event to help promote the growing maker movement within Tampa, Florida. The 3rd annual event has grown in popularity each year, with 2014 being the first 2-day event, also moving to the Fairgrounds. Terri discusses why the maker movement is so important to Tampa. #gcmakers

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FTC Team 7477 Super 7 - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Nikhil Chittaluru and Varadha Anandakumar of FTC Team 7477 - Super 7. They discuss their experiences in FLL (FIRST Lego League), their transition to FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) and their reactions to FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition). #omgrobots

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Terri Willingham - FIRST in Central Florida - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Terri Willingham, Regional Director of FIRST in Central Florida. They discuss her involvement in and the state of the FIRST program, both in Florida and worldwide. They also discuss how anyone who is interested in getting involved in the program can, whether an alumni or not. #omgrobots

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Michael Holman - Team 1902 Exploding Bacon - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Michael Holman, Mentor for FRC Team 1902 - Exploding Bacon and Electronic Arts employee. They discuss EA's participation in FIRST, including their sponsorship of his kids' team. They also talk about the team, its challenges and their odd and wonderful dedication to their brand, as well as the overall feeling of FIRST and why it is so important for the program to be well-funded and well-received. #omgrobots

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F5 Live Competition Reactions - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology discuss their combined reactions to the competition, the game and the coverage so far. Drawing on 15+ years of reference material, Scott speaks about the differences between the game then and now, while Nicholas talks about the interesting differences between FRC and FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge). #omgrobots

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Griff Pattrock - Team 4024 Jokers - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Griff Pattrock, Captain of FRC Team 4024 - Jokers. They discuss the beginning of the team, including him, as a sophomore, being the oldest member of the rookie season, as well as how season 3, this year, has been compared to their first season. They also discuss how the build process differs when you do and do not have mentors and sponsors, as well as the decision process for building this season's robot for the game. #omgrobots

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Joseph Hoot Coachman - Team 21 ComBBAT - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Joseph Hoot Coachman, Team Member of FRC Team 21 - ComBBAT. They discuss some of the team's long-standing history, along with comparing the team number to other FRC teams in the competition. They also talk about Hoot's love for robotics, how he got started and the roles and responsibilities he has on the team. Finally, Hoot tells the crew about some of the crazier things he's seen in the competition so far. #omgrobots

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Adam Behar - Team 2383 Ninjineers - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Adam Behar, Mascot of FRC Team 2383 - Ninjineers. They discuss how the Ninjineers helped out the PLuGHiTz crew at RoboCon, why team spirit and enthusiasm matter so much in the competition and some of the challenges the team has faced so far. #omgrobots

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Nicholas DiMeo - Competition Reactions - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talks about his experiences with the FIRST organization over the past 6 months. Having not grown up with the program, most of the wonders of FIRST are completely new. FRC in particular can be overwhelming to the uninitiated, but he is able to handle it like a champ! #omgrobots

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Joel Croteau - Team 5276 Edgar Allan Ohms - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Joel Croteau, Mentor of FRC Team 5276 - Edgar Allan Ohms. They discuss the nation's first known public library-based FRC team, their rookie season and the challenges of a large group spread out over large distance. They also discuss Joel's other role within FIRST, as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where he helps spread the FIRST program to low income schools. #omgrobots

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Ivy Bennett Ford - Team 2425 Hydra - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Ivy Bennett Ford, Vice President of FRC Team 2425 - Hydra, as well as the Hillsborough High School Robotics Club. They discuss the school's incredible focus on robotics, with 7 separate robotics teams, including 3 FTC teams, in addition to the FRC program. They also talk about FIRST's offerings after high school. #omgrobots

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Jason Bernstein - Team 79 Krunch - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Jason Bernstein, Vice President of FRC Team 79 - Krunch. They discuss the team's origins, early years and how this competition is going. They also talk about FIRST's offerings after high school. #omgrobots

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Greg Hale - Walt Disney Parks & Resorts - FIRST FRC Orlando Regional 2014

2014-03-14

Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo from F5 Live: Refreshing Technology talk with Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and a member of the FIRST Robotics game design team. They discuss the founding of the FIRST organization, Disney's participation in the early days of the competition and why it is still incredibly important to the company. They also talk about the New Fantasyland at Disney World Orlando, the Disney Engineering YouTube channel and the Disney accelerator program. #omgrobots

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FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Hands-On

2014-02-16

The team from FLIR brought their product to the live show, but we wanted a closer look at the technology, so we sent Chris Miller out to put his hands on this unique case.

This iPhone case has the ability to take infrared thermal imagery and combine it with standard photos to create a unique and incredibly useful picture, right on your phone.

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Canon EOS 70D - A DSLR Designed for Video

2014-02-08

Until now, no professional videographer would have considered recording video using a DSLR. The focus has never been designed for it, and the lenses and sensors are all designed to take perfect stills, with video added in as an after thought.

Canon has come out with the EOS 70D, which they describe as a game-changing DSLR. This is because it is the first time a DSLR has been designed with video as an integral feature, as opposed to added in because you can string still frames together.

Canon has released special Stepping Motor lenses and the "dual-pixel CMOS AF" sensor, both designed specifically to capture video, as opposed to stills.

Finally, the first DSLR a professional videographer can be proud to use.

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Military Grade Wearable Camera from VIEVU [Live]

2014-02-03

VIEVU is a company that manufactures heavy duty, wearable cameras. Their general target market is military and law enforcement. In fact, over 3,000 agencies in 16 markets are already using their cameras.

The acceptance rate is because of its incredibly rugged design, waterproof aluminum housing and incredible light weight. Their current models have the ability to record for 2.5 hours on a charge, rechargeable through mini USB. You can also send photos and video directly to a smartphone or upload them to a computer through the USB connection.

Just because the devices are targeted for law enforcement doesn't mean you might not be interested. Pick up a VIEVU PRO right now for around $270.

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uPnP Forum - Connecting Devices Through Standards [Live]

2014-02-03

The Universal Plug and Play forum is meant for those networking devices together, but consumers have to know that there is someone out there working on their behalf. As more devices are being networked together, from cameras to phones and even door locks, the universal ability to use those devices is important.

uPnP came by to talk about their work to ensure when you buy a wireless device, it will work with what you already have. We all know there are companies out there, such as Apple, who refuse to follow standards for as long as they can, or until the consumer revolution comes, but uPnP is trying to make it more difficult for that to happen.

Find out about all the great work the uPnP does for technology standards on their website.

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Tomorrowish Layered Screen Social DVR [Live]

2014-02-03

Most people have friends and social media contacts that post about a television show or movie as they watch it. It is so common that people who watch programs later end up disconnecting from social media for a while to prevent finding out about things ahead of time. For example, Nicholas DiMeo will go into a full social media blackout when the Giants play during the show.

But, just because you don't want to know ahead of time doesn't mean you want to miss the social engagement live viewers enjoy. That is what Tomorrowish comes in with the social media DVR. Now, you can enjoy a replay of social media as you watch pre-recorded content as if you were watching live, through a curated experience.

This layered DVR experience currently works with Hulu, TruTV and others. For more information on the technology, head over to their website and try it out.

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Siemens MiniTek Hearing Aids [Live]

2014-02-03

First discovered on the showfloor, Siemens brings their MiniTek hearing aids to the live show. As Jeffrey says, Siemens has made the hearing aid cool.

With directional microphones, Bluetooth and external audio sources, this hearing aid can, in addition to the normal case, be used as a hands-free headset for a phone and also listening to music while exercising.

If you are in need of hearing aids, this device is one to talk to your hearing specialist about.

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Scanbuy Helps People Get the Information They Need [Live]

2014-02-03

Scanbuy is a mobile engagement company who, through QR codes, Microsoft Tags, NFC and object recognition, helps people find information about the products they want. Once the information is presented, the company can use the information gathered to help manufacturers better target their products.

For example, if a particular product is consistently scanned by phones with a Spanish language option, but the product is only available in English, the manufacturer can then create a Spanish-language product or packaging option.

The company currently receives an average of 40 data points per scan, meaning there is a lot of information that the product makers can access to make their products better for consumers.

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Roocase Tablet Cases [Live]

2014-02-03

One of our more interesting interviews, Roocase showed up with a mascot - one of their Roo Girls. The company manufactures cases for electronics tablets and smartphones.

One of the useful features of the case shown off at the top of the interview is the rotating center for portrait and landscape. The rotating piece is removable, as well, allowing you to strap it to your arm for presentations or broadcasts.

In addition, we got to see an executive style portfolio case, which also features the rotating center piece. The case is removable from portfolio, again allowing for presentations, etc.

These cases are available right now, along with all of their other products.

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QardioArm and QardioCore - Maintaining Heart Health [Live]

2014-01-31

Qardio is a series of digital health products designed to help people get a handle on their heart health. Currently there are two products in the line, demonstrated live on the show.

The QardioCore, available in June for $449, is a sensor that wraps around your chest and can provide clear, comprehensible data that assists your doctor with clinical assessment leading to optimal heart-health. This can prevent constant visits to the doctor if you are having issues with your heart, while the doctor can get all of the data that is required to keep you healthy.

The QardioArm, available for $99 pre-order, is an advanced blood pressure monitoring system. The device provides accurate, trackable information on your systolic and diastolic blood pressure right on your smartphone screen.

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Polaroid Joins Tradition with Technology [Live]

2014-01-31

Everyone knows Polaroid for the original instant print cameras, but in a world of digital cameras, Polaroid has found trouble remaining the company we all know and love. Luckily, there is hope.

The Polaroid Z2300 is a new entry in the Socialmatic line of cameras which combines the tradition of instant printing with digital photography. Either printing directly from the 10MP camera or printing over Wi-Fi from another device, you can enjoy and share your physical photos immediately.

They have also gotten into the action camera game with the Polaroid XS100, a 16MP waterproof camera that can connect to and be controlled by your smartphone.

Both of these cameras are available right now.

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Brinno Time-Lapse Cameras [Live]

2014-01-30

Brinno is an HDR lime-lapse camera that has the ability to record in multiple framerates, giving the ability to record all sorts of environments. From sunrise and sunset, to conference or construction projects, whatever you want to record, this little camera can do it.

Brinno runs on only 2 AA batteries and can run up to an entire day on a single set of batteries. You can even replace the lenses to ensure you get the perfect shot.

You can pick up the Brinno TLC200 right now, and check out the other cameras the company offers.

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Pelican Vault - Whole Device Protection [Live]

2014-01-30

Pelican, a company long known for their electronics cases, has introduced a new line of mobile cases, the Vault. These cases fully enclose the device and protect it using military spec in drop tests up to 6 feet.

These full-enclosure cases are available for the iPhone and iPad mini and Air, with planned expansion into the Samsung Galaxy S5 soon. They include a built-in screen protector and also offer water, dust and shock resistance to the device.

If you live in a world, such as fire, medical, industrial, etc. where a highly protected device is essential, you can pick one of these Vault cases right now.

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OKIDOKEYS - Your phone becomes your key [Live]

2014-01-30

The race for the smart home is heating up, and OKIDOKEYS has a product to help eliminate the standard metal key. Their smart lock allows you to unlock your door with any phone using easily creatable and easily revocable keys.

This easy-to-install lock fits on top of any existing standard deadbolt, meaning there is no need to disassemble your existing lock, leaving you with the ability to still enter with your regular key. You can even add on NFC wristbands and keycards, increasing the versatility of this lock.

Whether you are a home owner, a timeshare manager or even run a pool, this lock could be for you and it is available now.

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Nixplay Eases Transition to Digital Frames [Live]

2014-01-30

We all have someone in our lives we would love to share our digital photos with, but who is just not ready for or interested in a computer. The NixPlay Cloud Frame is designed to help with that scenario, allowing you to upload photos to it remotely.

Another interesting usage is at a wedding reception. You could grant access to people from their smartphones and, as the night goes on, the frame, or frames, could constantly be receiving a stream of new photos that all can see.

One of the unique and really cool features is, if no one is in the room, the frame will turn itself off, preserving both the screen and power consumption. You can pick up one of the NixPlay Cloud frames, available now.

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News Republic - Smart News on All Platforms [Live]

2014-01-30

With over 800 publishers and availability on all major platforms, News Republic is a news application that everyone should check out. The UI is very attractive and focused on providing information that the user wants to read.

The company, Mobiles Republic, was at CES to show off the app and to attract new publishers. Using an advertising revenue sharing model, publishers might want to consider publishing through News Republic. If you are a content publisher, check out the video and contact the company. If you are a reader, download the app on whatever platform you have.

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Netatmo June - Protecting You from the Sun [Live]

2014-01-29

While it may look like a plain bracelet, that is part of the plan. Not all wearable technology needs to scream "I'm wearing technology" and the Netatmo June will keep it quiet. This device does something unique in the wearable world, too: it helps protect you from sun exposure.

Using a Bluetooth LE connection to a smartphone and a metal alloy face that looks like a crystal cut, this device can track your sun exposure and alert you to dangerous levels. The charm can also be removed from the bracelet and attached to the body or worn on a chain, as long as it has normal sun exposure.

This is great for a day at the beach, an amusement park or any vacation, when we usually forget about how long we are outside, but can be worn every day to prevent normal over exposure. June will be out just before summer, so presumably in time for June.

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Keeping Truck Drivers Healthy with Technology [Live]

2014-01-27

When you think fitness product, your probably don't go immediately to truck drivers, though perhaps it should. National surveys suggest that 86% of drivers are overweight and 57% are obese. This makes sense considering the incredibly long stints that truck drivers take on, almost entirely sitting and laying down.

An employee for Prime Inc., a trucking company, came up with his solution to the problem after personally gaining 15 pounds joining the company. The product measures small, incremental changes in the drivers and alerts them to things they need to change to maintain or improve their health.

This product is so impactful on the health of truck drivers that they received a Digital Health Award because of the average 25 pound loss per driver.

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Amps & Watts - Speakers and Batteries for Mobile Phones [Live]

2014-01-27

One of the big ideas inside of our company is that where things suck is where the opportunity for products exists. One thing that sucks is playing music out and about on your smartphone and having the phone die.

Obviously, using the phone constantly is going to drain the battery faster, and as more music moves to streaming with services like Xbox Music, that requires even more power. How can you solve this problem at the park, for example?

Amps & Watts is the answer to this question. Producing a Bluetooth speaker that also powers your phone, Amps & Watts has certainly taken the problem on head-first. And, if portability isn't your issue, they offer products in a more Hi-Fi range for home or office.

While this might not be a problem everyone has, it is common and this is the perfect solution.

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Chug Plug Powers Your Macbook for 4 Extra Hours [Live]

2014-01-27

One of the products that we found on the floor that we felt the need to bring on the live show was Lenmar's Chug Plug, the only external battery for the MacBook Air and Pro. Lenmar made a very smart move deciding to display at CES because a large percentage of their target market was on-site for the event. Because it is so relevant to the CES croud, we awarded them a TPN.tv Innovator Pick.

So, how does it work? The battery is designed and certified by Apple to connect to the magnetic power connectors on the MacBook series and can add an extra 4 hours of power to the machine. That means when you're at a coffee shop writing your "big screenplay" or your next novel, you can power your computer all day without having to wait for a power outlet to open up.

You'll be able to pick up one of these batteries for $159 when they become available.

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HeartMath Makes Handling Stress Easier with iOS [Live]

2014-01-27

Managing stress can be incredibly difficult in a modern world full of pressures. When you have HeartMath, however, managing stress becomes significantly easier. This biosensor plugs into the headphone jack on an iPhone and clips to your ear and communicates with the paired app.

Combining blood oxygenation level with pulse rate, using a special algorithm, the app is able to determine your stress level. From there, directed by an interactive on-screen dial, the app gives suggestions on breathing and muscle relaxation techniques to help you level out your emotional stress response.

If you have trouble handling stress, pick up a HeartMath sensor, available now for $99.

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FYI Watches - A Designer Smartwatch [Live]

2014-01-27

Geneva Watch Group, one of the largest designers of watches in the world, was frustrated with the lack of visual design involved in the emerging smartwatch market. Where there is something that sucks comes the inspiration for a product, and so the FYI Watch line was born.

The FYI started with visual design, creating a stunning looking watch; something for which Geneva is known. Offering several faces, bands and colors there is an attractive FYI for anyone. But, behind the beauty is a full-featured Bluetooth enabled smartwatch. Text, call and email alerts, plus a proximity alarm to let you know you are leaving your phone behind all make this smartwatch, available now, a perfect balance.

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Neat Scans Your Important Files to the Cloud [Live]

2014-01-27

Scanning paper documents is a great way to keep receipts, contracts, etc. organized and Neat has long been associated with document scanning and organizing. In fact, their product is easy enough to use that we've been using one for years.

Where do the documents get stored, though? Usually somewhere on your hard drive, meaning if the computer goes away because of theft, damage, etc. your documents go with it. You could set the Neat to scan to a OneDrive folder, but what if it could handle all of that for you?

Neat Connect: Direct to Cloud, a document scanner that scans directly to the cloud. Able to handle 15 business cards or receipts or 50 pages of regular documentation at a time, this scanner can certainly simply your home or office life.

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My ithlete Helps Determine How to Exercise [Live]

2014-01-27

Finding out how long to exercise is a challenge, even for the professionals. The team at ithlete have created a product to help you determine when you should exercise and for how long to maximize results.

For example, if you haven't slept well, an exercise session might not be as effective. Adding in the My ithlete finger sensor can even tell you what types of exercises are good at the moment. A green light suggests intense workout, red indicates more recovery time is needed.

The sensor, co-developed by the University of Sydney, and app are available now for $85.

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World Wide Web Consortium Celebrates 25 Years of the Web [Live]

2014-01-27

It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since Tim Berners-Lee wrote the first standards for what would become the World Wide Web. In the time since March 12, 1989 the rules have changed a little and the industry has changed a lot.

The W3C is now in charge of the standards that are supposed to be followed on the Web, despite their incapability to enforce those standards. In the next 25 years, as music, healthcare, media content and more go online, the W3C expects to be involved in more of the world. As more software moves to native apps, however, the Web itself is on its way out.

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MXL: Enhancing Mobile Phone Sound Recording [Live]

2014-01-27

MXL's Mobile Media microphones are designed to enhance the sound of videos recorded on a smartphone. Perry Goldstein said,

People will put up with grainy video, put up with shaky video - not centered. As soon as they can't hear, they shut it off.

It's true, too. Any time I see a video with terrible audio, I move on. This device, which plugs into the microphone jack on any phone, allows you to mount the phone and hold it with a mounted external microphone. You can also monitor the audio as it is recording.

When combined with a top-quality camera phone, like the Lumia 1020, this could be an excellent replacement for a larger consumer video camera.

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Mobile Help: The Panic Button Enhanced [Live]

2014-01-27

We've all seen the "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial, and gag, enough times to know what it is about. We've probably also all thought, "What if she had been knocked unconscious?" The answer, of course, is that she would have just laid there and no one would have known.

That is why Mobile Help is here to change the panic alert. Instead of just hitting a button when you need help, this pendant uses sensors to know if the wearer has fallen and can alert EMTs to the location of the incident.

In addition, this pendant is cellular-enabled and had a GPS tracker included, which means it will work just about anywhere you might go. This is a nice change from the ones that are tethered to your home phone.

The complete system is available now for $40 per month.

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SANUS iPad Mount and Stand [Live]

2014-01-27

SANUS, a company known for its home theater mounts, is venturing into the mobile space with the VTM1 iPad stand. This stand allows you to set the iPad upright at an angle that makes the device useful or allows you to mount the device.

Combined with the Magfit case, you can mount the iPad on a wall or under a cabinet. The stand/mount is available now at a suggested price of $119.

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Decibullz Creates Custom Earbuds at Home [Live]

2014-01-27

A lot of people have trouble finding earbuds that fit, and those who do still have issues with sound isolation and pain after a while. The alternative is custom molding, which can be expensive.

The new Decibullz Contour is a kit that allows you to create custom molded earbuds in your home for far less than the cost of a professional fitting. For only $49 you can use the special molding material, which sets in the microwave, and a silicon tip to guide the earbud into the ear.

The new kit is available for pre-order now.

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MDLive's Virtual Health System [Live]

2014-01-26

MDLive is a system of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals that can make a virtual house call. These doctors have the ability to diagnose certain issues and can even prescribe certain medications.

Between video chatting, wearable technology and location-aware applications, a local doctor can be chosen to review vital information and help people through their issues. In addition to standard physicians, therapists can also be engaged through the system.

All information is recorded and encrypted to protect sensitive information. A virtual house call will set you back only $49.95, about the cost of a standard doctor's visit.

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KidzVuz - A Video Sharing Site for Kids [Live]

2014-01-26

Kids are creative; there is no getting around that. Unfortunately, the Internet is not a place for creative kids, because so many of the sites require users to be 13-years-old to post content.

KidzVuz is a free service that allows kids to create and publish video content in a safe place that is for them. All content that is uploaded to the site is owned entirely by the children, no data is ever collected about the uploaders and content can be completely deleted at any time. Also, after getting old enough to venture away from the system, and content that was posted can be transferred to YouTube, Vimeo or anywhere else without issue.

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iDevices' New iGrill and Kitchen Thermometers, Others

2014-01-26

iDevices is a favorite of Jeffrey, who personally uses one of their thermometers. This year, the company is launching 4 new thermometers which connect to your iPhone or iPad to help you know when the food is done.

The company also manufactures other products, such as the iSwimband, which allows parents to keep track of their child's time in a pool. When the device is under water for a pre-determined period of time, the device can alert a phone so that you know there could be a problem with a child or other person under the water too long.

The Kitchen Thermometer is available $39.99 to $79.99 and the iGrill ranges from $39.99 to $99.99.

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D-Link's Network Video Recorder and Webcam

2014-01-26

D-Link always has a lot to show off at CES. One of the products they demonstrated was a network video recorder, which has the ability to record the video from up to 9 IP cameras. All video is stored on an internal drive and can be displayed via HDMI or D-Link's mydlink.

In addition to the NVR comes a low-light IP webcam. Capable of capturing video with light levels as low as 0.1 lux standard, with a built-in LED to illuminate up to 50 feet when the light levels dip below 0.1 lux. Obviously, this camera is compatible with the NVR above.

Both of these devices will be available in April for $379.

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Kanex Bluetooth Keyboard

2014-01-26

While replacing the touch keyboard is good for shorter text input, sometimes you just need a physical keyboard for large text entry. During CES, we write articles from the floor, and there is no substitute for the physical keyboard.

If you are an Apple user, the Kanex Multi-Sync Keyboard can fit that space. This full-size keyboard has the ability to connect to multiple devices through Bluetooth, with easy switching through the function keys.

Unfortunately, the keyboard uses the chicklet-style keys, which is not much better than typing on a screen. Hopefully we will see a future version of the keyboard using keys that are designed for real typing.

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OmniMount PJT40 Projector Mount [Live]

2014-01-26

OmniMount has been a big part of our broadcast this year. Even the table in the broadcast booth is built based on their sit/stand desk base. It was obvious that we needed to bring them on to talk about some of their products.

One of the mounts the company is particularly proud of is the PJT40 projector mount. This new, universal projector mount is easy to install, requiring only a single person. I have installed other projector mounts in the past and it has not been an easy process.

The new mount is available now for $179.

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BeeWi Wireless Combat Toys [Live]

2014-01-26

Not all of the products at the show are for business, health or security; some are just for pleasure. That is certainly the place where BeeWi succeeds, bringing us a collection of mobile-controlled battle bots.

The robots, which will run $35 when they become available this year, are controlled by a smartphone or tablet. These bots can be controlled by devices running Android, iOS or windows Phone, meaning anyone can enjoy the ridiculous fun these toys provide.

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GoProng - Case With Built-In Plug [Live]

2014-01-25

When traveling, or even just in the course of a normal day, having a charger for your phone can be an issue. Somehow, you never have it when you need it. It was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to charge a phone without the charger.

That time is now. GoProng is a smartphone case, currently available for the iPhone, that has a charger built-in. Just flip the plug out from the back of the case and plug it into the wall.

The iPhone cases start at $59.95, with common Android models to follow.

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Goji's Smart Home Lock System [Live]

2014-01-25

Goji Access is a smart lock that makes securing your home easier. With the built-in camera, you can see who is at the door before opening it, or see who was at the door if they have access and unlock it themselves. You can also send a custom greeting to the lock's screen.

There are 3 different ways to gain direct access: Bluetooth LE, smartphone and keyfob. Through the different key options, you can control the access based on time. For example, if a cleaning crew comes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the lock can prevent access to their key on Mondays.

Goji Access is expected to be available in March 2014.

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GeoNaute 360 - A Camera for All Angles [Live]

2014-01-24

Awarded one of the TPN.tv Innovator Picks, GeoNaute 360 is an action camera designed to take a full 360 degree photo or record 360 degree videos.

The video can be watched using the GeoNaute viewer, which enables the viewer to adjust the viewing angle at any point during playback. You can also edit the video using a standard video editing program, and play back in the app continuing to have the 360 degree option.

One of the really interesting aspects of the camera is its ability to record in 2K video at 25 frames-per-second. 2K is the resolution between standard HD and UHD, or 4K. The video is also compatible with the Oculus VR glasses, giving a virtual tour of a location. The camera will retail for only $499.

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Gazercam Creates a Small Stabilizer for Your Camera or Smartphone [Live]

2014-01-24

When a product comes to the studio that completely steals Jeffrey's attention, you know it is a cool product. Gazercam's line of camera stabilizers is one of those products.

Designed for phones, cameras and DSLRs, this digital stabilization system can keep photos and video stable in even the most stressful conditions. Jeffrey tests the Gazercam all through the interview and is consistently surprised by its ability to keep up with his movements. With the calibration system, you can even keep the camera stable at an unusual angle, allowing for comfortable holding and stabilization.

The Gazercam product line is not yet available, but, through the success of their Kickstarter campaign, hope to launch within North America in the first half of the year.

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FLM.TV - A Publishing Platform for Independent Filmmakers [Live]

2014-01-24

Services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant are great if you are Paramount or Universal, but what if you are a small, independent filmmaker? How can you get your content onto the web without just giving your content over to YouTube and hoping it plays? Also, how can you monetize your content?

FLM.TV has created a platform exactly for this purpose. Publishers can add content and charge a fee to watch it. Along with standard publishing, there is a concept for party watching, allowing a group of people to watch together, including with the publisher. This is a great way for the filmmaker to get feedback on the content being shown. The creators and cast could even create a live Q&A session through the system.

This is a great platform for any independent content creator - film, television or even podcast. For more information on the technology, you can check out FLM.TV.

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Fleksy Introduces Easier Mobile Keyboard [Live]

2014-01-24

Fleksy is an interesting take on the traditional mobile on-screen keyboard. Designed for typing while looking away, Fleksy analyzes your typing habits and customizes its replacement patterns to match your writing. This could certainly help out when typing in a situation where you shouldn't.

The keyboard also offers larger letters, so if you have issues seeing a smaller screen, this might be worth a shot. You can download a free 30 day trial of the keyboard on iOS or Android, including the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. After the trial, the keyboard will only cost you $3.99.

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Fitbug Orb and Kik - Your Portable Personal Coach [Live]

2014-01-24

Fitbug, one of the best known wearable health technology companies, brought by their new Orb wearable to show off. This device can track the normal stats: steps, sleep cycle, etc. What makes the Orb stand out is Kik, a digital coach that comes with the device. Paul Landeau says,

Most people need a bit of hand-holding, positive reinforcement to achieve what they are looking for. arranged different programs, like "no more baby bump," "ready for the big day," and "manage diabetes." Here is a plan that supports you.

Each plan comes with articles on the topic, audio and video encouragement tracks, plus other things to keep you motivated.

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DataWind Offers Inexpensive Android Ubislate [Live]

2014-01-24

DataWind displayed a new product that was a little surprising to all of us: the Ubislate. This new Android-powered tablet runs a Cortex A7 dual-core processor, runs Android Jellybean and comes complete with a 7" screen, Wi-Fi, micro SD slot and 3 hour battery.

Oh, and the product line starts at only $37.99. Now, of course with that price comes a few oddities. For example, the device offers mini USB, as opposed to the industry standard micro USB. This means none of your current cords will have any value on this device. Also, the screen's resolution is on 800x480, which is significantly lower than standard. In addition, the camera is a 0.3MP sensor, which is lower than the cameras found on the cheapest non-smartphone prepaid devices.

Now, this is not to say this device doesn't have a market. For example, there is definitely a place for a device like this in retail displays, in payment systems or point of sales systems where none of the bonuses are relevant.

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Cerwin-Vega Studio Monitors [Live]

2014-01-24

At this year's show, Cerwin-Vega is showing off a new collection of speakers, including the XD3, XD4 and XD5 studio monitors. As is the company's signature sound, these speakers have strong bass response.

These new monitors have auxiliary and balanced inputs, allowing just about anything to be played through them. Adding the XD8 subwoofer, you can add even more bass to the set.

Find out more about Cerwin-Vega and watch for the new speakers' availability.

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Blue Microphones Joins the Headphone Market [Live]

2014-01-24

Blue Microphones have long been the go-to brand for podcasters. Many new podcasters grab an entry Blue to get their show started because of the low price and high value. With USB input it means digital recording is much easier and a sub-$100 price point, anyone can afford the product.

One category within the podcasting audio market that has, so far, been left out from Blue is headphones. The company announces that this will no longer be the case, as they are looking very carefully into the headphone space. They believe that mobile devices don't have the power to run big headphones, and they believe they have a solution for power and quality.

There is currently not a product on the market, but they expect to have some announcements about specific headphones over the next few months.

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Protect Your Online World with AVG's PrivacyFix [Live]

2014-01-24

Tony Anscombe from AVG and PLuGHiTz Live's online security advisor stopped by the live booth to discuss AVG's PrivacyFix product. Adding to his product announcement on F5 Live. This product has the ability to help recommend your privacy settings, because we all know understanding what the settings on Facebook mean is difficult. AVG is helping to make this process easy for everyone. At CES, they added to the capabilities with their family mode.

In addition to the social settings, PrivacyFix also allows you to protect yourself from Wi-Fi tracking with the Wi-Fi Do Not Track. This gives you the ability to turn off Wi-Fi when you are not in a place you have marked as a Wi-Fi safe zone. You can pick up this product for iOS and Android for free.

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Blake Leeper - American Blade Runner [Live]

2014-01-24

Blake Leeper, who was born without legs, is an American Paralympic runner, who wants to be the first handicapped American runner to compete in the Olympic games. He has won 5 medals in Paralympic competition, but he has his sights set higher.

Friends with 50 Cent, he is here to help promote SMS Audio, but also here to spread his inspiring message at American Blade Runner and Challenged Athletes Foundation, who gave him his first pair of legs. He says,

I'm out here trying to push the barriers and let the world know what's next. I'm running on these things and breaking world records, but we're ready for the next generation and we're ready for the next thing.

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HipShotDot Enhances Your FPS Accuracy [Live]

2014-01-24

For years, first person shooter players have been creating physical sights for their games in an attempt to improve their accuracy. With a piece of Scotch tape and a red Sharpie comes some help, but the dot often gets lost into the gaming environment.

What doesn't get lost is a bright, glowing red light, just like an actual red dot sight. With that idea in mind, HipShotDot created a USB-powered red dot sight that can stick onto your television and give you a physical sight for the game.

With a physical sight comes the ability to use an extra accessory for your most powerful guns, instead of having to use an in-game sight. You also don't have the problem of losing the sight when an EMP grenade goes off, keeping your accuracy up. Check the product out in the video, then pick yours up here for $29.95.

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FLIR Thermal Imaging for iPhone

2014-01-24

In an odd and incredibly cool combination of technologies, FLIR showed off an iPhone case that, with some magic and infrared technology, creates a thermal imaging camera right on the iPhone.

But this is a little more complex and a little more awesome than just thermal. The camera combines the thermal image with the actual visible image to create a truly unique and even more useful image than either technology on its own.

The product is not yet available, but is slated to launch at a retail price of $349.

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Monster Products Enhances a $4.5 Million Lamborghini's Audio

2014-01-23

The DNA Pro Wireless headphones weren't all Monster Products had to show Chris Montera. They also wanted him to see a $4.5 million Lamborghini, whose sound system had been completely made over with Pure Monster Sound products.

Jaramy Kaufman from Findlay Customs got to cut into this car and install 13 speakers, including individual left and right speakers for driver and passenger seats. The riders also have the ability to listen to their music through headphones, each with its own custom sound source.

Only 7 of this vehicle were made, but only this one has a Pure Monster Sound experience.

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YubiKey Helps Secure Your Online Info

2014-01-23

By now, we all know that online identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. It is made easier by a couple of factors: malware, phishing and common passwords. The junction of these issues is where the YubiKey from Yubico comes in. This USB and NFC device allows you to secure your online presence on your computer and smartphone with even less work than is required to give it all away.

Using the YubiKey as your authentication method means that a new, secure password is created and set every time you sign in to one of its connected services. This means you cannot accidentally give the password away and no one can try and trick you into giving it to them. Even if you were to authenticate it once, it would be replaced immediately.

In addition, it requires that you have the physical key and a PIN to access, so even if the key is stolen, it will still be difficult to access your online accounts.

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Monster Products Enhances Their Sound with DNA Pro Wireless

2014-01-23

One of the most interesting places on the CES show floor is hidden from most people, but Chris Montera is not most people. In the same private boost where Nicholas DiMeo interviewed Swizz Beats and Noel Lee in 2013, Chris got the opportunity to check out the newest member of the Monster headphones line: the DNA Prop Wireless.

Following along in the tradition of the DNA and DNA Pros, these new headphones have the same unique triangular earpiece shaping and collection of incredible colors and finishes. New to the line is the touch-sensitive volume and tone controls right on the headphones.

These headphones are available now for $449.

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PeoplePower’s Presence App Turns Old iPhones Into a Security Cameras [Live]

2014-01-22

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Korus Portable Wireless Speakers [Live]

2014-01-22

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HAL TV Remote Set Top Box, Watch and Ring [Live]

2014-01-22

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Eyetech unveils new eye-tracking technology [Live]

2014-01-22

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XOEye Safety Glasses [Live]

2014-01-22

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Seal Shield Protected Keyboards and Cases [Live]

2014-01-22

Aimed at both the healthcare industry, as well as regular technology users, Seal Shield has a collection of medical grade and washable keyboards. Everyone who has spent a lot of time in front of their computer knows just how gross they can get. With the ability to easily clean the keyboard, you can help prevent the spread of disease.

In addition to these keyboards, we also get to see the new Life Proof Shield for the iPad. This line of products is designed to protect your phone or tablet from the things that life naturally throws at mobile technology. Our resident medical expert, Jamie Davis, has had lots of great things to say about these cases in the past.

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Livio Discusses Their In-Vehicle Development Platform [Live]

2014-01-22

Livio, a company that is a new property of Ford, stopped by to talk about their in-vehicle development platform. Their new platform is, despite their ownership, will be available in many major vehicle brands, including competitor GM, and allows developers to interact with the capabilities of the vehicle's entertainment system.

If this new standard comes to pass, it will streamline the development process for companies looking to get their apps into cars across brands. As it stands now, it is similar to the mobile platforms, where, other than Windows and Windows Phone, you have to completely redevelop your app for each platform.

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Action M Foldable Scooter [Live]

2014-01-22

One of the products we saw on the floor that we just had to invite to the broadcast studio was Action's M Scooter. This scooter weighs only about 70 pounds, folds up for non-riding portability and can run for up to 15 miles.

This scooter is designed for the urban commute where you have to park in a garage and walk to the office. Action is also in the process of certifying it as a medical scooter. You can pick one up today for around $1799.

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iMedicpac to Help Families Monitor Medication Intake

2014-01-22

For families with older family members living independently, one of the biggest concerns can be medications. Some people take several different types at different intervals and it can be confusing for anyone. If you are in this situation, iMedicpac can give you some peace of mind.

A connected pill box of sorts that is filled at the pharmacy with special blister packs, the iMedicpac is designed to help keep people on track with the medications they take. When a medication is removed from the blister pack, an alert can be sent to family members informing them that the medication has been taken.

The product is currently under review from the US FDA, and upon approval, will retail for $250. Because of the secure nature of the information, there will also be an $8 to $10 monthly fee for management.

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Liquid Image Adds LTE to Wearable Cameras

2014-01-22

Liquid Image, a well-known manufacturer of wearable cameras, has added a brand new feature to their product line: Verizon Wireless LTE. With the addition of LTE, these cameras will now have the ability to stream their videos live from anywhere Verizon LTE is available.

The obvious use for this product is sports, but there is a need for something like this for first responders, as well. With the ability to stream what they are seeing to people not on-hand, ambulance drivers, for example, could show the hospital they are taking a patient to what is coming their way.

The LTE version of the camera will run $399 starting this summer, while the Wi-Fi model for around $199.

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Attractive Bluetooth Connected Jewelry

2014-01-22

Most wearable technology looks like it is designed for people who want people to know they are wearing technology. The problem is, there is a huge segment of the population who doesn't need everyone to know their devices are connected. To fill this need, CSR.com brought some Bluetooth connected jewelry to ShowStoppers.

These pieces have the ability to be completely customized. From changing the color of a necklace to fit your mood or outfit to being used as a wireless notification device, there are plenty of uses for this wearable technology. These prototypes are not available for purchase yet, but based on the reaction at the show, their availability is inevitable.

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Hearing Aids with Smartphone Integration from Siemens

2014-01-22

Siemens showed off their MiniTek hearing aids, which are Bluetooth enabled and able to connect wirelessly to your smartphone. In addition to the obvious features you would expect from any Bluetooth things in your ear, the ability to make calls and listen to music, these hearing aids add some unique capabilities.

Rather than fiddling with a remote in your pocket or dials and buttons on the sides of the hearing aids, you have the ability to adjust the settings right from your phone. Now, instead of looking like a lunatic poking at your ear or pointing a remote at it, you can just look like you are checking your phone like everyone else.

The MiniTek is available now through your local hearing professional.

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Track Your Brushing Habits with Kolibree Conected Toothbrush

2014-01-22

As everything is quickly becoming a computer, or at least having a computer embedded, we are seeing some odd and creative uses. One of last year's surprise computer devices was the HAPIfork, and this year we have another computer you put in your mouth. Kolibree brought a connected toothbrush that allows you to track your brushing habits in the same way the wearable health trend is tracking your daily health.

One of the truly interesting features is the ability to create family profiles and even create competitions between family members. For example, you can pit your children against each other to see who brushes their teeth better. This is gamification of the real world in a way that makes everyone healthier.

The toothbrush will be available this summer and retail between $99 and $199, with the mobile app will be available for free.

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Mercedes Benz Bringing Information to Your Wrist

2014-01-21

Mercedes Benz has just made the Pebble smartwatch a little more useful, bringing alerts from your car and control of your car right to your wrist. With the Pebble app, owners can stop music adjust the air conditioner and more. Almost any functionality you want easy access to is available.

You can even setup the system to alert you to exceptions for the car: low fuel, low tire pressure and other emergency alerts are available. You can even have the watch locate your car or check if the doors are locked.

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WhiteClouds: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. One of the team's picks brings 3D printing to people who cannot afford a printer: WhiteClouds. Even if you don't have any CAD capabilities, WhiteClouds is for you.

Scratch your ideas out on a napkin, write it out in a Word document, or design it completely in a CAD program, send it in to WhiteClouds and they will have it made for you. It's truly that easy. If you've been considering getting into 3D printing, but didn't know how, this might be your best way in.

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Tablo: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Todd Cochrane's pick lives in the world of digital broadcast: Tablo. This product allows you to record your local over-the-air broadcasts and watch those DVR videos on your smartphone, tablet or computer anytime, anywhere.

This product is the next step in the cord-cutting generation; allowing people who have ditched cable to still watch broadcast television on their time wherever they want. In addition to watching on the go, you can also use devices like Roku or chromecast to watch on any television in your home.

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Gibson Min-ETune Guitars: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Jeffrey Powers, our resident musician, picked a product that certainly fits him: the Gibson Min-ETune guitars. These robotic guitars feature custom and automatic tuning, making the customization of these guitars the easiest and most unique anywhere.

Also in the product line is the Min-ETune stand-alone tuner. This little device can tune a guitar up to 100 times on a single charge, with 12 popular alternate tunings or to pitch perfect settings. You can even tune to match the sound of another instrument.

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Beam+: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Don Baine's pick is certainly a unique one: Beam+. This device is a wheeled, remote controlled teleconference computer.

Essentially, the Beam+ allows you to interact with an environment remotely as if you are there. While most people won't use this product like Sheldon, the possibility exists for exactly this. With 2 wide-angle cameras, a 6 microphone array for noise cancelation and a 17" 4:3 screen, plus a built-in speaker, this is as close to real life as you can get remotely.

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Live segment by Don Baine, The Gadget Professor and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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PowerMate Bluetooth: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Daniel J. Lewis's pick comes to us care of a regular to the TPN CES broadcasts: Griffin. Their new PowerMate Bluetooth is a wireless jog/shuttle designed for casual video editors.

This wireless device can be programmed to interact with many features of an editing application, such as scrolling through the timeline, clicking like a mouse, etc. While limited in its market possibilities, working only with Mac, focusing a product like this to amateur editors could have success, especially with a price point at only $59.

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GeoNaute 360: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Jamie Davis's pick comes to us from a slightly surprising company, as it does not fall into the health field: GeoNaute. Their product, the GeoNaute 360 sports camera, debuted at the show and caught Jamie's attention immediately.

The 360 degree camera allows sports fans to see a whole new view of their favorite sports: in 360 degree full HD. Through the accompanying mobile app, the viewer can watch the video from and angle and adjust the perspective during playback.

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Live segment by Jamie Davis, The Podmedic and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Chug Plug Battery: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Chris Davis's pick goes to a product that could help amateur editors and writers alike: the Chug Plug from Lenmar.

This product, featured in a floor interview earlier in our coverage, is the first external battery designed specifically for the MacBook series of laptops. Now, when writing your award-winning screenplay at the coffee shop, you never have to worry about running out of power again!

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Live segment by Chris Davis for Health Tech Weekly and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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G4 Platinum Monitor: TPN.tv Innovator Picks 2014 Honoree [Live]

2014-01-21

On the final day of coverage this year, TPN staff members awarded their favorite innovators the first TPN.tv Innovator Picks awards. Chris Montera's pick goes to a company that falls into his wheelhouse: Dexcom. Their new product, the G4 Platinum Monitor, a continuous glucose monitor.

This process is significantly more accurate than occasional readings, helping patents manage their blood sugar levels better. This monitor can be worn for 7 consecutive days before needing to be replaced. The technology not only earned the company our award, but a Digital Health Innovator award, as well.

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Live segment by Chris Montera, The Geeky Medic and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Isonea Asthma Sense [Live]

2014-01-21

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Ventev Battery [Live]

2014-01-20

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Hipsters Rejoice with the Chug Plug Battery!

2014-01-20

No more feeling like you've wasted your time writing that screenplay at that popular coffee shop.

The Chug Plug from Lenmar is the first of its kind. It's an external battery pack for the MacBook that plugs into the brick portion of the laptop power adapter that comes with the computer. It adds about four hours of battery life. You don't need any extra cables, you just charge it with your Mac laptop's charger.

Lenmar is working on producing a larger model to cover the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro. Currently, the Chug Plug is only available for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and all models of the MacBook Air. Lenmar has released that the Chug Plug will be available for purchase in March for about $159.

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Interview by Chris Davis for Health Tech Weekly.

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IonAudio Introduces a Bluetooth Audio Cassette Adapter [Live]

2014-01-20

Long-time friend of F5 Live, Eric Palonen from IonAudio, stopped by the broadcast studio to show off a product that will probably surprise you: a Bluetooth cassette adapter for your vehicle. While the cassette might be a dead technology, there are still a lot of cars out there with cassette players and no CD/Aux jack. This little guy allows you to connect your phone or MP3 player to your vehicle without the need for wires all over the car.

In addition to this little surprise, Eric also brought by the Flashcube. This second Bluetooth device is an all-in-one sound system, but with a twist. This sound system has flashing lights and can be linked together and controlled to blink together.

Neither device is available now, but the cassette adapter will run $39 and the speaker will run $129, both available this spring.

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Live segment by Don Baine, The Gadget Professor and Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Ford's Solar-Powered Energi C-Max Project

2014-01-20

In addition to the 2015 Ford Mustang, Ford also showed off a new and exciting hybrid: the Energi C-Max. This plug-in hybrid can be powered 3 ways: wall-power, gasoline and solar power.

Yes, you read that right: this car can be charged partially from the solar panels on its roof. The panels, which are high efficiency Monocrystalline cells, can even charge the vehicle on overcast days, meaning you get even more time without gasoline. With an additional lens, the efficiency can even be increased.

This concept vehicle is, obviously, not yet available for the public, but I hope we will see it, or something built off of the concept, on the roads sooner than later.

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Chevy Brings the App Market to the Car

2014-01-20

Ford wasn't the only one to show us some new car love. Chevy also showed off some of their new additions to their vehicle lines. Their two new, exciting features are the in-vehicle hotspot and App Shop.

First, we all want easy Internet access in the car. Whether we are just looking to stream music or a group of people are traveling together and want to play games, Internet in the car would be nice. Chevy's OnStar system has added just that capability, adding a phone number and Wi-Fi access to your vehicle.

That Internet access is going to come in handy, too, because Chevy has also added an App catalog to their vehicles, named App Shop. Launching with 12 available apps, such as Pandora and Priceline, the available API will allow app developers to bring their creations to your car.

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Never lose your stuff with the help of StickR TrackR

2014-01-18

Do you often lose your keys, wallet or purse and take a ridiculous amount of time searching for them? I know I do! Well let me introduce you to StickR TrackR from Button-Trackr.com. It may just save you loads of time.

Using your iPhone or Android smartphone, you're able to find the location of any lost item within moments with the StickR TrackR. Simply connect the StickR TrackR device to any of your more frequently misplaced items. Using the app, you can make the TrackR device "chirp," making it easier to locate. The app allows to see if your misplaced item is on the move and can also tag the last known location on a map.

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A Gym and Trainer in Your Pocket

2014-01-18

Getting to the gym and working with a personal trainer is a great way to get into shape, but it doesn't fit into everyone's schedule. To help with this problem we have Tao-Wellness, a small device that connects to your mobile device and coaches you through a series of exercises.

In addition to coaching, the device is able to track your movements through pressure sensitivity and helps you stay in the correct positions and exercises. Similar to Pilates and isometrics, these variobics are variable aerobics.

If the rewards of health are not enough to entice you, the Tao-Wellness puck can track your steps, nutrition, sleep, etc. and dole out achievements for progress.

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The Hospital Room of the Future

2014-01-18

The future is now and can be experienced at hospitals owned by Intermountain Healthcare. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to one of these hospitals to take a tour, so Chris Montera gives us a virtual tour right here.

Featuring tiny, powerful computers from Xi3, this room can give healthcare professionals, such as doctors and nurses, enough information to help patients heal and return home. These tiny machines are found supporting patient care and entertainment systems, nurses' stations, communications systems and much more.

Xi3 also makes tiny computers for companies outside of the healthcare system, including dedicated gaming and entertainment computers.

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2015 Ford Mustang

2014-01-18

Every year we get an in-depth close-up with the new cars at Ford, care of Jeffrey Powers. This year is a little special because the Ford Mustang, one of the best known vehicles in the Ford lineup, turns 50 years old.

With any new year comes a collection of changes to every vehicle, but an anniversary year is something else. This year, Rakesh Patel shows off some of the changes, including airplane-style buttons and controls and a new, streamlined dashboard; there are even changes to the engine selection, including a 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine with 305 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque.

From sight to sound, everyone around will know this is a mustang on the road.

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GreatCall Launches 5Star - A Product for Independent Seniors

2014-01-18

GreatCall, the people who bring you the Jitterbug, have expanded their line of mobile devices for independent seniors. 5Star, a small cellular device that can be clipped onto clothing or a purse, allows the carrier to call for help simply by pushing a button.

The first thought is that the device and service are similar to LifeAlert, but there are a lot of differences. First, being cellular and GPS enabled allows the service to be used wherever you are and first responders can know your location. Secondly, GreatCall Link is available, which allows contacts to connect to the device remotely and get information about the status and whereabouts of the carrier.

If you have an older family member who lives independently, this is something to consider to provide peace of mind to everyone involved.

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Omnimount Makes Standing at Your Desk More Convenient

2014-01-18

One of the health trends in the modern office is standing desks. Standing more throughout your day can help prevent diabetes improves cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, no work environment can allow for a constant standing scenario.

Fortunately Omnimount has created a line of products that can allow you to use the same workstation for both sitting and standing. Our CES live studio broadcast desk was built using Omnimount's full desk option, but what if your desk is provided by the office and you can't replace it?

There is now a solution to this problem as well. Omnimount's Workfit is a desktop or laptop stand that attaches to the back of your desk through the cable hole and can be raised and lowered at will, similar to our desk.

These workstations will be available later this spring and will retail starting at $649. For more information about the Workfit series and the standing lifestyle, check out JustStand.org

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Stern Once Again Brings the Pinball Fun to CES

2014-01-18

Last year, the TPN team enjoyed the products from Stern Pinball so much we interviewed them twice, and invited them to the live show. This year, Jamie Davis checks back in with the company to see what they have in store for 2014.

Stern has machines in several sizes, so no matter where you want pinball, you can fit it. With the full-size commercial style and the smaller home size, any pinball enthusiast can play whenever they want. With licenses from The Avengers, X-Men and Transformers to Metallica, you can event play in nearly any genre.

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Seal Shield Protects Us from Our Dirty, Dirty Keyboards

2014-01-18

One of the dirtiest things in our home or office is our computer keyboard, so it's a good thing we don't have to touch it constantly. Seal Shield knows that the last statement was sarcasm and has come to our rescue with a line of dishwasher-safe computer keyboards.

Finally, an easy way to wash all of the gunk, grime and germs from our keyboards. This can help prevent the spread of illness within a workplace and help those who are already sick heal faster. Because of this, they also have a line of phone and tablet accessories to help protect them in the same way.

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Scanadu Scout is a Real Life Medical Tricorder

2014-01-18

Every tech person has wanted a Star Trek tricorder since the late 60s, but this has been just a sci-fi dream... until now. The Scanadu Scout is a vital sign sensor that tracks five key signs by holding it above the person's forehead. It feeds temperature, heart rate, oxygenation level, blood pressure and heart ECG to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Through the app, you can create individual profiles for your friends and family members, tracking vital signs over time, allowing you or a doctor to look for anomalies. For people who need to have one or more of these tests administered regularly, this device and app allow you to collect the information without a trip to the doctor.

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Reebok Creates Impact Sensor to Detect Critical Hits

2014-01-18

One of the biggest topics in sports right now is the prevalence of head injuries. Not detecting a concussion soon enough can cause a player to cause further harm by continuing to play. In some cases, these injuries can be permanent; the NFL has been dealing with past players encountering these issues a lot lately.

Enter Reebok, one of the best-known names in sports equipment. They have created a cap that can be worn under sports equipment, like helmets and hats, or in a sweatband for sports like soccer, that can detect the severity of impacts.

While it won't detect actual injury, with this information, coaches and players can make educated decisions on whether or not it is safe to continue playing. Priced at around $150, this product is within the range of anyone's equipment bag.

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Improve Your Posture with Lumo Lift

2014-01-18

As modern people become increasingly immobile, proper posture has become the biggest victim. To help us deal with this issue, Lumo has launched a product to watch and report on our posture: the Lumo Lift.

This device is small enough to hide under clothing, but collects and provides enough information on your activity level and physical position to help remind us to use proper posture, which requires less energy and is easier on your body.

Launching in late spring 2014 for $99, you can pre-order yours today for only $79 direct from the company, while supplies last.

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Eton Increases Its Home Protection Line with Blackout Buddy CO

2014-01-18

We've all seen rechargeable flashlights; many of us own them. One of the best is a product from Eton and the American Red Cross: the Blackout Buddy. This product, in addition to being rechargeable, comes on automatically when the power goes out.

Eton has decided to build on this idea, creating a new member of the family: the Blackout Buddy CO. Adding in a home security feature: a carbon monoxide detector and alarm, this device is part of a growing trend of products helping keep people safe in their homes.

This is definitely an appropriate combination of security and safety products, all for a price that could allow it to be a normal part of every home: $59.99. Look for it this summer, just in time for hurricane season.

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Google's Nest Launches Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm

2014-01-18

Shortly before announcing its acquisition by Google, Nest, known for their smart thermostat and mobile application for controlling the system remotely, announced the Nest Protect. The newest addition to the Nest family, the Protect is a carbon monoxide and smoke detector, but with traditional Nest capabilities.

Tied into the existing Nest applications, the Protect can inform you, near or far, if there is a problem. If it is a self-contained problem, like a burned pizza, you can disable the warning without having to get something to fan at the detector. You can even get a message when it is time to replace the battery.

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Vuzik's M100 Smart Glass Wearable

2014-01-17

Obviously, this year had a lot of wearable technology and our resident wearable expert, Jeffrey Powers, spoke to Vuzik about the M100. Jeffrey, who is a regular wearer of Google Glass, has an interesting take on the technology.

The M100 is geared more towards industrial use, with the ability to snap onto an existing pair of glasses or safety goggles, allowing the wearer to maintain protection or standard visibility. The Android-powered device allows for tracking of events, managing of calendars, scanning products, taking photos and videos and much more.

While designed for industrial or commercial use, these are not the only uses for the M100. Healthcare, retail, etc. all have potential with this portable computer, as well as the same limited personal uses that Google Glass offers.

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A Rolling, Jumping, Spying RC Vehicle

2014-01-17

What could make a small, mobile phone or tablet controlled rolling drone better? A VGA camera that transmits live video back to your phone. Now you can explore around you, up to 160 feet away, with a 1st person view without having to leave the bed using only 2 finger gestures.

Oh yeah, did I mention that the drone can jump. That's right: this device, named the Jumping Sumo, has the ability to leap into the air up to 3 feet! This crazy little guy isn't available just yet, but for those of you who want one (and who doesn't), you can keep up with its release schedule here.

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Lou Reed Can Tune Your Bluetooth Headphones

2014-01-17

Would you like one of Rolling Stone magazine's top 500 best guitarists of all time to tune your headphones? That is exactly what you get when you purchase Parrot's Zik headphones tuned by Lou Reed. In addition to incredible sound quality and precision, you also get the benefits of Bluetooth technology, allowing for a wireless experience.

If it turns out that you aren't a fan of Lou's settings, you can adjust them yourself, creating a soundscape that matches your individual tastes and moods. You can even create the feeling of being at a concert: front row or back.

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Avoid Downtown Walking with the M Scooter

2014-01-15

Working in an urban center can be a weird combination of public transportation, parking garages and walking. That is exactly the problem that ACTION Global is trying to fix with their M Scooter. This motorized scooter has 15 mile range and is designed for those times when you would normally have to walk between the garage and the office, for example.

To help it in its goal, the M Scooter weighs in less than 70 pounds and can accommodate riders up to 300 pounds. A full recharge takes just under 2 hours, so it will be ready to go when you're headed to the office, out for lunch and back to the train station to go home.

If you are in the market for a little less walking in your work clothes, you can pick this scooter up today for $1799.

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A New Way to Manage Asthma Health

2014-01-15

Chris Montera stopped by the Isonea booth to take a look at their Asthma Sense app, designed to help patients with asthma manage their condition through detailed information. Based on conditions at the time of an attack, Asthma Sense can help you determine your atmospheric and activity triggers.

The TPN health team was so impressed with the capabilities of the Asthma Sense app that they awarded it a Podcast Network Innovator Pick Award. Their innovative way of helping chronic illness patients in management and prevention and their ability to keep patients out of the ER all contributed to this award.

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Dexcom's Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring System

2014-01-15

Descom's CEO Terry Gregg spoke with the Tech Podcast Network team on a new device coming from the company that monitors glucose levels in a whole new way. The Dexcom G4 Platinum glucose monitor is a continuous monitoring system that has a 20 foot wireless range, displaying trends and stats on a video monitor, and comes complete with a small receiver available in classic black, ocean blue and tickled pink.

Having a system that displays continuous glucose monitoring is literally vital for patients who require this service, because their bodies cannot regulate glucose on their own. A "Share Cradle" feature also allows users to connect the monitor to a charger and then share the data to up to 5 connected mobile devices. This is perfect if other family members or a caregiver needs to check up on the patient.

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United Healthcare Educates the Whole Community Through New Online Programs

2014-01-15

The Digital Health Pavilion at International CES was so large that we spent almost an entire day covering all things health-tech. United Healthcare had a booth and Tom Paul spoke with us at CES about how the company is looking to connect with its customers in today's digital age.

Now more than ever, patients want more information about their health and want to be educated on treatments and healthy lifestyles. They also want to be able to see their insurance information online and have it readily available. United Healthcare is working in several spaces to bring more connectivity between patients, their health and their life choices. The company is promoting healtheir living through community involvement and have even teamed up with the popular dance-step game Dance, Dance, Revolution to introduce games and contests in schools to bring more education to the younger generation.

United Healthcare introduced "My Easy Book," which is a new program allowing customers to find healthcare providers, schedule appointments, pay fees and more, all online. The organization is also looking to bring more information and education to those with diabetes, by creating a program solely focused on the disease. These new programs will be available to both members and non-members, which truly shows the committment from United Healthcare to better the community as a whole.

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Obesity a Big Target for InBody Systems from Biospace

2014-01-07

Chris Montera visited the InBody booth at CES 2014 to learn more about a company that is looking to help decrease obesity in the industrialized world. One way InBody does that is through monitoring your body, defining problems to fix and then setting targeted goals to fix them.

InBody systems from BioSpace give a person access to a bunch of information that could help improve their lifestyle and health. Using an 8-point tactile electrode method, the InBody system determines your body makeup and is already FDA approved to be used in the US. InBody says its system is extremely accurate and can return high-quality results that can really turnaround your life, improve your body fat and increase your wellness.

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Fitbug Introduces a New Way to KiK You Into a Healthier Lifestyle

2014-01-07

After a pretty successful 2013 for Fitbug, they were back at CES this year to talk about their new KiK initiative. The endeavor matches up Fitbug's unique fitness gadgets with a fully-interactive application that gives users personalized health care planning, accompanied by a weekly goal to attain and how to get to it.

Chris Montera speaks with Fitbug founder Paul Landau on how Fitbug KiK works and what it's all about. Not only can you set fitness goals and achieve them through the system, but some of the health care features include nutrition and wellness goals that come with webcasts and helpful videos to learn more about what you're putting into your body. The new Fitbug devices also track steps taken, calories burned and distance traveled, and all data is passed through the Fitbug app and cloud system so that KiK can start tracking you effectively.

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The Vision Council Works to Protect Your Eyes from HEV

2014-01-07

Chris Montera spoke with the Vision Council, a non-for-profit focused on making life better with glasses. Maintaining good eye health is a constant battle in today's era, with people looking at so many screens with artificial, bright light emitting from them. Vision Council looks to alleviate some of the very real pain by putting high-tech coatings onto corrective lenses, keeping eyes happy and healthy.

HEV, or high-energy violet light, is the typical blue light that most monitors put out a lot of and the human eye has a tough time blocking out that light spectrum and in fact, are more sensitive to that particular range. The Vision Council says that both corrective lense wearers and not can benefit by putting HEV coating onto a set of glasses to protect their eyes from macular degeneration and weakening of the eye.

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Have Light and Power in Emergencies with Waka Waka

2014-01-07

What's better than a solar-powered charger combined with a light? A company that makes said product and then helps third world countries by making the devices available at an affordable rate to people who make less than $2 per day in countries that do not have an electrical grid. Wakka Wakka does just that.

Dubbed the "iPhone of solar chargers," in an emergency situation, a single charge can give you 200 hours of LED light or can fully charge a dead smartphone. With a five month shelf life for discharge, you can leave this device in the drawer and save it for an emergency situation. The Waka Waka Power is available now and the Plus version will be available in April.

We also got to take a sneak peek at a power and light emergency kit, similar to a first aid kit. A power bank with multiple USB outs and LED lights that can be daisy-chained come inside a simple pouch and will be released in June. Fozzy Bear not included.

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The Neptune Pine Smartwatch, A World of Information on Your Wrist

2014-01-07

A trip to the IEEEatCES TechZone in the halls of CES 2014 led us to discover the new Neptune Pine Smartwatch. Having all of the smartwatch exhibitors in one confined area made this company easy to spot. Not only does Chris Miller talk to the CEO, Simon Tian, about Neptune and their latest wearable, but he also got to put his hands on the smartwatch.

Chris has had some time with Neptune in the past, interviewing CTO Aaron Wilkins and discussing more of the technical aspects of the Pine. This time around, we learn about the features of the phone and what it can do in a broader sense.

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A Quick Look Into CES Unveiled 2014

2014-01-06

What is CES Unveiled? For someone who's never been before, the event before the official kickoff of International CES 2014 allows attendees to get a closer, early look at about 100 different exhibitors. The booths are packed with the best of the best, along with some previews of what's to be announced later in the week.

From audio gadgets to new health tech, CES Unveiled has it all and Chris Miller of IdoNotes took some time to go through the entire event. He identified five major categories at the showcase and breaks them all down for you.

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Living in Digital Times - Real Products for Real People

2014-01-06

Jeffrey Powers decided to start the show off right by talking with Robin Raskin, a former PC Magazine editor now with Living in Digital Times, who has brought products that people really need to CES 2014.

Canary is a home automation hub, in a similar vein to Nexia, but with the added bonus of temperature monitoring, noise detection and other less automation-focused sensors.

Through their focus on families, Living in Digital Times also showed off Kurio, a smartphone for kids without the full smartphone price tag. In addition, the phone sports some family-friendly features, such as app-specific time limits so parents can turn off games at 8pm and texting at 9pm.

Robin also discusses a product to help coaches better determine whether players should stay on the field or not after a hit.

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Personal Wireless Privacy

2013-12-15

Tony Anscombe from AVG Technologies discusses the new trend for retail to track customers through stores and malls using Wi-Fi and smartphones. He also talks about how AVG's PrivacyFix product for Android can help consumers who are concerned about privacy avoid being tracked by these retailers.

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Barry Bohnsack @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Barry Bohnsack, a former FIRST competitor, talks with Scott Ertz about how he got into FIRST and how he continues to stay involved after high school. He talks about the FIRST Florida alumni group and hosting events statewide.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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DJ Jake Dela Cruz @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

DJ Jake Dela Cruz, a 12-year-old local Tampa, Florida DJ talks with Nicholas DiMeo about how he got into DJing, his favorite types of music and his experiences so far in the industry. He also talks about ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013 and some of his favorite things he saw.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Grady Delp @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Grady Delp, Team Member for S*M*A*S*H, Team 2152, discusses his participation in the FIRST Robotics program. He also discusses how a team housed at multiple school works and can be as creative as they are. He also talks about the awards their most recent robot has won for its creative approach to the game.

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Brian Richards @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Brian Richards, Drive Team Coast for The Ninjaneers, Team 2383, talks about his participation in the FIRST Robotics program and his role on the team. He also discusses the many opportunities for non-engineers on the team, including spirit and strategy.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Irv Cohen @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Irv Cohen, Board Chairman of Learning Is For Everyone (li4e.org), talks with us about the FIRST Robots program and how it continues to drive engineering in Florida. He also discusses the other initiatives he and LI4E is currently involved in, including a robotics lab and testing facility in Tampa, Florida.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Joel Croteau @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Joel Croteau, Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) for the FIRST Robotics organization and alumni, discusses his time in the program and how it changed his life. He also discusses the AmeriCorps organization and how it fits in with FIRST.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Jason Howard @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Jason Howard, President of Middleton Robotics (middletonrobotics.com), talks about his participation in the FIRST Robotics program over the past 3 years. He also explains what his responsibilities in his high school's program include, as well as his vice-president's responsibilities.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Kelley Jones @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Kelley Jones, Fluid Systems Design Engineer for NASA (nasa.gov) talks about the importance of the FIRST Robotics program, and programs like it, to the future of engineering. She also refuses to discuss the secret moon base that we all really want to know about.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Andrew Rudolph @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Andrew Rudolph, Host of The RoboShow (theroboshow.net) and alumni, talks about his participation in the FIRST Robotics program and why he continues to participate in the program. Through his show, Andrew hopes to bring more attention to the program and educate people on the benefits.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Terri Willingham @ ROBOCON Tampa Bay 2013

2013-10-27

Terri Willingham, Regional Director of FIRST in Florida (usfirst.org) and Program Director of Learning Is For Everyone (li4e.org), talks with us about the FIRST Robots program and how it continues to drive engineering in Florida.

Scott and Nick host a one-hour broadcast live from ROBOCON Tampa Bay, an off-season FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Tampa.

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Digital Newspapers from Around the Globe [Live]

2013-03-24

The live team talks with PressReader about their Netflix-style newspaper aggregator. For $30 per month, you get access to replicas of over 2300 newspapers from around the world.

The newspaper industry has had trouble keeping up with the changing technology landscape. Online versions of print papers have failed to gain traction and profitability, while sales of the print version have slumped. The tablet form-factor and WiFi availability as made the digitizing of print papers finally a success.

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Monoprice Makes Podcasting Less Expensive [Live]

2013-03-24

The live team talks with Monoprice about their contribution to the podcasting space. Monoprice has become the go-to site for purchasing low cost adaptors, cables and hardware for people in audio or video production, from DJs to podcasters.

Recently added is a Professional Audio department, which will be popular among top podcasters and other new media producers.

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Displair Lets You Play with Air and a Screen at the Same Time

2013-03-24

One of the most interesting and unique technologies we saw at Eureka Park at CES came from Displair. This company is the inventor of the first interactive airborne display, by the same name, complete with multi-touch support. This is perfect for anybody doing advertising, promotional campaigns or anything else that needs the "cool" factor. The best thing about Displair is that the image stays totally penetrable for physical objects. For example, we got to see a demo of Fruit Ninja and were able to slash those fruits into oblivion by slicing through the screen. This is a really great product that you've just got to see to get it.

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Jhoombox Combines Karaoke and Internet-Streaming and Makes Singing Fun for All

2013-03-24

Jhoombox is the first streaming box that makes you sing. Running off of Android, think of it like a mix between a Roku and a karaoke machine, where you're connected to the Internet and you don't need any special cables to get the party started. Plus, just like any other TV enhancer, it's got movies, TV shows, music, games, social apps and a web browser. We personally like the fact that you can live search thousands of available songs, record your song, publish it and then share it across almost any social network, including quick YouTube uploading. The console itself looks like a little keyboard and you get a really nice air mouse controller with it as well. Jhoombox still has some time before it hits shelves, but at that point the company looks to have millions of songs in its library to sing to.

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R360UND Brings Science and Data to Your Action Shots

2013-03-24

Action cameras have been one of the latest crazes at CES. From GoPro to one of our favorites, Liquid Image's Apex HD, the cameras have gotten better, have added Wi-Fi and can really take a beating. But something is lacking from those gadgets once you capture that stunt or trick - the data. Not the video itself, but the science behind the video, like the acceleration rate or G-force the rider got from that last jump. Well, R360UND (pronounced "rebound") looks to give you all of that with a sensor device that captures anything you'd ever want to know about that successful (or not so successful) backflip you just pulled off. It can read altitude, location, acceleration, G-force and more. You can then take that data and lay it over the video itself or, if it was a failed trick, look at the data to see where exactly the problem lied. So before you jump onto the ski lift and hit Devil's Curve in Aspen, be sure to check out this video.

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ScreenGuardz Pure Premium Glass Smartphone Protectors [Live]

2013-03-24

One of the biggest problems with screen protectors is that they are plastic and easily scratched. Bodyguardz has created a new screen protector that is made from a special tempered glass that is impressive enough to have earned them a CEA Innovations Award.

ScreenGuardz Pure Premium Glass protectors provide a smudge-resistant surface that is highly capacitive, allowing for better touch sensitivity. The adhesive process is even improved, allowing you to prevent bubbles between the screen and protector.

These protectors are available now.

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Increase Your LTE Reception at Home or Work [Live]

2013-03-10

The live team talks with Wi-Ex about their zBoost LTE range extenders. The devices are capable of extending the range of both 3G and 4G LTE reception within a home, office or warehouse and can accommodate multiple phones at once.

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Home Phones for Assisted Living [Live]

2013-03-10

The live team talks with VTech about the upgrades to their line of phones for older people living on their own. Communication is essential for many seniors living alone to provide a psychological connection to the outside world, providing peace of mind for both their family and themselves.

This new line is fully hearing aid compatible and provide volume and clarity boost options. The LCD screens are high contract with large font, allowing them be seen easily. There is also a DECT 6.0 pendant available, which, when pressed, can call any pre-programmed number.

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Stern Pinball's Consumer Machines [Live]

2013-03-10

The live team talks with Gary Stern, founder of Stern Pinball. If you have been following our coverage, you will recognize the name, as Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine spoke with them at Digital Experience and Chris Montera, special correspondent for Health Tech Weekly spoke with them on the show floor. Stern joins us to explain why the idea of owning your own pinball machine is no longer out of the financial grasp of average consumers.

With themed machines from AC/DC, Avatar, Avengers and X-Men, there is a machine for just about everyone. If you have ever wanted to own your own pinball machine, there has never been a better time.

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Rugged iPhone Mounts for Bike and Car [Live]

2013-03-10

The live team talks with RokForm about their single-block machined iPhone rugged mounts for vehicle and bike. Since their original machined base for charging, combined with their history of motorcycle parts, this company knows rugged.

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One Laptop Per Child's Next Device [Live]

2013-03-10

The live team talks with the One Laptop Per Child Foundation about their 5th generation device. The new UI is designed to encourage children's dreams and heroes to play a role in their learning by grouping applications and opportunities by these categories.

The built-in camera is included to encourage experimentation and applications are included to get kids out and explore the world with the camera. The computer is Android-based and the applications are Python-based. The device will be available through Wal-Mart, but pricing is not yet set.

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Wireless Charging for Non-Qi Devices [Live]

2013-03-10

The live team talks with Kirk H&J about their proprietary wireless charging system, called "Electric Transfer," for devices incapable of Qi wireless charging.

The Samsung Galaxy S III, which was supposed to support inductive charging natively, requires replacing the back plate to enable Electric Transfer. To enable it on the iPhone, a special case is required, as there is no removable back plate. The system is available now, in the $50 to $70 range.

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A Tiny Wearable Body Monitor [Live]

2013-03-10

The live team talks with Body Media, a lifestyle management company that has been tracking activity and caloric intake and burn rate since 1999. Their new sensor, which has the ability to store up to 10 days worth of data, can track data via accelerometer, galvanic response skin conductivity monitor, heat flow and skin temperature.

The data downloads via Bluetooth to a smartphone and logs activity online, presenting reports on progress against goals for activity, health and weight loss. In conjunction with IBM, Body Media has the ability to recommend activities based on goals and past activities.

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BeFrugal - Coupons and Cash Back for Free [Live]

2013-03-09

The live team talks with BeFrugal.com, a free rewards program that gives members coupons to redeem for better prices on online retails as well as cash back for shopping with those retailers. Yes, you read that right - cash back on a program that is entirely FREE. Apps are currently available to integrate into Chrome and Firefox, with an iOS app coming soon.

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Worth Avenue Group - Insurance for Your Electronics [Live]

2013-03-09

The live team talks with Worth Avenue Group about their electronics insurance. Covering loss, theft, physical damage, fire and more and including unlimited incidents, this insurance plan is cheaper than Apple Care plus, as well as most other third party insurance plans.

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Nikon's Newest Camera and Accessories

2013-03-08

Nikon has introduced a new camera, the D5200, a 24.1 megapixel DSLR. Shoot speed is 5 shots per second with a large range of ISO settings, 100 to 6400. The camera also includes a stereo microphone, useful for post-recording noise isolation, and of course the ability o record full HD video.

This isn't all Nikon has going on. The introduction of a pair of new adapters, the WU-1a, and the WU-1b. Both of these adapters give wireless capability to the new line of Nikon cameras, allowing for smartphone control, as well as wireless photo transfers. You can also use the phone's screen as a second screen for the camera, allowing you to frame yourself into a group photo and take it remotely.

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Otterbox Adds Charging to the Defender

2013-03-08

It is a well-known fact that Otterbox has the biggest name in protective cases. You can buy them at almost all retailers and they are made for every major handset. The one thing that has lacked in these cases is an extended battery.

Fear not; the newest entry in the Defender series includes an additional battery. The device is capable of doubling the battery life of an iPhone 5 and includes an app to allow you to monitor the remaining life of the battery.

The cases will be chargeable via micro USB and will be available as soon as Apple approves it and will sell for $129.

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NFC-Based Single Sign-On

2013-03-08

Single sign-on devices are pretty popular, with a cloud-based storage and a flash drive, both with password management included. What these devices require, however, is USB. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do it on non-USB devices?

That is where YubiKey Neo comes in. This device, while supporting USB, also supports NFC. This could allow the possibility for a single sign-on between desktop computers, smartphones and tablets. The key is compatible with several types of password managers, including LastPass and PasswordSafe, meaning you don't have to recreate your existing password list.

You can get the original, non-NFC device now for $25 and the new NFC version for $50, though there is a back order on it.

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Carbon Audio Brings the Zooka

2013-03-08

On many smartphones and tablets, especially ones without high-end sound cards, the speakers are often a weakness. Luckily these devices have Bluetooth, so an ecosystem of Bluetooth speakers has been created to solve this problem.

Carbon Audio's entry into the ecosystem is the Zooka Wireless Speaker. The Zooka is designed as a barrel, allowing for a wider range of sound, especially deeper bass. With two 30mm drivers and 8 hours of battery life, this speaker is perfect for any travel bag.

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Ford Upgrades Sync Again

2013-03-08

Since the launch of Ford Sync, Ford has enhanced its install base, now including it in most of their vehicles. This is a great thing for Ford owners, as Sync is getting a pretty major enhancement this generation.

With the inclusion of Aha Radio, Amazon mp3, Glympse, The Wall Street Journal and The USA Today, there is almost nothing missing. The inclusion of newspapers sure sounds like a security issue, but you will be happy to know that the car will read you the newspaper as you drive, turning it into an eBook newspaper.

They have also opened the platform up for developers, and even our own network is getting prepared for the platform. The system can be upgraded by the user without having to go into the dealer, all via a USB stick.

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myCharge Powers Your Mobile Lifestyle

2013-03-08

Portable power solutions are not a new concept, but do they all have to be so utilitarian looking? The answer to that question is an emphatic NO. myCharge announced a line of portable chargers that have both the power capabilities you need when away from the office and a collection of designs to match who you are.

The new line, which will include a Lightning connector edition, is expected in the second quarter, either April or May. Depending on the connector, the power capabilities and the style, the prices will range between $39 and $129.

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NFC Connection Between Phone and TV

2013-03-08

LG has decided to embrace NFC in an interesting way: connecting your phone to your television. Instead of hunting for a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable to connect your phone, all you need is to get your phone close to the television in question.

Using Miracast as the communication foundation, anything that is displayed on the phone can be displayed on the television. The only requirement being the phone is close to the tag.

This is perfect for presentations with PowerPoint or collaborative document editing, all with the added bonus of not being physically tethered.

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Wireless HDMI Streaming to Multiple TVs

2013-03-08

Several years ago I built a device to allow me to take the devices in my home entertainment center and watch them anywhere in my home. It required weeks of soldering in my free time and around a thousand feet of coaxial cable. It took a lot of time and a lot of resources.

IOGear has recognized that I am obviously not the only person in the world who would like this capability and has made it easier and significantly less expensive with their 5x2 HD Wireless Matrix. Similar to the existing 5x2 HDMI Matrix, this device adds the capability to push content wirelessly to the two televisions. With 5 inputs and 2 outputs, this device can definitely replace my setup and most of the cabling, and should be considered as a part of any multi-television households.

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LG Optimus G Quad-Core Phone

2013-03-08

Available through AT&T and Sprint, the LG Optimus G is a beast of a phone running Android on a quad-core S4 Snapdragon processor. In addition to being quick, it allows for an interesting multi-tasking model, allowing one application to be stacked on top of another.

We all know that the camera on a phone is important. If you don't know, ask an iPhone 5 owner. The Optimus G has a great camera, for both still and video. If you are in the market for a new phone, this should be on your list.

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GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

2013-03-07

GoPro is a brand that only a few years ago was fairly unknown, yet today has made it outside the atmosphere and deep under water to capture some of the most incredible feats of human interaction, all in HD.

Always wanting to improve the video landscape, GoPro has launched a new version of their popular Hero series - the Hero3 Black Edition. 30% smaller than the previous model, 12MP sensor and the ability to record UDH (4K) video at 15 FPS. It also includes photo burst capability, dual mics for stereo audio, including capability for noise isolation in editing.

The Black Edition can be had for $399, the Silver Edition for $299 and the White Edition for $199.

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Lenovo's Thinkpad Helix Ultrabook

2013-03-07

IBM's former computer business sure has come a long way since Lenovo purchased it. The Lenovo Thinkpad and Thinkstation computers have become a staple inside of the business world.

Lenovo's major entry into the Ultrabook lineup this year is the Helix - a combination Ultrabook and tablet in one. This $1499 computer comes with a 11.6 inch 1080p screen, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The whole machine is powered by an Intel Core i7 process. Accordingly, in laptop mode is advertises 4 hours of battery and in tablet mode, 6 hours. While not exactly optimal, it is better than that of the Surface Pro.

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Apple Certified Photo Drive

2013-03-07

Photoflash has released the only licensed flash drive for Apple's iOS devices through the new Lightning connector. Considering how many people use their iPhone for photographs, despite its lens issues, the ability to save those photos without connecting the phone to a computer can be incredibly useful. If you can't have a microSD slot, this is the next best option.

Of course, being a flash drive, means you can transfer files onto the device as well. You also have dedicated app support, AirPlay integration, contact backup plus security features. All of this starts at $99 for an 8GB drive and move up from there.

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An Alarm Clock With Flair

2013-03-07

It's not often than we see an alarm clock at CES; it is even less common for us to cover it. From time to time, however, someone will surprise us and we can't resist, and that is what we have here. Satzuma has announced an alarm clock that has features you wouldn't expect, like a 4-port USB hub.

Designed to look like a movie clapper, it features the USB hub, illuminated screens, snooze, creatively using the clapper itself, and multi-time display. If that's not enough for you, this little guy comes in in the $15-20 range.

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Laser Keyboard and Additional Power

2013-03-03

Laser keyboards were certainly popular products at CES this year. What makes CTX Virtual Technologies' product stand out is the ability for it to also power your phone.

With an additional battery integrated into the device, you can power your phone and the keyboard at once. The convergence of a wonderfully functional keyboard and power source certainly makes this a keyboard to consider.

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Battle Bots for Everyone

2013-03-03

We all know what everyone thinks when they hear about robots: I want to see them fight! If you want to make robots fight, you have to build one from scratch - until now that is.

Combat Creatures have introduced a line of fighting robots called Attacknids. While about a year old, and getting some good press, this is a product that everyone should know about. You can arm your WiFi-controlled bot with Nerf missiles, ping pong cannons, flying discs and more. These bots can be had for an affordable price and could be a great gift for any tech person in your life.

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Let Your Cup Holder Hold Your Phone

2013-03-03

Just because it is CES doesn't mean everything needs batteries; sometimes you just need cool mobile accessories. That is exactly what we have here. This flexible phone holder fits into your cup holder, making it useful again.

You can pick one of these up at many truck stops on the Interstate, or you can order them online.

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Pro-Grade Video Production for Small Studios

2013-03-03

Green screen technology has grown up over the years. From the days where you knew when it was being used, which wasn't that long ago, to the days where an entire virtual set can be created to rival the looks of a major broadcast studio.

vStudio, a product from Darim Broadcasting, is a collection of virtual sets that won't break the bank. Designed for small studios, such as podcasters, these virtual sets allow broadcasters to focus on content and not worry about context.

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Higher Resolution for 3D Printing

2013-03-03

3D printing is a fairly fascinating concept: create a digital version of an item through software and then print a physical version of it. Everything from glasses to guns have been created using this process; even Nokia is getting in on the game with Lumia cases.

The problem is the resolution. Most 3D printing is done with a process that is similar to looping hot glue around in circles until it dries. This creates very obvious rings that make it hard to use for any kind of professional project.

Formlabs has created a new concept for their printers that uses a tray of liquid that is heated in very small layers (25 microns) with an even finer laser. The platform then moves up preparing for the next layer. The end result is a professional quality product with no major discernible rings.

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Predesigned Skype Conference Workstation

2013-03-03

If you have ever been part of a video conference, you know they never work as well as advertised. Between weird lighting, low sound and interferences, it is always difficult for both sides to hear and see what is going on.

Steelcase has recognized this problem and has a solution: the media:scape, a workstation designed specifically for the audio and video requirements of Skype. In addition to being incredibly functional, it is also attractive. If your office is in need of an enhanced video conference experience, it might be time to check out Steelcase.

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Roku Stick Now Available on New TVs

2013-03-03

The Roku Streaming stick certainly made a splash this year. First we saw it integrated into a 3M projector, and now we see it becoming available on more televisions.

Connecting through the High Definition Link (MHL) port, this little stick can provide full Roku capabilities, including the Tech Podcast channel, on 15 new platforms. You can pick up one of these little guys for only $99 right now.

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RC Quadcopter on a Budget

2013-03-03

Over the past few years, quadcopters have become a majorly popular hobby. The engineering behind keeping them in the air level is fascinating, and controlling them is even more so. A friend of the company has been building one from scratch, but not everyone has that ability.

RC Logger has introduced an entry level quadcopter for only $79. This device can fly for 7-8 minutes at speeds up to 20 MPH. Running on the 915 MHz spectrum, you will probably lose sight before it stops flying.

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Portable Cooking Without Electricity

2013-03-03

Whether you are preparing your emergency kit or your camping setup, being able to cook without electricity is essential. Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to have a small kit that, when water is added, could produce heat for cooking?

You wish has come true with Magic Cook, a $35 set that can produce cooking heat for up to an hour. The kit includes 10 heating kits, which can be replenished for only $15 per ten.

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Extend Your LTE Reception Strength

2013-03-03

While the process of getting a cellular repeater has recently been made more difficult by the FCC, it shouldn't stop you from trying. We all have places in our lives where reception is terrible. In our case, our software offices have no reception for 2 of the 3 major networks and is spotty for the 3rd.

Wilson Electronics wants to help you out with their line of LTE wireless repeaters. Covering 5 bands, their devices can cover Verizon and AT&T's LTE frequencies. If you have an area in your life that has poor reception, perhaps Wilson can help.

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The Cloud on a Key

2013-03-03

In a world of mobile, distributed workforces, secure file distribution is essential. The cost and overhead of a virtual private network can be out of the reach of many companies, and even if it is in place, they aren't always the best way to distribute files.

Usernames and passwords can be cracked, software can be clunky and VPNs can slow everything down. That is where USB-Cloud comes in. Simply plug the USB key into your computer to enable access to the remote file store.

No requirement for username or password - just plug in the key to your Windows PC. The service also works on Mac, but requires a special download.

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Whirlpool Wants to Rearrange Your Home

2013-02-26

The refrigerator and the oven have been an unchanging landscape in the home for most of their lives. The fridge, even when it was just an ice box, looked similar to what it looks like today. Even the oven hasn't really changed - a box that contains heat to cook food.

Whirlpool wants to change all of that. Their research team is working on removing the boxes from the kitchen. From returning to a "gather around the fire" type setup to incorporating refrigerated food into the kitchen's d&Atildecor, Whirlpool has some bright ideas. Expect to see these things start showing up as soon as 2020.

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Home Phone Redefined

2013-02-26

Nobody often thinks of home phones, especially not at CES time, but no one told that to Urban Hello. They are showing off an HD voice call capable home phone solution. In fact, the phone is the first to be recognized to support HD voice.

While unusual in that it is a home phone, it is even more unusual that this phone was being launched a Kickstarter project. Unfortunately the project was unsuccessfully funded, but that doesn't mean they won'tgive it another shot, perhaps on a different crowd-source site.

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Turn Your Layover into Productive Time

2013-02-26

Working and traveling have a rather unpleasant partnership. You spend a lot of time sitting in airports with no comfortable to way to work on a laptop. That is where the Tripad Traveler TRT-500 comes in handy.

The idea started with photographers but has been amended for laptops, turning your standard rolling carryon into a portable workstation. Simply slide over top of your handle and it creates a flat surface to set your laptop on.

For only $39, this is a product that should be a part of any traveler's collection.

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Hisense Brings Some Intelligence to the Kitchen

2013-02-26

Having an LCD screen on a refrigerator is not new, but a full Android-powered tablet-like device is. With barcode scanning for live inventory management and the ability for the fridge to communicate the inventory and required shopping list to smartphones, this device can make home life simpler.

In addition to the unique features, there are the old standbys as well: note taking, photos, recipes and more. One variance on the recipe concept is the addition of the inventory management, allowing the fridge to help you determine which ingredients you might need to finish your planned meal.

While introduction to China will be soon, the US market should see this product within 12-18 months.

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Lowe's Helps Increase Your Security at Home

2013-02-10

Lowe's has put together some security-systems-in-a-box that are easy to install and easier to monitor. Through a connection from a smartphone, you can monitor the hardware in these kits, and their add-ons, from anywhere in the world.

With area coverage monitors, intrusion alarms, medical alert, pet doors sensors, plant monitors, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and more, there is almost no part of your home or office that you won't know exactly what is going on.

Lowe's also offers monitored services to trigger alerts via SMS, starting at just $15 per month.

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Measure the Quality of the Air Around You

2013-02-10

As major metropolitan areas draw more people, they also draw more toxins to the air. Big, sweeping air quality readings give a generalized picture, but what about a more localized idea of what is in the air? That is where the Netatmo Weather Station comes in.

This device can read the weather conditions and air quality for a local area and log it on your account via WiFi. You can see trends and graphs through and iOS or Android device through the smartphone app.

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Tablet Stands that Adjust to Your Needs

2013-02-10

Levo tablet stands are created to relieve the stress that the odd form factor of tablets has created. From tables that are too short to tired arms in bed, there seems to be no good way to hold and use a tablet.

Levo's tablet stands are available in rolling floor and clamp-on styles for attaching to a music stand or independent use, depending on your needs. They are currently only available through specialty catalogs, but will be available through standard stores soon and run about $150, depending on your desired model.

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15,000 Lumens From an LED Flashlight

2013-02-10

What happens when you combine the power of 18 super-bright LED flashlights into one super-light? You get the FourSevens Maelstrom XM18 Flashlight, a 15,000 lumen light that can get so hot they had to design a special power switching system for it.

With a 2-stage power switch, 3 power settings (600, 3,000 and 15,000 lumens) and a strobe option (possibly for emergency use, possibly for livingroom raves), this light is definitely the most intense and insane flashlight we have ever seen.

The XM18 will run you $2,399, but their other flashlights start at just $23.99.

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Audi RS5 - A High Tech Sports Car

2013-02-10

As demand for mobile technology increases, we see more cars equipped with it show up at CES every year. Here we take a look at the Audi RS5, a 420 horsepower V8 sports car designed to enhance the mobile life.

With T-Mobile 3G data built-in, and T-Mobile and AT&T 4G coming, a QNX-powered system with Google Earth integration and the Audi MMI navigation system, this is the high-end vehicle for a high-tech lifestyle.

The Audi RS5 starts at $69,700.

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A Portable Fuel Cell for Mobile Devices

2013-02-10

There are many scenarios where the ability to charge a phone or other device is important, especially with the less-than-stellar performance of modern phone batteries. That is where the Nectar Mobile Power System comes in.

Unlike most portable power, this doesn't use a rechargeable battery, but instead used a hydrocarbon-oxygen fuel cell. Combining the hydrocarbon (butane) from the cell with the oxygen in the air, this fuel cell can produce enough electricity to keep a standard phone powered for 2 weeks. The cells cost under $10 to replace and are complete recyclable.

The system and cells will be coming to Brookstone later in the year.

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Phantom Power for Your Phone, Computer or Tablet

2013-02-10

XLR adapters for phones are not new to the market, but something that might be new to you is the ability to use phantom powered mics with these adapters. Griffin has given us exactly that capability with the MicConnect.

Powered by 2 AA batteries, this adapter has a +48 switch, enabling you to power phantom mics without having to plug into the wall. With the 3.5mm jack on the other side, you can plug the MicConnect into just about any device for recording, from phone to tablets, iOS to Windows. Definitely a must-have for any portable recording setup.

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Behringer Gives the Power to Record Anything, Anywhere

2013-02-10

For musicians who want the ability to record their gigs, or for creating a simple home studio, Behringer has created the iStudio. With this dock for the iPad, you can connect instruments, MIDI controls, mics and a lot more.

From music mixing through GarageBand to virtual guitar pedals through Jambox Pro, you will be able to enhance your musical life with the iStudio from Behringer. The device was planned for Q4 2012, but the introduction of the 9pin connector delayed final production. Luckily, we can still expect to see it released this year for $199.

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Control Your World with the Joystick

2013-02-10

One of the best part of CES is the unique and the unusual. We have possibly the most unique and unusual device from this year's show, the Joystick. This little handheld device has the ability to control nearly anything in your life.

When paired with an Android phone or Windows 8 device, you can use the analog stick on the top as a mouse, similar to using an eraser head pointer on a Lenovo laptop. You can also use the device as a speakerphone for the phone/computer it is paired with, using a speaker designed to sound great for its size.

Now, pair it with your television and turn your TV into an Android device. Add in the hidden keyboard and 1080p screen, and this device is the only remote you might ever need again. It will be available "after carnival season" and will run between $249 and $349.

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Colorful Sound for the Whole House

2013-02-10

The idea of audio being spread throughout the house is one that everyone has tried to solve at some point. From power line transmitters/receivers to Bluetooth, everything has been tried. Unfortunately no one has managed to solve the problem in a way everyone will be happy with. That is until now.

Pure has launched a line of wireless speakers designed to produce high-quality audio throughout your house or office, all without wires. The Jongo series of speakers are powered by Bluetooth or WiFi, allowing you to control the music in a single room or from a central location for the entire space.

With the Pure Connect app, you can even stream from your phone to the speakers using your existing WiFi connection. The initial speakers are available now for $229, and the stereo speaker and the hi-fi adapter will be available this summer for $329 and $119 respectively.

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Secure Portable Data Through Biometrics

2013-02-03

If the security of your portable data is a concern for you, then MyIDKey might be just the solution you're looking for. This little USB drive offers a biometric scanner which unlocks the drive when it senses the proper thumbprint.

While the 2GB of storage might seem small, not all of your portable data needs to be secured. This is an ideal size for password files, scripts, business documents, etc. Luckily, if you do need more storage, there is also a 16GB version available.

The 2GB will be available Q2 for $99 and the 16GB will be available for $199.

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Livestream Introduces Verizon 4G LTE Broadcaster

2013-02-03

Our live broadcast of CES 2013 for the Tech Podcast Network was powered all week by two Livestream Broadcasters. The little red boxes are incredibly convenient; all you need is a camera with HDMI and a WiFi connection and you can be broadcasting.

While we were using the first generation of the device, Livestream introduced a new version that removes the requirement for WiFi. The new Broadcaster is Verizon 4G LTE powered and has planned availability for Q2 of this year. As the device is VZW-powered, the price is not yet available.

If you do a lot of on-the-go broadcasting, this is definitely a product you'll want to take a look at.

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Griffin's First Lightning Connector Accessory

2013-02-03

Since Apple installed the Lightning Connector, the question has been who would get the first accessory? It turns out it is Griffin with a really great accessory for anyone who does recording called the Studio Connect.

This stand gives USB capability to the iPad, along with microphone and stereo inputs. The stand is also designed to display the iPad at an angle, making viewing easier. You could even use this with some speakers to make watching a movie or TV show more pleasant. The Studio Connect will be available this summer for $149.

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Red Touch Media Makes Distribution Easier

2013-02-03

Whether you're a content creator looking to get your media out or a consumer looking to pick up some new stuff, Red Touch Media might be a new part of your life. Offering secure and easy distribution channels, Red Touch Media works in three ways: Bridge, Express and Connect.

With kiosks all over the world, it is easy to download and transfer your media onto any device wherever you are. Whether a movie, music or even a screenplay, any form of content can be distributed through this system.

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Gibson Tunes Your Guitar for You

2013-02-03

Before picking up your next guitar, you might want to take a look at what Gibson is doing to enhance your musical life. Gibson's new line of Min-ETune guitars will take the tediousness of tuning out of the equation and let you focus on playing.

While the brand is not new, the concept has been enhanced with the new models. Instead of being in the body, the new guitars have it in the head, keeping it in the player's vision.

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CordCruncher Prevents You from Crunching Your Cords

2013-02-03

If you are not a fan of tangled headphone cords and the Felt Audio headphones aren't your style, then perhaps CordCruncher is your solution. The headphones come with a special tube that allow you to manage the cord and keep it from tangling.

When retracted, you can plug the jack into the end and wear it as a bracelet or just store it in your pocket without fear of damaging the tip. You can pick up this little guy in one of four colors for only $24.99.

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An Epic Keyboard for Your Tablet

2013-02-03

Smartphones aren't cool anymore - everyone has one now. Tablets aren't cool anymore - even your mom has one. So, what is the next cool thing? How about a portable laser keyboard?

Yes, you'll be the hit of the coffee shop with the Celluon Epic. This Bluetooth laser keyboard is compatible with iOS and Android devices and projects a virtual keyboard on just about any surface.

This new device has planned availability for March for a $149 price tag.

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A Whole New Way to Brew Tea

2013-02-03

Tea is a new concept brewing device for tea. Similar to the capsule-style drop-in coffee machines, this device allows you to drop in a tea capsule and the machine does the rest. The difference here is that the capsule spins, helping to remove oxygen from the mix, which the company believes is the cause of bitterness.

The idea factory of Cambridge Consultants is responsible for the concept, along with many others. While the organization does not necessarily bring their ideas to market, they do work with manufacturers and licensing companies to make it happen.

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Belkin Enhances the iPad's Media Capabilities

2013-02-03

Belkin, who has been attempting to enhance their poor brand image, is also trying to enhance the poor media performance of the iPad. With their new Thunderstorm Handheld Theater they have added both a kickstand, similar to the HTC Evo, and an enhanced speaker, to replace the built-in speaker.

All of this currently works through the Apple 30-pin connector, though a Lightning Connect version is coming soon. The standard connector is available above for $199.

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Felt Audio's Modular Bluetooth Earbud System

2013-02-03

Bluetooth audio is a great concept, but not everyone likes the feel of standard Bluetooth headsets. That is where Felt Audio comes in with their modular Bluetooth earbuds. Designed to look and function like standard earbuds, these headphones have a retractable cord from the buds to the transceiver.

In addition to the earbuds, Felt Audio has also introduced what they call the world's smallest speaker system, the Pulse. It can be used as wither a musical speaker or a speakerphone with its omnidirectional microphone. This mic is prefect for use on a conference table for a whole group, or on the desk for just you.

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Always Know Where Your Luggage Is with Trakdot

2013-02-03

If you travel as often as broadcasters do, you know the intense fear of losing your luggage. If you show up in Vegas in time for CES and your baggage is in Chicago, it can make your week really problematic. While it is impossible to improve the airlines, there is a solution to the fear.

Trakdot has a product to let you know at all times where your baggage is. Using GPS, the device will send you an SMS to alert you of its whereabouts when it stops moving. If your baggage does land in Chicago, at least you will know where it is. Coming in April for only $49.99, the device will only cost you $12.99 per year.

A second model of the device, intended for people who travel with equipment, will incorporate a gyroscope or accelerometer to let you know if your baggage has been dropped and rammed during transport.

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SpareOne's Addition to Your Emergency Kit

2013-02-03

While current phones have a lot of bells and whistles, one thing they aren't very good at is holding a charge. This becomes a problem when you are in an emergency situation. When power is scarce and you need help, what can you do?

SpareOne has a solution with their new emergency phone. It takes a standard SIM card and a single AA battery and you can make calls for up to 10 hours. Paired with a lithium AA, you get longer life and even longer storage life. The device even comes with a waterproof bag to protect it in case of flooding.

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3M Also Makes Business Portable

2013-01-31

While the 3M Projector with Roku Streaming, this little projector is designed to be portable. Unlike the Roku projector, however, this one is designed for business.

With a 60 lumen bulb, 2 hours of battery life and HML support for mobile device connection, this projector could be the perfect addition to your business proposal setup.

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3M Makes Roku Portable

2013-01-31

What is the only thing missing from your Roku? The ability to project it on a wall while on the go! 3M has stepped up and made this problem non-existant, with their Streaming Projector. This little guy can project a 120 inch image for up to 2.5 hours on a single charge. It also has built-in speakers, or can be used with headphones or external speakers.

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A Robot Slave to Make You Feel Better

2013-01-31

While this might upset Bender, it should really excite you. Dream Bots has released the Whee Me, a robot that gives you a massage.

This little robot is capable of navigating the human back on its own, without falling to its doom below. With textured wheels and moving tentacles, this little guy has a lot of contact points all designed to help you reduce stress and relax your back.

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iPad Mobile Recording Studio

2013-01-31

Whether you are trying to podcast about podcasting or topics you know about, the ability to record on the go can definitely come in handy. If mobile recording is something you need, check out the Podcaster rig.

With a mounting bracket for microphone, lights and tripod, plus lens adapter, all this thing needs is an iPad, plus your normal broadcast equipment, and you are off and running.

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Stern Pinball Brings the Game Home Again

2013-01-31

You know you love pinball. We love it so much, we talked to the guys from Stern TWICE! While their setup was good at Digital Experience, their setup on the CES show floor was even better.

If you have ever dreamed of having your own home pinball machine, then you have to check out this video and then grab your own Transformers Pinball Machine.

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The Pillbox - Evolved

2013-01-31

We have all seen a pillbox. It is intended to help people remember what pills they are supposed to take and when. The only thing missing? A system to remind you to take them. The Medfolio Medication Reminder System is just that.

Julie Mason, pharmacist and creator of the reminder system, created the product because she saw so many people forgetting to take their medications and knew she needed to help. When it is time to take your medication, the proper compartment will illuminate and the box will chime. When combined with an online reporting system, caregivers can know exactly when patients have taken their pills.

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Living at Home at an Older Age

2013-01-31

As the US population gets older, the need for technology to allow the older generations to live at home longer is more important than ever. Grandcare Systems has recognized this need and has come up with an in-home health monitoring device.

Initially created to help shut-ins socialize, the technology allows caregivers and medical professionals to get information patients' home. Using this information, problems that are common in the aging population can be caught and treated earlier, without the need to live in assisted living facilities.

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Dakim Wants to Strengthen Your Brain

2013-01-30

You know you want to make your brain more powerful. Dakim Brain Fitness is designed to do exactly that. Their system is built to help aging adults maintain their mental agility and sharpness. Using a tool like this, baby boomers and senior citizens can continue to be vibrant members of the community.

The system is clinically tested to help people improve memory, language skills, focus, attention and concentration. With consistent use, the system can help stave off the aging effects on the brain.

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Dancing Your Way to Health

2013-01-30

United Healthcare has teamed up with Konami, makers of Dance Dance Revolution, to bring an education version of the game to classrooms. We have talked many times before on the show about the health benefits of DDR, and it turns out people have been listening.

United will be running their multiplayer, school-based pilot program to schools that already have an established United Healthcare curriculum partnership. Of course, this program might have been better received 10 years ago when DDR was at the height of its popularity here in the States, but it is possible that a program like this could revitalize the falling DDR sales.

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Monitor Your Blood Pressure with Your Phone

2013-01-30

It seems like you can monitor everything from your phone, and blood pressure is not to be left out. The iHealth Blood Pressure monitor is part of a suite of devices aimed at improving fitness. The device is an FDA approved blood pressure wrist monitor in its second generation, and through its Bluetooth connection, is able to communicate with a wide array of mobile devices with a collection of mobile apps.

The application comes with cloud storage, allowing you to store your health information online so you can analyze the data on a computer instead of just a phone. The data also allows for trending, allowing you to monitor fluctuations in your health progress.

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Wireless Health Monitoring for an Ideal Life

2013-01-30

It has never been easier to be the child of an aging parent. With products for tracking location and emergency call devices, you can always know the general status of your parents. But what if they have a medical condition that requires monitoring? What can you do then?

That is where Ideal Life comes in with their new consumer wireless biometric monitoring devices. Through a partnership with ADT Home Security, you can keep track of the physical status of loved ones as well. You can also feed the data to a doctor or nursing service so they can keep track of them as well.

Prescription versions are available now from your health care provider and ADT-powered options will be available soon.

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Inner Balance Through an Earpiece

2013-01-30

Heart Math Inner Balance is a product designed to help keep your breathing and heart rate in sync. When we get stressed, our heart rate raises, and lowers when we are not stressed. Breathing can also be affected in very similar ways.

This device, when combined with the mobile app, allows a user to visualize their breathing and heart rate patterns. Through a colored graph, the user can also work to synchronize these processes to improve their stress levels. The sensor clip, plus the app, will both be available in February 2013.

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Feel Healthier with HAPIfork

2013-01-30

HAPIfork was designed by French entrepreneur and inventor Jacques Lepine whose idea was based on research which shows that by eating slower, people can improve the way they feel, improve their digestion and lose weight. HAPIfork aims to modify eating behavior by slowing down how fast people eat and being more present with when and how long it takes to eat, leading to an overall healthier state of being and living.

Unlike other health related tools, the HAPIfork is inconspicuous and appropriate for out of home use. The Bluetooth enabled smart fork also collects information for future analysis or monitoring in clinical settings. All data is transmitted to a "personalized online dashboard" when the HAPIfork is connected to the users computer or mobile device making it easy to monitor eating habits and health improvement at home or on the road.

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Masimo Brings Professional Devices to Consumers

2013-01-30

Masimo is a name familiar to medical professionals, but they plan to become a well-known name in the consumer health world as well. Their entry device, the iSpO2, is a mobile Oximeter, which means it can show the percentage of oxygen in your blood stream.

Of course, there's no way they enter the market with just that, right? This device also has heart rate and a perfusion index. This information is all used during a standard hospital exam, and now can be used at home as well. The device is currently available through Amazon or through iSpO2.com for $249.

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Bodymedia Fitness Tracking Armband

2013-01-30

Bodymedia Fit showed off their Link Armband, a portable fitness tracking device. This Bluetooth device tracks your burned calories, step count, physical activity and sleep quality, all with a 90% accuracy rate.

The device is targeted at monitoring which activities throughout a person's day are most productive at burning calories for them. This is done through analysis of the data, and displayed through the mobile app or web app, helping the wearer to achieve their fitness goals. It even has the ability to interface with other devices to give an even more accurate picture of your personal health.

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Siemens Makes Hearing Improvement Waterproof

2013-01-30

Anyone with a standard hearing aid knows the inconveniences that come with them. For example, you have to take them out and put them back in depending on your current activity. Siemens has created a new kind of hearing aid, the Aquaris Micon, that does not require these measures

Another annoyance with hearing aids is the "whistle." Wearers cannot always hear it, but the people around them sure can. Siemens' audio processor eliminates the whistle, caused by mis-programmed devices causing feedback. The devices are available now from hearing enhancement professionals everywhere.

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A Scale that Can Analyze Your Entire Health

2013-01-30

Everything in the world seems to be getting smarter, and our home scales are no different. Withings showed us their Smart Body Analyzer scale, which gives a lot more information than just your weight.

Awarded a 2013 Innovations Award, this scale gives readings on body mass index, body fat, heart rate and household air quality, all geared at improving your personal health. The device also has WiFi and Bluetooth, allowing you to monitor the device's readings wirelessly.

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LifeProof Your Devices With These Cases

2013-01-30

You know your phone and tablet are vulnerable to all kinds of hazards. From water to dropping, it is easy to destroy your expensive technology. Fear not, though, as LifeProof has you covered, both metaphorically and literally, if you have an Apple product.

The engineers at this company have produced a case to protect your devices from you. These things are waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof, all to military spec. If the military thinks this is the right amount of protection, you know it should be good enough for you, right? Just don't run your phone over with a tank.

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Powershot N - Canon's Newest WiFi Camera

2013-01-30

Canon is changing things up with the newest addition to their digital camera lineup - The Powershot N. This camera moves the controls from the top of the body to around the lens, including shutter and zoom. If you're not comfortable controlling the camera from the front, good news, you can also control everything from the touchscreen on the back.

Like most newer mid-level cameras, this device also has WiFi, allowing yo to upload your photos right to Facebook, Twitter or even send through email. Another option is Canon's Image Gateway, a cloud storage option which provides owners of the camera 10GB of online photo storage.

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Canon Streams Their New Video Cameras to the Masses

2013-01-30

Canon shows us their newest VIXIA line, including the HF-R40, HF-R42 and HF-R400. With a newly remodeled CMOS you get much better low-light response, and with WiFi, you can connect to the camera access app on iOS or Android, allowing you to control the device or even stream the video live.

Of course, like all Canon cameras, you get great zoom capabilities; 53x Advanced Zoom on these models. The R400 will run $299, R40 will run $399 and the R42 is $499.

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Toshiba Really Brings the Ultra with New Line of Ultrabooks

2013-01-16

Toshiba showed off some of the sleekest ultrabooks we've seen at any CES to date that weren't just prototypes. I was able to put my hands on four different models, ranging from a 21:9 aspect ratio ultrabook made for watching movies without having any bars on the sides, to a really great convertible that maintains the battery life we've been expecting to find in ultrabooks today. Toshiba also introduced their first touchscreen at a very affordable price, proving that the big companies are really onboard with the Windows 8 user experience.

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ION has Gadgets for Many Types of People, Whether You're Musical or Practical

2013-01-16

ION introduced a bunch of products at the 2013 International CES. Some of the highlights include the DuoDeck, which is small and extremely portable turntable, where the vinyl record is larger than the device itself. This gadget is great for sampling, runs on batteries or USB power and needs no additional wires or drivers to work.

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Something else ION debuted at CES was AirCopy, a world's first and something that makes you wonder why it wasn't invented sooner. It's a wireless scanner that generates its own Wi-Fi network so users can send any image over to their tablet or computer without needing to connect to an actual Internet network, or without having to load them into a computer, then sideload them to a mobile device. Call up the app from any device, slide the document in and off you go. It simply runs off a rechargeable battery that can charge via USB and gives you about four hours of use time in about half the time to charge and it works across almost every platform, iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

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Corning Introduces New Gorilla Glass 3.0 with Native Damage Resistance

2013-01-16

Each year Corning tries to outperform its previous class of Gorilla Glass. With 2.0 at the 2012 International CES, we thought they couldn't do one better, but this year we were proven wrong. Of course, with Gorilla Glass, it's all about the live demo, but here's a quick rundown. The new Gorilla Glass 3.0 with Native Damage Resistance (NDR) can be made as thin as .5 nanometers and up to 2nm and is able to withstand scratches of over 7 Newton of force and critical loads of up to 15,000 grams before cracks will start to appear.

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Corning says that the glass should be available to over one billion devices moving forward. So, if you're in the market for a new phone in the coming year, be sure to be on the lookout for one with the toughest glass to-date on protecting that precious screen.

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Ubisoft's Frag Dolls Talk Gaming, Lenovo, Conventions, More at CES 2013

2013-01-16

The Frag Dolls are a team of professional female gamers recruited by Ubisoft to promote their video games and represent the presence of women in the game industry. We were able to catch up with three of the ladies, Valkryie, Pixxel and Daze, at the Lenovo and Social Media Club party, where they were in attendance to show off a new partnership between Lenovo and Ubisoft. Plus, all parties need some eye-candy, right?

We sat down and discussed a range of topics from how the girls all ended up with the Frag Dolls, best experiences at conventions and what's in-store for the all-girl FPS team in the future. You won't want to miss this one!

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Chrysler Introduces Via Mobile Package, Brings Integrated Life Into Your Vehicle

2013-01-16

Talking with Chrysler at CES this year inside of a 2013 Dodge Ram took us on a very cool journey. Chrysler Group introduced the Via Mobile package, which allows full Internet radio into your vehicle from your phone. AM/FM, HD Radio and SiriusXM are all included, as expected, except Chrysler will be the first to offer the fully merged and integrated SiriusXM lineup into their vehicles with exclusivity for a limited time. There is also a media hub available in the center console. A USB port, SD port, aux port, USB charge-only port and Bluetooth streaming all compliment the 8.5" resistive touch screen that resides in the dashboard.

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Enhancing the experience is a brand new navigation system that takes up the entire screen, complete with 3D models, pan-and-zoom, traffic (through SiriusXM). One cool, subtle feature that brings the entire nav together is called One-Step Destination Entry, where you can use your voice and give a command in one breath, such as "Navigate to (address)." You can also give the system points of interest, which commands such as "Find Nearest (name of place)."

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What's cool about the Apps Button is that all of your embedded apps, plus all of the apps from your phone, are displayed together through the dashboard screen, fully integrated using the Via Mobile package. Apps like iHeartRadio and more all connect to the dashboard, forcing the phone to turn off when the vehicle is in motion, which reduces distracted driving. Chrysler has partnered with Sprint as well and has embedded a 3G radio into their 2013 vehicles. With that, pressing the 911 button will take you immediately to a 911 dispatcher and not to a call center and queue. Better yet, it's using Sprint's integrated signal to make the call without tying up your cell phone line. Using the Assist app will display three different call centers: roadside assistance, uConnect to answer questions about your online account and smartphone app and the vehicle-specific call center to answer questions about problems you may have with your vehicle.

No announcements on timing, vehicle availability or pricing has been announced yet, but Chrysler said to stay tuned for news on that very soon.

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AblePlanet Lets Users Hear Things Like Never Before

2013-01-16

AblePlanet, the winner of over 30 CES Innovations Awards, has created a technology called Linx Audio, which is a technology that passively filters out undesirable noise and reduces distortion. This allows users to hear more of the sounds they want but at a much lower decibel range.

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From personal amplification systems and noise cancellation headphones to gaming headsets and even extremely affordable solutions, all members of the family can benefit from AblePlanet's patented technologies. The company even offers a new gadget not seen before in portable headphones, an in-line balance adjuster. For those who are hard of hearing in one ear more than the other, this discrete cord simply shifts the sound to center it across your ears comfortably, without amplifying one side and damaging your good ear. AblePlanet seems to have the consumer's health in mind as their first priority.

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CES 2013 TPN Pick of the Day #4

2013-01-11

The TPN crew discuss the products they saw on the show floor. From there, each member pitches their favorite and together we choose the top product of the day.

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CES 2013 TPN Pick of the Day #3

2013-01-10

The TPN crew discuss the products they saw on the show floor. From there, each member pitches their favorite and together we choose the top product of the day.

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Stern Pinball Brings the Game Home

2013-01-10

Stern Pinball brought their machines to Digital Experience to show off what a modern consumer table could be. If you've interacted with consumer pinball machines before, you will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that these actually work, and work WELL!

We all know that the thing that makes pinball machines most interesting the the theme, and Stern has licenses to bring big-name brands to their tables, such as Transformers and Avengers, meaning you can defeat the Decepticons at home on a pinball machine. Is it possible to beat that?

There are 3 grades of machine, and they start at only $2499. If you are a pinball fan, you will definitely want to check these guys out.

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CES 2013 TPN Pick of the Day #2

2013-01-09

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Sony Makes Their Cameras Handy for Everyone

2013-01-09

Sony brought the power at Digital Experience, showing off several new Handycam models. The Handycam PJ790 sports a 24.1 MP sensor and a PROJECTOR, allowing you to show people the videos and photos you have shot without crowding around the view screen. If that is not good enough, you also have dual HDMI ports to hookup to any other device.

You can pre-order the camera now for $1599.

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Nectar Mobile Power Empowers Your Phone

2013-01-09

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CES 2013 TPN Pick of the Day #1

2013-01-08

The TPN crew discuss the products they saw on the show floor. From there, each member pitches their favorite and together we choose the top product of the day.

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Best Practices in Cloud Design - Lee Kedrie's Presentation at HP Discover

2012-06-07

Lee specializes in developing cloud vision, and plan the transformation with customers.

While IT traditionally has been spending time in optimization, employing point technologies to drive out cost. Cloud computing requires a holistic view of infrastructure, applications, and operations.

Lee talks about the process used by HP, over a 12-14 week examination of the overall IT strategy for clients. Lee notes that companies that have invested strategically in bringing in experts to help with the development of a comprehensive strategy see the benefits in agility and savings from cloud based systems. Those who are thinking about cloud but are not investing in third party assistance may not be aware of the best practices that successful companies.

The workshop and consulting engagements are tools based, allowing consistent delivery of the service globally. Future state definition, baseline and gap analysis, culminating in development of a specific plan to bridge those gaps and set a plan to go forward.

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Planning for Versatility - Christian Verstrate Introduces Several Concepts

2012-06-07

Christian Verstraete is the Chief Technologist for Cloud Strategy at HP- with the mission of defining HP's Enterprise Business-wide functional and reference architecture and working across the CTO organization to coordinate activities around HP-wide Cloud offerings.

CIO's in this economic are looking for agility and responsiveness - allowing them to grow, flex or shrink as necessary. Christian talks about the process and discipline needed. The distinction between Core and Context functions is a key strategic skill in planning converged capability, tying things together in an open environment and providing the flexibility to move.

Christian discusses the difference between public cloud services and managed cloud services and why the needs of a business might require a combination the two approaches.

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Karl Kovacs and Chris Wahl: ExpertOne - Success Story

2012-06-07

A first time attendee at HP Discover, IT professional Chris Wahl was able to use the ExpertOne process to extend his professional certification.
Karl Kovacs is Social Media Manager, HP. Karl recently completed a number of years with HP as a Learning Solution Architect - Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking. He has a certification and learning architect with experience in HP Networking, Enterprise servers (ProLiant and Integrity) and HP Storage.

Chris Wahl is the "Virtualization Whisperer," with over 13 years of IT experience in enterprise infrastructure design, implementation, and administration within a diverse set of business and regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, SOX, PCI-DSS, ITIL and ePHI.

Chris is recognized by VMware as a vExpert and holds an active "Expert" rank on the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) community forums assisting users in solving technical challenges. Co-Leader of the Chicago VMware User Group (VMUG) to help spread knowledge and encourage collaboration among virtualization professionals.

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Lee Kedrie: Enabling Cloud Computing - Planning in Real Life

2012-06-07

Lee specializes in developing cloud vision, and plan the transformation with customers.

While IT traditionally has been spending time in optimization, employing point technologies to drive out cost. Cloud computing requires a holistic view of infrastructure, applications, and operations.

Lee talks about the process used by HP, over a 12-14 week examination of the overall IT strategy for clients. Lee notes that companies that have invested strategically in bringing in experts to help with the development of a comprehensive strategy see the benefits in agility and savings from cloud based systems. Those who are thinking about cloud but are not investing in third party assistance may not be aware of the best practices that successful companies.

The workshop and consulting engagements are tools based, allowing consistent delivery of the service globally. Future state definition, baseline and gap analysis, culminating in development of a specific plan to bridge those gaps and set a plan to go forward.

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Jason Cohen: CIO Diversified Agency Services / Omnicom Group - A Two-Year Consolidation Challenge

2012-06-07

Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group Inc., manages Omnicom's holdings in a variety of marketing disciplines, including customer relationship management, public relations and specialty communications. DAS includes more than 190 companies, which operate through a combination of networks and regional organizations, serving international and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

DAS CIO Jason S. Cohen outlined some of the challenges that HP faces in a large consolidation project.

With offices all over the world, DAS has many offices - and they have to be able to provide data and technology anywhere in the world for their clients, providing PR, Marketing and CRM services. Cost savings is a side benefit to the consistent quality and level of service that they are able to provide.

Jerry Kelly is the North American CIO for DAS : During the interview, he emphasized the change management portion of the strategy and use of HP 3PAR, Tipping Point, and the HP Server line. In the evaluation of various competing products, a clear vision of the HP Partnership emerged. Virtual network technology allowed DAS to address agency concerns on the security of agency data - shared IP space yet logically separate .

Roz Reich - Director of Communications at Consolidated Data Services emphasized the need to communicate among various stakeholders, emphasizing clear advantages that the consolidation will bring, and listening to agency concerns. Newsletters, websites, conference calls and in person meetings were essential tools that were deployed.

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E3 2012 - The Hip Hop Gamer - Gaming, Music and the Hardwork to Balance the Two

2012-06-07

What happens when you mix hip hop and gaming? You get The Hip Hop Gamer. The passionate, dedicated, self-made journalist-meets-rap-star was one of the musical acts at the Shifted 2 Reality party and I had the opportunity to speak with him after bumping into him practically everywhere during the convention week.

The Hip Hop Gamer's performance at the event was absolutely great. Part of the greatness around it was that his music is exactly what you would expect it to be: hip hop mixed with lyrics about gaming. The other part of the greatness was that I was able to save the show, as he didn't have a microphone following the performance of a previous act. No worries, our trusty mic we use on camera was obviously ready and available to fulfill its duties to save yet another production and the show went on!

During our short chat, we learned about his career in music, his show and publication which now is hosted through EGM and also about his future possible appearance in a video game. Want to check out the full scoop? You don't want to miss how animated he gets during the interview! Oh yeah, and I get to hold his championship belt.

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Liz Roche: CIO Priorities - Thinking Differently

2012-06-06

Liz Roche is a Strategist with Strategic IT Advisory Services and global leader of portfolio management for HP Technology Consulting. In this role, she is responsible for creating, bringing to market, and managing the portfolio of strategic IT advisory services.

In her most recent blog post , she talks about her presentation at HPDiscover 2012 on CIO priorities. In the interview, she speaks about some of the findings at an MIT-Sloan conference and discusses how CIO's have to demonstrate business value and return from adaptation of the latest technologies.

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Security in the Mobile Enterprise - Consumerization of IT Broadens Attack Targets

2012-06-06

As the threat landscape evolves beyond the OS to the root kit level, data loss and data security become an increased challenge. With the rise of these new threats, there is an evolution of IT trends - virtualization, mobile devices, and the general consumerization of IT has created a larger attack surface. Intel and McAfee are seeking combinations of hardware in mobile devices and software to fend off these threats and attacks, in a hardware enhanced security approach.

Deepak Thakkar, PhD is responsible for the development and execution of the server and storage security product marketing strategy at McAfee. He has over 15 years of marketing and business development experience in the Network Security, Healthcare, and High Performance Computing space.

John Skinner is Director of Secure Enterprise and Cloud Initiative, and is also on the NASCIO Security and Privacy Committee.

In previous roles at Intel, he was one of the principle drivers of the Intel Open Energy Initiative. He works closely with the Intel Capital investment team where he had oversight responsibility for business development agreements with clean tech startup companies.

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E.G. Nadhan: Cloud Standards - Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure

2012-06-06

E.G.Nadhan, Lead Technologist, HP Enterprise Services, has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry delivering solutions in distributed environments. As the Lead Technologist for Global Strategic Capabilities within HP Enterprise Services (Applications), Nadhan leverages his experience to build and grow the standardized set of processes and tooling direction within Application Services.

World's first Cloud Computing Technical Standard: The Open Group has released the first technical standard for the cloud: Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure (SOCCI). As a platinum member of The Open Group, HP played a leadership role in defining this standard. In this session, the co-chair who led this project within The Open Group will explain how the standard works and walk through the architectural building blocks that it offers. He will also explain how enterprises can use this standard to deploy new solutions and validate existing solutions in SOA and cloud environments.

In this interview, he introduces the following questions:

1. Why do standards take time to evolve? Waiting for Standards is like Waiting for Godot.
2. What is unique about SOCCI? Don't we have existing SOA and Cloud Computing standards that address this?
3. When can an Enterprise apply this standard?
4. What was HP's role in the definition of this standard?

Nadhan is the co-chair for the Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure project within The Open Group's Cloud Computing Work Group. He chairs the HP Open Group Strategy Steering Committee that enforces consistency in the level and nature of HP participation and contributions to The Open Group.

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Muller-Dorr-Verstrate: IT Strategy of Industry Leaders - Surprising Lessons

2012-06-06

Market Leaders have a clear strategy for use of IT to achieve business goals - and surprisingly, market leaders in the survey of over 650 companies identified seven key factors that were the same, regardless of industry. Laggards tend to have more IT than they need, and they tend to use it less efficiently. Laggards also tend to focus on security, but in a negative way as a boundary - keeping bad people out. Leaders build security into everything that they do, and look upon it as an enabler to bring in teams, customers and resources to take advantage of market opportunity.

Christian Verstraete is the Chief Technologist for Cloud Strategy at HP- with the mission of defining HP's Enterprise Business-wide functional and reference architecture and working across the CTO organization to coordinate activities around HP-wide Cloud offerings.

Daniel Dorr is Worldwide Sr. Marketing Manager at Hewlett-Packard for HP Instant-On Enterprise, and Author of Kissing Killimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa

Chief Software Evangelist Paul Muller (officially VP Software Marketing at Hewlett-Packard) talks about focusing on IT Performance and Business and Enterprise goals.

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Jimmy Daley: How Storage Evolves - Enterprise Storage Evolution

2012-06-06

Jimmy Daley is Director of Smart Storage at Hewlett Packard in Industry Standard Servers. In the past year, the new Gen8 platform was introduced and there were over 150 innovations in Proliant Gen8. Management features such as Active Insight, and remote management have been added. Gen7 to Gen8 offers improvements of 40 to 60% on real-world process benchmarks, delivering benefits in power consumption and cooling costs.

Each year brings incredibile advances in memory and processor power - yet storage has not kept pace. The challenge was to develop a more efficient and elegant architecture. HP Smart Caching offers a much more efficient dynamic and adaptable

Jimmy talks of some of the challenges that designers faced in development - uncovering bottlenecks in the entire storage stack.

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Jeremy Brann: The Promise of Cloud Computing

2012-06-06

Master Cloud Strategist Jeremy Brann has 11 years IT consulting experience on projects ranging from systems integration and process improvement to enterprise IT transformation and planning.

During the interview, he notes that the obvious physical advantages saving capital expense outlay has in appealing to some customers. Other customers focus on business outcomes, to scale to seasonal demands. Cloud computing gives IT an opportunity to engage with the business leadership of the company, and react to customer demands for mobility, which is the driver twice as often as conventional cost savings.

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Gene Kim / Paul Muller: Changing CIO Roles - Thinking Differently about IT

2012-06-06

Chief Software Evangelist Paul Muller (officially VP Software Marketing at Hewlett-Packard) talks about focusing on IT Performance and Business and Enterprise goals, and the changing role of the CIO, moving from doer to designer. You can often over-optimize sub-systems that result in an overall decrease in performance. The change required is a change in mindset is from Project Manager to technology manager - introducing design thinking into the process.

Gene Kim is a researcher, author and multiple award-winning entrepreneur as the founder and former CTO of Tripwire. He is author of the books "Visible Ops" and "Visible Ops Security," and is working on two books being published in August, "When IT Fails: A Business Novel" and " The DevOps Cookbook."

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E3 2012 - AVerMedia - Video Capture Devices for All Occasions

2012-06-06

Every gamer has watched gameplay footage of their favorite game, or funny footage as we are in the studio this evening. There is only one way to capture that footage, and that is with a capture card. AVerMedia is here to make that capability available to the masses with their offering of computer-based and stand-alone capture devices.

If you are recording on computer games, they have an internal, PCIe-powered, capture device that allows you to capture and live-stream your computer screen over the Internet, called Game Broadcaster HD. It even gives the ability to incorporate commentary into the stream, making it a full, self-contained component for the hardcore PC gamer. If you want to record your console play, the company offers something for that, too. With their external capture device, Game Capture HD you can hook up any console, including the Wii, via component cable, and record either to the internal memory, or almost any external storage you may have.

If you have been looking for a good way to capture, stream and commentary your gaming, look no further than AVerMedia.

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E3 2012 - Aurasma - Augmented Reality With a Purpose

2012-06-06

Sometimes at events like ShowStoppers! at E3 2012 you are surprised by what products you find. Now, we all know about Augmented Reality (AR) - Sony even showed off their own implementation in the Wonderbook. So far, however, it has mostly been a toy and not really used for anything productive - until now.

Enter Aurasma. Their goal is to bridge the physical and virtual worlds, all through your phone or tablet. This system allows you to take a physical image and turn it into an interactive element. For example, if you use their free software and aim it at the Mona Lisa, you will be treated to a moving version of the image, talking to you. It is done entirely without ugly QR codes, which have become like modern day modem noise, keeping an advertisement or brochure entirely clean and professional. Companies have already used their product for Despicable Me, soccer teams and even Marvel has recently gotten involved to bring your comic book characters to life.

This is one of the coolest technologies I have interacted with, and it is great to see someone trying to eliminate the scourge that are QR codes. You can get the free app in either the Android or iTunes marketplaces right now.

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E3 2012 - Kingston Technology - Powerhouse Gaming Rig

2012-06-06

Only Kingston Technology, home of high-quality memory products, could show up at an E3 2012 ShowStoppers! party and bring with them an uber-powerful gaming computer. What do I mean when I say uber-powerful? How about 64GB of HyperX RAM, a $1,000 12-core processor and dual SSDs. One SSD is setup for the operating system and applications and one is setup for an Adobe scratch disk.

This computer is so powerful that rendering full HD video only takes about 7% of the processor. How do they do it? By loading all of the video into RAM, meaning no disk seek times, plus using an SSD as a scratch disk. With no seek time, the video is capable of rendering faster and smoother than the average editing rig. This simulates a lot of how videogames work. In general, the area you are in is loaded into memory and rendered on the fly. A rig like this could make any game run smoother, even at the highest video settings.

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E3 2012 - Game Capture HD with Elgato Systems

2012-06-06

For those of you who feel saddened because your glorious video game achievements and heroic epic fails seem doomed to live forever in the obscurity of your memory then you'll want to pay attention to Elgato's Game Capture HD. I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim B&Atildeth, Elgato Systems brand manager, at ShowStoppers! during E3 this year and we got live demo of the hardware and software in action.

The way that the Game Capture HD works is pretty simple. You have an Xbox 360 and/or a PS3,TV and a Mac or PC. The Game Capture HD hardware had an HDMI pass-through that catches the feed from your console and sends it to your computer via USB 2.0 in 480i/p, 756p, 720p and 1080i outputs without losing a single frame. So you've got a couple options even if somehow you don't have an HDTV to go with your HD game console. Elgato Systems also has their own software that makes it easy to work with your footage. Check out more after the break and get a first hand look.

Their software makes it easy to record with features like Flashback Recording which lets you rewind your footage and go back in time to start recording from that point. Their visual editor makes it easy to remove, move and trim your footage so that you can focus on the best of it and easily post to YouTube all from the same place. In case your familiar with other video editing programs like Sony Vegas or Premiere, no worries, you can output your video as an MP4 to use with them as well. That not bad at all for under $200.00, if you're interested, go pick one up from Elgato here.

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E3 2012 - Legends of War: Patton is History in Gaming

2012-06-06

During ShowStoppers! at E3 this year I had the pleasure of speaking with Luke Shelnutt from Maximum Games about a cool, historically accurate, turn-based-strategy title for the PS3, PS Vita and Xbox 360.

Something I noticed that sets Legends of War: Patton apart from your typical World War II game is that it is licensed by The History Channel because of its educational properties. As you are playing through General Patton's European campaign during World War II you are first briefed on what took place in the battle before trying your hand at playing through the battle yourself. Then, after successfully completing the battle you are rewarded with actually World War II footage.

I didn't have a chance to play the game yet but I'm very interested in getting my hands on a copy in the future because it seems like a fantastic way to learn about history. I'm also a bit curious to see how they implemented the turn-based-strategy aspect of the game as this isn't something we see often in the genre. As Luke made mention, this game probably isn't for your 8 year old but young teens and older are a more appropriate audience. Legends of War: Patton will be available for PS3, PS Vita and Xbox 360 this October at all major video game retailers.

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Kfir Godrich:Industrialized IT - Responsiveness and Economy

2012-06-05

Kfir Godrich is Vice President and Managing Partner heading the Global Innovation Office for HP Technology Services (TS). In this role, he drives innovation for TS while serving as a "consulting ambassador" for HP TS Consulting around the world and providing thought leadership. Godrich also focuses on green initiatives including creating high efficiency data center topologies supporting "green IT" and is a messenger of the sustainability concept worldwide.

The optimization of CAPEX and OPEX in the data center was the focus of IT Management for the past several years. This led to the POD, containerization of Data Center hardware and the idea of a Flexible Data Center that can be hooked together in an independent form.

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Dave Twohy: New for HP Channel Partners - Thinking Differently

2012-06-05

David Twohy is HP Vice President for Global Channels, responsible for Global Channel Partner Services organization. He leads a team of 200+ services sales professionals, and holds a $3B annual orders target.

In this interview, we see how ServiceOne helps HP to be more responsive to customers and service partners. There are over 2300 partners worldwide, and HP wants to enable the partner community to offer an entire lifecycle sales context. For example in Cloud Services, developing a strategy for public and private clouds or burst technology, specific offerings such as Cloud Workshops can be sold by the partner and delivered in

HP CloudStart is another example: HP and the sales partner can stand up a fully functional Private Cloud service in less than 30 days.
Partners can also set up recurring revenue streams that they have never had before. And, with new awareness and emphasis on mobile platforms, there are opportunities for more partners to use HP enabled resources to be even more responsive to customer needs.

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Ortega Pittman:Enterprise Cloud Services - Benefits of External Management

2012-06-05

Ortega Pittman is an HP Worldwide Product Marketing professional who is responsible for liaising and networking with a range of stakeholders including customers, global sales force, colleagues, suppliers and partner organisations; communicating with target executive audiences and managing customer relationships.

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Glenn Keels: Serving Hyperscale Customers - Project Moonshot

2012-06-05

Glenn Keels, Director of Marketing at HP leads worldwide product and segment Marketing for HP's Hyperscale Business Unit within ISS. Primarily focused on product development and go to market for ProLiant SL and private/custom designed servers, Glenn has also been involved in HP PODs (Performance Optimized DataCenters) helping to power the world's largest cloud infrastructures and lead the industry in high performance computing (HPC).

In this interview, Glenn talks about HP's Project Moonshot , where servers are designed for Hyperscale customers - those who provide independent clouds , facing a real crisis in power cost and complexity. For these customers, the datacenter is their business. HP's offering is not focused particularly on ARM versus Intel based designs - but rather on the overall design of an architectural infrastructure that will develop over several years into a family of products.

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Valerie Logan: Unstructured Big Data - Scalable Solutions in Human Understandable Data

2012-06-05

Valerie Logan is VP, Information Management and Analytics Solutions for Hewlett-Packard.

The transition from structured data, monitoring, and data warehousing to big data - tremendous volumes of unstructured data arriving continuously from multiple sources, such as the supply chain, environmental monitors, and transactions results in challenges in maintaining relevance to business objectives. Information is the new currency of business. The data itself is provided by consumers and end users, a goldmine of information in the aggregate.

The patterns and systemic view of how the information is matched up with externally available information is a primary task that companies face. HP brings answers to how to build a Big Data strategy, and then assist customers with the implementation details.

Valerie is responsible for the information and analytics theme of HP's global industry vertical solutions- focused on driving innovative, differentiated IP/product-based solutions. She is a Global practice leader of the information management practice within HP's Consulting & Integration services division, charged with facilitation of strategy setting, portfolio development, market position, delivery enablement and talent development across regions.

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E.G. Nadhan: Right Homes for Applities

2012-06-05

E.G.Nadhan, Lead Technologist, HP Enterprise Services, has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry delivering solutions in distributed environments. As the Lead Technologist for Global Strategic Capabilities within HP Enterprise Services (Applications), Nadhan leverages his experience to build and grow the standardized set of processes and tooling direction within Application Services.

In this interview, he introduces the following questions:

Did you know your applications have their own personalities? At HP, they call these "Applities." Like people, Applications need to have the right home. They must be housed in the right infrastructure for them to be most effective at the business purpose they serve. How do you ensure that your applications are running on the right infrastructure in your House of IT? Extend the psychology of Applities to the infrastructure.

1. How does the nature and type of an application impact the infrastructure it runs on?
2. Shouldn't the enterprise already have the right infrastructure in place for all their applities?
3. Can you use the concept of Applities to determine if Applications are ready to be deployed on the Cloud?

Nadhan is the co-chair for the Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure project within The Open Group's Cloud Computing Work Group. He chairs the HP Open Group Strategy Steering Committee that enforces consistency in the level and nature of HP participation and contributions to The Open Group.

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Nina Buik: HP Connect at Discover 2012 - Helps Attendees Find Others Like Me

2012-06-05

Chief Marketing Officer Nina Buik joins us at HP Discover 2012 for a quick overview of upcoming plans.Throughout the week, HP Connect sponsored a number of Special Interest Groups - (SIG) , and helped members get the most out of the experience. Social media is one of the key ways that HP Discover launches communications with members. Nina also talks about the Youth Scholarship program and her initial interactions with HP CEO Meg Whitman.

HP Connect is the largest user community of HP business technology customers in the world with over 50,000 members worldwide. An independent membership organization, Connect was formed in 2008 from the consolidation of three former HP user groups: Encompass, which originated as a group for users of the former Digital Equipment Corp., ITUG, which represented users of HP NonStop fault-tolerant systems, and HP-Interex EMEA, a Brussels-based affiliate of the former Interex.

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Raf Los: Building Enterprise Resiliency - Threats to Security; Silos and Shadow IT

2012-06-05

Rafal Los Chief Security Evangelist for HP Software works with HP customers, the 'industry', and community effectively bringing business and technology together securely for the modern InstantOn Enterprise. Raf helps organizations tactically and strategically support the vast array of business technology platforms, corporate initiatives, and disruptive consumer technologies in a risk-averse manner while being able to measure the positive impact to their business performance (via IT Performance Suite).

During the interview, Raf discusses major threats to security: Siloed information and Shadow IT - an indicator of customers moving elsewhere. Security thought processes often assume control that in fact does not exist. Building resiliency into the system overall - with security as a key component will enable IT to regain an element of control.

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George Ferguson: Business Continuity - Protecting Data vs Protecting Businesses

2012-06-05

George Ferguson is Product Marketing Manager for HP Continuity Services. In this interview, George discusses Disaster Recovery as a cloud based service. The goal of an effective program is protecting business processes and applications, not just protecting data. The most frequent disasters are component failure, human errors and longer term data center electrical failures.

Enterprises must know where the data is - within region or within country. This sort of approach rules out the public cloud offerings. George also mentions some risky short-cuts using the test and development that might be tempting, but could be very expensive in the long run.

High agility and very low recovery time and very low costs are major advantages of the Cloud Based system.

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Donald Livengood: Windows 7 and Beyond - Applications and Transformation

2012-06-05

Distinguished Technologist Donald Livengood gave several presentations on the challenges of converting applications to Windows 7 and bringing various mobile devices into the portfolio.

Industry leaders approach the task by thoroughly understanding their users and use case. Apps must reflect their customers needs, and be bought into the corporate desktop strategy. A different type of employee is emerging, and the Transformation Experience Workshops offered by HP help IT managers to develop strategies for Cloud, Applications, or enterprise level technology policies for Prosumer products.

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Tinker Twins: Enterprise Escalations - Team Strength on the Ground When Seconds Count

2012-06-05

Chris Tinker is an HP Master Technologist with more than 12 years experience supporting "Mission Critical" enterprise customers on a broad range of technologies including but not limited to HP and third party hardware/software at or above a master level.

Greg Tinker is also an HP Master Technologist. Greg has more than 14 years experience in the same functional areas.

Both Greg and Chris Greg have managed technical operational outages with millions of Dollars/Euros hanging in the balance, and created Communication plans for everyone ranging from Master Architects to the CIO and higher executives of Fortune 500+ companies.

In this interview, Chris and Greg talk about the challenges of quickly orienting to an emergency outage situation, performing triage on multiple presenting problems, and establishing a clear response and recovery strategy. WIth outstanding technology skills as a base, their job entails a great deal of psychology and understanding of the business impact of resolving the problems.

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Jeff Carlat: Proactive Service and Support

2012-06-05

Jeff Carlat is Director of Marketing at Hewlett-Packard, and is responsible for working with customers to minimize the cost and downtime impact of remedial action - which can be as much as $12-18 Million per hour in certain situations. The problem facing almost every CIO is that the expense of keep existing operations running consumes 75-80% of the IT budget- the majoritiy of the IT spend being labor.

Reducing human error and delay in finding and fixing problems is key part of a proactive strategy, integrating logistic support and response to the support telemetry. Logging in from a mobile device, the manager using Insight Online can monitor service, contract, warranty and license information.

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Brian Ng: Foundational Competencies for Big Data - Top Tier Company Innovation

2012-06-05

Brian Ng is Director of Strategy and Portfolio for Information Management and Analytics. Strategic management of Big Data is understanding what Big Data can mean to Top Tier companies.

Big data is really an evolution of the environment that includes a new level of challenges. in structure and volume - but with the biggest factor being the speed at which the data streams in, often in unstructured form. Technology has enabled the mechanics of reacting to this new environment, but the real challenge remains making sure that the business units are in alignment.

HP works with clients to take a holistic view. Business alignment and participation in a monetization strategy for the opportunities that big data presents a constant target in all sorts of industries. The new insights have to be integrated into existing traditional enterprise data to generate the greatest value for the company.

Other critical success factors include focus on foundational capabilities and apps, not directing all attention and investment on complex realtime processing, clickstream monitoring, etc.

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Calvin Zito and Eric Siebert: VMware Blogging - HP Social Media for VMware and Storage

2012-06-05

Calvin Zito is Storage Blogger & Social Media Strategist at HP. In this role, he manages all aspects of Social Media for HP Storage including but not limited to blogging, Twitter, and communities like LinkedIn.

A former HP customer, Eric is an IT industry veteran, author and blogger with more than 25 years of experience, most recently specializing in server administration and virtualization. His most recent book is Maximum vSphere from Pearson Publishing, and he has authored VMware training videos in the Train Signal Pro Series. Siebert also maintains his own VMware information website, vSphere-land.com, and is a regular blogger and contributor on several TechTarget websites.

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Christian Verstrate: Converged Cloud - Private, Managed, Burst, Conventional Capacity

2012-06-05

Christian Verstraete is the Chief Technologist for Cloud Strategy at HP- with the mission of defining HP's Enterprise Business-wide functional and reference architecture and working across the CTO organization to coordinate activities around HP-wide Cloud offerings.

CIO's in this economic are looking for agility and responsiveness - allowing them to grow, flex or shrink as necessary. Christian talks about the process and discipline needed. The distinction between Core and Context functions is a key strategic skill in planning converged capability, tying things together in an open environment and providing the flexibility to move.

Christian discusses the difference between public cloud services and managed cloud services and why the needs of a business might require a combination the two approaches.

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Electronic Arts Recap - UFC

2012-06-05

What a difference a few years makes. In 2009, head of UFC, Dana White, made it clear he didn't like EA, and for good reason. He tried to have a meeting with them to discuss his idea for an MMA-based videogame. He thought it would work because the WWE had been successful for a long time with their games. EA, on the other hand, refused to meet with him because they claimed that MMA disgusted them. He, of course, later went to THQ, who produced the official UFC game from their San Diego studio.

EA went on to make their own MMA game, unlicensed. Needless to say, he was not happy about this, and threatened to ban any fighter who appeared in EA's MMA title. Suffice it to say, it was a pretty big surprise to see Mr. White standing on EA's stage announcing his exclusive partnership with the company that had stabbed him in the back. Obviously EA was not happy with their non-existent sales, so they purchased the contract away from THQ, who has much less of a sports background than EA. I would imagine we will see new EA-powered UFC titles later in the year.

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Electronic Arts Recap - Star Wars: The Old Republic

2012-06-05

EA and Bioware seem entirely committed to Star Wars: The Old Republic and they showed it with the E3 press conference. Dr. Ray Muzyka, founder of Bioware, spent some time showing the crowd what can be expected in the future of the game. He said,

Our goal is to create a living service that's always on.

Fans of the game, and there are a lot of them, will be happy to know that they are committed to maintaining and expanding, and well as enhancing the experience. There are, in fact, so many fans of this title that it is the fastest growing MMO of all time. Because of that, there is always room for growth.

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Electronic Arts Recap - SimCity

2012-06-05

One thing we were all looking forward to this year at E3 was SimCity. We've been following it for a while and got to listen in on a Producer Broadcast with SimCity lead producer Kip Katsarelis. We got to hear 30 minutes of questions and answers, along with insight on several aspects of the game, including the sim engine, look and feel and some gameplay aspects.

One of the first questions Kip was asked was, "Why did Maxis and EA bring back SimCity?" He said that with this game, they wanted to bring back the possibilities of creating a world on PCs that can now handle the engine they wanted to create. The new game is a complete reboot of the franchise and Maxis looked at every feature from top to bottom to reinvent the game to make it the best ever. There is a new simulation engine in place, which we knew about, called the GlassBox engine. With GlassBox, every Sim has a place to live, work and shop.

Glassbox is huge and is the foundation for the simulation. It allows everything you see in the world to be simulated. Crime happens in realtime, traffic is amazing, every Sim is actively tracked and managed. If work is close, they will walk or take rail or bus stops, or they may even drive. You can then act on that (those problems) and see the impact of the changes you make.

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Electronic Arts Recap - Need for Speed: Most Wanted

2012-06-05

Another EA press event means another Need for Speed game. This time, developer studio Criterion takes a shot at progressing the series from the ground-breaking addition of Autolog found in Hot Pursuit with Need for Speed: Most Wanted. EA says you can now "outdrive your friends, outrace your rivals and take down a city full of cops" in the most intense edition of the game to date.

The focus? Open world action where freedom is everything. No more scripted chases and sequences when trying to outrun the police. Now, you can do it however you want. If your car is of the off-road type, take the car into the mountain-side. Got a Porsche? Head down the interstate and blow past those roadblocks with ease. Drive where ever you want, go anywhere your car takes you, race your friends down the streets or mess with the cops. The choice is yours.

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Electronic Arts Recap - Medal of Honor and Crysis 3

2012-06-05

Seemingly everyone on the planet knows who the Navy Seals are but did you know that most militarized nations have a "tier 1" elite squad? If you had no idea, then Medal of Honor: Warfighter is here to enlighten you. Danger Close, the studio behind this new title, will be bringing together the best of the best - 12 elite squadrons from 10 nations, to play in a modern, realistic shooter.

Unlike other modern shooters, this one takes all of its scenes and scenarios from real-life events and situations. In multiplayer mode, you are given the ability to choose which country, and by default, which unit you want to play as. Then, you are partnered with another player on your team to form a 2-man "fireteam." These pairs are given special abilities, such as the ability to see each other on the map at any time from any distance. You also have the ability to revive a fallen partner by killing his killer. If that doesn't happen, you serve as a mobile respawn point for your partner.

Crysis has been a household name since it first started melting processors many years back. Crytek, the company which started the game, is back with the third installment of the franchise. This game takes place 25 years after the last one and you get to play as Prophet.

Obviously you will still be fighting the Ceph, and you will get to do so in the overgrown ruins of what was once New York City. The city has become a sort of rainforest, with massive trees inhabiting familiar scenes. In addition, it has been taken over and put in a dome to try and contain the problem.

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Electronic Arts Recap - Madden 13

2012-06-05

EA SPORTS Madden 13 Senior Designer Josh Looman took the stage at ADEA'ss press event to tell us something very profound:

Franchise mode is dead. Online franchise mode is dead. Superstar mode is dead. It's really the first true sports RPG.

For the first time in four years, I am actually excited about Madden and, for the first time in three years, it may end up in my game collection. How? From the presentation, to the gameplay, to the mechanics, to the audio, to Madden's new Connected Careers, Ultimate Team rehaul and Madden Social, this year's football franchise could be the best one yet.

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Electronic Arts Recap - FIFA 13

2012-06-05

With the things we saw at the E3 2011 EA press event with FIFA 12 I didn't think the beautiful game could get any more impressive. Call me a suspension bridge, because I couldn't be more wrong. EA SPORTS has figured out how to make this game even better than before and with Lionel Messi on the cover this year, arguably the world's best football (soccer) player, it's bound to attract even more fans to the stores to pick up a copy.

David Rutter, Executive Producer for the game, said,

We are perfecting the best sports game in the world with innovations that capture all the drama and unpredictability of real-world football. These are game-changing innovations that will revolutionize our artificial intelligence, dribbling, ball control and collisions to create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch, and deliver freedom and creativity in attack.

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Electronic Arts Recap - Dead Space 3

2012-06-05

One of the highlights of EA's presser this year was the announcement of Dead Space 3. This is a franchise that has had lots of controversy, including the "your mom hates this game" ad campaign. Controversy leads to sales and sales usually translates into likes, especially when the games are as good as these. Getting to see gameplay from the next installment is enough to get anyone excited.

In the new game, you will be joined by a new companion: John Carver. The addition of Carver also means the addition of co-op play. The game is even smart enough to adapt the story to whether or not your companion is controlled by another human. A scene that might normally involve a conversation with the NPC Carver might become a fight scene with a co-op friend.

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Electronic Arts Recap - Battlefield 3

2012-06-05

This year at E3, EA and DICE announced an expansion to Battlefield 3. When I say expansion, I mean they decided to stick with the game that brought them to the dance and enhance it like never before. Plus, it's not just another map pack with no other exclusives and no added benefits, like their competitor.

With Battlefield Premium, you get a ton of new features and a bunch of spread-out expansion packs that include more things than just a map pack. $49.99 may seem like an expensive pricepoint, but here's what you get:

All Five Expansion Packs with Early Access
Stand out with Exclusive in-game items
Powerful New Features
Exclusive Online Double XP Events
Insider Tactics from DICE

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Sony Recap - Third Parties

2012-06-05

The Ubisoft press conference hit the ground dancing with Flo Rida and Aisha Taylor introducing Just Dance 4 amidst some pretty backup dancers. Thankfully, it quickly moved on to more interesting things like half-naked tribal women getting felt up by Jason, the main character of Far Cry 3. Dan Hay, the Producer went on record saying that "Far Cry 3 will change the way you play" and I agree that partial nudity has the power to do. However, I think he was referring to the game play and not sexy cinematics because this game in the series focuses on the freedom to explore.

Hey, current or potential PlayStation 3 owner. Yes, you there. Do you like God of War? I know, rhetorical question. Well then you probably already know about the newest title from Sony, God of War: Ascension. (Sounds just like Microsoft's attempt of the same game, entitled Ascend: New Gods, right?)

The Last of Us - Segment 906

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Sony Recap - PlayStation Mobile

2012-06-05

During Sony's E3 2012 Press Conference they decided to mention PlayStation Suite, seemingly because they felt like they had to. Over the 2 minutes and 32 seconds they dedicated to it there were two important announcements. The first was that PlayStation Suite has been renamed to PlayStation Mobile. For those of you who are unfamiliar, PlayStation Mobile is Sony reaching out to 3rd party game developers on any "open platform" in an attempt to bring the best of gaming to mobile phones and tablets.

The second important announcement is that HTC will be the first third party manufacturer to work with Sony in producing "PlayStation Certified" devices that will bring the best gaming experience to the masses. Now, if Sony is going to blow over a major topic and leave fans with more questions than answers, like they did, they at least know to take a subtle dig at Apple to help smooth things over. This is why they made it a point to emphasize that they are supporting an open platforms.

The F5 Live crew discuss the value of this new hardware and software enhancement.

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Sony Recap - PlayStation Move and Wonderbook

2012-06-05

What do Sony and books have to do with each other? No, they're not releasing another eReader. Instead, Sony brought to the stage of their press event something that felt a little rushed. The company has teamed up with J.K. Rowling to produce Book of Spells, which is a game based on the Wonderbook platform that they also announced at the event.

What is Wonderbook? It's actually a great little augmented reality piece of hardware and software. Using your PlayStation Eye camera and a special book you must purchase, kind of like the AR Cards from the 3DS, will make several different games and images appear on the screen. When you place the waterproof book on your floor, the book then shows up on the TV, where it animates to life. The images that appear have that Harry Potter feel to them and objects will randomly come out at you in 3D. You can also pick up the book, move it and do whatever you want, and then image on screen will follow suit. The good news is you'll only need one Wonderbook for all future titles so you won't have to buy any new "hardware."

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Sony Recap - Beyond: Two Souls

2012-06-05

This week during LA gaming week 2012 Sony announced a new single-player game, Beyond: Two Souls. We are excited for this game which is estimated to be released in Spring 2013 for the PS3. The main character, Jodie Holmes, who is a young female with supernatural powers and a link with an invisible entity, will be played in a "unique way" by Ellen Page. "{She} is the most incredible Jodie Holmes I could dream of," says David Gage from Quantic Dream.

The F5 Live crew discuss the value of this title.

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Sony Recap - PlayStation All-Stars

2012-06-05

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E.G. Nadhan: Synergies - Big Data, Cloud Computing and Analytics

2012-06-04

E.G.Nadhan, Lead Technologist, HP Enterprise Services, has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry delivering solutions in distributed environments. As the Lead Technologist for Global Strategic Capabilities within HP Enterprise Services (Applications), Nadhan leverages his experience to build and grow the standardized set of processes and tooling direction within Application Services.

There are certain synergies that apply across multiple industries thanks to the powerful combination of Cloud and Big Data, which opens up a wealth of data for context-specific analysis.

In this interview, Nadhan discusses:

1. Is the realization of such synergies within an industry unique to this combination? Have similar synergies been realized in the past?

2. How do you analyze historical data on multiple platforms - legacy or otherwise? What are the challenges involved?

3. Which industries are likely to take the lead on the realization of industry clouds and why?

Nadhan is the co-chair for the Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure project within The Open Group's Cloud Computing Work Group. He chairs the HP Open Group Strategy Steering Committee that enforces consistency in the level and nature of HP participation and contributions to The Open Group.

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Lorenzo Gonzales -Cloud Implementation - How Does the Cloud Happen

2012-06-04

Lorenzo Gonzales is a Business Consultant for HP Technology Services. assists customers with real world environments which are by definition hybrid environments: Cloud services when appropriate and traditional environments with critical core processes.

Many clients are aware of "Shadow IT", but do not understand the scope of the problem - how many portions of the enterprise are bypassing official IT solutions. The role of IT has to move towards an internal consultative approach.

Mobile devices present a special challenge, in that "Bring Your Own Device" is a fact, not reachable by simple policy decrees to "not to use". Often employees have superior technology in their homes and will not accept a technology downgrade in their work.

Networking dependencies are a critical piece of the infrastructure that are often neglected, and the plan must include evolution of devices, storage and flexible communications to support essential services.

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Pete Johnson: Developing HP Public Cloud

2012-06-04

Developer Experience Manager Pete Johnson provided a demonstration of the public cloud interface during one of the keynote presentations at HP Discover 2012.

The Public cloud services provided by HP is based on the OpenStack community, allowing you the flexibility to change services to another OpenStack provider in the future.

HP's experience in building data centers - enabling customers to bring processes back into a private cloud as needed - yet offer major CAPEX savings during periods of peak load for only a few days.

HP also has a number of public beta offerings, including CDN partnering with Akamai for media delivery.

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Duncan Campbell: Converged Infrastructure - Thinking Differently about IT

2012-06-04

Converged Systems are especially interesting to customers because it enables them to increase responsiveness and help the line of business. Mobility, Cloud and Big data all need a modern converged infrastructure. HP provides specific entry points in mobility to connect, converge and control - offering authentication at the application level as well as the device level.

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Blogging About Storage - HP Blogger Calvin Zito Reveals His Path to Fame

2012-06-04

Calvin Zito is Storage Blogger & Social Media Strategist at HP. In this role, he manages all aspects of Social Media for HP Storage including but not limited to blogging, Twitter, and communities like LinkedIn.

Eric Siebert, Solutions Manager in the HP Storage Division focused on storage for server virtualization, A former HP customer, Eric is an IT industry veteran, author and blogger with more than 25 years of experience, most recently specializing in server administration and virtualization. His most recent book is Maximum vSphere from Pearson Publishing, and he has authored VMware training videos in the Train Signal Pro Series. Siebert also maintains his own VMware information website, vSphere-land.com, and is a regular blogger and contributor on several TechTarget websites.

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Calvin Zito and Brian Knudtson: First Impressions of a VMware Expert Blogger

2012-06-04

Calvin Zito is Storage Blogger & Social Media Strategist at HP. In this role, he manages all aspects of Social Media for HP Storage including but not limited to blogging, Twitter, and communities like LinkedIn.

Eric Siebert, Solutions Manager in the HP Storage Division focused on storage for server virtualization, A former HP customer, Eric is an IT industry veteran, author and blogger with more than 25 years of experience, most recently specializing in server administration and virtualization. His most recent book is Maximum vSphere from Pearson Publishing, and he has authored VMware training videos in the Train Signal Pro Series. Siebert also maintains his own VMware information website, vSphere-land.com, and is a regular blogger and contributor on several TechTarget websites.

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Partner App - Dave Twohy Demos Partner App for Android

2012-06-04

David Twohy is HP Vice President for Global Channels, responsible for Global Channel Partner Services organization. He leads a team of 200+ services sales professionals, and holds a $3B annual orders target.

In this interview, we see how ServiceOne helps HP to be more responsive to customers and service partners. There are over 2300 partners worldwide, and HP wants to enable the partner community to offer an entire lifecycle sales context. For example in Cloud Services, developing a strategy for public and private clouds or burst technology, specific offerings such as Cloud Workshops can be sold by the partner and delivered in.

HP CloudStart is another example: HP and the sales partner can stand up a fully functional Private Cloud service in less than 30 days.
Partners can also set up recurring revenue streams that they have never had before. And, with new awareness and emphasis on mobile platforms, there are opportunities for more partners to use HP enabled resources to be even more responsive to customer needs

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Placing Applities in Infrastructure - E.G Nadhan on Cloud Deployment

2012-06-04

E.G.Nadhan, Lead Technologist, HP Enterprise Services, has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry delivering solutions in distributed environments. As the Lead Technologist for Global Strategic Capabilities within HP Enterprise Services (Applications), Nadhan leverages his experience to build and grow the standardized set of processes and tooling direction within Application Services.

Did you know your applications have their own personalities? At HP, they call these "Applities." Like people, Applications need to have the right home. They must be housed in the right infrastructure for them to be most effective at the business purpose they serve. How do you ensure that your applications are running on the right infrastructure in your House of IT? Extend the psychology of Applities to the infrastructure.

Some questions asked were,

1. How does the nature and type of an application impact the infrastructure it runs on?
2. Shouldn't the enterprise already have the right infrastructure in place for all their applities?
3. Can you use the concept of Applities to determine if Applications are ready to be deployed on the Cloud?

Nadhan is the co-chair for the Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure project within The Open Group's Cloud Computing Work Group. He chairs the HP Open Group Strategy Steering Committee that enforces consistency in the level and nature of HP participation and contributions to The Open Group

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HP Discover - Global Crowdsource Strategy - Lori Lewis Explains New HP Crowdsource Project

2012-06-04

In her current role, Lori has responsibilities to establish and execute the outbound and digital marketing objectives and activities, including thought leadership and social media channel promotion.

Enterprise2020 is a new initiative - seeking a perfect 20/20 view of the Enterprise in the Future. Combining insights of clients, academics, HP stockholders and experts from all sorts of industries, HP is providing an open and inclusive approach to capturing the best set of solutions that will reflect the needs of real people.

This crowdsourcing initiative will roll out a total of six chapters, with discussion and interaction at each stage, providing opportunity to capture and challenge thoughts from many different points of view.

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HP Discover - Unstructured Big Data with Valerie Logan

2012-06-04

Valerie Logan is VP, Information Management and Analytics Solutions for Hewlett-Packard.

The transition from structured data, monitoring, and data warehousing to big data - tremendous volumes of unstructured data arriving continuously from multiple sources, such as the supply chain, environmental monitors, and transactions results in challenges in maintaining relevance to business objectives. Information is the new currency of business. The data itself is provided by consumers and end users, a goldmine of information in the aggregate.

The patterns and systemic view of how the information is matched up with externally available information is a primary task that companies face. HP brings answers to how to build a Big Data strategy, and then assist customers with the implementation details.

Valerie is responsible for the information and analytics theme of HP's global industry vertical solutions- focused on driving innovative, differentiated IP/product-based solutions. She is a Global practice leader of the information management practice within HP's Consulting & Integration services division, charged with facilitation of strategy setting, portfolio development, market position, delivery enablement and talent development across regions.

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Microsoft Recap - Media Enhancements

2012-06-04

The Microsoft press event was certainly something to write home about this year. At the briefing, Microsoft announced an addition to their growing catalog.

However, they first made it easier to access your favorite content. Bing search now has better Kinect voice controls that make it easy to find and watch content with all the new content partners and they have cleaned up the entire feel of it in the process.

If you like the NBA, NHL, ESPN, sitcoms, comedies, documentaries, cartoons or even telenovelas, then what lies in store for you is sure to be a treat. What are the new features and who is now on board with Xbox LIVE?

The F5 Live crew discuss the value of this software enhancement.

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Microsoft Recap - SmartGlass

2012-06-04

Yesterday I reported on the rumored Microsoft Smart Glass technology that was expected to be shown off today. All signs pointed to a product designed to compete with Apple's living room business strategy. The service would give the capability of streaming a video from your phone or tablet to your television through your Xbox 360. It would have been a major head start on Apple and their desire to control your life. The service that was actually announced, however, was a little different and infinitely more useful.

Xbox SmartGlass, as the service will properly be called, is an extension and major enhancement of the Xbox LIVE Connector, the app on Windows Phone and Windows 8 that allows you to control certain aspects of your Xbox through your alternative devices. There are two aspects to the service: gaming and media (big surprise there). Let's cover gaming first. SmartGlass will allow game developers to enhance the gaming experience in a way never quite explored. It is building on the concept of services like Call of Duty: Elite, but making them part of the game. One great example shown off during their press conference was an interaction with the new Halo 4. When a new waypoint is reached, your phone or tablet can light up and let you know information about where you are, such as maps or personnel. While the game is totally capable of being played without this, an enhancement of this type is a great way to make it feel more like you are IN the game world.

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Microsoft Recap - Call of Duty

2012-06-04

Microsoft had one more heavy hitter to round out the show this year and that was Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which did not disappoint. The graphics looked amazing with barely any difference between cinematics and game play. Treyarch seems to have stepped it up a notch and even though no one plays Black Ops for the story. I'm not going to ruin it, except for this part where you get to fly a Harrier-looking aircraft around a decimated LA destroying drones. Way cool. According to Treyarch and Microsoft, "The Future is Black" on 11/13/2012.

The F5 Live crew discuss the value of this title.

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Microsoft Recap - Third Parties 2

2012-06-04

Crystal showed off a new Tomb Raider that lives up to the expectations that fans have of the game. Most notably, the transition between cinematic and game play is very smooth and keeps the action going. Lara Croft also keeps getting hotter so maybe they will bundle it with some new underwear upon release.

A few world premiers that came next were Ascend: New Gods which might make you say "God of War who?", Lococycle and Matter which appears to be some crazy awesome Portal like game with marbles. All these are coming out sometime 2013.

Resident Evil 6 was more of the same old thing we've come to expect. The game play looked a little choppy but it's still the quintessential zombie killer game.

The award for Goofiest game of the Keynote goes to Wreckateer which is a fun E for everyone Kinect game where you use your body to guide projectiles into castles and blow them into non-existence. Remember, the family that slays together, stays together. Dance Central 3 had a big showing with Usher giving a live performance but we didn't see a lot of the actual game. I get the feeling that if you've played it before, you've played this one as well. Another goof game but for completely different reasons was South Park: The Stick of Truth which puts you in an episode of the TV show by South Parkifying your avatar. It is also an obvious Lord of the Rings parody so if you like South Park you'll like this, too.

The F5 Live crew discuss the value of these titles.

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Microsoft Recap - Third Parties 1

2012-06-04

It wouldn't be a Ubisoft Press Conference without some a new Splinter Cell and that's exactly what we got with Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Sam Fisher looked great and so did his artistic killings, thanks to the "killing in action" system that blends the stealth and action elements of the game together. It makes the pace of the game much faster without losing the challenge that comes along with needing to use tact for survival. Integration with Kinect gives you the ability to interact with enemies by distracting them and taunting them, which is in itself satisfying. You can also issue voice commands to teammates which adds new life to the unique ways you can kill people. We can all look forward to staining our hands with the blood of the guilty in Spring of 2013.

We briefly saw a Fable: The Journey preview that showcased Kinect capability, Gears of War world premiere and Forza Horizon preview which were cool but there isn't much more to say about it.

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Microsoft Recap - Nike Fit

2012-06-04

Stefan Olander from Nike came on stage to present Nike Fit which is admittedly a pretty cool fitness video game platform that takes health and fitness to the next level. It measures real life performance with the Nike Plus Fuel Band and Nike Fuel points that provide real world feedback about your physical health and performance. The message they were trying to get across is that you can't improve what you can't measure. We can expect this out by Holiday 2012.

The F5 Live crew discuss the value of this hardware and software combo.

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Microsoft Recap - Halo 4

2012-06-04

First up to bat was the much anticipated Halo 4 and while I'm not a huge fan of the series, this is the one that might pull me in (don't hate, it just means I'll be an easy kill for you in multi-player). We got to see actual game play that was really impressive and the jungle environment they threw you into is rich and vibrant with both plant life and things that want to kill you. The implementation of Smart Glass is something we look forward to discussing more in detail later. I'm still not used to Master Chief talking though, hopefully that will subside by the 11/06/2012 release date.

The F5 Live crew discuss the value of this title.

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CES 2012 - Turtle Beach - The Sound of Winning

2012-02-05

Turtle Beach has long been synonymous with gaming audio, and this year they have decided to make high-quality gaming headsets available to everyone, everywhere. They have added new headsets to their high-end wireless line, allowing people on any budget to afford a high-quality Turtle Beach wireless gaming headset.

They have even branched out and created a new line of mobile gaming headsets for your iPad, iPhone, Android-based phone or tablet, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP or any other mobile device you are currently gaming on. Now, no matter where you are or how you're gaming, you can always experience the sound the way it was made to be heard.

Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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CES 2012 - Nexia Home Intelligence - Automating Your Home

2012-02-05

If you're a regular to F5 Live, or you have gone snooping around your local RadioShack in the past year or so, you have probably encountered the Schlage Link line of home automation products. With things like door locks and cameras, all accessible from the Internet, it was a useful set of products. No more leaving a key under the mat, just unlock the door from your phone when the repair guy gets to the house.

Well, Schlage has decided to up the ante and expand the product line, renaming it Nexia Home Intelligence and bringing on companies like Pella and Trane to bring new features to the set, like window shades that can automatically open/close on a timer or from the web, or an air conditioner that can be remotely controlled, all through the Nexia website.

We have a hands-on demo of the website, showing off the Pella window shades, remote-controlled cameras and more.

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CES 2012 - Cambridge Audio - Analog for a Digital World

2012-02-04

If you're not into professional audio, you may not be familiar with Cambridge Audio, but for those of us who are familiar with Cambridge Audio, this year's announcements were very exciting. From a compact digital to analog converter (DAC) that would have made our lives at CES much easier this year to a full home theater receiver with network streaming, Internet radio and, of course, a built-in DAC, Cambridge certainly came full-force to the convention.

We got to see the upgrade to their DacMagic product, the DacMagic Plus, a simple way to convert almost any source, digital or analog, to full 24-bit/384kHz audio through up-sampling. In addition, it has ground-fault noise reduction, meaning no more humming because of the things that are plugged in around it. We've all experienced plugging our computer into a stereo system or mixer and there is a constant hum on the speakers - not with this bad boy. All of this is housed in a box about the size of an average digital camcorder. This is a must-have for anyone running a recording studio or even a podcast/online radio/TV show.

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Digital Mobile TV

2012-02-04

Siano's Digital Mobile TV Device
Siano is a digital mobile television company that makes a product that allows a user to broadcast television programs on their phones or other mobile devices. Siano's device is small enough to fit in your pocket and plugs directly into an iPad or into a mobile device. Some of the channels on the Siano menu are free and some require a user to pay for them. The product is popular world-wide and is gathering steam in the United States.

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Ion iCade Jr - CES [Back Channel]

2012-02-04

Another product we saw on the Back Channel was the Ion iCade Jr. The little brother to the iCade, you slip in your iPhone and play games using the Bluetooth joystick. There are additional buttons on the back, so you can hold the iCade Jr.
The iCade jr will be out soon.

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Ion Guitar Apprentice - CES [Back Channel]

2012-02-04

Part of the Back Channel, we saw the Ion Guitar apprentice - the world's first teaching device. It works with any guitar app, but they will have a guitar app for the device. We also saw the Piano Apprentice - Plug your iPad into the keyboard. With the app, you can learn how to play piano Price: $99

Also out, is the Drum Master, and Drum Apprentice. $99 for the apprentice, $149 for the Master.

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Pioneer Car Electronics: It's ALL About Connectivity [Live]

2012-02-04

App Radio Now iOS and Android
With over 20 years of CES experience, Pioneer's Harry Krol's enthusiasm for the show and Pioneer products has been undiminished. For 2012, Pioneer Car Electronics is emphasizing connectivity through technologies like Bluetooth, HD Radio, in dash navigation systems, and connectivity to iPhone or iPod. Selected applications are available on a new in-dash unit on "App Radio" - a much bigger multitouch-capable monitor that replicates an interface that is almost identical to how you interact on your phone. It includes "Find a Parking Spot" apps, and access to your entire media library that is already on your smartphone. App Radio 2, introduced at CES 2012, adds full Android support.

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Savvy: Cure for the Shopping Hangover

2012-02-04

Simple. Effective.
You take a picture of your receipt, if that item goes on sale you get an alert - so you can claim the better price with the retailer.
In 2010, over $20 Billion in price adjustments were left unclaimed - and retailers everywhere thank you for your inattention. Savvy (an app for iPhone or Android) gives you a way to recover money on your purchases, by letting you know that a price change has occurred and allowing you to claim that better price. Over 200 retailers are in the program.

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Nvidia Tegra3 Tablets Run Windows 8, Quad Core Processors

2012-02-04

We check out the new Tegra3 tablets by Nvidia at CES. Amazing little devices, these tablets run Quad-core processing using ARM processors. HD video at 1080p, multi-tasking ability and a lot more.

With the new Windows 8 OS, these tablets look good. You can connect them up to a HDTV and do more from a tablet. Watch video on the TV, while you check out your Twitter on the tablet screen.

The Tegra3 tablet will be out later this year. I might even be mixing down video come CES 2013 using this tablet.

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Ford Apps NPR News, Roximity, Stitcher, iHeartRadio in Ford Sync

2012-02-04

Ford Sync was also updated this year. Five new apps were introduced at CES. They include:

iHeartRadio - the ClearChannel station app, so you can get your local radio stations wherever you are
NPR News - Several NPR shows right at your fingertips
Roximity - Personalized, time-sensitive offers when in proximity to a place
Stitcher - Internet radio for mobile
Tune-In - Listen to your favorite radio stations
There is also an app called Sync Destinations, which the location-based service gives you better turn-by-turn directions.

Sync is available on 2012 models of Mustang, Fusion, F150, and others. They are also working on an aftermarket solution to put Ford Sync in your older vehicle.

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My Ford Touch Improves Menus, Updates Available on All Cars

2012-02-04

While at the Ford Booth, we got to see the new updated My Ford Touch system. Back in November, they updated the software so consumers could move around the screen without having to look at the display.

The four corner system gives you a proximity so you know where to press. One corner you will have navigation, another will see temperature settings.

The in-car navigation system also has been improved. With additional 3D view, you can get an idea which direction you are heading

Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine goes through the systems with Bridget on MyFordTouch. Best part is this update is available now. You can download and install, or you can head to your Ford dealer and they will install for free.

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Roamz: Unexpected Pleasant Surprises

2012-02-04

Personal Tour Guide
The joy of discovering interesting things around you is the secret appeal of this free iOS app. It's all a benefit of geographic awareness built into smartphones - and leverages the power of other social media channels that are active in the immediate area. You don't have to be following people or try to filter the madness of 200 million tweets per day. Roamz offers suggestions about what everyone nearby is buzzing about, as it monitors Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for traffic nearby.

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Acoustic Research AirPlay Wireless Audio System

2012-02-04

Jeremy from Vox International, representing Acoustic Research, dropped by the TPN studio at the Consumer Electronics Show to talk a little bit about the new AirPlay Wireless Audio System that they introduced at the show. As the name implies, the system is based on iTunes and it allows you to free your iTunes library from your computer or mobile device and stream the audio anywhere in your house.

While there are a number of AirPlay devices on the market, Acoustic Research hopes to separate themselves from the group by, not only their famous name, but also with quality and pricing. Users will be able to tether multiple players together so that they can have them in separate rooms, creating a whole-house audio system.

The box has 10w x 2 for audio power and will be available this April for $129.99. You can learn more from Acoustic Research.

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Adventure Cameras by Contour

2012-02-04

Contour came by the TPN.TV booth at CES this year and showed some great action sports cameras; the Contour Roam, the Contour GPS and the Contour Plus. Theses cameras are great for filming while hiking, snow boarding, biking, skiing and other action sports. They all use a micro SD card up to 32 GB. You can get up to eight hours of video at 1080p and up to twelve hours at 780p. They all take removable lithium batteries which run for about three hours of video taping. They also adjust the white balance and the exposure to create crisp clear videos. These cameras are waterproof up to 1 meter. With the water proof case you can go down to 60 meters, great for scuba diving or snorkeling. All three cameras can connect by USB cable. Both the Contour Roam and the Contour GPS have an internal microphone only.

The Contour Plus includes the internal microphone but it also has a mic cable out jack, this along with the ability to connect a HDMI cable adds live streaming capability. Now you can live stream your adventures directly to Ustream using the Cerevo Live Shell. Now instead of telling other people about your adventures, they can watch them as they are happening. You can control the camera on the Contour GPS and Contour Plus through the Contour Mobile App on the iPhone or an Android phone. The Contour GPS and the Contour Plus both have GPS included so now you can map your adventures. The Contour Roam at $199 is the newest phone and should be available soon. The Contour GPS and the Contour Plus are available now and are $299 and $499 respectively. Not only does Contour offer great action cameras but they also have some great mounts, including ones that allow you to mount camera directly to your helmet, pole, roll bar, surfboard and many other objects. So if you are into adventure sports and filming, Contour has everything you need and want.

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Yurbuds, Ear Buds for the Athlete

2012-02-04

Most people like to listen to music while exercising. The first thing you learn when you start exercising is that your ears sweat and most headphones don't stay in sweaty ears. There is nothing more frustrating than having your ear buds constantly falling out, while exercising.

The company Yurbuds understands this frustration, they are athletes who make products for athletes. Their newest product is the Yurbuds Iron-man Series. The Iron-man Series Yurbuds are ear buds specifically designed for the athlete who carries an iPhone or iPod Touch. There is a three button control on the center Y which allows you move forward and backward through tracks, control the volume, and answer calls. On the other side of the Y is the microphone. What really makes the Yurbuds special are their proprietary twist and lock technology. Place the ear buds in your ear twist and lock them in place. Now no matter how much you sweat or it rains they will not come out. They are made of a medical grade silicon, so once they are locked into the ear they are very comfortable. They have a great sound quality, the speakers in the ear buds are tuned with the drivers and sound tunnel. The speakers in the ear buds are protected by their ergonomic design. You can remove the silicon cover and clean them with a little soap and water.

There is a life time guarantee on the product for damage done by sweat or rain. The Iron-man Inspired earbuds cost $59.99 and are available through the Web site and various retailers including Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Apple and Target. Whether you are a world-class triathlete or a weekend runner, Yurbuds were made for you.

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Nero Kwik Media Media Manager [Live]

2012-02-04

Todd and Don talk to Martin Stein Senior Vice President of Global Products at Nero about Nero Kwik Media at the TPN booth at CES. Nero Kwik Media is a program that will sync all your media (pictures, videos, audio and music) across all the devices in your home.

Kwik Media Features (from the website):

  • Move all the files your heart desires to and from your PC and mobile devices
  • Play back Blu-ray movies
  • View HD video projects on DVD and watch Hollywood Blu-ray movies on your laptop
  • Burn Audio CD's from MP3s
  • With just a few clicks, you can create a CD mix from your favorite playlists
  • Play back your favorite jams from your laptop and rip Audio CD's to add to your computer
  • Find and organize friends by faces
  • Easily organize photos of friends and family by faces
  • Browse and organize photos, music and videos in one place
  • Conveniently create projects to burn and share straight from your library
  • Make quick and easy edits of photos before sharing or adding to slideshows
  • Share videos on Youtube or myNero
  • Upload your photos, music and videos to social media websites with just a few clicks
  • Edit slideshows with effects
  • Add exciting, animated background themes to slideshows
  • Sync your music playlists as well as photo and video album contents from your PC to any mobile device with USB mass storage
  • For more information or to get your copy of Nero Kwik Media, go the website kwikmedia.nero.com

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Toshiba Glass FREE 3D TVs

2012-02-04

Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Steve Lee of Waves Of Tech talk about seeing the 3D TV's at the Toshiba booth at CES 2012. The one that impressed them the most was Toshiba's 55inch 4k TV which will ship sometime in "early 2012" and cost somewhat less then $10,000. I personally don't know how much I would use the 3D on the set, but I would LOVE the 4K. Now to get more 4K content. Anyone have a Red camera I could borrow?

For more information, go check out the Toshiba Website us.toshiba.com

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Cobra iRadar detector and smart phone app

2012-02-04

Todd talks with Chris from Cobra about their new iRadar App and Radar Detector. The iRadar detector connects to your smartphone (iPhone or Android) via Bluetooth so that you get the alerts on your phone. The newest thing is they added the iRadar community to the app which allows you to see alerts from other users of the iRadar app so that you can be aware of those radar traps along your way. (Of course, nobody speeds... right?)

The detectors are available now for around $130 at most retailers or at cobra.com and cobrairadar.com

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Sony's new Cameras with the OLED Viewfinder

2012-02-03

Todd talks with Al Dean from Sony about the SLT A77V and A65 Cameras and their incredible OLED Viewfinder.

When Todd walked up to it an looked into the viewfinder he said a few words that were not fit for video. But, he regained his composure and did the interview.

The A65 and A77 cameras use a translucent mirror which means that the mirror does not have to move out of the way to make a shot. The A65 will shoot 10 frames per second (double what normal mirror viewfinder cameras can do) and the A77 can shoot 12 frames per second. Also, when shooting video, the mirror stays in place so the viewfinder works unlike most other DSLR type cameras.

The A65 goes for $1000 with lens kit and the A77 goes for $1300 for the body only and $1999 with the lens kit. They are available in limited quantities now with general availability later this year.

For more information go to Sony.com

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Canon VIXIA: Six New Models With WiFi, iPhone Tethering

2012-02-03

Video content creators, listen up. Canon has upgraded their VIXIA series to include some great new features. These cameras run high end - up to 24MB on AVCHD. They can also be switched to MP4 mode, so you don't have to convert a video before uploading to YouTube.

Jeffrey Powers talks to Ben Thomas about the VIXIA R-32 and VIXIA HFM-52. These are two-of-six models upgraded to get you better images, and WiFi capability.

The WiFi can also be tethered to an iPhone (via app), so you can push content up on various hosting platforms.

The R-32 is the low end consumer model. They upgraded the stabilization to a four-mode system. You can turn on or off, and when you place on a tripod, it turns off automatically.

The higher end HFM-32 has a LUX rating of 1.2 and a shutter speed of 1/30th of a second. This is great for low-light situations.

Canon also makes a waterproof case for divers to go 100 meters below water.

The R series starts at $349. The HFM-52 costs between $549-$749

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Blue Microphones' Tiki, Mikey and Spark [Live]

2012-02-03

If you've listened to the Geek News Central podcast for a few years, you might have heard Todd talking about Blue Microphones as his mic supplier of choice. Here Todd and Don talk shop with Jon Maier.

Blue Microphones returns to CES this year with three new mics, all in the portable space. The new Mikey Digital is designed for the Apple's newer digital connector rather than the older analogue one, meaning that more digital processing can be done on the microphone itself. In particular, auto-level sensing can adjust the input gain depending on the loudness of the source.

The Tiki is a brand new small USB device that's been in development for over a year. It plugs directly into the USB port on the side of a laptop and has intelligent signal processing so that extraneous noise, such as typing, is ignored. It's aimed at Skype and Google Talk users but it's still a high quality recording device, so if needed, the DSP can be turned off to record live music as naturally as possible.

The studio-grade Spark Digital is a USB and iPad version of their pro mike, the Spark, both of which have glorious retro looks. Sitting in a shock mount, it looks great. Utility-wise, the Spark Digital converts the iPad into a mobile studio.

All the mics are expected to be available in the spring. Prices are $59 for Tiki, $99 for the Mikey Digital and $199 for the Spark Digital.

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Wi-Ex zBoost Signal Boosters for Cell Phones [Live]

2012-02-03

zBoost by Wi-Ex is a range of signal extenders that will improve cell and mobile phone coverage in weak areas. Todd and Don discuss zBoost's latest products from Sharon Cuppett, VP of Wi-Ex (and they get a mention on Wi-Ex's blog).

Wi-Ex launched two new products at CES, the first being the zBoost 4G-V, a signal booster for 4G frequencies on Verizon, the largest mobile carrier with over 100 million subscribers. A whole 4G product line is under development, including dual- and tri-band boosters. Available in Q2 2012 for around $220.

The second is an in-car booster, the zBoost zForce, which comprises a cradle for the phone and a magnetized antenna for the outside of the vehicle. Powered from the cigarette adapter, the zForce can boost coverage by about 10x, eliminating dead spots and increasing range in rural areas. Retailing at only $99, it will be available shortly.

(You'll have to watch the Blue Microphone interview to realize this, but in this video Sharon borrows Don's phone to demonstrate the zForce and then walks off with the phone at the end of the interview!)

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UPnP Forum:Technology Standards for Universal Plug and Play [Live]

2012-02-03

How to get them all to play together?
Home automation, entertainment, mobile devices, routers, cable modems, security, and a whole range of devices are a part of the connected modern home. That's the mission of the Universal Plug and Play Forum. It assumes IP networking, and then gets them all working together. A lot of it is behind the scenes, without the user being aware of any specific app, insuring that devices inter-operate. Over a thousand companies are part of the consortium. A number of other organizations (Such as DNLA) or devices or apps such as Skype, Xbox or Playstation transparently opening correct ports and authorizing activities within your home network.

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Toon Boom Animation: Doodle Animation on the iPad [Live]

2012-02-03

Animation App from the Pros
For the past 18 years, Toon Boom has been the automation software behind much of the animation by Disney and famous animated series - including Sponge Bob and the Simpsons. Vector based graphics delivers a very high level of quality that is now available to consumers on mobile devices. With an entry price of $29 on the iPad, it's an introduction to animation tools that's affordable and fun.

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Netgear: How Many Devices Are on Your Router? [Live]

2012-01-31

Double the Count in One Year
Connected devices - tablets, streaming video, smartphones,thermostats - are growing rapidly, with the average home deploying over seven devices on a home router - almost doubling over the past year. Netgear announced eight new products, optimized to serve all of these devices. Products such as the Netgear N-900 Router give better range, and the ability to give priority to certain types of traffic, such as gaming or VoIP.

In the interview, we also discuss PowerLine Carrier as an alternative in the home. Netgear just announced a 500Mb/sec version, with a 1Gb system on the roadmap.

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Ivee: The Talking Alarm Clock That Listens

2012-01-31

Ivee is a personal digital assistant - equipped with speech recognition circuitry that offers Natural Language Processing. By analyzing digitized portions of the voice signal as they are spoken, ivee determines the most probable word given the phonemes you spoke.

That's the tech story. What that means is that all you have to do is ask the time, date, weather or temperature. Ivee can generate three different sleep sounds, and understand 35 commands. Price class $50

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I'm Watch : Fashion, Tech, Jewelry, and Marketplace

2012-01-31

The world's first real smartwatch: With a Smart UI
Multi-tasking, easy to use and love: touch, drag, swipe or pinch. Get your intuitive interface in a complex world.

Slick, thin and ergonomic, i'm Watch claims that the product is made to be part of you: phone, web, music, radio, organizer, photo, video, and whatever App you may come up with. While other personal items may have some of these applications covered, the I'm Watch is the only unit that combines them into a user interface that is consistent across all applications.

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Armour Group PLC : Q2 Internet Radio

2012-01-31

A novel unit out of the UK simplifies Internet Radio.

The Q2 Internet Radio has one of the most interesting interface systems for selecting station presets and adjusting volume that we saw at CES2012: Simply flip the cube. The listener can pre-select stations or podcasts in the control interface online , and choose from five color schemes. Price class $110.

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4iConcepts: Better Smartphone Typing Accuracy

2012-01-31

All thumbs? Almost anyone can feel that way on the iPhone keypad.

That's where iConcepts and their unique 4iThumbs2 invisible keypad saves the day. It is a transparent plastic overlay for your glass screen that has built in ridges between the letters. You have the tactile feedback that you need to increase accuracy and speed while texting or emailing from your iPhone.

It's easily removed and re-installed when needed - if your game of Angry Birds needs to resume.

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Vertix: Wireless Helmet Communicator for Motorcycles, Skiers and Drivers

2012-01-31

Communications with your co-rider or with other bikes on the road is always a challenge.

Vertix Ltd introduced a sophisticated system they project will reach the North American market for about half the retail price of conventional motorcycle communications gear at CES2012.

The VERTIX Raptor-i provides convenient and uninterrupted mobile communication while on the move and features models for both full-face and open-face helmets. The EZ-Mount system also allows easy "attack angle" adjustments of your control unit for improved aerodynamics when you change bikes with different riding styles. The unit combines intercom, MP3 player, FM radio and features on the move charging that keeps the unit ready to go at all times.

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Tylt: Adding Style and Design to the Everyday Wireless World

2012-01-31

No matter what technology is involved, consumers are still anxious about their battery levels - and mobile connectivity is "critical path" to almost everyone's business and personal lives.

That results in a bag full of cables, backup battery packs- usually one for each system. Add in wall adapters and tangles and the opportunity for a more elegant solution is right in front of your eyes.

Bringing Design to the world of power cables, Y adapters, power blocks and battery chargers captures the innovative approach that comes when products are Built to Tylt.

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PrivacyStar: Call and SMS Blocking for Android and Blackberry

2012-01-31

If you want to ensure that you are on the Election Year "Do Not Call" list, this is the app for you.

Privacy Star allows you to block numbers from annoying pollsters and solicitors, and if they get really obnoxious, report them to the Federal Trade Commission. Similar calls from bill collectors including date, time and frequency are logged for action.

There's also an optional Do Not Disturb mode, which forwards all non blocked incoming calls to voicemail with the option to send a custom text message acknowledging the call.

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iTwin: An Infinite Capacity Thumb Drive?

2012-01-31

There is nothing more handy than having a USB stick - the ubiquitous "thumb drive" or "jump drive" with your critical documents. The problem is - the document hanging around for years on your desktop system is NOT on the thumb drive. You need it Right Now! ASAP! That's the problem that iTwin solves.

You plug in one-half of iTwin into your online office computer, then drag-and-drop files into the iTwin window to share them. Take the other half of iTwin with you and you will have instant access to all of the shared files, from any other online computer. No configuration, no VPN token card, no login.

Available for both Mac and PC, price class $100.

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Keep Your Tablet Clear with the Lenspen SideKick [Live]

2012-01-31

Lenspen have a long history of products in the photography market and they've brought their expertise of lens cleaning to the mobile gadget space. Their client list reads like a who's who of the photography market with Nikon, Canon and Sony all producing OEM-branded version of Lenspen's lens cleaning tools. Todd and Don chat with Peter from Lenspen to get an update on the latest products.

Last year, Lenspen introduced the first SideKick and since then the product line has been expanded with new colors and new packaging. The SideKick is a matchbox-sized spring-loaded carbon pad that is wiped over the screen and completely removes fingerprints from tablet and smartphone screens. Using a carbon-based technology, the SideKick absorbs oils without any abrasion, leaving a perfectly cleaning screen. It then closes up to keep all the carbon inside. One cartridge will do 300-400 cleanings before needing to be replaced. The SideKick is available online and in retail stores from $14.99 for a single SideKick. Other package combinations are available.

Lenspen also has specific cleaning products for LCD monitors and screens, such as the Laptop-Pro, that removes both dust and fingerprints.

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iBike Powerhouse for your iPhone

2012-01-31

For a long time now cyclists, at least serious ones, have mounted mini computers on their handlebars. The devices provide information on time, distance, average speed and even elevation and temperature. Now iBike is bringing us the ability to do all of this with our iPhone and eliminate that second device.

The iBike Powerhouse provides a weather-proof case for your iPhone that can be easily mounted on your bike's handlebars and the accompanying app provides all of the data you are used to getting from a traditional cycling computer plus a whole lot of additional information such as a heart rate, training plans and more.

The product and app are the creation of real cyclists and coaches, so the information provided by the app is what even professional riders want and need to know. Check out the interview below with the iBike representative, who has a side job coaching Olympic and professional riders, to get more information on the iBike Powerhouse, along with pricing and availability. You can also visit iBikeSports to check everything out.

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Samsung Series 9 Notebooks

2012-01-31

If you are in the market for a new notebook computer then you may want to check out the latest offerings from Samsung with their Series 9, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas just recently. Samsung calls it the world's thinnest laptop, which is saying something given the MacBook Air and all of the new UltraBooks that were unveiled at CES.

The new Samsung Series 9 will come in both 13 inch and 15 inch versions. The new laptops are extremely thin and light and sport all-aluminum bodies. In addition, the Series 9 has a back-lit keyboard, a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD, an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor but a low-resolution 1600 x 900 screen. The Samsung Series 9 notebooks should be available sometime this spring for an as-yet-undisclosed price. You can get a look at the 15" version in the video posted below.

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Kidz Gear Volume Limiting Headphones [Live]

2012-01-31

CES regular Jack Peterson talks with Todd and Don on the latest headphones for children from Kidz Gear.

Kidz Gear produces headphones with smaller headbands and ear cups to fit the smaller heads of children. This year they've brought to the market new wired headphones that have a built-in volume limiter that prevents children's hearing becoming damaged through excessive sound levels. The headphones reduce the maximum sound level by about 20% into the 80-95 decibel range.

The new headphones are compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod ranges and include an inline remote and mic control. They're available from the Apple Store or direct from the Kidz Gear store for $29.99.

An additional new product in the same vein is a volume limit cable which can be added to already-purchased headphones to make them safer for children. Priced at only $9.99, there's currently a special price of $5.99 showing on-line.

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Polkast: Making Your Computer the Cloud [Live]

2012-01-31

Cloud-based solutions for accessing the data on your computer off site are great, but they have their limitations. First, they are slow because everything has to upload to the cloud before you can access it off-site. Second, most cloud solutions have a limit on how much you can store on their sites. Third, they can get expensive if you have to store a lot. Finally, you have to depend on them to be up.

What if you made your computer the cloud? That is the solution that Polkast came up with. You install the Polkast server on the computer you want to access the files from and then the Polkast app on your mobile devices, including your smartphone, tablets or laptop. You can then access the files on that computer from anywhere in the world as long as the server is running. To access files using Polkast, you have to sign in with a username and password. Everything is encrypted while going from PC to PC or mobile device. Unlike a cloud-based solution, there is no storage limitation and it is as fast as your local ISP. You can also share specific files with other people by email or through their Polkast account. The service is free for one computer and for multiple devices it is $49.95 per year. If you are looking for a way to access your home files on the road, but are wary of a cloud solution, this might be a solution for you.

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Parrot Introduces Cool Products like AR Drone Mark 2 [Live]

2012-01-31

There are some products that are shown at CES that are just cool and everyone who is a kid at heart just wants, the AR. Drone by Parrot is one of those gadgets. This year at CES 2012 they introduced AR. Drone Mark 2. The Mark 2 (aka AR. Drone 2.0) is controlled by a smart phone or tablet. It has a one button launch. Once it is launched it will sit and hove till the next command. The AR. Drone Mark 2 can fly up to 150 feet in the air, or as far as WiFi will allow. AR. Drone Mark 2 has stabilization and pressure sensor technology built into it. On the front is an HD camera and a standard def camera on the bottom. You can stream and record the video back to the phone via WiFi. The video can then be uploaded to your favorite social site, including YouTube and Facebook.

It comes with two hulls: one for in-home use and one for outdoor use. It is built to take some crashes, but if something breaks you can get replacement parts online. The AR. Drone Mark 2 should be available in the second quarter of 2012 for about $299.00, according to Peter George of Parrot.

Once you are finished playing with the AR. Drone Mark 2, you may want to relax with a little music and some quiet time; well, Parrot has you covered there too. They are introducing a pair of stereo cordless headsets that are noise canceling called the Parrot Zik. They work over either Bluetooth or the included cord. They run on a rechargeable battery and give about 5 hours of listening pleasure. Once the battery runs down you can continue listening by connecting the cord. What makes the Parrot Zik headphones stand out besides the great style by French designer Philippe Starck are the controls on the headphones. There is a touchpad on the headphone which allows you to skip back and forth through tracks by swiping right or left and control volume by swiping up and down. The headphones fold down flat to fit into a small carrying case. There is no price or launch date at this time, but they should be available sometime in 2012 at various retailers. All together Parrot introduced seven new products at CES 2012, including three additional products in the car environment and the asteroid marketplace. You can take a look at all of them at their website.

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iLuv Wins With New Travel Gadgets

2012-01-31

iLuv will be familiar to many with their extensive range of matching accessories for tablets, smartphones and MP3 players. At CES this year, iLuv won no less than 5 CES Innovations Honoree awards to add to their collection of accolades. Todd gets a review of their latest products from Peter of iLuv.

The DreamTraveler is combined iPhone dock, USB charger and mains power strip squared aimed at those unfortunate souls who have to spend time in poorly equipped hotel rooms. It has two USB charging ports, three power outlets and an Apple connector for charging iPhones, iPods and iPads.

For the international traveller, iLuv has the RockWall, a dual USB charger that comes with the right mains plugs for different countries round the world.

Finally, the Mo'Beats is a portable tablet or smartphone cradle with Bluetooth wireless speakers that has a built-in lithium-ion battery which will run for about 4 hours.

All the products will be available in April or May. The Mo'Beats SRP is expected to be $89.99 but the website is currently showing $99.99. I think Peter gets his prices mixed up in the video as the RockWall is priced at $49.99 on the website and the DreamTraveler is $129.99.

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New Sony Google TV Products

2012-01-31

Sony was the first to market with Google TV and, while the platform had a rocky start, Google is sticking with it and working hard to improve it. Sony is also sticking with it and at CES they showed off their latest Google TV products. The two big releases are a new version the Sony Google TV-enabled Blu-Ray player and a brand new Networked Media Player with built-in Google TV. There is also a new dual-sided remote control with a simplified user experience - one side has the basic buttons along with a touch pad for mouse-like control , while the reverse side features a QWERTY keyboard which is only active when it is facing up, eliminating those accidental clicks.

The Blu-Ray player and networked media player are expected to be released sometime in the late spring or early summer. No pricing information is available as of this writing. You can check out the boxes and the really cool new remote control in the video below.

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IOGear Introduces HDMI Switch with 2D to 3D Conversion

2012-01-31

According to IOGear about 70% of the people currently looking to buy new TVs are leaning towards 3D, but are scared off by the lack of available programming. That's why they have decided to produce what is the worlds first conversion box for making 2D content available as 3D, that also has up-converting features and an HDMI switch built-in.

This new HDMI switch has 4 ports and it does a lot more than simple conversion. This as-yet-unnamed IOGear box allows the user to make adjustments to get the 3D picture looking right for their individual tastes. Since it has four HDMI inputs you can also up-convert your 2D DVD's as well. It also up-converts resolution types by turning 480 into 720 and 720 into 1080, which then converts to 3D, making all of your existing content available in 3D. The box is expected to be available in March for an MSRP of $199. That's about double a basic 4 port HDMI switch, but it contains functionality which can't be had all in one box until now, and it's all in one very small box. You can check it out in the video below. Now all it needs is a name.

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LG Styler Overview

2012-01-29

If you are a businessman or women you know how important it is to have your cloths wrinkle free and smelling fresh. You also know how expensive dry cleaning can get. LG may have an answer for you, the LG Styler. The LG Styler is about the size of a storage wardrobe. The clothes hang from a rack and steam is used to gently remove wrinkles and odors. There are no harsh chemicals involved. It takes about thirty-nine minutes to steam and dry a shirt.

Right now the LG Styler is only available in S. Korea and Japan, but they hope to have it available in the U.S for around $2,000 by the end of the year. At this point LG is looking at selling the Styler not only to individuals, but also to high end hotels and other companies that cater to the business travelers. Wouldn't it be nice to get to a hotel room, unpack and place your shirts in the LG Styler and then in less then 40 minutes you are ready to go. Your cloths smell fresh and are wrinkle free. The LG Styler isn't supposed to replace dry cleaning, but it might keep your cloths ready to wear between dry cleanings.

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Ford Focus Electric at 100 MPGe

2012-01-29

Eric from Ford talked with Jeffrey about the Ford Focus Electric at CES. Items discussed included the internal battery system, the interactive charging system inside, strength of the vehicle, recycled material, and how these vehicles can be 100% made in the USA.

Over 50% of the body is high-strength steel. The battery is around this steel, which will protect you and the battery in case of a crash. With the new Ford assembly line (a video Jeffrey recorded in December), a power train vehicle build can be switched at a moments notice.

The best part is the Focus Electric will get you over 100 miles per charge. That, along with recycled bottles and rubber making the seats, floormats and gaskets around your car, this is a truely green vehicle for you.

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LG Pentouch For a PC and TV

2012-01-29

The new LG Pentouch technology connects to your TV and a computer to bring touch-screen technology to your flat screen TV. The Pentouch consists of the box for connecting a Windows PC to the Plasma TV, which comes along in the package. It all works on WiFi so there won't be any messy cables either. It's geared more towards a business than home user as it essentially turns the TV into a whiteboard, but there are a lot more features than just that. You can also edit Office documents and there are two pens included so that two people can work on the screen at the same time.

There is no exact release date yet, although LG hopes to make it available in the early Spring. There is also no price point as of yet, although with a plasma TV included you probably shouldn't expect it to be too cheap. You can find out more by visiting LG and by watching the video below.
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Trikke A Fun (Electric) Ride

2012-01-29

If you live in the city or suburbs and are looking for a vehicle that you could ride to work and have fun doing it, then you may want to take a look at the Trikke. As the word indicates the Trikke is a three-wheeled electric vehicle. Because it has three wheels it is very stable and easy to ride. You simply turn the throttle and go. You can lean into the curves and the wheels never leave the ground. It folds up so you can easily fit it in the back of a car or carry it into the office. A Trikke weights between 35 and 48 pounds (with battery) depending on the model, so you are probably not going to want to carry it far. You can plug it into any outlet to recharge it. A battery takes about three hours to fully recharge. On a fully charged battery a Trikke will go from 10 to 24 miles depending on model and weight of the rider. You can reach speeds up to 17 miles per hour.

Trikkes are available in different colors and models and the prices range from $1300 to $2200 depending on the model. If you are a skier a Trikke would be a great way to keep in shape for the skiing season. You use the same muscle and movements on a Trikke that you do for skiing and it is low impact. Easier to ride than a bike and a lot better on the bottom.

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The Mighty Dwarf BlueII Bluetooth Speaker

2012-01-29

Today most of us travel with portable music devices, and in a lot cases that's now our smartphone or tablet. Those device don't always have very good external speakers, but most them do have Bluetooth capability. That same Bluetooth technology is now built into external speakers, which really helps to bring these new portable devices to life.

The new BlueII Bluetooth speaker from Mighty Dwarf brings surface induction to the external speaker world. By using the surface the speaker is sitting on to amplify the sound Mighty Dwarf has added a whole new dimension to this external speaker. For those with a device that doesn't feature Bluetooth technology there is a model for you as well.

The new BlueII will be available in March of this year and carries an MSRP of $120 for the Bluetooth model, and $100 for the standard version. There are also other versions already available in the $75 range. You can visit Mighty Dwarf to find out more, and also check out the video demo posted below.

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Take Control of Your Car with Mavia

2012-01-29

Todd chats to Madison of Mavizon about their new Mavia automotive product which keeps tabs on your vehicle in more ways than one.

Mavia is a small box (see picture left) that plugs into your vehicle's ODB-II port - that's the connector used by technician's to check on the car when there's a problem. The Mavia combines readouts from this port with its own internal GPS receiver to provide location and technical information that is sent back to an online hub at www.mymavia.com. Android and iPhone client apps can be downloaded too.

The MyMavia hub will show data on the vehicle such as gas mileage and distance to next service, plus any diagnostic error codes. MyMavia can interpret some of the diagnostic codes and it enables the owner to consult other resources, online or otherwise, to find out more on what's wrong with the car. MyMavia incorporates location services too, showing where the vehicle is on Google Maps and there are connections to social sites like Foursquare.

The Mavia is in a beta testing phase so pricing is not confirmed but is expected to be around $200. The device will be available from retail outlets later in the year and requires no special fitting; it's a self-install.

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Careverge Takes A Social Approach To Health

2012-01-29

The fast pace of modern Western life doesn't lend itself to a healthy lifestyle and many of us struggle to keep on top of the weight and exercise regularly, including myself. Careverge can help as a one-stop health and well-being site that brings together fitness, health and support in one place. Careverge's Henry de Phillips talks to Jamie Davies of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show about what the site can offer.

Careverge's approach is to create a social networking environment to encourage good health behaviours rather than to simply sell a product or a plan. The site brings networking, gaming and recommendations together so that within only a few moments of starting to use the site, the individual is given personalised suggestions on reading and possible activities. The focus of Careverge is to encourage people to health through fun while providing quality health information and support to reach their goals.

Careverge is free to use for consumers.

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LifeStation Web managed Pill box

2012-01-29

From the CES 2012 floor, Jamie Davis from Promed Network talks with David from LifeStation about their new web enabled pill box for people on daily medications. The pill box had compartments for up to 4 doses a day and once full holds a week's worth of pills. The pillbox doors flash when it's time for that dose and if after a time, the door isn't opened it starts beeping. If the person still doesn't take their meds, it sends and email, text and automated phone call to the patient and their care giver. In tests, the pill box got a medication compliance of up to 92% (which is very good)

For more information go to medicationstation.com or lifestation.com.

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Mercedes Benz Introduces mbrace2

2012-01-29

We talked to Robert at the Mercedes-Benz booth at CES 2012 about Mercedes-Benz's new mbrace2 technology. Mbrace2 is Mercedes-Benz's newest generation of connected car technology. It is fully loaded with Mercedes-Benz apps which are customized versions of popular apps including Google Local Search, Yelp, Morningstar Finance, news and others.

Safety of both the driver and those around them is very important to Mercedes-Benz, so each app is customized for the driving environment. For example on Yelp and Google Local Search data entry is disabled while driving. The driver can only access predetermine search terms such as banks, restaurants, hotel while driving. Moving up and down through choices is done through a knob that sits on the center console of the car. You can call or navigate to a location directly from mbrace. If you are using the news application while driving it will only show you the headlines and maybe a picture. However there is a one button push to send the full article to an email address.

Everything is controlled through the center panel. All updates will be done through the cloud. As time goes on Mercedes-Benz hopes to integrate more of the GPS technology available in the car with off-board tools that are on phones. Mercedes-Benz hopes to have mbrace available on all models starting in 2013. There will be a monthly subscription fee but the price has not been determined.

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Mercedes Benz Helping You Connect to Your World

2012-01-29

Right now if you own a SL class from Mercedes-Benz you can access data, make calls and play music on your phone directly through the mbrace system. However if you have a C class or a GLK series car that option is not available to you.

Mercedes-Benz is currently developing a concept that will allow customers with C class or GLK series owners to be able to integrate their smart phones or iPod Touches directly into their car. Once the device is plugged in the car will take over the info and become the infotainment system. You can then control the smart phone directly from the car, allowing for hands free-calling and access of supported applications on the smart phone through the car interface. All updates will be done through the smart phone so you will always be up to date.

The system they are now developing for the C class and GLK series will allow those customers to get connected at a more reasonable price. They hope to have the system available for C class and GLK series cars by the 3rd quarter of 2013.

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Recon Instruments Head Up display for Skiers

2012-01-29

Recon Instruments shows Todd their heads up display for skiers, snowboarders and alpine sport enthusiasts. The display will give you a "dashboard" type display inside of your goggles that tells you speed, altitude, distance traveled, height of your jump and a whole lot more. It even gives you GPS data and with the Android powered version will allow other apps. It will even give you caller ID for an incoming call so you can decide if it's worth stopping and answering the phone. It will, however, not let you text, make calls or answer calls while skiing. (And you thought driving while texting was a problem). The unit is installed in the goggles and is controlled by a bluetooth remote that can be worn just about anywhere on your body and is very tough.

The android version is $399 and the Non-Android version is $299.

For more information go to reconinstruments.com.

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The Kit by Livio Radio

2012-01-29

I have a 1998 Nissan Sentra it has an Am-FM radio and a cassette deck, which is how I connect my iPhone to listen to music. It works for that purpose, however I can't legally make or take calls while I am driving. The car runs great so I am not in the market for a new car, however I would love to be able to make hands free calls in my car. The Kit by Livio Radio was made for someone like me. It was shown at CES 2012. The Kit will work with any car that has an FM radio and a 12 volt adapter. The device plugs into the 12 volt adapter and then works with your iPhone or iPod Touch through Bluetooth. With the Kit by Livio Radio you to make hands free calls with the integrated microphone. You can voice dial anyone in your iPhone address book. It also allows you to stream music from your favorite music application including iTunes through the award-winning car Internet application. The Kit is around $119.99 and is available through the Livio website.

If you have an older model car and are looking to get connected, the Kit by Livio Radio maybe your answer if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch. It runs around $119.99 and is available through the Livio Raido website.

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Biscotti TV Phone with Google Video Chat

2012-01-29

Biscotti's TV phone is a small camera unit that sits on top of your big screen TV, connecting to the TV via HDMI and to the network via WiFi. Once connected up, owners can make high-definition video calls to other Biscotti owners and Google Video Chat users. And you will not believe how small the camera unit is. Todd chats to Matthew Shoemake to learn more.

The TV Phone uses an HDMI pass-through technology, meaning that there's no need to change channels when receiving a call as the Biscotti notifies users via a pop-up message on screen. By using Google Video Chat, the Biscotti TV Phone can connect to any device that has a Chat client, whether it's Android, iPhone or a PC. Connectivity with other video clients will be forthcoming, but no details just yet.

The Biscotti TV Phone is available for $199 and no monthly fees. Watch the video to get free shipping. (disclaimer - not sure how long this promotion will run after CES finishes)

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Speakers in Your Clothes by VeriSonix

2012-01-29

Speakers in your clothes, at first I thought why would anybody want to have speakers in their clothes, but the more I thought about the more I liked the idea. Okay, maybe we should step back for a minute, what are we talking about. We are talking about Electret-electrostatic Flexible Loudspeakers (EFL) from VeriSonix. These are super thin speakers, about the same thinnest as a very thin piece of cardboard only flexible. Unlike regular speaker that have large cones, these speakers create sound by the use of positively charged membranes. They use only 10 percent of the power of normal speakers. The sound isn't great, it is like the sound you get from a pair of modestly priced headphones, but it's okay.

VeriSonix sells the speakers to end customers. The end customer comes to VeriSonix and tells them how they want to use the speakers. VeraSonik then integrates the Electret speakers into the end customer's design. I could see these speakers being placed in many things, including pillows, backpacks, stuffed animals, backs of chairs just to name a few. VeriSonix is based in Taipei, Taiwan and has been around since 2010. Electret-electrostatic Flexible Speakers were developed by Taiwan electrets electronics corporation (TEEC). Have you ever heard these speakers, what did you think of the sound.

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Allure Energy: Proximity Energy Management

2012-01-29

Allure Energy's patented Proximity Energy Management system is the advanced solution to energy management with today's active and somewhat unpredictable lifestyle. Older internet enabled thermostat systems allowed changing settings from smartphone apps - but the user still had to remember to manually intervene.

Allure Energy's system does the resets automatically, based on the reported position of the smartphone from GPS information to the system. Thus, the home is always at the proper temperature when occupants are away,but when they leave or return throughout the day, the energy is automatically adjusted for maximum energy efficiency.

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Altair Semiconductor: Design for LTE Devices

2012-01-29

Many of the devices that were featured at CES2012 involved chipsets designed and manufactured by Altair Semiconductor. Altair Semiconductor specializes in ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance LTE semiconductors.

By incorporating Software Defined Radio (SDR) technologies, Altair Semiconductor chipsets can be tailored to a specific application requirement,enabling personalization of the device and service for the customer.

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CES 2012 - TPN Studio Packout [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

Studio Gear is headed to Fedex in the morning so that we can setup the Broadcast Studio at CES. Quick Update on our CES coverage and an overview of the gear pack-out.

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It's CES Time! [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallin are roaming the studio, powering down gear, and turning off the lights. Along with Andy "HeadHardHat" Smith of the RVNN.TV show "Geocaching World", we are all headed to Las Vegas for TPN coverage of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Here's the backchannel of some of the prep! Andy takes off Friday, and Courtney and Andy (the other one) fly in on Saturday. Stay tuned ,and follow us on Twitter!

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CES 2012 or Bust [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

It is time to load up and head to Las Vegas for CES 2012. There is so much left to do, but watch and you'll see why and what's to come.

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Why CES? It's Warmer! [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

Courtney Wallin shares one reason to join the TPN Team at CES 2012.

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Geocaching CES Wishlist [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

What's Most Attractive about CES for the Active Geocacher?
Andy 'HeadHardHat' Smith gives the low-down on the top ten product categories in this special edition of Geocaching World, as he prepares to head to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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CES The Beginning [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

Steve and I cruised into Las Vegas early this afternoon at a snail's pace of 55MPH, RV trailer in tow. After getting the RV hooked up, we quickly hooked up with Todd, Jack, Andy, Courtney, and Andy over at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The plan was to get the show started: place the tables, hang the lights, run the cables, and so much more. Much of it was completed and Day 2 brings the joys of testing the audio, the video, and the entire setup. In two days, the Convention Center will be transformed into the epicenter of tech. CES 2012 will dominate the airwaves, the Internet, and people's conscience. Keep up with all the CES action at tpn.tv as we bring you everything from glamorous Las Vegas.

-Steve (@netcaststudio) and Dave (@daveandfirefly)

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Fired Up - Ready to Go [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

Andy 'Head Hard Hat' Smith seems ready to head to his first CES and first trip to Las Vegas.

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WiFi Compatible Sony Bloggie Live with Live Streaming from Qik

2012-01-28

Monday, 9 am, Todd Cochrane and Jeffrey Powers head to Ceasar's Palace and the Sony Lifestyle store to talk about the newest version of the Sony Bloggie - The Bloggie Live.

The Bloggie Live itself is an update of last years Bloggie Touch. With a big touchpanel and 1080p video (at 30fps), you can do video and stills on the camera with the 12 MP still image capture and 1080p /30 and 720p/60i. You can also do video and stills at the same time (but not while streaming).

We keep the Bloggie very simple and easy to use. The large red button remains, your power button and photo button are the other two. It is fully PC and Mac compatible.

The fun comes in after you shoot. You can live stream into Qik (which needs to be set up ahead of time). People on Qik can send messages - you cannot respond, but you can see that information on the screen.

Play Memories Mobile Lets You Tether Your Bloggie
With a cellular signal, download the Play Memories Mobile (for iPhone or Android) and you can use your phone as a hot spot for your photos or video.

The Bloggie Live is available on January 10th for $249.

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Sony Bloggie Live Wifi Unboxing - CES 2012

2012-01-28

Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central unboxes the Sony Bloggie Live with WiFi connectivity at the Sony Event on January 9th. The Bloggie Live is available today starting at $249.

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Jeff Gets Head Shaved at CES 2012 - Schick Hydro 5

2012-01-28

During the fun at CES 2012, Jeffrey Powers stopped by the Schick booth, where barbers were on hand to take care of that stubble - on his head. The barbers were using the Schick Hydro 5 razor, with 3 vibration settings, for a smoother shave.

Elliot from Elliot & Co was the barber who tended to Jeffrey's hair. During the event, he talked with Jeff about the Schick Hydro 5 razor.

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CES Unveiled [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

In this backchannel video, we look at the line to CES Unveiled. One of the longest CES Unveiled lines ever.

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Entrance to CES Unveiled [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

In this backchannel video, we look at the line coming into CES Unveiled. Jeffrey then enters into the hall and walks around CES Unveiled right before the masses enter.

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CES Unveiled Show Floor [Back Channel]

2012-01-28

This backchannel video is a closer look into the show floor of CES unveiled. See interviews of Nast, Escort, LaCie, Marley and more.

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Alcatel-Lucent Emergency Response Vehicle Geeks Out

2012-01-28

In this episode, Wayne from Alcatel-Lucent walks Jeffrey Powers through their geeked-out SUV loaded with every item found in the public safety realm, along with E-node B. They downsized it and connected to the emergency band in order to access the internet.

We walk through this SUV and geek out with all the cool items Alcatel-Lucent added. We also look at a special app that can be used for communication and information.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine for the TechPodcast Network.

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LaCie Thunderbolt at CES Unveiled

2012-01-28

Mike Mihalik from LaCie shows off their new Thunderbolt-connected hard drives for the Apple Macs, including the previously announced Little Big Disk and the new 2big, which has two internal 3.5" drives. Also announced was the eSata Dock, a docking station that connects legacy SATA devices via Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt offers seriously quick data transfer speeds with write speeds of 252 Mb/s and read speeds of 459 Mb/s shown in the video.

The Little Big Disk is available now, but the 2big and eSata Dock units won't be available until later in the quarter, with pricing to be announced.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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CastIV iPhone, iPad, Tuner Mounts for Musicians - CastIV Sidekick - CES 2012

2012-01-28

There are many smartphone-tablet holders out there. CastIV is one of them, but they look to add a little more than just a stand.

Geared toward the musician, the CastIV sidekick allows you to put your iPhone or iPod within eye-shot so you can practice your tunes. Even a Korg guitar tuner fits well in the sidekick. Just place the belt on the strings, push together and clip with the mount.

If you would rather have the iPod, Android device or iPhone on your microphone stand, well, they make an interchangeable clip so you can cuff it on the stand, put the device in place and start playing.

For those iPad or other tablet owners out there, you can also get the Tab station - a mount for your iPad that connects to a tripod or microphone stand.

The Guitar Sidekick and smart station are $24.99, with the Tab station for $34.99.

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GreenWave Reality Smart Home Services

2012-01-28

Todd interviews Greg Memo from GreenWave Reality, a global innovator in the emerging smart home services market including home monitoring and elderly care. On show is their home energy management solution that uses wireless (ZigBee) plug-in devices to monitor and control power consumption.

The system is not just limited to power management as other remote monitoring and control technologies such as lighting and video can be included. The complementary iPad app allows the homeowner to select individual rooms within the property and make adjustments if necessary - for example, a thermostat could be turned down or the timings changed to alter when the heat comes on.

The overall solution won a CES 2012 Innovations Award, so congratulations to GreenWave. Available now, starting from $200.

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PowerBag: the New Way to Charge Devices on the Go

2012-01-28

Dan from Powerbag shows off the latest in geek fashion, a messenger bag that has a built-in battery and charging system. Up to four different devices can be charged in the bag at the same time. Included are a selection of charging tips, including the Apple connector and USB variants. The battery capacity should charge a smartphone several times, or a tablet once.

Available now for $139 to $249 for a rolling bag with a bigger battery.

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Roku Hardware & Channel Update CES 2012

2012-01-28

I am a big fan of Roku. I currently have version one of the Roku 2 XS which I love and version 2 is even smaller. However both have the problem of being separate boxes which means more wires to run to the TV and another power cord to plug-in. Roku has an answer to this problem the Roku Streaming Stick. Ed from Roku showed off the product at CES 2012

The stick is a little larger then a regular USB stick and plugs directly into a HDMI port. It is Roku's answer to smart TV. It has the same chip and ram as the Roku 2 XS with the same great performance. It is based on the MHL standard. The one problem I see is that for this to work the TV has to be MHL capable, which I suspect many TVs especially with the lower price models are not.

This may confuse consumers, Roku needs to make it clear which TVs this will work with or what to look for It will come with a motion control remote that has WiFi built-in. The remote control will have power and control out. The Roku Streaming Stick can also be controlled by the TV remote.

The Roku currently has 400 plus channels. The channels are organized in the store by categories, including favorites, religion, sports, movies and more. Among the channels available in the Roku store are TPN.TV and the Blubrry Network. Roku is continuing to update the channel store, to improve its interface and usability. The Roku is currently in over 2 1/2 million households and is still growing. The Roku Streaming Stick should be available in fall of 2012 and run between $50 and $100 depending on model.

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Energizer iSurge Travel Protection @ CES 2012

2012-01-28

Energizer introduced their newest iSurge Travel Charger at CES 2012. The newest charger is specially made for micro USB powered device. It has a cable which allows you to plug-in a micro USB powered device. It has two USB ports which have 2.1 amp shared. If you plug-in one device it will use all 2.1 amps. If you plug both it will share the 2.1 amps.

There are three surge protected outlet on the side. The plug rotates 180° which allows it work no matter how the outlet is set up. This new charger should be available later in 2012 and will run $59.99.

Energizer has already released a charger which is specially made for the iPhone. It has a 30 pin connector at the top, that the iPhone plugs directly into. It also has the two USB ports and the three surge protected outlet on the side. It is also $59.99 and is available now.

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Nest Thermostat Overview

2012-01-28

The nest thermostat has received more than its fair share of press coverage recently, but that's because it's both smart, cool and well-designed. Todd chats with Kate from nest about this great new product.

The nest thermostat is a smart thermostat that learns from your habits and behaviors and adjusts itself to match them, turning the heat up when you want it and down when you are out of the home. It's exceptionally easy to use - you turn it up, you turn it down, that's it. The nest has several learning modes, including schedule learning and activity detection, which help it keep you comfortable but the energy costs down.

The nest thermostat costs $249 but it's on back order because it's been so popular. The thermostat comes with everything you need to install the devices yourself, including a screwdriver!

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LiftMaster's MyQ - The Connected Smart Garage Door Opener

2012-01-28

LiftMaster is known for its range of garage door openers and this year, they're introducing their new MyQ technology that will let home owners monitor and control their garage door from a smartphone or tablet anywhere in the world, including iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android devices.

Intended to be professionally installed, the cost is $350-$400 for a new door opener that incorporates MyQ technology and it's available now.

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J5Create Mac - PC Wormhole

2012-01-28

J5Create may be familiar to Apple Macintosh users as they're designers of aesthetic Mac accessories, but their latest gadget will be of interest to those of us with a foot in the PC camp. Here Todd talks to John about their new Wormhole Station.

The Wormhole Station combined with the Wormhole cable creates a keyboard and mouse switch which not only controls both a PC and a Mac from one mouse and keyboard but also moves files seamlessly from one computer to the other. Even cooler, you can set the configuration up so that moving the mouse cursor off one side of Mac screen transfers the cursor to the PC screen. It's a bit like having a dual monitor setup, only with two OSes!

If you like the sound of this, it's available in both laptop and desktop configurations. Available now, the Wormhole Station will set you back $109.99 and the cable is $39.99. The CES folk like it so much, they gave the Wormhole Station an Innovation Honoree Award.

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Invoxia VoIP Desktop iPhone Dock

2012-01-28

Todd talks with Eric from Invoxia about their latest office product, a stylish dock that converts iPhones and iPads into a VoIP desktop phone. Winner of a CES 2012 Showcase Engineering Award, it's really quite stunning.

The NVX 610 can use Skype or a SIP telephony provider and control of the desktop phone is via an app on the iPhone which uses Bluetooth to communicate with the dock. The unit has built-in speakers, creating a hands-free phone and a music dock all in one.

Available on-line now for $599. Cool but pricey.

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Marvell Demos a new OLPC Tablet @ CES 2012

2012-01-28

At CES 2012 Marvell showed off the OLPC XO 3.0 Tablet. The tablet has an eight inch screen and is made for kids in the developing world. It has the ARM based ARMADA PXA618 SOC processor, and is built on the Linux platform. It has a mini Wikipedia and other existing educational applications built right into the device. This is important since these devices are used in areas where wi-fi is often not available. The tablet can be charged by solar power, hand crank, and from any device that can produce 10-25 watts of DC power. The solar panel produces 4 watts of power by placing it in the sun for an hour. You then snap to the tablet and it will charge the tablet for up to two hours of usage. Like all OLPC products the OLPC tablet is easy to take apart and repair.

Marvell builds the design. They work with Quantive manufacturing, who build the tablets based on orders from agencies like a Ministry of Education or an educational organization. Their goal is to have the unit price well below the $180.00 which is the cost of the OLPC computer.

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BitTorrent intros New Services @ CES 2012

2012-01-28

BitTorrent was original created to allow people to share large files over the Internet efficiently. In the last couple of years more and more people are sharing their digital media over the Internet with friends and family. Unfortunately because of the way things are currently setup they often have to compromise on quality. BitTorrent is attempting to solve this problem. They have a new software application called Share which they introduced at CES 2012. This program will allow people to share large media files with family and friends. There is no limit on file size, number of files or recipients. Each person will have to be authenticated either by email or connecting on Facebook. They will also have to run Share in the background. Share is less the 1 mg in size and takes up very little resources. The media file will be uploaded to each recipient who along with the cloud application will act as seeders. Once you reach a critical mass the cloud application will drop off. Share is currently still in Alpha and being tested.

BitTorrent is also working on a live video streaming protocol which will allow people to share live streaming video without a hosting service. This is also currently in Alpha, you can participate in the test every Friday night at BitTorrent Live. BitTorrent also announced 4 partnerships with various companies in Europe and Asia, that would embed the Bittorent protocol directly in their devices.

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Fisher Price Kid-Tough DVR

2012-01-28

Leave it to Fisher Price maker of great toys for kids and the kids in all of us to make a DVR that is kid friendly. That is what they were showing at CES 2012 the Kid-Tough DVR.

The Kid-Tough DVR is made for 3-5 year olds. It is rugged and easy to use. There is a touch screen kids can use to scan through the available videos. When they are ready to play a video just tap on the screen and it will start playing. They can also fast forward or rewind through a video. To record a video you just place the DVR into its dock which sits between your cable box and the TV, set the record time and hit record.

The Kid-Tough DVR will be available around June-July. It will be approximately $150.00 and include the DVR, headphones, docking station, a car charger and a case. If you have a small child and take a lot of car trips this is worth a look

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Sony's New Google TV

2012-01-28

When the Google TV first came out I thought it was an interesting concept. However the one thing that I didn't like was the size of the remote. The idea of having a remote the size of a regular keyboard was not very appealing. Sony introduced a new generation of the Google TV at CES 2012. There are three versions, the one that is embedded within a TV, a Blu-Ray player with an integrated Google TV and a stand alone Google TV. Both the Blu-Ray player and the stand alone player have a smaller form factor than before. They all run Android 3.2 with Android Market well-integrated and is full HD capable.

The thing that caught my eye the most was the remote control. It now looks like a real remote control instead of large keyboard. The front of the remote is set up like a traditional remote with a touchpad on it. On the back is a keyboard when you need it. The keyboard works only when it is facing up. So there is no chance of typing while you are trying to hit play or record. This is a great improvement on the first generation of Google TV. I can't wait to get a hold of one later this year.

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MyLink Radio by Chevy

2012-01-28

Most people today especially teenagers and young adults want to be connected with their music and phones at all times, including when they are in their cars. Often though the cars that have infotainment systems are above the budget they can afford. If you are a fan of the Chevy brand than you maybe in luck.

In 2012 Chevy is introducing the MyLink Radio for two of their entry level vehicles the Chevy Spark and the Chevy Sonic. The MyLink Radio comes with AM/FM and SirusXM installed. You can connect a Bluetooth enabled smartphone, a USB device or an iPod. Then the music plays directly though your car speakers and you can see what is playing by looking at the MyLink system instead of having to pick up your device. MyLink Radio will also come with the ability to launch Pandora and the Stitcher Radio apps.

The apps themselves will run and be updated through the phone. You can also make calls through the system either by using the touchpad on the screen or buttons on the steering wheel. It also pulls the information from your phone directly on to the device. There is also an option to view slideshows or watch movies through MyLink Radio. Because of safety issues this will only work in when the car is in park.

The MyLink Radio is an optional feature and should be available in June for the Spark and in September for the Sonic. They are considering opening up the API for other developers. This will be a great option for those who want to be connected but can't afford those vehicle with the full infotainment systems.

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Lethal Protection Gadget Positioning Device

2012-01-28

Lethal Protection is the name of the company but it's not a clue as to the product. It's not a bullet-proof vest, it's not ferocious guard dog but what is it? Todd finds out what it is from Melissa of Lethal Protection.

Winner of a CES Innovation Award, it's called the Life-Phorm Pro and it's an one-size-fits-all gadget positioning device. Only it's weird... very weird... but in a cool way. Think GorillaPod but scary and it's not just for cameras - tablets and smartphones fit on just as well.

The flexible six legs allow myriad standing, gripping and hanging positions, all the while keeping your gear off the floor. The Pro version is made from aluminum and carbon fiber, weighing in at only 8oz.

Lethal Protection is setting up manufacturing and production of the Life-Phorm Pro and it's expected to ship in April of this year. The Pro version will run $149 and the basic version will be $69.

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Belly-Bean Functional Workplace

2012-01-28

One of the biggest problem with laptops is that they get too hot to use on a lap. Many answers to this problem aren't very stylish and look rather dorky. Belly Bean is a stylish solution for this problem. It looks like a cross between a skate board and a surf board. Belly Bean is made of hard-rock maple and on the back is EVA (Ethylene vinyl acetate) foam, which prevents heat transfer. EVA foam is also used in diving and dry suits.

Belly Bean is a functional workspace large enough for a 17 inch laptop with room left over. It is $49.00 and is available through the Belly Bean Web site. So now you can look great and be cool while you continue to work with a lap top on your lap.

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Cadillac User Experience (CUE) - Showstoppers at CES 2012

2012-01-28

While at CES Showstoppers, we stopped by Cadillac for the customer user experience (CUE). This is Cadillac's in-car NAV and computer system. The Cadillac CUE is a full infotainment and interface. It will start in the XTS and ATS, along with the SRX in 2013.

This is Cadillac's "centerpiece" of future interiors. Along with the side dash, they remodeled the drivers dash. Capacity multi-touch display, haptic feedback (tactile feel to pushing a button) and other great advancements through the touch system.

Another interesting change is where the glovebox is - under the button panel. All in a stylish interface.

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CES 2012 - TPN Slideshow

2012-01-28

When we are not doing interviews we are taking pictures. Here is a compilation of pictures from CES 2012.

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GoPano Turns iPhone Camera into 360° Periscope - CES Unveiled

2012-01-28

By now, we've seen a lot of lenses that you can attach to your iPhone to make them take better pictures. But this lens from GoPano does something different: It makes some great 360° pictures and video without hassle.

Simply attach the iPhone case, then attach the GoPano mount. Start your camera (or video) and you are recording in panoramic view. When you are done, upload it to the GoPano website and you can pan the video to see what's happening around you. Attach a microphone to your iPhone and people can get a new experience from your videos.

GoPano starts at $79.95 and is for the iPhone 4 and 4s. They also have a lens attachment for other cameras if you want to get higher quality photos or video. You can then use the Video Warp software to process and publish video.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre

2012-01-28

Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas computer maker HP unveiled the Envy 14 Spectre, a new 14 inch laptop with some fairly impressive specs behind it. It comes with either a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, an option for a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD, 4 or 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, Mini DisplayPort, HD webcam, Gorilla Glass inside and out, and USB 3.0. Users also get a choice of Windows 7 Home Premium, Ultimate or Professional, but you will have to go with the 64-bit version, as this new notebook doesn't come in a 32-bit version. HP claims a nine hour battery life, but perhaps the nicest touch is the keyboard, which has individual LED's behind each key to make them easily visible in low, or even no, light conditions.

Although I haven't seen the HP Envy 14 Spectre referred to as an "Ultrabook" that's the first word that comes to mind when I see it. The sleek, thin design and the lack of an optical drive all point to that category, which was the hot meme at CES 2012. There is more to this notebook than just the specs I listed above, but you will need to watch the video below to get all of the details. The Envy 14 Spectre will start at an MSRP of $1399. You can also visit HP for more info.

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Toshiba introduces a USB 3.0 Thumb Drive!

2012-01-28

Todd talked to Scott at the Toshiba booth about the new "SuperSpeed" USB 3.0 Thumb drives that will be available this spring. The drives are up to 10 times faster then USB 2.0 at 220mb/sec reading and 94mb/sec writing.

They will be available in 32GB and 64GB sizes and will be $100 and $200 respectively.

Scott also showed off Toshiba's new SD Cards with WiFi. The product will be called "FlashAir" and will be a 2 way WiFi enabled SD Card. Other WiFi cards have only been one way where you can pull photos from the card wirelessly. This new card will allow you to put files on the card from other devices as well as download from the card wirelessly.

For more information check out toshiba.com

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Basis Wearable Health Monitoring

2012-01-28

Todd talked to Jeff from Basis at the digital experience event at CES 2012 about their new product for health monitoring.

Basis is coming this spring with a wrist wearable health monitoring system to help you keep track of your overall activity level. Different from the heart monitors you would wear for working out, this new system will track your heart rate, temperature, perspiration, sleep and activity level as you go about your daily life. It will take that information and upload it to Basis' cloud service and give you all the data along with some recommendations of things you need to do to get into better overall health.

The device and service will be available in early 2012 for $199. This includes a lifetime membership to the cloud service.

For more information, go to www.mybasis.com

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Zagg HZO - Waterproofing for Electronics

2012-01-28

Zagg's protective films are popular "first purchases" for new smartphone owners and at CES 2012, Zagg shows off their latest protection mechanism. Todd chats to Bill from Zagg to find out what it protects against.

The adage is that water and electricity don't mix, and by extension, water and mobile devices don't mix well either. Zagg hopes to change that with a new nanotech-based coating, HZO, that repels water so effectively that a dunk in the drink will have no effect on the device.

The HZO coating is applied during the manufacturing process so that every component is properly treated and waterproofed. There's no physical skin or cover as the water-repellency is at the molecular level. Almost any device can be waterproofed - smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, headphones, but it has to be done during manufacture, not by the end-user.

Zagg is currently in negotiation with major OEMs so expect water-repellent devices to hit the market in 12-18 months and if you want to see an iPhone working underwater, then watch the video.

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G-Form Extreme Gadget Protection - 100k Drop test

2012-01-28

G-Form is best know for its protective gear for high adrenaline sports but using this know-how, it's protecting something much more precious - your expensive tablet with its Extreme range of cases. If you think this is gimmick, these guys dropped an iPad in an Extreme Portfolio from a weather balloon at 100,000+ feet... and it survived.

Todd talks to Rick Garrard to find out more about the high altitude drop and gets a demonstration of what happens when an 8 lb bowling ball lands on a packet of chocolate M&Ms covered with G-Form's Extreme protection. Mmm, chocolate.

The Extreme cases and sleeves are on-sale nowc from $34.95 upwards for the iPad and Kindle Fire (or 10" and 7" tablets).

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Aftershokz Headphones

2012-01-28

Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headsets use the same technology that military Special Ops teams depend upon. Now consumers can be street legal - nothing in, on, or covering your ears. Direct vibrations are carried by the bones to the inner ear. In military and police applications, their ears are open in order to hear the movements of both their targets and other members of their unit.

Aftershokz Headphones enable joggers, bike riders, skateboarders, hikers, and other athletes to safely listen to their portable music player while participating in their favorite activity.

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InCarBite: Tablet Mounting System

2012-01-28

InCarBite solves two problems: How to keep your iPad securely mounted in a vehicle, yet keeping it easily removable for use inside the house. InCarBite allows you to safely mount your iPad or Android tablet to the headrest support in the family mini-van. While it delivers a personal viewing experience to the backseat passenger on the road, the same unit un-snaps from the vehicle mount, and travels easily to the home for under-cabinet kitchen mounting.

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DeLorme In-Reach Satellite Communicator

2012-01-28

GPS Plus Emergency Satellite Communicator
The Award-Winning DeLorme In-Reach allows you to stay reliably connected wherever you go. You can end and receive text messages, even while out of cell phone range - letting your friends in basecamp or family know that you have crossed a phase line, milepost or difficult portion of your hiking or climbing route. You will get confirmation of message delivery. And most importantly, you can send Interactive 2-way SOS in a real emergency and communicate with responders to make sure that they understand the nature of your emergency.

The system includes global coverage, and is in the $250 price class.

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Maytag: Clean Oven in an Hour

2012-01-28

Maytag Induction technology transfers energy directly into any magnetic cookware, for faster, more energy-efficient cooking. It is a special treat for moms, culinary enthusiasts, chefs and just about anybody who loves to cook with fast results in a safe and convenient cooking environment.

The cleanliness of electric cooking with the speed and control of gas. Plus, an exceptionally fast cleaning cycle keeps busy Moms happy!

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Connect Wireless Speaker By Sharper Image

2012-01-28

One thing Shaper Image has always been known for is it's ability to design in-home products that meet the consumer's demands and needs. One of those demands is to enjoy music while relaxing in the kitchen, the bathroom, the porch, or the bedroom without giving up that valuable counter space.

Their latest Connect Wireless Speaker is no different. The Connect Wireless Speaker plugs directly in your AC outlet and provides quality audio production. The product allows you to listen to music via BlueTooth and also has a built-in microphone so that you don't miss those important incoming calls. The speaker also includes a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with an estimated 3-4 hours life span.

Don of Sharper Image expects the product to hit shelves in May-June 2012 with a price tag of $49.99, available at major retailers and Sharper Image stores around the nation.

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Hengedocks Macbook Docking Stations

2012-01-28

Steve came across a very interesting booth while combing the halls of CES 2012. If you struggle with a cluttered desks and have issues with cable management, Hengedocks is the product for you! Clean up your work space, save space, increase productivity, and more with this product.

Hengedocks has created a pretty slick docking station for your Mac Book Pros (13,15,17in) and Mac Book Airs (11, 13in). The docking station has spots for all your cables - USB, Firewire, Power, Video, and more. Simply place the Apple product into the docking station, touch the keyboard, and the unit it ready for use. You can use it on your work station or even set it up next to your HD TV or Smart TV. The docking stations are on the market now and range from $60-$75.

Hengedocks also manufactures a product called Clique. It's a quick and easy way to combine your Apple keyboard with your Trackpad. Clique is selling for only $25! Check out the entire video and get a live demonstration of how Hengedocks works.

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Paysaber: Mobile Payment Processing

2012-01-28

Small business owner? Credit processing does not have to be a pain. Paysaber offers a complete point of sale solution with an encrypted credit card reader, barcode scanner and thermal printer: all in the palm of your hand. It is ready to work with any iOS device, and features encryption of every swipe and transmission to and from the credit processing gateway.

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Hovercam: Efficient Document Scanning

2012-01-28

Past ten or fifteen pages, scanning a lengthy document on a flatbed scanner is a pain. Scanning a book without destroying the binding is just one of the features of the Hovercam system. The included HoverCam Flex software makes managing scanned files and full screen presentations easy.

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Intouch Remote Health Monitoring

2012-01-28

InTouch Health along with Verizon had developed the RP Express and the RP 7 Mobile Robot and other similar devices to allow doctors to access their patients from remote locations. The RP Express is a mobile device for an individual to carry in the field. The RP 7 Mobile Robot is made for hospitals or other medical facilities. Both devices allow you to plug in medical instruments including EKGs, Ultrasound equipment and other devices directly into the machine allowing doctors to take and read vital signs from anywhere in the world. The video and audio are in real time and work over the Verizon 4G network, or wifi. (I am not sure what happens if the 4G or wifi networks are not available, hopefully there is a solution to that problem.) The doctor can control the RP 7 Mobile Robot and the RP Express from any computer that has the control station installed on it. The RP 7 robot allows for 178 degree field of view.

These devices are FDA cleared for connection to diagnostic medical devices on wifi. They are still going through the approval process for the 4G version. They hope to have those versions available for hospitals later this year. It is nice to know that now people in remote areas have a way to get access to the medical care, including the specialist that they need.

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Zagg Sparq Portable Power

2012-01-28

Zagg's protective films are popular "first purchases" for new smartphone owners and but Zagg offer other products in the mobile working space. Todd chats to Nate from Zagg to about the Zagg Sparq, a portable rechargeable battery pack.

The Sparq is mains charged, with two front-facing USB ports to recharge any portable device with a USB-type connector. The internal battery has sufficient capacity to recharge four times the average smartphone. Perfect for when you're on the road.

Available now for $99.99 from Zagg online with free shipping.

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my-Ditto Key

2012-01-28

Do you put data on a USB stick and then do you tend to lose that USB stick? Do your kids store their homework on a USB stick and then lose it? I sure for most people the answer is yes to all of the above. Let's face it we've all done it; we've put data on a USB stick that we want to bring with us, then we put it down somewhere or leave it behind. That use to mean that not only was the USB stick was gone but all the data on it. No longer now the information on the USB stick can also be in the cloud.

That is the idea behind my-Ditto Key. You register your my-Ditto Key with my-Ditto and then all the information on the key is copied to the cloud. Now if you lose your my-Ditto Key USB stick or leave it behind you still have access to your data anywhere in the world. You can store up to 100 GB of space in the cloud. It doesn't matter what type of data it is it can be music, videos, documents it's up to you. Simple and easy to use, but effective that is what my-Ditto key is all about.

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Swingline Stack-and-Shred

2012-01-28

Do you have that box of papers next to you or maybe across the room, you know the one. It's the one full of papers you need to shred. You keep telling yourself you need to take care of it, but then somehow it never gets done. You tell yourself you are too busy or you have other things to do, but in reality you don't do it because you hate having to feed the paper in one at a time.

Swingline to the rescue. Swingline has been making products for offices for over 80 years including shredder, stapler, punches, trimmers and sharpeners. Their latest products in the shredder line are hands free shredders called Stack-and-Shred. There are multiple lines and models both for home and office. These new shredders allow you to place a stack of papers into the shredder and then close the lid and the machine takes over from there. No more having to feed in one paper at a time. The home models are made to take 8.5x11 inch paper and have a separate feed for envelopes. Other models for business take larger size paper. There is an auto unjamming feature, so the machine will try to clear itself, before asking for help.

These personal shredders are currently available at Office Max, Office Depot and Staples and run between $150.00 to $250 depending on size and models. So now you have no more excuses for not getting those papers shredded.

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eFun Brings the APen Stylus to the iPad

2012-01-28

The iPad was purposely designed to be used without a stylus, but that doesn't stop some users from wanting one. It's especially handy for things like editing a document, writing notes, or for drawing apps. Now eFun has introduced one especially made for the iPad. The new stylus comes with a lot of options as well. You can not only write, draw, and edit, but you can do so in multiple colors and line weights.

The stylus, which debuted last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is available now for $99 from APenUSA. To see this cool new iPad pen in action you can check out the video posted below of a live demo from the CES show floor.

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Kingston HyperX SSD

2012-01-28

Kingston is known for their memory, but now they are branching out into the world of hard drives and, more specifically, solid state hard drives, or SSD's as they are commonly referred to. The HyperX is the top of the Kingston line when it comes to this technology. The SSD is a much-hyped technology that has remained a dream for most consumers because of their price-point, but they are starting to come down into the realm of the affordable, although still top-end, drives. The SSD provides much faster speed than the traditional HDD, plus they are much smaller in size, which is driving the new Ultrabook craze, which was also capturing the media at this year's CES.

The new HyperX comes with an external drive bay that you can plug into your computer and software to clone you current drive to get you started without any down time. The new Kingston drive may still be out of reach for the average user, but that's okay, because they know it's for the enthusiast, who knows how to get inside a PC and change out hardware, clone drives, and use all of the hardware and tools that come along with a project such as this.

Currently for the 120 GB version seen in the video below the price is coming in at a little over $200. To find out more be sure to check out the video and visit Kingston.

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CES 2012 Preshow Hour 1

2012-01-28

CES 2012 Preshow Hour 1 coverage with highlights from CES Unveiled

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2012-01-28

CES 2012 Preshow Hour 2 coverage with highlights from CES Unveiled

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CES 2012 Preshow Hour 3

2012-01-28

CES 2012 Preshow Hour 3 coverage with our own Jon Wurm and Allante Sparks, featuring highlights from CES Unveiled

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2012-01-28

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2012-01-28

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CES 2012 Preshow Sony Wifi Bloggie Reveal

2012-01-28

CES 2012 Preshow where we reveal the new Sony WiFi Bloggie

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Polkast: Personal Cloud at Lightening Speed

2012-01-28

Why upload and download to the cloud when you can create a personal cloud for data anywhere?
Polkast is a new P2P approach to file access that you control. Your files are stored on systems that you control, and it doesn't matter where the files are stored. With Polkast, you get anytime access to all of your files from any of your computers or mobile devices.

And, on your local network, files transfer at 10x the speed of a traditional upload/download from an external cloud service. And Polkast indexes and enables you to search for files from your mobile device- then pull just the one you need.

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Sococo: Virtual Workspace and Communications

2012-01-28

Social Communications and Workspace for Remote Teams
More and more organizations, particularly start-up companies are dispersed across a wide geography. Virtual organizations, with skilled team members around the world, are the heart of innovation in many areas. Sococo provides an integrated tool set around the metaphor of a map of a virtual office - cubicles, offices, common areas, meeting rooms - and then introduces an avatar based mode of interaction between team members and the outside world.

Sococo's main advantage is integration of such tools as online meetings, shared documents, VoIP telephony, presence indication and privacy - instead of a cobbled together mix of online tools, email, IM, VoIP, and desktop sharing.

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CES 2012 - HomeGrid Forum - Any Wire, Anywhere

2012-01-27

My interview with John Egan, who was representing the HomeGrid Forum shed some light on what's up and coming for G.hn technology. Just in case you're wondering what that is, G.hn is a home networking technology that uses existing (legacy) wiring in the house to transmit data with bandwidth of up to 1 gigabit per second, hence the tag line, "Any wire, anywhere." Some of the heavy hitters that participate in the HomeGrid Forum such as AT&T, British Telecom, Best Buy and Marvell Semiconductor understand there is good reason for adherence to this standard as it benefits both consumers and service providers. The consumer is afforded a choice in service provider and the service provider themselves have assurance that all their existing and potential customers have the opportunity to take advantage of the service provider's technology. Simply put, the standard uses rules and guidelines that helps prevent fragmentation of the market. When these products hit the market be sure to look for the HomeGrid Forum logo which reassures interoperability in your house.

A definite plus with G.hn technology is that so long as the house has electrical outlets it can be taken advantage of. If you're reading this and you live in a mansion the question of range could come in to play but through the use of nodes, that act as repeaters, the data can travel long distances without any signal loss. Based on some estimates from service companies, not having to run any new wiring saves 4 man hours of installation time plus materials. This help make the use of G.hn technology easy, efficient and cost effective. More good news is that consumers can also expect prices for new technology to be comparable to the old technology that is currently in use.

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We can expect to see full fledged products come to market around July and in the meantime, Mr. Egan gave us a hands on demonstration of some prototype technology that is in the works.

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CES 2012 - Eco Alkalines - Batteries That Help the World

2012-01-27

Amidst a sea of eco-friendly booths, a familiar sight grabbed our attention and made us start asking some questions about the packs of AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V sized batteries Eco Alkalines had on display and as it turns out, there is something special about them.

Jessica Bell was nice enough to answer all my probing questions about their products but before we jump into the batteries I want to mention that their eco-friendliness actually starts with the brochures and packaging. I was surprised to learn that all the printing is done by using a soy-based ink and it's good to know they aren't afraid to think outside the packaging.

As for their manufacturing process, they have achieved 88% efficiency which has helped them gain a "carbon neutral" certification. This is not a status that is easily achieved. They are also landfill safe so you don't have to feel guilty about being part of the 98% that does not recycle batteries properly.

One of their most frequently asked questions is about the expected usage time and how it compares to other big name brands. As it turns out, life expectancy tests put Eco Alkalines's batteries ahead of Duracell and about 15 minutes behind Energizer. Not bad at all. As far as availability is concerned, you can buy their products online from Amazon.com, Best Buy and Walmart so long as you live in the U.S., Canada, Australia or Mexico. No need to worry about it costing you an arm to be environmentally friendly anymore. At an MSRP of $4.99, their batteries are competitively priced.

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Logitech: Logitech Cube Presenter Mouse

2012-01-27

Innovation Award Winner: CES2012
A tiny grab and go mouse, that is also a presenter! At a $69.99 price point, it needs to be in the bag of every road warrior. It is a basic wireless mouse, but when you lift it from the desktop, you have the ability to advance or reverse slides that are being displayed on your laptop or projector screen.

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Contour: Action Video for Extreme Sports

2012-01-27

More Affordable Version of Contour Sports Camera
Contour has long been known for high performance sports and adventure video - but they were concentrated at the premium end of the marketplace. Not any longer! The new ContourROAM has an MSRP under $200! And, they've paid attention to ease of use, introducing one-step recording. Just slide the record switch, and you're instantly filming. Easy as that. It's the ideal camera for a fun, stress-free experience capturing your adventures anywhere life takes you.

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Other World Computing: Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet

2012-01-27

The only UL-Listed in-wall solution for powering and recharging USB devices
Is your home infested with Wall Warts - the wall transformer power supplies that seem to multiply like rabbits in any home that has a tilt towards technology? The OWC wall outlet is a solution to that problem -most assuredly wife approved, removing cords and clutter from countertop, desk, or dresser. You don't have to unplug the light to charge yourApple iPad ,iPhone, Android tablets and phones, tablet computers, cellphones, gaming systems (Nintendo, Sony PSP, etc.), Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, or GPS devices which charge via standard USB plug.

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Penclic: It's Time For A New Mouse

2012-01-27

It's Time to Leave the '80s Behind
This innovative Swedish design mimics a fountain pen,creating a natural working position, eliminating unnecessary "mousing around" in endless clicking. The mouse looks, feels and moves like a pen., with natural position of the forearm on the work surface.

Penclic Mouse has 5-buttons and scroll wheel. The left click, right click and middle click are on the pen shaft's right side. On the pen shaft's left side the backward click and forward click for surfing are positioned. It is offered in wired and wireless (Bluetooth) versions.

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Shodogg: Fetch, Toss, Share Video

2012-01-27

Stream Your Favorite Videos from Smartphone to Computer
It's kind of like Apple's Airplay, but with multiplatform support for Android, game consoles, internet connected TV's, laptops, desktops and mobile devices. Shodogg is a video delivery platform that allows any smartphone the ability to send any streaming media content to any screen whether it's a desktop, a tablet or an Internet enabled television.

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iOnRoad: Android Co-Pilot App Monitors Traffic

2012-01-27

A Smart Phone Equals a Smarter Driver
This app from iOnRoad turns your Smartphone into a Personal Driving Assistant. This app (Android now, iOS to come) mounts in the center of your windshield and uses the built in video camera to look at the road ahead. It then computes the closing speed to vehicles or objects ahead and sounds a warning if things are moving too fast.

What does this mean? It means that there are another pair of "eyes" on the road immediately in front of you. Collision warning, lane departure warning, and when you leave the car, a handy feature that allows you to locate your car when you come back after a flight.

Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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Lil' Wiz: Amp Up your Sounds with a 'Solid' Speaker System

2012-01-27

360 Degree Sound
This little gadget, called the Lil' Wiz lets you bring along big sound - turning almost any solid surface into an amazing sound system. You connect it to your sound source (computer, smartphone, music player or tablet), and then attach with the build in suction cup. Some of the models connect to your device via BlueTooth, and there are also options that include a reader of a micro-SD card- where you can put your playlist on the card and have no connection required.

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ZipBuds: Tangle Resistant Earbuds with Style

2012-01-27

Easy Zip-To-Store Design
If you enjoy a daily fight with your smartphone or music player earbuds, skip this article. If you are like the rest of us, you will think ZipBuds are pretty cool. Available in Black, Blue, and Pink - you can pick your color and be active in style. And without the rats nest of earbud wires.

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CES 2012 - iOnRoad - Safety While You Drive

2012-01-11

I had the opportunity to speak with the guys from iOnRoad about their Android app and boy was I impressed. They have harnessed the power of a phone's camera, gyroscope and accelerometer to create a product that helps you drive better. All you have to do is put the phone in your windshield, like many people do already for their navigation apps, and it will begin watching the road to make sure you are staying in your lane, not speeding and giving yourself enough distance between you and the car in front of you.

The first concern I had was quickly alleviated: iOnRoad can run in the background while you listen to music, have text messages read to you or even continue to use your navigator. When you inevitably get too close to another car, it will alert you and tell you the car in front of you is getting too close or that you no longer have enough stopping time if they were to stop suddenly. It also lets you know if the lane lines have shifted in its viewport, meaning you may be riding the line. This product is perfect for us being in Las Vegas where people don't quite drive the way you would expect, nor are there any rules about driving in a single lane at a time.

While it was refreshing to see an application like this one start on a platform other than iOS, there is no way a company can ignore the size of the iSheeple flock, so the company is currently beta testing an iOS version of the application as well. The application, both on Android and iOS, works really well and truly is an innovative idea, so it is no wonder they won a CES 2012 Innovation Award.

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