SHOW SUMMARY – Paul Ulreich from Verizon comes back on-air to discuss home automation, the new data plans, and more! IFTTT your lights? You got it! Everything you never thought you could use your phone for, and then some 🙂
- Google drive is DOWN! (but find out why neither Mike nor Dave care)
- Have you backed up your data yet?
- Security chat
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
What Int’l treaty keeps our Mars rovers from exploring the newly discovered water areas?
Coolsite of the Week
- EBCD (Linux version, on USB) – You don’t realize how much you need this until you have it!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
Geek Trivia with Jay Garmon:
What was the actual communications device installed on the red hotline, between the coldwar era US and Soviet Union?
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
TOPIC: Everybody gets involved today, with Joe Oddo from Verizon telling us about the Note, Dave “Sparky” Saganaki weighing in with his unique take on the news, and special guest Rob Rigel of “Rob Shot First” comes in studio and on mic to help us figure out what’s REALLY going on!
We cover home automation and security, compare Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 to your “regular” phones and tablets, and get lost for a long time in a discussion about Ray Bradbury’s Luddite tendencies …. and we don’t stop there, because we won’t let Jay Garmon leave until he gives us this great question:
What medical disorder is often associated with St. Valentine?
Cool sites of the week include:
- Google Earth Pro is now FREE! That’s right, you can download this formerly $399 / year application and use it to your heart’s content!
- Verizon Wireless – Interested in finding out more about the mobile devices we talked about today? Start here and you’ll be well on your way to getting set up with the right device to do what you need.
Some confusion about the ending time of our show means we finish off a little weird, but I added the podcast only song of the week “Mr. Face” by the awesome indie rocker Ty Segall! Until next week …
TOPIC: We talk a lot about Sony and “The Interview”, but we also have a GREAT talk with Joe Oddo of Verizon Wireless about the latest and greatest mobile devices for your holiday shopping! Joe comes in-studio to break down the questions you should ask when you are in the store – and what questions you should be asking yourself before even leaving the house!
Mike finishes up by predicting 1,000,000 illegal downloads of “The Interview” by January 15th, and then Jay Garmon asks us a very well timed geek trivia question:
What percentage of the Earth’s population tuned in to the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve broadcast?
We don’t have many, but a few themed app usage coolsites for the shopping season seem appropriate:
- RetailMeNot app – Use this app to check deals around you as well as online before you buy!
- Trello – Keep a list, check it twice … never forget what you’re out there buying!
- Google Keep – Like a cross between evernote, onenote, and trello, Google makes it easy to track what you’re doing and any information you need at hand to make your holiday season as organized and enjoyable as possible!
Have wonderful Christmas and New Years this year … and to kick that off you can rock to some very metal XMas with Bob River’s “I Am Santa Claus!” (to the tune of “I Am Iron Man”)
TOPIC: Joe Oddo joins us in-studio today to talk mobile devices, and how to make that tough decision about which one you should get for your pocket! Unfortunately, Mike, Dave, and Jay are so chatty we barely let Joe get a word in edgewise! There’s a lot of news, a lot of great geek trivia, but a LOT less Joe than we wanted so he’ll be coming back next month!
Speaking of geek trivia, try this one on for size:
What was the connection speed of the world’s first Internet router?
As an extra bonus, you get to listen to us try to decide:
If you could only pick one OS (Windows, iOS, Chrome, Linux, etc.) for all your devices, which would it be?
A surprisingly difficult question to answer, that results in some very surprising answers!
TOPIC: That’s right, this is “Not Just Another TechTalk”! We’ve got Paul Ulreich back in studio, an abnormally clear link to our Canadian cohost Dave “Sparky” Saganaki, and have a great time talking about what wonderful gadgety goodness we got for ourselves or our family this holiday season! Some of the better ones included:
- Motorola Deck portable speakers
- Fitbit Flex quantified self wearable tech
- Amazon Kindle HD tablet (now $30 off with “MAYDAY” coupon)
- Google Nexus 7 tablet
Of course our good friend Jay Garmon joins us and provides this great piece of geek trivia:
What was the first piece of wearable technology that included a modern micro-processor?
We also get another great “Kids Talk Tech” with Justin trying to pick his top game from his “short list” of 13 games, but picks the “BandStars” and “Mystery Crime Scene” iOS apps (both by manufacturer TeamLava) as the best of the bunch!
Other coolsites of the week include:
- Forecast.io – Wonderful, informative weather app with trends, radar, daily and weekly forecasts!
- Meetways – Need to meet someone halfway? This app will help you do it, and make sure you get some coffee too!
- Fax-o-rama – Free faxing, not many pages, but enough to get that one-off done!
- Brain Pickings – Lots of really interesting info and videos, stuff to get you lost for hours!
We end it all with the mellow song of the week “Kicking Me out of the Band” by Sean Nelson!
TOPIC: Blockbuster bricks and mortar are busted, but Mike doesn’t care as he is cutting the cord on everything (except his Internet), having a blast with his new Roku 3! And don’t forget Plex, because Roku box + Plex = video awesomesauce!!
Jay Garmon has a very current trivia for us this week too:
What was the original name of the company and product now called “Twitter” and why did they name it that?
On this weeks “Kids Talk Tech” with Justin, Justin lets us know just how dismayed and irritated he was by the movie “Ender’s Game” … though he had some great things to say about the Ender’s Game book (the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family I guess!)
Not much time for coolsites this week, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you how to get to:
- Plex – This free home theater video streaming solution lets you share movies, pictures, audio and more to your Roku box, PC, Mac or any other compatible device!
- Roku 3 – Not free, but if you’re looking to cut those cords, a great way to go!
The podcast only song of the week this week is “It’s Too Late” by Wild Belle!
TOPIC: Paul comes in from Verizon to talk to us about gadgets, droids, phones, Motorola, home automation and security, the impending death of blackberry and more! We have a blast with our rare in-studio visit, and even get some of the usuals out of the way too …
Jay Garmon comes back and we remember to get a trivia question out of him this week:
What is the original Einstein formulation of the concept we know today as E = mc2 ?
We even get an awesome list of coolsites in too!
- Verizon Wireless: We’d be remiss if we didn’t send a special shout out to Verizon for giving us Paul and some cool gadgets to check out and tell you about! You can find their stores pretty much everywhere!
- Tab Bill Splitter: This app for iPhone and Android lets you easily take a restaurant receipt and split it among your guests evenly, identifying who had what, how much the tax and tip should be and makes sure there’s no more fighting over “who had that coke, no ice!”
The podcast only song of the week this week is: “Vaporize” by Broken Bells!
TOPIC: Dave is here! A surprise visit brings Dave in-house, in person for the first half of the show! We have a blast hanging out and talking news of the day, including what the FAA is going to allow us to do on planes soon, Facebook data leaks, and MORE discussion about the death of Google Reader, and what options you have to switch!
Unfortunately we miss out on Jay Garmon and his most excellent geek trivia, but we’ll catch up with him next time, and it does give us more time to talk to Jerry Henning from Verizon. Jerry and Mike get a little excited about the new S4, but provide an excellent overview of the new features, compare it directly to the S3, and give you some reasons why you should consider this your next phone!
A couple of coolsites for your consideration this week:
- Feed.Ly – Looking for a gReader replacement like me? Look no further! Feedly not only imports your reader list, but gives you mobile and desktop access as well as connecting directly with another of our coolsites, IFTTT (if this, then that). All you gReader lovers should check this out today!
- Everything.Me – Smartphone search engine on steroids … this not only gives you relevant information about what you’re searching on, but also connects you with apps and sites that will add to your experience on your Android phone, whether you have those apps installed yet or not!
- Verizon Wireless – Shouts out to Verizon and Jerry for telling us about the new tech on the block, and letting TechTalk play with an S4 for a few weeks to give you only the best information!
Another LCD Soundsystem hit, “I Can Change” closes us out for the podcast only song of the week.
TOPIC: That’s right, tablets so easy even an orangutan can use them! Teaching an old orang tech may be just as difficult as getting your parents to stop inappropriately tweeting however … We also cover all the class action and other tech suits that seem to be all the rage this week. Between google and oracle, and all you ipod owners and Apple (you mean you didn’t realize you were suing Apple? Now you know!). After some more Ebook pricing discussion and a comparison of reading Ebooks on kindle vs ipad, Jay Garmon give us this stumper:
What special version of chess was the first version ever played by a computer?
Coolsites of the week are !
- SF Signal – In the ‘Podcasts better than this one’ category … don’t stop listening to us, but by all means you should be listening to SF Signal too!
- Draw Something (iOS, Android) – Tablet only game that lets you play virtual pictionary against strangers. More fun than it sounds!
- OnLive Desktop (iOS, Android) – Windows 7 desktop for your iPad! Upload docs to the OnLive cloud for editing and management.
- CloudOn (iOS) – Lets you edit and use Office2010 docs and apps, but doesn’t force you to use their cloud to do it! You can connect with dropbox, box, or google docs!
- Pocket (iOS) – Save websites, pictures and articles for later, offline reading. Similar to the more popular Instapaper, but more seamlessly integrated and usable IMHO.
The podcast only song of the week is “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye.