Posts tagged cellular
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
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: Mike talks healthcare and mobility and more with Steve Rosen and Jeremy Hillman of Proximiti Communications! This doesn’t happen of course until after we get a rant in about why not to get a satellite radio, how Mike supports the Pats and a sad update regarding Micron’s CEO Steve Appleton’s tragic Plane crash.
Jay “Encyclopedia Garmonica” saves us from ourselves with not only the answer to last week’s question, but a great (and tough) new one:
Of the people that stand to make the most from facebook IPO, 3 people besides founders stand to make millions. Who are they?
We have such a great conversation there’s no time left over for coolsites, except these:
- Proximiti Consulting – Steve and Jeremy’s home! If you’re looking for more detail on what we discussed on-air, or ways that you can more effectively integrate mobility solutions and mobile device management into your organization, Proxmiti is a great place to start – You can contact Steve Rosen at 847-512-7896 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NFL.com – One of the only legal sites to watch the big game this weekend 🙂
The podcast only song of the week is “Hit ’em Up Style” by Carolina Chocolate Drops.
TOPIC: If you’ve been debating whether to pay an arm and a leg for some mobile loving, there may be other options – and Andre Smith of Boost Mobile shares his unique perspective on the mobile industry, how consumers are driving pricing, and more!
In addition, Mike whines about how no one else showed up for the show (we’re missing both Jay Garmon and Sparky this week), but enjoys the freedom to complain about RIM and sneaks in tons of great Spotify coolsites to keep you occupied:
- Spotibot – Connect your spotify with Last.FM and get custom playlists ready to drag and drop right into Spotify!
- Spotiseek – Type in an artist or style, and out comes a playlist!
- Spotify Blog – Where better to find music to put into Spotify but the gents (and ladies) themselves?
- Equalify.me – Adds a very functional equalizer to your Spotify setup.
The podcast only song of the week is “Machines Can Do the Work” by Fatboy Slim (and a few others).
Recently I was given the opportunity to test drive a phone and service – Boost mobile’s newest pay-as-you-go offering (with shrinkage), and the newest android phone in their lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Prevail.
I’ve separated the review into two parts: Phone vs. Service, and given separate ratings to each.
TOPIC: Pulitzer prize winning journalist and author Matt Richtel comes on-air to discuss his newest book and the fate of our brains, on tech! Plus, Jay Garmon gives us another zinger with this geek trivia question:
How many mommies and daddies did Dolly, the famous cloned sheep have?
We would’ve like to spend more time with Matt and Jay, but don’t mind getting one coolsite in anyways:
- Intel’s Museum of Me – Intel turns your social map into a cool walk-through museum!
The podcast only song of the week is by The Juan Maclean and is called “Accusations.” Enjoy!
TOPIC: Mike gets a little giddy with his new Samsung Galaxy phone (provided by Boost Mobile), but Dave brings him back to Earth with a few ripping good tales of bad security!
Our good friend Jay Garmon comes on with even more trivia and insight than we usually get:
What memorials were designed and built into spacecrafts Spirit and Opportunity before they launched for Mars?
We deliver on the coolsite front this week too:
- MyScriptFont – Make a font out of your own handwiting!
- Cacoo – Don’t need no Visio, go Cacoo! Do you Cacoo?
- Prezi – A perennial favorite, we mention it yet again on this episode as a Powerpoint killer.
And we end with the old-school podcast only song of the week “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” by James Brown!
TOPIC: Dave’s back and just in time for us to have a great show! Not only does Mike get in a nice rant on how not worth living life is without a smart phone, but Robert Wesley of NextWorth.com joins us for a fantastic discussion of what you should do with all that old – or gently used – tech … including finding out if any of it is really worth anything at all!
Of course we’re able to find time for Jay Garmon who gives us this timely question:
What medieval poet and author is responsible for the modern day celebration of April Fool’s?
There’s just enough time to squeeze a couple cool sites in, and here they are:
- Target.nextworth.com – find out the closest Target store to you that will handle recycling of those old phones! Works as well, or better, than just going straight to www.nextworth.com 🙂
- Google Sites – Easiest free way to create a quick website ever … complete with templates and help!
And we end with the podcast only song of “Jah is Real” by Burning Spear!
TOPIC: No Dave “Sparky” Saganaki around to keep Mike in check means you get to hear a LOT about cell phones, cell service, the death of GOOG-411 and everything phone related this week! Why? No one’s really sure what Mike’s hangup is, but Jay Garmon even joins in the fun!
Jay is of course eager to tell us about conglomeration.info (the ultra-hip sci-fi convention happening in Louisville, KY this Easter but we keep him focused on geek trivia long enough to answer the question of the week last week and ask yet another fantastic one:
What unit of measure is used to define the energy output of a supernova?
We’ve got so many coolsites of the week bunkered up we decided to just start throwing ’em out there, so here’s the first “dump” – check back next week for another great grouping too!
- Hiren’s Boot CD – If you’ve ever needed an emergency boot CD, you’ll immediately see the value here, but if not, check it out and all the cool things it will let you do to your “broken” machine; reset passwords, make an image, check viruses, and on and on.
- GroupMe – Got a bunch of friends that you text to regularly, and hate having to pass on the info to everyone? Did you somehow become the elected ‘switchboard’? Not any more! Use a groupme number to send everyone a message simultaneously, or even set up an on-the-fly conference call!
- Aviary – A whole suite of cool online tools for audio and image editing. Make your own music or edit something you’ve already created, no need for an account!
- Fiverr – Got five bucks burning a whole in your pocket? Have something unique or a little crazy you’re willing to do for a fiver? This is the place to go!
- Hanzismatter – How much did you pay for that chinese character on your back? Are you sure it says what you think it does? Get the real scoop here, and see some hilarious mistakes non-Chinese speakers have made … permanently inscribed on their bodies!
We take a little detour with our podcast only song of the week and give you Killing Monsters in the Rain by Steel Train!