Posts tagged telephony
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: 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: Or at least it should be! Mike and Dave get together right before Halloween this year to tell you spooky tech stories … well, maybe not so spooky, but Dave does apologize for his comments about Steve Jobs from a few weeks ago, and an apology from the TechTalk show can seem almost supernatural in it’s rarity. Tablets and a possibly too-long discussion of IVR rounds out the show before …
Jay “Encyclopedia Garmonica” treats us to a totally a propos Halloweeny geek trivia question:
What was the only manned space flight mission to take off on Halloween day?
And that leaves us ample time for some great seasonal coolsites of the week!
- PumpkinPatchesAndMore – Find all the local pumpkin patches in your area! Plus carving templates, recipes, and more.
- HalloweenPrintables – From the great folks at FreePrintables.net, come some cards, puzzles, and coloring pages just in time for Halloween!
- FantasyPumpkins – These are cool to look at all year, and include templates for many of the coolest pumpkins you’ve ever seen!
This week we treat your ears to a speed metal version of the classic “Every Day is Halloween” by Ministry.
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.
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TOPIC: Mike shares some tips on how to save a few bucks on your phone bill – which of course is easy if you switch to cell only, but there’s some good ideas even if you choose to keep your land line! We also get into more texting statistics, and news and views about the weekly goings on in tech!
Jay Garmon weighs in with his ideas on what’s happening in the world of tech, and also provides another puzzler for your geek consideration this week:
What technique did Harry Houdini develop to debunk psychics – even after he died?
After that we keep up with the coolsites push!
- Google Vaccine Finder – Exactly what it sounds like; finds the nearest one to you. Do it now!
- Telegram Sender – Yes, a real old-timey looking telegram sent by you! Not free, but awfully cool.
- Yellow Pages Association – Stop getting ’em! If you hate those giant blocks of dead trees as much as I do, you have to stop here and stop getting the yellow pages.
- Archive.org – Moving and still picture archives, free to look at, free to download, very awesome particularly for those trying to fill in graphics for that school presentation! Lots of great historical stuff.
Great podcast only song of the week this week is Emiliana Torrini’s “Weird Friendless Kid” No comments please 🙂
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!
TOPIC: March 21 – Joining the video phone, internet telephony revolution just couldn’t get any easier; or feature filled! We take a real close look at TokBox this week, and discuss the ins-and-outs of the service with the CEO Nick Triantos! He’s a great interview, and gamely puts up with our (non-TokBox related) tech issues to still deliver the goods! We use the opportunity to give the final TokBox cam away, and set us up for next week’s book giveways and some lovely Geek Trivia with Jay! There’s a grab at some cool sites of the week, and then the podcast only song “Where Do I Beg?” by Shirley Bassey finishes us off!