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  Updated Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:37:27 +0000
Description Geek News: Latest Technology, Product Reviews, Gadgets and Tech Podcast News for Geeks
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Twitpic is Shutting Down
Category application, Photography, Twitpic
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Description: It turns out that Twitpic really is shutting down. You may have heard this before, but that time it was a “false alarm”. This time, it seems certain that Twitpic will soon be gone. Not long ago, Twitpic posted on its own blog that it would be shutting down by September 25, 2014. Obviously, that […]  more...

Twitpic LogoIt turns out that Twitpic really is shutting down. You may have heard this before, but that time it was a “false alarm”. This time, it seems certain that Twitpic will soon be gone.

Not long ago, Twitpic posted on its own blog that it would be shutting down by September 25, 2014. Obviously, that didn’t end up happening. When that blog was posted, Twitpic pointed a finger at Twitter as the reason why. That blog stated:

A few weeks ago, Twitter contacted our legal demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API. This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.

This was later followed by: Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic.

However, Twitpic did not shut down at that time. Today, the original blog has been updated. It states that Twitpic will be shutting down on October 25, 2014. From the Twitpic blog update:

It is with heavy heart that I announce that Twitpic will be shutting down on October 25th. We worked through a handful of potential acquirers and exhausted all potential options. We were almost certain we had found a new home for Twitpic (hence our previous tweet), but agreeable terms could not be met.

Those of you who want to can export your data, photos, and videos from Twitpic before it shuts down. Visit the Twitpic blog for a link that will get you started. Yes, this time, it certainly appears that Twitpic really is shutting down.

GNC #987 Fussion Potential
Category Podcast
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Description: Nothing like getting used to the wet dreary weather of fall. My trip has been a very busy one, but the weather has simply sucked. Ready to head back to Honolulu on Saturday weather willing as we have a tropical storm / possible hurricane headed that way… Short show tonight as the news cycle was […]  more...

Nothing like getting used to the wet dreary weather of fall. My trip has been a very busy one, but the weather has simply sucked. Ready to head back to Honolulu on Saturday weather willing as we have a tropical storm / possible hurricane headed that way… Short show tonight as the news cycle was slow, back in the studio on Monday.

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Show Notes
Fussion Potential.
iPad Mini 3 Run.
Apple Pay on Monday.
The Sim card is dead?
Getty gets smacked down.
Google Barely Misses Earnings.
$2500 for an iMac?
Mac Mini Update.
Yosemite Available now.
FBI Still Crying.
New Router?
Michigan to ban Tesla Sales?
Aereo still trying.
Google Fiber in Austin Finally.
Mac CleanMyDrive.
AMD Misses Earnings.

Robot Underpants: 10.15.14 (173) “Butthurt Clowns From Outer Space”
Category underpants
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Description: The Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you this week’s hot topics in tech, pop culture and more including: EEEEEE-BOLA! Apple and Facebook want women’s eggs, HBO stand alone, Snappening, Star Wars News, Clowns are butthurt and more! * Apple and Facebook Want Women’s Eggs * Snappening * HBO Stands Alone * Butthurt Clowns * Star […]  more...

The Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you this week’s hot topics in tech, pop culture and more including: EEEEEE-BOLA! Apple and Facebook want women’s eggs, HBO stand alone, Snappening, Star Wars News, Clowns are butthurt and more!

* Apple and Facebook Want Women’s Eggs
* Snappening
* HBO Stands Alone
* Butthurt Clowns
* Star Wars Leaked Concept Art?
* Ebola in Cleveland
*Butthurt song

HBO Will Offer a Stand-Alone Streaming Service in 2015
Category Streaming, HBO
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Description: Cable-cutters, rejoice! HBO is going to be offered as a stand-alone streaming service in 2015. I would like to be optimistic and presume that this news will be followed by other offers of a similar nature for other cable channels. Could this be the start of a-la-carte cable? (Admittedly, what I have just written is […]  more...

HBO logoCable-cutters, rejoice! HBO is going to be offered as a stand-alone streaming service in 2015. I would like to be optimistic and presume that this news will be followed by other offers of a similar nature for other cable channels. Could this be the start of a-la-carte cable? (Admittedly, what I have just written is mostly speculation.)

What is absolutely true is that Chairman and CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler, announced at a Time Warner Inc. Investor Meeting that the company will offer a stand-alone HBO streaming service in 2015. He said:

“So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.”

The Washington Post notes that it has not been said exactly how much this new service will cost. It also hasn’t been made clear what content, specifically, will be offered through it.

There is some speculation going around online about what the cost might be. How will it compare to the cost of Netflix or Hulu? Will the stand-alone HBO streaming service eventually be offered outside the US? We will have to wait and see what happens.

Apps and Android Fragmentation
Category Android, application, google, smartphone, tablet, Apps, Tablet
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Description: When it comes to developing for Google’s favourite operating system, Android fragmentation is often bandied around as an issue for app developers. But how bad is it really and what’s the impact? Fortunately you don’t have to make do with my wild guesses and assumptions as Smashing Magazine have a done a comprehensive critical analysis […]  more...

Smashing Magazine LogoWhen it comes to developing for Google’s favourite operating system, Android fragmentation is often bandied around as an issue for app developers. But how bad is it really and what’s the impact?

Fortunately you don’t have to make do with my wild guesses and assumptions as Smashing Magazine have a done a comprehensive critical analysis of testing done by app and game developers using the TestDroid cloud-based testing suite. Over 17 million tests were run on 288 different devices over 3 months early in 2014. Depending on region and measurement, the 288 devices represent somewhere between 92% and 97% of Android phones. With the credentials laid out, let’s take a look and see what the testing revealed.

Most of us will have seen the version stats from Google, showing the relative percentage of Android versions. Put simply, Froyo is less than 1%, Gingerbread is around 10% and ditto for Ice Cream Sandwich. Jelly Bean takes the lion’s share at nearly 55% and KitKat comes in second at about 25%.

Android LogoSmashing Magazine’s testing showed that on average 23% of apps exhibit a problem when moving between versions of Android. The biggest problems arose with Gingerbread (30%) followed by KitKat at 21%. Jelly Bean and ancient Honeycomb were next. Interestingly, although Gingerbread is the oldest version with significant market share, 40% of tested apps still work with this version.

The figures also reveal that ICS is the most stable version of Android with a low failure rate that broadly continues through Jelly Bean, though KitKat was more problematic with an increased error rate.

While the OS can cause problems, the hardware’s not blameless either. The research looked at screen resolution and the impact of memory on apps as well. Devices with resolutions of  2560 × 1600, 1280 × 800 and 1280 × 720 pixels gave the fewest problems, typically 1.5% or less. Small screen resolutions were the worst with 400 × 240 and 320 × 240 pixels being particularly bad.

On the RAM front, 512 MB seems to be a significant cut-off point and it’s no surprise that Google recommends this as a minimum. With this amount of memory or less, around 40% of tested apps exhibited problems. At 768 MB and above, the error rate falls to 16% and by 1 GB RAM, it’s down to 1%.

Overall, this is all interesting stuff and a fascinating insight into what app developers have to put up with. I’ve only covered a few of the areas and there’s additional analysis on drivers, OEM customisations and chipsets. I thoroughly recommend that you read the whole article over at Smashing Magazine to understand more.

Taking a slightly different view from a user perspective, if you want a really stable device, you should be buying a high resolution device, with 1 GB RAM and running Ice Cream Sandwich. Hmm.

GNC #986 Dead Mac Pro
Category Podcast
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Description: My trusty Mac Pro I have had since 2008 died on Saturday. Not sure if it will be worth salvaging but we will see what Apple has to say next week. Special donations to the GNC 1000 is greatly appreciated. I am remote for today’s show and it will be audio only. For those of […]  more...

My trusty Mac Pro I have had since 2008 died on Saturday. Not sure if it will be worth salvaging but we will see what Apple has to say next week. Special donations to the GNC 1000 is greatly appreciated. I am remote for today’s show and it will be audio only. For those of you that normally watch the show take a listen by plugging in your headset and pressing play. Congratulations to Christian, Keith and Mason on winning 10 year Anniversary prizes.

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Show Notes
One Million Beta Testers.
Snapchat Hack.
Swat App.
70% Charge in 2 Minutes.
Air Umbrella.
Five Best Blenders.
Facebook Stickers.
Lithium Battery Warning Systems.
50 Million Dollar Fine.
The Growing use of Crypto.
Artificial Limbs controlled by mind versus muscle.
Oil Rigs and Fisheries.
X-37b Coming home.
Moon Volcanoes.
Password Manager.
Patent Troll Profitability.
Bendgate Real Deal.
7 People removed from No Fly List.
Mailbox App out of Beta.
New TLD Updates.
Apple Pay to Update Credit Cards Expiration Dates.
ISP’s Blocking Encryption.
AT&T 1gbps Finished in Austin.
Apple Pay Training Leaked.
MegaUpload wants its Assets.
Flight Attendants Unhappy about device usage.
Finland Blaming Apple.
A Stable Marriage Survey.
Comcast Leaving a Mess.
Golden Gate and the Blue Angels.

OnePlus Partners with JBL for E1+ Earphones
Category Android, audio, Gear, headphones, hifi, smartphone, earbuds, earphones, JBL, OnePlus
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Description: OnePlus today announced a partnership with audio specialists JBL for exclusive earphones to complement the audio capabilities of the OnePlus One smartphone. The new JBL E1+ earbuds are bright red with flat tangle-resistant cable and comes with an in-line three button remote. The built-in microphone means that there’s no need to unplug when a call comes in, and it’s […]  more...

OnePlus LogoOnePlus today announced a partnership with audio specialists JBL for exclusive earphones to complement the audio capabilities of the OnePlus One smartphone. The new JBL E1+ earbuds are bright red with flat tangle-resistant cable and comes with an in-line three button remote. The built-in microphone means that there’s no need to unplug when a call comes in, and it’s a standard 3.5mm jack on the end.

JBL E1+ Earphones

 

These earbuds look great and I love the knurled endcaps. I’m usually pretty understated with black Sennheisers but I could like these red E1+ earphones and I hope the audio is up-to-scratch too. It’s great to see all these moves in the audio space and it’s not just the iPhone that has all the fun, too.

Available in October for US $39.99 or GB £29.99 from the OnePlus Store. Video below ticks all the expected boxes.

Amazon Prime Videos Come To Android Phones
Category amazon, Android, application, iOS, app, Phone, Prime, smartphone, streaming, video
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Description: Finally, Amazon has made available an Amazon Prime Instant Video Player for Android phones. However, there is a bit of a catch. Rather than making the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player available in the Google Play Store, it is available only via Amazon Android Apps, which are now part of the regular Amazon Store app […]  more...

Amazon_Android_Prime_Video_PlayerFinally, Amazon has made available an Amazon Prime Instant Video Player for Android phones.

However, there is a bit of a catch. Rather than making the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player available in the Google Play Store, it is available only via Amazon Android Apps, which are now part of the regular Amazon Store app that you probably already have installed. Update — it is also available ONLY for Android phones and NOT Android tablets.

To download the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player, it is necessary to go into the Android security settings and temporarily enable installation of apps from “Both Trusted and Unknown Sources” – a.ka. non-Google Play Store sources.

Inside the regular Amazon Store app, go to the Movie and TV section and find a Prime Instant Video and click on play. Simply follow the on-screen prompts to download and install the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player app.

After you have downloaded the app, go back into the Android settings and remove the checkmark from the “Both Trusted and Unknown Sources” in order to lock the phone back down to apps installed from the Google Play Store only.

Once installed the Amazon Prime Instant Video Player for Android seems to work flawlessly. It was able to pick up my user name and password directly from the existing Amazon app.

Until now Android has been lacking an Amazon Prime Video playback app, even though it has been available for iOS for quite some time.

The last streaming video reason to keep an iOS device around has just been removed. Netflix and Hulu Plus have had Android players for a long time. Now with the addition of Amazon Prime Videos the big three video streamers are now all available via Android phones. The next step is to make the videos playable on regular Android tablets.

GNC #985 10 Year Anniversary Show
Category Podcast
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Description: I take you on a trip down memory lane, and really dig deep into why this Family of Listeners (Ohana) is so important to me. I give you a deeper background on why I am the way I am, and the Genesis of this show and how the roots and my commitment to you runs […]  more...

I take you on a trip down memory lane, and really dig deep into why this Family of Listeners (Ohana) is so important to me. I give you a deeper background on why I am the way I am, and the Genesis of this show and how the roots and my commitment to you runs deep. Thank you for being with me on this incredible journey. If you have been away for a while from the podcast you will want to tune in. Big thank you to my sponsors and the Ohana for making this 10 Year Anniversary show possible.

For the podcasters out their I encourage you to tag along on this episode.

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TriCaster Mini – Go Make Your Own Show!
Category video, Newtek, TriCaster Mini
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Description: NewTek has something that will make it so much easier for people to get out into the world and record video. It is the TriCaster Mini. It enables people to create and publish awesome video content in just minutes and to stream it live! The TriCaster Mini can replace the expensive professional equipment that some […]  more...

NewTek LogoNewTek has something that will make it so much easier for people to get out into the world and record video. It is the TriCaster Mini. It enables people to create and publish awesome video content in just minutes and to stream it live!

The TriCaster Mini can replace the expensive professional equipment that some people have been lugging around in order to film a video. Its an all-in-one studio style production system that can be used no matter what your skill level happens to be. Those new to production will be able to use it and those more experienced will love the professional results it can produce.

You will need to add an “off the shelf” video camera (or several, if you prefer). Connect your video camera, a mouse, and a keyboard to the TriCaster Mini and you are ready to go. You can also plug in a microphone or a small audio mixer if you want to use multiple mics in your production.

TriCaster Mini Units

The system can capture live video, overlay graphics, charts, titles, and animations, and even include video that is on another computer. You can use it to have guest speakers call in from their webcams and stream it all live. It will even let you record your work so that it can be posted and watched on-demand later on.

The TriCaster Mini opens up a whole new world for people who are new to video production and live streaming. It also makes things less difficult for professionals who no longer have to bring a ton of equipment along with them to their next video shoot. Further information can be found on the NewTek website.

Are you excited about the TriCaster Mini? NewTek seems to have anticipated that reaction. Scattered across their website are several bright orange buttons that say “I want mine now”. Click one and it will help you find where to purchase one. Here at Geek News Central, we are very excited about the TriCaster Mini and will be trying to get a demo unit.

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