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  Updated Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:53:33 +0000
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Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 Review
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Description: One cannot deny the beauty of the Samsung Galaxy line of Phones and Tablets. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 this is a Wifi only version with 16gb of onboard storage and of course a Micro SD Slot. The first thing that […]  more...

samsung1One cannot deny the beauty of the Samsung Galaxy line of Phones and Tablets. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 this is a Wifi only version with 16gb of onboard storage and of course a Micro SD Slot.

The first thing that comes to mind in using the Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 is that it is light and the screen is simply stunning with a 1600×2560 resolution @ 359DPI my eyes just eat this thing up. Everything is crisp clean. Battery life is great I got about 10 hours out of it with heavy usage.

Having only used a Nexus 7 prior to this in the Android category the Samsung Tablet is like driving a BMW. The difference is stark and performance is off the chart. My advice is head to the closest retail and check on out your going to fall in love.

I have up to this point been a pretty die hard Apple iPad user, that has officially changed after I have used this device. The price point on this tablet is retail $329.00 but I found them cheaper if you look around a bit.

If the 8.4 inch size is to big for you, the folks at Samsung have smaller sized Galaxy tablets and even larger screen sizes as well..

Magellan SmartGPS 5390 Review
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Description: The folks at Magellan really blew me away this time. It has been sometime since I reviewed a GPS and the folks at Magellan have knocked it out of the park with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390. When they say this GPS is smart they really mean it. By far this is the best GPS I […]  more...

magellanThe folks at Magellan really blew me away this time. It has been sometime since I reviewed a GPS and the folks at Magellan have knocked it out of the park with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390. When they say this GPS is smart they really mean it. By far this is the best GPS I have ever used.

Let me start and say that we used the 5390 for 14 days exclusively while in California on Vacation. In preparation for our trip we pre-programmed locations of hotels, attractions, restaurants and other spots we knew we would be stopping at.

My wife and I both downloaded the companion App (iOS and Android) and sync’d to the device via BlueTooth. While on the trip we used the GPS to find cheap gas, food, and alternate routes around traffic. As we found locations we wanted to visit on our phones we just sent the location via the App to the GPS.

But most impressive was the road trip from Disneyland to San Francisco. From the very start the GPS gave us an estimated arrival time, and it was accurate from start to finish within 4 minutes of the original estimation on what was almost a 6 hour drive! It knew of delays and we where amazed by the accuracy of the device.

We thought it was a fluke but it was equally as accurate on the return trip. I am not sure what kind of logic they use, but someone has this thing dialed in to be accurate within minutes of the original estimation on a 6 hour drive is incredible.

The Magellan SmartGPS also acted as a Hands Free device and warned us of countless red light cameras and speed camera alerts which kept us safer while in our rental car.

I activated a hotspot on my phone, and let the GPS Wifi connect to it. The GPS kept us up to date on everything in our surrounding area there where Yelp and Forsquare reviews etc.

Let me talk about the map, have you every been using a GPS and come to a highway junction and taken the wrong exit. Well the junction view of the map feature kept us on the correct highway, and not once did I swear at this GPS unlike others I currently own. By far best feature of the device when your in heavy traffic is the Junction view.

Overall I am not going to lie, I do not want to send this unit back. It’s that good. Here is the shocker. It comes with lifetime map updates, and only retails for $200.00. If you are or are not in the market for a new GPS this is the one to buy and put on the dash. Whether it be around town or on a road trip leave home with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390.

Case Logic 17.3 Laptop and Tablet Briefcase
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Description: I am notoriously hard on computer bags, I typically travel close to 200,000 frequent flyer miles a year, and that is a lot of bag drags, drops, rolling etc. In the past I have had to replace a computer bag no less than once a year. Bag manufactures love me for my repeat business. No […]  more...

caselogicI am notoriously hard on computer bags, I typically travel close to 200,000 frequent flyer miles a year, and that is a lot of bag drags, drops, rolling etc. In the past I have had to replace a computer bag no less than once a year.

Bag manufactures love me for my repeat business. No wheels on this bag review so I cannot vent about bag wheels so we will save that for another time. When Case Logic sent me their 17.3 inch Laptop and Tablet Briefcase it was my first non-rolling bag in a number of years. So in good fashions I dumped out my old bag and loaded this one up.

When I mean load it up, I packed it to the gills. 17 inch Mac Book Pro and charger, iPad, Samsung Tablet, mifi, business cards, pens, business cards, extra glasses, shades, 2 external batteries, cable and a small bag of stuff that goes where I go.. Not to mention a legal folder of papers

On any bag, I worry I will have enough pockets, I like to keep things organized. The Case Logic ANC317 did not fail to disappoint with no less than 4 internal pockets and 2 front loading pockets plus plenty of room for the laptop and charger.

My key test on any bag is the zippers. When I stuff a bag these babies are under duress. The Case Logic bag zippers did not fail nor did they hang. I used this bag as my dedicated bag for over a month. Where I went, it went, on the floor, back seat of the car, on the plane you name it. In just a month it still has that new look shine and has not shown any fraying or wear points.

I am not a 100% ready to give up my roller, but this bag has the standard strap in the back to allow it to be secured to the roller handle.

Some will say a bag is a bag, but when you beat the crap out of bags like I do its nice to see that someone has made a bag to last a season or two. This bag will not break the bank either. It retails for around $45.00 at most major big boxes and at CaseLogic.com

My only concern on this bag is that wish it had a little more padding around the edges where the laptop resides. Protection of the laptop inside is Job #1 no mater what and while there is a cushion I wish it had just a little more.

PAPAGO GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System
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Description: When I was asked to review the GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System it was the first time I have reviewed a aftermarket accessory for a vehicle. My every day drive vehicle is a 2009 Mazda CX9 and even though the vehicle is feature rich it did not come with a TPMS. Installation of the Tire […]  more...

tpms2When I was asked to review the GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System it was the first time I have reviewed a aftermarket accessory for a vehicle. My every day drive vehicle is a 2009 Mazda CX9 and even though the vehicle is feature rich it did not come with a TPMS.

Installation of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System literally took about 15 minutes. It comes with a receiver, power plug 12v, 4 tire pressure sensors, Anti Theft Nuts, and Anti Theft Wrench. Plus you communicate via an Smart Phone app which communicates via bluetooth. There is a syncing process during setup and then you simply install the tire pressure sensors.

I spend a lot of time in my car each day, and it was cool to track tire pressure on the fly. I was able to make small adjustments to get the pressure in each of my tires exactly the same, which over time will reduce tire wear and improve gas mileage.

tpms1The sensors job is simple, it lets you know when the pressure is low or too high and give you a quick check for actual pressure. My wife is always nagging me saying a tire pressure looks low, this system allowed her to quickly look on her phone to check the pressure.

This product is a great aftermarket product, I found though that we did not need to leave the receiver plugged in all the time. We pulled it out of the glove box when we wanted to do a quick check.

This aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system is priced at $200.00 on various websites. For peace of mind and to keep track of tire pressure this is a very cool aftermarket product to extend the life of your current vehicle and add a level of safety to a loved ones vehicle that may not be used to checking the tire pressure like they should.

GNC #965 Announcing the GNC 1000
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Description: Tonight I talk about all the latest tech and I introduce the entirety of the GNC 1000 and the different support levels. I am hoping the resonates with the audience and falls in line with the show history and heritage of producing it here in Hawaii.. I also will share a secret with you on […]  more...

Tonight I talk about all the latest tech and I introduce the entirety of the GNC 1000 and the different support levels. I am hoping the resonates with the audience and falls in line with the show history and heritage of producing it here in Hawaii.. I also will share a secret with you on the next show..

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Show Notes:
18K Job Cuts at Microsoft.
Xbox Original Programming DOA.
Restaurant Truth.
Net Neutrality is it gonna Hold?
RIAA has lost their collective minds.
New Watermarks.
Space Logs.
How much Underwear do you need?
Budget Riders effect FCC and Muni Broadband.
Patent Troll Smacked Down.
NASDAQ Malware.
Chrome Battery Eating.
Japan Train.
Mars Geo Map.
Voice Diagnosis.
Brain Implant.
Carbon Capture.
Verizon gets Burned by Level 3!
Mophie Space Pack.
Earthquake Hot Spots.
Tesla Direct Sales Answers.
Aereo Mess gets Worse.
Japan Blue Box?
Dropbox Questions?
Bill Campbell out at Apple.
Cisco Home Router Hacker Flaw.

TGP # 165 – Transporter Sync
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Description: Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #165 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine. Celebrating 3 years! Transporter Sync turns any external USB drive into your own private cloud. Featuring all the same sync, access, share and protect functionality of the Transporter in a compact form-factor starting at just $99 with no monthly fees. […]  more...

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #165 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!
Transporter Sync turns any external USB drive into your own private cloud. Featuring all the same sync, access, share and protect functionality of the Transporter in a compact form-factor starting at just $99 with no monthly fees. Mobile Camera Auto-Upload-Mobile phones have become the camera of choice for capturing life’s special moments, but this convenience has resulted in phones that are constantly running out of storage space. The camera auto-upload feature allows you to pick your favorite location (home, office, etc.) and anytime your phone connects to that network, newly added photos and videos will be automatically synced to your Transporter. Special Folders
Most cloud storage solutions require you to move all your files to a
specific folder to sync across devices. This can be a real hassle with applications that save files to default locations. The Transporter Special Folder feature allows you to sync files directly from popular desktop, documents, movies, music, and picture locations.

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Robot Underpants: 07.16.14 (162) “Lady Thor”
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Description: Baron Mathew “Langley” Luschek and “Starman” Michael Gaines discuss this weeks’ geeky topics including: Thor is a girl now, Captain America is a black guy now, Spielberg kills dinosaurs, Star Wars News, New Weird album, Monty Python, Noriega, Tommy Wiseau, and more! * Thor * Captain America * Spielberg kills triceritops *  Weird Al Album  * […]  more...

Baron Mathew “Langley” Luschek and “Starman” Michael Gaines discuss this weeks’ geeky topics including: Thor is a girl now, Captain America is a black guy now, Spielberg kills dinosaurs, Star Wars News, New Weird album, Monty Python, Noriega, Tommy Wiseau, and more!

* Thor
* Captain America
Spielberg kills triceritops
*  Weird Al Album 
* Monty Python
* John Cleese Letter to Fan
* Malware Superheroes
* Tommy Wiseau’s “Neighbors”
* Noriega Sues Activision

Superman Tops McAfee’s Toxic Avenger List
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Description: With San Diego Comic Con quickly approaching, everyone is jumping on board the superhero bandwagon. Today even McAfee has joined the hype. (The company, not the man, however, we’d love to see a comic book based on John McAfee!) In a press release, the anti-virus company released its second annual list of superhero searches that […]  more...

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With San Diego Comic Con quickly approaching, everyone is jumping on board the superhero bandwagon.

Today even McAfee has joined the hype. (The company, not the man, however, we’d love to see a comic book based on John McAfee!)

In a press release, the anti-virus company released its second annual list of superhero searches that lead to bad links, viruses, malware and sites containing malware.

Here’s the list of suspicious superheroes:

McAfee’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes:

 1.       Superman, 16.50%

2.       Thor, 16.35%

3.       Wonder Woman + Aquaman (tie) 15.70%

4.       Wolverine, 15.10%

5.       Spiderman, 14.70%

6.       Batman, 14.20%

7.       Black Widow, 13.85%

8.       Captain America, 13.50%

9.       Green Lantern, 11.25%

10.   Ghost Rider, 10.83%

*% indicates chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses or other malware.

GNC #964 Hilton Social Media Experience
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Description: I take some time today to talk about the Hilton social media experience I had on my families vacation. I think you will find it very refreshing. Of course I share everything about the trip and a new program I am launching here called the GNC 1000. Plus all of the tech news of the […]  more...

I take some time today to talk about the Hilton social media experience I had on my families vacation. I think you will find it very refreshing. Of course I share everything about the trip and a new program I am launching here called the GNC 1000. Plus all of the tech news of the day and update you on my Transformation.

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Show Notes:
Join the Resistance Today on iOS!
Hacking Polls and Public Opinion.
No 4th Amendment Protection in the Cloud.
Demand Net Neutrality!
Battle for the Net only a few hours left to comment!
Verizon vs Netflix continues.
Dish wins where Aereo Lost.
Get that old Type Writer out.
Chow lifts off to ISS.
5 Tesla dealers approved for PA.
Astronomy Ingenuity.
One hour Counter Offer.
Will you be Wiretapped?
Microsoft Really?
Download it now before its gone!
Techdirt Sued for 10 Million Maybe.
Did they really trust them in the first place?
787 Flight demonstration.
Fair Use Battlefield.
Cool Cooler.
$99 PC to compete with Chrome.
Don’t be an Idiot.
Experimental City.
Blacker than Black.
GifMe.
Nickle and Gadgets.

Could You Quit Facebook for 99 Days?
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Description: Could you go 99 days without Facebook? It is a question that is worth asking yourself, especially if you are someone who checks into Facebook several times a day. A group called Just wants to encourage people to give up Facebook for 99 days. They are calling this effort 99 Days of Freedom. What would […]  more...

99 Days of Freedom logoCould you go 99 days without Facebook? It is a question that is worth asking yourself, especially if you are someone who checks into Facebook several times a day. A group called Just wants to encourage people to give up Facebook for 99 days. They are calling this effort 99 Days of Freedom.

What would your life be like without Facebook? Would you feel uncomfortable about not visiting the popular social media website every day? Would you miss it? Maybe your life is so busy that you wouldn’t really notice the absence of Facebook. That might be true for those who use Facebook infrequently.

There is a bigger question to consider. Would you be happier without Facebook? That is the question that Just is focused on. Just launched this experiment in response to Facebook’s controversial mood experiment. Unlike Facebook, Just is not interested in manipulating your mood. Instead, they are interested in determining how life without Facebook impacts user’s happiness.

Joining the “99 Days of Freedom” experiment is easy. Change your profile picture on Facebook to the icon you see at the top of this blog. Share your last link. Don’t use Facebook for 99 days. That means no logging in, no messenger, and no sharing.

Just will contact you after day 33, 66, and 99 to see how you are doing. Give Just your email address if you would like to join their happiness survey. You can put a countdown on your Facebook page to let your friends know when you will return (as well as why you are taking a break).

The selection of 99 days was intentional. Just feels that participants would lose interest in the experiment if it ran longer than 99 days. They also felt that a smaller number of days would make it harder to assess behavioral change.

To be clear, this experiment is not a protest against Facebook. Instead, it is viewed by Just as a way for people to experience the emotional benefits of moderation. Those who take part will help Just discover if people truly are happier without having Facebook in their lives.

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