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  Updated Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:57:24 +0000
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One Click Subscribe on Android - Geek News Central
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Description: My team made a very big announcement yesterday. We had a vision to create a One Click Subscribe Podcast subscription protocol for Android Podcast Listeners. What is One Click? It is just as it sounds.. Finally Android Listeners will be able to One Click subscribe to podcasts. One of two actions will occur when podcasters […]  more...

My team made a very big announcement yesterday. We had a vision to create a One Click Subscribe Podcast subscription protocol for Android Podcast Listeners.

What is One Click? It is just as it sounds.. Finally Android Listeners will be able to One Click subscribe to podcasts. One of two actions will occur when podcasters implement One Click on their website.

  1. If the listener has a one click supported app on their mobile phone the App will automatically load and the listener will subscribe.
  2. If they do not have an app they will be sent to their personalized SubscribeOnAndroid.com page. It will  show their Album art  and below that will be list of One Click enabled applications of which the listener can install and start enjoying your show.
  3. Podcasters can get their embed code for their site by putting your podcast feed URL in the feed submission box on SubscribeOnAndroid.com website

Our goal was to level the playing field and give Android listeners One Click Podcast Subscription that iOS and iTunes users have had for many years.

We need your help in encouraging all Android Podcast App developers to support One Click Subscribe on Android and improve the Android Listener subscription process.

Details can be found on http://SubscribeOnAndroid.com for both

We will be at NMX / NAB to demonstrate One Click with the pre-release apps that have implemented the protocol.  The full press release is here.

Sennheiser is Three Time Winner of Red Dot Award - Geek News Central
Category headphones, Red Dot award, Sennheiser
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Description: Sennheiser has had three of their products win the Red Dot Award for product design. The Red Dot award saw almost 5,000 entries, from 56 countries, in 2015. Submitted products in 31 different categories are evaluated on their degree of innovation, ergonomics, product periphery, functionality, durability, self-explanatory quality, formal quality, symbolic and emotional content and […]  more...

Sennheiser URBANITE seriesSennheiser has had three of their products win the Red Dot Award for product design. The Red Dot award saw almost 5,000 entries, from 56 countries, in 2015. Submitted products in 31 different categories are evaluated on their degree of innovation, ergonomics, product periphery, functionality, durability, self-explanatory quality, formal quality, symbolic and emotional content and ecological compatibility.

Sennheiser SPORTS headphonesSennheiser’s URBANITE series impressed the Red Dot jury with their robust and fresh design. The on-ear model URBANITE and the over-ear model URBANITE XL deliver a rich bass sound. They have stainless-steel hinges, a robust folding and sliding mechanism, and super soft ear pads. Together, this ensures great durability and maximum comfort. The color-coordinated, fabric-covered headbands round off their urban look.

Sennheiser earned another Red Dot award for the new models of its SPORTS series (which was launched at CES in January). All four SPORTS models, the MX 686 SPORTS, CX 686 SPORTS, PMX 686 SPORTS, and OCX 686 SPORTS feature reinforced, tangle-free oval cables, with cable sleeves that reduce structure-borne noise.

Sennheiser WirelessThe Red Dot jury especially liked the SPORTS series rugged ergonomic design that conforms to the body while securing maximum freedom of movement. They deliver excellent sound and provide individual comfort for indoor and outdoor activities. They are made with high-tech materials that ensure comfort, are water resistant, durable, and provide maximum hygiene.

Sennheiser’s new digital wireless models, the RS 175, RS 185, and RS 195 also received a Red Dot award for functional aesthetics and clear design. Their ergonomic shape and around-ear design ensures excellent wearing comfort (even for long periods of use).

The RS 195 can help address specific personal hearing needs. Dedicated pre-sets and modes can increase speech intelligibility and tailor the sound to the user’s preferences to enhance the listening experience.

GNC #1024 Off to NAB / NMX! - Geek News Central
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Description: I am packed loaded and ready to go to Vegas for NAB / NMX. It will be an exciting week for the team as we are announcing some very major podcasting initiatives that are going to set the space on fire. I cannot wait to share it with all of you. Two shows from Vegas […]  more...

I am packed loaded and ready to go to Vegas for NAB / NMX. It will be an exciting week for the team as we are announcing some very major podcasting initiatives that are going to set the space on fire. I cannot wait to share it with all of you. Two shows from Vegas they may be short but I will have some juicy content for you.

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Show Notes:
Cyber Crime EO Order.
NZ Big Media and VPN’s.
3.85 Gets you Jail Time.
China Drones.
Moto Surfboard Hack.
Bad Chrome Extension.
New Horizons Bullet Proof Vest.
Water tracks on Mars?
Ready for ET?
LG Screen Software Malware?
EFF versus ESA.
H-1B Investigation.
ISIS Hackers take down French TV.
Cybercrime is UP.
Pepper Spraying Drones.
LinkedIn buys Lynda.com.
Chinese up to no Good.
New Macbook gets Slammed.
Adobe Creative Cloud Updates.
Amazon goes after Fake Reviews.
A Good Password?
You will not drink this!
Mophie Product Updates.
SpaceX 4k Videos!
Rat Brains wired like Internet.
38 Million on Watch Advertising.

Thanks for Nothing, Taskrabbit - Geek News Central
Category review, Taskrabbit
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Description: As a freelancer, I’m always looking for new ways to increase my income. I prefer to do this by doing more of the things I’m really good at like audio production or writing. But when those gigs aren’t coming thru as often as I’d like, I start to look around for other opportunities. I’d heard […]  more...

Taskrabbit logoAs a freelancer, I’m always looking for new ways to increase my income. I prefer to do this by doing more of the things I’m really good at like audio production or writing. But when those gigs aren’t coming thru as often as I’d like, I start to look around for other opportunities. I’d heard of Taskrabbit awhile back. It’s a service that aims to connect those with available “odd jobs” to potential laborers looking for work. Like everything in this post-app world, it looks like a great idea and could be truly beneficial to those who use it. I wish I could say that was my experience with Taskrabbit.

I decided to sign up for the service as a “Tasker,” the term Taskrabbit uses for those who are looking for work. I gave Taskrabbit the usual details about myself (name, e-mail address, phone number, mailing address, etc.) and that’s fine. One of the things Taskrabbit strives to provide is a sense of trust among its users and that’s really important as the service is essentially connecting strangers. Taskrabbit needs to know that its users aren’t hiding behind fake credentials, especially since some Taskers will be sent to peoples’ homes.

From there, I was asked to take a 10-question quiz based on topics in the Taskrabbit user guide. I’ll admit, I didn’t read the guide. But the questions were pretty easy to work out, as the answers were all based on real-world common sense. However, I did miss one question and apparently, the Taskrabbit quiz is only passable on a perfect score. I had to retake the quiz and this time, I aced it.

That led to the next part of the signup process where Taskrabbit asked for my Social Security and bank account numbers. I’m always apprehensive about giving over this kind of sensitive information. I double checked my browser to make sure I was on a secure connection and that I hadn’t fumbled entering the address and accidentally went to “tsakrabitt.com” or something like that. Everything looked good so I entered the information and moved on. Then, I had to tell Taskrabbit the geographical area in which I’m available to work. Using the site’s handy mapping tool, I drew a box around my hometown and then clicked the Next button.

And finally, this is the point where Taskrabbit decided to tell me that the service isn’t available in my area. I was pretty discouraged by this. Why didn’t Taskrabbit check my ZIP code against its database when I first entered my information? I understand that some people may live in one area not covered by Taskrabbit but may be open to work in an area that is covered by the service. But why not give me a warning first? Not only did I waste my time in signing up, taking (and retaking) the quiz, but Taskrabbit now has my Social Security and bank account numbers. And while I’m sure Taskrabbit’s security is top notch, information breeches happen all of the time.

I just wish Taskrabbit would’ve told me the service isn’t available where I live before I had given them all of that information. There’s no ETA as to when Taskrabbit will be available here. All I can do now is wait and see when they get here. Or deactivate my account, which is probably what I’ll do.

Zynga is Closing Eleven Games - Geek News Central
Category Gaming, NaturalMotion, Zynga
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Description: Zynga has announced that it will be closing eleven of its games on April 30, 2015. I first learned about this when I tried to play CafeVille and was presented with an informative page that discussed the upcoming end of the game. It was a fun, extremely simple, game that involved virtual food. Zynga posted […]  more...

Zynga logoZynga has announced that it will be closing eleven of its games on April 30, 2015. I first learned about this when I tried to play CafeVille and was presented with an informative page that discussed the upcoming end of the game. It was a fun, extremely simple, game that involved virtual food.

Zynga posted on its blog a “games update”. Part of it said:

Based on the natural evolution of our game storylines and changing consumer preferences, we have made the tough but important decision to close 11 of our older Web and mobile games, some of which have been in market for more than 4 years. The games impacted are: Ayakashi: Ghost Guild, Bubble Safari Mobile, Bubble Safari Ocean, CastleVille, ChefVille, Duck Dynasty Slots, Pioneer Trail, Puzzle Charms, Skateboard Slam, Riches of Olympus Slots, and Zynga Slots. All games will be ending by April 30th. Games have begun rolling out closure information via in-game messages and a thank you to players.

At the time I am writing this blog, Zynga has six games that are accessible to play on the website. Or, at least, they used to be. I’m having difficulty trying to play CafeVille today because the game keeps having an error and then refreshing (and making me lose progress). Your experience may vary.

Later on in the blog post, Zynga points out that they have three mobile games slated to launch later this year. Those games are Farmville: Harvest Swap, Empires & Allies and Dawn of Titans. There is no specific date on when those games will appear. Interestingly, the blog also says “…we are excited to usher in a new era of Zynga and NaturalMotion games that we hope you will enjoy.”

NaturalMotion is the creator of the Clumsy Ninja game that was featured in the Apple Keynote Event in 2012. It seems NaturalMotion joined Zynga in 2014.

Robot Underpants: 04.08.15 (196) “Happy LOST Day” - Geek News Central
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Description: Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines and “Karaoke” Bob bring you this week’s hot geekery including: Tron news, She’s All That news, Lost Day, Comcast news and more! * Remake of “She’s All That” * Lost Day * Comcast Gets DirectTV Ads Pulled * Aliens by 2025  more...

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines and “Karaoke” Bob bring you this week’s hot geekery including: Tron news, She’s All That news, Lost Day, Comcast news and more!

* Remake of “She’s All That”
* Lost Day
* Comcast Gets DirectTV Ads Pulled
* Aliens by 2025

Sprint brings Free Wi-Fi Calling to iPhone - Geek News Central
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Description: When I got my first cell phone in 1995, I opted for a plan that included a whopping 60 minutes of monthly airtime. Back then, cell phones were still looked at as “emergency contact devices” by most people. But much has changed in the last two decades. Today, cell phones are ubiquitous and there’s an […]  more...

Sprint logoWhen I got my first cell phone in 1995, I opted for a plan that included a whopping 60 minutes of monthly airtime. Back then, cell phones were still looked at as “emergency contact devices” by most people. But much has changed in the last two decades. Today, cell phones are ubiquitous and there’s an expectation that we can use them wherever we go. And for the most part, this is true. However, there are still some challenges when it comes to finding a cellular signal, and smaller carriers such as Sprint and T-Mobile have had to adapt their coverage systems to fill in the gaps where their towers can’t reach.

Wi-Fi calling has been a regular feature on most T-Mobile handsets for years. This service allows customers to make standard voice calls over Wi-Fi when the cellular network is out of range. And now, Sprint is bringing a similar service to its iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s-wielding customers. Over the next week, Sprint’s iPhone customers will receive a software update that allows them to initiate high-quality voice calls over Wi-Fi. This enhances and expands Sprint’s coverage and connectivity options. The service is as easy to use as Bluetooth – there is a simple setting to turn it on and off. Calls made over Wi-Fi won’t have any impact on a user’s voice or data plan, making those calls virtually free.

Sprint customers will now be able to take advantage of millions of Wi-Fi networks to talk and use data even when cellular coverage may be limited. This will definitely make a difference in office buildings and other places with cellular network challenges. Customers traveling internationally can also use Wi-Fi calling to enjoy free calls from over 200 countries back to the U.S.

When I recently got back into the cell phone game with an iPhone 6 Plus, I didn’t even consider Sprint as an option, mainly due to the company’s lack of overall coverage. Upgrades like this will definitely make the carrier more attractive in the future.

Gadget Show Live Quick Review - Geek News Central
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Description: Yesterday’s trip to Gadget Show Live didn’t start off well: my flight to Birmingham airport was delayed for 2 hours because of fog. The knock-on effect was that I missed the photocall with the show’s presenters and the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Fortunately the press office issued a few official photos. Here’s the gang. […]  more...

Gadget Show LiveYesterday’s trip to Gadget Show Live didn’t start off well: my flight to Birmingham airport was delayed for 2 hours because of fog. The knock-on effect was that I missed the photocall with the show’s presenters and the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Fortunately the press office issued a few official photos. Here’s the gang.

Presenters together - DeLorean

Starting on the show floor, I had a quick scout round. This year there seemed to be more independent stands and fewer mainstream stands. In previous years, Samsung, LG, Sony, Microsoft and Canon would have all had major stands but this time HP and Panasonic were the big names. Having said that, there were still plenty of recognisable brands; Western Digital, Tesla, Synology and Philips Hue to name a few. This year, the most popular products were around the smart home, with lighting from Philips Hue, security systems from Swann and domestic appliances from Panasonic.

Aside from the stands there were several areas for activities like robot wars and gadget-making but as it was the press and trade day, nothing much was happening in them.

Viewers of The Gadget Show might recognise some of the exhibits from recent programmes.

RoboJason

Rocket Sled

Spider Bots

There was a giant Rubik Cube too but I didn’t get a chance to play with it.

Rubik Cube

The British Inventors’ Project is an initiative to promote new product ideas and on show were everything from concepts to products ready to come to market. The winning product was OmniO Rider, a lightweight child’s buggy that folds up into a backpack. I interviewed most of the participants in the project so we’ll be hearing from the them later.

OmniO Rider

The Centre for Computing History had a stand with some old computer and consoles. Geeks of a certain age will remember these fondly – I had the Binatone in the foreground.

Historical Computers

Best product of the show for me was the HP Sprout. It’s a desktop PC that uses a touch-sensitive mat combined with a projector and cameras to create a really unique proposition. For example, place an object on the mat and the cameras will scan it to create a 3D model. It’s aimed at creatives but it could be so much more. I’d love to have one in the office just to read documents in a more natural way. Watch the video below to understand it better.

After 7 hours, 12,000 steps and 25 interviews, it was time to head home. I was done. Over the next few days, I’ll be publishing the interviews from the show, so stay tuned.

GNC #1023 You have been Served - Geek News Central
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Description: Be careful your spouse may sever you divorce papers via Facebook. I talk about that story and all the top tech stories of the day. One more show before I head to Vegas. I also announce the winner of the Rasberry Pi Become a GNC Insider Today!: Download the Audio Show File Show Notes: Kids […]  more...

Be careful your spouse may sever you divorce papers via Facebook. I talk about that story and all the top tech stories of the day. One more show before I head to Vegas. I also announce the winner of the Rasberry Pi

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Show Notes:
Kids Hacked his Car!
Your Served.
Comcast Busted.
Samsung Desperate?
No VPN’s with Netflix!
Edward Snowden Bust.
FCC to reclassify online Video Streaming services?
Sling says Sorry.
Japanese Satellite round two.
68000 Wars.
Proctortrack?
LHC Back Online.
Windows 10 – 1.5 Million Beta Testers.
Jobs in Solar!
FCC Record Fines.
Foscam Nany Cam Hacked.
Cell Phone Kill Switch.
Trinity @ 70.
Bitcoin Bankrupt?
Turkey shuts down social sites.
Intel $150 Computer in a Stick.
8K iMac?
YouTube 4k with VP9.
DIY Marble Machine Gun.
Brilliant New LA Parking Signs.
Windows Update Suprise Payload.
TSA Behavior Screening.
Aplle Watch 50% off for Apple Employees.
New battery charges in 1 minute.
DIY Wif Extender- USS Enterprise.
Food Blogger discredited.

GNC Heads To Gadget Show Live - Geek News Central
Category Gadget Show, Gadgets, uk
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Description: The UK’s Gadget Show Live kicks off tomorrow at the NEC in Birmingham and yours truly will be in attendance on behalf of GNC. Tuesday is the press day with the main show under way on Wednesday through to Sunday. The Gadget Show Live is as close as the UK gets to CES though it’s […]  more...

Gadget Show LiveThe UK’s Gadget Show Live kicks off tomorrow at the NEC in Birmingham and yours truly will be in attendance on behalf of GNC. Tuesday is the press day with the main show under way on Wednesday through to Sunday. The Gadget Show Live is as close as the UK gets to CES though it’s no small event. For comparison CES gets around 170,000 visitors while GSL will get around 80,000. It’s surprisingly big.

I’ll be touring the stands and getting some interviews – the exhibitor list is here – so if there’s a product you are interested in let me know either in the comments or via @andrewhpalmer on Twitter.

The winner of the British Inventors’ Project Award will be announced too and I’ll try to review some of the less well-known products that will be coming to market soon. And if I’m lucky, I might even bag an interview with Jason Bradbury or Otis Deley, stars of the eponymous TV show.

Time for bed now…it’s an early flight for me tomorrow!

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