Login

Username:

Password:

Remember me



Lost Password?

Register now!

Related Sponsor

Related Sponsor

Headlines


Geek News Central
  Updated Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:32:26 +0000
Description Geek News: Latest Technology, Product Reviews, Gadgets and Tech Podcast News for Geeks
Webmaster  
Category  
Generator  
Language en-US
GNC #972 Guest Don Baine
Category Podcast
Published:
Description: Don Baine Guest Hosts Geek News Central. Thanks for Don stepping in and doing the show. Consider becoming a GNC 1000 Contributor: Geek News Central Google+ Community. Geek News Central Google+ Page. Follow Todd on Google+ Follow @geeknews on Twitter Geek News Central Facebook Page Subscribe Today: Audio | Video (HD) | Mobile Video | […]  more...

Don Baine Guest Hosts Geek News Central. Thanks for Don stepping in and doing the show.

Consider becoming a GNC 1000 Contributor:

Support our Show Sponsor:
32% off your new order @ GoDaddy: go32off1
$1.00 / mo WordPress Hosting with a free domain! Promo Code: press4
$1.00 / mo Economy Hosting with a free domain! Promo Code: geeks12
GoDaddy Promo Codes always save you money, check out my Promo Codes Today

Subscribe Today: Audio | Video (HD) | Mobile Video | iTunes

Travels in a Foreign Land
Category mobile, travel accessories, Mobile, roaming, three, travel
Published:
Description: I’ve been doing a little travelling in Europe over the past few months and with modern life being what it is, mobile connectivity is a must. In my case, it’s provided by UK’s Three and this year’s situation is much improved over previous years. Three has introduced “Feel At Home” which lets customers use their […]  more...

Three LogoI’ve been doing a little travelling in Europe over the past few months and with modern life being what it is, mobile connectivity is a must. In my case, it’s provided by UK’s Three and this year’s situation is much improved over previous years. Three has introduced “Feel At Home” which lets customers use their mobile phone for both voice and data in 16 countries round the world at no extra cost. The countries include USA, Australia, France, Italy and Ireland and the limitations are reasonable, such as no tethering and a 25 GB data cap. When you are in one of the 16 countries, it is brilliant – you can play Ingress, call home and check your email without worries of bill shock on your return. Good job, Three.

Outside of the 16 countries, it’s not so rosy. Three have a tariff called “Euro Internet Pass” which is GB£5 for a day of unlimited data. Sounds ok, but “a day” ends at midnight UK time no matter what time you purchase the Pass or the time zone that you are in. But my biggest complaint is how frustratingly difficult it is to buy the Euro Pass. To start with, I can’t simply go into My3 account and buy the Pass; I have to go via a special link to a particular web page. Second, the phone has to have a 3G connection, not wi-fi. Yes, you read that right – you have to be data roaming on 3G to buy the Euro Internet Pass even if you have a perfectly good wi-fi connection. Three helpfully suggests disabling push notifications to avoid per MB roaming charges immediately prior to purchasing a Pass. You can read that gem on their website here - point 2. It’s ridiculous – at times I got so cross with the whole process while trying to buy the pass that I simply gave up and used free wi-fi where I could. The Spanish cortados make the trip to the coffee bar worthwhile, though….

TGP #169 Eyefi Mobi WiFi SD card
Category tgp
Published:
Description: Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #169 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine. Celebrating 3 years! Transfer Photographs and video wirelessly. Send photos to your favorite device as you take them. View instantly on your tablet or smartphone. Transfer to PC or Mac desktop or laptop. We also feature tech news,free apps & […]  more...

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #169 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!

Transfer Photographs and video wirelessly.
Send photos to your favorite device as you take them.
View instantly on your tablet or smartphone.
Transfer to PC or Mac desktop or laptop.

We also feature tech news,free apps & and software reviews!

For the best in video streaming & rental equipment check out the new Livestream Studio HD51

Visit The Gadget Professor on Facebook www.facebook.com/gadgetprofessor - check it out and LIKE him!

Subscribe Today:  Video Download the Show File

Look for The Gadget Professor every Thursday here at Geek News Central.
Audio version NOW AVAILABLE!!

Ignore No More App Locks Your Kid’s Phone
Category Android, application, app, Ignore No More!
Published:
Description: Want to take complete and total control of your kid’s cellphone? There’s an app for that! It is called Ignore No More! The purpose of the app is to enable parents to remotely lock down their kid’s (or teen’s) phone. The only way to get the phone unlocked is to call mom (or dad) back […]  more...

Ignore No More! app logoWant to take complete and total control of your kid’s cellphone? There’s an app for that! It is called Ignore No More! The purpose of the app is to enable parents to remotely lock down their kid’s (or teen’s) phone. The only way to get the phone unlocked is to call mom (or dad) back and ask for the four digit lock code.

It was created by Sharon Stindifird a Texas mom who was got “absolutely livid” one day when she texted her teens and they refused to text or call her back. This motivated her to learn how to create an app that would force her teens to stop ignoring her.

The Ignore No More! app is only available on Android. It requires Android Version 3.0 and costs just $1.99. The description of the app states that it can “be up and running in less than 10 minutes”. It says it is easy to install, cannot be disabled, and does not interfere with ICE or First Responder calls.

What if you have more than one teen whose phone you want to be able to lock on a whim? One account can control multiple “child” devices from multiple “parent” devices. Locking a child’s phone prevents that phone from being used to call friends, to send text messages to anyone, and to play games. Suddenly, the phone has only one function.

Full disclosure, I’m not a parent, so this isn’t something I would have a need for. I can see where it might be useful for parents who have grounded their teen from using their phone for a certain amount of time. The parent can give the four digit code to the teen after they are done being grounded.

However, I don’t think this app is going to improve communication between parents and their teens. Yes, it can force teens to call their parent and listen to what the parent has to say. The problem is that this communication is being forced upon them. I think it will cause a lot of resentment, especially if a parent frequently uses the lock. This is not going to build trust between parent and teen.

There are some quoted reviews on Google Play store where you can purchase this app. One man gave it four out of five stars and wrote: “This is a very good idea.. It also is great for locking my wife’s phone if she is ignoring me…lol…” Ignore No More! is going to be a very attractive app for control freaks. I mean, if this guy feels comfortable announcing that he wants to use it to force his wife to call him, imagine how many other guys out there thought the same thing!

Robot Underpants: 08.13.14 (165) “Friend Like Me”
Category underpants
Published:
Description: Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek and “Starman” Michael Gaines discuss this weeks hot topics including: Robin Williams, Star Wars News, Turtles, Fassbender Band is weird, Doctor Who Restaurant in NYC, Tomb Raider exclusive, and more! * Robin Williams * Star Wars News * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 * Fassbender’s Band is Weird *Sharklumbo * Doctor Who […]  more...

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek and “Starman” Michael Gaines discuss this weeks hot topics including: Robin Williams, Star Wars News, Turtles, Fassbender Band is weird, Doctor Who Restaurant in NYC, Tomb Raider exclusive, and more!

* Robin Williams
* Star Wars News
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
* Fassbender’s Band is Weird
*Sharklumbo
* Doctor Who Themed Restaurant in NY

 

Media Portal 1.9.0 pre-release now available
Category Media, HTPC, Media Portal
Published:
Description: There is little question that Microsoft is allowing Media Center to languish — an anguishing proposition for HTPC users, many of homes utilize the software to power the home theater. There are alternatives, of course. XBMC is a popular option, as are a couple of various Linux distros. But if you’re plan is to stick […]  more...

media-portal-logo

There is little question that Microsoft is allowing Media Center to languish — an anguishing proposition for HTPC users, many of homes utilize the software to power the home theater. There are alternatives, of course. XBMC is a popular option, as are a couple of various Linux distros. But if you’re plan is to stick with the Windows OS, and XBMC just isn’t for you, then Media Portal may be the way to go.

The open source software has just hit version 1.9, at least in pre-release form. In other words, it’s passed beta status, but the organization doesn’t quite think it’s ready for prime-time. There isn’t a lot that is new, but things have been fixed up, and a couple of features were added.

For this Pre Release we’ve put our focus once more on Bug fixing and improved stability. However, there are a couple of new features. Skin designers will like the new <oninfo> and <onESC> functions. There are enhancements to the video resolution logos that will give you more information about the video you are watching. There is a new sort method in My Videos called Name with Duration. There are several improvements to logging, and a significant number of bug fixes”, the announcement reads.

A full list of the changes can be found on the Media Portal Blog.

Is There a “WarKitteh” in Your Yard?
Category Hacker, wifi, WarKitteh
Published:
Description: The innocent looking cat that is wandering through your backyard might be up to something sneaky. Instead of hunting mice, he or she could be hunting for Wi-Fi networks. Of course, the cat probably just thinks it is out for its usual “wander around the neighborhood”. Gene Bransfield gave a talk at DefCon titled “How […]  more...

Not a WarKittehThe innocent looking cat that is wandering through your backyard might be up to something sneaky. Instead of hunting mice, he or she could be hunting for Wi-Fi networks. Of course, the cat probably just thinks it is out for its usual “wander around the neighborhood”.

Gene Bransfield gave a talk at DefCon titled “How to Weaponize Your Pets”. In it, he described how to turn your cat into a “WarKitteh”. Gene Bransfield works for the security company Tenacity, and he created the “WarKitteh” idea because it amused him. The “WarKitteh” name is a reference to an activity called “wardriving”. In short, it is an activity in which a person drives around looking for weak or unprotected Wi-Fi networks. Now, your cat can go do that all by itself, no driving required.

Bransfield put together a specialized collar that contained mini-computers and an antenna (which were sewn into a collar that could be worn by a pet).

The collar was placed on a Siamese cat named Coco, who belonged to Brandsfield’s wife’s grandmother. Coco turned out to be pretty good at wandering the neighborhood. Coco spent three hours exploring some of the backyards nearby.

At the same time, the cat was mapping out dozens of the neighbor’s Wi-Fi networks and was able to gather enough data to determine which would be easy to get into. The “WarKitteh” identified four routers that were using an old form of encryption that could be easily hacked into and four more routers that had no security protection on them at all.

The primary inspiration behind the “WarKitteh” was entertainment. The results, however, showed that the “WarKitteh” could be an effective way to teach people about how to better protect their Wi-Fi networks. The “internet” is in love with cats, so I can see where this has potential.

The photo you see at the top of this blog is one I took of a cat that was wandering through my backyard a few years ago. That was before “WarKitteh” technology existed. The next cat that wanders through your backyard could be a “WarKitteh”, and you would probably not even know it had been there!

GNC #971 Good Evening Listeners!
Category Podcast
Published:
Description: I update you on what happened in the storm and all of the tech news with some extra time taken on fitness tracking applications and the privacy implications. Also as a reminder I will be out to the Podcast Movement and I will attempt to get a guest host for the two episodes I will […]  more...

I update you on what happened in the storm and all of the tech news with some extra time taken on fitness tracking applications and the privacy implications. Also as a reminder I will be out to the Podcast Movement and I will attempt to get a guest host for the two episodes I will be gone for..

I Also update on my Transformation. Discounts are still available by using promo code “podcast” @ mypurium.com/podcast

Consider becoming a GNC 1000 Contributor:

Download the Audio Show File

Support our Show Sponsor:
32% off your new order @ GoDaddy: go32off1
$1.00 / mo WordPress Hosting with a free domain! Promo Code: press4
$1.00 / mo Economy Hosting with a free domain! Promo Code: geeks12
GoDaddy Promo Codes always save you money, check out my Promo Codes Today

Subscribe Today: Audio | Video (HD) | Mobile Video | iTunes

Show Notes:
Fitness Data Privacy.
More Police Recording Legal Rulings.
FCC Net Neutrality Meetings.
Judge Throws out Settlement.
Cyber Leaders at Black Hat.
Reno new Startup Meca?
Passwords are Crap.
Messenger Settings Page.
Digging Deep for the FCC.
HexHog.
HyperLapse Video totally awesome.
Ad wars heat up.
Don’t Like everything in Facebook!
70′s Privacy Videos.
Tax Dollars at Work #1.
Fiverr Raises 30 Million.
Pay for your meal with Open Table App.
Comcast Customer Care Audio #2.
I want a job at the USPTO.
Laser Explosive Detector.
Nanosheets to protect burns.
T-Mobile Pay as you go.
Liquid Metal for Cancer Treatment.
Uber Busted Spoofing Lyft.

FCC Requires Support for Text-To-911
Category FCC, text-to-911
Published:
Description: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules that are designed to promote the widespread use of text-to-911. Currently, the availability of text-to-911 is limited. The purpose of this new rule is to keep pace with how Americans communicate. In other words, the FCC has noted that more people are using cellphones and texting […]  more...

Federal Communications Commission logoThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules that are designed to promote the widespread use of text-to-911. Currently, the availability of text-to-911 is limited. The purpose of this new rule is to keep pace with how Americans communicate. In other words, the FCC has noted that more people are using cellphones and texting now than they have in the past.

This new requirement builds on existing commitments that were made by America’s four largest wireless carries to support text-to-911 by May of 2014. The new rules require all remaining wireless carries and certain IP-based text application providers to support text-to-911 by the end of 2014.

The new text-to-911 requirements apply to wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers. It also includes providers of “over the top” applications that support texting to and from phone numbers. It does not include messaging apps that only support communications among users of social media or games.

Why is it important to have a more uniform system that allows for text-to-911? The overall reasons is to help save lives. The FCC noted that Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have speech disabilities are widely using text messaging. It also pointed out that there can be situations where a person is in danger but is not safe to call 911. Sending a text is silent, and can be used more discretely by people who need help. Text-to-911 can also be useful when networks are congested.

That being said, the FCC doesn’t necessarily recommend that everyone use text-to-911 as a “go-to” for emergencies. They describe text-to-911 as a complement to, not a substitute for, existing 911 service. Make a voice call to 911 whenever possible. If that doesn’t work, then it is time to use text-to-911. They recommend people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities to use relay services or other existing methods to contact 911 if text-to-911 is unavailable.

New Media Show #56 with Espree Devora of WeAreLATech
Category TMS
Published:
Description: Rob and Todd have a talk with Espree Devora a serial entrepreneur who is well known in the Los Angeles startup scene. She is launching a new podcast on start-ups and has some great advice for women who are considering a show. If you want more info on her podcast be part of her launch […]  more...

Rob and Todd have a talk with Espree Devora a serial entrepreneur who is well known in the Los Angeles startup scene. She is launching a new podcast on start-ups and has some great advice for women who are considering a show. If you want more info on her podcast be part of her launch at WeAreLATech.com/podcast

Contact the show: Rob or Todd @ newmediashow.com

Support our Show Sponsor:
32% off your new order @ GoDaddy: go32off1
$1.00 / mo WordPress Hosting with a free domain! Promo Code: press4
$1.00 / mo Economy Hosting with a free domain! Promo Code: geeks12
GoDaddy Promo Codes always save you money, check out my Promo Codes Today

Subscribe: Audio | Video | Mobile Video | iTunes

Links from the Show:
BossJock Studio
Sound Studio.
CoLoft.
Fiverr.
Tray.
Mixergy.

Bookmark and Share