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SDRNews Team

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Yes, it’s a Team of Podcasters

You might call it a Triple Threat – Andy McCaskey of SDRNews, joined by new co-host Courtney Wallin and Andy Smith. If you watch the TPN show Geocaching World, you know Andy by his geocaching handle, “HeadHardHat”.  We are all excited to join TPN for CES2012 coverage.

Do it Yourself Custom Ear Molds with Sonomax

Monday, February 21st, 2011
Sonomax

Sonomax

As a musician and a Podcaster, I know how getting earbuds that kill exterior sound can help. Not only to cancel out other sounds, but save your ears from harmful noises (if you control the volume). That is where Sonomax eers come in.

They create do it yourself custom molds.

There are two types of kits – a single driver and a dual driver earbud ( separating Bass and Treble). You put the kit in your ears, pop the tops, wait four minutes and voila! You have a custom set of earphones.

These earphones will cut down the decibel level significantly. Therefore, if you are doing something in a noisy area, these earbuds will protect.

I have yet to try them out while drumming, but I can tell you they are perfect when I had to go outside to shovel the blizzard we had. I could focus on the task and not be distracted by anything else.

Prices only start at $199. Custom ear molds from the doctor’s office cost $1000 – $2000. Therefore, this is a pretty good deal.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine

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New Ford Sync Products announced at CES 2011

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Ford made some big announcements at CES 2011, the focus of this interview centered around their in-car technology, known as Sync. One of the biggest was AppSync, which takes the UI from your mobile device and integrates it into the car. That allows drivers to access apps on their mobile device through the Sync system via voice commands. They also teased some apps of their own which will be coming out soon. You will also hear a little bit about some the great safety feature that are being built into new Ford cars, the integration of extras like travel services information and even speed cameras and dangerous intersections warning. You can even check for coupons as pull up to a store or restaurant.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Esby Larsen of MrNetCast.com

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Learn to Play Guitar with Raw Talent Guitar

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Todd Cochrane talked to Marc Quadagno and Shaun Fisher of RawTalentGuitar about their product at CES 2011. The RawTalent Guitar program works with any guitar that you can plug in. It comes with a guitar to USB cable. Plug one end into the guitar and the other end into a PC. The program offers performance feed back in real time. As you play your notes are place on top of the the correct cords and notes. The music scrolls as you play so there is no need to turn pages.

The program includes a Amplitube X-gear an industry-leading amp and FX modeling tool, so you can get the effects you want, without having to pay thousands of dollars for the equipment. It can even teach you how to tune your guitar and there is a metronome to help you keep time. There are 15 license songs included in the program. They said one of the hardest things they had to do is trying to get licenses for the songs. Rawtalent Guitar is available now for $199.99 at this time it is Windows only, although they are working on a Mac version

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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DataLocker Protecting Your Data

Monday, February 21st, 2011

the DLS3 by DatalockerTodd Cochrane and Tom Newman spoke to Peter Whitman Director of Operations for DataLocker, about the importance of encrypting your data, especially when traveling. Peter Whitman talked about DataLocker newest product the DLS3. The DLS3 is an encrypted portable hard drive. It connects to your computer by USB 3.0 technology (it will work on USB 2.0) It use military grade 256 bit AES XTA mode encryption.

The DLS3 drive uses two factors of authentication a RFD card and a pass code. If someone tries to guess the code and enters the wrong code nine times the system will wipe the data. There is rapid secure wipe. It also uses keypad randomization so you can not figure out the code by lifting the fingerprints. It is platform independent so you can use with a Mac or PC. You can use is as a bootable drive and even partition it. It should be shipping in March.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central. and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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YooTechPros Android Tablet

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Todd talks with Ernest Wolf, CEO of YooTechPros, creators of an Android-based tablet PC that actually looks quite good.

Using the same LG touch screen as the iPad, this tablet offers twin USB ports, a microSD slot, front- and rear-facing cameras and runs Android 2.2. It’s also slightly lighter and thinner than the iPad. Unfortunately, the model in the video is a non-working prototype but it does look good. $399 for the 16 GB, wifi version and available in the Spring.

For the germ-adverse of us, YouTechPros offers an antibacterial screen film for tablets called the iProtector for $19.99.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Turn Tablet into Desktop Remote Machine with SplashTop

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Splashtop

Splashtop

What if you could remote control your desktop through your iPad or Galaxy Tab? Well, Splashtop is a program that will do just that. You then can pull video, audio and more from your PC or Mac and watch or listen on the Tablet.

Splashtop is now also moved to Android devices. At CES, they showed off the Samsung Galaxy Tab application. You can also get it on the iPhone.

The application is at $1.99. Android will be available for $4.99

Interview by Andrew McCaskey of RV News Net

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Wyd Eye PicsChecker is Anti-Sexting Android Application

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Wyd Eye

Wyd Eye

Jeremy Witkins of Wyd Eye Software joins the live show. He talka about their PicsChecker application – an app that can help parents keep on eye on children’s texting behaviour.

When a child attempts to access questionable content, PicsChecker will send an email of all the texts and pictures sent by the phone to the parent every day. The parent can then review the content for any SMS or MMS sexting material. There’s also a web portal if the parent wants to get a immediate view of what’s going on.

It’s available for Android phones and the price point is $2-$3 per month. Check it out if you are a concerned parent.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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GE Nucleus Brings Home Energy Management

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
GE

GE

Andy and Tom interview Elizabeth Kurfess, Product Manager for General Electric on GE Nucleus, a home energy management system. As utilities start to install smart meters on the outside of homes, the Nucleus unit wireless communicates with the smart meter to bring information on power consumption and tariffs into the home, allowing the homeowner to make intelligent decisions about the use of electrical power.

The information held in Nucleus can be shown on the homeowner’s PC or smartphone so that a real-time view of power consumption can be seen.

Nucleus can also connect to GE’s Brillion-enabled household appliances (white goods) to get information on consumption and instruct the appliance to stop or start depending on price. For example, a tumble dryer could be told to start drying once the cheap rate cuts in or stop if an expensive tariff comes on-line.

Wireless communication uses the Zigbee specification to pass the information between the appliances, the smart meter and the Nucleus. Information comes from the meter every15 seconds. Unfortunately, not every smart meter uses Zigbee – each manufacturer is different.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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Technocel External PowerPak, BatteryBoost for Mobile Devices

Sunday, February 20th, 2011
Technocel Power Pack

Technocel Power Pack

Technocel shows off the PowerPak XT at CES 2011. PowerPak is an external charger for mobile devices. With a 1600 mAh battery, you can get around 4.5 hours of charges.

The PowerPak works with almost all smartphones. Just use the adapter and plug in . $49.99 and available now from Best Buy or Sprint.

The BatteryBoost is a keychain-sized rechargeable battery for emergencies, charging and recharging via microUSB. $29.99 and available from the same locations.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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