Thursday, January 08, 2015

TechTalk January 5

Techtalk is broadcast on the radio and internet every Monday at 10pm and is a great hour of consumer discovery and techno simplicity.

Some say that I live in the ideal world, I get to play with the latest tech and then give it back to go and buy the stuff that is awesome instead of buying stuff and then regretting it!

Well, Andrew Thomas and I sit down once a week and we run through some product reviews and news from the tech world.

This week was a catch up after the holidays and as usual we didn't get through 3/4 of the stuff on our list of must chat about.

Here is the podcast.

What you really want to take a look at are the show notes because everything we speak about is there!

At the start of the show I said we would get to CES, we didn't!

But next week is all CES so tune in.

-get any cool tech over the holiday?
-light sabre bbq tongs!


Gadget I got for Christmas review - photo print, prints directly from your smart phone.

New app hang with

Love broadcasting app

-starwars bbq tongs


New crowd funding for podcasts

Ouch that is a lot of money.  Nearly half a billion in funding for snapchat

Remember this Marriott story? Now they are sort of asking to block your reception in conference spaces!

But for a good reason?

The question at hand is what measures a network operator can take to detect and contain rogue and imposter Wi-Fi hotspots used in our meeting and conference spaces that pose a security threat to meeting or conference attendees or cause interference to the conference guest wireless network.
Security experts do believe that hackers are using deceptively named Wi-Fi networks to trick hotel guests into logging on and exposing their computers to danger. It's not clear what that problem—which should mostly be addressed by educating people about not connecting to unknown Wi-Fi networks—has to do with people using personal Wi-Fi hotspots.

This is a great ad for compaq compared to a fish!

365 words of wisdom recorded one word at a time! Cool how easy this is to do now.

5 tech icons we said goodbye to in 2014!

Palm might be back?

Here’s a surprise just in time for New Year’s: Palm, the erstwhile mobile brand that flopped despite the big potential of its platform, may still have some life left in it yet.
For years, the HP-owned company sent visitors to the website. Now Palm redirects to, which features a Palm logo and the alternating messages “Coming Soon” and "Smart Move.”


Are kodak making smart phones?

Amazon news

The Star Wars geek in me

TRA Reveals Data for Third Quarter of 2014 on UAE Market Shares of Mobile Handsets, Smartphones and Social Networking Sites
The iPhone 5s continues to be the most commonly used mobile handset in the UAE, followed by the Nokia 105/1050 with both Samsung and Apple recording an increase in their market shares.

According to the report, during the period between 1 July 2013 and 30 September 2014, 59% of handsets registered on the UAE’s networks were Smartphones, a figure that has been constantly increasing overtime. In terms of Smartphone models, the iPhone 5s was the most commonly used Smartphone in the UAE comprising 3.7% of total handsets registered on UAE networks, a figure that increased by 22% during Q2 2014 and by 6% in Q3 2014. The report illustrates that the iPhone 5 was the second most popular Smartphone with 2.5% of the market share. The third most commonly used Smartphone was the Samsung S III (2.4%), followed by iPhone 4S (1.7%), Samsung S4 LTE (1.7%), Galaxy S Duos (1.5%), iPhone 4 (1.4%), Samsung Note 3 (1.2%),BlackBerry Bold 9900 (1.2%) ; Samsung S5 (0.7%).

Montblanc the estrap makes any watch a smart watch !
The e-strap module attaches on the wrist side of the strap and is composed of DLC (diamond like carbon) coated steel. Most of the device is taken up by the 0.9-inch monochromatic OLED touchscreen. It has a resolution of 128×36, which works out to 147 pixels per inch. It will show calls, texts, email, appointments, and other basic content. Users will also get some fitness tracking features with the built-in pedometer and have the ability to control music playback. This is nothing ground-breaking, but it’s more than you’ll get with other mechanical watches.
Montblanc will ask €250 ($300) for the e-strap attachment separately, but buyers will be able to get one included with the Timewalker series. The cheapest Timewalker Urban watch will run €2,990 ($3,588) with e-strap and the most expensive one will cost €4,690 ($5,628). At that point, dropping another couple hundred isn’t a big deal.

Zuckerberg goes old school with year of the book?
Very cool how art in the collections around the world can be brought online!

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have an amazing gift for the world in 2015: a newly available collection of 40,000 digitized Asian and American artworks. The Smithsonian says its vast collection has mostly never been seen by the public, and the institution is making the collection available for free public use. The art dates from the Neolithic period to present day; the Smithsonian says the collection includes "1,806 American art objects, 1,176 ancient Egyptian objects, 2,076 ancient Near Eastern objects, 10,424 Chinese objects, 2,683 Islamic objects, 1,213 South and Southeast Asian objects, and smaller groupings of Korean, Armenian, Byzantine, Greek and Roman works."


smasung to launch the most seductive TV?

Will anyone buy the new sony walkman?

Just a good list!

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