Friday, June 20, 2014

TechTalk June 16

Andrew Thomas joins me from to talk technology and all those question you have about the electronic stuff on your wish list.

Here is the podcast.

And here are the show notes.


XL has gone back the Android modified operating system that Nokia has developed is simply too restrictive

Samsung Service Center in Barsha AMAZING, get there at 10am! Motherboard on the Note2, waiting to see

Huwaiwe? Samsung? Nokia? Lenovo LG? HTC (have one can’t get my son to give it back!), Apple?
Now this is cool! An App for the best seat at a trough!

Nowhere is the competition for tables more cutthroat than in New York City, where a black market in restaurant reservations already exists online. But since February, several new apps have taken the fight to the streets: Zurvu, Shout, Killer Rezzy and, starting Monday, Resy are all striving to become the favored portal for people willing to pay a premium to get into the best restaurants, at the last minute, via a few taps on their mobile devices. for web is here!

You asked for it and it’s finally here. Announcing the new Web App. Now you can access all your lists right from the web, in full view.
Our new web app also features special Planning and Focus Modes so you can get a snapshot of the day or view all your folders at once.

Planning Mode Powerfully plan into the future with a clear view of everything that's coming up in all of your folders.

Focus Mode Makes it easy to see what's coming up or just what needs to be done in a single folder.

Keep making things happen!

Just love this store in NYC

B&H Photo Video Home

The Professional's Source



It's getting a crowded market

Internet by numbers in Canada!
Click on the stats for more information.
Open Source Mapping!

Open Competition Breaks Out

That said, marketplaces do best when there is competition. This is why I was so excited to hear that Telenav would be using OpenStreetMap to power its popular Scout GPS app, which provides maps, traffic and directions. OSM replaces data from TomTom.
Even more important, Telenav launched a Scout for Developers program. This allows developers to build applications that use OpenStreetMap-based GPS navigation into their own products on mobile, as well as for desktop. The most important thing here is that this creates a credible and powerful alternative to Google Maps.
For those who don’t know, OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free map of the world created by a crowd of local chapters. Think of it as Wikipedia for maps. Unlike Google’s Map Maker tool, OSM is based on open principles and is community driven on a global scale. A number of services use OSM to power their maps.
And OSM has a whopping 1.5 million registered editors globally. The active ones regularly contribute updates via their phones and computers. (Telenav underwrites OSM, not surprisingly.)

The story of the future!

Kids raised on video games are who things are designed for!


Amazon launches PRIME MUSIC!

azon is joining the hotly contested online music streaming business by launching its own service.
Prime Music is available free for subscribers of Amazon Prime, the company's $99-a-year membership program that includes free two-day shipping, a digital books lending library and video streaming of movies and TV episodes.
Amazon launched Prime Music, which is ad-free, on Thursday with more than 1 million songs from artists including Beyonce, Britney Spears, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Blake Shelton.
Related: Amazon Prime to launch music-streaming service, report says
But the service won't focus on getting the newest releases, and its music catalog is relatively small compared with rivals: Although it reached licensing deals with Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and independent labels, Prime Music is notably missing Universal Music Group, the world's largest music corporation. That means artists including Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Kanye West won't appear on Prime Music for now.
"We're not claiming to have full coverage at this time," Steve Boom, Amazon's vice president of digital music, said in an interview with The Times. He said the Seattle company would add new songs every month.

No more battery woes

Starbucks rolls out wireless charging stations!

arbucks is rolling out wireless charging stations in its coffee shops nationwide, starting with the Bay Area.
“Stores will be equipped with ‘Powermat Spots’ — designated areas on tables and counters where customers can place their compatible device and charge wirelessly,” the chain said in a statement.
The charging stations come from Duracell Powermat, a joint venture between Procter & Gamble’s Duracell brand and Powermat Technologies.
Every smartphone and tablet on the market will be able to be charged.- CEO of Powermat Technologies Ran Poliakine
“Every smartphone and tablet on the market will be able to be charged,” Ran Poliakine, chief executive of Powermat Technologies, told the Los Angeles Times.
However, it’s generally not quite as simple as placing a phone with a depleted battery onto the charging station: The technology isn’t baked into most mobile devices.
To get around that issue, users can plug a small Powermat accessory called the Ring into their device’s charging port and place the Ring onto the charging station. Another option is to use a compatible charging case — Powermat sells them for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S3 — or portable battery.
This is just fun!
And who has this much time?


wifi and use in the home is simply out of this world!

A low-power signal is enough to track the rise and fall of the chests of up to four people, opening up applications like monitoring people during search and rescue operations or simply ensuring a baby is OK overnight.


Twitter is going through change, what are they hoping to do is the question?

Fans of Silicon Valley’s version of “Game of Thrones” got a front-row seat to a shake-up in Twitter’s executive suite this week, in which the company’s chief operating officer Ali Rowghani was ousted and Chloe Sladden — head of the media unit that has been a big driver of Twitter’s success with TV networks — also left. Somewhere between the backroom intrigue and the cheerful public-facing tweets of support for those departed executives is the source of Twitter’s real challenge: Namely, what does the company want Twitter to be?


This is taking the world of connectivity to a whole new level!

For $99 you can pre-order a Yves Behar-designed connected cup that will not only track how much you drink, but also what’s in your drink. After the pre-order period ends, the cup with retail for $199. The cup is pricey, but cool, and as someone who was excited about a connected water bottle and promise of passive data collection, the Vessyl has a lot to like about it.
But I don’t know if I buy the idea of some new set of sensors embedded in the cup that’s able to understand what I’m drinking. In a Skyped video interview with Justin Lee, the CEO of Mark One, the San Francisco company behind the Vessyl, I asked about the liquid-identifying sensors, since that’s obviously the most interesting part of the cup. He didn’t give details beyond saying that the cup has a variety of sensors analyzing liquids. He then offered to let me choose from a wide array of beverages on a table nearby to pour into the cup as a means of testing it.

You life in weeks is a very cool site!

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