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    November 5, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Meet The Commodore

    Via Reddit’s Retro Battlestations.

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    November 3, 2014
    Time To Buy: 8 Awesome Shopping Apps

    I saw my first Christmas commercial on October 26 during AMC’s Sunday night airing of The Walking Dead.  A week before Halloween, on a show about zombies eating people, I saw a commercial warning me to prepare for Christmas.  Well, it wasn’t a warning, more like a threat.  Either way, the holiday shopping season is approaching, and if you haven’t started spending your money on gifts quite yet,  you need to get yourself prepared for the inevitable.  Fortunately, technology is here to help.  Here are 8 great apps to make the shopping season a little less crazy.

    I rarely wait until the last minute to buy gifts, when I know what I’m going to get.  If I have an idea, I pounce on it.  If I don’t have an idea, well… then I end up dragging my feet and buying whatever comes to mind at the last minute.  I’m going to make an attempt this year to both buy my presents early and not give them early, but I can’t make any promises, no matter how many apps I might download onto my tablet.

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    October 31, 2014
    Terrifying Geeky Jack-O-Lanterns

    There are few things more terrifying than having a bunch of fun things scheduled to record only to discover that your capacity to record is rapidly ticking away.  My DVR seems camped between 30 and 40 percent remaining, no matter what I do.  However, when it gets further and further from 0 percent capacity and closer and closer to 100 percent capacity, that means it’s time to start worrying.  That’s one of the many fun, geeky jack-o-lantern cards at Some E-Cards.

    There are a lot of fun options for cards, including some personal horrors like the scale, the check engine light, no internet, and more.  Truly, it’s all the banes of modern existence given life in pumpkin form.  There is true terror in those funny little cards, you just have to look for it.  Or wait until it starts looking for you…

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    October 30, 2014
    MPAA And NATO Ban Google Glass

    Google Glass is the enemy of movie theaters, if certain industry groups are to be believed.  Just like once upon a time concert taping was going to kill live music, and VCRs were going to kill television, and the Internet was going to kill everything, Google Glass is now going to run your local multiplex conglomerate out of business.  At least, according to the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners.  The MPAA and NATO have teamed up to ban Google Glass and other wearables from your local theater.  If you refuse to doff your Google Glass (or you need it to see), they can throw you out of the theater or even call the cops.

    “If theater managers have indications that illegal recording activity is taking place, they will alert law enforcement authorities when appropriate, who will determine what further action should be taken,” says the joint statement.

    Given the proliferation of devices capable of recording movies at DVD quality, including most cell phones, it seems a bit silly to ban something as obvious as a wearable pair of computer eyeglasses or a smartwatch.  There are lots of other ways to make recordings that can actually be hidden, rather than worn openly.

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    October 29, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Tetrisween!

    Via: Reddit

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    October 29, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Mix Tape!

    Image:  HMV

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    October 27, 2014
    Amazon’s $39 Streaming Media Stick

    With HD TVs, the best feature is probably the HDMI ports that come with them.  All you have to do to get high definition picture and sound is just to hook up something like a Blu Ray player or, increasingly, a streaming media device.  Some of these are set-top boxes, but the real fun is in the tiny media stick category.  Amazon has quietly released a $39 streaming media stick called the Amazon Fire TV Stick.  It’s the price of its competitors, the Roku and the Google Chromecast, but it packs a lot of power in a chewing gum-sized frame.

    Says Amazon, ”Fire TV Stick has 50% more processing power and two times the memory of Chromecast; it has six times the processing power, two times the memory and 32 times the storage of Roku Streaming Stick.  This results in faster and more fluid navigation, plus more storage for apps and games.”

    The Fire TV Stick features most of the streaming features you’d expect, like Netflix and Hulu and (of course) Amazon Prime, but here’s the tipping point.  If you’re an Amazon Prime customer, and why aren’t you, then the Fire TV Stick is going to be an extra good bargain.  For the next two days, you can get Amazon’s Fire TV Stick for $19, half the price of the normal $39 pricepoint.  I’ve gone ahead and picked one up, if only because I couldn’t pass up something that cheap.

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    October 26, 2014
    Apple To Rebrand Beats Music As iTunes Feature

    Every year, it seems that music sales decrease.  Once upon a time, digital sales were supposed to keep the vultures at bay and prop up the music industry, but it seems that as prices rise on music–from 99 cents to $2.99 a track–consumer interest decreases similarly.  iTunes sales have dropped 14% since the beginning of the year, and while download sales are flat, physical media continues to disappear from sales sheets and streaming services appear to be on the rise.  Hence, Apple’s going to do something to the Beats Music streaming service they acquired in the purchase of the Beats franchise from Dr. Dre and company.  Apple is going to convert Beats Radio into an iTunes paid streaming service.

    For $10 a month, consumers can stream music from the Beats library, and before long, that same offer will be dangled out for iTunes users.  However, will users actually pay for streaming when there are so many free streaming options out there?  Color me doubtful.  Why pay for something when other people are giving it to you for free?  Or, perhaps, for the price of an Amazon Prime subscription that comes with a whole lot more fringe benefits than Apple typically offers.

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    October 24, 2014
    Securing Your New Phone

    I think if you’re going to update your phone, you will have done it by now.  Lots of folks rushed out to get new iPhones and new Android devices in recent months, so it’s not surprising that you’re going to have to get your new phones secure and locked down in proper modern defensive postures.  That’s where apps come in.  When I got my Kindle so many years ago, the first thing I did was go out and get a security app for it off Amazon’s store.  If you’re an iPhone or Android user, then there are lots of great ways to take the extra step of security you need in this day and age of smartphones.  Here are some great security apps for your iOS and Android devices.

    It’s pretty strange that we live in a world where you have to make sure viruses don’t get on your phone of all things.  Especially considering that 15 years ago, or even less, a portable phone was a phone that could barely make telephone calls.  Now they can’t make phone calls, but they can do pretty much everything else that you’d want online.  Anything involving the Internet means anti-virus software, and anything involving your phone means lock-down and remote-wiping capabilities, so make sure you keep both of those on your phone.

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    October 22, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: iBend

    Via:  Macworld

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