Real Tech 114 - Let's Get Linked...In

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News:

Police buy your phone records, and no one knows how often?  And my blog entry on this.

Tips:

  • Security Scam: Don’t fall for this:  “Hey, we know you care about security, and so do we! Don’t click on links is emails--that’s not secure. We recommend for security purposes that you cut and paste this link into your browser to avoid contracting a virus--or worse!”
    • Ummmm.... ouch.
  • Google Search.  Are you surprised by how many people don’t know how to search?  Apparently Google is working to help that with an educational program.  IT’s geared for educators, but that doesn’t mean every day, Real People” can learn from the lessons they provide.  It’s called “Google Search Education” and is available here: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/index.html
    • Four (plus) quick tips:
      • Every Word Matters
      • Order Matters
      • Capitalization does NOT matter
      • Punctuation does NOT matter
        • with exceptions... $ # C# C++ Google+
  •  Let’s talk LinkedIn.  It kind of flies under the radar, and so we (I) don’t give it the critical glance, but it has its own quirky UI problems.  A few questions from a listener:

·         I hate that the entire world gets an email with any edit I make. Never my intention. Is there a way to do so without it sending a “So in so made an update to their Linkedin acct…”?

·         When I am trying to send an invite sometimes it is difficult or am I slow?

·         Edits sometimes seem cumbersome.

Picks:

Tony:  Tango - Free video calls.  All platforms.  All networks (4G, 3G, Wi-Fi)

Real Tech 113 - Something Evil This Way Comes

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News: Viewing not the same as downloading? http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/05/10/138205/ny-ruling-distinguishes-downloading-viewing-child-pornography

Facebook announces App Center.  Evil? http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/05/09/2313230/facebook-announces-app-center

In life, there are many similarities. http://www.macrumors.com/2012/05/09/hp-defends-new-ultrabook-design-against-noted-similarities-to-apples-macbook-air/ (let’s talk space shuttles!)

Comcast now allows 300GB downloads... http://mashable.com/2012/05/17/comcast-bandwidth-caps/ In the coming months, the company will start testing new options that will offer users more bandwidth as part of their cable Internet plans, as well as the ability to purchase additional bandwidth if necessary.

R2D2’s Big Brother.  Will post Video to.... Google +

Tips:

Print to PDF.  A great option, but if you don’t have that--get CutePDF!

Picks: Tony - Track 8 Music Player for iPad Steve - IFTTT (I mentioned it before--but LOVE it!)

Steve’s info: [blog] http://theprofessornotes.com [twitter] @scmprofessor

Tony’s info: [blog] http://getthenext.com [twitter] @tonypittman

Real Tech 112 - Brain Damage

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Growing Evidence of Football Causing Brain Damage

Microsoft Is Killing the Windows Live Brand

Facebook To Go Public On Friday, May 18

Space:  Moon closest to Earth Saturday... just like every year...

US Senate Sergeant at Arms listens to Real Tech...  or at least checks on websites that quote Senators.

Picks:

Tony - Hyperjuice Mini Steve - Juice Defender - http://www.juicedefender.com/

Steve’s info: [blog] http://theprofessornotes.com [twitter] @scmprofessor

Tony’s info: [blog] http://getthenext.com [twitter] @tonypittman

Real Tech 111 - The Self Driving Episode

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NEWS:

AND... GOOGLE DRIVE is official.  Is it a “Wow!” or an “Uh?”

TIPS/SUGGESTIONS:

Google Searches made easier:  A couple “quick hits.”  Want to search using speech? Simply click on the microphone and talk (assuming you have a microphone).  Want to find where an image came from?  Go to the “images” tab, and copy and paste a URL into it.  OR--find out what other images your image looks like:just drag your image from your computer into the image search block.

Virtual Disks “In the Cloud” – Gladinet. Gladinet lets you map your existing cloud storage sites as if they are drives on your machine.  Now you can edit Word, Excel, or other documents right in the cloud, and not take up space on your hard disk.  Of course, you have to be connected to the internet.  Possible sites to use include Google Docs, PicasaWeb, Amazon S3, Microsoft’s Live Storage, and much much more.  The free version only connects to one, but there are other options as well.

Managing your PDFs: This one can be a real challenge.  You have hundreds (maybe thousands?) of PDFs on your computer, but do you a) know what you have, and b) know how to get to the one you want?  Enter a few choices, courtesy of this article from Digital Inspiration.  I personally prefer Mendeley (these are windows choices) because it is specifically designed for PDFs.  Even still, I would like something with a little more “intelligence” that can sort the files for me based on general content anaylsis.

PAMFAX:  A new problem these days is “How to send a fax from home, when you don’t have POTS any more?”  Well, I have settled on a solution that works for me.  Pamfax.  It’s made by the same people that make the call recorder application for Skype, “Pamela Recorder.” It’s not free, but it is affordable.

"The House approved Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act with a 248 to 168 vote today. CISPA allows internet service providers to share Internet 'threat' information with government agencies, including DHS and NSA, without having to protect any personally identifying data of its customers, without a court order. It effectively immunizes ISPs from privacy lawsuits for disclosing customer information, grants them anti-trust protection on colluding on cybersecurity issues and allows them to bypass privacy laws when sharing data with each other."

PICKS:

Steve: Paper Camera for Android Tony: Nike Fuel Band

Steve’s info: [blog] http://theprofessornotes.com [twitter] @scmprofessor

Tony’s info: [blog] http://getthenext.com [twitter] @tonypittman

Real Tech 101 - Basic Instructions

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USB and Electrical Outlet : Two 10 volt USB ports AND two regular power outlets. Or, you can make your own (USB only) wall outlet.

How Publishers Are Cutting Their Own Throats With eBook DRM

LEDs in Contact Lenses

PICKS:

Steve: Lapse It! Time Lapse photography for your Android. Supports front and rear facing cameras, as well as numerous other features. Just remember, for long duration shots, keep it charging. Tony: Living Earth World Time and Weather 

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Steve’s info: [blog] http://theprofessornotes.com[twitter] @scmprofessor

Tony’s info: [blog] http://getthenext.com [twitter] @tonypittman

Real Tech 100 - The Century Mark

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PICKS OF THE WEEK:

Steve: CamCard for scanning Business Cards. QUITE good OCR, and can assign to categories. I used it to put different cards in groups in Google Contacts.

Tony: Logon changer for Windows 7 

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Steve’s info: [blog] http://theprofessornotes.com[twitter] @scmprofessor

Tony’s info: [blog] http://getthenext.com [twitter] @tonypittman

Real Tech 97 - Honeycombs are REAL

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Is hope lost at Best Buy?

An iPad surprise?

TIPS

IF THIS THEN THAT. http://ifttt.com Define your social interactions on the 'net in terms of what you could do...

DLVR.ithttp://dlvr.it/  Distribute your blog to twitter, facebook and more. Actually, works with ANY RSS feed--including Google+

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Steve’s info: [blog] http://theprofessornotes.com[twitter] @scmprofessor

Tony’s info: [blog] http://getthenext.com [twitter] @tonypittman

Chris's info: [blog] http://targuman.org  @targuman

Real Tech 96 - Heads In The Clouds

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      PICKS:
      Tony: Motor Trend Magazine App
      Steve: Galaxy Tab 10.1. Yup--Jenni has hers. And loves it. Of course this is as much an endorsement of Android honeycomb 3.1 as it is the hardware. Of course, the hardware is a beautiful device as well.

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Steve’s info: [blog] http://theprofessornotes.com[twitter] @scmprofessor

Tony’s info: [blog] http://getthenext.com [twitter] @tonypittman