Geek Tech Live Ep 47 360 news XPERIA X10 RIM and Part 2 of podcasting series

This week on Geek Tech Live episode 47:

  • 360 News launches Free Iphone App for citizen journalists
  • Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 going to TMobile
  • Research in Motion slam dunks Q3 up 59%
  • Part 2 of my How To podcasting series. “so you really wanna be a podcaster?”

so I was browsing thru PRweb news articles and this one really stood out. I was like huh?? whaaa? awesome!

Ever out at a pub and notice the premier of china stroll in for a Guinness? well now you can tell the world! immediately! Huzzah!

News from Silicon Valley, SachManya LLC publisher of 360Newslive.com and 360ne.ws citizen journalism websites announced today immediate and free access to their first Iphone app called 360 News. this new app allows citizens like you and me report up to the minute news as it happens directly from their Iphones. wow!
It tracks GPS coordinates, Date and time is inserted automatically, and photo and videos can be uploaded right on the spot. the 360 distribution service takes it from there and submits it to Twitter®, Facebook®, Youtube®, CNN iReport®, Yahoo/Reuters You Witness News®, MSNBC and more. all without joe journalist lifting a finger!
If you are searching news the app also delivers location based news targeted for your location again using the internal GPS location of your phone.  you can bets this app is pretty robust since the parent company of 360news SachManya LLC develops and markets mobile applications  and is based in Silicon  Valley. You remember silicon valley? thats where all the computers come from before the bubble burst.

Well at any rate the tag for the app is the following : “360News is all about mobilizing the user-generated news creation and sharing it with the rest of the world in the fastest and easiest manner”

in other news,

taking back seat to the crazy town that was the buzz of the google nexus one phone it looks like the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is headed to Tmobile now. There was a report that the users manual for said Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 was leaked “accidentally” by the FCC… oh you FCC you loony bunch you! on an short article on Boy Genius report they state to look at page three where you can see the 3G bands that will be used on the phone. those bands…. drum roll… are known far and wide as T-Mobile AWS 3G bands! so ther you have it. unless something changes.. Tmobile the big T , Mr T phone will be getting the EPERIA X10. yay!

And finally,

Everyone knows, or maybe they don’t that I was a HUGE Blackberry fanboy for many year before the Iphone a came and stole my inner circuitry of a heart. that said I still look fondly at RIM and keep up with my first love… you never forget your first love. Speaking of Love Research in Motion executive board must be loving the fact that they sold 10 Million blackberries in Q3 breaking their previous record the quarter before.  80% of threes new phones were to non corporate entities. what does this mean? for you and me it means that RIM is starting to win over the consumer and prosumer markets which are still dominated by the Iphone and its ilk. to put all these numbers in perspective. Iphone sold 7.4 Million phones this last quarter so its a close race but RIM beat Apple by 2.6 Million phones and that is really not a small number.
Its a good end to a good year for Cellphones at any rate.

Part 2 of ” so you really wanna be a podcaster”  will dive into the next steps… so you got a name and a URL, you picked a topic you love, and now where do you go? PArt 2 will go into hosting your site… where and how and is it free, all of that and more in episode 47 Of Geek tech live

 

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Geek Tech Live Ep 46 Nexus ONE Google Facebook and video on Iphone 3G

This Week on Geek Tech Live: Episode 46

Google and Facebook launch URL shorteners into the fray,
Apple allows Iphone 3G owners to record video with some interesting outcomes
and Google Unveils the Nexus ONE gsm phone brining some hurt to the Iphone? lets find out.

Welcome Back everyone! I am Chris Favero your host and this is Geek Tech Live Episode 46!

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Ok So right, lets start at the big deal that hit the inter-tubes December 14th. Twitter was all a flutter today with news of the much awaited ,star trek referenced Google Nexus ONE phone. Lots of info is floating around and so far we know a few tidbits from multiple sites like engadget and techcrunch.com . We know it will be gsm.. from photos we can see it has Wifi, the phone has a QR code on it? not sure why but it does. updated OS has 3d features in it  mute and lock screens are similar to Android 2.0.1.  there is a grid icon at the bottom of the screen that opens a webOS style card view of all the home screen pages. the NExus one will have Google Navigation and Google Goggles which if you haven’t see the video of that in action you are missing out. One main thing to note is that nowhere on any of the pictures I have seen is it branded with HTC even though it really looks like the HTC Passion.  engadget has more info and boot up videos as well as links to google goggles and updates as they fly in.  Techcrunch.com stated the original pictures they got their hands on were from a san-fran blogger named Cory O’Brien who got his hands on one and got all tweeting crazy taking a pic of the phone for all the world to see. Cory had this to say on the Google Nexus ONE.
“Google Phone = Iphone+extra screen and a scroll wheel. great touch and Android”.

Below is a picture of the bad boy from engadget:

NEXUS ONE photo

here are some of the links to the articles I referenced:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/12/12/nexus-one-google-phone-picture/
http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/14/exclusive-first-google-phone-nexus-one-photos-android-2-1-on/

We here at GTL would love to get our hands on this phone and do a review before launch…. you hear me Google?! call me on Twitter! @geektechlive Do it!

So what do you think of the Google Nexus Phone? have we finally seen the face of the Iphone killer and its called Nexus? will next years model be called Nexus two? when they named it Nexus were they making a reference to Star Trek? will capt Kirk pop out of a phone and whoopee Goldberg try to get into one? who knows.  All I can say is its a slick phone and at first glance it really looks like it will give the Iphone a run for its money. Especially with the rumor of it being sold as an unlocked phone so you can just pick either T-mobile or AT&T . At least Google is giving  us the opportunity for choice.

Alright, I Am Nexusssussed out. lets move on to Another Google Topic as well as facebook. Both of these media giants are wanting to shorten your URLs. so does this matter? is Bit.ly worried? with the plethora of URL shorteners I just done understand why we would want any more. unless by using specific urls you gain anything like tracking information It seems like both facebook and google are a bit late to this party. Heck you can set up your own URL shortener using wordpress. I have done it and it was easy… and in the end I don’t use it since most of my mobile apps that I use shortening on only give me a small choice of providers. In the end they still all provide the same thing. they make URLs easier to manage. but thats about it if you ask me.

Ok so on to the Iphone 3G getting video recording.YAY!… NOT.

ustream for 3g

to be able to tell you why I am not impressed I need to also do a small App review for the UStream app called broadcaster that allows this to even happen on my archaic Iphone 3G. Now the actual Ustream app seems pretty darned cool I almost wanted to do a once a month Live Geek Tech Live podcast. that was until I used it on my IPhone. audio works cleanly on the 3G. and Ustream.com works flawless on Android phones as well as with standard webcams. But the Little Iphone that could Sadly cant. its very noticeable why Apple decided to not allow Video on the 3G and only allow it on the 3GS. the frame rate suffers and at times seems like one of them Olde time pre talky moving pictures. to get it even partially usable I had to drop my recording size down to 176×144 which is slightly but not really bigger than a postage stamp on my screen. And even then, video is choppy. now don’t get me wrong. it works and it records and it even records on an Old 3G. but the video from a 3G…. blows. its just horrible. I would love to use it but unless I am filming a geological event like two tectonic plates moving apart or a glacier whipping down a mountain at breakneck speeds its just not worth it to me. the upside of all this. the app is free and it works great on 3GS and other devices as well as online with plain old webcams.

There is a great article online at :http://foodao.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/ustream-live-broadcaster-iphone-app/

And that brings up to the end of another installment of Geek Tech Live. I am Chris Favero and this was Episode 46. If you liked what you heard tell your friends and don’t forget to tell me as well. I am on Twitter @Geektechlive and you can get this podcast directly on Itunes or at my two URLs of http://geektech.mevio.com/ and http://geektechlive.com See? I didn’t even use a Shortener there either. if you would like to have a gadget or topic talked about by me send an email to reviews@geektechlive.com

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Vtech IS9181 Wifi Radio player Rocks!

Ok I gotta get my hands on one of these Wifi Radio’s by Vtech. if you can get me the opportunity to review one please let me know.

specs are awesomeness wrapped in awesomeness with a side of cool!

from Vtechs IS9181 website site:

Features

  • Stream music across the 802.11 b/g WiFi network with “Best-in-Class” range. Broadband Internet service and a home WiFi network router are required
  • Listen to Internet radio from the available 11,000 stations with no monthly fee
  • Access Internet radio stations from our user-friendly online site or on the device itself
  • Play music from any audio device (i.e. CD player, MP3 player, etc)
  • Connect to any stereo system or powered speakers to access streaming Internet radio or music files stored on a PC or Mac
  • Built-in FM radio tuner for local FM broadcast service. Preset your favorite stations
  • Hi-Fidelity built-in 3W tuned stereo speakers and a 10W subwoofer with class D amplifier for each speaker that can fill any room with dynamic sound
  • Digital alarm clock radio-wake up to your favorite Internet or FM radio station or the internal buzzer.
  • Automatic clock set and adjustment via the Internet.
  • Battery-operated option allows you to take the device outside the home or office.
  • Convenient remote-browse, select and control your music from across the room using the remote control
  • Access local weather and 5-day forecast
  • Large full color display
  • Product dimensions: 6.3″ x 12.4″ x 3.5″
  • Giftbox weight: 4 lbs

Recording Light is on for GTL Episode 46 shhhhh

Coming up in this episode:

  • Google and Facebook want to shorten your URL’s
  • Apple Allows plain old 3G Iphones to record video.. yay?
  • Google Phone “nexus One” launches January 5th
  • Part 2 in series of  “So you really wanna be a podcaster?” ( and yes I moved the really around)

I would also like to say I have been doing a disservice to the listeners and downloaders by not fixing my show schedule. going forward the new schedule will be the following:

Recording Friday or Sat nights…

Upload new podcast on Sunday nights for the new week.

Episode 46 will be my last willy nilly upload. That way you can listen to me on your way into work on Monday morning… and who doesnt want to listen to me on a Monday Morning! 🙂