Geek Tech Live 75 Gears of War 2, Iphone 4.0 and Android Chevy Volt app?

Welcome again to Geek Tech Live where “you get two servings of Geek Twice a week!”

in this episode:

  • Gears of War 2 Update lots of new stuff
  • Iphone 4.0 SDK is released
  • Android app for the Chevy Volt? Awesome!

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Gears of War 2 Update… lots of new stuff

If you are a fan of Gears of War 2 you are going to love this latest update. This latest update is actually number 6 in the continuing awesomeness that is Gears of War 2 ( GOW2) . Gamers rejoice! here are some of the highlights of the release notes found on EpicGames.com GOW2 site.

  • The update adds a new public multiplayer match option called Social Xbox LIVE (aka player matches), open to anyone who owns all downloadable maps (that is, All Fronts Collection).
  • You can join Social Matches in progress and can quit any time without penalty, although players who quit a match early don’t receive earned experience (XP) from that match.
  • Adds the ability to join Horde sessions that are in progress.
    • In Social Horde, you can join a session in progress through matchmaking and you are able to continue your session from the last wave you failed without starting over.
    • In Ranked Horde, you can join a session in progress only through invites.
    • If you join a session in progress, at the end of the session you receive the score you achieved during the time you spent in the session.
    • Improves the precision of weapon selection using the D-pad.
    • Improves client-side hit detection for ballistic weapons.

And a whole host of Exploit fixes are also packaged in the Title update 6 . The whole update will be released in a few weeks so dont fret its on its way soon.

Iphone 4.0 Beta SDK is released again

Yup you guess it had to come sooner or later. the IPhone SDK is finally here for download for developers.  Apple released yet one more Beta to developers.  This is the Fourth Beta so far and only for the Eyes of Apple Developers. if you didnt fork over the cash to make Iphone apps you are gonna have to wait a bit longer or find a friend who did spent the tidy sum to become a developer. Based on the history of Apple Betas a final build will be nearing soon. What does this all mean for you and me? well not much other than a glimpse that Apple is gearing up for the 4.0 OS and eventual Iphone Roll out very soon. it will be interesting to see how much makes it in to the final design and build with all the Boozing and losing of Devices that has been going on. Stay tuned for more information.

Android app for the Chevy Volt? Awesome!

Yeah, you heard me right. if you have a Chevy Volt electric car and an Android phone you can do a whole host of things like Setting the Charging schedule or check its trip history to even just honking the horn. Chevy just announced google Maps integration with the Volt in the second iteration of the Android App later this year. Android is getting a lot of cool new hooks I must say and this is pretty cool at that.  the Google Maps integration is suppsed to be able to find your car in a parking lot, tell a friend in a chevy Volt where you are to pick you up and setting locations on your phone that become destinations for your car GPS.  The Volt and app will be rolling out later this year with hopefully all the above coolness.

And that is it for this midweek edition of Geek Tech Live. I have been Chris, and you have been the Audience…. Don’t forget ,You can find me on Twitter and Facebook .

Geek Tech Live 71 Gimmie my Boxee Box, Frindie me and Tatmash.com

In this episode I talk about:

  • Boxee.tv brings a box of boxiness.
  • Frindie tells you who is listening to backstreet boys on Twitter.
  • TatMash lets you get that unicorn tat without shame or retribution.

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Boxee Box is Coming!

Boxee BoxOh yes. if you are at all familiar with streaming media over the network from Hulu or Netflix you are gonna love this. Up until now Boxee.tv had just a small download that turned your PC or Mac or even Apple TV into a streamin media magnet. But in Quarter 2 of 2010 Boxee will be unveiling the Boxee Box the single most coolest hardware device since the Roku was made available to the masses a few years ago. I loved my Roku and i still have it and use it today. Boxee box seems to take it to the next level though. Here are the basic specs:

  • HDMI
  • Optical Audio
  • RCA Stereo Audio
  • WiFi (802.11n)
  • Ethernet
  • 2 USB Ports
  • SD Card Slot
  • RF Remote
  • QWERTY Keyboard

The remote with the QWERTY keyboard built in really is cool and the design of the Boxee Box is slick as well. If I can get my hands on a demo model for review I will definitely let you all know what I think. Until that happens we all have to wait for a few more months before we can buy one. No price as far as I can see has been decided on for the Boxee Box. I sure hope its as affordable as it is awesome looking.

TheIndie.biz Launches Frindie, A Social Music Application for everyone

theindie.biz FrindieTheIndie.biz Launched a new Social media experience that will allow you to enhance your music listening by finding out what their friends on major social media networks are listening to or buying to listen to. Facebook,Google,Myspace and Twitter are all covered a well as Yahoo, Bebo and Friendfeed.  The Frindie application is a tool that hooks into these social media avenues and will allow with just one click of a button the ability to view how many and of which of their friends listened to, bought, shared etc.. a particular song.  This spin on this one is that its not a bunch of strangers telling you what they like this is your friends that are letting you into the inside scoop on their listening habits, likes and dislikes.  The cool thing with Frindie is that it allows bands as well as fans to fully maximize the social networking experience. This tool will help people find new and interesting music to listen to. What better way to find music you will like and the likelihood of music you will like if you are getting those listening recommendations from your own circle of friends? I would say you are looking at a definitely cool new tool for finding and expanding your current music likes.  On top of all this sharing Frindie will also let you search for music based on the standard Categories and Groups  as well. Maybe, you will even make some new musical friends along the way and that is never a bad thing. To quote the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation “Share and Enjoy!”.

TatMash.com Allows you to try out the Tat before you buy the ink.

tatmash.comSo, here is an interesting concept.  You think to yourself, man I wish I had a cool Tattoo but what shoudl I get? and If I do choose that  twelve in tall papa Smurf on my chest, what will it really look like? Well, now you can get the ink with no remorse and no retribution from friends by heading over to Tatmash.com. Tatmash.com now has an online tool that will allow you to pick a spot that you would like to have a tattoo on and then choose from a multitude of designs to apply to the area.  All this can be done with no needles no ink and a lot less alcohol, ok well you can still have the alcohol but in the end when you wake up the next day instead of a regret you will have a cool picture of you sporting a tattoo that you luckily didn’t get.  For the rest of you TatMash.com is a great way to plan ahead for your next design. figure out if things look good before you go to the artist and even print out your thoughts to take with you to the shop. All in all its a very cool idea and definitely made me ask “Why didn’t I think of that?!?”. So check out Tatmash.com and give yourself and your loved ones some ink!.

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Geek Tech Live 70 DvdFab 7.x takes on Avatar BD+, Become Iron Man and be my Twiend?

Welcome to Episode 70 of Geek Tech Live! in this episode I am going to chat about:

  • DVDFab 7.x gets released the same day as Avatar and the new BD+ … coincedence? I thinks not!
  • Wanna be Iron Man? well UK Iron Man 2 site will let you
  • Twiends builds twitter communities with some incentives

DVDFab 7.x is released on the same day at Avatar on Blu-ray with stronger BD+ and defeats it!

Avatar was released on April 23rd and on the Same day DVDFab 7.x was released to allow you to back that disk up! DVDFab 7.x will automatically support the newer BD+ security because DVD Fab uses web services to support BD+ on the server side of things so you get the support without having to update the software! everyone wins! Making backups of your movies saves you the cost of having to buy another disk after your dog decides its a great chew toy. trust me on that.

Even if your last name isn’t Stark you can still be Iron Man

The UK Iron Man 2 site has out done themselves this time.  If youc ant wait until the movie comes out or just want to impress your friends and tell them you might be related to Tony Stark from an unknown relative this is the site. After you download a small add on for Mac or PC you turn on your web cam and  Iron Man or War Machine can be your face. I just love these types of sites. its a great way to play around and pretend to be Iron Man or whoever the Augmented Reality persona is. The fact that it is Iron Man just seals the deal for me. The only other cool one I would love to see is a Spider-Man AR website. That would be awesome! and come to think of it. did James Cameron miss out on this? I don’t remember any Avatar Augmented reality websites out there when the movie hit theaters. I cant believe Mr Cameron didn’t want to do this. UberGizmo.com has a great write of the site as well so don’t take my word for it read UberGizmo’s post

Will you be My Twiend?

Yes I said be my “Twiend”. Twiends.com is a Social Media Community building application. its based on the credit and incentive system at its heart. You buy credits and then when people follow you they get a certain number of credits to their name. the more credits they have then means more people will follow them and get those credits passed down to them and so on, and so on. You dont need to buy any credits so don’t put this off because of the nature of my last sentence.  Twiends will give you intros for free but credits will speed up the process. The more credits you have though the more exposure you get on the site and of course that should translate into more followers on twitter. They have a ranking system to tell you if you share interests or share some of the same followers. Its all very intuitive and easy to learn and use. Head on over to Twiends.com and see for yourself. In my opinion this is a neat little idea and definitely will build little communities and build twitter audiences and your reach into the twitterverse.

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iPad and I are BFFs! yay!

Ok, so four of us went to lunch today.The three of us were tagging along to play at the apple store while the fourth was getting an iPad case. Well the first to fall was Mike, his birthday is next month and he is already a Mac guy so it was really not too big a surprise. My birthday is in 13 days and as Mike was finishing up his purchase the lady asked me if I had any questions. I looked at her and said “umm… Ok set me up like Mike”
And the rest is history.
So my take of the iPad in the last 3 hours? Here it goes:
Its actually pretty cool. It definitely is a niche machine. I have tried out plants vs zombies HD which is formatted to the iPad as well as marvel comics. Both are amazing. The non iPad formatted apps are definitely lacking in resolution if you ask me. My Twitter app twitterlator pro has not been formatted for iPad and so definitely looks either small or grainy if I press the 2x button.

Setup was easy. I plugged in my iPhone and made a backup and then turned on and plugged in the iPad. After choosing to register the iPad I was asked if I wanted to restore my apps from my last iPhone backup. I did that to see what my iPhone apps would look like. Frankly, most iPhone apps just don’t have the resolution to pull off the 2x button if you ask me and look like crap. Let’s hope that apps like Facebook, mashable and Twitter apps like twitterlator pro get updates soon.
The iBook reader is very easy to use and prices seem ok for digital book content. The “hitchhikers guide to the galaxy” isn’t available yet but I won’t hold it against them.
After messing around with netflix (which by the way rocks!) and all the other apps I mentioned I a, still at 83% battery. I am even typing this using the wordpress app that HAS been updated for the iPad.

So, my take so far… Fun, useful for what I want to do and very speedy. 4 out of 5 for me right now. I will blog more about this after i get more air time in on the device and i will let you know.

See you all soon!

Chris