Geek Tech Live Ep 48 Nook Fail Steve Jobs Islate foursquare and Gowzilla plus viewer mail


Welcome to the post Christmas Geek Tech live Spectacular! Episode 48 for December 26th!

Barnes and Noble Nook EPIC FAIL!!!

Barnes and Noble Nook

So Lets start out with our Epic Fail of the Week the  Barnes and Noble Nook.  I am not a media Mogul, obviously since I am not on network TV nor am I even working for the hallowed Revision3 or G4tv or mashable.com. being that as it may I still know one or two things not to do when creating something new and giving it out to customers…. makes sure it can handle the traffic if it becomes an overnight sensation. You only get one shot at this especially when you are talking about going up against the kindle. but it appears a surge of download requests over the 25th jammed the B&N net tubes and left Nook users high and dry with nothing to read… All attempts at downloading an ebook on the 25th  , even by those who got their Nook early,  were greeted with a “Queued: Will complete shortly” message. Not cool. Barnes and Noble.. Hear this well. consumers arrant going to stand for this. in this economy of 5 seconds of fame and rapid fire news and information. people are not going to be “ok” with this level of service. I was almost going to get a Nook…. now I am going to wait and see if Barnes and Noble can not only rectify this sufficiently but also keep things on a steadily improving course.  On Christmas Day you don’t want your precious new Gadget to not work. especially if its not a lack of batteries but a lack of servers at the manufacturers that are able to send you your 1’s and 0’s so you can read your book.  wow…. Epic fail at an Epic Date ( at least in the states ).

ISlate, ITablet… I Claudius?!?!?

Steve Jobs Islate Itablet apple

Lets move on to a more happier moment in time… say January 26th? are you free? I hope you are because we all have a date with Destiny! the Apple tablet, or cure for cancer or something even cooler will be announced by apple January 26th!  Steve Jobs is soo excited and happy he only took a salary of one US dollar. ok we all know that this is just a nicety as he is making a lot more cash by just being Steve Jobs but if you listen to the song being played I would say we are coming to the bridge and its going to be a solo of Epic proportions… and not in a Fail way.

The big rumor right now is this whole new Domain name that cropped up called Islate.com that was bought by Apple in october. rumor has it the tablet is the slate and the slate is the tablet… and the worm is the spice of course! what this all means to you and me is apple is again working the smoke and mirrors machine and is going to try to use misdirection again to in the end show us exactly what they are planning. either way even if you know whats coming it will be pretty cool to see it unveiled …finally.  the Media event as I said will be held on January 26th at the San Francisco  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  rumors again here but Apple rented a stage at the Gardens and is expected to use this venue to announce a new product.  of course Apple and the Yerba Buena Gardens failed to comment on those rumors.  Wouldn’t you be surprised if they said..  “oh that? yeah we are going to showcase a new device the Islate… we bought that URL and then the Jobman is going to walk on water..  its gonna be a great party..” yeah… I don’t think they are going to be anything less than tight lipped about this until it happens. My only complaint is that I am stuck in the Midwest with no way of getting to the event… of course I also have not been invited either but that is just a small hurdle to jump.

FastMall.com

FastMall.com

From epic Fail to Epic possible Win and now to an Iphone app for cruising the mall…. FastMall. This little app came across my attention lasers  while perusing Prweb.com.  the Tagline for this iapp is the following … and I quote

” For millions of mall shoppers finding a desired store, restaurant or restroom from a directory kiosk can be nearly impossible and terribly frustrating. Multiple levels, ever-changing retailers and crowds of people can all add up to making mall shopping much more difficult than it’s worth. ”

Now I don’t know about you but I don’t really get lost in malls that often… of course I don’t go to the Mall of Merica either and that mall I bet I could get lost in. Fastmall has over 30,00 unique stores and more than 250,000 stores overall. the database holds approximately 1250 Malls currently as news ones are being added on a weekly basis. you an even request a mall to be added by emailing fastmall.com via email. Now I guess there are times you may need this. but here is where my interest fails on this app… the app itself is free but the maps range from 99 cents to 2.99. this just doesn’t seem like a good pricing scheme as for me personally i know the malls I live near pretty well and if I just take the time to walk them once I will uncover any new shops that open with very little effort. This app isn’t for me but if what I said sounds interesting take a gander at the app store or For more information, visit www.FastMall.com Or go directly to iTunes and download FastMall now: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fastmall/id340656157?mt=8

Foursquare vs Gowalla!

Foursquare or Gowalla, isn’t that the eternal question? well now mashable.com has chimed in on the location based game,social network, game app. these apps allow you to find and connect with friends and then shout out locations via the app to show where you have been and garner prizes like badges or pins for accomplishing stuff. create to-do lists for friends. Mashable.com has a great article doing a face to face drag down, no holds barred tag team cage match to show you the differences and which you should choose.
And for me I chose Foursquare since I had seen some recent tweets that were geotagged and were from people using foursquare in my city. Alas, if you are like me. non of my friends on my address book or on face book or following me on twitter were actually using foursquare. so for me the app is a bust as it doesn’t help me in the slightest. now if you have a group of people using either of these apps the possibilities are endless.  I will post a link to the foursquare vs Gowalla image breakdown list in the show notes. but if you are interested… find the one that your friends do and join in the fun!

Foursquare vs Gowalla features

Listener Email!

So we have an actual email from a listener slash fan of the show!!  Mark  F. Kofwards of Maryland writes:

” I have been a loyal listener for a while now, how do you get your reviews and can I request stuff to talk about or review?”

Mark,

First of all thanks for writing in!! you are number one extra awesome first writer! that aside. if you have any tech you would like reviewed or if you are in a PR firm or know someone who can get me a lead on any technology revews please just email me at review@geektechlive.com . Even if you just want to drop me a note and request something to get on the show I will air your letters as well as answer them!

Thanks for the question!  I am actually toying with a discussion board for geek tech live.  I am currently  on Facebook.com at http://www.facebook.com/Geektechlive . join me there for all my tweets and be my friend… wont you be my friend? please?

I am of course on Twitter as well! Follow me @geektechlive

This brings us to the end of another Geek Tech Live show! I would like to thank all the loyal listeners for making 2009 a great year… Year of the Geek! My next  Show will be coming from the Future! January 2010 ! see you then everyone! bye for now!

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

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! 🙂