Geek Tech Live 73 Learn Android, Archos 7 Android device, AR by Tagwhat and Apture WordPress Plugin

Welcome to Episode 73 of Geek Tech Live! In this episode I talk about

  • Archos 7 Android powered  Tablet
  • Augmented Relality for Android by Tagwhat service
  • Learn Android Development at home with EduMobile.org
  • My Favorite WordPress Plugin. Apture!

The Archos 7 Android Powered Tablet is finally here.

So, If you were a hold out and Said ” I dont want an Ipad, Android is for me” well your wait is over. The ARchos 7 is here and it is bringin a big game changer to the tablet market. Not only is it Android powered but it also is priced at half the cost of a similarly decked out Ipad.  Here are the Specs:

Up to 44 hours of Music playback, weighing in at 0.8 pounds and equipped with 8GB of Flash Memory. It comes pre-installed with a few apps like Aldiko for book reading, eBuddy for IM and DailyPaper. It’s only Wi-Fi but the price cant be beat at $199.99! The Archos 7 also has USB ports for syncing with other devices. You can now Pre-order the device at Amazon right now! Click here to get your Pre-Order on!

Augmented Reality App by TagWhat Service

TagWhat is a new Service that is now Available for Android ( and IPhone) that will take your social Networking to a new level.

In essence TagWhat will take your current Social networking apps like Foursquare, etc.. and wrap them in a nice Augmented Reality blanket all snugly and warm. Users can show the location they are at and then post snippets of their thoughts about that location. When you look at a view of a street where someone has posted that snippet TagWhat then overlays that information in an augmented reality view. pretty awesome really. Augmented Reality is still very new and it will definitely need some on-boarding by larger audiences to really catch on but this is definitely a great step in the right direction. Retailers are looking at Augmented Reality as a way to leverage more sales as they can post sales of their products and even prices updated immeditely online. You could walk past a clothe store and find out if jeans were on sale and possibly even search inventory to see if they had your size in stock. All without even walking in the front door! Now that is pretty cool!

Learn Android Development At home with EDUmobile.org

If you now have the Bug to write your own Android app but dont have the time to go back to school or Take night classes then EDUmobile.org may be your ticket to success! EDU Mobile released a press release recently stating the following:

“EDUmobile.ORG has launched their Android Development Training Program that teaches candidates via Online Video, One-on-One sessions and Weekly Worksheets. The course teaches Android development from start to finish over a 10 week period. Candidates may learn at home at a time convenient to them. Android offering has been introduced by EDUmobile after having launched their flagship and very popular iPhone Training Course – which has successfully taught over 200 candidates.”

Head on over to EDUmobile.org and check out their class schedule for more information. You may just be the next Millionaire App maker!

My Favorite new Plug-in, Apture for WordPress and other Blogs too!

I came across Apture for my Blog GeekTechLive.com while on Danny Browns Website. He uses it there and actually just posted a blog entry on his favorite WordPress Plug-ins.  Apture is just extremely easy to use and very cool to see in action.  I can link things like my Twitter stream and if you click on that link it will take you to Twitter.com but if you hover over the little icon next to it you will see my actual twitter updates pop up in a little window. How cool is that! now you can check my updates and not have to leave GeekTechLive.com.  Oh, and the bar you see at the top of my Blog as you scroll? yes that is Apture too! you can share anything you see on my site now very easily by just using those links I am providing to you via Apture. If you have a Blog I highly recommend taking a look at Apture. it really is very slick.

Well, Thats it for this episode of Geek Tech Live. I can be found on Facebook , I have a fan page on Facebook as well and you can Like me by using the “like” button in the sidebar to the right. Oh, and Like I said before , I am on Twitter as well . Talk to you all soon!

HP Slate takes swing at Ipad

hp slate tablet

hp slate tablet
HP Slate tablet IPad Killer?

Today the HP Slate Demo Video ended up at Engadget as well as Mashable.com. So, my take on this is that HP is now trying to take some of the wind out of the sails of the IPad. It obviously is trying to use the Fervor over the IPad as well as some peoples dislike over Apple’s latest tech offering to shed some interest their way.

The HP Slate is bringing its A game to the show with its fully decked out specs:

The Base Spec HP Slate will have 32GB of Storage and sell for $549.00 . Other notable stats are 1 GB of RAM, a  1.6Ghz Processor using Atom and the screen comes in at 8.9 Inches with Multitouch ability. The Screen resolution will be 1024 x 600. There will also be a 64GB version as well.

So all in all not a bad little device. price point is still in the ballpark to compete with the IPad as well as all the other Slates, or tablets yet to be announced. ( you heard me MS! ). I would welcome any HP rep that would give me the opportunity to review the Slate and let me write a post about it.

On the Same track as the Tablet PC market:

I had the opportunity to ask Microsoft for any news concerning the Upcoming Courier. and I got the following boilerplate response:

In regards to your Courier request, please refer to the following statement, attributable to a Microsoft spokesperson:

While it is in Microsoft’s DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity, we have no product announcements around this topic today.

–          Microsoft spokesperson

wonderful.. thanks I think?

So,  What do you think of the HP Slate? Ipad Killer?

Geek Tech Live Ep 64 Ipad Marvel.com WordPress and App Demos

Welcome Again to Episode 64 of Geek Tech Live for the Week of April 4th. I am your Host Chris Favero.

In this episode of Geek Tech Live I talk about:

  • Ipad Gets released huzzah!
  • WordPress 3.0 Beta
  • Easy way to preview an App for the IPhone
  • Marvel on the IPad

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Introspective on the IPad!

hhgttg Ipad

I go into detail on the IPad and my thoughts on the release day as well as make a startling discovery about myself. Listen in on my own internal debate. How Close is the Ipad to Douglas Adams “Hitchhikers Guide” and more.

WordPress 3.0 Beta

I blogged about the WordPress 3.0 Beta release a day ago and now I talk about the pros and Cons of the WordPress Multi User addition and compare it to Dot Net Nuke (DNN). Full URL to Post here: http://geektechlive.com/2010/04/wordpress-3-0-beta-released/

Easy Way to preiew an IPhone and soon Ipad App.

I you are like me you scrutinize every Iphone purchase since those 99 cent charges can add up. Well, now you can have someone else spend their money and tell you what the app REALLY does before you buy it.  My Blog Article at geektechlive.com tells you all the nitty gritty as well as the link to http://iphoneappdemos.tv/

Make mine Marvel Ipad?Maybe Not.

Every since Marvel was bought out by Disney I have been keeping my eye on them before they turn into the Multiheaded Hydra that is Disney. I assume it starts with some sort of Bite like a Vampire then Disneys Fangs slowly drain the life force from their intended victims replacing it with unicorns and rainbows and incessant looping music on how its a very small world after all.

OK, Initial speculation by me in a blog post, on the IPad having Marvel Comics on it may have been a bit too soon. I dive back into the dark recesses of my brain to talk about the evolution of the Comic and how the IPad could kill off Comic books… the real tangible paper comics that I know and love and collect.

OK, that is all everyone. Have a happy Week and I will see you soon. Catch me on Twitter @Geektechlive or Facebook!

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Marvel on the IPad… Awesomeness ensues

BoingBoing.com has leaked an awesome posting with lots of pictures  detailing that Marvel has, and will Launch an IPad app for reading comics. I am very excited about this as I have been saying  for awhile that the Ipad seems to be an excellent reading device.  Just recently a College has committed to giving every student an Ipad with their text books available for download.  its a very interesting concept.

Speaking of books, I was reading a Time.com Article on the review of the Ipad and it made references to Douglas Adams and his Wonderful “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” novels.I am a huge Fan of Douglas Adams work  (R.I.P. Douglas) and I miss his writing style a lot.

It suddenly struck me as I was reading the article that this really IS the closest we have come to an actual hand-held  “Guide”. and as the writer of the article pointed out.  the Sad Truth is that Douglas is not here to witness it.

That all being said,  BoingBoing.com’s Marvel Posting can be read here in its entirety.

The very cool Thing about the Boingboing.com article is they even took the time to record video of someone ( presumably Xeni Jardin ) using the actual app and showing off the features.

Man, does it look cool!

So,  not only did they make the IPad functional they made it Marvel (ous) too. 😉