Geek Tech Live 94 Netflix Streaming Costs, Best Buy buys used games, Canon 60D and Shinylines giveaway

This is Chris your host and Welcome again to Geek Tech Live “Now with 20% more Geekery”

In this episode :

  • Netflix would rather stream than mail
  • Best Buy now taking game trade ins.
  • Canon Announces the 60D take better pictures
  • Geek Tech Live and Shiny Lines? Geek Tech Meets Geek Jewelry.

Grab a Coffee, Jump on that Treadmill and turn up the volume! Its time for Geek Tech Live!

Netflix would rather stream than mail

Netflix claims that it only costs them 3 cents for standard movies and 5 cents for HD content. That is ten times cheaper than mailing the same physical disks to you via snail mail.  I think from what I have read you are going to see a much more concentrated effort to stream as much content as Netflix can. I also think edgecaching mega giant Akamai will be helping to do the heaving lifting for Netflix as we see them start focusing on Streaming technology and quality of services to their customers.. like me.

via hackingnetflix by way of businesweek

Best Buy now taking game trade ins.

Ditch those old worn out games! If you are like me you probably buy some games that are one trick ponies. I have a good handful of games I probably will be very unlikely to ever start up again since there are always new games coming out to keep me busy.

Below is the full press release for this outstanding choice of how to get your game on. thanks Best Buy

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gaming enthusiasts nationwide now have more reasons to shop Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) as their gaming destination. Launching in close to 600 Best Buy stores this week, with additional stores to soon follow, the new Best Buy Trade-In program offers customers an opportunity to sell pre-owned video games. To celebrate the new offering, customers who trade in their games beginning this Sunday, August 29, will receive an additional $20 Best Buy Gift Card on top of the trade-in value on more than 100 popular titles.

“The expansion of our trade-in program reaffirms our commitment to consistently pursue new ways to bring a better gaming experience to consumers”
“The expansion of our trade-in program reaffirms our commitment to consistently pursue new ways to bring a better gaming experience to consumers,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager for the home entertainment group at Best Buy. “Fall marks the launch of several highly-anticipated gaming titles and new technology, and we’re thrilled to provide gamers with innovative ways to connect with the games they love.”

Consumers can now bring their previously played video games into Best Buy and trade them for an instant Best Buy gift card to use for purchasing anything in the store, including any game or gaming accessory. Soon, they will be able to purchase a pre-owned game as well.

Those who take advantage of the new Trade-In program in store can visit the Customer Service desk, or in select locations a dedicated Trade-In desk within the gaming department, to turn in their games. Best Buy will continue to offer a similar program online at BestBuy.com that enables customers to get estimates for their games, mail them in for free and receive a Best Buy gift card 7-14 days later. Trade-In prices in-store will match the prices shown online.

For more information on Trade-In at Best Buy and to locate a store currently participating in the program, visit www.bestbuy.com/gametradein. Stay connected to Best Buy Gaming via Twitter and Facebook at Twitter.com/RZGamersClub and Facebook.com/BestBuyGaming.

About Best Buy Co., Inc.

With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Mexico and Turkey, Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. The Best Buy family of brands and partnerships collectively generates more than $49 billion in annual revenue and includes brands such as Best Buy; Best Buy Mobile; Audiovisions; The Carphone Warehouse; Future Shop; Geek Squad, Jiangsu Five Star; Magnolia Audio Video; Napster; Pacific Sales; and The Phone House. Approximately 180,000 employees apply their talents to help bring the benefits of these brands to life for customers through retail locations, multiple call centers and Web sites, in-home solutions, product delivery and activities in our communities. Community partnership is central to the way we do business at Best Buy. In fiscal 2010, we donated a combined $25.2 million to improve the vitality of the communities where our employees and customers live and work.

Canon Announces the 60D Oooh Shiny!

Most of you may already know this but I went to art school before I ended up in Information Technology. I originally majored in Photography and Industrial Design. That doesnt make me an expert but it does make me a lover of Photography and the devices that allow me to take photos.

The device itself cant make you a pro, but they can definitely help get you part of the ways. I am a firm believer in “the right tool for the right job” and I will say right now that I do fall in the Canon Camp rather than Nikon so i do harbor a slight bias to this new EOS 60D from Canon.

I currently am the proud owner of a Canon EOS 7D and I love it. Pictures I took at Comic Con 2010 were all shot with my 7D and developed with Lightroom 3.  This newest addition to the Canon lineup is a great Prosumer addition.

The new Canon EOS 60D features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor that — thanks in part to its DIGIC 4 image processor — can deliver up to 58 large JPEGs (or 16 RAW files) at burst-rates of up to 5.3 frames-per-second. As for HD Video, the EOS 60D is equally adept, and can capture 1080p HD video @ 30f/p/s with sound leveling adjustments, manual focus control, expanded recording, Movie Crop recording in 640×480, and an external IN microphone port for plugging in external mics for improved sound quality.

via PR NewsWire in Association with B&H photo video

Geek Tech Live and Shiny Lines? Geek Tech Meets Geek Jewelry.

You want a Green power ring? Well, now you can win one! If you dont win you can still get one at Shinylines.com though. Shinylines.com teamed up with me to be able to give away 1 prize away every 4 days. We call it the 12 days of geekery. Head on over to my post to find out how to enter to win!

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Well, that is it for this episode of Geek Tech Live. I have been Chris and you have been the audience. You can find me on Twitter and on Facebook and while you are at it. Subscribe to my RSS feed or better yet Subscribe to my email updates! I promise no spam just Geeky Goodness!  Just sign up for email alerts via Google Feedburner.  Type in your email address in the box on Geektechlive.com in the right hand pane and click submit! You will be emailed the full Podcast with all the links to the mp3 and news you know and trust from me.

ShinyLines 12 Days of Geekness Jewelry Giveaway Extravaganza!

Greetings Programs!

As I have said in a previous blog post, I want to use GeekTechLive.com to give back to the Geek community. Part of that giving back is introducing you all to some fantastic small businesses that uphold the Geek Cred I have been going on about for a little while now. And nothing says Geek better than ShinyLines Jewelry and TShirts over at Shinylines.com.  Take a look below at some of the new Geeky items being offered by ShinyLines on their site.

OK, so on to the giveaway.  ShinyLines.com has upped the ante and will be giving away three (3) total prizes in this contest to three lucky people!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shiny Lines for donating the three Items below to giveaway to three very lucky people.

Ears to you!

First up , you all know what an emoticon is… well feast your eyes on The Ultimate Earmoticon! One lucky winner will win a pair of these fantastically awesome geeky earrings from Shinylines. These earrings are a brand new offering from ShinyLines and are sure to make any evening out an evening to remember. Show your Geek Cred and wear these everywhere!

ShinyLines Earmoticon earrings Four New Earmoticons Earrings – there are 4 pairs (8 earrings total) but image just shows one of each GeekEmotion : knocked out/dead, surprised/confused, angry/frustrated, happy/blissful

Power up with the New Green PowerRing in Matte or Oooh! Shiny!

ShinyLines is also offering one of the never before seen and just released Green Power Ring in your choice of Matte or Glossy (or as I call it… Oooh SHINY!!) finish.

ShinyLines have been asked for quite some time to make a green power ring to complete the whole set of power rings in their Powerline line of rings. They have been listening to your requests and have released the awesome power of the Green PowerRing to you!

I will also be giving away one of these rings to one very lucky winner. I almost wish I could enter to win myself. These rings ooze with Geek Cred and any Real Geek (Girl or Guy) is sure to want to own one or get their Geek Card revoked!

And Finally, Your choice of a ShinyLines Tshirt

The final giveaway of this Epic Contest is winners choice of a ShinyLines Tshirt. Shiny Lines has some fantastic designs in their arsenal of Wearable Geekitude.

From funny to full on Geeky they have it all. Shirt lines offered are Mens and Unisex, Women and even Geeky infants and toddlers!

If you enter and win the Tshirt drawing you can choose from any Shiny lines Tshirt they make and there are hundreds. So, while you are waiting to win your Tshirt, why not mosey on over to Shinylines.com and Check out the full line of shirts here. Seriously, I doubt that you will only find one design you want, and If you cant find something you like, well then you are probably a Zombie and are not eligible to play this contest in the first place. so go find some brains and let the living get on with the winning! Go on then!

Welcome to the 12 Days of Geekness and here is how you can win.

ShinyLines and I are calling this the 12 days of Geekness. Win 1 item every 4 days starting riiight.. now! Leave a comment below on this post with your Name, URL ( if you have one) and your email address… thats it. I will be picking winners by Random drawing at 8pm CST on August 26th, August 30th, and Sept 4th for each of these fantastic prizes. The prizes will be given out in the order of their list on this page:

  • August 26th will be for a pair of Earmoticon earrings.
  • August 30th I will be drawing a commenter to win the Green Power Ring.
  • Sept. 4th I will draw the final comment for the winners choice of Tshirt.

You only need to leave a comment once and you are entered to win in each phase of the drawing. Previous winners will be removed from the drawing, so you can only win once. sorry, I mean c’mon… spread the luv I say.

Good luck everyone and may the luckiest commenter win!!

ShinyLines can be found at the following Destinations on teh Interwebs:

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 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!