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 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 Ep 44 Sharkoon USB LanPort Twitter Augmented Reality Crutchfield mobile and Cliq firmware

Welcome back Geek Tech Live fans! hope you had a happy Black friday and Thanksgiving! so lets jump on it to the news and reviews you care about.

Sharkoon USB LanPort

sharkoon

Every find yourself needing either a bunch of USB sticks or even a hard drive just attached to the LAN? well wait no more! sharkoon has you covered! they are best known for their HDD docks but  now they have the Sharkoon USB LanPort whihch is a usb adapter that connects a usb port directly with a LAN making andy USBstorage device your own personal NAS drive! cool eh?  only available in europe but they are retailing at 22.99 Euros and 36.99 Euros for a 4 port model. check them out here

http://www.sharkoon.com/index_en.html

Twitter gets AR (augmented Reality) app! the apocolypse is here!!!!

Do you use twitter? do your friend tweet using geotagging? well now you can see  in real time exactly where they are tweeting from using augmented reality!

twitter augmented reality

pretty cool eh? its 3 bucks at the app store for Iphones but only 3GS as it needs the 3GS\’s compass to align things up correctly. definitely a cool little app. although i think it is pretty single tasker and if your friends dont geotag their tweets you dont see anything. 🙁

Crutchfield gets a Mobile site worthy of the electronics giant!

I like crutchfield. ever since I Was doing custom car stereos back in high school and college crutchfield was a great place to get good products for the average guy with some higher end stuff here and there. well now all you have to do is point your smart phone at crutchfield.com and it senses your smart phones presence and sends you to a mobile formatted site that really looks slick. you can outfit your car as well as purchase right on your phone! awesome!

PR release is found here for all the information!

here is a screen shot

crutchfield mobile

And finally Tmobile CLIQ gets a firmware Update

this update fixes a bunch of issues with battery life, touchscreen accuracy, and bluetooth. if you have a CLIQ and you havent yet. go get this firmware update now!

Engadget article details http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/01/t-mobile-pushing-cliq-firmware-update-today/

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Geek Tech Live 43 LHC back online Droid price drop more apple tablet rumors and the equalizer

Welcome to a smaller breaking news segment of Geek Tech Live Episode 43

Todays episode covers the following topics:

Large Hadron Collider pictures at the Big Picture.

Its probably not going to kill us all (yet) but who knows. While you are waiting for armageddon to arrive browse these amazing images from the boston.com picture section called the big picture. truly amazing and really is a beautiful machine…. even if it will create a super black hole that will swallow the earth and neighboring stars.

Gizmodo article on Nokia Droid Price Drop. Looks like the Droid is taking a cue from the Palm Pixi and dropping its price prior to black friday and the holidays. 199.99 nets you a brand new Droid with contract. not a bad deal if you were sitting on the fence for this one.

Nokia Droid price drop

Is Wired.com getting ready for the apple tablet? read more here at Mashable.com. more rumors abound about the apple tablet conde nast is prepping wired.com to be on the tablet? is it even coming soon? not sure if anyone knows other than apple. I reallly wish we coudl get soem sense of what exactly this will all be and a small timeline. even a estimted date from apple would be a blessing. if not I sure hope it lives up to the hype because if its not as revolutionary and cool and gee whiz awesome as they are making it out to be its going to be the bigest flop of the decade!

And finally, I sadly announce the passing of Edward Woodward . you might have known him of \”The Equalizer\” fame. I used to Love that show. i think i may need to buy the whole season and start watching it all over again as a tribute to Mr Woodward.  Read more here at the belfast telegraph website.

And dont forget to check out Zazzle.com for all your holiday gift giving needs!

Geek Tech live is now on Twitter at @Geektechlive Follow me on there for more news that doesnt make it into the show!

We can now offer all GTL’ers super cool discounts at Zazzle!  10 % off $50 or more plus free shipping and 12% off $75 or more off your purchases of fantastic  Zazzle Merchandise! WOW!

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I have to say, Zazzle Definitely empowers its Sellers, including everyone from amateurnartists to professional photographers to the world’s most successful brands like the Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm (Star Wars), to turn their creativity into income by selling everything from t-shirts to mugs, mousepads, hats, and posters, even skateboards and shoes.   W ith so many products from which to choose, Zazzle is the best source for unique high-quality gifts for everyone no matter what the occasion. Heck, we use Zazzle for our own GTL branded gear! check us out at http://www.zazzle.com/geektechlive

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