Scott Sands on WSPD

Scott Sands with Barry on the Left and Andy on the Right
Scott Sands with Barry on the Left and Andy on the Right

I have know Scott Sands for Years! We were both one of the original members of a Morning Show Prep Service started by Kidd Kraddick in the early 90′s. It was in the days of Dial Up and getting information shared made us all a little closer and better at networking.  Because of that service and of the Talentmasters Morning Show Boot Camp, many of us became friends and have kept in touch over the years.

We have shared the Air from Scott’s station when he was on in Miss, and at the same time, on the air in Palm Springs when I did mornings with Barry.  Recently Scott reached out to talk about the iOS 8 and Apple Announcements but we weren’t able to connect – We did today however and talked about E3 and some of the announcements coming out of LA! Always great to talk with Scott and look forward to doing it again soon!

 

E3 – Not all about the Software!

The SteelSeries Logo
The SteelSeries Logo

I had the chance to talk to some friends from SteelSeries today about some of the products they will be sharing on the show floor when E3 Officially opens tomorrow. The Electronic Entertainment Expo opens its doors to the crowds of industry representatives and the media June 10th and runs through the 13th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

SteelSeries continues to develop accessories for the PC and Console Gamer with everything from Keyboards, Gaming Mice and awesome headsets. One product announced that can help your game play which is different from the traditional products in the company line is the SteelSeries “Sentry” Eye-Tracker

The SteelSeries “Sentry” Eye-Tracker has been developed in conjunction with Tobii Technology.  Gamers benefit with this device with a tracking of eye movements and shares that data with the user as bench-marked and compared to the movements of professional gamers.  The SteelSeries press release explains it easier:

“The SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker brings players an entirely new way to train for competitive gaming, by allowing the player to analyze a wide range of statistics based on where and how long a user focused, or fixated, on the screen. Fixations per Minute (FPM) tracks how often a user moves his or her eye gaze and attention around the screen; low values indicate that the gamer is able to process a lot of information. For comparison, FPM in eye tracking is the same type of correlation as APM or the total numbers of actions per minute a player can perform.”  While we could say it’s all in the wrist, obviously from this addition to E3, it’s also in the eyes.

SteelSeries StratusXL Game Controller for iOS
SteelSeries StratusXL Game Controller for iOS

SteelSeries has also continued with its development of products for the mobile gamers and introduced the StratusXL Wireless Game Controller for iOS. Now, users can immerse in the gaming experience on the iPad or iPad Mini and play a game title as they would on the console.

To check out more of these products, take a look at http://www.steelseries.com 

E3 and Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare

Screen shot of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

Today was the kickoff of the E3 – Electronic Gaming Expo in LA, California. The Entertainment Software Association presents this annual event for the media, vendors and retailers which will benefit from the enormous sales potential from Consoles, PC and Mac hardware upgrades, instructional manuals, accessories and of course the titles themselves.

At the Microsoft Press Event this morning, Xbox Grand Poo Baa Phil Spencer thanked Gamers and Developers for growing the user base of the Xbox One and the staff at Microsoft for its development. Phil reeled in the gaming crowd with his dedication to the community and began with the trailer of what Phil called the largest franchise for the Xbox console, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. This new title takes place in the future of 2054 and will be available for the Xbox One. The Games DLC, Downloadable Content will also be available for the Xbox One as soon as they are ready.

Sledgehammer Games and Activision made sure of letting gamers know, the Call of Duty franchise will continue to develop and introduce new ways to play.

Spirit Walkers Available Free – Through May 25th 2014

Through May 25th 2014, Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch (Full) will be available for free on:  iPhone, iPad, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook, and Mac.

Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch unravels a mystery of a ghost of the young woman captured in these woods. You play as Maylynn who, with two female friends, goes on an innocent hiking trip and soon finds trouble befalling the group.

Things get creepy and scary, and on top of it, a ghost of a woman starts showing up in mysterious places and then one of your friends gets seriously hurt. Looking for help you end up at a beautiful and majestic cypress tree and there you meet the witch herself who offers to help you save your friends. In return however she asks for a favor: you’ll need to travel to a different time and dimension and undo a thing that once went wrong.

You’ll have to travel between times and dimensions, explore the world of ghosts and lost souls and overcome an ancient evil.

There are 32 locations, nearly 20 puzzles, and graphics are available in 3D.

KMSB Fox 11 Video Segment – 05/19/2014

In this Weeks Segment, We took a look at a very cool package from Visioneer! They sent us over the Mobile Organizer set which comes with the companies versatile Road Warrior 3. This handle portable scanner is easy to set up and even easier to use. Insert a receipt into the Road Warrior 3 and it will open up the included Nuance Paperport software program and scan the document.

The file can then be easily filed into a folder, key worded for locating the file and saved. This is a great solution for the Mobile traveler. No Clumsy power cord, the Road Warrior 3 connects via USB.

A Photo from KMSB Fox 11 - Segment featuring Visioneer and Laplink
A Photo from KMSB Fox 11 – Segment featuring Visioneer and Laplink

We also looked at the Laplink PCMover Ultimate. Move your files and applications from one pc to another. No Need to Reinstall or locate serial numbers in many cases. This is a great solution for those wanting to move from Windows XP to Windows 7.

 

 

 

For More Info on the Visioneer Mobile Organizer check out http://www.visioneer.com and for Laplink PCMover check out http://www.laplink.com

 

 

Blur the Casa Google!

houselurIn an effort to further protect privacy and maybe avoid litigation,  the good folks at Google have announced that users have the option of requesting blurring of their Home which may appear on the Google Street Views. An Algorithm is in effect which can automatically  blur faces and licence places and if the blurbots at Google Maps miss your mug, you can request Google Maps to Blur you.

The Same can now be done with property such as Homes, RV’s. Planes, Boats etc. The sad thing about this, if you wanted to look at a childhood home on Google StreetView, former place of work or even the Exes house to see who they are dating now – this might be impossible if the owner of the home request the Blur! Check out more of what Google will do for you

http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/privacy/

Nice to Know its There!

restoreIt’s been a while since I have worked with a “Rack System” or computer that comes from a manufacturer such as Dell or HP. Most of the time when I am working on a system it may be one I have built or am in the process of building. When I do build a system, the customer receives the Windows disc and not a partition on the hard drive for recovering.

I know over the years the idea of a few CD’s or even the massive amount of 1.44 Floppy’s have gone the wayside. This is frustrating to the consumer that re installs the computer often and wants to have the physical discs. I have liked the way laptops have used the special partitions that allow an easy F Key combo usually and  restore the computer to factory specs. Many computer manufacturers have started to do this with desktops however to have your own recovery disc, you need to sit with a backup and create one when your system arrives.

I recently worked on a Dell Inspiron 3847 and was pleased to see the install of a back up and recovery program which allowed me to have the system make a Bootable USB Drive with Restore capabilities. Very Handy and finished rather quickly in making this bootable which can be stored away for a later date!

Laplink’s Anniversary present to You! Today Only! (05/15/2014)

pcmoverboxedI’ve been using Laplink software since the Dos Days and always loved how easy it is to use and complete the task at hand! Celebrating the 31st Anniversary – Laplink is giving away PCmover® Image & Drive Assistant for free for 24 hours only May 15th 2014.

PCmover Image & Drive Assistant is software that can automatically transfer files, settings, and even applications from an old hard drive or image to a new PC without overwriting anything. With the End of Windows XP support and many users wanting to bite the bullet and migrate to Windows 7 or 8.1 – PCmover and Drive Assistant make it possible in many cases to eliminate the need to re-install programs!

With this very nice Anniversary gift to you, Laplink’s is including its 24/7 Free Transfer Assistance. Have an issue or question during the transfer, a certified PC migration expert can be available over the phone or remotely with just one simple call at no cost.

We’ve been testing out PCmover Ultimate and have been impressed at the ease of use and results with the program. Get the full picture with this free software to download for no cost during the 24 hour celebration at http://www.laplink.com/31anniversary.

No – Say it Isn’t So!

A Big Moment on The Feud!
A Big Moment on The Feud!

I always like to check out what some of the Top Trending Videos are on YouTube so I have an idea of what people might be talking about at the office. For many many years, the idea of “Water Cooler Talk” came from some wacky comment a morning radio DJ made on his morning show. I was one of those Radio DJ’s that constantly hoped to deliver the “Water Cooler Talk”

It seems safe to say that Water Cooler Talk now comes from Social Networking such as Facebook, Tumblr or YouTube. This Water Cooler feature you are about to see is courtesy of The Family Feud.

I am a huge watcher of the show and can only cringe when I see this fast money challenge segment!