Category Archives: Consumer Electronics

Behind The Darkness – Latest Radio Cast

In this week’s show Justin and Andy talk with special guest Tim aka Darkness429 who recently moved from the Twitch Platform to Facebook for Live Video Streaming. We learn about the process in moving between the platforms as well as what motivated Darkness 429 to decide to full time game stream. What’s the reaction from the parents when you tell them; I want to be a professional video-gamer. Andy shares his ancientness asking what games did Darkness429 start playing, we do find out which were the games played in his education. Tim shares ways to stay healthy with such a intense full time game streaming schedule with technology such as Sit Down tabletops from Human Scale have helped.

What ground breaking technology helped move gamers to the ability to Live Stream. We get some ideas of what brought this to the forefront with products such as OBS Studio and XSplit. We learn about the approach from Facebook and about taking the leap of faith to make it happen. Within 3 months, 115k followers have connected to Darkness429. What are some of the protocols towards the viewers that should be maintained and could help the live streamer build the audience?

Gaming over the years has changed and with that the requirements on computer systems has also changed, Darkness429 shares some of the preferences and helps discuss Console vs. PC. Darkness429 has an elaborate setup for both streaming and gaming as we cover everything from monitors to keyboards. We learn about Stream Deck from ElGato and how it enhances the systems as well as other great products from El Gato. We talk input devices from Logitech, Corsair, Steel Series and Razor.

For those wanting to game, Build Your Own or a Rack Based System? We learn about Xidax Computers which is a sponsor for Darkness429.  In the discussion of processors we talk Intel and AMD and hear goodness about the Ryzan Thread Ripper from AMD. Darkness429 streams using the GoPro platform, how is this done?

How important is the audio portion of the Live Stream? We also learn about the Audio control with the Mackie DL806 Wireless Mixer which is controlled by an iPad. Every Podcaster will question the choices on Microphones and we talk about Darkness429’s recent move to Blue Baby Bottle from the Heil PR40, The sound is amazing.

Darkness429 discusses the future and what could be the next steps after gaming. Are females venturing into the gaming arena and what are the challenges? We wrap up our discussion as Justin gives him some rapid fire questions such as the First Game Ever played!?

Our Website of the Week this Week is the Computer Museum at http://www.old-computers.com

 

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Unboxing First Look at the ReoLink2 Home Security Camera

There are so many options on the market for Home Security Cameras which tie into the users router and an App for monitoring activity. We have seen systems with Wi-Fi capabilities as well as rechargeable or removable batteries such as the Arlo which are nice however it does mean having to climb a ladder in some cases to switch those batteries out.

This past week we were offered the opportunity to look at the ReoLink2 which not only features a rechargeable battery but can also be tied to and inexpensive mini solar panel for power! Below is our Unboxing of the ReoLink2 Camera and Solar Panel provided by Reolink for Review.

Catching up on Show Post!

We are still catching up on Posting Audio from our Shows! We apologize for the delays! Here is the Latest offering with Episode #112

Episode  112 – The Old Man and the Kid

In this Weeks Show, It’s Age verse beauty as Andy shares info on listeners that stopped by to visit during a broadcast radio remote to extend compliments on Justin’s contribution to the show. Listeners shared how they enjoyed the youth which Justin brings to the show along with his insight on Video Games. Justin shares some of the finer points of Fortnight and why this large multiplayer game has become so popular. PUBG, Player Unknown Battlegrounds, Battle Royale is also a latest trend in gaming that has become super popular. Watching some of these gamers play via Twitch and Facebook Live is also fun to check out. Justin recommends Dr Disrespect and Stone Mountain 64.   Should Andy still feel like a Dolt for having Clash of Clans installed on his Smart Phone?  The guys share a few dangers of giving your devices or allowing the Young Un’s to play games with In Game Purchases. Just how much money is involved in these games to play and to win? Nintendo has a winner with the Switch and why Nintendo believes there could be a Switch in every household.

The Facebook cycle, how relevant is the Social media network and why have the younger ages begun to move away from the platform. Are the numbers truly representative of where Facebook is in today’s place? Will Snapchat continue to grow or is that platform also a potential victim of disinterest? Justin and Andy talk about the importance of the delivery of the content and why the recent changes to the Facebook platform feed along with the Snapchat overhaul could damage the returning of users.  With all of the changes, Instagram could be also changing the notifications with users Screen Capturing photos.  In the Social media world, Twitter silently turns a profit after 12 years! Is having a website still important to business? Can having a Unique URL still be possible?

Friend of the show Andy Marken returns with a report about the Sundance Film Festival and the demand for more content from film makers. Many film makers understand the art of delivering documentary and compelling film delivering factual and fictional stories however may not understand the art of distribution. Where does services such as YouTube, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix play into the ability for filmmakers to produce and continue to develop projects.  Andy Marken also shares the growth of Virtual Reality and how that will play into the future of media.

Justin has this week’s Website of the Week; US Debt Clock shows the amount of Debt  the US is going through by second in the many different areas. http://www.usdebtclock.org  Andy in the meantime pulls up a website full of dad jokes. http://www.tellmedadjokes.com

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Learning the Code with Tynker

For some of us lucky to have experienced DOS, we can appreciate the process of typing in a few lines of “Basic” coding and accomplishing a task. While the coding has become more complex, the ability to handle task can be created easily with the help from Tynker.

http://www.tynker.com

If you haven’t  become aware of what Tynker is, the Company develops programs to help teach children and adults alike to learn the processes of coding.  Students of the Coding Arts will experience everything from designing blocks to outputting code in JavaScript and Python languages. Visitors to the Tynker website will see courses for not only Children, they will view options for parents as well as educators.

The Coding education can take place in a classroom as well as self paced courses with those learning Coding while designing elements of minecraft or other games.

An announced collaboration today between Tynker and Parrot can now expand the learning to code feature to Drones manufactured by Parrot. According to the company those wanted to learn to code through Tynker and Parrot will learn;

  • Programming a drone’s flight path from takeoff to landing
  • Building a drone controller to pilot a drone in real time
  • Programming flips, turns, and other aerial stunts
  • Integrating loops and variables to make geometric patterns
  • Coding games such as Flappy Drone and drone racing
  • Taking an aerial photo and sharing it with friends or classmates

According to the Tynker website, 50 Million children in over 200 countries are experiencing coding through Tynker in educational system .  With Parrot Mambo Code, users will be able to create and easily understand the outcome of codes as they apply to a drone.

A Bundle has been put together by Tynker and Parrot which includes a Parrot Mambo minidrone and a six-month premium subscription to Tynker. The minidrone comes complete with a mini-ball launcher, grabber, 50 plastic balls, USB cable, and battery; the Tynker subscription includes eight mobile (iPad) coding courses, 18 online coding courses, over 350 puzzle levels, more than 100 tutorials, and a virtual drone flight simulation course. For More Information visit the Tynker website at http://www.tynker.com or Parrot site at www.parrot.com/minidrones/parrot-mambo-code

 

Scott Sands WSPD talks with Andy Taylor of TechtalkRadio

Andy Taylor talked with Afternoon Show Host Scott Sands at NewsRadio 1370 WSPD about CES2017. Covered were some of the Technology idea certainly worth saving Pennies for and of course the ideas that had many scratching their heads saying “Why?” As Scott said “Do we really need to be that lazy?” however the answer most likely is “Why Not?”

Some of the Cool Innovations are discussed and some of the high points for this 50th Anniversary of CES put on by the Consumer Technology Association.

Check out the Video and be sure to check out Scott Sands (And Shaggy Too) on iHeartRadio! http://wspd.iheart.com/ and the Podcast for the Show
https://www.iheart.com/show/139-The-Scott-Show/