Category Archives: Hardware

Changing out the Hard Drive – Asus K55

Yesterday evening when I jumped on Periscope @techtakradio I decided it would be fun to exchange the hard drive in my Asus K55 Laptop with the Kingston 120GB SSD Drive I found at OfficeMax on Sale. What Started to be a simple exchange turned into 18 minutes on Periscope as we talked about Windows 10 and the Benefits of SSD Technology.

We were able to save the original meaning of our Periscope and edit it for you to check out on the ease of Switching out the Hard Drive in your Laptop


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New Sprint Service Comes to you!

Wcar01_smallith the 1st Roll-out of the New Sprint Direct 2 You service today in Kansas City and 2nd and 3rd planned for Chicago and Miami, the potential for Jobs and a better experience when transferring your phone data – Sprint believes we could see up to 5000 Direct 2 You positions created by the end of the year.

Read More on the Service along with a informative Q&A from Sprint on our site at

http://www.techtalkradio.com/articles/direct2you.html

 

Video cameras, garage door apps for today’s homeowner – Tucson News Now

Be sure to check out the Video Segment from the Latest KMSB Fox 11 08/25/2014 with TechtalkRadio’s Andy Taylor – It is available on our website at http://www.techtalkradio.com

Photo from Tech Segment on KMSB Fox 11
Segment from 08/25/2014 Looked at Seeing-Cam.Com and Chamberlain

In this weeks segment from 08/25/2014 We take a look at some products for Home Monitoring. First up is the DXG Seeing-Cam.com 110v. This R2D2 Like Camera can rotate a full 360 and tilt 90 degrees and can be controlled via a smartphone, tablet or PC. We also looked at the Chamberlain MyQ Garage for keeping track of and manage your Garage Door Status, Open or Closed? Need it closed? Easy – you can do it remotely from your smart phone.

Read our Column about the products on the Daybreak Website! 

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 

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

 

 

Are You a DVR Hoarder?

A recent article found on the Verizon Website points at trends in use for consumers with DVR Service and discovered there are battles brewing over DVR Hoarding in households.  Let’s face it, DVR’s can only store so much and even though OnDemand services may offer the same programs you recorded – having a full season of a favorite show stored on the DVR’s Storage drive is almost as nice as your DVD Collection on display for all to see.

It takes some of us back to the days of Video Cassette Recorders and trying to find a tape to record a special event or show, trying to make the decision to record over a program already recorded on the Video Cassette. Now fellow family members have to decide which shows to delete when they receive the DVR Storage message. At least with DVR technology, a Wedding Video isn’t getting erased.

Even though Hard Drives in DVR Boxes have gotten larger, Cable and Satellite providers have been feeding on consumers desire to record a multitude of channels and in HD which can rack up some serious storage. The battles will rage on as more is done to increase storage and delivery methods. Check out this very interesting article on the Verizon Website 

Latest Video – Our Segment from 04/21/2014


In this segment from KMSB Fox 11 Daybreak, We featured a couple of products which might be a nice idea for Mothers Day. While we had some of the TechtalkRadio Staff snicker and tell me I was off on the Keyboard as a gift , a few female friends have gone so far to tell me if I gave them a keyboard they would smack me over the head with it.

This is until of course that I show them what the Logitech Harmony keyboard is capable of and after a few minutes and a demo I am assured I won’t get rapped over the head with the keyboard.

While giving a keyboard to your wife or girlfriend might not be the thing during Valentines, hopefully Mom won’t get upset and enjoy the keyboard which integrates with the Media Center found common in many homes and eliminate 4 or 5 different remotes!

There was no argument when it came to the Asus MeMo Pad 7 HD which offers a variety of colors, including Hot Pink, and at a price point below $150, delivers with great looking video and features for mobile users. Again, showed this to a few of my female friends and they loved not only the tech element of the Asus Memo Pad 7 HD but also one of the apps called Mirror, which can be used to check makeup (The Forward Facing Camera). Front and Rear Cameras and not to huge, this is also a nice idea for Mom who has been wanting a tablet.

Take a look at the segment from Daybreak with Mark Stine of KMSB Fox 11.

Recycling – The Effort Continues

Apple has posted a brilliant video on its website with the concept of opening eyes to energy and water conservation. The Company joins other computer and tech companies that answers the need to recycle. Locally in Tucson, one of the largest Computer Specialty company SWS Electronics and Computers recycles systems that come into their location.

Apple is now recycling as well as its Apple Stores. The company will take in Apple products that are still in good shape and working and depending on the product, may issue a store credit. Maybe it’s not working? No problem, at least they might take it off your hands!

Read more on the Website with Links http://www.techtalkradio.com/news/earthday.html