This Weeks Radio Show Now Available!

In this Weeks Radio Show, We talk about the Apple Event 2016 with the Unveiling of the new collaborative iWorks, The Apple Watch Series 2 with GPS and the Series 1 with a lower price point. Although without GPS it’s now available for starting around 269. We also look at Apples Role in Connected Classrooms and why maybe this went in a different direction over the past decade. Apple commits to the ConnectED program which is directing Apple technology to the classroom. We couldn’t talk about the Apple Event and not cover iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, much of the focus is on the lack of a headphone port and not towards the fast processor or dual cameras with some nice features we will see with iOS 10, either way, we discuss this and more in this weeks show!

— Andy

KMSB Fox 11 Segment featuring the Motorola Moto Z Droid from Verizon

In todays segment, I featured the Moto Z Droid from Motorola/Lenovo with Service from Verizon. The Moto Z runs on Android Marshmallow and will eventually be updated for the upcoming Nougat platform.

What’s nice about the device is the ability to add to the Moto Z with snap on devices which connect via magnets embedded in the smartphone and devices. The latest offering for MotoMod is the Hassleblad True Zoom, It looks amazing!

We looked at the MotoMod Insta-Share Projector which can give you the ability to run a projector off your device.

The Moto Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor running at 2.2Ghz with 4GB of Memory. It is available in 32GB or 64GB Storage and of course upgradable with a microSD card.

The Moto Z also features a fingerprint sensor on the device which can be a bit confusing as I constantly was hitting it think it was a home button. This is understandable because my personal phone is an apple product. The Moto Z uses a USB Type C connector and doesn’t include a headphone port, Bluetooth it is or a provided Dongle type connector to the USB  Type C Port.

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Photo of the Moto Z Featured on KMSB Fox 11 Tucson
Photo of the Segment from KMSB Fox 11 on the Motorola Moto Z

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Check out more video at TechtalkRadio coming this week on the features and the MotoMods.

I need more speed! Maybe more swap file?…

 

This  post is written for those who may consider themselves moderately experienced, and are interested in advanced configurations and modifications.  I am intentionally not going to explain the information in this post to novice and normal users…because the truth is I am not qualified to (but don’t let Andy know).  A MUCH more knowledgeable person of Unix/Linux should. But, I do want to gloat a little.  (OK…that part you can tell Andy about.)

After having a browser application crash, and seeing a message informing me that…though 8 GB of RAM is installed, and a quad-core processor is in use…I didn’t have enough memory. To be fair: I use multiple browsers…multiple windows…multiple tabs…multiple applications…

My first thought was I need to get a computer that supports 16 GB RAM. And I believe I need to because I always seem to try to do more than I should with one computer, and they don’t seem to perform fast enough for my expectations and desires.  I like to use three computers at the same time.

I stumbled across some information about “swappiness”. And modified mine to 10.  Well…that was fine…for a while.  After watching my hard drive churn more than I was willing to tolerate, I changed it to  40…for now.  More reading…

I noticed the swap partition which was created during the installation of Ubuntu is 8 GB. I decided to (TRY TO) create a swap file. A 24 GB swap file.  I was successful!  Not on the first attempt.  Or the second.  Maybe it was the third.

I plan to update my status if anything occurs I think might be of interest. Whether here, on TechtalkRadio, and/or social networking services (SNS).

But wait! There’s more:  guess who got cocky?

I noticed some information about a swap file for the Chrome OS. My Chromebooks have 4 GB RAM, quad-core processors…and, because I tend to have greater expectations than I probably should…I have experienced some “sluggishness”. You know me: multiple windows, and tabs.  And I began to wonder…

I read about creating a swap partition. And in this case, decided to adhere to recommended limitations: a 2 GB portion (of a 32 GB SSD).

Ctrl + Alt + T
swap enable 2000

Again…I’ll try to remember to let you all know if anything bursts into flames…

Dragon Con comes to TV!

Dragon Con 2016 takes place Friday (September 2) through Monday involving five host hotels: the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel (in downtown Atlanta).

The Dragon Con Parade is Saturday, and will be broadcast on television!:
“Atlanta’s CW will be airing the Dragon Con Parade live at 10 am on Saturday, September 3rd and rebroadcast it at 8 pm that night. You can watch a live stream of it on this page.”

Maxthon browser bad?

(Thanks to Justin for warning us…OK, me…about this.)

“…users of the browser…were reassured by the manufacturer that this type of content will not be transferred anywhere without their explicit consent.

“…information transmitted without the user’s knowledge between the Browser and the Maxthon server…about the user’s website browsing preferences, information about his Google searches as well as the complete list of software installed on the user’s computer…

“…the Maxthon browser is not secure.

“It is also worth emphasising that the Exatel’s SOC got in touch with the creators of the Maxthon browser, sending a detailed technical report, with a request for Maxthon to respond, either in the form of a notice sent to the users about the type of data transmitted from their browsers to the Maxthon servers in Beijing, or in the form of a Maxthon browser software patch which would enable the alarmed users to deactivate effectively the transmission of the UEIP files to their servers. This request was ignored.”

https://exatel.pl/advisory/maxthonreporten.pdf

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Our Promise to Users

We at Maxthon take users’ privacy and information security seriously. We keep our users’ information secure and private…

Jeff Chen (CEO of Maxthon)

11:00pm EST, July 14, 2016

http://forum.maxthon.com/index.php?/topic/20208-security-and-privacy-are-top-priorities-at-maxthon/

 

SanDisk reveals New Mobile Storage Device

Product: SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C - left Type-C openThis morning SanDisk, a division of Western Digital announced a new storage device giving users the ability to transfer between Smartphones and USB C devices. SanDisk has been doing much for the mobile user with a similar device for iDevices such as the iXpand featured on our segment at KMSB Fox 11 Seen below.

Storage on the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C  is available currently for up to 128GB but also in affordable 16, 32 and 64GB capacities. For those with an Android device and wanting to back up data to the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C Storage drive, a free downloadable App from the Google Play Store SanDisk® Memory Zone allows for easily transferring to the device.

The Collapsible design makes for easy carrying and the USB 3.1 gives high speed performance across a USB 3.1 enabled connection. Users will also have the ability to connect a standard Type A USB.

Inexpensive and great storage capacities, this would make a nice gift for Fathers Day gift ideas. For more info, check out the SanDisk website  http://www.sandisk.com/home/mobile-device-storage/ultra-usb-type-c

—Andy Taylor

 

New Coaster at Six Flags St Louis Launches with VR

This is one of the coolest ideas we’ve heard of in awhile. VR Coasters. With this concoction you aren’t just sitting in an easy chair with some VR Gear strapped on to your head – This is taking an environment and enhancing it with Virtual Reality. Riders wear the Oculus powered Samsung Galaxy Gear VR and take a real roller coaster ride while enjoying a world around the ride designed by Animators.

Six Flags Virtual Reality
Six Flags Virtual Reality

This has been created in partnership with Samsung Electronics America and features an amazing 360 loop and interactive game play during the ride

Virtual Reality on Ninja Facts:

  • Riders wearing Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus headsets, find themselves in the copilot seat of a fighter jet as they take on aliens in a battle to save the world;
  • This 360°, fully immersive, virtual battle takes guests flying through 2,430 feet of track at up to 65 mph;
  • The fighter jet darts between buildings, completing intense aerial acrobatics while guests travel through the 360°loop and corkscrew of the coaster’s steel track;
  • Sensors and proxies along the coaster track sync the movement of the coaster to the video riders are watching on their Samsung Gear VR headsets;
  • The experience begins as soon as riders leave the station house and start up the lift hill. While climbing the lift hill or going through the launch pad, guests can shoot at targets with a touch pad on the side of the headsets, making this the first game play ever used on a roller coaster.

For more information visit: www.sixflags.com/stlouis/virtualrealitycoaster.

 

Destroying devices, houses…and mankind

On the  March 26 show:

Leaving almost any kind of electronic device in a car…can be a bad idea.  Especially in the summer, and in desert climates.

Someone destroyed a house…the wrong one.  And then, he tried to blame it on Google Maps…

If you need an inexpensive computing device, maybe…MAYBE…a  Windows Cloudbook, Chromebook, or an iPad could be an option.

The App of the Week will give you information about Wi-Fi signals, and help to make them better!

New Show Posted on Spreaker – Listen Here!

Slick, Andy and Justin of TechtalkRadio
Slick, Andy and Justin of TechtalkRadio

In this Weeks Show –  Justin, Slick and Andy talk about the New Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Expandable Memory, Better Camera and Faster Processor.

Listener Question from Priscilla about finding the proper laptop for Photo Editing – Why Justin likes the Surface.

A Warning to those with Integrated Tech in Cars and why they should be careful.

Andy is checking out Twitter more often, we find out why Justin doesn’t like that and what #PodernFamily helps discover.

Name that Term is played along with a Website of the Week from the Museum of Science.