Podcast Episode 36


The Technology Geek – Episode 36

Today in this podcast we discuss and review Office 365 and talk about lots of security news. We talk about the technology news of the week and answer your questions.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Google Chrome 64-bit Browser Finally Released As a Stable Version
  • TwitPic Going Out Of Business
  • Apple iCloud hack
  • Home Depot Data Breach
  • Dairy Queen Data Breach
  • Firefox 32 Debuts With Public-Key Pinning, Several Security Fixes
  • Microsoft Fixes Broken Security Patch MS14-045
  • PlayStation Network Back Online Following DDoS
  • UPS Admits 51 Stores Hit With Malware For Five Months
  • Fake Flappy Bird App Planted by Hackers to Steal Photos from Device
  • MSN New Look
  • Fake Cell Phone Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

Join Me Today As I Answer Your Questions…

  • What’s the best phone for someone losing their sight?
  • How can I do a live podcast with a dozen of my friends?
  • Can I use bluetooth with old flip phone?
  • Why is there no metro app for firefox on windows 8.1?
  • Should I buy a Chromebook for school?
  • What should I buy for my first ham radio?
  • Who do you think has better original programing Amazon Prime or Netflix?
  • With winamp gone from android whats go app for mp3?

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call (570) 630-0744. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

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Home Depot confirms security breach


On Monday Home Depot confirmed they had a breach in security and that customer payment data that occur at its stores puts millions of its customers could be at risk of fraud.

Customers who shopped at the home improvement chain in the U.S. and Canada since April may be affected. The retailer said they are working to determine the full scope of the breach but as of now there is no evidence that PIN numbers for debit cards were compromised.

“We want you to know that we have now confirmed that those systems have in fact been breached, which could potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward,” the company said in a statement posted to its website. “We do not have any evidence that the breach has impacted stores in Mexico or customers who shopped online at HomeDepot.com.”

Over the past few months, arts and crafts retail chain Michaels Stores, department store Neiman Marcus, Sally Beauty Supply, and restaurant chain P.F. Chang’s and Dairy Queen revealed they were victims of security breaches aimed at stealing customers’ credit card information.

ARRL May Seek HF Data Privileges for Technicians


Among other actions taken by the ARRL board of directors at its July meeting, it tasked its executive committee with looking into the possibility of seeking “limited RTTY/data privileges for Technician licensees on 80, 40, and 15 meters,” according to a summary in the ARRL Letter. Techs currently have only CW (Morse code) privileges on those bands.


Backup Power and Generators


Generators come in two basic types: standby and portable. The source of backup power you ultimately choose will be determined by many factors, including your power requirements.

A standby generator is permanently installed outside your home or commercial building and wired directly into the electrical system to provide power to some or all of your home’s circuits during a disruption of normal utility power. Depending on the model, they may start automatically when the power goes out and stop when the power returns. Standby generators are fueled by liquid propane or natural gas and require professional installation, often with a permit.

The number of circuits to which a standby generator can provide power–and the number of appliances you can run on those circuits–is determined by the power capacity of the generator.

Standby generators are typically fully enclosed and vary in size. Check the dimensions carefully. A standby model may cost as little as $1,500 or as much as $15,000 or more–the greater the power capacity, the higher the cost.

Standby generators create from 5,000 to 25,000 watts or more of power. You’ll have to choose a generator that supplies sufficient peak and continuous wattage for the appliances on the circuits you need to power. You can choose between an air-cooled and a liquid-cooled model standby generator. Generally, liquid-cooled models are bigger and create more power.

Portable generators are versatile. You can use them for emergency power at home, for power in remote locations where utility power is unavailable, or for recreational purposes, like boating or camping.

Portable generators are fueled by gasoline and include 120-volt power outlets like the ones in the walls of your home. When the generator is running, you can plug appliances and tools directly into these outlets. Some generators also include 120/240 or 240-volt outlets. These are especially useful for running powering into a transfer switch.

Portable generators range in cost between a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the capacity and features.

A small 1,000-watt portable generator may be all you need for recreational purposes. And you may use up to 8,000 watts if using a generator to power tools on the jobsite. Because you plug appliances directly into a portable generator, you’ll also want to make sure that your model has the number and type of outlets you need. The size of the fuel tank also is crucial. The bigger the tank, the longer your generator can run without refilling and produce power. If you want to use a portable generator to power specific circuits in your house, a transfer switch is required. For running an entire house, follow the guidelines for choosing a standby generator.

If you want to use your generator to power part or all of your home, you’ll need a sufficiently sized generator and a transfer switch. The transfer switch safely closes off the utility power line to your house’s electrical system and opens a direct line to the generator and reverses the process when utility power is restored.

Standby models can work either with a manual or an automatic transfer switch. The benefit of an automatic transfer switch is that it senses when utility power has been lost and automatically switches to generator power.

Every home should have a backup power source a generator is a great choice. Backup power is very important if you have family or friend s with health problems so they can run equipment like dialis machines and respirators. If you have a home with a well you will need the generator to power the pump. This is a great purchase for any pepper, survivalist or home owner.

Dairy Queen Confirms Data Breach


A Dairy Queen breach was recently revealed by Brian Krebs, who runs the website Krebs on Security. When Krebs initially uncovered evidence of the Dairy Queen breach, the company was unwilling to believe that their customers’ debit card and credit card information had been stolen.

Sources in the financial industry say they’re seeing signs that Dairy Queen may be the latest retail chain to be victimized by cybercrooks bent on stealing credit and debit card data. Dairy Queen says it has no indication of a card breach at any of its thousands of locations, but the company also acknowledges that nearly all stores are franchises and that there is no established company process or requirement that franchisees communicate security issues or card breaches to Dairy Queen headquarters.

The U.S. Secret Service contacted Dairy Queen regarding “suspicious activity” related to malicious software called Backoff,

A spokesman for Dairy Queen has confirmed that the company recently heard from the U.S. Secret Service about “suspicious activity” related to a strain of card-stealing malware found in hundreds of other retail intrusions. Dairy Queen says it is still investigating and working with authorities, and doesn’t not yet know how many stores many be impacted. Oddly enough, there is no mention of the breach on the officialDairy Queen website. The company does not know how many of their own locations were impacted, but they were working with authorities on the issue.

HP Notebook Power Cord Safety Recall and Replacement Warning


If you bought a Hewlett-Packard laptop between September 2010 and June 2012, you may want to check the serial number on the power cord as the computer giant has just issued a global recall for around six million of them.

HP issued the voluntary recall on Tuesday, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.”

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, HP has so far received 29 reports of power cords “overheating and melting or charring, resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.”

The commission said that 5.6 million of the recalled cords were sold in the US, and advised anybody in possession of one to stop using it “immediately.”

The cords at the center of the recall were sold with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, as well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations, HP said.

Not all cords sold with the listed machines during the specified time frame are part of the recall – only those with a molded mark at the end of the cord showing “LS-15.” In addition, some customers who bought their machine outside of the specified time frame may also find “LS-15″ shown on the power cord, but these are not part of the recall.

HP has a website up to allow you to check if your cord is recalled


Michael Connelly The Brass Verdict Book Review


This terrific follow-up to The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring troubled defense lawyer Mickey Haller, also includes famed police detective Harry Bosch, who has been a hero in thirteen previous Connelly mysteries. Though Haller and Bosch work on opposite sides (one on defense and one on prosecution) and even live on opposite sides of the bay, they are thrown together against their wills and must cooperate if they are going to see justice served.

Haller has just returned to law practice after a hiatus in which he has dealt with his demons and his addictions, the result of a long, painful hospitalization and several complex surgeries after he was “gut shot.” Haller has inherited the entire caseload of former prosecutor Jerry Vincent, who became a defense attorney after Haller beat him soundly in a court case. Vincent has been murdered in the garage beside his office, his laptop and case notes missing, with the biggest case of his career due for trial in less than a week.

Walter Elliot, head of the highly successful Archway Pictures, is being tried for the murder of his wife and her lover, and he refuses to agree to a continuance, even though Haller, new to the case, recommends it. This case, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, soon begins to overlap with another of Vincent’s cases–one taken pro bono, and not in any of Vincent’s  files or on his calendar–a complete “mystery case” to Haller.

As he works, Haller relies on stalwart friends and associates, all of whom show their own personalities here as they support Haller and try to keep him from backsliding under stress. His first former wife, Maggie McPherson, a prosecutor, needs to be reassured that he is stable enough to be a father again to his daughter. His second former wife, Lorna Taylor, still works with him, though she is now living with Dennis Wojchiechowski (Cisco), Haller’s investigator.

Harry Bosch, who is investigating the Jerry Vincent murder for the police, frequently overlaps with Haller regarding issues in Vincent’s cases, and they occasionally meet. Though they are alike in many ways, their hostility is often palpable.

As Haller looks for the “magic bullet,” the “get-out-of-jail-free” card that would clear Walter Elliot of a double murder, he must explore issues of bribery, jury tampering, fraud, police misconduct, organized crime, legal malpractice, federal crime, and even international crime–not to mention murder, including potentially his own.

The novel, written in exceptionally clear prose, keeps all the complications from becoming overwhelming as the author recreates the legal one-upsmanship of a case going to trial. Connelly draws the reader in and increases the tension by making him/her an “expert” on the legal importance of events to the Elliot case. Exciting, beautifully crafted, filled with non-stop action, and always centered on achieving justice, this novel is completely satisfying–one that has it all.

I am a big fan of Michael Connelly’s work I give this book 5 star great job on character development, sorry line direction and information is very informative. He makes you feel like a real life lawyer is telling the story.

Podcast Episode 35


The Technology Geek – Episode 35

Today in this podcast we discuss podcasting, Barnes and Nobels same day delivery, Amazon Unlimited, Adam Carolla Lawsuit and much more. We talk about the technology news of the week and answer your questions.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Verizon Ellipsis 7 4G LTE Tablet, Black 7-Inch 8GB
  • Adam Carolla Lawsuit
  • Windows 9 start menu return
  • Amazon Unlimited
  • Google and Barnes and Nobels same day delivery
  • Microsoft’s  Raspberry Pi-style mini-PC running Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft readies three new Office 365 plans for small and mid-size businesses
  • Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs
  • T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P
  • Google’s Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools
  • Amazon Launches a Mobile Card Reader to Undercut Square

Join Me Today As I Answer Your Questions…

  • Home shipping network says roku comes with 4,000 movies?
  • What is great opensource imaging software?
  • Tool to manage google business console?
  • Great opensource platform for hardware design?
  • What is a cryptophone?
  • Why is there no firefox metro app windows 8.1?
  • Can I buy a new phone and keep my unlimited data plan?
  • What is most secure way to do video conferencing?

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Barnes & Noble and Google Fight Amazon in the Physical Book Market


Google and Barnes & Noble are joining forces to tackle their mutual rival Amazon, zeroing in on a service that Amazon has long dominated: the fast, cheap delivery of books.

Starting on Thursday, book buyers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to get same-day deliveries from local Barnes & Noble stores through Google Shopping Express, Google’s fledgling online shopping and delivery service.

Google Shopping, which began operations about a year ago, allows online shoppers to order products from stores like Costco, Walgreens, Staples and Target, and have them delivered to their doors within hours.

The partnership could help Barnes & Noble make inroads into online sales when its brick-and-mortar business remains stagnant. The company has closed 63 stores in the last five years, including some in bustling areas of Manhattan and Washington, leaving it with a base of about 660 retail stores and 700 college campus stores. Its Nook business fell 22 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the period a year earlier, according its most recent earnings report.

The delivery service being trialled by Google works slightly differently than others, exploiting store inventory and couriers, while charging either a subscription fee for the Google Shopping Express service, which will be priced at an amount yet to be determined for annual membership, or charging $4.99 per delivery. The entire service is based on the experience of wanting something on the same day but not wanting it badly enough to venture forth from your cave, which means it probably stands a good chance of succeeding.


Samsung Galaxy Core 2: Top 5 competitors


Samsung launched the Galaxy Core last year, which did garner a good amount of attention thanks to affordable price tag which placed it between the entry level Galaxy S Duos and the mid-range Galaxy Grand. It arrived as an optimum choice for consumers who wanted a high-specked smartphone but were reluctant to 5-inchers.

The company has now introduced an upgraded variant, the Samsung Galaxy Core 2. Although the new Galaxy Core 2 packs enough punch to prove itself an efficient successor, but seems this wouldn’t be so easy this time. The price segment where it falls has burgeoned with new smartphones which deliver excellent features vis-à-vis the pricing. If you are also planning to go for the Galaxy Core 2, here are few alternatives which might make you think again.

The newly launched Galaxy Core 2 comes with leather-like back cover design and is equipped with 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The 5-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, 2,000mAh battery, 768MB RAM and 4GB internal storage with expandable memory of up to 32GB via microSD card are some of the fortes of the device in the budget handset segment. Now let’s have a look on what the competition has to offer.

Samsung Galaxy Core 2 vs Motorola Moto G

Both the smartphones come with the same screen size of 4.5-inches but weight and thickness wise the Samsung Galaxy Core 2 is lighter and slim. It is 138 grams vs 143 grams and 9.8 mm vs 11.6 mm respectively. The Motorola Moto G runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS where as the South Korean handset comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. Apart from these there are some goodness in the Moto G that may keep it ahead such as more RAM, more internal storage, better display resolution, better secondary camera and better battery fueling the device. Below are in brief the Galaxy Core 2 vs Moto G:

  • RAM – 768 MB vs 1 GB
  • Internal storage – 4 GB vs 8 GB
  • Display resolution – 480×800 (207 ppi) vs 720×1280 (326 ppi)
  • Front camera – 0.3 MP, 640 x 480 vs 1.3 MP, 1280 x 1024
  • Battery – 2000 mAh, Li-ion vs 2070 mAh, Li-ion

Samsung Galaxy Core 2 vs Sony Xperia C

Weight wise the Sony Xperia C is too bulky but if we consider the primary camera, screen and battery, it is ahead of the Samsung Galaxy Core 2. It is a 5-incher phone with display resolution of 540×960 pixels. It comes with 8-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and is fueled by 2390 mAh battery. Below are the advantages of Galaxy Core 2 over Moto G:

  • Expandable storage – 64 GB vs 32 GB
  • Weight – 138 grams vs 153 grams
  • OS – Android 4.4.2 KitKat vs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Display – LCD vs TFT

Samsung Galaxy Core 2 vs Huawei Honor 3C

The Huawei Honor 3C is a 5-incher smartphone with elegant design and slim body. It is equipped with 2GB of RAM, which is much more compared to the 768MB of Galaxy Core 2. Similar to the Sony Xperia C it too is mounted with 8-megapixel rear camera and is fueled by powerful 2300 mAh battery. The advantages of Galaxy Core 2 against Honor 3C are as below:

  • OS – Android 4.4.2 KitKat vs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Weight – 138 grams vs 140 grams
  • Expandable storage – 64 GB vs 32 GB

Samsung Galaxy Core 2 vs Nokia Lumia 625

The Samsung Galaxy Core 2 stands taller here in terms of RAM, sharper screen, weight and width, but the forte of Nokia Lumia 625 is its higher internal memory feature, which is 8GB against 4GB of the South Korean product. However, it is to be taken note that it is a single SIM phone and has no FM radio for music lovers. The other features are almost similar in both the handsets such as battery capacity, expandable memory, cameras, processor and connectivity. The Lumia sports 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen.

Samsung Galaxy Core 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

Samsung’s existing Galaxy Grand Neo can also stand as a competitor to the Galaxy Core 2 as it sports 5-inch screen, comes with 1GB RAM, 2100 mAh battery and 8GB internal storage, but if you are looking for the latest operating system, sharper screen and lighter smartphone than buy Samsung Galaxy Core 2 online new launching is perfect for you.

Price wise the Galaxy Core 2 need to be lesser than its competitors if Samsung really wants it to be one of the most successful smartphones in the budget handset segment. The features however indicate this can be true. Let us wait till it hits the markets before coming down to a conclusion which phone is still the best among the six. Until then, waiting for your views in the comment box.