Podcast Episode 35

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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?

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

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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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/07/business/media/google-and-barnes-noble-unite-to-take-on-amazon.html?_r=2

Samsung Galaxy Core 2: Top 5 competitors

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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.

Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices

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Jonathan Zdziarski gave a great presentation at HOPE this year that I think anyone with an iOS device should read.

“Jonathan Zdziarski is considered to be among the foremost experts in iOS related digital forensics and security. As an iOS security expert in the field (sometimes known as the hacker NerveGas), his research into the iPhone has pioneered many modern forensic methodologies used today, and has been validated by the United States’ National Institute of Justice. Jonathan has extensive experience as a forensic scientist and security researcher specializing in reverse engineering, research and development, and penetration testing, and has performed a number of red-team penetration tests for financial and government sector clients. He frequently consults with law enforcement and military on high profile cases and assists federal, state, and local agencies in their forensic investigations, and has trained many federal, state and local agencies internationally. He has written several books related to the iPhone including iPhone Forensics, iPhone SDK Application Development, iPhone Open Application Development, and his latest, Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.” - http://x.hope.net/

From Johnathan Zdziarski blog:

In addition to the slides, you may be interested in the journal paper published in theInternational Journal of Digital Forensics and Incident Response. Please note: they charge a small fee for all copies of their journal papers; I don’t actually make anything off of that, but it does support the journal.

Here is a link to the PDF of my slides:

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DON’T PANIC

Before the journalists blow this way out of proportion, this was a talk I gave to a room full of hackers explaining that while we were sleeping, this is how some features in iOS have evolved over the PAST FEW YEARS, and of course a number of companies have taken advantage of some of the capabilities. I have NOT accused Apple of working with NSA, however I suspect (based on released documents) that some of these services MAY have been used by NSA to collect data on potential targets. I am not suggesting some grand conspiracy; there are, however, some services running in iOS that shouldn’t be there, that were intentionally added by Apple as part of the firmware, and that bypass backup encryption while copying more of your personal data than ever should come off the phone for the average consumer. I think at the very least, this warrants an explanation and disclosure to the some 600 million customers out there running iOS devices. At the same time, this is NOT a zero day and NOT some widespread security emergency. My paranoia level is tweaked, but not going crazy. My hope is that Apple will correct the problem. Nothing less, nothing more. I want these services off my phone. They don’t belong there.

With that said, enjoy the slides and the paper; I think it’s solid academic quality research.

Is Tor Traffic Secure?

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In the wake of Ed Snowden’s revelations there’s been a litany of calls for the widespread adoption of online anonymity tools. One such technology is Tor, which employs a network of Internet relays to hinder the process of attribution. Though advocates openly claim that “Tor still works”1 skepticism is warranted. In fact, anyone risking incarceration in the face of a leveraged intelligence outfit like the NSA would be ill-advised to put all of their eggs in the Tor basket. This is a reality which certain privacy advocates have been soft-pedaling.

Many of you have heard of or used TOR. When the NSA openly acknowledges the existence of TOR and the routing has been proven as corrupt several times, one should wonder what the true intent of TOR is and just who really created and proliferated TOR.

While I have used TOR for some time, when you run a wireshark scan while TOR is running you will find several interesting port pings. Also, when you run a who is on the network outlet ports around the world, you have no idea if the outlet port is any safer than you would be in the USA.

So far there’s no hard evidence that the government has compromised the anonymity of Tor traffic. But some on a Tor-related e-mail list recently pointed out that a substantial chunk of the Tor Project’s 2012 operating budget came from the Department of Defense, which houses the NSA.

Granted, if you are in a country where internet is restricted or limited to certain sites TOR is a huge asset, but in the USA you are simply sniffed, logged, and added to the database for the watch list.

Cryptome has a great article today regarding Tor and security as well http://cryptome.org/2014/07/trusting-tor-not.pdfh

How To Install The Asterisk Web-Based GUI

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Step-By-Step On How to Install Asterisk GUI

This should work in any RPM linux based system (Red Hat, CentOS, Federa, exc)

Download the latest version source files using svn. (yum install subversion)

cd /usr/src

svn checkout http://svn.digium.com/svn/asterisk-gui/branches/2.0 asterisk-gui

cd asterisk-gui

./configure

make

make install       

I recommend backing up your configuration files before you continue. To achieve this just copy /etc/asterisk under different name:

cp -r /etc/asterisk /etc/asterisk.backup

There are two files which you should modify

1. /etc/asterisk/manager.conf`

enabled = yes

webenabled = yes

We will have to add a new user to manager.conf:

[administrator]

secret = mysecret

read = system,call,log,verbose,command,agent,user,config

write = system,call,log,verbose,command,agent,user,config

`/etc/asterisk/http.conf`

enabled=yes

enablestatic=yes

bindaddr=0.0.0.0

bindport = 8088

prefix = gui

enablestatic = yes

Note: bindaddr 0.0.0.0 means you can access it from anywhere, if you want access only on the local machine, put 127.0.0.1 instead.

Check your Asterisk-GUI configuration by running from /usr/src/asterisk-gui

make checkconfig

This script will check if your GUI is correctly configured.

Running asterisk-gui. In order to load the asterisk-gui, asterisk must restart/reload.

You can reload your Asterisk server from your CLI console by executing the command `reload`.

You can use asterisk-gui from these address:

http://10.100.32.50:8088/static/config/index.html

http://10.100.32.50:8088/httpstatus  (to check the status)

http://www.asterisk.org/

Podcast Episode 34

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The Technology Geek – Episode 34

Today in this podcast we discuss Comic Con and Field Day 2014. Were talking about education using Google Docs vs. Microsoft Sky Services. We talk about ebooks and author signings. We talk about the technology news of the week and answer your questions.

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

  • Oracle Buys Micros
  • Comic Con
  • Field Day 2014
  • Microsoft Android Phone
  • Blackberry Bring 200,000 Amazon Apps Phone
  • Amazon Music Service and Google Music Service
  • Microsoft Office vs Google Docs
  • Spotify Adds Whatsapp Support
  • Netflix Gets 31 Emmy Nominations

Join Me Today As I Answer Your Questions…

  • How can I monitor my daughter’s web use?
  • How can I get rid of ads in Yahoo Mail?
  • Is OpenOffice a good office suite?
  • How can I extend my Wi-Fi signal?
  • How can I get control of my domain name?
  • What’s the easiest way to find an Internet Radio Station?
  • Do you like digital mode or cw better?
  • What shows have you been watching on WWE Network?

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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‘Reading Rainbow’ Kickstarter Campaign Just Broke A HUGE Record

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When LeVar Burton announced he’d be launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring his beloved children’s series “Reading Rainbow” to the web, no one thought it would get this much attention — let alone reach its $1 million goal. Well, the joke’s on us.
In just one day, the campaign had met its original target and after ending its month long-run on Kickstarter last week, Burton managed to raise over $5.4 million dollars through the Internet fundraising website. While that number isn’t the most raised by any campaign on the site — damn you, Pebble Smartwatch — it did set a record for the most backers, with over 100,000 people buying into the revamped literary show.
One reason for all of the interest in Burton’s TV series might be thanks to the cool swag people got once they donated. From live reading events with the cast of “Star Trek” to a candlelight dinner with Burton himself, supporters were treated to way more than just a dingy t-shirt when they contributed money to the project. The latest addition to the round of exclusive rewards was a “Community” fan’s dream come true. With just 24 hours left in his campaign’s life, Burton decided to single-handedly resurrect the NBC comedy (sorry, Yahoo!) by hosting a live streaming event with Captain Troy … on a boat. And “Community” wasn’t the only show to pledge their support. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane pledged to match donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million last month.
It looks like calling in a few favors from some famous friends has definitely paid off. Thanks to the hefty amount of money raised for the show — it’s the fifth most-funded campaign in Kickstarter history — “Reading Rainbow” will soon be available on almost every platform, including Xbox, PlayStation and Apple TV, and will be broadcast free to 7,500 classrooms across the country.
Congratulations, Mr. Burton; you’ve restored our faith in humanity.

HarperCollins Publishers Selling Directly To Readers Competing with Amazon

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HarperCollins has launched a redesigned website that features a direct sales component. The new website, announced Tuesday morning, allows the publisher to sell print books, e-books and physical audiobooks directly to consumers. While HC has sold e-books from its own site in the past, it has never directly sold print books.

All HarperCollins U.S. e-books can be purchased from the site by consumers globally wherever the publisher holds rights. Print books and audio books are currently available only to U.S. consumers. HC said the capability to sell direct “will enable the company to better understand consumer preferences and, most importantly, further extend the global reach of its authors.” The publisher also noted that its authors will be able to use the technology to sell direct from their own websites.

“Our mission as a 21st century publisher is to connect authors and readers,” said Angela Tribelli, chief marketing officer. “The elegant, consumer-centric design of the site provides an innovative platform for our authors that will boost the discoverability of their books, drive sales, and—ultimately—launch writing careers.”

Among the features of the new site, at the existing URL www.harpercollins.com (also accessible via www.hc.com), are previews of upcoming books, author tour and appearance information, and sweepstakes featuring partner prizes.

HC will be offering discounts on selected titles but, otherwise, books are being sold at full price. Consumers can buy the book directly from HC, or choose to purchase from a list of third party booksellers provided by the site, which includes Amazon, Indiebound, B&N, Apple and a number of independent bookstores. In addition to offering new titles and backlist books, the site also offers forthcoming titles, and includes pre-order buttons.

http://publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/63227-new-hc-site-promotes-direct-sales.html

Amazon Prime Make Michael Connelly Bosch Into Amazon Original Series

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The pilot episode is streaming now. Watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the USA and on Amazon Instant Video in the UK.  

Plans for nine more episodes of Bosch, the television show, are well underway. A great staff of writers and producers with credits ranging from The Sopranos to The Wire to Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men have signed on and we are in a month’s long brainstorming and writing period, which is the starting point for season one. We’ll move into pre-production next month with actual production to follow.

So far it has been fun and very gratifying to me. I see the character of Bosch being preserved in this new form of telling his story. At the same time, I see an amazing inventiveness when it comes to the challenges of taking stories that span two decades and a deep thinking and quiet character to the screen of contemporary L.A. No doubt this team is up to the task and I look forward to the day it can be shared with Bosch fans everywhere.  -MC