About Computers for Newbies & Everyone Else

December 17, 2012

2012-12-17 WSVA Show Notes

Here we are again, this time for the last show of 2012. I hope you can listen to the show, read these show notes or listen to any of the podcasts (like today’s) and learn (OK, and have some laughs along the way too).

See you next year and before then have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!


Tech Presents
You can probably get a MS Surface computer really cheap-soon!
Sorry, Microsoft (MSFT) — consumers just aren’t that interested in your tablet. Ipsos conducted a poll for Thomson Reuters last week showing that just 4% of people in the United States interested in buying a tablet were considering buying a Surface. This compares to a whopping 42% of prospective tablet buyers who were interested in an iPad mini, 16% who wanted a Kindle Fire and 14% who were interested in one of Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy tablets.

pivotHeadPivothead, Video Recording Eyewear,
Great looking sunglasses that have HD video camera and mic built-in so you can record all your adventures. Slick man-toy for about $299.

Check out videos filmed by others at the site.

hi-Call Bluetooth Talking Gloves

hi-Call is a Bluetooth glove that allows you to talk through your hand. The left glove has a speaker and a microphone sewed into thumb and pinkie, in order to speak to the phone, while protecting from cold.

A pair of warm gloves, perfect for every sport, from skiing to running, with hi-Call you can control the touch screen of your smartphone thanks to the capacitive technology.

Touchscreen gloves (less expensive)
With technological innovation comes unexpected challenges. Consider, as freezing weather approaches, the touch-screen device.

The sensors in A.T.M.’s, iPads and BlackBerrys are made to respond to the electric signals transmitted through the skin. Traditional gloves interfere. But you and your gadget-bearing loved ones need not go barehanded. Glove makers have devised ways to complete the connection even with a covered fingertip. A conductive thread attached to the fingertips of a pair of regular gloves. Now they work with touch-screen devices.

Ron: You can find these much less costly online and in local stores. My wife got a pair of knit gloves with touchscreen fingers for $5.

Apple iPad Mini
$329 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi only, or $459 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi and 3G/4G mobile data (with support for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint services in the U.S.). The 32GB and 64GB models are an additional $100 and $200, respectively.

Google Nexus 7 Available for $199 (16GB), $249 (32GB) or $299 (32GB with 3G/4G mobile data support from any provider).

LiveScrive Pen,

With a LiveScribe pen you can write your notes (if you remember how to write with pen and paper) on special paper and it will transfre it to your computer/tablet/phone along with audio notes when you tell it to record those also.

Automatically and wirelessly transfer your recorded notes and audio to your Evernote® account for playback on nearly any digital device. Enjoy the convenience of any time, anywhere access to your notes.

Government Deals,
A little late to get items by Christmas but GovDeals provides services to various government agencies that allow them to sell surplus and confiscated items via the Internet.

Just about anything the govenerment has confiscated at airport boarding gate up to cars, boats and the list goes on.

Similar to the eBay bidding system.

Logitech Washable Keyboard K310,
Designed to look and function like new – even over time. From a light dusting to a soak*, this washable keyboard with drainage holes is easy to clean and easy to dry.

Key characters are laser printed and UV coated to ensure the letters don’t fade in the wash.

*Hand wash only. Use mild soap and a soft cloth in warm water less than 30cm (11 inches) deep and less than 50°C (120°F). Do not wash in dishwasher. Do not use abrasives, alcohol, solvents or harsh detergents. Do not submerge the USB cable.

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