About Computers for Newbies & Everyone Else

October 20, 2014

2014-10-20 Show Notes

Welcome again to the WSVA/Double Clicks monthly podcast (go ahead click it to listen).  I appreciate your reading and listening to the show.  Also, for the next two months I want to know what you may be purchasing for you and yours for the Holidays.  So shoot me an email and let me know, maybe we will talk about yours on the air.  And yes, this includes Santa too.

Here are some of the things we looked at today.

Tech News
GoPro’s $60 Harness Turns Dogs Into Filmmakers
Finally, your dog can film his own viral video.

GoPro’s latest gadget is a dog harness and mount that straps to your pup and films what he sees, from playing at the park to digging through the garbage. The Fetch harness comes with mounting hardware that works with any GoPro camera, and can be attached to your pet’s back for overhead shots, or to his chest, to capture the view from the ground.

Apple Pay launches today: Here’s how to use it
As of today you can use your new iPhone to pay for purchases. Is this the big beginning of a new "tech" payment process or another flash-in-the-pan (Google Wallet)?

New Battery Charges 70 Percent in Two Minutes, Lasts 20 years
Sick of your gadget’s quickly diminishing battery life? Well, there may soon be a solution, and then some.

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a new lithium-ion battery that could reach a 70 percent charge in around two minutes and has a 20-year lifespan, or 10,000 recharge cycles. The new battery will have the power of existing options but will charge faster and will need to be replaced less often.

Kmart Becomes Latest Data Breach Victim
Sears Holdings Corporation has announced a data breach at its Kmart stores that began in early September. The company has said that Kmart’s information technology team identified a breach last Thursday (10/09/14), and that it immediately launched a full investigation, working hand-in-hand with a security firm.

The retailer has since removed the malware, but it is believed a number of debit and credit card numbers have been compromised – the specific number has not yet been released. At this time no personal information, debit PIN numbers, email addresses or social security numbers however had been gleaned during the episode. There is no evidence at this time that online customers at have been affected.

You can ride to work on this backpack!

So you think regular skateboards are boring, eh? If those electric skateboards we’ve featured before don’t do it for you, then here’s another alternative: an electric skateboard that’s also a backpack. It’s called the Movpack, and you don’t even need to know how to ride a skateboard to use it, so long as you can keep your balance. You simply navigate it with a remote control, and it’ll move on its own at speeds that reach up to 15mph. Since Movpack’s creators have a wide target audience, from working professionals to students, they designed the board part to fold behind the backpack for convenience. You can roll it behind you or carry it like a regular backpack, but since it contains both the board and its battery, it weighs a rather heavy 17 pounds without anything else in it.

See you Monday, November 17th for some Christmas Tech ideas.


November 12, 2013

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