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Digital Comic Books with Comixology, Sneak Peek at the Kangaroo Pro and Phone Car Mounts – HGG264

Listen Mobile: Stargate Pioneer ; from the GonnaGeek network at joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #264 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Fire Tables – Digital redeeming codes – Get a Kindle at The New Kangaroo PC (Full Review Next Week) – Processor GHz Atom x5 Z8300RAM 2 GB DDR3Hard Drive 32 GBGraphics Coprocessor sharedCard Description IntegratedNumber of USB Ports 2Number of USB Ports 1 Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit The World’s smallest, personal, powerful portable PC. Kangaroo Mobile Desktop Pro builds on the benefits of the Kangaroo PC by building on the modularity and expandability of its design architecture. By introducing the Dock Pro which is a combination HDD bay (#8243; sized laptop drives up to ) and additional ports (VGA, HDMI, audio, Ethernet, 2 x USB , and 1 x USB ), the Kangaroo Pro now has all the standard PC elements. This Kangaroo Pro works with the already selling Kangaroo Dock so you can continue to build on the option to locate the Dock and Dock Pro in multiple locations (classrooms, libraries, office/meeting spaces, bedroom/living room/den). Ideally suited now as a media center PC connected to your large screen TVs, when you install an HDD or SSD of your choosing (sold separately), you will now have all your video/photo content ready for easy viewing. Connect wirelessly or via Ethernet into your home network for media streaming or Xbox game streaming into any room. The OSLinx app introduced for Kangaroo PC continues to work for the Kangaroo Pro and allows you to use an iPad (connected via a Lightning Cable) to interact fully with the Kangaroo PC desktop. Windows 10 Anywhere on Any Screen Ben will join us next week on Home Gadget Geeks Pair it with – AOC e1659Fwu 16-Inch Ultra Slim 1366×768 Res 200 cd/m2 Brightness USB Portable LED Monitor w/ Case  – The Day in Tech History June 6, 2009Palm, Inc. releases the Palm Pre smartphone through Sprint in an attempt to regain marketshare, after their Treo line of smartphones is dwarfed by Apple’s iPhone. Featuring the Linux-based Palm webOS operating system, the Pre receives some praise from technical reviewers, but due to poor marketing and the rapid pace in which Apple dominates the New World of smartphones, Palm’s series of phones and the webOS never really have a chance to gain a foothold. Within the course of one year, Palm is purchased by HP for $ billion. One year later, after just 2 months of abysmal sales of their TouchPad tablets, HP halts production of all webOS-based devices. HP has announced they will release the source code for webOS under an open-source license, but the future of this once-promising mobile operating system looks bleak. June 8, 1978Intel introduces the 16-bit 8086 processor with clock speeds of 10, 8, and 5 MHz. The 8086 would become the basis for the series of processors used in “IBM Compatible” PCs and the x86  family (later marketed under the name “Pentium”) would dominate the market in the PC era. Ironically, however, it was the modified 8-bit 8088 processor that was used in the original IBM PC, primarily due to factors that would reduce overall cost. The current line of Intel “Core” processors are still based on the same architecture that was introduced with the 8086. June 9, 1993The motion picture Jurassic Park premiers in Washington The highest grossing film in history at the time, the contributions of Jurassic Park to the field of special effects is perhaps as important as the original Star Wars movie 16 years prior. During the production of the movie, the decision was made to incorporate the use of computer generated imagery (CGI for short) in a large scale. By interweaving the use of CGI and animatronics, the movie’s special effects were of a realism unprecedented at the time (and for many still to this day). Jurassic Park jump started a wave of movies that made heavy use of CGI throughout the rest of the 90’s, and at present, the use of CGI pioneered by the movie is now entirely commonplace. SP Review Mirror Phone Mount – Wireless Headphones – Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and ; For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Dewain Robinson, Home Automation with Lowes Iris, Keen Smart Vents and Arlo Cameras – HGG263

Listen Mobile: Dewain Robinson joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #263 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Iris V2 Links: Community Link: Iris Blog: Platform Updates: Coming Soon: June 2016 Version FEATURE:  Multiple Places Per Account For Iris users that have Iris systems in multiple homes, you can now manage ALL of your Iris systems from the single Iris app interface and login. FEATURE:  Add a Person (Permissions Based) Iris users can now choose to invite users (either existing Iris users or those without Iris systems of their own) and control the level of access each user has to the account owner’s system. When inviting a new person to participate, Iris users can choose among the following 3 options: Full Access:  A guest given ‘Full Access’ permission will have the ability to view your dashboard, Scenes, Rules, Devices, History, and other People associated with your account. Full Access users, however, will not be able to see or modify the account owner’s billing information. Full Access is designed for members of immediate family or anyone living at the location and grants the SAME level of access to the Iris system as the account owner, with the exception of viewing/editing billing information. This means that the Full Access user can add/remove people from the Account Owner’s place, view or delete camera recordings, access all devices, edit and create rules and/or scenes, etc. For this reason, it is suggested that Full Access be granted only to those the Account Owner trusts to use this access responsibly. To enroll a guest with Full Access, you MUST supply a valid e-mail address for the guest. Locks, Alarms & Notifications:  This level of access will provide the user a unique PIN code that would allow them to ONLY control alarms and specific door locks designated by the account owner. Locks, Alarms & Notifications access is designed for close family and friends, neighbors, and service personnel. This designation is also ideal for children without a smart phone or those that you would like to grant access to your place without giving them the ability to control your entire Iris system.  For those users that do have a smart phone, you can add them to your notifications list and they will receive notifications that you have elected to send to them (any combination of smoke & CO, Security & Panic, Water Leak and Care alarms). Notifications Only:  This level of access will simply add the person to the Iris Account Owner’s Alarm Notification list and provide them with alerts to alarm events within the Iris Account Owner’s home. Notification Only access is designed for distant relatives, friends and/or neighbors. FEATURE:  Enhanced Push Notifications Management For Iris users that may access their system via multiple mobile devices, you can now manage the specific devices that should receive notifications. In the event that you log into the Iris app with your credentials from someone else’s phone, users can now delete that specific phone from the notifications list so that only the desired devices will receive push notifications about your Iris system. This feature is ideal for users that may switch devices or loan a device to a user but do not wish to continue receiving push notifications about that user’s Iris system. Last Update: Version () April 2016 Scheduling Enhancement: Sunrise/Sunset option added to scheduling Feature:  Rotate Camera 180° Device Support:  Somfy Blinds & Controller Device Support:  Iris Water Leak Sensor Device Support:  iPhone SE Device Support: Yale ZigBee Locks Added Support for the following models: ◾Yale Push Button Deadbolt (Model YRD210 PB DB) ◾Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt (Model YRD220/240 TSDB) ◾Yale Push Button Lever Lock (Model YRL210 PB LL) ◾Yale Touchscreen Lever Lock (Model YRL220 TS LL) Device Support:  OSRAM BR30 On/Off/Dim & PAR38 Models Added Support for the following OSRAM Lightify bulbs: ◾PAR38 OSRAM Lightify  On/Off/Dim White 120 LED light bulb (Model # 74165) ◾BR30 OSRAM Lightify  On/Off/Dim White 65 LED light bulb     (Model # 73833) Iris Version 1 going out of service on 6/30/2016 Iris adding Professional Monitoring Service: Lowe’s customers in select markets and where licensing allows (TBA) will be able to take full advantage of professional monitoring for their Iris system for only $ per month starting in Q2 2016. This new service includes the Iris Premium Service ($ monthly value), offering advanced ways to monitor and control the home, including notifications and calls to family and friends in the event of an alarm. Also included with Iris’ professional monitoring service is the Iris cellular backup service, which provides connection when homeowners’ broadband or WiFi goes down ($ monthly value). An additional purchase of a cellular modem is required to enable cellular functionality. Iris Discontinues Support for: IVEE Blue Line Energy Realization of not all things need to be integrated: Do I need this to be integrated to function? What is the problem that I am trying to solve? What do I loose when trying to integrate vs not integrating? Am I cluttering up my interface? Keen Smart Vent: Website: Shark Tank Audition Video:   They will fall on your head!! Ceiling Mount Kit: To Smart Bridge or not to Smart Bridge Arlo: ;utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand&utm_term=arlo%20netgear&utm_content=Netgear Amazon Link: ;psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00 Features: Completely Wireless Weatherproof Indoor/Outdoor HD Video 720p Cloud Recording for up to 5 devices for free Night Vision Magnetic Mount Arlo Hub – Separate Wireless network only for Wire-Free Model cameras 3 Camera Types: Arlo Wire-Free Indoor / Outdoor 720p Motion Alerts No Audio 110 degree of view No 24 hour non-stop recording $160 (bundles available) Silicon Covers available   ArloQ Indoor 1080p Motion and Sound Alerts Audio Recording 130 degree of view 24 hour recording capable Two way Voice $220   ArloQ Plus Indoor 1080p Motion and Sound Alerts Audio Recording 130 degree of view 24 hour recording capable Two way Voice Local Storage capable (SD Card) PoE $250 Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. 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This Day in Tech History, Vlogging with GoPro and Rode Mics and Robot Lawn Mowers – HGG262

Listen Mobile: Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #262 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at The interns made me Raspberry Pie for my birthday.  The ultimate Geek Birthday treat! This day in tech history… 1969 – Apollo 10 returned to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the manned moon landing.  The first mission to go all the way to the moon, and never land on it 1981 – Satya Pal Asija received the first US patent for a computer software program. It was called Swift-answer. The patent took seven years to issue, and the validity of software patents has been debated ever since. 1995 – Realizing his company had missed the boat in estimating the impact and popularity of the Internet, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates issues a memo titled, “The Internet Tidal Wave,” which signaled the company’s focus on the global network. In the memo, Gates declared that the Internet was the “most important single development” since the IBM personal computer — a development that he was assigning “the highest level of importance.” Still, it is curious why it took someone who was regarded as a technology “innovator” so long to realize this. Mike’s Stuff Spotify updated their family plan. $ for 6 accounts Vlogging – New Rode VideoMic Go microphone and case for the GoPro camera Nikon D330 – New DSLR Reflector 2 App – presenting what is on your iPhone or iPad Tech Gadgets that Jim wants for his birthday WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower, 28-volt WG794 – Fully programmed out of the box for easy set-up and use AIA technology allows Landroid to make intricate cuts and navigate narrow passages Landroid evenly mows inclines and declines up to 20-degrees Landroid uses shock sensor system to mow around obstacles Automatically returns to base in case of rain or for recharging battery The Worx Landroid is the pre-programmable robotic mower that lets you customize daily mowing schedules. The Landroid runs 7 days a week giving your lawn a continuous manicured look by giving the grass a trim on a routine basis as opposed to traditional mowers that take off substantial amounts of grass on a less frequent basis. Among its many features, Landroid navigates narrow passages, cuts with precision on slopes angling up to 20 degrees and does it all with zero emissions. If your lawn is under 10750 ft2 and you want it to look great every day, the Landroid is designed precisely for you. The Intuitive keypad makes it easy to customize a mowing schedule so your lawn is neatly mowed every day. The low noise operation allows you to mow during the day or night. This allows you to wake up to a freshly mowed lawn every morning. The Landroid runs off of a 28V rechargeable battery so there are zero emissions. Video comparing 5 robo mowers – From the Mailbag To: About your adventure with Amazon, they were probing the account. If you had not caught it, you would have been the proud purchaser of some deep sea fishing gear or several alienware gaming PCs. For the best credit card security, use virtual account numbers (like citibank mastercard, I think BoA and others use it) for online/phone purchases. The virtual credit card number is tied to a vendor’s id.   You can set a limit and expiration date.  They act more like a prepaid card that you can reload anytime online.  When Citibank issued a new chip and pin/sign card, they moved all of my active virtual cards to the new number.  When there is a suspected/confirmed security breach at a vendor, Citibank deactivates the virtual card numbers for that vendor and doesn’t have to issue you a new card because the vendor never has your “real” credit card number, expirati on date and ccv.  This saves you the hassle of changing credit card info on unaffected vendors. Any payments make to the credit card don’t trickle down to the virtual card, for example, if a $10 charge is applied to a card with a $100 credit limit, the new credit limit is $90 regardless of any payments make to the “real” Credit card account until you change it. I have been using them for close to 10 years. The only cons so for are the maximum expiration date is 12 months, so every year you have to update expiration dates and credit limits on recurring virtual card, and some vendors need multiple cards because they have multiple divisions each with their own Mastercard vendor number, for example Amazon (need a differnent virtual card for , amazon payments, amazon digital, amazon warehouse, amazon marketplace, amazon kindle) You learn to time the virtual cards to expire in same month. One pro is I can set the credit limit and expiration date on each virtual card.  Say Fruit Computers starts a music service with a 3-month free trial, you know no matter what you do they are going to charge you for month four, so I setup a virtual card that expires in 12 months and has a $2 credit limit (they always hit the card with the “$1 is this a real card charge”).  If I don’t cancel the subscription I can change the credit limit to cover the remaining 9 months.  If you do cancel the subscription, they can’t charge your card because there isn’t enough credit left on the card.  Another pro, I can try a vendor I have no history with because I can set the credit limit to cover the expect charge. Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. 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Emily and James from Classy Little Podcast with Cheers to Gadgets – HGG261

Listen Mobile: Emily and James from Classy Little Podcast () joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #261 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at You can find Classy Little podcast Cheers to Gadgets at   Technology to enjoy the wine, one bottle at a time and never take out the cork! The Sonic Decanter Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Paul Braren, Hands on with the Ring Pro and Echo Star Wars Day – HGG259

Listen Mobile: Paul Braren from () and Twitter ()  joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #259 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at PT Timer was the PT or exercise app I mentioned, iOS only: Try the free Lite version first, to make sure it does what you need. You can also read more about the app at <;. PT Timer Lite <;uo=4> PT Timer <;uo=4> Here’s articles that related to the various topics we touched upon: My Ring Video Doorbell story starts a new chapter with Ring Video Doorbell Pro Order a TinkerTry’d Supermicro SuperServer Bundle – powerful and efficient home virtualization lab solutions World’s fastest consumer SSD – Samsung 950 PRO NVMe benchmark results How to boot Windows 10 from NVMe based PCIe storage, featuring Samsung 950 PRO SSD in a Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T Supermicro’s beloved iKVM Console Redirection is dumping problem-ridden Java for HTML5, yay! New Intel 6th generation Core i7 NUC, Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK with dual and up to 32GB of RAM Replacing your 60 watt bulb with the Cree TW Series LED, is it a bright idea? Weekly Echo Update Segment – Echo loves Star Wars Wednesday, May the Fourth is Star Wars Day. Celebrate with Echo—just ask: Echo, give me a ‘Star Wars’ joke. Echo, give me a ‘Star Wars’ fact Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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John Nye, VPN, Raspberry Pi 3, Wifi Pineapple Nano and Hacker Books – HGG258

Listen Mobile: John Nye from   joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #258 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Anonabox – – A little follow up and some questions for John Cyber Frontiers is back in action again on May 9th   PROXPN Lifetime Raspberry Pi 3 Info: Wifi Pineapple Nano (and Tetra) info: Dark Territory: The secret Cyber War:  Awesome Humble Bundle: Weekly Echo Update Segment – Echo, play my Flash Briefing? Earthday was April 22 Echo, what can I do for Earth Day? Echo, ask KidsMD about fever. – Boston Medical Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Hands on Review with Anonabox Team, Amazon Echo GBR (Go Big Red) Skill – HGG257

Listen Mobile: August Germar and Alan Burwell from    joins Jim Collison  and Mike Wieger from for show #257 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Anonabox – Primary use cases for this device As an average user, when would it work best for me? Free VPN – Opera Browser – Many of our guys are using Home Servers For VPN usage. What would be your advice there? About: 12 Employees 2 Years in Business 2782 Cups of Coffee 9 DOgs Founded 2014 We started on Kickstarter and Indiegogo and are now shipping internationally. Acquired in 2015 We were acquired in March of 2015 by Sochule, Inc, an innovative technology holding company. Located in Chico, CA Our headquarters are based in beautiful Chico, California, USA USA Developed Software All of our devices are flashed and assembled in the at our Chico, CA office. Tor Network Our devices use the Tor Network to protect your privacy and provide anonymity. VPN Capabilities Users may choose their own personal VPN service or leverage our unique partnership with HideMyAss! and their HMA! VPN Pro service for an added level of encryption. Guests AUGUST GERMAR Founder & CTO August is a security, privacy and IT guru with over 20 years of relevant experience. In addition to being a SysAdmin, he also owned his own ISP for 10+ years. ALAN BURWELL VP of Operations Alan brings over 8 years of Leadership, Sales, Marketing and eCommerce expertise to the team. He is responsible for coordinating all key business functions for Anonabox. Weekly Echo Update Segment Go Big Red Skill To use the GBR skill, try saying… Alexa, ask Go Big Red for Fight Song Alexa, ask Go Big Red for Tunnel Walk Alexa, ask Go Big Red for Touchdown Tommie Frazier GBR will play various Nebraska Cornhusker songs and sound clips. Full list of supported clips: Fight Song (There is No Place Like Nebraska) Hail Varsity Tunnel Walk Touchdown Tommie Frazier Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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