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The Luxor Mini, an Auto-focusing Flashlight That’s Small Enough to Fit in Your Pocket…

After a period of successful crowdfunding campaigns starting in 2014, PLX Devices was able to release its innovative adaptive digital focus Luxor flashlight to market. The original Luxor from 2014 had a digital focusing system, adjusting the width of the light beam without lenses or moving parts. Its 2015 follow-up, The Luxor 2, added an automatic adjustment feature that changes the width of the beam based on its surroundings, where its pointed, and its positioned. Now, the company announced the Luxor Mini, and PDL Devices promises that it’ll be the best device they’ve offered to date. Continue reading The Luxor Mini, an Auto-focusing Flashlight That’s Small Enough to Fit in Your Pocket…

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MiniDisc – Doc’D #62

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementation and lasting legacy of the MiniDisc media format.

1) MiniDisc Community Portal [minidisc.org]
2) The Oddity Archive, Episode 120: MiniDisc [https://youtu.be/HRlm7_ARJjI]
3) “RIP MiniDisc, 1992-2013” by Sascha Segan for PC Magazine, February 1, 2013 [http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415014,00.asp] Continue reading MiniDisc – Doc’D #62

The MucoJet, for Needle-Free, Painless Vaccinations…

Injections for vaccinations, while saving the lives of millions of people from common sicknesses and diseases, are still pretty painful; particularly for younger children who are most at risk of diseases. That might change within the next ten years, thanks to researchers in Dorian Liepmann’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley, who’ve developed the MucoJet. The creation is a needle-free, pill-sized, 3D-printed device that shoots a stream of vaccine into the tissue of the cheek, making vaccinations practically painless. Continue reading The MucoJet, for Needle-Free, Painless Vaccinations…

The Raspberry Pi Zero W, NOW WITH Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, Costs $10

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a great, tinier, $5 version of the Raspberry Pi that shrinks down the star of the original board to something resembling the size of a stick of gum. It was recently announced that the upcoming and updated Raspberry Pi Zero W, while including the same CPU and RAM as the original Pi Zero (even the Pi 1), NOW includes built-in Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi LAN — similar to the Pi 3 — for only $10! Continue reading The Raspberry Pi Zero W, NOW WITH Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, Costs $10

Sony has released a PlayStation VR Music Video that you can walk around in…

I have been a proud owner of the PlayStation VR hardware since its launch last year, and for the past several months I’ve enjoyed playing VR-based games and demos, while also having a fun time playing non-VR games in theater mode.  VR, in general, is successful when the visuals and audio become optimally immersive, but most of the focus had been on visuals.  To show how capable PSVR can be by having the audio and other sounds adapt to your movement in the virtual space, Sony brought in violinist Joshua Bell to record a 360-degree virtual reality studio session at Air Studios’ Lyndhurst Hall in London. This project, which features adaptive audio and positional tracking, allows the subject wearing the PSVR helmet to semi-realistically “step inside” the recording studio.

Continue reading Sony has released a PlayStation VR Music Video that you can walk around in…

Check Out the Progress on Apple’s “Spaceship” Campus #2…

You recall a few years back when news broke of the futuristic design of Apple’s new campus (you know, the one that kinda looks like a spaceship), and we’ve been given trickles of information from the company on a near-monthly basis on the construction progress. Now, thanks to some aerial quadcopter footage (because they ARE NOT DRONES; I don’t care how quick and fancy it sounds) of how far the construction of the “spaceship” campus has come. Continue reading Check Out the Progress on Apple’s “Spaceship” Campus #2…

Roku – Geek Me Five #23

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing five simple and interesting facts about the Roku streaming set-top box.

1) The Official Roku website [www.roku.com]
2) “19* Hidden Roku Tricks for Streaming Success,” PC Magazine [https://goo.gl/bXHELy]
3) The Official Roku Blog [https://blog.roku.com] Continue reading Roku – Geek Me Five #23

FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite

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There exist many photo editing programs, both online-based and offline-based.  In a sea of options, I wanted to see what made PearlMountain Technology Company’s FotoJet a practical online photo editing program. It must be said that it certainly helps to have had some experience with other photo editing products before jumping into any program of that type. Fortunately for newcomers, that won’t apply for FotoJet, as it lets you edit photos, create collages, make photo cards, posters and practically anything else with the greatest of ease, which — in my mind — makes it one of the best free online photo editors/collage maker available today. Continue reading FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite

“PDFConverter Free Converter Tool” Quick Review

Create and convert PDF to Word, Excel, Powerpoint online free  #pdf:

Back in the day (which I’m targeting at between 2003 and 2014), I remember using a number of programs and services to create PDFs from Microsoft Office (back when I USED to use it) files – from Word, Excel and PowerPoint – to creating Office files in those formats FROM a PDF file (which was a nightmare in many cases). Since I’ve moved to Google Drive exclusively as my office suite, I’ve had no issues translating Drive files to PDFs, but back in my days of using Office on an everyday basis, it can be best described as a coin toss in terms of PDF conversions working well. I was recently contacted by a representative from a company that offers a free, web-based PDF converter called, well, PDFConverter.com; which not only converts Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files to PDFs, but ALSO converts from PDFs to those Microsoft Office files. After some quick testing with some older Office files I have and a work computer that was running Office 2007, I was left very impressed. Continue reading “PDFConverter Free Converter Tool” Quick Review

Finally, Here’s an Internet Security Basics Course for the Whole Family; Just in Time for the Holidays!

Are you planning on spending time with your extended family this holiday season? Are you also the designated computer/techie/gadget-person of the family that EVERYONE tells their computer issues to or asks how to set up their devices? If so — I feel your pain — then you should consider having them take a seat and watch this series of internet security videos.  If fact, you should probably REQUIRE them to watch it.  Courtesy of a security company called Varonis, this course has five in-depth lessons on topics such as: creating a good and secure password, how to know what websites to trust, how to better protect your smartphone, and even a lesson about the internet of things (if they get something like a Nest, WeeMo, Amazon Echo, Google Home, or any other smart device like those). Continue reading Finally, Here’s an Internet Security Basics Course for the Whole Family; Just in Time for the Holidays!

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