A new tablet worth looking at

Google Nexus 7
The newest Google Nexus 7 has a 7-inch full HD screen.
Its pricing starts at $229 for 16GB.
It’s screen displays 30 apps at a time.
You can have user profiles and restrictions.
Screen resolution of 1920 x 1200.
5-megapixel rear camera.
Android 4.3 installed.
9 hours battery life.
Lighter, thinner, not as wide but taller than its predecessor.

~ Jody Victor

Can YOUR car be hacked?

(Reuters) A couple of white-hat hackers (those who are hired to find software vulnerabilities) set out to hack some cars. They were able to force a Toyota Prius to brake when it was going 80 miles per hour, jerk its steering wheel, or accelerate its engine. They can disable the brakes on a Ford Escape at slow speeds so it keeps moving no matter how hard the driver tries to stop.

They were actually doing this sitting in the cars with a laptop on their laps hooked to the network of the cars. They didn’t do it remotely, but this did uncover security flaws.

The two hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, will detail their findings ans publish the techniques they used in a 100-page white paper. This research was conducted with a grant from the U.S. government. They will also release the software they built to do this at this week’s Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas.

~ Jody Victor

SIM cards, Apple, Nokia news

Can you SIM card be hacked? A German cryptographer claims to have found some flaws and will reveal them at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on July 31.

Other news…

~ Jody Victor

Something new from MIT

Play with a new tool from MIT. It allows you to see how the NSA sees you. Be logged into your Google account, click the link and you will see what the government sees about you. The information that a stranger can learn about you are mapped on this tool.
The NSA can identify teams and their leaders.
Big nodes that don’t show linkages reveal relationships that are best hidden. These are seen as potential areas for blackmailers as they could be due to direct email to mistresses, doctors, lawyers, etc.

~ Jody Victor

Like Android?

Well you may have used it on your phone or even a tablet. But now you can use it on a full size all-in-one home computer.
According to HP’s blog, HP has developed the Slate21: a 21.5-inch IPS touch-screen. It runs Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor and Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean).

Now you can stream your Netflix in style. Imagine playing Angry Birds on this size screen.

They are working out the ability for future upgrades. The starting price point for this is only $399!

~ Jody Victor

Have you ever tried to use a GPS while on a motorcycle?

If you have, you know it’s nearly impossible. The screen is hard to see in sunlight, you’d have to take your eyes off the road to look at it or keep pulling over. It’s hard to hear what it is saying. These are just a few of the problems.

LiveMap, a Russian company, has been working on a helmet with built-in GPS for the past 5 years. It is Android-based and 4-G. It uses voice technology. Battery should last a full day. They have several prototypes working now.

Price will be $2000. (Early birds $1500.)

Read more about it here.

~ Jody Victor

What’s a good tech gift for Father’s Day?

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we found some top picks for your dad.

Under $100 From Cnet:

  • Roku 3 – Has more than 750 channels including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Vudu.
  • Apple TV – If your dad is an Apple person, this would be the better choice – it has most of the same things as Roku 3 but will also stream from iTunes.
  • Seagate Backup Plus – a USB drive that lets dad drag and drop up to 1 TB of data.
  • Logitech Harmony 650 universal remote – Program on the web to control up to 5 devices at once. A good gift for a couch potato.
  • Dayton Audio B652 bookshelf speakers – They sound great for the low price.
  • Amazon Kindle 2012 – At just $69 this has a long-lasting battery and paperlike screen.
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch (2011) – This offers a touch screen, expansion slot for more memory, long battery life, wi-fi access at Barnes & Noble stores.
  • Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 – This will work with Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone and switch among the devices.
  • JBL Flip Bluetooth speaker – compact in design, can be used vertically or horizonatally, has speakerphone capabilities.

For more gift ideas check out:

~ Jody Victor

See what’s coming to streaming radio

A few of the most popular online radio services are Pandora, Slacker, and Spotify. There are a few others such as Songza, Soma.fm, and TuneIn. There is another one in the works tentatively called iRadio from Apple. It is speculated it will be unveiled next week at WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference June 10-14.) What will make iRadio different from Pandora is its integration with iTunes making it easy for someone to purchase a song they like. Like Pandora, there will be a free ad-driven version and a paid ad-free version.

~ Jody Victor

How smart is your house?

Last week’s episode of Apprentice featured some innovations from LG Electronics. The celebrities had to come up with commercials for their smart appliances. It starts with the LG Intuition: part cell phone, part tablet, part e-reader. Through this you can control your kitchen. The refrigerator can keep track of the food you have, expiration dates, help with grocery lists, and even give you recipes with the ingredients you have on hand. You can also keep track of the timing on your laundry, oven temperatures etc. This is worth looking into!
~ Jody Victor

Ever wonder what the very first website was?

Well, Jody, according to mashable.com, CERN – the people responsible for web standards has found a 1992 copy of their site. You can view it at its original URL. They are trying to find an earlier version from their very first site in 1991. In April 1993, they made the WWW technology available royalty-free.

Other beginnings:
See an article by Business Insider showing what 14 popular websites looked like when they first launched in comparison to now.

Happy Earth Day, Jody Victor!

Since today is Earth Day, below are some “green” tips.

Recycle your old smartphone:

Ideas for utilizing tech and staying green:

See how companies are being green or making it easier for you to be green

New news in tech this week

So here are some links to some articles and items new in tech this week:

Microsoft has new 2-step verification process for Microsoft accounts (formerly Windows Live ID), including SkyDrive, Outlook.com, and Messenger.

Google Glass Explorer editions will be rolling out in early May. They should be available by the end of the year for under $1,500.

CGI iPhones video

Roku 3 came last month. Here is a new review.

So what’s so different about a Facebook phone?

Well, Jody, we found this article that explains it. It’s not really a “phone”. It’s not really an “os”. It’s not even really an “app”. It is more of a homepage to your phone. Right now when you unlock your phone, you are faced with maybe a clock, a widget, some apps, maybe all on wallpaper. With Facebook Home, you will see a Facebook interface with your friend feeds, some photos, or chat bubbles. Facebook Home replaces the lock screen and homescreen of your phone.

Facebook Home becomes available as a download through Google’s Play Store April 12. As of now, Facebook Home is exclusively for Android users. Sorry Windows and iOS users.

Past and Present April Fool’s technology pranks:

This year’s Google joke:
Google Nose Beta
YouTube shuts down

Past jokes From Google:
Google 8-bit Maps
Chrome Multitask Mode
Google NASCAR Racing
Google self-driving cars in NASCAR
Gmail Tap
Google Street Roo
The YouTube Collection
Go Ro
Google Fiber (bar)
Google Voice for Pets
Jargon-Bot
Interplanetary Reporting on Google Analytics
Google’s Canine Hiring Process

Past pranks from other places:
Warby Barker – Glasses for Dogs
Redfin 2-click House Purchase
ThinkGeek Examples:

~ Jody Victor

New App from Google: Google Keep

If you’re on the run and you need a quick note to yourself, then you can use Google Keep. Your notes are stored on your Google Drive and synced to all your devices. You can even speak your notes and they will be transcribed automatically. There a search to find what you’re looking for. You can delete the note when you are finished with it. Google Keep works with Android 4.0 and above.

~ Jody Victor

What is the Difference between Windows RT and Windows 8?

Some people have bought the Microsoft Surface tablet thinking they were getting Windows 8 when they really got Windows RT. So what’s the difference? Windows 8 is a full OS like you would have on any laptop or desktop. Windows RT is a mobile OS that works with apps rather than programs. If you want a full Office Suite on your tablet, then you want Windows 8, but if you can settle for an app, you can use Windows RT. Some other differences are price, size, weight, thickness, connectivity. You can find a full comparison chart here.

So depending on what you want to use a Surface tablet for, you can find the correct one to purchase.

~ Jody Victor

Do you use eBooks?

Here are some sites with tips of how to organize your eBook collection:

These are just several of the ideas out there for organizing your eBooks. Hope this helps.

~ Jody Victor

Here are some interesting websites

  • Wired.com – what is interesting is they have sections called GeekDad and GeekMom. Within those sections you will find bulletin boards, latest games, projects you can do with your kids, and much more. Check it out.
  • ThinkGeek – This site sells “stuff for the smart masses.”
  • Awsome Geek Stuff – This site is an “online geek catalogue.”
  • How-to Geek – This site is a source of how-to articles easy enough for beginners but useful also for geeks.
  • Mashable – “a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation.”

~ Jody Victor

Read about CNN Tech’s favorite Rules of the Internet

I was telling Jody about this article I ran across the other day on the internet called “Meet the Rules of the Internet“. They chose some of their favorites from different places (most are tongue-in-cheek.) They are as follows:

  • Nothing is Sacred. No exceptions
  • Anything you post will eventually become public.
  • Anything you post can and will be used against you.
  • If you post something epically stupid it will go viral.
  • Whatever viral thing you love today you will come to hate tomorrow.
  • However bizarre or obscure your interests, someone shares them.
  • There are facts on the internet if you know where to look.
  • Everything on the internet is free or will be soon.
  • Post pictures or it didn’t happen. (Photoshop is an amazing tool.)
  • If it exists, there is porn of it.
  • YOU SHOULD NEVER WRITE IN ALL CAPS.
  • Anything can be made better by adding cats … or babies.