By Jeffrey Powers
Apple HomePod Mini Unbox, Setup, and First Thoughts
November 20, 2020
At the November event, Apple announced a new addition to their Homepod line in the Homepod mini. This is a smaller assistant speaker that can be placed in multiple rooms to play music, get information, or set up as an intercom system.
Amazon Halo Unbox and First Look
November 13, 2020
Amazon is getting into the wearable market. Before you think it’s Alexa on your wrist, this is a very focused wearable that’s only job is to keep tabs on your health. This includes new ideas like the tone of your voice. At this point,
ATEM Streaming Bridge Setup and Configuration
November 06, 2020
The Blackmagic Streaming Bridge is a companion device for your ATEM mini pro or ISO which will allow you to stream from in-house, to across the world. Similar to streaming to Facebook or YouTube, the bridge allows you to get a 1080p video signal to the...
Kingston DataTraveler DUO drives, Encrypted Drive, Nucleum
November 03, 2020
Kingston launched some new DataTraveler USB drives for fast read/write speeds. DUO, and Kyzen drives for fast storage, and the DataTraveler 2000 for encrypted data. We take a look at the series. DataTraveler DUO This is a dual-sided USB drive.
TCL Series 6 TVs, Alto 3.1 Sound Bar
October 29, 2020
I talked with TCL about their new Series 6 TV lineup, along with their new sound bar offerings with Alto. We talk about all the new features, sizes, and more. TCL Roku Series 6 TVs The new series 6 TVs, available in up to 75 inches,
ThinkPad Legion 7i Laptop, ThinkPad X1 Fold Tablet from Lenovo
October 26, 2020
Most 2-in-1 computers only have one side for the screen, and either the keyboard detaches, or folds over. Lenovo has changed this idea with the X1 Fold, as the screen can fold to laptop, or a full 13.1 inch tablet. During the Pepcom event,
ViewSonic Adds 4k Projectors, Portable Gaming and ELITE Gaming Monitors
October 23, 2020
ViewSonic showed off a line of new monitors, a projector, and entered into the portable monitor ring. These new monitors will help up your PC gaming ability, or add to your home computer for those conference meetings we’re all a part of nowadays.
Gateway 14.1 inch Ultra Slim Notebook with THX
October 11, 2020
If you had a computer in 2000, you might have owned this iconic brand. Gateway has since changed, and currently owned by Taiwan based Acer Computers. They have continued to release new Windows models, including this Ultra-slim notebook (Model GWTN141-4...
What to Expect from the iPad Air 2020 4th Generation. Should You Wait?
October 01, 2020
The New iPad Air – Same as the old iPad Air. Except with a new chip. Oh, and a fingerprint sensor. Last week’s Apple announcement gave us a new watch with fitness and health apps. I talked about it last week in the first Focus. Now,
MOKOSE C100 Web Camera Unbox and Setup
September 30, 2020
I have a lot of small cameras to get into tight shots, but a lot of them really fail in quality. There are some action cams that work great, but are not for sending a signal out to a live stream. The Mokose C100 is a camera that does both.
Is Apple Watch Series 6 Worth the Purchase? Can You Afford It?
September 17, 2020
The other day, Apple made some major changes, and I’m not just talking about just a new watch and iPad. One of the things Apple reinforced was how we are starting to bring our watches into play. Just like that iconic photo: The person is surrounded by ...
Coda Bluetooth Stomp Pedal
July 19, 2020
If you use an iPad for page turns in your music, or using a computer for a teleprompter, this device is a great way to control the content so you don’t have to stop to make adjustments. Coda Music Technologies makes products for the iPad on stage.
Retro gaming with this Cheap Mini Entertainment Game Console
June 26, 2020
Editor’s Note – 24 hours after this post, the distributor removed the product. This device is a re-branded product, so I have linked to 2-3 other companies that also sell this unit. It’s the exact same unit. Also keep in mind,
Wirecast 13.2 BETA revamps the Chromakey
June 23, 2020
Telestream Wirecast released a Beta version of 13.2. During my weekly show “Wirecast Pros” (on Facebook), I showed off this new version of software. There are still bugs in it, so this is not software you should use in production, yet.
SanDisk iXpand for iOS, Ibi, Extreme Pro Portable Storage Solutions
June 19, 2020
SanDisk creates solutions for file backup, storage, and transfer for those times you need to move files quickly, and without any network connections. SanDisk has many different storage options – including MP3 players – you can use for photos, video,
HP ENVY Pro 6455 All-in-One Printer Unbox and First Look
June 17, 2020
HP has updated their line of ENVY printer line with the 6000 and 6400 Pro series. These desktop printers include Instant Ink options, just like with the HP Neverstop and HP Tango lines. Along with the HP Smart App,
Telestream Wirecast 13.1.3 Features with Stephen Heywood
June 10, 2020
I sit down with Stephen Heywood of Telestream, and talk about Wirecast 13.1.3, the features of the software, and how we use the software. Stephen is the Marketing Manager of Telestream, and also a content creator himself. He runs the Tech Buzz,
Kimafun Wireless 2.4 GHz Microphone and Lavalier Microphone System
June 06, 2020
As we switch to a more online meeting world, people are looking for easy cameras and microphones that won’t get in the way of these new video conversations. With a Wireless microphone, people have the ability to move around without being tethered down....
Panamation Telestrator with NDI for Streaming Video
June 05, 2020
Each week, I do a Facebook podcast for my group “Wirecast Pros” – a show about using a popular software switcher: Telestream Wirecast. This week, I talk about some software you can use to draw on the screen, called Panamation.
Quantum 2020 Roadmap with StorNext 6.4, NVMe Offerings, F Series Storage
May 27, 2020
I sit down and talk with Eric Bassier of Quantum to talk about their new solutions, including updates to StorNext, and NVME storage solutions. and ActiveScale object store system for indexing and archiving footage.
Set Up Raspberry Pi As a Zoom Machine
May 22, 2020
Last week, someone talked about how they are taxing their computer with work, plus a constant Zoom call. They wanted to set up another machine for this, but didn’t have a lot of money. That is why I started looking for alternate options. Of course,
EditShare Introduces EFSv, AirFlow (with Zoom Functions) for Remote Editing, Collaboration
May 20, 2020
Stephen Tallamy, CTO of EditShare, joined the Virtual Conference Coverage 2020 to talk about their new Cloud service called “EFSv”. This allows for remote editing from around the world. Using Terradici, your videos are easily accessible to sort, edit,
Thinkware x700 Gives Your Car with Rear View Camera, GPS
May 19, 2020
Keeping your vehicle safe, especially in these times, is important. That is why Thinkware has created the x700 dual dash camera. This is a 2 camera system that lets you record what happens in front of your car, and in back. The x700 is a 2.
Munchpak: Taste Delicious Snacks from Countries Around the World
May 18, 2020
One of the coolest things about travel is the ability to taste the cuisine. From restaurants, to how the fast food looks and tastes different from around the world, to even the snacks you can get from the local bodega (because travel always involves la...
Canon Turns Your EOS Camera into a Webcam with this Beta Utility
May 13, 2020
Canon last week announced a Beta Utility for EOS cameras so you can use it as a webcam. I take a look at how it installs, and how you can use it for your Zoom, Skype, Hangout, or just as another camera for a multi-camera event.
Creating my First Adobe Character Animator Puppet from Scratch
May 11, 2020
I’ve been playing with Character Animator on and off for the last couple years. It’s a fun program, but it also takes a little bit of commitment if you want to use it for any video. Nonetheless, one of my goals during this quarantine period is to build...
Blackmagic Design Updates ATEM Mini Pro, Pocket 6K Camera
May 01, 2020
I was joined by Bob Caniglia from Blackmagic Design to talk about some of the cool updates they have. Blackmagic Design released the ATEM Mini Pro, and also made a price drop on their 6K cinema camera. With these items,
Kerv Interactive Video Adds Vertical Video to Deep Link Technology
April 28, 2020
If you’ve ever thought “Hey, it would be great if I could tell people where to find that blouse (or camera, or car, etc) on my video”, then Kerv might be of interest to you. Interactive video with powerful technology that can dig down to the pixel leve...
Use Character Animator, NDI Tools to Enhance Zoom, Skype Teleconference
April 25, 2020
As we start embracing the teleconference apps, we see people who want to do more than show their faces. Some have dirty rooms, so they implement the virtual background – which cuts off parts of their bodies as they move around.
Blue Microphones Yeticaster, Nano, Raspberry Comparison
April 22, 2020
Last week, I was asked to compare some of my favorite Blue Microphones. I pulled out my 3 favorites, to show you how they sound. The Yeti, Nano, and Raspberry. Each of these microphones have their own use, and work for any podcaster, vlogger,
LEGO Brickmaster Amy Corbett Talks LEGO Masters, Building Passion
April 08, 2020
Heading up to the final 2 episodes of LEGO Masters on FOX, I sat down with Brickmaster and LEGO Senior Design Manager Amy Corbett. We talked LEGO Masters, The planning it takes to design creations, and some tips when building your own masterpieces.
iRig Mic Series to Get the Right Audio from Your Phone
April 06, 2020
IK Multimedia has a great line of microphones that can improve your phone’s audio. I’ve used the handheld microphone in conference situations, and know how important it is to condense the ambient noise. Today,
EROS Scale from INEVIFIT Tracks Weight, BMI, Water, and More
April 03, 2020
During this time of #StayAtHome, being able to keep your health up is a valuable thing. Watching your weight, and making sure your healthy is key to getting through this tough time. EROS is here to help with a scale that tracks more than weight.
Book a Virtual Interview with Geekazine
April 01, 2020
Part of Geekazine’s business model is to go to events and get product interviews. Of course, with current events, that cannot happen. That is why I have taken this online. Through my Calendly page, you can schedule a time to talk about your product.
iRig Pro Duo I/O Dual Audio Interface for Recording, Practice
March 26, 2020
Creating music and podcasts has gotten even more portable with the iRig Pro Duo I/O. This interface, by IK Multimedia, allows you to record two tracks of separated audio into a phone or computer. It gives your smartphone a better way to use the microph...
HP Neverstop 1202w with Low Cost Refill Toner for SMB Review
March 25, 2020
It’s not anything fancy. It will scan. It will print. And with the app, it will fax out. The HP Neverstop 1202w is a USB and Wireless connected printer that will print right out-of-box. 5,000 pages, to be exact.
How to Prepare Your Area for Video Conferencing Perfection
March 24, 2020
We are all doing it now – in order to work, we need to video conference. Maybe you’re also joining on a podcast or starting your own. I was on a video call where participants used the webcams on their laptops, which pointed up to their faces.
EZVIZ Home Security Cameras C1C and C6CN PT
March 18, 2020
Building up your home security camera system? EZVIZ has updated their line with USB plug cameras. This includes a Pan-Tilt (PT) offering so you can see the surroundings. EZVIZ C1C This is a static camera in 720 and 1080p versions.
The One Keyboard Air Teaches You How to Play Piano
March 16, 2020
It is a good time to learn how to play an instrument. Piano is a fun thing to learn, and you can impress your friends by playing a couple favorite songs when it’s sitting in the corner at a party. The One is a keyboard company that makes several keyboa...
Cheap In-Ear Monitor Showdown: 5 Driver In-Ear Monitors?
March 15, 2020
I compare in-ear monitors from BASN, AS, KZ, and CCA to see if they match the performance from a pro in-ear headphone at a fraction of the price.
Mevo Start is a Small and Simple Livestreaming Solution
February 06, 2020
At CES 2020, I met up with the folks at Mevo. The company has been through some changes, as CEO Max Haot bought back the camera in April, 2019. Their newest offering is the Mevo Start. I sit with Nathan from Mevo to talk about the camera,
We.Lock AI.one Smart Lock Targets AirBnB Market
February 05, 2020
At CES 2020, WeLock shows off several wireless locks, including models that help you manage your AirBnB listings. WeLock is one of the top 5 smart locks in the European market. WeLock allows for access using a keypad, smart card access,
Roland GO:LIVECAST Livestreaming Studio for Phones
February 04, 2020
If you want to live stream using multiple phones, then check out Roland’s new offering, called GO:LIVECAST. I got to check it out at CES 2020, and it looks pretty amazing – perfect for the creator that has limited recording space.
Hohem iSteady X 3-axis Gimbal for Smartphones
January 31, 2020
At CES 2020, I talked with Hohem Technology Co. about their new 3-axis gimbal camera stabilizers. Using the app, this device connects the joystick to the phone, so you can control from the stabilizer. The iSteady X is the newest of the stabilizers.
Sure Petcare Helps Your Pet be Independent and Safe
January 30, 2020
Pet Care is more simple than ever with Sure Petcare. Your pet’s microchip can help you not only keep track of your pet, but also help feed them, let them in/out, and more. We look at the primary offerings at Sure Petcare at CES 2020.
Smart Belt Tells Waist Size and Gives Fall Risk Assessment
January 29, 2020
Seems like everything is smart nowadays. This includes your belt! It doesn’t tighten or loosen after a meal, but it does give you information about your waist size, and if you’re not doing too good. The Smart Belt Pro This is a premium Italian leather ...
Lenovo Shows Yoga Flex 5G Laptop, Motorola Razr, ThinkReality A6, and More at CES 2020
January 28, 2020
At the Lenovo pop up area at CES 2020, they company showed off several technologies, including the new Yoga Flex 5G laptop Qualcomm showed off during their keynote. The Motorola Razr was also present, along with several other new technologies Lenovo is...
IOGEAR Announces Upstream Pro, 4K Video Capture and Live Stream Gear
January 25, 2020
IOGEAR has entered into the live stream capture game. New products that will capture cameras, game consoles, and more for your YouTube, Twitch, or Facebook Live video production. At CES 2020, I got a first look at all the cool new gear that will be com...
SmaCircle is a Compact Foldable Electric Scooter Bike
January 23, 2020
E-bikes are a great way to get around town, but in the past have been too big to really transport. SmaCircle has changed that idea with a fully foldable bike that can get you to work and back. It’s so small, you can fit it in a backpack!
Huawei Mate Foldable Hands On
January 22, 2020
At CES 2020, I got to check out the Huawei Mate X foldable. This is a continuous screen foldable running on Android. About the Huawei Mate X The Mate X is an outward foldable screen. When collapsed, the screen is over 6 inches (which can be used on eit...