Words from Nerds

Words from Nerds

  • Words from Nerds 240: DYI

    Apr 14, 2014 | 31 min
    Summary: Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Could you use some tech to help you with your next project? We've got a bunch of apps to help with just about anything you can think of. And the nerd news covers a super cool cutting board gift idea and what Disney is doing with those new Magic Bands. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 30:27 Nerd News Flash: Do you need a hardboiled Galaxy S5? If so check out this video. For all those facially furry folks who get smooching complaints, heres how to get a Soft Goat. And if you know any OCD chefs out there, maybe they need the accuracy of this new cutting board. People at Amazon are running around screaming FIRE! and thats a good thing...
  • Words from Nerds 239: Headphones Review

    Mar 26, 2014 | 42 min
    Summary: This week concludes our three-part audio series with a focus on headphones. We’ll cover everything from in-ear earbuds, on-ear and noise-canceling devices. Plus our Nerd News Flash with news about libations that only real Star Trek fans could appreciate. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 41:43 Nerd News Flash: Google Glass on the roadmap to become more fashionable Audi self driving car powered by NVidia Gravity Waves work Long overdue, perhaps? Klingon Beer. To infinity and beyond! Not quite, but the ISS is getting new crew. Featured Story: Headphones Custom High End earbuds like professional musicians (check out who uses these here) High end (read that stays...
  • Words from Nerds 238: Home Theater Speakers

    Mar 19, 2014 | 39 min
    Summary: In our continuing series on speaker technology, we’re talking about home theater speakers this week. With solutions that can satisfy any budget, we’ll share some considerations and resources that will help you make this all-important decision for your home theater, game room, or listening spot. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 38:56 Nerd News Flash: iPad2 is gone OneNote to battle Evernote Google Drive is cheaper a graphic with a 1 pixel moon Featured Story: Home Theater Speaker Systems We continue our discussion of speakers with this week’s special on Home Theater Speaker systems. We will review several different brands, from a high level, but more importan...
  • Words from Nerds 237: Wireless Speakers

    Feb 26, 2014 | 38 min
    Summary: Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on various forms of audio technology. Each show will focus on a specific segment of audio technology, such as headphones, car audio, wireless speaker technology, and home theater sound systems. Today we're going to discuss wireless speaker tech. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 37:12 Nerd News Flash: GM expands recall. The end of Microsoft in your FORD? Apple releases Mavericks 10.9.2 update, patching a critical SSL loophole. BlueAnt Pump HD headphones. Featured Story: Audio Technology Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on various forms of audio technology. Each show will focus on a specific segment of aud...
  • Words from Nerds 236: Have We Got A Video?

    Feb 11, 2014 | 34 min
    Summary: In our continuing discussion of cameras, our focus turns to action video cameras this week. Everyone has probably heard of the GoPro by now. But there is new competition in terms of size and price that's emerging from some familiar brands. We've got this, plus some great listener feedback to share from last week's show. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 33:34 Listener Feedback: Chris told us he ended up getting a Sony NEX-7 that he loves because you can easily pull it out of the bag and quickly get a great picture. Violet and her husband are huge fans of the Canon DSLRs. She has the Rebel t5i and, while it takes great pictures, the lens is extremely noisy whe...
  • Words from Nerds 235: Cameras

    Feb 05, 2014 | 45 min
    Summary: We get into a discussion about photography and cameras this week. Mike wants to pursue his interest in photography and would like to use his upcoming vacation as a learning opportunity. We'll discuss different sets of requirements and try to address the myriad options of camera equipment available. You don't have to break your budget to get started. But a little good advice can go a long way towards saving you from making costly mistakes when buying gear or capturing those precious moments. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 44:17 Featured Story: Taking photography to the next level We get into a discussion about photography. When you want to learn about takin...
  • Words from Nerds 234: Bags

    Jan 30, 2014 | 29 min
    Summary: You invest a lot of money in your tech gear. You take it with you practically everywhere you go. But what about the bags that hold all of the gear? Are they helping you? Did you know how many options there are and what some of the features are? Are they TSA approved for you travelers out there? What about donating or recycling all of those conference bags that you have lying around the house? We've got tons of links to help you sort through all of this. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 28:30 Nerd News Flash: The sun will come out tomorrow? Solar powered Apple laptops. Aleve-iate your heart. Lego around the world. In a browser. Fastest way to get the news off...
  • Words from Nerds 233: Food Tech

    Jan 23, 2014 | 36 min
    Summary: How are you using tech to assist in your food preparation, shopping or dining experiences? We've got a bunch of apps to talk about. Oddly, most of them have red icons. What's up with that? Plus we'll share some pastry delights in our Nerd News Flash. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 35:57 Listener Feedback: Longtime listener Chris from Florida sent an email last week in response to our discussion about hot water tank alternatives. He had an interesting new idea to share with everyone. Nerd News Flash: Need more storage capacity for that tablet? Here’s a wireless TB hard drive from Lacie that may solve your problems. Need an adult cocktail/dessert all-in-one?...
  • Words from Nerds 232: Get the LED Out

    Jan 15, 2014 | 40 min
    Summary: There are plenty of ways to make your home more efficient. How many are you taking advantage of? How many are you even aware of? We've got a lot of practical tips to help you save money running your home. And some cool news about the camera in the next iPhone in our Nerd News Flash. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 39:32 Nerd News Flash: Google glasses have some competition. Optical image stabilization for Apple. Put another way, it’s OIS for iOS. Check your visual scanning. It all started with a Big Bang. Microsoft out to SEA. Primary Objective:Home Efficiencies We're going to discuss several new technologies to help make our homes much more efficient. One ...
  • Words from Nerds 231: CES 2014

    Jan 08, 2014 | 35 min
    Summary: The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is underway this week. So, of course, this means lots of new gadgets and announcements. We'll share some of the coolest news coming out of the show in its first few days. We are already excited to try out a bunch of these. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 34:43 Nerd News Flash: Fitbit for your feets! Want to see a large item from Amazon? i, Robot (the movie, not the vacuum) actually has Audi ahead of the curve! Is wireless charging for the phone a reality? Predator heat sensing tech in your iPhone 5! It's so cold in Canada the ground exploded. Speaking of explosions, here's a video of the world's largest firework di...
  • Words from Nerds 230: Clean Slate

    Jan 03, 2014 | 27 min
    Summary: It's a brand new year and you've probably thought of some new year's resolutions. But do any of those apply to the tech in your house? We'll share some ideas for cleaning up some old, lingering problems that will hopefully have your tech in the best shape possible for 2014. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 26:27 Nerd News: Need your own Mars Rover? Samsung taking a shot at Sonos. Need more caffeine in the morning? Need a case just Incase? Put a little more style in your stylus from Wacom. Main Topic: Clean as a Clean Slate! Reinstalling software on computers Reimaging tablets or phones Backup files, local, cloud, other Redo your wireless security Change pass...
  • Words from Nerds 229: Leggo My LEGO

    Dec 19, 2013 | 24 min
    Summary: A car made entirely out of Lego? Cool! How about a recap of the year in a six minute video? It's hard to remember some of these events. What a busy year it was. And Mike recaps the installation experience for the new NEST Protect Smoke Alarm. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 23:57 Mobile App of the Week: Nest Protect: the cool smoke and carbon monoxide detector from the folks that brought you the Nest learning thermostat. Nerd News: Huge data breach at US Target stores. Millions of customer credit and debit card information was stolen. Now that Science Engineering Week is over, what can we conclude about the reports touting the one hour of code progress that...
  • Words from Nerds 228: School Tech

    Dec 10, 2013 | 31 min
    Summary: Have you done your hour of coding this week? It's Science Education Week and we'll share some terrific free resources that can help get you started with some of the core programming languages for the web today. This is an episode you won't want to miss if you know someone who aspires to be the next great coder or just wants to learn new skills, even if they are not IT related. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 30:40 Mobile App of the Week: Poems by Heart - A great app to bring a new look and feel to poetry. Nerd News: Computer Science Education Week is December 9-15, 2013. Learn to code. Learn to code for free at the Code Academy. iTunes University App Store ...
  • Words from Nerds 227: Giving Thanks

    Nov 26, 2013 | 35 min
    Summary: The new consoles are out and moving quickly. Are upgrades in your future? We'll talk about some options that you may not have known about in case you are looking to do a tech refresh for the holidays. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 34:15 Mobile App of the Week: Amazon Instant Video - updated app to include AirPlay and IMDB. Nerd News: PlayStation 4 and XBOX One sales off to great starts, each selling 1M units in the 1st 24 hours. Microsoft admits that some XBOX One units are plagued by hardware problems. GameStop offering published rates for trade-in on games and consoles. Amazon is also getting in on the trade in business and it even applies to books! A n...
  • Words from Nerds 226: Save the Clock Tower!

    Nov 13, 2013 | 31 min
    Summary: November 12th is a special day in history for nerd movie buffs. We'll tell you about it in Nerd History if we have "time". Adobe's security breach was bigger than they admitted and now over 150 MILLION accounts are posted on line. We'll tell you how you can find out if yours was hacked. And a man buys a desk on craigslist and finds something big inside. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 30:59 Nerd News: Over 150 Million accounts breached at Adobe and have surfaced online. Are you on the list? How long does a hard drive last? This study tested more than 25,000 spinning drives. Man buys desk on Craigslist for $200, finds $98,000 inside Apple begins selling the ...
  • Words from Nerds 225: Holiday Shopping Guide

    Nov 06, 2013 | 48 min
    Summary: We've got a ton of shopping ideas for you, conveniently arranged in groups by price. There's lots here for nerds to love. Which will make your shopping list? Which ones are you looking at that we haven't listed? OK, there are probably tons. But we'd love to hear about the really cool ones. Game on! Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 47:04 Mobile App of the Week: LinkedIn app updated for iPad. New Nike+Move for iPhone5S Nerd News: Time to get ready for the crazy shopping holidays. Here is our review of some of the top items: Sub $50 range: Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset The Complete Carving Set Special Release beers from the Funky Buddha Brewery Milescraft 1300 O...
  • Words from Nerds 224: Borglum not Kruger

    Oct 30, 2013 | 32 min
    Summary: Happy Halloween! We've got a Cylon Pumpkin to tell you about! We've also got a report that shows quite a wide range of performance time across new mobile devices. And two new Marvel movie trailers that have us excited. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 31:45 Mobile App of the Week: Trainyard: a puzzle of tracks. Temple Run: Oz - free for a limited time if you get to it through the Apple Store app Nerd News: 70,000 Matchbooks available The trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring time travel Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer is also out. Really? Microsoft OSes only half as efficient as Apple OSes on same hardware? Laser connections in space?...
  • Words from Nerds 223: For the low price of… FREE

    Oct 23, 2013 | 48 min
    Summary: Apple tells us what else they had to cover. It includes new iPads, MacBooks and lots of software. Microsoft has some new updates, too. Which will be on your shopping lists this holiday season? Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 47:10 Mobile App of the Week: The iLife and iWork suites get major updates. We cover them in our Nerd News segment this week. Nerd News: Apple announcements iPad Air - thinner, but no Touch ID. Ships in November. iPad Mini - gets retina display, ships in November. Macbook Pro - updated with Haswell and available today Mac Pro - shipping in December OS X Mavericks - compressed memory, better power consumption/battery life on existing dev...
  • Words from Nerds 222: What’s In Store?

    Oct 16, 2013 | 35 min
    Summary: New iPads seem to be coming next week, thanks to a tweet from T-Mobile's CEO. For Disney fans, get a sneak peak at the new Avatar Land that is coming to Orlando's theme park. Owners of D-Link routers should be aware of a major security backdoor that may affect you. And we've got a mobile app of the week to help you organize your online reading for when you have time to sit down and read. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 34:38 Mobile App of the Week: Pocket (formerly Read It Later) - a free service with apps for your iOS and Android mobile devices. Nerd News: D-Link routers may be vulnerable What’s the most counterfeited bill in the world? Well, new tech is g...
  • Words from Nerds 221: The Government Ate My Homework

    Oct 09, 2013 | 38 min
    Summary: Yahoo Mail gets a makeover for it's sweet sixteen. Mike preordered a sweet new smoke detector that talks to you. And the government shutdown is affecting Stephanie's homework. For real! We've got all this and more cool nerd news from Disney, our Mobile App of the Week and the passing of a legendary author in the Week in Nerd History. Hosts: Tom Kresic, John Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 37:06 Mobile App of the Week: Speed Test App - when you have to know your ISP link speed. Nerd News: Yahoo gives Mail on iOS a major makeover with disposable addresses, conversations and 1TB space. A smoke detector with a voice. From the guys that make the NEST thermostat. The new Star Wars trilo...

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