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Geekly:Weekly – The Return Of The Geek

Justin Wylesky

It has been nearly a year since issue 51 hit, and a lot has happened. For those of you who remember reading issue 51, it was a bittersweet farewell to Preston, the then editor of G:W and beloved teammate, as he transitioned to a new career outside of GKB. At that time the reigns of G:W was handed over to one David Jarvey, geek extraordinaire/co-founder of G:W, with the assistance of the talented Kevin Haugen. We were all geared up to carry on the legacy laid before us. Sadly, this was not to be, and the gears in the machine simply did not seem to engage enough to keep this publication moving. Right when we were sure we were about to get it in gear, Kevin accepted a new position with the radio station in Beaver Dam. This in turn put some new responsibilities on his plate, making less time for our humble publication. We hope once he gets settled into his new position we can get him to moonlight a little and send a few articles our way. We wish him the best in his new position outside of the Wireless Team.

What does this mean for G:W and more importantly for you the reader? In short it means a new direction for the remaining G:W team. I will be taking over the responsibilities of getting this publication out to you on a weekly basis when possible. Also, Jarvey and myself will be writing articles for each issue. If all goes well we may even get a few more teammates on our writing staff in the near future. Regardless, you can look forward to some potential new features combined with the familiar content you have come to expect from Geekly:Weekly. Hold on readers, it’s going to be a wild ride.

Seven Hugs - Smart Remote

A Versatile Remote For Every Smart Home
A warm embrace for your smart home

David Jarvey

All of us have run into the same problem whether it’s at our house or someone else’s

Why do you have so many remotes and which one do I use to change the channel?

Some people have gone with their television providers remote because you can program and select a few different things like your television, surround sound and cable box. Others have gone even further and spent hundreds of dollars on a remote they thought would solve their problems but it was just an expensive remote with too many buttons that didn’t do the right things. Then after all of the frustrations we all end up just bringing back out the old remotes we thought we could get rid of and Why? Well simply because they get the job done the right way.

Now what if there was a company that decided to push the boundaries of something as simple as a remote?

Well then you end up with a company called SevenHugs which bring to you the world’s first true smart remote.

Replace Your Old Remotes With A Sleek New One

The Sevenhugs smart remote is the first remote that truly wants to consolidate all of your remotes into one central location so you don’t have to worry about the frustrations of explaining which remote goes for what device and how to turn things on and off. In the craze of the smart home, smart television, smart lights and smart anything else they want to make things easier by making sure you only have to worry about one device to control them all.

Are you tired of replacing batteries on your remotes?

Perfect this remote has a charging base you just set it down on and it will recharge just like your cell phone.

Worried it won’t work on your Apple TV, or your Sonos system?

They have you covered as the remote works with devices connected to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Infrared.

Ever lose your remote and have a rage session ripping your couch and chairs apart trying to find it?

Great news! The charging base for your new remote has a lost and found button so just press away and the alarm will sound from the remote so it’s easy to find.

This remote has the ability to control over 25,000 different products that range from a Philips Hue, PlayStation 4, Nest thermostat and of course your television. Their dream will be a reality shortly as they’re already green lit on Kickstarter and will start shipping in the next few months here.

SevenHugs has put a lot of time and effort into this crazy gadget in order to make it the most versatile remote ever made, simply to make our lives easier.

Click the link and find out more!

Sevenhugs Website

https://remote.sevenhugs.com/

Kickstarter Website

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/901859853/sevenhugs-smart-remote-the-first-remote-for-everyt

Update: Sevenhugs was honored at the 2017 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

CES 2017 Best of Innovation Award Winner

Love Bytes

Valentines gifts for the Geek in your life

Justin Wylesky

With the Valentine Holiday close approaching, the scramble to find the perfect gift for our special someone’s is in full effect. We dash around department stores, in and out of malls, and even shop online at our favorite e-retailer to find just the right bauble to show how much we care. Sometimes we luck out and hit it out of the park, but more often than not we end up picking up something that will end up in someone’s junk drawer and quickly forgotten. Here are a few ideas for gifts guaranteed to inspire love.

Keeping Your Music Isolated From The Noise Of The World

1. Bose QuietComfort QC35 Wireless Headphones

Maybe your valentine is an Audiophile who seems to have a set of headphones glued to their head. Or maybe they just purchased a new Cellular Device that is missing the all-important 3.5mm audio jack. This thoughtful gift is simply perfect. The Bose QuietComfort headphones provide a noise canceling high end audio experience without the need for wires. It can connect with your devices via a built in Bluetooth system or via NFC. The integrated battery allows for up to 10 hours of play time at full volume, and charges quickly with micro-USB.

A Robot Friend

2. Anki Cozmo

Is your Valentine a tech loving adult who acts like a big child… you will make them more than happy with this little robot. Cozmo is a small robot that looks like it’s straight out of the movie Wall-e. It features a form of artificial intelligence making Cozmo self-aware, capable of recognizing its owner, and expressing robot emotions. The user can play pre-programed games with Cozmo, or when they are ready can delve into the developer platform to add or customize new features for Cozmo.

Print High Quality Prints Fast & Cheap

3. HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

Does your Valentine have about a million pictures on their smart phone? Maybe they need a way to get those images out of the digital world and into a physical form they can share. We all know that the quality of the images our devices can take is getting better and better with every generation, and it’s about time that the world of photo printers catches up. The HP Sprocket is a photo printer that fits into your pocket, yet prints images at a full 4X6 size. It also utilizes an ink free technology which allows you to print full color images without the need to replace ink cartridges or messy toner units. It also connects to your smart device via a free app so that you can wirelessly print and share your favorite moments.

Phone By Google, Excitement By You

4. Google Pixel & Pixel XL

It may be possible that your Valentine isn’t at the cutting edge of technology. There is a good chance that they could be running with a cellular device devoid of even a touch screen. Now may be the right time to get them into one of the newest smart phones on the market. The Google Pixel comes stock with a very pure form of the Android operating system, a solid battery life, and built in camera that will take true 4k video. To back it up, Google is offering unlimited back up storage at full HD quality for all your pictures and videos, meaning you can shoot pictures and record festive holiday videos well into the new year.

Forget Me Not For The Digital Age

5. The Slim Tracker from Tile

What’s that you say…? Your Valentine is one of those forgetful types who sets down their wallet or purse only to forget where they put it. The people at Tile have found a solution. The Slim Tracker is a tile device that is barely thicker than a credit card and can slip easily into a wallet. The user only needs to pull out their phone, and trigger the search option in the app to locate their missing Wallet. It also has a non-removable battery that is guaranteed to last at least a year, meaning an option for a repeat gift for future Valentines Days.

Work Off Those Valentines Sweets

6. Fitbit Charge 2

Not every Geek needs a new phone, or a new set of headphones… Some are more the outdoor active type. If that is your Valentine, then maybe the new Fitbit Charge 2 is the ideal gift. The device features multiple health tracking options like continuous heart rate monitor, and a high accuracy pedometer. It also has GPS tracking, an energy efficient OLED touchscreen, and customizable wristbands for the fashion minded. Along with the standard features, the Charge 2 also has smart phone connectivity for delivering notifications, as well as the ability to help the user relax with personalized breathing exercises. An ideal gift for the healthy tech minded person.

This is only a small sampling of some of the tech gift ideas available. Each one a great gift that any tech lover would be happy to receive over a candlelit dinner.

Geek-Weird

Taking a flip side view at the world of the geek

"The Password You Have Entered Is Not Strong Enough." How many of us haven't been annoyed by that pop up telling us our favorite password, the one we have used for years, isn't strong enough to meet the security needs of a modern tech world. It was good enough to keep our AOL account secure, and was the first password we used when we opened our Myspace account. In a world apparently working so hard to get a peek at your personal emails, and pictures of your cat, it can be a daunting task to keep up with all the requirements of passwords in recent years. But did you know that for over 20 years the password to arm a Nuclear Missile in the United States was simply "0000000"? Believe it or not this was actually very secure as hacking programs for decoding passwords would by design omit the possibility of all zeroes as the coding for the program would crash when trying to compute the possibility. Modern 64bit processing has since eliminated that particular flaw, and as such our Nuclear arms are a lot more secure.

Geeky History

A look at what past geeks were up to this week

1909 The world's first synthetic plastic is developed

Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced his invention of Bakelite at a meeting of the American Chemical Society that day.

1938 The BBC broadcasts Karel Čapek's “R.U.R.”, the world's first science fiction TV program

The Czech play whose abbreviated title stands for “Rossum's Universal Robots” introduced the word “robot” to the English language.

1959 The first microchip is patented

For his invention of the integrated circuit, Jack Kilby was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

1969 The Boeing 747 flies for the first time

The “Jumbo Jet” was the world's largest passenger aircraft at the time.

1971 The NASDAQ holds its first trading day

The National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations was the world's first electronic stock exchange.

1984 NASA astronauts take the first untethered spacewalk

The photographs of Bruce McCandless and Robert L. Stewart hovering freely in space became some of the most iconic images of the 1980s.

1996 Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a chess game against a reigning world champion

Despite his defeat in the first game, Russian world champion Garry Kasparov proceeded to win the match 4-2.

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