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1429549200 Tech News Today
1429552800 Triangulation
1429558200 iPad Today
1429565400 Coding 101
1429570800 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, April 21

1429635600 Tech News Today
1429639200 MacBreak Weekly
1429648200 Security Now
1429657200 Tech News 2Night
1429660800 All About Android

Wednesday, April 22

1429716600 FLOSS Weekly
1429722000 Tech News Today
1429725600 Windows Weekly
1429732800 This Week in Google
1429743600 Tech News 2Night
1429745400 Android App Arena
1429750800 Ham Nation

Thursday, April 23

1429808400 Tech News Today
1429812000 Know How...
1429817400 Marketing Mavericks
1429822800 Home Theater Geeks
1429830000 Tech News 2Night
1429831800 The Giz Wiz

Friday, April 24

1429894800 Tech News Today
1429898400 This Week in Law
1429909200 Before You Buy
1429916400 Tech News 2Night

Saturday, April 25

1429984800 The Tech Guy

Sunday, April 26

1430071200 The Tech Guy
1430085600 This Week in Tech

Monday, April 27

1430154000 Tech News Today
1430157600 Triangulation
1430163000 iPad Today
1430170200 Coding 101
1430175600 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, April 28

1430240400 Tech News Today
1430244000 MacBreak Weekly
1430253000 Security Now
1430262000 Tech News 2Night
1430265600 All About Android

Most Recent Episodes

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Before You Buy

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This Week in Enterprise Tech

AT&T suing the FCC, Skype for Business, and Android is ready for work.

Tech News 2Night

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This Week in Law

Co-founder of Invisible Girlfriend Matt Homann and crowd-sourced labor.

Tech News Today

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This Week in Computer Hardware

Intel Skylake Leaks!

The Giz Wiz

Onewheel, ThinkPad Stacks, Epson HD Whiteboard, and more.

Tech News 2Night

The best apps for your messy digital life

Home Theater Geeks
Episode #252: NAB 2015 April 16th, 2015

The latest and greatest from NAB 2015

Know How... 65

Power Your Gadgets with Fire & Locating Your Electronics

October 17 2013

Deep space exploration, power your gadgets with fire, locate your lost or stolen devices, and more.

Making News

It's the END of Deep Space Exploration as we Know It!
NASA has warned that we're running out of Plutonium 238, a critical component of deep-space missions. The problem is that P238 is mainly produced as a by-product of the creation of nuclear weapons. We only have 10lbs of P238 remaining, and it's already been allocated.

Without more P238, deep space missions, missions to the Mars or the moon, and any mission requiring alternative power sources will be impossible.

1.21 Jigawatts!
P238 is used in "RTGs" (RadioIsotope Thermo-Electric Generators). A puck-sized piece of Plutonium heats itself to 1,200 when helium cores are shot from the material as it decays. That "puck" is surrounded by a "Thermopile" which can convert that heat directly into electrical energy. These thermopiles are not dissimilar from very simple devices called "thermocouples" which take advantage of the "Seebeck Effect" - When two bonded pieces of dissimilar metal are heated, they expand at different rates, creating a measurable electrical current. Though one thermocouple can generate millivolts, an ARRAY of thermocouple create a "Thermopile" which can generate usable electrical current from a sufficient heat source.

Making your own Thermocouple

  • Two dissimilar pieces of wire. (Copper/Steel/Silver)
  • A Heat Source
  • A Multimeter

Twist the ends of two pieces of wire made of dissimilar metals. You want the twists to be TIGHT. If you can, solder them together for greater efficiency. Hook the opposite end of each wire to your multimeter. Apply heat to the coupled end ad you should start seeing a voltage reading on your multimeter. You can combine thermocouples in series to increase voltage, and in parallel to increase Amperage.

Finding your lost stuff

Apple Devices
One of the easier solutions to find your iDevice or Mac is iCloud. For an iDevice, you can use Find my iPhone. If you're using a Mac, go into your System Preferences and then go into iCloud. You can opt in to "Find My Mac." Both of these services let you find your device on a map. There are also security features that let you lock your device from iCloud.com.

Android Devices
Google's built a tool called Android Device Manager. On your Android device, go to the Google Settings app and turn on the options for "Remotely locate this device" and while your'e at it, also check the "Allow remote lock and factory reset" option. With these two options selected, you'll be able to find your Android device online at android.com/devicemanager.

Cross-platform solution
If you to use one option for all of your devices, check out Prey. It's open source, so if you're concerned about what Prey is sending, you're able to check the code if you'd like. Prey works on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. You'll be able to report a device as stolen at Prey's web service. You can then tell Prey what data you want collected from your lost device such as geographic information and even taking a picture using the webcam to see who has taken your device.

After You Buy

From time to time, Iyaz and Fr. Robert bring a piece of gear onto the show and give it the "Know How" treatment. They start with their initial impressions of the gadget, gizmo or techogear, but then they actually USE the product in the REAL WORLD, bringing the product back in 3-6 months to let you know how it held up to the rigors of uberGeek usage. They end result is a review that isn't just a regurgitation of specs and features, but an honest-to-Iyaz experience of gear IRL.

Acer T27HL 27" Multitouch Monitor
Windows 8 is designed for touch. So why in the world are touchless desktops and laptops sold with Windows 8? In this "After You Buy" we take a first look at a 27" touch screen monitor from Acer that might be just the thing for your uberGeek command center.

  • 1920 x 1080, LED Backlit Vertical Panel
  • USB 3.0: 1 Upstream, 3 x Downstream
  • 10-point Multitouch
  • VESA Mount Compatible
  • ~$530 w/3-yr Warranty

Hardware solutions
If you want to find devices that don't have network connections built-in, you can try something like StickNFind. It is about the size of a quarter and has a battery life of about a year. You place the device on whatever you want and then you track it via an iOS or Android app.

We also showed off an upcoming product called Trakdot Luggage. It costs about $60 and uses cell tower triangulation to find location.

If you want to use GPS to find a thing (like a car), Padre showed off SecurusGPS.

  • Securus - eZoom Personal GPS Locator
  • $80 + $13-$20/month

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