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Aftershokz Bluez: Bluetooth Bone Conductive Headphones at Last Gadget Standing 2013

Aftershokz Bluez
Aftershokz Bluez

Last year at CES we learned about Aftershokz – a company that was working on bone conductive technology so you can listen to music and still hear around you. Jamie and I interviewed Aftershokz last year. I have been using the headphones from time-to-time during the year and they really work well when I need to keep my ears open for other things.

Aftershokz at Last Gadget Standing 2013

Aftershokz will be part of Last Gadget Standing 2013. They will be debuting their Aftershokz Bluez -a new wireless Bluetooth headset. This will be perfect for iPhone or Android since there are no wires. It’s even been speculated that Apple TV will be turning on the Bluetooth option in the 2nd and 3rd gen set top box. This means you could connect the Aftershokz to the Apple TV and listen without having the TV blare across the room.

Aftershokz Bluez will be $89.95 when available. Check out the company at www.aftershokz.com

Line2: Add a Second Line to Android or iOS device

Add Flexibility with WiFi Connection Second Line

You may want to keep business calls separate from personal calls. You may want to keep your cellphone number private, or have responsibilities for a volunteer organization or agency that needs a public face. Line 2 is a great choice for professionals.

And as an added bonus, you can take an old iPhone, add this $10 a month application and have a fully functional phone within a wifi cloud that will forward to a regular phone or voicemail when you are outside of the wifi zone.

There’s a 7 day free trial period.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews and Don Baine, the Gadget Professor, for the TechPodcast Network.



Catch: Organize Notes from the Messy Desk


Steve Brown, CEO of Catch joined us. It’s a private journal for all your ideas on your mobile device. Catch takes the messy desk and lets the organization come together.

You just put your information in the phone. Tag it with specific names. Then, when you want to look back, search on the tags.

Catch looks at the stories. Instead of post-it notes all over the place, you can have the journal on the phone.

Steve was also catching all lyrics from his band. That way, he could come back to get all the words they were thinking of.

Catch Notes is a free service, and available on Android and iOS devices.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Steve Lee of Waves of Tech



DigiLink Software: Smartphone Video on your Flatscreen with Biggifi

BiggiFi Enabled Set Top Box for Android

Games and media that you have enjoyed on the small screen can now be enjoyed on the big screen, if the device has software from

The software includes three dimensional gestures that allow you to zoom in and out, sensing the accelerometer in the smart phone. Single player and multiplayer can be supported. The game does not have to be rebuilt and a smart-TV is not required.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews and David Lee from Netcast Studios for the TechPodcast Network.



Qooq: A French Chef Cooking Companion

3500 Recipes and 100 Chefs

Qooq is a source of inspiration for experienced and novice chefs. There are 250 technique tutorials on every aspect of the techniques of cooking, and then 3500 interactive recipes that allow you to adjust quantities, create shopping lists, view utensils required and provide access to specific video clips for the recipe’s preparation. Plus there are 500 wine pages, and 450 pages of ingredient variants.

Interview by Andy Smith of SDRNews and Geocaching World for the TechPodcast Network.


Pioneer Car Electronics: It’s ALL About Connectivity

App Radio Now iOS and Android

With over 20 years of CES experience, Pioneer’s Harry Krol’s enthusiasm for the show and Pioneer products has been undiminished. For 2012, Pioneer Car Electronics is emphasizing connectivity through technologies like Bluetooth, HD Radio, in dash navigation systems, and connectivity to iPhone or iPod. Selected applications are available on a new in-dash unit on “App Radio” – a much bigger multitouch touchscreen monitor that replicates an interface that is almost identical to how you interact on your phone. It includes “Find a Parking Spot” apps, and access to your entire media library that is already on your smartphone.  App Radio 2, introduced at CES2012, adds full Android support.

Interview by Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallinof SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.


PrivacyStar: Call and SMS Blocking for Android and Blackberry

If you want to insure that you are on the Election Year “Do Not Call” list, this is the app for you.

Privacy Star allows you to block numbers from annoying pollsters and solicitors, and if they get really obnoxious, report them to the Federal Trade Commission.  Similar calls from bill collectors including date, time and frequency are logged for action.

There’s also an optional Do Not Disturb mode, which forwards all non blocked incoming calls to voicemail with the option to send a custom text message acknowledging the call.


Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.


IonRoad: Android Co-Pilot App Monitors Traffic

A Smart Phone Equals a Smarter Driver

This app from iOnRoad turns your Smartphone into a Personal Driving Assistant. This app (Android now, iOS to come) mounts in the center of your windshield and uses the built in video camera to look at the road ahead. It then computes the closing speed to vehicles or objects ahead and sounds a warning if things are moving too fast.

What does this mean ? It means that there are another pair of ‘eyes” on the road immediately in front of you. Collision warning, lane departure warning, and when you leave the car, a handy feature that allows you to locate your car when you come back after a flight.

Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.


Other World Computing: Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet

The only UL-Listed in-wall solution for powering and recharging USB devices

Is your home infested with Wall Warts ? – the wall transformer power supplies that seem to multiply like rabbits in any home that has a tilt towards technology. The is a solution to that problem -most assuredly wife approved, removing cords and clutter from countertop, desk, or dresser. You don’t have to unplug the light to charge yourApple iPad ,iPhone, Android™ tablets and phones, tablet computers, cellphones, gaming systems (Nintendo, Sony PSP, etc.), Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, or GPS devices which charge via standard USB plug.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.



Polkast: Personal Cloud at Lightening Speed

Why upload and download to the cloud when you can create a personal cloud for data anywhere ?

Polkast is a new P2P approach to file access that you control. Your files are stored on systems that you control, and it doesn’t matter where the files are stored. With Polkast, you get anytime access to all of your files from any of your computers or mobile devices.

And, on your local network, files transfer at 10x the speed of a traditional upload/download from an external cloud service. And Polkast indexes and enables you to search for files from your mobile device- then pull just the one you need.


Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.