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Each week, Rick joins his buddy Sully to talk tech on the Limpert Tech "SullyCast on Radio 105.7, formerly TalkRadio 640 WGST

Saturday
Jun032017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - SVG College Sports Summit

Thursday and Friday, the SVG College Sports Summit was in town at the OMNI CNN Center and Rick is an attendee every year. The Summit focuses on everything tech-related that colleges around the country use to broadcast their athletic events.

See more at www.svgcollege.com

And here is what he saw:



1. Storytelling

Branding and telling your story is the job of these college broadcast teams when it comes to sports teams. Fans want more, sponsors want exposure and the teams want to win.
 

2. Social Streamng and a The Facebook Video Boot Camp

Facebook has completely changed the game for sports video production and distribution and its only at the SVG College Sports Summit where you can sit down with Facebook minds and industry colleagues to take your work on this exciting platform to new heights.
 

3. The Largest Technology Showcase In the Summit’s History
- and the theme here is the tech is becoming more affordable.

A chance to check out some of the coolest sports-production technology bult just for your needs? You will want to make sure to spend some time among the 48 tabletop exhibits that will feature all kinds of goodies for all parts of the sports video production ecosystem.

This year’s exhibitors are AJT Systems, AT&T, Avid, Blackmagic Design, BlueFrame Technology, Calrec/DiGiCo, Canon, ChyronHego, Clear-Com, Comrex, Convergent Design, Creative Dimersions, Digicaster/Digital Comm Link, Evertz, EVS, FX Design Group, Globecomm, Grass Vallet, Harman, Ikegami, Imagine Communications, Integrated Microwave Technologies, Joseph Electronics, JVCKENWOOD, LiveU, LTN Global Communications, Markertek, Multidyne, Neutrik, NewTek, Niles Media Group, Panasonic, Quantum, Riedel Communications, Ross Video, SimplyLive, Sony, SportZcast, Telescope, Telos Alliance, Teradek, TV Graphics, TVU Networks, Vizrt, Wave Central/CP Communications, and Wesco.


4. Camera and Lens Technology

4k cameras are becoming more the norm, while sometimes lenses are kept for years and years.

5. Videoboards.... not Scoreboards

The new age of digital may be shaking up the college sports media world but the one area that has remained strong and constant for collegiate sports video production professionals over the years is fan engagement in venue. At the SVG College Sports Summit, attendees will be treated to a panel conversation and a special workshop track dedicated to everything in-venue video and the marketing goals behind it.

Boards and I mean, multiple displays around the stadium or arena are doing a lot more than showing the score.


*** Don't forget!  Hurricane Season Started this Week

June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which continues through November 30. In an average season, based on data from 1981 to 2010, 12 named tropical cyclones should be expected, with 6 of these reaching hurricane intensity, and 3 developing into major hurricanes.

“This outlook is a general guide to the expected overall activity during the upcoming hurricane season,” the National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center says. “It is not a seasonal hurricane landfall forecast, and it does not predict levels of activity for any particular location.”

The official NOAA 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook indicates a 45% probability of an above-normal season, a 35% probability of a near-normal season, and a 20% probability of a below-normal season. This outlook calls for between 11 and 17 named storms. This already includes the pre-season Tropical Storm Arlene, which occurred in April. Of these named storms, between five and nine of them could reach hurricane intensity, with between two and four of these becoming major hurricanes — Category 3 or above.
Download the FEMA App - iOS or Android, also in Spanish
https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app

Sunday
May282017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Summertime Tech

Memorial Day Weekend\



The annual kick off for summer.  Some tech you might need this summer.

Rick and Sully discuss:



1. Wag! Dogwalking App

You may be planning that summer getaway or just caught up with being busy. Don't forgt about Fido!
Wag! – the app that provides users with reliable, on-demand dog services has finally arrived in Atlanta. Keeping dogs healthy and a happy is a top priority for Wag!, as well as helping dog owners stay stress free even when in a pinch. Wag! is a great solution that satisfies both busy owners and playful pups, and the first walk is on Wag!.

Wag! is a mobile app that allows dog parents to order a bonded and insured walk with the push of a button. Walks can be scheduled regularly, or on demand in as little as 30-minutes. Users can watch the walk’s progress in real time through the app’s GPS and when the walk is completed, users receive a full report card detailing distance walked, bathroom breaks and a photo or video of their happy pooch.
 

2.  Droplet XL Bag - The Perfect Wet/Dry Bag for Summer

www.matadorup.com

Droplet XL is a serious ultralight dry bag built from 100% waterproof material. Hypalon® rolltop closure, YKK® buckle, and taped seams round out this gear essential. Droplet XL comes with an absurdly awesome silicone droplet storage case and aluminum carabiner. Clip it on your beach bag, tether to your kayak, or pack it along on treks. Perfect for keeping any gear dry, or storing a wetsuit after surfing. The 20 Liter capacity fits lots of gear but still packs down to fit in the palm of your hand.  You'll love the durability and minimalist design. $40.

 
3. RCA Silver Compact Ice Maker

$100

You can never have enough ice in the summer.  
-Compact Ice Maker in Silver
-Enjoy a batch of ice in as little as 6 minutes
-Produces 26lbs of ice per day in choice of 2 ice sizes
-Stores up to 1.5 lbs of ice at a time
-2.3 Quart Reservoir with Electronic LED Controls  - available on Amazon

 

4.  JBL Extreme Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Many to choose from. Last week we talked about the Kicker Bullfrog, but that was pretty big. JBL makes the same durable, waterproff, dustproof speakers, but a but smaller. Different sizes and features available.


5.  A $10 Bug Zapper - ZapMaster 2-In-1 LED Light Bulb and Bug Zapper

Who isn't entertained by those bug zappers. This one is inexpensive, looks and acts like a lightbulb.
    LED light bulb with bug zapper function
    Designed to kill flying insects
    Can be used outdoors or indoors
    Easy to operate and install
    Features a flame-retardant cover
    Grid protects the user from being zapped
    110V, 9 Watt LED
    920 Lumens bulb
    40,000-hour lifetime
    Condition: new
    Product dimensions: 3” x 3” x 7.25”
 

Have a great Memorial Day!

Sunday
May212017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Gadget Gifts for Grads

It's Graduation Season.

A time when student move from one grade to another or venture out into the working world with diplomas in hand.

Rick and Sully look at some tech gifts for grads.



1. Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0

www.kensington.com

More laptop protection and security is needed as thin laptops have become more difficult to secure due to their sleek platforms that don't allow for traditional security slots to engage a cable lock, such as the Macbook Pro. The Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0 addresses this challenge by delivering optimal security and functionality in a low-profile solution ideal for the desktop environment. A perfect device, whether in the dorm room, den or office. Adjustable security arms are located on each side of the locking station to accommodate thin laptops ranging from 11" to 15.6" in screen size. For initial installation, the user simply opens the laptop, then slides it between the arms into the station. Once the user adjusts the arms to the width of the device, they remove the laptop, and fix the arms into place for future use, with that laptop. The laptop can then be placed quickly and easily into the locking station and locked into place using the included MicroSaver® 2.0 Keyed Lock that inserts into the industry-standard Kensington Security Slot, located on the side of the locking station. Depending on included accessories, the Locking Station 2.0 starts at $89.99.


 

2. Kicker Bullfrog Jump Bluetooth Speaker

Bullfrog Jump, is what Kicker is calling an ‘outdoor’ speaker specifically for tailgating, camping, picnics, outdoor hoops, time at the lake, promoting music in the outdoors.
It streams music via Bluetooth, but it also features an FM tuner for listening to your fave local station or the local game. Twenty hr battery life, 100 ft Bluetooth antenna range, app for dialing in EQ or presetting FM stations. Definitely weatherproof.  Two Bullfrogs connect wirelessly for double the sound (using the app).
Kicker has been manufacturing car stereo and subwoofers since 1973 from Stillwater, as many of the 200 employees through the years are Oklahoma State Univ. grads, including our owner Mr. Steve Irby.  This ‘lifestyle’ audio piece is a newer venture, and they are excited.
 



3. The College Student First Aid Kit

www.collegefirstaidkit.com

High School is one thing, but now that your darling is off to college, they need a first aid kit. The College Student First Aid Kit was created by Beth Palmer Stewart, a Nurse Practitioner, with over 25 years of experience. Beth created a kit that is comprehensive, organized and affordable. With over 30 different medications, ointments, creams, drops, tools and wound care items. As a mom and nurse, Beth is  confident that this kit will help college students everywhere. The College Student First Aid Kit is created with students in mind. Two different kits are available starting at $59.95.
 

4. Pixie - Uses Augmented Reality Navigation, Signaling Technology and Location Engine to Give Every Day Physical Items a Digital Identity That Can Be Located Quickly Down to Inches

www.getpixie.com   Get 2 for $49.99

Students misplace house or car keys, books, backpacks, laptops and more.
More than half say that misplaced items regularly cause them to belate to work or school
Thanks to Pixie, and the launch of Pixie™ Points, the most advanced tracking solution on the market, we will soon be living in a world where lost and misplaced items are a thing of the past.
Unlike outdated Bluetooth trackers that rely on beeps to guide you to lost items, Pixie turns your phone into a magical augmented reality interface to actually SHOW you the location of misplaced objects Pixie is a game changer in location tracking technology thatmakes finding lost items fun, fast and frustration free.
 The app immediately says whether the item is close by and guides users to its location if further away.
 

5. IRISNotes Air 3 Digital Pen

- Note taking made easy  

Great for students, anyone taking notes or transcribing
$149.99
 Product Highlights
    Captures Handwritten Notes & Graphs
    Converts Notes into Editable Text
    Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
    Recognizes 30 Languages
Digitally store and edit handwritten notes with the IRISNotes Air 3 Digital Pen from IRIS. This pen captures handwritten notes thanks to its receiver, which picks up ultrasound and infrared signals from the pen and transmits them to your computer via USB or your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 LE where they can be converted into editable text and exported. 30 languages are supported, and the downloadable software learns over time to better recognize your handwriting.

When plugged into your computer via USB, the Air 3 functions as a pen-and-tablet control for your mouse. Pages up to A4/letter in size are supported. The pen and receiver are powered by internal lithium batteries that can be recharged via USB. The receiver lasts up to 16 hours on a charge while the pen lasts up to 60 hours. Up to 100 sheets of A4/letter-sized paper can be stored in the internal memory, and the pen takes a standard pen refill.

 

Saturday
May132017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Digital Inclusion Week

-  Note:  Don't forget Mother's Day!

But this week has also been Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week runs from May 8 to May 13, the week is meant to raise awareness that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, must have access to technologies that can improve their quality of life.

Despite the growing importance of the internet in American life, 28 percent of Americans do not use the Internet at all.
 

Rick and Sully discuss:



1.   Good work being done by "Connected Nation"

www.connectednation.org

Connected Nation (CN), means ensuring that no family, individual or business is left without access to the Internet no matter the economic or geographic constraints that currently limits their access, adoption or use of technology. Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans so no one is left on the wrong side of the “Digital Divide.” They work with public and private partners to help communities, institutions and individuals realize the benefits of today's technology.

2.  Why Internet for All is Important

“The benefits of having high-speed broadband Internet are enormous, and those who don’t have access to it are at an enormous disadvantage,” said Eric Frederick, Vice President of Community Affairs for CN. Frederick leads the Connected Community Engagement Program, which works to identify where there is a lack of broadband and provides solutions to connecting the community with its community-specific Technology Action Plans. The engagement program staff works directly with local community leaders to help businesses, families, farmers, urban and rural schools and libraries, and others find ways to connect to broadband and improve their communities.

“It’s incredible how beneficial the Internet is to families and businesses. The opportunities are limitless. To leave people out, to leave them without the broadband access that can improve their quality of life or help them improve their education or financial standing is simply wrong,” Frederick said.

3. Training People How to Use Digital Resources

- Many people still don't know how to best utilize a "digital world"

“We have classes across the United States where people are trained in how to use digital resources or, if they already have a basic understanding, we train them for employer-related needs such as customer service,” Heather Delany, Director of Digital Works, said. “Work-at-home jobs are one the fastest-growing segments of the workforce, and for rural areas, they also can be vital for saving the economy and small communities.”

4. Starting at the State and Local Levels

Connected Nation also works with state governments to provide more accurate data-mapping of where there is a lack of broadband services and gives businesses and community organizations a platform to meet their online training needs through their Drive program. The nonprofit also has a long history of working within states, including most recently Alaska and Utah, to provide technology assessments of school districts by identifying opportunities and challenges for students, parents, and educators.
 


5. Shocking stats about Digital Inclusion

One area where Atlanta is "included":
Atlanta 404 continued its ongoing streak as the most robocalled area code in America, with 49.7 million calls received in April. Atlanta 678 and 770 also made the list of the 20 Most Robocalled Area Codes with 34.7 million and 22.0 million calls, respectively.  (Mabe this is high because of the Handel/Ossoff election)

Cities where the "Tech Gap" is noted as "serious"
Tech gaps are underway in New Orleans, Portland and Boston, among many, many other urban spaces.

For a tech center like Austin, TX:
Fifty-five thousand Austinites do not have internet access; for public housing families in Austin, fewer than 30 percent of households own a computer, and only 15 percent have an internet connection.

Even in countries like New Zealand... Internet Inclusion is a big issue    
The big cities in New Zealand are fine with widespread Broadband, but the rural areas are hurting and it's costing the country money. To the tune of each Kiwi household $1,000 a year.


 

Saturday
May062017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Mom's Day Tech

It's "Mom's Day"

Mom is busy, she's on the go and she woud apreciate any of these gifts for Mother's Day, and affordable too.

Rick and Sully are here to help. So get Mom something more than a "track jacket."



1.  HyperChiller Coffee Mug/Brewer

Iced coffee is the perfect summer drink and the HyperChiller is a cool coffee mug that turns hot coffee into iced coffee in 60 seconds, easy to use, and there is no work, it does it all. With the HyperChiller your beverage is exposed to the equivalent of over 30 large ice cubes, but protected by two layers of food grade stainless steel — so there's zero dilution in the process of cooling. The HyperChiller also works on beverages like wine, spirits, tea, juice, water, lemonade, sports drinks or any other non-carbonated beverage you’d like cooled quickly. The

HyperChiller is ready when you are. Just leave it in your freezer, then take it out, pour your beverage in and the HyperChiller will rapidly chill it in just one minute. Mom can even use it a couple times in a row. When she's done, just stick it back in your freezer to use again later. It's compatible with all brewing methods and even fits directly into most full size single cup brewers. A bargain for $29.99 at http://hyperchiller.com.


Flat Out of Heels

If Mom loves to wear wedges and heels, this may be the perfect gift. Unroll a pair of Flat Out Of Heels for comfort and style. The great-looking slip-on ballet flats will bring a smile back to your Mom's face and her feet. Compact enough to fit into any purse or handbag, Flat out of Heels won’t clash with your outfit. From floral prints to metallics, each pair makes a statement without compromising comfort. $14.99-$29.99 at www.flatoutofheels.com.
 


NapAnywhere Travel Pillow - For Neck Support and Health

Is Mom a frequent flier? Maybe she just deserves a nap. The NapAnywhere is a portable head-support pillow developed specifically by a physician for frequent travelers, or those looking to catch a few z's in a tight place.  This comfortable, portable device can be used effectively while traveling on planes, subways, trains, buses and cars as a passenger. Small and compact, it fits easily into Mom’s carry-on, backpack, diaper bag or purse. The

NapAnywhere is available in five colors, including Crimson, Cobalt, Lime, Pink and Black. It is stain-resistant, and can be wiped clean with either mild soapy water or a light solvent like rubbing alcohol. A carrying pouch is included to help protect the NapAnywhere when not in use. The NapAnywhere® travel pillow is the winner of a 2014 Product Innovation Award at the International Travel Goods Show. Suitable for ages 8 and up and just $49.99 at  http://napanywhere.net.
 

The Original Worm

With Mom's busy schedule and her fitting in time for workouts, she's sure to have some aches and pains. Enter The Original Worm, as it is a universal body and muscle massage roller with a “worm-like” design for those constantly on the go! It easily molds to any individual’s body shape to provide support and comfort in all the right places. The small size makes it a breeze to pack for a trip and slip in your carry on. Great for sore feet. Get more information and to purchase, visit www.theoriginalworm.com. Also sold at retailers nationwide and on Amazon. Comes in two different sizes starting at $24 and free gift wrapping for Mother's Day.

 
5. Nikon D5600 SLR Camera

For those that are really into photography and want to use more than just their smartphone.

The Nikon D5600 delivers.
    Large, 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor delivers high quality photos and videos in nearly any condition
    Always connected to your smart device with SnapBridge for seamless transferring, sharing and remote camera control
    3.2-inch Vari-angle touch LCD lets you swipe, pinch, zoom and even set focus with your fingertips, just like a smartphone
    Advanced 39-point Auto Focus system quickly acquires focus where you want it
    Wide ISO range from 100-25,600 lets you shoot from dawn to dusk with confidence
    Full HD 1080 at 60p video capability with built-in stereo sound... starts at $699