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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

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Sunday
Mar192017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - St. Patrick's Day Weekend So 'Go Green'

It's St. Patrick's Day weekend so everyone is wearing green but maybe it's also time to "Go Green" with some unique green iniativies involving tech.

"Going green" means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.

Want to make the world a better place? Implementing green practices into your home or office can help reduce waste, conserve natural resources, improve both air and water quality, and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.
 
Have a listen:



1. NHL Promoting "Go Green Week"

https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-teams-green-week-initiatives/c-287608716

The NHL's second annual Green Week is here, and teams are doing their part to promote environmentally conscious initiatives.
The Washington Capitals will auction player-worn green jerseys from their warmup before their game against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. All proceeds will go to the Bladensburg, Maryland-based Anacostia Watershed Society, which seeks to protect and restore the Anacostia River, an eight-mile body of water that runs from Washington D.C. through southwestern Maryland.

The auctions will begin online starting Tuesday and will run through the second intermission of the Capitals-Predators game at Verizon Center.

The Capitals will also host Go Green Night during their home game against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday; there will be green-themed activities to teach fans how to better take care of the environment.
The New York Rangers are running a hockey-equipment drive from March 14-16 at three New York-area Pure Hockey stores. Members of Rangers alumni will be at each store to help promote the drive, and all donated gear will go to Ice Hockey in Harlem.
 


2.  The Blossom 8 Smart Watering Controller

www.myblossom.com

Spring is just days away – so it’s time to think about post-winter lawn care! The Blossom 8 smart watering controller, which is targeted to mainstream consumers and designed to be very affordable and simple to use.
Why should this interest me?

·         The Blossom 8 Smart Watering Controller is a solution that makes the smart yard affordable.

·         In fact, Blossom 8 won’t cost much more than a conventional 8-station sprinkler controller and is priced lower than any other smart controller available today.

·         Tapping into the power of cloud computing, Blossom 8 self-programs existing sprinklers based on local forecast and daily data from thousands of weather stations and satellites – combined with user feedback – to create the ideal watering schedule.
 

3.  Photocopier and Printer Settings

- May seem simple, but worth a mention
Ensure the photocopier and printer defaults back to single copies after somebody has used it. You may also want to set them to print double-sided by default. Use the draft printing mode whenever possible (which is more than you think), and avoid color printing.

4. Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and they last about 10 times longer. So you'll save on energy costs, replacement bulb costs, and reduce waste by using them. They come in all sizes and wattages, and offer soft sheens that aren't as garishly fluorescent as their previous counterparts. No conversion of equipment is necessary; any light that uses an incandescent bulb can immediately take a compact fluorescent bulb.


5.  Home Depot cuts trucking costs via 'green' network

The Home Depot knows do-it-yourself projects. When the third-largest US importer of containerized goods decided it had to cut carbon emissions from its supply chain, it used the tools it had at hand, including a dedicated truck fleet and a network of specialized distribution centers, to design and build more efficient and greener ways of getting goods to customers.

That includes what amounts to an in-house less-than-truckload shipping network that helped The Home Depot cut the equivalent of 4,000 inbound truckloads in 2015, an accomplishment the home improvement retailer hopes to exceed in coming years. A more efficient shipping network not only cuts emissions, it saves the company millions of dollars annually.
 

*App to mention  -  The March Madness Live app

Rick's piece link: http://www.wirelesswednesday.live/single-post/2017/03/12/March-Madness-Live-released-for-2017

Now that the brackets have been released, it's time to download the updated March Madness Live app.

New for 2017:
- Enhanced live video and on-demand streaming
- Real-time video highlights
- Customization of all alerts
- Live blogging brings you exclusive content and more ways to follow every game
- New commissioner tools make setting up your own group and brackets easier than ever when you play NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge.


Sunday
Mar122017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Tennis With the Stars and Spying

Rick spent most of this week in the California Desert doing some pieces at the massive BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. He also took some time to play in the Tennis With the Stars media event against some of the top pros. His partner was women's World No. 9, Madison Keys. Don't miss this event each year, visit www.tenniswiththestars.com.

And now Rick and Sully talk spying... Have a listen:

Smart appliances, gadgets and even your car might be spying on you.

Users of products like the Amazon Echo and other "smart" devices are discovering hackers, and even the government can use these electronics for data gathering — or spying.

Consumer Reports will use new standards to evaluate the quality of "internet of things" gadgets based criteria such as how secure products are and what sorts of disclosures are made when a device is collecting your data.

The goal: For consumers to feel safer, and to not have to worry about the real threat of (for example) hackers taking over their baby monitor.

Creepy, yes... This is a timely move by the nonprofit, as users of products like the Amazon Echo and other "smart" devices are discovering hackers and even the government can use these electronics for data gathering — or spying.

1. Government intervention

65% of Americans surveyed by Consumer Reports reported being "slightly or not at all confident" that their data was secure. The watchdog is also arguably filling a void left by government regulators. This past week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back requirements that internet service providers take reasonable steps to safeguard customer data.


2. Run Software Updates

If you're going to buy smart devices, the Better Business Bureau recommends treating them the same as you would a computer. Make regular software updates (which often include patches to address security flaws), use rigorous passwords and pay especially close attention to any cameras or microphones, since hackers can sometimes activate these features remotely.


3. Lock Down your Wi-Fi to Everyone!


Look into cloud-based security tools and consider locking down your home WiFi by frequently changing passwords, creating a separate network for guests and learning about AP Isolation. Reset your devices and add a new password, especially if the default was the ubiquitous "admin" password.


4. Encrypt your Passwords and Files

Use encrypted email, which can help protect your personal information and secure you from phishers. Finally, consider setting the default search engine for your in-device browser as one that doesn't track you.

5. Signal Vault

www.signal-vault.com

$17.95 or $19.95
With so many new technological advances, have you thought about the protection of your money from hackers and identity thieves? With a trustworthy form of protection from SignalVault, you can keep all your credit cards, debit cards and personal information invisible to electronic pick pocketers. SignalVault is a fast and easy, high-tech solution where you can stay two steps ahead of credit and debit card frauds. This Shark Tank product is your best defense against crowd hacking and will protect your money within seconds all year long!
SignalVault can be easily installed in any wallet within seconds. Simply place SignalVault cards behind your credit and debit cards to form a shield and bulk up the safety of your wallet against identity theft.
Signal Vault features the following:

    E-Field Technology does not require batteries, charging or activation
    Protects over 350,000 consumers worldwide
    Perfect for traveling and can fit in any sized wallet, phone case or money clip
    Tested by N.T.S. (formerly Qualtest, Inc.) and passed all testing for Radio- Frequency Identification blocking and signal protection
 

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Saturday
Feb182017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Tax Prep Tech

It's one of those necessary evils, doing our taxes.

Now that you have received most of your tax documents, it's time to start organizing and planning to do your taxes. (Or have your accountant do it)


A fun radio segment this week as Rick and Sully do their taxes.

1.  Top tip for 2017  - File Early!

The IRS began accepting returns Jan. 23, and tax experts recommend that Americans continue to file their returns early. For one thing, it reduces the chance of identity fraud. Also, the IRS is giving more scrutiny to returns claiming some credits before it sends out refunds.

2. IBM's Watson computer to do taxes

In its first steps toward commercialization, IBM’s Watson took on grand, science-laden challenges like helping doctors diagnose cancer. But that is changing as IBM strives to build its artificial intelligence technology into a multibillion-dollar business.

Today, companies including Geico, Staples and Macy’s are adding the Watson technology to answer customer questions or to improve mobile apps that guide shoppers through stores.

Now in its broadest deployment so far, Watson will be assisting H&R Block’s 70,000 tax professionals this filing season at 10,000 branch offices across the country, where 11 million people file taxes.
 


3.  Turbo Tax

The quickest and most inexpensive way for many to do their taxes...

By now you should have gotten your W-2s, and you can file your taxes now if you want. Whenever you choose to get it done, you’d be wise to take advantage of this Amazon Exclusive deal on TurboTax. They have five different packages – each tailored to a specific type of filer. The basic one is only 5 percent off, but once you get to the packages that help you navigate the more labyrinthine aspects of the federal and state tax code, you can save some serious money.

The Turbo Tax App

TurboTax also has a mobile app that allows users to take photos of their W-2s and automatically fill in their tax forms. As with H&R Block, the app is free, but there might be a cost when you submit the paperwork to the IRS.


4. ItsDeductible app

Offered by tax software provider TurboTax, ItsDeductible (iOS only) is a free way to track your donations either online or on your iPhone. The app is set up to track everything from drop-offs at the thrift store and cash donations to mileage.

For donated items, the app offers a suggested resale value to use when calculating your itemized deductions. TurboTax users can import data from ItsDeductible to their tax forms.
 

5.  Expensify app

Expensify won Top Ten Reviews’ top award for expense-tracking apps. It, too, uses OCR scanning and automatically records data. It integrates with bank accounts and credit cards to keep expenses updated across all platforms and works with popular contact-management program Salesforce and with the e-business tool NetSuite. A free version allows 10 scans a month. Upgrades cost $5 and $9 monthly.
 

Saturday
Dec102016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Kid's Tech for the Holidays

I join "Sully" in the studio today as we talk some kid's tech items for the holidays and some other stuff.

Have a listen:

What do kids want in 2016 and 2017?

It's similar to what kids wanted 20 and 30 years ago. Something fun, something unique and something futuristic. Today's gadgets and tech play right into the hands of kids.

Here are some of Rick's ideas for kids this holiday season...


1.  Big Red Rooster Projection Alarm Clock

For 2016, Big Red Rooster launched its amazing Rocket Ship Projection Alarm Clock to the delight of parents and kids. The spacecraft images projected on the ceiling was enough to get kids tucked in quickly and lights turned off. Hours later they were eager to jump out of bed when the alarm was sounded. Now there are three more reasons to put on the pajamas – Dog, Cat and Dinosaur Projection Alarm Clocks ($29.99).

Looking for a purr-fect bedside companion? The Cat Projection Alarm Clock stands 8 inches tall and just 4 inches wide. Pick the best spot for a ceiling show. Each colorful image is displayed up to 30 inches in diameter and this feline clock showcases a sleeping kitten, kitten catching a ladybug, a cat resting and curious cat. Cat can turn its head 340 degrees so the perfect spot can be aimed and viewed. Kids love this.
 


2. iClever BoostCare Kids Headphones

iClever, makes custom headphones designed for kids comfort and safe for ages three years and up. They also come with the ability to accessorize.
Here are some of the other features:
- Colorful, lightweight headphones made with durable eco-friendly plastics sure to stand up to kids use
- Equipped with 30 mm drivers and features Volume Limiting Technology for a maximum of 85 decibels to keeps kids ears safe
- Custom designed to fit children with a cushioned headband and ear pads for maximum comfort
- Features a flat cord for minimal tangles  
- Equipped with standard 3.5mm headphone jack for use with a variety of devices
- Available with Halloween inspired bat wings, cat ears or holiday themed reindeer antlers
Available at: amazon.com
Price: Under $20
Website: www.iclever.com
 

3. Circuit Scribe

As their website and online store, www.CircuitScribe.com, explains, “our non-toxic silver ink makes creating circuits as easy as doodling.” With a range of kits and bundles to choose from, holiday giving this year can ramp up from ho-ho-ho to OMG whoa!

Circuit Scribe can write on anything that a typical rollerball pen can. Printer paper, construction paper, cardstock and photo paper all work. Families have fun experimenting with different mediums! Based on anecdotes from Circuit Scribe scientists, photo paper performs the best because the ink is able to form a continuous film on the smooth surface.

The Maker Kit ($79.99) is the gold standard to appreciate the magic of electronics. And parents, please note this is not just for geeks! The maker culture – learning-through-doing such as robotics, electronics and traditional metalworking or woodworking – is a hot topic in school hallways. Kids who classify as makers encompass every letter of STEM and STEAM and even STREAM learning! From hackers to DIYers, it’s a national passion.
 

4.  Sydney Paige Backpacks and Children's Books

www.sydneypaigeinc.com

Buy a gift and help a student by shopping on the Sydney Paige website. For every Sydney Paige product sold, another is donated to a student in need, right here in the U.S.  Quality backpacks and other gear give confidence while their children's books bring age-appropriate reading into the home. The backpacks and laptop rucksacks are made of 210D polyester, canvas and leather are come in styles to fit the needs and wants of pre-schoolers to adults.



Something coming at CES in January...

5.  Octopus, an icon-based scheduler watch and app, is designed to eliminate this power struggle to help parents and their kids focus on what’s important: quality family time.

Parents use the Octopus app to create activities throughout the day, which in turn is fed back to the watch via Bluetooth. The watch has 3 different modes (icons, digital and analog) and progresses with the child’s cognitive development. Children are able to learn the concept of time while also developing good habits and qualities like self-sufficiency, responsibility and much more along the way.

The relationship between parent and child doesn’t revolve around consistent nagging, but instead real family time. More to come on the Octopus...

Friday
Nov042016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Home Safety Tech

Keeping things safe around the home is of paramount importance.

Have a listen:




1. Logitech Home Security Camera

$149 on sale

Watch over home from anywhere with Circle’s innovative security features. Enjoy unlimited 1080p HD video with night vision, advanced motion filtering with smart alerts, and multi-camera connectivity. Plus, with free 24-hour and subscription cloud storage solutions, you can access surveillance footage wherever you are.
Engage in live two-way conversations and download fun and memorable moments directly from the app. Circle is portable too, so you can follow the fun wherever it goes.

 


2.  Winix Wi-Fi Air Purifier


The WINIX HR1000 Air Purifier combines advanced air cleaning technologies with user centric elegant design, to create an elite member of the Winix family; best used in any area of the home. Sporting a 5-Stage air purification system with Washable Pre-Filter, Coated Deodorization (CD) Carbon Filter, Anti-microbial True HEPA Filter and WINIX PlasmaWave Technology.The HR1000 is one of our premier Wi-Fi enabled products; compatible with the WINIX SMART app.
Features 5-stage filtration:

    Washable pre-filter - removes large particles
    Carbon filter - removes odors and gases
    HEPA filter - removes microscopic airborne particles
    Anti-microbial HEPA coating - prevent mold and bacteria growth
    Winix PlasmaWave Technology - reduces odors, gases and chemicals

Easy-to-use digital controls
Child lock prevents tampering
Built-in handles for easy transport
An air quality indicator informs you about the current quality of your indoor air with 3 color readings. Quality levels include good (blue), fair (amber), and poor (red).
An Auto Mode automatically adjusted based on indoor air quality readings
There are four fan speeds
Sleep Mode runs the fan on its lowest speed and disables the air quality light for easy nighttime sleeping
A timer allow operation of 1 hour, 4 hours, or 8 hours
 

3. Roqos Router

$19.99 and then a monthly subscription
Roqos, the first-ever cloud-based Wi-Fi router service that provides enterprise-grade cybersecurity and parental control features has some tips for anyone who uses a home Wi-Fi router, especially some parental technology support.

While you enjoy fast Internet access through Roqos Core Wi-Fi router, your home will be safe from inappropriate content, malware, viruses and attacks.
Roqos Core Wi-Fi router is available in three attractive colors.
 


4.  Fireplace Safety Screen

Fireplaces and other hearth products are beautiful, functional additions to any home, but they can pose a risk when not used and attended to with proper vigilance.

Ensure that a safety screen is securely in place when your hearth is in operation to reduce the risk of potential burns, especially when children are present.
 

5.  Carbon Monoxide Monitor

* Home Alert makes one for $44

Carbon monoxide detectors are a lot like smoke detectors, but instead of looking for signs of fire, they detect levels of carbon monoxide. Depending on the brand, detectors operate in one of three ways: with a biomimetic sensor, metal oxide semiconductor, or electrochemical sensor.
Biometric sensors use gels that change color after absorbing a certain amount of carbon monoxide. Metal oxide semiconductors have silica chips that send electrical signals to trigger an alarm. Electrochemical sensors are considered to be the best in the industry. They use chemical solutions and electrodes that release currents to sound an alarm.

You'll want to install carbon monoxide detectors like smoke detectors—on every level of your home. For areas with more carbon monoxide producing appliances, like your kitchen, garage, and basement, you should install multiple detectors.
 

6.  Screentime App

www.screentimelabs.com

The Screen Time app—built for parents by parents and born out of one father’s struggle witnessing his eldest son develop an unhealthy attachment to technology—is designed to help people manage their kids’ screen time to ensure they are enjoying the benefits of tech in balance with offline socialization, activities and adventures.
Yet many parents have not considered what impact the new devices will have on their children’s lifestyle balance. While technology has benefits—from developing language skills to learning enhancements—too much of it can have adverse effects on kids, contributing to behavioral issues, obesity, sleep irregularity and more.
American Academy of Pediatrics Screen Time Recommendations: only video-chatting for children under 18 months; only high-quality programming for toddlers 18-24 months with parental co-viewing; no more than one hour of supervised screen time per day for kids ages 2 to 5; and consistent limits for youth over age 6—and yet many children are logging up to seven hours of screen time per day, including TV, tablets, smart phones, computers and other devices (read more here and here).