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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
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
Feb112017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - February Heart Healthy Month

In addition to Valentine's Day February is Heart Healthy month...

Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.1 While Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease, African American men, especially those who live in the southeast region of the United States, are at the highest risk for heart disease

Rick and Sully look at some gadgets and tech that fit in with February being Heart Healthy month... have a listen:

 

1. Kardia Mobile

www.alivecor.com

Kardia Mobile is FDA-approved fingertip sensor device that attaches to your mobile phone, and EKG readings can be sent instantly to both physicians and loved ones. With Heart Healthy Month and Valentine’s Day, approaching, this could help prevent a heart-related emergency. Most people are touched in some way by heart disease, and a story on Kardia Mobile could offer a great opportunity to help inform them about the importance and ease of getting a mobile EKG reading. Smaller than a credit card, Kardia allows you to capture a medical-grade EKG in just 30-seconds from anywhere, anytime. All for $99.
 

2. Koogeek Smart Health Scale
www.koogeek.com

Accurately measure body composition and health data with the Koogeek Smart Health Scale. With four sensors and BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) technology, Koogeek Smart Health Scale accurately measures your weight, BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat mass, lean mass, bone mass, total body water, BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and visceral fat. All measurements easily automatically sync and upload to the Koogeek app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0. Koogeek has designed this scale with a polished ITO tempered glass surface and a blue LED display, the scale is durable for everyday use. In addition, special oval corners protect the safety of both you and your family. A great buy for about $40.


 

3. Sports Tracker App and Heart Rate Belt
www.sports-tracker.com

Combine a new app with accessories like a Heart Rate Belt and you have the Sports Tracker platform. This is an award-winning application and online service developed by a passionate team of mobile experts and outdoor enthusiasts– as well as by users worldwide in more than 200 countries. Put your phone in your pocket, armband or bike-mount, and and add the Sports Tracker Heart Rate belt so you’re ready to hit the road to collect and share data. At CES in January, Sports Tracker had three Olympic Gold Medal winners in Brianna Rollins (Hurdles), David Boudia (Diving) and Kaitlyn Farrington (Snowboarding) there to demo the product. The app uses your phone’s internal GPS to track your route, time, distance and speed. It's not just for running or walking, but also while playing or participating in dozens of sports and activities. Heart Rate belt is $85 and the app is free.
Check out the new Sports-Tracker Skiing feature!


4. Quell
www.quellrelief.com

Everyone has aches and pains, so there is Quell. Quell is an over-the-counter wearable therapeutic band for chronic pain. This is fully integrated into a digital health platform that helps patients optimize their therapy and decrease the impact of chronic pain on their quality of life. The company maintains an active research effort and has several pipeline programs, including a therapeutic device for restless leg syndrome. Quell is based in Waltham, Massachusetts and was founded as a spin-off from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1996.
 

5. MOCACuff and MOCAHeart
www.mocacare.com

MOCACARE, a company at the heart of the connected health sector, which will be showcasing its latest devices designed to simplify at home heart monitoring and letting you get your own internal engine check-up.
These will include the MOCACuff, a sleek FDA-approved wireless blood pressure monitor that fits comfortably on the wrist and avoids the problems of bulky and difficult to place traditional cuffs worn on the upper arm.
And MOCAheart, a device taking a new approach to monitoring cardiovascular health, using blood velocity as a correlation to blood pressure. With a simple thumb scan, it measures a number of important indicators of heart health including blood velocity, heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
 
 

Tuesday
Nov222016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Black Friday Deals and Tips

November 25 is Black Friday and that means holiday shopping, deals on gadgets and gift items and a day that retailers across the country control.

Rick and Sully discuss some Black Friday deals and tips...   Have a great Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

Have a listen:

**  Don't forget that Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Saturday and it's a great day, along with every other day of the year to support small businesses in your city or town. Small Businesses are the backbone of this country. Get out and #ShopSmall

1.  Walmart

50" Samsung Smart TV  $398

Walmart's Black Friday 2016 store hours begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in-stores, with Black Friday deals available online all day on Thanksgiving beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST.

2. Fry's Electronics

* Get deals on computers and more by email only!

Fry's Electronics' 2016 Black Friday deals are available by email only this year. Sign up for Fry's emails to make sure you don't miss out! Fry’s was founded as a one-stop-shopping environment for hi-tech professionals, and offers a wide variety of over 50,000 electronic items in their stores and ecommerce site.
http://www.frys.com/workflow/AcctMaint/fryspromocom/subc.jsp

3.  Amazon's Black Friday deals are already underway.  Kindles, PC's, tech accessories and sports gear

https://blackfriday.com/articles/2178-amazon-black-friday-deals-week-has-begun

4. Sprint, AT&T and all the mobile phone providers.

Black Friday is a great deal to get a new smartphone. BOGO deals, no activation fees, many phones are free with a 2-year contract.

 

5.  "Refurbished" Can Save You Money

The latest technology can be expensive. Many times, buying the same item, but refurbished can save you a lot of money.

Experimac in Sandy Springs is a reseller of Apple products.  They sell, what they like to refer to as "Pre-Owned" or Gently Loved products.

Owner Neil Kent explains:

“Often times people refer to our inventory as “refurbished”.  We don’t use that term.  "Pre-owned” or “Gently-Loved” better describes our products.  The term refurbished is usually associated with products that have been returned because their was something wrong with them, at which point a factory has had to repair them to get them back to working order.  In our store, the vast majority of the products we sell have been thoroughly inspected, of course, and in general have had no more done to them than a replaced hard drive or battery, as those items tend to wear out over time.  Anything requiring much more than that will be parted out and the good components are used for repairs.  For example, a computer that has been liquid damaged may still have a perfectly good display that we can use to perform a more cost effective repair for a customer that has cracked their display, rather than ordering a brand new display for them at a much higher cost.”



Saturday
Aug132016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - BB&T, Wintergreen and Recycling

Don't forget about Rick's own tech/gadget website...  WirelessWednesday.live

Rick gives a wrap up on the BB&T Atlanta Open and was at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia this week..  A "Mountaintop Resort"
 

Talking about recylcling and repurposing this week, with a tech spin on things...

Recyling has been a hot topic since the 1970s, but only recently have we used modern technology to make recycling and repurposing actually work.

Rick shows how these products are using tech to be eco-friendly in recyling and repurposing.

Have a listen to both parts:

 

 

1.  Re-Play Dishware
www.re-play.com

Sack lunches become a real meal with Re-Play dishware. Made in the USA from recycled milk jugs, Re-Play products are BPA and BPS free and also FDA approved. : Re-Play makes plates, bowls, utensils and cups from recycled HDPE plastic. Choose from a wide variety of colors and sets. From snack stacks and no spill sippy cups, to divided and flat plates, each product is designed with the five tenets of responsibility in mind: sustainability, affordability, functionality, durability and safety. The drinking cups are the perfect size for kids, and each item is dishwasher safe. Great for planning out those lunches, and Re-Play makes eating at school fun. Collections start at $22.00, items sold individually as well.
 
 
2. LostGolfBalls.com  -  re-using found golf balls.


Founded by former PGA Tour player, Gary Krueger, LostGolfBalls.com retrieves previously owned golf balls from nearly every state in the U.S. and cleans and sorts them by quality at their Houston, TX, headquarters. In 2015, they sold more than 43 million recycled golf balls and continue to grow in popularity. They sell both wholesale and direct to consumer options with brands such as ReLoad, OneSize Fits All Gloves, SoftCore Range Balls, Knetgolf.com and LostGolfBalls.com.

When you order balls from LostGolfBalls.com, you received perfectly packaged balls you will be proud to take to the course.
 

3.  QUBE  -  Know and sort what to recycle - Kickstarter campaign


Smart Qube has designed the first smart trash can connected to you wherever you go; the Qube trash can has been developed to include Internet of Things technology, enabling you to manage your household waste and helping to protect the environment. Its perfect combination of technology, design, functionality and sustainability makes Qube an innovative product that is the only one of its kind in the world.

Qube allows the user to find out in real time, via the screen and the mobile app, the state of the garbage and the quality of recycling. What's more, its system of incentives through gamification shows you how to continually improve your recycling habits. Modern and distinguished design.
The two models of Qube, black and steel, fit perfectly into any environment, thanks to their distinguished and rounded lines, which allude to a high-end electrodomestic product. The trash can is manufactured using robust materials, for example the stainless steel lid with non-marking system, ensuring maximum durability.

The trash can developed by Smart Qube not only offers elegance and modernity, but it is also set apart by an innovative multi-compartment system that allows garbage to be stored in the same space. Qube offers two such models, one with two internal compartments and one with three, which between them have 21 gallons of capacity, optimizing minimum space. The options for two or three internal compartments are available in both the black and steel models.

With this elegant, functional and practical design, Qube makes daily recycling easy.
 

4. Bedol What’s Next Water Clock

Comes in multiple styles and colors and will be the conversation piece in your home or office. Each Water Clock model has the ability to keep time without the use of batteries or electricity! Simply fill the Bedol clock with water and it does the rest of the work! The Bedol Water Clock creates it’s own electricity and can run on it’s first fill up for more than a year! After the first year, continue to change the water and your clock will last you a lifetime! This impressive invention is more than just a digital clock run solely by water; it’s also an alarm clock! Hollywood stars including Star Trek’s Chris Pine (featured below, right) with inventor Chris Bedol (left) love the Bedol Water Clock, and we know you will to!

Available in numerous sizes and styles, the Bedol Water Clocks start at $16.00 and are available to purchase online at www.BedolWhatsNext.com.
 

5.   WaterWipes

WaterWipes is bringing something new to the flushable wipes market
WaterWipes is an innovative, hypoallergenic wipe that uses only natural ingredients - 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.
WaterWipes have been carefully designed to be gentle on babies’ sensitive skin. They are the only wipes that contain absolutely no chemicals, just 99.9% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract – a natural skin conditioner.

They don’t irritate the skin; instead, they may help avoid nappy rash and other skin conditions. WaterWipes are the only baby wipe to ever be approved by Allergy UK.
 


Sunday
May222016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - OKC and RiverSport Rapids

Rick is in Oklahoma City for the opening of the new RiverSport Rapids...  Oklahoma City’s new $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center. Geared for both family fun and elite athlete training, the 11-acre RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater center was completed as part of MAPS 3, the one-cent sales tax initiative dedicated to metro area projects.

Recirculating channels pumping treated water create class II-IV rapids and offer a range of experiences for whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking and canoeing.

The lower flow channel offers great family rafting and tubing experiences – no previous experience necessary.
High-octane Class IV rapids on the Olympic style course will challenge elite athletes from around the world for both training and competition.

The course is being used to qualify for the U.S. Olympic canoe/kayak slalom team.
And follow @VisitOKC on Twitter and have a listen:



http://boathousedistrict.org/adventures/
 


Rick and Sully also talk about some other new Olympic technology to be on the lookout before and during the Rio 2016 Games.

1.  The High Tech Suits the US Track and Field Team will be Wearing from Nike

Nike has consulted with its athletes and designers and tested its products in labs to provide the best performance results possible with the hopes of its athletes bringing home medals at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

From Nike: "The uniforms are not smooth. It has texture, too. It’s kind of the same approach where we create mini turbulences and air channels to propel the athlete forward. At the fastest moving parts of the body—the forearms and legs—you’ll see the highest concentration of those aeroblades.”

 

2. NBC to Stream more than 6000 hours of content from the Games

The cable and media giant will relay 1,500 hours of content on 11 of NBCUniversal's television networks such as Bravo and NBC, in addition to 4,500 hours online on its NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app and website, which will also be made available on in its X1 video service.

Due to the short time zone difference between Brazil and the United States, the Rio games will feature more live events such as track and field and swimming than the games in London, over 17 consecutive nights in August.
 

3. Snapchat and the Olympics

The Olympics are coming to Snapchat. The app scored a deal with Comcast Corp.’s NBC to show highlights from the 2016 Summer Games, the first time the U.S. network has agreed to share video of the sporting contest.

Snapchat Inc. will set up a dedicated channel on the mobile app for the games in Rio De Janeiro. Media company BuzzFeed will curate short clips and behind-the-scenes content into a Discover channel on the app for two weeks, while Snapchat creates daily “live stories” using content from NBC, athletes and sports fans at the scene.



4. Google to Offer Enhanced Maps of Olympic Venues

Besides plenty of local visitors, the International Olympic Committee predicts at least half a million people from overseas will descend on Rio de Janeiro for the Games in August.

No doubt lots of them will be carrying smartphones, probably loaded with Google Maps, an app certain to be indispensable in the new and busy surroundings.

Google is keen to make its maps offering as useful as possible for those heading to the Olympics, this week rolling out updated maps for 25 official indoor venues as well as enhanced maps for 12 official outdoor venues for the Games. The new content comes just a few weeks after the app introduced real-time transit information for the Brazilian host city.

To access the new content, open Google Maps on your computer or mobile device, search for an Olympic venue, zoom into it and then click or tap on it.
 

- Rick continues his excursion to Oklahoma City, he will be going down the rapids, and ie heading to Micky Mantle's Steakhouse and a Oklahoma City Dodgers minor leage baseball game tonight.

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