Episodes - TekThing

Episodes - TekThing
By TekThing
About this podcast
You'll find something useful in every episode of TekThing: product reviews, how-tos, breakdowns on the big stories, and interviews with best experts around!
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Dec. 7, 2017
Download Episode 154! Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------OnePlus 5T Review Can the 5T, a $500 flagship phone from OnePlus, hang with Google's $850 Pixel 2 XL? The answer might surprise you! We show you pictures taken with both phones in the video! They pack the same Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 CPU and Adreno graphics... watch the video to find out where the OnePlus 5T beats Google's top model, and where it falls short! LINKSYS WRT32X AC3200 Gaming Router "Purpose built to prioritize gaming!" Linksys's latest, the WRT32X AC3200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Gaming Router packs Rivet Network’s Killer Prioritization Engine, to keep your online gaming latency at a minium. Does it work? Is it fast? Will your gaming PC work with it? Watch the video to find out! Amazon Alexa or Google Home??? Ronald's thinking about adding voice control to his home... should he go with Amazon Echo or Google's Home? He writes, "Not sure which one to drop cash on. I prefer something with good sound for listening to podcasts and streaming music. Also looking to maybe IoT integration in the future." Maybe a Sonos One? Ron's in an Apple house, but Apple's HomePod won't be out until 2018... so we explain why how to choose between Home and Echo in the video! Keep LED Christmas Lights From Dying! Ben’s got a tip for everybody that’s had trouble keeping LED Christmas lights alive… hint, it involves plugging 'em into a sure protector! And, yes, surge protectors do wear out over time... when they do, they don't protect your gear anymore! Do Something Analog Like Brian, who’s adopted a fuzzy new friend he found outside his garage!------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Nov. 30, 2017
Download Episode 153!Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Tech Toilets! Steve's Mom will be recovering from heart surgery, will have movement restrictions, and he's "Looking into 1 of those electronic toilet seats that act as a bidet. This appears to be the best solution for that particular problem." They're called "washlets" in the US, and Shannon noticed that Toto is the only brand used in Japan. We talk bidet options, air drying, heated seats, nightlights and automatic lids, and more in the video! Net Neutrality Yes, we're pro Net Neutrality. We -briefly- explain why in the show, and, please, if you agree with us, take a few minutes to reach out. We recommend battleforthenet.com, it makes it easy to join in the fight for a free and open Internet! Dell Inspiron 7000 All in One Patrick loves All in One PCs, and Dell's newest Inspiron 7000 AIO is the fastest he's ever used. Why? The AMD Ryzen 1700 CPU and AMD Ryzen 580 GPU! Find out how it compares to the XPS 27 AiO, upgrade options, why the 7000 is probably a better pick for power users, and the $999 entry level model in the video! Restaurant Tech in Japan! Shannon just got back from Japan and was, once again, amazed by the tech... this time, she says, "I'd like to focus on restaurant technology!" Watch the video to find out how getting dinner is a little different in Japan, why SUICA or PASSMO cards are so useful, and how they can be used to track what you've done! Which RAID Level For My NAS??? Brent writes, "I've got a new NAS on the way (QNAP TS-453A) and I don't know what RAID level to use. I plan on filling it with four 4TB drives and am primarily concerned with the ability to replace drives in order to increase the capacity in the future." We talk RAID 0, 1, 5, and 6 (and why 6 is so robust), and which one you should use in the video! NAS RAID Rebuild Times? How long does it take to rebuild a raid when you've lost (or upgrade) a hard drive? How long do Backblaze, SpiderOak, and iDrive take to back up a Terabyte from your NAS? Answers are in the video! Do Something Analog!  And remember ... once in awhile... put down the phone, step away from the screen, close the laptop... and do something analog, like Patrick’s friends Jason and Paul, who race down in Baja when they’re not fighting fires in Snowmass, CO!------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Nov. 23, 2017
Download Episode 152Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Is That Black Friday 'Deal' Real??? Black Friday is TOMORROW, and Cyber Monday is coming up in just a few days. We've got tips! Learn how you can use CamelCamelCamel, NowInStock, Fakespot, RetailMeNot, TheWirecutter, and Pricegrabber to help you find the real deals and avoid the duds!Movies Anywhere Review Do you own movies on Amazon Video, Google Play, Apple iTunes or Vudu? Movies Anywhere promises to let you can watch any of those the movies anywhere. (As in iTunes on Android or Roku!) And they give you five free movies: "Ghostbusters" (2016), The Lego Movies, "Jason Bourne," "Ice Age," and "Big Hero 6." Does it really work? We signed up... watch the video to find out what happened!Train Amazon Alexa to Recognize Your Voice! Don writes, in your review of Google's Home "You demonstrated how Google could tailor it response based on who asked the question. Turns out Amazon Alexa already has that, all you have to do is train you Alexa to your voice." Can you really  "Train your Amazon Echo to recognize your voice" ...find out in the video! Fund Kickstarter Success! Craig answered our call for Kickstarter experiences... he writes, "I have been supporting creators on Kickstarter since 2010.  I have contributed to 64 projects of which about 15 have produced nothing( or I don't remember) and there are 7 recent ones, which I am still expecting results." Craig's got GREAT tips on how to NOT lose your money on Kickstarter in the video! Best Two Factor Authentication @erikbelusic tweets "@Snubs @patricknorton do you guys prefer SMS or Google Authenticator for 2FA?" Let's talk LastPass, Authy, Duo, and Google Authenticator (we did a full roundup in Episode 73), along with Yubikey...  and check out Shannon's 30 Day Security Challenge! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Nov. 16, 2017
Download Episode 151Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Lightsaber duels? Holochess? Augmented reality? We've got a review of Lenovo's Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, which uses your cell phone in Mirage AR headset to get your Jedi on! Nintendo Switch Update A ton of folks are considering buying the Nintendo Switch for the holidays. Shannon's owned a Nintendo Switch for months. She reviews how well the Switch has held up, picks games you should get, the most useful accessories (Case, battery, stand, pro controller, car charger), and more! Cherry MX Silent RED Keyboard Cherry's latest keyboard, the G80-3000 MX Board Silent, promises, well, silent mechanical keys. How do the MX Silent Red keys compare to the original reds? We've got a review (and some more silent key keyboard options) in the video! Alienware 34" Curved Gaming Monitor AW3418DWWe love Dell's U3415W ultrawide monitor. The 3400x1440 WQHD resolution is awesome for work... but if you're a serious gamer, you might want higher frame rates and maybe GSYNC or FREESYNC. Meet Alienware's new 34" curved gaming monitor: 100Hz native, up to 120Hz overclocked, and Nvidia's GSYNC. Full review in the video! Do Something Analog! Like Joe, who emailed, "I missed the eclipse, because I was doing something else analog, an Alaskan Cruise. So my something analog suggestion would be a whale watching tour and I have pictures/animations/video to share. I love my Sony a6000!" Joe's photos are in the show! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Nov. 9, 2017
Download Episode 150 Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------ 30 Day Security Challenge Have you checked out Shannon's 30 Day Security challenge at at youtube.com/tekthing or snubsie.com? If not, head over and build up your security and privacy online, one step at a time!Google Pixel 2  XL Review! An amazing camera, a sub-par screen, and a ton of power. Let's talk Google Pixel 2 XL! Can teh screen be fixed? How good is the camera? Should you upgrade from the Pixel XL? Does the Pixel 2 have the same problems? Answers are in the video! Chromebox Monitor Recco CaffineFreeDave tweets, "I have a 4GB Chromebox what monitor should I look at getting???" We've gota answers in the video! Move Google Authenticator To New Phone? From the "upgrading my Android phone department, Sean, aka @xfactor99 tweets, "Snubs, is there a way to move all my Google Authenticator to a new Android phone? Don't want to reset them up again" There's a reason Shannon uses Authy... watch the video to find out why!Which HD Audio Player? Justin tweets, "What is your HD audio player of choice nowadays? Budget choice? I'm so new at this..." We talk Fiio's X1 and X3, Astell & Kern's AK Jr, and more in the video! DAC+Amp Recco Joe bought a pair of Audioquest's Nighthawks after Patrick's review and writes, "I thought it might be time to buy my first dac+amp combo unit. I was curious, in your opinion, what pairs well with the Hawks." Audioquest's Dragonfly and Schiit's Fulla 2 are great entry level options. (JDS Labs Element is great for home use!) There are some things you should do -before- you buy a DAC+Amp... like go lossless with FLAC, and upgrade your streaming services!Google Drive Spam John writes, "I've been getting notifications on my phone lately that someone is sharing a file to me on Google Drive. If I click it on my phone i can view it.  Then when I go into my drive, said file is there.  The problem is these are unsolicited, and the ones I've been getting are... lets just say they are google Doc files offering me services." We discuss Google Hangouts and Drive spam in the video! Do Something Analog! Like Robert, who writes, "This past weekend me and my son went on a discovery flight at a flight school at our local airport. We both absolutely loved it." Thanks, Robert... he sent pics for the video!!! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Nov. 2, 2017
Download TekThing 149Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Kickstarter = Gambling? The OSSIX X 3D headphones Patrick backed on Kickstarter have been delayed again... so far Patrick's had a 100% success rate, but most projects have been a year or more late! Have you had a Kickstarter or Indiegogo fail? Comment down below!!!Amazon Echo 2nd Gen Review It's still shaped like a cylinder, though smaller, packing new speakers, and offering some more aesthetically pleasing cover options. The Amazon Echo 2nd Gen also costs half as much as the original Echo. Should you upgrade? Is it time to buy your first voice control system? Watch the video! Dell XPS 13 8th Gen CPU Upgrade Dell's XPS 13 is incredibly popular, with good reason! The new 9360 model packs a Kaby Lake Refresh 8th generation Core i7-8550U. Find out how much faster it is that the older dual core models in the video!"Teen Security: 30 Day Security Challenge! Some Anonymous Teenager on Earth has a great question, "With the numerous hackers and breaches that occurred this year, I’d like to ask, what are some tips you have for security? I’m a teenager, who loves the show (thumbs up!), and is one of the seemingly few who actually care about digital security." We've got answers in the video, and suggest everyone check out Shannon's 30 Day Security Challenge!!!Were HP's Archives Lost??? Searpea writes, "The Hewlett Packard historical archives were destroyed in wine country fires. See the last line about the archives online. And no fire proof safes?" We talk about fire proof safes (which aren't always so fire proof), archival storage, and the wrath of a really out of control wildfire in the video. NES Giveaway Winner & Tokyo Meetup We announce the winner of our NES Giveaway in the show, and, heads up, Shannon's going to do a meetup in Tokyo on November 18th. Keep an eye on her twitter account, twitter.com/Snubs for info!Do Something Analog!!! Like John, who writes, "Spent Saturday enjoying the scenery of West Virginia. The first 2 pics are of the grist mill in Babcock State Park and the 3rd pic is an overlook at Hawks Nest State Park." Check out the pictures in the video! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Oct. 26, 2017
Download Episode 148Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Canary Starts Charging For Free Services What do you do when your security cameras become useless... if you don't pay a monthly fee? Owners of Canary security cameras (Yo, Shannon!) find out this week! (And maybe start looking for a substitute!) Hopefully this isn't a trend... Google Home Mini We've got a review of Google's Home Mini vs. Amazon's Echo Dot ... and whether or not Google's catching up to Amazon's lead in voice control in the video! Battery Charging The Surface Pro Stefan wants "an external power bank to power my Surface Pro 3 but would also like to have the option of USB-C for future gadgets." You'll need a battery w/ 12V output (Lizone's QC 24000mAh battery comes with the Surface charging cable you'll need.), and some kind of USB Type-A to Type-C adapter. Be careful what USB-C cables you buy, and here's "The impossible dream of USB-C."Krack Attack Question Ron emailed [email protected], "I think you made an error on your coverage of the WiFi Krack attacks. Steve Gibson says the attack affects only clients, not access points, so updating routers is not necessary. The exception would be if the router acts as a client in any way, like a bridge, range extender, wireless distribution system, or mesh router." We talk about router updates for Krack, MAC address filtering, and more in the video! Find A Local Maker Faire Patrick's family had a lovely time at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire... it's easy to check if there's a Maker Faire near you! Do Something Analog! Like Sam, who writes, "As an automotive technology analyst, I spent a good portion of my days talking and writing about automated and connected vehicles. To compensate, I have a highly analog car that that I take out and drive to go nowhere in particular." Find out what Sam drives in the video! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!-----
Oct. 19, 2017
Download Episode 147Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------NES Classic Console Giveaway!!! Remember, we're giving away an NES Classic Console, entries end on October 31st, and we'll announce the winner on November 2nd. To enter, comment below on why you want one, and make sure to subscribe so you know when we announce the winner! Here are the Giveaway rules!00:45 WPA2 WiFI KRACK It's a collection of attacks called Krack, it breaks the WPA2 security on every Wi-Fi device that uses WPA2 (which means pretty much all WiFi devices), and can give outsiders access to the packets on your network. Should you panic? It's patched on Windows already, but what about your router or phone? Watch the video to find what you need to do! (And, hey, start running HTTPS Everywhere today!) 13:34 Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball The MX Ergo wireless trackball is Logitech's first new trackball in seven years... it's wireless, connects via Bluetooth or the bundled Logitech Unifying USB dongle, offers adjustable ergonometric features, and a slick precision button. Does it all work??? Full review in the video! 22:20 Digitizing Negatives w/ Memories Renewed Several months ago on the show Shannon talked about how she had a ton of photo negatives to get scanned... she chose The Wirecutter's top pick, Memories Renewed, sent off a box of 3000 negatives, and waited seven months. How did it turn out? Watch the video! 34:18 Keep Kids Toys Out Of Vents??? Got children? Got speakers, or vents in your desktop PC case? @nightryder21 tweeted, "@patricknorton just got a pair of Elac Debut B6. Ideas on stopping my child from  stuffing them w/  toys thru bass port?" Many... watch the video!38:58 Do Something Analog Like Jay, who suggests that next time we're "in LA, stop by and pay tribute to the grand old lady... our very own U.S.S. Iowa (BB-61). The first of ship of her line (the Iowa class is arguably the world's last class of truly actionable Battleships ever built) and she's seen a lot in her time." Watch the video for more! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!----- 
Oct. 12, 2017
Download Episode 146!Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Hak 5 Party If you're near San Francisco on October 20th, our friends at Hak5 are launching three new pentesting tools, and throwing a party to celebrate. It's free, 7PM on October 20th, 2017, RSVP here! SNES Classic Review and Giveaway! We've got a review of Nintendo's new SNES Classic, explain why you shouldn't pay scalper prices on eBay, show you how to find one cheap with NowInStock.net, and walk you through how to win an NES Classic from us! (Giveaway rules here!) Why Is VPN on a router a PITA? @KenpoB10 tweeted, "Why can't setting up a VPN on your router be as simple as it is with mobile?!" Great question... we explain why setting up and running VPN on a home router sucks in the video! (And, yes, Shannon and Patrick still use PIA for VPN.)$80 WiFi Router vs. $400 Mesh Eero! Cory emailed [email protected], "In the mesh network episode can you go over the difference between a mesh network and a network with access points? Advantages? Disadvantages?" We use a TP-Link Archer C7 WiFi Router and a Eero Mesh WiFi system to show the differneces in speed, convenience, price, and more in the video!Facebook Purity Hack After we talked about hiding photos on Facebook last week, several of you suggested we check out Facebook Purity, aka  F.B. Purity. It's an -awesome- way to hack Facebook and remove the parts you hate! Demo in the video!ModDIY.com Jay B has a Useful website for the PC / tech DIY crowd! He writes, "You may already be familiar with moddiy.com, but if you aren't, you may want to mention it in an upcoming episode." Done! Do Something Analog! Like Brandon, who writes, "Hey guys, love everything you do, take a look at some wire wrapped jewelry that I did this week for my analog activity!" It looks gorgeous, check it out in the video! (And if you have something analog to share, send it on over to [email protected]!!!)------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!------
Oct. 5, 2017
Download Episode 145Subscribe To Our Video on YouTube, iTunes, RSS!------Android Photography Anthony asks "could you give some advice on the best settings or android apps to use for smartphone photography?" Sure! Shannon's got a ton of tips that'll work with iOS, too... let's talk VSCO, Snapseed, and Adobe's Lightroom photo apps, and gadgets like lenses in the video! Shure SE215 Review Can Shure's entry level in ear monitor, the SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones, replace 1MORE's Triple Driver as our favorite earbud under $100? Watch the video to find out... especially if you need in ear monitors that block background noise, or constantly trash headphone cables!!! (Earbuds around $25? Check The Wirecutter!)Wire Cutters for Electronic Makers! JayLuigi tweets, "@patricknorton I can't remember the wire snippers you recommended heeeelp?👌" For most things? Channellock! But you probably saw us using Haako's CHP-170 Micro Soft Wire Cutter!Blocking Facebook Photos You Don’t Want To See Lance asks, "how can we hide someone’s FaceBook photos from our eyes without stopping people who what to see them." We discuss your options, and Facebook Notification Settings, in the video. Search for Books and eBooks In Your Local Library! From the we had no idea department, You can now check for eBooks at your local library on Google Search! We demo how it works (and where you look for 'em) in the video! Do Something Analog Like Mark, who tells us about the Mayowood Mansion, picking apples, and "over 300 bushels (600 5-gallon pails) of black walnuts with our 4H club" in the video! Awesome! ------Thank You Patrons! Without your support via patreon.com/tekthing, we wouldn't be able to make the show for you every week! ------THANKS to Hak5! & The HakShop!!!SOCIAL IT UP! Twitter, Facebook.Email [email protected]!!!------