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Want to adopt a cat? Uber delivers

Thanks to my friend Justin from San Francisco for pointing out this gem. If you’re a cat lover and want to adopt a cat, this is for you. For the record, I wasn’t a fan of cats for years. But now I have two. They’re arrogant, pompous and lazy. But they blow my mind in a bizarre kind of way that keeps me pretty impressed with how smart they are. So yes, I now like them. Back to...

What is Wardriving and how does it work?

The above video shows an investigation I did for WFTV-TV in Orlando, Florida a few years ago about how people have the ability to peer into your home if you have a video baby monitor or virtually any device that emits radio waves. While this was done basic technology intercepting radio waves, criminals are now able to simply join a wireless network and see for themselves. [hr] Technology can be a...

Update allows you to import videos to Instagram

It’s finally here, perhaps the most requested update for Instagram. Now users of the app can import videos to Instagram. Both iPhone and Android users will be able to import, trim, filter and post their greatest archived videos into 15 seconds of fame. Instagram posted the update (version 4.1) on Wednesday and in doing so, take a major leap on Vine with the new import option. Many users...

Years of interruptible foldback

If you watch any amount of television news, chances are you’ve seen a news anchor or reporter put their finger up to the side of their ear as if they’re trying to hear something. That’s what’s happening. A tiny earpiece with a long cord attached is how producers, directors, camera operators, live truck operators and anyone else with control of a live situation in...

GeekLift: Save Instagram photos without posting, iPhone screen grabs & AT&T selling data opt-out

Good Thursday to you all. Today’s GeekLift centers around the iPhone (forgive me) and has a nod to privacy if you’re an AT&T customer. If you’re an Instagram user, maybe you’ve always wondered how to save a photo after you’ve applied a filter WITHOUT posting it for the world to see.  Also, have you ever seen something on your iPhone screen and wish you could take...

Lav microphone for iPhone could help TV news stations

If you work in television news, you know all about budget cuts. Actually, if you work in any industry, you may have noticed the effects of slimmer budgets at some point. In TV News, there are certain things that crews go ‘without’ when times are tough and the belt is tightened. Vending machines, reporter notebooks, Sharpies, free company Polo shirts…the list is long. Some things...

GeekLift: DirecTV box lagging, carrier settings update, make fireworks in iTunes

It may be the 4th of July, but that doesn’t mean your tech problems go away. Happy Independence Day, first and foremost. We should all be thankful for our freedoms and to those who fought for them. Today’s GeekLift includes fixing a lagging DirecTV box and slow-scrolling channel guides. I’ll also help you understnad what ‘your carrier settings have been updated’...

10 funny patent ideas for ridiculous inventions

Apple recently filed for a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan. Despite the fact that Apple already offers consumers the Nano watch option, they look like they’re interested in designing a full, smart-watch from the ground up. Reports signal that the iWatch could be released by the end of 2014. With all the patent talk, I thought it would be fun to look back at some funny patent...

Suits, custom-suits and custom, laser-cut suits?

I’ve always been a fan of a really good suit. I can’t say I’ve owned anywhere near the best kind of suit a guy can buy, but I’m happy with some I currently own. The best kind of suit in my opinion is custom-made.  But for me, it’s hard to find suits that fit without a lot of work thanks to my long arms and torso.  It took me several years of discounted Hugo Boss...

GeekLift: Instagram video problems, tackling tasks and screen zoom

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or two and a half years, Instagram has allowed users to channel their inner Ansel Adams to snap, filter and post beautiful pictures whether it’s a crisp, complex black-and-white landscape or a simple, self-absorbed ‘selfie‘. Whatever your flavor, Instagram has changed the way people tell their stories online by displaying beautiful images in a stream for most...

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