Tech Tuesday: March Madness Goes Mobile

Warmer weather this month brings with it hot competition as the NCAA’s national college basketball tournament gets underway. On this week’s KARE 11 Tech Tuesday segment, I explained how March Madness has gone mobile with smartphone and tablet apps for both android and iOS devices.

Fox 8 News – Halloween Tech Tips for 2011

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Halloween is known for the paranormal, but it can also be about technology. I gave a few examples of how you can use apps and websites to track your kids, light their way and enjoy the holiday to Wayne Dawson of Fox 8 News in Cleveland this morning.

Tech Tips for Home DIY Projects

WTAM 1100 – Geek Squad Tech Tips for April 18th, 2011

Spring is slowly making its way here, and the warmer weather often brings with it the desire to start on those home improvement projects you’ve been thinking about over the Winter.

I spoke to Bill Wills from the Wills & Snyder radio show on Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 this morning about how you can use technology like how-to videos and smartphone apps to help with those DIY projects.

Camcorder Alternatives

If you’re shopping for a family video camera these days, there are reasons you might ask yourself if you even need a full-sized camcorder thanks to some new technological alternatives.

It’s amazing how small camcorders have gotten over the last decade. I remember the first video camera my family bought was a large over-the-shoulder unit that recorded to full-size VHS tapes. However, even with hard drive camcorders shrinking every day, they’re still not small enough to take with you on a daily basis.

Here are a few alternatives for shooting video on the go:

  • Pocket Camcorders – These flash-memory based camcorders from the likes of Flip Video, Kodak or Insignia, have exploded in popularity due to their extreme portability, price and ease of use. Even the higher-end models capable of HD video are affordable enough to be popular with teenagers looking to keep their YouTube accounts filled with fresh video of their daily life.
  • Point & Shoot Cameras – These sleek and slim digital cameras have learned new tricks by using the same lens technology they take still images with to also record video. Many models, such as those from Canon and Sony, can shoot HD video comparable to the pocket HD camcorders, but with the added advantage of taking great still shots as well.
  • iPod Nano – Although the video recorded by these tiny MP3 players from Apple are only SD, the fact that they’re more likely to be with you on the go means they will be there for when you absolutely need to get video of that crazy scene you just walked past on the way to work.
  • Smartphones – There are a huge number of choices here, but in between all the apps each platform has, you’re also seeing better built-in cameras on many makes and models that mean you can not only shoot video on the go, but often edit it on the phone itself before uploading directly to YouTube and posting about it on Twitter.