MP 113 Google Plus, Real Names vs Pseudonyms, iPad Scam and Building a Brand for Yourself

Peter McDermott, creator and host of Micro Patrol holds discussion with prominent Google Plus users Prisoner, Michael Nast, Susi C Pentico and Thomas Ward. This week the panel discusses the pros and cons of using your real name on social networks versus using a pseudonym, an emerging debate. Also, the panel gives tips on where to buy technology safely and how to prevent yourself from getting taken like a woman in South Carolina who bought an iPad out of the back of a car in a local McDonald’s parking lot. All of this and much more on this week’s episode of Micro Patrol.

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MP 112: Steve Jobs Looks Ill, iPhone 5 Prototype, Google Plus, Free Webcam Giveaway

This week Peter McDermott discusses a photo in which Steve Jobs looks pretty ill. A sneak peak at the iPhone 5 prototype. A laser keyboard! Can you believe it!? Google Plus for beginners. Our Griffin Technology Mystery Product, can you guess what it is? Also, our Google Chrome App of the Week and a giveaway for a brand new Rocketfish Webcam!

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MP 111: Griffin Technology PowerDock Dual, iPhone 2 Jailbreak FAIL

In this episode Peter McDermott from MicroPatrol.com unboxes the Griffin PowerDock Dual for his iPhone and iPad. He also shows you a FAILED attempt at unlocking and jailbreaking a 1st Generation iPhone 2G. Also, a discussion of Google’s attempt to verify all Google Plus users, our Google Chrome App of the Week and our YouTube video of the week. All this and more on this week’s edition of the Micro Patrol netcast!
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MP 108: Mac Rumors, Skype for iPad, Griffin Technology & The Tech Buzz

Peter McDermott, Chief Guru of MicroPatrol.com helps you discover the web. This week, learn why a tablet was delayed its release in Australia, how you can get Skype on your iPad and preview our Google Chrome App of the Week as well as much much more. Visit our website, http://www.micropatrol.com/ for show notes and more!
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Boarding up Borders: The Death of the Paperback

Photo Courtesy of The Hampster Factor (Flickr Creative Commons)

Photo Courtesy of The Hampster Factor (Flickr Creative Commons)

After decades of numerous efforts to digitize our texts, retail markets are finally starting to fall victim to the digital paperback. According to USA Today, Borders has announced that they will liquidate more than $700 million of the company’s 259 stores’ inventory including book shelves, displays, music, videos and of course, books.

 

Barnes & Noble was able to survive the recent plunge of tree-killing texts by offering its answer to the Amazon Kindle, what it calls the Nook, which starts at $139, a mere $25 more than Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle.

 

With new tablet options abound, consumers are stuck with the decision to buy something full-color bright LCD screen such as the Apple iPad 2, or a battery-saving black-and-white maverick as Sony, Barnes and Noble and Amazon, among others, all offer now.

 

There are certainly advantages to both products. Google has even entered the race by adapting their popular smartphone operating system, Android, into a tablet version. Last week, CNET rated the 5 best Android tablets on the market with hardware manufacturers such as Samsung, Acer and Asus rounding out the top. Even so, most of these options will set you back $300-$600.

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