Game/Life Balance U.S. Podcast #58: Author Blake J. Harris Talks Oculus, Facebook, and the VR Revolution


Blake J. Harris, the best-selling author of “Console Wars,” has turned his attention to virtual reality with a new book. In “The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality” Harris dives into the dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality. In this podcast, he discusses how he got his hands on the story, the twists and turns he encountered, and what’s next for virtual reality. (more…)

Legends News Stream June 9th 2015


The entertainment news for the week ending June 9th 2015 as seen by the Operator, Beef, Neil and Wing. As usual, we discuss the news in the world of entertainment from movies to TV, web and more. Spoiler Alert Spoiler Alert \ these discussions will be spoiler filled and will use explicit language, so consider yourself warned.


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The red arm!! Oooooohhhh!


Even more Marvel changes…including Dr Strange with a battleaxe and Daredevil BACK IN BLACK

 And iron man is invincible
Note: Superior Ironman ended last week and yup, Tony was a dick right to the very end.


DC’s “New-You” is in full swing and Dan Didio’s excited (+ 44 comics are free online)
Biggest change – new to DC writers and no “House Style” means more experimentation.




If you want to read a “lost” Star Wars book that will be contradicted in Sept. here ya go

Online Media

The Netflix is spreading

and growing more powerful

And in typecasting news…..

Justice League Gods and Monsters ep 1 is out


TV News

Humans 6/28

Canardia loves superhero shows more than the U.S. of A. – Up-fronts were in Canada this week

Star Wars Rebels 6/20

Now THIS makes sense!

Surely there are other ways to raise morality questions

Boondock Saints prequel TV series

Sharknado 3 apparently stole my title regarding how I feel about the whole series


Spy took the BO

There’s tanking at the BO….and there’s the FIFA movie–220529

Mockingjay Part 2

Wing is going to squee

Viral video for The Martian

In your face, Neil Armstrong

Bridge of Spies looks amazing

Don’t care who is writing it…NO, NO, and NO

James Cameron like Genisys…. but then he is James Cameron
James Cameron Terminator Salvation Quotes:

No Hall H Marvel goodness this year

Batman v Superman is about….exactly what we thought it was about

 ID42 poster

Well…shit…. now I may really have to see a Transformers film


 Non News

Speaking of Directors, Uwe Boll totally lost his shit [Non-News?]

Shia & Batman vs Superman


Source Article from Podcast #066 – There Will Be An Iron Man 4… maybe?


This week we discuss how Robert Downey Jr Confirmed there will be an Iron Man 4… kind of. Then we discuss Facebook back tracking on their name policy and how Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo glides through test run. In Stephen’s Geek Stuff he discusses Autosync for Drive by MetaCtrl and finally we discuss the Better Call Saul teaser song.

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So You’re Afraid of Facebook Messenger Privacy? Look at these other app permissions…


Facebook has come under some intense scrutiny this past week with their drive to move their messaging component out of the main Facebook app. While I’m a firm believer that users should know what they’re getting into when they install apps, for many geeks such as myself it’s been clear all along that this recent move has been blown out of proportion.

If you’re note familiar with the controversy – the issue is that the Facebook Messenger app requires a lot of permission to install, and many people are worried with wording such as the following

  • “Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation”
  • “Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.”

Of course it’s very easy for the uneducated to blame Facebook on these terms and condition but what many don’t realize is that the referenced security warnings are actually standard Android permission verbiage.

Android operates differently than iOS when an app is installed. With Google’s Android all of the disclaimers/permissions are granted when an app is first installed; however, with Apple many of the permission requests are displayed later when a user actually tries to use the feature which requires the authorization. Now while Google’s verbiage can be perceived as scary, the fact of the matter is that many applications require these permissions but they don’t actually use them in a scary way. For example, let’s say you’re using any messenger that allows you to take a selfie and send it to your chat partner. Most messenger apps have a built in feature to simply access the camera, take the photo and attach it your conversation. If users did not grant the app permission to use the camera, how would it take the photo without exiting the app and taking the photo separately? That seems like an inconvenience. Now you may be concerned about apps reading your contact and their phone numbers, right? Well one of the greatest features of different messengers is the ability to easily add contacts to these apps by matching up their phone numbers to their messenger profile. If the app did not have permission to access your contacts it would be impossible to locate your friends without manual input. So perhaps by now you understand those two points but are saying “Stephen, isn’t it creepy that Facebook can listen and record my audio?” Have you noticed that little grey microphone button at the bottom of Facebook Messenger? Yes, I’m referring to the one that allows you to send an audio message to your chat partner. How exactly is the app going to record your voice-messenger if it doesn’t have permission to use your microphone? Simple – it can’t.

Now while I’m not making any guarantees that Facebook couldn’t (in theory) use the permissions for their own gain, the reality is that this standard permission wording is found on many applications – may of which you may even have installed right now. Every day people sign up for services and agree to terms that they don’t read and the same goes for installing apps on your device and not reading the permissions. If you don’t believe me I’ve compiled some not-so-pretty (my apologies) screenshots of a variety of popular apps and the permissions they require. If you look through the photos you’ll see a lot of the same permissions that Facebook Messenger requires.

Once again I do always think that people should be aware what they’re agreeing to when they use services but I also do think that that in this instance with Facebook things have been greatly blown out of proportion because of some media sites running the story with the “big brother” overtone. While its ultimately up to you whether or not you install the app – I’m won’t be uninstalling my Facebook Messenger anytime soon.

MXL 770 Condenser Microphone Unboxing and Review


MXL 770 Condenser Mic
I’m a strong advocate of using Dynamic microphones for podcasting; however, sometimes my geekiness gets the best of me and I don’t always practice what I preach. For a long time I’ve used a Shure SM58 for my podcasting and I’ve maintained good podcast quality using this mic by simply adding some post processing including compression and equalizing. Even though many of the podcasts I’ve conducted with my SM58 have received compliments on the sound there has always been a hiss that irritated me after applying the EQ necessary for my voice. Now while I realize it probably only bugged me, I still decided that it was something worth solving by purchasing a new microphone. I looked into a variety of mics and while I had hoped to buy a $300-$400 Dynamic Microphone, finances simply wouldn’t allow this – I decided to explore some budget condensers.

I decided on the MXL 770 condenser microphone for several reasons – the first, and one of the biggest, being the price point. I was able to locate an MXL 770 locally for about $100 Canadian and that included note only the microphone but also a great padded carrying case and also a shock mount.


The first thing I noticed during the unboxing was how well the microphone and components were packaged. There is very little space between the protective foam and the microphone which helped assure me that the MXL 770 had a safe journey in transit. I was also impressed with how well the microphone was plastic wrapped to prevent moisture from damaging the components during shipping. Now I will admit that cutting the plastic off took a bit of caution because of this; however, the pros of tight packaging easily outweigh the cons.

The next thing I noticed during unpackaging was how solid the microphone feels placed in my hand. I’ve held a variety of microphones over the years and I found the MXL to command a certain rugged presence that others in this price range often don’t have. As I tested the two toggles on the microphone (-10db and bass cut) I realized that they too carry this solid feel – they simply don’t feel like they will break on me.

The shockmount included with the microphone will probably suffice find for most consumers; however, there is room for improvement as I have found it sometimes does pick up sounds when moving the stand back and forth. With that said, the included shock mount still offers a great value as many microphones in the price range of the MXL 770 only include hard mounts.


I’ve been using the MXL 770 for my podcasts for a couple of months now and I have to say I am really impressed with the sound quality for the price range. The goal when I started my search has been easily accomplished and I’ve found that the microphone presents my natural voice with very little post production manipulation needed. Of course as expected by going to a condenser, there is a lot more room noise picked up (such as computer fans) but after spending quality time configuring my input levels – I’ve been able to reduce most of that. I’ve since had a chance to re-record much of my voicework (such as podcast headers and footers) and I will admit the MXL offers a subtle level of “clarity” that I never received with my prior SM58 recordings.

What’s my overall impression with the MXL 770 microphone? I am extremely happy with my purchase and truly believe it would be hard to beat the value this mic offers for the price point. Would I recommend the microphone to other podcasters? Probably not, but that’s because I STILL stand behind my theory that most podcasters should use dynamic microphones. I’m not trying to say I’m an exception to the rule by any means but I am saying that I’m fairly fortunate with my podcasting setup. I record in a room that is away from most other house and street noise. Most importantly I’ve taken the time to really experiment and configure my setup which understandably many podcasters probably don’t have the time or patience to do. I also record closely to the microphone which means I’m able to keep the gain lower helping reduce external room pickup. I often find that people who podcast (especially with condensers) simply set their mics on their desks, turn up the gain, and stay several feet away from them. The problem with this is that if your microphone is recording your voice from 3 feet away, it’s also picking up everything else in your room from that distance or more. Podcasters should remember that most radio stations use dynamic microphones which are placed inches away from their announcers and even recording studios (where they do use condensers) place their talent relatively close to their mics – so why do you think you’d get better sound doing something different? I digress though, this is more of a topic for a future podcasting articles.

So back to the topic at hand and let’s reword the question. Would I recommend the MXL 770 to a podcaster who is looking for a phantom-powered, lower priced condenser microphone? Without a doubt the answer is yes – the quality and features of the MXL 770 just can’t be beat for the price tag. I’m extremely happy with my purchase and if you want to hear what it sounds like in use check out how I sound on any of the most recent podcast episodes.

Samsung and Marvel Make Galaxy Tab S Deal Providing Free Comics


Samsung, Marvel Unlimited DealIf you’re in the market for a new tablet and also love free comics Samsung may have the right deal for you. Samsung has announced that it has partnered with Marvel to off three free months of subscription to the Marvel Unlimited service with the purchase of a Galaxy Tab S. One of highlights of the Galaxy Tab S is the 2560×1600 Super AMOLED display which sounds like an ideal fit for digital comics. The partnership also provides Galaxy Tab S users’ early looks at Marvel Studios films and access to some other Marvel content.

The deal between the two companies apparently also calls for “the world of Samsung mobile” to be integrated into the Marvel Universe, something that supposedly covers on-screen and on-page. Product placement is a staple of most productions so it’s not really that surprising Marvel is now working closer with a company in regard to this.

The big question remains, does this deal entice you to the Galaxy Tab S?

Mobile Google Chrome Browser Now Supports Chromecast


Recently I received an update on my Nexus 5 for my beloved Chrome browser and there were two features implemented that instantly had me excited. The first may not be super exciting but still is great nonetheless – it’s the ability to undo a tab after closing it. I often find my Chrome Window full of open tabs and from time to time I do a mass-purge; however, in my hasty efforts to clean up I frequently close one that I didn’t mean to. Now that Google has implemented this Undo feature it’s a matter of hitting a button to open the tab back up – a great addition.

Google Chrome Browser Undo

The second feature is much more interesting, which is “support for casting some videos with Chromecast”. What videos are supported? To be honest I’m not sure but I will say more often than not since I’ve received this update I’ve seen the Chromecast Icon in the top left corner of my videos. For example I often find myself clicking on links that Conan O’Brien and his team post on social media but the issue is that they don’t host the videos on YouTube. There have been many times that I’ve wanted to send the videos to Chromecast but because of this I haven’t been able to. Today I opened one of his videos and was pleased to see the icon….

Google Chrome Browser Supports Chromecast
The video was sent to my Chromecast as fast as any YouTube video I’ve sent and the control response was equally speedy. This is a step in the right direction as in my opinion Google’s Chromecast is one of the best devices available for the price but one of its biggest downfalls has been the lack of native software integration. I’m hoping that this Chromecast support update is the first of many so that soon we’ll be able to even Tab Cast  from our mobile devices – just like is possible from a desktop.

Good work Google, you continue to make me a happy techy.

My experience with the iMessage Not Delivered bug after switching from iOS to Android


iMessage BugAs I have frequently mentioned on the GonnaGeek Podcast, back in December I made the switch from an iPhone 4S to a Nexus 5. I had heard (and seen first hand) about potential issues with iMessage so I did what I was supposed to and a couple days before switching I disabled iMessage on my iPhone. Shortly after I made the switch I discovered people with iPhones were having issues texting me – they would get a Not Delivered error.

I tried a variety of things to fix this including putting my SIM back in my iPhone and enabling and disabling iMessage again, leaving my SIM in my iPhone overnight with iMessage disabled, restarting a bunch of times with the SIM in my iPhone (and iMessage disabled) and a bunch of other things in between – nothing work. Eventually I called Apple.

Apple told me they looked in the iMessage server and did not see my number anywhere. The rep told me that they would try something on their end and if it didn’t work after 24 hours to call back… 24 hours came and people were still having issues. I figured I would just leave it for a few weeks to see if it worked itself out and eventually those which I frequently texted with (my wife) stopped seeing the issue; however, it still remained for many. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason either as some people it started working fine and then a week later stop working again (my father in law had this happen over and over). For some folks deleting me out of their phone and re adding me fixed the issue, others it did not. A few weeks ago I found some people were still having issues (yes, five months later) so I decided to give Apple a call again. My brother suggested it might be related to my email address but when I talked to the Apple rep she confirmed my phone number and email both weren’t in the iMessage system. However, she had another trick to try and it was texting a specific number with a couple commands. I tried doing that, waited the 24 hours and still had some people have issues.

Once again there seems to be no rhyme or reason as I had 3 people I know who have never texted me before (all who have iPhones) without issue, but when my sister’s boyfriend tried — also who hadn’t messaged me before — he received the Not Delivered area (the picture up above is a photo my sister sent me of it).

I haven’t pursued further yet; however, I wanted to share this story now as it seems appropriate with the news that Apple is being sued over this error. Anyone who has taken a few minutes to search the internet will see this problem has been around for years, so while personally I don’t really see the lawsuit accomplishing anything, I’m encouraging people to share their stories below of having issues making the switch – whether you had it for a few days or ongoing like me. Post your experience in the comments below.

Apple iPhone 6 Comparable Size to Google Nexus 5


iPhone 6 Case

Reports are surfacing that this alleged leaked case for the iPhone 6 could be one of the first major pieces of evidence that the upcoming iPhone could have  a larger 4.7 inch screen.

The case comes courtesy of a recent video placed on the YouTube channel Unbox Therapy. If the purported iPhone 6 case is an accurate representation of the upcoming iPhone, it appears Apple has designed the phone to fall in line with the size of the popular Google Nexus 5.

Here’s the video…


Nest Smoke Alarm Sales Halted Due to Potential Safety Issues


You may recall the announcement just a few months ago that Google acquired Nest Labs for 3.2 Billion Dollars – well it appears they are dealing with their first safety concern since the acquisition. The company announced on Friday that they would halt all sales of their hi-tech smoke alarm for concerns of a possible defect that could cause users to turn off the unit accidentally.

One of the most appealing features of the smoke alarm was an ability to silence nuisance alarms using a simple wave of the hand, known as the “Nest Wave” – apparently research has shown that this can inadvertently be activated. “We observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave … could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire,” said Tony Fadell, CEO of Nest.

While the company is currently looking for a solution to correct the bug they stated that there will be automatic disabling of the feature on units connected to a Nest account via Wi-Fi (yep, they can do that). It’s estimated that it will take two to three months to find a solution which allows the feature to be re-enabled.