The Sony PS4 unofficially ushered in the latest next generation of gaming consoles. With it Sony introduced a new button the Dualshock 4 controller, the Share button. This allows gamers to livestream their game they are playing on the PS4 w/Twitch and UStream and it is constantly recording the last 15 minutes of gameplay. Let’s see how we set this up and use it.
Google Glass is a pretty hard product to explain to people at times and even harder to show with just pictures and videos taken with it. Google built in a vignette feature that allows one to not only take a photo with Glass but also overlay what is showing in the Glass display too.
Google Glass is a pretty amazing product that can do a lot but still has a lot of things it can’t do. One service I’ve started to use recently is IFTTT.com. IFTTT stands for If This Then That. It is a web services that can tie into other services and open APIs to control devices, send alerts and more. I’ll outline one use case scenerio that let’s you use Google Glass to control your Philips Hue light bulbs by voice. This has currently only been tested on an Android phone paired to Glass.
Google Glass is a much anticipated wearable PC product that Google is beta testing in the public by inviting Explorers into the program who in turn can then buy Google Glass version 2.0 for around $1500. Glass is almost the unicorn tech at the moment so once you get a pair of them, most people you meet will be very curious to try it out. Guest mode on Glass allows you to let users get a taste of using Glass without them having access to your personal data or affecting your data.
Apple laptops have one of the best trackpads in the industry. However with OS X 7, Apple decided to hide a very useful option deep in the Preferences; tap and dragging of icons, windows, items by tapping on an item and then moving your finger on the touchpad / trackpad. This is very useful if you do not have a clickable touchpad or just miss that feature (like me).
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As a desktop administrator I like to automate as many tasks as possible. I had a need to automate the installation of network printers in a Windows 7 / Server 2008 environment and after some digging through manuals found a solution to installing TCP/IP printers via a batch file. I’ll outline the VBS script we’ll leverage for port creation and also the using of rundll32 to silently install print drivers and create printers.
The PS4 like the PS3 supports multiple gamer profiles on the PS4. These profiles are stored locally on the PS4 and in turn are linked to the user’s PSN account. If you have one account setup as a main, purchasing account; you may have the need to passcode lock the user account on the PS4 and in turn limit who can access it and purchase items with it, etc.
Sony’s PS4 is one of the most socially connected consoles currently available. One way it does this is by tying your PS4′s XMB to your Twitter profile. Mainly Twitter on the PS4 will let you tweet Livestreaming or Twitch/Ustream sessions to your Twitter pals and more.
The PS4 touts several second screen and remote play abilities. One big feature is the ability to connect your PS Vita to the PS4 and in turn play games from the PS4 on the Vita. Basically it acts like the Wii U and it’s gamepad except the Vita is also a standalone console. Let’s see how we can connect the Vita to the PS4 and what features are available.
The PS4′s new Dualshock 4 controller has quite a few improvements over the previous generation’s Dualshock 3. It adds a clickable touchpad, redesigned R2/L2 triggers, new analogs and also the addition of a speaker and mic/headphone jack. The system includes a mono headphone / mic however you can also use higher quality headphones with mics too and also set all audio to output to the headphones and not your TV when plugged in. Sony lets us use our iPod or iPhone headsets with the PS4 and Dualshock controller as both a mic/headset and also as an audio output option.