Thursday, July 30, 2015


Soundtrack Contest Entry for the Greatest Trade Show on Earth *

                                                            By Techiegems (cr) 

SLASH, Guitarist
Velvet Revolver, Guns and Roses
Marshall Headphones
CES 2015
Send in your soundtrack for the 2016 CES (Computer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas. The deadline to submit is September. You have time to read the guidelines and begin composing.  You don't have to be a geek but if you're a musician , this may be the opportunity of a lifetime. As technology and music grow together, more talent emerges.

2015 International CES - Entertainment

International CES  celebrity guests were present throughout the world's largest annual technology trade show. Over 176,000 attendees came together in Las Vegas.  Radio and TV Host, Entrepreneur  Nick Cannon has served as Ambassador for the last few years for the Entertainment Matters Program. 

Audio combines technology
There were celebrity guests promoting technologies in film, television and music.  Those who are famous and I mean famous --  were seen holding a spotlight on the  very products each endorsed. Long lines were not uncommon at the times autographs were given out.  

Musical Icons

CES embraces technology and the arts as technology evolves and innovations continue to change the way the world connects.  There are hundreds of exhibitors who show up with products not even out on the market yet.  

Gibson always has a beautiful display and the welcome mat is out for all attendees.  

Gibson has a big white tent outside the conference center .  Their  presentation of musical instruments brings crowds to hear  music and even play some on display.  The entertainment the past two years I attended was a welcome break for food, drink and song.  

Celebrities at CES 2015

  • Rapper  and Investor Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson signed autographs at the SMS Audio Booth.
  • House of Marley
  • I got up close with other press members to see SLASH, Velvet Revolver -- who I knew as guitarist for Guns and Roses. Slash endorses  Marshall Headphones. The gathering was open to press members and all attendees (willing to wait on a long line). Slash is a fine guitarist musician. Recently, he released some information that Marshall may introduce a smartphone. 

*Link below for contest rules and submissions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Gaming is big business * 
    Techiegems with Casey J. Rhodes

Oculus Virtual Reality exhibitors CES Int'l Vegas 2015
According to the research firm, Newzoo, the global video market earned a whopping $84 billion.  It's an upward climb to an expected $103 billion around 2016.  As more consumers purchase devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers,  3D televisions with ultra high definition where clarity rules, players can connect with other players around the world in real time.

Consoles made by Sony Playstations, Microsoft X-box One and X-box 360 can be found in homes worldwide.  

Virtual reality took center stage at CES International 2015. We saw the best of it at the Oculus Exhibition booth. Oculus has recently been bought by Facebook.     
Ford racing simulator at CES 2015

Driveclub Playstation 

Driveclub launched on June 24th 2015 .. See a presentation of it below, as Casedizzzle navigates the roads  in India. Follow the race car driver now.. 

Link below to short YouTube videos:


TUTORIAL ON LAUNCH DAY. Follow the link below on Playstation blog:

* Information from CES International 2015 and trade magazine, It is Innovation, CEA, (Computer Electronics Association)2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Horizons says farewell to Pluto .#plutoflyby UPDATE 7/29

It's been inspiring to follow New Horizons spacecraft as it shared the most astonishing photos of Pluto.  Thanks NASA for the up to date information.  GO TEAM USA

Carbon Monoxide in Pluto's Heart. Read about it on NASA's site -- keeping us      up-to- date on the news not covered often by our media. 



New Horizons Close-Up of Charon’s ‘Mountain in a Moat’

According to Jeff Moore with NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, who leads New Horizons’ Geology, Geophysics and Imaging team 

“This is a feature that has geologists stunned and stumped.”  

Find out what a Mountain in a Moat means and why scientists are "stunned." 

The latest photos and information on this monumental information.  See what the scientists say at the NASA's latest link.

As of July 16, 2015
Views of Pluto Through the Years

Pluto and moon Charon 
Go to this latest link in order to get email updates from this NASA mission.  Or, just follow my blog.

Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015   follow link ..

Updated: July 14, 2015
It may take up to 2 weeks to get all of the footage back. Imagine New Horizons whizzing past Pluto at high speed..   Keep up on twitter's #plutoflyby . and/or NASA station and the  links from here.    This will be up a trickling down videos event ..  !  

July 13th, 2015
It's going to be a big tomorrow morning, Tuesday, July 14th  as New Horizons reports back to earthlings what the surface of Pluto looks like -- the closest ever .. .. Find your place to view New Horizons!  The countdown is on: From this writing -- approximately 18 hours to view it ALL.  Go to the feed above .

.see NASA page to countdown -- 


Thursday, July 16, 2015

The story of Silent Pocket, off the grid... Is CROWDFUNDING for you?

Crowdfunding -
Follow the video for a comprehensive look at Silent Pocket.  Co-founder, Aaron Zar, explains it all in his crowdfunding campaign and is looking for backers.

International CES 2015
 I met Aaron Zar at International CES 2015 in  Las Vegas. He was an exhibitor there, one of many in a vast sea of hopeful entrepreneurs and well established businesses.

 Exhibitors come from around the world. It's a chance for exposure and chance to make new relationships with buyers, associates and media. That's where writers like myself try to make a difference reporting

  There were 176,000 attendees at this trade . It takes planning and trekking throughout Vegas hotels and the conference center to meet up with hundreds of exhibitors.  But, there isn't enough time to visit all.

Aaron's leather goods caught my eye on the final day, Friday.  Don't I need a new wallet, I asked myself. Yes, but his product, while it was well made leather wallet, turned out to be more than "just" a wallet.

Mr. Zar immediately engaged me in conversation and asked if perhaps I could write an article about Silent Pocket and the significance his leather goods and their security benefits.   He gave me a compact leather wallet and asked that I give him a review on it.  He suggested that no hackers would be stealing my information any time soon. with his products.  So far, so good . I do a lot of travelling and use my cards frequently. I had no idea all the ways your personal information can be stolen, but, the hackers are one step ahead on the public. But Silent Pocket seems to be a step ahead of the hackers.  So I've had good luck.  Why not take a look at their products?

Nowadays, we are using our credit cards, I phones and androids  to pay for goods in many different ways.. And, we must insure that our information isn't picked up by the person behind us on line anywhere or while using our devices for payments  - with all of  our personal and business information.   Protected  and "off the grid," is how Silent Pocket products can keep us safer.

After some correspondence with Aaron, he tells me that his father, Randy, developed a small faraday cage for cell phones circa 1990s made out of metal coated flexible fabric. .  It didn't take long for his Dad to realize the potential of anything with an electronic signal has a negative aspect to it.  That was until 2009.   Soon enough a new product line was developed in Silent Pocket offering more privacy and security than ever before. And it stays within the family.

In 2012, Aaron Zar took over operations and brought the product to market. And they are still improving the security features with Pat Pending in 2015. 

Recently, Silent Pocket launched on, a crowdfunder.  What is a crowdfunding you ask? How about it's all funding in different ways.  Is it right for your business? You must really read INC Magazine to find the details. . 

  INC. Magazine has the Playbook if you are a serious business like Silent Pocket and other professionals I have researched on the kickstarter website.  It contains the already famous business owners to the less established businesses with a plan in hopes one may back them, or donate.   

   There are categories in the Playbook, explaining  essentials in "The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding."  Hey, it's complicating which area will be your route, if any.   The categories introduce in detail with great illustrations the following:  Donations, GoFundMe, Equity and Rewards.   Read the Playbook carefully before getting your feet wet and have a game plan. 

As the writer of tech news, I'm passing along the information on crowdfunding --  Aaron Zar's  marketing strategy which is gaining backers on  

 As a final thought on Silent Pocket --  security and safety of your devices and how easily you may fall prey to a 'bad guy,"  is serious enough to not ignore.  Best of luck  to Aaron Zar.   You can also see more of their products at

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Parrot Bebop Drone : 1st drone operated by a Zoo Team (Thoiry, France)


Casey Julian Rhodes, Electronics Consultant, found this wonderful video -

Parrot has been a major exhibitor at International CES in Las Vegas. During our last attendance, 2015, they did not disappoint.  A leader in drone technology they put on quite a show for the civilian drone population as their drones danced in formation and crowds gathered around for the show.

Parrot is a competitor for best innovation award in the category of audio/visual in automobiles at CES 2016.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Playstation 4 added a cool feature --  Sharefactory  FREE.  Take a look at the video created by Casey Julian.  The Riddler  hasn't got anything on his driving skills!! haha  :-)  

You can save your clips, add your own musical background.  Your video will even give you a title screen, edit effects such as colors.  Edit your footage and make a great video .. Toggle with your joystick, split a clip,  add transitions ... trash the "junk."   .. hey why not watch the video on YouTube tutorial on how to use the editing tools.  
Batman can use more great minds .