Jan 07

CES 2013

I’m headed out to Las Vegas and I’ll be posting video links and links to other great products I find out at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.  Every year I go and I am amazed at what the future will bring.  Be on the look out for some really cool gadgets and fun new technology.

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Nov 22

Let’s Get Our Gift On!

Hey everyone! Its that time of year again and I’m hitting the road with some really fun gift ideas. All of which are great stocking stuffers! I’ll start off with something that everyone needs or wants and that’s cell phones.

Kyocera Hydro
Did you know that 82 million cellphones are damaged because of water and moisture? Yes! Its true! But that’s not the case for the new Kyocera Hydro from Boost Mobile.  It’s the first waterproof Android smartphone available without a contract. Hydro offers all of the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich features of a touchscreen smartphone with the added peace of mind that waterproofing can offer. Whether you get caught in a rainstorm or drop it in a puddle, sink or toilet, Hydro has you covered. It’s “oops proof” because let’s face it: life is full of accidents. And for only $99.99 on Boost Mobile’s Android Monthly Unlimited Plan with Shrinking Payments, you can get it for as little as $40 a month without a contract!  Get all the deets for yourself at Boost Mobile.

 

Sodastream
You more than likely have family and friends coming over for the holidays, so you want to make sure that you’ll keep their thirsts adequately handled.  That’s where the new  SodaStream Revolution comes in.  It’s a new, innovative soda maker with breakthroughs in both function and design. The Revolution is the first electrically powered soda maker for SodaStream, and offers many new features, like:

“Touch-button” activation providing a choice of carbonation levels (low, medium, high, turbo)

“Snap-n-lock” mechanism for easy bottle insertion and removal

LED display indicating carbonation progress and CO2 usage status

“The Revolution takes home soda making to the next level, and consumers will love the new features and the improved user experience,” stated Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream. “With these patent-pending, technological advances our users will be empowered to make their own soda faster and more efficiently than ever before. The bottle simply clicks into place and carbonates at the single push of a button, offering a consistent level of fizz each time.”

Your family will love this because you’re not hauling bottles and cans from the store to your home to the trash.  The environment will love it too!  Plus, most of all, its fun making your own sodas!  Get your very own Sodastream Revolution.

 

Boogie Board Original and Boogie Board Jot

Speaking of the environment loving products, this one ranks right up there.  You’ve heard of e-Readers, how about e-WRITERS!  Its real and its here! Its the Boogie Board!

The Boogie Board Original 8.5 LCD eWriter is the first Boogie Board model that started a revolution. The ultra-light, thin and durable construction is perfect for kids. Practice handwriting, solve complex math problems, play games, draw pictures, scribble down notes – then erase with the touch of a button and start over with a clean slate!
The Boogie Board Jot LCD eWriter is the latest tree-friendly electronic replacement for memo pads, notebooks and sticky notes. Like other Boogie Board eWriters, the Boogie Board Jot LCD eWriter features a revolutionary Reflex® LCD as its writing surface that provides a writing experience that feels just like pen and paper and includes some exciting new enhancements:
1. A contemporary metallic design available with red, blue and graphite accents \
2. Soft-touch back to provide grip and stability
3. Tapered stylus that doubles as a kickstand for horizontal viewing (great for leaving messages on the kitchen counter)
4. Built-in magnets for mounting to refrigerators, filing cabinets and other metallic surfaces.

From all the different colors to the features, the Boogie Board is great to have around the office and the home.  Check out all the different models by checking out the Boogie Board website.

M&Ms

Who doesn’t love M&M’s??  Who doesn’t love their iPhone?  Show your love of both with the new M&M’S® Brand iPhone 4/4S Covers – $34.99 for dotties case and $29.99 for feather case.  The dotties make your iPhone look custom because you put your M&M’S where you want.  Individuality!  The feather cases feature your favorite M&M’S Character’s face.  Mine is Yellow Peanut.

When you’re ready to hear your tunes, check out the  M&M’S® Brand Ear Buds  - $9.99 each.  All the colors of M&M’S are represented and they look like real M&M’S!

Give the gift of entertainment! Help the adventurous M&M’S® Characters save M&M’S® Brand Candies from melting in the game “M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Factory.” There’s even a “gifting button” in the app under the options settings, so you can give it to someone as a unique, virtual gift providing hours of fun. Launched in November, the app is available on iOS, and you can download it for $.99 from www.iTunes.com. Find more M&M’S® Brand gift ideas at www.holidaygifts2012.com.

Atari Arcade:

It’s time to relive the fast-action excitement of all your arcade favorites with Atari Arcade, the app-supported joystick controller for iPad®. With its joystick and buttons, Atari Arcade is exactly the way arcade games were meant to be played. The Duo line of app-supported accessories for iPad® create enhanced, shared gaming experiences with friends and family. Just download the Atari’s Greatest Hits app (available on the App Store), connect your iPad to the joystick controller and you’re ready to play all the classics – Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and more!

Available at Apple Stores, Apple.com, Amazon.com, and SharperImage.com for $60.

Duo Pinball:

Experience some pinball wizardry with Duo Pinball, the app-supported pinball controller for iPad®. Relive your favorite arcade moments playing Pinball HD and Pinball HD Collection apps using Duo Pinball’s flipper buttons and spring-loaded plunger! The Duo line of app-supported accessories for iPad® create enhanced, shared gaming experiences with friends and family. Duo Pinball unlocks five free tables in the wildly popular Pinball HD Collection app (available on the App Store). Play Wild West, The Deep, Snow, DaVinci, Jungle Style and more! Available at Apple Stores, Apple.com, Amazon.com, and SharperImage.com for $60.

PEAK Back-Up Camera

And finally, PEAK Back-Up Camera Systems will provide additional safety options for Dad, Mom or whoever drives cars, trucks, RVs, towing boats and campers.   According to KidsandCars.org, 34 percent of all non-traffic car fatalities for children under five are caused by backovers. PEAK’s back-up camera systems help reduce the risk of injury as well as expensive automotive damage with affordable and easy-to-install camera systems, including the Peak Wireless Back-Up Camera System with 3.5 inch Color LCD Monitor, which features suction cup mounts for easy-to-see rear coverage, and a water-resistant color camera with a wireless transmitter.

 

 

I’ll be hitting cities all over the US of A, so be on the lookout for me on your TV.    Until then, have a great 2012, and get to gifting!

 

 

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Nov 01

It’s Time to Change the Clocks

Well, you’ve been asking when and where you’ll be seeing me on TV shows and my tour has begun!   We’re talking about Daylight Saving Time ending this weekend and how its a great time to do a little safety reminders and some housekeeping.  First, a little history of Daylight Saving.  The concept of advancing our clocks during the summer months originated over a century ago. First implemented in Germany and Britain in 1916, daylight saving time was considered a means to conserve energy during World War I. The United States began using DST in 1918.  The Energy Policy Act means we “spring forward” on the second Sunday in March and “fall back” on the first Sunday in November.

Here’s some great products that deal with DST in the realm of being safe and being on time! First, its time to talk watches.

Designed in the distinctly sophisticated Black Label style, the EQWM1100CG-1 exudes a bold and diversified look with a comfortable black resin band and trendy rose gold accents – perfect for men who desire a timepiece that fits both a professional and personal lifestyles. Equipped with Casio’s Self-Adjusting Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping technology, the EQWM1100CG-1 alleviates concerns about changing the time. It also possesses a 3D dial with a chronograph that dynamically displays elapsed time measurements to within 1/1000th of a second. The EQWM1100CG-1 can be purchased for an MSRP of $450 at select retailers nationwide. For additional information, please visit www.Edifice.Casio.com.

You’ve heard the saying “Change the clocks, Change the batteries.”  It’s important.  Think about it, every time firefighters answer a call, they put their lives on the line. The risk increases if they have to enter a burning home to rescue those inside who did not have enough time to escape. Affirm your commitment to the firefighting community… take the Be A Hero, Save A Hero Pledge and promise to make home fire safety a priority. Kidde will make a donation to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Help the Good Guys, organizations that are dedicated to helping the families of injured and fallen firefighters, on behalf of every person who takes the pledge and share it on social media. Visit www.alarmpledge.com to learn more and to make the pledge.

Did you know you should change your fridge’s water filter ever six months? YES! I’s true!   You need to have great tasting water.  The GE replacement water filter model MWF does more than make water smell and taste better by removing chlorine taste and odor. It also reduces waterborne contaminants such as mercury, lead and select herbicides and pesticides. Its compact design allows for easy, tool-free installation and removal. This refrigerator filter is eligible for GE’s SmartOrder replenishment program, which allows consumers to set up automatic reorders so they receive water filters every six months without having to physically go to a store or go online to purchase one.  They’ve got a great deal going on right now too.  Go to GEReplacementParts.com, order your filter, and when you check out, use the Promo Code “CLOCK” and they’ll knock 10% off the price PLUS you’ll get free shipping.

Finally, I go back to the “Change the clock, change the batteries” saying.  It’s important.  It’s also important to make sure you use batteries that last.  That’s why I’m recommending Duracell batteries with Duralock Power Preserve Technology.  They lock in power for up to 10 years in storage so no matter when you buy them, you have the peace of mind knowing that you have the necessary power to keep your family safe.  Duracell batteries are available everywhere.  Here’s where you can learn more about the future of batteries!

Well, that’s it for now, tune in to your favorite morning shows and you’ll see me pop up and talk more tech!

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Aug 07

Tubed Out

We’re all looking forward to the iPhone’s new iOS 6 that is scheduled to come out soon and we’re looking forward to the new things the handheld device will be able to do for us.  One thing we’ll find absent in the update is a YouTube presence.  Apple has decided to take the YouTube app out of the iOS which means if you have a video you want to check out, you’re gonna have to pop open the Safari browser.

Basically, the deal with Google (who owns YouTube) and Apple has come to an end.  Apple more than likely doesn’t really want it’s competitor’s goods on their phone.  This will lead, of course, to your friends that have an Android to taunt you for another thing they’ve got on their phone and you don’t.   More than likely, you’ll see more Google propaganda out of an Apple project, including the Google search feature.

Apple doesn’t have a video sharing service so I think this will be to a disadvantage to us that do carry the cellular gold.  Apple has always seem to play that way and I’m actually surprised that they didn’t see it coming earlier.

Will this move Android closer to the coveted “must have” phone title? Are you an iPhone or Android user.  Have you ever switched teams?

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Jul 31

Not So Hot

Hotmail.  You probably have an account. You probably don’t use it other than to sign up for those services that require some kind of email address.  If you do, however, have an @hotmail.com address, you’ll want to know that Microsoft is distancing itself from the email provider.  Distancing itself so far as to develop @outlook.com.

If you do have a @hotmail.com addy, its cool, you won’t notice a thing.  If you decide to go with @outlook.com, you’ll be in good company, from what critics are saying, this thing could take on Google’s Gmail.  The best part of the new Outlook web email is that its clean. There’s not a lot of crap that gets in the way of getting to your messages.  Getting email will become cleaner as well with attachments coming to you in a more organized manner.   You’ll be able to sort through that quasi-junk mail easier too.  You know, those newsletters you may or may not read.  The kind that you’ll only read if you ever get around to it.  The annoying ads that come with free email addresses are also limited.  Clean, one line ads are the only thing you’ll be bothered with.

All in all, it should be a great option for email.  I looked over some of it and to tell you the truth, I like it.

What web-based email do you use? Which one is the best? Will you go after a outlook.com addy?

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Jul 27

Lego My iPhone

The other day I was at my friend’s house and his son was creating an iPhone holder made out of Legos.  I think this kid was ahead of his time, maybe about a week at least.

Tinkerbrick introduced a new iPhone case that can be used with Legos.  If you want the specs, it goes 8X14 units.  You can build stuff using existing Legos such as a holder as my aforementioned visionary friend had put together.  They come in four colors: yellow, black, white and red.  You’re gonna pay $32 for it, so maybe making one from scratch could fulfill your childhood memories mixed with today’s tech.

What childhood product would you like to see incorporated into any of today’s technology?

 

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Jul 26

Watch Cho Mouth

Tired of hearing all of the negative comments people leave on innocent videos on YouTube? You might be in luck.  How this is going to work I’ve yet to see.  Here’s the skinny.

YouTubers  who post offensive comments without any real reason will be asked “politely” to identify themselves using their Google+ account name when leaving comments.  It’s all in an effort to clean up the video site with comments from people that just like to leave mean and crude comments.   It’s entirely opt-in which says to me that it ain’t going to work.  But you can’t blame YouTube for trying.  I commend them for that.  Unfortunately, in this litigious society that we live in,  we have to find ways to stop matters before they come to matters.  Google is also wanting to update and consolidate their privacy policies as evident in their recent change to their ToS.

Do you think it will really matter? Do you think that Google is going in the right direction? Do you feel that this will ever change people from leaving bad comments? Or is this just good PR?

I tell you what, you can say whatever you want about this post and I’ll let it stay on my website. No. Really. :^)

 

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Jul 25

No Lying Roar

I tweeted that I got up early this morning to get ahold of the new OS x 10.8 for my Mac.  I had to wait a bit but I did eventually spend the $20 for the upgrade and waited an exhaustingly long hour to get it installed on my computer.  So now that I’ve had it under my fingertips for a few hours, I have to say “ehhh.”

I am excited about the transcriber for anything I need to type out.  It does amazingly well.  Just click the edit button at the top and then select start dictation and there it goes. All in all it works pretty well. One of the things I do not like, rather it freaks me out, is the fact that all of my voice dictation is sent to Apple. So that means you have to be online in order for dictation to work. It is pretty quick however faster than my iPhone will dictate.  They say it is supposed to make things easier and it will learn your voice. I am actually using the dictation to write this post. I should mention its easier to turn on dictation well by clicking the function button twice.

Airplay ROCKS! I was using it today and setup is so easy.  You do need to connect it to Apple TV, but its a button click away to getting it on my TV.  So simple, so easy.  Love it.

There are updates for Safari but I do not use it so I cannot really give you a good review on that.   If you are into the iCloud feature it is much like what you use on your iPhone. There’re simple very easy. When you start an app that lets you create documents, you’ll now have access to your iCloud projects no matter where you created them.

The game center is also new Mac OSx 10.8.  Am I only person that does not use game center? I suppose if you’re a gamer and you’re used to playing games on your iPhone/iPad and it should work out pretty well for you the updates however are not all that much to brag about.

Apple counted that there would be 200 new features keep in mind that is not necessarily the case. There will be more features released this fall much like the Facebook app that’ll allow you to post directly to Facebook once you’ve logged on. I am disappointed that that was not released as of yet. I believe they are going to integrate it right around the time the iPhone will have the Facebook feature.

Notifications, just like your iPhone, will be right there on your front screen. There is a little icon in the top right corner that will you to access any of your notifications. Is it me or does this sound like all of the things you can do on your iPhone? Yes. Circle gets the Square.

If you’re not a Mac person I would imagine that you found this post pretty boring. If you are a Mac views a user much like myself then you probably already know all about the Mac OS X 10.8. Just needed to put out there what’s going on just in case you didn’t know. I love talking to my computer as that’s what I’m doing right now.

You know MacBook Pro, sometimes you’re my only friend. (that was pathetic)

Tell me your thoughts if you’ve also downloaded the new Mac OSx 10.8. I’d love to hear what you have found useful and what is just a waste.  You are also allowed to dictate it. :^)

 

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Jul 23

Pin Heads

Well, that fancy schmancy iPhone in your pocket will be archaic when the new iPhone 5 (we think it will be called) comes out soon.  And with all the anticipated features we’re looking forward to, here’s one that we aren’t: the alleged 19-pin Dock connector.

The little port that is at the bottom of your iPhone currently has 30 pins. With the advent of the new 19-pin connector, all of the devices you’ve been using to charge your phone will have to have an adapter or you’re SOL. The smaller connector will make room for the headphone jack on the bottom of the device.

Of course, this is all speculation. There have been an increasing number of reports have cropped up and we know how those things go.  It’s a crapshoot.

Are you PO’ed that this might be a reality? Do you use products, such as iHome products that have the 30 pin?  Is this just another way for Apple to make money with the new adapters if this story is a reality? Share your thoughts please.

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Jul 22

You know you have a problem when…

you have to purchase another phone to take out on you “night out on the town” just so you won’t lose your “good” phone… you know you’ve got a problem.  Or do you?

That’s what more and more people are doing and I am not sure if its waste or actually a good idea.  They buy those new prepaid $10 phones you can get at a 7-11 and have their regular number forwarded to it.  They want to leave their iPhones or Androids at home. I think this all goes to the notion that we are a disposable society.  Can you imagine back in the 90s thinking you could have TWO cellys just so you won’t lose your good one? Awesome.

The “drunk phones” should be a good idea if you are apt to drunk dial those you love or REALLY LOVE when you’re inebriated.  You don’t have their number in the drunk phone so no worries on calling.  It’s quite the sign of the human behavior times.

Tell me your thoughts. Would you purchase a “drunk phone”?  Is this waste or a good idea?  Is it pathetic that you’re at the point of having TWO phones because of partying?  DO TELL!

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