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Dads & Grads 2016

published on May 20th, 2016 . by Steve

hum by VerizonWith features including boundary and speed alerts, pinpoint roadside assistance, an ASE Certified Mechanics Hotline and real-time vehicle diagnostics, hum helps you create a safer, smarter, more connected vehicle. Hum makes cars smarter by monitoring and communicating information about a vehicle’s health through near real-time diagnostic data alerts via an easy-to-use mobile app and customer web portal. Subscribers also benefit from GPS-based Pinpoint Roadside Assistance for advanced emergency assistance and an ASE Certified Mechanics Hotline which can help drivers save time and money on automotive services. Hum’s geofencing technology allows subscribers to establish boundaries for their vehicles and receive notifications when the vehicle enters or exits an area in addition to speed alerts, with the ability to select a maximum speed limit and receive alerts when exceeding that limit. Hum costs $50, along with a $20 activation fee and monthly payments of $10 (plus taxes & fees). Hum is available online at hum.com, VerizonWireless.com and in Verizon Wireless stores.

 

Honeywell Second Generation Lyric Thermostat – After more than a century of innovation, Honeywell introduces the perfect solution for home comfort, savings, and control with its second generation Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat ($249 MSRP). The Lyric thermostat unlocks a new wave of simplified home technology with more refined, secure, and easy-to-use features, including compatibility with Apple HomeKit and Watch, Samsung SmartThings, and even IFTTT (If This Then That) recipes.  Syncing with your family’s smartphones, Lyric adapts to your lifestyle using geofencing technology to keep you comfortable at home, and save you energy and money when you’re away. With Apple HomeKit, you can securely control Lyric using Siri, set up special actions, and even connect to other HomeKit-enabled products in your home. Lyric even has Fine Tune technology to account for outdoor conditions, indoor temperature, and humidity, so that 72 degrees really feels like 72 degrees. To purchase the Lyric thermostat, visit http://yourhome.honeywell.com and major retailers.

 

Intel-powered mini PC’s — This year, give your dad and grad the gift of powerful computing in a small, affordable device. We’re no longer looking at large desktop towers that take up significant floor or desk space, but instead, we have Intel-powered mini PCs like the Acer Revo One ($429.99) and the Dell Alienware Alpha ($449.) that provide all of the power of a desktop that your dad or grad needs, but without the tower. It’s the ultimate space-saver (small enough to fit in your hand) and it packs the punch of a full-fledged PC into an ultra-portable device, allowing you to take it with you from room to room, use it with your TV in your cramped dorm room, or even take it with you outside of the home. You can find both of these mini PCs and more Intel-powered devices for your on-the-go dads and grads at shop.intel.com.

 

Fizzics  — To date, the home draught beer system has been restricted to Kegeraters and overly complicated homebrew kits, which has forced consumers to purchase expensive CO2 canisters, consumables and non-returnable, proprietary kegs only to be forced to consume a single type of beer or home-brew which can quickly skunk if not adequately conditioned or consumed shortly thereafter. The introduction of the Fizzics Draft Beer System represents the first universal beer system that is ushering in a renaissance in beer and lets the drinker experience a premium draught pour from any variety of beer that comes in a bottle, can or growler.  To achieve the best possible beer drinking experience, Fizzics uses high-frequency sound waves and oscillation to create a dense, long-lasting head with increased flavor and aroma. In comparison to a hand pour of beer which creates foam of randomly packed bubbles of non-uniform shape that are inherently less dense and frothy, and result in a grainy mouth-feel which limits the taste potential. Up to 75% of the way taste is perceived comes from its smell, so by increasing the aroma and bouquet of a beer through the Fizzics system a person’s olfactory system is heightened creating a more delicious beer experience. It’s $169 and available at www.fizzics.com, Target.com, Target stores, BestBuy.com, BestBuy stores, Cabela’s, Total Wine & More and Brookstone.com

 

SpillFix — (made from coconut husks) is an all-natural Miracle of Nature. This multi-use spill absorbent is a must-have for every Dad.   SpillFix is an extraordinary spill absorbent solution to deal with all types of spills.  SpillFix will absorb every common household spill; from detergents and softeners in the laundry room, oils, greasy sauces, dairy, soda and juices in the kitchen, all automotive fluids in the garage to vomit and body fluids from your pets and other accidents. SpillFix should be in every kitchen, car, houseboat, trailer and motorhome. Completely safe for animals, humans and the environment, SpillFix is non-abrasive and will not scratch any surface.  SpillFix is being recognized around the world as an industry disrupter that can also be used on all types of dangerous chemical spills. It has proven to reduce clean up time and costs by 80% and creates 70% less waste than traditional clay absorbents.  If you value our environment and choose to use products that are sustainable with a low carbon footprint then SpillFix is the only spill-cleanup solution you should turn to. SpillFix is available in 3 sizes ranging from $8.99 for a 3q shaker jar to $30 for a large 2 cubic foot bag.   Home users can purchase from JEGS: https://spillfix.com/jegs/ <https://spillfix.com/jegs/> or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=spillfix <http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=spillfix>   Industrial users can order through Fastenal: page-18 of the online catalogue:http://www.digiedition.fastenal.com/NationalPromotions/2016/Canada/02February/ <http://www.digiedition.fastenal.com/NationalPromotions/2016/Canada/02February/> or visit www.spillfix.com <http://www.spillfix.com/>

 

ChargeLeash – is the first Charge &Sync Smart USB cable designed to eliminate the loss of chargers for portable devices. It also reduces e-waste, reduces vampire power and offers anti-theft protection for expensive cell phones and other mobile devices. The ChargerLeash Smart cable with Loss Prevention Technology is equipped with an audible alarm that reminds its user to take the charging cable with them when they disconnect their mobile devices.  This electronics accessory was created specifically to solve the problem of forgotten chargers. Just as the name implies, this cable “leashes” your device to its power source, issuing an audible alert when you unplug your device. ChargerLeash is the perfect cable for the business traveler that does not want to lose their charger or cord while on the road… or at home. The cost is $15.99-$19.99 and available at Amazon, in airport Inmotion stores, TheGrommet.com and Www.chargerleash.com .

 

ChatLight – is portable selfie and video chat lighting—it uses a soft, flattering LED to enhance your FaceTime sessions, Skype meetings, and even selfies. $29.95   https://www.thegrommet.com/chatlight-rechargable-portable-lighting

 

Full Face Easy Breathing Snorkel Mask – This is the full-face mask with an integrated snorkel that allows you to explore underwater realms while breathing as naturally as you would on terra firma. Available exclusively from Hammacher Schlemmer, the mask covers your entire face, making it easy to breathe comfortably through your nose or mouth, and eliminating the discomfort of biting down on a traditional snorkel’s mouthpiece. The center-mounted snorkel features air vents in its shaft and a ball valve system that prevents water from entering. Freed from the hindrances of ordinary gear, surface snorkelers can observe aquatic life across a 180º vista thanks to the mask’s crystal-clear polycarbonate lens. A silicon gasket and adjustable head strap create a tight, yet comfortable seal and in the rare event of seepage, water drains from a purge valve when you raise your head so you needn’t remove the mask. The snorkel detaches for easy packing. One size fits most. Blue. $129.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/88654?promo=search&cmp=cel&trigger=ac&query=Full%20Face%20Easy%20Breathing%20Snorkel%20Mask

 

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Home Tech Home

published on March 4th, 2016 . by Steve

Ring Stick Up Cam — is the world’s first and only battery operated outdoor security camera featuring two-way audio, motion detection, cloud HD video recording, and night vision and is totally wire-free. When used with Ring Video Doorbell, Stick Up Cam provides a full ring of security around customers’ homes.  Unlike traditional home security systems that only over video monitoring, the $199 Stick Up Cam also enables users to engage in two-way conversations with whoever is on their property in real time via their mobile devices. It is common for burglars to make sure no one is home before bringing it by simply ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door. Ring customers have seen burglars ring their doorbell and, if no one answers, break in through a back or side door in order to not be visible to the street. With the addition of Stick Up Cam, homeowners are provided another point of contact with visitors, and are better able to monitor, interact, and protect their entire home. With Ring, homeowners can give unwanted visitors the impression they’re home, even when they’re not, and prevent burglaries and crimes from ever occurring.  While Ring Video Doorbell creates a ring of security around users’ front doors, the wire-free Stick Up Cam, extend that ring around the entire home. Visit www.ring.com for more information and to purchase Stick Up Cam for $199.  With Ring, you’re #AlwaysHome

Water Pik Cordless Freedom –- Brushing alone is not enough!  The Waterpik Water Flosser is the easy and more effective way to floss giving you healthier gums and brighter teeth in just a minute a day.  The Cordless Freedom is the most convenient and versatile Waterpik Water Flosser to date.  The best feature about the new portable unit is that it delivers the same clinically proven benefits as advertised for a counter-top Water Flosser.  Due to its small size and because it doesn’t need to be plugged in, it is perfect for travel or small sinks.  The unit can easily be stored in a medicine cabinet at home.  And because it is fully waterproof, it is perfect for use in the shower. Plus it includes three AAA batteries and three Water Flossing tip accessories.  Also included is a microfiber travel bag and travel water plug, making the Cordless Freedom the perfect oral healthcare travel companion.  The Waterpik® Cordless Freedom Water Flosser is available at Amazon.com and Waterpik.com for $44.99.

Bitdefender BOX — is the first cyber-security solution that can protect all you internet connected devices, from laptops, smartphones, tablets to smart locks, smart TV, thermostats, and more. These little smart devices (door locks, thermostats, etc.) add convenience to our lives, but are also the weak links in our home personal network. It’s way too easy for hackers to access your personal data. The Bitdefender BOX is the first and only solution available on the market that can truly protect your personal data.  The BOX scans traffic going in and out of your home’s router and blocks online attacks before they reach your devices.  Protecting your personal private information. On top of that, Bitdefender BOX is an easy way to manage all of your family’s devices. Through Bitdefender BOX you can see if the device is protected with a password, you can push updates, clean your hard disk, limit the access to the internet to a certain time frame, and more.  The BOX is currently free but requires a subscription of $99/year. For more info go to: http://www.bitdefender.com/box/

Eve Room — monitors indoor air quality, temperature and humidity using sophisticated sensors that analyze volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Eve Room goes beyond CO? by analyzing substances that directly affect your well-being, like alcohols and chemicals, molds, paints, smoke, and more to ensure users keep their home safe. Eve Room is now available in Apple stores worldwide and on www.Apple.com for $79.95. The Eve app is available as a free download from the App Store.

Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight– These Energizer® high-performance headlights are lightweight, versatile and perfect for walking the dog, camping, or spring home improvement tasks that require two hands. The Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight is just one example of the Energizer® line of high performance headlights. The Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight  features a 250 lumen powerful beam with 3 light modes, including night vision, digital focus and memory recall and a pivoting functionality to direct light where you need it. It runs up to six hours and has a beam distance of 240 feet. The Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight is water resistant and drop-tested to stand up to harsh conditions. Price of the Energizer® high-performance headlights varies from $10 to $25 depending on the model of your choice. Energizer® high-performance headlights can be found at most major retailers. Learn more about Energizer®  headlights at www.energizer.com/lighting/headlights.

Energizer EcoAdvanced – is the world’s first AA battery made with four percent recycled batteries – nearly 10 percent of a key active ingredient – and is Energizer’s longest-lasting alkaline battery. A battery made with any percentage of recycled batteries while maintaining high runtime was thought to be an impossibility for decades – and is now reality – thanks to Energizer scientists, breakthrough technology and exclusive partnerships. It is another step in Energizer’s journey to bring performance and responsibility to the world. By using longer lasting & reliable batteries, including those made with some recycled content, consumers use fewer batteries, create less waste, and have less impact on the planet. Energizer’s future innovation will continue to reduce the impact Energizer batteries have on the environment. By 2025, the vision for Energizer EcoAdvanced is to increase the amount of recycled battery material ten-fold to 40 percent. Energizer EcoAdvanced is the perfect battery to have in your home or on-the-go, powering high-tech products with less impact on the planet. When you’re purchasing the latest battery-powered gadgets, for kids and adults alike, make sure you choose Energizer EcoAdvanced. Not only does Energizer EcoAdvanced contain 4 percent recycled battery content, but consumers have also recognized it as 100 percent awesome. With a vote from 40,000 consumers, Energizer EcoAdvanced was named a 2016 USA Product of the Year. In addition, it is the first-ever winner of the Sustainability category. AA/AAA 4-pack is just $4.99. Join Energizer’s journey of innovation and learn more about Energizer EcoAdvanced at www.energizer.com/ecoadvanced.

HEOS by Denon — is where home audio is heading, it’s a wireless multi-room sound system. HEOS  brings incomparable audio quality into your home through smart speakers that easily connect  to an existing Bluetooth or Wi-Fi network via the HEOS app, available for iOS, Android™* and Kindle Fire™. HEOS flawlessly delivers users’ favorite music from leading cloud sources like Pandora®, Rhapsody™, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, TIDAL, Spotify®, SiriusXM, Soundcloud® and Amazon Music or stream content stored on your smart devices, PCs, Macs or NAS drives. Instantly you have multi-room audio control at your fingertips, commanding music in every room from any device, by grouping several rooms together to play the same song- or play a different song in every room for a true wireless multi-room audio experience. Smallest in a full line of speakers, the HEOS 1 ($199) wireless speaker works both indoors and outdoors. This compact, portable speaker plays audio tracks via Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi audio streaming add the HEOS 1 Go Pack ($99) and it makes it possible to take HEOS 1 anywhere with this Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. The HEOS 3 ($299) is ideal for smaller spaces such as bedrooms, offices, dens, kitchens and dorm rooms, users can lay it down or stand it up – it can be placed virtually anywhere.  http://usa.denon.com/us/wireless-multi-room-music-system

PlusUs LifeLink --The LifeLink from PlusUs is a must-have accessory for your mobile device. The LifeLink is the world’s thinnest and most portable USB cable! Its patented design enables the cable to easily fit in wallets or clip onto a key ring to charge and sync devices. The LifeLink is made of durable, flexible Teflon with an inter-locking lock design and at only 3.5” long when folded, it’s perfect for compact storage. It is ideal for use at work, in the car, at home or on-the-go! It comes either as an Apple Lightning Cable or Micro USB cable and is available for $29.95 at www.plusus.co

Energizer high-performance headlights — are lightweight, versatile and perfect for walking the dog, camping, or spring home improvement tasks that require two hands. The Vision HD Headlight is just one example of the Energizer® line of high performance headlights. The Vision HD features a 150 lumen powerful beam with 3 light modes, a dimming feature, and pivoting functionality to direct light exactly where you need it. It is water resistant and drop-tested to stand up to harsh conditions. Other headlights in this line include the Energizer Vision LED Headlight, the Energizer Vision HD+ LED Headlight and the Energizer  Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight. Price varies from $10 to $25 depending on the model of your choice. Energizer high-performance headlights can be found at most major retailers. Learn more about Energizer headlights at www.energizer.com/lighting/headlights.

 

SMART VIDEOS FOR SMART KIDS (Little kids):

Baby Animals, Mammals and More! is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! includes ponies and puppies, camels and calves, manatees and monkeys and so much more. This award winning video is filled with music, fun facts and lots of giggles. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! has been seen on PBS television and more than 50,000 copies have been sold nationwide. It’s a proven winner!  Available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Animals-Mammals-More-DVD/dp/0965060330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483715&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+animals%2C+mammals+%26+more

 

Gators, Crocs and other Yucky Swamp Creatures is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Kids will meet alligators, crocodiles, exotic birds, turtles, snakes, opossums, tree frogs and a lot more–all up close and very personal. This information packed video has won a Telly Award, a Communicator Crystal Award and an EMMY Award for best Children’s program. Available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Gators-Crocs-Other-Yucky-Creatures/dp/0965060306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483790&sr=8-1&keywords=gators%2C+crocs+%26+other

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Ho Ho Ho Here are some fun Holiday Gift Ideas

published on November 14th, 2015 . by Steve

Steve’s Ugly Holiday Sweater— Be a sure winner this year at an Ugly Sweater Party with either of these two show-stoppers. Look like a Christmas tree with ornaments, candy canes and lights on this green sweater from BuyCostumes.com. The green, long sleeve sweater lights up so you can twinkle and shine throughout the party. $44.99   Be a sure-fire winner with this Knit Crackling Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater Adult, available at BuyCostumes.com. See it in action at http://www.buycostumes.com/p/806027/knit-crackling-fireplace-ugly-christmas-sweater-adult Not only will you look spiffy and festive, but you’ll be as close to an open flame as possible without actually igniting on fire. Best of all, you can walk into any party and ask the predictable question, “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?” This exceptionally ugly sweater has a small pouch in the front that allows you to slide in your iTouch, iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3. With a knitted brick fireplace pattern, simply set your phone to any crackling fireplace video or app, slide it in and watch people around you get cozy. $54.99

 

BLINK — is a new, one-of-a-kind, totally wire-free home monitoring system perfect for renters and homeowners alike. As soon as motion is detected, Blink turns on instantly (within a fraction of a second) to record and capture an HD video clip that is then sent immediately to your Android or iOS mobile device as an alert through the Blink App. Prefer to just check in on your home? Blink also includes a Live View feature that makes instant home insight as easy as the tap of a button, any time and from anywhere. Ultra-affordable, Blink systems range from $79 to $289 (with no monthly fees unlike many other systems), allowing you to enjoy the peace of mind of a multi-room system for less than many others charge for just a single camera. And with its easy-to-expand design, you can add cameras as you see fit (up to 10!), to better build a system that fits your life, your needs. Blink is also compact in size and completely wire-free, meaning that set-up is simple and you have the flexibility to truly place it anywhere in your home – on a bookshelf or desk, flush on the wall, or in a corner – without having to worry about the nearest outlet or unsightly cords. And with battery life that lasts a year, as well as easy-to-replace AA lithium batteries, Blink makes system maintenance a thing of the past. For added features, it also includes night vision, free cloud storage, optional local USB storage, an auto arm/disarm function (both schedule-based and geofencing), a temperature sensor, built-in microphone, and an additional (optional) 105db alarm unit to ward off intruders. It is no surprise that Blink is a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree! Learn more at www.BlinkforHome.com.

 

BlissLights COLOR – is an indoor/outdoor laserlighting fixture that projects thousands of pin points of light on to any surface.  With the addition of the built-in 16-color LED and remote control,this product brings the magic of theme parks home by combining never-before-seen laser technology with a multi-color floodlight to create alluring displays for everyday home owners. It’s easy to use and the remote control lets users choose between using it as a “firefly effect”, a high-quality accent light, or to combine the two features to create a unique light experience. Additionally, the included remote control allows users to have the option to choose between one fixed color or the ability to pick from any of the additional LED effects. The BlisslightsCOLORis a great product for the Holidays,special events, parties, and for any occasion as it is both energy efficient and weather-resistant. The fixture installs within minutes, by simply staking it in the ground or placing it on a floor mount, and the built-in timer can also be turned off or on with a simple click of a button to allow stress-free installation. The COLOR is available for $139 and can be purchased at www.blisslights.com.

 

Adlens Interface™ - from Adlens®, the global leader in adjustable focus eyewear – is the must have accessory for anyone that’s spending a lot of time in front of their laptop, tablet or smartphone and at risk of digital eye strain. They are glasses that allow the wearer to adjust the optical power of each lens to focus comfortably at near, intermediate and distance vision. As well as having the adjustability to alleviate the pressure felt by eye muscles, their yellow-tinted lenses also filter out 80% of the most harmful blue light, relieving the symptoms of digital eye strain including headaches, blurred vision and eye fatigue.  At just $49.99, they make the perfect holiday gift for technology whizzes, gadget addicts, office workers and gamers. Pick-up a pair from Adlens.com and banish those tired eyes for good.

 

Seek Compact Thermal Image Camera –This holiday, give someone super powers with the Seek Compact thermal image camera. Plug it directly into your iOS or Android device and transform your smartphone into a powerful thermal imager that lets you see and read heat EVEN in complete darkness. Identify energy loss, water damage, electrical hazards, plumbing problems and more. The camera is also a personal safety tool for seeing people or animals in the night. The Seek Compact ($249) is available at Amazon and Home Depot stores nationwide.  www.thermal.com    @SeekThermal

 

Revell SnapTite Model Kits  – Revell, the leader in design and manufacturing of plastic model kits introduces four new model kits using the vehicles from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie made for kids 6 to 12. The SnapTite Kits require no glue or paint. The result: a fun hands-on activity that also helps build fine motor skills, the ability to follow instructions, and a sense of accomplishment as kids assemble a replica of a one of their favorite vehicles from the Star Warssaga.  Perfect for display. Available at all Michael’s stores. $12.99 to $24.99.

 

Star Wars Science: The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience — from Uncle Milton allows users to move Star Wars holograms with the power of their mind. Imagine you could raise an X-wing Fighter from the Dagobah swamp just like Master Yoda, or battle Darth Vader with just the power of your mind! These scenes are re-created through hologram images and a wireless headset with real brainwave sensors that read and interpret your levels of concentration. The more you concentrate, the more successful you are in moving the hologram image and successfully completing the Jedi challenge. The hologram images and Jedi challenges come through an included companion app and powered by the user’s own tablet device which projects these holograms into the unique Jedi training base. There are 10 different Jedi training levels, with Star Wars music, sound effects and voice instruction from Jedi Master Yoda. Star Wars: The Force Awakens challenges will also be available for download in Spring, 2017 after the release of the new movie.  For ages 8+ -SRP $119.99. Learn more at http://starwarsscience.com/product/the-force-trainer-ii-hologram-experience/  ·      Available at Toys R Us, Target and Amazon  STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. And/or its affiliates © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

 

Bondic – can fix virtually anything in 4-seconds! The world’s first liquid plastic welding tool, which debuted on Discovery Science Channel’s All-American Makers, has been compared to having a 3-D Printer in your pocket. Bondic® can fix everything from phone chargers to glasses, fishing lures to jewelry. Unlike glue, Bondic stays in a liquid state until a special UV light is applied, and turns it into 100% carcinogen-free hard plastic. YES, it stays liquid and won’t dry out like most glue on the market today. Bondic® is the perfect stocking stuffer and unique holiday gift, and has thousands of uses. Bondic® is a very simple 4-step process (clean, fill, cure and shape) to fix almost anything, saving you money by not having to replace stuff that is broken. Bondic® works on repairing and rebuilding almost every material, including wood, glass, plastic, metal, ceramic, and much more. Once it has been cured, it can be sanded, shaped, and even painted! Buy Bondic® at http://notaglue.com, at local retailers, or on Amazon. Starting at $20.

 

Blink B-Roll:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAzavgpMDf4&feature=youtu.be

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Got a Problem? Here are some Solutions

published on September 25th, 2015 . by Steve

Here are some gadgets and services that should solve some of your MOST pressing gadget problems

ecobee3 smart thermostat –from ecobee– designed for homes with more than one room, the Wi-Fi connected ecobee3 and remote sensors measure temperature and occupancy in multiple rooms, resulting in increased comfort when you’re home and energy savings when you’re away. The beautifully designed and easy-to-use thermostat is one of the first smart home devices compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, allowing you to control the device from your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch using Siri. The ecobee3 smart thermostat costs $249 and comes with one wireless remote sensor. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79. Purchase the ecobee3 at ecobee.com; Amazon; Home Depot; and Best Buy. To see if the ecobee3 will work in your home, visit www.ecobee.com/compatibility.

 

The Plane, Train, And Automobile Solar Backup Battery– This is the portable battery that attaches to a window and uses solar power to charge a smartphone or tablet. The device has a suction cup that allows you to mount it to a window in a car or plane and the built-in solar panel charges the internal 1,000 maH lithium-ion battery. A smartphone or tablet connects to the unit through its USB port (cable not included) and the device charges an iPhone 6 up to 44% and iPhone up to 56% on a full charge. The solar charger’s internal battery recharges in two hours via USB, it has five LEDs on the rim that indicate internal battery capacity, and it is only slightly larger than a hockey puck, allowing for unobtrusive storage in a carry-on or purse. 3 1/2″ Diam x 1″ D. (8 oz.) $69.95  http://www.hammacher.com/Product/87348?promo=search

 

Asurion Premier  Support– is the leading provider of connected life services, which includes device support and protection on all your favorite electronics.  When your smartphone isn’t working like it should, or you’re wireless printer isn’t talking to your laptop, Asurion can help solve the problem. Asurion can work across any device or platform and help with things as basic as resetting your iTunes password, to more complex things like syncing your smart door lock system with your smart thermoset to adjust temperatures when you’re not home. Asurion’s Premier Support isn’t just for when things aren’t working properly, they also offer proactive support to help you get the most out of your devices even before you have an issue. We are always monitoring operating systems, popular apps and services like Facebook and Gmail. If they see an issue, they’ll send you a push notification with the solution, in many cases before you’ve even realized the problem yourself.  Asurion partners with the leading wireless carriers, where white-labeled services are available. Customers can easily add premier support from their wireless provider right at the checkout and get instant support on any device that connects to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Price depends on carrier and device model but typically costs about $11 to $13 per month. Learn more at https://www.asurion.com/.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick — works with smartphones, tablets and computers1. Whether in a briefcase or in a pocket, this new flash drive allows you to wirelessly access media or transfer large files; save and share photos and videos; or stream HD videos and music2 to and from your mobile devices – up to three at a time.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is capable of supporting a single stream for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge3. With its USB connector, you can also connect directly to a computer to save and transfer files instantly.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick lets you access, share and transfer your photos, videos and files anytime, anywhere.  The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features an intuitive app, the SanDisk Connect app, which enables nearly effortless management of content between all of your favorite devices4 including, iOS and Android™ devices; Fire tablets; and Macs and PCs – all via password-protected Wi-Fi connectivity.  Available for download through the App Store, Google Play™ Store and Amazon Appstore for Android, the new app also enables other cool features like auto-back up of photos and videos from the camera roll to the drive. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features a one year warranty5 is now available at Amazon, BestBuy.com and SanDisk.com in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB at U.S. MSRPs ranging from $29.99-$99.99.

 

Incipio Performance Series Cases for new iPhones–The new Incipio Performance Series of cases for the latest iPhones offer device protection at every level. Committed to defending your smartphone against drops,  the Incipio Performance Series offers 5 Levels of cases that allows customers to choose their desired level of protection for their new iPhone. Ranging from a sleek single layer, Level 1 case to an ultra-rugged, Level 5 case – With each level, another layer of superior drop protection is added. You can see the case in action at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW_d5Y_maLE&feature=youtu.be  Offered in a range of color combinations, the Incipio Performance Series for iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus provide intelligent drop protection, no matter what level you choose! Available on October 1, 2015 at incipio.com and in select retailers nationwide. Prices range from $24.99 to $49.99

 

Singtrix Personal Bundle — From the creators of Guitar Hero®, comes Singtrix® the next-generation karaoke makes bad singers sound good & good singers sound amazing! Everyone can now sound like a Rock Star!  Singtrix is revolutionizing the singing experience as we know it. For the first time ever, singers with average or bad voices are able to sing and sound great without countless hours of practice or expensive voice lessons.  Singtrix is a plug & play device that offers unprecedented studio quality vocal effects once available only to professional musicians, including live pitch-correction, harmonies, and extreme gender-bending & voice-morphing.  Singtrix truly makes singing attainable to the masses and provides the most transformative & immersive musical experiences for consumers.  Singtrix works with any music or device. Connect to the headphone output of your music device and play any song from your music library, YouTube karaoke videos, or apps.  The Personal Bundle is  a portable option offering the Singtrix Effects Console and Mic which can be used with your existing headphones or speaker system. The Personal Bundle is $229.99.  Singtrix is also available in the Party Bundle ($349.99) that includes the Singtrix Effects Console, 2.1 Multimedia Speaker with subwoofer, Mic, Mic Stand and music device holder.  Singtrix is available at http://www.singtrix.com/ and all TARGET stores!

 

Angry Mama & Angry Mama Wipes – Cleaning your microwave was never so much fun! NewMetro Design introduces Angry Mama, an easy to use gadget that blows disinfecting, dirt-cleaning steam from its top to effortlessly clean and refresh the interior cavity. Crafted to resemble a retro-style 50s era mom, Angry Mama tackles built-up crud and unsavory aromas that linger inside microwave ovens by steaming up a simple, non-toxic mixture of tap water and vinegar. The effective steam-cleaning action (activated by pressing the power on high for 5 minutes) softens dirt and stains for easy wipe down. Made of BPA free plastic and dishwasher safe, Angry Mama comes in three colors (Purple with Yellow, Blue with Orange, and Green with Purple), and is available on Amazon.com in October for $8.95 suggested retail. Also launching in October and designed to be used with the Angry Mama gadget is the super-absorbent Angry Mama Wipe, made from cotton-cellulose fiber. Angry Mama Wipe absorbs more than 16 times its weight in liquid and can be used continuously for up to 9 months. Dishwasher and washing machine safe, Angry Mama Wipe features a screened image of “Angry Mama” and comes in two sizes, medium ($5.95 suggested retail), and large ($7.95 suggested). Angry Mama Wipe is available in October on Amazon.com. Established in 2004, NewMetro Design is dedicated to seeking solutions to culinary conundrums, and adding smart design and fun experiences to food prep and time in the kitchen. For more information, please visit www.newmetrodesign.com

 

The No Blind Spot Rear View Mirror –This is the rear view mirror used by police officers and professional racecar drivers to reduce blind spots. The patented, seamless mirror has a 180° field of view (standard interior and exterior mirrors combined offer only 52°) that provides a distortion-free reflection of rear traffic across an entire five-lane highway. This panoramic view allows the driver to continuously monitor adjacent vehicles when merging or changing lanes without turning his or her head. The mirror automatically reduces the headlight glare of trailing vehicles by 50% and clamps over most standard rear view mirrors without requiring tools or adhesives. 15 3/4″ W x 2 3/4″ H x 3/4″ D. (10 oz.) $59.95  http://www.hammacher.com/Product/74978?promo=search

 

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Back 2 School on TODAY

published on September 7th, 2015 . by Steve

Make your kids life easier with latest back-to-school gear
Author Steve Greenberg shows Kathie Lee and Hoda nine great gadgets that will simplify your children’s school day and your morning routine–and some are fun learning tools too!!

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Cool Tools for Back 2 School

published on July 21st, 2015 . by Steve

BACK 2 SCHOOL 2015

Little Scholar Tablet – For 35+ years School Zone Publishing has paved the learning trail for toddler’s through grade school kids with proven tools trusted by teachers and parents worldwide. Their early learning workbooks, flashcards, and software are designed by educators and focused on developing success in math, reading, spelling and more.  All of School Zone’s rewarding educational knowledge is now available in Little Scholar. Little Scholar is designed to teach kids 3-7 the essential skills needed for school and is the only tablet that comes fully-loaded with 200+ uniquely fun apps, books, songs, and videos (a $390 value). Parents also love the A+ app that allows them to track progress and guide their child’s learning.  Suggested Retail $129.99— for more information go to Toys R Us (live demo in stores) www.Toysrus.com   or go to:  SchoolZone.com 

Greenberg 2 Award Winning Educational DVDs:

–Baby Animals, Mammals and More! This award winning video is filled with music, fun facts and lots of giggles. It is packed with ponies and puppies, camels and calves, manatees and monkeys and so much more. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! has been seen on PBS television and more than 50,000 copies have been sold nationwide. It’s a proven winner!  Fun-filled and a great learning tool—Only $9.95 available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Animals-Mammals-More-DVD/dp/0965060330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483715&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+animals%2C+mammals+%26+more

–Gators, Crocs and other Yucky Swamp Creatures is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Kids will meet alligators, crocodiles, exotic birds, turtles, snakes, opossums, tree frogs and a lot more–all up close and very personal. This information packed video has won a Telly Award, a Communicator Crystal Award and an EMMY Award for best Children’s program. Only $9.95 –available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Gators-Crocs-Other-Yucky-Creatures/dp/0965060306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483790&sr=8-1&keywords=gators%2C+crocs+%26+other

 

XYZPrinting da Vinci Junior 3D Printer – Become a 3D printing pro and design your own creative products with the easiest 3D printer on the market, XYZPrinting’s most affordable 3D printer, the da Vinci Junior. Listed at just $349 with a one-year warranty (registration needed), the da Vinci Junior is designed for beginners to the 3D printing world, which is perfect for educators, families and hobbyist who want to make their 2D designs a 3D reality. Compact but capable, the da Vinci Junior is truly a plug-and-play 3D printer, requiring no assembly or complicated setup, unlike its competitors. For more info go to: http://us.xyzprinting.com/us_en/Product/da-Vinci-1.0-Junior You can purchase the da Vinci Junior at AmazonNewegg and Studica.

 

Dell Ultra Sharp 34 Curved Monitor –  As parents and students prepare for the school year ahead, technology continues to help students learn more and share their passions. The Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor is an ideally sized 34- inch curved monitor designed to maximize field of vision and minimize glare – it empowers students to stay ahead of the curve in their studies with its panoramic, immersive viewing experience.  Students will enjoy the beautiful color and sharp, cinematic clarity of the Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor thanks to its WQHD 3440 x 1440 resolution and over 1 billion colors, and can collaborate on group projects thanks to its ultra-wide viewing angle that provides consistent colors across the expansive 34” screen. Add to this the rich, engaging sound of integrated 18W speakers and you have a truly great viewing experience for your dorm room. Dell monitors, #1 worldwide[i], transport students into a digital world, whether they are researching a term paper or editing a photo or video project. The Dell UltraSharp 34 Monitor is available for $1,199.99. For more info, visit http://dell.to/1J1KGGl

 

Bitdefender Family Pack Device Protection System- Protect your whole family – and all the gadgets, mobiles and tablets in it – from the dangers of the online world with Bitdefender Family Pack, from the creator of the world’s most effective anti-malware solutions. An unlimited number of PCs, Macs and Android devices in  a household are protected from malware, privacy intrusions, data loss and more with just one license! Bitdefender Family Pack is very easy to use and extraordinarily reliable. Plus, it won’t strain the battery or impact the performance of any of the family’s devices! Based on Bitdefender’s award-winning technology, Bitdefender Family Pack makes sure you can bank or shop online with the utmost safety, while Parental Control helps watch over the teens and the little ones while they venture forth into the sometimes wild online world. The Bitdefender Family Pack is $59.97. For more information, visit http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/family-pack.html.

 

Smartphone Alerting Bike Alarm –This is the bicycle alarm that automatically alerts a smartphone when it is stolen. The alarm looks like a typical bike light that attaches to the seat post and its built-in motion-sensor detects movement and instantly sends an alert to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The alarm’s built-in GPS allows you to track the bike’s location using the free app. When riding a bike, the alarm’s light can be turned on to alert drivers to your whereabouts. The alarm can notify a smartphone up to 80′ away and its rechargeable battery lasts up to two weeks after a two-hour charge via the included adapter. Compatible with iPhone 6, 5, 4S, 4 running iOS 6.1 and up.  Costs $99.95 and is available at www.Hammacher.com  http://www.hammacher.com/Product/87063?promo=search 

 

Quirky Pickup Power – is a desktop power strip with three AC outlets and 1080 joules of surge protection. The best part? It’s got a portable battery you can pop out and take with you in a pinch. Snag it with a 4000 or 6000 mAH battery to charge e-readers, tablets, phones, cameras, and more from anywhere. Like all Quirky products, Pickup Power was invented and influenced by real people like you. Denyveaus Sells of Tulsa, Oklahoma found himself stranded with a dead battery during the middle of his morning commute. He thought, “Why can’t I take power with me? Power that could charge my mobile devices anywhere at any time?” So he submitted the idea for Pickup Power and—zap!—now he’s got it. Pickup Power is available for $79.99 on Amazon.comhttp://www.amazon.com/Quirky-PPUP1-60BK-Pickup-Power-6000mAh/dp/B002YUR3BI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437361601&sr=8-1&keywords=quirky+pickup+power

 

Video B-Roll

Greenberg DVD b-roll link: https://vimeo.com/99872048

 

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Father’s Day– Are you looking for a Dad-get?

published on May 10th, 2015 . by Steve

What to get Dad—when you know a tie would be a big mistake

 

Piper nv — is a DIY home security solution that you can easily personalize to focus on the things that matter most to you. With Piper nv’s 180-degree HD Camera, wireless accessories, and simple, intuitive mobile app, you see, hear and know exactly what’s happening in your home or office, all thanks to a live video stream sent directly to your personal mobile device. Piper nv provides peace of mind by allowing you the option to customize your system to your needs. Whether a working Dad checking in on the home or a small business owner keeping an eye on the office, with Piper nv, you can modify settings so that you’re alerted when, and only when, you want to be. If for some reason you won’t be available for a span of time, plan ahead by adding trusted family and friends to your notification network so that they can help you monitor what’s going on in your home.  With add-on automation options including door and window sensors, Piper and Piper nv are easy-to-use and affordable home security solutions at $279. For more info visit https://getpiper.com    NOTE: by using the promo code GADGETNATION, viewers will receive $25 off their Piper nv order.

 

Estes Proto X Drone — Winner of two international “Toy of the Year” awards, the Proto X is the world’s smallest drone, and one of the lightest weighing only four tenths of an ounce! Measuring only 1.8” x 1.8” (about the size of a U.S. postage stamp) this compact, beginner friendly drone is ideal the  for indoor flying. Available in 6 different color s including: green, red, purple, yellow, white and black. Bright, built in LEDs make it easy to see the Proto X in low-light conditions and enhances night flying experience. A 2.4 GHz radio not only allows for interference free flight — it makes it easy for multiple Proto X drones to fly at once. A gyro provides smooth, stable flight while the LiPo battery provides for long fly time. Compact, beginner friendly and ideal for indoor flying — Estes Proto X.  You can purchase Proto X at: www.estesrockets.com  $29.99

 

Incipio offGRID SHINE Battery Case for iPhone 6 – Power up your iPhone 6 on-the-go and take charge with the Incipio offGRID SHINE Battery Case for iPhone 6. The offGRID SHINE features a protective, one-piece design that delivers over 120% more charge and doubles the battery life of the iPhone 6.  The case is the perfect companion for all of your daily travels and adventures.  Looks great, strong and keeps you powered. It’s available at Best Buy stores nationwide and online for $89.99  http://www.bestbuy.com/site/incipio-offgrid-shine-external-battery-case-for-apple-iphone-6-black/5681216.p?id=1219655373751&skuId=5681216

 

weBoost Drive 4G-S — Whether you are on the go with the kids in tow and need to stay connected, or a road warrior who needs to stay connected for that important call, the weBoost Drive 4G-S allows everyone to stay connected wherever they go. Many enhancements have been made to the car to maximize miles per gallon, but one thing has remained the same: a cell signal is 50 times stronger outside than inside your car. Additionally with phone usage like GPS and streaming media becoming more prevalent, the need for a strong signal is much more important. The Drive is designed to keep you connected to all of what’s important in your life. $199.99   http://store.weboost.com/products/drive-4gs

weBoost Home 4G — We all have that room in our homes where we can’t make a call, send a text, or get data on our phone. Most of us suffer with it and just move to another room. As more and more Americans ditch the landlines, the need for a reliable signal is more essential than ever. With weBoost’s Home 4G you never have to worry about that again. Regardless of your carrier, the Home 4G fills in your indoor dead zones, so you can stay connected where you want it most.  $399.99 http://store.weboost.com/products/connect-home-4g

 

Nextbook Flexx 11 — Everything you need is at your fingertips with the new Nextbook Flexx 11 2-in-1 tablet with Windows 8.1. With a detachable keyboard with two USB ports, the Flexx 11 can be used as a tablet or a laptop, making it perfect for the entire family to share. Whether it’s typing an email, browsing the web, video chatting with a friend, or watching the latest movie, the new Nextbook Flexx 11 can handle any task and get more done while at home, at work or on the go. It features an 11.6” high-definition IPS screen with multi-touch and expanded viewing angles, quad-core Intel Atom processor, 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card up to 64GB, Bluetooth 4.0 and built-in WiFi, front and back cameras with microphone, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, and a 3-axis g-sensor for apps and gaming. The Flexx 11 will be upgradable to Windows 10 later this year.  The stylish Nextbook Flexx 11 tablet is available for $227 at Walmart stores nationwide and on-line at: Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nextbook-Flexx-11-with-WiFi-11.6-Touchscreen-Tablet-PC-Featuring-Windows-8.1-Operating-System-Black/44503406).

 

FreshTech™ line from Premier Accessory Group — combines the best of 3 worlds – charging, smartphone mounting and odor elimination. With FreshTech™ – Bad smells in your car are a thing of the past. The FreshTech™ USB Car Charger + Air Freshener combines charging your phone, tablet, GPS or other digital devices with FreshTech’s proprietary Scent Ring System that delivers up to 30 days of odor eliminating fragrance. Available as a Single USB or Dual USB model, the Car Charger plugs into a car’s 12 volt socket to charge your devices on the go. Both versions of the FreshTech™ USB Car Charger include one Scent Ring.  AND another option or odor elimination– FreshTech™ Vent Mount that securely clips into your vehicle’s air vent to hold your phone or devices and the FreshTech™ Scent Ring refills are available in 6-fragrances and come as 2 ring refill packs. http://www.amazon.com/FreshTech-Mount-Bonus-Smell-scent/dp/B00T4Y62IC  Dual USB – $12.99: http://www.amazon.com/FreshTech-Charger-Bonus-Smell-scent/dp/B00T4X9AVE/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2841CQPIZL1BY, Single USB – $9.99: http://www.amazon.com/FreshTech-Single-Charger-Bonus-Smell/dp/B00T4VFH5E/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2841CQPIZL1BY

 

Rego Gear’s Front Pocket Metro Sling Plus — puts everything you need at your fingertips. It improves on the traditional backpack with innovative, ultra-light front pockets that give you instant, and secure, access to your smartphone (iPhone 6 fits perfectly), wallet, keys, bottled water etc. Grab an energy bar while biking or hiking or your ID and passport at the airport without stopping to dig through a cumbersome backpack.  Retails for $80.00 www.regogear.com

 

Baby Animals, Mammals and More! is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! includes ponies and puppies, camels and calves, manatees and monkeys and so much more. This award winning video is filled with music, fun facts and lots of giggles. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! has been seen on PBS television and more than 50,000 copies have been sold nationwide. It’s a proven winner!  Available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Animals-Mammals-More-DVD/dp/0965060330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483715&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+animals%2C+mammals+%26+more

 

Gators, Crocs and other Yucky Swamp Creatures is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Kids will meet alligators, crocodiles, exotic birds, turtles, snakes, opossums, tree frogs and a lot more–all up close and very personal. This information packed video has won a Telly Award, a Communicator Crystal Award and an EMMY Award for best Children’s program. Available for purchase on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Gators-Crocs-Other-Yucky-Creatures/dp/0965060306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483790&sr=8-1&keywords=gators%2C+crocs+%26+other

 

 

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Home Tech Home

published on February 17th, 2015 . by Steve

Check out these gadgets for today’s tech savvy individual

 

Lyve — You’ve got thousands of photos you love, now they’ll all fit on your phone regardless of storage capacity. Lyve is the free service that optimizes all of your photos so they’ll fit on your phone. So if you’ve got 50,000, 100,000 or even 200,000 photos on your computer, now you can take them all with you on your phone without using up all your storage. You can then protect this entire photo collection with one of several Lyve smart storage solutions including the Lyve Home, Lyve Studio or Lyve Drive which range in price from $49 to $299. With a Lyve smart storage solution, all existing and any new photos and videos you take are backed-up automatically to a local storage drive, giving you personal protection as well as the freedom to delete any photos and videos from your camera roll on your phone freeing up valuable space.   The free Lyve app just received an important update that adds a number of new features and improvements for both iOS and Android devices including photo editing, tagging and filters. With these enhancements you can now easily crop, enhance, filter, frame, remove red-eye and even add stickers to your photos within the Lyve app. With tagging, Lyve makes it super simple to group, sort, search and easily find your favorite photos and videos.  You can find out more about the Lyve service and download the app at www.mylyve.com.  You can find Lyve Home at BestBuy.com and in Best Buy stores nationwide. You can also download the free Lyve app at www.mylyve.com or in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

 

Sengled Pulse — is a smart bulb that combines the energy efficiency of a dimmable LED light with the high-quality audio of a JBL Bluetooth speaker. Pulse provides a premier home entertainment experience that you can easily control on your smart device with our free iOS or Android app.  Simply twist Pulse into any standard light socket and adjust both lighting and sound from almost any Bluetooth enabled device.  Connect up to eight Pulse speaker bulbs and experience the soaring highs and the rich stereo sound of JBL combined with warm, dimmable lighting, without the fuss of speaker wires, power cords, or an independent remote control.  Sengled Pulse, Turn it on. Turn it up.   Available online for $169.99 (Pair) at Sengled.com, and Apple.com

 

Ooma – Ooma offers crystal-clear nationwide calling for free.  After purchase of the Ooma Telo, all you pay are applicable taxes and fees. Ooma also offers low international calling rates. After purchase of the Ooma Telo all you need is high-speed Internet and a regular home phone. With the Ooma Telo, you also get voicemail, call-waiting, caller-ID, 911 and more.  And you gain peace of mind with Ooma’s unique 911 Alerts feature, which immediately sends a text message or email to recipients when 911 is called from the Ooma phone number. You can upgrade to Ooma Premier service for only $9.99 a month and get over 25 advanced features like Blacklisting to stop telemarketers and other unwanted callers, sending your voice mail to email as an audio file, and a Multi-ring to ring your home phone and mobile phone at the same time. Ooma also works with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm to make your home safer and smarter. Ooma was ranked the #1 home phone service for four years running by a leading consumer research magazine (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014). The Ooma Telo is $129.99 and available at leading retailers and online destinations, including ooma.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Walmart and more. For more information and an expanded list of retailers, visit ooma.com.

 

Yujin EX500 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is 20% faster than most other robotic vacuums—and uses a new technology to map a room.  It has an upward facing built-in camera that uses the ceiling to map each room, it has a remote control,  you can schedule cleanings, it goes back to the charging stand by itself, it can climb over most door thresholds and carpets, and has 15 sensors.    Other features include a longer battery life (up to 180 min.)and a smart obstacle detector  making this vacuum a more powerful cleaner, quieter, and truly more advanced when  compared with competitors.  The EX500 is about $500.  There is also an EX300 for $400.   For more info go to www.YujinRobotUSA.com  (EX500 Video  http://youtu.be/cnkEyVTi8kY )

 

Trackimo - Trackimo is a tiny device about the size of a pad of butter.  It can be attached to or put in almost anything.  Once attached, the user can track where the device is located from their smartphone or computer.  Trackimo can be used to track everything from cars to bicycles to luggage to pets.  It can even be used to keep children safe.  Not only can Trackimo users track their device live, but Trackimo will send out alerts if the speed of the object tracking goes too fast or if what they are tracking goes outside a user defined geo-fence.  Keep track of anything from anywhere with Trackimo.  It is available at Amazon or on the Trackimo web site for only $139.99  http://www.trackimo.com/index.php/en/

 

Cub Cadet Lawn Tractor Free App — You’ve heard of the connected home, how about the connected yard? Cub Cadet, who has launched some of the coolest innovations in the world of lawn care, has come out with the latest idea to make caring for you yard easier and more convenient. They have outfitted their brand new XT Enduro Series line of lawn tractors to be Bluetooth-enabled, sending key information about your tractor’s performance and maintenance needs right to your mobile device.  The app, called Cub Connect, provides real-time notifications of needed oil-changes and other maintenance, keeps track of all maintenance performed, and gives instant access to helpful information like how-to videos, owner’s manuals and click-to-call customer service. The app is just hitting the market and already getting some great reviews – in fact it was honored as a Bluetooth Breakthrough award finalist at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check it out at cubcadet.com.    (Video of Lawn Tractor at https://vimeo.com/120257032 )

 

 

Pelican Cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus—  Pelican ProGear™ Voyager Cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — Complementing the broader screen of both iPhone 6 smartphones, the Pelican ProGear™ Voyager cases are slender and lightweight, built with multiple layers of energy-absorbing materials for 360-degree protection. Crafted with the same DNA found in Pelican’s tried-and-true professional products, the Pelican ProGear™ Voyager cases are the first line of defense for safeguarding the smartphone from rugged terrain. Both cases are available in a variety of colors including black, white, green, indigo and purple. MSRP for the Pelican ProGear™ Voyager case for the iPhone 6 is $50 and Pelican ProGear™ Voyager case for the iPhone 6 Plus is $60. Pelican ProGear™     http://www.pelican.com/mobile/product.php?Case=C02030    Protector Cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Created with an elastomeric copolymer rubber interior to absorb shock and impact, the Pelican ProGear™ Protector case provides ultimate everyday protection for both iPhone 6 models. With simple snap together construction and an edged lip, the Pelican ProGear™ Protector case deflects energy and cushions the device in times of direct impact to prevent damage to the fragile glass surface. Available in black/blue and white/grey for Pelican ProGear™ Protector Case for the iPhone 6 and black/grey and white/pink for the iPhone 6 Plus, the Pelican ProGear™ Protector case is now available for an MSRP of $40. http://www.pelican.com/mobile/product.php?Case=C02000   Visit www.pelican.com/progear for more information. The cases can be purchased at the nearest AT&T store or https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/accessories/pelican-progear.html

 

Baby Animals, Mammals and More! is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! includes ponies and puppies, camels and calves, manatees and monkeys and so much more. This award winning video is filled with music, fun facts and lots of giggles. Baby Animals, Mammals and More! has been seen on PBS television and more than 50,000 copies have been sold nationwide. It’s a proven winner.  Available for purchase on Amazon $9.95 at:  http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Animals-Mammals-More-DVD/dp/0965060330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483715&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+animals%2C+mammals+%26+more

 

Gators, Crocs and other Yucky Swamp Creatures is your opportunity to meet the coolest, cutest critters. It’s like having a zoo, circus, aquarium, pet store and the Florida Everglades right in your own home… only without the mess. Kids will meet alligators, crocodiles, exotic birds, turtles, snakes, opossums, tree frogs and a lot more–all up close and very personal. This information packed video has won a Telly Award, a Communicator Crystal Award and an EMMY Award for best Children’s program. Available for purchase on Amazon $9.95 at:  http://www.amazon.com/Gators-Crocs-Other-Yucky-Creatures/dp/0965060306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404483790&sr=8-1&keywords=gators%2C+crocs+%26+other

 

 

 

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Cool News from CES 2015

published on January 3rd, 2015 . by Steve

Keep watching here for some of the biggest news from #CES2015

There are 3 Big TECH Trends here at CES this year—

–HOME ENTERTAINMENT

–IMPROVED TECH INTERFACE

–And The CONNECTED CAR

Under Home Entertainment—we’re all familiar with latest and greatest flat screen TVs but what really takes the experience to the next level is audio—

The Harman-Kardon Omni Sound-Bar will take even a lower end TV to the next level—adding surround sound to any TV.

It connects to the TV and has built-in Bluetooth feature so you can stream music straight from your smartphone, tablet or laptop directly to the speaker

Under Improve TECH INTERFACE Trend-

 

Check out these AKG headphones ergonomically designed and well-constructed/made of great materials for travel and home use.  AND take a look at these incredible JBL headphones just launched at CES. JBL Motion headphones are the first “gesture-controlled” headphones.  With just a wave of your arm you can control audio to playback or pause, along with control tracks and even pick up in-coming calls.  Cool, huh? ($150).

And finally – we have connected homes, connected offices, connected personal devices – next frontier is the connected car.  Right now 36-million cars are connected to the Internet that number will grow to more than 150-million cars in 5 years—This week Harman announced Over-the-Air Map Navigation—a new patented system that will give your connected car the latest road maps for your area– with space aged visuals with amazing details.

 

OTHER PRODUCTS–

Kevo Plus Smart LockKevo Plus – BIG NEWS from Kevo—they have extended the Kwikset Kevo platform by enabling remote access capabilities and enhanced features to Kwikset’s Bluetooth® smart lock, Kevo™. Available in spring 2015, Kevo Plus establishes a direct, online connectivity to Kevo, letting users lock and unlock their door with their smartphone from anywhere in the world. Whether unlocking the door for a neighbor while at the beach or locking it behind you from the train, homeowners benefit from total control over their door security. New Kevo owners will be able to purchase the service model as an upgraded version of the basic Kevo, and existing owners can upgrade as a supplement to the current Kevo experience. http://www.kwikset.com/kevo/default.aspx#.VKd9iFu4mYU

 

Ooma is going to marry Nest — well, actually Ooma is joining the ‘Works with Nest’ developer program as the official communications partner for Nest.  Nest is the breakthrough thermostat that you can control with your smartphone. And now with Ooma, telephony is a natural enhancement to home monitoring and control because it layers communications into the experience.  Ooma Telo phone service has now been integrated with the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and Nest Learning Thermostat. This integration enables Ooma to proactively let you know when something’s wrong at home and help you take immediate action

The three core new features are:

–Voice Notification: When the Nest Protect is triggered, the Ooma Telo can call you and give you the option to contact your emergency services local to your home. Ooma shows your call as inbound from your home address, expediting dispatch

–Check-in Monitoring: Using the occupancy sensors in the Nest devices, the Ooma Telo can call you if a family member doesn’t arrive within a specified window of time – like a child arriving home from school or an elderly parent rising to start the day

–Follow Me: The Ooma Telo can automatically forward your calls when your Nest Learning Thermostat is in Away mode and restore incoming calls when you return

The Nest features are now available to Ooma Premier subscribers as part of their existing service  http://www.ooma.com

 

Zettaly Avy (\?ze-t?-l?\, \?a-v?\)  – is the Smart Speaker powered by AndroidTM.  Rich, powerful sound meets intuitive touch in a sleek, portable package. Zettaly Avy is an Internet­connected smart speaker powered by Android, giving you access to millions of songs, movies, shows and apps that you already love and enjoy. It enriches your entertainment and looks great doing it. Featuring professionally fine­tuned sound, powerful 10­watt speakers, crisp 7” touchscreen, Wi­Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, Avy is a perfect entertainment companion on your desk, in the kitchen, around the house, or anywhere you party.  For more info go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/harrywang/zettaly-avy-the-smart-speaker-powered-by-androidtm

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What To Get? What To Get? Ho Ho Ho I NEED HELP!!

published on November 7th, 2014 . by Steve

Looking for some HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS ?

Check out my list of some new products worth your consideration– Ho Ho Ho

 

Zombie Santa Ugly Sweater — Looking for an UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER?– The Zombie Santa Sweater is 100% Cotton. It seems Santa’s not quite the round and jolly fellow we thought he was! He’s a rotten and crazy walking Zombie. This Sweater showcases Zombie Santa crawling out of his comfortable grave to deliver gifts to the world! The Sweater is flexible and breathable yet warm and cozy. Made with Love. www.Stupid.com $44.99

 

Dancing Santa Hat — Most Santa Hats are cute, comfy, unassuming and iconic. This Santa Hat is a little over the top– Place it on your head and when the time is right, press the activate button –the Hat explodes into song and dance. It shakes, shimmies, and pops with such force that even the reindeer will jump back. It plays a classic rock n’ roll Christmas song and moves to every beat exactly. It’s a sight to see and did I mention, it’s really LOUD. www.stupid.com $21.95

 

ChordBuddy guitar learning system — is the only guitar teaching system that allows a beginner play songs from day-1. With ChordBuddy you can pick up a guitar and start playing a song in seconds. Just attach the ChordBuddy to any right-handed guitar and start playing real songs instantly.  It’s sort of like “training wheels” for your guitar.  Once you learn rhythme and how to read the music, then you are ready to start removing parts of the ChordBuddy and play the chords using your fingers. ChordBuddy comes with the key of “G” ChordBuddy, song book with 108 songs, 2-month lesson plan and instructional DVD all for just $49.95.  Get yours and more info at www.chordbuddy.com

 

simplicam powered by Closeli — the first and only home monitoring Wi-Fi video solution with Face Detection. Now users can receive notifications when someone is actually in their home, rather than getting an alert every time the cat walks by or a tree branch moves. simplicam powered by Closeli allows consumers, including parents, pet owners, caretakers and homeowners, to keep an eye on who and what matters most while they’re away from home. Users can view live or recorded video of their home directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer.  simplicam powered by Closeli sets up easily on a smartphone in less than three minutes. Users can enjoy live, 720p HD video and motion/sound notifications through the free Closeli app on their mobile devices, or on the web via a Mac or PC. Premium Closeli Recording Services provide enhanced features, such as recording in the cloud, easy editing and sharing options and unique Face Detection technology. simplicam® powered by Closeli® is available for $149.99 on Amazon.com or simplicam.com. Users can purchase the camera with a 24-hour recording plan included for one year for $199.99, or upgrade anytime to a Closeli Recording Services plan, starting at $4.99month or $49.99 a year. For more information, go to www.simplicam.com.

 

Nextbook 10.1” Windows 8.1 tablet

The Nextbook 10.1” Windows 8.1 tablet comes with a detachable magnetic keyboard that turns your tablet into a laptop, making it perfect for both work and play. At $179, the Nextbook 2-in-1 tablet is an incredible value with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, which includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 Skype world minutes per month. Whether it’s working on an Excel spreadsheet, emailing a report, video chatting with a friend, or watching the latest movie, the new Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 tablet can handle any task and get more done while at home, at work or on the go. It features a 10.1” high-definition IPS screen with multi-touch and expanded viewing angles, quad-core Intel Atom processor, 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card up to 64GB, Bluetooth 4.0 and built-in WiFi, a front webcam and back camera with microphone, micro USB port, mini HDMI port, 3-axis g-sensor for apps and gaming, plus preloaded software such as Nook for Windows 8. The Nextbook 10.1” tablet is available for $179 at Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nextbook-10.1-Tablet-32GB-Windows-8.1-Case-Keyboard/39092206)

 

LifeTrak — has a full line of wearable 24-hour fitness trackers that make perfect Holiday gifts. The devices start at only $60 and monitor heart rate, steps, calories and distance, all in a convenient, easy-to-wear wristwatch that’s waterproof and never needs charging – they run on an inexpensive coin cell battery.  The company’s new “life tracker,”  the BRITE R450 takes a holistic approach to fitness by adding a customizable smart notification feature to help you reach your daily goals for activity, tracking sleep and light exposure, and staying connected to friends and family. It includes SleepTrak 2.0 which detects when you’ve fallen asleep (even for a nap as short as 10 minutes), monitors sleep quality and wakes you up based on your sleep data with Intelligent Wakeup.  It also includes LightTrak, which helps you manage the amount of light you are exposed to, enabling you to manage your mood and alertness.  Finally, Brite R450 offers smartphone notfications, such as IM, text, email, calls and more, so you never miss an important moment. You can purchase the BRITE R450, as well as their entire line of activity trackers on LifeTrak’s website at www.LifeTrakUSA.com and online at other retailers like DicksSportingGoods.comBestBuy.com and TheSportsAuthority.com, Target, Walgreens, Fry’s Electronics, Exchange, Sharper Image, Radio Shack and Amazon.com.

 

littleBits – “Gift smart” this holiday season with smart, interactive tech from RadioShack and RadioShack.com.  littleBits is the easiest way to learn and prototype with electronics – a great gift for anyone this holiday season. From starter kits to add-on modules, the parts—small, intuitive building blocks—make creating with sophisticated electronics as easy as snapping small magnets together. RadioShack is the exclusive brick-and-mortar retailer of the cloudBit Starter Kit which allows you to turn any object into an Internet-connected device—no soldering, wiring or programming required. With the CloudBit kit, everything you need to get started is right out of the box: 6 modules, wall power and mounting boards to build 5 intro projects, including an SMS doorbell and a remote-pet feeder. Find the littleBits cloudBit Starter Kit for $99.99 at RadioShack and RadioShack.com.

 

Ozobot — is a smart robot that teaches kids coding and robotics through social and competitive games. Ozobot is the world’s smallest intelligent robot that offers brand new options for gamers and educators by melding the worlds of robotics, learning and gaming into one. Ozobot’s genius is in its ability to read different colors and flashing colored lights on game boards, paper and digital smartphone and tablet screens. When Ozobot sees certain patterns of colors (red-black-red, green-blue-green, and so on), it recognizes them as a code that translates into a specific action such as slow down, speed up, turn left or stop. This seemingly simple function sets kids up to learn the basic programming fundamentals that will prove to be invaluable in their future. However, Ozobot isn’t just a learning device, the play value baked into this little $49.99 device is truly as expansive as the user’s imagination.  Ozobot can be programmed to follow paths of mazes, tracks and playgrounds that the user creates using an almost endless variety of color and light patterns allowing users to create and design their own games.  Mix in free game and activity Apps on iOS and Android devices to get creative juices flowing and you’ve got one truly innovative and adorable little bot! Ozobot can be found in brookstone.commomastore.org and amazon.com and The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Design Store. For more information and an expanded list of retailers visit www.ozobot.com.

 

NEET  Cable Keeper– is the perfect stocking stuffer for the person who hates tangled cables.  It is the first cable management product of its kind created to custom fit the latest electronic cords. The NEET Cable Keeper is a sleeve made with vibrant fabric that feels great to the touch and has a wire designed to allow users form the cable and prevent tangles. Installation is simple with the full zipper opening, allowing for one or more cables to be added with ease. The NEET Cable Keeper is designed to eliminate frustrating cable tangles. Guaranteed!  NEET is $12 and for more info go to: http://www.neetproducts.com

 

The Dux –(pronounced “ducks” ) –provides best-in-class protection for your iPad Air.  Tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests. The Dux survives extreme drop test at 6.6 feet or 200 cm. Tough, reinforced corners protects from inadvertent drops. Patented magnetic closure saves battery life and folds perfectly into both viewing and typing modes.  Instant on/off cover wakes and turns the device off saving battery life.  It’s available through November in Apple Online and Retail stores.  Amazon and more information at STMBags.com Available in 3 colors – black, red and blue The Dux is $49.95.

 

The Parent’s Voice Book Storyteller — This is the storytime buddy that lets you prerecord any picture book so a child can hear it read in your voice. Ideal for loved ones who can’t be there at bedtime or story hour, the device clips to the cover of any illustrated hardback or paperback and records your voice as you read the book page by page; you can also insert personal messages or include your own sound effects or other special touches. The recorder recognizes each page visually, so if a child skips to the end or flips back to the beginning, the narration switches accordingly. The device stores up to 250 minutes of audio—about 50 books—and comes with a USB cable for backing up the recordings on a computer. Three AA batteries (included) power the device for up to 30 hours. $69.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=86162&promo=Category-NewArrivals&catid=60

 

NASA Sleep Promoting Light Bulb — Used by NASA to help astronauts sleep in space, this is the light bulb that encourages production of melatonin—the hormone that promotes sleep. Unlike typical light bulbs that emit high levels of short wavelength “blue” light that suppresses melatonin, the NASA light bulb’s patented filter reduces blue light by 50% to facilitate a better night’s sleep. Ideal for use in a nightstand lamp for 30 minutes before you fall asleep, the light bulb helps maintain your body’s natural circadian rhythm so you fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed. The 12-watt LED produces the same light as a 60-watt incandescent for optimal illumination while reading yet lasts up to 16X longer.  $59.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=86494&promo=Category-NewArrivals&catid=60

 

MORE FOR THE HOLIDAY GIFT LIST–

 

Everyone wants smartphone for the holidays—check out this the all-new LG G3 powered by T-Mobile  It has an incredible 5.5-Inch Quad HD display – super life-like images— A 13-megapixel camera with Laser Auto Focus. AND ergonomic design.  Available in metallic black and silk white from T-Mobile at $24.95/month for 24 months or $598.80 full retail price.  http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g3 Once you have the phone—you’ll want the new QuickCircle Case ($49.99) It’s super protective and has an access window http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phone-accessories/lg-CCF-345N-Violet-quick-circle-snap-on-folio-case

 

A laptop for under $100? Staples has you covered with the Asus X205 Laptop, in-store only.  Want to stream your favorite shows and movies? Staples has you covered there, too, offering the Google Chromecast for just $25 and the Amazon Fire TV for only $74.  PLUS– get 25 FREE Holiday Photo cards with your purchase in any Staples store on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.  At Staples it’s all about –Less stress and more savings  http://www.staples.com

 

Next how about something for the whole family? This is the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 ($1599).  It’s Full HD 1080p –and EZ set up with two built-in BIG speakers. It’s designed to work on a screen up to 25-feet diagonally across—and its super bright—You can watch it in your living room with the lights on!! http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?sku=V11H651020

 

Here’s something else the whole family can enjoy—SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive (starts $35) and SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive (starts at under $80) Both products are instant extra storage for your smartphones and tablets—Both generate their own WiFi signal—so perfect for using in the car or on a plane— http://www.sandisk.com

 

AND FINALLY—let’s say you can not decide what to get that special someone on your gift list? Well, a recent study finds that 62% of people say they’d prefer a gift card over an actual gift (Source: National Retail Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey2014)—So check out the Gift cards from Gift Card Mall conveniently located at your local grocery store or retailer—With over 400-popular brands, Gift Card Mall makes Gift Card giving easier than ever.  https://www.giftcardmall.com

 

 

 

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