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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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Got a Problem? Here are some Problem Solvers

published on September 26th, 2014 . by Steve

From better vision to better sleep to water leak awareness to seeing who’s at the door to cell phone security to temperature control– you have a problem? Here are some cool Problem Solving Gadgets–

Adlens Adjustables™ and Adlens Sundials — provide instantly and continuously adjustable eyewear in seconds with the turn of a dial. The first of their kind, these innovative and revolutionary shades adjust for near, intermediate, and distance vision needs – all with a single pair – and can correct over 90% of spherical errors (from -6D to +3D) for wearers without astigmatism. Priced at $29.99 and $39.99 respectively, Adjustables and Sundials are a smart and affordable solution to the problem of lost or broken prescription glasses – be it on the road or at home. Small, permanent dials on each side of the frames make them continuously adjustable. This functionality allows the same pair to be as ideal for close-up activities like reading and sewing as they are for distance needs such as golfing or watching TV, and also means that multiple users can wear the same pair in a pinch. Adjustables and Sundials also provide a short-term solution for people suffering from fluctuating vision as a result of diabetes or following eye surgery.  Lightweight and durable and available in a variety of colors, they make the perfect spare pairs to tuck in your suitcase, carry on, purse, or toolbox. A must-have for travelers and lovers of the outdoors!  Check out https://www.adlens.com/product/adjustables/ and https://www.adlens.com/product/sundials/

 

ComforPedic iQ™ Mattress from Beautyrest – The worlds first and only mattress with the intelligence of patented, Smart Response™ Technology designed to help people fall twice as fast and experience increased REM sleep. The genius of the ComforPedic iQ™ is in the design. The Smart Response™ Technology utilizes a system of foam chambers within the mattress that automatically calibrate and automatically respond to your body’s individual weight and sleeping position without the need for need motors, buttons or even electricity. The Smart Response™ Technology was originally developed for pressure relief in the care of patients with severe mobility problems, and has been used in more than 1,200 leading medical facilities across the country. Now, ComforPedic iQ’s patented technology is available to consumers nationwide. ComforPedic iQ starts at $1999, for more information visit comforpediciq.com .

 

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat – After more than a century of innovation, Honeywell has introduced the Lyric thermostat ($279 MSRP), which takes controlling your home comfort to a new level. It considers your lifestyle and environment and adapts to your personalized preferences, allowing you to always be connected to your home. By syncing with your family’s smartphones, the Lyric thermostat’s geofencing feature knows when you’re home and when you’re away, and then sets the temperature accordingly, ultimately keeping you cozy and potentially saving energy and money. As a thermostat, the Lyric offers a more advanced way of keeping you comfortable with Fine Tune. The feature takes into consideration the indoor temperature, indoor humidity and outdoor conditions, so that 72-degrees really feels like 72-degrees.  The app is simple to use, and lets you change the temperature remotely, receive alerts about your heating and cooling system and more. On the thermostat, a special sensor knows when you’re approaching, and will briefly illuminate a halo of LEDs around the thermostat in orange (heating), blue (cooling), or green (away). If you want to change the temperature manually, you can use the familiar dial control, reminiscent of the iconic Honeywell Round. A weather button shows you the forecast for the next 12 hours, and an away button lets you trigger a savings mode, if you’re going to be out in the backyard for a few hours. The Lyric thermostat is available at Lowe’s stores and www.Lowes.com now, and Best Buy and The Home Depot stores later in October. For more information, visit www.Lyric.Honeywell.com.

 

WallyHome –According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the second most common homeowner insurance claim. And 93% of these claims could have been prevented if an automatic water leak detection system had been present. Enter Wally. Wally is a wireless, easy-to-install sensor network that detects water leaks, changes in humidity and temperature, and alerts you if anything is amiss.  What makes Wally so revolutionary is its SNUPI Technology inside each sensor. Using the copper wiring from your home’s electrical grid, Wally forms an ultra low-power wireless network. Once a sensor detects moisture or a change in humidity or temperature, they will send you an alert via SMS text, email and push notification from the Wally app on Android, iOS, and the web. Aside from its gorgeous design and presentation, another attractive quality of Wally is it’s price. $299 gets you get a complete kit with six sensors each with a battery life of over 10 years, and their free monitoring service. A better deal than the thousand of dollars and time a flooded kitchen or moldy basement would cost you. You can get Wally at www.wallyhome.com   

 

The Ring Video Doorbell — Your home is your most valuable asset, yet when you’re away from it you become completely disconnected. The Ring™ Video Doorbell is the simple yet powerful WiFi enabled doorbell that streams live video of a home’s front doorstep directly to a smartphone or tablet via the free mobile app. Benefit from convenience, home monitoring and security thanks to the sleek, all-in-one Video Doorbell. Motion-triggered mobile notifications and optional cloud recording ensure that you never miss a thing, and a night vision HD camera allows you to see everything crystal clear, even at night. With Ring, you’re always home.  The Ring Video Doorbell can be purchased for $249, but available for pre-order until November 3rd for only $199.  For more info or to place an order today, visit  www.ring.com

 

Lookout Mobile Security app — is an all-in-one solution for protecting your most personal computer – your smartphone! With all the highly sensitive data our smartphones carry, it’s important to keep them safe. Lookout protects your phone from bad apps and malicious links, helps locate your lost or stolen device, and backs up all your important contacts and photos remotely from Lookout.com.  The latest feature from Lookout, Theft Alerts (aka “Theftie), recognizes common actions thieves take after stealing a phone, and within minutes sends you an email with a photo of the thief and a map of the device’s exact location, alerting you that your phone may have been stolen. With 1 in 10 smartphone owners becoming victims of phone theft and 68% never recovering a stolen phone, this feature may just prevent you from becoming a statistic.  Lookout Mobile Security is the app that you never knew you needed and always wish you had downloaded when it’s too late. Download the Free version of Lookout for essential security to keep your device safe and secure, or upgrade to the Premium version ($2.99/month or $29.99/year) for comprehensive security for the device you just can’t live without. Lookout Premium is is available for both Android and iOS for just $2.99/month or $29.99/year.

 

KeySmart  — It looks like a small army knife, but instead of holding a bevvy of tools, this clever little invention contains keys. Smaller than a pack of gum, KeySmart is a compact key holder designed to neatly and comfortably fit in your pocket. No bulk and not one jingle or jangle.  Made from aircraft aluminum and stainless steel hardware, hand sanded and hard coated, the KeySmart is as lightweight as it is durable. Unlike traditional key chains, KeySmart makes it super simple to swap your keys in and out. It can even be expanded to hold up to 10 keys.  Based in Chicago, the inventor of KeySmart, Michael Tunney, wants to change the way people think about carrying keys. Minimalist styling. Maximum functionality. That’s the idea behind this patented problem solver made in the USA.   https://www.thegrommet.com/keysmart $21.95

 

Cool Flash Pillow and Body Pad – Unique gel technology that provides cooling for hours without refrigeration, electricity or cold water. Helps to bring relief from hot flashes, night sweats, exercise aches and sore muscles.  The pillow is $19.99 and the body pad is $84.99.  Check it out at http://www.coolcaretechnologies.com

 

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BACK 2 SCHOOL 2014

published on July 29th, 2014 . by Steve

Slingbox M1 – Just launched and with a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $149.99, the new Slingbox M1 is the most affordable Slingbox that Sling Media has ever produced. Designed for the mainstream user who wants to have remote access to all of their home TV channels and shows as well as access to DVR content on personal computers, tablets and phones, the Slingbox M1 is offered in a compact, unassuming form factor that fits easily into an entertainment system. In addition, the Slingbox M1 integrates WiFi for simple network connectivity and utilizes the new Slingplayer for Desktop app for PCs and Macs. The new Slingplayer for Desktop app dramatically improves setup and configuration, allowing users to be up and running in less than 10 minutes. Furthermore, Sling customers will now be able to configure their new Slingbox M1 with a mobile device via the Slingplayer app for iPhone and iPad as well as Android-based phones.  Slingbox M1 is the lowest priced Slingbox we’ve ever introduced: $149.99  — no monthly fee.  Slingbox M1 is  available at www.sling.com  also at BestBuy, Amazon, TigerDirect.

 

Braven BRV-1 and BRV-X – two ultra tough Bluetooth speakers – Braven, the designer and manufacturer of the world’s most talented speakers, is dedicated to delivering stunning audio to today’s mobile consumers. The ultra-rugged (you can see how tough–here’s video of one being run over by Hummer — you can find the action at 50-seconds into clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQqdeGPywhQ ) and IPX7 waterproof certified BRV-1 and BRV-X portable Bluetooth speakers are ideal for students headed back to school this fall and are the perfect companion for any adventure. Both the award-winning BRV-1 and BRV-X speakers boom in any environment for over 12 hours of continuous playtime and also feature a built-in power bank for charging smartphones, cameras, and other mobile devices.  The BRV-1 is available for $99.99 and the BRV-X is available for $199.99 at AT&T stores nationwide and online at att.com. For more information about BRAVEN please visit braven.com.

 

Space Bar — Clear the clutter and own your desk with the Quirky Space Bar, available at your neighborhood tech resource, RadioShack and RadioShack.com. The space bar is a sleek desk accessory, which is great for dorm life, saving space, minimizing clutter and providing multiple USB ports for busy studiers. With six USB ports – four in the front that charge and sync and two that charge in the rear – the space bar can assist the toughest projects and papers. It also includes one mini-USB port and one AC adapter port. By purchasing your back to school gear at RadioShack, you have the opportunity to protect your new equipment by signing up for the It Happens Protection Plan. With protection from accidents, power surge or mechanical failure, a simple in-store claim process and coverage from Day 1, you can make sure you’re covered when #!+* Happens. Learn more, and purchase the Quirky Space Bar, at RadioShack.com.

 

The Fan Buddie — turns an ordinary box fan into an extraordinary whole room air scrubber that is highly effective, extremely affordable and easy to clean. Combining PollenTEC – an innovative new filtration material certified by the European Center for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) – with a dense layer of antimicrobial filtration support, the Fan Buddie is your first line of defense in the battle against pollen, allergies and a miserable Spring.  The Fan Buddie ($29.95) is so affordable you can buy one for every room in your home with effortless installation and maintenance. It works on most 20” box fans and 18” circular fans (Holmes, Camair, Galaxy, Sunbeam brands) and Vornado tower fans. For more information, or to purchase your own, visit: www.fanbuddie.com

 

Janome Sewing Machine — Color has made a splash into sewing machine! The Derby Line from Janome features six different color options: Pink Lightning, Turbo Teal, Buzzin’ Blue, Fastlane Fuchsia, Orange Blaze, or Purple Thunder. With 3 new colors coming out just in time for the holidays! Not only is there a Derby Line machine for everyone’s favorite colors, but the presser foot is specially designed to prevent little hands from finding their way underneath the needle.  Perfect for a child, someone sewing in a small apartment space, or during travel.  Whether this is a first sewing machine or a travel machine for someone who can’t ever be too far from their hobby, you can certainly count on the ability to create a wide range of projects from simple hemming or garment fixes all the way to quilt piecing and construction. Starting at just $69.99, adults and children alike can start a lifelong hobby right away! Available at www.janome.com   http://janomespecials.com/machines-specialty/index.htm

 

Pong Case – While the effects of mobile device radiation are uncertain at this time, 50% of the RF signal can be absorbed into a person’s head or body during normal use. Wireless energy is even absorbed when the device is in your pocket or on standby. Equipped with patented antenna technology, Pong cases are the only cases proven to reduce exposure to radiation* while simultaneously optimizing the outbound signal. The embedded micro-thin, gold-plated antenna redistributes the signal, pulling it away from your head and body. Customized for today’s most popular smartphones and tablets, Pong cases are available in Classic and Rugged styles and in a variety of colors. Pricing starts at $59.99 for phone cases and $99.99 for tablets. Available for purchase at pongcase.com, Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores, BestBuy.com, Amazon, and Staples. For more information on the technology, visit pongcase.com or check out Wired’s independent testing in their article “Inside a Cellphone Radiation Testing Lab.” *NOTE: Pong cases have been tested in several FCC-certified laboratories. Specifically, the Pong Case for the iPhone 5S was tested at CETECOM Inc. in Milpitas, CA. CETECOM is a CTIA Authorized Test Lab accredited to perform Radiated Power measurements for Over-the-Air performance and also provides regulatory SAR measurements that support FCC guidelines. After testing of the Pong Case with the iPhone 5S, CETECOM confirmed that outbound signal from the phone improved and SAR was reduced.

 

Steve’s Educational– and FUN DVDs—

You can see sample video clips from the DVDs at:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbIDeb-mVn_IR7YUdzhRROg

Steve’s Frog Jump Challenge   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFJu8kB-IW4

Is that You or Ewe?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwEW3EuUSbI

Baby Animals Open   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVd2V7Ss4J4

Gators Open   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCLx_Ux14qc

 

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

 

Lulu Jr. — has three great, fun ways for kids to make their very own story book or comic book: My Awesome Book, My Comic Book, and IlluStory. These book-making kits include everything children need to create their very own book: ready-to-use book pages, markers, a postage-paid envelope and instructions. Lulu Jr.’s book-making kits have won 17 parenting, educational and toy industry awards. The My Awesome Book kit also includes a Quick Start Guide full of ideas, tips, and inspiration, written by New York Times bestselling children’s author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. Lulu Jr. brings kids’ stories to life – from their imagination to their mailbox! Lulu Jr.’s book-making kits are available at www.lulujr.com.

 

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MORE GIFTS FOR DAD

published on June 6th, 2014 . by Steve

Some say Dads are tough to shop for–  I don’t agree— I’ve got more “non-tie” gift ideas !!

First up, check out this LED TV from Sunbrite (46”= $2895; 32”= $1495, 55” and 65”).  Designed for outdoor use– SunBriteTV’s are fully weatherproof against rain, snow, salt corrosion, BBQ grease, and works in temperatures as low as -24 up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.  (pour water on TV) I would never do this with regular TV—With Sunbrite, backyard fun with Dad will never be the same!!

www.sunbritetv.com

 

You’ve got a great TV—and whether it’s on a TV or a tablet, with a click of button, you can buy a digital movie to watch with Dad starting at $14 from iTunes, Amazon, VuDu and others—Some great movie titles for Dad include:

–Lone Survivor

–Non-Stop

–Jack Ryan:  Shadow Recruit

–American Hustle

–The Monuments Men

–300

–The Lego Movie

 

If you want to make your own movies take a look at this camcorder from JVC It’s called the Everio (Eh-very-o)

Starting at $400 — uses SD card–not included

$450 with 8GB built-in memory plus SD card slot

$500 with 32GB built-in memory plus SD card slot

It’s an All-weather video camera ideal for outdoor activities—especially when shooting with a cell phone is too risky.  It’s waterpoof to 16-feet, shock-proof, dust-proof, freeze proof — and it FLOATS   Perfect for boating, hiking, camping, water parks or the pool.   (Long-life battery — 4.5 hours, perfect for extended use outdoors).  http://www.jvc.com

 

And so Dad looks good in those home videos– check out Gillette Fusion ProGlide with new FlexBall Technology—($11.49) –this first of its kind razor hits stores today (June 9th).  It has a new handle that pivots and responds to the contours of Dad’s face to shave more hairs comfortably.  AND with Gillette’s Blade Subscription—for about $1/week– Dad will get new cartridges all year round. www.gillette.com

 

And finally so you can stay in touch with Dad—think about getting him a smartphone— and with Straight Talk you can pick from some amazing phones such as Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5S and Androids under $100—AND with Straight Talk you’re looking at just $45/month UNLIMITED TALK, TEXT or DATA—and no contract ever—that’s half the price of most contract deals.  www.straighttalk.com/

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What’s New for Dads (and Grads)

published on May 9th, 2014 . by Steve

 

Anki DRIVE –is the ultimate gift for any dad who’s a kid at heart or is looking for new fun ways to spend time with his kids. It’s a racing game that he can play on the living room floor. Only, unlike the slot cars of his youth, these cars are souped up with artificial intelligence and robotics.  It’s part racetrack– part combat zone– all out high-speed fun.  The computer smart cars don’t just try to outrun you, they try to outsmart you as well. To get started, simply roll out the track and pick a car. Then power up the app and engage your weapons. Dad’s now ready to battle it out with up to four family members (or friends), or he can play against the AI (artificial intelligence) car. The cars can even drive and strategize on their own. Like a video game, the more you play the more powerful your car becomes. Points earned in battle can be redeemed for upgrades to your cars’ weapons and capabilities. The starter kit is $199 at Anki.com, Apple Stores, Amazon.com, and Best Buy stores. And, brand new for Father’s Day – two new cars and tracks are available that make gameplay more strategic, more chaotic and all around more fun! All you need to play is an iPhone 4S and above, iPad mini or a newer iPad or iPod touch.  www.anki.com

 

UniKey powers the first Bluetooth Smart keyless entry system that can be integrated into just about any lock, the Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey. With the Kevo smartlock, your smartphone becomes your convenient, universal electronic key (eKey).  No more fumbling around for your keys; simply walk up to Kevo lock and without even having to remove your phone from your pocket or purse, you have touch-to-open access.  You’ll no longer have to juggle shopping bags, boxes, coffee, or strollers while looking for your keys. Through the iOS app or web portal, users can manage locks, send or revoke eKey access to family or friends, and even view lock history of who accessed the home.  The Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey is available now via the Apple Store and is also available through other retailers with an MSRP of $219  including Best Buy, Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowes.  For more info about the technology that makes Kevo smart, check out www.UniKey.com

 

Wahl Lithium Ion Grooming Products –Wahl’s powerful line of lithium ion grooming tools are just what you need to help dad stay—or get—in style.  The Wahl Lithium Ion Stainless Steel Trimmer and Lithium Ion Clipper both offer longer run time and more power than standard rechargeable tools. This, plus their patented blade technology, means a precise and even cut without any pulling or snagging. Both products come with all the accessories dads need—guide combs, interchangeable heads for custom grooming plus a handy travel bag. The Quick Style Lithium Power Trimmer is also a powerful, yet compact option to meet all dad’s grooming needs, including light facial hair trimming and detailing of the ears, nose and brows. Quick Style is $19.99.  The grooming lineup is available at major retailers nationwide for under $70. For more product information or grooming tips, visit www.wahlgrooming.com

 

Zazzle –offers amazing watches that can be customized with a photo or even with a name or a monogram.  These watches are perfect gifts for the graduate, or for Dad for Father’s Day. The Vintage styled eWatchFactory Watch is a big-faced timepiece that will never go out of style. Featuring a three-hand quartz movement and genuine leather strap, this watch’s classic look is great for formal or fun occasions. Customize the face with your name and designs to make a watch perfectly matched to your personality and style.  The May28th watches are glossy plastic and come in 14 different colors.  This watch can be customized with your photos and graphics, and bonus – you can mix and match the colors and finishes.  Zazzle – www.zazzle.com – is an online marketplace where you can buy and make anything customized from iPhone cases to shirts and more. Zazzle’s proprietary technology lets users create billions of unique products. Based in the Bay Area, Zazzle is making products to order, typically within 24 hours.  Zazzle’s vision is to redefine commerce, powered by the world’s imagination.  Zazzle has more than 95 million different products!  The Zazzle watches start at $45.95 http://www.zazzle.com/photo+watches http://www.zazzle.com/fathers+day+gifts

 

Vor-Power™ Flexible Battery Strap — There’s no need to search frantically for an outlet again. Vor-Power is power that is with you all the time, it is easy to access and comfortable – integrated seamlessly into a padded shoulder strap for your bag. These battery packs are made for people who want to be able to charge their devices – phones, tablets, anything USB or microUSB compatible – without carrying around battery bricks. Great for travelers, commuters, or students. Ergonomically shaped and cushioned, Vor-Power can velcro onto existing messenger bag straps up to 2.5 inches wide, providing comfort in addition to power. With 7,200 mAh capacity, these packs can recharge phones up to 5 times providing over 50 hours of talk or browsing time. Available in a standard black edition and a Father’s Day “World’s Greatest Dad” edition, as well as with custom company logos. Vor-Power starts at $89.99 for more info or to order go to www.Vor-Power.com

 

Chamberlain MyQ Garage Openeris for Dads who want peace of mind and a lot more control over the biggest door into their home. Do you ever ask yourself if you’ve closed the garage door after you’ve left the house? Just a quick glance at the MyQ app on your smart phone shows you if the garage is open or closed, and one tap on the screen opens or closes it from anywhere.  MyQ can even send alerts if your garage door has been open for a specified period of time. Whether you’re vacationing thousands of miles away or across town at soccer practice, you can close your garage door if you forgot, and even open it to let the kids in after school.  MyQ Garage installs in minutes without touching any wires, and requires just WiFi to the garage, a screwdriver and step ladder. Just download the free app to your smartphone, pair the app to the device in your garage, and MyQ does the rest. MyQ is a great new product for Father’s Day, planning for summer vacation, and peace of mind anytime. You can find MyQ Garage online at Amazon.com, and at retail and online at Home Depot, Apple and Verizon stores. Price is $129.99 with one garage door sensor, and a second garage door sensor sells for $59.99.  For more info go to http://www.chamberlain.com/smartphone-control-products/smartphone-connectivity

 

PowerSpurz –Early morning and evening hours are often the only time Dads can fit in a run or a bike ride. For others, that’s when they walk to and from work or stroll with the dog. Either way it’s dark, and low visibility can make it a dangerous time to be out and about.  Night owls and 4id founders, Ron Biron and Rodger Bailey, strive to keep active people safe at dawn, dusk, or late at night with PowerSpurz and PowerArmz light bands. The bands are a great addition to regular exercise gear and slip on easily with no extra bulk. Simply wrap the Spurz around the heel of your sneaker or the Armz around your bicep, and toggle between flashing or continuous light options with the press of a button. Depending on the mode, the two replaceable coin batteries can last approximately 80-100 hours. Weatherproof too, these ultra bright LEDs are ideal for any kind of weather.  $19.95  http://www.thegrommet.com/4id-wearable-safety-lights

 

PowerCaps are cotton baseball hats with patented, ultra bright LEDs cleverly tucked under the brim for easy on/easy off, hands free light.  Created by avid outdoorsmen at Illinois based PantherVision, these high quality, comfortably fitting caps have built in bulbs that provide visibility for distances up to 42 feet. The lights can also be seen from a mile away, and with battery life up to 43 hours, these hats have long lasting power that lives up to their name. Whether you’re night jogging, grilling, fishing, camping, or fumbling around during an electrical outage, a PowerCap will come to your rescue. $18.95 http://www.thegrommet.com/powercap-hands-free-flashlight

 

The Ultimate Cookie Dipper –is a father and son invention that started 7 years ago.  Mark Cotter and son Justice came up with the idea while they were watching TV, dipping cookies in milk.  As they dipped their cookies and drank their milk, their fingers were soaking in the cup of milk and the cookie became harder and harder to dip.  This sparked the idea for the Ultimate Cookie Dipper.  The Ultimate Cookie dipper eliminates the need to insert dirty, germ infested fingers into the milk.  No more dipping fingers.  The attached disposable straw provides the opportunity to dip and drink at the same time.  Dunk It, Dip It, Sip It! Multiple size cookies are supported, such as an Oreo creme filled cookie and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie.   The Ultimate Cookie Dipper is made from FDA approved polypropylene material.  It’s available at www.UltimateCookieDipper.com for $3.00/dipper (includes shipping).  It comes in 6 different colors: Blue, Green, Pink, Red, Orange, & Yellow.  Justice is not only an inventor, but he is proudly serving the US Army on the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington.  Dip into the future with the Ultimate Cookie Dipper

 

Quirky’s Contort Power –is for the Road Warrior Dad.  It’s portable power and cable management all in one smart design. Two USB ports and an AC outlet offer versatile charging, while the angled plug and built-in cord management make it one of the most travel-worthy devices in your bag.  It’s from the folks at Quirky for $24.99 https://www.quirky.com/shop/573

 

AquaZinger –To make it more palatable, try spiking your water with fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. All you need is one handy gadget:Aqua Zinger. Created by Josh Lefkovitz, Aqua Zinger is a water bottle with an integrated grinder. To make your own vitamin-enriched water, you start by adding fresh fruits, veggies and herbs to the compartment in the base of the bottle, then twist the bottom cap to pulverize the ingredients. A few vigorous shakes will send the flavorful juices through a mesh screen and into the water. Strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, mint… you choose the ingredients and Zinger does the work. The AquaZinger is avialable on thegrommet.com for $25.95. 

 

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Going Green on TODAY

published on April 27th, 2014 . by Steve

I had the chance to show KLG and Hoda some money-savings Green Gadgets on Today– here’s the link:

http://www.today.com/klgandhoda/go-green-gadgets-reusable-bags-water-timer-more-1D79568518

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