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published on September 28th, 2012 . by Steve Greenberg

Some cool new tech innovations for the home–

MotionSense from Moen provides an intuitive, hands-free kitchen faucet experience that offers an intuitive, hands-free kitchen faucet experience that is easy and efficient, while offering germ control and water savings.  The faucet operates in three simple ways:   the Wave Sensor at the top of the faucet starts and stops the water flow with a simple hand movement above the faucet; the Ready Sensor near the base of the faucet identifies when an object, like a cup or the user’s hand, is placed beneath the spout, and runs water for as long as that item remains in range of the sensor; or the handle on the side of the faucet offers familiar, manual operation, letting users adjust flow and temperature.  MotionSense is available on three different Moen® faucets: Arbor®, Haysfield™ and Delaney™ starting at $399. It’s available at Home Depot, Lowes, and wholesale showrooms. For more information visit   See MotionSense in action:


Waterpik® Complete Care— provides consumers with all of their brushing and flossing needs in one convenient place. The Waterpik® Complete Care bundles the clinically proven technology of the Waterpik® Water Flosser with the state-of-the-art Sensonic® Professional Plus Toothbrush, for superior oral health benefits.  In a recent clinical study, the new Compete Care was up to 70% more effective than Sonicare® FlexCare, and up to 159% more effective than a manual toothbrush alone for improving gum health. The Waterpik® Complete Care requires only one electrical outlet and features five tips, a high-volume, covered reservoir, a hygienic tip storage compartment and an advanced pressure control system with ten settings. Available for $99.00 USD online at,Best Buy, and select Target and Walgreens stores. To purchase or for more information visit or search ‘Waterpik Oral Health’ on Facebook and Twitter.



Brondell Swash –Pure water is the most effective and refreshing way to clean every part of your body. Better than a conventional toilet seat or stand alone bidet, the Brondell Swash advanced bidet toilet seat provides a cleansing, soothing personal warm water wash at the push of a button – keeping you feeling shower-fresh all day long. The Swash quickly and easily replaces your existing toilet seat and can be installed without a plumber directly on your toilet in about a half hour.  The award winning Swash 1000 bidet seat features endless warm water washes, an adjustable heated seat, warm air dryer, deodorizer, dual  stainless steel nozzles, automatic deodorizer, wireless remote control, and much more. Swash electronic bidet seats retail for $249 and up depending on features and are available at the brondell website and at leading national retailers including: Home Depot, Amazon, Overstock, and Lowes. Learn more at To see Brondell Swash in action check out



xPrintServer Home Edition— is the fastest and easiest way to print from your iPad or iPhone. With no apps to download, no software to install, and no need to buy a new printer, the award winning xPrintServer makes printing hassle-free.  Simply open the box, plug in power, attach a USB printer and print — from any iPad, iPhone or other iOS device such as an iPod touch.  Whether at home or on the go, now you can print everything you need from boarding passes, event tickets, photos, web pages, emails, documents, and more. The xPrintServer is available for purchase for $99.95 at the Lantronix website and at leading e-tailers including Amazon, BestBuy Online, NewEgg,, MacMall and more.  For a limited time, use promo code ‘GreenbergTV’ to receive free shipping on the xPrintServer at the Lantronix website.  For more information visit:


Fitbit Zip is one of two new Fitbit trackers launched this Fall.   Fitbit Zip is a small, easy to use, wearable wireless activity monitor that tracks steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. This small device will keep you motivated to move and help you get fit throughout the day –  so you don’t have to feel guilty about not going to the gym.  With the Fitbit account —whether online or on the Fitbit App — you can log food, weight and other physical activities and also connect and compete with friends and family to track progress and meet goals.  $59.95


Tagg—Pet Tracker and Activity Tracker – is a wireless and GPS device that combines Location and Activity Tracking to help owners be more connected to their pets every day. The lightweight device, which easily clips to a pet’s existing collar, monitors a pet’s location and its activity, providing pet owners unprecedented insight into where their pet is and how active it has been throughout the day.  Tagg will notify pet owners via text or email if a pet becomes lost or isn’t where it’s supposed to be, allowing them to pinpoint the pet’s location on a computer or mobile device so they can bring the pet home quickly. Tagg’s Activity Tracking feature monitors a pet’s daily movement and assigns each activity a Tagg Point value based on its duration and intensity, ranging from resting to highly active. Daily and historical data is delivered in easy-to-read charts that give pet owners a snapshot into how active their pet is and enables them to proactively manage its exercise, health and wellness over time.  Tagg is sold for $99.95 at nationwide at Apple, Target and specialty pet stores, online at, and, with a monthly service fee of $7.95 per month. Free iPhone® and Android® applications are also available for pet parents who wish to locate their pet and monitor its activity via smartphone. For more information please visit or on Facebook at www.facebook/taggthepettracker


Password Vault— About the size of a smart phone, this is the device that secures account information for website addresses, usernames, passwords, and ATM PINs, and stores them for immediate retrieval. Unlike password information stored on a computer, your passwords are stored offline in the vault’s memory, ensuring sensitive information can never be compromised. The vault’s keyboard slides out–accounts and additional text notes can be typed after entering an initial password. It can store up to 400 account records, mitigating the risky practice of leaving passwords on notes under keyboards or using one password for all accounts. Buttons scroll between accounts for display on the LCD. In case the device is misplaced, lost, or stolen, five unsuccessful attempts to access your accounts will lock the device for 30 minutes–your passwords are safely protected. The entire device can be reset–permanently erasing all data–by pressing the reset button. Built-in flash memory retains passwords in memory when the CR2032 battery requires changing. 4 1/2″ W x 2 3/4″ D x 1″ H. (3 oz.)   $49.95


Bracketron’s Mushroom GreenZero –wall travel charger is an eco-friendly and efficient way to charge mobile devices. The Mushroom GreenZero totally eliminates wasteful stand-by consumption, which other chargers consume when they are left plugged into power outlets, saving you lots of money per year. The Mushroom GreenZero immediately starts charging when connected to a device with low battery levels by pressing the “mushroom” button with your hand or foot. When the device is fully charged or unplugged, the charger automatically shuts off to save energy and your battery. The charger also has a convenient built-in cable reel for cord management and can be used with portable devices such as iPhone, iPad, tablets, cameras, and other smartphones. It’s $27.95  And now you can save 20% off the Mushroom GreenZero from Oct. 15, 2012, to Nov. 15, 2012, by entering promo code Save20 at:


Bondi–The Next Big Award winning product for 2012, and a winner of its first SkyMall catalog contest. Bondi is your cell phones new best friend.  Made from silicone, bendable, flexible and with tons of great uses, the only limitation is your imagination. Bondi comes in lots of great colors, and priced just right, at just $15. Find it at


The Memory Card to DVD Photo Converter— This is the converter that transfers images straight from a digital still or video camera to a blank DVD, saving users the hassle of connecting it to a computer. When a blank DVD or CD and a standard memory card are inserted into the device, the touch of a button copies files within minutes (burn speeds up to 8X for DVDs and 24X for CDs). If the data size exceeds the disc space, the device automatically divides files among multiple discs. The LCD screen displays the capacity, burn speed, and other pertinent details about memory cards and discs. Weighing only half a pound and as small as a slice of bread, the device can easily be toted on vacation so shutterbugs can back up or share photos before they get home. The converter also transfers files between discs and USB devices, or between a master and a blank disc. For use with DVD-R/RW or CD-R/RW. Includes AC adapter. 5 1/4″ W x 6 3/4″ L x 3/4″ H. (8 oz.)  Price $199.95


Green Coffee Extract & Weight Loss

published on September 10th, 2012 . by Steve Greenberg

I watched Dr Oz today—
It was all about Green Coffee Extract and weight loss
A very hot topic
Dr Oz did a weight loss study with about 100 volunteers –half got GCE the other half a placebo –and bottomline, it appears Green Coffee Extract does have some powerful weight loss properties–
That’s the good news–the bad news–there’s lots of fake pills on the internet
Dr Oz will NOT endorse any specific brands—
BUT—Here are Dr Oz’s Green Coffee Extract guidelines from his web site:
the consumer should always beware when buying unregulated supplements online. When purchasing supplements, make sure you look at the list of ingredients. When looking for a green coffee bean supplement, it should contain the chlorogenic acid extract, which can be listed as any of the following:
• GCA® (green coffee antioxidant)
• Svetol®
Also, look for a capsule that contains at least 45% chlorogenic acid. More than 45% is okay, but pills with less than this amount have not been tested in studies that demonstrate weight loss. If you are going to take green coffee bean, the recommended dosage is 400mg, three times a day – 30 minutes before each meal. However, some clinical trials have also demonstrated success with 200mg.
If the bottle doesn’t list ingredients, don’t buy it! On the ingredient list, you should see no fillers and no artificial ingredients. Also, don’t be fooled by the word “pure” if you see it on a label. If you see the word “pure,” and you don’t see Svetol® or GCA®, consider another choice.
So, who is the green coffee bean extract right for? Most healthy adults, over the age of 18, who want to lose weight. It shouldn’t be taken by anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding. The supplement is new, and there is no research on its effects on children; children should not take this supplement. You also shouldn’t take this if you have an allergy to coffee or caffeine.