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Black Friday Deals

published on November 23rd, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

First up—an incredible deal from STRAIGHT TALK –they are offering a Samsung Galaxy S-3 for just $399.  Straight Talk offers “Same Phones, Same Networks, at Half the Cost.” In addition, Straight Talk has partnered with Walmart to give fans a chance to meet and see Garth Brooks in Vegas. To enter for a chance to win a “Walmart All Access Pass,” go to www.StraightTalkSwitch.com/Garth

LIFEPROOF—famous for tough, drop-proof, dirt proof, water-proof cases—has just launched some new cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4.  There are two versions: the fre with a built-in scratch protector screen and the nuud, the only waterproof case WITHOUT a screen cover that allows you to touch the actual screen  —and you can do it when the phone gets wet.   It’s available for both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S III:  $79.99 for the fre version and $89.99 for the nuud version.  Product and purchasing info: http://bit.ly/lifeproofsg4  DISCOUNT CODE: STEVE10 (not case sensitive)

Black Friday is all about discounts. The free SHOPULAR app automatically notifies you of deals at your favorite retailers when you are entering a mall or store. One great tech deal found in the app:

***Target is selling a 50″ Element 1080P LED HDTV for $229 (regular price: $599; cheapest price for a 50” TV ever + it’s the lead doorbuster deal in Target’s Black Friday 2013 ad)

Shopular covers over 40,000 retail locations and you can customize it so you NEVER miss a deal at your favorite stores—such as Best Buy, Target and Macy’s. Download the app from the iTunes App store or Google Play or visit www.shopular.com

Other Shopular.com deals

– Walmart is selling a 60″ VIZIO Smart LED 1080P television for $688 (regular price: $998; currently the best price for a 60″ HDTV)

– Best Buy (Sale begins on THURS @ 6 PM) – AWESOME DEAL: Save $100 on an Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi 16GB for $299.99

– Walmart (Sale begins on THURS @ 6 PM) – UNBEATABLE PRICE: 32″ class LED HDTV 720p for ONLY $98 (brands vary by store)

– Target (Sale begins on THURS @ 8 PM) – Lowest Price EVER on Nintendo 3DS XL Game System: $149.99 (regularly $199)

– Sears (Sale begins on THURS @ 8 PM) – Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB 1.5 GHz processor for ONLY $139.99 (regular price $229)

– Staples (Sale begins on THURS @ 8 PM) – Save $150 on HP 14″ Chromebook (with Intel Celeron): $179.99! (regularly starts at $299)

– Target – Apple TV on sale for $89 (save $10.99)

– RadioShack – Save 25% on Roku 2 1080P Streaming player $59.99 (reg $79.99)

Next up the Duracell Powermat Powerset II –perfect for your iPhone5. This one-stop solution contains a case, Snap Battery and two-position mat to keep your iPhone 5 powered and ready with the  benefit of wireless charging.  The “GoPower’ series of backup batteries lets you take power with you on-the-go!  Use the Black Friday promo code “TAKECHARGE” for 20% off any item on www.Duracellpowermat.com

And finally check out the OLLOCLIP (Oh-Low Clip) “4-IN-1” Photo Lens, a cool iPhone and iPod Touch accessory. Olloclip features four lenses  –a fisheye, wide-angle and two macro lenses – all in one small package for $70.   olloclip also offers a Telephoto Lens for only $100.  Both are lightweight and small enough to fit in a pocket or a Christmas stocking.  Get free shipping in the U.S. by going to http://www.olloclip.com/holidays

 

My holiday outfit

click on link below each item to learn more or purchase

Ugly Sweater    $38.99
Ugly Holiday Sweater: Laser Cat-Zillas
14” Dancing Santa Hat (Chantilly Lane)

 

 

 

 

Ho Ho Ho — Tech The Halls — Holiday Gift Gadgets

published on November 14th, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

My holiday outfit

click on link below each item to learn more or purchase

Ugly Sweater    $38.99
Ugly Holiday Sweater: Laser Cat-Zillas
14” Dancing Santa Hat (Chantilly Lane)

 

Holiday Gift Gadgets–

Fitbit Force — Push yourself closer to fitness goals with the just launched Fitbit Force, available at RadioShack and RadioShack.com. The Force is rechargeable and water-resistant.  This digital fitness wristband is with all you the time, motivating you to stay active with a sleek design. With real-time stats right on your wrist, you can track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. When the day’s over, track your sleep and wake up with a vibrating alarm.  Other great features include instant access to your stats with a real-time OLED display AND your stats automatically sync to your computer and leading smartphones.  You can also

–Two colors available: black and slate

–Set goals, view progress and earn badges from Fitbit

Fitbit Force comes in two colors (black and slate). It’s $129.99 at RadioShack and RadioShack.com   www.RadioShack.com/FitbitForce

TiVo RoamioTiVo Roamio DVR, the all-in-one approach to live, recorded, on-demand and over-the-top television that gives consumers what they want on any screen, wherever they are. Out-of-home streaming lets you to stream TV and recorded shows to your iPad® or iPhone® from anywhere – all you need is Wi-Fi. The built-in TiVo Stream feature allows users to connect and watch recordings and live TV almost ANYWHERE. A refreshed and more elegant interface offers updated HD menu screens and fonts with nearly twice the performance. Browse and Search content even faster. The “What to Watch Now” feature on the DVR provides an instantaneous personalized dashboard that immediately shows you the best programming available…right now. For users who just like a good channel guide, Roamio offers guide filters to quickly break down the options into only content you want to see. Choose to browse the guide by something as simple as Movies or Sports, or as specific as romantic comedies. There’s now an all new application platform – leveraging the new HTML 5 platform to support TiVo apps. The TiVo Roamio runs the latest version of YouTube with more on the way. The new platform will enable faster, more frequent additions to the TiVo platform.  An improved remote boasts an RF connection, allowing Roamio to be placed behind closed cabinets or in another room altogether – no line of sight is needed to operate your TiVo. Still, the remote retains the capability of learning commands to control all of your other equipment, allowing for the true one-remote solution. Keep in mind anywhere you have an Internet connection, you have the ability to manage your DVR with your phone or tablet. The updated free TiVo mobile app available for tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android™) offers remote Season Pass® management, a recording scheduler that allows you to add or remove recordings and enhanced WishList® management. The TiVo Mini software has been updated to include Netflix and “dynamic tuning” to maximize the value of Roamio’s capacity. This feature allows all of Roamio’s tuners to be used for recording when they aren’t actually streaming content to another screen. It’s the ultimate whole-home DVR experience. The TiVo Roamio DVR Series includes three models: TiVo Roamio ($199.99), TiVo Roamio Plus ($399.99) and TiVo Roamio Pro ($599.99). Roamio features four or six tuners and unprecedented storage (ranging from 75 hours to 450 hours of HD content). It ensures subscribers never miss a show again and have plenty of space for recordings. The improved speed and performance of TiVo Roamio also includes integrated wireless and TiVo Stream functionality in certain models. To learn more, visit TiVo.com.

Seagate Wireless Plus — Designed to wirelessly stream content for up to eight smartphones or tablets with enough space for up to 500 high-definition movies, Seagate Wireless Plus will extend the limits of today’s mobile lifestyle. The new hard drive includes a 10-hour battery life to match that of most tablets and smartphones. With the integrated 1TB drive, you’ll have all you need to be entertained anywhere, including long road trips or flights – without an Internet connection. Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices. The Seagate Media app has been developed for all major mobile devices, including Android, Kindle Fire HD, Apple iOS and will also work with just about any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network. Additionally, you can use Wireless Plus to enjoy video, photos, music and even documents on the big screen via Apple Airplay, DLNA or an app designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. A CES 2013 Best of Innovations Award Winner, Seagate Wireless Plus includes an option to save content and files to the drive wirelessly through the new Seagate Media app. For the first time, consumers will be able to capture a great HD video on their iPhone and then wirelessly upload it, in full resolution, to Wireless Plus with its 1TB of storage. You can purchase Wireless Plus for $199.99 at Seagate.comAmazon or Walmart.

Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ Cup-to-Carafe® Coffee & Tea Maker

combines two of the most popular trends in coffee makers – single serve and carafe-style – with a separate tea filter to rapid brew tea.

Always brewing piping hot, this compact model uses freshly ground beans in a filter instead of pods or capsules that often brew a weak cup. The Coffee à la Carte™ lets you add up to 60 grams of freshly ground beans to the filter for each single cup.  Your coffee can be mild or extra strong, depending on the amount of ground beans added to the filter.  Operation is easy and intuitive, with completely customizable brewing and sizing options.  There are four preset illuminated brewing buttons for Small Cup, Large Cup, Tea, or Carafe, which holds 42 ounces of coffee. Each single cup button can also be easily customized for volume with visual “press and hold” programming. Fast and efficient, it brews a single cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds, and a full 42-ounce carafe in less than 6 minutes. The quick-heat 2.2 bar Italian-made pump system always brews to the optimal temperature above 200 degrees F.  Tea lovers will appreciate the additional tea filter that is included to prevent any flavor exchange between coffee and tea. The programmable tea button rapidly steeps a cup from 5 to 10 ounces, and the quick brew system provides the fastest results while still maintaining maximum flavor.  The Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ has an actual retail price of $179.99, and is sold at BedBathandBeyond.com.

Boogie Board Sync 9.7 LCD eWriter  –You’ve heard of eReaders, now there are Boogie Board LCD eWriters. Improv Electronics makes several models of Boogie Board eWriters – and none of them use any paper or pens (you can even use your finger to write and draw)! The newest one, the Boogie Board Sync 9.7 eWriter, takes note-taking to a whole new level. Users can save hundreds of “pages” to internal memory (as vector .pdf files) or transfer them directly to a computer, tablet, smartphone or other mobile device instantly and wirelessly via Bluetooth. The bold, modern design is perfect for style-conscious business professionals and students. The 9.7-inch, pressure-sensitive writing surface (measured diagonally) provides the precision and control of a fine tip pen. Free mobile app (iOS/Android) and PC software (Windows/Mac) display writing/drawing in real-time, share files via e-mail and popular social media sites and integrate with Evernote to organize and archive files. Files can be edited in many popular illustration and image editing programs (e.g., Adobe Illustrator). Available at Amazon.com and other retailers for $99 MSRP. For more information, go to www.improvelectronics.com

Battroborg Motion Controlled Batting Robots —Remember Rock’em Sock’em Robots?  This is the 21st Century version—and now the robots are real robots and they are fueled by your fists. Wireless controllers transform your quick jabs into your robot’s swift hits! Battroborgs record battle wounds via an LED light that changes color with every strike received. Train by yourself, battle head-to-head, or engage 20 robots simultaneously in a Battle Royale.  Price has just been reduced to $79.99 for the 3-in-1 Arena set and it is  available all major retailers including Walmart, Target, and ToysRUs.  For more info go to http://us.battroborg.com/

Chillsner –keeps your brew cool from the first sip to the last drop. More effective than an ice-cold glass or a koozie, the Chillsner maintains the temperature of your beer from inside the bottle. Unlike ice, it won’t melt and dilute the taste. Simply freeze for 45 minutes, take a sip of beer to make room for the Chillsner, place it inside the bottle, and savor every refreshingly cool sip. With its bottle-mouth design, it’s easy to forget the Chillsner is even in the bottle. The only difference is that now while you’re chilling with your friends, your beer will be chilling too.  $29.95  http://www.thegrommet.com/corkcicle-chillsner-pack-of-2  The Grommet is a highly curated online marketplace and launch platform for products of great utility, style or inventions that haven’t hit the big-time yet. The Grommet seeks out these unique products, carefully tests them, and produces a video review of each one telling the story behind its creation. The Grommet is rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce whereby regular people form the commerce experience by suggesting products that reflect their values and interests. Citizen Commerce turns the typical top down retailer approach sideways, encourages global product innovation from small producers, and satisfies the consumer’s need to know the stories behind and origins of favorite products. The Grommet is 100% advertorial free. The company was also just named one of the hottest sites of 2013 by Internet Retailer. For more information, visit http://www.TheGrommet.com.

Call Me Gloves  –These touchscreen winter gloves allow the wearer to wirelessly conduct cell phone calls by assuming the universal “call me” gesture. With a speaker inside the left thumb and a microphone inside the left pinkie, wearers simply hold the thumb to the ear and the pinkie to the mouth for convenient “two-digit” calling. The gloves pair wirelessly with a cell phone via Bluetooth technology and provide clear sound even 39′ from the phone. Buttons on the left cuff, easily maneuvered while wearing the right glove, answer or disconnect a call. To ensure users don’t have to choose between connectivity and warmth, conductive fibers woven into both thumbs and index fingers allow easy operation of a touchscreen while the gloves remain on. The battery lasts for 12 hours of talk time and recharges in only 30 minutes with the included USB adapter. The gloves’ knit acrylic fabric stretches to fit most sizes. Dry clean only. Black.  $79.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=84285&promo=Electronics-New-Arrivals&catid=1716

iPad To Foosball Table Converter   –This is the only foosball table that enables classic, rod-spinning ball-banking gameplay on the iPad. An iPad docks to the table and a free app displays a richly detailed pitch with eight rows of foosballers controlled by the table’s eight dual axis rods. The app’s realistic gameplay and the rods’ elastomeric handles provide the sure grip needed to perform pull, snake, and bank shots as if playing on a traditional table. When someone scores the app produces the classic “whap” sound of a foosball entering the net and players can relive the glory of every goal with a field-level replay backed by a roaring crowd. Buttons on both sides of the table dispense balls onto the iPad’s field while sliding markers allow traditional score keeping. App allows users to select different field layouts and customize player uniforms. For one to four players. Compatible with iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad running iOS 5 or higher. 12″ L x 7″ W x 3 1/2″ H. (2 3/4 lbs.)   $99.95  For more info go to http://www.hammacher.com/Product/83979?promo=search

Are You Ready For Your Close Up?

published on November 4th, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

Closed Circuit Video made easy with DROPCAM

It used to be to have good quality home surveillance video and audio required running wires all throughout your home or business, not anymore. The all new Dropcam  has made this very easy with the use of wifi.

No wiring or difficult programming, just plug in the camera follow the 1 minute setup (really 1 minute) and aim the camera that is all there is to it.  The picture quality is HD excellent, it has digital zoom capabilities, scheduled on/off periods, two way audio, night vision, email alerts for motion or sound and best of all you can monitor it on your computer, iphone or android smart phone or tablet in real time or subscribe and  Dropcam will monitor your camera on their cloud for 7 or 30 day periods.

I have used a number of internet cams but as of this date this is the easiest to install and setup. The picture quality is great.  The Dropcam comes with everything you need for setup including a wall bracket and screws. For more complete specifications go to www.dropcam.com .

Attraction Equals Charging

published on November 3rd, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

Phone Charging/Syncing the E Z Magnetic Way

The Magnetyze by Buqu Tech is one of the easiest most convenient way to charge, sync and cradle your iphone or Samsung S III or IV.

Your phone is magnetically held and aligned in its cradle so you can place it with no fumbling. Once the phone is in the cradle it starts charging and syncing with no cords to attach. The kit comes with everything you need to get started. ( A/C charger, cord, charging / sync phone case and charging stand ) A car charging kit is also available which looks just as convenient but I have not tried it myself. Setup takes all of two minutes and is self explanatory, from that point on charging/syncing your phone is a dream.

This is the kind of accessory that you wonder why it has not been thought of before. I have used the system for 2 weeks and loved it so much that I purchased one for my wife. This is a must have item. The kit pricing starts at $59.99.

You can find out all the specifications by going to:  www.buqutech.com/magnetyze/Products/MagnetyzeforiPhone5.aspx

2 EZ Ways to Store and Stream Photos

published on November 2nd, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

While at the fall Pepcom holiday convention I got a chance to see some of Sandisk’s new products. I was particularly intrigued by the two wireless drives getting ready for release. I just recently got a chance to review them.

SanDisk has come out with two products that store and transfer files  from your smart phone, the “Wireless Media Drive” and the “Wireless Flash Drive”. Both product link to the WiFi connection of your phone and seamlessly transfer files from your phone to the storage devices at distances of over 100 ft away but are also small enough to slip into your pocket. They both work with iPads, iPhones, Androids, Kindles, PC and Mac computers. I was able to store and transfer music, photo, video and documents between the Sandisk storage devices and all my smart phones / devices with ease.

Both the SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive (32GB) and Media Drive (64GB) have expandable storage capacity, connect to 8 devices simultaneously, are WiFi 802.1b/g/n compatible, password protected and no internet connection is needed. The free apps from SanDisk make connecting and streaming data between devices quick and convenient. The whole setup process takes only about 10 minutes.

I recommend both drives due to the ease of setup and the simplicity of function.  You can get all the specifications at: http://www.sandisk.com/products/wireless/flash-drive/ and http://www.sandisk.com/products/wireless/media-drive/

Make Your Camera Smarter

published on November 2nd, 2013 . by Steve Greenberg

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the Weye:Feye.The Weye: Feye is a remote control device for your DSLR camera. It basically makes your DSLR camera a “smart camera”. When the iOS or Android app is downloaded to your smart phone or tablet you now have almost complete and instantaneous control of your camera via Wi-fi with a range of about 240 ft. In addition to controlling your camera’s functions you also get to view the live image that your camera viewfinder is seeing.

The Weye:Feye has it’s own battery so that it does not use any of the camera’s battery power and the connection is simply a USB cable to your camera’s USB port.

The app makes using this camera accessory a simple process. With a very short learning curve

The feature I liked best is that after you have captured an image you can share it with your computer or tablet and instantly send it to any of your social networks like Facebook, Instagram Dropbox etc.

Considering the very high performance and the many features the $249.99 price tag is very reasonable. Check the website www.xsories.com for compatibility with your camera and to get more information.