Steve's Blog


published on July 29th, 2014 . by Steve Greenberg

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  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: ) 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 For more information about BRAVEN please visit


Space Bar — Clear the clutter and own your desk with the Quirky Space Bar, available at your neighborhood tech resource, RadioShack and 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


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:


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


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, Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores,, Amazon, and Staples. For more information on the technology, visit 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:

Steve’s Frog Jump Challenge

Is that You or Ewe?

Baby Animals Open

Gators Open


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


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


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