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Got a Problem? Here are some Solutions

published on September 25th, 2015 . by Steve Greenberg

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Back 2 School on TODAY

published on September 7th, 2015 . by Steve Greenberg

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