Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jabra Steel - One tough bluetooth headset

Jabra introduces a new headset for construction workers and trade people.  The toughest wireless headset is dust proof, water proof and shock resistant.  Jabra is so confident in it's new headset that it's backed by a 5 year warranty. 

 Key features of the Jabra Steel include:

    Jabra's toughest wireless headset ever developed
    Supreme call quality, particularly in construction environments
    Large buttons for easy control
    Dust, water and shock resistant to US military standards
    Extra services via the Jabra Assist app: find my headset, set-up guide, battery life and more
    30m/98ft operating range (*phone dependent)
    Up to 6 hours talk time, 10 days standby time
    Weighing only 10 grams
    Industry-leading 5-year warranty
Jabra Steel will launch exclusively at RadioShack.com beginning November 16 for a suggested retail price of $99.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Pakpod - the most adjustable, durable and travel-friendly tripod to come to market now on Kickstarter

Pakpod is the next generation tripod for Smartphones, GoPro, and SLRs.  The Pakpod is slim enough to carry in your pack and versatile enough to work with your action camera.  The Pakpod features spider-like capabilities and patent-pending staking design.

Three flip-out stakes combined with legs that lock into wildly asymmetrical positions means it attaches to rock walls, sailboat masts, bike handlebars, drones, jungle vines, car hoods, fences of all sorts, underneath kayaks, uneven driftwood, baby swings, boulders and more.

  • Lightweight: 15.5 oz
  • Length when folded: 12.75"
  • Waterproof and freezeproof
  • Patented, one-twist locking system
  • Legs rapidly extend and retract with the push of a button
  • Legs move independently through 180 degree of motion
  • Rotating feet stake into grass, dirt, sand and snow
  • 36 tie-down points
  • MSRP $99
Back this project now on Kickstarter HERE

Monday, June 15, 2015

Maxwell Scott Bags The Basilio

Maxwell Scott Bags is a new brand of luxury bags from the UK brand.  The bags are well made and most are priced under a grand.  The Maxwell Scott Bags Basilo offers a classic design with lockable catch.  The bag is ideal for businessmen such as lawyers and top executives.  The Italian leather briefcase is built to last with an incredible lifetime warranty.

$523 Buy it now HERE

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dlodlo VR Glasses

Dlodlo VR has announced the Dlodlo VR Glasses, the world’s lightest portable Virtual Reality Glasses.  The 4 ounce VR glasses are four times lighter than other VR headsets on the market.  Other features include full HD 2k+ resolution and the largest 110 degree field of view. 

The VR headset will come in  Black, Ivory, and Champion Gold.  The Dlodlo VR headset will set you back $699 when it becomes available May 27th.

Check out the site HERE

via GearDiary

Components That Make Mobile Phones Better in 2017

As mobile phone technology continues to advance, it's hard to believe that even just a few short years ago mobile phones were little more than devices that allowed you to make and receive calls. Now, they're something else entirely – thanks to the type of apps that one can install, the electronics components hidden inside the case and features like the operating system, you can do everything from run your personal life to run a business all from a device that fits comfortably into the palm of your hand. There are a few key electronics components that stand to take the already impressive devices that we own and make them even more amazing in 2017 and beyond.

The Screen
Since the release of Apple's iPhone in 2007, one of the most important electronics components in a mobile phone has and will always be the screen. These deceptively simple parts need to service a number of different goals all at once. They need to respond to human touch in organic and reliable ways, for example, as more and more phones are relying purely on touch for all user interactions. They also need to cram as many pixels as possible into such a small surface area for the highest possible resolution, all while using as little energy as possible to help preserve battery life. As mobile phone technology continues to advance, it will be truly amazing just how efficient, practical and high quality the screen on these devices truly becomes.

Fingerprint Identification Sensors
Fingerprint identification sensors are electronics components that help make sure that a person's mobile phone is as safe and as secure as possible at all times. Keep in mind that a mobile phone is now more than just a simple phone – if your personal or business device falls into the wrong hands, it's possible that it could be used by someone with malicious intentions to steal your identity or worse, ruin your company. Fingerprint identification sensors replace or supplement (depending on the device) a traditional password system to help make sure that you are truly the only person who has access to your phone at any given time. While current fingerprint identification technology is already impressive, expect electronics components manufacturers to take things to the next level by the time 2017 rolls around.

The Battery 
The reputation of many mobile phones have lived and died based on the total battery life that is promised by the phone's original manufacturer. People are on their phones all day long – this is something that is inarguably part of the appeal of the devices in the first place. The mobile phone batteries of 2017 and beyond need to accomplish a few different goals all at once. First, they need to be able to provide the type of “all day” battery life that people can depend on to help make sure that they don't find themselves with a “dead” device before they're ready. Secondly, they need to keep getting smaller as electronics components to help prevent the phones themselves from becoming too large.

While there are a wide range of different electronics components that are making mobile phones better in 2017 and beyond, one of the most important factors that is guaranteeing progress has nothing to do with the parts themselves. As technology continues to advance, the relationship between mobile phone manufacturers and their suppliers is becoming more and more important.

Verical.com is an electronics parts supplier that is attempting to level the playing field and make sure that companies have the electronics parts that they need to release the highest quality products to consumers everywhere. Verical users a pedigree scoring system to help give companies as much information as possible about a part before a purchase is made. This scoring system guarantees the authenticity of electronics parts, for example, and also helps clue people in on their proper intended use, the warranty status and more – all with the intention of allowing them to always make the best possible choices with consumers in mind.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WorldPenScan X Review

WorldPenScan X is a digital pen that scans, converts, and translate documents into digital form.  The device is perfect for world travelers that need to quickly translate a document on the fly to their Tablet or mobile phone.  The product initially launched on Kickstarter and now is available through etailers like Amazon.com.

WorldPenScan X is a small digital pen in white made of mostly plastic construction.  The digital pen scanner has a power button, function key and scan tip with button and wheel.  The end of the digital pen has a USB cable to charge the device.  The function light changes colors to notify you that the products is working and doing it's function.  The WorldPenScan X works with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.  The

The WorldPenScan X was tested with an iPad and without much effort I was up and running.  I downloaded the app using the Apple Store which is a free download.  Once I downloaded the app I connected the device by powering on the device and it connected automatically using Bluetooth.

The app supports translation of  Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong), English, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, among several other languages.  In addition the software recognize barcodes and bank fonts such as OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR on PCs.

Since I am Korean I thought I translate Korean words to English.  I simply pressed on the text on a flat surface and hit the function key and then when finish scanning I hit the function key again.  The app would then display the Korean text and then translate it to English.  The translation is not perfect but similar to Google Translate.  Easier languages like Spanish would more than likely result in almost perfect translations.

Overall the WorldPenScan X works exactly as described.  I like how it translate foreign language with ease.  I found the post office won't accept addresses in foreign languages so I use the WorldPenScan X to translate Korean addresses to English. 

9 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure:  Review unit

Youtube stopped supporting apps on older TV such as Sony Bravia pre 2012

Google has decided to pull the plug on it's Youtube app on many older devices.  After April 2015, many older iphone, ipad, Apple TV, Google TV, and Roku devices will stop working. 

Devices affected

Select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, including:
  • Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs
  • Panasonic TVs & Blu-ray Discs
  • Sony Playstation Vita
  • Older iOS (iOS 5 and earlier) devices
  • Older AppleTV (1st and 2nd gen)
  • Older set-top boxes (ex, DirectTV)

Devices not affected

  • Android (Download the YouTube app from the Google Play Store)
  • Apple iPhone/iPad running iOS 7 or later (Download the YouTube app from the App Store)
  • Apple TV (3rd gen model w/ 1080p, or newer)
  • Google TV (v3 and v4)
  • Android TV
  • Most 2013 and newer Smart TVs and Blu-ray players
  • Streaming devices including Roku, Western Digital, Chromecast
  • Set-top boxes including Virgin Media, BSkyB Now TV Box, TiVo, J:Com
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, 3DS
  • Desktop, laptop, or other device (Mac, PC, etc) with a web browser supported by www.youtube.com
  • Phone, tablet, or other device (Kindle, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Nokia, Android, iOS, etc) with a web browser supported by m.youtube.com
via Google

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Beware Tinypic reuse links

I noticed a recently upload pic on Tinypic has changed to another pic uploaded by another user.  Apparently Tinypic does reuse links to keep them from getting a too long URL.  The problem is you get a total random pic in place of the pic you uploaded.  This is not good for forums and blogs where you might get banned for content. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

What is up with the USPS sort facility in Chicago 60701

I was waiting for a package to arrive from Germany and all was going well.  The package even passed customs rather quickly then hit sort facility Chicago 60701 and stopped in it's tracks.  I waited and waited and tried to contact USPS by phone, email and social media.  I got 0 replies back from USPS by any of those methods. 

After a while I looked up USPS Sort Facility in Chicago 60701 and found hundreds of complaints of people in the same situation.  Packages are getting lost, mis-routed and stuck at this sort facility.  Check out this page full of complaints about not receiving their packages http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/US.Post.Office.Facilities.773-894-1102

As of April 27th still not arrived.

April 12, 2015 , 8:06 pm
Arrived at USPS Facility
CHICAGO, IL 60701 

Your item arrived at our USPS facility in CHICAGO, IL 60701 on April 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination.
April 11, 2015 , 12:49 pm
Processed Through Sort Facility

Origin Post is Preparing Shipment

April 8, 2015 , 8:45 am
Processed Through Sort Facility
April 8, 2015 , 2:41 am
Processed Through Sort Facility
April 7, 2015 , 8:05 pm

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Flyshark a new concept of foldable keyboard

Flyshark wireless keyboard is a small, lightweight, foldable keyboard that is designed for smart devices.  The wireless keyboard will work with both IOS and Android phones and tablets.  The fold-ability of keyboard makes it perfect to take in a pocket with your mobile device. 

The Flyshark keyboard uses Broadcom Bluetooth chip that is using the 3.0 protocol.  The Flyshark keyboard is available now for preorder at Kickstarter for as low as $55 HERE

FlyShark Smartwatch takes on Apple Watch

Apple is not the only one launching a new Smartwatch to the market.  FlyShark, a company that previously launched a wireless keyboard on Kickstarter and is introducing a new one HERE.  The FlyShark Smartwatch is a swiss army knife of smart watches.  It features a standalone mobile phone, heart rate monitor, exercise tracker, sleep quality monitor and so much more.

The FlyShark Smartwatch can send AND receive messages, and make private calls without touching your phone.  Just simply pop a Micro-SIM card and you have a Smartwatch phone on your wrist.  The watch can also use Bluetooth and work with your Smartphone as well.  The FlyShark Smartwatch also features a 2MP camera for quick photo taking moments.  The exercise tracker and heart rate monitor will keep you in good health.  The watch is available for preorder for as low as $79 early bird offer HERE

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Danny P. Leather iPad Sleeve Review

Our sister site Articles of Leather has posted up a review of the Danny P. Leather iPad Sleeve.  If your looking for a quality leather case for your iPad look no further than Danny P. Leather iPad Sleeve.  Check out the full review HERE

Techne Swiss Concept Dual-Time Aviator Watch

Techne returns to crowdfunding to fund it's latest watch the Dual-Time Swiss Concept Aviator Watch.  Overseeing development of the brand Techné (www.technewatches.com), Swiss studio VANTGARD is hoping to bring this unique, three-year battery, Swiss Concept watch to production through crowdfunding.

The watch will be available through RocketHub.com for around $125USD to $135USD.  The timepiece offers great looks and Swiss-engineered mechanism.  Those that fund the project get to choose from 3 different straps, and each watch will be delivered in military-style kraft boxes with a 24 month limited warranty.

Check out the crowdfunding project HERE

Monday, March 02, 2015

CCleaner is awesome fixed missing bottom toolbar

My computer for some reason was missing the bottom toolbar.  It was not autohide or anything like that.  I was trying to figure it out all day.  The desktop would not let me drag or drop.  It would not allow me to open programs like Firefox.  I kinda figure it was my hard drive dying.  Until I saw a post on some random forum to use CCleaner.  I had some photos that I did not backup and was unable to copy to flash drive because Windows was acting up.  After 10 hours of trying to problem solve the issue I clicked on CCleaner and it was the only program that was still working under Windows.  I clicked fix registry errors and then nothing happen.  Then I rebooted windows and finally everything was back to normal. 

What I thought was a dead hard drive ending up being registry errors.  Had I known to use CCleaner in the beginning I would have save grief from trying to figure it out. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waxhaws Leather Co. Billfold Wallet with 100 year warranty reviewed

Saddleback Leather is not the only company with a 100 year warranty.  Waxhaws also offers a lifetime or 100 year warranty for their products.  Check out our sister site Articles of Leather for the review of the Waxhaws Leather Co. Billfold Wallet full grain vegetable-tanned English Bridle Leather HERE

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit Review

As a journalist, every time I review a new product I receive a business card from the company I am reviewing.  In the past I just threw away the business card or misplaced them.  Now a product will make it easy to save my important business contacts.  The WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit is a Smartphone stand and business card scanner all-in-one.


  • Capture business cards, recognizing contacts’ information automatically with the customized aluminum alloy phone stand
  • Synchronize contacts’ information via Gmail contacts, and store them in Dropbox and iCloud
  • Manage and access your contacts on all your devices, iPhone, Android Phone, PC, and Mac
  • Transfer data with Outlook, Salesforce, ACT!, and other software

The WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit acts a simple stand, then you can pull up the back end of the stand and hold business cards.  After this you simply download the app and launch your Smartphone camera to act as a scanner that scans your business cards.  There is a lite and paid version and your kit includes an activation code.  You can use the device with either Android or iOS devices.

The WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit is perfect for capturing a large amount of business cards.  You can also return the business card so they can reuse the business card to someone that would needs it.  The stand is made of aluminum alloy and feels like it will last the test of time.  The WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit is a must for any businessman that needs to organize his/her business contacts on the fly. 

9.5 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE