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Samsung Galaxy S5 – Incremental Improvements

April 14, 2014 – 9:31 am |

I’m sure that at some point there will be some dramatic changes in smartphones.  Perhaps flexible phones that will be thin enough to wrap around your wrist.  Or one with eye tracking.  But the latest crop of flagship phones from the likes of …

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ChargerLeash – An Alarming Idea

April 12, 2014 – 5:57 pm |

chargerleash3They say that one of the first things that starts to go when you age is your short term memory.  It just gets easier to forget where you’ve put things.  If it happens at home it’s just time consuming.  But when it happens on the road it can be a serious inconvenience.  One of the things that’s easy to misplace is the charger for your smartphone or other USB connected device.  There are plenty of hotels I’ve stayed in where the only convenient place to plug in my smartphone charger is behind the nightstand, and it’s one of the easiest places to forget after you’ve taken the phone.  Enter ChargerLeash.  This is a really simple USB cable that comes in several flavors, but each one has a small alarm to remind you to take the charger once it’s been disconnected.  The alarm will also go off if someone else disconnects your device while its charging in a public place like an airport or Starbucks.chargerleash

Chargerleash comes in several different models:

Apple iphone 30pin for 4/4s/3/3G and iPad 1/2/3 $26.99

Apple iPhone lightning for 5/5s, iPad4, iPad mini and iPad Air $34.99

Micro for Blackberry, Samsung, most androids $22.99

Micro cable with multi-tips $34.99

Now, let’s be blunt.  This isn’t like finding the cure for cancer.  It’s just a simple gadget.  But if you’ve ever unpacked in a hotel room and then remembered that you left your charger in last night’s hotel room,  you’ll be very happy that you made the small investment in ChargerLeash.

Garmin Dash Cam 20 – For Your Protection

April 11, 2014 – 7:55 pm |

Video cameras made for your dashboard are nothing new.  Generally they are relatively inexpensive and simply record the last few minutes of your journey.  Of course, most action cams have available suction cup mounts that you can put on your windshield, but for …

Wren Wireless Speakers – Flavors For All

April 8, 2014 – 9:18 am |

Wren is a relatively new player in the increasingly crowded wireless music system space.  Wren has taken a different approach to creating top end speakers.  It’s selling three different models of its V5 speakers:  one for Apple Air Play, one for Android Play-Fi, …

HeartMath Inner Balance Takes You To A Better State

April 6, 2014 – 9:15 pm |
HeartMath Inner Balance Takes You To A Better State

I am not into meditation.  I am not into Yoga.  I am not a Zen master.  I am a  Type “A” personality with a short attention span.  So when HeartMath asked me to try their combination of Inner Balance app and sensor I …

Powering Your Garage Door in a Blackout

April 4, 2014 – 6:52 pm |

There’s a pretty good chance that while you may (or may not) have an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) to protect your computer in the event of a blackout, you probably don’t have one for your electric garage door opener.  And why should you? …

On The Road Again – Some Favorite Travel Apps

April 3, 2014 – 5:19 pm |

There’s a good chance you may already be in the midst of planning your summer vacation. Searching for the best deal on flights or hotels?  Try Hipmunk.  You can use it on your computer and on your Android or iPhone.  The site is designed …

Dragonfly – A Low Cost Entry for Hi Res Audio

March 30, 2014 – 2:12 pm |
Dragonfly – A Low Cost Entry for Hi Res Audio

If you’ve been following the buzz about Hi-Res audio and you like the idea of better quality music, but don’t want to spend thousands on new audio gear, the Dragonfly Digital Analog Converter from AudioQuest $139-$149)  coupled with JRiver Media Center software ($50), provides …

3 Apps To Help Find Your Stuff

March 28, 2014 – 10:58 pm |

Find My iPhone and/or Android Lost.  These free apps help users locate their phones, tablets and laptops. They ring bells (even if the phone is on silent) and show maps with addresses of the location. Another great advantage–if the phone is stolen, users …

Pocketful of Miracles – Astell & Kern AK 120 Hi-Res Audio Player

March 26, 2014 – 6:55 am |

How do you like your cliches?  How about “Good things come in small packages”?  That’s the headline for the Astell & Kern AK 120 portable Hi-Res audio player. This little gem may look like an MP3 player, but other than the fact that …

In Search of … The Best Screen Protector – Zagg Glass

March 24, 2014 – 7:06 pm |

Okay, screen protectors are no big deal.  Not like your smartphone or your tablet.  But frankly, the screen protector is the first thing you see when you pick up your phone.  Because I change smartphones the way some people change underwear, I go …

Apple Hears Us – The First iPhone Enabled Hearing Aid

March 19, 2014 – 7:32 am |

You might think that it wouldn’t have taken this long for hearing aids to work and play well with smartphones.  Until now you needed a pendant like device that could link the two.  But now, Danish based hearing aid maker GNReSound is bringing …