After the COVID-19 pandemic we are socially aware of what we touch and what germs we may encounter just going to the grocery store. Keebos Crossbody Phone Cases are the perfect cases for those wanting to just take their phone and credit cards on their outing whether it’s just to walk your dog or go on a walk yourself. In a world when touchless delivery and purchasing is the new norm the Keebos Crossbody Case may be your best bet in keeping as germ-free as you can while accessing your phone and credit cards.
Recently, Keebos sent me their Crossbody Phone Case Necklace in Flower Pink to Review. Once I received the Crossbody Phone Case Necklace for my iPhone 11 Pro Max I immediately unboxed it to find a lightweight case with a brightly pink adjustable rope.
The adjustable length for the Keebos is great as you can wear it as a crossbody phone case or as a necklace. Another perk of the case was the cardholder pouch for credit cards & cash, key when working out or running errands.
The case fit my iPhone perfectly with no problems and I automatically populated the case with my ID, credit card and building key fob.
Once I put on the case I was on my way to my 3 miles social distancing work out. When I first got the Keebos case, I honestly thought I wouldn’t like the rope considering it seemed rather thick. After my first mile, the rope proved me wrong, in fact, I was sweating, and it didn’t chafe my neck at all.
During my workout, I also tried taking pictures with the Keebos case on to see how easy it would be and had no problems. I have to be honest, this case is now my go-to when I need to make an essentials store run, walk my dog or go on my social distancing workouts.
Below are the full product details:
- Size/ Rope: Keebos comes with an easily adjustable cord for classic crossbody or as an necklace
- Cord: The premium cord is made with a strong, reinforced core so you never have to worry about it tearing apart. The smooth, luxurious feel of the plush fibers is comfortable even on sensitive skin.
- Card Pocket/ Wallet: The convenient card pocket on the Keebos’ rear side is sealable and oriented sideways, so your cards are safe and secure.
- Finger Grip Loop: On the Keebos cardholder, you’ll also find an elastic strap carefully crafted to help you grip your smartphone. This is especially useful for bigger phones, which are tricky to hold in one hand when taking photos or typing.
- Durable Case: Keebos’ 4-corner bumper protection absorbs shocks and impacts to your phone. The case even features a unique, 3mm raised lip to protect your front screen and camera.
One Keebos Purchased = One Tree Planted
For each Keebos purchased, Keebo’s help plant a tree through their partner organization One Tree Planted. A 501 (C)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Keebos strongly believe that individuals and businesses can do their part to help protect and preserve the environment. With their One-for-One program they aim to do their part to protect our planet. With your support for reforestation, we can accomplish six significant environmental impacts: Air, Water, Biodiversity, Social Impact, Health and Climate.
Keebos iPhone Necklace Cases / Crossbody Phone Cases are available for all iPhones: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X/XS, iPhone X Max, iPhone Xr, iPhone 11 Pro, Samsung S9, Samsung S9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10E. Click here to see other phone necklace colors.
Keebos’ cross body cases start around $28.95 and can be purchased here: https://keebos.com/collections/crossbody-phone-cases. For information about Keebos please visit: https://keebos.com/.
In the age of selfies and now with shelter in place becoming the new norm taking pictures or videos of yourself or the partner you have quarantined with are more popular now than ever! Moon UltraLight is a new, ultra-portable lighting accessory designed with intuitive touch controls that provide customizable brightness and color tone, making it the perfect accessory for selfies!
We received the MOON UltraLight to review and test out while working from home! First, the packaging of this product is innovative, it’s rare I’m impressed with a products box alone. When unboxing the MOON UltraLight you will find the MOON UltraLight, Micro USB Cable, Carrying Case, and User Manual.
After unboxing I promptly charged the MOON UltraLight via my PC with the Micro USB Cable. On a full charge, the MOON UltraLight can last 2-3 full days depending on intermittent usage and 2-3 hours with continuous use.
After charging it was time to turn it on by pressing and holding both sides of the moon for simultaneously for 1.5 seconds. FYI to turn off the MOON you hold both sides for 3 seconds.
Next, I tried fitting it on my iPhone 11 Pro Max and also my HP laptop to see the versatility. The MOON is designed to fit without limitations and designed to fit multiple devices that include phones, laptops, tablets and more.
Whether your location is dark or dim, you can adjust the brightness level with precise accuracy from dull to bright by touch. MOON’s color temperature feature is easily adjustable from a daylight hue to a golden warm also by touch.
To adjust brightness on the MOON press right to brighten and left to dim. To switch modes press and hold both sides of the moon for 1 second. When switching to brightness mode both LEDs on the MOON will pulse twice simultaneously. While switching to color mode both LEDs will pulse twice alternatively.
After attaching it to my iPhone and turning on the MOON I took some selfies and also took some nature shots off my balcony while sheltering in place! Below is my selfie of before I attached the MOON and the second is with the MOON on the brightest mode.
Even though the MOON is designed more for selfies and close-ups, you can see the difference in brightness when I took the below picture off my balcony. The top picture is without the MOON UltraLight
All and all I think the MOON UltraLight is perfect for people that do selfies frequently and need the extra lighting to make it that perfect shot!
Below are the technical specs:
- Able to fit devices 6mm – 10mm thick
- Manually adjustable clip to fit thinner or thicker devices
- Tungsten color tone 2700K
- Daylight color tone 5000K
- Lux: 400
- Frosted diffusion lens
Size & Weight
- Height: 1.38 inches (35mm)
- Width: 0.98 inches (25mm)
- Depth: 0.94 inch (24mm)
- Weight: 2.11 ounces (6 grams)
- Anti-flicker lighting: Smooth transitions and continuous lighting (i.e. videos)
- Smart power management: Maintains performance and brightness even on low battery
Power & Battery
- Lasts 2-3 days on intermittent usage
- Lasts 2-3 hours with continuous use (e.g. video mode)
- Fast-charge capable: Up to 60% charge in 30 minutes
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Charges via Micro USB
The MOON UltraLight retails for $49.99 and comes in black or white. To shop or learn more please visit: https://moonultra.com/shop.
Source: MOON Ultra
Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time is a documentary about a unique time in music history where musicians, hippies and creative types all lived in a rustic canyon in the heart of Los Angeles in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Slated to have premiered at SXSW 2020, the film celebrates the music of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Love, The Mamas And The Papas, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Doors, Frank Zappa and more. Laurel Canyon provided an outlet for musicians to create some of the most influential and infamous albums.
FYI if you plan to watch the film below will have a few spoilers but it’s mostly historical anyhow. Throughout the film there are cameos and footage of artists from that time at Laurel Canyon. The principal cast of Laurel Canyon included Henry Diltz, Nurit Wilde, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Chris Hillman, Graham Nash, Steve Martin, and Micky Dolenz.
While watching Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time, you learn that several pivotal albums were made during this era at Laurel Canyon. For instance, while at Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell wrote and created her infamous third album, Ladies of the Canyon, released in 1970 that went on to be a gold record.
It’s interesting how artists within Laurel Canyon all collaborated one way or another on each other albums or jam sessions. In fact, the song “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash (CSN) was written about Joni Mitchell’s house in Laurel Canyon.
Furthermore, the cover of CSN’s album was photographed by artist and Laurel Heights resident, Henry Diltz. Taken in front of an abandoned house with an old sofa outside the members are, left to right, Nash, Stills, and Crosby, the reverse of the order of the album title before they decided on the name “Crosby, Stills, and Nash”. The band went back to the house a couple of days later to redo the cover in the correct order however the house had already been torn down.
There were so many more compelling stories throughout the Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time documentary. I felt like it was a journey back in history to a time that was simple, free and full of beyond creative talented artists from the 60’s and 70’s.
Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time is executive produced by Frank Marshall, The Kennedy/Marshall Company; Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Amblin Television; Craig Kallman and Mark Pinkus, Warner Music Group; Alex Gibney, Stacey Offman and Richard Perello, Jigsaw Productions; and Jeff Pollack. The film is produced by Ryan Suffern, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Erin Edeiken, Jigsaw Productions and directed by Alison Ellwood.
Source: SXSW, EPIX
When you think of Johnny Cash you think of a few things; Folsom Prison Blues, Walk the Line and June Carter but what about his first wife, Vivian Liberto? In My Darling Vivian, a South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film documentary, audiences for the first-time get to know the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us firsthand HER story. Vivian’s story is a life of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival that viewers will see throughout the 90-minute film.
Just a heads up, the below review may have a few spoilers about the film in case you plan to watch it. The story begins in San Antonio, Texas in 1951 when Catholic schoolgirl Vivian Liberto meets Air Force cadet Johnny Cash at her local skating rink. After a three-year-long correspondence while Johnny is stationed in Germany and what seems to be thousands of letters later, they married when he returned to the U.S. in 1954.
At the beginning of their marriage, they dealt with newspaper headlines referring to Vivian as black ethnic origin though she was of Italian American descent. At that time it made her and Cash a target for white supremacist group and from what I can see the start of her pulling away from the public eye.
After a Honeymoon in Memphis, within a year Cash’s career blossoms and the young couple had started a family. By 1961, “Johnny Cash” is a household name, number one on the music charts, and constantly on tour which took a toll on the marriage. Being the supportive wife and only two weeks postpartum, Vivian settles into their custom-built home in Casitas Springs, California with their four young daughters.
With Johnny constantly on the road, their house was plagued by bobcats, rattlesnakes, all-hours visits and from fans. Growing with resentment toward her husband’s absence of 3 to 4 weeks to almost an entire year, Vivian is pushed to a near breaking point, especially with Cash’s ongoing drug use.
Vivian and Johnny divorce in 1966, leaving Vivian alone with all 4 children while Johnny was on the road and flaunting his relationship with June Carter. When Johnny and June married, Vivian was almost cast aside as the mother of their 4 girls even though she had been raising them by herself. When Carter went on TV claiming Cash and her were raising the girls, it was Vivian’s last straw asking the couple to acknowledge she is the mother of her children.
Towards the end of the documentary, you see how the relationship evolves between the two as co-parents till Johnny Cash’s death in 2003.
Throughout My Darling Vivian, you have a great sense of what a strong woman Vivian was enduring the public eye and scrutiny of her family while still being in love with Johnny Cash even after their divorce.
My Darling Vivian stars, Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash Tittle, Cindy Cash, Tara Cash Schwoebel, Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto. It was directed by Matt Riddlehoover and produced by Dustin Tittle, Matt Riddlehoover (Producer) and Tara Cash Schwoebel (Co-Producer).
To learn more about the film please visit: https://www.mydarlingvivian.com/.
Source: SXSW, https://www.mydarlingvivian.com/
FOR MADMEN ONLY is a documentary about the comedic legend, Del Close, that shows his journey of creating his autobiography for D.C. Comics titled “Wasteland.” Del Close co-authored the graphic horror anthology with John Ostrander and one story in almost every issue of Wasteland was an embellished portrayal taken from the comedian’s intriguing life. The 90-minute documentary directed by Heather Ross was slated to have its world premiere during the now canceled South By Southwest (SXSW) 2020 Film Festival as part of the Documentary Feature Competition category.
The below review may have a few spoilers of the film so keep that in mind if you plan to watch it. The film is a colorful blend of D.C. Comics artistry and an array of interesting stories from Del Close life starting from when he was a child when he ran away from home at the age of 17 to work in a traveling side show.
It follows his journey to Chicago in the early 60’s to perform and direct at Second City but was subsequently fired due to substance abuse. After that, he relocated to San Francisco where he was the house director of improv ensemble “The Committee” where he developed and taught his techniques of long-form improvisation known as “Herald.” Unfortunately, substance abuse continued to plague him along will mental illness while he was in San Francisco as well.
In the early 70’s Del, returned to Chicago and to Second City where he taught and directed famous comedians like John Belushi, Bill Murray, John Candy and many more from that generation. He also later directed and performed for Second City’s troupe in Toronto. In the mids 1980s and 1990s continued to teach improv by collaborating with Charna Halpern at Yes And Productions and the ImprovOlympic Theater with Compass Players producer, David Shepherd.
Throughout the film it was obvious that Del Close taught so many great actors and comedians, yet he never got his big break or the financial success that his former students now had.
Students of Del Close Include:
- Dan Aykroyd
- Ike Barinholtz
- James Belushi
- John Belushi
- Matt Besser
- Stephen Burrows
- Heather Anne Campbell
- John Candy
- Stephen Colbert
- Andy Dick
- Brian Doyle-Murray
- Rachel Dratch
- Ali Farahnakian
- Chris Farley
- Jon Favreau
- Tina Fey
- Neil Flynn
- Aaron Freeman
- Pete Gardner
- Jon Glaser
- Wavy Gravy
- TJ Jagodowski
- Jay Chandrasekhar
- Tim Kazurinsky
- David Koechner
- Shelley Long
- Adam McKay
- Tim Meadows
- Susan Messing
- Jerry Minor
- Bill Murray
- Joel Murray
- Mike Myers
- Joey Novick
- Bob Odenkirk
- Tim O’Malley
- David Pasquesi
- Amy Poehler
- Gilda Radner
- Harold Ramis
- Ian Roberts
- Andy Richter
- Mitch Rouse
- Horatio Sanz
- Amy Sedaris
- Brian Stack
- Eric Stonestreet
- Miles Stroth
- Dave Thomas
- Vince Vaughn
- Matt Walsh
- Stephnie Weir
- George Wendt
Within the film, you get to hear some of the most interesting stories of Del’s life that he included within Wasteland from drug use to witchcraft. One story that stuck out more than some of them from the documentary was about his encounter with writer L. Ron Hubbard, author of horror and science fiction and founder of Scientology. Apparently, Hubbard was complaining about how much he pays in taxes and Del Close recommends opening a church.
Towards the end of the documentary, you find out Close was hospitalized dying with emphysema in 1999 but not before his former student and friend Bill Murray threw him a party at the hospital. The constant teach delivered his final speech to his students on March 3, 1999 and passed on March 4th.
FOR MADMEN ONLY was a fascinating documentary about an established actor and comedian with an off-beat sense of humor, a life with ups and downs and a man’s love of improv. To learn more about the movie please visit: https://www.formadmenonlymovie.com/.
Source: https://www.formadmenonlymovie.com/, SXSW, IMDb
WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS is a compelling documentary about man’s best friend from Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo and SXSW alumns Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker that was to premiere during SXSW 2020. They work together on the film as a two-person crew with Matthew as director and cinematographer and Rose as a producer and sound recordist. The Official Selection SXSW 2020 Documentary Feature takes you on a global journey learning of how different cultures treat dogs in Chile, Finland, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
A contemplative odyssey across our planet, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. Starting with “Chino” AKA “Quiltro” AKA “Rucio” AKA “Coloso” AKA “Titan” a community dog that made a difference in different families lives within one neighborhood.
The documentary goes further with a heartbreaking story of former child soldiers in Uganda and how dogs made a positive impact on an otherwise devastating situation for the community.
WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS also takes you to a local pub in a Scottish town to senior citizens/ rehabilitation center showing how dogs unconditionally love and help with coordination and rehab.
Also interesting to watch in the film was dog walker on the streets of Istanbul. I personally didn’t realize there were dog walkers in smaller countries that are like the USA (which has the reputation of spoiling dogs).
The film is series of unconventional portraits of dogs globally including learning about the fact there are still cultures out there that eat dogs as an entrée. As a dog owner that was one of the harder moments within the film to watch.
This documentary shows how dogs accept you as who you are and how they can help so many people, in so many regions and in so many ways.
The WE WON’T DESERVE DOGS runtime is 84 minutes and the languages spoke throughout the documentary includes: Spanish, Luo, Italian, Turkish, Urdu, Finnish, Romanian, Vietnamese, Nepali, and English.
About the Filmmakers Matthew Salleh & Rose Tucker
Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker are an Australian born, Brooklyn based documentary filmmaking duo. Their debut feature ‘Barbecue’ world premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2017 and went on to be picked up for a global release by Netflix. The film was the recipient of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Documentary.
Their short documentaries have won awards and played at festivals around the globe. ‘Pablo’s Villa’ was the recipient of the 2014 ATOM Award for Best Australian Short Documentary, and ‘Central Texas Barbecue’ was awarded Best Short Film at the 2015 New York Food Film Festival.
Their films are consistent festival favorites, screening at the Sydney Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival (Summer Series) and Melbourne International Film Festival – over 30 film festivals in the past 6 years.
Partners in life as well as art, Matthew and Rose have collaborated for over a decade. They work together as a two-person crew – Matthew as director and cinematographer, Rose as producer and sound recordist. Their films are often international in nature, and they have been fortunate to film in over two dozen countries around the globe. Making their films with a crew of two brings a unique perspective and sense of intimacy to their work.
Source: Urtext Films, Matthew Salleh & Rose Tucker
In the United States alone, Americans throw away 10 Million batteries every day even though nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid batteries can be recycled. Twenty-three years ago, the 1996 Federal Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Act was passed to facilitate the recycling of nickel-cadmium and certain small sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries, yet we are still being wasteful with batteries! Introducing Pale Blue USB rechargeable smart batteries, the world’s first Lithium Polymer battery technology (LiPo) with an onboard micro-USB port.
LiPo is a type of Lithium Ion battery who’s electrode is made of a polymer instead of a liquid. LiPo batteries provide a number of performance improvements over traditional rechargeable batteries. In fact, one pack of Pale Blue USB rechargeable lithium cell batteries can replace up to 4,000 alkaline batteries.
Pale Blue batteries come with a built-In LED charging indicator and charging time is roughly under 1 hour for AAA’s and under 2 hours to charge the AA’s batteries. Pale Blue batteries have a micro-USB port right on the battery and comes with a 4 ended micro-USB cable. With the advanced LiPo technology, Pale Blue batteries will last over one thousand charges.
We received the Pale Blue AA and AAA batteries to test out which was a smart battery Hi-Tech Chic product review first! Both packs came with 4 batteries that were fully charged and 4 ended micro-USB cable.
After unboxing I immediately starting trading out the alkaline batteries with the Pale Blue batteries. After using them for the first time I did notice a small change in battery performance vs. previous alkaline batteries.
Throughout the years, rechargeable batteries haven’t had the best performance track record so I had my concerns but no concerns were needed. There was no lack of performance vs. alkaline batteries, in fact, even slightly more powerful. Even though all batteries were mostly charged I did test out charging all four batteries to check out the LED light and if the cord could charge all four batteries, to which it did flawlessly.
Overall this experience and the environmental information I learned while reviewing the Pale Blue batteries have made me want to make a full switch to LiPo rechargeable smart batteries.
Through their Indiegogo campaign, you can purchase AAA 4 Pack at $28 USD $30 (6% OFF) and AA 4 Pack at $32 USD $35 (8% OFF) with estimated shipping on December 2019. Just in time for the holidays! To purchase Pale Blue batteries or back their campaigns please click here.
To learn more about Pale Blue batteries please visit: https://paleblueearth.com/.
Source: Pale Blue, Indiegogo
The SwitchBot “Bot” lets you retrofit all existing appliances or light switches in your home, instead of replacing them. This makes it the newest DIY way in creating a smart home without the hefty price tag. The SwitchBot Bot can be controlled by the SwitchBot App or the SwitchBot HUB Plus however you do not need to the HUB to operate the bot, just the App.
Below are the key features of the Bot:
- Works with just about any rocker switch and button of any appliance. Smart button pusher for your smart home.
- Easy to set up with a 5-second installation. Tape it right next to a rocker switch or button with a 3M sticker. No swapping, no tools are required.
- Use the SwitchBot App to schedule built-in timers, run without phone or Hub. Turn lights or home appliances on/off automatically even when you’re away.
- You can use the Bots for your lights, fans, coffee makers, garage door, and more. With the add-on, a rocker switch could be flipped at both directions, push or pull for ON/OFF by 1 SwitchBot!
- With a SwitchBot Hub (Plus), you can remote control over the Internet or voice control the Bots. Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and IFTTT.
SwitchBot Bot Review:
We received the SwitchBot products to review and test out how to set up them all up in your home. The last of our product reviews for SwitchBot was the “Bot.” Within the box for the Bot your will find the Bot, 1 extra 3m square sticker and 2 add ons stickers as well.
Since I already received other SwitchBot products I already had the App downloaded but for those that don’t that is the first step I suggest doing before installing. After removing the tab located on the Bot to initiate syncing I decided to test out the Bot on one of the light switches within my condo.
As the features above stated and per the below demo video the set up took no time after unboxing and applying to the light switch.
I tested the Bot with the App, Alexa and also using the SwitchBot HUB Plus with ease. In advanced settings, you can change modes after using the light switch add-on by switching the inverse on/off direction.
The only downfall I found when using just one bot on the light switch is you do need another to control the type of light switch I tested it on. For instance, with 1 bot it will turn the light on but not off, therefore, you do need a second bot. I did not test it on other buttons within my home because most of my home and appliances are already smart home enabled products. I did like the quick set up and using it to turn the lights off in another room via the App, the SwitchBot HUB Plus or voice control.
Technical Details Include:
- Part Number: SWITCHBOT-S1
- Item Weight: 1.44 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 1.4 x 0.9 inches
- Item model number: SwitchBot S1
- Batteries: 1 CR2 batteries required. (included)
- Color: Pearl white
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Batteries Included? Yes
- Batteries Required? Yes
- Battery Cell Type: Lithium Manganese Dioxide
- Description Pile: Standard
- Average Battery Life: 600 days
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer monitors and track your home temperature and humidity easily. With the SwitchBot App users are also able to manage the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer making it a smart DIY device for your home.
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer features include:
- View temperature and humidity at a glance with the clear and high-resolution LED screen.
- Magnet the Meter on your fridge directly or any vertical surface with the iron plate inbox.
- The Swiss-made sensor monitors the environment reliably and 24/7.
- The Meter maintains the most recent 30 days of data while you are away. You could export all the data you care about using the App.
- Set the desired condition and relax. The Meter alerts when you are near via Bluetooth. With the SwitchBot Hub, you can be alerted from anywhere through the Internet.
- With the SwitchBot Hub, the Meter works with IFTTT for home automation. For example, turn ON/OFF air conditioner for your desired condition.
- Remotely monitor your home environment with the SwitchBot App
We received the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer to review along with the SwitchBot HUB Plus. Before unboxing the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer, I had already installed the SwithBot App and connected to the SwitchBot HUB Plus. When you receive the device I suggest download the SwitchBot App first and foremost to get yourself familiar with the easy to use app.
When you unbox the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer you will find the meter, 2 AAA batteries, add-on sticker and user manual. After you install the batteries, press the button located on the back of the meter to sync it to the SwitchBot App.
Here’s my demo of initially setting up the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer:
As you can see in the video once the button is pressed it sync’s right away in about 3 seconds. Within the app, I created nicknames for room of my home and also decided if I wanted it to read Fahrenheit or Celesius within the “preferences.”
In the meter setting within the App users can calibrate the meter, pick desired conditions, cloud services options and check on the battery life or latest version of firmware.
The Meter stands upright for tabletop use. It also features a wall-mountable design and magnetic back, allowing the Meter to be mounted quickly and conveniently in any room.
All and all the set up was simple and I have been testing it in different rooms throughout my home and it’s been accurate. If your looking for a DIY solution for your home with ease of use I would suggest checking out the SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer.
- Resolution: 0.1°C/0.1°F, 1%RH
- Temperature Range: -20°C~80°C (-4°F~176°F)
- Temperature Accuracy (-20°C~0°C/-4°F~32°F): ±0.4°C/±0.7°F typical, ±0.7°C/±1.3°F maximum
- Temperature Accuracy (0°C~65°C/32°F~149°F): ±0.2°C/±0.4°F typical, ±0.4°C/±0.7°F maximum
- Temperature Accuracy (65°C~80°C/149°F~176°F): ±0.3°C/±0.5°F typical, ±0.6°C/±1.1°F maximum
- Humidity Range: 0~99%RH
- Humidity Accuracy (25°C/77°F, 10%~90%RH): ±2% typical, ±4.5% maximum
- Humidity Accuracy (25°C/77°F, 0%~10%, 90%~99%RH): ±4% typical, ±7.5% maximum
The SwitchBot Thermometer & Hygrometer retails for $25.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.switch-bot.com/meter. The SwitchBot App is available in the Apple Store and Google Play. For more information about SwitchBot please visit: https://www.switch-bot.com/meter.
SwitchBot, the creator of smart home products, recently send us some of their new innovative products to review. The first of their products that was unboxed was the Switch HUB Plus that is an all-in-1 smart IR remote control plus a Bluetooth to Wi-Fi gateway for SwitchBot’s products.
SwitchBot HUB Plus features include:
- Pairing your air conditioner, TV, and any appliance to the Hub Plus with the SwitchBot App. Toss out all IR remotes.
- Controlling your entire smart home by asking SwitchBot to communicate with Alexa, Google Assistant and more.
- Integration of the Hub Plus to IFTTT, and tailored the use cases to your needs. Best choice for DIY and creative makers.
- Access to any appliance on your mobile phone and Internet, with a gentle press. Turn on air conditioner remotely, make room cool before arriving home.
- Ability to give all your nearby SwitchBots (the Bots) access to Wi-Fi, Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and enable remote control.
- A spinning rainbow cloud night light were you can pick your favorite from 16 million.
SwitchBot HUB Plus Review:
Within the box you will find the HUB Plus, Power Outlet, and Quick Start Guide.
Setting up the SwitchBot HUB Plus was simple. After connecting the power cord and turn on the device the next step is to download the SwitchBot app for pairing. As you can see in my demo video below, after downloading the app and setting up the account I powered on HUB Plus to begin pairing.
To pair to your WIFI, make sure you have your pin & password to your home wireless network. After putting in that information it didn’t take long for my smartphone to sync with the HUB Plus. With the HUB Plus, you will notice you are connected when it turns all rainbows.
If it doesn’t work on the back of the device there is a reset button next to the on/off/auto switch. Once it’s synced, within the app you can now add devices, set preferences like color or set a schedule.
The 3 Ways to add new appliance (AC, TV, etc.) to the SwitchBot App include:
- Smart learning (recommended): The Hub Plus may identify the appliance from your existing remote automatically.
- Manual selection: Select your appliance’s brand and model number in the library, or try each stored code scheme under your appliance brand to find a closest match.
- Customized: Create a customized device by learning each button of your existing remote one by one.
We also received the SwitchBot Bot 3A and the Thermometer/Hydrometer to review as well. We will be doing a product review for both to show you all how to connect devices with the HUB Plus.
SwitchBot HUB Plus Product Specs Include:
- 120 x 78 x 35 mm
- 73g (excluding accelories)
- 802.11 b/g/n
- 2.4GHz only
- Version: 4.2 or higher
- Range: up to 80m in the open field
- Feature: Patented low power BLE mesh
- Learning Mode: Smart Learning, Manual Selection, Customized (DIY)
- Compatibility: Direct support for more than 5,000 brands of Air Conditioner, TV, fan, etc. Customize mode for any other devices.
- Range: up to 10 meters, vertical 360 degree, horizontal 180 degree.
- Input: AC 100V-240V~, 50/60 Hz 0.25A
- Output: DC 5V 1A
- Type: US, UK, EU, AU
The SwitchBot HUB Plus retails for $49.00 on Amazon or $99.00 that includes the HUB Plus and 2 Bots on the SwitchBot site located here: https://www.switch-bot.com/hub-plus. To learn more about SwitchBot please visit: https://www.switch-bot.com/.
The T|W lunch tote, designed by Thomas & Wynter, is the newest and stylish way for business professionals to carry their lunch into the office. The vegan leather, two-compartment design allows for you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote allows for you to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. T|W lunch tote’s handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. With its sleek design you can pair the T|W tote with your favorite suit or seasonal attire in style.
T|W lunch tote Hot and Cold Features Include:
- Comes with an insulated interior
- Keeps items hot up to 8 hours
- Keeps items cold up to 16 hours
For those weeks you have lunch meetings out you can also use the T|W Lunch Tote as your everyday bag or briefcase with it’s insulated sections. The inside of the tote has a medium-sized pocket to store your valuables like keys or your wallet.
You can also use the T|W lunch tote to carry a variety of drinks in style to take a pool party or summer party instead of a bulky cooler.
I fit a 6 pack of adult beverages with an extra cooling pack for EXTRA cooling since it’s 100 degrees in Austin. There was room to spare to pack some light snacks as well.
T|W lunch tote Product Specifications Include:
x 9.4″w x 5.5″d
Handle: Vegan Leather
Exterior Material: Vegan Leather
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Material: Durable, Water Repellent
Interior Color: Black
T|W Lunch Tote serves both purposes, whether you’re looking for a fashionable lunch carrier or to upgrade your professional lunch bag. Even though it was communicated that the tote was ideal for male professionals I also think it’s very functional for women professionals.
The T|W lunch tote retails for $49.99 and comes in Black with black interior or Guinep with red interior. To shop their collection please visit https://twtote.com/.
Source: Thomas & Wynter
The 1MORE Triple Driver THX® Certified Headphones Experience at Aerosmith’s “Dueces Are Wild” Residency
On July 7th I was asked to cover the Aerosmith “Dueces Are Wild” Las Vegas Residency using 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones for a full THX Certified experience throughout the show in the VIP section. The 1MORE Triple Driver headphones are the World’s First THX Certified headphones and Aerosmith is currently the only show offering this unique and immersive audio experience.
In order for any artist to use 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones they passed hundreds of tests to provide the highest quality audio possible to become THX Certified. The certification program gives special attention to ensure that the headphones provide a well-balanced frequency response with minimal channel imbalance. They also have sufficient sensitivity to achieve a premium level of audio output while maintaining minimal distortion at the required sound pressure level. This also includes a high degree of isolation to effectively attenuate external noise.
Experience and Review:
Once arriving to the show VIP fans will receive a pair of THX Certified 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones to use during the show and to take home. While at the show, the guests will also experience MIXhalo, a brand-new audio technology that will connect them directly to the Aerosmith soundboard. This enables VIP fan to access high-fidelity audio in real-time and just the way Aerosmith hears onstage using the MIXhalo app.
The headphones are connected via 3.5mm jack to a previous version of an iPhone and the staff was great helping VIP guest adjust their headphones before and throughout the show (should you have any issues). At show start, simply insert your earbuds and hit “play” on the MIXhalo app.
One has to wonder why you would need headphones during a rock show (including myself) until I experienced it myself. Anytime you go to a show even stage side its hard to hear everything, sometimes not even till a song is halfway through before you realize which song it is. With the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones and THX Certified experience, you could hear every word Steven Tyler was singing, all the band’s instruments as if you were at a movie theatre.
I did take them out to see what was the major difference and it was significant! I couldn’t hear anything, not even Steven Tyler’s voice, it was all noise since I was so close to the stage. How will I go to another show again without this THX experience?
Throughout the show the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones fit well, I did have a minor audio set back at the beginning of the show which the staff immediately helped me fix the issue.
At the end of the amazing Aerosmith show VIP guests simply just turn in the iPhone and take the headphones home with them.
What makes the 1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones THX Certified stand out from other headphones?
- Three Drivers – two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver deliver an extremely accurate listening experience with unsurpassed dynamic power
- Expertly Tuned – by Grammy® Winning Sound Engineer, Luca Bignardi, to deliver a precise representation of your favorite music
- Comfortable Ergonomic Design – the oblique angled ear fittings naturally match your ear canals. 9 sets of included ear tip sizes ensure a proper fit for all
- Intelligent Control Technology – in-line controls are conveniently located allowing you to control volume, select songs, and take calls. A superior MEMS microphone eliminates cross-talk and background static.
- Lightweight aluminum-alloy body and sandblasted textured surface provide an aesthetic appeal with fingerprint resistance while the cable consists of interior enameled copper wrapped around Kevlar fiber to greatly increase durability and tensile strength.
Within the box you will find:
- In-Ear Triple Driver Headphones
- 9 Sets of Ear Tips ( 6 Silicone, 3 Foam)
- Magnetic Clasping Traveling Case
- Quality Dual Prong Airline Adapter
- Matching Shirt Clip
1MORE’s Triple Driver headphones retail for $79.99 and come in either black or titanium. To shop or learn more about the 1MORE’s Triple Driver THX Certified headphones please visit: https://usa.1more.com/collections/headphones/products/triple-driver-in-ear-headphones.
Source: 1MORE, THX, Aerosmith
Late last year, 2019 RHA launched their True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones for retail globally and we finally got a review unit to test out last month! The True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones offer superb call and streaming quality with ergonomic stem design, market-leading 25-hour battery life (5 + 20, built to RHA’s exacting standards with an IPX5 rating and three-year guarantee and Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility and 10 meter range. When we first received the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones to review we quickly did an unboxing video so you all would know what you would get in the box.
Per our initial unboxing post about the RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones hold 5 hours of charge; with another 20 hours in the metal-reinforced, flip charging case. From empty, the earphones can be charged to 50% in just 15 minutes. The signature stem design of RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones and high-bitrate Bluetooth 5 streaming – maximizes signal strength between headphone and phone, delivering crystal clear calls and uninterrupted audio. Simple tap controls on the right and left earphones starts, stops and skips any audio playback, changes volume, controls calls and activates your digital assistant for advanced device and connected smart functions. (case pic)
Getting started with the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones was simple after the unboxing. I immediately put both earbuds in the flip charging case and plugged the case in via the USB charging cable. One thing to note about this powerful charging case is that it’s light in weight and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
After fully charged it was time to pick which Comply™ TrueGrip Plus and RHA TrueConnect tips work with my ear canels. Once that was figured out I turned them on, paired the earbuds to each other and paired it with my iPhone which immediately detected the earbuds once turned on. Similar to the small size of the case both tiny earbuds fit in the palm of your hand. (hand pic)
I decided to test out the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones while working out and also leisurely walking in downtown, Austin, Texas.
Starting my work out with the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones at the beginning was a good fit. Most people worry they will fall out while moving to which they did not for a good portion of my workout. After starting to run and sweat in the latter of my workout they did feel like they would slip out especially while sprinting.
They also would sometimes slip out when I was running in the rain however their waterproof feature worked perfectly as I never lost connection or audio. Given the Texas heat and the sweating factor they only fell out a couple times but enough for me to note in this review.
The sound quality was great, they were comfortable in ear and the tap controls on the side of the earbuds were easy to use.
Next I tested them while leisurely walking around downtown and did not have the same problem with them slipping out. They didn’t even look bad paired with my Swarovski earrings! Even though the color is matte black they were small enough to not look to bulky or unflattering.
Full features of the RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones include:
- IPX5 sweat, splash and weather resistance
- 5+20 hours battery, with fast charging
- Secure, comfortable fit; ideal for active use
- Stem design maximises call quality
- Full device and digital assistant control via touch and mic
- Durable flip charging case carries 4 charges
- Supplied with Comply™ TrueGrip Plus and RHA TrueConnect tips
- 3 year warrantyTop of Form
Full RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones Product Specifications include:
- Sweat/splash resistance: IPX5
- Driver: 6mm dynamic
- Frequency range: 20-20,000 Hz
- Range (unobstructed): 10m
- Weight (earbuds): 13g
- Charging (from 0%): 15m to 50%; 1h40 to 100%
- Manufacturer’s Warranty: 3 years
We enjoyed review the True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones recommend them for anyone looking for quality audio wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are an alternative to Apples Airpods. Though they occasionally slipped out during my runs for the most part they were reliable wireless Bluetooth earbuds leisurely.
The RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones are $169.95 and can be purchased here: https://www.rha-audio.com/us/products/headphones/true-connect.
Source: RHA True Connect True Wireless In-Ear headphones
Bollie is a stylish and affordable fashion brand that creates quality clothing for all different types of bodies. Bollie Brand recently sent us the Tropical Wrap Dress, The Perfect Robe and Navy Blue Button up dress to do a fashion review. We loved all three and below are the garment features & review.
I love this dress b/c it’s adjustable and very comfortable, I even played Top Golf in it! I paired it with a mesh bodysuit since it was a tad chilly outside but you can definitely wear it without one.
Below are the dress features.
- Flowy cap-sleeve that won’t show bra or undergarment when raising and moving your arms
- The neckline is flattering on smaller and bigger busted women that does not require an undershirt
- The craftsmanship of the dress flatters the mid-section of any size
- The high-low hem sits just below the calf and just below the knee-cap. Perfect for wearing flats or heels.
- 100% Fine Woven Polyester
The Tropical Wrap Dress is on sale for $39.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/tropical-wrap-dress.
The title of the robe says it all, it truly is the perfect robe. It’s not overly bulky and a robe you can wear year-round with its short sleeves and hemline.
Below are the robe features.
- Made with fabric that is designed to keep you warm with no bulk.
- Flat neckline to stay out of your hair
- Sleeve hits below the elbow
- Feminine hem-line just BELOW the knee
- One pocket designed to fit your phone
- 100% Polyester Jacquard
It retails for $64.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/products/the-robe-ii.
This dress is very flattering and functional with it’s adjustable tie and button up design.
Below are the fashion features.
- Material is a perfect blend of soft stretch and structured fit, easy to move in
- Length hits just below the knee
- Comfortable sleeve fit with simple button detail
- The belt tie is not attached so you can place it exactly where it will flatter you the most, or even leave it off completely.
- Material: Quality Tatting Material made up of 96% poly and 4% spandex
It’s on sale for $44.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/navy-blue-button-up-dress
Though I didn’t get the High Waisted Paper Bag Striped Pants to review I think they are the perfect parts for spring and summer.
Below are the fashion features.
- They are comfortable and not restrictive to lounge, fly or the park.
- Will not get wrinkly, staticky or baggy.
- Woven 4 Way Stretch
- 92% polyester 8% Spandex
They retail for $72.99 and can be purchased here: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/custom-clothing/products/white-blue-pants.
We have definitely become fans of Bollie and will keep them on our fashion radar! To shop their spring collection please visit: https://bolliebrand.com/collections/spring-collection. For more information about Bollie and to shop their other collection please visit: https://bolliebrand.com/.
The Pure Air Purifier, a CES Innovation Awards honoree, is a portable filter-less purifier that helps remove unwanted odors and clean the air caused by allergies and pollution. The purifier uses negative ion technology to get rid of mold spores, bacteria and problem particles in the air that can make you sick. The Pure Air Purifier’s filter-less ionization helps clean air to eliminate odors, allergies and pollution. Since its so lightweight and portable, the purifier is perfect for hotel rooms, bathrooms, offices, or laundry rooms.
Within the box for the purifier you will find the purifier, drawstring carrying bag, USB plug and user guide. After unboxing the Pure Air Purifier setting up the purifier is simple with it’s one button on/ off operation after you have it plugged in.
They sent us samples of their Quiet, Fresh and Spark plant-based 100% Pure Essential Oils that are created without synthetics, chemicals or fillers and handcrafted in Oregon. On the bottom of the
After adding the essential oils to the Pure Air Purifier aromatherapy pad, attach it back to the purifier and turn it on to generate the essential oils scent. Note you don’t need that many essential oil drops on the aromatherapy pad, just a few will do.
They also sent me one of their patterned designer wraps for the purifier to try out. I have to be honest, I like the “marshmallow” coloring of the Pure Air Purifier but think it’s cool you have personalization options.
The Pure Air Purifier is ultra-light in wait at just .65lbs so it’s perfect to travel with. I took it with me recently to Vegas for CES 2019 and it fit perfectly in my luggage. If you’re on the go and constantly traveling this is the perfect portable purifier.
The Pure Air Purifier retails for $99.00 and can be purchased here: https://www.thepurecompany.com/products/portable-air-purifier.
Source: Pure Air Purifier, CES
Launched late last year and one of the newest additions to the Philips Hue product line the Hue Go is a portable wireless smart light controlled by either the button, voice or via the Hue app. The Hue Go personal wireless lighting systems features white and color ambience and can be powered from a wall outlet or wireless. It has a built-in, rechargeable internal battery with up to three hours of smart light.
Hue Go Unboxing:
The Hue Go comes with the Philip’s light and the AC adapter for charging. The Hue Go is ultra-portable with its height at 3.1 inches, length at 5.9 inches and width at 5.9 inches with a net weight of 1.984 lbs. Below are the full technical specifications for the Hue Go:
- Mains power Range: 100 V – 240 V 50-60 Hz
- Bulb technology: 24 V
- Number of bulbs: 1
- Wattage bulb included: 6 W
- Total lumen output fixture: 300 lm
- Fixture dimmable: Yes
- LED: Yes
- Lifetime up to 20,000 hrs
- IP code: IP20 protection against objects bigger than 12.5 mm (no protection against water)
- Class of protection: III – safe extra low voltage
Hue Go Review:
Getting started and using it is simple just press the button on the portable smart light to choose from seven different light effects: cool energizing daylight, warm relaxing light, and the five dynamic light effects. I definitely tried several different colors using my new Hue Go and it was quite fun!
You can also tap and hold the button to quickly cycle through colors with over 16 million color options. With the Hue Go can also use preset, colored light scenes.
Using the Philips Hue smart lighting system you can preset the smart lights to wake you up and help you sleep to mimic sunrise or use the warm white lights will help you relax.
When you sync your media to smart lights using the Hue Sync app, you can turn on your movie, music, or game to watch the Hue Go mirror the colors and rhythm.
While connected to the Hue Bridge, you can pair your lights with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and the Google Assistant and control your lights using just your voice. Simple voice commands let you turn your lights on and off, dim or brighten your lights, and set a light scene.
Note, the Hue Go requires a connection to the Hue Bridge to unlock the full smart control and features. Users can control their lights using the Philips Hue app, set timers, routines, add or remove lights and more.
The Hue Go is very portable, I tried it out in different rooms throughout my condo wirelessly, worked beautifully! If you’re needing wireless portable lighting especially if you already own a Hue Bridge or any of Philip’s Hue lighting systems the Hue Go is ideal.
The Hue Go is currently on sale till January 19th for $71.99 and can be purchased here: https://www2.meethue.com/en-us/p/hue-white-and-color-ambiance-go-portable-light/714606048. For more information on Philips lighting systems, please click here.
Source: Philips Hue Go
For anyone on the go or who travels allot it’s imperative to have a smartphone charger with you at all times. The problem nowadays is more chargers have long cords and the plug outlet can be bulky. Introducing WonderCube, the world’s smallest smartphone charger that miniaturizes 8 mobile essentials into a super portable 1-cubic-inch keyring. It’s small enough to fit on your finger tip! The WonderCube can unfold in 8 ways for charging, syncing, phone stand, emergency power boost, flash memory, and more.
Below are the full WonderCube product details:
- Materials: Polycarbonate, Aluminum, ABS
- Measurements: 1″L x 1″W x 1″H
- Warranty: Manufacturer’s 1 Year
- Dual Connectors: Type C + MicroUSB Connectors
- No Tangled Cable: Built-In 3 Inches Foldout Flexible Cord. Neatly Folded In A 1-Inch-Cube.
- Charge & Sync: Support High Speed Charging With USB Outlet.
- Flash Drive: Featured A Card Reader Supports Up To 128GB Micro-SD Memory Transfer.
- Phone Stand: Micro-Suction Plate. Attach To Smartphone For Portrait & Landscape Viewing Angle Adjustment.
- Emergency Charger: Power Boost Smartphone For Up To 2-3 Hrs Additional Talk Time With A 9V Battery Cell.
- LED Torch
- Metal Keyring Included
- Colors: Black
Unboxing Of the WonderCube Type C for Androids:
The box for the WonderCube Type C smartphone charger comes with the WonderCube, a built in 2 in 1 Cable, Micro-SD Reader, OTG Flash Drive, LED torch, phone stand, key ring and adapter from micro USB to USB type C.
When you open the box you will first see an easy quick guide to the left of all the WonderCube can do and to the right a little window preview of the cube. Once you start to fully unbox the WonderCube you will see the cube, the key ring and attached to the box magnetically is another box with the adapter that converts it from micro USB to USB type C.
After unboxing I started testing all it’s 8 functions by first I pulling out the 2 in 1 micro USB cable. What makes it a 2 in 1 function is with the adapter you can easily convert the cable to USB type C.
Next I pulled Micro SD card reader that also functions as a micro USB. If you add a micro SD card it also makes it a flash drive. The reader supports up to 128GB memory transfer.
To directly charge your device using the micro USB via AC USB outlet just plug it directly into the port. To use it as a micro USB to charge your phone via your pc just plug it directly into your PC’s USB port.
The WonderCube has an emergency charging port for a 9V battery cell to give you up to 3 hours of a charge (if the battery is full). Note you have to pull out the micro USB port to fit the battery in the 9v battery charging port.
Review of WonderCube Type C:
First, I’m sure there are even more features of this cube I have yet to discover but the features I did test out was all a positive experience. As you can see I tested it out using every function of the WonderCube with different devices throughout my unboxing. My favorite function/feature of the WonderCube is the micro SD card reader/ micro USB cable since that is what I would use on a daily basis. The only very minor drawback I found during the unboxing and review is the phone stand does leave a very slight sticky residue. Nothing to detour you from purchasing it since that is a minor problem.
The WonderCube is lightweight to fit into our backpack or keyring and for $45.00 it’s a great buy for those needing a multifunction smartphone charging device.
The WonderCube models are available in iOS and Android. If you would like to purchase the WonderCube for $45.00 please visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/products/wondercube-pro-mobile-essentials-in-1-cubic-inch. It’s also available on Amazon for $59.99, click here to shop for it amazon instead. To learn more about the WonderCube please visit: http://www.thewondercube.com/.
We received the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones that features noise isolating, aluminum earbuds combined with high-quality Bluetooth audio and a sweatproof, flexible neckband. Considering I live in the city and walk everywhere quality good fitting headphones either in ear or over the ear are a must.
The MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones come with:
- The in-ear headphones
- 6 ear silicone tips
- Sports clip
- USB charging cable
- Carrying pouch
First, using the stock silicone tips that come with the headphones did not work for me and constantly slipping out of my ear with every motion. After trying different silicone tip sizes I finally found a great fit that didn’t shift.
Next was pairing which was simple since my iPhone detected the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones as soon as I powered them on. Throughout all my walks the RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones never lost connection and maintained the same audio volume.
One of the features is noise canceling so, of course, I had to test out how much can these little earbuds cancel out? I was impressed, while out doing my daily errands with my RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones on someone tried to talk to me and I did not hear them at all! They were right next to me, therefore, they pass the noise canceling test.
My biggest problem with in-ear wireless Bluetooth earbuds is them falling out while being overly active. By overly active I mean when you have to sprint across the street to make the light or running faster while wearing earbuds in the midst of a workout. I have yet had a pair that stands up to either of those scenarios till now. The RHA’s MA390 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphones stood up to the “Nina Test” as they did not slip off or fall out of my ear.
Another cool feature was that the earbuds are magnetic so when taking them off they attach instantly unlike just falling off as most do. This is also perfect if you are like me and just throw your earbuds in your bag in hopes they make it since they attach immediately while next to each other. Though I’m an over the ear headphones lady I have really enjoyed testing these out. The audio is crisp and as stated before the noise canceling is superb.
The MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones comes with a three-year guarantee and is available online and in-store for £59.95/€69.95/$69.95. To purchase the MA390 Wireless Bluetooth® In-ear Headphones click here.
StoryChips is a site that allows users to create their own story via their smartphone, mobile device or PC that can be shared via QR code or URL. With StoryChips, you get to make your own messages complete with videos, text and pictures. The beauty of this all is it does not require an app to create a StoryChips story.
Check out how it works here or just follow these 3 easy steps:
- Select a card and stickers from the StoryChips site or a retail shop and scan its QR code to activate.
- Activating the code allows you to create a story from your phone. You can include videos, text, and pictures.
- When your friend receives the card and stickers and scans the QR code, they can see the personal story you created just for them. You can even choose a setting that allows them to be the only one who can see it.
Not only is this more personalized but not very expensive with the Christmas Tree Card starting at $4.99 with FREE SHIPPING and includes:
- Contents: 1 card, 1 sticker sheet, and 1 [color] envelope
- Size: 6.10″ x 6.10″ (155mm x 155mm)
- Material: Embossing on front cover and satin finish
- Stickers: Vinyl stickers with matte overlaminate, includes 1 QR code and 1 URL sticker
- Blank inside for your own message
Review of StoryChips
I decided to test out how long it takes to create a story and share without even setting up an account. Below was the process and screenshots it took to create a story which took no time at all. I went directly to https://storychips.com/ and “Create a Story” and created a title.
I didn’t do any videos or audio though it looks fairly simple to add just like it was to download photos and add text. Once I was happy with my story I published it and received this URL of my newly published StoryChips story: https://storychips.com/stories/pages/t2bkdE.
Overall it didn’t take much time and I think it’s a unique way to share your memories via video, audio and photos. By purchasing a card you will get a QR code plus URL stickers to add to your card for it to come to life.
To create a story or for more information on StoryChips please visit https://storychips.com/.
Have you ever wanted to practice your dance moves at home? Dance Reality uses Apple’s newest augmented reality technology to place footprints onto the floor in front of you. Dance Reality users look through their phone to step on the footprints, then follow the animation to practice common dance patterns.
The Dance Reality App features for users include:
- Control the speed to learn at your own pace
- Counting voice-over helps you stay on the beat
- Choose a song to go with your steps (coming soon)
- Choose between Follow and Lead steps
- Solo and Couple practice
- Instructional videos from trained dancers
I decided to test out this app as I love to dance; I’m not that great but I have fun! Signing up was simple; finding a dance spot on my dark wood floors took some time. When getting started you have this disco ball on your display I had to turn on all of my lights in my condo before it detected the floor.
Once the floor was detected users need to tilt smartphone and place your feet over the displayed feet on the app. After you got that you go through a very short warmup which is also automated. To be a fly on the wall watching someone using this app would be hilarious.
After you complete the warm-up they are directed to a page with different dance style options. Please note that this actually cost money. The app is free but the dance routines or style of dance will cost you $4.99.
The Supported Devices for the Dance Reality include:
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8, 8 Plus
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
- iPad Pro
- New 9.7-inch iPad (2017)
Source: Dance Reality
One of the latest smart home trends for the past couple years has been video doorbells that increase your security using their app to view who is at the door. They are easy to install and the sense of safety you get from installing a video doorbell is worth it. One of the newest video doorbell launched this year in March was the Nest Hello.
Nest Hello is a hardwired smart video doorbell with facial recognition. It was developed to replace your existing wired doorbell to deliver HD video and bright, crisp images, even at night to your smartphone. Nest Hello is designed to show you everything at your doorstep from people head to toe or packages on the ground. It has 24/7 LIVE streaming that you can check in anytime or you can go back and look at a 3-hour snapshot history to see what happened.
I recently decided to get a video doorbell since I had some unsafe situations happen at my thought was safe condo. After researching which one would fit my safety needs I decided on Nest Hello Video Doorbell.
When you purchase the Nest Hello the box will come with:
- Nest Hello video doorbell
- Chime connector
- 15° wedge
- Release tool
- Masonry drill bit
- Window decal
- Wall plate
- Extension wires
- Wall anchors
- Quick Start Guide
If you aren’t tech saavy or need help installing the Nest Hello professionally please contact one of their professionals located here: https://nest.com/nest-pro-installation/.
The APP was easy to set up after installation and before you know it you are going live seeing all the motions and people passing your front door. The options on the dashboard include the LIVE feed, Quiet Time Option, Talk (to the person at your door), make a clip and see how many people coming to your door.
The LIVE feed recently helped me out when an unknown person was knocking on my door like a crazy person and paced out in front of the door for an hour. If it was for the Nest Hello Video Door Bell I’m not sure what would have happened! To watch it LIVE on my smartphone was eye-opening.
Nest Hello video doorbell Full Product Specs Are Below:
- Weight: 4.55 oz (129 g)
- Product requirements: Requires a wired doorbell and chime.
- Power requirements: 16V AC–24V AC; requires a 10VA transformer and wired doorbell
- Camera: 1/3-inch, 3-megapixel (2K) color sensor, 8x digital zoom
- Video: HD UXGA 1600 x 1200, up to 30 frames/sec, H.264 encoding, HDR
- Field of view: 160° diagonal
- Audio: High-quality speaker and microphone
- Lights: RGB light ring and status light
- Night Vision: 850 nm infrared LEDs
- Security: 128-bit AES with TLS/SSL
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz (WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption supported)
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- 15.4 at 2.4GHz
- Connectivity requirements:
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz (WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption supported).
- Working broadband internet connection with at least 2 Mbps upload speed (DSL may not qualify).
- Requires a compatible phone or tablet with the free Nest app and Bluetooth 4.0. For more info visit nest.com/requirements.
- Bandwidth requirements:
- At 1600 x 1200, Nest Hello requires 800 to 2000 Kbps of upload bandwidth while streaming video. Nest Hello will use more bandwidth to stream video when there is more motion in the scene.
- At 1600 x 1200, each Nest Hello could use 150GB to 600GB of upload bandwidth per month depending on the video quality setting.
- If you subscribe to Nest Aware, your Nest Hello streams all video to the cloud for secure offsite storage.
- English (US, UK)
- French (Canada, France)
- Spanish (Americas, Spain)
- Quick responses are currently available in:
- English (US, UK)
- French (Canada, France)
- Spanish (Americas, Spain)
- Green Compliance:
- RoHS compliant
- REACH compliant
- Recyclable packaging
- Title 20 battery charger compliant
- Support and limited warranty
If you’re concerned with your personal safety at home or just need the extra security I strongly suggest looking into the Nest Hello. For more information about Nest Hello please visit: https://nest.com/doorbell/nest-hello/overview/.
Source: Nest Hello
A new social trip planner site, CooMo, has officially launched! The CooMo site allows users to PLAN, BOOK, and SHARE their entire trip with the help of other users, who can give you suggestions and recommendations based on their own personal experience. Users can upload pictures, add shouts, create to-do trip lists and check-in to places while traveling.
Besides being able to share your trip on social media after you have planned your trip on CooMo. The site will help users meet other users traveling to the same destination at the same time so CooMo users can exchange tips and suggestions.
How does CooMo work?
To start up on the CooMo site you can either sign up via your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account or you can create a new account. Note using your social media accounts to sign in allows you to already have your personal contacts loaded which will make sharing your future easier. After you have set up your account you can now log into the site to your “page” or “dashboard” where you see can see your friends on social media trip plans. It also shows reviews of cities that you may consider yourself a “guru” of.
When your entire trip is complete you can either save draft or book it and then publish the confirmed trip on the CooMo site.
It was super easy and fast to set up personally and very useful especially for group planning trips I noticed! To sign up or learn more about CooMo, the newest trip planner you can share via social media please visit: https://coomotravel.com/home
One of the newest app trends focuses on self-meditation with apps like Calm and Headspace. One of the newest meditation apps, created by TRU LUV, is #SelfCare. This week TRU LUV released the #SelfCare app which is their latest digital companion that takes an interactive game approach to meditation.
The #SelfCare app explores the calming benefits of staying in bed all day and suppose to bring you back to a state that allows you to return your focus to what matters most. The app has a “virtual bedroom” that is surrounded by your favorite calming things. In the virtual bedroom, you can select calming tasks that generate simple satisfaction and uncomplicated harmony. Awaken your slumbering cat and give it some deserved affection, sort your laundry by color, indulge in a tarot card reading, or nurture your favorite plant.
“#SelfCare is an antidote to a stressful world and a phone full of bad news, FOMO, and more stress,” say co-creators Brie Code and Eve Thomas. “For 3-5 minutes you can escape to a calm and soothing room, do some relaxing, meditative tasks, and return to your life refreshed and ready to face your stresses.”
I decided to test out the #SelfCare app to see what all the buzz was about and if it is truly effective. I started in the virtual bedroom and then went into some breathing exercise with the app. The breathing exercise is designed to calm your breathing for as long as you want. I also played with the sorting laundry task where you really do have to focus to sort. I did pretty well, it starts with 2 rows of clothes and after you complete that the rows increase to three.
There are a few tasks or options with #Selfcare App I don’t understand yet since it’s still new to me but so far it’s been interesting testing out this app. With the #SelfCare app the more time you spend on yourself, the more self-care techniques are unlocked for a deeper and more impactful practice. The #SelfCare app is featured in the Apple store and can be downloaded here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/selfcare/id1378384555?ls=1&mt=8.
Source: TRU LUV #SelfCare
Fortunately, virtual assistance like Alexa has been creating new audio tools to help parents make mealtime fun and effective. One of the newest audio tools launched by Alexa, “Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout,” helps parents make eating healthy foods more fun for their kids. With the new Amazon audio skill, parents can now ask for songs and sounds that help make mealtime engaging and exciting for babies and toddlers, without the use of screens on smartphones and tablets.
Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout works with Amazon’s Echo and Dot and features three different modes that include Songs, Mealtime Adventure or Eat a Pouch. Each mode is designed to support parents’ efforts to get their children to eat healthy foods and to occupy kids during mealtime with fun, food-centric edutainment.
We decided to test out all three modes plus recorded what a customer would hear for each mode. The videos mostly give you the audio with only a picture of the Echo responding.
To get started is simple just say “Alexa launch Sophie Sprout” and we learned you can also use “Alexa launch Sophie THE Sprout.” After launching Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout on Alexa it will ask which mode you would like, Songs, Mealtime Adventure or Eat a Pouch.
I chose the Song option which offers nine, upbeat, kid-friendly songs, each featuring a different musical style and healthy food focus. I picked the “Color Song” that teaches children about vibrant foods, like yellow bananas and green peas.
Next, I changed the mode from Song to “Mealtime Adventure.” Unfortunately, I had to say “Adventure” twice in order to launch the mealtime mode. Mealtime Adventures features fun sound effects, including the traditional train and flying airplane, to get food from the spoon to your little one’s mouth. Once in that mode, the adventure immediately starts with a heard of elephants that want your food.
Lastly, I tried the “Eat a Pouch” mode which reminds me of the airplane game back in the day where you have to get the food on the spoon and into your kids belly. The “Eat a Pouch with Sophie” mode encourages children to take sips of their Sprout organic food pouches.
Once finished with your Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout experience all you do is ask Alexa to turn it off. The Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout Alexa skill is free to all users and requires no registration. You do have to approve using Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout within the Alexa app and confirm you are an adult when initially setting it up but after that you are golden.
Overall my Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout experience was a simple process and initial set up took very little time. For more information about Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout, Sprout®, the Sophie Sprout app, and Sprout products, visit http://www.sproutorganicfoods.com.
Source: Amazon, Eat & Sing with Sophie Sprout, Sprout
Vivere: The Vacation Search Engine With The Only Online Visual Experience That Guides Users Throughout the Booking Process
It’s the middle of summer and still time to plan a vacation before the last day of summer on September 21st, 2018. Most people use the most advertised travel search engines when planning their summer trip but they all seem to have similar travel options.
A unique travel site that offers more options and helps curate your vacation from start to finish is Vivere. Vivere is an online visual experience that accompanies travelers through every step of their travel journey by helping them to search, discover and book the destination that matches their interests. Their proprietary photographs and curated content makes Vivere the only travel platform which helps users to visualize and embrace the destinations before leaving for their trips.
Searching for destinations on the main page is pretty simple and updates the list of destinations when you use one of the below filters.
- Traveler Type
- Traveling From
After you click on one of the vacation destinations it pulls up a short description, where to stay and options things to do while there. On this page, you can also request a quote for your future vacation.
Their VACATION INSPIRATIONS list, separate feature of the site than the vacation search engine, is broken up by all twelve months and continents like below.
- Best places to visit in Africa in December
- Best places to visit in Asia in December
- Best places to visit in Europe in December
- Best places to visit in Middle East in December
- Best places to visit in North America in December
- Best places to visit in Oceania in December
- Best places to visit in South America in December
- Best authentic in December
- Best beach in December
- Best boat tour in December
- Best climbing in December
- Best culture in December
- Best cycling in December
- Best diving in December
- Best gastronomy in December
- Best golf in December
- Best hiking in December
- Best luxury in December
- Best nature in December
- Best nightlife in December
- Best relaxation in December
- Best scenery in December
- Best shopping in December
- Best water sports in December
Vivere also have them broken down by preference, IE: Best Overall Vacation for Couples in North America. The site breaks down the list even more by Best Luxury Vacation in December or Best Boat tour.
Their vacation destination list is massive and definitely something for everyone! If you’re looking for a vacation that is curated to your preferences I suggest checking out Vivere, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you ever wanted to create your own VR-enabled virtual tours for your business or project but no idea on how to create one? The wait for figuring out how to create your very own VR-enabled virtual tour is now over! Last week, Concept3D, a leader in creating software to power immersive online experiences, announced the launch of its new Tour Builder platform which allows users to create, manage and share their own VR-enabled virtual tours like never before. Below are the key features of the Concept3D tour builder platform:
- Interactive Hot Spots: Associate text, images and video with a specific point on your map, all stored and managed within the content management system.
- Tours: Take your virtual visitors through your space with a step-by-step 3D virtual tour.
- Live Data Integrations: Monitor your space and gather real-time sensor data from assets in remote locations.
- Contact Points: Emphasize business differentiators and drive sales by capturing customer information at key points on your virtual tour, map, or model.
- Space Planning: Streamline venue configuration, speed sales quotes to RFPs, and demystify equipment allocation.
- Wayfinding: Guide people to locations, inside facilities, and throughout your community.
Signing up on Concept3D’s site was easy and also free. You can either use your email address or sign up using your Google or Linkedin accounts. Once created you will go directly to the dashboard where you enter your tour name, location and description.
After you enter that information it is time to download the media for your tour. Tour Builder supports the use of both 360-degree panorama and standard images for tour stops. I chose to use a panorama picture for my tour test run. Downloading the picture was insanely fast and before I knew it I had the start of my 1st tour.
After the picture is downloaded tours are automatically set up for viewing in VR with the necessary hardware. I only entered one stop as a test but if you wanted to add more Tour Builder guides you through the process of adding information, more images, video and audio tracks to tour stops. When all that information is entered and you viewed your tour in the preview window you must publish to make it live.
Once the tour is built and published, it can easily be edited and shared via link, and by integrating with Mapbox and OpenStreetMap.
Tour Builder creates an in-window “minimap” for easy navigation and jumping between stops, and to highlight the specific geographic location. The “minimap” was one of my favorite features when creating my test tour. To make sure someone else would be able to view my published tour via the link provided and it works perfectly!
As stated before signing up is free but Tour Builder has three tiers offering various levels of functionality and tour views. The three tiers to choose from are; Starter (free), Foundation, and Enterprise. Tour Builder’s premium functionality includes the ability to create unlimited tours, advanced tour embed options, audio narration, third-party data integrations, a built-in lead-generation system, full map platform integration and access to the Concept3D’s Client Success Team.
The overall Tour Builder experience was simple and fast, I was amazed at how quickly I made my first tour! I may just start making VR-enabled virtual tours for everything now!
To start building a tour please visit: https://tour.concept3d.com. To learn more about Tour Builder please visit: https://www.concept3d.com/use-cases/share-your-place/virtual-tours
July is the busiest month for moving and with so many apps and companies out there how do you know which one to choose? Our suggestion is to choose a few competing real estate apps most popular within your region. We choose to try out the Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps since I am in the market to buy a new home. Our goals was to see which first, had the most properties listed for sale in the search area and also which had the most intuitive search platform for an app. Below is a brief description of each:
- Zillow®, the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Home search engine includes: Buying, Renting, Selling
- Trulia® helps buyers and renters find a place where they will love to live. With insights sourced straight from locals and over 34 neighborhood map overlays like crime and schools. Home search engine includes: Buying and Renting
- Realtor.com®is the resource for home buyers and sellers offering the comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help clients find or sell their home. Home search engine includes: Buying, Renting, Selling.
- Redfin was one of the first map-based real estate search engines launched. They hire their own agents to help clients buy and sell the right home, at the right price. Home search engine includes: Buying & Selling.
After downloading Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps I signed into all four using my Facebook account which made signing in a breeze. Each app after you sign in goes directly to the search page where you enter your desired neighborhood or area and filter options. Each app has these same filters and search options regardless if it’s selling or renting when searching for a home.
Type of Property
- Price Range
- Property Size
- Home Type
- Year Built
- Property Status*
- Mortgage or Payment Calculators
- HOA Fees
- Parking/ Gargage
- *The property status can include if it’s pending, just sold or new construction of its foreclosed but that information depends on each property. Once you click on an individual property you will get more detailed information, each property is different.
Below is a small break down of the other features that the different apps have.
|APPs||School Info||Days on Market||Price Reductions||Open House||3D Tours|
If the filter option is not your cup of tea Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps all have the draw options where you can highlight the area you want with your finger. I thought this feature was awesome since my personal home search isn’t just one zip code, it’s the one next to it as well.
On my search for my future home I started with Zillow first before thinking I would be using all four in my search for the perfect home in my area. I loved the mapping, the “Zestimate”, and their property payment history. I found a property that had drastically gone down in a year that was amazing though not for me. I went on several open houses and also drove by the properties but wanted more options so I downloaded the Realtor.com app.
I thought the Realtor.com app would have the same listing but I was incorrect. It had separate listings within my area I had never seen on Zillow. It also had as part of the map the option to make it 3D, map crime and points of interests. Though they had some listings I was curious for more options.
I downloaded the Redfin app using the same filters on their search mapping system. Unlike the other two Redfin they had the “satellite” option for their maps which was an interesting way to look over your future neighborhood. My last stop was Trulia which had similar listings than Zillow so I ended my home buying app downloading party for now. I am still searching for my perfect new home in Austin and will continue to use these apps until I find it!
Since I am not looking into selling a home I can’t give you a review on that portion of their app. Zillow®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps are the ones you can look into if selling a home as Trulia does not offer that service. I would check with all Zillow®, Trulia®, Realtor.com® and Redfin apps for further information and for updates to their apps. We all know updates for apps are inevitable and may further your home searching needs. Happy home hunting, selling and buying this summer!
sts blue is a couture-inspired quality denim at an affordable price. In spring sts blue debuted their newest cropped skinny styles to withstand the summer heat with style. We recently received denim samples of sts blue Flounce Hem Denim Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) and Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny Jeans (Floresta Wash) to review.
The sts blue Flounce Hem Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) has a mid-rise fit and made of 100% cotton. The denim fabric is lightweight and very comfortable even when you put them on for the first time. I personally love the mini skirt and have received several compliments on it when I’m wearing it around town. The Flounce Hem Mini Skirt (Carter Wash) retails for $55.00 and currently on sale for $36.85.
The Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash) jeans are my favorite thus far. They have an uneven cut on the bottom of the skinny jeans that are also slightly cropped. Just like the skirt, they fit perfect and so comfortable even in the heat! The Ellie High Rise Step Hem Skinny (Floresta Wash) retails for $59.00.
Though I did not get a sample of the sts blue Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jacket (Alaska Wash) if the fabric is like the jeans and skirt this could be your got to jacket on those chilly summer nights. The Oversize Denim Boyfriend Jacket (Alaska Wash) is 100% cotton silhouette denim jacket retails for $69.00.
sts blue is currently running a BOGO sale with 50% on select denim. To shop their BOGO sale click here. They also have a “sale” section on their site as well located here: http://stsblue.com/sale.html. Fashionistas can follow the latest trends on their #DenimDolls Instagram @sts_blue. You can also join the sts blue rewards program to earn points towards your purchase and follow the fashion trends on Instagram @sts_blue for new ways to wear your denim.
I strongly suggest checking out sts blue’s denim line; the styles are fashionable at a reasonable price. Consumers can find sts blue denim at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Von Maur, or online at stsblue.com. To shop their denim collection where you’ll find no-hassle free shipping and returns please visit: http://stsblue.com/shop.html.
Source: sts blue
Renting a car rather it be business or pleasure normally isn’t a simple task. The lines and renting process seems to always take forever leaving you exhausted before you even start your excursion. During your upcoming trip where a rental car is needed, we suggest looking into the Turo App. Turo is a car sharing marketplace where travelers can rent any car they want, wherever they want it, from a community of local car owners. The cars that are available range from budget-friendly to luxurious cars depending on the location.
This is how the Turo App works for renters:
- Sign up for Turo with Facebook, Google, or your email. We’ll confirm your identity and eligibility so you can become an approved driver.
- Enter your travel dates and location and search our vast selection of unique, locally-owned cars.
- Book the car and the owner will confirm or decline your trip within eight hours, but typically it’s much sooner. Book cars instantly on listings with the “Book Instantly” badge.
- Meet the car owner to pick up the car. Many owners offer delivery, so they may bring it right to you.
- Walk around the car, show them your license and exchange the keys.
- When you are ready to return the car replace the gas you used and meet the owner to drop off the car. Walk around the car again and return the keys.
This is how the Turo App works for “Hosts” wanting to list and rent their car:
- Create a free listing that describes your car and upload some clean photos. Be sure to keep your calendar up to date so travelers know when your car is available.
- You’ll get notified when someone requests, or books your car instantly. Confirm or decline the trip as soon as possible, and contact the traveler if you have any questions.
- Coordinate where and when you’ll meet your guest. Check their license, walk around the car, check the fuel and mileage.
- Turo covers your car with $1 million in liability insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance throughout the trip.
- Turo will set your car’s rental price based on market value, location, time of year, and other data sets to maximize your income and boost your listing’s competitiveness or you can manually set your own daily price.
- Turo will pay you via direct deposit within five days. You’ll earn 65% to 85% of the trip price, depending on the vehicle protection package you choose.
- If you have commercial rental insurance to cover you, your car, and your customers and would like to waive vehicle protection provided via Turo, you earn 90% of the trip price.
- If the market value of your car is $20,000, days per month your car is rented 15 times throughout the year you could earn $6,501 per year using Turo
- In the fall of 2018 Turo will be launching their “Discover Turo Go” feature that will allow Turo hosts to remotely unlock their vehicles for their guests, track mileage, and more.
I downloaded the Turo App since I will be going on vacation soon and need a car rental for a couple days. I used my facebook account and within minutes I was checking out cars I could rent in Miami. Since I never splurge on car rentals I was curious what high-end cars they have available in South Beach. I was certainly impressed as I found a 2018 Maserati Ghibli for only $100.00 or a 2014 Jaguar F-Type for $159.00!
Over twenty years ago we didn’t think what the negative impact on your eyes would be spending large amounts of time on digital devices. Currently, roughly 70% of Americans today suffer from some form of digital eye strain.
“Competing research has shown blue light-filtering lenses decrease specific aspects of light emissions. Theoretical reductions in phototoxicity were 10.6% to 23.6%. Additionally, melatonin suppression was reduced by 5.8% to 15.0% and scotopic sensitivity by 2.4% to 9.6%. Over 70% of the participants in this testing were unable to detect these changes. The expansion of technology has led to more individuals utilizing computers and televisions which increase the overall exposure to blue light. This has opened up opportunities for companies such as Gunnar Optiks and Razer Inc. to create glasses focused on reducing the exposure to blue light.”*
During an independent study conducted at three eye care professional locations, over 150 patients were interviewed before and after using GUNNAR Technology Eyewear throughout a multi-week test involving intense computer use. The study showed the following results.
- 100% of the patients reported improved ease of viewing
- 96% of the patients reported reduction in eye strain
- 90% of the patients would recommend the use of GUNNAR eyewear
- 80% of the patients reported their eyes were less tired when wearing GUNNARs
- 79% of the patients said that wearing GUNNAR eyewear increased their productivity
We recently just received two pair of GUNNAR eyewear to test out; Infinite Designed By Publish and Gunnar Axial. These glasses block harmful blue light and 100% UV light without compromising fashion. Though time will tell after using them for a longer period of time if these glasses are effective below are the features of both Infinite Designed By Publish and Gunnar Axial.
- Adjustable silicone nose pads provide a customizable fit and comfort
- Hand-crafted stainless steel frame construction generates proper strength, optical stability and flexibility
- Lightweight construction and proper weight balance guarantee long wearing comfort without pressure points or fatigue
- Wide format lenses create a panoramic viewing field for high-resolution viewing
- Proprietary patented GUNNAR lens material and tint
- Blocks harmful blue light and 100% UV light
- Ultra slim temples distribute headphone pressure to ensure headset compatibility
The GUNNAR AXIAL features the patented i-AMP® lens technology, multi-barrel hinges, and soft, comfortable temples, while its shape and curved nose rests help distribute weight. Key features of the GUNNAR AXIAL eyewear include:
- Engineering grade nylon frame polymers provide long-term durability
- Wide format lenses create an unobstructed panoramic field of view
- 3-barrel steel hinge design creates incredible durability
- Curved nose rests provide even weight distribution and comfort
- Proprietary patented GUNNAR lens material and tint
- Blocks harmful blue light and 100% UV light
- Anti-reflective lens coatings on front and back of lens
- Silicone hard coated lens to prevent scratching
- Asian Fit Compatible
Stay tuned for our product review after we have tested both glasses out for a longer stint. Please visit https://gunnar.com/ for more information or to purchase Gunnar’s Blue Light products. Pricing starts at $49.00.
*Direct Quote from Wikipedia
Action cameras have been popular for a while and Go Pro has been one of the most popular brands though it comes with a hefty price tag. Vivitar has created a line of action camera’s that are affordable without missing key camera technology specifications. In fact, Vivitar’s pricing for action cameras starts at $49.99 when Go Pro pricing starts at $199.00. We recently received Vivitar’s DVR917HD 4K Action Cam to do an unboxing and product review. Over the next week I will be taking videos all over Austin with the Vivitar’s DVR917HD 4K Action Cam but in the meantime here is my unboxing video:
As stated in the video the box includes:
- AC power adapter
- Bicycle mount
- HDMI cable
- Helmet mounting kit
- USB cable
- Underwater housing
- Vivitar DVR-917HD
- Wireless remote control
The Vivitar’s DVR917HD 4K Action cam main features include:
- 16 Megapixels
- 2″ color LCD display: Gives you a clear view of the action you’re recording or reviewing.
- Wide-angle lens: Designed for precise image capture.
- MicroSD card slot: Supports microSD and microSDHC.
- HDMI and USB 2.0 interfaces: For high-speed video transfer. USB streaming capability allows the camcorder to function as a webcam.
- Wi-Fi Enabled
- Video Resolution (Recording): 4640 x 3480
- Product Width: 2.6 inches
- Product Height: 2.5 inches
- Product Depth: 1.5 inches
- Product Weight: 0.5 pounds
- microSD and microSDHC memory card compatibility
- Water Resistant with casing
- AC Adapter Compatible
- Removable and Rechargeable Battery
I’m excited to test this out and will try and post live videos on my twitter (@nrpena) and Hi-Tech Chic’s (@HiTechChic) as well. The Vivitar’s DVR917HD 4K Action Cam retails for $79.99 (normally priced at $99.990 at Best Buy: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/vivitar-4k-action-camera-with-remote-black/6060600.p?skuId=6060600. The Vivitar action cameras are available at retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart but not available to purchase from their direct site. To learn more about Vivitar’s action camera product line please visit: http://www.vivitar.com/products/111/digital-imaging/2340/action-cameras.
Source: Vivitar, Go Pro
A couple weeks ago Apple launched their iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™. For over 10 years Apple has had a partnership with the RED™ initiative to support various HIV/AIDS programs. The new (PRODUCT) RED™ iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 is Apple’s latest edition with a sleek red case.
I recently purchased the iPhone 8 plus (PRODUCT) RED edition after debating if I would want that versus the iPhone 8 or iPhone X at the Sprint store for a while. They made it easy for me to figure out what is best and as a business owner the plus was my choice. Embarrassingly I like having the button and I liked the size. I seriously wondered what took me so long to upgrade when they make it so easy at the store. All I had to do is back it up to the “cloud”. Unfortunately, my “cloud” was full so the store staff kindly helped me back it all up while I had a margarita at a local restaurant.
The iPhone 8 plus comes with the iPhone (obviously), EarPods with lighting connector, lightning to 3.5mm jack headphone adapter, lighting to USB cable and USB Power adapter. I was personally impressed that they had a 3.5mm jack adaptor for all us old school smartphone owners.
After transferring data it was time to start reloading my Apps from Apple’s App store. As a long time iPhone customer it was relatively easy and fast to get all my old apps loaded with my settings. What I have enjoyed the most is the audio and display. The EarPods exterior didn’t change much in design however the sound seemed much better than my previous pairs of headphones from Apple.
The battery life has been impeccable and for someone that travels often this is a great feature. Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™ have a long list of features I have yet to fully explore but hope to in the next couple weeks! Below is a very detailed list for both.
iPhone 8 Plus: (Starting at $799.00)
- Retina HD display
- 5.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
- 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
- 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
- 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
- Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
- Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture
- Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
- Portrait mode
- Portrait Lighting (beta)
- True Tone display
- Wide color display (P3)
- 3D Touch
- 625 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
- Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
- Display Zoom
- A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture
- Neural Engine
- Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
- Optical image stabilization
- Six‑element lens
- Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
- Panorama (up to 63MP)
- Sapphire crystal lens cover
- Backside illumination sensor
- Hybrid IR filter
- Autofocus with Focus Pixels
- Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
- Live Photos with stabilization
- Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
- Improved local tone mapping
- Body and face detection
- Exposure control
- Noise reduction
- Auto HDR for photos
- Auto image stabilization
- Burst mode
- Timer mode
- Photo geotagging
- Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG
- 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
- 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
- 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
- Optical image stabilization for video
- Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 8 Plus only)
- Quad-LED True Tone flash
- Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
- Time‑lapse video with stabilization
- Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
- Continuous autofocus video
- Body and face detection
- Noise reduction
- Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
- Playback zoom
- Video geotagging
- Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™ are not more expensive that the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus already launched. See the below monthly and full pricing for both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™.
- 64GB2 at $39.50/mo. or $799.00
- 256GB2 at $45.75/mo. or $949.00
Purchasing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™ helps so many countries struggling with the HIV and AIDS epidemic globally. Here’s how the contribution works:
To shop or purchase the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus limited edition (PRODUCT) RED™ please visit: https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-8.
Source: Apple, PRODUCT) RED™
Snuggly Rascals headphones are made with soft fleece and ultra-flat speakers that are comfortable for kids that comes in a variety of unique characters. Snuggly Rascals headphones features include:
- Size Adjustable; a soft velcro closing allows Snuggly Rascals headphones to fit any kid’s head
- Volume Limited; a maximum of 85dB
- Machine Washable
- Connects to the majority of audio devices, tablets and computers using the 3.5mm audio jack connection.
- Comes in 8 character designs to choose from ranging from a penguin or a giraffe to a monster or a plane.
We received a pair of the Snuggly Rascals Chicken headphones to review even though they are made for children. When I tried them on they surprisingly fit an adult well. The fleece was very soft and though I was concerned how hot it would get for long periods of time it wasn’t that bad. The speakers were light in weight but they did move around a bit when active. Below is the hilarious video of me trying on and wearing the Snuggly Rascals Chicken headphones upside down:
When I removed the speakers from the headband it was pretty easy. I was surprised of the material they were made of which looked like a lightweight velour. When I tested the audio I maxed it out and though it goes a maximum of 85dB the audio was decent. All in all I think the Snuggly Rascals headphones are unique and comfortable headphones for children, even some adults! Below are the retail stores you can buy Snuggly Rascals in the United States:
Every month the Snuggly Rascals company selects one or more children’s charity and donate 10% of the gross profit they make on Snuggly Rascals products. For more details of the charities they work with or to make a donation, please visit their charity page here.
The Sonos PLAYBAR is a two in one home theater soundbar and streaming music speaker for your TV. Consumers now can use with an Amazon Echo or Dot to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations, podcasts and more with the Sonos PLAYBAR. The PLAYBAR streams over Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth which allows the music to never stop. It can play different songs in different rooms or the same song everywhere. The Sonos PLAYBAR syncs wirelessly with SUB and two PLAY:1s for 5.1 surround sound.
The Sonos PLAYBAR works lying flat or wall-mounted. The dimensions while mounted are D x W x H and the measurements are 3.35 x 35.43 x 5.51 in. (85 x 900 x 140 mm). The dimensions while laying flat are H x W x D and the measurements are 3.35 x 35.43 x 5.51 in. (85 x 900 x 140 mm).
When you unbox the Sonos PLAYBAR the box will contain:
- Sonos PLAYBAR
- Power cord
- Flat Ethernet cable
- Optical audio cable
- Sonos QuickStart Guide
- Legal/Warranty information
The setup of the Sonos PLAYBAR took around 10 minutes in all. After unboxing to set up all you need to do is connect the power and the optical audio cable to the TV and it’s set! The Sonos PLAYBAR works with your existing remote and pairing was simple plus pretty cool. Using the app it asks you to point the TV remote at the Sonos PLAYBAR and turn up the volume. The Sonos PLAYBAR automatically detects the remote signal and maps it.
Testing out the sound on the Playbar was amazing. I increased the volume on it to 100 and it was loud enough to shake my China and glasses! I wasn’t even using a sub or other speakers. The Sonos PLAYBAR Audio Specs for the Include:
- Nine Class-D digital amplifiers
- Three tweeters
- Six mid-woofers
- Optical input
- Adjustable bass, treble, and loudness controls
- Autoplay setting
Overall and for only having it for a couple days I am impressed with the setup experience and the audio. If you are looking for a home theater Playbars I strongly suggest checking out the Sonos PLAYBAR.
The ARTIST blue blocking glasses are the only stylish & 3rd party tested low blue light glasses engineered to supports artists in true hue color and crisp clarity. The blue blocking glasses concept came from two guys that spent a bunch of time in front of their computers. Both knew that prolonged exposure to the screens, in the long run, was not good and that is when Spektrum was created.
Spektrum’s ARTIST glasses block the recommended 50% of damaging blue light your eyes are exposed to every time you turn on your computer, iPad, laptop, tablet, cell phone or pc gaming equipment at night.Every pair of the ARTIST glasses are optimized with:
- 100% UVA & 100% UVB light blocking coating
- Anti-Scratch Coating
- Anti-Reflective Coating: to eliminate the eye strain caused by most yellow tinted and cheaply made blue low blue light glasses.
- Anti-Screen Flicker & Anti-Glare Coating: to block out glare, alleviate eye strain & prevent the leading cause of electronics related and PC Gamer headaches.
- Anti-Fog Coating: A micro-thin coating that prevents your glasses from fogging up, regardless of the temperature change.
- Fingerprint Resistant Anti-Oil Coating
Extra added protection of Electromagnetic Ray Blocking Glasses Coating to protect your eyes from eye cancer and cataracts.Spektrum sent me a pair of the ARTIST with the 99% darker yellow lens to test out. It has been interesting adjusting to them while working on my PC all day due to the lenses. The frame has a tortoise shell pattern and are very light in weight, I forgot I was wearing them sometimes. Since I’ve only had the ARTIST glasses for a couple weeks I can’t give you guys the long term effect of their glasses but they look cute on!
The PROSPEK glasses product line represents Spektrum‘s blue light blocking glasses. The ARTIST’s glasses are available in 50% blue light blocking and 99% blue light blocking. The 50% come in a clear lens while the 99% have a darker yellow lens. They retail for $39.95 USD and can be purchased here: https://www.spektrumglasses.com/collections/products/products/artist-50-blue-light-blocking.
Halloween and the holidays are around the corner and instead of using your old decorations why not use digital decorating? ATMOSFX offers a variety of animated, amusement-park-quality scenes and characters that can be viewed on any TV or monitor and it can also be projected on flat surfaces or windows.
ATMOSFX sent me their Digital Decorating Kit with projector, ATMOSFX 3DFX Form, Window Projection Material, and Premium Window Projection Material to review for Hi-Tech Chic. Since they sent me a variety of products to test out I had to do two separate unboxing videos.
The Digital Decorating Kit with projector include:
- Professional mounting tripod
- Remote control (2 AAA batteries not included)
- UL power adapter
- Standard Window Projection Material
- Digital Decorations SD Card with 14 pre-loaded scenes that include:
- Halloween Scenes:
- Seasonal Scenes:
Here is the unboxing video of the Digital Decorating Kit with projector:
The setup of the projector was simple with just inserting the SD Card included with the projector, turn it on and adjust the projector’s focus.
The technical specs for the projector include:
- Display Technology: 4” Single LCD Panel Display
- Color: 16.8 million, 24-bit RGB
- Brightness: 300 ANSI LM (1800 market lumens)
- Lamp: LED 24W
- Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
- Native Resolution: 384,000 Pixels (800 x 480)
- Lamp life: 30,000 hours
- Projection Distance: 3 feet to 20 feet (or .9 meters to 6 meters)
- Projection Size (diagonal): 40” to 180”
- Throw Ratio: 1.37:1
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 16:9
- Keystone Correction: + or – 15 degrees
- Power Supply: 100-240 V
- Power Consumption: 60 W
- Input: USB/SD/HDMI/Composite
- Audio Output: 3.5mm or built-in speakers
- Projection Material: 4’ x 6’ — 86.5” diagonal
The next unboxing was the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit which includes:
- Inflatable 3DFX Form that stands over 5 ½ feet tall
- 3DFX projection fabric shroud
- Two (2) shroud clips
- Foot pump
- Includes a promotional card inside the packaging for a $9.99 credit redeemable on any digital decoration scene (excluding Trick ‘r Treat)
Here is the unboxing video of the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit:
After unboxing I had to pump up the 3DFX inflatable form using the foot pump that is included with the kit. I clearly did not read the instructions and used my hands instead of my foot. Here’s my video showing you how to pump up the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form.
The technical specs for the ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit include:
- Constructed of durable, inflatable vinyl
- Fillable reservoir base
- Security ground tabs
- Premium air fill valves
- Approximately 68” tall
- Approximately 28” wide
The ATMOSFX 3DFX Form Kit retails for $ 59.99 and can be purchased here: https://atmosfx.com/collections/gear/products/atmosfx-3dfx-form.
Both kits I will be reviewing for more than just a couple weeks using Halloween and Holiday images throughout the seasons. The kits are very easy to set up but I need more time to test the projection and 3DFX form in more detail since I haven’t 100% figured it all out. Stay tuned and keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for a full product review and demos during the holiday season.
Dew Puff sent me 3 facial sponges to test out and review. I decided to do a seven day challenge using the Asian Clay Dew Puff natural sponge since it helps stimulate skin cells white absorbing impurities below the pore level plus helps reduce aging.
What is a Dew Puff Konjac Sponge?
Per my previous post the Dew Puff face and body cleansing natural sponges are 100% plant-based cleansing products. Dew Puff has only one ingredient, konjac root, also known as elephant yam or kon-nyaku in Japanese. When hydrated, these natural sponges become exceptionally soft, yet gently exfoliating, while creating a perfect pH balance on the surface of the skin. Regular use brightens and evens your skin tone without irritation.
Following the instructions on the package I put the sponge under running water to get it hydrated and get it soft as it’s originally very hard when you take it out of the package. Below is the video demo showing you how easy it is to get the sponge ready for use.
After hydrating and ringing out the sponge I then began, per the instructions, going in a circle motion on my face with the sponge. You can also use a cleanser with the sponge however since I was doing the 7 day challenge I didn’t use any. Below is the demo of how to use the Asian Clay Dew Puff sponge on your face.
For the past seven days I have been using the Asian Clay Dew Sponge and below are pictures of my face during the seven days after using it. These were taken with no makeup (yikes) besides lip gloss to show my progression throughout the seven days. I took 3 different angles of my face on all 7 days and the bottom right picture of each collage is the end result (day 7).
In conclusion of the seven day challenge, I didn’t see much of a change in my face however I didn’t have any breakouts or skin irritation while using the Asian Clay Dew Puff. Looking back I think seven days is not enough time to see results and is that way with most facial products. I probably should have done a month challenge but in hindsight that would be way too long to test a facial product including taking daily pictures, that would be a bit much. I do like the Asian Clay Dew Puff because it’s easy to use, left my skin feeling clean and it lasts for 3 months before you need to purchase another one.
Source: Dew Puff Konjac Sponge‘s site
I received the Cloud Eye Live Camera recently to review which is the world’s smallest live camera to date at 1.5×1.5×3.5cm and only weighs 20g. The Cloud Eye Live Camera has self-contained WIFI so users can record live at any time & anywhere. The Cloud Eye Live Camera has 2 Megapixel Optical Glass Lens that makes picture recording in High-definition and high-speed. The Point-to-point Connection of the Cloud Eye Live Camera allows users to connect to their phone directly through its self-contained WiFi at a 40m signal range in an open field.
Another interesting feature of the Cloud Eye Live Camera is that it is also a wireless endoscopic vibrator. The vibrator with an endoscopic camera can be used to explore the G-spot or to check your body for the risk of gynecology diseases and understand your own body comprehensively.
When unboxing the Cloud Eye Live Camera users will see the camera and once you pull the tab you will see the charging cable and instructions. Everything seemed easy enough when I read through the instructions but I ran into a few problems.
Per Cloud Eye’s site it takes just one click to upload the app so that you can upload any pictures or videos and publish them on YouTube, Facebook, twitter and other social media immediately. I struggled with this because the App was not working on my iPhone. I downloaded the App and thought I was good to go and then when I went to register to start using the camera I was at a standstill. It was a constant loop of sending me a varication code via email that never would show up. I checked all my inboxes and text and no code was ever sent, therefore I can’t give you guys’ insight on how the camera works at this time.
I believe the Cloud Eye Live Camera is a great concept but it seems to still be in beta mode which means there will be glitches or for me no verification code sent to activate the app. Users of the Cloud Eye can’t use it without the app so this a major fall back of this product.
Hopefully in the near future I will be able to give you a full product review of the Cloud Eye Live Camera once their App issue is fixed.
Dephine the Label sent me some fashion samples to review from their Winter 2017 ARTHROPODA collection. I received the Delphine’s Resilin jumpsuit in black velvet, Elixir top in black and white tweed and the Venom pants. I was very excited to play dress up and try on these new fashions!
Delphine’s Resilin jumpsuit in black is made from soft velvet and features a wide, plunging surplice neckline, with slim straps to accentuate the broad shoulder cut outs, and slightly cropped sleeves. The jumpsuit is tucked at the waist and also features front pockets and straight legs that fall to a flattering 7/8ths length.
When I tried on the Resilin jumpsuit the first thing I noticed is how comfortable it felt. I thought I was going to not like the sleeves but when I put it on my mind changed; loved them! The jumpsuit did fall at 7/8 but I paired it with some stiletto booties so you can’t see that in the picture. What I love about the jumpsuit is you can literally throw it in your bag and pull it out ready to wear with no ironing required. The Resilin jumpsuit is currently $116.14 USD and you can purchase it on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/resilin-jumpsuit-zl014
Delphine’s Elixir sleeveless top in black and white tweed has a high neck with a slight split on either side. It features a light frayed detail at the hem.
I honestly thought “this top is NOT going to look good on me at all” when I first received it. Then I tried it on and it didn’t look bad at all, in fact I liked it!
When I tied it together with the Venom pants it became a very chic look. The Elixir top is $102.68 USD and you can purchase it on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/elixir-top-zl025
Delphine’s Venom pants are a luxurious interpretation of the classic black, slim cut trouser. Made from a soft suede, these pants have a high, tailored waist with slim fitted legs and are cropped above the ankle.
The first thing I noticed about the Venom pants is how incredibly soft they were. The Venom pants were very high wasted and they fell right above my ankle perfectly. The Venom pants are currently priced at $94.72 USD and can be purchased on their site located here: https://store.delphinethelabel.com/product/venom-pants-zl085
After trying on all 3 fashion pieces my favorite was the Venom pants followed by the Resilin jumpsuit. The Venom pants I think are a must have for every woman. It’s a great staple to add to your everyday wardrobe.
Blossoming from the heart of Melbourne in 2015, Delphine connects local street style with global trends for women of the world. With many new collections each season, we will arm you with fresh, unique wardrobe pieces to rely on and treasure. Delphine is a brand that reflects your ambitions. Whether you decide to dress up or style down, our clothes transcend personality, mood, and occasion, allowing room for individual expression and imagination.
Source: Dephine the Label
The Coin Up App is one of the first mobile donation apps approved for Apple’s app store. The Coin Up App allows users to channel their virtual spare change to qualified nonprofits, and see the real impact their donations make for a cause. Users of Coin Up can round up their transactions on any credit or debit card and direct the funds to an organization of their choice on the app – making an impact on the go every month.
Recently Coin Up’s CEO, Leena Patidar, accepted the “2017 Start Up Tech of the Year” Pinnacle Award from Athena San Diego, a prestigious women’s organization supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Patidar is thrilled to be recognized by a group of dynamic women leaders that set the pace of STEM in San Diego. Of course, the 700 members of the audience were encouraged to download the Coin Up mobile donation app (https://www.coinupapp.com/) so they could start steering their virtual pocket change to the numerous non-profits that have partnered with Coin Up, including Athena of San Diego.
“Getting this recognition from Athena was such a powerful affirmation for me and the success of Coin Up,” Patidar said. “I can’t thank the women behind Athena enough. The experience and award help me reflect on the importance of building a company like Coin Up that is authentic and transparent in our giving environment.” As the Coin Up App continues to grow, so does its giving power with almost 150 national and regional charities. Coin Up App users are empowered to make a difference in the world with every purchase, a nickel and dime at a time.
I decided to try it out and see how this new app works that is changing the way we donate to causes. It was pretty simple to find and download for free from the Apple App store. After downloading, I created an account that took seconds to fill out. The next screen is the three step process which includes putting your payment information to register to donate to a specific charity.
After that pick your charity either by category, zip code, or name. Once you’ve picked your charity all you do next is go through the payment process and then your transaction is complete. It’s that easy!
Some of the organizations that have Coined Up include Crescent Moon Foundation, founded by NFL Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon to provide for the educational pursuits of children that are most in need; Hire Heroes USA offering free, expert career coaching and job sourcing to more than a thousand U.S. military members and their spouses each week; Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation improving the care, quality of life, and survival rates of children with malignant diseases; and Heifer International whose mission is to end hunger and poverty around the world.
I think this donation app is genius and very easy to use! I hopeto see the Coin Up App add more charities throughout the year. Download the app today or visit the web app to make YOUR change in the world: https://www.coinupapp.com/.
About Coin Up:
Coin Up is an innovative mobile app that provides a platform for donors to give to their favorite charitable causes effortlessly. Once downloaded and registered, the app will round up everyday purchases made on your credit card or debit card to the nearest dollar and send the “spare change” to the person’s chosen charities each month. The app is free to download and has been designed to help people give to charities they are passionate about, making it easy for their spare change to have a major impact. Coin Up’s mission is to create a society that engages in charitable giving through the convenience of everyday transactions. For more information on Coin Up, visit the site at: https://www.coinupapp.com YOUR CHANGE. YOUR IMPACT @CoinUpApp
Source: Coin Up, Pinnacle Awards
The illumy smart sleep mask is a lightweight smart sleep mask that blocks out unwanted light and provides its own light to trigger your body’s natural responses. Blue tones wake you gently and effectively in the morning before your chosen alarm time, and red-toned light helps you fall asleep at night. These are the same light cues used by NASA to regulate sleep on the space station.
When I unboxed the illumy smart sleep mask I immediately plugged it into my PC and while it was charging I downloaded the Sound Oasis App. Within the app you can set up alarm time, alarm chime, sunrise and sunset preferences plus chose to put it in sleep enhancement mode.
After setting up my sleep preferences I turned on the mask and synced it with my iPhone by using the app. When you first turn on the illumy smart sleep mask there will be a red light indicating it’s turned on. Since I already set up an alarm time and settings the hue inside the mask is similar to a sunset. After I put the mask on the lights inside the mask gradually dimmed and I was ready for my power nap!
For a 20 minute power nap:
- Set the illumy alarm time 30 minutes later than the current time
- Choose a 20 minute sunrise
- Set the sunset to “off”
- Enable or disable the alarm chime
- Sync illumy with the App
- Press the sleep button
- Lay back and relax
The illumy smart sleep mask will slowly wake you up after your nap with a bright blue energizing light.
The illumy smart sleep mask’s full list of features include:
- Built-in Alarm
- illumy contains a wake-up light alarm clock in a sleep mask. Set your alarm time with the free Android, iOS or web App and illumy will wake you up with a brightening sunrise.
- Silent Alarm Setting
- Choose to enable the audible chime alarm or silent alarm. The silent alarm wakes you up with a sunrise simulation that gets brighter as your alarm time approaches.
- Custom Sunset/Sunrise length
- Fall asleep quickly with your choice of 10 to 60 minute long sunset. Wake up to a blue enriched sunrise with a duration of 10 to 60 minutes. You may select the length in the App.
- Sleep Enhance
- Use the advanced Sleep Enhance feature to eliminate distracting thoughts and calm a racing mind using calming sunset pulsations
- In the morning, Sleep Enhance presents an energizing quickening pulsing sunrise
- Home/Away Time Setting
- Perfect for traveling, choose your time zone before you get to your destination. illumy’s internal clock will take care of time zone calculations for you. Choose the time zone of your destination and set your alarm. When you arrive, illumy will be ready to wake you up.
The illumy smart sleep mask comes with a travel case, charger, micro USB charge cable, programming cable, user manual and warranty reply card. The illumy smart sleep mask is currently $149.99 and can be purchased on their site located here.
Source: Sound Oasis
As we kick off summer the endless dilemma is always lack of storage since we are in an age of smartphones taking selfies and videos constantly. I encounter this on the regular since I love taking videos and “live” photos. I had to face up to the reality and find a better solution to extend my storage.
It’s hard to decide which flash key or stick that will fit your personal needs. If you have an iPhone I found the market has more lightening cord wired flash drives than you think. What about the Andriod lover? The three below flash drives are indeed compatible for Android including apps for both. I reviewed the below 3 flash drives and here are my findings.
There is no WiFi needed! What?! No WiFi needed at all to use this product? Per Picture Keeper, Mobile backup solutions in the cloud have a serious limitation and they only work if you have an internet connection. Picture Keeper Connect files are not stored online, you maintain total control of your photos and videos. It also allows users to share photos and videos with family and friends without using a data plan.
Picture Keeper lets users:
- Access to connect anywhere
- Easily transfer files to new devices
- Free up storage space on mobile devices
- Keeps your files and photos in one secure place
- iOS, Android™, Windows® & Mac® compatible
- Comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
- Retails starting at $119.00 and be bought on their site
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a great storage device for iPhone or iPad users that need some extra storage or just a way to backup photos and videos without using the cloud. The drive has both a flexible Lightning connector that works with most cases and a USB 3.0 connector to plug into your Mac computer or PC.
The iXpand Flash Drive features and specs include:
- Automatic Photo Backup
- Encryption software that lets you password-protect files
- Comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacity
- USB 3.0 High-speed Transfers
- Supports popular video formats (.WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV)
- The app makes it easy to manage photos and videos
- Helps free up space on your iPhone or iPad
- Retails starting at $49.00 and can be bought at Best Buy
SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick. SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick lets you stream video or music to as many as three other devices at the same time, or gives you access to all your media. Since the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick can share content with multiple devices at once it’s easy to connect and share with friends mobile devise and stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity.
The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick allows users to wirelessly:
- Access media or transfer large files
- Stream HD videos and music
- Save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device
- iOS and Android compatible using the Connect Drive App
- Storage sizes including: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB or 256GB to choose from.
- Retails starting at $29.99 and you can purchase them at Best Buy.
After testing all three drives the flash drive that works for me personally was the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Its ease of use for my iPhone made storing media easier and quicker.
For more information about SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick or their other products click here. If you are interested in more information about the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive or would like to purchase the SanDisk click here. To check out the Picture Keeper Connect or purchase it click here.
Source: Sandisk, Picture Keeper, Best Buy, Forbes
I received the OWC USB-C Dock to review and did not know what to expect since I haven’t used a dock for my PC in ages! The OWC USB-C Dock features 10 ports complete with five USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, two high-power charging ports and one USB-C port that users can reconnect and charge their devices.
The OWC USB-C Dock also features Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and combo audio ports along with an SD card reader for even more connectivity. The OWC USB-C Dock provides ample power alongside connectivity, delivering 80W of power to users connected devices, including up to 60W to charge their computer.
When I unboxed the OWC USB-C Dock the box included an OWC USB-C Dock, a 0.5 m (18 inches) USB Type-C Cable, External power supply and power cable and user guide. I quickly powered it on and per the directions connected the computer link port to the USB Type C port on my PC.
After that I plugged in my SanDisk that already had over 700 pictures stored and the OWC USB-C Dock brought it up immediately. I was in business in less than 5 minutes! I also challenged myself to see if I had enough plugs and gadgets to fit all the ports. It was obviously a success and not hard filling each port considering the amount of tech products I own.
- OS X 10.10 or later1
- Windows 10 or later (PC or Boot Camp)
- Driver not required for Windows 10 or later (PC or Boot Camp)
- Mac or PC featuring a built-in USB Type-C interface3
- SD Card reader is compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC up to 2TB
- SD Card reader is compatible with UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) up to 70MB/s
- USB 3.0 – OS X 10.10 or later
- Ethernet – OS X 10.10 or later
Available Port Types
- 1 SD Card Slot
- 1 3.5mm Combo Audio Port (microphone or headphones supported)
- 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 Standard-A Ports (2 high-powered charging ports)
- 1 USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Port
- 1 USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Computer Link
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port
- 1 HDMI 1.4b Port4
- Up to 4K/30Hz resolution via HDMI connection
- External UL-listed universal auto-switching power supply
- AC input: 100 ~ 240V, 50/60Hz
- DC output:, 20V 4A
- Adapter plugs for international use sold separately
- Height: 2.8 cm (1.1 inches)
- Width: 9.0 cm (3.5 inches)
- Length: 20.0 cm (7.9 inches)
- 0.4 kg (0.9 lb)
I loved reviewing the OWC USB-C Dock though not as exciting as reviewing audio the extra USB ports, especially when doing products reviews, are a necessity. If you’re looking for a dock for your desk with extra USB ports that is small in size and reasonably priced I suggest checking out the OWC USB-C Dock. You can purchase the OWC USB-C Dock at the below distributors and the pricing starts around $148 depending on which site you purchase it on.
Souce: OWC USB-C Dock
The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick allows users to access media or transfer large files, stream HD videos and music, save and share photos and videos to and from your mobile device. Delivering up to 256GB of extra capacity in a small flash drive.
SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick lets you stream video or music to as many as three other devices at the same time and gives you access to all your media. Since the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick can share content with multiple devices at once it’s easy to connect with friend’s mobile devices and stream music or videos to three smartphones, tablets or computers as long as they’re somewhere in the vicinity.
Also, with the SanDisk Connect app installed on your mobile device, you can upload, download, save, share and play all your stuff from a distance, to and from the device you want to use wirelessly. In fact, while using the app you do not need to even plug the SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick to access files. When I downloaded the SanDisk app it was pretty straight forward and gave me great direction on how to connect.
When you initially get started using the app you must remember to choose it in your WiFi settings or it will not show up. I learned that the hard way.Users can also set the app to automatically copy photos and videos from your camera roll to the drive when the drive is connected to your PC as well. A folder pops up immediately once turned on and plugged in.
Once connected it gives you’re a brief overlook of the app and what it can all do. You can skip over that and just get started if you prefer. I immediately accessed my phone wirelessly pretty quickly and began storing them.
I’m constantly out of storage on several mobile devices and with my Jamaica trip coming up I will not have to worry about storage when taking pictures. This product is perfect for those who are media junkies like myself that love taking and sharing pictures or videos.
The SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick comes in different storage sizes including: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 200GB or 256GB to choose from. It is priced at $249.00 and you can purchase them at Best Buy. For more information about SanDisk Connect™ Wireless Stick or their other products click here.
Source: Sandisk, Best Buy
I received the Picture Keeper Connect recently to do a product review. Picture Keeper Connect offers photo backup solutions for all devices including: smartphones, tablets, and computers. Picture Keeper Connect works anywhere, anytime.There is no WiFi needed and the Picture Keeper Connect is compatible with iOS, Android™, Windows® & Mac®.
The no WiFi feature interested me; how does it work? Per Picture Keeper, mobile backup solutions in the cloud have a serious limitation and they only work if you have an internet connection. Picture Keeper Connect files are not stored online, you maintain total control of your photos. Share photos and videos with your family and friends without using your data plan!
- Access connect anywhere, anytime
- Easily transfer files to new devices
- Easily upgrade to additional storage
- Free up storage space on mobile devices
- Keep your important files and photos in one secure place
- Plug-and-play functionality.
Picture Keeper’s Capability Requirements Include:
- Mobile Requirements: iPhone 5 and Newer (iOS 6+) and Android OTG (Android 3.1+).
- Computer Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, MAC OS 10.5 (and newer) computers.
Picture Keeper is easy to start by simply downloading the free Picture Keeper Connect app. All I did was plug the Picture Keeper Connect drive into my device and I launched the app. You do have to create an account like most apps to get started. Once the app was launched I clicked “Start Backup’” and Picture Keeper Connect download my photos, videos and contacts. At the end I was asked if I wanted my pictures erase and also reminded me to make sure I have duplicate copies of all pictures so I do not loose any in the middle of transitioning them off my iPhone.
The Picture Keeper app also has new features that make it even easier to capture photos or videos. Below is a list of the new features plus details of each feature.
- Greater customization: Create custom gifts and prints with your photos directly from the drive using the free app.
- Emergency features: Simply plug the drive into any phone or smart device for instant access to stored contacts and important phone numbers.
- Increased versatility: View your files on someone else’s phone or share your photos from your computer or phone.
- Time-saving capabilities: View, select, backup, and delete single items or entire albums from the phone or drive.
The Picture Keeper Connect storage sizes come in either 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB. The Picture Keeper Connect can connect to your mobile device via lightening or micro- USB cables. The Picture Keeper Connect starts from $119.99 on their site.
I personally found the Picture Keeper Connect easy to use and love the blue blinking LED light informing users when or when it is not connected. If you are looking for a storage flash drive that is easy to use, inexpensive and relatively small I strongly suggest checking out the Picture Keeper Connect.
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I constantly run out of storage on my iPhone due to industry events and product review photos or videos. I was excited to learn I was going to receive a SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive because I have maxed out my iPhone’s storage.
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a great storage device for iPhone or iPad users that need some extra storage or just a way to backup photos and videos without using the cloud. The drive has both a flexible Lightning connector that works with most cases and a USB 3.0 connector to plug into your Mac computer or PC. The iXpand Flash Drive also includes encryption software that lets you password-protect files, this is a huge plus especially with all the hacking.
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive comes in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacity options. I was lucky enough to get the 128GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to test out. As soon as I unboxed the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive I plugged it directly into my iPhone and immediately received an alert that I needed to get the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive app. It also directed me to the Apple App store so I didn’t have to go searching for an app I had never seen before.
After I downloaded the app I got straight to business setting it up on my iPhone which was not difficult at all. My first line of business was to get all 770 photo’s off my phone and stored to the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. Considering the large amount of video’s and photos I had stored they downloaded pretty quickly to the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive. When the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive was finished loading I simply unplugged it and then plugged it in my PC to get all 770 photo’s finally off my iPhone and on to my PC.
I can not tell you how relieved I am that the sent me the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to review. This is now my new storage solution and maybe even my permanent solution since I have so much storage room! The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive runs between $199.00 – $249.00 depending on storage size and below are the more detailed specs for the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive.
|Dimensions:||13 X 17 X 59mm|
|Operating temperature:||0-35 °C functional|
|Supported Video Formats:||wmv, avi, mkv, mp4, and mov. DRM-protected content cannot be streamed. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions.|
|Compatibility:||Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Chrome OS, Mac OS X v10.8 and higher. See device compatibility.|
|Warranty:||1-year limited warranty7|
|Microsoft® ExFAT Support:||US 128GB and 256GB; Japan 64GB and 128GB|
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MIGHTY MUG is the world’s only mug that grips to your desk when knocked into, but lifts naturally due to their patented Smartgrip Technology.
What is SmartGrip Technology?
SmartGrip Technology is what allows MIGHTY MUG to withstand accidental bumps by gripping down to any smooth, flat surface when knocked into. This technology is genius for all of us who sit at a desk and work all day while enjoying a cold or hot beverage. The combination of any liquid spilling on any electronic device is always bad news, most of us have learned that the hard way. Hopefully you did not power on the device after spillage or you are just doomed!
MIGHTY MUG is powered their Smartgrip Technology help you avoid this problem. Simply place MIGHTY MUG down on your desk and it creates a powerful airlock which allows MIGHTY MUG to resist accidental knocks to help avoid spills. When you lift MIGHTY MUG the pressure is instantly normalized allowing the airlock to release and MIGHTY MUG to lift naturally.
I received 2 different MIGHTY MUGS, the MIGHTY MUG GO in red and the MIGHTY MUG MINI in black, to test out. Both mugs are BPA Free, Car Cup Friendly, and DishWasher Safe. They both also come with a lid vent to let steam out of your MIGHTY MUG.
After I unboxed each I tested the MIGHTY MUG to see what all the hype was about. My first test was with both mugs empty with their lids attached while sitting on granite top surface.
Notice it took a lot of force to take both MIGHTY MUGS down. Considering they were both empty they were lighter and therefore easier to tip over however it still took a lot of force.
Next I tested both MIGHTY MUG filled each with half ice and half water to see the difference in how much force it would take to spill them.
Oddly it was much harder to spill them with content inside them. All and all the MIGHTY MUG did stand up to me forcefully pushing in several directions before ultimately falling. It didn’t happen every time, in fact few and far between. I believe most of the time it was because I was using allot of force to test out how much they could withstand.
MIGHTY MUG GO Travel mug is 16oz and prices at $19.99 while the MIGHTY MUG MINI solo travel mug is 12oz and prices at $16.99. They also bundles with a great barware collection of different MIGHTY MUG like the Pilsners or the Pints that come with 4 MIGHTY MUGS tumblers.
MIGHTY MUG all come with a 100% “Happiness Guarantee” so if your MIGHTY MUG doesn’t work they will replace it for free. For more information on their product line or to purchase a MIGHTY MUG click here.
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BeGlammed has been on the scene for more than two years when it comes to stylist that come to the client instead of the client going to the salon with not much competition. They NOW have competition and they have more offerings than BeGlammed.
Introducing The Glam App, founded by actress/ fashion tastemaker Cara Santana along with longtime friend and celebrity stylist, Joey Maalouf. The Glam App offers hair and make-up like BeGlammed BUT they also offer nail service and hot nail service at that!
The Glam App was pretty easy to get at the App store for IOS and it’s free. After you download the app the first screen will ask you to either sign up or login. After setting up the account it will take you to a screen that shows what cities they currently cover. Unfortunately Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, is not listed in their service area yet.
The next displayed is the screen where you pick out hair, nails, or makeup service. Each service has a variety of unique celebrity like style choices versus BeGlammed that has more of a generalization of services. Currently, BeGlammed hair styling options are Blowout, Dry Style, Styling or Up do while The Glam App is more specific to the exact style like “Bombshell.” This is a plus and minus as with BeGlammed “Dry Style” can be anything from a braid to summer waves which gives you more flexibility while The Glam App is the exact hair style so you know what you get ahead of time. The pricing for hair style services starts at $50.00 similar to BeGlammed.
The Glam App unique hair styles offered currently are: Boobshell, Pin Straight, Beach Waves, Side Swept, Braid, Ballerina Bun, and Half Up. After you choose a style the next screen is picking which type of stylist you want. It can either be BSG, JRS or VIP and below are the descriptions of each type of stylist to choose from.
- BSG: A stylist with a year of experience and/or a graduate of beauty school
- JRS: Any stylist with 2-5 years of experience
- VIP: A sought after stylist that has 5 years or more of experience or excessive callbacks
Unlike BeGlammed, The Glam App offers Nail Service which is a huge plus! How many times do you go to the salon and by the time you pay and get to your car there are already chips and dents? It’s frustrating! The Glam App offers a simple Polish, Manicure, Gel manicure, Acrylic, Hard Gel, Gel Extentions, Fills, Pedicure and Gel Pedicure. Nail service starts at $30.00, what a steal!
Another positive on The Glam App especially for nails is they stay very current on the hot trends so you will always look spot on and ready for the run way or red carpet even if you’re just going to the beach. For instance on their blog I found out about this hot new nail polish, Nails Inc by Alexa Camo, that is trending I would have NEVER known about but The Glam App style team does. Who doesn’t like looking trendier than the rest at a beach or summer party?
The last option on The Glam App is makeup which is key during the summer or any city that is relatively hot. The makeup style options include the Glow, No Make Up Make Up, Blushing Babe, Contour Queen, Statement Lip, Cat Eye, Smokey Eye, and Pop of color. Similar to when booking your hair style you have the option between BSG, JRS or VIP as a stylist. Make up services start at $60.00 while BeGlammed is a whopping $75.00.
Once you create your account with The Glam App you will be able to view previous appointments, rebook a stylist and find a stylist. The one thing that BeGlammed has that The Glam App doesn’t have yet in that section is skin allergies which is a must have now a days.
The Glam App also acts as a virtual agency, allowing stylists to act as freelance artists; making their own hours, building clientele, and managing their schedules and appointments. To apply to be a stylist click here.
All in all this a great app for those whose cities are covered. Unfortunately, Austin, is not covered yet but I’m working on getting them out here before Formula 1 with Justin Timberlake and SXSW 2018! I strongly suggest checking out The Glam App especially if you are a BeGlammed client so you can see the differences of the services each app provides. Maybe you will find both useful OR maybe The Glam App is your personal stylist app of choice. I personally think their nail service is genius and hope to use it one day!