The Ultimate Star Trek Fan

Posted in Star Trek by Tam Yue on July 14th, 2014

Star Trek FanThink you are Star Trek’s number one fan? Watch this video and think again.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyFP_sUEGr4#t=127

 

via Technabob

Brando Wi-Fi microSD Adapter

Posted in Memory by Tam Yue on July 11th, 2014

Brando Wifi Microsd AdapterAll parents face this problem every year. You want to show off your kids playing their sports but your phone just can’t get the good pictures that you can get with your DSLR camera. It is such a pain to go home upload the pictures to your computer and then get them on your phone. Well, the guys are Brando have a solution to wirelessly transfer the pictures from your DSLR to your iOS or Android device.

The Brando Wi-Fi microSD Adapter is a great way to get high quality photos from your DSLR camera to your phone in order to show off those kids of yours, or anything else for that matter.  The adapter can be connected to up to 3 separate devices, so it’s not only you that gets the pictures uploaded to your phone, but also …

Adidas Joins the Wearable Activity Tracker Movement with miCoach

Posted in Adidas by Tam Yue on July 11th, 2014

Adidas miCoachJust when you thought there wouldn’t be another one, Adidas proves you wrong. miCoach is Adidas’ version of a wearable activity tracker. Much like any of the others on the market today it tracks health data such as heart rate, steps walked, and calories burned. The miCoach also has LED lights that change color with the intensity of the workout and is made of a comfortable material that makes it easy to wear for long periods of time.

You can use Adidas miCoach app to set weekly goals and training plans. This new device, Adidas claims, aims to keep the user motivated and to keep up with fitness goals.

Since there are so many other models out there and this one is not cheap, $199, we wonder how this one will do when it is released next month.

Via Ubergizmo

 

ThinkEco smartAC Kit

Posted in Home by Darrin Olson on July 11th, 2014

ThinkEco SmartAC kitThis is a great energy saving tool to have if you have a plug-in air conditioner. The ThinkEco smartAC Kit will help you conserve energy all the while helping you keep cool on these hot Summer days.

The kit comes with a modlet and a remote control/thermostat. You can take the remote control with you to any room of the house, which is a convenient way to keep your location cool. If the AC reaches the room temp that you want the modlet will turn the AC off. If it gets 2 degrees above the set thermostat temperature, the AC will turn on.

Another great feature about this device is the ThinkEco software and smartphone app that are a part of the package. You can adjust the thermostat from anywhere. You can turn it on an hour …

Finally, A Smart Toaster

Posted in Kitchen Gadgets by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2014

Dualit ToasterNothing worse than burning your toast first thing in the morning. One, it’s just annoying. Two, that smell can linger all day long.

Introducing a smarter toaster by Dualit. This toaster has patented Climate Sensing Toasting Cycle technology. What that means is it monitors the temperature of the toaster and what is being toasted so it can compensate for the correct toasting time. It also has a “peek and pop” function which allows you to look at the toast without having to reset the timer.

Other benefits to this toaster are a defrost setting and a bagels and buns settings that toasts one side while it only warms the other side. It comes with a removable crumb tray and a feature that allows you to lift the toasted items higher. So if you have something small in the toaster it is …

Star Wars VII Being Filmed at Frankfurt Airport?

Posted in Star Wars by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2014

Star Wars AirportWho knew????

Jackery Mini Portable Charger for $20 Today

Posted in Portable Chargers by Darrin Olson on July 7th, 2014

Jackery Mini Portable ChargerJackery, maker of portable chargers, has their Jackery Mini on sale on Amazon priced well under the norm and less than competitors for the same type of device.

The Mini is a small device at just a few ounces and just under 4 inches long and an inch thick. It contains a 3200mAh rechargeable batter with a 1A output that will hold it’s charge for when you need it up to 6 months. It works with just about any device that will connect via USB and will give 10 hours of talk or an equivalent of one full charge to your iPhone. It also has a nice LED light indicator to show the level available.

The MOCREO Wireless Portable LED Lamp Bluetooth Speaker

Posted in Bluetooth by Tam Yue on July 3rd, 2014

Mocreo Bluetooth Wireless SpeakerThis is kind of cool, a bluetooth speaker that is a also a LED lamp. This little bit of joy can plug into any standard light socket and provide you light and sound.

The MOCREO Wireless Portable LED Lamp Bluetooth Speaker comes with a remote control and syncs up with your digital music player to play your tunes from any standard lamp. Sounds a little crazy, but you have to admit that it is better than most speakers on your MP3 players.

You can order one (or more) of these on Amazon for $43.98 and it comes in 4 different colors; white, blue, green or pink. Great deal if you ask us.

Via Gageteer

Facebook Apologizes for Study

Posted in Social Media by Tam Yue on July 3rd, 2014

Facebook ExperimentA study that was recently conducted targeting the emotions of Facebook users has caused some backlash.

The study done by Facebook and researchers at UC San Deigo and Yale was conducted through Facebook back in Jan of 2012. The researchers changed the algorithms on over 700,000 users news feeds to see if positive and negative posts could actually changed the emotions of the readers.

What was done basically proved that when everyone in your news feed is happy, it makes you happy. And when everyone in your news feed is sad, it makes you sad. Shocker.

What is not cool about it is that they did it without the users knowledge. People are extremely upset about it, and rightly so. This is like basically having an appointment with a psychologist without your knowledge. But Facebook and the authors of the study are claiming it “was …

Eye Tracking Wheelchair

Posted in Healthcare by Tam Yue on July 3rd, 2014

Eye Tracking WheelchairHere is one of the latest developments in wheelchair technology: the wheel chair you can steer just by looking in the direction you would like to go.

Scientists in London have been working on the technology for severely disabled people who have lost the use of their arms. Most with a severe type of disability are still able to use their eyes to see which is what prompted them to start working on this project. All the wheelchair user will have to do is look in the direction they would like to go.

They are building the computer system to be able to tell the difference in eye movement. For example; the difference between a person just looking around at their environment and the difference of a command such as “I want to go there”.

There are still some problems with the software, …

Netgear Intros Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band Router

Posted in Wi-Fi by Darrin Olson on June 26th, 2014

Netgear Nighthawk RouterNetgear announced their latest in Wi-Fi routers this week at the CE Week New York Event with the Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router. Aside from the cool new Batman-like appearance, the router features 3 bands and increased speeds, but the tri-band isn’t really an extension of the dual-frequency routers we’ve seen, as one might initially think.

The Nighthawk provides one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands, where the 5GHz is actually provided as two separate bands. Newer, faster devices can connect on a higher-speed while older, slower devices can use a slower band and not interfere with others allowing the router to deliver higher speeds. Netgear states the router can deliver up to 3.2 Gbs if you combine all three bands. That would likely be in perfect conditions and circumstances, however the potential is there.

The X6 AC3200 sports six movable …

Microsoft Launches Nokia X2 Running Android

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on June 24th, 2014

Nokia X2 from Microsoft with Android OSNokia announced on Tuesday the release of the Nokia X2 Dual SIM smartphone. The X2 is the successor to the X1 with more power and the intention of delivering a reasonably prices smartphone to the “next billion” people according to Microsoft.

The device will sell for around $135 USD but most interesting is that the device will continue to run the Android OS despite the purchase of Microsoft who themselves have been struggling to keep up with their own operating system in the smartphone market. Microsoft stated that despite the phone having the competing OS, it will have access to some Microsoft services including Skype and the OneDrive cloud storage service.

This move by Microsoft seems counter-intuitive but also can serve as a good opportunity to highlight the differences between the phone OS platform and services that …

Google Glass Available in UK

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on June 23rd, 2014

Google Glass Available in UKGoogle has released their wearable Google Glass product in the UK, making it the second country after the U.S. where someone can pick purchase the device. Despite some concerns with the Department of Transportation over potential distractions by wearers while driving, Google has released the product again targeting developers more than general consumers and requiring the buyer to be 18 or over.

The basic prototype development kit is available for £1,000 from those in the UK through Google’s website. Google Glass was first released in the US in April of 2012 and was initially available to developers, but has generally been released in May of this year in the U.S. for around $1600.

Sony PlayStation TV Coming to the U.S. and Canada

Posted in Playstation TV by Darrin Olson on June 10th, 2014

Sony PlayStation TVSony announced at the 2014 E3 conference the release of the Playstation TV to the U.S. and Canada, but did not provide an exact release date, yet. The Playstation TV is a small media streaming device, not unlike the Apple TV allowing users to stream digital media to a connected TV.

The media device from Sony has already been released in Japan and will allow a user to stream their PS4 to another TV, along with allowing play of Vita, PS1 and PSP games. This would give owners of the Playstation TV access to over 1,000 games.

Beach Vault

Posted in Security by Tam Yue on June 9th, 2014

Beach VaultThis is creative genius.

We have all been to the beach with our bag of precious things; cell phone, camera, purse, wallet. And we worry about these “things” getting ripped off by someone while we are laying there basking in the sun or out in the water.

Bring on the Beach Vault. The Vault is a container that looks like that of a screw, which is actually very important to the functionality of this product. You don’t have to dig a hole, all you do is turn the Vault into the sand and it buries itself. You remove the lid and you can store all of your valuables inside. It is large enough to hold a tablet, two wallets, cell phones, keys and you will still have room left over. And not only that, the Vault is water tight.

Another amazing thing about …