Over 10 months ago I wrote a review of the Ego-T e-cigarette and 10 months later the article is still getting on average of around 100 hits per day. Is this a sign perhaps that e-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular? For me it’s now over 12 months of vaping. Am I still using the Ego-T? Did I go back to the evil smokes? Read on.
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Well the Force isn’t strong with me, that’s for sure. I’d been umming and aahing for a while now and just last week I purchased a Fitbit Flex to keep track of how far I walk each day. Of course a week later Fitbit releases their Fitbit Force (I’d seen new items about it but wasn’t sure when it’d be released). With the addition of an OLED screen that can be used to display your statistics as well as the time and an altimeter for “stairs climbed”, the Force addresses two of the major “shortcomings” referred to in most Flex reviews. In addition, an upcoming feature will be call notifications from your smartphone.
Priced slightly higher than the Flex at $129.95, the Force is available to order now from the Fitbit online store.
With the plethora of POV action cameras on the market these days, it’s hard to keep ahead of the competition. GoPro, the defacto standard in the industry, has just released their GoPro Hero3+ Black and Silver line of cameras. The new Black Edition is 20% smaller and lighter, has 30% longer battery life, better audio, and has 4X faster built in WiFi compared with its current Hero3 counterpart. Of course, none of this is any good without good image quality, and the Black Edition now includes a sharper lens, a new Superview immersive wide-angle mode, and auto low-light mode that intelligently adjusts the frame rate during low-light performance.
Along with the cameras, GoPro has also released a whole new range of mounting options.
Pricing starts at $299.99 for the Hero3+ Silver Edition, with the Black Edition (available in a “normal” and surf edition) at $399.99
Having given up the cigarettes for almost 10 months now and feeling heaps fitter, I decided it was time for me to step up my fitness. What started as walking to the bus stop just outside the house, turned into walking about 2 kilometres to another bus route, which turned into walking the whole 5 kilometre walk to work each day. The trouble is I live at around 250 metres above sea level, and there’s a set of steps going down that were playing havoc with me old knees. What’s the solution? Buy a bike Now it’s just coming into Winter down here, so sunset is around 4:40pm, so I have to ride home from work in the dark and lights are a necessity. Enter Knog, a collection of bicycle-related products designed by industrial design company Catalyst based in Melbourne, Australia. (Just like the US Gadgeteers, I love promoting local companies ) Knog was good enough to send me a Blinder 4 Standard and Blinder 4V for the front and rear of my bike.
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All the other team members are showing off their wares, so suppose I’d better join the herd. Problem is I actually have more than one EDC bag depending on things like day of the week, mode of transport, and destination. Things just seem to move in and out of different bags. I’ve just grabbed what’s in my currently most-packed work bag, as it’s probably the most representative.
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Sometimes you really don’t want to be tethered by wire to your phone or MP3 player, and these days Bluetooth speakers and headphones are commonplace. Satechi was good enough to send us a pair of the BT Lite Headphones to review. Now I’m used to being “Wired for Sound”, and I figured surely being wireless has to be a good thing. How do they sound and compare to my normal in-ear Sony’s? Read on.
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When you need to travel with a clean shirt or suit – whether it be by bike, walking or airplane – the big problem is keeping your clothes neat and pressed. Whether I’ve folded them into a carry bag or put them into a traditional suit bag, my first job when I get to my destination is to see exactly how neat my shirts are and whether I need to re-iron them. (And ironing’s not my favourite job when I’m at home, let alone I’m away on a holiday or business trip and have just got into a hotel.) Additionally in an effort to get a bit healthier, I’ve been riding my bicycle to work recently. It’s not a long ride, but the last thing I want to do is end up at work and have to go and see a client with sweat stains (either current or old) on my shirt or grease stains on my trousers. I’ve found a clothes-carrying solution, called the Wingman, which was designed right here in my home town of Hobart, Tasmania, by the Henty company. How well does it work? Read on.
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Let’s face it we live in a disposable age, phones have a desirable life span of less than 2 years, printer ink costs more than a new printer, things break within the first couple of years, and we just go and replace them.
A true Gadgeteer covets the latest and greatest, but in the “old days”, things were built to last and last. I was thinking it’d be interesting to see what gadgets people still use from the “days of yore”.
Here’s my Gillette shell-pattern Pocket Edition razor from around 1914 . You can keep your 10 blade, battery-operated vibrating, sonic razor. There’s something special about shaving with an old double edge (DE) razor. The brush is a Kent KS7 from around 1949, and it’s made of catalin, an unstable, pre-plastic material. This brush started ivory white, but some reaction in the material has turned it this lovely butterscotch colour. I did have to replace the badger hair knot in it for looks, functionality, and hygiene.
What’s your oldest gadget that still sees use today ? Doesn’t have to be electronic, because believe it or not, there were days before electronics.
Amazon has just released a new firmware 5.3.4 for their Kindle Paperwhite. Like the previous firmware upgrade, there’s actually no change log attached advising any details You can wait to wirelessly receive the upgrade or manually download and install it right now.
I felt it was time for a quick followup on my original Joyetech e-cigarette review. I’ve now been almost six months cigarette-free, that’s approximately 4500 cigarettes I haven’t smoked! So no 4000+ nasty chemicals, a huge saving in money, my taste has returned, I’m feeling way healthier and my clothes (and I) don’t stink ! I’ve reduced my nicotine e-juice from 1.8% to 0.3% and about to reduce it either 0.1% or zero. In my original article I mentioned that if you got into mods, then it could be a dark and deep rabbit hole. Luckily, I haven’t gone too far in. Many vapers will spend $200+ on a single battery mod, but I’ve managed to limit myself to cheaper Chinese mods. What’s available to you? Read on……
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POV cameras are great, but one of the weak spots tends to be the mounting hardware. The Video Head Camera Helmet is perfect for sports like bike riding, skate board and similar, where this sort of helmet is appropriate. The built-in camera has a positional camera lens, and controls are built into the side of the helmet. A low-res 30fps VGA model will sell for $55, while higher specced 30fps/720P and 60fps/1080P helmets will be available for $120 and $200 respectively. Available in Spring 2013.
Carrying cash and worried about pickpockets? Need to smuggle that micro-fiche past those foreign border guards? (oops micro-fiche… am I showing my age?) The Smuggler’s Belt from Barrett Alley may be your friend. It’s made of 10 oz (4 mm) US vegetable-tanned cowhide, 1.25″ (3 cm) wide and hand-cut and sewn in Texas and has an individually hand-forged iron buckle. Each is signed and numbered and has a lifetime guarantee. The hidden pocket measures 3 cm x 9 cm (1″ x 3.5″) and can only be accessed when the belt is removed.
Because each belt is handmade, you can be assured of a perfect fit, though I’m not sure how much money you’ll have left to put in the belt since the cost is $245.