April 22nd has been designated as Earth Day. But taking care of our Earth doesn’t have to happen on only one specific date in a year. This is our planet and Earth Day should be every day! We must care for mother nature so that our future generations can grow and expand to a galaxy far far away. . .
Technology has grown to the point where consumer products actually require more resources to create than ever before. But our planet has a limited supply of those resources. And most of those rare earth minerals are situated in China.
When we were kids, we all learned the importance of recycling. Recycling cans, bottles, and paper so that we can reuse them in other products like pens, toilet paper, etc. But what about electronics that we don’t use any more? Read More →
Remember back in the day when NetZero offered free dial-up service and the only thing you had to suffer through was seeing advertisements? Well NetZero is back to offer free mobile broadband*. Yes, the asterisk is placed there on purpose. So what does that asterisk mean? The free version of NetZero Mobile Broadband is the plan that offers 200MB monthly data. This free plan is only valid for 12 months and cannot be renewed. You cannot go back to the free plan again if you decide to upgrade to the paid plans. You need to either purchase a $49.95 USB modem or the $99.95 Hotspot. Monthly plans range from the free plan to $49.95 Platinum Plan. I just ordered one for myself for emergencies. I opted for the $50 USB modem on the Free Plan. Shipping was $19.95 and tax was $4.89. So it will cost me a total of $74.79 for 12 months of emergency 200MB/month, which is a great deal if you’re stuck without WiFi.
Got a Mac with the new Thunderbolt port? Then Elgato’s Thunderbolt Solid State Drive is the perfect accessory to plug into it. This portable port-powered solid state drive goes at speeds of 270 MB/s. That transfer rate is blazingly fast compared to the slow 35 MB/s that USB 2.0 gives or the 80 MB/s that FireWire 800 provides. There are no moving parts, so it runs totally silent. It comes in either a 120 GB or 240 GB version. Priced at $429.95 and $699.95, respectively, from Elgato.
No matter how great your earphones are, there’s always one flaw that everyone hates – the earphone’s cord. The most annoying part is when the cable flops around or get caught in something while you have the earphones on. Klinggon solves that problem by providing a stable holder to keep the cable from moving around much. The Klinggon comes in 2 pieces: the front piece has a slot for the cable to go through and the back piece that goes behind the clothing. Both pieces have neodymium magnets that keep them attached together through the clothing. It comes in a wide range of colors. Pricing hasn’t been published yet but I think it would be worth it for many people. You can sign up at the Klinggon site to be notified when they are available.
Sony has extended their Walkman product line with the Z Series Mobile Media Player. This Android 2.3 powered Mobile Media Player has a 4.3” touch screen, runs on a dual core mobile processor, has built-in WiFi / Bluetooth, micro HDMI port, and has Sony’s S-Master MX audio technology to deliver a crisp audio experience. It comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, which you can pre-order for $249, $279, and $329, respectively. Currently it only comes in black.
Got a new Mac with the brand new Thunderbolt port but no accessories to connect to it? The only accessories out now for the Thunderbolt port would be the $999 Apple Thunderbolt Display, a Thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor, or those pricey Thunderbolt External Hard Drives. Don’t you just wish you could do more with that Thunderbolt port? That’s where Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock comes in. Announced at CES 2012, this dock packs 3 USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire 800 port, HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet jack, 3.5mm audio jack, and a pair of Thunderbolt ports capable of daisy chaining. This will be something that I’ll definitely get for my Macbook Air 11” which only has 2 lonely USB ports. As much as I would want this, the price of $299 is quite expensive for this dock.
Keyboards have been around for years. They come in different shape, sizes and colors. But what if I want a keyboard that can change functionality depending on which program I have open? Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis is a beautifully engineered keyboard where each key is actually a mini screen. Each key on the Optimus Popularis can be programmed to change functionality and to display whatever you want on that mini key. There’s also a long screen that goes across the keyboard between the function and numeral keys where you can display a custom range of information such as temperature, stocks, CPU usage, etc. Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis is the ultimate keyboard for those that can afford the $1,086 price tag.
As an amateur photographer, I always like carrying around my DSLR camera everywhere I go. At first I used the strap that came with the camera, but that wasn’t comfortable and the strap always got in the way when I lifted the camera up. Then I changed to a sling type strap, but I didn’t like the camera swinging around the hip area since it felt like it was going to swing into something. That’s when I saw a Kickstarter project for the Capture Camera Clip System made by Peak Design. Read More →
Have an awesome stereo speaker system but no way to get your music to it wirelessly? That’s where AirBlue from Kanex comes in. Shaped like a hockey puck, it’s a Bluetooth audio receiver into which you can plug a 3.5mm audio cable. Just pair your iPhone (or any Bluetooth-enabled music player) to AirBlue, and you’ll be able to play your music wirelessly up to 33 feet away. The AirBlue has an internal rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours. AirBlue is priced at $49 direct from Kanex.
Recently, photography has been picking up popularity in both the amateur and professional sectors. As an amateur photographer, I always love to carry my Sony NEX-5 DSLR around with me when I go out exploring NYC or traveling. I wanted a bag that can protect my camera, lens, and accessories and also have room for some other things. The Discovery Large Photo/Laptop Daypack from Tenba looked perfect for me.
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HP has just released an update for their Windows 7 based slate tablet. The newer Slate 2 has a faster Atom processor at 1.5 GHz, Swype input support and 32GB SSD to start. They also changed the backing of their Slate 2 to be flat instead of the diamond style they had in the previous model. Still no integrated stylus slot and you’re still stuck with a disappointing 3 MP rear facing camera. On the upside, HP has lowered the starting price to $699.
Nintendo will be adding a few new features to their 3DS eShop. This November update will include downloadable add-on updates to existing games, limited-play demos, sleep mode downloads and a web based eShop. I’m really excited about the web based eShop. It will be so much easier browsing the increasingly growing number of titles in the eShop versus the endless scrolling and searching on the small 3DS screen. It seems like Nintendo 3DS will be getting lots of updates this November.
Nintendo announced another update for the 3DS. And it’s a pretty impressive update.
1) The 3DS will be able to capture 3D video. You can shoot up to 10 minutes of 3D video at a time.
2) You’ll be able to transfer batches of data from one 3DS to another.
3) Nintendo added stop motion photography.
4) StreetPass will get an update with map feature and also a sequel to the Find Mii game.
5) HuluPlus will be added for those that don’t like the selection in Netflix.
This free update will roll out in November.