Monthly Archives: December 2015

9 Must-Have Gadgets for Your Pregnancy

“Expectant moms are never known for their geekiness, but it doesn’t mean there is no cool hi-tech gadget specially dedicated to them to take care of them as well as their soon-t0-be-born babies. Any of top 9 must-have gadgets for expectant mothers below will not make you want to get pregnant immediately, but will give you an idea of what to buy for yourself if you are pregnant, or what to gift your loved lady if you are not.”

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One of the best parts about having a baby is getting to pick out all those adorable newborn clothes and high-tech baby gear when you’re pregnant. But what about products you can use while the baby is still cookin’? Believe us when we tell you there are plenty of them. From tricked out Fitbit-esque wearables made with expectant moms in mind to devices that monitor your baby’s activity, technology has made now a fantastic time to be pregnant. Here are nine of our favorite gadgets on the market right now for you and your wee one.

1. kickTrak ($5): This handy little gadget is really useful when you are nearing the end of the pregnancy; it can be used to time contractions so you know how close you are to going into labor. It’s also pretty nifty the months prior to that last one ’cause it helps track your baby’s movements in an electronic log.

2. AngelSounds ($32): Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is a moment every parent remembers. Having that assurance that your baby is okay is soothing, and in that moment, it’s like nothing else matters. AngelSounds is a gadget that lets future moms hear their baby’s heartbeat anytime they want, ensuring a peace of mind throughout your pregnancy.

Read more: http://www.brit.co/pregnancy-gadgets/

Top 10 Useful Gadgets for Seniors

“With digital products becoming omnipresent in our society, no one wants to be left behind—especially the elderly. It’s no surprise, then, that an increasing number of elderly consumers are embracing gadgets and electronics, from phones to alarms, that make day-to-day activities more convenient. As the population ages, there will be an increased need for easy-to-use devices and gadgets designed with the senior in mind.”

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For the seniors on your holiday gift list, there is a huge variety of electronic gadgets and gizmos for them to enjoy.  By visiting online shops which feature high and low-tech, you can find plenty of affordable gadgets for loved ones over the age of 65. Here is a list of the top ten gadgets for under $50.

Number 10

Older people have thin skin, literally. Reduce the danger of a grisly accident with a safety lid lifter. Priced around $25, these gadgets attach to lids, lifting them safely.

Number 9

Another handy kitchen device is for those grown-ups having a hard time gripping jar lids. An arthritic hand could do with a break. Provide this break with a $10 to $15 jar opener. It fits around jars of different sizes allowing the user to apply leverage instead of brute strength.

Number 8

Mom thinks the font in the newspaper is too small. Are publishers printing books in smaller type? Spare her from the pain of having to get reading glasses by giving her one of the many magnification gadgets on the market. An ultraviolet LED light brightens the page too. Purchase AAA batteries to go along with them.

Number 7

Mom and dad continue to maintain their own house and vehicle, but you worry they are not keeping track of how inflated (or deflated) the tires are. Answer this problem by supplying a user-friendly digital tire gauge for $20 or less.

Number 6

Your parents adore your children, particularly when they go home. The next best thing to having them around, especially if you live far away, is to have lots of picturs in the house, but photo albums clutter the place. No problem: just buy grandma and grandpa digital photo frames. Prices for these gadgets vary depending on how lavish or large they are.

Read more: http://www.retireathome.com/top-10-useful-gadgets-for-seniors/

Here Are The Dos And Don’ts Of Buying Gadgets Online

“Buying gadgets online may seem to be simple enough; you see something that looks good and so you buy it. However, the vast majority of gadgets are gimmicky at best. Most of them are of low quality and so you can’t expect them to do much for you beyond simply looking cool. Sure, it’s always exciting to have the latest gadgets. But there are few things you need to consider before letting go of your hard-earned cash or swiping your credit card.”

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In-store purchasing of electronics is going the way of the horse and buggy.

Best Buy recently announced the closure of 50 stores and experts are speculating the inevitable demise of the big-box company, thanks to stiff competition from e-retailers like Amazon.

In 2011, Amazon’s revenue rose 69 percent in electronics and general merchandise sales alone, according to the Associated Press. And Circuit City accepted its fate years ago when it closed its brick-and-mortar locations and now operates exclusively online.

Convenience and better prices are the name of the online-purchasing game, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t pitfalls to the practice. Before you invest in your next pricey gadget, consider these do’s and don’ts before clicking “purchase.”

DO Compare Prices
Most people know to consult online prices when shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, but the same diligence should be applied when purchasing something online. Though Amazon offers competitive prices, it behooves you to look at other sites and take advantage of sales and promotions.

DON’T Skip the Promo Code Box
If you notice a space for “coupon code” or “promo code” upon checkout, that means there’s likely a code lurking out there to save you even more. Sites like FreeShipping.orgmake it easy to search for current deals from trusted electronics e-retailers like Tiger Direct.

DO Track Price History
Knowing the price history of an item helps you determine the best time to buy it. The aptly named Decide.com provides a quick “buy” or “wait” recommendation when you enter the product you covet, based on the item’s price history.

DON’T Forget About Open Box
You may think open box items are reserved for physical store locations, but think again. Popular electronics e-retailer Newegg has a page dedicated to open-box items, all guaranteed in quality by the company and available for a fraction of the original price.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/here-are-the-dos-and-donts-of-buying-gadgets-online-2012-3

The future is now: The 10 gadgets that will change your life

“Innovation is moving in quick forward nowadays and the devices that are created continually bring something new and intriguing. You’ll see that in these 10 of the coolest gadgets  in this article for you will definitely change your lifr. Most of them can be bought but there are a few which are in production phase at the moment and should appear soon in stores. For those you just have to wait a little longer.”

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From talking forks and smart clothes — the future of technology as seen through the eyes MIT Media Lab scientist David Rose is about making the computer personal.

Decades after their invention, computers look roughly the same. Though they’re smaller and more portable, we still click, type and stare at flat screens.

But not for long, Rose argues in his new book, “Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and the Internet of Things” (Scribner), which supplies his own research to argue that people desire direct interaction with technology.

“Screens fall short because they don’t improve our relationship with computing,” he writes. “The devices are passive, without personality. The machine sits on idle waiting for your orders.”

Rose believes that we really want magical objects straight out of the Harry Potter universe: “flying carpets, talking mirrors, protective cloaks, animated brooms.”

But in the meantime, we’ll have to settle for talking garbage cans and weather-forecasting umbrellas — both of which (plus eight others listed here) are already at least in prototype phases, if not already on the consumer market:

Read more: http://nypost.com/2014/07/12/10-futuristic-gadgets-that-will-change-your-world/

Why Some of 2014’s Most Intriguing Gadgets Will Never Reach American Stores

“Despite the fact that some gadgets are made by U.S. organizations, or have costs recorded in U.S. dollars on public statements, they’re not coming to U.S. stores soon. But it also complicates life for vendors that aren’t already on the shopping lists of U.S. The ones that are the most attractive have exceedingly stringent prerequisites.”

BARCELONA — Among the hardware on display at the Mobile World Congress show here, I’ve seen the following intriguing items:

• Hewlett-Packard’s giant-screen Slate6 and Slate7 VoiceTab tablets, which come with a generous 250 MB of data a month, for 24 months.

• Lenovo’s S860, an Android phone that can recharge another phonethrough its own USB port.

• A prototype smartphone running Firefox OS that can be sold for $25.

• The ZTE Projector Hotspot, a WiFi router that can share its LTE connection with nearby phones while also recharging them — and project video up to 10 feet away.

• Acer’s Liquid E3, which features a special button on the back to ease taking selfies;

• Blackphone, a privacy-first, Android-based smartphone that comes preset to make your communications anonymous and encrypted.

These diverse devices share one thing in common: Even though some are made by U.S. companies, or have prices listed in U.S. dollars on press releases, they’re not coming to U.S. stores soon. Some, in fact, may never reach the States in quantity unless MWC attendees smuggle them home in their luggage.

This global gathering — last year’s drew more than 72,000 attendees — provides an excellent opportunity to see what’s new in the smartphone world, or at least that portion of it outside of Apple’s orbit. (That company skips events it doesn’t run itself.) But MWC also can’t help but spotlight how different the U.S. market can be from the rest of the world.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/why-some-of-2014s-most-intriguing-gadgets-will-never-77812409289.html

Incredible Gadgets You Would Kill For – 20 Examples

“Once with the arrival of the large number of smartphones and tablets, the gadegts showcase just blasted and individuals are still extremely inspired by it. Some specialists say that the auto industry is suffering (but not only from this fact) because people prefer to buy a new gadget instead of saving money for a car. Anyway, we all are grateful to gadget inventors and we are expecting new and newer gadgets to make the life more commode and pleasant.”

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Gadgets are more unusual and more clever than normal technological objects and that makes them gain popularity. These wonderful gizmos ease our daily routine and keep us in contact with the innovative movement, making sure we don’t get stuck in the past. But of course, in the world of gadgets there are also some devices that take it a little bit far, making us gaze at them with hope that we will get our hands on them sooner.

Window phone concept

Is it a window, is it a phone? No. Actually, it’s Window phone and this is the part where you are saying “Whaaat? What are you talking about?”. The phone is actually a concept with extraordinary features. Surely if this could be actually put into production, it would set a new standard for the term “cool”.

Read more: http://www.designyourway.net/blog/inspiration/incredible-gadgets-you-would-kill-for-20-examples/

Giroptic Is Building The GoPro For Virtual Reality

“Giroptic will be well positioned to sell a camera to millions of potential customers. Compared to other similar cameras, Giroptic stitches the video in real time on the camera. The team has spent years working on 360 imagery for real estate and forensic use cases. The GoPro prosumer angle is pretty recent in comparison.”

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French startup Giroptic just raised $4.5 million for a new kind of action camera. Giroptic looks like a GoPro, but if you look closely, you can notice three different cameras. The egg-shaped 360cam captures everything around you, making it the perfect camera for virtual reality headsets.

Many companies are focusing on making headsets, but creating virtual reality content is an important piece of the VR puzzle as well. Some companies, like CCP Games, are making video games for these headsets. And others, like VideoStitch, are creating software tools to produce 360 videos in real time or in post-production.

Giroptic is an interesting player as the company is producing its own camera as well as an in-house stitching solution. As a reminder, Giroptic also grabbed $1.4 million in a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter backers will receive their cameras in December and January.

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/15/giroptic-is-building-the-gopro-for-virtual-reality/#.lcejyow:olKZ

9 Ways A Smart Home Can Improve Your Life

“The age of those same robots and whimsical inventions is now upon us. From smartphones to smart watches, to a socially networked kitchen, all kinds of gadgets and appliances that do our work for us can either be purchased now or very soon.No longer a futuristic dream, these devices can actually help you out. They provide information that helps you save money on utility bills, alert you to problems you might not know about and let you take control of your home even when you’re away. Let’s take a look at some of these appliances and gadgets available today.”

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Your phone is smart. Your kids are smart. Your home should be smart, too.
Now it can be.

Here are nine ways that a smart home can protect your family and property, save you money, and make you feel like a superhero by giving you powers you’ve only dreamed of.

#1. You Can Lock & Unlock Doors With Your Mind

We think that doors should do more than just sit there on their dumb metal hinges. So we did something about it.

In a smart home, your door automatically unlocks when you approach, and locks behind you when you leave. (Feel free to put your keys in the same place where you put your VCR.) You also never have to wait around for service providers, leave keys under the mat, or hand out spares to your neighbors, because you can lock or unlock your door to let other people in with a simple tap of a button in the free SmartThings app for iOS or Android–wherever you are.

What you need:
• A SmartThings Hub
• A smart lock

How it works:
Since all smartphones have GPS sensing built in to them, all you need to do is to select your home location using the SmartThings app, install a smart lock, and… that’s it: no need to fumble around for keys when you’re carrying groceries or kids, because your door will automatically unlock or lock whenever you come and go from the area you’ve defined as “home.”

Read more: http://blog.smartthings.com/news/roundups/9-ways-a-smart-home-can-improve-your-life/

9 ways your smartphone is making you less productive

“Attempting to do numerous things without a moment’s delay doesn’t make you more productive, it just makes you terrible at all of those things. You don’t even need to be utilizing your phone for it to influence your productivity. The mere presence of your smartphone is distracting.”

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Photo by http://www.greenbot.com/

Smartphones are awesome. Always having the Internet in the palm of your hand is fabulous, and being constantly connected to your peers and co-workers makes you super-productive, right?

If anything, your smartphone is a huge distraction that stands between you and actually getting work done. Before you can even think about sitting down and being productive, you’ll first need to play a few games, shoot off some emails, check you friends’ Facebook Timelines…and then the second you decide to start working, you’ll get 56 push notifications from Twitter, Instagram, and Clash of Clans.

Your smartphone definitely makes you less productive. Here’s why.

You’re always working

You might think that being able to fire off work emails in the middle of the night makes you extra productive, but you’re wrong. Being constantly connected to work makes you less productive during the work day; after all, if you don’t finish a task at the office, no worries, you can just do it on your phone later…

You can’t sleep

Science says that the bluish light from smartphone screens interferes with your ability to get a good night’s sleep. That’s right. Your phone actually makes you less productive…at sleeping.

Read more: http://www.greenbot.com/article/2940536/9-ways-your-smartphone-is-making-you-less-productive.html

Your old phone is probably better at taking calls than your flashy modern smartphone

“Why are many individuals coming back to the mobile phones? The smaller, more pocket-accommodating size, the battery that keeps going one to two weeks, and, in case you’re not meticulous, alternatives that can even now be purchased at a little cost.  A significant number of you may at present have maybe a couple of these more seasoned telephones kicking around in a drawer some place.  Now might be the time to sell it or perhaps even start using it again.”

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Photo by http://home.bt.com/

Smartphones can do so much these days, whether it’s downloading apps or taking photographs, but a study has found that our fancy, modern handsets are actually not as good as old mobile phones in one crucial area.

According to research commissioned by Ofcom, budget handsets and mobiles from a decade ago are actually better at picking up weaker signals than luxury smartphones.

The study was carried out on a selection of smartphones and non-smartphones currently available to buy, showing that the basic handsets had better signal performance than their flashier counterparts.

Read more:  http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/tech-news/your-old-phone-is-possibly-better-at-taking-calls-than-your-flashy-modern-smartphone-11364025842440