2017-01-23T15:44:07ZThe Reliefband is a wearable technology that has been FDA cleared and clinically proven to treat nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, pregnancy, and virtual reality gaming all without the need for medication. This anti-nausea device sells for $94.99 and a tube of replacement gel sells for $14.99 on the company’s website. Author’s Note: This review was written by... The post Nausea Relief Is on the Way with the Reliefband originally appeared on . The Reliefband is a wearable technology that has been FDA cleared and clinically proven to treat nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, pregnancy, and virtual reality gaming all without the need for medication. This anti-nausea device sells for $94.99 and a tube of replacement gel sells for $14.99 on the company’s website. Author’s Note: This review was written by my wife, Stacey, and it is from her perspective; I do not write in the third person, and I do not suffer from morning sickness. I never experienced the glow of pregnancy. I never experienced the fun in being able to send my husband out to get me a milkshake at 2am, because “the baby wanted one.” I never experienced the excitement of pigging out at the Chinese buffet since I was “eating for two.” What I have experienced was the dark side of pregnancy: food aversions, extreme exhaustion, and the almost unbearable 24/7 “morning” sickness. The anti-nausea medication helped me survive the day, but it always left me feeling unsettled. I hated thinking about what this drug could be doing to my unborn child. When Perry told me that I could review the Reliefband, a new watch-like device that was supposed to relieve nausea, I knew I needed to try it. How it Works We knew we were going to try to get pregnant with our second child and we also knew that the awful morning sickness would shortly follow. This time, however, I felt ready to tackle it without medication since I had the Reliefband. According to the Reliefband’s website, Reliefband is, “clinically proven, FDA cleared wearable technology for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, morning sickness, and VR gaming.” It works by sending pulses down the median nerve (on the inside of your wrist) all the way to the “nausea control center” of your brain. The pulses are supposed to interfere with the signals between the brain and the stomach that cause nausea and ultimately, restore gastric rhythm and eliminate nausea. The Reliefband is supposed to help with nausea related to automobiles, trains, cruises, virtual reality, vertigo, pregnancy, airplanes, boating, and amusement park rides. This review will focus solely on my experience with the Reliefband in the first trimester of my pregnancy. The underside of the Reliefband The Fit When I first saw Reliefband, I was surprised by its size. It has a face that is larger than my watch and since I have small wrists, it felt somewhat cumbersome to wear. The first step in using the Reliefband is to rub a small amount of conductivity gel onto the area where you will be wearing the band. Reliefband recommends that the gel is reapplied every 2-3 hours. Then, you need to properly situate the band on your wrist so that the metal conductors pulse down the median nerve. This part caused me lots of trouble. If I moved the band too far to one side, I couldn’t feel anything. If I moved it too far to the other side, my finger would either spasm or tighten so that I couldn’t move it. The directions stated to move around the band until you feel tingling in your palm or middle finger, but I was never quite able to achieve the perfect spot. Also, because the face is so large, I had trouble keeping it comfortably stable in one location. If I made the band tight to keep it in place, then the band would begin to hurt. If I loosened the band, then I would constantly need to readjust the face. My other issue with the size of the band was that it was definitely not easy to conceal. Most morning sickne[...]
2017-01-23T18:25:35ZParacable manufactures high-quality charging cables, including Lightning and MicroUSB varieties. The cables are wrapped in 32-strand paracord, which provides excellent durability and strength and all Lightning cables are Apple MFi Certified, so you know they’ll work. If you don’t love it, Paracables will give you your money back within 30 days. Get your Paracable now, starting at $15.95. Paracable is... The post Paracable Offers Beautiful Charging Cables That Will Last a Lifetime originally appeared on . Paracable manufactures high-quality charging cables, including Lightning and MicroUSB varieties. The cables are wrapped in 32-strand paracord, which provides excellent durability and strength and all Lightning cables are Apple MFi Certified, so you know they’ll work. If you don’t love it, Paracables will give you your money back within 30 days. Get your Paracable now, starting at $15.95. Paracable is obsessed with charging cables, as they make one thing and one thing only. The company began because the founder adopted a kitten whose sharp teeth eventually ruined around $80 worth of Apple charging cables. From this necessity, Paracable was born. The Paracable charging cables are incredibly stylish on the exterior with multi-colored paracord braided in fun patterns and colors. Beneath the eye-catching interior, the Paracable charging cables are incredibly durable. They’re wrapped with a flexible polymer jacket, then wrapped with a durable copper mesh, and then wrapped with EMF shielding, before you get to the cables inside. The cables are made up with 28 AWG (American wire gauge) data cables and 21 AWG power cables. Paracable’s charging cables will quickly charge your devices. They have 2+ Amps of available charging capacity and the MicroUSB cables are Qualcomm Quick Charge compatible. As mentioned earlier, Paracables are made in two varieties: MicroUSB and Lighting cable for Apple products. Each variety is available in a number of different styles, including: Glacier, Continuum, 1.21 Giggawatts, Gecko, Matrix, and Magma. The MicroUSB cables are available in 3.2 feet and 5 feet lengths, which will run $17.95 and $15.95 respectively, while the Lighting cables are only available in 5 feet lengths for $23.95. Paracables will also refund your purchase if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase within 30 days and they also offer a hassle free 1 year warranty if anything happens to your charging cable. I’ve found the Paracables to be extremely high quality, as they’re tough and not easy to break. I twisted them and tried stretching them, and still they charge like a dream. If you’re looking for a cable that will last a lifetime, you’ve found your charging cable. My ONLY critique is that since they’re so durable, they aren’t easy to bend and are therefore stiffer than most charging cables. You can buy yours today at Paracable.com. Source: The Paracable Charging Cables were manufacturer provided review samples. What I Like: Durable; Beautiful designs; High-quality; Fast Charging; Works without issue. What Needs Improvement: Slightly stiff as compared to lower-quality charging cables. The post Paracable Offers Beautiful Charging Cables That Will Last a Lifetime originally appeared on . [...]
2017-01-22T17:41:49ZAs a guitar player, I’ve been aware of the quality of Marshall products for most of my life. The fact that they are not just a guitar amp company, but they also make speakers and headphones is great. I recently received the $199 Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones to review. The styling is cool as heck, but what about the sound? ... The post Marshall Mid Headphones Bring Big Sound with Style originally appeared on . As a guitar player, I’ve been aware of the quality of Marshall products for most of my life. The fact that they are not just a guitar amp company, but they also make speakers and headphones is great. I recently received the $199 Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphones to review. The styling is cool as heck, but what about the sound? The Marshall Mids are premium, over the ear Bluetooth headphones with the ability to answer calls. With 30 hours of play time on a full charge and 40mm dynamic drivers, they promise great sound while being wireless for a long period of time. They styling is classic Marshall with the company name in script on each side with black vinyl and brass details. As someone who has always dreamed of owning a Marshall stack guitar amp, this thing is pretty rock and roll. The build quality of the Mid is second to none. These things just feel well made. Marshall took care of every detail to make a comfortable and attractive headphone. I love the simplicity of the look even though they were able to include a ton of features. They fold up for easy storage and carry as you can see in the second photo. I would have liked some sort of case or carry bag to have been included. The headband is padded and comfortable, and the earphones fit nicely without any ear fatigue. At first glance, I thought the earphones looked rather small, but they cover my ears nicely and block out ambient noises while listening. I connected the Bluetooth easily to my tablet, and I immediately began listening to music. When I look at headphones, I listen to a variety of music and spoken word to listen for any weaknesses. Here is my playlist for this review: Chris Pierce, Will You Be My Army Metallica, Call Of Ktulu Drake, Legend Prophets and Outlaws, Soul Shop The sound honestly blew me away. I did not know music could be this clear over Bluetooth. Of course with the over the ear design, there is much more to work with, but at any rate, the Mid sounds amazing. The highs are crisp and clean, the mids and vocals are super clear and have just the right amount of drive, and the bass is deep and full. There were no problems with distortion, and every instrument could be picked out just as the artist intended. I do not usually use headphones for super long periods of time, but I have been listening to these all day. Not only do they sound fantastic, the battery just keeps going. The package includes a micro-USB charging cable as well as a 3.5mm cord that allows for them to be used plugged in if you run out of battery. I found the sound to be the same either way. I also love that the aux cord looks like a guitar cord. Of course, I am a guitar player, so that kind of detail brings more cool factor. Another great feature is the ability to plug in another pair of headphones into the same plug to share your music. I can see my athletes loving this option on long bus trips to games. All of the controls are adjusted with the brass button on the left earphone. While listening to music, press the button to pause and play. Push the button up for volume up and down for volume down. Forward and back advances the tracks accordingly. To answer and end a call, simply press the button. The controls are intuitive, and I experienced no lag. I love that all features are available with a simple brass button. With cool styling and great sound, the Marshall Mid are for sure a winner. There is something special about well designed devices where the company takes care of every detail. The build quality is awesome, and I can see these headphones lasting a long time. No matter the genr[...]
2017-01-21T22:06:11ZPolaroid’s Remote-Controlled EyeBall Head is a hands-free way to get great panorama shots with your smart phone, GoPro, or digital camera. The rechargeable EyeBall Head turns smoothly, without any shake or distortion of the picture. Using the included remote, you can adjust the speed and degree of rotation. You can get yours on Amazon, for $49.99. The Polaroid EyeBall Head... The post Polaroid’s Remote-Controlled EyeBall Head is a Great Tool for Photographers originally appeared on . Polaroid’s Remote-Controlled EyeBall Head is a hands-free way to get great panorama shots with your smart phone, GoPro, or digital camera. The rechargeable EyeBall Head turns smoothly, without any shake or distortion of the picture. Using the included remote, you can adjust the speed and degree of rotation. You can get yours on Amazon, for $49.99. The Polaroid EyeBall Head is a great solution for anyone that’s looking to get a great photograph or video, because it’s reconfigurable. You can use your smartphone, with the included friction grip head. You can use your GoPro, with the included GoPro attachment. Or, you can use your digital camera, with the included ¼” screw attachment. You can also raise the EyeBall Head off the ground with your own standard tripod, as the EyeBall head also has a ¼” screw attachment on its underside. The EyeBall Head features easy flip-out legs that allow it to quickly and easily stabilize itself. The flip-out legs also allow the EyeBall Head to become very small so it’s easy to carry around with you. The EyeBall Head also comes with a velour carrying case to protect your investment. The EyeBall Head is rechargeable with a microUSB cable, included in the package, and the battery will last for up to 3-hours of continuous use. The included remote control takes standard watch-style batteries and has a number of features, including: Power on/off Speed up/down Rotation direction (Clockwise/counter-clockwise) Shutter control 10 second interval button While Polaroid’s EyeBall Head is extremely functional and will help you take great photos, the mounting and aiming of the camera does not appear to be too adjustable. The EyeBall Head allows the camera to be rotated, however there is no option to be able to tilt the camera up or down. If you’re using a tripod, however, you’ll be able to do this on your tripod. If you’re looking for an easy way to take great panoramic shots, you should check out the Polaroid EyeBall Head. It’s a great portable tool for photographers and videographers alike and it’s very easy to use. You can buy yours on Amazon, today. Source: The Polaroid EyeBall Head was a manufacturer provided review sample. What I Like: Small size; Rechargeable; Easy-to-use; Compatible with multiple camera types. What Needs Improvement: No built-in tilt functionality. The post Polaroid’s Remote-Controlled EyeBall Head is a Great Tool for Photographers originally appeared on . [...]
2017-01-23T18:25:37ZFor a time, it seemed as if every external battery was alike; they all had some sort of housing, a charging port to power up the battery and one or two ports into which a device cable could be plugged. Over time we saw variations including having a built-in flashlight but, for the most part, they were all variations on... The post The Nomad 9000mAh PowerPack External Battery Is Ready for the Future originally appeared on . For a time, it seemed as if every external battery was alike; they all had some sort of housing, a charging port to power up the battery and one or two ports into which a device cable could be plugged. Over time we saw variations including having a built-in flashlight but, for the most part, they were all variations on a theme. Not so the Nomad PowerPack External Battery; this is a battery pack that stands on, and stands out, on its own. At $99.95 MSRP the PowerPack is priced as a premium product but when you take all its features into consideration that pricing seems pretty well justified. It is a rugged external battery that is designed to endure the rigors of travel, charge devices quickly, works with all devices including those equipped with USB-C and has a little something special thrown into the mix too! That special sauce comes in the form of a Tile-based tracking system. And while that didn’t make a lot of sense to me initially, the more I thought about it, the more I love the idea. We’ll come back to that in a bit. We built the first of its kind rugged, trackable and yes, powerful, portable power pack. PowerPack is an advanced 9000mAh backup battery with integrated Bluetooth tracking, located with Tile®, and contains high powered USB C and A ports. The Design All external batteries are made the same way right? Wrong. Many external batteries are simply wrapped in some sort of a shell. It can be black or blue, yellow or white but it’s simply a shell to house the battery and the electronics. That’s not the case with the Nomad PowerPack. As Nomad notes, when they set out to design a new product that starts from the core of that product and work out… or in. In the case of an external battery that means the housing or, as they refer to it, the chassis. That led them to make the casing from a durable, polycarbonate frame with an added rugged TPU rubber exterior to ensure impact resistance. Here’s how they explain it: We took manufacturing processes found in leading, drop-resistant, dual-material iPhone cases and comprised PowerPack’s shell out of a durable, polycarbonate frame. We added a rugged TPU rubber exterior for military-grade impact-resistance. We then looked to time-tested woodworking techniques and adopted one of the strongest building methods in use for millennia- the renowned mortise and tenon joint. This detail and precision at the core level creates a rugged product that’s designed to thoroughly withstand wear and tear, through nature’s elements and all of your adventures. The result is a battery that feels solid, is surprisingly dense and heavy and has a nice, grippy rubber shall that makes it easy to hold and, in the process, adds a level of impact-resistance that those with butter-fingers will appreciate. It is super-solid and there is no give, creakiness or flimsiness to be found. The Nomad name is embossed on the top in a manner that is subtle yet clearly present. On the business end, there are several ports and indicator lights. Technology On the left is a fast-charging 3.0A USB-C port for charging the battery. (Nomad includes a USB to USB-C cable with the battery so those who are new to USB-C will not find themselves at a loss when it comes to recharging the battery.) It may seem odd that Nomad opted to use a UCB-C charging port but it makes sense on a number of levels. First, the 3.0A USB-C port guarantees the ability to charge the battery quickly. Second, considering USB-C is clearly the future, taking this approach future-proofed[...]
So, who’s excited for Lego Batman? Apparently, Chevy is, since for a cool $48,000,000, they’re listing the all-new Lego Batmobile on their site. They even gave it their usual focus group testing: The whole landing site is really an excellent marriage of car and movie marketing, with lots of winks to the movies but also played as a deadpan legitimate site....
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So, who’s excited for Lego Batman? Apparently, Chevy is, since for a cool $48,000,000, they’re listing the all-new Lego Batmobile on their site. They even gave it their usual focus group testing:
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The whole landing site is really an excellent marriage of car and movie marketing, with lots of winks to the movies but also played as a deadpan legitimate site. My favorite is the car comparison chart, but the whole site is great! Now all we need is the release of Lego Batman…
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2017-01-18T17:04:52ZI recently interviewed Jonathan Levine, the founder and CEO of the New York-based premium audio brand Master & Dynamic, about his company and their products. We’ve become big fans of the brand since their 2014 launch, and it was winderful to have a moment to talk to Jonathan about the company. Gear Diary: Some of our readers may see prices of $300 and up for... The post An Interview with Jonathan Levine, CEO and Founder of Master & Dynamic originally appeared on . I recently interviewed Jonathan Levine, the founder and CEO of the New York-based premium audio brand Master & Dynamic, about his company and their products. We’ve become big fans of the brand since their 2014 launch, and it was winderful to have a moment to talk to Jonathan about the company. The Master & Dynamic MH30 headphones retail for $329 Gear Diary: Some of our readers may see prices of $300 and up for a pair of on-ear or over-ear headphones as a bit intimidating. What would you say to encourage those who are on the fence to go ahead and invest in a premium pair of headphones? Jonathan Levine: I’ll never forget this; I met with someone at the 2015 CES, and they asked the question, “do you think that you are building headphones of such quality and durability that it might impact your sales?” I had never thought about it like that — we just build great quality headphones. I’m not trying to create a headphone ecosystem where they need to be replaced in a year or two. In a world where so many products need to be replaced because their tech is outdated every six months, nothing pleases me more than making headphones that last and last, that are durable — the worst case being that their materials might develop a patina. There are a lot of choices below our price point, but I think people will be pleased with the quality and longevity of our products. Gear Diary: Master & Dynamic is known for their “focus on great design, luxury materials, amazing craftsmanship, and uncompromising performance, comfort, and sound.” I appreciate that you all use leather on your earcups versus faux leather and its variants, but what made you go with leather over a different material such as suede. Was it a touch thing? Or was it something else? Master & Dynamic MH40 with Alcantara headphones retail for $399 Jonathan: Leather was always the “go-to” for me — I never thought of using pleather or anything else. We use lambskin because it is durable and great for acoustics. With that said, we do offer some headphones with Alcantara, a vegan cloth that feels almost like suede; it feels fantastic, and it’s on both the ear cups and the headbands of those headphones. Right now it is only offered on the MH30 and MH40, but we will be launching it on the MW50 and MW60 headphones as well. Master & Dynamic MW50 headphones retail for $449 Gear Diary: Do you have any plans for incorporating an app or any functionality with third parties such as Alexa, Spotify, and other popular media apps? Jonathan: The short answer is no. I think we are really more focused on the hardware and the technology in the hardware. I think that there was a time when companies thought they had to have their own apps, perhaps for vanity, who knows, but I look at my own life — I have three dozen apps on my phone, but I might actually only use two or three. We just try to simplify things and let people use what they want. Master & Dynamics MW60 headphones retail for $549 Gear Diary: The fact that the MW60 headphones are wireless is awesome. But for users who enjoy being plugged into their devices or who want to continue using their headphones after the battery dies (but they don’t have 3.5mm jacks), are there plans to add cables for Lightning or USB-C for an additional fee? Jonathan: That answer is yes — whether it be[...]
2017-01-18T16:46:17ZStreaming video is where everyone wants to be, and the newest entry is a modern take on portraying a hungry zombie, desperate to return to its old life and consuming the living as a poor substitute for true life force. Yes, Apple Music is entering the video business. Oh, and Netflix has a cool new show with Drew Barrymore and... The post The Trailer for the “Santa Clarita Diet” Shows Why Netflix Wins Streaming originally appeared on . Streaming video is where everyone wants to be, and the newest entry is a modern take on portraying a hungry zombie, desperate to return to its old life and consuming the living as a poor substitute for true life force. Yes, Apple Music is entering the video business. Oh, and Netflix has a cool new show with Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant! That was a wee bit mean, but the point is that Netflix has had success in the streaming video market that I don’t see Apple replicating. Netflix has essentially become a network unto itself, where you can flip between a dramedy like “Orange is the New Black”, a reboot of a beloved sitcom in “One Day at a Time”, relive the 80’s with “Stranger Things”, get your anglophile fix with “The Crown” and enjoy a show about Drew Barrymore as a zombie realtor in the suburbs in the upcoming “Santa Clarita Diet”. Their success isn’t an accident, they have spent a long time building a deep bench of shows to appeal to a tremendous number of demographics, and on just about any device that has a screen. More importantly, Netflix isn’t afraid to take risks on their shows. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was on the reject pile from NBC, but thrived on Netflix, for example. And, seriously, Netflix is heavily promoting a show that involves Drew Barrymore snacking on a dude’s arm in the trailer, and it’s somehow not a horror show. I see three issues with Apple entering the streaming space, two practical and one more cultural. From a practical standpoint, it makes no sense to roll video under the auspices of Apple Music, unless they plan to rename it as Apple Streaming or something similar. Otherwise, I can’t see content creators lining up to play second fiddle to the music side, especially when Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon are all standing by with wallets wide open. Second, so far the “original content” coming from Apple is…lackluster at best. There’s a drama from Dr Dre, and a program about app development hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow. That isn’t going to get people to jump into another streaming service, especially when you consider that Amazon led with a splashy “vote on these pilots” rollout and Netflix started with the cult favorite “Arrested Development” and followed it a month later with “Orange is the New Black”. Both companies offered interesting and compelling choices that would lead a curious subscriber to give it a shot, but there’s very little in Apple’s rumored content so far that is remotely on the same level. Then there’s a larger, more philosophical issue. What is Apple, Inc? Are they a hardware company or a content maker? iOS is excellent, but iCloud is dreadful, and iBooks seems to be mostly dead. Meanwhile, the hardware side has also been a mixed bag as of late, with complaints about the Mac line and concerns that the iPhone is starting to look a little stale. Adding original content into the mix further dilutes what, exactly, Apple wants to be as they move forwards. And even if they can define what they want to be, are they willing to take the risks and put their names on the controversial, gross, or offbeat content that they’ll need to really drive subscriber growth? Look, I could be completely wrong, and Apple might have an amazing plan up their sleeves. But[...]
2017-01-23T18:20:56ZThe other day we took a look at Nomad’s impressive approach to sync/charge cables. I love the Universal Cable I reviewed and am ordering a few more. Nomad has also re-envisioned what I’ll refer to as the “short throw portable charging cable.” Many companies offer short cables but none come close to the awesomeness of the Nomad Carabiner. The carabiners... The post The Nomad Carabiner Keeps Your Charging at Hand Wherever Life Takes You originally appeared on . The other day we took a look at Nomad’s impressive approach to sync/charge cables. I love the Universal Cable I reviewed and am ordering a few more. Nomad has also re-envisioned what I’ll refer to as the “short throw portable charging cable.” Many companies offer short cables but none come close to the awesomeness of the Nomad Carabiner. The carabiners are large, solid and tough. Metal wrapped in plastic, they have a decent amount of heft. The springs that allow the carabiner to open and close are equally solid. There is no side-to-side wiggle, and it takes a decent amount of force to open them. When released, they snap back into position with a good deal of force. Between the design of the clips and the strength of the springs, it is clear that once clipped onto something, these carabiners will stay put until released. That noted, each carabiner has a warning embossed on the side that they are “not for climbing.” In other words, they mean serious business but not life and death serious. The Nomad Carabiner comes in three varieties. Each has a standard USB on one side and a device-specific tip on the other. One is designed to work with iPhones and iPads and has an Apple Lighting connector. It is worth noting that the Lightning version of the Carabiner is Apple MFi certified. That means the Lightning connectors are made by Apple and have a tiny protection circuit board built into them in order to keep devices safe. It has an MSRP of $29.95. One has a microUSB tip instead of a Lightning connector and is designed for use with any device that has a microUSB connection. That means it works with most Android devices, most headphones, most rechargeable keyboards etc. In other words, pretty much any device that isn’t made by Apple and does not yet have a USB-C connection will be compatible. It too has an MSRP of $29.95. Finally, there is a GoPro Hero Carabiner. It has a mini-USB connection and is, obviously, compatible with far fewer devices. I suspect that is the reason it is available for a sale price of $9.95. As the company explains, Always there when you need it: The Nomad Carabiner for iPhone and Android is a first of its kind portable USB charging cable built stealthily into a stainless steel reinforced carabiner. Clip it anywhere so you’ve always got a backup charging cable by your side. With a hidden USB cable, it’s the only carabiner clip that can also charge your phone. Nomad is quick to point out that while standard carabiners have a thousand uses, thanks to the hidden USB 2.0 cable that can handle 2.5amp, theirs has a thousand and one uses. (In the fine print Nomad explains that, “When it comes to the Samsung Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy S5, the USB 3.0 charging cables are optimized to charge these large and powerful phones at the fastest rate. However, the standard Micro USB 2.0 is still capable of charging these phones, just at a slightly slower speed. The USB port used can also influence charging speed (wall chargers will power your phone faster than a computer). Of course, when your battery is low and you really need a charge, your Nomad charging cable will always be there for you!) Measuring 8 x 4.2 x 1.3cm and weighing in at 53g, these Carabiners are constructed from engineering grade polycarbonate and high-grade steel. In fact, Nomad used a high-grade steel alloy that is exceptionally resist[...]
2017-01-17T20:25:25ZThe cofounders of Lyft have an op-ed on Medium today suggesting that carpooling is the way to end traffic in America. They have some interesting ideas, and the plan they propose makes a great deal of sense in cities. Unfortunately, they seem to think because it might work for LA, it will work for everywhere, and that’s a terrible idea.... The post Lyft is Out of Touch with the Suburban Driver originally appeared on . The cofounders of Lyft have an op-ed on Medium today suggesting that carpooling is the way to end traffic in America. They have some interesting ideas, and the plan they propose makes a great deal of sense in cities. Unfortunately, they seem to think because it might work for LA, it will work for everywhere, and that’s a terrible idea. The basics of their plan aren’t that different than HOV lanes and such today. They think that cities and states should designate certain major roads as carpool roads (or “smart lanes” as they call them), and then charge everyone who is using it but isn’t carpooling. It’s an interesting idea, but it falls apart as soon as you widen the commuting circle outside of a city. Take my commute, for example. I live about 25 miles from my office, and don’t have any co-workers who live nearby. There are two major highways and one local highway that connect me to my job. If New Jersey were to implement this Lyft plan, and declare the two statewide highways to be “smart lanes”, my commute would not improve at all. In fact, it would likely cost more if I had to pay a fine for not carpooling, and it would cost me significantly more in gas if I had to take local roads instead. Aside from telecommuting, there is zero way for me to get from home to work and back that doesn’t involve me riding around alone in my car. Ok, that’s almost true-I could take the bus, but it would involve 2+ hours and 3 separate bus routes. And I’m far from alone here. According to The Brookings Institute, from 2000-2012 there was a 7% drop in jobs near metro areas. In other words, more commuters are like me, driving from one suburb to another, rather than from a suburb to a city. HOV lanes are only going to benefit a small portion of suburban commuters; you need to line up people with the same general areas for both work and home, who ALSO have the same general work schedules. That’s a very specific fit, and I highly doubt you would find enough commuters outside of major cities to make Lyft’s proposed plan work. I do have an alternative idea-telecommuting. Not permanently, but offer up a benefit to employers and employees who telecommute, say, 2x per month. It would incrementally reduce the number of people on the road, without disrupting everyday routines. Benefits could include slight discounts on car insurance for workers, or tax breaks for employers. But then again, this solution doesn’t benefit ride-sharing. Lyft and Uber offer up a convenient service for urban areas, there’s no doubt about that. But when they’re trying to come up with commuting solutions, they’re falling into that age-old trap: they’re the hammer, so everything looks like a nail. Traffic and commuting times are a huge issue, but this isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution like Lyft seems to hope it would be. What’s your take on carpooling as a way to improve your commute? Would you consider carpooling to save money on your drive to work? The post Lyft is Out of Touch with the Suburban Driver originally appeared on . [...]
ZTE has started off the week by announcing their spec for the ZTE Hawkeye, a mid-range smartphone device available through a campaign on Kickstarter. The fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. is bringing you the ZTE Hawkeye, a $199 smartphone that you can fund directly from their campaign online for a limited time. Featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor...
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ZTE has started off the week by announcing their spec for the ZTE Hawkeye, a mid-range smartphone device available through a campaign on Kickstarter.
The fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. is bringing you the ZTE Hawkeye, a $199 smartphone that you can fund directly from their campaign online for a limited time. Featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and a huge 3000mAh battery, the Hawkeye also comes with dual-rear cameras for awesome photo taking. Coming bundled with Android Nougat (or Android N), the Hawkeye is set to challenge the higher end smartphones on the market by offering comparable specs as a budget price.
Also featuring dual SIM capabilities, you can also expand your memory up to 256gb. This is great especially if you plan on taking movies with you as the 5.5-inch screen enhances the phone’s viewing experience. There’s also a rear-fingerprint sensor, Hi-Fi sound on top of NFC capabilities. One neat feature though that I personally am excited for is the Senseye technology, which allows the phone to automatically scroll up and down based on your eye movement, perfect for on the go reading. And there’s even an adhesive casing that allows you to mount the phone on most surfaces, perfect for a mirror or wall.
For more information on how to back the Hawkeye by ZTE, head over to their site today.
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2017-01-23T18:21:01ZCharging cables are a simple fact of modern life. And while inexpensive cables abound- after all, pretty much every mobile device and accessory includes one- the right cable can make a huge difference. Nomad offers three different cables in their Ultra Rugged Cable Series, and one of them stands out as the only cable you will ever need. The three... The post Nomad Universal Cable Is the Only Cable You Need originally appeared on . Charging cables are a simple fact of modern life. And while inexpensive cables abound- after all, pretty much every mobile device and accessory includes one- the right cable can make a huge difference. Nomad offers three different cables in their Ultra Rugged Cable Series, and one of them stands out as the only cable you will ever need. The three cables share similar DNA, so it makes sense to first run down the different versions and their shared traits before digging into the particular one that has gained a permanent place in my gadget bag. The three include a Battery Cable, a Lightning Cable and a Universal Cable. Nomad describes them as, “Charging cables, uncompromised” and, based on the one I have in hand for review, they aren’t kidding. Each of the cables in the Ultra Rugged Cable Series is made of braided ballistic nylon that is abrasion and tear resistant. They were “engineered to inherit the latest charging and material technology.” The cables each have: Reinforced RF shielding for fast data sync. A 2x thick protective PVC jacket. Extra thick wire gauge A robust kevlar core. A tangle-resistant design. The first thing you will notice with each of the cables is the fact that they are surprisingly thick. At over 1/8”, these cables are more than 50% thicker than most of the cables I have laying around. They are made from Ballistic 1000D nylon and, to be honest, don’t look, or feel, like any cable I have previously encountered. As Nomad explains, The 1000D nylon are woven in a ballistic weave pattern that was originally developed to protect military forces from shrapnel and bullets, this heavyweight nylon is exceptionally resistant to abrasions, and the tight basketweave structure maximizes multi-directional tear resistance. All cables are lab tested to withstand over 10,000 flexions. In addition to the cable itself, Nomad includes a Vulcanized LSR (Liquid Silicon Rubber) Cable Tie in each package. This vulcanized LSR material results in a silicone with enhanced mechanical properties that preserve the silicone’s elasticity while giving it additional structural integrity. It may seem silly to spend valuable time in a review focusing on a cable tie, but the tie they include is just more proof that these cables are premium products. The cables are thick, rugged, easy to “tie” and do a great job of holding the cable in a nice, small package. They sure beat the hell out of using a black twist tie to keep your gear bag from becoming a mess of tangled cables. The Three Cables The Lighting Cable How about a cable that doesn’t fray after use? How about a cable that comes with an integrated cable management system? How about a cable that’s truly durable and built to last? This is it. The simplest of the three cables is the Lighting Cable. With a standard USB on one side and an Apple Lightning cable on the other, it is perfect for anyone who is all-in with Apple’s mobile products. If, for example, the cheap white cable that came with your iPhone 7 has already fallen apart, this is a great replacement. The Battery Cable The Battery Cable is a Lighting Cable with the addition of a 2350 mAh battery set smack dab in the middle. It truly is, “Your cable and battery pack, combined.” The cable works just light any other cable. The battery works j[...]
2017-01-15T19:37:19ZI fibbed…a little. In my opening remarks in the last auto review, I stated that was my final rerun review for a while. Turns out, THIS is my last rerun review for a while. It is not a rerun for moi, but a rerun for GearDiary readers – the 2017 Volvo S90 sedan. Judie brought you first word(s) of the... The post 2017 Volvo S90: The New Viking Flagship originally appeared on . I fibbed…a little. In my opening remarks in the last auto review, I stated that was my final rerun review for a while. Turns out, THIS is my last rerun review for a while. It is not a rerun for moi, but a rerun for GearDiary readers – the 2017 Volvo S90 sedan. 2017 Volvo S90/Images courtesy Volvo Judie brought you first word(s) of the new flagship from the Scandinavian automaker, and we got to spend last week behind the wheel of the S90 T6 AWD Inscription model. S90 is the second vehicle utilizing Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform – the first being the newest XC90 crossover. The big new sedan features the new look of Volvo along with a host of its modern amenities and technologies. Perhaps one of the most significant features of the S90 is its powertrain and the statement it makes. Volvo has said from this point forward it will put nothing larger than a four-cylinder engine in any of its vehicles. To generate the power and torque clients will demand, engineers are utilizing turbochargers and superchargers in all new Volvo models. The base engine for the S90 lineup is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four dubbed T5 that generates 250hp and 258 lb. ft. torque. Our T6 tester arrived with the supercharged AND turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four, good for 316hp and 295 lb. ft. torque. And the new T8 powertrains will add hybrid/electric technology to the mix for an even more impressive response. The S90 is primarily front-wheel drive, with our tester outfitted with the AWD with Instant Traction running gear. We got the opportunity to test the AWD on some really nasty North Texas backroads along with some passing downpours. The S90 handled all of this beautifully. All 2017 Volvo S90 models are outfitted with eight-speed automatic transmissions. One item we found odd to be missing from the vehicle is steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. As a vehicle that aspires to be a blend of luxury and sport, it is odd this item is not included. Heck, we even had them on the little HR-V crossover from Honda. Style-wise, folks kept thinking this car was a Jaguar. Its lines can be mistaken for its once-upon-a-time stablemate when the brands were all underneath the Ford umbrella, but Jag is now Indian-owned and Volvo is Chinese. Designers gave the 2017 Volvo S90 long side windows with a sweeping roofline at the rear that is akin to the modern coupe/sedan styles we see around the globe. The vehicle is very well balanced with short front and rear overhangs and it is wider and lower than much of its competition in the mid to large sedan category. The EPA calls S90 a midsize car, but we beg to differ. As much as we enjoyed driving the S90, merely sitting in it is quite the treat as well. There is lovely craftsmanship at every turn of the head, and the level of technology is cutting edge. Right off, one cannot help but notice the tablet screen in the center dash. This is the heart and soul of the infotainment, climate, and driver’s assistance systems. Nearly every function you need to accomplish in your S90 can be found here. Except for starting the vehicle, and that is done with the unique start/stop knob in the center console next to the cupholders. Behind this is the drive mode selector where operators can choose between Eco, Comfort (Normal), and Dynamic driving modes. The Dynamic setting enhances engine, gearbox,[...]
2017-01-14T23:48:53ZOK guys, I’m going to be talking about a bag company named NutSac, so let’s get all the jokes out of your system. Good? Good. The NutSac Satchel is a high-quality bag made with Top Grain leather and waxed canvas and can hold a tablet up to 9.7” as well as accessories. You can grab your own NutSac for $129.... The post The NutSac Satchel Is a Man Bag You’ll Be Proud to Carry originally appeared on . OK guys, I’m going to be talking about a bag company named NutSac, so let’s get all the jokes out of your system. Good? Good. The NutSac Satchel is a high-quality bag made with Top Grain leather and waxed canvas and can hold a tablet up to 9.7” as well as accessories. You can grab your own NutSac for $129. NutSac was founded in Oregon by a couple of guys who wanted to make well-designed, American-made bags. NutSac’s bags are manufactured in the USA with materials sourced from the USA. They started off making disc golf bags…bags used to hold Frisbee discs and they still sell a couple of great looking disc golf bags. Other than being disc golf fans, another reason to love NutSac is that they’re very transparent with their pricing. On each product page, they’ll tell you how much the item cost in materials, labor and freight, show you their markup and shipping fees, which totals the final price. After the success of their disc golf bags, NutSac decided to branch out and design great bags for everyday use and the Satchel is a great example. Their bags are intended to make men feel proud to carry a bag instead of stuffing their pockets…you don’t need to make excuses and call it a “European Carry-all” like Seinfeld did. The Satchel weighs about 1.6 pounds and measures 11” x 7.5” x 2.5”. It’s got metal hardware and a heavy-duty cotton shoulder strap for durability. The Satchel has two magnets that help the Satchel’s flap stay closed and it also has an attractive post and leather strap closure for added security. The bottom of the bag is clad in leather, providing a very durable surface so you don’t have to worry about where you’re putting your bag down. The waxed canvas that NutSac uses is an extremely durable material as it’s water repellant and can be easily cleaned at home with a hose. That’s right, you should clean your NutSac with a hose. NutSac’s Satchel is a highly efficient bag since it’s so small and lightweight. It has a number of different sections inside the bag for organization, including two open pockets and one zippered pocket. The bag also has one zippered pocket on the exterior underneath the flap for quick access. If the Satchel is too small for you, you can check out the Satchel Pro, which fits Pro-size tablets up to 12.9″. If you’re looking for a bag designed for a man that’s small enough to be lightweight but large enough to carry your tablet, accessories, and more, you’ll need to check out the NutSac Satchel. It’s incredibly stylish, made of high-quality American materials, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Plus, who doesn’t want a bag that comes chock full of double-entendres? You can purchase your $129 NutSac bag directly from their site. Source: The NutSac Satchel was a manufacturer provided review sample. What I Like: Great, manly design; Lightweight, yet durable; High-quality materials; American made; Great organization for such a small bag What Needs Improvement: A little small for anything larger than a tablet The post The NutSac Satchel Is a Man Bag You’ll Be Proud to Carry originally appeared on . [...]
It’s not enough that SanDisk has managed to stuff 256GB into a microSD card, they’ve also managed to make apps run from it faster. Check out the new256GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSD with A1 App Performance. What you basically need to know is that A1 app performance means that the new card is able to “manage random read input-output access per second...
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It’s not enough that SanDisk has managed to stuff 256GB into a microSD card, they’ve also managed to make apps run from it faster. Check out the new256GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSD with A1 App Performance.
What you basically need to know is that A1 app performance means that the new card is able to “manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500, so it can quickly open apps and process accompanying tasks, such as audio, graphics, saved profiles and in-app permissions.
What you need to take away from this, is that A1 app performance makes these cards ridiculously fast. Check out this demonstration I caught while at CES …
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So now you are wondering where you can get one and how much it will cost, right? These cards will be available worldwide this month for $199.99. This is exactly what I need installed in my Huawei Mate 9!
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2017-01-23T18:25:39ZAren’t we getting spoiled by all of the portable Bluetooth speakers that are waterproof? The days of having to jealously protect your portable speaker while outdoors or at the pool are gone! If you still don’t have a speaker that you can bring along without second guessing yourself, take a look at the Braven 405 Wireless Waterproof Speaker. The Braven 405 Wireless... The post Braven 405 Wireless Waterproof Speaker: Feel Free to Bring It Along originally appeared on . Aren’t we getting spoiled by all of the portable Bluetooth speakers that are waterproof? The days of having to jealously protect your portable speaker while outdoors or at the pool are gone! If you still don’t have a speaker that you can bring along without second guessing yourself, take a look at the Braven 405 Wireless Waterproof Speaker. The Braven 405 Wireless Waterproof Speaker comes with a microUSB charging cable and a user manual. The speaker measures ~5.9″ long by 3.5″ wide by 1″ thick, and it weighs 10.2 ounces. Available in black, white, pink, blue, yellow, purple, and orange, the Braven 405 is covered in a grippy rubber and plastic shell that seems pretty durable, though not necessarily ruggedized. BRAVEN 405 is IP67 certified waterproof, meaning it can be fully submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The impressive 24-hour playtime rocks all day with enhanced acoustics and Braven’s proprietary Bass Optimization technology. The built-in 2100mAh power bank keeps your mobile device charged when they’re running low and tnoise-cancelinging microphone enables hands-free speakerphone calls. There are four gray rubber feet on the bottom, as well as a plastic kickstand with two rubber feet to help keep it in place when it is standing in this manner. On the right side, there is a long rubber plug that pulls out to reveal a rest button, a battery level button, the microUSB-in charging port, a USB-out charging port, and an Aux-In plug. The Braven 405 has nicely curved edges that make it easy to hold and carry; it can also stand on either end if you’d like them to. When it is lying flat on its back like this, the Braven gives a 360º listening experience. The built-in kickstand is great for setting the speaker on a table or shelf and directing the music (or spoken word) in a particular direction. On the left side, there is a power button, a play/pause/music-pairing/answer/end call button, a button that runs the volume up with a quick press or advances the track with a long press, and a button that turns the volume down or skips back a track when you press and hold it. There are built-in LEDs which not only indicate battery life, they also flash when you are trying to pair to a transmitting device. Pairing is accomplished in a slightly round-about way: You must first turn on the speaker (you’ll hear a tone), then you press and hold the play button until you hear a pairing tone. At that point, Braven 405 should show in your list of other devices, and you can select it for pairing. The sound produced by the Braven 405 is surprisingly robust in that it will fill a standard room or back deck well, but it’s not going to be quite loud enough for a backyard barbecue with a crowd of people and impromptu dancing. Even so, it would be perfect sitting next to you at the beach or by the pool. The music is bright, clear, and not bass heavy. There is distortion on the highs and lows when it is being played at maximum volume, but that’s not surprising given the size of the speaker. If you want a small If you want a small, waterproof speaker that holds [...]
2017-01-15T04:29:03ZI am an amateur genealogist, and as such, I’m used to using sites to try to find missing relatives and other connections. With that said, there is one site out there that calls itself a genealogy site, but it is basically a stalker enabler of the highest order: FamilyTreeNow.com. Try searching your name on there, go on … I’ll wait. How... The post Protect Yourself and Opt Out of FamilyTreeNow.com Now originally appeared on . I am an amateur genealogist, and as such, I’m used to using sites to try to find missing relatives and other connections. With that said, there is one site out there that calls itself a genealogy site, but it is basically a stalker enabler of the highest order: FamilyTreeNow.com. Try searching your name on there, go on … I’ll wait. How do you like seeing every name that’s ever been associated with yours put on the web for all to see? How do you like seeing everyone who has ever lived with you, anyone who has ever used your address for any reason, and many of their relatives being listed as a clickable information source? How do you like having a list of “possible associates” divulged for everyone to peruse? But most of all, how do you like having every address you’ve lived at for the past 20 years printed on the internet? Fun, huh? Never mind the fact that past addresses are often used for identity verification, how do you like having your current address listed in all its glory — ready to be used anyone who might like to come by and say “hi”. Whether or not you’ve ever had a stalker, it’s still a bit disconcerting to see personal information listed on the web for free. Sure, there are sites out there that will give the same information for a fee, but this site doesn’t even put up a feeble barrier that the merely curious might not be willing to climb. What can you do about it? Read the privacy statement at FamilyTreeNow.com here to see exactly what you’re dealing with. Then OPT OUT. Do it now. The good news is that FamilyTreeNow.com is fairly quick about removing your information; it took about 2 hours, but finally mine was gone. To find out more about this site and what it means for your privacy, read this Washington Post article here. After you’ve removed your information from the site, be a good friend and share the word with everyone you know who might care about their privacy, too. The post Protect Yourself and Opt Out of FamilyTreeNow.com Now originally appeared on . [...]
2017-01-14T16:55:26ZScandinavian furniture has clean lines and, too often, appear to sacrifice comfort in favor of minimalism and style. Sit in such furniture and… you will be pleasantly surprised. The Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear headphones reflect this same Scandinavian design language. The have clean lines and, like the furniture, appear to sacrifice comfort in favor of minimalism. Seriously, has there ever... The post Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear Headphone with CITYMIX Put Control at Your Fingertips originally appeared on . Scandinavian furniture has clean lines and, too often, appear to sacrifice comfort in favor of minimalism and style. Sit in such furniture and… you will be pleasantly surprised. The Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear headphones reflect this same Scandinavian design language. The have clean lines and, like the furniture, appear to sacrifice comfort in favor of minimalism. Seriously, has there ever been a pair of headphones that screamed Scandinavian style as loudly as these? I think not. And the question one is left asking is, when trying to break into the headphones market, did the designers behind these on-ear cans put too much effort on style and not enough on sound? We’ll answer that question shortly. Let me first say this. I like Libratone products. I liked their original Zipp speakers, and am pretty thrilled with their current home audio offerings. The ZIPP (read the review), ZIPP Mini (read the review) and Libratone ONE (read the review), all of which we have reviewed and like, are fantastic speakers that don’t get as much love and appreciation as they deserve. I was excited to learn that Libratone was expanding into the ever-more-crowded headphone market and was anxious to check them out. Would the company be able to produce headphones that merge style and substance as seamlessly as they do their headphones? The shower answer is, yes. I like the Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear Headphones a great deal. As the same time, I have some minor criticisms that also need to be mentioned. Style: The Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear Headphones have a minimalist style you will either love or hate. Available in White or Black, There are no readily apparent controls, they have refined but minimal adjustments, and they look — well to put it bluntly — they look simple. The one-piece headband is covered with cloth. The seams running along both sides make clear where the two pieces of the headband covering come together. And while such a seam might appear to be sloppy on other headphones, thanks to the otherwise minimalist style of the Q Adapt headphones, here the seam actually adds some interest. The headphones adjustments as solid metal tubes that emerge from the headband and continue down to the ear cups. There is a bend of almost 45 degrees when the metal meets the actual ear cups. Adjusting the headphones is as easy as having more or less “tube” emerging from the headband which is wrapped in CoolWeave mesh fabric. There is enough resistance that the headphones will hold the adjustment point once you have them properly sized. That leads to my first criticism of the Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear Headphones. Whether you like or hate On-Ear headphones is a matter of personal choice. Some like wearing headphones that do not completely engulf one’s ears. Others would prefer the comfort of something that either sits inside the ear- in-ear monitors- or sit around the entire ear- Over-the-Ear headphones. The challenge is that, because they rest on the ear, On-Ear headphones can become uncomfortable if one wears them for an extended period of time. For me, that’s the case[...]
2017-01-14T00:49:39ZAfter months of waiting, theories, and leaks, Nintendo finally announced further details on their new gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, at 11pm EST on Thursday, January 12th, 2017. As part of a live stream from Tokyo, a whole slew of information was revealed about the Nintendo Switch, including release date, price, upcoming games, accessories, and more. Nintendo’s next generation console... The post Will the Nintendo Switch Revolutionize the Way You Play? originally appeared on . After months of waiting, theories, and leaks, Nintendo finally announced further details on their new gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, at 11pm EST on Thursday, January 12th, 2017. As part of a live stream from Tokyo, a whole slew of information was revealed about the Nintendo Switch, including release date, price, upcoming games, accessories, and more. All photos courtesy of Nintendo. Nintendo’s next generation console will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 at an MSRP of $299.99 in the United States. In addition to the console itself, which is a 6.2-inch touchscreen tablet, the system will come equipped with two Joy-Con controllers (left and right), a Joy-Con grip (which connects the two Joy-Con to be used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds and charges the Switch tablet and transfers the audio/video to your TV), an HDMI cable, and an AC adapter. The Nintendo Switch will be available in two colors: gray Joy-Con controllers and fun neon blue/neon red Joy-Con controllers. The Switch touchscreen tablet will have built-in speakers and will allow players to have a full gaming console experience while on-the-go. Mobile gaming is the real breakthrough here. With the Nintendo Switch, you will be able to take your game console with you on your commute to work, the bus ride to school, or simply bring it outside to enjoy some fresh air while you’re playing. The Switch will have an approximately six hour battery life that will depend on the software you’re using. For instance, if you’re playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll get about three hours on a single charge. If you’re traveling, the Switch will be able to be charged with a USB Type-C adapter. The tablet can also be propped up with a kickstand while you’re away from your TV. NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 13: Nintendo of America, A guest enjoys playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the groundbreaking new Nintendo Switch at a special preview event in New York on Jan. 13, 2017. Launching in March 3, 2017, Nintendo Switch combines the power of a home console with the mobility of a handheld. It’s a new era in gaming that delivers entirely new ways to play wherever and whenever people want. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Nintendo of America) The Joy-Con controllers can be used independently or together as one when connected to the Joy-Con grip. They can attach to the main console for handheld use or be shared with friends for two-player games. What’s neat is Nintendo designed the Joy-Con controllers with a full set of buttons so that each one can act as a standalone controller. Each controller also includes an accelerometer, gyro-sensor, and HD Rumble as well. The right Joy-Con also has an IR motion camera that can detect the distance, shape, and motion of nearby objects, making super-cool control schemes possible. NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 13: Nintendo of America, A guest enjoys playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the groundbreaking new Nintendo Switch at a special preview event in New York on Jan[...]
2017-01-12T23:51:37ZV-MODA has consistently created some of my favorite headphones. That includes their over-the-ear, their on-the-ear and their in-the-ear models. It’s no small feat to succeed at all three approaches to headphones and yet V-MODA has done just that. It is no surprise then that I was excited to check out their Forza in-ear headphones. Do the extend V-MODA’s winning record?... The post V-MODA Forza In-Ear Headphones Offer a Custom Look and Great Sound originally appeared on . V-MODA has consistently created some of my favorite headphones. That includes their over-the-ear, their on-the-ear and their in-the-ear models. It’s no small feat to succeed at all three approaches to headphones and yet V-MODA has done just that. It is no surprise then that I was excited to check out their Forza in-ear headphones. Do the extend V-MODA’s winning record? We’ve met with Val Kolton, V-MODA CEO during past CES gatherings and have been impressed with his drive, passion and love of music. Kolton loves his music and he loves creating audio products that also deliver powerful aesthetics. That was what led him to create the amazing V-MODA Crossfade Wireless. The headphones are among my most favorite. The look amazing, the sound fantastic and, in keeping with Kolton’s love of style, the have replaceable and customizable shields that can be ordered and, once received, installed in minutes. (Read my review here.) It is also what led to the creation of the V-MODA ZN in-ear monitors. (Read my review of the Zn here.) They too stand out as among my favorites. The company’s latest creation is the V-MODA Forza in-ear headphones. As Kolton explains, “Forza is the hybrid sport active in-ear headphone delivering Hi-Res Audio certified by the Japan Audio Society. They are designed to push yourself to your limits” In the box are a bevy of goodies. You get the headphones, 8 pair of BLISS 3.0 fittings (they ship with size XS, pre-installed as well as S, M and L sizes), 3 pairs of ActiveFlex sport fins, 1 pair of ActiveFlex sport earhooks, 2 pairs of RemixRings and a fabric carrying pouch. They also come with a 2-Year Premier Warranty and the company’s amazing 50% Immortal Life Program Replacement that will let you replace your V-MODA purchase at any point at a savings of 50% of the current price. In the unlikely event your run over your headphones with a tank, with the V-MODA Immortal Life Program, you get 50% off a replacement for a lifetime. V-MODA is so confident the Forza is a superior headphone, it even offers an unvrivaled 60-Day test drive guarantee. And as if that’s not enough, you can also order Custom Caps that fit on the outer part of each earbud. These let you get custom headphones and turn an excellent audio product into a fashion statement. The caps are 3D Sculpted in Italy and then produced in NYC. Of special interest is the fact that the caps are sculpted at the V-MODA Milano design studio which overlooks Castle Sforza the workplace of Leonardo Da Vinci for 20. As the company likes to note, the caps are “Hand-crafted commissioned works of art [and] are the pinnacle of bespoke luxury like a high-end watch or custom ring.” I wasn’t kidding when I said that Kolton likes to merge great audio with high fashion! The Forza feature: A 5.8mm Featherweight Micro Driver: Balanced vibrant bass, vivid mids and vivacious stress-free highs surrounded by a vast 3D soundstage A Certified Hi-Res Audio: Sport headphones supporting super-human frequencies beyond 40kHz with Hi-Res music sources as certified by Japan Audi[...]