I have to say that I am pretty familiar with Able Planet’s products, and I enjoy their headphones. They have this thing called LINX AUDIO technology, and I honestly don’t know what that is, but I am assuming that it makes them sound so good.
Yeah, I enjoy Able Planet products and I really hope they get the sales they deserve. I don’t know who leads the headphone market, but I hope that Able Planet is up in at least the top ten, because I believe it deserves it.
I’m listening it to it now, and the 20 Hz Frequency response is feeling very good on my ears. In fact, from the moment I plugged it in, I got a really cool refreshing splash with the first video that I saw. Yeah, you can quote me on that.
Even though it takes two AAA batteries, you do not need them for the good sound. However, when that battery juice is draining, the sound is even more quality. The two AAA batteries are included, and so is a hard protective carrying case. Oh, there is a mic included as well.
I will have to admit that while I was impressed by last year’s big Spring movie surprise, The Hunger Games, but not too surprised. I enjoyed the book, and so I was pleased that the sequel based on its book is better than the movie based on its original book. Man, that was more than a little confusing. Why do we use the same thing for different mediums? I was not excited to see this sequel, but I was very surprised by something: not only is it good, but it is really good.
I get the feeling that someone didn’t think The Hunger Games was going to be the hit that it was, and so they threw only a little money at it. Granted, the first film feels pretty big, but it also feels very small in its scope. Catching Fire feels like the box has been blown out, and someone threw a lot of money its way, knowing full well it would be a bigger hit. Every scene feels bigger with more background being shown, and more of the world of this dystopian future being revealed.
If you are not familiar with this franchise, it takes place in a world that is controlled by a dictatorship split up into 12 Districts. At some point in the past, there was a rebellion in District 13, and it was nuked. Since then, the government, simply known as Capitol, has a “Hunger Games” as a memorial to those fallen. The Hunger Games is essentially 24 kids (2 from each province) put in a specially made arena so that they can kill each other. The winner of these said Hunger Games receives enough food to feed their District for a year.
I’m sure it is no spoiler alert by saying that Katniss Everdeen, the main character, won the Hunger Games in the first book/movie. Considering the book was told in first-person narration, I honestly didn’t see it going any other way. After all, if she was killed, it would have made an awkward ending. In case you forgot, she won it with her friend Peeta, which is the first time two people have won the Hunger Games.
Of course, the Hunger Games is all about celebrity worship, and Katniss and Peeta take this Hunger Games promotional tour. What makes this interesting is that all Katniss has to do is make appearances and read speeches on cards, but she finds that she can’t. Katniss and Peeta’s double-win has brought the winds of change to this world, and suddenly, the world is shifting into revolution as it decides that it can’t take much more Capitol. Katniss is slowly becoming a symbol for this movement, but she lives in fear that her loved ones will be taken from her by the tyrannical government.
This is what makes the story very interesting. In the first part, Katniss had nothing to lose but her own life, and essentially took a risk that for some odd reason paid off. Now, she has more to lose with her newfound riches, and even the man she truly loves, Gayle. Yeah, there is a weird love triangle in this story that is oddly-angled as Twilight, without the werewolf/vampire thing going on. It kind of takes the back-burner with everything else going on.
The basic plotline is really just the same as the first. This was something that was common amongst sequels of the eighties and nineties as Ghostbusters 2 and Die Hard 2 are what I called “xeroxed script” films. These are the films that feel just like the first one, except maybe the stakes have been raised. I have already stated how the stakes of Katniss’ life raise way high, and the games are no exception. She must now play in a Quarter Quell, which is a 75th anniversary all-star Hunger Games. It is a nifty concept, but I can’t help but wonder why every District seems to have a winner. Granted, some of the winners are old, even senior citizens, but it is just too convenient for this plot.
There are some things in this movie that feel very different from the book, which I first read two years ago. The end seems a little disjointed because of it, but there is a look on Katniss Everdeen’s face which is very satisfying. It is, of course, a set-up for the two movies based on the one book, Mockingjay. This book went into some very dark areas, and I would imagine that it will be tough to keep these at a PG-13 rating. I will admit that I didn’t like the last book because of its very dark undertone, but if it has the strength of Catching Fire, it will be a terrific film series as it was a landmark book series.
I will have to admit, I had several problems when I opened up the KeyFolio Pro for the iPad Air. Now keep in mind, this is going to be a positive review, and I just want to get all the negative things out of the way first because there isn’t many compared to the positives.
I will start with my problems getting it to pair. The problem was the on switch was deeply embedded on the top of the keyboard, and I had to access it with a flathead screwdriver. Darn my short fingernails! Then the indicator light didn’t come on, so I didn’t know if it was working. After I charged it up, I still didn’t see a light on, anywhere.
I could not figure out how to even pair the thing! Luckily, the Kensington site showed that it occurs with a touch of a button, but the button looked like this: <...>. Is this now universal symbol for Bluetooth pairing now?
However, this thing does work, and I am even typing this report out with the KeyFolio Pro. It is quite comfortable for such a small keyboard. By the way, I am not even using an iPad Air, but a smartphone (Android, too).
The KeyFolio Pro for the iPad Air is one quality case. I don’t think the material is leather, as they usually go out of their way on the package to say how genuine leather it is. It is made of a soft black material which will undoubtedly protect the precious Apple cargo. There is even a place on top to hold the Virtuoso Stylus. Oh yeah, I’ll talk about another Kensington product while reviewing a Kensington product!
I will also applaud the KeyFolio’s liberal use of magnets. A magnet holds the keyboard to the Folio, giving it the power to stay but also the power to leave. The angles that the Folio can hold the iPad Air are also magnetically locked, and they work very well.
In short, I recommend the KeyFolio Pro if you are looking for a Folio case for iPad 5. It is available on the Kensington site
In other words, it is an Internet security camera that you put in place so you can occasionally watch something like a house, pet, or baby. However, the Dropcam Pro could only stay in one spot, and didn’t have the ability for the user to remotely pan up to 350 degrees horizontally and tilt up to 100 degrees vertically. I had a lot of fun watching my dog, and I wish I had the good sense to take a picture or video when she was curiously looking at the camera. Keep in mind that the manual controls are a little imprecise, and it can be difficult to track a subject, like my aforementioned dog.
The set up isn’t too hard as you plug the SwannEye into a router and plug it into the wall. About the only thing I found tricky was setting up the account online, which wasn’t really at all that tricky.
In addition to the ability for your laptop or desktop to record sight, you can also record sound with a built-in microphone. By the way, if you want to get the footage on the smartphone or tablet, you can do that too.
Other bonuses including a Day and Night video camera for a little bit of monochrome action. These recordings can be save to an SD card.
If you like this, and what it can do for you, you can get it on the Swann site
It is pretty clear that we are in an era where we need something to draw on our screen just as much as we might need a pen, and this is why I am glad there are products like the Virtuoso from Kensington.
Kensington is a company that I like a lot, and they have a lot of very decent products. The Virtuoso is both a Stylus for the tablet and a traditional ink pen. The stylus is to help keep your screen clean from the smudges that your hand will infect it with, and the pen is because…you always need a pen. I can think of four times today that I need a pen alone.
The Virtuoso looks like one of those pens that you have that is like a family heirloom. It comes in several colors, and I had a chance to try out the plaid, and it is a gourmet pen.
, then I suppose NASA growing plants on the moon is also somewhat believable.
I don’t know if I reported on this or not, but apparently someone has planned a trip to the moon via robotic probe. I believe that Google is sponsoring this race, and I’m sure NASA will be involved somewhere in the process. After all, they were the only way to get to space for the past few decades.
NASA wants to put send up some seedlings of basil, turnips, and flowers in the moon to see if they will grow. Keep in mind that the radiation levels of the lunar surface are pretty up there, so who know if these new moon-plants would thrive. Still, the idea of luna terraforming sounds really good to me. Now, I once heard that you could terraform Mars if you just planted enough trees on it, but I am not certain if you can do that to the moon.
Ah. You never know what the future will bring, right? In this case, I would very much like to see if this moon terraforming is even remotely possible.
I have to admit that I have seen a lot of iPad cases in my years of tech writing. Most of them are the typical Folio covers, and usually the best that I get is leather. This was before I saw the DODOcase.
DODOcase really puts out some high quality products for all kinds of devices like smartphones, e-readers, and tablets. I had the awesome chance to try out the DODOcase Endangered Species: Bighorn Sheep, made for the iPad Air and iPad 2, 3, and 4.
As you can see, it has a ram on the cover, and this is the rare Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep. I had no idea this was an endangered species, and proceeds from the sales of this DODOcase will go to the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) and the Migrating Mural, public artwork from Jane Kim, who created this image.
Yes, I love any product that is trying to save the Earth as much as the next guy. What I really admire about this particular case is how it feels like a very old book. It has a hard cover that you won’t find in books these days, and I think we sort of lost that when we went to all paperback and e-formats.
In addition to the unique feel of this case, it has two modes for users. The first is a Perch Mode allowing for a landscape view, like watching a view. Then there is a Typing Mode, made for just that.
It really is a gourmet iPad case that I will recommend for anyone who can afford it. It will cost about $124.95, and it can be purchased here
Every year, the L.A. Auto Show loves to show off some pretty awesome vehicles, and a lot of them are concept. Most of these concept cars never see the light of a mass-manufacturing, made simply because it can be made.
This is the Mobiliant, which is a winning design by China’s SAIC. It has the ability to literally drive up the wall. Oh yeah. I am seriously having flashbacks to a scene from Batman Forever. Not to mention a lot of old cartoons.
How does the Mobiliant do this? Because it has C.L.A.W.S. (Cilium Layer Advance Wheel System), this nano-scale cilia technology can somehow adapt to any surface and somehow increase its grip on the road. Also, there are special stabilizers in the cockpit to keep it level.
By the way, the Mobiliant is very eco-friendly by converting its greenhouse gases into a fertilizer. My Source says this is good for shedding its fertilizer when parked on the edge of skyscraper.
That’s right, we are looking at an age where cars will be driving on the sides of buildings just like…do I need to say the movie that I am about to reference? Forget it. Here’s a link
In all honesty, I never really felt a need to live in a neighborhood where I had to see who was outside the door at all times. It is comforting when there is a knock at the door, but that peephole doesn’t exactly make me comforted enough to say “come on in”.
I would assume that this is why Swann invented the Doorphone Video Intercom. If you aren’t familiar with Swann, it is a company that makes all kinds of video cameras and other gadgets made for the basic consumer, and not for those who are too advanced with tech. For example, this Doorphone Video Intercom didn’t require a huge setup, but more about that later.
The Doorphone Video Intercom has an LCD screen that is about 3.5 inches. The user wires this monitor to a camera that goes outside of the house. On this camera is a doorbell button with the usual “ding-dong” chime, and then the camera starts feeding the footage from outside. The monitor gives a very clear picture, and it gives a very clear picture in the night, albeit monochromatic.
Keep in mind that the Doorphone Video Intercom’s two main units are not wireless. I honestly have no problem with that, because it comes with a 50 foot cable that can be easily set up according with the instructions. I had them wired together within a few minutes, and also included are some other mounting brackets, screws, and so forth. Like I said, Swann makes it easy for anyone to set it up.
In addition to the camera, there is also an intercom so you can speak to the person at the door. Yes, this does come in handy. Also, if you have one of those electronic locks on your door, there is a lock button on the monitor so you can just hit a button to lock an intruder out. Hopefully, you won’t have to use that one.
If you are looking to get in on this deal, head over to the Swann site
I have often talked about Google Glass before, as it is a device that will probably change everything. After all, people are on their smartphones constantly, why not strap them to your face?
I believe that certain laws will be made so that Google Glass users will not be able to drive. This really isn’t any surprise to me. What really shocked me was hearing news that a restaurant patron was asked to leave because he wore a Google Glass.
The restaurant was known as Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge, and the patron was Nick Starr. The owner of the restaurant, David Meinert, has banned Google Glass in their other restaurant as well. Worse yet, this owner has posted on his Facebook page this message: “And if we ask you to leave, for God’s sake, don’t start yelling about your “rights”. Just shut up and get out before you make things worse”.
This seems like a lot of hullabaloo. I can’t imagine that there would be so much issue over this Google Glass. After all, the menu of Lost Lake encourages sharing via Twitter. Why in the world would you not want a Glass user taking shots of this.