Yezz Sfera is a VR smartphone/camera

yezz-sfera-smartphoneWell, it is great to see that VR is happening, and now that PlayStation has it and there are others coming out, there might as well be a way to get some video footage for it. I mean, you could get one of those cameras like the V.360, or you can just get a Yezz Sfera smartphone.

This Sfera has two spherical cameras to record 360-degree videos. If you want to share them, then you will need to get yourself one of those VR viewers like the Powis ViewR and Google Cardboard. It has 5 Megapixel cameras with a fish eye lens on both sides of the phone. By the way, the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has a 5.5 inch screen, 3 GB of RAM, and 3,000 mAh battery.

Then there is this Finger-Pick allows the user to finger-navigate in any direction of the scene that it can record. Then there is a full-frame to show the entire 360-degree landscape on one window. Then there is a button to upload to YouTube.

I actually had a chance to try this out at CES 2016. Yes, that was three months ago, and the reason why I’ve got around to talking about it now is because…yeah, I’ve been a little behind when it comes to posting about stuff.

The Sfera is available for pre-order at $299.99 and should ship on April 30th.


Zink hAppy App Printer

zink-happy-smartphone-printerOkay, I have no idea why this particular product from Zink is spelled “hAppy”, but I just looked it up on my iPhone. Yeah, I guess that’s how we’re spelling things now. It’s such and oDd wOrld tHese dAys.

Anyway, this company from Zink has made a little printer that is made for the mobile world. I had a chance to try out this Zero Ink (hence the term “Zink”) printer, and it is quite easy to set up. All that is required is to plug it in, pop in the zRoll ribbon, and power it up.

From there, it is all about downloading the application on iPhone or Android and setting it up. The application is pretty amazing as it allows the user to make some really interesting art. You can put a photo, text, frame, and all other kinds of great stuff on it. I have included a picture here of the application so you can see what it can make.

Screenshot_20160222-230854[1]After you have it set up digitally, you can push a button and then print it out. I have a chance to try out the 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/8″ but it also comes in 1″ and 2″ models. This way, you can print out a picture and there is some stickum on the back so you can stick it somewhere.

So, if you want to see if you can get this for yourself, check out more information about it on the Zink site. It can be purchased on Amazon for $199.99.

Bamboo Spark from Wacom

Wacom bamboo-spark-tabletsleeve-1-gWe live in an era that really demands that everything be technological, but for those of us that want to write down ideas really quick, pen and paper really is the best thing, really. However, the issue with pen and paper is you have to type it up after that just to get it to jive with the technological world.

One of the things that I admire about Wacom is that they are able to take hand drawing and note taking and make it technological. Wacom is most famous for making these drawing pads with a Stylus and a pad for interfacing with your computer, like the Intuos Pro that I reviewed a while ago. The Bamboo Spark is made to write on a notepad with a pen, and then have what you drew end up in digital form.

I have reviewed ePens before, and hooking them up so they will work is usually kind of a pain, but the Bamboo Spark is made to make this simple, and it is. The instructions say to just download the free Bamboo Spark app to your smartphone or tablet, and then turn the Spark on, and start writing.

There was no Bluetooth that I had to sync or anything, but it just worked from the moment that I started writing. Then, when I had filled a page on what I was writing on, I pushed a button and the information on the page was magically made digital.

The notes are then saved on a Wacom Cloud, and you get 5 GB of storage for free. It is possible to access these notes on different device, and even edit them. They can be used on third party cloud services, such as Evernote and Dropbox.

Best of all, any analog notes can be converted to plain text using the Bamboo Spark, so they can be shared. it seems like this is made to be shared, and there is even a “Making Ideas” news hub for product updates and insights. There is even a free ebook about “How to Draw your Idea”.

In short, the Bamboo Spark is a way to really go back to the drawing board. It is available on the Wacom site for $159.95 in three forms: one smart folio with a gadget pocket, one smart folio with tablet sleeve, and smart folio with snap-fit for iPad Air 2.

Tunebelt AB88 and AB89

Tunebelt AB89iP6OBDef_1409__92339.1412709542.480.480It has been a while since I reviewed a Tunebelt product. Today, I’m going to do two with what the company sent me with the AB89 and the AB88.

Even thought this is out of order, I’ll start with the AB89. This particular sport armband is for iPhone 6/6S, and it will fit it if you have one of those Otterbox cases, or maybe one from UAG (you know, something similar). That is good news, as some smartphones with a case on them don’t fit.

Then there are all the bonuses like a neoprene armband, a way of storing the earphone cord, and just a good way of keeping the iPhone proofed against the weather. Oh yeah, it is quite good, and I recommend it for anyone who wants some jogging or whatever protection they want.

It can be purchased at the Tunebelt site for $24.95.

Tunebelt A88So, here’s an interesting case for the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 2 without a case, and it is also good enough for the Galaxy S4 and S3. That means it can hold those old Samsung phablets and the newer Samsung smartphones. This is the AB88.

Everything else about the AB88 is pretty much the same as the AB89. Seriously, I have the two armbands in front of me, and if it wasn’t for the ID numbers on the back, I wouldn’t have been able to tell them apart. One is for Apple, one is for Samsung, and they both work well for accessing the respective smartphones with their touchscreens.

This is available on the Tunebelt website for about $24.95.

UAG Part 1: Trooper for the iPhone 6 and ICE HTC One M9 Case

UAG IPH6S_Card_Case_BLK_PT05-2Okay, today is the day where we are going to review two UAG products, one of them is for the iPhone 6/6S and the other for the HTC One M9, my current personal smartphone. If you aren’t familiar with UAG, it stands for Under Armor Gear, and it is great protection.

The Trooper for the iPhone 6 might be named because it holds things, like a trooper. The things it can hold include four credit cards, as there is a lid on the back that can flip to hold them.

The Trooper is a hard case, but it also has some rubberized edges so it goes all around. It also has some good protection for the buttons, so it is nice on many accounts. The inside has an impact resistant core, and it is completely light.

You should be able to get the Trooper on the UAG site for about $39.95.

UAG HTCM9_ICE_PT01_3000Now that I am finished talking about the Trooper, I’ll go with the ICE case for the HTC One M9. I own this brand of smartphone, and I have to admit that whenever I review cases, the companies that make them don’t usually make them for this phone.

The HTC One M9 is a thin phone, so the addition of the ICE case doesn’t add much real estate to it, surprisingly. It also doesn’t add too much weight, and its shape adds some good grip points on the phone.

The fact that the phone has a clear transparent shell also adds to the list of pluses, and it I would recommend it if you have this phone. You should be able to purchase it on the UAG site for $34.95.

iblazr 2 from Concepter

iBlazr 2It seems hard to believe that we just reviewed the iblazr a few months ago, and we first wrote about it a few years ago on iblazr back when it was a Kickstarter project. And now we got a chance to review the iblazr 2.

The purpose of this device, in case you don’t know, is to be an external light source for mobile devices. The iblazr 2 doesn’t have that port can plug into the headphone jack like it’s predecessor, but it does have this weird clip thing for attaching to mobile device. Unlike its predecessor, it has some serious adjusting of the color temperature. The setting can be 5600K, which is good for selfies.

It works with native camera applications on your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphones. It is pair-able with Bluetooth, and just apply the double tap on the iblazr 2 rear in order to activate the flash. By the way, you can use multiple iblazr 2 devices to get some even light output.

Now, the Concepter website has that this product has a flexible charger that works as the flash, but this product that I had to review didn’t have that. However, it can be sold separately, and the iblazr 2 works with analog cameras.

For those that want to get in on this iblazr 2 action, head on over to the Concepter website shop and lay down $59.99 for it.

The Smartphone on its way out? A.I. could take its place

20151118_152157Okay, I decided to write about this because it is not an issue that is affecting us now, but it will. I mean, my Source shows that there will be eight billion connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, smart glasses, and other wearables.

So, why have a headline that says “are smartphones dead?” I mean, that’s like saying that televisions are on their way out, because holographic technology, that isn’t really very well-perfected as 2-D displays, because it could. I think we all know that most of the technology that we use will be outdated, and I would imagine that most of us aren’t using a land-line phone, a dot-matrix printer, or black and white TV.

This weekend, I’m going to be writing about the film Her, which talks about a man who begins a relationship with a personal digital assistant. I don’t use my Google voice for much, as I feel like I need the screen. In that film, the main character doesn’t really spend a lot of time looking at a screen, but talking.

I have to admit, taking away the screen would be good as it would force the user to imagine something rather than looking at it all the time. I suppose that we could just have an earpiece, and just tell it everything.

Yeah, I think it is going to be a while before we get to this era. Perhaps we are just going to walk around and the next screen that we see will be a touchscreen.


The Priv: Can this Android Phone Save BlackBerry

BlackBerry PrivThere are certain companies that seem like they shouldn’t be around like Nintendo and now BlackBerry. It looks like BlackBerry Priv is an Android phone that could change that.

Apparently, BlackBerry has to sell 5 million of these in order to stay in the consumer handset business. It has a screen that slides up to reveal a keyboard, which is kind of passe when it comes to the smartphone. This keyboard is really made to work with the Android operating system, which is normally rare.

The screen is a 5.4-inch curved AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. The processor is a Snapdragon 808 with a 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The battery is pretty big at 3,410 mAh. There is also an 18 Megapixel sensor with Optical Image Stabilization and dual-LED flash.

So there is a lot of pressure to make this to make this Priv work. I would love to try it out, but I’ll have to wait another day.


PuzzlePhone is on Indiegogo

Puzzle PhoneGenerally, I usually avoid writing about crowdfunded projects, but there was something about the name of Puzzle Phone that I liked. It sounds like the perfect smartphone for The Labyrinth House. Yeah, if the Puzzle Phone wants to promote itself, then so will I.

Anyway, the Puzzle Phone is modular piece of equipment that has three easy-to-change modules. These modules are the Heart, the Spine, and the Brain. The Brain is the CPU, GPU, and RAM with the storage and camera. The Spin is the structure of the device that holds the LCD and all the electronics with a longer lifespan. The Heart is a secondary set of electronics including a battery that can be developed according to user needs.

All three parts can be easily upgraded, replaced, or repaired so it has maximum longevity and performance. So instead of just replacing the phone every year, you just replace certain parts. Also, if you bust the screen, you don’t have to replace the whole phone either.

As it is, here are the specs: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5-inch screen, 12 Megapixel rear cameras, 5 Megapixel front facing camera, 2,800 mAh battery, 3 GB of RAM, ARM 64 bits, 8 cores processor, as well as the usual Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and other smartphone standards.

You can find out more information about Puzzle Phone on the Indiegogo site here.

Our Review of the HTC One M9 Smartphone plus HTC Android 6.0 Marshmallow Release Date

HTC One M9Well, I’ve had a chance to review the HTC One M9 Android smartphone, and what I will have to say is pretty positive. I’ll go ahead and start with just how it feels in my hand. Even though the HTC One M9 is made of cold metal rather than warm plastic, I like its curve. I don’t know if it is ergonomic, but I like it.

One of the big selling points of the HTC One series is that it has two stereo speakers on the front of it, located very obviously on the top and bottom. Now, most people listen to their music through their headphones or stream it to Bluetooth or NFC speakers, but if you just want one device to play it and you and others can hear it, this HTC One M9 is good for you at 5.1 surround.

Might as well take the time to talk about the camera now, it is a 20 Megapixel job, and it is good. Thanks to this camera, I didn’t have to worry about using the flash, as it did it pretty much automatically. Then there are other things it can do like editing photos and videos. You can then use these photos to customize the phone for the wallpaper, icons, and a whole lot more.

I would say that on the whole, the HTC One M9 just feels comfortable, and part of it has to do with its version of Android. HTC puts their own spin on Android known as Sense, and I don’t know if that affects the most recent release of Android, but there are reports that it could skip from Android 5.1 to 6.0, bypassing the 5.1.1 version entirely. It should be interesting what happens when they get to 6.0, and I can’t wait until it arrives, which should be before the end of the year.

In short, I’m going to recommend it, and you can find out more information about it here.