Kidz Gear Unplugged Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones

Kidz GearI was fortunate enough to review the Kidz Gear headphones after CES, and you can read my wife’s review about that. I guess that since they made some wired ones, it just makes sense for them to make some Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones, called Unplugged.

If you know anything about Kidz Gear, it is precisely what the name implies, if it was spelled properly, you know, Kids’ Gear. That means it maxes out at 108 db, and this one has Bluetooth 4.0 to make it wireless.

There are also bonuses like some buttons on the side that are good for pause/play, track back, track forward, and volume. It has some interesting specs like 10 hours on a single charge, a 10 meter range. It also comes with a detachable boom Mic in case you want to do some recording or something.

As for the sound, it is good, but it isn’t meant for my ears. Yeah, it is lucky this is for little ears. If you have little ones that would like this, it makes a good stocking stuffer for $59.99 on the Kidz Gear site.

Hasbro has created this robotic cat, for senior citizens!

I’m sure you’re all familiar with Hasbro, as they own the rights to Transformers, My Little Pony, and they make all the Star Wars and Marvel toys, too. Yeah, they rule when it comes to making products for little kids, and now there is a “toy” for seniors.

Yeah, you know how senior citizens are like loving cats, but the cats get all bad about their litter box? Well, why not get them an artificial cat? That is what the Joy For All line of robotic cats can do.

This robo-kitty has some realistic fur, and it can purr and meow. In other words, it is all the good things of a cat. Hopefully, it is not programmed to just stop purring and then grab your hands with its claws and then bite you like an apple. This is why I don’t have a cat.

If you have someone who might appreciate this gift, it costs about $99.99.

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Samsung Gear VR available on T-Mobile November 27th

As I have stated before, I love virtual reality, and the Gear VR is the only one that I haven’t really tested yet. Actually, it is powered by Oculus, and I tried out the Oculus Rift, and the Gear VR is powered by Oculus.

I was actually surprised that the Gear VR is out pretty much practically now, as most of the other virtual reality headsets won’t be out until 2016. At least, I think, because…yeah, it’s really hard to keep track of when products come out, okay?

It looks like T-Mobile will have it available for the Gear VR headset for the $99.99. The Gear VR is compatible with the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge + and the Galaxy Note 5.

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Our Review of the Nomad Wallet for the iPhone, and it’s a good one!

nomad-wallet-1I always love reviewing Nomad products, such as the NomadKey, NomadClip, and NomadPlus. This company always has a way of putting chargers in places where they are most convenient, and the Nomad Wallet is no exception.

In fact, it really excels the charger into a whole new realm. Most of us, when we leave the house, we take our keys, phone, wallet, and mobile battery/charger. Nomad just decided to put that charger into a wallet.

The battery in it has 2400 mAh, and it fits very well within the wallet itself and can give one full charge for the iPhone 6S. It doesn’t give you the “fat wallet syndrome” that George Costanza had on Seinfeld, which means it will fit in your back pocket without hurting your back. The small Lightning cable stashes right in, and it is out of the way.

Within the wallet is space for five credit cards, one driver’s license, one RFiD card, three business cards, and 10 bills.

This is a product that I am going to give my highest recommendation for. You can get it on the Nomad site for a price of $99.99.

Speculative Fiction Saturday: The CBS Supergirl Show

supergirlWhen I first heard that they were making a Supergirl series, my first thought was “why”. Supergirl is one of those characters that has been reworked many times over the years, but this isn’t uncommon among superheroes. However, Superman, Batman, and Spider-man have very consistent origin stories, but Supergirl has changed a number of times.

It is interesting to see that although superheroes are becoming very big on TV and movies, and it is good to see that woman superheroes are about to become a thing. Netflix will soon release Jessica Jones, who is a superhero woman on the edge, but Supergirl seems a little too kind. When the first trailer for the Supergirl series came out, it was a sad victim of bad timing. Saturday Night Live had released a fake movie trailer for a Black Widow movie subtitled “Age of Me”, and it was essentially a bad combination of chick flick and superhero. The Supergirl trailer had a lot in common with it.

The pilot of Supergirl started rather promising, and although it does take place in a universe where Superman exists, the show goes out of its way not to show him. The origin is strange as apparently Kara Zor-El was launched from Krypton with her cousin Kal-El, and was supposed to take care of him before he became Superman. Unfortunately, Kara’s spaceship was trapped in a Phantom Zone where no time passes, and by the time she got out, twelve years passed. Superman didn’t need Kara anymore, but Kara needed a family, so she was adapted by the Danvers (played oddly enough by Helen Slater, the original from the 1985 movie and Dean Cain who played Superman on Lois and Clark). Kara also has an adopted sister, and I’ll get into her later.

Kara apparently decided not to become a superhero like her cousin, and ended up working for a media mogul named Cat Grant. This is a character plucked from the comics, played by Calista Flockhart. Kara actually has a pretty good job, honestly, but Kara doesn’t feel like her potential is being used. All that changes when her sister is on a plane, and the plane is about to crash. Kara then saves the plane in a scene that looks pretty good, effects-wise, for TV, at least.

From here, the pilot episode becomes an origin story, and a well-developed one except for reasons that I will get to. Origin stories are like the frosting of comics, as it establishes the character’s powers and big events in their life to keep the series consistently going.

There are then the scenes where Supergirl realizes that she has to don a costume, and become a fighter against evil because…she has powers, and she really just should be doing that in the first place. Actually, I had no problem with that part of the show.

Here’s where it gets a little dumb. Kara’s adopted sister works for a spy agency that keeps tabs on extra-terrestrial life on this planet. Apparently, this Phantom Zone had a prison known as Fort Roz and this prison crashed into Earth, without destroying it. So there is no shortage of super-villains for this show.

The first villain she faced was Vartox, a weird alien who is actually based off a comic, that was based of a Sean Connery movie known as Zardoz. Yeah, it’s weird, and so was the villain.

It’s pretty clear that the villains and the spy agency are the downfalls of this show, but it does have some saving grace to it. Melisa Benoist, a Glee alumni, plays her pretty well.

In short, it is an awkward start, and I’m not certain what the long-range plan is for this show. I am reminded of Smallville, a show that I loved back when it was not tired out by too many seasons. Will Superman show up and take some part? I can see why, but he didn’t exactly show up and tell Kara, “I love what you’re doing”. It almost feels like the show doesn’t even have the rights to this character. Speaking of rights, it would be interesting if Arrow and Flash show up.

Our Review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 640 3LCD Projector

Epson ProjectorI have reviewed an Epson Projector before with the PowerLite Home Cinema 3000, and I was pleased to review the Home Cinema 640.

I was pleased that the Home Cinema 640 was very easy to set up, and it can produce images of up to 300 inches. I wish that I had a wall in my house that could support a 25 foot diagonal.

The Home Cinema 640 has 3 LCD Projects with up to 3x Brighter colors than competitive projectors with 3200 lumens of color brightness and the same amount of white brightness.

Epson Projector 2Unlike the projector that I reviewed last time, this one has a two watt speaker on it. It can use S-Video, HDMI, Composite, RCA Audio, 15 pin Computer component video, a PC-free USB, and a USB Plug and Play.

Best of all, it is very portable and quite light. I have to admit that it is quite good and it is possible to purchase it on the Epson site for about $359.99.

Our Review of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Final Cut

Van HelsingYou can see by the unnecessarily drawn-out title of this game that it is just so full of awesome. At least, it is trying to be, but I will have to be the judge of whether or not it succeeds with this review.

The issue is that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Final Cut is actually a trilogy of 10 hour campaigns with various multiplayer modes, and it has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. This is all of that game squished into one with even more, and to say that this game is ambitious is an understatement.

Let’s put it this way, the way the game begins shows Van Helsing, who is apparently some descendant of that famous vampire hunter that is mentioned in Dracula. Now, at the beginning, there is a lot of set-up for this story, which includes how Van Helsing has a ghost companion named Katarina. There is this line at the beginning that describes a travel as follows: “Apart from the Kraken, the pirates, and the storm, it was uneventful.”

Yeah, I don’t know what kind of world you live in Mr. Van Helsing, but you have the life. Man, living in this steampunk gothic world full of cool-looking stuff, fighting monsters and stuff. The action feels like an MMORPG game, and I found that it took a while to load on my computer, and there was a lot of clicking to kill things to get places.

The game is one where you can chose a playable class, and there is that Katarina ghost that fights with you. There is an interesting multiplayer mode as well, and there really is a lot to do in this game. You should be able to purchase the game on the Steam Store for a limited rebate price for $35.99.

Betamax is officially dead; Wait, wasn’t it dead already?

BetamaxI mentioned in my article about the BlackBerry Priv that I am often surprised that certain tech companies still exists. Today, the Internet was all abuzz that Betamax is now dead.

Seriously? I mean, I barely remember Betamax from the early eighties, as an alternative to VHS. This was back when VCRs were beginning to be in everyone’s house, and this was essentially a format war that was the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray conflict of that day.

Yes, apparently Betamax is alive in Japan, who must have a completely different type of tech than in the United States. Why in the world is it there? I’m not going to question this, because I have never lived in Japan or even visited it. Still, if you were to give me a Betamax of a film, it would be as useless to me as an 8-track.

I am very surprised that it took thirty years for Betamax to go offline, and it just shows how tech can still hang in here after all those years. The lesson here is don’t make fun of your neighbor because he or she has a flip-phone.

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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.

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Is James Bond Relevant Today?

SpectreNow that Spectre is out in theaters now, this has left people with mixed reviews about James Bond. Normally, I talk about movies over the weekend, but these are speculative fiction films. I will have to say that I like James Bond, sometimes, and James Bond can be pretty speculative sometimes.

I think the question we have to ask ourselves is why James Bond has last over 50 years, and that is just the movies. It is very obvious that James Bond was born out of cold war fears, like From Russia with Love. After a while, the James Bond formula was about fighting some mastermind like Goldfinger, and politics started not to matter but were still in the background.

In 1989, the last Timothy Dalton film License to Kill left doubts on whether or not James Bond would ever return. Perhaps it was because the cold war ended that Bond just didn’t seem relevant anymore. Fortunately, a post cold-war Bond appeared with Pearce Brosnan as someone who was certainly suave enough for the part, even though it got a little dumb for Die Another Day.

Even though Die Another Day was released in 2002, it was obvious that new Bond for a post 9/11 age was needed. This was a reboot with Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale in 2006, a film that had actually been made a few times, but was never considered part of Bond canon. However, it was considered a success as this more realistic Bond dealt with things that are relevant now.

The issue that whenever a new Bond for a new age shows up, it just gets sillier until it has to be rebooted for the times or just given a different actor. It is amazing how it is still relevant, even with an age of Jason Bourne and other spy franchises.

I think that the real proof of James Bond’s sticking power is whether or not we will have James Bond in 2062. That would be 100 years of Bond, and I’m not certain what kinds of problems that the world will have then that Bond would fight against.