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10.23.2011

Personal Security Device: 5 Star Responder

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Without scaring you with real-life scenarios, let's just say that you can take this mobile device from 5Star Responder and 5Star Urgent Response service -- anywhere; attach to your (jogging) clothing, your purse or put in on your keychain. With a touch of a button it connects you to "Certified Response Agents, "who then can ID you and your location; can summon family; put a nurse on the phone or call emergency services if need be.

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the proliferation of personal security devices? It may be a sign of an aging demograhic.For instance, I'd feel better knowing that a grandfather who jogs regularly has one of this with him at all times.

Weighing in at a mere 1.8 ounces, it's easy to stash and convenient to use. The service is also available as a stand-alone smartphone app for iPhone.

It's not just for the older folk however. The company recently did a survery on "common sense" safety practices and the results were pretty scary!

72% -- Walk or jog alone in sparsely developed areas
71% -- Forget to lock the doors at night
67% -- Drive without enough gas in the tank
64% -- Park in a dark and secluded or remote area
58% -- Go on a blind date without telling someone where they are going

The monthy fee for 5Star is $14.99 a month with no contracts and no cancellation fees. Service for each additional device is $8.99 a month.
So get one for a grandparent - and one for yourself.

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10. 1.2011

Pink Gadgets: Beauty for a Cure

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October is here, which as we all know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Companies create special pink gadgets, beauty products, clothing, shoes - you name it - with a portion of the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

As part of Joico's Beauty for a Cure campaign, they're offering a limited edition pink Quadraion Pro-Dryer.

The Quadraion Technology uses negative ion technology which results in smoother, dry shiny hair in less time than conventional hair dryers. This gadgets also infuses hair with the Keratin found in Joico's K-PAK Quadramine Complex, which helps lock down surface strand cuticles, reducing frizz and leaving healthier hair.

At 14.8 ounces, with a comfortable, ergonomic design, it's an easy, efficient tool and the powerful 1600 watt motor does in the job in record time.

Buy pink and donate to Breast Cancer research at the same time? We like it.

Check out Joico for all the pink products.

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09.29.2011

Hog the Tunes with iHog

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If bigger is better, than iHog beats the iPig speaker system. By Speakal, this fun
iHog fits any iPod or iPhone with a dock connector and is completely portable ( built in rechargeable Li-ION battery lasts for up to 6 hours of usage.)

And for a hog, it sounds pretty good,with 4 speakers and "20W Dedicated Down Firing Sub", Bass Reflex, and Sound Stabilization technology.

It also has a 3.5mm jack to connect to a TV, game consoles, or other devices and comes with a mini remote control that allows you to control the iHog audio level, treble, bass, as well as the docked iDevice.

"Pat" your iHog's ears to change the volume or its head for playback control. $139 and you can get him in pink or white.

We can't wait to bring this to a party. Oink!

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09.18.2011

Jabra Sport : Stream Music and Take Important Calls

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These days, who needs the hassle of wires? Certainly not while exercising, which can be dangerous enough for some of us. (Ever trip getting off the elliptical machine when your headset wires got tangled? Ok, us neither.)

With the Jabra SPORT Bluetooth headset you can listen to music AND not miss any calls from your agent while on the equipment.

The flexible behind-the-ear fit means it stays on and it comes with a variety of different ear gels, so it’s easy to get a comfy fit,too.

The Sport has surprisingly good audio quality (A2DP, AM3D Power Bass) and what the company calls “Virtual Surround Sound” audio enhancements. Bored with your music playlists? It also has a built-in FM radio so you can tune in to your favorite station while you work out.

Did we mention its Military-grade tough? That means rain, dust and shock protection so you can take your exercise outside, regardless of the weather.

A nice plus is the free download of Endomondo Sports Tracker, a fitness tracking application for smartphones that functions as a motivational tool for running, giving quick updates on speed, distance, and lap time. (Works with iPhone, Android and Blackberry.) It allows you to see your see past running routes using a GPS tracking feature. Clever.

$99. Jabra.com.

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09.14.2011

Fuse Power Slice

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Sometimes gadgets look good on paper, like the new Fuse Power Slice which aims to consolidate your charging requirements.

The device lets you charge up to four gadgets on one plug, using the built in USB port, including Samsung, LG and iPhone Smartphones, Micro and Mini USB and iPods. Priced at $44.99 for the universal charger base unit – additional slices are $9.99 each.

But the UFO-shaped base unit feels flimsy, and to connect to the appropriate "slice" you have to take your iPhone, Blackberry etc out of the case. Even then, the connection doesn’t feel secure.

Back to the drawing board, girls and boys.

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09. 8.2011

InTune : Earbuds for Your Flavor

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Ever wonder why one earbud "fits all."? Rap is different than rock, as Pop is from classical, hip-hop from country.

Now you can listen to your music with earphones designed for your flavor music.

InTune by Fuse created audio earbuds specifically designed for Rock/Blues/Country, Pop/Easy Listening, Jazz/Classical or Rap/Hip Hop genres.

Admittedly, it makes sense to have a different audio delivery system for rap, since you're going to want the big bass, and with pop you're going to blast the mid-range but there's some blurring the line as you might expect.

But at $24 you can buy a couple of pairs, in different colors because god knows you don't want to listen to only one kind of music ...or wear the same color every day.

FusePlus.

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08.30.2011

50 Cent Headphones for Audiophiles

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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson's G-Unit Brands just announced that they've acquired KonoAudio, a boutique designer, developer and manufacturer of fashion headphones.

50 Cent appointed himself CEO, and plans this fall to launch a complete line of headphones showcased in three product categories — wired headphones,
wireless headphones and earbuds.

It makes sense actually - musicians always want fans to hear their music the way it was mastered in the studio and this gives him some control.

Let's hope the new line is as good as Dr. Dre's and Diddy's Diddy Beats.

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08.26.2011

Beauty Gadget : LightStim

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Used to be, you had to go to your doctor's office for a zap of LED light therapy. Said to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and result in more radiant skin, women flocked to the treatment. The only problem: the price. (Professional LED treatments usually cost $100 or more per treatment.) Originally used for acne treatment, doctors accidentally discovered that LED Light Therapy stimulated your cells, thereby increasing the production of collagen and elastin.

So with FDA approval, various companies came out with their own LED light systems for home use. Of the ones we've tried, "LightStim for Wrinkles" is the best product on the market. It's not cheap at $299 but figure what you save on the doctor visits. It is the only LED gizmo approved by the FDA specifically for wrinkles, and many doctor's office even use them. Some of the similar products do not have enough LED "wattage" to really make any difference.

Use it religiously for 20 minutes every day and you will gradually see a difference in your skin.
It took us about a month. While it is aimed at antiaging by stimulating collagen and elastin growth in the skin, it also improves the overall quality and texture of skin and reduces pore size.
Who doesn't need that?

(Before it was used as an anti-aging device, the blue light LED therapy was the the go-to therapy for bad acne, but that it a different device than this one.)

LightStim is labeled safe for all skin types, but as with any skin treatment, we recommend you check with your dermatologist before starting.

Zap.

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08.25.2011

The Little Gadget that Could Save Your Life

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With the earthquake in DC and Hurricane Irene bearing down, this might be a good time to re-check your emergency kit.

After water and food, you'll need a dependable emergency radio. We have an old eton radio (review here), powered by batteries, which we keep separately, but we aren't as good as we should be about checking them regularly.

But now the company has come up Rover, which is operated by a hand turbine, and is co-licensed with the American Red Cross. This is a 50% more efficient hand
turbine than previous models - just one-minute of cranking yields 15 minutes of LED light and/or radio use. No more battery worries.

In addition to providing a radio signal with NOAA weather band, the
radios in the TurboDyne series can provide an LED light source, clock, and the ability to charge a cell phone via USB. It does everything but stream itunes.

Add this to your emergency kit and you'll be ready for the next earthquake or hurricane.Bet the White House wishes they had one this week.

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08.20.2011

iFrogz Audio

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What exactly is iFrogz Audio? We thought you'd never ask. It's a line of well-priced audio products, such as the new "Transport" ear buds.

The first thing you'll notice is their comfort level, which is good for hours on end. Turn on your music and you'll be surprised by the superior audio due to a compact speaker driver (Diver Unit: 7 mm.) We say "surprised" because the Transports are only $39.99, yet sound like you splurged.

A nice touch is the colored, anti-tangle cord. Compatible with iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry - any device with a 3.5 mm jack basically.

There's even a convenient in-line microphone so you can enjoy your misc without missing a call.

We got a pair in blue but they're offered in green and brushed silver as well. Check out these iFrogz.

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