As we just saw in the disaster in Oklamha, survival comes down to seconds. Having an emergency warning weather alert can make the difference from having time to find shelter when a tornado comes ripping through your area, or taking your chances with 200 MPH winds. Tornado experts estimate that a monster tornado can destroy a single-family house in just 4 seconds.
That's why we pack an Etón ZoneGuard weather alert radio with a combined AM/FM clock radio, NOAA weather alerts, S.A.M.E. technology and - for the first time - visual light alerts to create ZoneGuard.
The S.A.M.E. system is critical since it enables users to enter their county code for local pending weather advisories, watches and warnings. Flashing LED lights - red for warnings, orange for watches and green for advisories - plus a loud audio alert will sound.There is no sleeping through this alarm system, take our word for it.
So you've been warned that a twister is bearing down: what do you do?
1) Get moving. At the first warning of a tornado in your area, or if you spot circular cloud rotation or hear a sound like a freight train, snap into action. Every second counts. Consider annual tornado drills for your family.
2) If at home, get to a safe area. Preferably, in the basement, away from windows. Get under a sturdy table or staircase, and cover up with blankets, sleeping bags, a mattress or anything that offers protection from flying debris. If you can't get to the basement (or don't have one), go to a small room – a closet, bathroom or hallway – near the center of the lowest floor and stay there. Crouch down and cover up.
3) If outside, get low and stay there. If you see a sturdy building nearby, head into the basement. Barring that, find a ditch or low-lying area and lie in it, face down. If there's no low-lying area nearby, get away from trees, lie flat on the ground with your face down and protect the back of your head with your arms. Whatever you do, get away from your car, since it may become a wind-hurled projectile.
And it's a myth that hiding in your car in an underpass will help --- the opposite is true since the underpass acts as a wind tunnel and speeds UP the twister.
For $39 the ZoneGuard is money well spent, Dorothy.
Who knew but apparently May 31st is "World No Tobacco Day." How should we commemorate the day? Weeeelll, maybe if the smokers among us all "Kick the butts" and take part in a tobacco-less day by using South Beach Smoke electronic cigarettes, we'll have a healthier planet, without the flame, ash, tobacco, tar , carbon monoxide, or offensive odors found in traditional cigarettes.
In honor of "World Tobacco Day" South Beach Smoke has partnered with the World Health Organization to encouraging smokers around the world to "kick the butts" and take part in this tobacco -ess day.
Besides the fact that they will make you much more popular in social groups, the battery-powered electronic cigarette, delivers vaporized nicotine without tobacco, tar, or other chemicals. (But keep in mind nicotine itself has health risks of its own and is extremely addictive.) The battery heats a cartridge of liquid nicotine solution, creating an aerosolized mist that the user puffs, or "vapes."
According to our "testers," though e-cigarettes emit no smoke, they deliver an experience like smoking, including the way they're held and the LED tip. They liked the South Beach Smoke in particular, especially the feel, taste and the advanced Lithium-Ion battery technology. (This proprietary battery has been engineered to provide maximum vapor, longer battery life and superior performance, says the company.)
No word on whether they help people quit the nasty habit, but it sure makes them easier to be around.
Believe me, we understand. You want the latest gadgets. We have so many old iPhones, iPods, iPads and game consoles we could stock a gadget store.
But then we figured out how to trade-in our old gadgets and use the money for our latest obsession. NextWorth makes it easy to trade in old gizmos either by mail (UPS) or at a retail store and you can even chose how to be paid - via PayPal, check, or gift card. (We use Target, where they'll give you an instant in-person quote.)
Since NextWorth has updated its iPad pricing --now, you can get up to $500 for your used iPad, and up to $360 for your used iPad Mini -- it makes sense to get what's next by selling what's old.
We spotted them first at CES; the new Jabra Revo wireless headphones and have been eagerly anticipating trying them out. We weren't disappointed.
Here's the good, the bad and the ugly.
* Connectivity is surprisingly good. They connect over Bluetooth 3.0 and streamed seamlessly while we wandered around the office, only losing us when we moved outside. To connect, simply tap your compatible smartphone on the left ear cup for Bluetooth pairing.
* Sound: Again, surprisingly good for wireless. For an enhanced music experience, it makes available a Jabra Sound App that gives you the full Dolby Digital Plus sound. Use the App to create and browse through playlists, share music and adjust the graphic equalizer so you can play your tracks as you want to hear them.
* Ease of Use: The "Turntable Touch Control" allows you to easily play, skip or pause your music and manage calls. Calls came in loud and clear. Tap to pair with NFC.
* Comfort: We found these cans very comfortable for long-listening sessions.
* Travel: Revo Wireless headphones weigh in at 8.47 ounces. And you can fold and go
* Only one negative; that at $250 they're pricey.
FACT: The average working adult today spends less time in a corporate office and more time telecommuting, whether it be from home or the local Starbucks, connected to an open Wi-Fi network.
What most of us don't realize is that when we log onto any Wi-Fi network, we put our information - and ultimately our identity - at risk. Seems like there are hackers lurking around every coffee cup, using software such as Firesheep or Reaver to hack into your account.
So what's a gal to do? We tried the free Virtual Private Networking (VPN) service, "proXPN," which utilizes the OpenVPN protocol to establish a 512-bit encryption tunnel using a 2048-bit key, which keeps all our data rom being intercepted, monitored or recorded.
Available for both Windows and Mac, proXPN also offer paid subscriptions with more advanced features, such as support for mobile devices and access to the VPN servers locations worldwide.
Maybe you won't need the FRX 3 this week but when the earthquake hits - and it will- or the hurricane system starts up again - and it will - you'll be glad you have this gizmo. Eton is showcasing three new emergency radios and each is self-powered, utilizing either solar power or hand-turbine energy to re-charge the internal lithium ion battery.
Along with an AM/FM/WB digital radio and display with NOAA weather alert, the FRX 3 and FRX 2 also feature "direct power transfer technology." What does this mean to you? Simply, that you can charge other mobile devices by connecting them via the integrated USB port. That's's HUGE, since chances are your mobile phone will be your only link to the outside world. Other features include a bright LED flashlight,glow-in-the-dark indicator for easy location, AC and DC input, and headphone jack and digital alarm on select radios.
Eton and the American Red Cross partnered on the FRX Series, now available for $25 (FRX 1) $40 (FRX 2) and $60 (FRX 3) in color options of red or black at retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.
Buy yourself some peace of mind.
A HEADSET TO MATCH YOUR OUTFIT
Give your Mom a bright turquoise bluetooth headset - or white, pink or tangerine, for that matter. Jabra makes the all-new CLIPPER Bluetooth stereo headset in trendy colors so she can still be stylish while streaming Motely Crue and making calls wirelessly.
The Jabra CLIPPER can be easily attached to bags, clothing, and belts making it harder for Mom to lose this one. It features noise-cancelling ear buds that comes in handy when on a call to the Grandkids. It's compatible with any device that has Bluetooth technology and can also connect two different devices at the same time.
And for a limited time, buy the Jabra CLIPPER on Amazon.com and automatically receive a $15 MP3 credit to Amazon Music Store.( This limited time offer ends on Monday, June 18th.)
Scary fact # 1: A Consumer Reports survey showed financially related cybercrime cost American consumers more than $8 billion.
Scary fact #2 : Malware has increased worldwide from 200,000 new and unique threats in 2001 to more than 17 million in 2011 (according to AV-Test.org.)
That's where Total Defense Unlimited comes in; promising comprehensive security for ALL devices in the home, and for all household members, through a monthly subscription service. Total Defense claims to be the first to offer monthly versus annual billing and payment, so you purchase only what you need, when you need it.( A monthly subscription is $9.99.)
"We believe it's time to change the game by making it more affordable for consumers to get the protection they need, whether they have two devices or twenty," said Paul Lipman, CEO at Total Defense.
To make their point, the company hired John Walsh to be their spokesperson. Now HE'S scary.
For a parent, grandparent -- or a hypochondriac -- this may be the perfect fit. The iPhone app, called LiveNurse, offers real-time, unlimited access to a registered nurse for advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by just simply tapping an icon on your device. The nurse will then ask a few basic questions and follow standard medical protocols to direct the caller to the appropriate care for their situation. We like that you could use it anywhere, say,at the park after your child is stung by a bee. (It might even cut down on some emergency room visits.)
Additionally, the app provides its users with access to tons of health information provided by the a Medical Encyclopedia. It offers step-by-step descriptions of common medical procedures and treatments, lists of symptoms, warnings, tests and results, prevention and more. Another key feature of the app is the Interactive Symptom Checker tool.
For peace of mind, $3.99 per month is a cheap price to pay. Download the APP at the Apple store.
Didn't have the $7,500 for a tix to Ted this year? Us neither. So go to Netflix. No, we're not suggesting you drown your sorrow in a Rom-Com - Netflix has grouped choice TED conversations into 14 themed 2 hr shows (e.g. Beauty/Fashion, Icons, Space, nature, men’s interest, Sex, Secrets and Love) – available to watch instantly starting today, Thursday 3/15. Here's a few sessions we intend on tackling:
Richard Branson talking his career and near death experiences, Bono on
African aid, Pres Al Gore talking climate, Isaac Mizrahi and his inspirations,
General Stanley McChrystal on lessons about leadership, etc.
And that's just for starters. (Netflix will add additional themes in the weeks to come.)
We guarantee you'll be inspired.