Archive for October 2013

By GREGG ELLMAN— Twitter.com/greggellman

Belkin HD Bluetooth MusicSeems like this is a week for Bluetooth technology and for those who are still in love with an older stereo or TV, the Belkin HD Bluetooth music receiver is a perfect accessory.

The HD receiver brings together your old system with any device having Bluetooth technology, including iOS and Android-based devices.

Setting it up is simple; plug the HD receiver into your existing system with the included cables (3.5mm to RCA and coaxial HD Audio cables) and pair the receiver with your Bluetooth device. The pairing is done with a simple tap of your device to the new receiver.

For users of Android 4.0 or 4.0.1, you’ll need the free Belkin BT app for the tap-and-play feature.

From there the receiver allows your handheld media player to send any audio files you have stored on it to the existing speaker systems.

Up to eight devices and can be stored in the receiver.

www.Belkin.com $59.99

Monster iSport FreedomSince the Monsters iSport Freedom headphones are wireless with Bluetooth, one you slip them over your ears they make you feel like your listening to a live concert on the go.

Along with the great sound, the iSport gives you a resistant , sweatproof and even washable design.

A multi-function key controls the power, volume, next or previous track and even allows you to answer calls. Obviously, there is a built-in microphone at the base of one ear cups..

The iSport Freedom headphones are made with a fashionable neon green design, a rubberized finish, and a reflective safety trim for night time use.

Each ear cup is comfortably padded with 400mm drivers sending out the great sound  and are connected with a flexible headband.

There’s also a 3.5mm connection if you want a wired connection with the included in-line mic cable.

www.monsterproducts.com $249.95

SoundDewThe WhiteLabel SoundDew water resistant Bluetooth speaker is music-friendly at home, work or play _ even including the shower.

What makes it waterproof and somewhat indestructible is a internal protective water- and dirt-resistant housing encased with a rubberized outside shell.

The design incorporates a hook on the speaker to let it hang from anything that will hold it including belts, backpacks and handlebars.

The sound quality from the 3-inch speaker is impressive and the portability makes it a great accessory.

An 3.5mm aux-in lets you plug in non-Bluetooth devices for listening and a built-in mic lets it work as a handsfree speaker phone.

www.whitelabel.co/SoundDew.html $49.99 available in blue, black, khaki and red

PrintStikThe PlanOn Printsik PS905ME printer has a line on the box “Print anything, anywhere in just seconds” and after you see it in person, you’ll see this is an accurate statement.

It’s small, portable and very easy to use.

Measuring just 11 x 2 x 2-inches makes it easy to store in a backpack to print boarding passes, movie tickets or anything you have to have on paper right there and then.

It’s designed to be cable-free and connects to your smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth but can connect with the included USB cable. Power is supplied by the built-in rechargeable lithium-Polymer batter.

The paper is stored on a 20-sheet roll cartridge (one included) and the whole setup is stored in a nylon zipper case.

All of the controls including power, a paper feed and a battery level indicator are easily accessed on the side.

When you consider how big and clunky our first home printers were, this one is pretty amazing for document printing.

www.PlanOn.com $299 for the printer, 3 print cartridges with 20 pages each $29.99

Gadgets:: WD My Cloud is a must have

By GREGG ELLMAN— Twitter.com/greggellman

WD My CloudThere is what seems like an endless number of cloud storage solutions for storing and sharing digital files but it’s often confusing, so most just keep their digital data on home storage devices.

Simply put, cloud storage has nothing to do with the weather. Instead, it involves moving digital files to an off-site storage location.

Typically, after you move files to the storage site you can view, share or edit the data on any computer, smartphone or tablet from anywhere.

After going to a demonstration recently by executives from WD (a Western Digital company) of the new My Cloud storage solution, I came away thinking ”this is  a company that finally understands the consumer cloud confusion and has a simple, user-friendly solution.”

The hardware system makes it simple for professional photographers down to beginners to store digital images, videos or documents to the My Cloud personal drive.

Simply put, the My Cloud is hard drive device (available 2, 3 and 4 TB capacities) and is simple to set up. After your done, connect it to the Internet and you can access the files you store on it from anywhere in the world, all with no monthly fees.

My Cloud has a Gigabit Ethernet connection, along with a Dual-Core processor, which results in blazing fast speeds to transfer files.

There was a statement WD had in a recent press release, which I couldn’t agree with more: “Everyone is inundated with thousands of digital files scattered across multiple computers and mobile devices and controlling that chaos is a challenge.”

WD also supplied research saying that the average household will own approximately 3.3 terabytes (TB) of digital content by 2016, which is a large amount to control.

WD My Cloud ImageAfter you’re done with the simple setup using the WD web-based interface on a Mac or PC, the software will automatically detect the drive, enabling you to connect to it via the web from any remote location.

Using the remote My Cloud storage allows your devices to free up storage space, while still be able to access the files at any time.

I’ve had many people tell me a lot of the insecurity with cloud storage is you don’t know where the files actually are. In this case with the WD My Cloud, the files are sitting on your desk.

The system can also be used as a computer backup with Apple Time Machine or WD SmartWare Pro software on a PC.

Accessing files on mobile devices (iOS and Android) is a breeze using the WD My Cloud mobile app available for free in the App Store and Google Play.

www.WDStore.com 2TB $149.99, 3TB $179.99, which are both available now. The 4 TB will be available in November with an MSRP of $249.99

Logitech Z600Logitech’s Z600 Bluetooth speakers ($149.99) are designed to be desktop space saving with a curved, vertical design looking like a pair of cool white vases.

Once you connect them to a computer or any of Bluetooth media source, crank them up – you’ll hear great room-filling sound.

The Z600 speakers can be simultaneously paired with up to three devices and if wireless isn’t your device’s thing, there is a 3.5mm port for a direct wired connection.

A USB Bluetooth transceiver also included if your computer doesn’t stream audio or support Bluetooth.

To switch between devices just press pause on the one playing and then hit the play button on the other and the speaker will know to switch over.

Setting the volume up or down is done on a touch panel on the top of one of the speakers, which is very responsive.

They are powered with the included AC adapter.

www.Logitech.com

CardNinjaThe CardNinja is simple solution to rid yourself of a bulky wallet.

It attaches to the back of a smartphone and stores up to eight credit or ID cards.

Installation takes seconds: just peel off the backing and stick it to the back of your device. It can be removed easily if needed.

After it’s attached, load it with your cash, driver’s license and credit cards. In some case you can even use a smartphone cover to hide the CardNinja and your credit cards or whatever you store in it.

It’s made with a flexible spandex material and is available in black, purple eggplant or steel gray.

https://grandst.com $19.95