Scosche StrikeLine Cable Is a Better Way to Use an iPhone 7 and Wired Headphones

Sure, Apple included a 3.5mm to Lightning Adapter with the iPhone 7 when they removed the 3.5mm headphone jack, but that adapter is a pain. It works, but it is cheap and annoying. And while you need it to use in-ear headphones, the Scosche StrikeLine Cable is a better alternative if you use over-the-ear or on-the-ear headphones.

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If your on-the-ear or over-the-ear headphones have a detachable 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable, then the Scosche StrikeLine Cable is for you. At just $39.99, it lets you use your wired headphones without the need for an adapter sitting between the headphone’s 3.5mm jack and the iPhone’s Lightning Connector. And while Scosche specifically refers to the cable being used with Bose headphones, I’ve found they work just fine with headphones from other companies… so long as they have a 3.5mm plug on the headphones and not a 2.5mm plug. (Thankfully, Scosche also offers a version with a 2.5mm plug that will work with Bose and JBL headphones. Since I love my JBL headphones, I’ll probably pick one of this up as well.)

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Here’s what Scosche has to say about this StrikeLine cable:

We’ve all heard the rumors about Apple removing the headphone jack from the new iPhone 7. Now that we’ve seen that come true we’re all asking, “What now?”. Bluetooth is not your only option. With this Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, you can still connect any of your favorite aux in devices, like headphones or your car stereo, to your new iPhone. This Lightning to 3.5mm cable allows you to connect the new iPhone to a pair of headphones or car stereo that has a 3.5 mm jack/auxiliary input plug.

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The cable is a fairly standard cable. As you might expect, it includes a built-in microphone for hands-free calls, a button for activating Siri, and controls for your music. But this is not just about having a cable that lets you replace the 3.5mm to 3.5mm one that originally shipped with the headphones. No, this cable takes into account the fact that you are now connecting to the iPhone via the Lightning connector.

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This isn’t just a cable. The electronics in this part of the accessory helps ensure the best possible sound.

Enhanced Audio Quality: A direct connection from Lightning to USB will deliver outstanding sound quality. This cable minimizes any manipulation of the audio signal. Although Bluetooth is not far behind in quality, it does still sacrifice some of that quality as it is manipulating the signal while it wirelessly transfers your music.

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And there is more. While the primary reason I wanted to review the Scosche StrikeLine Cable was to be able to use my wired headphones with my iPhone 7 again since this is a standalone cable it can be used with more than just headphones. For example, if you want to send music from your iPhone 7 to your car stereo or home audio system, and you want the ease and the clarity of a wired connection, this cable makes that possible as well.

Connect your iPhone to any AUX-in device: Male Lightning to male 3.5mm allows you to plug your iPhone into any device that allows Aux-In. Devices such as speakers, headphones, home stereo systems, car radios and much more!

Finally, Scosche has also made a special app available in the iTunes App Store. The free Scosche Player is fine, but it may not replace your usual go-to music app. Where it comes in handy is that the app will also make Firmware Updates possible that will “ensure ongoing IOS Compatibility.” To be clear, you don’t need to use the Scosche app to take advantage of the cable, but it is nice that the company made a free app available.

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The Scosche StrikeLine Cable is a small, simple accessory but it is one that can make a huge difference. If you already have wired headphones, you love it gives them a new life in a world of iPhone 7s. And since we can expect Apple to extend this decision to other products, knowing there is a good, reliable, easily affordable, way to avoid using Apple’s cheap adapter is a huge plus. This cable will work with wired headphones that take a 3.5mm cable. For Bose and JBL you will want the version with 2.5mm. Either way, I’m grateful to Scosche of rolling something like this out. Check it out here.

Source: Manufacturer Supplied Review Sample

What I Like: Simple to use; Microphone and music/Siri control built in; Offers better and more convenient audio than most Bluetooth headphones; Gives old headphones a new life

What Needs Improvement: Nothing. But it is a bummer that I need both the 3.5mm and the 2.5mm versions to make use of all my headphones. #FirstWorldProblem

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iHealth Smart Gluco-Monitoring System review

In 2004 I was diagnosed with diabetes. Yay me! I immediately cut out as much sugar as possible from my diet and have been lucky enough not to have to go on insulin or other medications to manage the condition. Just using diet and exercise doesn’t mean I ignore the fact that I’m a diabetic though. I still need to keep track of my blood glucose readings by using a blood glucose monitor and recording the results in a notebook. When I was offered the iHealth Smart Gluco-Monitoring System to review, I was excited because it pairs with an app to automatically record results. Let’s check it out.

What is the iHealth Smart Gluco-Monitoring System?

The iHealth Smart Gluco-Monitoring System is a Bluetooth blood glucose meter that uses sensors to measure the amount of sugar in a drop of blood to provide the user with a mg/dL blood sugar level.

What’s in the box?

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iHealth Lancing Device
Lancet x10
Clear Cap for Alternate Site Testing
USB Charging Cable
Travel Case
Owner’s Manual
Quick Start Guide

Design and features

The iHealth Smart is a small oval shaped device with a power button / memory recall button on the right side. Holding the power button for 3 seconds will turn the unit on. Subsequent presses of the button display previous blood sugar level readings. The iHealth Smart can store up to 500 readings.

The opposite side of the meter has a micro USB port that is used to recharge the device’s batteries.

On the front end of the iHealth Smart is a slot for the test strip.

On the bottom is a test strip eject button.

How do you use the iHealth Smart Gluco-Monitoring System

You need three items to test your blood sugar level with the iHealth Smart. You need the iHealth Smart device, the lancing device and test strips.

The test strips for the iHealth Smart are sold separately in 50 strip vials for around $12. Each test uses one strip, so vials of strips is a reoccurring purchase.

The lancing device is a chapstick-sized tube that has a spring loaded mechanism that pokes your finger tip to draw a drop a blood for the test.

One end of the lancing device comes off to load a lancet. The cap snaps back in place and can be twisted to modify the poking depth (ouch). I kept it at the first level. The opposite end of the lancing device twists to prime the lancer.

The test strip has a striped in which is what is inserted into the iHealth Smart. The other end is where the drop of blood goes. To test, you just insert the strip in the meter, use the lance to draw a drop of blood, touch your finger / blood droplet to the end of the test strip and wait a few seconds to see the test result.

I did some side by side test with my non-connected glucose meter and the results were very close.

You can use the iHealth Smart meter by itself since it stores up to 500 test results, but when paired with an iOS or Android device, it can provide an easier way to view results and trends. The app will also allow you to export readings to a CSV or Microsoft Excel file. The app will also remind you when it’s time to perform a test and reorder strips.

Each time you take a test, it will guess if it’s before a meal or after a meal. You can edit the info about each test if it doesn’t guess correctly.

Each test will show as red, green or yellow. Red means a high mg/dL blood sugar level, green is a normal mg/dL blood sugar level and yellow is a low mg/dL blood sugar level. These levels have default values as per the American Diabetes Association. If desired, you can modify the target range levels in the app’s settings.

You can view trends graphs that can help you see when your blood sugar levels are out of range most often so that you can adjust your diet or talk to your doctor.

If you don’t have the mobile device with the app when you need to test your blood sugar level, you can sync readings later through the app.

Other information such as medications, activities, carbs in grams that you ate before the test, notes and even a place to record a message with your voice.

Concerns and issues

I like that the meter is not overly expensive, but it is concerning that the device will become obsolete if iHealth goes out of business and no longer offers the test strips since this blood glucose meter can not use other brands of strips. That said, iHealth Labs has been in business for 6 years.

I also noticed that there’s no way to add another user to the app, so if you have a family with more than one diabetic, you’ll have to buy two iHealth Smart devices.

What I like

The iHealth Smart Gluco-Monitoring System is simple to use and the fact that it uses a rechargeable battery means that you won’t need to buy a new of batteries when it gets low.

I also like the easy to read history and trends data which I can show or email my doctor by exporting to a spreadsheet.

Final thoughts

The iHealth Smart Gluco-Monitoring System is my first experience using a connected blood glucose meter and so far I see no downsides to using a device like this. The price is low enough to make the purchase of this device attractive if you’ve been needing to replace an old-school glucose meter.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by iHealth. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.

 

Product Information

Price:$29.99
Manufacturer:iHealth
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • Affordable
  • Easy to understand log and trends
Cons:
  • Can't setup more than one user

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AT&T International Day Pass: New Plan Makes International Data Affordable

I travel out of the country a minimum of three times per year, and in the past, I have had to find other options than AT&T (my carrier) because using their international plan just didn’t make financial sense. The new AT&T International Day Pass changes all of that.

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This is what international data rates used to look like with AT&T …

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The old way. Bleh.

Rather than paying $120 for 30 days use of up to 800MB (and then 15¢ per MB in overages), which I could easily blow through in a day or two, AT&T now has a plan where you can use your usual data and call plan overseas – for just $10/day.

The new AT&T International Day Pass allows you to talk and text all you want, which is great, but it also allows you to use your existing data plan in over 100 countries. Rather than being charged “per minute, message, or megabyte while traveling, you‘ll pay just $10 a day per device for any 24-hour period you use your device in an International Day Pass country.”

With the new AT&T International Day Pass, you can:

  • Add it to each device one time, and it will be available whenever you travel within the 100+ countries unless you remove the feature.
  • Use in our most popular destinations in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean – like the U.K., France, Italy, China, India, Jamaica and the Bahamas – as well as all of Central and South America.
  • Access your plan data and get unlimited calls within International Day Pass countries and back to the U.S., as well as unlimited texts to the world at no additional charge.

The one caveat seems to be that “International Day Pass feature may be removed if international voice, text, or data usage exceeds 50% of total voice, text, or data usage for two consecutive months,” but if you are simply traveling for work for a week or so at a time, that shouldn’t hurt you.

This new plan will be available starting Friday this week — just in time for my upcoming trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. Yay!

If you travel internationally, and you want to take advantage of this new option, you can head over to myAT&T and add AT&T International Day Pass to your devices.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider: Now That’s (Mostly) Italian!

Fiat is no longer a one-model (number) showroom. Joining the myriad of Cinquecento (500) models the Italian automaker has already brought to America, Fiat has revived its 124 Spider roadster just in time for the model’s 50th birthday.

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The 2017 124 Spider did not get to America in a direct manner. The revival came from Alfa Romeo bowing out of its partnership agreement with Mazda for a shared North American roadster platform. Fiat picked up the ball and delivers the 124 Spider styling and powertrain with Mazda Miata roots.

There are three variants available for the new Fiat roadster – 124 Spider Classica (base), 124 Spider Lusso (luxury), and 124 Spider Abarth. We recently tested the Lusso model and despite receiving it with Old Man Winter bearing down on us, we were able to enjoy one day of fabulous top-down, classic roadster-style driving.

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The base engine for the 124 Spider is Fiat’s 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine that puts 160hp and 184 lb. ft. torque to the rear wheels. That power arrives via a six-speed manual or, as our tester was equipped, six-speed automatic transmission. Abarth models get power boosted to 164hp along with some sportier mechanical components and choice of either gearbox.

As with the Mazda Miata, this new “Fiata” features a manual cloth convertible top that stows quickly and neatly behind the two-seat cockpit. The vehicle is tight and there is little storage space in the passenger compartment but as with the Mazda, Fiat offers a decent amount of room in the real trunk at the rear – space not affected whether the top is up or down.

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Of course, driving with the top up makes for some large blind spots but with the top stowed this car is a breeze to operate. While I am not of very large stature I found it a bit difficult climbing in and out of the car when the top was up. When the top was down I felt almost like Spiderman getting in and out (pun intended).

Fiat has made certain its 124 Spider does not get confused with the new MX-5 Miata thanks to totally unique exterior and interior styling that pays homage to the heritage of the brand and the model. The roadsters may all be produced in Japan, but the Fiat 124 Spider was designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy. The infotainment system is about the only item that will look familiar when placing both the Fiat and Mazda roadsters side-by-side.

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Some of the standard features found in all new 124 Spider models includes dual-tip exhaust, black roll bar finish, body color header, side sills, and door handles, halogen headlamps, LED tail lights, and insulation in the instrument panel, center tunnel, convertible top, rear trunk, and more to help reduce NVH. The base Classica model arrives with premium cloth seats while our Lusso model brings heated leather seating surfaces, leather steering wheel, touring suspension, front fog lamps, 17-inch aluminum wheels with three-season performance tires, and a host of other features.

Speaking of suspension, the 124 Spider rides on double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension connected to lightweight frame with balanced weight distribution to combine for a very dynamic driving experience. While our touring suspension was very comfortable around town it was still capable of providing very nice cornering capabilities when the road turned or twisted. The Fiat provided a very stable ride with easy and somewhat engaging steering and very good braking.

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Some of the safety features found in the new 124 Spider include adaptive front headlamps, blind spot monitoring (a necessity with the top up), rear cross path detection (ditto), and ParkView rear backup camera. The infotainment system consists of the Fiat Connect 7.0 system with a 7-inch color touchscreen display and multimedia control, Bose premium 9-speaker sound system (including dual headrest speakers), and Bluetooth connectivity.

Pricing for the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider begins at $24,995 for the Classica model, $27,495 for Lusso, and $28,195 for Abarth. Our Lusso tester arrived with a final sticker of $31,335. Fuel economy is rated at 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

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The pairing of the little turbo motor and automatic gearbox in our tester proved to be a very good team. The little roadster was a blast to drive and had great power response throughout the powerband. Find yourself a nice twisty open road and great weather and get ready to enjoy 50 years of roadster heritage wrapped up in a modern, stylish package. Avanti tutta!

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The Temperature Controlled Massage Chair – end of day relaxation, all day long

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Keeping ourselves running at peak performance takes quite a bit of effort. Going to sleep at a reasonable hour, maintaining a healthy diet and workout regimen as well as keeping your home in order are just the tip of the ice berg. There’s children if you have them, personal projects, and the ever-looming work which takes up most of our lives and always bleeds into our personal time.

The stress can mount to the point where your body starts to be affected, so it’s up to us to keep it at a minimum. This Gideon Cooling and Heating Ventilated Seat Cushion will, if nothing else, give your back a small reprise from the ever-mounting workload that gets stuck on your plate. This can heat up rumps when it’s cold out, or give a fresh breeze to backsides when it’s blazing hot. The 5-speed cooling fans are especially important to those who want to use this in their car with leather seats while wearing shorts in the Summer.

There are also 6 vibration settings that can be used in tandem with the heating or cooling to ease knots and tension. There’s a corded control keypad to select what features you want to experience, as well as a strapping system and no-slip backing to make sure it stays put when in use. This will plug into a wall plug or your DC car plug, and will cost you $49.95. The only hassle would be transporting it from home to car to office, but the benefits would likely be worth it when you need to make every moment of down time count.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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Nausea Relief Is on the Way with the Reliefband

The Reliefband is a wearable technology that has been FDA cleared and clinically proven to treat nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, pregnancy, and virtual reality gaming all without the need for medication.  This anti-nausea device sells for $94.99 and a tube of replacement gel sells for $14.99 on the company’s website.

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Author’s Note:  This review was written by my wife, Stacey, and it is from her perspective; I do not write in the third person, and I do not suffer from morning sickness. 

I never experienced the glow of pregnancy.  I never experienced the fun in being able to send my husband out to get me a milkshake at 2am, because “the baby wanted one.”  I never experienced the excitement of pigging out at the Chinese buffet since I was “eating for two.”  What I have experienced was the dark side of pregnancy: food aversions, extreme exhaustion, and the almost unbearable 24/7 “morning” sickness.  The anti-nausea medication helped me survive the day, but it always left me feeling unsettled.  I hated thinking about what this drug could be doing to my unborn child.  When Perry told me that I could review the Reliefband, a new watch-like device that was supposed to relieve nausea, I knew I needed to try it.

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How it Works

We knew we were going to try to get pregnant with our second child and we also knew that the awful morning sickness would shortly follow.  This time, however, I felt ready to tackle it without medication since I had the Reliefband.  According to the Reliefband’s website, Reliefband is, “clinically proven, FDA cleared wearable technology for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness, morning sickness, and VR gaming.”  It works by sending pulses down the median nerve (on the inside of your wrist) all the way to the “nausea control center” of your brain.  The pulses are supposed to interfere with the signals between the brain and the stomach that cause nausea and ultimately, restore gastric rhythm and eliminate nausea.

The Reliefband is supposed to help with nausea related to automobiles, trains, cruises, virtual reality, vertigo, pregnancy, airplanes, boating, and amusement park rides.  This review will focus solely on my experience with the Reliefband in the first trimester of my pregnancy.

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The underside of the Reliefband

The Fit

When I first saw Reliefband, I was surprised by its size.  It has a face that is larger than my watch and since I have small wrists, it felt somewhat cumbersome to wear.  The first step in using the Reliefband is to rub a small amount of conductivity gel onto the area where you will be wearing the band.  Reliefband recommends that the gel is reapplied every 2-3 hours.  Then, you need to properly situate the band on your wrist so that the metal conductors pulse down the median nerve.  This part caused me lots of trouble.  If I moved the band too far to one side, I couldn’t feel anything.  If I moved it too far to the other side, my finger would either spasm or tighten so that I couldn’t move it.

The directions stated to move around the band until you feel tingling in your palm or middle finger, but I was never quite able to achieve the perfect spot.  Also, because the face is so large, I had trouble keeping it comfortably stable in one location.  If I made the band tight to keep it in place, then the band would begin to hurt.  If I loosened the band, then I would constantly need to readjust the face.

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My other issue with the size of the band was that it was definitely not easy to conceal.  Most morning sickness symptoms occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is also a time when women don’t typically publicize their exciting news.  As a high school teacher, I would be uncomfortable with wearing the band during the school day in fear of having either a colleague or an overly observant and outspoken teenager ask what was on my wrist.  Luckily, my first trimester began in the late fall and continued through the winter so I was able to cover the band with long-sleeves, but I was very aware of keeping my sleeves down all day.  However, if the weather were warmer and I was wearing short sleeves, I would not have worn the Reliefband to work.

Does it Work?

When my morning sickness first began, the Reliefband did seem to bring me some much-needed relief.  I found that the nausea subsided within a few minutes of wearing the band.  The pulsing was, at times, hard to ignore and sometimes distracted me from what I was doing, but I preferred the distraction of the pulsing over the distraction of feeling nauseated.  The strength of the pulse is adjustable, but you do need to adjust it high enough so you can feel it or it won’t work.  Unfortunately, as the pregnancy progressed and the hormones increased, so did the morning sickness.  Once the nausea became worse, the Reliefband no longer provided any relief.

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Overall Thoughts About the Reliefband

Although the Reliefband is larger and more noticeable than my watch and was at times difficult to fit properly, it did bring me some relief from nausea during the early stages of morning sickness.  However, once the intensity of my morning sickness increased, the Reliefband did not seem to help.  Even though I stopped wearing the band and had to resort to returning to medicinal relief, I would recommend the Reliefband to other pregnant friends to try in hopes that it may work for them. This review is based solely on my non-scientific experience and individual experiences may vary greatly.

You can purchase the Reliefband directly from the manufacturer at their website.

Source:  The Reliefband was a manufacturer provided review sample.

What I Like:  FDA cleared; Clinically proven; Wide variety of uses; Brought relief for minor nausea; Natural alternative to medication

What Needs Improvement:  Size; Cost

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Polaroid Pop instant digital camera merges the old with the new

polaroid-popPolaroid is a name that is often synonymous with instant photos, and the company has managed to make a relatively successful transition to the digital era. Of course, no one would think of a Polaroid when it comes to purchasing a professional digital camera, but an instant digital camera? Polaroid has gotten that down to an art. The Polaroid Snap Touch is a good example last year, but this year would see yet another model released — the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera.

The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera delivers a modern take on the classic Polaroid instant print camera, bringing with it the wonders of an instant print format in 3” x 4”, while merging it with a sleek, modern design. Since 2017 is the 80th anniversary of Polaroid, it is a milestone for the company to introduce yet another easy-to-use camera that also keeps up with the rest of the times in terms of hardware and technology.

The Polaroid Pop will make use of ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology, allowing users to be able to automatically print full color photos in the iconic 3” x 4″ format alongside the Polaroid Classic Border Logo. In other words, the final result would be a 3.5” x 4.25″ print, delivering a traditional digital camera experience. It sports a 3.97” touchscreen LCD that helps you to frame shots, and going through the camera’s menu is also a snap.

The Polaroid Pop comes with a 20MP CMOS sensor alongside dual LED flash, ensuring that all shots are of high quality, while image stabilization would translate to a far lower number of shaky images. Oh yes, did we forget — the Polaroid Pop has a Full HD video recording option, and all images and videos are stashed on a microSD memory card — with a maximum storage space of up to 128GB.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity enables the Polaroid Pop to hook up to a mobile device easily, turning the camera into an instant photo printer too. A trio of color modes are available: black and white, color, and vintage sepia.

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Kaptivo transforms the whiteboard into an interactive one

kaptivaWorking as a group in the corporate environment can be a very challenging situation. Thankfully, we have tools in the digital age which are able to assist us, such as the Kaptivo. The Kaptivo is able to transform the whiteboard into a unique live sharing experience. The Kaptivo is the new flagship IoT device which costs $399 a pop, and yet is able to turn just about any standard dry-erase whiteboard into an online collaboration tool in a jiffy.

The Kaptivo manages to do this thanks to a connected micro-optical camera as well as an advanced processor which is stashed in a stylish form factor, as it remains positioned on top of virtually any whiteboard. This will help to expand the visual communication of individuals, SMBs and large enterprises in a far more effectively than ever before.

Nic Lawrence, CEO and co-founder of Kaptivo, “One in four people video conference every day but have no way to easily share the content from the whiteboards outside of their corporate meeting rooms or home offices. We live and work in an accelerating digital and connected world. We saw the important need to ensure the whiteboard, a key productivity tool that so many rely upon, wasn’t being left behind.”

Kaptivo will make use of proprietary software as well as patented computer vision technology so that it is capable of identifying and extracting important content automatically. This enables the Kaptivo to get rid of folks standing right in front of the whiteboard, eliminate the need to take notes or photos of the whiteboard, being able to capture an intelligent archive automatically when it comes to all board content changes. One can also share a timeline of content which is generated in the form of a PDF document.

Taking less than three minutes to set up, the Kaptivo is well worth the money spent if you would like to up the ante in terms of office productivity in a team.

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Joopic CamBuddy Pro is the Swiss Army Knife of DSLR controllers

A couple of weeks ago Julie reviewed the Alpine Labs Pulse DSLR camera remote. I came across a similar item while perusing the internet and thought I would write about it. The item is the Joopic CamBuddy Pro and like the Alpine Labs device, it is an attachment to a DSLR that sits on the hot shoe and provides connectivity to the camera through an app. However, upon reading the description of the CamBuddy I was surprised how much this device was capable of. Read on to see how the Pulse and CamBuddy Pro compare.

Both the Alpine Labs and the Joopic devices allow control of exposure, aperture, and ISO, shutter release (will our grandchildren still call it that?), and remote viewing. The Joopic ups the ante with high-speed photographic composition. Joopic allows the user to take stunning photos by using sound, light, laser, or radio trigger mode. Also, whereas the Alpine Labs device is capable of connecting to 3 cameras, the Joopic device can connect up to 128, allowing the recording of bullet-time like scenes and other fleeting moments. The Joopic CamBuddy does cost about another $40 for the base unit, and more if you opt for the laser generator or radio control, but it seems that you get a lot of capabilities for that little bit of extra investment. The Joopic CamBuddy Pro may cost more once it hits full retail availability, so head over to the Indiegogo InDemand sales page if you’d like to read more or purchase this device.

 

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Paracable Offers Beautiful Charging Cables That Will Last a Lifetime

Paracable manufactures high-quality charging cables, including Lightning and MicroUSB varieties. The cables are wrapped in 32-strand paracord, which provides excellent durability and strength and all Lightning cables are Apple MFi Certified, so you know they’ll work. If you don’t love it, Paracables will give you your money back within 30 days. Get your Paracable now, starting at $15.95.

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Paracable is obsessed with charging cables, as they make one thing and one thing only. The company began because the founder adopted a kitten whose sharp teeth eventually ruined around $80 worth of Apple charging cables. From this necessity, Paracable was born. The Paracable charging cables are incredibly stylish on the exterior with multi-colored paracord braided in fun patterns and colors.

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Beneath the eye-catching interior, the Paracable charging cables are incredibly durable.  They’re wrapped with a flexible polymer jacket, then wrapped with a durable copper mesh, and then wrapped with EMF shielding, before you get to the cables inside. The cables are made up with 28 AWG (American wire gauge) data cables and 21 AWG power cables. Paracable’s charging cables will quickly charge your devices.  They have 2+ Amps of available charging capacity and the MicroUSB cables are Qualcomm Quick Charge compatible.

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As mentioned earlier, Paracables are made in two varieties: MicroUSB and Lighting cable for Apple products. Each variety is available in a number of different styles, including: Glacier, Continuum, 1.21 Giggawatts, Gecko, Matrix, and Magma. The MicroUSB cables are available in 3.2 feet and 5 feet lengths, which will run $17.95 and $15.95 respectively, while the Lighting cables are only available in 5 feet lengths for $23.95.

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Paracables will also refund your purchase if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase within 30 days and they also offer a hassle free 1 year warranty if anything happens to your charging cable.

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I’ve found the Paracables to be extremely high quality, as they’re tough and not easy to break. I twisted them and tried stretching them, and still they charge like a dream. If you’re looking for a cable that will last a lifetime, you’ve found your charging cable. My ONLY critique is that since they’re so durable, they aren’t easy to bend and are therefore stiffer than most charging cables.

You can buy yours today at Paracable.com.

Source:  The Paracable Charging Cables were manufacturer provided review samples.

What I Like:  Durable; Beautiful designs; High-quality; Fast Charging; Works without issue.

What Needs Improvement:  Slightly stiff as compared to lower-quality charging cables.

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