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Netgear’s WiFi Booster – The Help you Need

I hate the wireless signal at my house. I have all kinds of things running off my network and the connection is constantly being dropped. I really can’t think of too many things that are as frustrating. Worse, is when I’m wandering around the house playing with my phone, I’ve all but given up watching Netflix in the bathtub. I’m fairly certain my neighbors have heard me yelling. I am so ashamed.

Well, this is making it onto this years gift list, Netgear’s WiFi Booster for Mobile, specifically designed to keep your elusive connection intact, without incurring any unforeseen charges for using your carriers data plan, now you can watch horror movies in the bathtub all you like, or check out a how to video next time you attempt the perfect soufflé. Pairing with your home or office router, this little box will increase the network reach for all your precious mobile gadgets.

Netgear’s WiFi Booster for Mobile simply repeats a 2.4 GHz WiFi signal from your existing router and boosts your range and WiFi performance. This nifty little box is incredibly simple to install with a mobile browser friendly setup with LED indicators that help you decide where to put it, in order to obtain the best WiFi coverage. With it’s small wall-plug design and special Push ‘n’ Connect feature, the WiFi Booster for Mobile connects quickly and easily once it’s plugged into a power source and it provides an instant and secure connection to almost any existing WiFi network.

Netgear’s WiFi Booster for Mobile provides a quick and secure connection that works with your existing network and will be available this summer at most major retailers with prices starting at around 39.95. Please visit netgear.com for more information and store availability.

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HISTORY Here – Turns your Life into a Guided Tour

Admittedly I am a bit of a history buff, I love spending weekends finding some old town and checking out the sights. I’ve always said I would like to take a walking tour or two, the only thing holding me back is that I hate being part of a crowd. I like to explore at my own pace. If only there was a way for me to know what kinds of things took place around me, without paying the guide, and having to walk in a sea of polyester pants and point and shoot cameras.

Well, HISTORY is introducing us to HISTORY Here, a new location based app that can turn your trusty iPhone into a kind of mobile tour-guide-in-your-pocket, that lets you experience the history of wherever it is you are, whenever you want to, in your own sweet time. HISTORY Here brings history to life in thousands of locations throughout the United States, so gather your crew, and take a historic walk. You might just learn something.

HISTORY Here currently has information on more than 3,500 historical locations, many of which are supplemented with exclusive videoswritten content and pictures to create a dynamic visitor’s guide. For example, visitors to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge will learn that 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians cross the bridge each day and users also have access to an exclusive HISTORY video that tells the dramatic story of the Roebling family, the designers and architects who saw the project to its completion. Neat.

The HISTORY Here app can act like a virtual travel guide and provides information based  on either current location or manual input of a specific destination. Users can simply tap the icons on screen to dig into a deep history of many locations and landmarks that cover our beautiful land. So make the most out of your next trip to the grocery store, and find out what happened where you live way before you got there. For free, at the i Tunes app store. Now who wouldn’t like that?

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Dash – Your new Smartphone Car Stereo

When I’m in the car I never know what to do with my phone, if it’s in my purse I may not find it again for days, I stick it in the cup holder and then I have no place for a drink. Recently I found a way to wedge it in the door handle, it leaves it nicely accessible, but I have had a few incidents where someone opened the door unexpectedly from the outside… so it’s not really the solution I had hoped for, and I’m not getting the most out of my phone.

Here’s an idea that uses your smartphone as the main part of your car’s stereo, I’d like you to meet the Dash. The idea behind the Dash is that it built to fit in the space your boring old stereo used to be, and allows your smartphone to connect and interact with the Dash stereo. Allowing you to take advantage of all the cool features your phone has to offer, safely and easily in your car. Music, navigation and phone calls are all within reach. Not to mention all the other road-friendly apps that can make your drive time more pleasant.

So whether you want to voice text, or check the weather, be alerted to upcoming speed traps or just listen to your favorite local radio station your smartphone will be there for you, mounted safely and securely in your car using special neodymium magnets, and don’t worry, the Dash is charging your phone for you too. The Dash is currently available for pre-order with an iPhone 3GS, 4/4S or iPod Touch Faceplate, but rest assured it will be compatible with most smartphones as the different faceplates become available. Pre-order prices starting at 349 bucks at devium.com.

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These Shoes were Made for Charging

A tremendous amount of time has been spent developing new and cool gizmos and gadgets, and now a directly proportionate amount of energy is being spent finding alternate ways to power all our stuff. Smaller batteries, solar power, charging stations, thermo-electric power. We have a lot to choose from, and now we may not have to look much farther than our feet.

A guy from Kenya has just come forward with his invention, a device comprised of an incredibly thin chip of crystals that can actually create power as the sole of the shoe is flexed. This energy can be stored for later use, or charge your devices via a thin flexible cord from your shoe to your pocket, all while you walk, run, or jog.

Anthony Matua, the gentleman responsible for this awesome idea tells us that this chip can be inserted inside the sole of any shoe, with the exception of bathroom slippers, and evidently you don’t have to worry which shoes you choose as your “charging” pair as these crystals can also be moved from one pair to another.

So as you walk, you generate pressure and in turn, that pressure generates energy, so it looks as though in the future you may be able to just keep on talking, as long as you are able to keep on walking. Are you listening Nike? I see big things for this technology. The device has been patented and it looks like it may be set to enter the market at a very modest price point. Word is the equivalent of around 46 bucks will buy you a chip with a two and a half-year warranty.

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Google’s Project Glass – Welcome to the Future

Imagine this if you will, you’re walking down the street engaged in a video chat with your friend, who is 6000 miles away, taking pictures and planning your day when you realize you don’t know where you are, as you look up and to the right a computer screen appears in your line of vision, and you ask it to find the nearest subway station, and it does. The coolest part of this story is that this technology is out on our streets, right now.

Welcome Google’s foray into augmented reality glasses, housed in a pair of sleek and uber-cool glasses is a clear display that sits above just one of your eyes, these glasses can stream news and information, access maps and send or receive messages via voice command. The glasses can also take video or pictures, Android based, with a 3 or 4 G connection the Google glasses will also have motion sensors and GPS.

Initial reports tell me that the glasses will contain many voice activated features but they will also require some head tilting and nodding in order to scroll or click, and while reports say that the Google Glasses navigation will be easy to learn, I think it will make for some interesting people watching… Some reports are also pointing to an augmented reality contact lens already being under development.

Okay, so I love where this is heading, Apple is also working on a “wearable computer” project, but theirs is one that would be worn strapped to your wrist – I’m thinking I like the idea of the glasses better… Somehow it just seems more high tech, what do you guys think?

No word on price yet, but a best guess says it will probably be in line with a quality Smartphone, and you might be able to have a pair in your hot little hands by the end of the year!

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NimbleTV.com – Finally, ALL your TV Wherever you Want It!

I love all my iDevices and media players and Smartphones, I really do. If I am being honest though, there are a few things (in my world at least) that being plugged in should get us… like being able to watch TV. You would think that someone, somewhere could come up with a way that I could watch my favorite shows without being charged per episode or having to do all this downloading and converting. So whats a girl to do?

Well, NimbleTV has just announced a game changing new subscription-based TV platform that, for the first time, will enable customers to access all of their television from anywhere in the world, on any device. Take a breath, you read it right…customers will actually access their existing subscription TV service using the new NimbleTV cloud-based software and now, they can watch their TV- wherever they are.

Nimble TV has nearly unlimited recording capabilities and it also has a built-in social features that enables customers to easily follow and record what their friends like to watch on TV. The service is a global platform and is stating out with TV offerings from the U.S. and India, and then it will roll out to other countries.

First, you need to get set up with a subscription TV provider that NimbleTV supports, just so you understand, you are watching the TV you have already paid for, this should be a win-win for everyone (and hopefully avoid the nasty unpleasantness of  lawsuits). In addition to local coverage, NimbleTV will include all your cable channels, depending on which packages you have selected.

The service has more than 10,000 hours of digital recording. There is no box to buy or equipment to set up and we can sign up as Beta testers starting today.  So head on over to NimbleTV.com to watch a short video or sign up to be a tester. This could be the start of something big! No word yet on monthly cost, the buzz is only around 20 bucks.


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Songza – the Simplest Soundtrack for your Life

 

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Nike+ FuelBand – Because Lifes a Game

It’s official, Spring has sprung, not that we ever had much of a Winter. I look out the window this afternoon and my thoughts turn to bathing suits and barbecues, not necessarily in that order. The barbecue sounds great, slapping on a swimsuit after a winter that didn’t involve so much as a single sleigh ride or shoveling session, not so much.

Well it looks like Nike is at the ready to save us from ourselves with their new FuelBand, How active do you wish you were? Let your Nike+ FuelBand know and it will monitor your progress, track your time, steps taken, calories burned and keep tabs on your NikeFuel. Compete with others or against yourself, everyday can be a new challenge.

The Nike FuelBand even looks cool. A high tech bracelet that displays your exercise statistics in LED lights and with the companion app and the Nike+ website your fitness goals are destined to become a reality. Your FuelBand starts the day red and turns from red to yellow to green as you hit your daily fitness goals.

The FuelBand certainly looks more comfortable than some of those larger ”wrist fitness” devices and much more user friendly and accessible than other bands simply because it has a display and the ability to sync wirelessly, the Nike+ FuelBand comes in three sizes and can easily be adjusted for whether you’re wearing it on your right or left wrist. The Fuelband should be aavailable for around 149 bucks, but it is currently sold out at Nike.com  However, go to the website for more info or to sign up to be notified that they are back in stock. In the meantime, less barbecue and more exercise for me.

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The One Touch Pizza Delivery Magnet – No Anchovies Please

The Pizza, the perfect “I don’t want to go anywhere” meal. It’s easy enough to pick up the phone, place your order and wait the agonizingly long 30 minutes or so till your pizza arrives. Devoured straight from the box, perhaps in front of the TV. Heck it just doesn’t get any better than that. Does it?

Well, some folks at The Red Tomato Pizza in Dubai thought it could get better, and easier and have introduced a  refrigerator magnet shaped as a cute little pizza box that functions as a one touch delivery button from your house – to their kitchen, provided of course that you live in Dubai!

The gadget works simply enough, by communicating via your Smartphone’s Bluetooth connection to place your order. The standard information, like address and phone numbers would have been previously provided online so after set up, it is indeed, one stop pizza shopping. You can request a call to confirm your order, but that just takes some of the fun out of it don’t you think?

Anyway, a pizza shop in Dubai isn’t going to enhance my next Saturday night pizza party, but I think their little gadget is a certainly a hint of some really cool things to come our way, but I do have a question, what if  this time I wanted the anchovies?

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Walmart, Hollywood and VUDU – The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

Just about everyone loves movies, our new devices allow us to take our entertainment with us almost everyplace we go, but something has been missing. You buy a DVD and need to watch it at home (or in your car). You can save it to your computer and convert it so you can send it to your ipod. Alternatively you can buy or rent your movies already set up for your devices as a download from the iTunes store, but then you don’t have a hard copy for your collection.

Well, I’m not ready to say this is the solution, but it IS the next step in portable media options for those of us who like to keep what we buy. Walmart, in partnership with the major Hollywood studios is just about to increase the value of movie ownership for its customers. Starting on April 16th, 2012 in more than 3,500 stores, Walmart customers can bring their DVD and Blu-ray collections to a Walmart store and receive digital access to them from the partnering studios. 

It works something like this, grab your Sony, Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, or Universal movie and take it to your Walmart Photo Center where a Walmart associate will open a free VUDU account for you. You let the associate know if you would like standard or HD conversion, and the associate will then authorize a digital version of your movie to be added to your VUDU account, no uploading, no bother and you head home with your old movies still in hand. Lastly, simply log onto VUDU.com from most internet connected devices and watch your movies anywhere, anytime.

 An equal conversion for standard DVDs and Blu-ray discs will cost $2 and standard DVDs can be upgraded to HD for $5. Perfect? No. Opening the door for movies to be sold with digital rights and other options? I hope so, I have a lot of room left on my iPad. For more information visit Walmart.com

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