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AARP’s RealPad, Real Easy

AARP’s RealPad, Real Easy

October 22, 2014 – 9:25 am | Edit Post

What is It? – The RealPad is the first tablet made by AARP to meet the needs of the non-tech savvy portion of an older audience.  The effort is in partnership with Intel, which supplies …

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Nobody Does It Better – The Astell&Kern AK 120 II

October 29, 2014 – 12:37 am | Edit Post
Nobody Does It Better – The Astell&Kern AK 120 II

A word of warning.  This is going to be a love letter. When we first listened to the original Astell&Kern AK120 music player, we were impressed. In fact we called it “A Pocketful of Miracles”   With the AK 120 the company pretty much set the bar for portable hi–res audio players, but now they’ve successfully raised their own bar with the AK 120 II, a product that effectively combines art and music in one sleek handheld device.  But as with many works of art this one is expensive.  Close to $1700.  That’s $400 heftier than the original version – and we thought that was pricey.  You could well be asking, “What makes any music player worth that much?” First there’s the technology.  At it’s core are twin high end Digital Audio Converters ak120 hand(DAC), specifically Cirrus Logic CS4398’s . Most other players use a single circuit to process both left and right channels.  Once the signal is processed it heads out to either your headphones or an audio system.  The AK120 II uses what’s called a “Balanced Output” as opposed to an “Unbalanced Output” like other systems  Astell&Kern explains it this way Read the full story »

Working In The (Mini) Blink Of An Eye

October 27, 2014 – 3:32 pm | Edit Post
Working In The (Mini) Blink Of An Eye

Pardon me if my skepticism is showing. I’ve gotten so accustomed to products not doing what they’re supposed to do that  I’m still surprised when I come across one  that does exactly what it says …

Leeo – A Bright Idea For A Safer Home

October 23, 2014 – 9:04 pm | Edit Post
Leeo – A Bright Idea For A Safer Home

So let me ask you a question.  When no one’s at home and there’s a fire in your house, does your smoke detector work?  I mean sure, it goes off and it will make a …

Hunkering Down – Getting Ready for the Long Haul

October 16, 2014 – 4:29 pm | Edit Post
disaster kit

Confessions of a Prepper Wannabee Part III
If a disaster struck today, how much food and water do you have on hand?  How much toilet paper?  The disaster preparedness experts say that on average, most disruptions will …

This Doctor Makes House Calls – Dr. Doormat

October 12, 2014 – 10:37 am | Edit Post
This Doctor Makes House Calls – Dr. Doormat

What walks into your house when you do?  Germs, microbes, dirt, and other nasty little travelers.  If you have a pet that does its business near the house, things can be even dirtier.  Certainly you …

Stop Talking Dirty – Try PhoneSoap

October 2, 2014 – 11:40 pm | Edit Post
Stop Talking Dirty – Try PhoneSoap

Got your attention, huh?  Yes this about talking dirty, well at least talking on a dirty phone.  And the chances are that your smartphone or cell phone is dirty.  Covered with germs. bacteria, viruses, even …

Demystifying 4K Television or We Won’t Get Fooled Again?

October 1, 2014 – 12:21 am | Edit Post
Demystifying 4K Television or We Won’t Get Fooled Again?

The first time I saw a 4K television, also known as UHD for Ultra High Definition, was at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.  Several of the major manufacturers including Samsung, LG, and Sony were touting …

Confessions of a Prepper Wanabee Part 2 – Fight Or Flight

September 25, 2014 – 2:07 pm | Edit Post
Confessions of a Prepper Wanabee Part 2 – Fight Or Flight

September is National Preparedness Month.  Unfortunately, the term Prepper, for those who say they want to be prepared, has taken on some negative connotations because of the TV Series Doomsday Preppers.  But we’re not talking …

Two Lights In One – The Heavy Duty NightStick NSR-9944XL

September 24, 2014 – 11:11 am | Edit Post
Two Lights In One – The Heavy Duty NightStick NSR-9944XL

I will confess to a certain fascination with the newer generations of small, pocketable, durable flashlights.  The NightStick NSR-9944XL Xtreme Lumens Duty/Personal-Size Dual-Light Rechargeable Multifunction Flashlight is not quite one of them.  It is very …

Nixeus In-Ear Phones – Sound investment

September 18, 2014 – 8:03 am | Edit Post
Nixeus In-Ear Phones – Sound investment

I get a lot of pitches to try out new products.  Some of the public relations folks who are pushing them can be pretty insistent.  Such was the case with the folks representing the Nixeus …

Confessions of a Prepper Wannabe

September 12, 2014 – 11:33 pm | Edit Post
Confessions of a Prepper Wannabe

First In A Four Part Series
 
No, I don’t believe the sky is falling.  And I’m not getting ready for the breakdown of society.  But in just the course of the past three years I’ve had …