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Samsung Gear Live

When I was a tiny tot, I watched Knight Rider and pretended I was Michael Knight, talking to KITT on my watch. Yet now that there are real-

Samsung Gear Live

When I was a tiny tot, I watched Knight Rider and pretended I was Michael Knight, talking to KITT on my watch. Yet now that there are real-life watches that can do even more things, I don’t find myself quite as excited as my 5-year-old self was. Smartwatches have been around for over a decade already (remember Microsoft SPOT?), but the category hasn’t evolved at the same pace as smartphones. It’s not because there’s a shortage of digital wrist-worn timepieces. The problem is that there’s no common platform for third-party apps, which means there’s little potential for growth.

There also doesn’t seem to be any vision. Some watches act as Android phones with SIM cards and tiny touchscreens, while others try to establish their own platform to entice developers. Still others have even tried to put fitness bands and smartwatches into one device, to limited success. Even worse, most of the watches on the market today are what you might call “fashionably challenged” — they simply aren’t attractive enough to entice the masses. Google’s solution is to extend its Android platform — which has very strong market share and developer support — to the wearables genre with Android Wear.

Samsung Gear Live


Singing Machine SML385 Makes Your Party More Fun



The Singing Machine company certainly lives up to its namesake, having rolled out different kinds of karaoke machines in the past, with the Singing Machine iSM990BT being one of the more recent releases. Having said that, here we are with their latest model that is called the Singing Machine SML385 which ought to be able to spruce up just about any party and make it a whole lot more fun. After all, when you have some drunk guests take over the microphone, that is when they bare (and sing) their heart out – and you will be able to see the “real” them without any pretenses.

With the Singing Machine SML385 being the most recent addition to their range of at-home entertainment products, those who are interested will be able to pick it up from Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. for $49.97 a pop. At that price point, which is a whole lot more affordable than spending the evening out at a fancy restaurant, the SML385 certainly starts to look as though it offers plenty of value for money. In fact, it will come with a top loading CD+G player, as well as a pair of microphone jacks so that you can belt out duets.

Not only that, to spice things up even further, the SML385 is touted to arrive with disco lights in order to bring up your performance by a few notches, and the built-in speaker will be able to deliver huge sound to your party while doubling up as a voice projector for really large groups.

Using the SML385 is a snap – all that you need to do is to plug it into a power source, place one of your favorite CD+Gs and hook it up to your TV or monitor through the included RCA cable so that you can check out the scrolling lyrics on screen. It takes a matter of seconds for the music to start playing through the speaker as the lyrics make their way across the monitor screen for easy viewing, so that you can belt out those greatest hits without a hitch.


The Belkin Power Center will make sure meetings aren’t completely draining

Belkin Power Center

Our phones have become our lifeline. Through them we can make evening plans, work remotely, take calls, send messages, play games, listen to music, and so much more. Of course, we want to keep this powerhouse alive as long as possible. Sadly batteries in current phones don’t last nearly as long as they used to. If you get stuck in a meeting that seems particularly devoid of outlets, you may be in trouble.

Although you shouldn’t be playing games or texting amidst a meeting, your phone or tablet can be a great method to keep notes. You can immediately email what you’ve written if need be, or add in an event to your schedule. If you need to make sure your device or laptop is going to stay charged, and your meeting room doesn’t have a power strip available, you could always take it upon yourself to get something like the Belkin Conference Room Power Center. This weighs almost 3.5 pounds, so you don’t need to worry about it trying to scoot off the table if too many plugs are in one side.

There are 4 outlets, and eight 2.1A USB ports, meaning anyone in the room with you is going to be happy you’re there. No one wants to leave a meeting physically drained, only to find that their phone had the same experience. This is a $80-100 purchase that you should probably encourage your boss to make. If you don’t already have a proper setup for long meetings that is perfumes baratos.

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Belkin Power Center


Google Glass finally available to all on the Play Store

Google Glass


Google Glass has been unnecessarily hard to come by in the past requiring invitations or winning contests to be able to buy one…until now that is.

Google has finally begun selling the Google Glass Explorer Edition to all on the Play Store

Now any old chum, not just devs, can grab the hi-tech headset, albeit it doesn’t come cheap carrying a hefty price tag of $1500 (about £920).

Yes, it seems Google hasn’t lowered its not-so consumer friendly price so you’ll have to make sure you have enough green in the bank before you enter any card details.

Although as Techradar pointed out, the rumour that the next version of Google Glass will look more like a pair of normal glasses may help explain why Google’s refused to budge

On the upside, Google is willing to throw in a “free” pair of shades or frames for the money, so at least that’s something.

Also available on the Play Store are all the Google Glass accessories including various frames, shades and earbuds.

The fact that Google is allowing anyone to purchase Google Glass from the Play Store shows that its ready to expand the line further.

The Google Glass Explorer Edition is basically the products’ beta version, so its highly likely we’ll start seeing rumours and leaks of a new model in the coming months.

Head to the Google Play Store to get your hands on Google Glass, available in white, black, grey, blue and red variations.

Google Glass

Alarmes and security systems


Did you know that security systems do not deter a burglar from breaking into your house? If someone wants to get into your house bad enough, they will find a way to do it. Burglars are aware of the different types of systems and how they work. They are also aware of how to get around them. Basically there are two types of home security systems.

One type, called a monitored system, alerts a central notification center once the alarm has been tripped and this center then checks in with the homeowner to see if everything is ok by calling. The call center is alerted through the phone wires. A clever burglar will locate the outdoor phone wires that are exposed and cut them. By doing this, the information center is never alerted and the burglar is free to enter the home. One disadvantage to having a monitored system is that even after the alarm has been triggered, it gives the burglar time to still get into your house, steal some valuables and escape undetected. This can happen because typically once the alarm has been set the security company waits for approximately 30 ñ 45 seconds before contacting the homeowner by phone to receive the correct password. They wait this long to allow the homeowner to deactivate the alarmes if it is a false alarm. If the monitoring company does not receive the correct password, or the phone is not answered, they then contact the police. By the time the police arrive at least 1-2 minutes has passed. An experienced thief can make off with quite a few of your valuables in that short amount of time.

The other type of alarm systems is ones that make a loud siren like noise inside and outside the house alerting neighbors. These are called unmonitored systems. The responsibility to contact authorities then rests on your neighbors. With this type of alarm system, it is best to also include flashing lights so people are well aware of where the alarmes is coming from. The advantage to having this type of system is that burglars often become deterred when the sirens and lights start blaring. Their goal is to get in and get out with some loot and without being noticed. This is really tricky to do once the alarm has been tripped. A disadvantage of this type of alarm is that your neighbors must be home and willing to get involved by calling the authorities. This type of alarm is also not made for those who live in an isolated area of the countryside or whose neighbors are not close by.

If youíre still interested in installing an alarm system in your house there are a few things that you need to consider when researching the correct one for you.

Cost ñ security systems cost about $1,000. If you choose to have it monitored, there is an additional monthly fee for this service.

Package ñ be sure that your package includes: control panel, keypad, siren, motion detectors inside and outside and door and window contacts. You can add other accessories to your package, but in order to have a good system installed it should include the above-mentioned items.
Licensing etc. ñ get references and referrals on any company you might consider using. See how quickly they can install your system after it has been purchased. You do not want to hire a company that can sell their systems faster than they can install them.

Be sure to get information on their warranty.

Ask about their screening process for installers. Installers should have a criminal background check completed on them.

Call your police department to find out what their response time is to home security alarms. You may be surprised by their answer. Also check to see if there are any fines associated with false alarmes.

Nothing replaces good old-fashioned safety and intelligence. Lock your doors and windows when the house is vacant, leave lights on inside and outside and keep valuables in a very safe place ñ maybe even outside of the home videoporteiros.