Amazon Fire TV Cube
December 27, 2018
If you have a TV entertainment system with several different devices, what is the best way to incorporate all of it? A lot of people’s first choice may be a Harmony universal remote.
But there is a new sheriff in town that goes by the name of the Alexa Fire TV Cube. Just like any other Alexa product, a simple “ Alexa, turn on my TV” from anywhere in the room will turn on your television and sound system. If you have a video game system, it will also turn that on with simple commands. If you want to fire up Netflix, all you have to do is give
the Alexa command. Pressing buttons on a remote have now become a thing of the past. At a price point of $120, the Fire TV Cube is designed to be the center of your entertainment system. With its small and compact design and a glossy front, this little box has a light up blue bar on its top with buttons for volume, muting and triggering. Coming in at just 3.4
x 3.4 x 3.0 inches, it is smaller than the Apple TV 4K and the Roku Ultra.
When you turn the Fire TV Cube around, you will find the ports for the power supply, HDMI, mico USB, and the IR blaster. The device also comes with a micro USB to Ethernet adapter which is essential for the required connectivity to 4K televisions. The initial setup process for matching your television and devices could not be easier. The assistant on board essentially sets everything up for you and it can even find your favorite
gaming system and connect that to the Fire TV Cube as well.
Yes, you can use Alexa for the commands but Amazon also includes a remote. It has a very solid feel to it and some people even prefer the physical buttons over the touchpad like the Apple TV’s remote has.
Now, one of the most important factors when choosing a device like this: the interface. There is a very simple feel to the interface of the Fire TV Cube which puts the content first as oppose trying to get you to click on unnecessary things. A very nice feature is the live TV previews where it shows you what is airing on certain channels. This is great if you are perusing through the channels trying to figure out what to watch. Whether it is HBO or even live local channels, the Fire TV Cube has it all.
With all the good, there are a few flaws that people have found. Searching for your favorite movie should be as easy as, “Alexa, show me movies from the 70’s”. But some people have run into issues with the filter system that the Apple TV has perfected in Siri. Also, some of the search results are a bit questionable but we just figured that no AI is going to get everything
right. In conclusion, should you get the Fire TV Cube? YES! But we do recommend that if you are engulfed in the Apple Ecosystem, it may be beneficial to get the Apple TV 4K. If you are the type of person that does not care about that, then the Fire TV Cube is for you.
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Sharper Image UL Certified Hoverboard
December 20, 2018
When you think of Sharper Image, you probably think of high quality and innovative technology. That same thought comes to mind when considering the hover board made by that same company. The Sharper Image UL Certified Hover Board may be the only board you will ever buy.
If there is a model on the market that helps you learn to ride on a board, this is the one you will need. It meets the needs of kids as well as adults from a minimum of 50 lbs to a maximum of 220 lbs. The key to this the high quality parts that come with the hover board. Every single part on the board has UL certification. The components are all high quality as well.
The Sharper Image hover board is also very user friendly. It has a Learning Mode which slows down when turning and has a lower top speed. Once you have mastered that, with a simple press of a button, you can enter Expert Mode which allows the rider to hit turns faster and increases the top speed. It also has a built in gyroscope which automatically keeps you upright in order to avoid any serious crashes. The controls are also very intuitive. With a simple shift of body weight, it can go in any direction you want it to.
The rechargeable battery is also very easy to use and most of all, it is eco-friendly. At full charge, depending on the surfaces traveled, it could go up to 15 miles, which is excellent compared to some other hover boards on the market. If you are worried about fires, the charger is also UL certified and has passed electrical and fire safety tests.
If it is style you are looking for, this board has it all. It comes in glossy white and it also comes in a matte black finish, which we are quite fond of. The LED light onboard are also a great touch when riding at night.
We would be doing you a disservice if we did not compare some of the other hover board on the market to this one by Sharper Image. The Veeko Self Balancing Scooter may be a better option if you are looking for a board with safety as its number one priority. This may get in the way when the rider becomes more comfortable with the hover board and would like to expand their horizons. Orkan’s best-selling board focuses more on aesthetics than it does the overall riding experience. When compared to these two, it looks like the Sharper Image hover board is hands down the best option.
With all that, it really comes down to personal preference. We really like the Sharper Image UL Certified Hover Board for its sleek look. This board was actually used to help a friend learn how to ride. Without the Learning Mode, it would have taken twice as long. So, if you are looking for the best bang for your buck, we highly recommend this hover board.
Macbook Air (2018)
December 3, 2018
With all the talk about the newest iPhones and iPads, it is not surprising that the new Macbook Air has been brushed to the side. But this is a device that needs to be talked about.
Apple’s lightweight laptop, the Macbook Air, has finally gotten the upgrade and makeover that it deserves. Macbook Air fans have spoken and Apple has finally listened to the many requests for an upgraded screen. The new Retina displays do not disappoint. It retains the 13.3 inch screen size and does not increase in size due to the lack of bezels. This comes as a refreshing change from the metal that surround the previous year’s model. The pixels have increased to 2560×1600 which compare to the newer Macbook Pro models. Apple also claims that the new Air has 48% more colors than its predecessor. The normal user will not notice that unless placed side by side with last year’s model.
The design of the new Macbook Air has also been upgraded, which makes it easily one of the best looking laptops on the market today. It has a very simplistic appearance with the majority of the device being metal which is pleasing to the eye. It also comes in new colors which are Space Grey, Gold and Silver. The Space Grey is the color for us and is something that needs to be seen in person. Another change is the size of the new Macbook Air. It is visibly slimmer than previous models due to the fewer amount of ports that are included. Open up the laptop and you will see the beautiful screen along with the flat butterfly style of keys. It is slightly improved from other models where it has a new membrane underneath to prevent dust from building up under the keys. It will take a few times on the keyboard to get used to it but it should not be a deal breaker. Other features are the much bigger touchpad that has the Force Touch technology along with Touch ID which is built into the keyboard.
Now what good is a new device without some controversy? And this is a big one. All the ports that were on the previous Macbook Air model are gone. It has been replaced with USB-C ports. Two of them to be exact. These are Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, which can output 4K and even 5K displays. If you miss regular USB ports, you can always buy an adapter to use those thumb drives that you might still have laying around.
What about battery life? Usually, with the Macbook Air, the battery life has been stellar. Well, this year improves on that. Some testers have gotten almost 11 hours of streaming video playback which is very solid for a laptop.
It is very clear that this new laptop will be the one that you can travel with for fun and for business for many years to come. With a $1200 price tag for a device that weighs 2.7 lbs, this is sure to make new fans and also keep its old fans happy.
October 31, 2018
Would you buy your child a hover board? That is the question that many parents are struggling with these days. Chances are, your children are seeing their friends having fun while riding on their boards and that is what will make them want one. But should youhoverboard them? We will discuss what you should do.
First, what is a hover board? They are known as “self-balancing scooters” and they are one of the trendiest modes of transportation out right now. If you have seen one before, you would know that these boards do not actually hover but use wheels to ride around simulating a smooth motion. It actually gives the rider the feeling of gliding on air. Hover board became popular via the internet and celebrities putting out viral videos of themselves riding. That has influenced many people around the world to go out and try it for themselves.
A good amount of parents are a little hesitant when their kids ask to buy them a hover board, but here are a few reasons why purchasing one may be a great investment for your family.
Hover boards are a safe mode of transportation. It is not out of the ordinary for a parent to be worried about safety when thinking about a hover board but the fact that hover boards typically meet international standards should put their worries at ease. Most hover boards these days come with self-balancing technology which helps keep the rider upright and prevents loss of balance. To top it off, hover boards typically max out at around ten to twelve miles per hour which cannot be said about other modes of transportation like skateboards and bikes. At the end of the day, it is up to the person, when riding the hover board, to be responsible and safe.
Another reason why parents should feel confident about buying a hover board is that it encourages their child to spend more time outside. With the times that we are living in, every child has some sort of electronic device that grabs their attention and holds it for hours at a time. A hover board could cure that by having the child go outside and enjoy nature and get some fresh air.
Finally, hover boards can teach your child about maintenance and caring for the hover board. Purchasing a hover board is an investment and you want to make sure that your child will take care of it and that it will last for a long time. Learning things like remembering to charge the battery, responsible riding and minor repairs can go a long way. Speaking of repairs, there are many resources online that can teach the rider about certain quick fixes that will also save money in the future.
In conclusion, the trend of a hover board may be something that will fade away in the next year or so, but there are a lot of positives when considering purchasing one. It will bring temporary joy but also it could lead to life lessons that are way more valuable than the cost of the board. So our answer is a resounding: YES!
Google Pixel 3
October 15, 2018
There have been leaked specs and images of phones in the past but none like the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. Maybe that is what makes it such an interesting phone. Here is everything you need to know about the flagship devices along with what improvements were made from the previous year’s models.
First, the beautiful displays. The Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch, AMOLED display with 2160 x 1080 pixels. The Pixel 3 XL packs a giant 6.3-inch, AMOLED display with 2960 x 1080 pixels. Both are equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass which is virtually scratch proof. The Pixel 3 is more for the everyday user but the Pixel 3 XL is the one that will get all the attention with the massive display and every so controversial notch on the top of the phone.
Compared to last year’s model, the Pixel 3 looks like a miniature Pixel 2XL and the Pixel 3 XL seems to look like a combination of an Android phone with iPhone Xs Max characteristics, mainly because of the notch. Google also finally decided to put glass backs that are more grippy and textured to support wireless charging along with a move that Apple was notorious for, they removed the headphone jack.
If you can look past those glaring similarities to the other phones from other companies, Google has actually made a pretty great phone with a lot of features that many will enjoy. Just like last year’s model, the new phones have kept the front-firing stereo speakers which are now about 40% louder. It also has an upgraded IP68 dust and water resistance (up from IP67 in last year’s model).
What most people are interested in are what is under the hood of the phone. It comes with stock Android with no bloatware, which any Android user would be ecstatic to see. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset which makes it a really speedy phone, approximately 30% faster.
Security has been a big topic of discussion among the developers at Google and especially with the new Pixel series, they come equipped with new “Titan M” chip which is specifically designed to improve security by making sure your data and passwords are safe. Details on how this chip works has not yet been revealed but knowing that it exists is something that every owner wants to hear.
Now, the feature that a lot of people look for when buying a cell phone these days…the camera. Instead of going the route of the iPhone XS with the two camera option, Google has decided to stick with the one camera which has been pretty controversial. Instead of two lenses in the back of the phone, they decided to add another lens in the front which makes it possible to have wide angle selfies.
With that said, we should mention the price. While 2018 has seen its share of smartphones with a price tag north of $1,000, Google has decided to keep their phones competitively priced. The Pixel 3 starts at $799 and the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899.
Will the new features and price convince you to upgrade? The best way to find out is to get your hands on one and try it out for yourself.
How to ride a hoverboard?
October 1, 2018
Have you ever taken a look at someone riding a hoverboard and thought to yourself, “how does that thing work?”. That is not an unusual question for people who are curious about purchasing one. The fact is, people that own hoverboards will tell you that it is such an awesome riding experience. But it is also important to know how the machine operates. You do not want to purchase a cheap hoverboard. It is also important that you choose the best hoverboard for your needs. In this article, we will attempt to provide insight into how this self-balancing scooter works.
Behind the complexity of an actual hoverboard, there are a number of parts that are required to make the thing move. The technology involved in the making of each board is incredibly advanced and work in the background to make the board move in every direction. One of the main reasons why the board moves around is because of the wheels. And what makes the wheels move is the electric motor that also comes with speed and tilt sensors. It is so advanced in technology that it can detect the revolutions per minute of each wheel and then it will send that data to the speed control boards, which are located inside the framework. This enables the rider to slow down, lean forward and backward and also accelerate the speed as your weight is shifted in a particular direction.
Each board has a tilt/speed sensor that works with a gyroscope to enable the rider to distribute their weight with no delay. The speed controls have a connection with the sensors which are located inside of the wheels to send the action to the logic board.
The board also has a pressure pad which plays a very important role in the whole process. It helps to detect the movements to go forward and backward. The pressure pad has two switches on each side of the board. The switches are pressure sensitive and can detect weight distribution. The pressure pad can also help you turn the board in any direction.
Balance is also an important factor when riding the hoverboard. Gravity is crucial when riding because the combination of the gyroscopes and tilt sensors come together to form a center of gravity based on the weight that is distributed. It will read the motions of your feet and with that information, it will send signals to stay balanced or do whatever action the rider wants it to do.
Now, the most important factor in how these hoverboard work is having a legitimate motherboard. It is almost like having a tiny computer on your hoverboard. It takes the feedback from everything that was mentioned in the previous paragraphs and puts it into action. It is like the brain of the board. It also helps in provide cushioning in the beginning stages of riding and it also can stop the board at a certain speed.
In closing, as you have read so far, the hoverboard needs some really complex technology in order for it to move. If you are interested in purchasing one or even learning more about hoverboard, our website can be your guide. Happy riding!
Different Types of Hoverboards
September 18, 2018
You see them everywhere. People riding hoverboards all around their neighborhoods. They are actually pretty easy to spot and maybe you are in the market to buy one. You know what they look like, but to get the most out of your riding experience, you must know exactly what the hoverboard is.
The hoverboard is a complex thing equipment as far as moving parts, but each part is essential in the riding process to ensure longevity and safety. Every hoverboard has wheels. You may have seen movies where people are flying on their boards, but hoverboards are not there quite yet. You need four wheels, two on each side to make sure you have optimized balance. Different companies sell different wheels and some of the wheels are good for riding on flat surfaces and some wheels are meant to go on rougher surfaces. The wheels come in different sizes as well. They vary from 6.5”, 8” and 10”. Choosing wheels for your hoverboard is a very important factor when in the buying process. You need to know that your wheels will last a long time and will keep you safe. If you are in the market to buy a hoverboard for tricks, then the smaller the wheels the better. If you are looking for everyday riding, then big wheels are the way to go.
The body of the hoverboard is also very important. By body, we mean the rectangular unit on which you stand on. Above every wheel, you will see mini fenders, which are there to make sure your feet do not come in contact with the wheels. The board is used to provide space for your feet so that you can keep balanced while riding. For the body to support a person, a motor and a battery, there must have been a lot of research done to accomplish this. Another thing to look for on the board is foot pads to ensure a non-slip and safe ride.
The aesthetics of the hoverboard is also something to look for when making your purchase. Companies have put out some wild looking boards that fit anyone’s personality. Lately, it is not used as just a mode of transportation, but more of a fashion statement. But since the most important factor when buying a hoverboard is safety, the details of looks its cosmetic appearance should not be something that is looked upon with high regard.
There are also different types of hoverboards. For instance, companies have come out with one-wheel boards which are more challenging to ride, but also fun. Some other companies have also come out with the boards that have four wheels which help with the learning curve. And on the extreme, other companies have come out with hoverboards that do not have any wheels. But do not expect this board to be in the same price range as every other board mentioned.
In conclusion, since you now know what to look for in a hoverboard, make sure you take the time and do your research so that you know which board is perfect for you.
Fantasy Football (2018 edition)
September 4, 2018
You or someone else you know knows someone who plays fantasy football. And maybe you have always wondered what it is and how you play. I will go into detail about the details of the game and how you play.
First of all, what is fantasy football? It is a game, which you play with your friends or even complete strangers, where you get the production of real NFL players on a weekly basis and get points for how well they perform. For every week of the NFL season, you fill your roster with players that you have drafted before the beginning of the NFL season. Typically, your roster will have a quarterback, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, a defense and a kicker. Depending on the format of your league, each player’s yardage, touchdowns and receptions count towards your total points. The more points you accumulate, the better chance you have of beating your weekly opponent in your league. The teams with the best win record make it to the playoffs and one team will eventually win the fantasy football championship.
So now that you have the basics down, keeping track of your roster is important. You will need to make sure you set your starting lineup in time for the start of the NFL games that your players are playing in. If you forget to place a player in your starting lineup and they start the game, then you are out of luck. So mistakes like that need to be avoided.
Another huge factor in fantasy football is something that is called the waiver wire. As the weeks progress, players that usually are not projected to perform at a high level come out of nowhere and are valuable for fantasy owners. If those particular players were not drafted, you are able to pick them up from a pool of the remaining undrafted players. You put in a claim for the free agent and if no one else wants them, then you can replace someone from your team with that new player. Typically, waiver claims are submitted before Tuesday and process sometime on Wednesday.
Bye weeks are another thing you must pay attention to. Every NFL team has a bye week in their schedule where they do not play. So that applies to your roster as well. If you have players on a particular bye week, you will want to replace them with someone on your bench or go to the waiver wire and find someone that will take their place.
If you are not satisfied with a player that you have on your roster and you are in need of a player from another team in your league, the best thing to do is to try to propose a trade. It is best to see the strengths and weaknesses of your opponents and try to put together a trade that would be enticing to them.
The most important thing is to enjoy yourself. It is a long season and even if you start out on a losing streak, do not lose interest. You can still come back and win the whole thing. So do your research and have fun!
August 16, 2018
When it comes to hover boards, there are many factors that you must take into account before making the big purchase. The most important factor, by far, is hover board safety. That is why it is imperative to do your research on this topic before riding. Below are different ways you can stay safe while having fun on your hover board.
The truth of the matter is that it is possible to get injured while riding on your hover board. When first learning how to ride, it is extremely easy to lose your balance and potentially fall and hurt yourself. You could also be equipped with the wrong kind of wheels and hit a surface that cause the hover board to throw you off.
It is also possible to get injured by your hover board due to electrical issues. No board is perfect and it is possible for circuits to be shorted and that could potentially start a fire or even burn the rider. That is why you should have your hover board inspected by a professional every once in a while.
The board is also a vital part of your safety. If your board is not designed to hold your weight, it could cause serious injury. You must make sure that the board is made of the best materials along with having superior grip so that it keeps the rider secure. One thing to look for in a board is rubberized non-slip squares to keep your feet in place.
Wheels are also a very important factor when dealing with safety. Typically, the bigger you are, the bigger the wheels should be. It is also very important to check on the tread on the wheels as well to determine if a replacement is necessary.
The hover board battery is something that you also must pay close attention to when making your purchase. If the board gets damaged by an accidental crash, one of the first things you must check on is the battery. If it gets damaged, it could potentially affect the charging system. Also, if you have received a faulty battery, it could catch on fire. That is why you should monitor the charging process to avoid such injury. You must make sure that the battery is UL certified. If it has a UL2272 certification, you can rest easy knowing that it is up to international safety standards.
So now that you know what to look as far as safety is concerned, there are three hover boards that the editors have chosen as being the safest of safe. The first one is the SWAGTRONIC T6. This board was made to go off-roading and features wheels that have exceptional grip. It can also hold a rider that weighs up to 380 lbs which is more than most boards can support.
The second option is the CHO All Terrain Rugged board. This board has some of the biggest wheels you will ever see on a board which usually means it will provide the rider with a safe ride.
Finally, we will cover the TOMOLOO board. This hover board is safe because of the fire resistant materials that are used in the battery system. It also does not allow you to overcharge or overheat the board which is an amazing feature.
Hover boards are safe only if you are knowledgeable. Please make sure you do your research when purchasing your next board. Happy riding!
Apple TV 4K
August 1, 2018
Have you been looking for a great way to stream movies, TV shows, and even music? Well, look no further than the Apple TV 4K! With a sleek black design, it stands 1.4 inches (35mm) tall and is a square 3.9 inches (98mm) wide. It was released on September 22, 2017 and boasts many incredible features. It comes with 32 GB of internal storage for $179.99 and 64 GB of internal storage for $199.99. But, the best feature is that it allows users to watch their favorite movies and TV shows in ultra high definition resolution. Another great feature is that it supports both Dolby vision and HDR10. This technology enables users to see brighter colors and clearer pictures on televisions that support HDR. This is something that needs to be seen in person to really appreciate. The Apple TV 4K includes the powerful new A10X fusion processor, which means it is twice as fast as the previous model. This allows for smooth playback of 4K content up to 60 frames per second. It comes with a touch surface remote that enables you to easily navigate and search through menus in any direction with just your thumb. The remote also has a microphone for users to access Siri. This means you can ask your Apple TV to pause, rewind, fast forwards, and more with your voice.
With the release of the Apple TV, Apple now competes with companies like Amazon, Roku, and Google, who already have streaming devices with 4K capabilities. One advantage that Apple has over its competitors is its simple, user-friendly interface, which we have all come to know and love. It allows even beginners new to the Apple ecosystem to just pick up and play. Another great thing about Apple is that if you have already purchased HD movies from the Apple iTunes store, Apple is now upgrading any eligible movies to 4K HDR at no cost to the customer. Speaking of movies, if you happen to be a Netflix subscriber, you can stream Netflix in 4K through the Apple TV 4K. Imagine watching your favorite TV shows and movies like House of Cards or Stranger Things in a brilliantly clear picture and color.
Personally, as an owner of the Apple TV 4K, I find myself enjoying my TV and home movie experience much more now. Even my wife has commented on the stunning difference and she never notices that kind of thing. When the grandparents come over to see pictures of their grandkids, we can display the photos from our iPhones on our 65 inch TV screen using Apple TV 4K. If you are an owner of the previous generation Apple TV, I highly recommend making the upgrade to the Apple TV 4k. You won’t be disappointed. TV shows and movies are just not the same without 4K. Once you go 4K, you’ll never go back!