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Smartwatches vs Featurewatches: Discover the Phosphor Touch Time

April 18, 2014 by  

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Just as your smartphones had some competition with features phones and their limited apps, longer battery life, and in many cases better designs, so the smartwatches of the world have the oncoming storm of the featurewatches. Starting with the Phosphor Touch Time.
Just like the feature phone, the Touch Time stands out against a field of smartwatches thanks to a limited but focused set of applications. Through these applications, and the hardware in the watch, the idea of a smartwatch is implied. The capacitive touch-screen, as well as contributing to the name, also allows a smartwatch like UI to be employed. Switching between the top level screens is accomplished by a swipe across the screen to either the right or the left; app selection is through a tap on the screen; and switching through views in each individual application is accomplished with either an upwards or downwards swipe. The UI is consistent across the seven applications, the settings screen, and the clock faces. That’s important in a small piece of consumer technology, so congratulations to Phosphor for focusing on the UI to enable this consistency. Excerpt taking from additional fodder I have over on Forbes. When


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Move Into Relaxation & Serenity With Sound Machines for Travelers

April 14, 2014 by  

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Recently, in an effort to get a more peaceful sleep while on the road, I investigated a few sound system options that would be useful for travelers. In my research, I came up with several companies that focus on relaxing therapy, some of them a bit too large for the mobile warrior however some of them which we may get into at a later date, could be useful for summer homes or people who go back and forth to a few destinations on a regular basis and can leave units in various locations. In the meantime, let’s dive into some options that we decided to review: The SOUND + SLEEP Home Machine (as well as their Nomad Travel Version) and the Sound Oasis Travel sound therapy machine. The SOUND+SLEEP Sound is unique in that it offers a unit for home and one you can carry on the road. Since I travel so much, I decided to keep one in one location while keeping the other in the ole suitcase which never seems to be completely empty, as its always waiting for its next journey. Lately, I’ve noticed that its been harder to sleep on the

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5 Top Mobile Apps for Getting Around New York City

April 11, 2014 by  

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Besides my Metrocard, the only other thing I never ever leave home without is my trusty iPhone.  Any other New Yorkers out there relate? I’ve only had this amazing piece of technology for about a year, and it’s insane to think how I navigated my way around the city before!  (Blackberry, you’ll always have a place in my heart.)  Here are the top 5 NYC-centric apps that are, quite simply, priceless.

1. Seamless

Heading home from a long day at work?  Sure, you could wait until arriving home to log onto the desktop and place an order for your go-to Thai…OR, you could open up this handy dandy app on your phone, order and pay for it en route, and have it delivered by the time you walk in your building.  Amazing?  I think yes.

2. HopStop

In pre-iPhone days, I would email myself directions from HopStop, like, all the time.  Now life on public transportation just got a million times easier, cause you can search for door to door directions virtually anywhere!  Or if you’re feeling super lazy, you can even get an estimate on how much cab fare would be.…

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Capturing Courture Brings Fun, Creativity & Feminine Energy to Camera Straps

April 10, 2014 by  

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Women travelers know the drill – they learn about a new product only to discover that the coat, the bag, the shoes, the gadgetry only comes in black, silver, red, navy or some kind of hunter green. Many of these products are designed by men with men in mind even if half the users might in fact be women. It happens all the time – with laptops, adventure travel clothing and shoes, cameras and more. As an avid photographer, I’ve come across this challenge again and again – black bags, red bags and geeky looking patch-like bags. I stumbled on this cool company called Capturing Couture started by two women — Erika and Lisa — who were passionate about fashion and photography. They were intrigued by the notion of elevating a basic Black Camera Strap into a new world of style…taking a piece of equipment and giving it a fashion spin.  THANK YOU! Through the years, their ask has been: “What can we dream up without any limits?”  Their styles in their bags and camera straps span from *girly glam* to ‘boho chic’, while taking into account the best of where fashion meets function. They also do camera bags, guitar…

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The Flashy Can-Am Spyder Available to Test in San Mateo Through April 10

April 9, 2014 by  

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Coming to Northern California’s Silicon Valley/Bay Area for the first time is the Can-Am Spyder on April 9 and April 10, 2014 at the San Mateo County Convention Center at 1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo, CA  94403 (demo area outside).  You’ll be able to try out this three-wheeled open air vehicle that gives you the exhilaration of riding with confidence and control thanks to its Y-frame design, state of the art 7 automobile technologies and Rotax engine. Could this be the future sports ride of Silicon Valley techies? The Can-Am Spyder has awesome tech features:
  • AM/FM Audio System with iPod Cable – Audio system and weather band that is all satellite-radio ready and rear speakers with independent audio control.
  • Garmin Zumo 660 GPS – Integrated with an easy-read 4.3-in touch screen and Bluetooth wireless technology.
  • Anti-theft system – Digitally encoded security system (D.E.S.S.) prohibits vehicle from starting unless the rider uses the correct coded electronic key.
  • 41 gallons of storage – A perfect place for your phone, tablet and computer, keep your gear safe with lockable watertight storage.
And also… fuel efficient and green features… In addition, updates to the cooling

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The Bamboo-Fibered Nufabrx Pillow Fights Acne While You Sleep

April 2, 2014 by  

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I recently met young Seattle startup Jordan Schindler, who at only 22 years old, started a company called Nufabrx after learning about how dirty pillowcases are and how they can contribute to acne. Some of us may already know this, but not everyone does. His clear skin pillow helps you fight acne while you sleep. For travelers who know how dirty pillowcases can get on the road, you already know this is a godsend if you have blemished skin. Another stat you probably don’t want to know is that researchers swabbed 40 pillowcases and toilet seats and found that the bacteria on each was so similar the samples were virtually indistinguishable! AND, that dermatologists recommend changing your pillowcase every 2-3 days. The Nufabrx $29.99 pillowcase contains bamboo fibers and microcapsules that release a special serum into the skin that helps reduce facial bacteria. The product, which contains tea tree oil, can be washed and typically lasts one year.
Innovative microencapsulation technology allows their all natural scientifically formulated serum containing lavender, lemon balm, tea tree oil and wintergreen oil to remain embedded within the fibers of the pillowcase wash after wash. The


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JetBoard, The Watertoy That Blends Surfing & Jet Skiing

March 29, 2014 by  

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We just learned about a brand new water toy called JetBoard that positions itself somewhere between surfing and jet skiing. The JetBoard is an elegant ride while also allowing you to ride the waves at speeds up to and over 35 miles per hour. It actually runs at 55 horsepower with 350 psi of thrust to push riders of up to 350 pounds. We haven’t tested it out yet, so this is just a heads up for those adventure addicts out there.   It comes with a JetBoard Tool Bag, JetBoard Cover, fins, a leash and a kill cord. Price range is around $7,995.


Momofuku by David Chang for the Foodies Among Us…

March 14, 2014 by  

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Great book called Momofuku by David Chang. Momofuku is a phenomenon — a once-unrecognizable word, it’s now synonymous with the award-winning restaurants of the same name in New York City: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar, Ko, and Milk Bar. Chef David Chang has single-handedly revolutionized cooking in America with his use of bold Asian flavors and impeccable ingredients, his mastery of the humble ramen noodle, and his thorough devotion to pork.   Momofuku is both the story and the recipes behind the cuisine that has changed the modern-day culinary landscape. Chang relays with candor the tale of his unwitting rise to superstardom, which, though wracked with mishaps, happened at light speed. The dishes shared in this book are coveted by all who’ve dined—or yearned to—at any Momofuku location (yes, the pork buns are here). This is a great read for all foodies. They have ginger scallion noodles and below is a share of the recipe of their Ginger scallion sauce, which they refer to as the mother sauce at Momofuku, something that they use over and over and over again. If you have ginger scallion sauce in

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