We have been testing out the Boostcase Hybrid Power Case for iPhone 5/5s
priced at around $99.95. Bottom line, it extends your iPhone battery and what traveler doesn’t need that? We’ve tested out a couple of brands in the past, some with marginal luck initially, and others which had better performance, but we’re always looking for updated technological advances, better battery performance and of course, fun designs and color.
The Boostcase is an innovative two-piece design that includes an ultra-thin snap case with a battery sleeve that you can attach in a single click. The case gives your iPhone 5/5S lightweight protection, while the sleeve delivers 150% more battery life whenever you’re on the move.
One of the things we loved most about it is that it’s stylish, slim-fitting AND comes in multiple colors — so many phone accessories seem to be made by men, for men. This one is eloquent and tasteful.
It’s rechargeable 2200mAh battery sleeve adds over 150% more power and easily attaches/detaches from the snap case using a patented locking system. You can switch between standby and charging with a multi-purpose play button. Like most products in its category, they…
I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of ergonomic solutions lately, largely because I spend far too much time behind a computer monitor, whether that be my external one plugged into a docking station at home, or my laptop or iPad when I’m on the road. Frankly, it’s important to have ergonomic products set up to alleviate the stress on your body regardless of where you are. We’ll be exploring some solutions that are more suited for serial road warriors at a later time but here, we’ll explore a couple of Kensington products that is designed to help you get a little more comfort at the keyboard.
Let’s start with their Kensington Monitor Stand
that uses something they refer to as a SmartFit System
. They have a couple of other options as well, which include a standard monitor stand that isn’t adjustable and extensions from the wall that can be adjusted so you can move your monitor up or down or side to side. The Monitor Stand with the SmartFit system pictured below allows you to measure where you need to sit to be the most comfortable and provide the least strain on your arms, hands, neck and shoulders and then…
The AlcoMate Revo Digital Breathalyzer
is a nifty compact device that can fit in your luggage when you’re traveling or in your car, so you can use it after dinner before driving home. They claim that their flagship product, the Revo is the first and only breathalyzer available that combines the ultimate precision of advanced fuel-cell sensing with PRISM technology, which allows any end user to quickly and easily replace a pre-calibrated sensor module directly and eliminate the need re-calibration. This is my understanding of what that means in English — because of this PRISM technology, it can be more accurate than most other models in the market.
With PRISM technology, Day 1 accuracy and performance is restored with every sensor module replacement, which re-calibration cannot provide. Unlike other breathalyzer manufacturers that I found in my research, this one comes with a patented pre-calibrated replaceable intelligent sensor module (PRISM) which allows you to change the breathalyzer’s sensor on your own when needed. This exclusive technology eliminates the potential for downtime without the product, the need to mail it back and forth for calibration service, and the risk of gradual sensor breakdown typical of other breathalyzers.
Last Friday, I was invited together to attend an anniversary event held at San Francisco’s City Hall which celebrated the 70 years the United Nations Charter was signed. I was selected as one of 70 Bay Area Digital Leaders to participate in the event together with ambassadors from around the globe. Deemed a Charter Commemoration Ceremony, remarks and speeches were given by Governor Edmund Brown, Mayor Ed Lee, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon shortly after the Boys Choir entertained the audience.
Even without the UN Anniversary celebration in play, it was already a day San Franciscans would never forget — earlier that morning, the SCOTUS ruling was announced and same sex marriage was legally voted in, which had a profound impact on the city where it all began. As I made my way up the City Hall entrance, hundreds were gathered on the front steps, joyful screams of the positive outcome echoing into the morning air.
The Governor talked about the significance of the Charter and San Francisco’s role back then and of course how San Franciscans can be involved in the UN’s work in the years…
Ahhh yes, Buick!!
You all know the name, but how many of you drive one? And, if not, why not? Truth be told, I grew up with Buicks around me — in fact, a Buick LeSabre
was the very first car I drove regularly when I got my permit at the ripe age of 16. Yes, we were a GM family. My grandmother had the Buick LeSabre which she began to share with me when I got my license and my grandfather drove a Chevy. It’s funny, but in a quick search for what LeSabre’s looked like at the time, somehow I don’t remember them being quite so square — it’s astonishing how things have changed in 30 years!
Above, the 2015 Buick LaCrosse 1SL AWD with Baroque Red Metallic exterior color and Alloy Wheels — Photo credit: © General Motors.
That memorable burgundy Buick LeSabre
saw a lot of action back when. My grandmother, who was no fragile flower when she got behind the wheel, was known for her heavy foot and I certainly wasn’t timid around cars either — after all, two cousins owned mechanic shops, my grandfather collected old cars and also drove a truck…
Ever heard of a Jeffersonian Dinner
? I’ve been invited to one or two over the last few years, one of which was being held in Washington DC, where it was birthed in the 1800′s by none other than Thomas Jefferson himself. Because of those invitations, I had some vague idea of what they were, but never actually participated in one until the Arc Fusion
folks hosted one recently in San Francisco.
Photo credit: www.smithsonianmag.com
Rewind the clock to 1819 and visualize yourself at a long and decadently adorned table with Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, his elegant Virginia home. Around the table, you’re seated with a group of people steeped deep in culture, philosophy, education, history, politics, art, literature, science and theology.
The idea behind a Jeffersonian Dinner is to bring people together from different disciplines, creating a new cause-centered community around a topic of importance or significance you might want to discuss for whatever reason. This can be done to tap into new resources, raise funds for a non profit or important issue, or simply to expand the group’s thinking about a variety of topics.
It’s important that it be somewhat intimate so…
Intel Free Press reports on moves to harness smartphone sensors to help apps better personalize their services based on context…
By Intel Free Press
The 2013 film “Her” featured an operating system that could personalize itself to the user to the extent where the intelligence appeared anything but artificial. By taking cues from user data and its environment, the OS was able to respond to the user’s needs, even on an emotional level. While “Her” was science fiction, progress in the area of contextual computing is bringing such intelligent systems one step closer to science fact.
From GPS sensors to accelerometers to gyroscopes, smartphones already have been capturing and utilizing sensor data to enrich a user’s experience. Services such as Google Now combine user data with location to provide information on nearby attractions and travel times for calendar appointments, but much more can be done with smarter sensors.
For example, an ambient audio sensor along with calendar and location data could give a mobile device the contextual awareness to determine whether it can alert you with either an audible cue or a subtle vibration instead if you are in a meeting or…
For this year’s TEDxBerkeley
‘s event whose theme was Compassion, Connection and Wisdom
, over 2,000 attendees showed up to hear 57 speakers and performers at the University of Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall
on February 28. Below are highlights from some of our thought provoking speakers, several of whom flew over from Africa to join us thanks to this year’s Diamond Partner Fetzer Institute.
Performers nailed it out of the park, which included the upbeat Japanese drum performance by Cal Raijin Taiko
, the energetic Cal Bhangra
dancers whose goal is to keep Punjabi dance alive (below),
and the UC Berkeley Men’s Octet
who added humor to their doo-wop, barbershop and pop songs, acapela style of course.
Dr. Prasad Kaipa
, who kicked off the first session on Wisdom, has committed his life to driving innovation and leadership. The bulk of Prasad’s work has revolved around getting people to realize their full potential, most known for his work advising companies like Disney, Adobe, Apple, Boeing and others.
His talk began not with lessons learned in corporate America however, but with a single, startling fact: Malnourishment kills 1,500 children in India every day. He reminds us that malnourishment…
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