Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What Are the Top 5 Backup Power Solutions? | Best On-the-Go Power

Running out of juice on your smartphone or tablet when you're on-the-go and need to stay connected is a real problem for technology addicts and smartphone users alike. So, in order to determine a good solution, I've researched the top 5 backup power solutions for backup battery needs.

backup power for smartphones
The dreaded low battery symbol is no longer an issue

1. Without wanting to appear opportunistic and because (as you will see) this truly is a new innovation in the somewhat saturated portable power market, I want to give a mention to the future of backup power solutions just unveiled at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas and the winner of the CES Innovations award in portable power, Lynktec's Reeljuice.

retractable cord backup charger
Image of Reeljuice, the first of it's kind in backup power

What sets Reeljuice apart from other backup battery solutions on the market?
  • Reeljuice is the world's first backup battery to include a 48" retractable cord. This means no fumbling around for too-short or lost cords
  • Reeljuice has a 10 watt rapid wall charger that will simultaneously charge the portable charger and your device when plugged into the wall
  • It has a long-lasting, high quality Li-ion batteries and is available in 2 versions; at 4,800 mAh and a 10,400 mAh models
  • Reeljuice has a folding USB port for on-the-go charging, and an additional USB port for dual charging needs
  • Reeljuice has a handy 100 lumen LED flashlight and a LED power gauge so you never run out of juice
  • It also includes micro-USB and MFi lightening plug adapters for both Android and iOS 
  • Reeljuice has the power to charge a smartphone 6 times before needing to re-charge the Reeljuice
  • It has a 10,400 mAh battery capacity all inside a slim, modular design 
  • It has just become available for pre-order!

2. The next backup power solution I want to mention is the Mycharge Rapid Recharge Max! 

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Image of Mycharge Rapid Recharge Max

The Mycharge Rapid Recharge Max has a lot of great features as well.

  • The Rapid Recharge Max allows for 36 hours of talk time before needing to re-charge
  • It includes built in wall prongs making it an at-home charger and an on-the-go backup charge
  • The Rapid Recharge Max has LED charge indicators so you know how much juice your charger has at all times
  • It also claims to charge your device 25 percent faster
  • It has an 8,000 mAh lithium ion battery
  • The Mycharge includes 2 USB ports and has 3.4A max output
  • Mycharge products, including the Rapid Recharge Max, come with detachable charging cables, however they are not retractable or permanently attached to your charger
  • The retail price for the Rapid Recharge Max is $119.99
  • Mycharge products range from $29.99-to-$129.99
  • It is compatible for both Android and Apple users

Mycharge offers a large range of charging products which makes them a great choice for someone looking for many different options to meet specific lifestyle needs.

3.  Next I want to mention the Mophie Powerstation Plus. 

mophie charger for on the go
Image of Mophie Powerstation Plus

The Mophie Powerstation Plus has lots of great features to check out! 
  • For this particular backup battery you have the choice between battery capacities ranging from 3,000 mAh to 12,000 mAh
  • The Powerstation Plus is compatible with Apple products, smartphones and tablets
  • It includes what Mophie calls a smart charge circuitry, to aid in not over charging your devices
  • There is also a built in charging cable, however it is very short making talking while charging virtually impossible
  • The Powerstation Plus has a charge speed of 2.4A
  • Depending on the battery size you chose for this product, the talk time ranges from 3.5 hours to 36 hours
  • The Mophie products in the Universal Battery Line range, which includes the Powerstation Plus, range from $49.95-to-$129.95
Another awesome feature of the Mophie website is they allow for customers to shop by device. This makes finding the perfect backup power for your needs quick and easy. 

4. Next up is the Charging Vault by Seidio. 

android portable charger
Image of the Seidio Charging Vault 
The Seidio charging vault is another great option by a lesser-known brand for backup charging.

  • The Charging Vault includes LED light indicators so you can be aware of how much battery your backup supply has left
  • The retail price of the Charging Vault is $49.95 if you order it without a cord, and $59.95 for the "kit" which includes a detachable cord
  • The Charging Vault has an automatic shut-off feature to prevent over charging your devices
  • It is compatible with USB devices including Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones
  • A downside to this charger is it is not recommended for use with tablets 
  • The Charging Vault includes wall prongs making it an at-home charger as well
  • It takes six-to-eight hours to charge completely using the wall 
  • Seidio states it takes approximately two-to-three hours to charge your device depending on your devices battery size
  • It also includes two USB ports
  • Seidio portable chargers range in price from $49-$69 
This portable charger is great for someone with simple needs but not-so-great for those looking to use the charger for both a phone and a tablet. 

5. Last but not least I want to mention the MiPow Power Tube designed for Apple uses. 

iPhone portable charger
Image of MiPow Power Tube

The MiPow is another awesome choice to consider when looking into backup power solutions.

  • A major aspect that sets the MiPow Power Tube apart from other chargers is it was designed specifically for Apple products
  • It also includes a USB port which allows it to be used with other non-Apple devices when the user uses their original charging cord
  • The Power Tube has a 2,600 mAh battery capacity 
  • It has a Li-ion battery and LED battery indicator lights
  • MiPow states it has a charge time of four-to-five hours
  • Another feature is because it was specifically built for Apple products, it comes with Apple adapters built in
  • If you are a non-Apple user, you will need to provide your own charging cord
  • The Power Tube also comes in an assortment of 10 different colors

The MiPow Power Tube is a great choice for Apple users, however may be a bit of a hassle for Android or Windows users.

Whether you depend on your portable devices for business or play, backup power sources are a must. I hope this list helped narrow your search and made choosing a product a piece of cake! 

Let me know what you think is the best portable power solution in the comments below!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Easy, Quick Holiday Gift Ideas | Last Minute Shopping?

Want to avoid the dreaded last minute mall shopping frenzy? Yeah, we've all been there. Fortunately this nightmare can be avoided with these easy, quick holiday gift ideas that can be purchased online from the comfort of your couch and cozy slippers.

busy shopping mall

Crowded mall of last minute holiday shoppers

Of course I have to mention our great gift ideas here at Lynktec! We have made those last minute gifts as easy as possible with our super snazzy and tech-y holiday gift bundles, which are even pre-wrapped free of charge!

fast gift ideas

Our holiday gift bundles for your favorite tech geek that are ready for under your tree

The gift bundles are a holiday exclusive offer. They make great gifts for those who are hard to shop for, and they are ready to be placed under your tree! We have taken all of the fuss out of holiday shopping, plus, if you act fast there is free shipping on our website for all domestic orders! There are three options for the gift bundles. . . 

1. The Gadget Guru bundle is $14.99 and includes a TruGlide Pro stylus, a mystery microfiber Smartie cloth and a TruGlide Carrying Tube. This is a great deal with huge savings for any student on your last minute shopping list. 

easy gift idea

Our Gadget Guru gift bundle unwrapped
2. The On-the-Go Tech Lover bundle is $19.99 and includes some awesome gadgets as well! It comes with a TruGlide Clip stylus and a TruGlide Tether stylus in mystery colors, a mystery microfiber Smartie cloth and a TruGlide Carrying Tube. This gift bundle is perfect for the on-the-go person on your list. 

quick holiday gift

Our On-the-Go Tech Lover gift bundle unwrapped
3. The Business Executive bundle is $49.99 and would make the perfect last minute gift for that techy person in your life who loves new, innovative products. It includes an active Rechargeable Apex stylus and a mystery microfiber Smartie cloth. This bundle gives you huge savings and is sure to impress the ones you love! 

simple christmas gift

Our Business Executive gift bundle unwrapped

Some other great last minute gift ideas include savings on the iPad Air and the iPad Mini 2 at Best Buy. They are offering $50 off and free two-day shipping or free in-store pick-ups for the same day you order! An iPad is a gift anyone would love to receive, and if you're looking for an easy and quick option this one is sure to impress. 

Another great way to find last minute deals from the comfort of your living room is to search on Amazon. One gift I found that looks awesome for both men and women is the Ubest Bluetooth Hat which is selling for just $23.99. This is a perfect gift for those living in colder climates. It is a winter-y cap that includes Bluetooth speakers. 

Another fabulous last minute gift idea, perfect for that budding digital artist, that is easy and quick is our TruGlide Pro Stylus & Artist Paintbrush Tip Bundle. 

digital art

Our TruGlide Pro Stylus & Artist Paintbrush Tip Bundle

This bundle is currently on sale for just $34.99 for a limited time only! It includes a TruGlide Pro Stylus in a color of your choice, a Metal Carrying Case for the stylus and all of its accessories, and a digital Artist Paintbrush Tip that attaches to the Pro stylus. This is the perfect gift to give someone who loves art or has an interest in electronic art! 

I hope in all of your last minute shopping woes this gift idea list was helpful! Let us know if you have any ideas for last minute gifts to help out other shoppers in the comments below :)! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Future of Technology | CES Innovation Awards 2015 Highlights

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Innovation Awards showcased their 2015 honorees and winners for consumer technology products, yesterday. These awards exemplify the future of technology for the upcoming year, and let me tell you, the products mentioned did not disappoint.

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) (for anyone who may be unfamiliar) is the foremost industry trade show for consumer electronics and is held each January in Las Vegas.

CES Innovation Awards
Image from the CES Innovation Awards, 2014

The coolest new consumer electronics products are featured at CES Las Vegas and the best of the best are awarded a coveted CES Innovation Award Honoree status.

I want to highlight some winners from yesterday's announcement! Drumroll, please . . .

So here at Lynktec we are very excited to share that the elite CES judging committee has just selected Reeljuice as CES 2015 Innovation Award Honoree based on its engineering qualities, aesthetic and design qualities, and user value! 

future of portable chargers
Image of our CES Innovation Award honoree product, Reeljuice

Reeljuice is an all-in-one power solution for smart phone and tech junkies alike. Reeljuice is the first portable power solution to include a fully retractable cord reel with multiple connectors, a 5W rapid charger and a retractable wall charger. All this while staying thin and convenient for purses or pockets. Reeljuice will be in the market soon and is currently available to pre-order at a significant discount through Kickstarter. For more information click here

Another piece of future technology from the CES Innovation Awards is the Adidas' Smart Ball. This tech innovation is part of the Fitness, Sports and Biotech category, and it is seriously a cool and innovative item that sports lovers will appreciate. 

futuristic soccer ball
Image of the Adidas' Smart Ball

Your typical polyester blend ball has nothing on this futuristic soccer ball. The Smart Ball has sensors built in to calculate speed, spin, flight path and impact point of a players kick. This data is then transmitted via Bluetooth so players can easily get the information from their moves out on the field. 

Another CES Innovation Award honoree is Petnet(io)'s SmartFeeder in the Home Applications category. This is a futuristic solution to a common problem of pet owners. The SmartFeeder will make sure puppy Fido is well taken care of, even when you don't have the time to make sure yourself. 

Image of Petnet(io)'s SmartFeeder

SmartFeeder is a pretty cool innovation, especially for those who love their pups and kitties but are busy or um . . . let's say forgetful. The feeder includes remote feeding capabilities, customized portions and food recommendations based on what pet you have. 

The next product I want to mention is the mobile app Kwilt. Kwilt was mentioned in the Software and Mobile Apps category of the CES Innovation Awards. For all of you picture-loving, unorganized, social-media-fanatics, this is the application for you. 

kwilt future of photo organizing
Image for the Kwilt application

Kwilt is perfect for the person who loves photos and social media, but cannot seem to stay organized enough to find the images they are searching for. Kwilt allows for easy photo management giving the user access to all of their photo files from all social media platforms in one location. Pretty cool, huh?! Kwilt is now available for download! 

The final product I am going to highlight is the Snap by Sengled. This won best innovation in the Smart Home category, and let me tell you, this is a high-tech lamp, if you can even call it something so simple. 

home security camera mic and lamp
Image of Sengled's Snap

This indoor/outdoor lamp includes an HD camera, microphone and speakers. It includes motion and voice activation and face recognition to aid in home security. This sneaky device is definitely high-tech and makes for an awesome "Smart Home". 

It's safe to say the CES Innovation Awards make for a great event in the technology community. The products mentioned are the future of what technology has in store, and it is something for all tech-lovers to take note of. 

Click here if you want to learn more about the CES Innovation Awards or to check out all the winning futuristic products of 2015!

Let me know what your favorite winner of the 2015 awards is in the comments below! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Instagram Update | Spelling Mishaps No More

No one is a stranger to an accidental spelling error or that awful auto-correct oops. Now, thanks to the new Instagram update for Android and iOS users, spelling mishaps are no more.

The update, which is iOS version 6.2 and Android version 6.10, was released early this week. It now allows users of the social media application to be able to finally, and I mean finally, edit their photo captions without having to delete the photo and re-post it.

According to the Instagram Blog, one of the top requests from users was to add the ability to edit spelling mishaps in the captions, and Instagram has ultimately answered their users' pleas.

Now, users will simply find the "Edit" option in the menu bar below the image they wish to change.

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Photo of simplistic new editing feature

The second major change this update has brought to all the insta-lovers out there are modifications to the oh-so-fun Explore section. 

The most obvious change is the icon has transformed from a compass to a magnifying glass image. Plus, there are now two sections to explore, "Photos" and "People". 

Instagram explore page update
Photo showing the new Explore page

This new adjustment to the Explore page will allow users to find people they wish to follow more easily by displaying accounts they may be interested in. The photos tab has not changed in that it is the usual scrolling grid of photos and videos.  

For all of the Instagram junkies out there, this update should be a hallelujah for you, as it was for myself. 

Let me know what you think of the update in a comment below! :)  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Futuristic Aircraft | Green Technology With a View

Imagine cruising at 45,000 feet in an aircraft that appeared to have Harry Potter's invisibility cloak atop it. Are windowless aircraft's with surround screen views the future of flying technology?

That is just what a U.K. based technology association, The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), is claiming they can achieve in a mere decade (um . . . what?).

The idea is to transform the future of commercial aircraft's by replacing all windows with over-sized screens, allowing passengers to have a live-feed view of the surroundings of the plane.

Windowless Airplane

Airplane of the future

Photo of futuristic airplanes
Simulated images of new windowless airplane

The new technology is based on screens from mobile phones and televisions. CPI's windowless aircraft concept include large, ultra-thin, high-definition screens that are lightweight and are spanning from floor-to-ceiling.

Passengers of the green technology aircraft would have the capability to change their view from the live-feed of the outdoors, to checking their personal emails, watch television, browse the internet or change their angle of the live-feed.

The goal behind the new aircraft vision for the next generation of commercial planes is to conserve fuel by reducing weight, while simultaneously transforming the customer experience. This technology will, in turn, lower CO2 emissions and passenger ticket costs.

CPI claims this new technology will drastically change the commercial airline industry in regards to cost. The most notable change is the thinner, lighter and stronger walls of the windowless aircraft's. CPI has calculated that for every 1 percent reduction in weight on the planes, there is 0.75 percent fuel savings. This will add up to saving big bucks and hopes are these savings will trickle down to the commercial airline customers.

It's understandable that people would be apprehensive of this new, and might I add a little freaky, technology. Harry Potter has nothing on the future of commercial flying.

One upside is everyone on this flight gets a window seat :).

To see more about the futuristic aircraft's you can watch a video here!

What are your thoughts on this new technology? Do you think the fear of not having real windows is worth the cost and CO2 emissions reductions?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Top 10 Tech Ads – What Grabs Your Attention?

What's your favorite advertisement out there today? I tend prefer the ones that don't seem like they're selling anything. These are the ones that feed directly into your emotions and make you want to be a part of something.

Tech companies spend an excess of billions of dollars every year in order to advertise and it seems like they are really pushing the creative envelope in order to reach audiences in new ways. Here are my Top 10 Tech Ads - What Grabs Your Attention?

1. Sony Vaio uses young businessman with cool toys

young business man with jet

2. Panasonic shows life-size robot getting bossed around by a little girl

little girl and robot

3. Sony MicroVault--gives a close representation of what it is capable of

3. World Wildlife Fund--pulls right on your heart strings with these beady eyes

cute monkey chimp orangutan world wildlife funds big eyes

4. T-Mobile-- Literally puts a face in a hand to represent the feeling of proximity

5. 4G LTE--brings a Sci-Fi approach to "world at your fingertips"

4G LTE tablet next generation ipad world

6. Olympus--gives you an animal in an unlikely place

young guy takes picture with koala

7. SONY--uses a cute little girl to show the contrast between her and the TV 

cute little girl sits on big comfy couch

8. Ford Fusion gives the audience the power to take control

car key to take over the world

10. SKY HD demonstrates an athlete kicking low definition in the butt

soccer player wins over low definition

And then there's this hilarious spoof on tablets...

What kind of ad grabs your attention? Let me know, share your favorites below! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

What you need to know about Google Map Shoes

If you're anything like me, you have a horrible sense of direction. Walking around a new city can be a nightmare if you don't have a GPS of some sort. I strongly depend on Google Maps on my phone to get me everywhere, and I mean, everywhere. The only problem: starring down at your phone while walking isn't exactly safe either. That's why a company called Ducere Technologies created Lechel Smart Shoes and Insoles to sync with your Google Maps! Here's what you need to know about this new, incredible technology.

1. Uses Bluetooth

Put your route into your phone and sync your Smart Shoes to an app that will pull your route from Google Maps. Once synced, your shoes will automatically know the route you are headed. 

2. Vibrates when you need to Turn

When the route shows you need to turn right, your right foot will vibrate. And, when you need to turn left, your left foot will vibrate. This takes away the need to look at your phone, therefore you can actually pay attention to your surroundings! :) 

3. Removable Bluetooth Soles

Each shoe will include a removable sole and the company will also sell the soles separately for those that will want to have the same technology with other shoes they own. 

4. Uses a Rechargeable Battery

There is a slot in the back of the Removable sole where you can insert a rechargeable battery. There's an added bonus: They are going to sell charger as an accessory for it that  has been named the "World's First Interactive Charger." It will give you audio feedback letting you know its charging level when you snap your fingers! (umm...whaaat?)  This will plug right into the wall and have a slot perfect for the battery!

5. Proximity Alerts

These shoes can send alerts directly to your phone when cool landmarks are nearby. This would be great for tourists walking around a new area! Not only can your shoes tell you about landmarks, they will immediately alert you if you leave your phone somewhere. I have to say, this is a huge selling point! Those whom rely on their phone definitely don't want to get lost without it. 

I found there is still a lot the company is developing and hope to have included in these Lechel Smart Shoes. A couple articles suggest that the company also hopes to take step further and have the shoes used as a wearable fitness monitor. This would track steps as well as calories burned. I think this would be a great addition because people are always looking for easy, fun ways to burn calories and keep track.

There is not a defined release date at this time since they are still working on a few details, but people are already signing up for pre-order notifications! You can do so here. :) I know I will be keeping my eyes and ears opened to see of the release date! Check out their video below!

So, would you buy Lechel Smart Shoes?