Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Coolest Ways to put that Apple Watch to use!

The Coolest Ways to put that Apple Watch to use!

With the Apple Watch expanding its market this latest gadget is the company's most desired product right now. At the end of July 2015 the company is expanding its availability throughout the world and will be now available in Turkey, New Zealand, and Russia by the end of this month.  Here in the Lynktec community we were thinking about some of the most interesting ways to
use your watch!

Night Rider
1. We can finally live out our spy fantasies
and look super cool by talking into
a watch while you walk down the street.

2. You'll feel incredibly futuristic with this watch: Philips has even designed an app where upon entering your home, your lights automatically turn on! You can design the brightness and which lights turn on in the app features.  Called Philips HUE.

3. With the maps function, the watch will know where the wearer is located and with that, can offer language aid. Such as common greetings and phrases to say in a restaurant. Just download the app "Babbel."

4. August is coming up and maybe your favorite student deserves an apple watch. There are plenty of practical uses for the classroom such as time management, group organization, and dictating notes. The app "Day One" will allow the students to personally dictate to the phone what they want to write.

5. with all the newest healthcare applications coming out, the apple watch is another tool that can help you stay in shape. It comes with friendly reminders that will send a "nudge" for you to move around every hour. You will also find yourself competing against yourself to fulfill the "circles" that apple employs to help you stay on tract. (Circles include a moving, stand, and exercise circle).

For you viewing pleasure: here is a video of the apple watch being smashed with a hammer (it holds out for a surprisingly long time).

And of course, it can always help you tell time no matter where you go. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bringing in the Summer Heat

Having too much phone in that Summer Sun 

Is Your Technology too Hot for the Sun?

With the summer heat starting to ramp up across the country, people everywhere are noticing a decline in their technology’s performance. This could be attributed to a lack of proper software updates but it also could have to do with the sun’s rays beating down on it. The heat is a common cause that ends up roasting your cellphone or laptop battery!

1.     Keep ‘em cool!
a.     Try to keep your laptops and handheld devices OUT of the summer heat and INTO the shade. The sun can cause your laptop to over heat, and when your laptop over heats forget about watching that next episode on Netflix. Try to use a cooling pad and keep your laptop’s fan fully functional and clean.  Place your laptop on a hard surface which will allow the fan to remain level and work at its optimal level.
2.     With the summer heat, comes the dive into the pool
a.     This may seem obvious, but avoid the water at all cost. Water will cause permanent damage (and damage that will void the warranty on your device); is that pool selfie really worth it?
3.     If being near water is a necessity for you, you might want to try investing in a waterproof case. Although they may initially seem like the cases are priced far too high, in the long run they will most certainly be worth it!
a.     These waterproof cases can be a real lifesaver and work remarkably well some brands you might want to investigate are Hitcase, Lifebox, Bessmate, and Optrix all of which boast that they will protect your cellphone from Neptune’s dangers.
4.     And as always, play it smart!
a.     Make sure to keep all screens and lens away from the sand; this will help reduce any miscellaneous scratches, immediately wipe down screens if you get sunscreen or bug spray on it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Newest Trend: Emojis as Passwords


Can you rattle off your telephone number
Your home phone
Your mom’s cell
Your social security
Your address
Your best friends address
The year that World War 2 ended
The year World War 1 ended
Your bank account pin?

It can be pretty difficult remembering all those different combinations and it has been found that almost a third of all British bank account holders have forgotten their pin code! Now a British based company, Intelligent Environments, wants to change the password game by completely deviating from number codes and moving into using emojis to represent our passwords. It has been found that people can remember images far better than they can ever hope to remember a numeric series. These emoji-pins will be chosen from an option of 44 different emojis, which will hopefully make the passwords significantly more secure than the past. The only concern would be people confusing which emojis they have chosen for their passcode. This could potentially create confusion for older generations, but this type of design is targeted for the millennials.  

What do you think: are using smiley faces as passwords a useful idea?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Top 10 Cool Gift Ideas for Dad on Father's Day

When is Father’s Day again? 

It’s sometime in June, I know, but FYI, it’s June 21st this year!

For me, that Sunday in June always comes far too fast and I am always crunched at the last minute to know what I should get for dear old dad. To help out, I’ve compiled a Top 10 Gift Guide of some of the more popular gifts to give the favorite man in your life no matter if he is the do-it-yourself type or the constant on-the-go business man. Here is my Top 10 Best Father’s Day gifts this year that I’ve matched with a personality type that might fit your dad:

1.  The Fitbit

Everyone has one these days: your roommate, the post office worker, and now YOUR dad! Have your dad join the Fitbit bandwagon this year. This “super cool” product comes in several different models, all of which aim to create a healthier living style for the wearer. One of the more attractive styles is called the Fitbit Surge which includes everything from a GPS tracking device, seeing phone call and text notifications, to recording his running, cycling, and heartrate. Instead of getting your dad a stereotypical watch, you can get this watch on steroids! Unfortunately, it is a little on the pricey end at $249.95  (it looks like you’ll be splitting the cost with your siblings on this one). But, if you want to go for a more reasonable price, the Fitbit Flex is only $99.95 and can still help your dad stay in shape. The Fitbit Flex will track all-day activity, and monitor how well your dad is sleeping. The slate grey color will complement nicely with that tie clip your brother bought him, too…


2.  TruGlide Duo Stylus Pen

Is the iPad 2 that you bought for your dad a couple of years back just sitting on his desk and collecting dust? Now you can finally get him to use it with the TruGlide Duo Stylus Pen! A bestseller with dads everywhere, this stylus pen combo is simply the best writing tool your dad could own. With its durable fiber tip and premium ball point pen, your dad can take this stylus pen wherever he goes. From playing Plants vs. Zombies to writing out a beautiful thank you card for his Father’s Day gift, your dad will never be lost without a writing device. You can get this stylus for $19.99 in two color options; carbon (black) or platinum (silver).

3.     GoPro HERO3

Is your dad your hero?  Does he enjoy extreme action and playing with technology? Then maybe the GoPro is the perfect gift for your young-at-heart, active dad. The GoPro HERO3 in white features HD video quality, an ultra wide-angle glass lens, high-performance audio, and it is waterproof.  This GoPro will cost $199.99, and it will give your dad enough entertainment for a lifetime (just try to keep him from doing too many extreme jumps off the roof).

      4.  360° Tablet Kickstand

Is your dad sick of having his neck hurt or having his wrist be sore from holding onto his tablet every day? Let’s face it, he’s clocked in more hours playing Minecraft than he has mowing the lawn this spring, but you love him anyway. This versatile kickstand is the perfect way to transform his tablet into a friendly, on-the-go device. The 360 degree swivel will adhere directly onto his tablet using removable micosuction pad grips that create a firm and sturdy hold on the tablet.  The kickstand is the perfect gift to give to your dad if he loves using his tablet! You can get this 360° Tablet Kickstand for $39.99.

      5. Fiero Barbecue Stainless Steel Set

SUMMER(!) and grilling season is upon us, but no grill connoisseur is complete without his own grilling toolset. Imagine your dad outside grilling and he is struggling to find his spatula… But, wait, what’s this? You bought him a Fiero barbecue stainless steel set? Now, your dad never has to go looking for any of his barbecue tools again. He can show off in style with his extra-large stainless steel spatula, and he can blast his friends away with his basting brush. This kit comes with 5 different grilling tools which are all packaged nicely in an aluminum case. You can get this all of for $59.95.

6.       The Hiker

Is your dad more of the rugged type? Is he dragging you and your sister to go camping on the weekends? Well, maybe the Swiss Army Knife called the “Hiker” is the knife of your dad’s dreams. It will come in handy when he is out fishing or just strolling through the woods on a relaxing hike. Either way, this portable Swiss Army Knife will do wonders and it includes thirteen different tools (from a wood saw to a wire stripper), so if your dad does find himself lost in the great outdoors, he will have you to thank for his survival! Get it for $36.00.

7   7.     Smartie Microfiber Cloth

Is your dad a smarty? Well, the Smartie Microfiber Cloth may be just the right touch. This antibacterial microfiber cleaning cloth is perfect for cleaning phone screens, eyeglasses, camera lenses, and tablets! Are you sick of hearing your dad complain about not being able to get the smudges off his phone? The Smartie is up for the job, and it will continue to impress both you and your dad! Select from 25 different styles at only $7.99 (pick up one for your mom, too!).

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Space Buzz Aldrin

8.       Breaking DAD

For the incredibly nerdy and frequent user of Netflix dad! Does your dad love Breaking Bad?  If so, you will find that this t-shirt speaks for itself and is an irresistible gift for your father at the comfortable price of $20.00. Make sure to order one now before it goes out of stock!

t-shirt breaking bad fathers day gift

9.  Apex Plus Fine Point Active Stylus

I remember when I gave my dad a beautiful ballpoint pen for Father’s Day… But, that was back in 1998. For today’s tech-savvy father, this fine point active stylus is the perfect gadget that will bring your dad into the 21st century. With an Apex in his hand and a touch screen by his side, your dad will be unstoppable in the business world. Say goodbye to the old pen and paper combo and welcome in technology’s latest note taking device. The Apex Plus works beautifully with all iPad models and many popular Android devices.  With its 2mm tip and replaceable AAA battery, your dad will never miss a note! You can get it in either matte black or titanium for $49.99.

apex fine point active stylus

10.   Of course, if none of these completely tickle your fancy and your Dad is a “Jack-of-all-Trades”, then the Lynktec bundle will be a crowd pleaser on Father’s Day. This bundle includes the Apollo 11 Smartie Microfiber Cloth, the 360° Tablet Kickstand, and the TruGlide Duo Stylus Pen in carbon. You can get this fantastic bundle for $54.95 (which is such a steal since it is normally worth $80!).

Best Gifts for Dads and Grads

Do you have any ideas for your dad? Write your favorite gifts in the comments below.

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! 

portable charging mycharge
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.

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!