[Gadgets] QBracelet A Wearable Battery Bracelet

November 17, 2014  |  Accessories, Fashion, Geek Chic, Techie

While I was compiling my annual Birthday Wish List as I am the type of person to tell my friends and family what items I want so they don’t shock me with something that I might not want, I stumbled across this new wearable gadget that is called the QBRACELET.

Apparently it’s a stylish bracelet that allows you to charge your phone by just unhooking it and slapping it onto your phone (not really slapping but you get the picture).  It’s a 1.8 oz bracelet that has a 1,160 mAh battery in it, which pretty much can charge an iPhone 5s approximately 60%.

It comes in 3 different sizes (small, medium, and large) and in 4 different colors (polished silver, matte silver, polished gold, and matte black).  It’s available for pre-ordering at a 20% discount bringing the price down to $78 from $98.

I find that its insanely cool and awesome! I might grab myself one since my wrist is filled with technological gadgets anyways :P

Shipping will be Spring 2015.  Interested then visit their website.

(And I just placed my pre-order woohooo!)

The Best Times of Year to Buy Tech

October 24, 2014  |  Guest Writers, Techie

[Disclaimer: Article written by a Guest Writer provided by Social Monsters]

Successful woman onlineIf you are like most shoppers, you are always looking to save a little money, especially when it comes to tech purchases. According to GoRave, the average household spends more than $1,600 on consumer electronic devices annually. Oftentimes, getting the best deal simply requires choosing the right time to make your purchase. Here’s how you can figure out when is best to buy that new piece of tech you’ve had your eye on.

Video Games and Consoles

The best time of the year to save money on a video game varies. It’s best to wait several weeks after a game is released. Demand is always highest right when a game hits the market which leads to inflated price tags. According to Kotaku, many disc-based games will see their first price drop after just two weeks of sitting on shelves. Consoles are harder to predict timing. Price cuts seem arbitrary, and in some cases, infuriating if you bought your console the day before a price cut is announced. The holiday season is a common time for video game and console prices to drop in price. Give yourself an edge by signing up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday email lists to receive alerts on upcoming holiday tech sales.The best deals of the year on consoles often surround the holidays, especially a year or two after their initial release.

Laptops

For many electronics, the best sales start when inventories are at their lowest and the current shopping season is ending, which is the case for laptops. April is usually the best time to grab a deal on laptops because so many new models are announced during this month each year. This is because April is the beginning of the Japanese fiscal year, and many manufacturers and developers of laptops are based in Japan. These companies don’t want to be saddled with old inventory when new models are on their way to the shelves. Laptops are often even cheaper in April than they are during back-to-school season. July could yield good prices as well but waiting until then could mean the model you want is out of stock.

Smartphones and Mobile Devices

The most difficult devices to predict price drops for are smartphones and similar mobile devices — the original iPhone launched at $599, but in just two months dropped $200. In some cases, price drops on smartphones occur right after tech conventions where new models and technological advances are announced. In this case, it pays to keep up-to-date with the industry. With so many manufacturers creating smartphones around the world, tracking the possible factors that might lead to a price drop is nearly impossible for the average consumer. When looking to score a deal on a smartphone, the best strategy is to shop around and find three or four models that would suit your needs. Monitor them each for a price drop. In the end, the best time of the year to buy a new smartphone is when you need it.

5 Ways to Extend Your iPhone’s Battery Life

October 16, 2014  |  Guest Writers, Techie

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Few things are worse than your phone dying when you need it most. According to a battery test done by the tech blog Which?, the iPhone is the smartphone that charges to full life the quickest- but it’s also one of the worst at keeping a charge. Fortunately, you can extend your iPhone’s battery life to get just enough time to make that business phone call or send an important text or two.

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Who Needs Paid TV When You Can Watch on Your Mobile Device for Free?

September 18, 2014  |  Guest Writers, Techie, TV

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You pay for Netflix, DirectTV, cable, on-demand, pay-per-view, pretty much everything. But not anymore. If you have a mobile device, you can watch TV on it for free.

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Really.

Event better, you will be able to do other things at the same time. If you have a tablet, you can surf the Internet, chat and check your email all while watching one of your TV shows—multitasking at its best.

You don’t have to hack anything. You don’t have to go to some backdoor website that streams about two minutes of your show and then stops. Just pick up any mobile device of your choice and watch some free TV. Here’s the scoop on how to get free TV from three major phone service providers.

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Amazon Updates Kindle Family Line Up

September 18, 2014  |  Amazon, New Products, Techie

While we were all so busy with the iPhone 6 update and with what Apple was offering with the new iOS 8, Amazon had silently updated its Kindle family line up to include five new devices.  We have a brand new affordable Kindle with touch-screen priced at $79, the Kindle Voyage (best thing to date), Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, Kindle Fire HD 6″ Edition/7″ Edition, and the Kindle Fire HD Kids edition as well.

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The Future of Tablet Gaming

July 7, 2014  |  Gaming, Guest Writers, Techie

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Gaming has taken the world of mobile devices by storm, and tablets are no exception. Tablets have swiftly proliferated to a point where they seem to be everywhere; The TabTimes reports there are an estimated 70 million name-brand tablet devices in the hands of American consumers and 300 million name-brand tablet devices worldwide. With tablets in the hands of so many gamers, tablet manufacturers and designers have realized the potential for tablet gaming.

GamingTabletsHere’s what we have to look forward to:

Superpowered Tablets

It doesn’t matter what operating system you currently use, there is a tablet designed for playing games. If you are a Windows tablet user, the Rolls Royce of gaming tablets is the Razer Edge Pro, a powerful tablet outfitted with Windows 8, a 10.1 inch display and 8GB of DDR3 memory. Designed for gamers by gamers, the Razer Edge Pro is streamlined for gaming and has many optional accessories for different titles including clip-on steering wheels and keyboard docks.

Fans of the iOS architecture can turn to the Apple iPad Air with its beautiful 9.7 inch Retina display and access to more than 475,000 apps through the iTunes store. In stark contrast to the Razer Edge Pro, the Apple iPad is nearly a third of the cost and, while not specifically designed for gaming, is still a powerful tablet device capable of many functions. Apple has always been friendly towards gaming on its mobile devices, and game developers have flocked to get their games on the iTunes store.

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[Apple] WWDC14 Brings Us iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite

June 3, 2014  |  Apple, iPad, iPhone, New Products, Techie

Last night, June 2nd was the opening keynote of Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Convention (WWDC) 2014 Edition, this convention being the company’s 25th held special surprises for developers as well as the end user consumer.  Tim Cook took the stage to introduce us to the new Operating System (OS X) Yosemite which was so close to being called OSX Weed :P as well as the iOS 8 both of which will be coming to everyone this Fall and will be available as a free upgrade.

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So you’re probably interested in what each update contained, well I will summarize it to the bone (hopefully) and this should be easy for you guys to follow along. Although Tim Cook was the main keynote speaker when it came to announcing the new software products, Craig Federighi was the man of the hour who took to explaining what each OS had in terms of “What’s New” and made us laugh hilariously along the way.

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