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MyCharge HubPlus Review

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In press circles and at entertainment events, when you have an item that saves the day it can gain an almost mythical status.  One of these such items was “Big Red”, also known as the MyCharge Hub 6000 mAh portable charger.  Friends would show up at events having forgotten a backup charger and figured they were out of luck. Out came the charge with two different types of built-in charging cables (allowing the power pack to charge two devices simultaneously). If the MyCharge power pack’s reserves get low, it could be plugged into the wall with minimal fuss thanks to its design. At this last CES, someone broke into my car and, among my numerous electronics for the event that they stole, was Big Red.  It was honestly the thing I missed the most.  But maybe it’s time had simply come because now I have “Silver”, Big Red’s smaller cousin that packs in even more features! Enter: The MyCharge HubPlus!

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Features:

Power Horse: 45 hours of power
Cables Included: integrated Apple® Lightning™ cable and integrated micro-USB cable
Smart-sense: ensures complete device compatibility
Hyper-charge: ultra-fast charging of your devices; up to 65% faster than competitors 
Power-stay: maintains battery power for up to 1 year
Max-power: maximum power transfer from powerbank to device
High-density battery: the smallest and lightest powerbank
Safe-cell: provides the highest level of battery safety
Rapid-recharge: powerbank recharges up to 50% faster than competitors
Pass Through Charging: will charge the powerbank and connected device simultaneously

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Hands On:

The MyCharge HubPlus 6000 mAh Portable Charger has the same built in cables as its predecessor, but with little tabs to make them easier to pull out. It also features the same amount of charging energy and even has pass-through charging.  MyCharge’s HubPlus also features Smart-sense to ensure device comparability (does it only need 1.1 amp or 2.1?), as well as a 30% smaller overall volume. Additionally, devices can charge up to 65% faster, and the MyCharge HubPlus even charges up its own reserver 50% faster than before!  In my household, we only had one debate about charging batteries and that was whether or not we needed “Big Red” or if we could get away with a smaller one.  Now that the MyCharge HubPlus has come along, we don’t need to debate, it is just our go-to battery now for press events and entertainment outings.

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Last Charge:

This may seem like a bit of a short review but that is because the numbers speak for themselves and I only needed to take the MyCharge HubPlus out a couple times to know it was an amazing portable charger that would replace everything else in our inventory.  There was a big hole left by the theft of Big Red, but its next of kin was more than capable of charging the space!

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Quick Review: The DJI Osmo 4K Camera

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Recently, DJI loaned us out one of their new Osmo 4K cameras for a brief evaluation period. At first, its $649 dollar price point scared us – especially considering that it depends on a smartphone app to control its recording functions. The Osmo comes with rechargeable battery, charger, a smartphone clip which attaches your iPhone or Android device to the unit, as well as a case and some charge cables.

From a user friendliness angle, the DJI Osmo has a very comfortable grip and a well-designed iOS app for controlling its functions. After using it for a while, I would not have any issue with purchasing one of these for my own usage. Everything worked as it should and I never had any issues controlling the camera.

Official Specifications

  • Fully stabilized 4K, 12MP camera optimized for ground use
  • Slow motion and audio recording
  • Tripod-free long exposures
  • Remote camera control
  • Secure grip
  • 6-hour standby time
  • 1 hour of video shooting

The Osmo is capable not only of steadying the camera to shoot while moving but, also, it allows you to manually move the camera around in a smooth manner. The thumb slider joystick control is smooth and only takes a short while to get the hang of (it is pressure sensitive). The Osmo uses the Zen Muse X3 camera, the same unit designed for use on the Inspire 1 drone aircraft. The camera features a Sony EXMOR 12-million-pixel, 1/2.3 inch sensor and the ability to shoot in up to 4K resolution. If you are still not ready for 4K video recording, and not many are at the moment, the Osmo can easily record in 1080p in up to 120 frames per second mode.

Overall, the DJI Osmo is an expensive, but incredibly useful handheld stabilized camera for your film making needs. Not only is it very light and comfortable to hold for long periods of time, but it also delivers on bring a very good 4K camera in the middle ground between cheap and expensive stabilizing camera units.

ROCCAT Announces Renga Stereo Gaming Headset

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Hamburg, 14 January 2016 – Say hi to the Renga, the latest studio grade-stereo headset offering from German peripherals manufacturer ROCCAT. Complete with compatibility for PC, PlayStation®4, mobiles, tablets and more, it promises a premium stereo audio experience with its comfortable over-ear design built on a reinforced structural housing as its framework.

The Renga features high-spec 50mm neodymium driver units in each ear cup. The drivers are optimally aligned, providing an immersive and dynamic audio experience with crisp trebles and deep, powerful bass. The headset is designed on a reinforced skeletal frame which makes it low in weight and yet surprisingly robust. This provides the framework for a trio of comfort-providing extras, such as ventilated ear cups, an ergonomic headband and plush ear cushions. Suitable for countless hours of continued use, the Renga makes it feel like you’re not wearing a headset at all.

The inline remote control provides an easy-access overview for the most-used sound settings. This allows for on-the-fly, no-look control, enabling an intuitive gaming experience. The Renga’s crystal clear rotatable mic complements swapping easily between gaming and music playback. The premium over-ear headset experience is not just limited to the PC, however. Out of the box, the Renga’s outstanding sound is compatible with the PlayStation®4, Xbox One controllers with a 3.5mm headset jack, as well as mobiles and tablets.

“The Renga is the first of our newly-designed headsets built for just one use – the perfect stereo sound experience”, says René Korte, CEO and founder at ROCCAT. “Lightweight, robustly built and compatible with almost any device, the Renga is the everyday gaming headset that comes with an affordable price tag, without making compromises in quality.”

The ROCCAT Renga will be available in late February with a suggested retail price of 49,99 Euro/USD.

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Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses Pre-Order Program Launches Feb. 1

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 12, 2016 — (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of video eyewear and smart glasses products in the consumer, enterprise and entertainment markets, is pleased to announce that on Feb. 1, 2016, the Company will begin to take pre-orders for the new Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses, scheduled to start shipping commercially in Summer 2016. The new M300 represents the next evolution of Vuzix Smart Glasses design, born from real world user feedback and industry requirements culminating from over two years productive use of Vuzix’ M100 Smart Glasses predecessor. The technological advances and ergonomic flexibility of the new M300 have evolved to meet the needs of the enterprise client, and will foster large-scale adoption in a wide variety of industrial applications. Further product details and a comparison video are available at Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses.

Clients will be able to purchase an M100/M300 Migration Package on the Vuzix website or directly through their Vuzix Account Manager for an effectively discounted price, subject to product availability. Clients who have pre-ordered will receive a new M100 immediately and then upon commercial shipment of the M300 in Summer 2016, will be able to exchange their M100 for the M300 at no additional cost.  Clients who desire to keep the original M100 upon receipt of the M300 will be given the option to do so at a nominal additional cost.

“By taking advantage of this offer, enterprise users will be able to start earning ROI immediately with the M100, and maintain their competitive advantage over rival companies who delay,” said Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vuzix. “Those who roll-out the M100 into production now will be able to optimize work flows, gain user acclimation and capture unanticipated gains. Then, without losing any of the current benefits of the Vuzix Smart Glasses, they will be able to add or transition to the M300, with all of its ergonomic and performance upgrades for the long term.”

To aid in a seamless integration of the M300 into new client systems, as well as those currently deployed with M100s, Vuzix’ certified software application partners will be invited to receive beta M300s and associated SDK (software development kit) to ensure that their software platforms will support both the M100 and M300 concurrently.

“The new Vuzix M300 is not a departure from the M100 product, but rather a migration with significantly improved ergonomics and technical features, such as hot swappable batteries, Intel Atom processor running Android 6.0, and much more, all in a ruggedized form designed specifically for industrial use,” Mr. Travers continued. “Our strategy is to ensure that once the M300s arrive in production volumes, our software application partners are ready to integrate them seamlessly into our clients’ systems without delay.”

Pricing and associated commercial details will be available on the Vuzix website beginning Feb 1, 2016. For those clients who miss the M100/M300 Migration Package, or prefer to order only the M300, a separate Pre-Order program will be available. Pre-Orders will receive second shipment priority to the M100/M300 Migration Package clients when the M300s begin shipping in Summer 2016.  Note that to support current and future M100 deployments, the commercially successful Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses will continue to be stocked and immediately deliverable beyond the release of the M300.

Razer Announces Nabu Watch

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LAS VEGAS (CES 2016) – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the Razer Nabu Watch. The full-featured digital timepiece includes a Nabu secondary screen that previews notifications streamed from a smartphone, as well as tracks fitness and sleep activity via an in-built accelerometer.  

While smartwatches have proliferated the industry in 2015, one of the biggest challenges to the devices have been their battery life and their fundamental lack of capability as a multi-function watch. Razer addresses these issues by focusing first on the digital chronograph as the primary function and the smart features as a secondary addition.

The Razer Nabu Watch includes features expected of top-tier digital watches – an illuminated backlit display, countdown timer, stopwatch, World time clocks and alarms – as well as automatic phone time sync via Bluetooth to ensure the watch is always accurate to the global standard. Most importantly, the Razer Nabu Watch digital chronograph component has a 12-month life on its coin cell replaceable battery.

A secondary screen outfitted in the Razer Nabu Watch delivers all the features of a Nabu wearable, including discreet notifications, fitness tracking and watch-to-watch communication.

Paired to a user’s smartphone via Bluetooth, calls, texts, emails and app alerts all stream to the secondary screen for ease of viewing.  An in-built accelerometer enables comprehensive fitness tracking – steps walked, distance traveled, calories burned and more. Finally, with its unique watch-to-watch communication capability, two Nabu Watch users can shake hands to exchange Facebook and Twitter info easily. This feature works interchangeably between any Nabu Watch, Nabu and/or Nabu X.  The watch’s secondary screen has seven days of rechargeable battery life via an included charging cable.

“We’re bringing together the reliability and incredible functionality of a digital timepiece, with added smart features to empower the tech enthusiasts of today,” says Razer CEO and co-founder, Min-Liang Tan.  “We’re also just really excited to create a digital watch that we’re proud to call our own – a natural intersection between our popular work in apparel and wearables.  This was something our fans have asked for, and we’re happy to deliver.”  

The Razer Nabu Watch is available in two versions. The standard edition is designed with tough polycarbonate materials and with Razer green highlights.  It will be available from late January 2016 and is priced at $149.99. The Razer Nabu Watch Forged Edition has machined stainless steel buttons for added durability and a premium black finish.  It is available from January 6th 2016 exclusively at RazerStore retail locations and at RazerStore.com, priced at $199.99.

For more information on the Razer Nabu Watch, please visit www.razerzone.com/watch

AVAILABILITY

Razer Nabu Watch –

Razerzone.com – late-Jan 2016

Worldwide – late-Jan 2016

Price: US$149.99/EU179.99

Razer Nabu Watch Forged Edition –

Exclusive to Razerzone.com and all RazerStore retail locations – Jan 6 2016

Price: US$199.99/EU€239.99

Product Features

Watch Hardware:

  • 12 months battery life using replaceable coin cell battery (CR2032)
  • Hourly time signal
  • 1/100 second stopwatch
    Measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99″
    Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time
  • Countdown Timer
    Measuring unit: 1 second
  • Full Auto Calendar
  • 12/24 hour formats
  • 3 multi-function alarms (Daily or weekly repeats)
  • World Time
  • Time, World Time and Alarms auto synced to phone time or manually adjusted via Nabu app

Nabu Hardware:

  • OLED 128×16 single color
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Cylindrical vibration motor
  • Single Button for OLED Screen
  • Lithium polymer battery with up to 7 days battery life
  • 5ATM water resistance rating
  • Shock Resistant up to 5m
  • Charging via magnetic proprietary USB cable
  • Wireless syncing with mobile device via BLE

System requirements:

  • iPhone 5/5S/6/6 Plus/6S/6S Plus with iOS 8 (or higher)
  • Android 4.3 (or higher) device with Bluetooth Low Energy (BT 4.0 or higher) capability

Kingston Announces HyperX Gets License for Xbox One Headsets

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Fountain Valley, CAJanuary 6, 2016 HyperX™, a division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, announced today an agreement with Microsoft that it is an officially licensed headset partner for Xbox One. To kick off the announcement, HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset will ship in late Q2 2016. When the HyperX Cloud Series launched in 2014, it was aimed squarely at PC gamers. HyperX CloudX is the company’s first foray into the gaming console market as it plugs directly into Xbox One controllers with a 3.5mm port.

Based on the award-winning HyperX Cloud II design, HyperX CloudX brings a new level of audio performance to console gamers. It delivers every gunshot, explosion and dialogue in crystal-clear sound via large 53mm drivers. HyperX CloudX has convenient in-line volume controls and uses memory foam ear cushions as well as a soft leather-padded headband with custom stitching for enhanced comfort and style. The over-the-ear, closed-cup design helps block out ambient noise for a more immersive game experience. HyperX CloudX also features a detachable microphone and comes with a hard shell carrying case to protect the headset when traveling or not in use.

“We are proud to work with Microsoft on its Xbox One gaming platform and bring our headset expertise to the console world,” said Anders Willumsen, general manager, HyperX Division. “We have always known we would enter the gaming console market since releasing our first headset for PC gamers almost two years ago. There are natural synergies between our two companies as HyperX has a strong PC presence and the Xbox One console provides deeper integration with PC gaming via the Xbox App on Windows 10.”

HyperX CloudX will be on display as part of an Xbox listening station during the company’s meetings at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV., fromJanuary 6-8*. Further product details will be provided when it ships in late Q2.

HyperX is the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology encompassing high-speed DDR4 and DDR3 memory, SSDs, USB Flash drives, headsets and mouse pads. Targeted at gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts, HyperX is known throughout the world for quality, performance and innovation. HyperX is committed to eSports as it sponsors more than 25 teams globally and is the main sponsor of Intel Extreme Masters. HyperX can be found at many shows including Brasil Game Show, China Joy, DreamHack, gamescom and PAX.

For more information visit the HyperX home page.

* Not open to the public.

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Livescribe 3 Black Edition Announced – Available Now

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OAKLAND, Calif. – January 6, 2016 – Livescribe Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anoto and the leading manufacturer of smartpens, today announced the Livescribe 3 smartpen Black Edition, a new addition to the company’s popular Livescribe 3 line. The Black Edition makes its debut at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and is now available for purchase both online and in retail for $149.95.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen Black Edition introduces an updated design that features a matte black finish complemented by a glass-reinforced glossy black clip that is a significant departure from the original Livescribe 3 smartpen. The use of new materials also translates to subtle differences in the writing experience.

“With the Black Edition, as well as the Moleskine Edition launched last year, we are expanding our smartpen line with more stylish and attractive designs,” said Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto. “The changes we have made to the Black Edition smartpen will likely appeal to a different set of customers than our original design did. By talking to customers, we have continued to learn more about how personal a pen and writing experience is. We made some changes to the feel and balance of the smartpen that address thoughts from a segment of customers.”

Alongside the launch of the Livescribe 3 smartpen Black Edition, the Livescribe+ mobile app is also being updated with support for vector graphics. With these updates, PDF’s that are exported from the app will include all pen strokes as vector graphics. This translates into better rendering quality, smaller file size and the ability use the pen strokes within any application that supports vector graphics, including Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. The changes will be introduced in both the Android and iOS versions of Livescribe+ in the coming weeks.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen connects to iOS and Android devices to bring notes, diagrams, doodles, and more to the digital world in real time. Real ink on real paper is immediately digitized and transcribed in the Livescribe+ app where they can be stored, shared, tagged, and searched, making notes more useful than ever before. The app can also record audio and sync it to notes taken at that time in the form of a pencast.

Since its launch in 2013, the Livescribe 3 smartpen has been Livescribe’s most popular and best-selling smartpen. The Livescribe 3 smartpen Black Edition and the Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition, launched late in 2015, represent a major refresh to this product line, and join the Livescribe 3 smartpen and Livescribe 3 smartpen Pro Edition products.

The Livescribe 3 smartpen Black Edition can be purchased today for $149.95 at www.livescribe.com/store, Amazon, with other retail locations being added soon.

Vuzix Showcases New Lineup at CES 2016

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Las Vegas – January 5, 2016Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of video eyewear and smart glasses products in the consumer, enterprise and entertainment market, showcases the future of smart glasses, augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) products at CES 2016, including CES 2016 Innovation award winners iWear® Wireless Video Headphones, Vidwear® B3000 waveguide sunglasses and M3000 monocular waveguide smart Glasses.

“Augmented and virtual reality are no longer concepts from science fiction movies, and we are at the forefront of bringing that technology to the world,” says Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix.  “Our award-winning lineup of AR/VR solutions and patented technologies reflect our extensive experience and unmatched experience in the field. Our latest M300 and M3000 Smart Glasses take enterprise wearable computing into the next generation.”

Products showcased at Vuzix’s booth from January 6th to 9th include:

iWear® Wireless Video Headphones – Winner of the “Best of” in Gaming and Virtual Reality, the iWear Wireless video headphones transport the wearer into another dimension through dual HD displays that allows them to play games, interact with apps, and watch 2D, 3D, and 360-degree VR movies all directly streaming from the internet. The ultimate in wearable video entertainment and gaming system, iWear Wireless runs Android 5.0 and is compatible with thousands of applications.

VidWear® B3000 Waveguide Sunglasses – Recognized for innovative design and engineering, the Vidwear 3000 blends fashion and technology by being the world’s first sunglasses with integrated video. Built on Vuzix’ latest waveguide optics and ultra-slim “Cobra” display engines, the VidWear® B3000allows for full see-through capabilities in fashion glasses. Several models of this technology will ultimately be available, including the VidWear B3000 HDMI based video viewer, the VidWear B3000 wireless smart glasses, which allow users to experience cloud connected information and entertainment everywhere they go and the powerful AR3000 Augmented Reality glasses.

M3000 Monocular Waveguide Smart Glasses – Honored for innovative design and engineering, the M3000 is the next-generation waveguide based wearable eyewear for the enterprise sector. The M3000 features improved display resolution, ergonomics, computing power and sensor technologies, and can connect to the cloud to deliver virtually any information directly to the job site and overlaid on the real world.

Vuzix’ award winning products, including the iWear Wireless Video headphones, the Vidwear B3000 and M3000 Smart Glasses, will be displayed at CES 2016 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall Booth # 14048 from January 6th to 9th.

In the booth, Vuzix will also be showcasing other products, including its new M300 Smart Glasses and will have several partners showcasing their Vuzix smart glasses solutions. Vuzix will also be attending the Pepcom CES 2016 Digital Experience press event on the evening of January 5, 2016 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Next Generation Wocket Smart Wallet at CES 2016

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OXFORD, CT, January 6, 2015 — NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD) (“NXT-ID” or the “Company”), a company focused on the growing mobile commerce and personal privacy market announces it will be exhibiting its next generation Wocket® smart wallet at CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
The company booth will also host scheduled appearances with celebrities Joey Fatone (former *NSYNC star), and Master Pickpocket Apollo Robbins, who was a hit sensation with attendees in 2015.

As a member of *NSYNC from 1995 to 2002, Joey Fatone was part of one of the most popular and successful singing groups of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. They sold over 50 million albums and still have a dedicated global fan base.

He also became a nationwide family favorite for his dancing on Dancing with the Stars in 2007 – Season 4 and Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars in 2012 – Season 15.

Other career highlights include movie credits in My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002 and Inkubus in 2011, as well as lead roles on Broadway as Mark Cohen in RENT and Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors. Additionally, he will reprise his role as Angelo in the 2016 release of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.

Apollo Robbins is a performer, speaker, consultant and one of the world’s leading experts on pickpockets, confidence crimes and deception. A pioneer in the application of deception to operational environments, Robbins uses pick-pocketing and sleight-of-hand to demonstrate perception management, diversion techniques and self-deception.

Following up on last year’s successful launch at CES 2015, (where Wocket wasnamed one of the top ten tech gadgets), this year the company will highlight the next generation Wocket® for 2016. The Wocket team will be demonstrating its new NFC (Near field communication) payment technology capabilities as well as its Wireless Magnetic payment technology (WiMag).

The company’s Wocket® smart wallet will be exhibiting at Booth #21632,at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall in the ‘Personal & Cyber Security Section.’

Tentative Booth Appearances Schedule:

  • Master Pickpocket Apollo Robbins: January 7 and 8th
    • 10:30am – 11:30am
    • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Former NSYNC Star Joey Fatone: January 7 and 8th
    • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
    • 4:30pm – 5:30pm

The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) showcases more than 3,600 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 200 conference sessions and more than 150K attendees from 150 countries (https://www.cesweb.org/)

Wocket® is the smartest wallet you’ll ever own. Designed to protect your identity and replace your old wallet, simply swipe and save your cards into Wocket once and they are immediately secured. Without ever needing a smartphone, you can choose a card from the touch screen and Wocket programs its single, smart card (Wocket Card) to match your selection. From there, you just swipe as you normally would virtually anywhere that credit cards are accepted today.

All your credit, debit, loyalty, gift, ID, membership, insurance, medical information, passwords, and virtually any other information can be protected on Wocket®.

Buy Wocket® at www.wocketwallet.com

See the full Wocket® FAQ at: http://wocketwallet.com/pages/faq