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Why Smart Sprinklers Are Surprisingly Practical

Smart Sprinklers

What?! Smart sprinklers? Uhm, no thanks.

If you think you’d rather water your plant the old school way than waste money, bandwidth allocation, and time in setting one up, wait. Smart sprinklers can be totally convenient and heaven-sent for the right people. Here are the reasons why.

They’re really good for the environment.

If you live in California or somewhere else where drought’s a serious porblem, you may be very water-conscious. Having a smart sprinkler can help as they manage your water usage. They’re usually connected to the Internet and they keep tabs on the weather. When it’s going to rain, there’s no sprinkling for that day. Most smart sprinklers claim that they can save up to 50% of outdoor water usage.

They can help plant-loving people who don’t have the green thumb.

Oh, this is my tribe. I love plants, but sometimes they just die on me. With a smart sprinkler like Parrot Smart, I am certain I can be a good plant mom. Parrot Smart monitors the amount of sun your plant receives, the fertizlier in the soil, and even your plant’s temperature. You can check the app for coaching and some tips. There are also simpler sensors like PlantLink which alerts you whenever your plant needs some watering.

They’re really helpful, especially for travelers.

If you travel all the time and you always come home to a dying or dead plant, you can turn to GreenIQ’s Irrigation Controller, Rachio, RainMachine or Blossom. These are some of the most complete smart sprinkler systems which can follow a watering schedule, rely on weather forecasts, and can be remotely monitored and adjusted through an app. Most of these sprinklers let you divide your yard into sections if you have various plants with different water requirements.

Smart sprinklers were not made just because. They actually do have a purpose. Yes, they are the “I never knew I need you until I met you” kind of tech.

[Check which smart sprinkler suits your needs]

Give the New Year an Epic Welcome With These Smart Technology

Give the New Year an Epic Welcome With These Smart Technology

Saying goodbye to a year that was and embracing a new one for all its new potential calls for a grand celebration. It’s a milestone that almost everyone on earth is looking forward to.

When the alcohol starts to flow and with everybody going crazy, it’s highly likely that give in to the moment and end up tending a hangover and finding lost keys on January first.

Smart tech is here to help you prep up so you’ll have a fun New Year’s Eve and an easy, carefree morning after.

Fancy up the mood 

People usually start with low energy during parties, but you can ease everyone in (especially if friends of friends are coming along and not everybody know each other) by setting up the mood first. Dim the lights and let your Philips Hue do its thing: popping colors of fun everywhere! And don’t forget to fill the room with music. There are fancy speakers which can double as conversation starters like the Crazybaby Levitating Speaker and the Yantouch Diamond Speaker and Light.

Break the ice

In breaking the ice, there’s nothing more effective than alcohol. It loosens up even the most uptight person in the room. Nope, you don’t need to hire a bartender this time. He needs to party too. Quickly chill a bottle of wine that you have just bought the last minute with Waring Wine Chiller. Or get the Somabar or the Smart Bartending to mix your favorite cocktails the whole night through.

Keep memories 

There’s nothing more disappointing than realizing you have no memory or battery when taking the most important pictutes. Make sure this doesn’t happen again by having a full-charged power bank with you. And in case your friends forget to charge theirs, be safe and bring the Juno Powerbank with 13,000mAh. It’s powerful enough to charge a couple of smartphones a couple of times.

And for the perfect New Year’s Eve selfie even in low light, get your selfie lights ready! You can go for the Cynux spotlight that’s clippable on your smartphone or the light stick that can cover more area for a groufie.

Keep safe

Don’t drink and drive. A car crash or being temporarily detained isn’t exactly a great start for the year. So, bring a portable breath analyzer with you. Check on yourself and your friends too. Wait until you’re sober before you hit the road.

Have a breezy morning

All the late-night partying might give you temporary memory loss. You might find yourself tensed the moment you wake up because you can’t find your car keys or your wallet or whatever. Attach a Tile on your valuables so you’ll know where they are when you can’t seem to find them.
And, of course, help yourself to a cup of coffee the moment you wakeup. Make your smart coffee maker brew a cup or carafe. Waking up to the smell of coffee will be the perfect way to start the first day of the new year.

Have a blast this New Year’s Eve and an even happier day ahead!

[New Year’s Eve Tech Gadgets To Help You Celebrate]

 

Who Knew Technology Can Make You Look and Feel More Beautiful?

Tech products that will make you look and feel beautiful

Nope, I am not talking about invasive technology. What I’m referring to are easy tech gadgets that can help you look beautiful, especially if you’re super busy. According to a Yahoo study, the average woman spends about 22.5 minutes getting ready each morning. And that’s not the case every day; it’s longer if you made an eyeliner stroke mistake.

If you can relate to the morning hustle and want to cut down time in grooming or just want to feel more beautiful (and healthier), you definitely need to check out these beauty tech products.

Smart Mirrors

You don’t want to look like somebody slapped your face the moment you walk out of your home. Or maybe look too pale during your evening party. Simulate different lighting conditions with a smart mirror like the vanity TV mirror from Séura or Simplehuman sensor mirrors which you can order from Amazon. This way, you can put on the right amount of makeup and don’t embarrass yourself.

Personal Hygiene Tech 

Our hair is one of the reasons why it takes us a long time to get ready in the morning. There are excellent hair dryers like the Chi Air Vibe, which cuts hair drying time in half. They look stylish too. As for brushing your teeth, better invest in electric toothbrush like the one from Oral-B’s 7000 Smart Series. You can still do light things like checking the weather or your flight details during the 2-minute brushing time.

Well-being wearables

Lastly, there are well-being wearables which make us feel good, translating the inner glow to radiating beauty. Strengthen your sleep with the Sleep pill and wake up to a happy mood. It’s also amazing how a simple change in posture can make appear more confident, while easing back pains. The Upright posture wearable vibrates whenever it detects you slouching your back.

There you go, ladies. Looking and feeling good — that’s our duty to ourselves. Gift yourself with one of these.

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Erato Apollo 7 Earbuds Dominate The Delayed Apple Earpods — And They’re Available Now

Erato Apollo 7 Earphones

Of course you have heard how Apple revolutionized wireless audio listening with its debut of Airpods and the controversial missing headphone jack. But before that, there’s already a compact wireless headphone that’s been around the market — Erato’s Apollo 7. It’s the industry’s first waterproof, truly wireless headphones and the highest quality true wireless earbuds out on the market.

In fact, the earphones have received notable reviews from tech sites like CNET and Digital Trends, gaining remarks such as being the “first truly wireless headphones that work well and delivers decent sound”. Here are more reasons why you might want to own a pair:

Perfect synchronization between left and right channels

Since Erator has spent the last decade perfecting this technology, Apollo 7 has balanced audio with no sound dropouts and signal interruptions, which other wireless earbuds fail to completely eliminate.

Award-winning design

Reviews revealed that the earbuds are extremently convenient to use. Its construction was meticulously designed that it has won the 2015 Red Dot Homourable Mention Award. The earphones also come in different sophisticated colors including Silver, Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold.

On-the-go case charging

Erato Apollo 7 Earbuds Wireless Charging Case

The earbuds are housed in an elegant, one-finger open glide aluminum casing that has the capability to recharge the earbuds twice.

Erato is leading in the wireless audio category. Investing in a pair of Apollo 7 earbuds will be well worth your money.

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Bric+ Case for iPhone 5 / 5S Aims to Provide Users with 2.5X Extended Battery Time

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Those of you who’re not happy with the battery time of your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S should give Bric+ Case a look, which is compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The case is manufactured by Sudong Cho and Bricwave and aims to provide an extended battery life, almost 2.5 times more than the original battery, thanks to the Li-ion built into the protective case. According to the company, the case can provide up to 25 hours of talk time compared to 10 hours on the original iPhone 5. Additionally, the case also comes with a Lens at the back, giving users 3.5 times optical zoom to help you improve your photography capabilities. The project is currently on Kickstarter with a $65000 funding goal, before they can start production of the case. If you think this is a good idea, head over to Kickstarter and make the pledge.

[Kickstarter] via [Geeky Gadgets]

LG GW990 – The First MeeGo Smartphone

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By Gaurav Kheterpal

A few days ago at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, Intel and Nokia announced that they are joining hands to launch a new hybrid mobile operating system named ‘MeeGo’. MeeGo will inherit the best of both worlds from Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Mobilin operating systems and will join the crowded war of mobile operating systems including the likes of Android, Symbian, iPhone OS and the recently launched Windows Phone 7 Series.

LG has announced that its GW990 would be the first ever smartphone to run on the MeeGo platform. For a start, the LG LG990 will be available in Korea during the second half of this year. It is expected to be available in other countries by end of this year.

[ Techtree ] VIA [ Intel ]

Video VoIP Calling Comes To iPhone

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Somewhat old news here, but you should know that Apple has removed all restrictions that prohibited making Video VoIP calls on 3G networks using the iPhone. The iPhone SDK has also been modified in order to give developers access to the Video VoIP APIs. This means you can use either iCall or Fring (which supports Skype) to make Video VoIP calls on your device and the only catch is that your carrier must allow VoIP calls to work on 3G in addition to WiFi (good luck). While stability of video is an issue with both these apps, it’s still a welcome move by Apple.

Video calls are fun, make sure you try it out on your iPhone!

VIA [ Daemon News ]

iVideoCamera Adds Video Capabilities to Old iPhones

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Before the iPhone 3GS was launched, Apple drew a lot of flak from its customers over the lack of video capabilities. Though the iPhone 3GS came out with the best in its class video capabilities, old iPhone users were still disgruntled about the lack of video on their phones.

Although not the only such app (we’re thinking Qik as well), and it’s been out for a bit… but you might want to know that Apple has given its blessings to iVideoCamera – an iTunes Store app that can add video capabilities to any iPhone – new or old. iVideoCamera can shoot short videos, save them on your iPhone and even export the videos to popular websites like Facebook and YouTube. You can also change the point of focus during recording, something the native 3GS application can’t do. While the video quality of iVideoCamera is no match to that of iPhone 3GS, it is reasonably good at 320 x 426 and a recording rate of 10 frames per second.

After all, some video is better than no video at all on your old iPhone.

[ Laan Labs ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Google Voice Finally On iPhone But Without Apple’s Consent

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By Gaurav Kheterpal

There is some good news – Google Voice is finally available on the iPhone. However, the bad news is that it runs on your iPhone’s browser and not as a native application. Google has been trying hard to convince Apple to allow Google Voice on iPhone but, no dice.

Google then simply decided to take the matter into its own hands and developed a web version which can be accessed by any HTML browser running on the iPhone. It is recommended to add shortcuts to your home screen for the most important features such as Dialer, Compose SMS, Inbox and Contacts. Something is better than nothing and Google Voice running on the browser is certainly better than no Google Voice on your iPhone.

[ Google Voice ] VIA [ CSMonitor ]