Category: Technology

VIDEO: Keep Flabby Abs Quarantined

From Great Day Houston (CBS): We’re stuck inside our homes which could mean less exercising and activities. Here are some apps to help get you motivated and an interesting device, Stealth Body Fitness, to keep your abs tight. Take a look as I try to melt away the fat and blast away alien invaders.

REVIEW: Accell Power Dot Power Station

I am always in need of plugging things into an electrical outlet.  My home office frequently looks like a wiring fiasco around a Christmas tree with extension cords strewn all over the place.  And now that we are in the midst of the COVID19 quarantine, my kids now need to plug their laptops and phones into outlets to juice up their gadgets.

I recently discovered one smart solution by using the Accell Power Dot Office. It is a round power station that currently handles most all of our family’s power needs in our makeshift office/home school (aka the dining room table).

The Dot Office has four surge-protected AC outlets that can swivel, 3 USB Type-A charging ports and 1 USB Type-C charging port. Total output of the ports is 5V and 24W.

The low-profile device measures 8 x 7 x 2.4″ and has an 8′ ($54.99) or 16′ ($64.99) power cord. The center top can pop off to hold gadgets like an Amazon Dot (hence the name), a Google Home Mini, or other small accessories for a neat work space.

It come in stark white or shiny black and can be ordered on Amazon.com or directly though the Accell website.

 

VIDEO: Slow internet speed? The problem may be as near as your couch. (ABC13)

With so many family members using the internet from your home during this COVID19 quarantine time, internet speeds can seem to slow to a crawl.  Do you blame your ISP?  Are there better times of the day or night to watch streaming videos or download items?

I recently spoke with ABC13 (Houston) about this issue and how to maximize your internet speed as best as possible.

How To Properly Disinfect Your Phones

You should have been doing it all along. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting that nasty smart phone of yours. And your laptop, tablet, remote control and every other piece of gadgetry around your home and office. But now with COVID19 spreading you hopefully are more aware of the germs and dangers that can cling to these electronics.  So do it.

It is not just you touching your phone. When you touch a public door handle or grocery cart and then pick up your phone, congrats it is dirty. The first thing you should NOT do is wipe it with rubbing alcohol. STOP, don’t do that. Straight alcohol can strip the protective coatings that keep oil and water from damaging your display and other ports. My first choice has been to use cleaners made specifically for electronics.  Whoosh Screen Shine is safe for all screens as it is alcohol-free, ammonia-free, and an anti-static. Screen Mom and Bryson are similar products also without alcohol, ammonia or phosphates.

Whichever you choose, unplug the device and do not ever spray anything directly onto the screen . Use a microfiber cloth that is often sold with these products. Spray the cleaner onto the cloth and then carefully wipe down all parts of your phone. Make sure to remove the phone cover to get parts such as buttons and crevices.

Other products can be safely used on electronics such as Clorox Wipes.  Just make sure to use disinfectants that contain no more than 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean screens.

Other products to avoid cleaning phones with:

  • window cleaner
  • kitchen cleaners
  • paper towels
  • makeup remover
  • compressed air
  • vinegar
  • dish and hand soap

Here is a recent TV segment from FOX26 (Houston) where I go into more detail:

Some Things I Saw (and grabbed) at CES

So how was your CES this year?  Here are my stats:

  • an average of 27,000 steps walked per day (photo here just to prove it)
  • hundreds of hand shakes
  • 14 glasses of highly-caffeinated iced tea (we don’t do coffee)
  • less than 6 hours of sleep per night
  • 3 packed suitcases of gadgets and trinkets that will either change my life or trash up my garage

 

I am receiving more items from companies who announced or launched products at the annual Las Vegas convention.  I continue to talk about and review them on my radio show (11a-1p Saturdays, KPRC/iHeartRadio) and TV appearances.  Here is a recent clip from “Great Day Houston” (KHOU, CBS) with much more to come:

Links to the items I spotlighted:

Targus Mobile VIP + Backpack With Qi-Charging – targus.com/laptop-backpack

TruMedic Magic Hands Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager – trumedic.com/magichands-trushiatsu

Puro Volume-Limiting Headphones – purosound.com

Jabra Elite Active 75  – jabra.com

Audio-Technica – audio-technica.com

Monster – monsterstore.com

Helm Audio – helmaudio.com

Noerden Self-Cleaning Smart Bottle – noerden.eu

Kwikset Home Smart Lock – kwikset.com

CES 2020 Coverage

My 20th year covering CES in Las Vegas. It only gets larger and crazier, at least in terms of the product launches and offerings.  Sex “toys” are the thing this year after being dissed at the tech trade show in 2019.  I’m still waiting for samples to arrive for full review.

Smart homes, cars, 8K TVs, 5G, AI, Google and Amazon are all over the place.  Tune in to my radio show on KPRC 950AM and iHeartRadio for live reports from the show floor.

Jaguar’s Activity Key Gives Outdoor Enthusiasts A Sense Of Security

After test driving the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace for a few days I couldn’t help but notice a black wristband sitting in the glove compartment. I thought it was a fitness watch that was left behind by another auto journalist. On closer inspection I saw the word “Jaguar” printed on the black, rubber band and then did some digging in the thick manual.

As it turns out, this buckled strap is an add-on feature in newer-model Jags along with certain Land Rovers – Jaguar’s sister-company. It’s called the Activity Key and offers a solution to a problem I have had for decades. I am a runner and often drive to training grounds, parks and races. I don’t like carrying my car key when I run for fear I may lose it as I traverse up hills and bumpy paths. So I generally hide the car key somewhere around my parked car and hope no one finds it during my run.

The Activity Key takes my worry away. An RFID chip is embedded in the strap which is then worn on your wrist when you are away from the locked car. In fact, you can lock the actual car key inside the vehicle. Once the driver’s door is closed you have 30 seconds to walk to the back of the car and place the Activity Key atop the letter “J” in Jaguar. A small antenna receives the wireless signal from the strap and locks all the doors. You are now free to run, hike, picnic and even swim (the Activity Key is waterproof up to 30m) knowing that no one will find a hidden key in obvious places such as on top of a tire (my usual hiding spot).

To unlock the vehicle, press the trunk release just above the license plate and then touch the Activity Key to the letter “J” again. Boom. All of the doors – including the trunk – are unlocked.

The Activity Key is a $410 option on the F-Pace I tested.

I just want to know where this technology was back in 1995 when I was training for my first marathon. See how it works below:

[via iHeartVehicles.com]

VIDEO: Outdoor Tech Products

Good morning from the set of “Great Day Houston” (CBS) where it’s time for another show-and-tell segment.   Today I brought along some products to make life and the outdoor experience a bit easier.  Watch my segment HERE where I talked about these cool products:

Rok-It portable chair
Pelican coolers
Eco-Popper HD Webcam WiFi fishing lure
Hive View smart home camera
B-Hyve smart faucet hose

VIDEO: 50th Anny Moon Landing Tech

I was a mere pup when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.  The only thing I remember from those days was my astronaut-themed lunch box adorning the metal container and Thermos, though I can’t recall if my mom put Tang in there.  I loved that lunch box.  And we all still love and enjoy the technology that NASA developed for those space missions because many of them still exist today.

Here is my recent appearance on Great Day Houston (CBS) where I discussed some of these technologies and products including baby formula, GPS, the Dustbuster and memory foam.  The computing power on those space capsules had less power than our smartphones have today.  But make sure to have battery chargers to keep your phone and all your devices powered up.

A special thanks to myCharge for supplying HubPlus Universal portable chargers to the TV show audience.  These 6700mAH chargers have built-in Lightning and USB-C cords and they recharge via built-in wall prongs.  There is a special 20% discount on the HubPlus Universal for Amazon Prime Day – if you buy through the myCharge seller Amazon page, you can get $5 off each charger and  double up with this 20% off promo code (20OFFPOWER).

Watch the fun HERE.

VIDEO: Products to monitor your home and your time

With the recent news from Amazon that it allows constant monitoring and “listening” from its Echo devices to help with home security, I discussed this new feature on “Great Day Houston” (KHOU-CBS).  Other products that also help with home monitoring include:

Kangaroo motion sensor
SimpleSense WiFi leak Detector
ROAV Dashcam
NOWA Watch

Watch  the segment here: