There are a number of high capacity external battery charging packs on the market that are ideal for a camping trip or emergency preparedness kit. If you’re looking for a robust solution that also helps you light the way, then it might be worth giving the SmartLantern by Bracketron a look.
We can use Home Automation devices to monitor our homes, keep us secure and turn our lights on and off. So why not use technology to help monitor and control the energy used to heat and cool our homes? The Nest Learning Thermostat can do just that – on its own- via the web and also through an app. Nest isn’t totally new, but the latest version, the 2nd generation model, is certainly much improved and you don’t have to be a geek to make the most of it. Great news if you’re a resident of Alberta, you may have an opportunity to get one free from Direct Energy.
Another flagship phone from HTC with another derivative name. This HTC One, however, includes its development codename “M8″ in brackets after it so as not to be confused with the other Ones, One Xes and so on. (It is also referred to as the All New HTC One which will be become a rather outdated moniker in a year or so when HTC will undoubtedly release another One.)
But despite a similar name to its predecessors, the HTC One (M8) is a whole new phone.
At first glance the Dyson DC62 Animal doesn’t look like much of a vacuum; in fact, it looks more like a metal detector than a vacuum cleaner. The first thing that came to mind was how such a small handheld unit, especially a cordless one, could do the job of a full sized vacuum. Fortunately for me, for today anyway, I live in a very dry area, almost back on to a transit station and have a significant amount of carpeting in my home, so there’s never any shortage of testing material – dust, sand and other sediment – that needed to be sucked up.
Before trying out the Idol X, I had never used an Alcatel OneTouch phone before. In fact, I knew very little about the phones and TCL, the company that makes them. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from a phone of a less recognizable brand than say, a Samsung, LG or HTC product.
But the Idol X makes quite an impression.