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Each week, Rick joins his buddy Sully to talk tech on the Limpert Tech "SullyCast on Radio 105.7, formerly TalkRadio 640 WGST

Saturday
Feb182017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Tax Prep Tech

It's one of those necessary evils, doing our taxes.

Now that you have received most of your tax documents, it's time to start organizing and planning to do your taxes. (Or have your accountant do it)


A fun radio segment this week as Rick and Sully do their taxes.

1.  Top tip for 2017  - File Early!

The IRS began accepting returns Jan. 23, and tax experts recommend that Americans continue to file their returns early. For one thing, it reduces the chance of identity fraud. Also, the IRS is giving more scrutiny to returns claiming some credits before it sends out refunds.

2. IBM's Watson computer to do taxes

In its first steps toward commercialization, IBM’s Watson took on grand, science-laden challenges like helping doctors diagnose cancer. But that is changing as IBM strives to build its artificial intelligence technology into a multibillion-dollar business.

Today, companies including Geico, Staples and Macy’s are adding the Watson technology to answer customer questions or to improve mobile apps that guide shoppers through stores.

Now in its broadest deployment so far, Watson will be assisting H&R Block’s 70,000 tax professionals this filing season at 10,000 branch offices across the country, where 11 million people file taxes.
 


3.  Turbo Tax

The quickest and most inexpensive way for many to do their taxes...

By now you should have gotten your W-2s, and you can file your taxes now if you want. Whenever you choose to get it done, you’d be wise to take advantage of this Amazon Exclusive deal on TurboTax. They have five different packages – each tailored to a specific type of filer. The basic one is only 5 percent off, but once you get to the packages that help you navigate the more labyrinthine aspects of the federal and state tax code, you can save some serious money.

The Turbo Tax App

TurboTax also has a mobile app that allows users to take photos of their W-2s and automatically fill in their tax forms. As with H&R Block, the app is free, but there might be a cost when you submit the paperwork to the IRS.


4. ItsDeductible app

Offered by tax software provider TurboTax, ItsDeductible (iOS only) is a free way to track your donations either online or on your iPhone. The app is set up to track everything from drop-offs at the thrift store and cash donations to mileage.

For donated items, the app offers a suggested resale value to use when calculating your itemized deductions. TurboTax users can import data from ItsDeductible to their tax forms.
 

5.  Expensify app

Expensify won Top Ten Reviews’ top award for expense-tracking apps. It, too, uses OCR scanning and automatically records data. It integrates with bank accounts and credit cards to keep expenses updated across all platforms and works with popular contact-management program Salesforce and with the e-business tool NetSuite. A free version allows 10 scans a month. Upgrades cost $5 and $9 monthly.
 

Saturday
Feb112017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - February Heart Healthy Month

In addition to Valentine's Day February is Heart Healthy month...

Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.1 While Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease, African American men, especially those who live in the southeast region of the United States, are at the highest risk for heart disease

Rick and Sully look at some gadgets and tech that fit in with February being Heart Healthy month... have a listen:

 

1. Kardia Mobile

www.alivecor.com

Kardia Mobile is FDA-approved fingertip sensor device that attaches to your mobile phone, and EKG readings can be sent instantly to both physicians and loved ones. With Heart Healthy Month and Valentine’s Day, approaching, this could help prevent a heart-related emergency. Most people are touched in some way by heart disease, and a story on Kardia Mobile could offer a great opportunity to help inform them about the importance and ease of getting a mobile EKG reading. Smaller than a credit card, Kardia allows you to capture a medical-grade EKG in just 30-seconds from anywhere, anytime. All for $99.
 

2. Koogeek Smart Health Scale
www.koogeek.com

Accurately measure body composition and health data with the Koogeek Smart Health Scale. With four sensors and BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) technology, Koogeek Smart Health Scale accurately measures your weight, BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat mass, lean mass, bone mass, total body water, BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and visceral fat. All measurements easily automatically sync and upload to the Koogeek app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0. Koogeek has designed this scale with a polished ITO tempered glass surface and a blue LED display, the scale is durable for everyday use. In addition, special oval corners protect the safety of both you and your family. A great buy for about $40.


 

3. Sports Tracker App and Heart Rate Belt
www.sports-tracker.com

Combine a new app with accessories like a Heart Rate Belt and you have the Sports Tracker platform. This is an award-winning application and online service developed by a passionate team of mobile experts and outdoor enthusiasts– as well as by users worldwide in more than 200 countries. Put your phone in your pocket, armband or bike-mount, and and add the Sports Tracker Heart Rate belt so you’re ready to hit the road to collect and share data. At CES in January, Sports Tracker had three Olympic Gold Medal winners in Brianna Rollins (Hurdles), David Boudia (Diving) and Kaitlyn Farrington (Snowboarding) there to demo the product. The app uses your phone’s internal GPS to track your route, time, distance and speed. It's not just for running or walking, but also while playing or participating in dozens of sports and activities. Heart Rate belt is $85 and the app is free.
Check out the new Sports-Tracker Skiing feature!


4. Quell
www.quellrelief.com

Everyone has aches and pains, so there is Quell. Quell is an over-the-counter wearable therapeutic band for chronic pain. This is fully integrated into a digital health platform that helps patients optimize their therapy and decrease the impact of chronic pain on their quality of life. The company maintains an active research effort and has several pipeline programs, including a therapeutic device for restless leg syndrome. Quell is based in Waltham, Massachusetts and was founded as a spin-off from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 1996.
 

5. MOCACuff and MOCAHeart
www.mocacare.com

MOCACARE, a company at the heart of the connected health sector, which will be showcasing its latest devices designed to simplify at home heart monitoring and letting you get your own internal engine check-up.
These will include the MOCACuff, a sleek FDA-approved wireless blood pressure monitor that fits comfortably on the wrist and avoids the problems of bulky and difficult to place traditional cuffs worn on the upper arm.
And MOCAheart, a device taking a new approach to monitoring cardiovascular health, using blood velocity as a correlation to blood pressure. With a simple thumb scan, it measures a number of important indicators of heart health including blood velocity, heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
 
 

Saturday
Feb042017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Super Bowl Party Tech

Rick and Sully talk tech for your Super Bowl party

There is technology on the football field, but also off the field in our living rooms, home theaters and man caves.

Have a listen:

 

1. NIMA Football Helmet Bluetooth Speaker

NIMA Helmet is a leap forward in technology and design. It's been engineered from the ground up for pure performance. Available in 3 sizes, NIMA Sport's Football Helmet Bluetooth speaker delivers clear, organic natural sound with deeper bass than other speakers. It connects wirelessly and its premium material design - months in the making - coupled with its customizable high-gloss finish, adds a new level of team pride for any fan looking for a complete audio experience. It allows you to enjoy exceptionally clear acoustics whether you're cheering on your favorite team at home, in the shower, at a tailgate or at a BBQ - as loud as you like.
In designing these speakers, sports fanatic and designer Nima Saati decided to do whatever was necessary, however unconventional, to make the best form loudspeaker anyone had ever heard. Every component, from drive unit to cabinet enclosure, was re-invented.

The NIMA speaker was truly built with the fan in mind and they have packed an unbelievable amount of volume into such a small package. Visit www.nimausa.com.

2. MyCharge power
www.mycharge.com

Don't let your power run out on your phones and tablets during the big game!

RazorPlatinum from MyCharge
$99.99

Crafted from anodized aluminum, the 13400mAh RazorPlatinum is not only the most powerful portable charger in the myCharge lineup but also the only charger capable of powering a laptop. The USB-C port delivers a 36W output and is able to fully charge a MacBook in 100 minutes. Charge any tablet, smartphone or other device via the RazorPlatinum's standard USB-A port. Recharge the RazorPlatinum via the MacBook 29 watt adaptor in just 2 hours.

Battery Capacity: 13400mAh

Recharges Via: USB-C cable

Compatibility: MacBook, Tablets, Smartphones, USB-C & USB-A Devices
 

3.Altec Lansing Mini Life Jacket 3 ($99.99; avail Best Buy and Target)

For that pre-game playlist, or maybe to listen to the game...  this Bluetooth speaker that comes in Falcons red and Patriots blue can pump up the tunes and withstand all the PBR, ketchup, and literal punches you throw at it -- or you can go bigger with the monster Super Life Jacket speaker ($299.99; avail Best Buy)  It's waterproof, it floats and has 10 hours of battery life, so it will last through the post game celebration.
 

4. Polaroid Cube+ HD Action Video Cam (+ Shot glass mount!) ($149.95 + $14.99 shot glass; avail Amazon)

Compatible with Android and iOS, the Cube+ will capture your best party minutes -- even the Fireball shots you take -- on its companion app over wifi. And it’s water-resistant, for any spills and thrills.
Compact design; 6.0MP CMOS image sensor; 1080p image resolution; digital image stabilization; rechargeable lithium-ion battery; shockproof; coldproof
 


5.  HelloTech

www.hellotech.com

HelloTech -- a leading on-demand, in-home technology support startup -- specializes in TV mounting and installation, and has compiled tips to avoid the “Top 5 Most Common TV Mounting Fails” just in time for next week’s game. These tips are foolproof in guiding your readers in optimizing their TV viewing parties while also helping them reduce stress when preparing their surround sound, streaming and more.

FAIL #1: Choosing the Wrong Mount
Before anything else, you need to choose the TV mount right for you. Most important of all, double check the load-bearing capacity of the mount. One that supports 33 pounds is only good for small 15-inch TVs, not for your 55-inch smart TV. HelloTech urges you to choose wisely because watching your expensive television falling and shattering right in the middle of your Super Bowl party would be rather embarrassing (not to mention gut-wrenching).

FAIL #2: Thinking You Can Go It Alone
TV mounting is a two-person job they are wide and heavy and  can hit 50 lbs! That's why HelloTech recommends that at least one person helps you out. An extra pair of hands will certainly be needed to lift and hold brackets in place while you figure out which screws go where.

FAIL #3: Ignoring Those Wall Studs
HelloTech recommends that you be extra sure that you have indeed found the right studs before you start drilling. That way, you don’t have to suffer through having any wrong holes repaired. Additionally, make sure you use the right drill bit. Otherwise, the drilled holes might just be too small or too big for the screws.

FAIL #4: Hammering Near the TV
If during the installation process you need to hammer nails, don’t do so until you have transferred the TV to somewhere safe. This precaution is necessary because any nail that slips from your fingers could hit the TV screen, rendering it useless.

FAIL #5: Buying the Wrong Cables and Wires
HelloTech advises that you carefully plan where all of the cables will go so that they won’t look cluttered and won’t be peeking from behind the TV. Unfortunately, some people can take the organizing too far, so they end up with cables not reaching their intended ports if this happens, never force the cables. Don’t try to bend the TV just to make things connect. These actions can damage  the screen, the ports, the cables, or the wall.


 Enjoy the game!

Saturday
Jan282017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - PGA Golf Show

 

Rick and Sully talk about Rick's week in Orlando at the PGA Merchandise Show..

Have a listen:

 

Built by The PGA of America, the Association’s most successful members and the industry’s foremost experts on the business of the game, the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show, the “Major of Golf Business,” is the ultimate resource for industry leaders, top manufacturers, PGA Professionals and golf organizations to drive forward business, participation and interest in golf.


64th PGA Merchandise Show:

More than 1,000 leading golf companies and brands within nearly 10 miles of Show aisles.
    One million square feet of interactive exhibit, product demonstration and industry presentation space.
    More than 40,000 influential PGA Professionals, manufacturing executives, VIP retailers, international industry leaders and top decision-makers.


 1. Outdoor Demo Day

PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day, Tuesday, Jan. 24: Open exclusively to PGA Professionals and invited retailers, the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day features nearly 100 top golf companies within 200+ hitting bays, practice greens and the vendor village of the 42-acre Orange County National Golf Center. Additionally, PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day Instructional Workshops featuring leading PGA Professional teachers provide insight into becoming a world class teacher, instructor, and coach to today’s consumers (pre-registration required). The PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day is open to PGA Professionals and media
 


2.  Wilson Driver vs. Driver

Wilson's reality show where people designers drivers that aired on Golf Channel.
Eric Sillies, winner of Golf Channel's reality program where contestants built drivers was on hand to talk about the show and the fact that his driver will be put in play soon on the PGA Tour.
 

3. OnCore Golf Balls

Introducing a new "Tour Ball" called Elixr.  
New 30 second commercial spot to air during the Masters.
 

4. Golf Pride   -  new grips with an alignment strip "Align"
 

5. Geltees

Made from 100% pharmaceutical grade gelatin, GelTees are biodegrade within days of being left in the elements.
www.geltees.com

Rick and Sully are getting ready for the Super Bowl.
A book to be your guide for eating and cooking for the Big Game
 

Fangating™” (game day revelry) authority and celebrity cook Daina Falk of the Hungry Fan® (and daughter of famed sports agent David Falk of Michael Jordan fame). As author of the acclaimed "The Hungry Fan’s® Game Day Cookbook,” she has some incredibly tasty homegating and tailgating recipes and party ideas  your audience would love, with themes like these:

    Healthy Fangating Dishes Sure to Score (3 pictured right)
    Fast Fangating: 15-Minute Finger Foods (see 5 dish ideas below in yellow highlight)
    How to Warm ‘Em Up on a Winter Game Day
    Enviro-Friendly Fangating: How to Throw a Green Game Day Gathering
    No-Fuss Crock-Pot Fangating Favorites
    Game Day Gourmet: Elevated Fangating Fare for Discriminating Game Day Guests
    Insane Game Day Desserts for a Sweet Fangating Gathering
    Diet-Driven Fangating Fare: Tasty Gluten-Free Dishes that All Guests Will Enjoy

"The Hungry Fan’s® Game Day Cookbook” includes a whopping 165 Fangating™ recipes—including 40 that she collected from Olympians and professional athletes like LeBron James, Boomer Esiason, Michael Jordan and Andre Agassi!

Friday
Jan202017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - CES Finds for the Home

Rick and Sully continue talking CES with CES finds for the home this week...

Have a listen:

 

1.  EZVIZ Products

EZVIZ Inc., a leading provider of smart home video technology and cloud services, launched the next generation of indoor, outdoor, and action camera solutions including the Mini 360 Plus, Mini Trooper, and FIVE PLUS action camera.

Rick is trying the  EZVIZ Mini Plus

An affordable 1080p pan and tilt Wi-Fi camera whose lens users can rotate and move up and down using their phone. The pan and tilt feature provides flexible installation options since users can install the Mini 360 Plus first and then adjust the camera lens later to easily see an area of interest. Paired with full 1080p HD video, night vision, motion tracking, two-way talk, IFTTT smart home compatibility and rich features using the EZVIZ app, the Mini 360 Plus is poised to become a high-quality camera in the pan and tilt category.
 

2. CUJO Smart Firewall

$99 at www.getcujo.com

Protect all of the devices connected to your network with this CUJO internet security system. Its behavior-learning features and rule-based protection help keep out malware and hacker activity. This CUJO internet security system automatically updates to keep out any threats it finds, and you can manage the device via apps for iOS or Android devices.
 

IOTea

IOTea or the Internet of Tea – there are over 1500 types of tea but most people don’t know how to prepare each one properly. This silicone cube will teach you. Under $100 http://www.42tea.io/en/

So that each cup of tea remains a source of new sensations, 42tea analyzes your consumption and defines your preferences based on 54 objective criteria developed by tea masters and suggests new teas that correspond to your tastes.

42tea is extremely easy to use. Just toss the 42tea cube assistant in your teapot or saucepan and follow the instructions on your smartphone. The 42tea app helps you to control all the parameters (water/tea dosage, brewing time and temperature) to fully enjoy all flavors, with unique recommendations calculated for your taste only.
 

4. First Alert and the expansion of its Onelink by First Alert portfolio of connected home products

http://www.firstalert.com/onelink

When you Google First Alert®, you’ll soon see products brought to market through joint efforts of the most trusted name in home safety and the world’s leading search engine and creator of the Google Home.
The two companies have partnered to develop schemas to enable Onelink® by First Alert products to work with the Google Home device and its hands-free, voice-controlled Google Assistant technology. The first such Onelink product – a smart Wi-Fi Thermostat – launches this month.
 
Also coming an Environment Monitor, safe and more...

5. Alexa Abounds with Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot

Amazon had a strong year in the smart home space thanks to its Alexa-enabled Echo and Echo Dot devices, and it shows no sign of slowing down.

Not only was the well-reviewed Echo series an early entry into the intelligent home hub market, Amazon opened up its A.I assistant Alexa to developers, and if this CES showed us anything, developers embraced the offer.

It was a theme at CES, home automators are making sure their devices pair with 'Alexa"