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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

Sunday
May212017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Gadget Gifts for Grads

It's Graduation Season.

A time when student move from one grade to another or venture out into the working world with diplomas in hand.

Rick and Sully look at some tech gifts for grads.



1. Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0

www.kensington.com

More laptop protection and security is needed as thin laptops have become more difficult to secure due to their sleek platforms that don't allow for traditional security slots to engage a cable lock, such as the Macbook Pro. The Kensington Laptop Locking Station 2.0 addresses this challenge by delivering optimal security and functionality in a low-profile solution ideal for the desktop environment. A perfect device, whether in the dorm room, den or office. Adjustable security arms are located on each side of the locking station to accommodate thin laptops ranging from 11" to 15.6" in screen size. For initial installation, the user simply opens the laptop, then slides it between the arms into the station. Once the user adjusts the arms to the width of the device, they remove the laptop, and fix the arms into place for future use, with that laptop. The laptop can then be placed quickly and easily into the locking station and locked into place using the included MicroSaver® 2.0 Keyed Lock that inserts into the industry-standard Kensington Security Slot, located on the side of the locking station. Depending on included accessories, the Locking Station 2.0 starts at $89.99.


 

2. Kicker Bullfrog Jump Bluetooth Speaker

Bullfrog Jump, is what Kicker is calling an ‘outdoor’ speaker specifically for tailgating, camping, picnics, outdoor hoops, time at the lake, promoting music in the outdoors.
It streams music via Bluetooth, but it also features an FM tuner for listening to your fave local station or the local game. Twenty hr battery life, 100 ft Bluetooth antenna range, app for dialing in EQ or presetting FM stations. Definitely weatherproof.  Two Bullfrogs connect wirelessly for double the sound (using the app).
Kicker has been manufacturing car stereo and subwoofers since 1973 from Stillwater, as many of the 200 employees through the years are Oklahoma State Univ. grads, including our owner Mr. Steve Irby.  This ‘lifestyle’ audio piece is a newer venture, and they are excited.
 



3. The College Student First Aid Kit

www.collegefirstaidkit.com

High School is one thing, but now that your darling is off to college, they need a first aid kit. The College Student First Aid Kit was created by Beth Palmer Stewart, a Nurse Practitioner, with over 25 years of experience. Beth created a kit that is comprehensive, organized and affordable. With over 30 different medications, ointments, creams, drops, tools and wound care items. As a mom and nurse, Beth is  confident that this kit will help college students everywhere. The College Student First Aid Kit is created with students in mind. Two different kits are available starting at $59.95.
 

4. Pixie - Uses Augmented Reality Navigation, Signaling Technology and Location Engine to Give Every Day Physical Items a Digital Identity That Can Be Located Quickly Down to Inches

www.getpixie.com   Get 2 for $49.99

Students misplace house or car keys, books, backpacks, laptops and more.
More than half say that misplaced items regularly cause them to belate to work or school
Thanks to Pixie, and the launch of Pixie™ Points, the most advanced tracking solution on the market, we will soon be living in a world where lost and misplaced items are a thing of the past.
Unlike outdated Bluetooth trackers that rely on beeps to guide you to lost items, Pixie turns your phone into a magical augmented reality interface to actually SHOW you the location of misplaced objects Pixie is a game changer in location tracking technology thatmakes finding lost items fun, fast and frustration free.
 The app immediately says whether the item is close by and guides users to its location if further away.
 

5. IRISNotes Air 3 Digital Pen

- Note taking made easy  

Great for students, anyone taking notes or transcribing
$149.99
 Product Highlights
    Captures Handwritten Notes & Graphs
    Converts Notes into Editable Text
    Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
    Recognizes 30 Languages
Digitally store and edit handwritten notes with the IRISNotes Air 3 Digital Pen from IRIS. This pen captures handwritten notes thanks to its receiver, which picks up ultrasound and infrared signals from the pen and transmits them to your computer via USB or your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 LE where they can be converted into editable text and exported. 30 languages are supported, and the downloadable software learns over time to better recognize your handwriting.

When plugged into your computer via USB, the Air 3 functions as a pen-and-tablet control for your mouse. Pages up to A4/letter in size are supported. The pen and receiver are powered by internal lithium batteries that can be recharged via USB. The receiver lasts up to 16 hours on a charge while the pen lasts up to 60 hours. Up to 100 sheets of A4/letter-sized paper can be stored in the internal memory, and the pen takes a standard pen refill.

 

Saturday
May132017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Digital Inclusion Week

-  Note:  Don't forget Mother's Day!

But this week has also been Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week runs from May 8 to May 13, the week is meant to raise awareness that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, must have access to technologies that can improve their quality of life.

Despite the growing importance of the internet in American life, 28 percent of Americans do not use the Internet at all.
 

Rick and Sully discuss:



1.   Good work being done by "Connected Nation"

www.connectednation.org

Connected Nation (CN), means ensuring that no family, individual or business is left without access to the Internet no matter the economic or geographic constraints that currently limits their access, adoption or use of technology. Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans so no one is left on the wrong side of the “Digital Divide.” They work with public and private partners to help communities, institutions and individuals realize the benefits of today's technology.

2.  Why Internet for All is Important

“The benefits of having high-speed broadband Internet are enormous, and those who don’t have access to it are at an enormous disadvantage,” said Eric Frederick, Vice President of Community Affairs for CN. Frederick leads the Connected Community Engagement Program, which works to identify where there is a lack of broadband and provides solutions to connecting the community with its community-specific Technology Action Plans. The engagement program staff works directly with local community leaders to help businesses, families, farmers, urban and rural schools and libraries, and others find ways to connect to broadband and improve their communities.

“It’s incredible how beneficial the Internet is to families and businesses. The opportunities are limitless. To leave people out, to leave them without the broadband access that can improve their quality of life or help them improve their education or financial standing is simply wrong,” Frederick said.

3. Training People How to Use Digital Resources

- Many people still don't know how to best utilize a "digital world"

“We have classes across the United States where people are trained in how to use digital resources or, if they already have a basic understanding, we train them for employer-related needs such as customer service,” Heather Delany, Director of Digital Works, said. “Work-at-home jobs are one the fastest-growing segments of the workforce, and for rural areas, they also can be vital for saving the economy and small communities.”

4. Starting at the State and Local Levels

Connected Nation also works with state governments to provide more accurate data-mapping of where there is a lack of broadband services and gives businesses and community organizations a platform to meet their online training needs through their Drive program. The nonprofit also has a long history of working within states, including most recently Alaska and Utah, to provide technology assessments of school districts by identifying opportunities and challenges for students, parents, and educators.
 


5. Shocking stats about Digital Inclusion

One area where Atlanta is "included":
Atlanta 404 continued its ongoing streak as the most robocalled area code in America, with 49.7 million calls received in April. Atlanta 678 and 770 also made the list of the 20 Most Robocalled Area Codes with 34.7 million and 22.0 million calls, respectively.  (Mabe this is high because of the Handel/Ossoff election)

Cities where the "Tech Gap" is noted as "serious"
Tech gaps are underway in New Orleans, Portland and Boston, among many, many other urban spaces.

For a tech center like Austin, TX:
Fifty-five thousand Austinites do not have internet access; for public housing families in Austin, fewer than 30 percent of households own a computer, and only 15 percent have an internet connection.

Even in countries like New Zealand... Internet Inclusion is a big issue    
The big cities in New Zealand are fine with widespread Broadband, but the rural areas are hurting and it's costing the country money. To the tune of each Kiwi household $1,000 a year.


 

Saturday
May062017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Mom's Day Tech

It's "Mom's Day"

Mom is busy, she's on the go and she woud apreciate any of these gifts for Mother's Day, and affordable too.

Rick and Sully are here to help. So get Mom something more than a "track jacket."



1.  HyperChiller Coffee Mug/Brewer

Iced coffee is the perfect summer drink and the HyperChiller is a cool coffee mug that turns hot coffee into iced coffee in 60 seconds, easy to use, and there is no work, it does it all. With the HyperChiller your beverage is exposed to the equivalent of over 30 large ice cubes, but protected by two layers of food grade stainless steel — so there's zero dilution in the process of cooling. The HyperChiller also works on beverages like wine, spirits, tea, juice, water, lemonade, sports drinks or any other non-carbonated beverage you’d like cooled quickly. The

HyperChiller is ready when you are. Just leave it in your freezer, then take it out, pour your beverage in and the HyperChiller will rapidly chill it in just one minute. Mom can even use it a couple times in a row. When she's done, just stick it back in your freezer to use again later. It's compatible with all brewing methods and even fits directly into most full size single cup brewers. A bargain for $29.99 at http://hyperchiller.com.


Flat Out of Heels

If Mom loves to wear wedges and heels, this may be the perfect gift. Unroll a pair of Flat Out Of Heels for comfort and style. The great-looking slip-on ballet flats will bring a smile back to your Mom's face and her feet. Compact enough to fit into any purse or handbag, Flat out of Heels won’t clash with your outfit. From floral prints to metallics, each pair makes a statement without compromising comfort. $14.99-$29.99 at www.flatoutofheels.com.
 


NapAnywhere Travel Pillow - For Neck Support and Health

Is Mom a frequent flier? Maybe she just deserves a nap. The NapAnywhere is a portable head-support pillow developed specifically by a physician for frequent travelers, or those looking to catch a few z's in a tight place.  This comfortable, portable device can be used effectively while traveling on planes, subways, trains, buses and cars as a passenger. Small and compact, it fits easily into Mom’s carry-on, backpack, diaper bag or purse. The

NapAnywhere is available in five colors, including Crimson, Cobalt, Lime, Pink and Black. It is stain-resistant, and can be wiped clean with either mild soapy water or a light solvent like rubbing alcohol. A carrying pouch is included to help protect the NapAnywhere when not in use. The NapAnywhere® travel pillow is the winner of a 2014 Product Innovation Award at the International Travel Goods Show. Suitable for ages 8 and up and just $49.99 at  http://napanywhere.net.
 

The Original Worm

With Mom's busy schedule and her fitting in time for workouts, she's sure to have some aches and pains. Enter The Original Worm, as it is a universal body and muscle massage roller with a “worm-like” design for those constantly on the go! It easily molds to any individual’s body shape to provide support and comfort in all the right places. The small size makes it a breeze to pack for a trip and slip in your carry on. Great for sore feet. Get more information and to purchase, visit www.theoriginalworm.com. Also sold at retailers nationwide and on Amazon. Comes in two different sizes starting at $24 and free gift wrapping for Mother's Day.

 
5. Nikon D5600 SLR Camera

For those that are really into photography and want to use more than just their smartphone.

The Nikon D5600 delivers.
    Large, 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor delivers high quality photos and videos in nearly any condition
    Always connected to your smart device with SnapBridge for seamless transferring, sharing and remote camera control
    3.2-inch Vari-angle touch LCD lets you swipe, pinch, zoom and even set focus with your fingertips, just like a smartphone
    Advanced 39-point Auto Focus system quickly acquires focus where you want it
    Wide ISO range from 100-25,600 lets you shoot from dawn to dusk with confidence
    Full HD 1080 at 60p video capability with built-in stereo sound... starts at $699

 

Sunday
Apr302017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Earth Day, One Week Late

One week ago it was Earth Day.

How did you celebrate, or what did you do for the environment?
Amazing companies have joined the movement and have made strides in creating high tech and useable products and experiences that are Earth-friendly!

Rick and Sully take a look.


 

1.  Toast and Nodus Collection Cases

Toast, a company that makes various electronic device covers out of reclaimed, responsibly grown and rainforest friendly wood veneers, has partnered with Trees for the Future to plant one tree for every share of the hashtag “OneToastOneTree” and their special Earth Day image on social media April 22nd. The two companies have partnered up since summer 2016 and have already planted 33,231 trees for every Toast product made.
 
Nodus
Every single Nodus is built to last, hand crafted from the finest vegetable tanned leathers, incorporating innovative technologies and design features hidden within.
Nothing compares to the touch and feel of a good leather, which is why Nodus only use thes finest full and top grain vegetable tanned Italian leathers that age with beauty. They are also committed to using the traditional and sustainable method of tanning our ethically sourced materials.
 

2. Humble Brush

Why not make a difference every day when you brush your teeth? Humble the world with Humble Brush – the 100% biodegradable toothbrush made from naturally sustainable bamboo! Hand-crafted to perfection, each brush addresses two major issues with toothbrushing today: toothbrushes leave an environmental footprint and not everyone owns one. On a mission to solve these problems, Humble Brush is not only humble to the planet, but also helps people in need. Every Humble Brush sold helps children in need participate in a comprehensive preventive oral care program. More than just a toothbrush, Humble Brush is the eco-friendly, socially responsible answer to modern daily oral care. With a commitment to health and the environment, make Humble Brush the new accessory for your bathroom this season.
 

3. A New Google Earth App

Google has decided to revamp its Google Earth app. On April 18, the search giant unveiled the new app.
What's new:  3D Maps

In earlier versions of Google Earth, certain buildings could be viewed in 3D, provided you checked off “3D Buildings” in the Layers portion of the app. But in the newest release of Google Earth, you can view, well, the whole world in 3D. When you search for a location, a clickable 2D/3D button appears on the lower right-hand corner of the screen, giving you a quick and easy way to look at your destination in another dimension.
Learn about unusual places: Hemingway's haunts are one example. Did you know that before Europeans came to North America, so-called Mississippians “had built a great city surrounded by huge earthen pyramids and a Stonehenge-like structure made of wood to track the movements of the stars”? And that it’s still visible in Illinois? Me neither, but the new Google Earth highlights this structure, along with eight other architectural feats, forgotten lands, or relics of an ancient world. Go to Google Earth -> Voyage -> History -> Lost Civilizations from Above to find them.

Feel lucky?
Google has ported its “I’m feeling lucky” button from its search engine to the new Google Earth, and it’s a glorious way to distract yourself at work or plan your next spontaneous trip.
 

4.  Ashley Chloe

Ashley Chloe is donating 10% of all sales to Water.org, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing clean water to the developing world, as well as access to working toilets. Purchases must be made between April 22-30, 2017.
Angela Pan, CEO of Ashley Chloe, is an advocate for women empowerment and creating a better world for the next generation. Pan's passion lies in providing support for women, whether it be in business or on impactful initiatives. "Ashley Chloe chose to support Water.org because of their commitment to the work on providing everyone with clean water." said Angela Pan. "We also believe very much in their mission to empower women and to improve people's lives. We hope that our involvement helps bring safe water to places in the world that need it most.”

When it takes hours every day to find and collect water, it's hard to get through a full day at school. It's hard to prosper without safe water. It's hard to focus on community growth. It's hard to live a normal life. Clean water is a fundamental human need, but 663 million people worldwide don’t have access to it. 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet and basic sanitary needs. Water.org and Ashley Chloe hope to change these statistics and help foster a change in the world for the better.

“Water.org is thankful for Ashley Chloe’s support." said Melanie Mendrys, Water.org's Director of Brand and Marketing. "Their donations will help empower families around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. We are honored to have such great supporters taking action to change lives with safe water.”
 


5. Rowkin

Products include:

Bit Charge Stereo is the ultimate portable wireless bluetooth earbuds. The housing conveniently holds your earbuds and allows you to charge your other mobile devices.

Bit Stereo is the slimmest pocket sized stereo bluetooth headset. The housing conveniently holds your earbuds and charges the earbuds for up to 9 hours of use.

Mini Plus+ is the smallest portable bluetooth earbud. You can purchase the Rowkin Mini Plus+ in three modern colors: space grey, silver, and a special 24K gold-plated edition.

Shop at: rowkin.com/order



Sunday
Apr232017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Sleep Tech

Better sleep.  

We all want and need it.

Some shocking sleep statistics:
    50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder.
    48.0% report snoring.
    37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.
    4.7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month.

Have a listen:

 

Rick and Sully talk sleep tech this week.

1.  NOMAD 3 meter Cable
www.hellonomad.com

It's "no worries" as you now have a 3 meter charging cable to work with.  Sleep well, knowing your devices will be charged up as you sleep. With 3 meters, you caneven reach those "hard to get to" outlets. - One of Rick's Pet Peeves
- Built with military-grade materials like Kevlar and ballyistic nylon.
 


2.  The ILLUMY Sleep and Wake Mask

- Beat Jet Lag Blues With ILLUMY Sleep and Wake Mask

A comfortable sleep mask that uses gently dimming light to help you fall asleep and a soft, brightening light to slowly wake you up naturally, the enhanced technology of this dependable device lulls you to sleep while preparing your mind for a productive day each morning.
If you’re traveling between time zones, pack the ILLUMY Sleep and Wake Mask’s included travel case to keep your mask in perfect condition and never lose your accessories while up in the sky. As an added bonus, the mobile programming app allows you to set your mask to your destination’s local time zone, so you’ll be on your way to getting acclimated for your adventure!
- Get the Perfect Sleep Cycle: Blocking out all light, this mask helps you obtain that much needed eight hours every night. With gentle pulsing light, it slows down your fast-paced mind so you can get the rest you deserve.
- Sleep Mode: Control ILLUMY with a simple touch of a button on your phone. Download the app for free.
 
Don’t let jet lag wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns – make traveling hassle-free with the ILLUMY Sleep and Wake Mask by Sound Oasis.

Retail price is $149.99. Indiegogo special offer of $99.99. Following Indiegogo launch, it will be available from SharperImage.com, Amazon.com and www.soundoasis.com.


 

3.  iClever: 2-in-1 Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver

Powerful device enables users to add Bluetooth technology to non-Bluetooth enabled legacy devices
·         Equipped with the latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology for greater range up to 30 feet
·         Convert non-Bluetooth devices such as TV, PC, CD players and iPods into wireless Bluetooth devices
·         Features the ability to privately listen to late night TV shows, movies and play games without disturbing anyone around you
·         Equipped with built-in battery and can also be charged via built-in MicroUSB charging port
·         12 month warranty included
Available at: amazon.com
Price: $29.99
 

4. Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc.: ‘LectroFan Micro

2-in-one pocket-sized white noise/fan sound machine with powerful wireless Bluetooth® speaker
·                     10 unique digital sounds (5 fan sounds, 4 white noises and 1 ocean sound) to accommodate for any environment
·                     Louder than any competing machine of the same size and price for the ultimate sound barrier
·                     Wireless Bluetooth® speaker system for connecting smartphones for audio playback
·                     Small, sleek and stylish functional design
·                     USB rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours in sleep-sound mode or up to six hours in Bluetooth® mode
·                     Compact swivel design allows for multi-directional audio
Available at: soundofsleep.com
Price: $34.95
Website: soundofsleep.com  
 

5. DockATot Baby Lounger

The DockATot Baby Lounger gives parents a safe, snug, soothing spot for little ones to comfortably relax, play, and get in tummy time and sleep with a unique shape and design. DockATot is totally portable whether you're a jet-setting family or you just want to move the docking pod from room to room, it reduces risk of flat head syndrome (a result of a baby lying on one side of the head more than the other) and it makes tummy time more easy and way more fun by giving baby an ideal spot to prop them up and develop neck strength. As your baby grows older and is transitioning from a crib to a bed, the air-permeable bumpers act as bed rails and give little ones a snug sense of security in their big kid bed.

To learn more about DockATot, visit their website at https://dockatot.com. You can also follow DockATot on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.  $200 +