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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
Dec102016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Kid's Tech for the Holidays

I join "Sully" in the studio today as we talk some kid's tech items for the holidays and some other stuff.

Have a listen:

What do kids want in 2016 and 2017?

It's similar to what kids wanted 20 and 30 years ago. Something fun, something unique and something futuristic. Today's gadgets and tech play right into the hands of kids.

Here are some of Rick's ideas for kids this holiday season...


1.  Big Red Rooster Projection Alarm Clock

For 2016, Big Red Rooster launched its amazing Rocket Ship Projection Alarm Clock to the delight of parents and kids. The spacecraft images projected on the ceiling was enough to get kids tucked in quickly and lights turned off. Hours later they were eager to jump out of bed when the alarm was sounded. Now there are three more reasons to put on the pajamas – Dog, Cat and Dinosaur Projection Alarm Clocks ($29.99).

Looking for a purr-fect bedside companion? The Cat Projection Alarm Clock stands 8 inches tall and just 4 inches wide. Pick the best spot for a ceiling show. Each colorful image is displayed up to 30 inches in diameter and this feline clock showcases a sleeping kitten, kitten catching a ladybug, a cat resting and curious cat. Cat can turn its head 340 degrees so the perfect spot can be aimed and viewed. Kids love this.
 


2. iClever BoostCare Kids Headphones

iClever, makes custom headphones designed for kids comfort and safe for ages three years and up. They also come with the ability to accessorize.
Here are some of the other features:
- Colorful, lightweight headphones made with durable eco-friendly plastics sure to stand up to kids use
- Equipped with 30 mm drivers and features Volume Limiting Technology for a maximum of 85 decibels to keeps kids ears safe
- Custom designed to fit children with a cushioned headband and ear pads for maximum comfort
- Features a flat cord for minimal tangles  
- Equipped with standard 3.5mm headphone jack for use with a variety of devices
- Available with Halloween inspired bat wings, cat ears or holiday themed reindeer antlers
Available at: amazon.com
Price: Under $20
Website: www.iclever.com
 

3. Circuit Scribe

As their website and online store, www.CircuitScribe.com, explains, “our non-toxic silver ink makes creating circuits as easy as doodling.” With a range of kits and bundles to choose from, holiday giving this year can ramp up from ho-ho-ho to OMG whoa!

Circuit Scribe can write on anything that a typical rollerball pen can. Printer paper, construction paper, cardstock and photo paper all work. Families have fun experimenting with different mediums! Based on anecdotes from Circuit Scribe scientists, photo paper performs the best because the ink is able to form a continuous film on the smooth surface.

The Maker Kit ($79.99) is the gold standard to appreciate the magic of electronics. And parents, please note this is not just for geeks! The maker culture – learning-through-doing such as robotics, electronics and traditional metalworking or woodworking – is a hot topic in school hallways. Kids who classify as makers encompass every letter of STEM and STEAM and even STREAM learning! From hackers to DIYers, it’s a national passion.
 

4.  Sydney Paige Backpacks and Children's Books

www.sydneypaigeinc.com

Buy a gift and help a student by shopping on the Sydney Paige website. For every Sydney Paige product sold, another is donated to a student in need, right here in the U.S.  Quality backpacks and other gear give confidence while their children's books bring age-appropriate reading into the home. The backpacks and laptop rucksacks are made of 210D polyester, canvas and leather are come in styles to fit the needs and wants of pre-schoolers to adults.



Something coming at CES in January...

5.  Octopus, an icon-based scheduler watch and app, is designed to eliminate this power struggle to help parents and their kids focus on what’s important: quality family time.

Parents use the Octopus app to create activities throughout the day, which in turn is fed back to the watch via Bluetooth. The watch has 3 different modes (icons, digital and analog) and progresses with the child’s cognitive development. Children are able to learn the concept of time while also developing good habits and qualities like self-sufficiency, responsibility and much more along the way.

The relationship between parent and child doesn’t revolve around consistent nagging, but instead real family time. More to come on the Octopus...

Saturday
Dec032016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Protecting Holiday Packages

Rick and Sully are making sure you get those packages delivered to your front door.

It's the holiday shopping season and a big deal for all of us shoppers. It’s also kind of a big deal for the mail industry. With online purchases increasing every year and all those letters to Santa going all the way to the North Pole, it can get a bit crazy at the post office; in fact FedEx predicts that just between December 1st and 7th they’ll make over 85 million shipments and that’s not including all the other boxes and large envelopes that will be shipped on or before December 24. With all that mail being sent about, it’s important to keep a watchful eye out for any important mail or packages because as shipments increase so do the opportunities for porch poachers to swipe your shiny new gadgets and tech, so here are some times for keeping tabs of your holiday package shipments and deliveries.

Have a listen:

 

1.  Track it

Using online tracking is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to keep an eye on any shipment. Most websites even include a specified time of drop off rather than just the day and will also notify you of any delays or if the item is being held at a local facility for pickup.
 

2.  Ask a Friend or Neighbor or Leave a Note


If you know you’ll either be out of the house or on vacation at the time of a scheduled delivery, a neighbor or friend can be a powerful ally in the fight against package thievery. Have your friend either pick it up and hold it for you or put it in a special hiding spot.
A good trick is to simply leave a note for the delivery man with instructions to either hide it somewhere specific or even leave it at a neighbor’s house.

3.  Require a Signature

Requiring a signature guarantees nothing will be left out in the open; the delivery man will leave a note saying they attempted to deliver so that you can choose whether to have them try again or pick it up from the specified location.
 

4.  Add a Wi-Fi Camera - D-Link DCS-2330L

If you have security cameras at home or have been having problems with package thieves, setting up a camera like one of D-Link’s Wi-Fi Cameras facing your door or walkway can help track any deliveries or activity. You can view the live feed anywhere with the mydlink app or record the feed using a micro SD card to view later.
 

 

5. Know the Minute it Arrives

A great feature on several D-Link cameras is the motion and sound detection capability which can be configured to notify you via email or text any time one of your pre-set alerts is triggered. In the camera settings you can set up motion detection and pinpoint the specific area you want to track movement. You can also set it up to send a snapshot or video clip notification whenever motion is detected. When setting the sound detection, you are able to set the volume level for which you want to be notified if exceeded.

 6. Gate Smart Lock

With a Gate, you can see who is at your door through a motion-activated camera. You can also talk to the person at the door and remotely lock/unlock it through your mobile phone. Gate was fully funded on Indigogo.


 
** Make sure when sending out packages that you have the correct address and pack your boxes well.

Tuesday
Nov222016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Black Friday Deals and Tips

November 25 is Black Friday and that means holiday shopping, deals on gadgets and gift items and a day that retailers across the country control.

Rick and Sully discuss some Black Friday deals and tips...   Have a great Thanksgiving and Black Friday!

Have a listen:

**  Don't forget that Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Saturday and it's a great day, along with every other day of the year to support small businesses in your city or town. Small Businesses are the backbone of this country. Get out and #ShopSmall

1.  Walmart

50" Samsung Smart TV  $398

Walmart's Black Friday 2016 store hours begin at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in-stores, with Black Friday deals available online all day on Thanksgiving beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST.

2. Fry's Electronics

* Get deals on computers and more by email only!

Fry's Electronics' 2016 Black Friday deals are available by email only this year. Sign up for Fry's emails to make sure you don't miss out! Fry’s was founded as a one-stop-shopping environment for hi-tech professionals, and offers a wide variety of over 50,000 electronic items in their stores and ecommerce site.
http://www.frys.com/workflow/AcctMaint/fryspromocom/subc.jsp

3.  Amazon's Black Friday deals are already underway.  Kindles, PC's, tech accessories and sports gear

https://blackfriday.com/articles/2178-amazon-black-friday-deals-week-has-begun

4. Sprint, AT&T and all the mobile phone providers.

Black Friday is a great deal to get a new smartphone. BOGO deals, no activation fees, many phones are free with a 2-year contract.

 

5.  "Refurbished" Can Save You Money

The latest technology can be expensive. Many times, buying the same item, but refurbished can save you a lot of money.

Experimac in Sandy Springs is a reseller of Apple products.  They sell, what they like to refer to as "Pre-Owned" or Gently Loved products.

Owner Neil Kent explains:

“Often times people refer to our inventory as “refurbished”.  We don’t use that term.  "Pre-owned” or “Gently-Loved” better describes our products.  The term refurbished is usually associated with products that have been returned because their was something wrong with them, at which point a factory has had to repair them to get them back to working order.  In our store, the vast majority of the products we sell have been thoroughly inspected, of course, and in general have had no more done to them than a replaced hard drive or battery, as those items tend to wear out over time.  Anything requiring much more than that will be parted out and the good components are used for repairs.  For example, a computer that has been liquid damaged may still have a perfectly good display that we can use to perform a more cost effective repair for a customer that has cracked their display, rather than ordering a brand new display for them at a much higher cost.”



Friday
Nov182016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Your Car this Holiday Season

Each holiday season, we decorate the outside and inside of our homes, but outside of putting a red nose on the front of our car, what do we do for our vehicles.

This week, Rick and Sully look at some ways to decorate our cars and some gifts for those that do a lot of driving or love their car.

**  First, Rick is outside of Orlando FL, this week at Mission Inn, in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL for the 100th anniversary of the El Campeon, 18-hole golf course.


1. Christmas Car Tree - The world’s first light-up Christmas Tree for your car.

While this novelty holiday product may not be for everyone, it’s an incredible new innovation for Christmas revelers and holiday decorating enthusiasts around the world.

We like to think the same merrymakers that have been celebrating the now-legendary return of Red and Green Starbucks cups yesterday are the same who would love The Christmas Car Tree as a gift to themselves or a loved one; because with The Christmas Car Tree, people can spread holiday cheer everywhere they go!
Not only is the tree portable, easy to assemble, it comes with 70 pre-affixed multi-color Christmas lights that are quickly powered by your car’s cigarettes lighter. Set-up is a breeze, and no heavy lifting is required.

 For $129.99, free ground shipping anywhere in the U.S. through 12/31/16
·         2 1/2 feet, 120 tip classic artificial Christmas Tree.
·         Comes assembled with 70 LED Multi-Color Lights.
·         Sturdy lightweight frame mounts tree to car.
·         4 straps with soft touch clips securely attach frame to car roof.
·         High quality suction cups prevent scratching and damage to your car.
·         6-inch stem with folding mechanism allow tree to bend down flat for low ceilings.
·         Lengthy cord inserts into cars cigarette lighter to turn on tree lights.
·         Weather resistant, wind resistant.
·         Tree is shipped in a small box that comes equipped with a handle for easy unpacking and storage.

The Christmas Car Tree is only available for purchase on christmascartree.com.


2.  Christmas Santa Claus Logo Car Cigarette Projector Shadow LED Decorative Light

Project a Santa Claus image right from a device plugged into your car's cigarette lighter.

Price is 19.99 and availabe at various online retailers.

Super Bright. Can be used as a projector or as a reading light.

Logo change easy!
 

3.  Carsdirect.com offers tips for getting creative and decorating your car yourself

http://www.carsdirect.com/automotive-news/6-ideas-for-christmas-decorations-for-cars

4.  DISH Hopper GO

www.dish.com

If you are among the millions and millions of DISH customers you need to consider the DISH HopperGO. The DISH HopperGO is a pocket-sized device that allows users to transfer TV shows and movies from their Hopper DVR for on-the-go offline viewing. This is also great if you have screens in the car, so this holiday season, kids can watc hseason appropriate content on that long drive to Grandma's.  It supports up to five mobile devices displaying different programs simultaneously, so the whole family can stay entertained while traveling during the holiday season and the rest of the year. The HopperGO stores up to 100 hours of recorded content and can stream up to four hours on a single charge.

While HopperGO usually costs $99, new customers can receive a free HopperGO when they sign up for DISH between Nov. 21 and Dec. 11. (Offer requires a Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVR.)
 

5.  Vantrue N2 Dual Dash Cam

https://www.amazon.com/Vantrue-N2-Dual-Dash-Cam/dp/B01IHLKZ0I/

Get pictures and video of all those holiday decorations as your drive around... also great security for your car as the holiday season is the time of the year when we see the most break ins.

A dual dash cam- with front facing and back facing camera in one body, and features dual recording mode(only front cam recording and dual cam recording), parking mode (front) triggered by motion detection or time lapse. This dual dash cam allow you to record road ahead and inside the car simultaneously, the time lapse feature can capture frames for a time lapse video and then auto edit them together to a video clip.
Full HD 1080P @30fps of front camera and 720P @30fps of back camera

- Wide viewing angle: Front camera with 170°and the rear with 140° wide viewing angle record two files simultaneously to capture the road ahead and details inside the car
- Rear camera is 80 degrees vertically rotatable.
- 1.5 inch TFT LCD display
- Built in G-sensor with sensibillity adjustable
- Auto power on and record while car engine started.
- Support up to 64GB Micro SD card which allows clearer footage and recording for longer time.
- Superior Night-vision by high class F2.0 six-glass lens and unique HDR(High Dynamic Range) video system, enhanced video quality and helps capturing minor details not normally seen at night while driving.
 

Friday
Nov112016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Surviving that Middle Seat or Flight From Hell

It's the holiday season and that not only means "Merry Christmas" and Mistletoe, it means the dreaded holiday travel season and that means delayed and packed flight and everything involved with flying testing your patience.

You might even have to deal with an oversold flight or a middle seat on a 737.  

Rick and Sully talk a little travel this week...

What to do if you find yourself in 18B, which is probably a middle seat? Let's take a look and listen...

 

1. Sleep and that Neck Pillow

Sleeping upright can be a possibility—even in the middle seat. Make sure you have the right neck or travel pillow for your body, whether that's a standard neck pillow, a shoulder-wrapping Travelrest Pillow, or even a jacket that converts into a pillow. Though they may not be as cuddly as their foam-filled counterparts, consider blow-up travel pillows for their space-saving qualities. For more convenience, there are now blow up travel pillows.
 

 
2. Noise-Canceling Headphones

Ask any road warrior what to look for in a pair of headphones, and they will say noise-canceling. For just a few hours, a pair of good headphones can be a middle-seat passenger's best friend. The right set tuned to a good movie or music can take your mind off the otherwise muscle-contorting rigors of the middle seat.

Samples: Bose, Beats by Dre BiGR.
 
3. Airline Apps

Make sure you have the app of the airline you are flying downloaded on your phone or tablet. If you get delayed or if there are weather problems, sometimes you can get info and make changes easier on your app, rather than dealing with a gate agent.
 

4. The Airhook

Give your airline seat, especially a middle seat a comfort upgrade. The Airhook is a legroom-saving airline travel accessory that holds your beverage and electronic device. Available here for $22.45.
 

5.  Best "In Air" apps

Tripit published some suggestions here: https://www.tripit.com/blog/2015/02/best-apps-for-inflight-entertainment.html

Conde Nast published some Flight Tracker apps which help pass the time: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2013-10-16/best-apps-for-tracking-flights