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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

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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.

 

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



Saturday
Apr152017

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 and iHeartRadio - Go Big with Monitors and TVs

The bigger the display, the better.

When it comes to computer monitors, TVs etc..
 
Rick and Sully discuss. What to look for in your next monitor or TV purchase.



1.  Go big or go home

Like TVs, display screens have seen a growth spurt. Just a few years ago, the 19-inch display was the benchmark. Many flat-panel displays are now 22-inches or larger, while curved displays increase your field of vision and make the most of all available screen space. These larger displays allow you to view multiple windows and documents at once, replacing the need for multiple monitors at one desk. That way, you get more screen real estate and more desk space to boot.

2.  Higher Resolution

The increased pixel density in 4k and 5k resolution displays allow us to work with more detail (good for coders), sharper image quality (good for photo editors), and high-definition video (good for streamers), while also reducing eye strain (good for all of us).
 

3.  Wider Aspect Ratio

Displays can be measured several ways, one of which is aspect ratio. The aspect ratio of an image is the ratio of the width of the image to its height. The square 4:3 aspect ratio used to be the desktop display standard; and while the widescreen 16:9 has been the norm for several years, curved 21:9 formats are now on the market. Benefits of wider aspect ratio include a high degree of image detail for graphics editing, and a unique immersive gaming experience, to name two.

4. More Versatile

And Improved collaboration: We share with local and global colleagues more than ever before, so staying connected requires evolving how we collaborate. Whether you're conferencing at your desk or in a huddle room, displays like the Skype for Business-certified HP EliteDisplay E240c and HP EliteDisplay S340c Curved Monitor make meetings more manageable and productive.

5. Easier on your body

If your head and neck aren't comfortable while working in front of a PC, chances are you're not doing your best work. New displays are designed with your well-being in mind. Pivot rotation allows you to configure multiple displays to best fit the shape of your workstation. Pro tip: For eye comfort, position your display 18"–28" away, adjust it to the right height, and take visual breaks.
 

6. Our new montors and TVs today have more options...


Today's displays include a diverse assortment of ports—VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C. These added connectors help us do more, from supporting our video and audio needs to fast power delivery over USB connections.

Have a great Easter!

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.

Friday
Nov042016

Limpert Tech "SullyCast" on Radio 105.7 - Home Safety Tech

Keeping things safe around the home is of paramount importance.

Have a listen:




1. Logitech Home Security Camera

$149 on sale

Watch over home from anywhere with Circle’s innovative security features. Enjoy unlimited 1080p HD video with night vision, advanced motion filtering with smart alerts, and multi-camera connectivity. Plus, with free 24-hour and subscription cloud storage solutions, you can access surveillance footage wherever you are.
Engage in live two-way conversations and download fun and memorable moments directly from the app. Circle is portable too, so you can follow the fun wherever it goes.

 


2.  Winix Wi-Fi Air Purifier


The WINIX HR1000 Air Purifier combines advanced air cleaning technologies with user centric elegant design, to create an elite member of the Winix family; best used in any area of the home. Sporting a 5-Stage air purification system with Washable Pre-Filter, Coated Deodorization (CD) Carbon Filter, Anti-microbial True HEPA Filter and WINIX PlasmaWave Technology.The HR1000 is one of our premier Wi-Fi enabled products; compatible with the WINIX SMART app.
Features 5-stage filtration:

    Washable pre-filter - removes large particles
    Carbon filter - removes odors and gases
    HEPA filter - removes microscopic airborne particles
    Anti-microbial HEPA coating - prevent mold and bacteria growth
    Winix PlasmaWave Technology - reduces odors, gases and chemicals

Easy-to-use digital controls
Child lock prevents tampering
Built-in handles for easy transport
An air quality indicator informs you about the current quality of your indoor air with 3 color readings. Quality levels include good (blue), fair (amber), and poor (red).
An Auto Mode automatically adjusted based on indoor air quality readings
There are four fan speeds
Sleep Mode runs the fan on its lowest speed and disables the air quality light for easy nighttime sleeping
A timer allow operation of 1 hour, 4 hours, or 8 hours
 

3. Roqos Router

$19.99 and then a monthly subscription
Roqos, the first-ever cloud-based Wi-Fi router service that provides enterprise-grade cybersecurity and parental control features has some tips for anyone who uses a home Wi-Fi router, especially some parental technology support.

While you enjoy fast Internet access through Roqos Core Wi-Fi router, your home will be safe from inappropriate content, malware, viruses and attacks.
Roqos Core Wi-Fi router is available in three attractive colors.
 


4.  Fireplace Safety Screen

Fireplaces and other hearth products are beautiful, functional additions to any home, but they can pose a risk when not used and attended to with proper vigilance.

Ensure that a safety screen is securely in place when your hearth is in operation to reduce the risk of potential burns, especially when children are present.
 

5.  Carbon Monoxide Monitor

* Home Alert makes one for $44

Carbon monoxide detectors are a lot like smoke detectors, but instead of looking for signs of fire, they detect levels of carbon monoxide. Depending on the brand, detectors operate in one of three ways: with a biomimetic sensor, metal oxide semiconductor, or electrochemical sensor.
Biometric sensors use gels that change color after absorbing a certain amount of carbon monoxide. Metal oxide semiconductors have silica chips that send electrical signals to trigger an alarm. Electrochemical sensors are considered to be the best in the industry. They use chemical solutions and electrodes that release currents to sound an alarm.

You'll want to install carbon monoxide detectors like smoke detectors—on every level of your home. For areas with more carbon monoxide producing appliances, like your kitchen, garage, and basement, you should install multiple detectors.
 

6.  Screentime App

www.screentimelabs.com

The Screen Time app—built for parents by parents and born out of one father’s struggle witnessing his eldest son develop an unhealthy attachment to technology—is designed to help people manage their kids’ screen time to ensure they are enjoying the benefits of tech in balance with offline socialization, activities and adventures.
Yet many parents have not considered what impact the new devices will have on their children’s lifestyle balance. While technology has benefits—from developing language skills to learning enhancements—too much of it can have adverse effects on kids, contributing to behavioral issues, obesity, sleep irregularity and more.
American Academy of Pediatrics Screen Time Recommendations: only video-chatting for children under 18 months; only high-quality programming for toddlers 18-24 months with parental co-viewing; no more than one hour of supervised screen time per day for kids ages 2 to 5; and consistent limits for youth over age 6—and yet many children are logging up to seven hours of screen time per day, including TV, tablets, smart phones, computers and other devices (read more here and here).