Monthly Archives: April 2015

Wearable Technology Is All The Rage

The wearable technology category has opened the door to several interesting product ideas, one of which is a bracelet that turns your arm into a touchscreen.

Say what? It’s called the Cicret Bracelet (pronounced “Secret”) and it’s currently in development, though you won’t find it hanging out on any crowdfunding sites. Instead, the developers are seeking donations on their own in hopes of raising 700,000 euros (around 760,000 dollars at the current exchange rate) to finish the first prototype.  

Cicret It’s an interesting design that makes use of a pico-projector and various proximity sensors, the latter of which pick up your gesture actions and commands. Just like a touchscreen, you can tap your forearm and perform touch functions, even when it’s wet (taking a bath, for instance).

Supposedly the device can do anything a phone or tablet can do Daily Mail reports. That includes things like read emails, hop around the web, play games, watch videos, make calls, and more. It’s being built to sync with an iPhone, though it can also function as a standalone device. When the project comes to fruition, it will cost around $475 and come in 16GB and 32GB models in choice of 10 colors.

Cicret.com: Check it out.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39LVZ3nkZ7k

 

 

 

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Relief From Password Pain

Wasting time on forgotten passwords is often very frustrating so not having to remember your passwords is the logical answer.  Many people also reuse their passwords multiple times on different websites which is also a big no-no.

In today’s world, most people who use the internet at home and at work have between 8 and 20 passwords to remember each and every day. PassPack™ just might be the answer for individuals, families and small business owners who need to keep track of multiple passwords as well as shared info between family members and co-workers.

1: Organization: Strong passwords combined with having too many passwords can cause headaches. The Passpack manager helps eliminate that by letting you tag, sort, search and manage multiple logins per site.

2: Everywhere Access: Passpack is web based and available to you from any web browser, anywhere, anytime, there’s no need to carry yet another device or install on multiple computers.

3: Collaborative: Family, co-workers and team members all need access to shared accounts. You can securely share and provision passwords using military grade encryption. You can even securely send passwords and messages to people you trust.

4: Easy To Use: Simply click your personal login button. Just install it once in any browser then click to login to your favorite websites.

5: Disposable Login’s: One unique feature of PassPack allows you to use disposable logins when you’re travelling or using a computer that is not your own. These disposable logins are a one-time use only and then it’s discarded protecting your private password information from key-loggers and other hacker tools designed to capture your info and identity.

So what makes PassPack different from many other password managers? You won’t have to pay a penny to use it. Passpack offers something better than a free trial – they have a free version that allows you to store up to 100 passwords, add a shared user (perhaps a family member) as well giving you 3 disposable logins.

If the Free version isn’t enough, you can upgrade to the next higher level at any time. The PRO version cost is $1.50 per month or if you have a group of people (say up to 15 shared users) the cost is only $4.00 per month (a paltry 27 cents per user).

The PassPack password manager works with the latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari as well as Internet Explorer 7 and above.

Take a look and give it a try: www.passpack.com

Amazon’s New Cloud Drive Offering Renews the Storage Wars


Last week, Amazon updated its cloud drive offering in a move that could end up causing a pricing war in cloud based file storage.

Their “new” Cloud model has 2 flavors and both come with a 3-month free trial.

1: Unlimited Photo storage PLUS 5GB for videos and files for $11.99 per year
2: Unlimited “Everything” for storing well, everything… photos, videos, files and documents for just $59.99 per year.

You may recall that last year Amazon tweaked their Prime membership by adding a 5GB storage perk for Prime members at no cost.

Amazons new storage plans address the typical consumer challenge of having a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays and everyday moments stored across multiple devices and having no idea of how many gigabytes of information they need to protect and safely back up.

Amazon’s bargain basement prices will certainly put pressure on Dropbox, Google and Microsoft. A quick comparison shows a gigantic gap between Amazon’s new pricing plans and those of its primary competitors. Here’s how they break down:

  • Google charges $9.99/month for 1 TB. Storing 30 TB costs $299.99/month. However, Google Drive users get 15 GB for free. An incremental storage plan offers 100 GB of storage for $1.99/month.
  • Dropbox charges $10 for 1 TB/month; users can get 2 GB for free.
  • Microsoft charges $6.99/month for 1 TB, with 15 GB available for free. A super saver plan, of sorts, is available on Microsoft’s OneDrive. If you subscribe to Office 365, you can get unlimited cloud storage for $7/month.

The unlimited pricing plans replace the Amazon’s previous pricing menu for Amazon Cloud Storage, which gave subscribers 5 GB of storage for free. Users could add more storage, based on a tiered pricing structure starting at 20 GB for $10/year, up to 1 TB/year for $500. Certainly a substantial shift in pricing.

Finally, Amazon’s Cloud Drive has a cool feature called Auto-Save available in the free mobile app – turn it on and your photos will be automatically saved in your cloud drive – safe and sound even if your phone or tablet is lost or damaged.

With the “Storage Wars” renewed, we can expect additional innovations and price cuts from all the major contenders.

Amazon Cloud Drive:
https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive

 

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