Waterproof PowerPak Ultra


Portable power sources are becoming more and more popular as gadgets keep dominating our lives. Also, some gadgets like smartphones seems to have more trouble holding their charge these days.

We tried the new Trent PowerPak Ultra which can help you keep your USB-based devices juiced while in the most extreme environments. You’ll immediately notice the rugged exterior when you pull it out of the box. It also features an IP-67 rating and it’s built to survive most drops and can be temporarily submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without damage.

The PowerPak Ultra features 14,000 mAh of power, meaning it is powerful enough to store 700% of the average smartphone’s battery life. If you’re spending lots of time outdoors this can be a very handy gadget for the group. It features two USB ports able to simultaneously charge any combination of smartphones, tablets or other USB-based device.


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Securing Your Mobile Device

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Sorry to break it to you, but your mobile device has a bull’s eye on it! Researchers are devising ways to hack into your device using hardware that is easy to mistake as legitimate. Imagine that you are at the home of an acquaintance, when your phone suddenly runs out of batteries. That spare charger your acquaintance gives you to charge your device could be a tool for injecting malware on your phone. Increasingly clever hacks that take advantage of our trust in others have create opportunities for hackers to steal the personal information we keep on our devices.
Software that tracks our device from remote locations can help us recover a lost phone, but that’s only the beginning of security measures that should become standard to anyone with a smartphone.


Applications like “Prey” put a tracking system on your device. It uses geo-location and Wi-Fi positioning to locate your phone and provide remote functions like shutting it down or wiping the device. You can also program the device to take a picture of the thief. Samsung and Apple each offer similar services of their own through security pages you can access once you have your device connected to the network.

Just like a computer, network security protection is important to mobile users. Apps that watch your browsing habits in real-time and inspect files for integrity will keep your device safe from malware designed to leech your information.

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Kobalt 40V Max Outdoor Power Equipment introduces Bullz-Eye to manhood!

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When I was a kid, I used to think the old guys who took care of their yards were losers. While I was zooming around the neighborhood smoking bowls in my car listening to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, I thought it was pathetic how homeowners genuinely took pride in their lawns. Surely there was more to life than a new mower, hedge trimmer or edger, I surmised.

But now that I’m in my 30s and have become one of those losers, I’m here to tell you that there isn’t more to life than that.

In fact, it feels awesome to manicure your lawn, tend your garden, and then blow the clippings off of your driveway with a leaf blower upon completion. It makes the iced tea I enjoy in my folding lawn chair post-yardwork taste that much more crisp, the AM talk radio that bellows out of my open garage that much more insightful, and the episodes of “Wheel of Fortune” that I have on DVR for post-lawn enjoyment that much more stirring.

But do you know what does suck about lawn maintenance? Inadequate, cumbersome tools.

I’m not a scientist and the ever-tender 40:1 gas to oil ratio on certain power tools intimidates me. Refilling the fly wheel on a trimmer or edger? Uh, how about I just not use it instead? Mower won’t start after 50-some pulls? I’ll do it tomorrow. As a result, my lawn looked like my bathroom in college; a loose “conflaguration” of unfulfilled good intentions, drowning in questionable, unnamed chunks and fluids.

What if outdoor power equipment (OPE) tools were easy to use? What if they were actually enjoyable? What if when you were done, you felt good about yourself and your yard?

The engineers at Kobalt have not only delivered a ground-breaking collection of OPEs, but they’ve done it with empathy in mind.

At their super-secret space bunker facility in North Carolina, Kobalt engineers have tirelessly simulated the plight of the average homeowner in an isolated, controlled environment straight out of the Hunger Games. Unless the design and function of these tools was done to the Kobalt standard, they weren’t allowed to see their families, or use the bathroom. Some were simply killed with the same tools they had a hand in creating.

The entire 40-volt OPE collection was made with the user in mind.

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Product Review: RumbaTime Bowery Watch Collection


It’s “time” to get a watch, playa. Rich people wear watches. If you’re trying to get your paper right, get a badass watch and show some fools “what time it is.”

A new survey from Spectrem Group’s Millionaire Corner shows most wealthy investors wear wristwatches (67 percent), with the percentage of wearers increasing with wealth. Which is why you should consider a new time piece from RumbaTime’s Bowery watch collection.

The collection was inspired by RumbaTime owner Drew Deters’ trip to Japan and the natural elements of bamboo and earth tones that pepper the landscape and culture.

At first, I wasn’t crazy about the neutral color options the Bowery Collection was available in. But the Army Green band with leather accents grew on me and actually helped me figure out how to diversify my wardrobe around the watch. The watch made me want to wear brown shoes and earth tones so I could wear it.

After wearing my RumbaTime Bowery watch for a couple of weeks, I found myself mixing blacks and browns like some type of faux-hipster, indifferent to consequence. Because the watch looked and felt so cool, I had to wear it.

My favorite part about the watch was the face. The face plate is a crisp white that pops and accents both the hands of the watch and the green line indices that denote the hours.


There is a high definition feel to the way the face looks; I have caught myself glancing at my watch because it looks so cool, not because I didn’t know what time it was. Both the arms and the indices have luminescent hands. That may sound like some slick marketing, but I’ve never had a watch that looked as clean and clear as this one.

Speaking of clean, the watch is encased in a 40mm x 48mm stainless steel case and stainless steel back and has water resistance of up to 330 feet. It also glows in the dark.

The watch band is made of heavy duty canvas and the watch itself is weighted perfectly; it isn’t so heavy that you are consciously aware of it at all times, but it definitely makes you want to gesture more frequently with your watch hand, because of sheer coolness. The band measures in at 270mm long and 20mm wide, and feels so good, it isn’t the kind of watch that you purchase and then replace the band immediately.

Not only does a watch from RumbaTime serve as the perfect complement to your already dazzling wardrobe, hair and girlfriend, it accentuates your eye for detail and feels great. Each watch in the Bowery Collection retails for $95.00 and comes with a one-year warranty.

Visit the RumbaTime website for more information or to place an order. Visit the RumbaTime Facebook page for more information on the brand.


Wearable tech, great games and intelligent cars – What’s the phone of the future?

Picture the scene: 1,800 exhibitors trying to grab the attention of 75,000 delegates and 3,500 journalists, all chilling around a huge 98,000 square metre, conference centre. This is the Mobile Conference in Barcelona, and it is the place to be every year for everything mobile, which spans between your standard smartphone to the newest trends in technology.

The technology may be miniscule, but the event is massive.

Aside from the big dogs such as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg attending the event; it’s the best place to figure out what’s going to be big in the year to come in the world of mobile technology. Check out what to keep an eye out for in 2014.

Samsung dominates wearable tech

Samsung definitely lead the way at the event, announcing their official creation of the Samsung Gear Fit. Advertised by basket ball players rather than mobile geeks, the wearable device comes with the industry’s very first curved display that can be connected to the S5’s health management facilities, so you can track your heart rate and the amount of fat you’re burning – pretty cool right?

According to David Park from Samsung’s marketing team, “what elevates the Gear Fit into a whole new category, is that you can stay up to date with instant notifications on your Gear Fit as well. You can interact with your Galaxy device, such as rejecting a call, controlling the alarm and using quick message reply. And these things are impossible with other fitness bands.”

It wasn’t just Samsung’s wearable technology that impressed at the event. The Galaxy S5, the phone that the Gear Fit is intended to link up to, is equally exciting. The brand new phone has a number of updated features from the S4, including a larger screen, sharper camera and finger print screening – 007 or what?

Any grumbles about battery life need not be aired either, as this phone allows 10 hours of web browsing or 12 hours of video watching.

Did you say mobile gaming or mobile gambling?

A lot of the smartphone announcements and launches of new products went down this trend – attempting to make battery life longer or improving their graphics so you can spend more time enjoying the best entertainment on your mobile.

And it’s no wonder. The mobile gaming industry is bigger than it’s ever been, and the new technology that the world’s biggest mobile makers are producing is definitely reflecting that. The industry is even opening up doors for other sectors that usually wouldn’t appeal to the masses.

Look at mobile gambling for example. A recent study found that half of those who gamble on their mobile do it on their phones exclusively. The explosion of the industry alone proves how popular it has become in a matter of five years, and the huge player increase isn’t really surprising. The chance to gamble wherever you find yourself instead of trudging to your local casino is pretty tempting. Popular games such as blackjack and American roulette can be played in the UK, America, Europe – take your pick.

And though these games are classed as ‘gambling’, most smartphone owners don’t actually see it that way. The difference between a 1p bet on a slot and a freemium game where you have to pay to reach the next level makes little difference to a gaming fanatic. both games have stress relief aspects and adrenaline inducing qualities – what’s not to love?

The mobile of the future

Wearable technology is a big thing for 2014, and is set to shake up the way we think about our mobile phones, and how they can fit into our lives even better. The smartphone of the future is, as per, going to have awesome graphics so that we can view videos, play games and browse even easier than before. It will also store everything in cloud, as it’s safer and much simpler for a user who is going to browse a lot, and let’s face it, we all do.

But according to Steven Odell, cars are the phones of the future. His customers have come to expect the same connected experience that their phones provide them with, “This is more than customers connected to vehicles, it’s about cars connected to their surroundings,” said Odell. “We see real changes in how people will travel.”

So what will they do? Good question. Imagine cars that can ease traffic jams, sort out parking issues and even deal with accidents caused by human error.

If this is the smartphone of the future, we like it.


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