More about LED Light Bulbs

Last week, the Victor crew discussed light bulbs. This week we will speak more about specialty LED light bulbs.

There are special LED light bulbs you can purchase that you can control through an app. Not only can you control the brightness but you can control the color. These light bulbs are a lot more spendy.

LIFX makes one you purchase for $39.99 each. They are the equivalent to a 60W bulb. With the app you can schedule the times they are on, change the color or brightness, or create your lighting schemes. They integrate with Nest, Amazon Echo and few other smart home devices. This brand started as a Kickstarter project.

Another one is by ilumi. It is a Bluetooth enabled bulb that can be controlled through an app as well. Wi-fi is not required for the bulb itself. This bulb will set you back $59.99. You can choose settings like Daylight, Sunlight, Natural White, Early Morning, Sunrise, Warm White. Change colors and brightness as well. This bulb got its start when the developers won first place that came with $5,000 prize in the annual Business Idea Competition at the University of Texas in Dallas in 2010. The prize money helped fund their company. In 2013 they used Indiegogo and Kickstarter and raised $200,000. In 2014, they went on Shark Tank and their company was further helped by Mark Cuban.

Do you own a Kindle? Here’s an alert!

If you do own a Kindle from Amazon, the Victor crew has some news for you. You will need to make sure you update it by tomorrow, March 22, 2016. What happens if you don’t? You will have to do it manually after that in order to access the Kindle Store or sync with the cloud. You won’t be able to download your books.

This is the warning you will receive from Amazon:

Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again. If you see this message on your device on or after March 22, you will need to manually install the latest software update for your device. Go to Fire & Kindle Software Updates for more details.

Here is the page you can find all the details: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-6?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201994710&qid=1458317761&sr=1-6

Connectivity on the Go

Jody’s crew came across a new gadget called goTenna. It is a small device that comes in pairs. You pair each goTenna with a smart phone and if you go somewhere that has limited connectivity, you can use this as your own network. The goTenna itself has to be within 20 feet from the smart phone. You can use the free app to send free texts or share a location.

The range depends on the terrain and elevation. Theoretically, you can expect about 3.6 miles. Less in the city more in the desert.

Some practical applications might be camping trips, hiking, shopping, amusement parks – whenever the family might need or want to split up. It is waterproof and dustproof. It’s not very large and has a snap-on holder to hook to your gear.

Right now you can pre-order a pair for $149 for shipping in early 2015. A family pack of 4 goes for $289. Right now these prices are half off the retail price!

Devices making their debut

Jody‘s crew was out and about looking for what’s coming out new before the end of the year. Here is what we found:

From Nokia:
Lumia 2520 tablet. This runs Windows RT operating system. It has a 10-inch HD screen with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, a 6.7 megapixel camera, a keyboard. It has LTE and wi-fi. Cost is about $499.
Lumia 1320 and 1520 smartphones. Both run Windows Phone 8 and have 6-inch screens. The 1520 has a full HD screen, LTE and quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB storage, expandable to another 64GB with a MicroSD card, 20 megapixel camera. Cost is $749. The 1320 comes with dual-core processor, 720p screen resolutio, 5 megapixel camera, LTE. Considered a lower end, will cost $339. Because of their larger screen size they are considered “phablets”.
Asha 500, 502, 503 phones. These are lower end phones that Nokia hopes to better compete with Android. The 503 has 3G for $99. It comes with a 3-inch screen and 5 megapixel camera. The 502 has a 3-inch screen as well but no 3G. It will be $89. The 500 will cost $69 for a 2.8-inch screen and 2 megapixel camera. All 3 have wi-fi and hold 2 SIM cards.

From Apple:
iPad Air. This iPad is thinner and lighter than previous models. Prices range from $499 to $929 depending on capacity and connectivity options. It comes with a 9.7-inch LED backlit Multi-touch display, A7 chip, FaceTime HD camera with 720p HD video, 5 mega-pixel photos, 1080p HD video recording. You can get this in wi-fi or wi-fi + cellular.
iPad Mini. Has all the great features of the iPad Air in a smaller size. The price varies from $399 to $829 – just $100 cheaper than its iPad Air counterparts for same size and connectivity.

Sidenote – This is for sale but Microsoft has a 383-inch screen Surface 2 Tablet in Trafalgar Square, London. Read about it here.