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Glocalme G1 Unlocked Mobile Wifi Hotspot Free Roaming Travel WiFi Embedded One Cloud SIM Card Support Around 100 Countries(Europe/UK/France/Germany/Thailand/Singapore/Japan/Korea/China etc) Featured Ethernet Travel Router & Power Bank - Black
Glocalme G1 Unlocked Mobile Wifi Hotspot Free Roaming Travel WiFi Embedded One Cloud SIM Card Support Around 100 Countries(Europe/UK/France/Germany/Thailand/Singapore/Japan/Korea/China etc) Featured Ethernet Travel Router & Power Bank - Black
Offered by GlocalMe

4.0 out of 5 stars GlocalMe “G1” Wi-Fi Hotspot: Wi-Fi on The Go: A Critical Review., July 5 2015
Length:: 2:44 Mins

The “G1” is a different type of mobile Wi-Fi device that serves a special purpose.

If you’ve owned a device like have the “MiFi”—I got mine from Sprint more than 5 years ago, then you know what the G1 is with the exception of the external battery built in.

The way the G1 or the MiFi works is that it connects to the service provider’s cell tower and can broadcast that signal to 1 to 5 devices and it can do so securely without having the signal stolen.

The traditional problem with portable, mobile Wi-Fi devices is that you’re limited a certain amount of bandwidth and the signal is NEVER as strong as you’d have with a regular cellphone despite the carrier’s insistence to the contrary.

GlocalMe has built their own network and this is where you’d connect to get an internet connection.

***
I’m with T-Mobile now and their 4G service is great here in Miami and with the myriad plans they’re offering, you can create your own mobile hotspot for free. Although Sprint claims unlimited bandwidth, they still don’t have a 4G LTE in Miami as of July 2015. ATT and Verizon have caps and their prices are about $25 more than T-Mo.

So, the local issue is: Why do I need a mobile Wi-Fi device?

The simple answer is that a mobile Wi-Fi device and the GlocalMe in particular will give you an internet connection almost anywhere and if you’re traveling and staying in a hotel, the internet service costs are outrageous.

The G1 distinguishes itself because, the service is in 140 different countries. So, if you have this device and you travel, all you’d need to do is to call the local GlocalMe office and give them your device ID, pay for the amount of service you want and then just connect to device.

***
Now, after having this for a few weeks, I *mostly* like this device because of its practicality.

+ mobile wifi device
+external battery
+ pay as you go/ no contractual obligation.

- no 4G signal.

I took this to work and in that area of north Miami, it is notorious for its deadspots and poor cellular reception. Doing a “SpeedTest” to test the signal strength and the G1 had very bad download, upload and ping readings.

And, that was against my TMO’s 4G signal.

At home, the signal from my router was more than 20x that of the G1.

This leads me to discuss the G1’s reception.

The G1 works, at least now, on a 3G signal. That’s good enough to do a lot of things such as surf the internet, send text messages, answer email but I wouldn’t count on it—until they upgrade their signal to 4G—to be able to upload large files.

I’m also told that this international device will be available in Central America by the end of 2015 or early 2016.

Bluedio BS-2(Camel) Mini Bluetooth speaker Portable Wireless speaker Sound System 3D stereo Music surround(Silver)
Bluedio BS-2(Camel) Mini Bluetooth speaker Portable Wireless speaker Sound System 3D stereo Music surround(Silver)
Offered by Bluedio Ca
Price: CDN$ 79.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bluedio BS2 BT Speaker: A First Look, June 17 2015
Length:: 9:15 Mins

This is a serious attempt by a private audio company to come up with a different twist on a standard wireless device. And, it largely succeeds.

***

The “BS-2” on the surface looks like your run-of-the-mill wireless, mini soundbar, but with the addition of the “3D” setting, you now have a few more options when you tie this feature in with a digital EQ that your phone or tablet may have.

Now, this speaker is not without a drawback. Without the “3D” or what some of us might say is simply a surround-sound output, the default setting sounds noticeably flat and that’s with a 256+ kbps mp3 audio file.

But with this surround sound setting turned on, the sound is much richer and vibrant.

The BS2 features:

* 6-watts
* lossless transmission
* line-in
* 3D sound effect
* large programming keys
* bluetooth radio v 4.1 (100’ of transmission)
* 3.5mm and micro usb cords

See video for different versions.

Grade: B+/ A-

[Apple MFi certified] Avantree® portable 5cm keychain Lightning to USB short sync charge cable, compatible with iOS all versions
[Apple MFi certified] Avantree® portable 5cm keychain Lightning to USB short sync charge cable, compatible with iOS all versions
Offered by Avantreedirect
Price: CDN$ 19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Avantree "Keychain" Lightning to USB plug, June 7 2015
Length:: 0:11 Mins

This is a simple solution to keeping a "Lightning" cable handy. The plug is perfect especially if you carry around any of the current/ newly re-designed Apple products with a Lightning port.

Elegantly designed and convenient.

Avantree Powerhouse, Multi-Device Desktop Charger + Charging Station, Fast Charging, Desktop tidy, Compact Size with Cord Management, High Capacity, Universal Compatible with Smartphones (Apple cable NOT included), Tablets and Other Devices (Black) -
Avantree Powerhouse, Multi-Device Desktop Charger + Charging Station, Fast Charging, Desktop tidy, Compact Size with Cord Management, High Capacity, Universal Compatible with Smartphones (Apple cable NOT included), Tablets and Other Devices (Black) -
Offered by Avantreedirect
Price: CDN$ 59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Avantree Powerhouse Desktop Charging Station,, June 7 2015
Length:: 0:16 Mins

I have needed a all-in-one solution to the different devices that I have near my nightstand and I always end up charging *this* device over here and *that* device over there. It's always a hassle locating the different devices in different areas.

I was hoping that this device, the "Powerhouse" would solve this.

This is a modified multi-port usb charge station with a housing unit built around it to accommodate tablets, phones and perhaps other small devices.

This device measures:
6"x 4.5"x 2"

On the top, there are Leggo-style blocks that are used as walls to place the device between two. The issue with this product is simple-- the space between these "walls" is VERY narrow.

I own several tablets and a couple of smartphones and the only way to fully utilize this is for you to remove any covering over the tablets and/or cellphones. In the accompanying slideshow, you can see stuffing two tablets (with very thin covers) warps the placement.

If it were just 1/4 to 1/2 broader, this would be perfect.

And, I'd also make the usb ports on the outside and not underneath.

Eachine 3D X4 2.4G 4CH 6 Gyro 180 Degree Rotating RC Quadcopter With LED RTF(White & Yellow)
Eachine 3D X4 2.4G 4CH 6 Gyro 180 Degree Rotating RC Quadcopter With LED RTF(White & Yellow)
Offered by EachinedirectCA
Price: CDN$ 69.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Eachine “3DX4” A First Look and Critical Review,, May 30 2015
Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars :4.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Length:: 2:28 Mins

Eachine was nice enough to send some review models for testing.

The two models that I tested over the course of several weeks is the “H1” and the “3D X4” and the short answer is that Eachine is better when they make their higher-end models.

***

This copter with more features than the “H1” is actually easier to control and learn than the basic model.

The “3DX4” is about 3x the size of the H1 (and the same thing with cost).

This copter, I’ve also had for several weeks and took it out to a nearby park during the Memorial Day weekend to see how the natural elements affected its ability to function.

This copter set features:

* 2.4GHz/ 4 channel
* 6 gyro, 1 “3D” flip key
* LED light
* 5 minutes of flight time before recharging.
* Instruction manual
* Large remote control

*** Performance ***

I’ve had this copter for several weeks now and this is much easier to control than their basic model, the “H1” but also the design of the remote control also had something to do with grasping this a lot faster.

The remote is fairly large and lightweight. This helps because you don’t have to constantly fumble to see what button does what.

If I do have a slight comment is that the remote should remove all of the excess decorative designs. A simple, smooth palm-shaped remote is more than sufficient.

In the accompanying video, you can see just how beautiful this copter is and it was great seeing it fly in the park near my home.

If you’re going to take this copter outdoor, make certain to carry around an external battery so that it can be recharged on the fly.

The remote works on four (4) AA batteries and should last several weeks of occasional playing.

Considering price, ease of use but only about 5 minutes of flying time, I’d grade this copter A-.

Eachine H1 Sky walker 2.4GHz Mini RC Climbing Wall UFO Quadcopter (Left Hand Throttle & Black)
Eachine H1 Sky walker 2.4GHz Mini RC Climbing Wall UFO Quadcopter (Left Hand Throttle & Black)
Offered by EachinedirectCA
Price: CDN$ 29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Eachine “H1” A First Look and Critical Review, May 30 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Length:: 1:57 Mins

Eachine was nice enough to send some review models for testing.

The two models that I tested over the course of several weeks is the “H1” and the “3D X4” and the short answer is that Eachine is better when they make their higher-end models.

(It’s also important to note that the box that this copter comes in says “H7” on the front and “H1” on the back. And, the instruction book has a totally different name than the one on the box or on the copter, itself. This is careless and should be corrected.)

***

The “H1” is a basic remote controlled helicopter that’s any child or any adult who’s young-at-heart will love.

This copter features:

* 4 channel/ 6-Axis/ Quad-copter
* Runs on a 2.4 GHz frequency
* Two (2) guard/ protection rail systems

The copter is marketed to age 14 and up. I would suggest that a “mature” 14 but most likely 16+ because there is a learning curve.

This model, as well as the “3D X4” is not a toy in the traditional sense. When I think of toy, it’s essentially a device that provides enjoyment or for distraction and their shelf life is very short.

This is a hobbyist device.

The kit also comes with an instruction manual. But, to be honest, I didn’t find the explanation as clear as it should be.

That is to say, there’s a learning curve here because you have two levers that controls the elevation and descent. The other is a directional handle.

In between there is the need to control the speed, which, in my case, was the biggest obstacle.

*** Testing ***

First, the copter has to be fully charged. Then remote automatically connects the copter.

When you first get the connection going, if you’ve never had any experience with an R/C device, it goes off in any direction VERY fast.

Often when it moves, I found that it flips and the blades would easily come off. This was to me both a problem and a concern when thinking about the cost of replacement.

The blades are understandably very small. But, the blades are not really being held tightly by the body and I found myself picking up random blades on the first day.

The set comes with and is recommended that the protection guards be placed on the copter before you actually try to test it out.

The top guard is a lot more difficult to put on than the side blades.

I guess it’s the combination of the small copter and the smaller pieces that can easily get lost if the copter crashes in an area outside.

This copter, more than the other, really requires a lot of time and effort and trial and error in order to master this device.

But, all in all, it’s a good product.

Grade: B-

Ohuhu® 16x52 Waterproof & Dual Focus Monocular Telescope / Monocular Scope with Pouch, Bright and Clear Range of View for Birds Watching/ Hunting/ Camping/ Hiking Armoring/ Sightseeing/ Surveillance/ Races and Other Activities, Black
Ohuhu® 16x52 Waterproof & Dual Focus Monocular Telescope / Monocular Scope with Pouch, Bright and Clear Range of View for Birds Watching/ Hunting/ Camping/ Hiking Armoring/ Sightseeing/ Surveillance/ Races and Other Activities, Black
Offered by OhuhuDirect CA
Price: CDN$ 29.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the better monoculars on the market today. Period., May 25 2015
Length:: 0:13 Mins

I bought a monocular about 6 months here on Amazon and it was barely passable as a monocular and only for short distances.

Had I known of this one by Ohuhu, I would have returned it immediately.

The set comes with:
* monocular
* carry case / belt loop
* lanyard loop
* 16 x 52
* 18* field of vision

I've had this for a few days now and this can replace a standard size binoculars and with it's range it perfect for sporting events, concerts or for nature watching.

This is one of the better monoculars on the market today. Period.

Tauren JY-022 Lightweight Premium Stereo Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Over-ear Headphones with Built-in Noise Cancelling Microphone for iphone6, 6plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, Android,tablets,ipad,PC with Bluetooth Devices,Hands-free Calling headsets(bk)
Tauren JY-022 Lightweight Premium Stereo Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Over-ear Headphones with Built-in Noise Cancelling Microphone for iphone6, 6plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, Android,tablets,ipad,PC with Bluetooth Devices,Hands-free Calling headsets(bk)
Offered by M-Function
Price: CDN$ 75.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Bass-Lovers Headphone. A Critical Review., May 24 2015
The “JY-022” (marketed here as "Tauren 901") is a good, consumer-grade over-the-ear headphones for those who love bass-heavy music.

One of the first things I noticed about these is how light these are on my ears.

Make no mistake, these are headphones have a filter that emphasize frequencies at the lower levels. This is great if you’re into rap, certain strands of heavy metal or club music. It becomes problematic if you like a variety of music especially classical or vocals when the timbers of one’s voice or string instruments gets blurred in the transmission.

But, that not really a big deal since many people, including myself, like to hear their songs with an emphasis on bass.

There are headphones which emphasize treble or clarity at the midrange or even “flat range” headphones. I think it’s good to have a variety of headphones based on how one’s feeling at a certain time.

As far as these are concerned, these are a branded model that will probably be sold by competitors under a different name, but these are comfortable, you have a mike attached to the right ear to answer phone calls and you have roughly about 4.5 hours of continuous playback or a week of standby without needing to recharge.

The neat design also allows you to advance or backtrack by turning the same phone knob up or down. I like this feature most out of everything,

And, because it’s a bluetooth headset, you can pair this with your computer and listen to a movie that’s playing on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube or even a television station’s homepage.

The only slight drawback is that dance music vocals sounds a bit muffled as it preference for bass instruments trumps vocals—Love Hangover, for example suffers a bit from this prejudice.

On the whole, this consumer-grade headphones is a good buy.

B

Bluetooth Speaker, TaoTronics Portable Wireless Speaker (High Definition Audio/Built-in Mic/NFC/2x3W Acoustic Drivers/A2DP Profiling/10-Hour Playtime)
Bluetooth Speaker, TaoTronics Portable Wireless Speaker (High Definition Audio/Built-in Mic/NFC/2x3W Acoustic Drivers/A2DP Profiling/10-Hour Playtime)
Offered by Sunvalleytek Canada
Price: CDN$ 34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars TaoTronics "TT-SK02" Wireless Speaker: A First Look, May 21 2015
Length:: 8:02 Mins

The "TT-SK02" is a nice, but unassuming mini soundbar.

This speaker has all of the standard features that you'd expect:

+ Dual speakers, 6w of power
+ Portable, small footprint
+ Separate, function buttons
+ Phone speaker
+ 3.5mm Aux port
+ micro usb plug
+ aux cable
+ NFC
+ 8-hours

- Bluetooth 3.0 (current version is 4.1)

The sound was pretty good. I played several different kinds of music and I appreciated the clarity of the mid-ranges.

This is a good, all-around, consumer-grade soundbar.

Self Defense Tactical Pen Glass Breaker Tool Multifuction Anti-skid
Self Defense Tactical Pen Glass Breaker Tool Multifuction Anti-skid
Offered by ZeroshopCA
Price: CDN$ 9.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Self Defense- Tactical Pen., May 16 2015
I'm not sure all of what a "tactical pen" is supposed to offer.

This is pen in a rugged, hard plastic or some kind of synthetic material.

Now, the manufacturer says it can break glass in an emergency-- this seems to be true. But, my question is, why aren't there more "features" to this pen. Perhaps an infra red light of some kind or a flashlight or something.

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