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Urban Armor Gear Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case, Ice
Urban Armor Gear Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case, Ice
Price: CDN$ 39.51
5 used & new from CDN$ 29.95

4.0 out of 5 stars UAG For the Galaxy Note 4: A First Look, Dec 23 2014
Length:: 2:01 Mins

The UAG for the Note 4 is as good of a hard case as they did for the Note 3 which we had last year.

This is the typical chic UAG design that we’ve come to expect from this trendy company. Every contour of the case fits the Note 4 exactly.

The case is made out of plastic-rubber combination.

The housing is made out of a hard and clear plastic. They (UAG) claim that it’s military grade—I don’t know how anyone can verify that, nor would I be foolish enough to put my phone to the test to see if the case would hold up with rigorous testing. The company won’t reimburse anyone for damage to their phone, so caution should always be taken.

***
In the time that they’ve been in operation, cases for cellphones have improved dramatically. And, despite comparisons, the UAG is a close 3rd in protection when compared to either the ZeroLemon or to the Otterbox.

And, there’s also the issue of newer companies producing innovative hard cases with built in compartments for either credit or business cards or cash.

But, for what it’s worth, it’s a beautiful, sturdy case that will protect your phone from most of the common types of falls and accidents, but may not survive being thrown from a moving car.

Schlage FE695 CAM 619 ACC Camelot Touch Lock with Accent Lever, Satin Nickel
Schlage FE695 CAM 619 ACC Camelot Touch Lock with Accent Lever, Satin Nickel
Price: CDN$ 189.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Security Lock for Any Room, Dec 13 2014
This comes as a great time for us. One of our neighbors had their homes broken into. We found out from the neighborhood security that it was acquaintances of the homeowners.

That shook raised our conscience to the fact that we may need to put bolt locks on the individual bedroom doors for when we leave for work during the week.

We priced a similar lock at the Home Depot and this kind of security was highly recommended.

This Schlage is exactly like the one we saw at HD and about the same price.

This is a weighted 6-piece set and you're going to need several items to install that's not included:

Like-- a 4" or 6" squared wood block and
a hammer.

More than likely the Direction Booklet will come in handy as it has diagrams that point to shortcuts that I hadn't thought of.

This is a great lock, albeit a bit pricey and I'd recommend this of any room that you're storing extremely valuable goods.

TENVIS Iprobot3 H.264 1/4 CMOS Wireless Indoor PTZ Control IP Camera Network Camera Home Security with 32GB SD Card Support mobile phone viewing (Black)
TENVIS Iprobot3 H.264 1/4 CMOS Wireless Indoor PTZ Control IP Camera Network Camera Home Security with 32GB SD Card Support mobile phone viewing (Black)
Offered by Efrchina Company
Price: CDN$ 85.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 85.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tenvis “iProbot” Wireless Network Camera: A Critical Review, Nov. 29 2014
Length:: 2:34 Mins

I’ve had a 3-camera security system for sometime now and after several moves, I’ve not taken it out of the box. The hassle of that less than stellar analog picture was good for that time, but now it certainly wouldn’t have prevent those two young people from stealing boxes from in front of my door last December (2013).

A device like this is very good because you need very few thing for this to operate and you also have the convenience of being able to monitor any room or large area remotely if you have an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad or in my case, a Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Tenvis system, this one called, the “iProbot 3” is a wireless camera that rotates 180* and pivots 90* to give you almost a perfect view of a given area.

** What will you need to do to get this up and running? ***

* A Cable modem—(the manufacturer states you can use a wire password or you can connect via an Ethernet cable (supplied) )

* An iOS, or an Android device. I tested this out with two Android tablets.

* The Tenvis app. ** There are two (2) Tenvis app’s in the Google Play store. The apps don’t distinguish between the different models: “Tenvis Sight” and “New Tenvis.”

The “Tenvis Sight” did NOT work for the iProbot 3 but the “New Tenvis” did.

*** Set Up ***

1. Decide on the Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection option. I chose the reliable Ethernet route. And, adjust the camera angle to your liking.

2. Go to the app store and choose the appropriate app.

3. Once you open the app, jot down the info underneath the device and plug it in after your email address.

In the video clips, you can see how the device starts up and adjust itself when the power is turned on.

And, the actual clips of the surveillance area from my mobile devices.

Inateck® Dual-Driver Portable Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Built-in Hands Free Speakerphone Works With iPhone, Tablet PC, Smartphones, Support 3.5mm Audio Cable Connection, Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR, Portable Stand for Tablets Smartphones, Black
Inateck® Dual-Driver Portable Stereo Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Built-in Hands Free Speakerphone Works With iPhone, Tablet PC, Smartphones, Support 3.5mm Audio Cable Connection, Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR, Portable Stand for Tablets Smartphones, Black
Offered by InateckOfficial
Price: CDN$ 40.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars (Grade: C+/ B-) Inateck "BP2001" Speaker-Tablet Stand: A Critical Review, Nov. 25 2014
The BP2001 is a dual wireless speaker and tablet stand. It produces 10W of power by two 5-watt speakers. And, when connected by bluetooth, the speaker becomes a phone speaker.

The set comes with:

* Speaker (w/ kickstand)
* Micro usb cable
* audio jack cable
* Quickstart guide
* Phone microphone
* separate on/off switch
* aux in
* charge port (DC 5v)
* kickstand

The spec’s:

- 10w (2x 5w)
- 90Hz to 20kHz
- Lithium ion battery
- 9.5” x 1.75” x 2.25” and when the kickstand is extended the width is 5.5”.

Performance:

This is where the BP2001 shows its true colors. The sound is could be better. It’s adequate for hearing a sound but the components are not there. I had to dig into the manual to find out that the dynamic range is a meager 90Hz—the standard is 20Hz all the way to 20kHz, so on the bottom side there a lot of sound that won’t be produced from this speaker.

I played a few cuts to give you an idea. Songs, even those in the very safe mid-range sounded flat and tinny. Instrument also seemed to sound muddy. Live performance were the only exception and maybe that’s due to the range cut. So, there’s a big trade off, here.

The quality of the build is also something that I immediately took notice of. The outside is a nice, smooth piano black finish with a grill over the two speakers.

And, although it’s lightweight, it doesn’t feel light in cheap way. In fact, the designers may have added some weight to the foundation to give it resistance to any tablet put on to it and when it sits back at an angle.

This speaker is good to have as a gift for someone to have on their desk at work.

Zaki Soundsoul U10 Sport Noise-iZaki ating In-ear Headphones with Memory Wire (Dark Black) , Black
Zaki Soundsoul U10 Sport Noise-iZaki ating In-ear Headphones with Memory Wire (Dark Black) , Black

5.0 out of 5 stars SoundSoul “U-10” Wired Headphones: A Critical Review, Nov. 16 2014
Length:: 1:29 Mins

The “U-10” is a good pair of wired headphone.

These are headphone but more precisely they’re “canal buds” or headphones who speaker is inserted into the ear canal. For many people, including myself, the “canalbuds” style of headphones are preferred over the earbuds (which sits inside the outer ear.)

The sound is very good and much better than a moderately priced wired headphones because it has several outstanding things going for it:

* The construction is VERY well made. Typically, these “budget” wired headphones are made very cheaply and with very thin wires so that after a short period of time, the connection would develop a shortage.

* Noise-Isolating filter built in.

* 9mm drivers built in.

* A sturdy hardcase

* 40” cable length.

* Good crisp sound with an emphasize on bass, but not excessively

* standard frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz

***

I had a couple of people to try these on and everything except for the way they fit impressed them.

I, personally, don’t have a problem with the fit, because they literally wrap around the ears and stays put. But, others feel that the close feel is intrusive. So, the way they fit will be the determining factor of these ear-canal buds.

HUHD Fiber-optical Wireless 2014 Newest Premium  Digital High Performance 2.4Ghz, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC Noise Cancelling Gaming Headset , Detachable Microphone
HUHD Fiber-optical Wireless 2014 Newest Premium Digital High Performance 2.4Ghz, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC Noise Cancelling Gaming Headset , Detachable Microphone
Offered by 3D MALL
Price: CDN$ 63.99
3 used & new from CDN$ 63.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars HUHD’s 2.4 Wireless Headset, Model # HW-399M: A Critical Review, Nov. 9 2014
Length:: 2:40 Mins

There is no earthly reason why this product should not be at least a 4 star in the mind of the most objective reviewer and a 5-star for the majority of reviewers.

This is a very nice headset considering comfort, audio, workmanship. My roommate’s young son used the headset on his Playstation 3 console and had nothing but the highest praises for it.

The set’s spec’s:

* works with Xbox 360, Xbox 1, PS3 + 4, PC, Mac, Wii and bluetooth-enabled tv’s
* works on the 2.4GHz to 2.483 GHz frequency
* 40mm drivers
* 20 Hz to 20KHz frequency range
* sampling frequency of 48kHz

The set comes with:

* Stereo headset
* microphone
* transmitter/ base
* usb plugs
* optical plug

Levin™ Traveller 7W Foldable Solar Panel Portable Solar Charger for iPhone, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Note, Other Android Phones, Windows phones, and 5V USB-Charged Devices
Levin™ Traveller 7W Foldable Solar Panel Portable Solar Charger for iPhone, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Note, Other Android Phones, Windows phones, and 5V USB-Charged Devices
Offered by LevinOfficial
Price: CDN$ 99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Levin Solar Panel: A Critical Review, Nov. 9 2014
Length:: 0:57 Mins

This solar panel the smaller of two offered by Levin is ideal for charging mobile devices in while outside.

This kind of solar panel is different than others that contain a lithium ion battery and receives it charge by either an external battery or by light energy after hours of sitting in direct sunlight.

This kind of solar power has no internal battery but transfers the energy from direct sunlight and transfers it to the device.

The device measures:
8” x 8.5” x 1” and expands to a width of 16”

In the few weeks that I’ve had this device, I find that it works as described but charging devices is determined by strength and time the panel is in direct sunlight.

Very, very good product.

Daffodil LEB305 LED Motion Activated Bulb
Daffodil LEB305 LED Motion Activated Bulb
Offered by Daffodil CA
Price: CDN$ 19.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Effective Sensor-Controlled Lighting. Daffodil: A Critical Review, Nov. 3 2014
Length:: 1:19 Mins

This is a sensor-controlled light and as such it will turn on (provided that it is connected to a live current) when there’s movement in the vicinity.

This bulb screws into a standard bulb outlet and looks identical to a standard bulb with the exception of a small round piece protruding out of the top. This is where the sensor to activate the bulb rests.

Installation was a no-brainer and when you first screw in the bulb, it automatically flashes for about 15 seconds or so.

The bulb will automatically turn on and it will shut off if there’s no movement that the sensor picks up after 30 seconds.

My only issue is, is that the bulb is noticeably dark. I found myself swapping out this bulb for the original bulb for my office. But, I could you this for a much smaller area, as some have suggested, perhaps a closet or the like.

The Science of On-Camera Acting
The Science of On-Camera Acting
by Andrea Morris
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.79
9 used & new from CDN$ 6.24

5.0 out of 5 stars The Science of On-Camera Acting: A Critical Review, Nov. 2 2014
Length:: 6:09 Mins

" I think therefore I am." Shakespeare.
***
There are many, many books on acting. The last "important" book that I came across on the subject was Bill Esper's book on Sanford Meisner's acting technique (2008).

***
The Science Of On-Camera Acting is a thorough look at the techniques that many renowned Hollywood actors employ in their work. But, this book is so much more.
In here are examples of "good" acting and how said actors learned how to tap into that internal state to give the performance that such a role demands.
In my work as a fine artist for more than 30 years, I found myself saying as I read, "this is stuff I do to get myself in that place to create." And, I've heard it said it before that "the Process" of getting in that space is the same across artistic disciplines-- Ms. Morris breaks the process of divorcing one's self/ going beneath one's awareness to "feel" that other experiece.
And, she does so by examining how we (the actor/artist) feels at the moment. How does one be that person? How can I get out of this mental block and breakthrough? How do I gain the confidence to give a performance in front of an audience or at an audition? How can I use or tap into my anger, happiness, rage, fear to make it work for me and not against me?
This book is equal parts academic, physiological and emotional as well as practical. There's a lot of substance here that would appeal to many kinds of thinkers.
I am pleasantly surprised at the depth and the wealth of a broad range of material that was brought to bear for this thesis. It really is a pleasant and welcomed surprise.
One of the periperal benefits of a book like this is that you gain self-confidence to be someone important whether it's a character or the better, more confident you. "I think therefore I am."
***
This 175-page, softcover book's covers the following:
1. What The Camera Sees
-The Problems With Traditional Analytic Approaches
- Scientific Principles Applied to Acting
- The Camera: Your Teacher, Your Best Friend and Greatest Collaborator
- Talent
2. Preparing For The Role
Naturalism—Playing Yourself
- Troubleshooting Naturalistic Acting
- Character and Comedy
- Emotional Throughliness
- Troubleshooting Comedy and Character
-Emotional-Intensity Set Points
3. Mechanics of Screen Acting
- Cultivating Photogenia
- Belief and Performance (Ritual)
- There are Only Three Possible Mistakes
- Dialog
- Voice
- Body

If you’re an artist, and specifically, an actor/actress, this is an informed book that you must own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81vEhC64mxY&feature=youtu.be

iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit for Cars with 3.5 mm Aux Input Jack (Convenient Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Car Charger and Magnetic Base Included) - Silver
iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit for Cars with 3.5 mm Aux Input Jack (Convenient Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Car Charger and Magnetic Base Included) - Silver
Offered by Hisgadget Canada
Price: CDN$ 32.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 32.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Himbox "HB01" Car Charger: A First Look, Nov. 1 2014
Length:: 4:12 Mins

This is the best of several car chargers I've seen recently and one that I will recommend over the others until comparable competitors offers better products.

The "HB01" is a multi-function car charger that:

* has a dual charging port (1A and 2.1A)
* microphone (for phone conversations)
* Bluetooth 4.0 (for wireless audio file transmission)
* rich stereo transmission

On the surface, the HB01 is packaged just like many others that offer similar functions, but the real difference is in the hardware.

The set features:

* The base (w/ micro usb port and a 3.5mm jack)
* Car charging port
* Instruction booklet

Unlike a few others that have been released, this set needs to be both wirelessly connected to the device and have a wired connection to the aux input in the stereo system. So, in essence this device is semi-wireless.

But, this "semi-wireless" connection makes ALL the difference in fidelity. Some of Himbox' competitors rely on their device connecting to an FM station in order for an audio transmission to be played through the car's speaker system. With the device hardwired to the aux in, you have a clean, uninterrupted connection and the audio reproduction is absolutely phenomenal.

In the video, I sample a few songs that are on my tablet for reference.

***
This Himbox "HB01" is clearly the best of the bunch.

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