Archive for March, 2013

Whether you’re heading out this spring, or just enjoying a break at home– Spring into action with some of the hottest new tech that will make the season blossom.

1. What’s hot right now are these – Intel-inspired Ultrabook Convertibles like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga : Starts at $1049
• It’s a full, powerhouse PC that goes from laptop to tablet mode by flipping, folding or twisting the screen.
• Just over 3.4 lbs with up to 8 hours of battery life

Here’s another great multi-tasking gadget with built-in flexibility:

2. iHome iDL45 Clock Dock : $99.99
• Spring forward with a clock that charges and plays all your old and new i-devices with a Lightning connector, 30-pin and USB.
• What really sets this iHome clock apart is the sound quality:
• Reson8 Speaker gives you crystal clear sound that can really fill a room or office.
• According to the NPD group – iHome is the #1 for digital audio and #1 for docking stations

Time for some spring cleaning:
3. iRobot Looj 330 Gutter Cleaning Robot : $300
• You may know iRobot for the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot – they also make robots that clean outside your home
• The Looj is super easy to use: just climb up the ladder, place the robot in your gutter, and use the wireless remote to drive the robot while the augur spins at 500 RPM, kicking out all the debris, leave, and muck.
• It stays charged for 3-hours and can clean 30-feet of gutter in 5 minutes.

… Which means more time for fun!

4. Sony Action Cam (HDR-AS15) Built in Wi-Fi $269 / $199 (no Wi-Fi)
• POV camera’s are all the rage and I recently tried out Sony’s Action Cam on the Zipline at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. Action Cam is the perfect name for the incredibly small, lightweight video camera that will mount anywhere and stream video from anywhere, including during the middle of a 2,000 foot zipline, some 300-feet above the forest floor.
• With the Wi-Fi remote – you can actually frame, shoot, and watch right from your smartphone in real time – or stream video to YouTube or Facebook.
• Works great in low-light
• Is complete with SteadyShot image stabilization, a 1080/30p capture mode and a 720p option at 120 frames per second, enabling some pretty slick slow-motion effects.

5. Playstation MLB The Show 13 PS3 – $59.99 & PS Vita – $39.99
• You can’t talk about Spring without thinking about Spring Training and Baseball.MLB 13 The Show is the most realistic baseball video game I’ve ever seen.
• Its jaw-dropping detail captures the mechanics and the raw emotion of Major League Baseball.
• What’s really cool – you can play other people on the go through Cross-Play with your PS Vita in Home Run Derby mode.

Perhaps the most important spring tech gadget of them all –

6. Motorola P4000 Universal Portable Power Pack – around $70
• This is the MUST HAVE gadget for all spring-breakers – stop getting caught with your battery down.
• You can recharge your devices at the beach, at your kids’ little league practice, working from a café or anywhere in between.
• It’s compatible with phones by all manufacturers, so will work with any device you use.
• It provides up to two full phone charges, so you can keep the movies rolling, listen to hours of music, browse the Web, text or tweet without skipping a beat.
• In as little as 15 minutes, your smartphone can be recharged with up to 2.5 hours of talk time.

For more information, you can go to or see my reviews via TechNow at – or watch the TV segment here:
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There’s no shortage of cooking apps on a mobile device near you these days, but why clutter your connected kitchen, or your brain, with a whole bunch of them that you don’t really use? Here are five of the very best apps available today, for saving time and adding inspiration in the kitchen.
1. BigOven
Free, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Kindle Fire or $15 Pro

With more 250,000 recipes, BigOven serves up a healthy portion of brand new concoctions and interesting twists on classics for just about every appetite. It also features drag-and-drop recipes into a calendar for a day, a week, or a month. If you fork over $15 for the Pro version, the app automatically generates your grocery list for you. You can also share recipes via email, Facebook or Twitter. There’s a reason why more than eight million people have downloaded this app – it’s kind of like the King Kamehameha of cooking.

2. Panna App
Free to download on iPhone and iPad, then $15 per year subscription

For true video-magazine style food porn, take a look at the new Panna App. It’s a real foodies cooking app in the form of a beautifully designed and rendered digital multi-media magazine. You can sort recipes and how-to videos by cuisine or by a chef’s name. You can also add ingredients to a shopping list with a quick one-tap button.

3. The ChefTap Recipe App
Free, Android

Remember the old days, when we tore recipes out of magazines, wrote them down on index cards, and cluttered our kitchens with sticky, stained, and faded notes? The ChefTap Recipe App for Android fixes all of that. It lets you import any recipe from any website or blog. See something awesome on Pinterest? Pull it in. Want to bookmark a favorite via Epicurious, Food Network or AllRecipes? No problem, there’s never too many cooks in the ChefTap’s kitchen. It can even scan your phone’s bookmarks and import recipes from food blogs you’ve saved, if that’s more your cup of tea.

4. Cook4Lyfe
$1.99, iOS

Got a handful of ingredients in the fridge, but not sure how to put them together into a good meal? The Cook4Lyfe App will come to your rescue. It recommends recipes from a library of over 40,000 based on what you already have on hand, (mustard, cheese, asparagus … hmmm…) or sends you to a nearby grocery store based on what you need. You can even set dietary filters for gluten free or low-fat recipes.

5. Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw Express
$2.99 Android, iOS

Ironically, one of the cooking apps getting a ton of buzz right now, is for food that’s … “raw.” Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw Express features more than 50 healthy and quick raw food recipes with videos, photos and nutritional data also included. 

If all else fails, there’s always the Chefs Feed AppCooking Apps. It tells you where the pros go when they need someone else to cook a great meal for them.

What are some of your favorite go-to cooking apps? What are some of the apps you still want to see? So you like cooking with your tablet or your Smartphone better? Be sure to let us know in the comments section!

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