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TaoTronics TT-DL05 Dimmable Touch Eye-Care LED Desk Lamp (9W, Black, Flexible Gooseneck, 7-Level Dimmer, Slide Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, No Dark Area, No Ghosting, No Glaring)
TaoTronics TT-DL05 Dimmable Touch Eye-Care LED Desk Lamp (9W, Black, Flexible Gooseneck, 7-Level Dimmer, Slide Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, No Dark Area, No Ghosting, No Glaring)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars TaoTronics "TT-DL05" Touch Powered, LED Desk Lamp: A Critical Review., 29 July 2014
Length:: 1:50 Mins

The "DL05" is an excellent, touch-enabled Desk Lamp.

There are several touch-powered desk lamps out there and with various levels of light amplification. To tell the truth, there really isn't a distinct difference in illumination beyond maybe the 4th level.

The 7-levels on this DL05 is very subtle, yet noticeable.

The system includes:

* Lamp
* AC cord
* Instruction booklet

* Cleaning cloth (gift)

The lamp, itself, has a soft, textured feel to it and is barely 15" high.

Some of the peripheral benefits are:

* Eco-friendly lights
* Low power consumption (9w)
* Long-life--40000+ hours.


MOCREO Waterproof Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Indoor/Outdoors Ultra mini W/ Dual Speakers / Rechargable Built-in Battery / TF card Supported for iPhone,iPod,Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 and Other Bluetooth Devices,MP3 Players (Black)
MOCREO Waterproof Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Indoor/Outdoors Ultra mini W/ Dual Speakers / Rechargable Built-in Battery / TF card Supported for iPhone,iPod,Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 and Other Bluetooth Devices,MP3 Players (Black)
Offered by GeekDigg
Price: £68.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Close Look at Mocreo's Soundbar: A Critical Review, 27 July 2014
Length:: 6:05 Mins

The Mocreo soundbar is absolutely identical to JoyiQi "C1" soundbar.

The good news is, is that the soundbar is a good buy regardless of the seller.

With a 3.5mm jack, the speaker also functions as an external speaker for older audio devices or replaces your cellphone or tablet's interior speaker.

One the things I immediately recognized is that the soundbar is well built and it's got some weight to it.

Also, the speaker is water-resistant.
The set comes with:

+ Speaker
+ micro usb to usb plug
+ 3.5mm plug
+ Bluetooth 3.0
+ 6w (3w x 2)
+ Frequency range: 120Hz - 18KHz

The unit measures:
7" x 2.75" and weigh 1.1 lb

***

This speaker bar also has a loudspeaker and you can use the speaker to have telephone conference.

***
The sound for a consumer grade speaker is very good, not bass-intensive.

The only thing that bothers me about this unit (and, it's identical sister) is the buttons are hard to negotiate because its barely raised above the surface.

The sound, in my opinion, is better than average but not stellar. In a price vs. value, it is definitely worth a grade of B+.

In the accompanying video, I play a few tracks to demonstrate its capabilities.


DBPOWER® LTL5210A 12 MP Infrared Camera Hunting Camera Trail Camera for Wildlife Surveys, Scenery Shooting, Automatic Detection Field, Home and Office Security Forensics, Supermarket Security Evidence
DBPOWER® LTL5210A 12 MP Infrared Camera Hunting Camera Trail Camera for Wildlife Surveys, Scenery Shooting, Automatic Detection Field, Home and Office Security Forensics, Supermarket Security Evidence
Offered by buyinsummer
Price: £128.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Nighttime Recording- Mediocre Daytime Recording. Acorn's 12MP Scouting Cam. A Critical Review, 24 July 2014
Length:: 3:59 Mins

Update:

I received an email stating that I was in error concerning the spec's and after double checking, he was absolutely right.

The Scouting Cam is NOT 720P but 640 w/ an infrared lighting system built in. That's an important distinction which explains why the daytime shots were a bit fuzzy but the nighttime was world's away better than my other camcorders.

When you watch the video, please excuse any reference to the Scouting Cam being 720.

Original review follows.

The Acorn "LTL 5210A" is both a phenomenal nighttime scouting camera that blew away the other 720 and 1080P cam's that I own, but daytime recording is pathetic.

***

The Scouting Camera is a 3- Camera recording system, featuring:

* 12MP Digital Still Camera
* 5MP/ Standard Def. Video cam
* 12MP

Still Image recording

The still images are good but not great but I'm really impressed with night shots.

For Video recording, you have two choices:

-- Live (instant) recording
-- Sensor recording

The standard definition recording is nothing to write home but in all honesty, you should always record in the highest definition and reduce the resolution to as needed. You can't upgrade a video image when the original recording is at a lower rate.
What's really impressive is the nighttime recording.

My go-to cam is my Flip Mino HD (720), which is great for every day recording but nighttime recording is almost non-existing without an external lighting system.

On occasion, I'd use the 1080P camera on my Samsung Note 3. The video image is stellar, not to mention the still images, but again nighttime recording is lacking.

In the accompanying video, you can tell that nighttime recording is best with the Acorn.

I took some night time shots at a pool in the backyard on July 4 around 9 pm. The Samsung clips were almost totally black but the Acorn was able to show some reasonably good resolution with little to no light.


Daffodil CAP105 - Dual USB 12V Car Charger - 2.1A and 1.1A Charging Ports for Tablets and Mobiles (Black)
Daffodil CAP105 - Dual USB 12V Car Charger - 2.1A and 1.1A Charging Ports for Tablets and Mobiles (Black)
Offered by Daffodil UK
Price: £7.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Daffodil Car Charger- Excellent Device, 21 July 2014
Length:: 0:36 Mins

The Daffodil car charger is great device. It has the standard two (2) outputs 2.1a and 1.0a

What I like most about it is that is very small and compact.


Qifull Qi Wireless Charger Receiver Set for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900 N9005
Qifull Qi Wireless Charger Receiver Set for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900 N9005
Offered by ibestsky
Price: £20.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QiFull Wireless Charging System. A Critical Review., 20 July 2014
Length:: 1:28 Mins

QiFull Wireless Works Perfectly for charging my Galaxy Note 3.

The system consists of two pieces: the Base and the Charge card.

The Base measures:
4.5" x 3" x .5" and weighs less than 1 lb.
and comes with 2 (two) micro usb charge cords.

The Card measures:
2 5/8" x .125"

This is a "Qi" type of charger where the Card is placed on connectors right next the battery. When the battery cover is replaced and the phone is placed on the Base, the phone should automatically start charging.

***

It took all of 60 seconds to open the back cover, adjust the Card and place the phone on the Base. It started charging immediately.

This Qi charge system is an excellent alternative to charging the phone by a usb port. The only thing that really bothers me is no one has designed a card that can fit around an extended battery. Now, that would be perfect.


Qifull QT30 3-Coils Qi Wireless Charger Pad for Google Nexus 5/4/7 Nokia Lumia 920/820 HTC 8X LG Optimus LTE2 (Black)
Qifull QT30 3-Coils Qi Wireless Charger Pad for Google Nexus 5/4/7 Nokia Lumia 920/820 HTC 8X LG Optimus LTE2 (Black)
Offered by buysku ltd
Price: £20.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QiFull Wireless Charging System. A Critical Review., 20 July 2014
Length:: 1:28 Mins

QiFull Wireless Works Perfectly for charging my Galaxy Note 3.

The system consists of two pieces: the Base and the Charge card.

The Base measures:
4.5" x 3" x .5" and weighs less than 1 lb.
and comes with 2 (two) micro usb charge cords.

The Card measures:
2 5/8" x .125"

This is a "Qi" type of charger where the Card is placed on connectors right next the battery. When the battery cover is replaced and the phone is placed on the Base, the phone should automatically start charging.

***

It took all of 60 seconds to open the back cover, adjust the Card and place the phone on the Base. It started charging immediately.

This Qi charge system is an excellent alternative to charging the phone by a usb port. The only thing that really bothers me is no one has designed a card that can fit around an extended battery. Now, that would be perfect.


ARCTIC S111 M (Lime) - Mobile Mini Stereo Sound System - 2 x 2 W RMS - Integrated 2000 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery
ARCTIC S111 M (Lime) - Mobile Mini Stereo Sound System - 2 x 2 W RMS - Integrated 2000 mAh Lithium Polymer Battery
Offered by ARCTIC GmbH
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A First Look. Arctic S111M/Mobile (2014) and BT/Bluetooth (2014)--A Critical Review., 20 July 2014
One of the things I have always liked and respected about Arctic is their willingness to design and manufacture their own goods. Too many product come by us, product reviewers, that are made in a central factory--most likely China--and the only difference is, is the nameplate attached to the unit.

***
I've tested the previous two incarnations of the "S111" and both are good, consumer/ basic speakers. The real enticement of the S111 series has always been the issue of value. Features vs. cost, is a real issue here.

*** S111M/ "Mobile" ***
Like the previous models, the current versions of the S111 offers a mixed bag of choices that have varying results when compared to the previous models.

The S111M (Mobile)

The first of the two models is now designated as the "S111M" or Mobile. This model features:

+ Wired connection to an older audio device or cellphone, tablet or laptop.
+ Small footprint (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5")
+ Micro usb to usb cord
+ 3.5mm cord
+ Hard Case

- 4 watts (2w x2)
- Frequency range: 50Hz to 25KHz
- No screen protection for the speaker cone

*** Sound
The sound is like previous models not exceptional but acceptable. The frequency range is a modest 50-25 and a 4w max output is barely passable when compared to a cellphone or a tablet's internal speakers. But, this incarnation should have been at least 6 or even 8 watts to distinguish it from the previous generations.

I'm also surprised that there's not screen of any kind over the speaker opening: You have the exposed speaker cones. I would really like to see for the future just a thin mesh to offer some kind of protection.

*** S111 BT/ Bluetooth ***

The S111BT is surprisingly better than it's "M" sister. But, I can't put my finger on why.

The "BT" has the exact same spec's, dimensions and accessories as the M with the exception of the Bluetooth radio installed.

As you can see in the separate video for the "BT"--there's a distinct difference in sound quality output.

Typically a wired connection, plugged directly into the source has an advance but I really like what I hear from the BT version. The midrange is more vibrant and less distorted and both the lower and higher levels sounds improved over all of the other S111 models I've tested.

So, the...

S111M--3.5 stars
S111BT- 4.5 stars


ARCTIC S111 BT (Blue) - Mobile Bluetooth (V4.0) Sound System - 2 x 2 W RMS - MP3 / AAC
ARCTIC S111 BT (Blue) - Mobile Bluetooth (V4.0) Sound System - 2 x 2 W RMS - MP3 / AAC
Offered by ARCTIC GmbH
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A First Look. Arctic S111M/Mobile (2014) and BT/Bluetooth (2014)--A Critical Review., 20 July 2014
One of the things I have always liked and respected about Arctic is their willingness to design and manufacture their own goods. Too many product come by us, product reviewers, that are made in a central factory--most likely China--and the only difference is, is the nameplate attached to the unit.

***
I've tested the previous two incarnations of the "S111" and both are good, consumer/ basic speakers. The real enticement of the S111 series has always been the issue of value. Features vs. cost, is a real issue here.

*** S111M/ "Mobile" ***
Like the previous models, the current versions of the S111 offers a mixed bag of choices that have varying results when compared to the previous models.

The S111M (Mobile)

The first of the two models is now designated as the "S111M" or Mobile. This model features:

+ Wired connection to an older audio device or cellphone, tablet or laptop.
+ Small footprint (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5")
+ Micro usb to usb cord
+ 3.5mm cord
+ Hard Case

- 4 watts (2w x2)
- Frequency range: 50Hz to 25KHz
- No screen protection for the speaker cone

*** Sound
The sound is like previous models not exceptional but acceptable. The frequency range is a modest 50-25 and a 4w max output is barely passable when compared to a cellphone or a tablet's internal speakers. But, this incarnation should have been at least 6 or even 8 watts to distinguish it from the previous generations.

I'm also surprised that there's not screen of any kind over the speaker opening: You have the exposed speaker cones. I would really like to see for the future just a thin mesh to offer some kind of protection.

*** S111 BT/ Bluetooth ***

The S111BT is surprisingly better than it's "M" sister. But, I can't put my finger on why.

The "BT" has the exact same spec's, dimensions and accessories as the M with the exception of the Bluetooth radio installed.

As you can see in the separate video for the "BT"--there's a distinct difference in sound quality output.

Typically a wired connection, plugged directly into the source has an advance but I really like what I hear from the BT version. The midrange is more vibrant and less distorted and both the lower and higher levels sounds improved over all of the other S111 models I've tested.

So, the...

S111M--3.5 stars
S111BT- 4.5 stars


Shift: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change
Shift: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change
Price: £0.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SHIFT: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change--A Reader's Review, 15 July 2014
If you're a part of the "Baby Boomer" Generation or even of the "Greatest Generation," it may seem difficult to understand what has happened in Corporate America over the past several decades.

My dad was a part of the former. And, the changes he saw both scared him and puzzled him simultaneously.

"Why can't you just get a job and stick with one company?" "In my day, I've only had 2 jobs after I left high school!" "We all made sacrifices to just to `make it'!" "Your generation wants everything handed to you!"

These were the kinds of things that were told to him. These were the kinds of statements that he reached for when he went through troubling times as a married man with four children to care for.

When the harsh realities of the Wall Street/ Corporate America started to change direction and the ever-available jobs (and, I use the term "jobs" very loosely) started to disappear; stagnant wages were discussed in grievous communities on factory floors while executives celebrated record bonuses in boardrooms high above.

But, it didn't stop there.

Outsourcing and environmental deconstruction started to make the headlines in the 90's.

For the people in my father's generation, it was a dichotomy that left them perplexed. If things are so bad, how are some getting richer?

This is not a discussion on the idea of wealth re-distribution, just a discussion on corporate ethics.

To be sure, there have been corporate executives who've re-invested in the American workforce, use recyclable/ renewable resources and put a cap on excessive executive compensation.

Some of the early examples that come to mind was a gentleman, I believe he had his factory in Pittsburg during President Clinton's term. He invented a fireproof and waterproof polyester. When it came to his attention that a competitor had discovered and stole his idea, he attempted to sue the competitor only to discover that they had just recently patented the idea that he had been using for several years at that time.

The company, started by this now-elderly man, was headed to bankruptcy. But, that wasn't the end of the story. It came out that every one in the company had good health insurance, adequate pay and a good working relationship with the owner. This man, facing his staff, created and bankrolled out of his own savings, a severance package for long-time associates. For more recently hired associates, he paid for job-retraining classes. He later extended his beneficence by agreeing to pay for extended unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos, more recently wrote a book on his life before and after saving the small, but personal-oriented online shoe store. His broadview of people, their talents and his own selfless bankrolling of this dream is an inspirational reminder that there are still great people who manage companies.

***
SHIFT: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change, by Mr. Glenn Geffcken, is one man's attempt to introduce a "Native" perspective to this corporate climate of greed, mismanagement and disconnect from the workforce.

For Mr. Geffcken, egregious company implementations should be tempered by embracing what he calls an "indigenous" mindset--one that is rooted in Nature and "Core" principles. This according to Mr. Geffcken can balance out or even correct bad corporate policies of the past.

In this softcover book, the principles are laid out in 21 chapters. They are as follows:

Ch. 5- Connection To The Earth
Ch. 6- Everything is Alive
Ch. 7- The Elders
Ch. 8- The Four Directions
Ch. 9- Patience
Ch. 10- Intentionality
Ch. 11- Roles of Men and Women
Ch. 12- The Seventh Generation Unborn
Ch. 13- The Oral Tradition
Ch. 14- The Way of Love
Ch. 15- Integrity
Ch. 16- The Spirit World
Ch. 17- Organizational Change Starts With Ourselves
Ch. 18- The Warrior Spirit
Ch. 19- Creating Purpose
Ch. 20- Creating Core Values
Ch. 21- Integrating Core Values
Ch. 22- The Lesson From Tobacco
Ch. 23- Vigilance
Ch. 24- Trust
Ch. 25- Humility

The first four chapters are devoted to (and, I'm not sure convincingly) to defining what "Indigenous" means.

For Mr. Geffcken, Indigenous is an all-encompassing term referring to the original inhabitants of a particular land AND a similar, common socio-religious belief that are connected to the natural environment.

For my reading, this broad designation is counter-productive for an intellectual argument that he's about to undertake. So, I reduced the spectrum as simply a consensus of many indigenous tribes of North America. But, even that may be presumptuous.

I like the book, nonetheless, but not because I think that he has an alternative psychological path for a desirous corporate executive to consider but because this is more of a treaty for individual, personal growth.

I also like that each chapter is peppered with anecdotes about his many different experiences with native rituals and what those rituals signified to him.

In many of the chapters, Mr. Geffcken brings up that he participated in * this * ceremony, alluding to an esoteric ritual that demands a certain degree of privacy and respect. But, he stops just short of sharing what exactly went on.

This is good because he'd have a difficult time trying to explain how and why replicating a spiritual exercise (meant for only for parishioners) could be beneficial in a secular situation, such as a board meeting. But, the heart of this argument is rooted in what happened when he was * there *. So, you're left with an assumption that whatever it was that took place is the reason why this principle is valid.

This is not necessarily a negative criticism.

Many of us who cherish a spiritual tradition knows how hard it is to explain certain precepts and sometimes even analyzing a belief is nearly impossible without some dose of rationalization.

This, I would say, is why I like this book and it's because of the conclusions that Mr. Geffchken comes to which reminds me of the same conclusions other communities-- nowhere near connected to the native people--come to. It's a validation of sorts.


LuguLake Portable Bluetooth Speaker, With Stand / Dock , Wireless Stereo Speaker Built-in 3.5mm Aux Port For IPhone 5S, 6, IPad Air, IPod, Samsung Galaxy S5, Mobile Phones, Tablets, PC, Laptops, Ultrabook, MP3 Players (Coffee)
LuguLake Portable Bluetooth Speaker, With Stand / Dock , Wireless Stereo Speaker Built-in 3.5mm Aux Port For IPhone 5S, 6, IPad Air, IPod, Samsung Galaxy S5, Mobile Phones, Tablets, PC, Laptops, Ultrabook, MP3 Players (Coffee)
Offered by LuguLake Direct Europe
Price: £89.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LuguLake "BT 10" Bluetooth Speaker: A Critical Review., 13 July 2014
Length:: 6:10 Mins

The "BT 10" is one of most elegant of wireless speakers I have seen in some time.

This Bluetooth speaker is also doubles as external, wired speaker for your older analog or mobile devices with a 3.5mm jack.

This review unit is a "brown" but is more like a pearlized bronze.

The speaker features:

* 8" x 2" and has a built-in tablet holder in the front.

* Two 3-watt speakers on the left and right.

* Bluetooth 3.0 (or roughly 50' of wireless connectivity)

* Micro usb and 3.5mm cable

* 1000 mAh internal battery (for a 4.5- 6 hrs of use, depending on the loudness and use of other features.)

***
In the accompanying video, I play a few random tracks to give you an idea of the sound reproduction of this unit.

On the whole, the unit is a very good set that is NOT bass-centric. What this means is that the speaker is very versatile if you like a broad-range of music from time to time. But, if you listen to bass-heavy music exclusively, the speaker probably won't appeal to you. But, for me this is a positive because I know this kind of speaker typically has less noise distortion at the lower frequencies and reproduces vocals more accurately.

Another thing that should be pointed out is that this speaker by a newly, formed private audio company is marketed toward consumer-grade/ budget-friendly/ mass market division.

Every once and a while, I'll get a question about how does this device stack up against this or that.

There are three grades of electronics:

Consumer
Prosumer
Professional.

Most of the devices on Amazon are for the consumer market, with an equal amount shared between the Prosumer division and the Professional division. The standards (like the price) are much higher as you go up the line.

But, this "consumer" grade device is well made, the sound is very good and its elegant design means that it fits nicely with your better audio equipment or cellular devices and not like those gaudy, kiddy-ish looking products that offers little in the way of value for the buck.

This device is a winner.


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