10 Best New Gadgets for 2013

31 December, 2012 Life No comments
10 Best New Gadgets for 2013

As we fade out of 2012 and step up into 2013, we get to look forward to everything the new year will bring us: Prosperity, new chances, and tons of cool gadgets. As tech evolves, we’re granted new ways to work, rest, play, and even exercise. 

Here are 10 of the best new gadgets for 2013. 

Neural Impulse Actuator – Video games are still attempting to move away from the controller, and one of the latest attempts is the Neural Impulse Actuator. This headband streams your body’s biosignals directly into any PC game, negating the need for a computer or a mouse. That’s right: It is now possible to kill dragons with your mind. 

HD media router – If you live in a house that swears by tech, you’re going to need an HD media router sooner than later. It allows multiple people in a household to play games, make VOIP calls, watch streaming movies, and lots more without glitches or lags. 

TSir wristband charger – If you’re on the go a lot and you start to feel a little nervous when your phone drops to 40% battery power with no outlet in sight, you’re definitely going to want to consider getting the TSir wristband charger. It powers up almost every portable device that utilizes a USB connection, making it ideal for long trips and extended waits in a queue. 

USB hubs – These days, USB hubs are as important as electrical outlets. Guess what: That demand is only going to grow. If you haven’t done so already, use a USB hub to split up one USB connection into several and plug in as many accessories as you want. 

Wearable Video Cameras – Remember when you used to have to lug around a heavy camera to capture family memories? Not anymore. Wearable cameras like the GoPro HD Hero clip onto your person and leave your hands free. Said cameras are a particularly good option for extreme sports fiends looking to capture footage of their adventures. 

Xbox Next/720 – We don’t know what Microsoft aims to call its follow-up to the Xbox 360, but the “Xbox 720” or “Xbox Next” are popular guesses. The Xbox 360 is nearly seven years old, and we’ll almost certainly hear more about its successor in 2013—if we don’t get to buy it outright. We don’t know what it’ll be like, but given Microsoft’s success in the hardware market, it’s hard not to be excited. 

PlayStation 4 – Likewise, we don’t know what Sony has in mind for the PlayStation 4, but we can lay down bets that we’ll hear and/or see something in 2013. What features will the PlayStation 4 have? What lessons did Sony take away from the PlayStation 3’s slow start? 

Wii U – Unlike the “PlayStation 4” or the “Xbox 720,” the Wii U is a tangible thing that you can play with. With its unique tablet controller, creative MiiVerse community, and the strength of Nintendo’s franchises, it’s going to be fun to see the Wii U come into its own through 2013. 

Wireless Activity Tracker – If getting into shape is in the cards for 2013, you might want to invest in a wireless activity tracker. These devices keep tabs on your exercise regime, including distance, pace, and calories burned. Some models also alert you when you’ve reached your daily goal. 

Camelbak’s All-Clear Water Bottle – If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then you already know that public water fountains dish out some mysterious-tasting fare, and bottled water isn’t great for the environment. Consider Camelbak’s All-Clear Water Bottle, which makes tap water or natural water more potable within 60 seconds.

Top Apps and Services for Entrepreneurs

Top Apps and Services for Entrepreneurs

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If you’re an entrepreneur, especially for a small, independent business, then you’re going to have to learn a few things. First, you need to learn how to thrive on peanut butter sandwiches (at least until you start seeing some financial success). Second, you need to know about the best apps and programs for helping an entrepreneur get his or her business off the ground. 

You need programs and/or apps for communication, organization, and managing your finances. Luckily, it’s all out there, and whenever it’s not free, at least it’s affordable. Here are the five best programs and applications for any entrepreneur who’s scrambling to find his or her footing in a frenzied time. 

EvernoteEvernote is a free-to-download program that lets you save ideas, pictures, and sounds. It’s available across multiple smartphones, tablets, and computers, including PC, Mac, iOS, Blackberry, Android, and Windows Phone. Evernote’s search function lets you find what you’re looking for without a hassle. Never forget a prospective client’s name ever again—unless you really want to, for whatever reason.   

FlightTrack ProAvailable for iOS or Android, FlightTrack Pro is a must-have application for anyone who spends a considerable amount of time in the air. With the touch of a few buttons, you can look up your detailed flight information, including possible delays and gate numbers. FlightTrack Pro even informs you of cancellations and suggests alternative flights. If your flying experience turns into a scheduling nightmare, you’re going to want FlightTrack Pro by your side. 

SkypeFree Skype-to-Skype phone calls with clients or other workers can save you a bundle in phone bills. More importantly, whenever you travel out of the country, Skype-to-Skype calls via smartphone apps will prevent you from having to give up your first born child in roaming fees.    

Dimewise – Dimewise helps you manage your budget as simply as possible. You can record and categorize your purchases, then take a look at your spending habits with the aid of a handy pie-chart. Dimewise is web-based, so you can access it anywhere you can find a browser. 

TrillianMany companies conduct a great deal of business via IM (instant messaging) chats. Problem is, everyone has their favorite, and they’re often not cross-compatible. Fear not. Trillian lets you log into several of your favorite chat clients at once, saving you the agony of having to juggle multiple programs. Trillian supports AIM, Windows Live Messenger, ICQ, IRC, Google Chat, Facebook Chat, and much more. It can be downloaded as a desktop program, or as an app for iOS, Android, or Blackberry. 

For more great suggestions on programs that every entrepreneur should have, visit: 

Top 25 Apps to Grow Your Business at AvivaDirectory

10 Best Digital Tools for Entrepreneurs at Forbes

10 Must-Have Business Apps for 2011 at Entrepreneur.com 

Organize and Archive Your Photos

4 October, 2012 Life No comments
Organize and Archive Your Photos

Are you looking for a way to store, share, and organize your photos? We feel compelled to remind you that it’s never a bad idea to develop your pictures physically and slap them in a photo album. After all, when our robot overlords finally rise up and take the gift of electricity away from humankind, your descendants will appreciate having something to pore over in between their 15-hour shifts in the plutonium mines. In the meantime, there are still dozens of photo storage options  to be found on the Internet. 

In fact, online photo organizers are already among the most asked-for apps and services. Here are five ways you can organize and store your photos:   

Windows Live Photo GalleryThe Windows Live Photo Gallery lets you edit your photos, organize them, and share them online. Importing videos and pictures from your phone or camera is easy, and the program is free to download an use. 

PicasaGoogle’s Picasa lets you upload, organize, and manipulate your photos. You can also tag your Google+ friends in said photos whenever applicable! Picasa’s side-by-side photo comparison/editing feature is also helpful for touch-ups. It’s free to download.

Adobe Photoshop Album Starter EditionThis handy piece of software from Adobe lets you organize and display photos. You can also do easy edits of pictures to sharpen the image, get rid of red-eye, crop larger images, adjust color contrast, and more. Photoshop Album is extremely versatile, but less experienced computer users may find it intimidating to use. Luckily, there are lots of tutorials available. 

picManagerpicManager lets you get super-intense with the whole “photo organization” thing. With this program, you can filter and sort through mounds of pictures by file type or file date. picManager also automatically excludes non-picture files that may have snuck into your source folder. 

Canto Cumulus: Single User EditionCanto Cumulus is a single portal that allows you to manage and store files securely. That includes video and photo files, so you can manage photos and movies that are stored on hard drives, DVDs/CDs, and networked computers. 

Need more suggestions for places to park your photos? Visit: 

Five Best Digital Photo Organizers at LifeHacker

Top 20 Photo Sharing and Storage Sites at App Storm