Scammers, Spammers, Robocalls, Oh My!

Sick of telemarketers and phone scammers annoying you every day? Here’s how you can avoid them… Like most people you’ve probably received the phone call that sounds too good to be true or one that prompts urgent action regarding your credit card account. And then there are the ones you get up to answer and there’s no one on the other end. These are just a few of the examples that not only irritate you but are intended to really harm you such as sucking funds out of your bank account. All they need is one gullible person and their day is made, and unfortunately, there are way too many of those around. Sometimes these callers sound so official, often naming real companies like Microsoft or government agencies like the IRS. You may have received calls to renew that service or membership you never knew you had. Or how about winning that contest you never entered. And there’s nothing more unnerving than receiving a call that threatens a fine, lawsuit, or jailtime. Oh, and that call with no one on

23andMe: Discover Yourself!

Decoding the human genome is the most profound scientific endeavor of our lifetime. You’ve seen the television commercials which may have piqued your curiosity about getting your own genetic profile. Technology has simplified how every day people can find out about their own genes and chromosomes. Ever wanted to know more about your ancestry? Now you can learn your family bloodline going back generations. There are over 1,000 genetic tests available today and one of the most popular services is 23andMe. Through their online platform, you can choose their Ancestry Service or get the Health + Ancestry Service for the full experience. Instead of relying on historical records, 23andMe differentiates itself from other services by analyzing genetics-based ancestry reports and tools. They have over five million genotyped customers so far. Take a peek at their short video about the importance of genetics… Finding Your Ancestry Covering over 1,000 global ancestry regions, 23andMe provides you with an ancestral regional breakdown by percentages and can connect you with DNA relatives. You can learn about your ancestral origins going back 500 years or

3D-Printed House: Revolutionary Living Spaces

New technology is set to transform global homelessness and build planetary habitats. Growing up, you may remember seeing Sears catalog kit houses in your neighborhood. Those early 20th century “modern homes” offered the latest technology in homebuilding and were easy to assemble with a group of friends. We’ve come a long way since then. How about printing up your own custom home? Technology has caught up with homebuilding methods and now homes can be built using 3D printing. Yes, you can actually download and print up to a 2,000-square-foot house or even entire communities. Austin, Texas based ICON is a newly launched construction technologies company that is pioneering the future of homebuilding. They are using 3D printing to make major advancements in affordability, sustainability, building performance, and customization. ICON developed the Vulcan II, a proprietary printer that uses 3D robotics, advanced software, and cutting-edge materials. “Conventional construction methods have many baked-in drawbacks and problems that we’ve taken for granted for so long that we forgot how to imagine any alternative,” says Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of ICON. “With 3D

Solar-Powered Tent: Modern Comforts for the Happy Camper

Stay cool, well lit, and charged up with a solar-powered camping experience! We went camping last August. To my malaise, it turns out my hair doesn’t get that beachy, salty look in the middle of the Everglades in South Florida. Who knew? The people a couple hundred feet south of us knew, that’s who! It was late evening and the lightning bugs were dancing above the swampy sawgrass to the west. Suddenly, I heard an all too familiar sound … a blow dryer. Sweet six-ounce lord and savior! The tent to the south had some sort of power system. It was far too quiet to be a generator, unless the motor sounded like a bad acoustic version of Creedence Clearwater Revival. But that’s a whole other story. What they had was a solar-powered tent. Or, so we found out the following morning… Even though many swear by the tranquility of camping without the distractions of our daily bombardment of digital gadgets and fluorescent lighting, it’s not an ubiquitous preference. Personally, the lack of modern comforts has kept me from enjoying

NOTA NOTA: The Incredible Do-It-Yourself Perfumery

Enliven your senses and discover your own aromatic journey by creating perfumes at home. Every day we want to put our best face forward for the world to see. We make sure to wear the perfect combination of our choosing. Our hair is styled to perfection, makeup is appropriate for the occasion, and we’re dressed to impress. But have we given much thought about how we smell every day? Most of us imbue ourselves with fragrances designed by big name celebrities, couturiers, or perfumeries. But now, after half a decade in the making, we have an incredible way to personalize and share fragrances of our own making. Introducing the NOTA NOTA perfume machine created by Abdullah S. Bahabri. A New Scentsation! Now men and women can enter the olfactory world of fragrance designers and create unique fragrances with NOTA NOTA. It’s the newest tool in perfume mixology and is intended to become a part of our daily ritual. Just as routine as waking up to your alarm clock, yawning, and brushing your teeth, you can now dip yourself in an

Alkaline Water: 
Healthy or Just Hype?

Some say alkaline water is superior to plain water. There just might be something to this new hydration trend. As we gracefully age, we tend to drink less water than we should and can end up dehydrated. Making a conscious decision to drink more water will surely help us get back to better health, but with so many types of water to choose from, which will be the most beneficial for you? After all, our bodies are two-thirds water so if you’re going to drink up it might as well be the best choice.  What is all the hoopla about? Lately we’ve seen store shelves stocked with various brands of bottled alkaline water showing the water’s pH level. Does it really have health benefits or is it just another passing fad? Even celebrities like vocalist Beyoncé, actor Mark Wahlberg, model Miranda Kerr, NBA player Jason Terry, and actress Shay Mitchell are devoted fans.  Alkaline water is said to promote anti-aging, clear skin, balancing blood pH, and detoxification. There are studies that indicate a slightly higher alkaline level may even help

Roborock, One Button, One Clean Floor!

Move over robo-vacs. This new cleaning droid outsmarts them all. Some people go for Ecovacs, the Neato, or iRobot’s Roombas. The biggest names in the industry really suck. Literally, they suck the dirt right off the floor. But this week we decided to look into something outside the robotic vacuum zeitgeist: the Roborock S6. “The most reliable and best performing robot vacuum I have ever tested was the Roborock S5. That title now passes to its successor, the Roborock S6,” according to ZDnet. Gadgeteer, TNW, Woman’s Day, Wired, and others give similar glowing reviews. You can watch it in action here… This newest smart vac doesn’t care about its fame. It does not care about its price. It simply cares about completing its task. That task is to clean, to do it well, and to do it with as little effort on the part of its owners as possible. With the suction power at high-end levels and an advanced LDS navigation system, it never disappoints! Unless you’re a cat … Mr. Whiskers wanted us to give a bad review and

Fancy Grooming Stuff For Men

A metrosexual guy is defined by The Meriam-Webster Dictionary as an urban heterosexual male given to enhancing his personal appearance by fastidious grooming, beauty treatments, and fashionable clothes.  As a guy who spends most of his time wearing comfortable Columbia fishing pants and t-shirts, I clearly do not fit into that category. However, you don’t have to be metrosexual to want to go out of your way to find the best personal hygiene products.  Let’s explore some great alternatives. PLANTLIFE Plantlife has been offering all sorts of natural, aromatherapy products for over 20 years, including essential oils, bath and shower products, and soap products.  Check them out at www.plantlife.net.  You can learn a bit more about Plantlife below: Recently, I purchased a six-pack of Plantilife’s top 6 Natural Aromatherapy Herbal Soaps made with pure 100% organic ingredients and pure essential oils.  Ok, I admit it, I like soaps that feel good and smell great, and this assortment includes Lavender, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Oatmeal, Almond, Peppermint and Vanilla Orange.  So far, I’ve tried the Lavender and Eucalyptus, and they receive 5 stars from

FORPHEUS: The Amazing Ping-Pong Playing Robot

Omron, known for their health care technology is using ping-pong to showcase the latest in their industrial automation evolution … and we couldn’t be more excited about this fun way to introduce advanced technology. The company began with blood pressure monitors and now, they are on the cutting edge with their latest artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. If you ever thought that robots were going to take over, this could be the epicenter of the invasion. This global tech company has created a robot that plays with balls —ping-pong balls to be precise! It uses deep learning, a foundation for AI, which is enabling robots to learn much faster and effectively, performing tasks without human interaction and finding their way around unknown environments. You can watch it play ping-pong here… Omron is not intending to market the ping-pong robot, but rather, their technology for industrial uses. “We made the ping-pong robot for the purpose of demonstration, so visitors could actually see the fruits of our challenge of this technological evolution aimed at the construction of new relationships between people and machines, through

Conversations with My Toilet: The Kohler Smart Toilet

Now you can personalize your throne for the ultimate toileting experience. My toilet kicks your toilet’s butt. Or, at least it can really debate it! Why? Because Kohler has once again upped the ante with a new paradisiacal product. Okay, maybe it can’t physically beat its butt (there’s a pun in there somewhere and yes, it’s intended). It does, however, know everything Google’s Alexa does. Walking into the restroom, guests lose their breath as a beam of light comes to life behind a sleek, square and luminous device sitting where a white ceramic toilet should be. It might not be immediate apparent, but this is a wonder of human innovation. If the visuals don’t take your breath away, sit down before it greets you as you faint from the glorious wonder. King of Thrones This year, if you forgot the name of your favorite actor or need to know where to buy the newest gadgets, just ask your toilet. Think some kid with a startup “disrupted” the game? Think again! A whopping 146 years ago, a little plumbing company called Kohler emerged. Today,