The LG G4: A Dad's Review
The better optical stabilization almost eliminates the need for a tripod. LG's unique Laser Focus sharpens on the subject of your photo faster than you can pull your finger away from the screen. There are three photo modes available. The default Auto ...
Zeblaze Ishot 1 action camera review
Having this screw thread is so nice to have since I regularly use those small table top tripods as well as standard size tripods. The sample that Instead, the SD card lays under a small metal door flap and that door flap is under the camera's ...
March 19, 2015
A Giant Clock and a Giant Clamshell
An exceptionally ornate mahogany floor clock, a giant at 119" tall, sold to an anonymous collector bidding on the Internet for $98,400 (including buyer's premium) at a clocks, watches, scientific instruments, historic arms, and militaria sale on ...
February 5, 2015
Cool Yule Tools: Best techie gifts for 2014
After months of investigations, cups of coffee and several arm-twisting interrogation tactics, the Cool Yule Tools staff of writers and editors has discovered a shocking truth. The government group that has allegedly been spying on us, known as the ...
November 17, 2014
Samson C01U Pro USB Microphone review
Connect directly to your computer via USB or iPad (needs adapter cable); Good sound for a very reasonable price; Great for a travel kit or simple home setup; Comes with a neat little tabletop tripod. Cons: Adjustability limited to whatever your ...
August 8, 2014
Ivee Sleek Review: The Dumbest Smart Clock Money Can Buy
It's designed to function as a tabletop clock with the added benefit of 33 voice-activated functions. It's supposedly capable of controlling a number of other home automation devices like the Nest thermostat, Hue Lights, or WeMo-enabled devices. At ...
October 27, 2014
New AmpliVox Acrylic Lecterns Captivate with Elegant, Customizable Style
Customized front panels are available in most models of lecterns, which also feature a range of wood and metal accent choices. The logo complements the lectern's materials while still allowing a clear view of the speaker. “Our new expanded line of ...
June 3, 2015
I remember when POV action cameras first started making their appearance and if you wanted to do any underwater shots, or needed to shoot scenes where your camera could get wet, you had to purchase a waterproof housing since one didn’t come with... , have a waterproof housing as part of their included accessories. With these special cases you can shoot underwater, shoot yourself wakeboarding, or splashing through mud in your truck right out of the box. However, a waterproof housing is just another add-on in your arsenal of camera accessories. Zeblaze took the waterproof housing concept and made their camera a self-contained waterproof unit eliminating the need for a separate housing. The first time you handle this camera you can tell right away that it feels waterproof. It is solid and the texture even feels like it’s waterproof. With this camera housed in its own waterproof container it is enough for anyone to appreciate it for just that reason alone. More so than the SJCAM S4000 or the BlackVue Sport Action Cameras. The fish-eye effect looks good in some scenes but there are some people who may not want that distorted effect in their footage, so keep that in mind.
Keep in mind that your source material (voice, instrument) may work better with some microphones, but not others. But for the money, the Samson C01U Pro works quite well as a plug and play, no nonsense USB device or an ultraportable iPad studio on-the-go. Moving the mic closer to the person talking helps, as does the type of microphone pickup pattern (cardioid, omni, etc) plus your recording environment. If you’ve been told your recordings sound “hollow” I’m *guessing* your room acoustics may be a factor, where noise and reflections are getting picked up. Try positioning the microphone closer, record in a different room if you can, etc. During a FaceTime video chat, I can’t just drag a desktop computer in the recording booth. So instead of relying on my USB video camera’s built-in microphone- which works OKAY- I wear a headset with boom microphone. It gives me some privacy (I hear the other side in my ear) and my outgoing speech is picked up from the microphone at the tip of the boom, which sounds less “hollow” or “dude are you on a speakerphone.
The Ivee Sleek is billed as "the first Wi-Fi voice-activated assistant for the home that answers questions, obeys commands and controls other Internet-connected devices," according to its creators. It's designed to function as a tabletop clock with the added benefit of 33 voice-activated functions. It's supposedly capable of controlling a number of other home automation devices like the Nest thermostat, Hue Lights, or WeMo-enabled devices. At least they got the clock part right. It's, as the name implies, a very sleek looking device with a minimal number of buttons and dials, and a large, easily read LED display. After you plug in the unit, you'll have to connect it to your home Wi-Fi network, which involves scrolling through an unintuitive UI using the exterior volume and brightness toggle switches to input the network password. Next you'll have to set up a user account at Ivee. After that, you can grant the clock access to your various other IoT devices. All of these steps entail saying "hello Ivee" to activate the unit before issuing a verbal command like "Pair Hue," "set alarm 1 to 7am," or "radio off. Unfortunately, the Ivee Sleek's voice recognition software is laughably incompetent. The literature suggests speaking to the clock as though it were another person.
Steve Smith: The Grateful Dead play final gig; The Rolling Stones plan traveling museum and more music
Mitchell is now at home receiving round-the-clock care and therapy ... However, when she visited her at home on June 26, she found the singer sitting at her kitchen table eating lunch. She wrote, “It was clear that she was happy to be home and that ...
July 10, 2015
Samsung Galaxy S6 Is Getting Crushed By iPhone And Samsung's Own Galaxy S6 Edge
The Note 4 covers its phablet users, the S6 Edge brings a unique screen to the table ... clock. While the Galaxy S6 also came with design changes in the form of a glass and metal body for a “premium” look and feel, there wasn't much else it offered to ...
July 7, 2015
Antique Metal Round Cake Stand Distressed Silver Base Kitchen Decor
Lend a look of elegance and finesse to table settings with this Metal Galvanized Cupcake Stand. Featuring a simple design, this stylish cupcake stand is a perfect combination of minimalist style and functionality. The tray-style, round top design of this ...
December 10, 2013
4-Prong Cast Iron Metal Table Base (28.5 in.)
This is a very basic metal table base but it can be used with a variety of table tops so that it looks great. This type of base also works really well in restaurants, providing a table that will stand the test of time despite repeated use by restaurant ...
December 10, 2013
Use A Wood Burning Tool To Make A Rustic Wood Sign
It's charming and inviting, and perfect for cozy winter party decor. So when we saw this adorable wood burning craft on a slice of natural wood by The Sweetest Occasion's guest blogger Eden from Sugar And Charm, we just had to share. Her sign proclaims a ...
January 16, 2013
Designeon LED Clock and Light Combo
The clock comes in two styles, one with green LEDs and a green acrylic case, and the other one comes with orange LEDs and a clear acrylic case. Both models feature a metal stand that floats the clock above your table.
August 6, 2007
Von Zios – Watch Converts Into a Table Clock by Siti Khatijah
Von Zios is a unisex watch that can be transformed into a table clock. Besides showing the time ... In order to make the watch stand, two units need to be snapped together. This will make the watch strap rigid and therefore it able to stand on its own.
March 1, 2007