Andy Taylor talked with Afternoon Show Host Scott Sands at NewsRadio 1370 WSPD about CES2017. Covered were some of the Technology idea certainly worth saving Pennies for and of course the ideas that had many scratching their heads saying “Why?” As Scott said “Do we really need to be that lazy?” however the answer most likely is “Why Not?”
Some of the Cool Innovations are discussed and some of the high points for this 50th Anniversary of CES put on by the Consumer Technology Association.
In todays segment, I featured the Moto Z Droid from Motorola/Lenovo with Service from Verizon. The Moto Z runs on Android Marshmallow and will eventually be updated for the upcoming Nougat platform.
What’s nice about the device is the ability to add to the Moto Z with snap on devices which connect via magnets embedded in the smartphone and devices. The latest offering for MotoMod is the Hassleblad True Zoom, It looks amazing!
We looked at the MotoMod Insta-Share Projector which can give you the ability to run a projector off your device.
The Moto Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor running at 2.2Ghz with 4GB of Memory. It is available in 32GB or 64GB Storage and of course upgradable with a microSD card.
The Moto Z also features a fingerprint sensor on the device which can be a bit confusing as I constantly was hitting it think it was a home button. This is understandable because my personal phone is an apple product. The Moto Z uses a USB Type C connector and doesn’t include a headphone port, Bluetooth it is or a provided Dongle type connector to the USB Type C Port.
The rear camera is 13MP with the ability to shoot 4k video and adjust is as you would a DSLR however I think most would just set it on auto. The Forward 5MP also features a flash for your selfies! Screen size is 5.5 and the device itself is incredible thin!
Check out more video at TechtalkRadio coming this week on the features and the MotoMods.
Sometimes walking into a Wireless Carrier store that sells just smart phones and service isn’t enough for consumers seeking out the best bang for the buck.
For the many making the move to a new or first time Smartphone brings questions that need to be answered, that’s where the Verizon Wireless Smart Store comes in.
The Second in the Tucson Area, the Verizon Wireless “Smart Store” features close to 2700 Square feet of area that gives consumers a more driven experience with new technology that is Hands On with all devices in “Lifestyles Zones” on the 4G LTE network from Verizon. The idea is to give the customers access to more than 90 smartphones and about 800 different accessories throughout the different zones.
There are so many different uses for technology in our life and the lifestyle zones for customers of the Verizon Wireless store will feature a Get Fit area giving a better hands on look at how active sports and fitness consumers or those wanting to engage a better fitness lifestyle can benefit with the technology available.
There are many options in Audio with our devices and that is where the “Amplify It” section will appeal to those wanting a better listening experience for themselves or for a room of people. Bluetooth speakers of different sizes and types will be available to listen to for the ear of those needing a speaker solution.
Another section includes a “Have Fun” area with some of the newest and enjoyable games. This is extremely popular for those with children looking for education/learning titles that can be paired with a tablet or even smartphones. We’ve featured devices such as “Ollie” along with Word and Shapes toys which can turn a road trip into a learning experience.
One of my favorite areas in the Lifestyle Zones has got to be Home on the Go. This is where a consumer could get a first hand look at “Canary” the easiest to set up and use Home Monitoring Cam I’ve ever used. Other Home Monitoring options and devices are also on display at the Verizon Wireless Smart Store.
With the different areas consumers can also benefit with workshops for those looking to tie in some of these devices added to their digital lifestyle along with new tablets and smartphones. These free in-store customizable wireless workshops are set to provide personalized hands-on training
The New Verizon Wireless “Smart Store” is located in Oro Valley at 10580 North Oracle Road
Back in 2008 We featured some very cool products from a startup company that was created by women for the idea of creating products that appealed to the female sense of design and usability. Chic Buds is that company and since our interview with one of the founders Nikki Carlson, the company has gone through some changes which has increased the product line and continues to innovate with a focus on the user wanting a fashionable accessory for smart phone, tablet or PC/Mac.
We are taking a look at several products that could make really nice gifts for Valentine’s Day! ChicBuds refers to these products as Fun, Functional and Fashionable. One of the most requested products on the website at http://www.chicbuds.com is the Porta/Party Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. Easily pair up and play with your wireless device the Porta/Party is set for up to a 10 hours of play time and a design created by girls for girls, the floral or plaid design can fit just about anywhere and recharges with a USB cable, No buying of Batteries required! The Porta/Party sells for $49.99.
One of the products I found on the ChicBuds site that I had to take a look at is the creative and functional Gurl Power device. No doubt this was developed by somebody with girls in the household that are always needing a place to plug in and charge their phones or tablets! Gurl Power is a small shape with floral design and features two USB charging ports! Two devices can be charged at the same time eliminating the headaches of tying up an outlet with bulky chargers. The product itself receives a charge which can be done from an outlet or a PC/Mac. The device can then be carried with you and if the need to charge your phone arises, plug into the portable GurlPower back and in some cases, a full charge to the phone in about 70min. This device sells for 39.99
As a dad to two girls, now grown up, I can see them still really enjoying the Chic Buds Luv/Buds In Line Mic and Earbuds. With the Chic Buds Luv/Buds you not only get the sound but you get the style with a flat cord design allowing for some actual pattern or design on the cord. Gel Tips on the Luv/Buds make it comfortable for listening longer and one button microphone allow for using your earbuds and still having the ability to accept incoming calls on the iPhone. This product sells inexpensively for 14.99 on the ChicBuds website.
If you like to use your iPhone while on the go, the folks at ChicBuds have a solution for you. The Chic Physique armband allows you to strap the soft housing, currently only for the iPhone 5 series, to your arm via a Velcro wrap which can be adjusted for just about any size arm. The material is reflective which can aid in safety on jogs and is machine washable! The pricing for the Chic Physique is 14.99 and comes in different designs.
Finally, we looked at a really nice little carry all called the Onsie. The ChicBuds Onsie features a space for your phone, a strap to carry the Onsie and cool looking designs available. Inside, a mirror to check the makeup, the ability to hold a couple of credit cards and have easy access to your phone screen. This Onsie sells for about 24.99
These are just some of the products we looked at, the entire line can be found at http://www.chicbuds.com. Many of these items could be shipped in time for Valentine’s Day and could even be thought of for Mothers Day. It’s nice to see another company focus on making Tech fashionable and friendly for a large market of the consumers. ChicBuds is certainly a strong brand with outreach to other areas such as its website http://www.chicblvd.com which features articles on not only tech gear but also tips and tricks for everyday life, marriage and family and dating. http://www.chicexec.com also branches to the area of innovation and business with a great site for learning of trends and practice in start ups. http://www.chicexec.com can provide public relations services as well as channel management for distribution of products when developed to investor relations to assist in funding the dream.