Can’t wait to setup this ACEPC AK1 Mini PC

Just purchased this Mini PC at Amazon. Can’t wait to get this setup. One thing that sold me on this computer is that you can install a 2.5″ SD/HD drive in the base of it to expand the storage capacity; EVEN MORE, there is a mSata slot available to go even further in storage capacity.

ACEPC AK1 Mini PC Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Processor(up to 2.3GHz)
Windows 10 (64-bit) Desktop Computer
[8GB RAM/120GB mSATA SSD/2.4G+5G Dual WiFi/Gigabit Ethernet/4K]

  • 8GB RAM+120GB SSD –ACEPC AK1 built in Intel Celeron J3455 processor at 1.50Ghz up to 2.3Ghz in Turbo mode and Intel HD Graphics, Pre-installed with Windows 10 (64-bit) and loaded with 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, set up is effortless.
  • Dual Display –Equipped with dual output display ports (2*HDMI port). 4K ultra HDvideo playback, delight in producing stunning visuals.
  • Expand Storage Support– It’s expandable with the addition of up to 2 TB of 2.5 inch SSD or HDD fitted in the base expansion box.
  • Multifunctional Wireless Support — 5G+2.4G Dual Band WiFi, Ethernet Gigabit 1000MB/s LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, very convenient to connect other device to the mini desktop computers.
  • Designed with 2 x USB 2.0 ports,2 x USB 3.0 ports,2 x HDMI port,1 x Gigabit Ethernet port,1 x Micro SD Card port,1x Headphone Microphone Port.

Source: Amazon – ACEPC AK1

 

Nice All In One Computer For Home (Amazon Best Seller)

 Acer Aspire C24-865-ACi5NT AIO 23.8″

Specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.4GHz, 23.8″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Edge-to-Edge LED Back-lit Display, Windows 10 Home, 12GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, High-Definition Audio Support, 2 – USB 3.1 (Type A) Gen 1 port (Rear), 2 – USB 2.0 Port (Rear), 1 – HDMI-out Port (rear), 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 Port), Bluetooth 4.3LE, Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse

Source: Amazon – Acer Aspire C24-865-ACi5NT AIO 23.8″

You need this portable flashlight…

I am sure you have heard of the Maglite brand of flashlights. Maglite makes a portable flashlight called the “Maglite Solitaire” that, in my opinion, is the best flashlight to carry around on your keyring. As a tech person, this light has come in handy multiple times when opening PC’s or working in tight (dark) areas; and, just plain comes in handy for just general purpose use. I like that it is light on my key ring, is not bulky at all, and is very bright for a LED flashlight that takes one AAA battery. In the end, the only thing I can say here is, “you need this portable flashlight” and will not regret it. Very inexpensive…

Maglite Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA Flashlight

Source: Amazon – Maglite Solitaire LED 1-Cell AAA Flashlight

Get 82 Battery Storage In One Tiny Place…

How many of you have batteries just thrown in a drawer somewhere? My guess, they are all probably in multiple locations and some of them may even be discharged due that you forgot about them. Disorganization when storing batteries will end up costing you money and potentially can cause an unsafe condition.

To help you resolve this dilemma,  I want to share with you an inexpensive product, called the Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen, that will take battery organization to the ultimate level, save you money, and provide a means to check your batteries to determine if they are carrying a charge or not. I personally have owned this particular brand/model case for approximately a year and can tell you this battery organizer will change the way you store those batteries. The Battery Organizer Case by Range Kleen holds up to 82 different size batteries (25 AAA, 39 AA, 4 9v, 8 C, and 6 D batteries); AND, even has a drawer to hold small hearing aid and watch size batteries. The case can be placed in a drawer or can be mounted on the wall. An added bonus is the detachable battery tester that does not require a battery (it is powered by the battery it is testing).  I can’t count the number of times I have used that tester.

Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen
(Holds 82 Batteries of Various Sizes – Includes a Removable Battery Tester )


SOURCE: Amazon – Battery Organizer Storage Case by Range Kleen

 

This is unbelievable… Over 30000 Reviews on this Bluetooth Speaker

Take a moment and check out this bluetooth speaker on Amazon. I happened to be browsing Amazon and came across the OontZ Angle 3 Enhanced Stereo Edition IPX5 Bluetooth Speaker and I noticed that it had over 30000 reviews with 72% of those reviews being a 5-star***** rating. If you are looking for a bluetooth speaker or want to give someone a great Christmas present, this is the one to get. As a matter of fact, at the time I posted this writing, the cost for this speaker was around $22…

Source: Amazon – OontZ Angle 3 Enhanced Stereo Edition IPX5 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Volume Booster AMP 10 Watts Power, Custom Bass Radiator, 100′ Wireless Range Bluetooth 4.2

Inexpensive Security Cam: Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom

If you been holding off on getting a security cam for your home or business, then look no further.  I came across this Wyze brand cam that is very inexpensive and has the features that you see with the more expensive brands.

Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision and 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa

Source : Amazon – Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision and 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa : Camera & Photo

Amazon.com:  Sparkr Mini Plasma Lighter 2.0 – USB Rechargeable Windproof Electric Lighter and Flashlight

Lightweight Dual Arc Cigarette Lighter for Everyday Carry…

VERSION 2 UPGRADES: Flashlight activation changed to 3 button click so it can no longer turn on accidently in your pocket or bag. Plasma spark changed to custom frequency so it no longer creates the high-pitch sound associated with plasma lighters. NO FUEL NEEDED: This small, flip-style lighter offers a classic look and feel but never needs refueling. Plug the included micro-USB cable into any USB port when the power gets low and you’re set for another 100 – 300 sparks. EVERYDAY CARRY: Constructed from lightweight yet durable impact-resistant polycarbonate making it convenient to carry in your pocket. It also has a 15 lumen LED flashlight in the bottom of the lighter for easy access to light. EASY TO USE: The Sparkr Mini’s windproof X patterned dual arcs make lighting up easy regardless how windy or cold it may be. It’s intentionally design to light just the tip of a cigarette by being perfectly spaced so the sparks suck into a cigarette just like a regular flame. ONE YEAR WARRANTY: The Power Practical team is committed to providing high-quality products and offers a one-year limited warranty on our electric lighters.

Source: Amazon – Sparkr Mini Plasma Lighter 2.0 

3 Products In 1 – The Motorola ARRIS SURFboard SBG6950AC2 Cable Modem, Router, and 4 Port Gigabit Router

I highly recommend this device.  Wireless range is very good. Has high rating at Amazon… What this device does is eliminate clutter and gives you 3 products wrapped up in 1: 16×4 Cable Modem, AC1900 Dual band Wi-Fi Router, 4 Port Gigabit Router… I personally own one of these and can attest to its’ good quality and operation. Very pleased…

Source: Amazon – ARRIS SURFboard SBG6950AC2 16×4 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem/AC1900 Wi-Fi Router/McAfee Whole Home Internet Protection- Black

 

Amazon Prime Day is like “Christmas In July” (starts July 16th, 3PM ET)

Amazon’s Prime Day is back this year starting July 16 at 12pm PT/3pm ET and will run through July 17. It is like “Christmas In July” where (for a day and a half) you will be presented with the best deals, promotions and great possibilities. Great day to pickup some great deals on computers, electronics, smartphones and anything else that may tickle your fancy.

As of today, Amazon is promoting “Prime Day” with lead up offers…

CLICK HERE to get started…

Prime Day starts July 16, 3pm ET

SOURCE: Amazon Prime – Launching Page

Amazon Acquires Ring and Drops The Price On the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

Been seeing this all over the web where Amazon acquired Ring, the makers of the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbells. These doorbells are available in various colors. If interested, follow the links below:

Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
https://amzn.to/2JGc3yx

  • See, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your smartphone, tablet or PC
  • Get instant alerts when visitors press your Doorbell or trigger the built-in motion sensors
  • Watch over your home in crystal-clear HD video
  • Live View enabled: Check-in on your property at any time with video on demand
  • Lifetime purchase protection: If your doorbell gets stolen, we’ll replace it, for free!

Source: Amazon – Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell

SENSO Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (waterproof and sweatproof)

Check out that these wireless headphones have been reviewed over 25,000 times at Amazon and is carrying a 4 star rating (and is recognized as an “Amazon Choice”). Very reasonably priced…

Senso Bluetooth Headphones
https://amzn.to/2uW0e44


Best Wireless Sports Earphones
w/Mic IPX7 Waterproof HD Stereo Sweatproof Earbuds
for Gym Running Workout 8 Hour Battery Noise Cancelling Headsets

Source: Amazon – Senso Bluetooth Headphones

Save On The NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

Amazon has the NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender with $10 off the regular price, plus apply the extra savings coupon, that is currently available, to get an additional $5 off… This extender is ideal for boosting or extending the range of your existing WiFi network.

SOURCE: https://amzn.to/2GslzDt

 

  • Ideal for extending WiFi to devices like the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
  • Dual band WiFi up to 750 Mbps
  • Supports new 802.11ac & b/g/n WiFi devices
  • External antennas for better performance, Access Point mode creates a WiFi hotspot using a wired Ethernet connection
  • Convenient wall-plug design
  • Works with any WiFi router
  • FastLane Technology – Use both Wi-Fi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming & gaming
  • NOTE: Check instruction video before use

 

 

Amazon.com : Victorinox Swiss Army MiniChamp Pocket Knife

I love multi-tools and the newest addition to my collection is the Victorinox Swiss Army MiniChamp Pocket Knife. As a matter of fact, I like this knife so well, due to the selection of tools and its’ compactness, that I decided to make this my everyday carry around pocket knife. I can see a lot of uses for this…

When you click on the link(s) below you will be taken to Amazon where there is a variety of this particular model knife to select from.

Victorinox Swiss Army MiniChamp Pocket Knife

– Blade
– Scissors
– Nail file with nail cleaner
– Cuticle pusher
– Screwdriver with ruler
– Emergency blade (letter opener)
– Orange peeler with scraper
– Bottle opener with magnetic Phillips screwdriver
– Wire stripper
– Tweezer/Toothpick model or LED mini white light model
– Retractable ballpoint pen
– Key ring

Source: Amazon.com – Victorinox Swiss Army MiniChamp Pocket Knife

Acer Chromebook 15 Is The Biggest Thing To Happen To The Chromebook

The “Acer Chromebook 15  is the biggest thing to happen to the Chromebook”,  is a line I have taken from Amazon where this Chromebook is now under $300. I purchased this Chromebook prior to Christmas last year and I have not put it down since. I have always been a Windows user, worked in the IT field with only Windows-based systems, and can tell you this. If you want a computer for home-based use to get on the internet, I highly recommend one of these Chromebooks. I hardly ever visit my desktop computer anymore because I can carry the Acer Chromebook 15 around the house where all I have to do is open it up and I am on the Internet. This particular model has the 15 inch screen with a LED backlight display (which is very bright and very clear); is a solid build; smooth keyboard with lighted keys; smooth touchpad; no moving parts (very quiet); powered by an Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor 3205U (1.5GHz, 2MB L3 Cache) with 4GB DDR3L SDRAM Memory. The hard drive is a SSD drive with a 32GB capacity. That may not seem like much; but, you have to remember the Chromebook is designed with cloud computing in mind where most of your work is done on the internet with web-based applications where your files are stored in the cloud. You can also store files on the SSD drive or on external drive devices that you can connect to the computer. This model is one of the newer models that is set up to run Android apps; the same Android apps you have on your smartphone. This is an early development and I have found some Android apps run better than others on the Chromebook. This will only get better as Google moves forward with the Chrome OS.

In the end, after approximately 4 months of use with this Chromebook, I am sold on the Chromebooks. My advice is to get a good one, like this particular model. I have been recommending the Chromebooks to people for at home use and for our Mom’s and Pop’s out there who do not need the constant hassles that are associated with Windows based computers.

Acer Chromebook 15

SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook 15

 

Amazon Cloud Cam Indoor Security Camera, Works with Alexa

Noticed this on Amazon… The Amazon Cloud Cam Indoor Security Camera (that works with Alexa).

  • Stay connected 24/7 – Catch activities as they happen in 1080p Full HD. Watch, download, and share the last 24 hours of motion alert video clips for free.
  • Notifications – Get notified when Cloud Cam sees activity and use the Cloud Cam App to check in anytime with live view. Watch motion alert clips in the App or on the web with your Amazon Drive account.
  • See clearly in the dark – Night vision lets you detect what’s happening around the clock. Turn on/off night vision LEDs in the Cloud Cam App.
  • Two-way audio – Check in with the family or tell your dog to stop barking.
  • 30-day free trial of any Cloud Cam subscription – Get intelligent alerts and advanced features like person detection, Zones, and see up to 30 days of video history.
  • Works with Alexa – Just ask Alexa to show your live feed on your Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Echo Show, or Echo Spot.
  • Cloud Cam’s intelligence lives in the cloud so it is always getting smarter with more advanced alerts, detection, and features. Just announced: The Cloud Cam App offers more notification features and gives customers more control to turn off audio playback or turn on and off LEDs.
  • For Amazon Key, purchase the Amazon Key In-Home Kit, which includes Cloud Cam (Key Edition). You need Cloud Cam (Key Edition) that features a Key Edition power cable to enable Amazon Key.

SOURCE: Amazon Cloud Cam

Best Sellers – Software

Here are the “Best Sellers” of software at Amazon right now…

BEST SELLERS – Software

Acer Chromebook 15 Unboxing & Hands On

I ordered an Acer Chromebox 15 for Christmas and prior to ordering I did some research and watched the following video. I have always been a Windows user; however, as we continue to tread down that path of computer technology, I am finding that most of what I do on the computer these days is strictly internet based. I have found that nearly all people that I know who use a computer at home are using it to strictly browse the web and really for nothing else. If you fall into that category, then what you may not know is that you can save a lot of money and tech headaches by going with a Chromebook.

By definition, a Chromebook is a laptop that runs Google’s Chrome operating system and Chrome Web browser. Providing a total Web-based operating environment, all applications are downloaded from the Web, and although an Internet connection is mandatory, some apps may run offline as well“.

If interested in exploring a Chromebook, [ CLICK HERE ] to see the various Chromebook options at Amazon. If you get really serious, go to a local Walmart or Best Buy and play around with one. Very inexpensive and simple to use (and maintain) compared to the typical Windows based computer.

Acer Chromebook 15 Unboxing & Hands On


SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook 15

How To Add Bluetooth Wireless Technology To An Old Sound System

There is an abundance of “excellent” sounding speaker and stereo systems out there that people end of disposing of because those systems lack the bluetooth wireless technology where you can stream music from your smartphone (or tablet). My advice to you is this: Do not dispose of your speakers or sound system; especially if it is a system of excellent sound quality and especially if it is a system that you have an emotional attachment to. There is a very simple (and inexpensive) solution to this problem. It is called a “bluetooth audio adapter”…

For example, I have an older Bose tabletop audio system that is of older technology, that still sounds as good as the day I purchased it; however, it lacks the ability to stream music from my smartphone via bluetooth. To remedy this problem, I purchased a bluetooth audio adapter, by Logitech (see below), that connected to the “audio in” jack on the Bose unit. The adapter came with its own power cord and an audio cord that can be used either via the RCA or 3.5mm jacks. After connecting the bluetooth adapter to my Bose unit and powering it up, it was just the matter of pairing the adapter with my phone. I was literally up and running in minutes and now I have an endless source of music that can be steamed and played through my Bose unit.

If you want to explore other adapters, there is a link provided below that will redirect you to Amazon to look at the choices. I went with Logitech due to Logitech being a commonly known brand name.

As I indicated, the adapter I ended up going with was the “Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter for Bluetooth Streaming” (at Amazon of course). Click on the links below to see the reviews (which is over 3,200 reviews).

Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter for Bluetooth Streaming

 

  • Bluetooth Audio Adapter: Makes your speakers Bluetooth for streaming music from your smartphone or tablet
  • Multipoint Bluetooth connectivity: Simultaneously pair your smartphone and tablet and stream music from either one
  • Easy pairing and automatic re-pairing: Pair your device to the adapter once with a single button press and you’re done
  • Long-range wireless: Stream music from up to 15 meters (50 feet) away from your speakers
  • Works with most speakers: Plugs into any powered PC speakers, home stereo systems and A/V receivers using RCA or 3.5 mm jacks. This product is a receiver ONLY, not a transmitter.

 REVIEWS FOR: Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter for Bluetooth Streaming

OTHER BLUETOOTH AUDIO ADAPTERS: “CLICK HERE” 

 

See What’s New At Amazon’s “Hot New Releases”

I am a big Amazon user… Not so much to buy, but to research and make price comparisons. Listed below is an updated listing of Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” that is a summary of these new releases storewide. If you review the list you will notice there is everything from electronics to who knows what. I have also posted this list under the tab, labeled Tech Deals, at the top of the blog.

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SOURCE: Amazon – Hot New Releases (Storewide)

Best Sellers – Unlocked Cell Phones (at Amazon)

The advantage of an unlocked cell phone is that they are typically carrier-friendly and work with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad. I have always purchased unlocked phones in the event I need to change carriers and typically swapping out the SIMs card is all that is required. You can often save a lot of money this way if you can afford to pay for the phone up front. If interested in exploring what is available in unlocked phones, here is a listing of best sellers at Amazon.

 

BEST SELLERS – Unlocked Cell Phones

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In The Market For A Smartphone? Here is my recommendation that will save you a lot of money…

In the market for a smartphone? Difficult decision to make and can be worse than shopping for a car. As smartphones continue to evolve, I am learning more and more; however, I am finding it is really not much different than shopping for a laptop or desktop computer. In reality, these smartphones are our computers in our pockets and have become an extension of our physical presence.

Like computers, there are specific hardware (and software) components to look for; such as the processor; the RAM (random access memory); the operating system (Android, iOS, etc); the display (LCD or Oled); the camera (single lens, dual lens, megapixels, etc…); and, the big one, the battery life. Typically, I shoot for a good mid-range phone and an example of that is the Motorola (Lenovo) Moto G Plus. Now, there is another “G” model that is out there (that I am looking at) and it is the Motorola (Lenovo) moto g⁵ˢ plus (which is a model that just came out); HOWEVER, for the sake of this blog article, I am focusing on the Moto G Plus to point out a good deal at Amazon.

What Amazon has done is cut a deal with Motorola (Lenovo), for Amazon Prime members, where on the notification screen you will see an Amazon ad here and there; and, from what the reviews are saying, this is not anything to get concerned about and is not intrusive. As a result of this deal, you can get a really nice mid-range phone for less money than the original cost and a whole lot less money than the top-end phones that are out there. If you are not an Amazon Prime Member, you can still buy this phone, straight-out with no ads, and still get a great phone at a very good pricing point.

To cut right to the chase, here is the Motorola G Plus that is at Amazon that I highly recommend and so do nearly 3000 other people. I have done quite a bit of research on this phone, watched the YouTube reviews, and am convinced the Motorola phone is going to be my next Smartphone. Yes, you can go with the Samsung or the Apple; but, guess what? Their newer models are fast approaching the $1000 mark. I can buy 4 or 5 of these Motorola’s at that price that will do what they do… If you notice below, the model I spec’d out is the 4GB RAM model with 64GB of storage (plus, can handle a 128GB microSD card). No midrange phone that I know of out there, for this price, can match this. Also, this is an unlocked smartphone and will work on all major carrier networks.

Moto G Plus (5th Generation)
64 GB Storage + 4 GB RAM

READ THE REVIEWS HERE

  • Fast 4G LTE speed, up to 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a bright 5.2” full HD (1080p) display ensures videos and games run smoothly and look great
  • Enjoy the best of Google Android 7.0 Nougat, including Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and more
  • Offers and ads, including personalized deals and recommendations, display on the phone’s lockscreen
  • Take brilliant photos with the 12 MP HD camera or snap group shots with a 5 MP wide-angle selfie cam. Add up to 128 GB of additional storage with a microSD card
  • The all-day battery includes TurboPower (TM) charging which provides up to 6 hours of use in just 15 minutes
  • Unlocked and carrier-friendly, works with all major carrier networks domestically or abroad
  • The fingerprint sensor instantly unlocks your phone
  • Prime members get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, storage on Prime Photos, deals, and more with a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps

SOURCE: Amazon – Prime Exclusive Moto G Plus (5th Generation) – Lunar Gray – 64 GB – Unlocked – Prime Exclusive – with Lockscreen Offers & Ads

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