Waterproof your Reading

Last week we dove into the water with all you aqua-loving fanatics equipped with a Waterproof iPod Shuffle and Headphones. This week we are going to relax in the hot tub, hit the sauna, and vacation on the beach with a Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite.

Similar to the Waterproof iPod Shuffle and Headphones, the Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite can be submerged 210 feet underwater and has 4GB to hold thousands of your favorite books. It has a front lit display for reading in the dark, along with a rechargeable battery life of eight weeks.

Waterproof Kindle PaperwhiteBut what makes these electronics different from other ‘waterproof’ devices?

The Dual Layer technology developed by Waterfi. This two-step comprehensive process completely waterproofs and corrosion-proofs electronics from the inside out.

Having worked on a lot of water damaged devices over the years, we are intrigued with how this technology works. Before the waterproofing process begins, empty space inside the device leaves the electronics exposed to potential environmental threats and water damage. Since most casings and coatings are not designed to completely protect the interior components, water eventually makes its way inside the device and short circuits the vital electronics.

But with two layers of protection, you’ll be able to take your Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite anywhere, as well as any other Waterfi electronic.

Waterfi Waterproof Technology

The first layer is a thick, rubbery, insulator that fills the entire interior of the device and forms a barrier around all of the sensitive electronic components. This barrier protects the device from exposure to water and other damaging elements.

The second layer adds an extra internal barrier that enhances the waterproofing protection and guards the device from corrosion caused by threatening environmental elements such as salt water, chlorine, heat, and steam.

This two-step comprehensive process works to eliminate air pockets and imperfection, giving you a durable, long-lasting, and trusted waterproof Kindle (among other things).

We’ve seen a few devices come in with shattered screens, and then found water damage on the inside. And the customer had no idea! Something as simple as dropping your device on the wet pavement, in a pile of snow, or resting on the bathroom counter while you’re in the shower, can all create water damage to some degree.

Do you have a Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite? If so, do you think Waterfi’s waterproofing technology works well?

Where water and terrific collide

Waterproof devices for your aqua workout.

The other day we had a customer, who just so happens to be a swimmer, comment on how she wished there were quality water-proof earbuds she could use while swimming. That she has seriously contemplated giving up swimming for the sole purpose of having the ability to listen to music much like her running/yoga exercising friends.

Well, we’re here to tell not only her, but any other aqua-exercise lovers, that there are in fact, many waterproof earbuds specifically designed for swimmers. Because according to a Speedo-sponsored study published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise, music can greatly improve a swimmer’s stamina. In the study, athletes swam three 200-meter freestyle races while listening to either motivational music, neutral music, or no-music control. Swimmers listening to music beat their non-music-listening times by three seconds. This may seem like only a slight improvement, but it’s easily the difference between first and fourth place in a competitive race.

Even though there are several options, we’ve gathered a few we think you may like:

Waterproof iPod Shuffle & Headphones

  • Waterproof iPod Shuffle — Developed by Waterfi, this iPod shuffle is designed to go down to 210 feet underwater. Being light and compact, it shouldn’t get in the way of your workout as you can clip it to your goggle strap, wetsuit, shirt, hat, or sunglasses. With 2GB of memory you can store approximately 500 of your fave songs, which can be easily downloaded through iTunes available both for Mac or PC users. With a single click you can quickly play and pause the current track, change songs and adjust volume without interrupting your workout. The rechargeable battery can last up to 15 hours.
  • Waterproof Short Cord Headphones — Also developed by Waterfi, these headphones come with the Waterproof iPod Shuffle and can be used as deep as 10 feet underwater. With an IPX rating of IP8, they meet all waterproofing standards. The cord should not get in your way as it is only 11 inches allowing enough length to connect to your iPod Shuffle without getting tangled anywhere else.
  • X-1 Surge Mini Waterproof Headphones — These headphones allow you to dive 12 feet underwater and still enjoy your favorite music. They’re 100 percent waterproof and are designed to stay in your ear on the go. With an IPX rating of IP8, they can be submerged for extended periods of time. However, if you plan on diving further than 12 feet underwater, be cautious as it could result in hearing damage.

To date these products have been used for surfing, kiteboarding, diving, training for marathons, triathlons, and many other sweat, dirt, and water filled activities, in addition to swimming.

What’s your favorite aqua activity? Will you be taking advantage of any techie waterproof gadgets? Or, do you already utilize these gadgets?

A Few Things to Keep in Mind…

Looking for that perfect mobile device, but just can’t decide on which one to get? Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the options displayed in various Black Friday ads?

Well, here’s a few things to keep in mind while doing your holiday shopping.

1. Cost — When looking to purchase a tablet, keep in mind who it’s going to and how much it would cost to repair. As many brands are marketing the best tablet yet, consider the repair costs if it were to break. So many of these tablets are not cost effective to fix. So yes, you may be getting a ‘steal of a deal’ on Black Friday, but if that ‘steal of a deal’ gets a shattered screen, you could probably buy a brand new tablet (or two) for the price it would be to fix. In our experience an iPad is a better investment because they can be easily repaired and the resale value is better when you decide to upgrade.

2. Phones — If you’re debating between an iPod and an iPhone, consider the phone. Especially if you’re buying for a child. Apple designed iPods to be ‘throw-aways,’ but depending on the repair and the storage space (GB) of the device, it may not be cost effective to repair. Yes, it can be done, but by the time it’s all said and done it could be cheaper to buy a brand new one. Whereas, with a phone, you’d be getting all the benefits of an iPod plus it’s easily repaired. You’d also be able to download the ‘Find my Friends’ app, which allows you to keep tabs on your children at all times. This is especially helpful if your child says one thing but goes somewhere else.

3. Cases — Just because you put a protective case over your device does not mean it’s indestructible. Yes, they protect the device somewhat but if you drop it just so, it’s going to break. It doesn’t matter what case is on it. We’ve seen breaks in all major brands on cases, however we see a lot of breaks when a child takes it out of the case “just for a second.”

4. Insurance — Would you like to purchase the 2-year warranty for $59.99? How many times have you been in the check out line when the cashier asks that question? There are a couple of things to think about before hitting the sales.

  • Insurance through your wireless carrier — Consider how much your monthly coverage is going to cost you. Do you have to pay a deductible when you make a claim? What does the insurance cover? Many companies charge around $9.00/month, which adds up to $108/year. And don’t forget to read the fine print. Most companies also charge an additional $100-200 deductible. So if you break your precious iPhone screen after one year, you just spent $200-300 for that screen replacement when your local repair shop would have charged $100.

Stocking Stuffers

  • Insurance through your mass retail store — These plans are often something to consider when purchasing a computer or tablet. Typical plans for a tablet would run around $50 for a 2-year service plan. On most devices, with the exception of mobile phones, there is not a deductible. A mobile phone might run you $130 plus $49/claim. If you anticipate breaking your phone more than once this might be the plan for you.
  • No insurance — If you have a good track record with your devices you might opt to keep that money in your pocket. If you do run into an issue with your device contact 815 Media and we can hook you up!

When you do decide on that perfect tablet, consider a few stocking stuffers such as our four-foot Belkin Lightning to USB Cables compatible with any lightning adapter iOS device for $18 plus tax, which is considerably cheaper than any of our competitors. Or an 815 Media classic tee for $9. These super soft, super awesome shirts come in orange and navy and can be purchased here.

Set up your Nest in 3 simple steps

I hope this #TechieTuesday finds you nice and warm cuddled up under your favorite blanket. And if it finds you under a palm tree somewhere, we envy you.

Either way, today we are going to discuss everything you need to know about the Nest Thermostat, so that no matter where you are, you could potentially save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills.

The Nest Thermostat is an automatic thermostat that programs itself to suit the needs of your daily habits that can be easily controlled from your phone. If you leave the house and forget to turn the thermostat down, no worries. You can turn it down via your phone, thus conserving energy and money.

Get started in three easy steps:

1. The Nest Thermostat can be purchased here for $249 and takes most people under 30 minutes to install. It programs itself in about a week creating a personalized schedule based on the temperature changes you’ve made. You may have to adjust it to the temperature you like within the first week, but after that, it’ll automatically adjust iteslf.

Nest Thermostat

2. While you’re away, the Nest Thermostat automatically turns to an energy-efficient away temperature that you manually set up during installation. Auto-Away works in 90% of homes, even if it’s located in a spot you don’t pass on your way out the door. The lower your away temperature is, the more money you can save. You could even set it cooler before bed time to help save energy that way too.

3. Use the Nest Leaf to gauge how much energy and money you save. The Nest Leaf appears when you turn Nest to a temperature that saves energy. It tracks your energy use over time so you can see how much you’ve saved in Energy History.

We use a Nest Thermostat here in the office and it is so convenient. When we leave for the weekend, it automatically cools to our away temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, and when Monday morning rolls around, it starts to warm up so by the time we get in the office, it’s our perfect temperature. It’s also easily controlled through our phones so if we’d have to adjust the temperature we could do so from our homes.

Nest makes more than just thermostats, so keep watching for a future #TechieTuesday article, were we’ll talk about some other awesome things this company is up to.

Even though our calendar says we still have about a month of fall left, I think it’s safe to say winter is here to stay. So why not utilize technology to take that bitter chill out of winter?

#TechieTuesday

In case you’ve missed it, each Tuesday we discuss new (er) technology as it relates to our lives. You know tips and tricks that not only better better us in the business world, but also in our personal lives.

So far, we’ve talked about things that we use both around the house and in the office such as the Tile App and Dropcam. But we want to know what types of technology YOU use on a daily basis.

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Read, enjoy, share. #TechieTuesday.

How cool would it be to see but not be seen?

Yep, you read that right. See, but not BE seen.

Well, thanks to today’s techie gadget of the day you can do exactly that. Whether you are watching your home, business, babies, or pets, the dropcam, now owned by Google’s Nest Company, is a simple internet camera streaming live video straight to your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

According to the Business Insider the dropcam was invented five years ago by two engineers who reportedly were trying to figure out which neighborhood dog was leaving ‘surprises’ in their yard. Today, they still have the video to prove it, plus $555 million they received after selling their invention to Nest earlier this summer.

The dropcam gives you a peace of mind whether you’re around the block or around the country and it’s quite simple to install. All you have to do is plug in the camera and launch the Dropcam app on your phone. You can then begin streaming live video to keep an eye on things while you’re away. Video footage can then be saved using an optional cloud recording service.

Check out how these burglars were caught via dropcam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6qTZ4I5_u4

Now how handy would that come in?! These are real clips from dropcam customers.

There are two versions you can get — dropcam pro or dropcam. While one is slightly more expensive than the other they both produce a clear picture and have proven to be invaluable. Everyone here at 815 Media uses them for a wide array of security measures including home and business security. One of us is even trying to figure out a way to install one on her family farm to monitor the livestock.

What about you? Do you use dropcam? If so, what have you been able to capture? If not, do you use something similar? We’d love to hear about it!

The top 5 things you need to know about The Tile App

It’s Monday morning. You’ve overslept. And you’re out of coffee.

To make matters worse, you can’t find your car keys anywhere. You know you just had them, but they’ve seemed to grow legs and walk away. You’re growing more and more agitated by the minute.

Sound familiar? What if I told you those days are all but a memory? Well the lost car keys anyway.

As many of you may know we, at 815 Media, pride ourselves in being on the cutting edge of anything technological and today is no different. Today, we’d like to help you find those lost car keys made possible through The Tile App.

Here are five things you need to know about The Tile App:

Notice the simple design of the tile allowing it to fit with any of your favorite items.

Notice the simple design of the tile allowing it to fit with any of your favorite items.

  1. This app was created with YOU in mind! Developed a few months ago by Tile Inc., the tile is a trendy little attachment designed to fit on any of your favorite items including key rings, purses, and/or wallets.
  2. You can have up to eight tiles that are tethered to any of your Apple products starting with the iPhone 4S (as long as you’re running iOS 7 or 8), iPhone 6, a 3rd generation iPad, a 5th generation iPod Touch, or the iPad mini. And coming soon is the tile app for android devices as Tile Inc. are currently expanding their compatibilities for other devices with Bluetooth LE capabilities.
  3. Each tile casts a signal across a 100-foot radius and automatically records the last place your phone, or any other phone with the app open, saw your tile.
  4. As you begin searching for your lost items, the app’s tracking circle begins to fill in letting you know how close you are, while the tile begins beeping making it easier to locate.
  5. The Tile App can be downloaded for free here and tiles can be purchased beginning at $20 for one or $60 for four.

And wa-lah! Your life has now been made easier. Thoughts? Do you use these tiles? If not, is there a similar app you use instead?