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Connecting your Garage Door to the Internet with Chamberlain

Who would have thought how useful and practical it would be to actually have an Internet-enabled garage door opener. It's actually something that I never truly thought about until I had it. I like to consider myself a bit of a DIY-er so when Chamberlain contacted me about their new Wi-Fi enabled, Internet-Connect and smartphone-ready garage door opener, I was excited to not only install it but test it out. My current garage door opener wasn’t really that old. I have a heavy older wooden… [more]

Connecting your Garage Door to the Internet with Chamberlain Connecting your Garage Door to the Internet with Chamberlain

innerexile glacier iPhone 6 Plus Case Protects & “Heals”

As with any technology investment, you want to protect that investment. When it comes to the quite expensive Apple iPhone, this is no exception. You must get a protective case. It is most likely a better investment than protection insurance, I feel. A case is not only protective, it can be quite personal. But sometimes, you just want to show the product within the case, and that’s why I liked the innerexile glacier, which not only is a clear, protective case, the company claims that the plastic… [more]

innerexile glacier iPhone 6 Plus Case Protects & “Heals” innerexile glacier iPhone 6 Plus Case Protects & “Heals”

Mother’s Day “Digital Tip” – Get Her an Adonit Stylus

If your Mom or mother figure in your life is a bit tech savvy, is an artist, likes the tradition of using a pencil or pen, or even has an iPad, you may want to consider getting her an Adonit stylus for Mother's Day. (Heck, you may even want to pick up one for yourself, if you match any of the previous criteria). While it's true that the iPad launched and still is stylus-free, and even Steve Jobs reportedly was against having a stylus with the iPad, there are enough use cases and a good number of… [more]

Mother’s Day “Digital Tip” – Get Her an Adonit Stylus Mother's Day "Digital Tip" - Get Her an Adonit Stylus

Enter HighTechDad & Logitech’s “Working” Mom #MothersDay #Giveaway!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, this is the time you think about Mom and that motherly figure in your life. Logitech came up with a creative campaign to capture four  types of Moms: Fashionista, Working, Athletic and Connected. Obviously there are many more types. And there are plenty of Moms I know who span multiple types. Regardless, if you are looking to celebrate your Mom or the mom-figure in your life, I have a Giveaway for you! Logitech has provided me with a set of products that… [more]

Enter HighTechDad & Logitech’s “Working” Mom #MothersDay #Giveaway! Enter HighTechDad & Logitech's "Working" Mom #MothersDay #Giveaway!

Mother’s Day or Any Day: HyperShop Pearl Compact USB Rechargeable Battery Pack is a Winner

Are you looking for that perfect gift for the woman (mom, wife, sister or girl friend) in your life? Do they carry a cell phone, tablet, or eBook reader? What about a compact mirror? Well, the folks over at HyperShop have come up with a product that I feel could be a winner. They have combined a compact mirror with a 3000 mAh battery (that's a pretty good capacity – able to charge your smart phone at least once). The result? A stylish compact mirror that has an LED ring backlight, a normal mirror… [more]

Mother’s Day or Any Day: HyperShop Pearl Compact USB Rechargeable Battery Pack is a Winner Mother's Day or Any Day: HyperShop Pearl Compact USB Rechargeable Battery Pack is a Winner
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Who would have thought how useful and practical it would be to actually have an Internet-enabled garage door opener. It’s actually something that I never truly thought about until I had it. I like to consider myself a bit of a DIY-er so when Chamberlain contacted me about their new Wi-Fi enabled, Internet-Connect and smartphone-ready garage door opener, I was excited to not only install it but test it out.

HTD Chamberlain Garage Door Opener

My current garage door opener wasn’t really that old. I have a heavy older wooden door though and I had to manually hold the close button to ensure that it closed. This, it turns out, was due to some bad wiring with the infrared sensors that prevent the door from closing on people, pets or objects. I actually corrected this wiring issue prior to installing the Chamberlain opener. But still, it was an older (probably over 10 years old) model that was only 1/2 horsepower.

I was a bit apprehensive about doing the install myself so I took lots of pictures of the older opener just in case I had to put it all back, something that I dreaded. But I was determined to figure it all out and I really wanted to have a “state of the art” garage door opener.

Before I get into the installation and usage, here are some of the features of this particular Chamberlain model: [click to continue…]

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Post image for innerexile glacier iPhone 6 Plus Case Protects & “Heals”

As with any technology investment, you want to protect that investment. When it comes to the quite expensive Apple iPhone, this is no exception. You must get a protective case. It is most likely a better investment than protection insurance, I feel. A case is not only protective, it can be quite personal. But sometimes, you just want to show the product within the case, and that’s why I liked the innerexile glacier, which not only is a clear, protective case, the company claims that the plastic is “self healing.”

HTD innerexile glacier in package

The plastic used in the innerexile glacier case is resistant to light scratching. I have been using the case for a couple of weeks now and just leave it in my pocket with coins and keys. As of this writing, I cannot see any scratches on the case itself. According to innerexile, the case “heals” itself and can withstand scratches from a 1000g bronze brush.

The company has posted a video comparing their case against another, un-named brand, with a scratch and healing test under controlled conditions:

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If your Mom or mother figure in your life is a bit tech savvy, is an artist, likes the tradition of using a pencil or pen, or even has an iPad, you may want to consider getting her an Adonit stylus for Mother’s Day. (Heck, you may even want to pick up one for yourself, if you match any of the previous criteria). While it’s true that the iPad launched and still is stylus-free, and even Steve Jobs reportedly was against having a stylus with the iPad, there are enough use cases and a good number of artists, designers and ordinary people like us to warrant the re-birth of the stylus.

HTD Adonit Stylus

Personally, I’m more of a finger-paint-on-my-iPad kind of guy. My drawing talent is worthy of being pinned up on the refrigerator next to pre-school work, and even then, it would blend right in. My wife, on the other hand, likes the feel of using a pen, even if just for clicking items on the iPad screen. And my oldest, 16 year old, daughter actually has quite the knack for digital artistry. Everybody has their own comfort level and usage style, and Adonit has a stylus to accommodate that.

HTD Adonit stylus in box

I recently received three different styli from Adonit to test out: the Jot Pro, the Jot Mini and the new Jot Script 2. For all intents and purposes, the Jot Pro and the Jot Mini are the same stylus. The only different being that the Mini is a bit more compact. The Mini and the Pro are styli that can be used on iOS devices, Android device, Windows devices and basically anything that has a touch screen. It does not have a battery or have power of any kind. Also, it doesn’t need to be paired with the device you want to use it on. Essentially, it mimics the way your finger touches the screen, just with more precision.

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Post image for Enter HighTechDad & Logitech’s “Working” Mom #MothersDay #Giveaway!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, this is the time you think about Mom and that motherly figure in your life. Logitech came up with a creative campaign to capture four  types of Moms: Fashionista, Working, Athletic and Connected. Obviously there are many more types. And there are plenty of Moms I know who span multiple types. Regardless, if you are looking to celebrate your Mom or the mom-figure in your life, I have a Giveaway for you!

Logitech has provided me with a set of products that they believe match the “Working” mom persona. And, I’m doing a quick Giveaway that will allow the lucky winner to get this set of products just in time for Mother’s Day 2015. Here’s what the set looks like!

HTD & Logitech Mother's Day Giveaway

Let’s get into the details. The Logitech “Working” Mother’s Day Giveaway pack has:

  • Logitech Type+ (for iPad Air or iPad Air 2) – this is a protective case with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard. It’s very thin and light and the protective case is quite sturdy. You can prop up your iPad Air or lay it down flat.
  • Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse – this mouse mouse lets you connect multiple computers (up to 3) via Bluetooth or included Unifying Receiver. It has a smart, speed-adaptive scroll wheel as well as a thumb wheel and can stay charged for up to 40 days on a single charge.
  • Slouchy messenger handbag*
  • Kate Spade spiral notebook*
  • Travel-size lint roller*
  • Moisturizing lipstick*
  • Mascara*

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Mother’s Day or Any Day: HyperShop Pearl Compact USB Rechargeable Battery Pack is a Winner

April 30, 2015
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The HyperShop Pearl is a stylish & useful compact mirror with a built in 3000 mAh battery pack & LED light ring. A great gift!

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How to Fix: Apple Pro Video Formats Version 2.0.1 Looping & Repeating Update Prompts [UPDATED]

April 28, 2015
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How to fix Apple Pro Video Formats Version 2.0.1 Looping & Repeating Update Prompts within the Mac App Store (MAS)

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What’s Old is New Again – Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Camera Review

April 27, 2015
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Review of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 NEO CLASSIC instant camera which prints out fully developed photos from the camera.

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Wikipedia Shut My User:HighTechDad Page Down. Fast.

April 23, 2015
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How the editors at Wikipedia shut down the HighTechDad User:Page within a matter of hours.

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