Wednesday, September 1, 2021

OPOLAR BATTERY FAN ~ A Great Cooling Source For Emergencies & Camping

OPOLAR BATTERY FAN ~ A Great Cooling Source For Emergencies…. BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) This is the second of a two-part series about devices for events like hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, storms, floods and power outages. Last month we featured the AYL 1800LM RECHARGEABLE LED Lantern. Today, we’re featuring the OPOLAR ZD201 RECHARGEABLE Portable Battery-Operated Fan. What makes this rechargeable battery-operated, eight-inch fan quite unique is its compact foldability while still maintaining an adjustable height range of 14.2” – 40”. Yes, you read it correctly. It can actually go from being a desktop fan to a floor standing model and still collapse into a disc shaped storage capsule that’s under eight-inches in diameter and can easily be stored under most beds. It’s remote controllable with controls for oscillation, timer, on/off, 3 speeds and a natural wind setting. The oscillating angle is 90° with a rotation angle of its head that exceeds 180°. It has one, two, three and four-hour operational timing modes with the built-in timer, and has an under 40db noise level at its highest speed. That’s the same noise level as you may find in a quiet office. It uses a USB charger, not included, with a charging time of a 4.5-5.5 hour charging time. Depending on the speed you have it set at, and if oscillation is used, it can run between 5 to 11.5 hours per charge. This could easily be a life saver when your power is out, or even be useful when camping. A great way to keep your cool when the power is out! MSRP: $55.99 GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ For more information go to: https://bit.ly/36h8Bah Graphic credits: Manufacturer Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## CHECK OUT OUR DAILY TWITTER PAGE FOR THE LATEST GADGET NEWS POSTINGS: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Sunday, August 1, 2021

A Great Light & iPhone Charging Source For Emergencies

AYL LED LANTERN/CHARGER ~ A Great Light & iPhone Charging Source For Emergencies…. BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) Disasters strike when we least expect them to. Events like hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, storms, floods and power outages quite often result in the loss of power as well as charging sources for our personal electronics such as our iPhones. Are we properly prepared, especially with sufficient lighting and a charging source for our cell phone and emergency radio? AYL’s 1800LM RECHARGEABLE LED LANTERN may be the perfect inexpensive solution. It can also serve to light up your patio, or a backyard area during Winter months. The water-resistant AYL 1800LM RECHARGEABLE LED Lantern comes in at 1.3 pounds, 3.75” x 3.75” x 7.25”, and provides various LED illuminated intensities up to 1800 lumens. It achieves this with the use of its 46 LED bulbs. These bulbs are shielded by a removable convex reflector cap that provides 360-degree lighting. It can also be removed to allow for more focused lighting. Included are four soft white LED’s and 42 daylight LED bulbs with a lifespan of over 300,000 hours of use and are replaceable. That’s enough light to adequately fill most normal size rooms. This emergency rechargeable LED light features four light modes, daylight, warm light, a combination of both and a flash mode and is dimmable by simply depressing the on/off switch repeatedly. The LED lantern has 2 Lithium built-in rechargeable and replaceable batteries that when fully charged can last up to 12 hours depending on the illumination level being used. A standard 5 volt, or less USB charger, not supplied, is required for charging, but the USB cable for charging is supplied. A non-rechargeable model, the StarLight 1000, uses 3 D batteries, and is also available with these same specifications at a significantly lower cost. The AYL’s 1800LM RECHARGEABLE LED LANTERN not only provides an extremely bright LED light source, but can also be used to charge your iPhone and emergency radio. Two different sized ports for this are located at the back side of the lantern and protected by a marked gray rubber covering. The bottom port is the charging port. Naturally the proper USB cable is required to accomplish this and is therefore not supplied since it needs to match your devices’ USB input port. At the top of the lantern is a movable handle that permits hanging and carrying it. On the bottom you can flip up a hook for hanging it as well. Without a doubt the AYL’s 1800LM RECHARGEABLE LED LANTERN is a must for your survival kit as well as being a neat addition to your outdoor camping needs. Available at retail locations and from on-line suppliers.
Note: Other AYL models with varying specifications are also available. MSRP: $34.95 GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ For more information go to: https://amzn.to/2Uyz2pa Graphic credits: Amazon Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## CHECK OUT OUR DAILY TWITTER PAGE FOR THE LATEST GADGET NEWS POSTINGS: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Thursday, July 1, 2021

PHILIPS CPAP WORLD-WIDE RECALL

PHILIPS CPAP RECALL ~ A Major Recall That Could Affect Your Life, Health And Well Being…. (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED On June 14, 2021, Philips announced that it has received some complaints of possible patient impact due to foam degradation. There have not been any reports of death or patient impact related to chemical emissions. Philips issued a recall notification to mitigate potential health risks related to the sound abatement foam component material used in certain sleep and respiratory care devices. This recall covers most such Philips devices manufactured prior to April 26, 2021, and includes the first-generation DreamStation Go, ASV, ST, AVAPS, SystemOne AVS4, C-Series ASV, C-Series S/T and ACAPS, OmniLab Advanced+, SystemOne (Q-Series). Dorma 400 & 500, RENstar SE Auto, product family. (Trilogy 100 & 200, GarbinPlus, Aeris, LifeVent, BiPap V30/A30/A40 Series Device Models.) (Note: The recently introduced DreamStation 2 is not affected.) The problem that could occur is that the sound abatement foam component material used to minimize the sound produced by these devices may degrade into particles which may enter the device’s air pathway and be ingested, or inhaled by the user, and the foam may off-gas certain chemicals. The foam degradation may be exacerbated by use of unapproved cleaning methods, such as Ozone. High heat and humidity environments may also contribute to foam degradation. (A side note here is that I believe they are referring to the use of Ozone cleaning devices that actually interface with the machine itself and not with the hose, mask or water container only that are cleaned when these items are placed in a special unattached bag, and not part of the machine itself.) The potential risks of particulate exposure include headache, irritation, inflammation, respiratory issues, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects. The potential risks of chemical exposure due to off-gassing include headache, irritation, hypersensitivity, nausea/vomiting, and possible toxic and carcinogenic effects. Therefore, Philips has decided to voluntarily issue a recall notification to inform patients, users and customers of potential impacts on patient health and clinical use related to this issue, as well as information on actions to be taken. This recall needs to be taken very seriously. These devices are used for sleep apnea applications. They’re also used for breathing applications when the user is in a horizontal position and must have high pressure breathing assistance. The latter application cannot be ceased, while the sleep apnea use, under doctor’s guidance, possibly could. The reason I’m highlighting this is that thousands upon thousands of users are affected by this ceasing of use and recall. There are only two main manufacturers of such equipment, so repair, or replacement will be a long-term, monumental process. If this recall applies to you, a family member, or friend, you would be well advised to contact Philips at: 1.877.907.7508 www.philips.com/src-update. When completing the recall registration form you will be asked to check and list the serial number located on one or more labels on the bottom of most devices. If one serial number does not match the recall serial numbers shown on their list, try the other if there is one. You should follow up by contacting your local servicer/provider with whom you obtained this equipment, and your pulmonologist doctor who prescribed this equipment’s use in the first place. Discontinue use of your device and work with your physician, or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment. To continue use of your device due to lack of alternatives, consult with your physician to determine if the benefit of continuing therapy with your device outweighs the risks. As part of the program, the first-generation DreamStation product families will be modified with a different sound abatement foam and shipped upon receipt of the required regulatory clearances. Philips recently launched the next-generation CPAP platform, DreamStation 2, is not affected by the issue. To support the program, Philips is increasing the production of its DreamStation 2 CPAP devices, which are available in the U.S. and selected countries in Europe. Your actions and response regarding the information in this article should be solely based on your follow up with the manufacturer, equipment provider and your doctor, and based on their specific instructions related to your personal situation, requirements and needs. Graphic credits: Google Images Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

3 HANDY APPLE MAC KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

APPLE MAC KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS ~ 3 Tips That Are Useful When Creating Documents (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED How often have you said “I wish I could easily make a screen shot of the entire screen, or a selectable portion of it, so I can have a record, or insert it in a document”? A screenshot is a photograph in the PNG format. It can easily be converted to a JPEG by opening it up, selecting EXPORT under the file menu and then selecting JPEG followed by DESKTOP, its final destination. How about an easy way to access symbols and emojis while you’re creating an email, or preparing a WORD document? Well here are some tips on achieving those goals on your Macintosh computer’s keyboard. To make a screen shot of the entire desktop on your computer’s display simply depress simultaneously the SHIFT, COMMAND and NUMBER 3 keys on the MAC keyboard. This will create a full-screen snapshot of the entire screen/desktop. If you would prefer to create a snapshot of a selected portion of the material you desire, simply depress simultaneously the SHIFT, COMMAND and NUMBER 4 keys on your MAC keyboard. You’ll notice that upon releasing the keys, your cursor now displays a crosshair symbol. Now move the mouse while depressing the left key until you have created the size and position of the snapshot that’s desired. Upon releasing the mouse’s key your snapshot is made and placed on the desktop. Screenshots are automatically labeled as such and thus positioned in the alphabetical order of the S’s, as a file. If you desire an easy way to access symbols and special characters, as well as emojis, simultaneously depress COMMAND and the NUMBER 3 keys and wait for a small popup adjustable screen to appear. Clicking on the desire symbol, character, or emoji will place it in your document exactly where your cursor was last displayed. Ok, how do you remember all this? Purchase a package of AVERY # 5795 Color Coding Labels available at Amazon, or at most office supply stores. These are labels that are the size of dots in the colors of green, yellow, blue and red. They’re small enough to be placed on your MAC’s keyboard to aid you in knowing what keys need to be depressed (see photo at top of page). Adding a small paper, or DYMO label to your keyboard, or display’s frame, would indicate which color represents what action is to take place and help you achieve the desired end result. I selected RED for IEMOJ, BLUE for ENTIRE SCREEN SHOT, and GREEN for SELECTABLE SCREEN SHOTS. You may wish to place this label that indicates what functions the colored keys will perform, on your keyboard, or computer’s display. Enjoy!
Graphic credits: The Gadgeteer & Google Images Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Saturday, May 1, 2021

APPLE WATCH dummies 4th Edition - Series 6

APPLE WATCH dummies 4th Edition The Missing “How To Book” for Series 6 (Please note that if the layout of this column looks a bit strange it is due to Google, the new publisher of Blogspot. Since Google’s recent purchase of Blogspot they have made several questionable changes that are beyond the control of THE GADGETEER) The Missing Handbook For Apple Watch Owners…. BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED – CORRESPONDENT © 2021 The July 2019 column of THE GADGETEER featured Marc Saltzman’s APPLE WATCH FOR DUMMIES, 3rd Edition book geared to the Apple Watch Series 5. https://bit.ly/3d7q20V Recently, Apple introduced the Series 6 watch with many additional features and capabilities. Marc has now published an updated edition of this Dummies book to include these many changes and additional features. As is often the case manufacturers like Apple neglect to include adequate instructions to aid us in gaining the maximum benefits of the product. The word DUMMIES does not mean to demean the reader’s abilities, but rather provide a source for those of us not necessarily in the know. APPLE WATCH FOR DUMMIES, 4th EDITION is written to help us learn about this latest Apple Watch series, how to customize the watch to your personal requirements and discover key features of the newest watch OS. While the Series 5 watch introduced us to its EKG measurement capability, the Series 6 watch now includes a major benefit in that it now can also measure your oxygen saturation and all this data can be forwarded on to others such as your doctor. These improvements have resulted in saving lives and are often recommended by medical practitioners to their patients. Marc discusses how to do many things including playing audio books and how you can listen to downloadable free dramas and comedies including old time radio shows on your watch. This book is a magnificent resource for getting immediate “how-to” solutions to maximizing the use of all the hidden benefits of the watch. I highly recommend APPLE WATCH FOR DUMMIES, 4th Edition to both the first time user and previous owners of Apple Watches. It can also come in handy even if you have previous models. It truly is the manual that should have been included with your purchase! Lastly, Check with your CPA to see if a script from your doctor might qualify the cost of the watch to become a tax deduction if you have any medical conditions that might warrant such deductions. MSRP: $26.99 GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ Available at bookstores, Amazon and other on-line retailers. For more information: https://amzn.to/3s4C6Et Graphic credits: Google Images Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Thursday, April 1, 2021

CES 2021 VIRTUAL ~ A Look At Samsung’s Appliance Innovations (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED This year’s annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was not held in the traditional on-site manner, but rather virtually due to COVID-19 in early January. Therefore it was difficult for me to report on the show in my usual mode. Consequently I received numerous reports and press releases of new technology to be released in 2021. With that in mind I’ve opted to zero in on two particular products. Better late then never, so here goes…. I’ve chosen two unique products from Samsung. The JetBot 90 Ai+ that cleans your floors with innovative navigation technology and Samsung’s Series 8800 washer-dryer pair that takes the guesswork out of doing laundry. Both these outstanding products received this year’s CES Innovation Awards and will be introduced in the USA in the first half of 2021.
JetBot 90 Ai+ Vacuum The JetBot 90 Ai+ is the first truly smart robotic vacuum that’s powered by Intel® and incorporates a combination of sensors and Ai-enhanced object recognition technology. A Lidar sensor, much like that used in self-driving cars, detects distance and tracks location for exacting its movement. A 3D sensor recognizes the difference between objects such as a toy, or a leg chair. It can even detect small objects on the floor and recognizes a room’s shape to aid in the navigation process thus seeking the most efficient route. Best of all it can detect when your pet has made a mess, avoid it and send you a notification so you’ll know to clean it up. The JetBot 90 Ai+ then uses this information to clean closely around items on the floor maintaining a safe distance from fragile objects and can also automatically lower itself under furniture. As it cleans the floor it maximizes the suction power to trap dust from the air and dirt from the floor. The self-cleaning brush picks up dust from hard floors and can reach into tight crevices. When the cleaning process is completed it automatically heads back to its base that also serves as a disposal system. It now empties the collected debris into a bag that you replace every two, or three months. The JetBot may also be operated via your Smartphone when the Samsung SmartThings app is installed. This feature allows you to control the vacuum process from anywhere. And if that’s not enough you can connect up with its onboard camera to monitor your home and your pets while you’re away.
Samsung WF8800A Series Washer The Samsung washer/dryer series 8800 with Smart Dial Technology learns your preferred cycles and settings, and then prioritizes them for quick access in a simplified, easy-to-use centrally located control panel. It also suggests specific cycles based on intelligent learning of past cycles run on particular days of the week, or at specific times. Its powerful OptoWash feature detects the laundry load’s weight and uses a Turbidity Sensor to determine the ideal amount of water vs detergent to use in the cycle. It also computes how long to wash clothing thus ensuring that your clothes come out the cleanest possible. Using a stacked washer/dryer is made easy with Samsung’s MultiControl feature. This allows you to fully operate both the washer and dryer from one centralized panel on the washer thus keeping all controls within easy reach. You can also use the previously discussed SmartThings app to receive “end of cycle” alerts, remotely start/stop your wash, schedule cycles, and much more from your Smartphone. The DV8800A companion dryer automatically optimizes its cycle too, so you no longer have to check to see if your clothes are dry at the end of the cycle and perhaps have to calculate how much time you have to add, because this dryer does that too. When using the super speed drying cycle, your clothes can be dry in as little as thirty minutes. Without a doubt these Samsung household appliances set the new standard for household appliances for many years to come. By the looks of it I hope a comprehensive operational tutorial video is made available and your local service technician is up to speed. Lol!!! GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ Graphic credits: Google Images Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out THE GADGETEER’S Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore

Monday, March 1, 2021

FEILIFAN CABLE CLIPS ~ Cable Mounting, or Simply Multiple Cable Organization…. (Please note that Google’s BlogSpot, the provider we use to publish this monthly column, has changed the allowable format style. So, if the column’s format looks a bit strange it’s due to Google and BlogSpot, not THE GADGETEER.) BOB SKIDMORE CORRESPONDENT © 2021 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Several issues back I did a column featuring the STAGEEK CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. https://bit.ly/3p3xVIG This system lends itself well for hiding short as well as long cable runs while accommodating a number of multiple cables. But what do you do when you have only one cable to extend on a wall, or you simply want to tidy up a spider web of hookup cables that connect to your computer, or similar electronic gadgets? FEILIFAN CABLE CLIPS has a quick and simple solution. Available in two gauge diameter sizes, these self-stick clips attach to various surfaces with the supplied double-sided self-stick tape. Since no screws are needed it’s easy to attach and remove the clips while never leaving unsightly traces of their removal. The FEILIFAN CABLE CLIPS are available in black, white and clear as well as two different gauge sizes that should accommodate most cable sizes. Cables are inserted in an over/under clip fashion that makes for quick and easy cable installation and removal. I’ve used them for 30+-foot Cat5 cable runs in hard to reach places such as wall/ceiling joints. An easy, inexpensive solution to what could be a difficult problem solver. GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★ MSRP: $9.96 (60pcs Small diameter) $10.99 (48pcs Large diameter) For more information go to: https://amzn.to/2I6xaOs Graphic credits: Amazon Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings. ## Check out Bob’s Twitter page for up to the minute gadget news. Available at: https://twitter.com/bskidmore