Archive for May 4, 2017

Cosmo Connected Helmet-Mounted Brake Light for Motorcyclists Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 4, 2017 by itnerd

Soaring down the freeway at high speeds and feeling the wind race past is an adrenaline thrill motorcyclists crave. Unfortunately, the risk of accidents is higher on a motorcycle, often from distracted drivers unaware of motorcyclists around them. Cosmo Connected is a detachable smart helmet accessory that combines a rear brake light and mobile application designed to keep riders safe.

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If an accident does occur, whether caused by another vehicle or not, Cosmo Connected helps motorcyclists get the help they need. If an accident happens at night or an area with minimal traffic, it could be hours before paramedics arrive. But Cosmo Connected has a built-in gyroscope that detects when a rider falls, and alerts roadside assistance services. If the rider does not respond within three minutes, it contacts family and friends and sends GPS coordinates to emergency responders.

To aid emergency responders in giving medical care, users can add important medical history to the mobile app to provide specific medical requests, medication allergies and blood type. Having health information readily available means the difference between life and death.

The device is designed for all circumstances motorcyclists find themselves in, including non-life threatening situations, from taking a break at the side of the road to riding in day-to-day traffic. Twelve bright LED lights light up to alert surrounding drivers at eye level when motorcyclists decelerate. This gives other drivers time to react accordingly to prevent accidents. Cosmo Connected is also programmable to blink like a hazard light if needed.

But Cosmo Connected isn’t just for the person wearing the helmet. Being family or friends with motorcycle riders can be nerve-racking because they never know if they are late because of traffic, or because they were in an accident. Cosmo Connected provides peace of mind with arrival and departure times connected through the app.

Made of lightweight polycarbonate and EPDM rubber, Cosmo Connected weighs just 5.3 ounces. The device is attached magnetically to the base of the helmet, making it easy to remove. The base is made to fit the curve of any motorcycle helmet. Its lithium polymer rechargeable battery lasts for over eight hours on a charge and recharged via USB, always ready for an impromptu road adventure to last as long there is gas in the tank.

Although Cosmo Connected is designed with motorcyclists in mind, bicyclists can use this device on their helmets too. Sharing the road with Lyfts/Ubers, buses, cars and pedestrians create a tricky environment for bicyclists to navigate safely in urban centers or road biking. Cosmo Connected will alert the surrounding environment of their presence.

Key Features:

  • LEDs attached to a motorcyclist’s helmet to act as a brake light at a driver’s eye level
  • Curved to fit any motorcycle helmet
  • Built in gyroscope to detect if rider has fallen
  • GPS coordinates sent to emergency responders
  • Friends and family stay connected with notification alerts

Pricing:

The Kickstarter campaign launches today and will last 45 days with a goal of $50,000 and an estimated shipping date of August 2017 at the price of $119. The early bird special start at $99 with delivery slated for July 2017. The regular price is $149 for aluminum and $249 for carbon. Consumers have the option to buy four and get one free.

For more information, visit us at CosmoConnected.com or check out Kickstarter!

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Gift Jeenie Launches App That Takes the Guessing Out of Gifting

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 4, 2017 by itnerd

Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Weddings, Graduation, Chanukah- you name the occasion – finding and purchasing the right gift has always been more or less a guessing game.

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Gift Jeenie is on a mission to perfect the art of gift giving through its social gifting app which helps users in Canada and the United States create and share wish lists, and take the guessing out of giving.

Gift Jeenie differs from other registries and gifting apps by enabling users to create wish lists and add items from any online retailer. The app is for all those people who have given or received items that weren’t quite right

Product Features

  • Download the app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device and create your wish list using the in-app browser, add items from Amazon or any on-line retailer.
  • Create and share your with lists using WhatsApp, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, or E-mail.
  • Avoid duplicate gifts with the app’s unique feature that shows which gifts have already been claimed or granted.
  • Get gift ideas from Gift Jeenie’s Trend section and see what family and friends are adding in social, what items are trending in gifting circles or see what your friends and family have added to their lists.
  • Record or write personalized gifting or thank you videos and messages.

Gift Jeenie is now available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.

 

OWC Wins NAB 2017 Best of Show Award for Thunderbolt 3 Dock

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 4, 2017 by itnerd

OWC announced today that the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock has won the NAB 2017 Best of Show Award presented by NewBay Media’s Video Edge. With an amazing 13 ports, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock brings exceptional connectivity through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable, delivering unprecedented power and speed to laptops and other devices.

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Best of NAB 2017 Awards Given for Innovation, Feature Set, Cost Efficiency, & Performance

The NAB 2017 Best of Show Awards are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Thunderbolt 3 Dock was chosen because of its exceptional flexibility, connectivity with 13 ports, bandwidth of up to 40Gbps, with the capability to power the new 2016 MacBook Pro — with an elegant industrial design.For creative and business professionals concerned with the limited port options on new Thunderbolt 3-equipped Macs or PCs, the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock is the ideal solution for connecting a wide variety of existing and future devices, including external hard drives, webcams, audio interfaces, Ultra HD displays, wired networks, and more.

The highly-anticipated OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock will be shipping this summer. For more information, see https://www.owcdigital.com/products/thunderbolt-3-dock.

LumiCharge: The Most Practical Desk Lamp

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 4, 2017 by itnerd

Keeping your workspace clean of cables, your Smartphone juiced up and having a comfortable lighting is now possible thanks to LumiCharge LED Desk. Designed to blend into any home or office LumiCharge features a universal smartphone charger, and offers 3 hues, 10 bright settings, Night Light and Clock/Calendar and Temperature Display. Funded in less then one week on Indiegogo. Early backers can still save over 50% of future retail pricing, Backers will receive the lamp by Christmas.

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Once campaign reaches $25K backers will be able to choose the Silver Gray Version. LumiCharge will offer WiFi Booster once it surpasses $45,000.

PSA: Don’t click that Google Docs link!

Posted in Commentary with tags , on May 4, 2017 by itnerd

If you get an email sharing a Google Docs file with you, I have some advice: Don’t click it!

This is a widespread phishing campaign that started on Wednesday. The malicious email contains what appears to be a link to a Google Doc file. This leads to a legit Google.com page asking you to authorize “Google Docs” to access to your Gmail account. The problem is that this takes control of your Gmail account and in the process, it sends out the same malicious email with your name on it and pillages your contact lists.

If you’ve been pwned by this attack already, you need to go into your Google account permissions page and remove all the access privileges for the evil Google Docs account. Google has apparently locked things down so that this attack doesn’t get worse. But expect it to be around for the next couple of days. That begs the question, why didn’t Google lock things down as a proactive measure?

Alison Launches New Data Science Courses For Programmers

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 4, 2017 by itnerd

Alison has announced the launch of a series of courses introducing learners to the principles of data science. Students can take Introduction to Data Science, Working With Data, and Visualizing Data and Exploring Models.

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Aimed at learners who have some knowledge of algebra and R or Python programming, these courses combine to give learners a comprehensive introduction to the principles of data science, including converting or mapping data, handling errors and outliers in your project, scaling, exploratory data analysis and data visualization, and applying visualizations to display your data.

Alison has a wide variety of courses available for those who are interested in programming, including Python, R, Java and C#. The site recently celebrated ten million users globally, and launched a brand new personalized platform for its learners.

McAfee Shares Strong Password Best Practices On World Password Day

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 4, 2017 by itnerd
Today is World Password Day, an annual reminder to use strong passwords to protect your accounts and information online.
Passwords play a big part of our daily lives, keeping our digital information safe. As we share more of our personal lives online today, from credit card details to family photos and videos, it’s essential that information is kept as secure as possible by using password best practices. The following tips from McAfee’s Gary Davis should be top of mind when creating new passwords or updating existing ones.
  • Create strong passwords. Passwords are the keys to our digital lives, so make sure you create strong and unique passwords to keep unwanted people out. The more complex your password is, the more difficult it will be to crack. Not to mention, make sure to avoid common and easy to crack passwords like “12345” or “password.”
  • Utilize multi-factor authentication (MFA). Having multiple factors to authenticate your accounts, like your fingerprint, face, or a trusted device, both improves security and makes accessing your online accounts easier. If you use a service that offers MFA, be sure to enable it. The more factors you can combine, the safer your accounts will be.
  • Use a password manager. Take your security to another level with a password manager, like the True Key app. A password manager can help you create strong and secure passwords, remove the hassle of remembering numerous passwords and log you into your favorite websites automatically using multi-factor authentication.
McAfee has posted Davis’ entire comprehensive blog on the importance of strong passwords along with stats of a global survey conducted by McAfee on how people think and feel about their passwords.