World Humanitarian Day

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Despite living in the most technologically advanced era in human history, when communication avails news from across the globe almost as fast as it unfolds - making the world a smaller, more connected place - it seems, at times, we are more fragmented and disconnected than ever before.

Yes, our society provides a lot of good, but we can’t deny that as a whole there is still plenty we must do. As our world becomes a more unpredictable place, and crises everyday occurrences, many of us have can become desensitized to the widespread suffering caused by humanitarian crises across the globe.

And although technological innovations have improved crises management in all its stages (preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery), every year the size and complexity of the challenges faced by the humanitarian community are escalating. The number of people at risk is growing, especially as conflicts and long term crises rage across whole regions.

Technology has it’s place in life, but it’s usefulness is exceeded only by the complexity and imperfect frailties of our fickle nature. Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need to realize a greater sense of responsibility to each other and to address the deficit in humanity we face as a global community.

To that end, we salute the efforts of World Humanitarian Day - August 19th - a day to pay tribute to all people affected by humanitarian crises and those who lost their lives in humanitarian service. But more than that, while we should never forget the countless lives of those lost while serving neighbor, it’s a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires us to give, especially in humanitarian work around the world.

We invite all to support #ShareHumanity, to support the day. Share the hashtag and visit www.worldhumanitarianday.org, a place where you can donate your social feed and find a collection of inspiring stories of those giving of themselves to help others.

Hopefully you will be inspired to find ways to give of yourselves, and make the world a better place, one good deed at a time.

Google OnHub Router

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The humble home router may not have the same kind of buzz associated with smartphones and tablets, but when you think about the role it serves, it's still a very important bit of kit. Google today announced its very own take on the router: called OnHub and built in partnership with TP-Link, it's designed to provide a secure, simple internet experience for everyone.

For a start, it comes with an accompanying diagnostics app for Android and iOS that means you don't have to interpret a series of blinking lights to work out what's happening with your internet connection. The app also makes password sharing much more straightforward – letting you view it with one tap and easily send it to friends. No more peering behind the router to look for the code that will let you connect a new device.

On the technical side there are 13 high-performance internal antennas (covering both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies) for a IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi connection, as well as support for Bluetooth and Weave, Google's smart home coding language. OnHub automatically senses network congestion in your home and will seamlessly switch to a different wireless channel if problems are detected, a troubleshooting technique you usually have to take care of yourself (that is, if you even know about it).

Misfit Speedo Shine

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The Speedo Shine is a new version of Misfit's tiny fitness tracker, which was launched all the way back in 2013. Unlike the original release, the new tracker is aimed at swimming, offering accurate tracking for any stroke type.

Like the original Shine, the new product tracks steps and calories, as well as monitoring sleep. The big addition with the Speedo-branded version comes in the form of a swim lap counter and swim distance tracking. Misfit says the accuracy of the swim tracking is validated by Speedo's Aqualab Testing, and it will work with any stroke type. The new tracker is waterproof up to 50 meters (164 ft).

While this version of the Shine is designed for swimmers, it will also work just as well for other activities like running, cycling and walking. There's a series of LEDs around the circular device for tracking progress, and the device connects to iOS and Android smartphones via Bluetooth 4.1, working with the company's companion app.

Apple CarPlay is Coming

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In many senses, Apple‘s CarPlay is the one of the most logical releases from Cupertino in several years. People around the world have iPhones and also drive, and too many have been frustrated by a lack of connectivity between the two. CarPlay will be available on select cars beginning this year, allowing iPhones to take over a car’s internal display. The phone app adapts to knobs, buttons, and touchscreens to extend calling, GPS functions, messaging, and music functions to your car’s entertainment hub.

Messages can be recited and listened to through Siri, while other apps have been re-imagined to encourage focus on the road. Impressive too is the list of participating companies, which this year includes Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and others – with even more brands in the works.

Zubie Makes Driving Easier, Safer and Cheaper

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Zubie, is a dongle  or “key” that connects to your car’s on-board diagnostic port (OBD) and using its proprietary always-on technology called AlwaysSmart™, it transmits your car and driving data to the cloud via its built-in cellular data connection and beams it to your phone on its free Smartphone App (Android and iPhone). 

What kind of data, you ask? A lot actually: car diagnostics, family safety location-based alerts, driving behavior reports and several features to make daily driving easier – including travel coordination tools.

LG G Pro 2

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LG recently unveiled its new G Pro 2. It's a larger version of the original G Pro -- it packs a 5.9-inch screen, as opposed to its predecessor's 5.5-inch panel, matching Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 in terms of size, packing the same 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display.

Now also featuring an improved camera that can capture both 4K video and 120fps slow-motion HD video as well as edit it on-device. Other new features include Knock Code which allows users to unlock their device with a custom pattern of two to eight taps on anywhere on the screen as well as Mini View. This option lets users shrink the size of the display so that it can be operated with one hand while Dual Browser facilitates multi-tasking by displaying two browsers at once.

Aerolife Nutrition

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Waking up tired; food comas; late-afternoon slumps; exhaustion after a simple workout. We’ve all experienced these symptoms at least once, not due to chronic fatigue but because work demands have us burning the midnight oil, or a little over indulgence come eating time or because we pushed things to the limits to quickly when exercising.

Looking for a way to give people a quick boost, Harvard professor, Dr. David Edwards designed AeroLife technology, a futuristic air-based smart nutrition delivery system. 

His solution is really easy to use: pull the colored cap to open, place the slotted end between your lips and gently draw the contents into your mouth. By simply drawing air through the lips, tiny quantities of food and nutrients travel through the air to your mouth where they are swallowed. 

Pacemaker for iPad

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A unique tool for amateur and professional DJs alike, the Apple iPad premieres its newest simulated turntable app from Pacemaker.

With its thoughtfully intuitive design, mixing your favorite music becomes as easy as downloading the free app from the iTunes store. The Pacemaker’s selling point however, is its ability to connect with Spotify – the first DJ-app to do so – and offer the music-streaming site’s full 20-million song catalog.

Jawbone ERA

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Jawbone recently introduced the ERA, its smallest, lightest and most ergonomic Bluetooth headset to date.

Three years in the making, the ERA boasts a new shape that uses the natural contour of the ear, allowing it to be comfortably worn throughout the day as the user listens to music, makes calls and communicates with virtual assistant applications.

It is 42% more compact than its predecessors and features a long-lasting battery that gives it almost 10 hours of talk time and comes with a sturdy aluminum charging case. Its behavior and functionality can be customized via the Jawbone app for smartphones. Priced at $130, the ERA is available for order through Jawbone’s website.

Dropcam Makes Video Monitoring Uber Easy

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This post brought to you by Dropcam. All opinions are 100% mine.

Dropcam is an award winning Wi-Fi video & cloud monitoring service with free live streaming, two-way talk and remote viewing, allowing you to keep tabs or ‘drop’ in on the things you care about, such as your home, people and pets, regardless of where you are.

Designed to be uber-easy to configure, it’s the only Wi-Fi video monitoring solution that offers really simple and fast setup:

You simply plug it in, connect to your Wi-Fi network, name your camera and create a free account. Your are now ready to watch your video via iOS, Android and web apps - anytime, anywhere. 

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