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CES 2012 - Eco Alkalines - Batteries That Help the World

posted Friday Jan 27, 2012 by Jon Wurm

CES 2012 - Eco Alkalines - Batteries That Help the World

Amidst a sea of eco-friendly booths, a familiar sight grabbed our attention and made us start asking some questions about the packs of AA, AAA, C, D, and 9V sized batteries Eco Alkalines had on display and as it turns out, there is something special about them.

Jessica Bell was nice enough to answer all my probing questions about their products but before we jump into the batteries I want to mention that their eco-friendliness actually starts with the brochures and packaging. I was surprised to learn that all the printing is done by using a soy-based ink and it's good to know they aren't afraid to think outside the packaging.

As for their manufacturing process, they have achieved 88% efficiency which has helped them gain a "carbon neutral" certification. This is not a status that is easily achieved. They are also landfill safe so you don't have to feel guilty about being part of the 98% that does not recycle batteries properly.

One of their most frequently asked questions is about the expected usage time and how it compares to other big name brands. As it turns out, life expectancy tests put Eco Alkalines's batteries ahead of Duracell and about 15 minutes behind Energizer. Not bad at all. As far as availability is concerned, you can buy their products online from Amazon.com, Best Buy and Walmart so long as you live in the U.S., Canada, Australia or Mexico. No need to worry about it costing you an arm to be environmentally friendly anymore. At an MSRP of $4.99, their batteries are competitively priced.

Interview by Jon Wurm of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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CES 2012 - iOnRoad - Safety While You Drive

posted Wednesday Jan 11, 2012 by Scott Ertz

CES 2012 - iOnRoad - Safety While You Drive

I had the opportunity to speak with the guys from iOnRoad about their Android app and boy was I impressed. They have harnessed the power of a phone's camera, gyroscope and accelerometer to create a product that helps you drive better. All you have to do is put the phone in your windshield, like many people do already for their navigation apps, and it will begin watching the road to make sure you are staying in your lane, not speeding and giving yourself enough distance between you and the car in front of you.

The first concern I had was quickly alleviated: iOnRoad can run in the background while you listen to music, have text messages read to you or even continue to use your navigator. When you inevitably get too close to another car, it will alert you and tell you the car in front of you is getting too close or that you no longer have enough stopping time if they were to stop suddenly. It also lets you know if the lane lines have shifted in its viewport, meaning you may be riding the line. This product is perfect for us being in Las Vegas where people don't quite drive the way you would expect, nor are there any rules about driving in a single lane at a time.

While it was refreshing to see an application like this one start on a platform other than iOS, there is no way a company can ignore the size of the iSheeple flock, so the company is currently beta testing an iOS version of the application as well. The application, both on Android and iOS, works really well and truly is an innovative idea, so it is no wonder they won a CES 2012 Innovation Award.

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Digital Mobile TV

posted Saturday Feb 4, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Digital Mobile TV

Siano's Digital Mobile TV Device

Siano is a digital mobile television company that makes a product that allows a user to broadcast television programs on their phones or other mobile devices. Siano's device is small enough to fit in your pocket and plugs directly into an iPad or into a mobile device. Some of the channels on the Siano menu are free and some require a user to pay for them. The product is popular world-wide and is gathering steam in the United States.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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Ion iCade Jr - CES [Back Channel]

posted Saturday Feb 4, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Ion iCade Jr - CES [Back Channel]

Another product we saw on the Back Channel was the Ion iCade Jr. The little brother to the iCade, you slip in your iPhone and play games using the Bluetooth joystick. There are additional buttons on the back, so you can hold the iCade Jr.

The iCade jr will be out soon.

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Ion Guitar Apprentice - CES [Back Channel]

posted Saturday Feb 4, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Ion Guitar Apprentice - CES [Back Channel]

Part of the Back Channel, we saw the Ion Guitar apprentice - the world's first teaching device. It works with any guitar app, but they will have a guitar app for the device. We also saw the Piano Apprentice - Plug your iPad into the keyboard. With the app, you can learn how to play piano Price: $99

Also out, is the Drum Master, and Drum Apprentice. $99 for the apprentice, $149 for the Master.

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Pioneer Car Electronics: It's ALL About Connectivity [Live]

posted Saturday Feb 4, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Pioneer Car Electronics: It's ALL About Connectivity [Live]

App Radio Now iOS and Android

With over 20 years of CES experience, Pioneer's Harry Krol's enthusiasm for the show and Pioneer products has been undiminished. For 2012, Pioneer Car Electronics is emphasizing connectivity through technologies like Bluetooth, HD Radio, in dash navigation systems, and connectivity to iPhone or iPod. Selected applications are available on a new in-dash unit on "App Radio" - a much bigger multitouch-capable monitor that replicates an interface that is almost identical to how you interact on your phone. It includes "Find a Parking Spot" apps, and access to your entire media library that is already on your smartphone. App Radio 2, introduced at CES 2012, adds full Android support.

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