thingCHARGER

Let’s face it, all of us are using more and more technology on a daily basis. And I’m a sucker for really useful gadgets. So any new gadget that makes using all that technology easier is right up my alley.

Think about all the chargers you have for your mobile devices. My wife and I each have a smartphone – I have a Galaxy S4 from Samsung and she has an iPhone 5, so we can’t share a charger. Our iPad uses the older iPhone 4 charger so we have a few of those around. And we kept our old smartphones and use them off the data plan for the kids to play educational games on. That’s even more chargers. We keep multiple chargers in various places around the house so we don’t have to keep unplugging them and moving them.

This gadget makes all of that clutter and all those chargers go away. thingCharger is a simple enough concept. It plugs in to any existing outlet,  and adds a charging port on the top of the outlet. In the back of the thingCharger are tips for the common mobile device types (Apple Lightning tips for the i{hone 5 are $9 extra).

The charging tips and the back of the thingCharger where they are stored.
The charging tips and the back of the thingCharger where they are stored.

This let’s you mount your phone or tablet ontop of the outlet without any adapter or cable. It adds 2 USB ports on the bottom and you can still access the 2 power outlets. As if that wasn’t enough, they are stackable! You can plug several in ontop of one another and have multiple devices charging from one outlet.

Several thingCharger's stacked together with devices charging ontop.
Several thingCharger’s stacked together with devices charging ontop.

The project is still in the manufacturing phase but you can buy them now. And if you buy several you can get some for free. Buy 3, get 2 free, buy 4 get 3 free, buy 5 and get 5 free.

You can watch the full video and read more about thingCharger on their website.

 

 

 

 

The Cost of Being Batman

I found this and thought it was funny and interesting and at least somewhat tech related. I was always a Marvel comics fan, but you can’t deny that Batman is much cooler than he was when I was a kid. Back then all we really had other than the comics was the super campy BAM – KAPOW  – ZAP Adam West 1960’s TV version.

1966 Batman TV Show
1966 Batman TV Show

 

I liked the  late 1980’s  early 1990’s Tim Burton versions, darker and more serious and realistic, but the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy got much further into the technology behind Batman. The first part of the trilogy not only showed how he got the training he needed to fight crime as the Caped Crusader, but also explained where he got all his gadgets, and how he developed it further as he needed more and more advanced technology.

The Tumbler
The Tumbler

 

This really cool infographic (created by moneysupermarket.com) shows just how much it would cost for Bruce Wayne to build and create all the equipment, vehicles, weapons, armor and even Wayne Manor and the Batcave.

Estimated costs associated with fighting crime in Gotham City as the Caped Crusader
Estimated costs associated with fighting crime in Gotham City as the Caped Crusader

 

 

A Day in The Life of the Internet

We use the internet for so many things, so often, and it gets easy to take it for granted. This infographic  from MBAOnline.com shows a typical day of internet use.

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If your computer isn’t connecting to the internet, or is connecting slowly, you could have a malware infection or a problem with Windows. I specialize in these types of situations and would be happy to help.

 

Look back at your Facebook Life

To mark their 10 year anniversary, Facebook has created a highlight video just for you, or more specifically, for all of us.

Image courtesy of CNN
Image courtesy of CNN

 

Click this link to look back at your time on Facebook, see when you joined, which posts got the most likes and some photos you’ve shared over the years. It’s a little scary to think about how much time we have all spent there and some of the things we have said and shared!