Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

Austere: Tech Accessories That Combines Design & Performance

Admit it, the only time you’ve cared about the “other tech accessories”, the audio and video cables, is when you’re moving. Why do we barely acknowledge the tech accessories that keep our devices working? We think it’s because aesthetically, they’re quite forgettable. At least, they were until the introduction of Austere tech accessories. This range of spectacularly designed, technologically superior power and connecting products, created by founder and CEO Deena Ghazarian, represents the intersection of flawless design and advanced technology. We had the pleasure of attending the launch of these high performing audio and video accessories for a first look at the brand.

Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

What makes the Austere tech accessories different from the rest? The Austere tech accessories boast products with purpose and style. It features a range of connecting and power products; this includes eight cables, two power products, and one product to clean and protect your devices. The products are designed with intent, from it’s superior materials to the injection of color. They are all visually stunning and will match your home decor. The cables, which are constructed for flexibility and strength, boast Kevlar-reinforced windings and Austere’s signature braided WovenArmor.

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From State-of-the-art active HDMI Cables, Banana Adapters, Optical Audio Cables, Subwoofer Cables, Audio Interconnect Cables, and Speaker Cables to innovative 6 and 8 outlet Power Strips that feature Omniport USB ports, and 45W USB-C PD ports for your laptop.

The aDesign housing of the HDMI Cables are visually stunning with a purposeful slim design, ideal in tight installations. The lightweight and durable Power Strips feature Flameless MOV circuits and thermally protected outlets. Key attributes to keep you safe from home electrical fires. The Speaker Cable boasts fine-stranded, 100% pure oxygen-free copper that’s been highly refined to improve conduction and prevent corrosion.

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We’re big fans of women who are doing big things in the tech world. With Austere, Deena is doing amazing things in the audio and video accessories market. Until this brand, we hadn’t seen anyone fill the audio and video space in the luxury market. At the event, we had the opportunity to get to know Deena Ghazarian and her wonderful range of Austere products; check out our IGTV video sit down with Deena.

Austere Tech Accessories Launch Event

Want to learn more about the luxury brand and its technologically superior products? Head over to www.austere.com to get to know the complete range of available audio and video accessories.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Engineered for Life: Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Sometimes in life, you have to make adjustments. Whether it’s something big like spending habits or diet, or something small like beauty products or changing their headphones. For us, the increase in temperature meant we had to put away our over-the-head headphones for a pair that’s a bit more non-overheating. We always stay active and use our headphones for music and calls, so we needed a pair that was engineered for our life. We found exactly what we needed in the Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless headphones.

Jabra Elite Active 45e Wireless Headphones

Not only does this Bluetooth earhook fit comfortably and securely over our ears, but it also boasts a battery life of up to 9 hours on a single charge. We can listen to our music and take calls with being completely unaware of what’s going on around us (safety first, always). Other features of the Jabra Elite Active 45e include 2-microphone call technology which allows us to seamlessly switch between listening to our music and making calls, with crystal-clear sound. Another aspect we love is its voice command capabilities. If you so desire, you can seamlessly and instantly connect to your Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. Go from listening to music to a phone call to setting appointments, having your messages read to you and more.

Comfort-wise, the Jabra Elite Active 45e is wonderful. It fits comfortably around our ears and our heads with no need to adjust. We don’t have to worry about it shifting while we’re in motion and of course, we’re not left overheated. Love to run in the elements? These boast IP67-rated waterproof durability, with a 2-year sweat and dust warranty. The Jabra Elite Active 45e pairs easily with any smartphone and can be customized to your needs with the Jabra Sound+ app. Making adjustments like accessing your most-used widgets or selecting your preferred voice assistant can be done with a touch of a button.

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The Jabra Elite Active 45e wireless headphones retails for $99.99 each and is available in three colors – navy, black, and mint. Choose your favorite color on www.jabra.com.

2018 Gadgets for holiday tech lovers

Holiday Gift Guide: Cool Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday Season

One of the easiest gifts to give are cool tech gifts. They’re cool not just because of their looks but because of how they make our lives easier and more fulfilling. Whether your gift giving list is filled with music lovers, home office owners, gadget geeks, or anyone who wants to make their lives a bit smoother, these gifts are sure to delight. We’re sharing a few of the wonderful gifts we discovered at Pepcom. We know we’d love to receive as holiday gifts.

 

2018 Gadgets for holiday tech lovers

  1. Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Speakers – The BOOM3, MEGABOOM3, and WONDERBOOM Bluetooth speakers are definitely on everyone’s lists this holiday season. They are super-portable, boasts a balanced 360° sound, deep bass, one-touch music control, and are water, dust and drop proof. Any of these would be cool tech gifts to give your loved ones this season.
  2. Logitech Pro Ultra Wide Angle HD Webcam – Stay in touch with family and friends with this 1080P HD video webcam that boasts a wide field of view, 4x zoom capabilities, easily connects to your PCs or Macs with no additional software required, effortless pan and tilt capabilities, and so much more.
  3. Aquio X iHome Waterbottle & Bluetooth Speaker – Hydrate your body and soul with this sleek water bottle that quenches your thirst for water and music. The 16oz bottle is BPA-free and boasts double wall insulation. It keeps your beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 14 hours. At the bottom of the bottle is a detachable iHome Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy music anywhere you go.
  4. WD MyCloud Personal Cloud Storage – in the era of hackings and doxing, it is essential to NOT have personal photos and information roaming around in shared cloud storage. With the WD MyCloud, you can completely back up your computers, smartphones, tablets, at the safety of your home. Available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB, you can keep everything safely in one place.
  5. Polaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera – Love the feeling of having actual photos? You’ll love this 2-In-1 digital camera and printer. This wonderful, travel-friendly camera allows you to take 16-Megapixel photographs and prints them instantly on 2”x3” sticky-back paper. With 6 easy picture settings, some of which includes vibrant Color, black & white, or vintage effect, you will enjoy making memories.
  6. PureGear Fast Qi Wireless Charging Pad – The horror of a dying phone battery will be a distant memory when you gift this cable-free, fast charging pad. By simply placing your phone on the pad, everyone will enjoy an enhanced charging experience. It is compatible with most Qi-enabled phones and devices, has a micro-USB charging connector, and 10W fast charging. All this makes it perfect charging while traveling. Anyone who owns a smartphone will want this charging pad.

What are your thoughts on these cool tech gifts? Would you love to give or receive them this season?

Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator

At one point in our lives, we’ve all had to or tried to learn another language. Let’s face it, it’s very beneficial to be bilingual or multilingual, whether it’s for a job or just to enjoy life more. For many it’s easy to fully immerse yourself into a language and pick it up quickly, for some, it’s a bit of a struggle. What do you do if you’re a part of the latter group and want to travel? You pick up a Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator, that’s what!

The Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator that provides two-way verbal communication between people that don’t share a common language. Unlike text translators that require one to stop and enter each sentence word for word, one simply talks into this device and it automatically translates the phrase or sentence and “speaks” the translation to the other person. Imagine if you’re traveling and want to eat at a restaurant where English is rarely spoken, with this wonderful travel essential, you can not only order your meal, but also ask questions with ease. Need directions in a foreign country? The Live Conversation Speaking Translator will be the companion that helps you ask the right questions to get you back to where you need to be.

This wonder gadget verbally translates 12 languages without requiring internet access including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. When connected to the internet, it verbally translates 21 additional languages including Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, and Polish, and provides text translations for an additional 19 languages.

“It can be intimidating to visit a foreign country and not be familiar with the language,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Nick DiMarco. “This translator helps eliminate that stress by providing a simple way to communicate across every continent.”

We tried out Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator with a few people we know who spoke Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. The result was always the same…..WOW!! We loved the ease of translating entire sentences instead of singular words and the fact that this brings us all closer together as human beings. You really can have an entire conversation with someone who speaks a foreign language. We do have a few tips to get the best usage out of this revolutionary language translator. When using it, we do advise that you enunciate properly or it may interpret your words as something else. If you are using wifi, make sure the connection is strong as it will help get your translation results quicker. One aspect we truly loved about Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is the fact that you can save phrases you’ve already used for quicker use later. This helps a lot if you are in a bad wifi spot or are pressed for time. We highly recommend this tech device if you are travelling, you will end up having an event better time.

Could this device help you with your travels? Tell us what you think of it. Hammacher Schlemmer’s The Live Conversation Speaking Translator is available from now for $349.95 on www.hammacher.com.

Express YOU with the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection

This Spring, add some color and some much-needed flair into your daily life with the latest expressive portable Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears, the WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection. These water-proof, pint-sized must-have music accessories not only blasts amazing sound, they also float in water, they are now available in five fashion-forward colors. They may be small in stature, but the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Portable Speakers are big on sound and are perfect for pool parties, beach trips, and camping – basically wherever you want your favorite music.

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Freestyle Collection is about big sound and the freedom to express your style in a trendy, tough and tiny speaker. The collection, which retails for $99.99 each, is an ultimate mashup of music necessity and fashion accessory. Inspired by global music and fashion trends, the fashion-forward colors of the collection include (in order as seen above):

  • Concrete: Your look is everyday neutral but never basic. Concrete is inspired by urban texture, paint splashes, and shadows.
  • Avocado: Your style is subtle and understated. With Avocado, you’re always ready to “guac” and roll.
  • Patches: You wear your heart on your sleeve and plaster your personality through patches and pins. Patches is a punch of personality to denim.
  • Raspberry: You’re never afraid to go bold. Raspberry is fresh, hot and juicy.
  • Unicorn: Magic is your middle name. Unicorn is a delightful color melt of pastels.

Key Features of the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM include:

  1. A surprisingly big sound: The WONDERBOOM packs bright and bold sound with balanced bass into a pint-sized speaker. Enjoy your music in true 360° sound like never before.
  2. 10 hours of happiness: Enjoy up to 10 hours of battery life with this wonder portable speaker.*
  3. Double the speakers, double the fun: If you think one WONDERBOOM sounds great, you’ll love how they sound together. Turn things up by connecting two WONDERBOOM speakers together with the press of a button.
  4. Easy Play, Pause and Skip: Control your music right from the speaker. Pressing the Ultimate Ears button on the top of the speaker lets you easily play, pause and skip songs.
  5. It’s virtually Indestructible: This little beauty is also a beast. This tough little guy is drop-proof from up to five feet.
  6. It’s seriously waterproof: It is IPX7 rated (it can be immersed in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes) and able to float on its own, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM is the perfect companion for showers, pools, beaches, muddy fields and rainy days. If it gets dirty, just rinse it off.

With summer around the corner, the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM will show off your style and keep the music playing.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech the Halls with Bundles of Gadgets

There was a time where tech gifts only referred to cellphones, computers and the like, but with the fusion of technology into almost every industry, many holiday gifts have surpassed being in one category. Technology is finding it’s way into everything from fashion, food, and of course our home life. Things like mirrors and candles now boasts innovative technology. The following 2017 Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of the must-have holiday gifts ideas to keep your home life running seamlessly and in some cases, wirelessly.

We know looking for the perfect gifts for the loved ones on your Christmas and Holiday shopping lists can be a chore. Allow us to show you some great gift ideas in our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide that they, and you will love.

  • iHome iZM100 Meditative Light + Sound Therapy Candle, $69.99 – Imagine enjoying a candle that never goes out, doesn’t get hot, and won’t burn out. This candle will not only shimmer and dance like a real candle, it also delivers meditative lighting & sleep therapy effects to keep you focused, relaxed and able to fall asleep fast using the renowned 4-7-8 method inspired by yoga breathing techniques.
  • iHome iCVBT2 Reflect Vanity Speaker, $79.99 – Getting ready to go out, whether to work or play can seem tedious. Why not let your mirror entertain you? Who doesn’t love listening to their favorite music while getting ready. This distortion free mirror with bright accent LEDs and high and low settings, streams audio wirelessly via Bluetooth from your mobile device. Enjoy features like playlists, weather, news and other requests with the help of Siri and Google Now.
  • Norton Core Router, $279.99 – The future of WiFi is here. This very stylish secure router is the perfect security device for your connected home. The Core boasts a built-in dual core processor at 1.7GHz, and more memory and flash storage than typical routers. It simultaneously transmits at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so your smart devices connect to the best available band. It supports speeds up to 2.5 Gbps1, ensuring amazingly fast 4K streaming and lag-free gaming, and its beamforming antenna tower focuses WiFi directly to devices in the distant corners of your home. Say goodbye to dead zones in your home.
  • Logitech Keys-to-Go Portable Keyboard, $69.99 –  Stylish, incredibly lightweight, and portable, this envy inducing keyboard is the ideal companion for all iOS and Android Devices. If you find your fingertips are too sizable for your tablet or smartphone’s on-screen keyboard, keys-to-Go is just what you need. This stand-alone keyboard boasts well-spaced keys, iOS or Android keyboard shortcuts for productivity, a durable FabricSkin that wards off dirt, crumbs and spills, Bluetooth wireless pairing, and a weight of only 6.35 oz. It’s the portable keyboard you can take anywhere
  • Omron Heat Pain Pro TENS Unit Electrotherapy Device, $89.99 – Wouldn’t you love to ease your muscle pain from the comfort of anywhere in your home? Combining soothing heat for achy muscles with TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) technology, the Omron Heat Pain Pro® TENS Unit superbly relieve acute muscle and joint pain. As writers who tend to spend hours in one position, we can attest to the incredible pain relief we’ve enjoyed from this device. This safe and effective health device relieves multiple body pains. It offers 6 pre-set body pain modes (arm, lower back, leg, foot, joint, shoulder) and 3 massage modes (tap, knead, rub) with 20 levels of intensity to help relief multiple pains throughout the body.
  • Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Stereo Speakers, $99.99 – Get ready for outstanding, premium sound right at your desk. The elegantly crafted Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Computer Stereo Speakers boasts Logitech Easy-Switch™technology that lets you seamlessly switch between audio sources. It delivers balanced audio that accurately reproduces the sound artists intended with a 10° backward tilt puts you in the listening sweet spot. It features silver accent rings, motion-activated back-lit controls and high-end fabric covers for the most sophisticated appearance. And gives you the capability of pairing Bluetooth devices with a light touch to the motion-activated, back-lit controls on the speaker front. What more can you ask for?

What are your thought on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide? Are there any other tech toys you’d like to see highlighted in our next 2017 Holiday Gift Guide installment?

There Ain’t No Strings On Me: Wireless In-Ear Earbuds

You in-ear headphone users and tech aficionados may have noticed that some audio accessory and tech brands have launched some very cool earbuds…….with no strings attached………literally! We’re highlighting four tech brands, Jabra, Earin, Phazon, and Samsung, that have launched great wireless in-ear earbuds that will not only blow you away, won’t fall out, and look very stylish…..unlike a certain brand’s lengthy version that sort of look like strange earrings.

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Made for the true sport lover, the waterproof and sweat damage proof Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Sports Earbuds is made for truly active people. Get ready for superior sound quality for music and calls thanks to two microphones in each bud that work together to filter out background noise; up to 3 hours of music and talk time with an additional two charges from the on the go portable charging case; customizable fitting options that includes a variety of ear gel and ear wing sizes for a secure fit no matter how vigorous your workout; you can also filter in and out the sounds that surround you keeping you aware of what’s going on around you; Jabra Elite Sport also gives  you the option to wear one or both buds depending on your activity, and measures your heart rate through their integrated fitness app, Jabra Sport Life. The Jabra Elite Sport is only available in black and retails for $249.99.

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The next groundbreaking wireless in-ear earbuds are the Earin M-1 Wireless Earbuds, some of the smallest and lightest wireless earbuds we’ve seen. They take the minimum to the max, measuring only 3.5 g, and 14.5 mm x 20 mm. Built with two dedicated amps driving high-precision balanced armature speakers for incredible acoustic detail and clarity, excellent mid and high tones, a tight bass response, to deliver a breathtaking audio experience. The Earin are housed in a sleek capsule no larger than a lipstick that easily fits into your pocket,  that charges the wireless in-ear earbuds when they’re not in use. The Earin M-1 Wireless Earbuds comes in black with either an aluminum or black capsule for $199.00 each.

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For those looking for the great features of wireless in-ear earbuds but with a touch of color that is guaranteed to never fall out. The 3D models Phazon True Wireless Earbuds (shown above with its chess piece-like charger) boasts two microphones working in unison, a long battery life (6 hours with one charge in mono mode or 3 hours in stereo mode plus an additional 9 hours of playtime with your charger). They feature a guaranteed universal fit with no adjustable wing, tip or cone, are also dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof, so waterproof that you can go underwater up to a maximum of 10 feet (3 meters) with them, and with one tap to the earbud, you can change the track, pause the music, or answer a call. The Phazon offers audio transparency so you can hear what’s happening around you while pumping your music, and is available in seven colors – Crimson (red), Graphite (dark grey), Midnight (blue), Sunset (orange), Ashen (white-grey), Perse (purple), and Lush (green). You can pre-order the Phazon True Wireless Earbuds now for $199.00, and receive a worldwide, universal, 2-year warranty on the electronic components of the Phazon earbuds to all registered customers.

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Last but certainly not least on our wireless in-ear earbuds list is the Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds. The water-resistant Gear IconX has adjustable wing and ear tips that come in small, medium and large. It boasts a built-in 4GB music player for phone-free listening; you can switch songs, take calls and turn on ambient sound mode with one touch. The Gear IconX case doubles as a charger, so you can power up whenever it’s stored in its case. Fitness-wise, the Gear IconX boasts built-in sensors that can directly track your speed, distance, heart rate, and calories burned. The Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds comes in three colors – black, blue and white, and retail for $199.99.

What are your thoughts on these wireless in-ear earbuds? Any favorites from this list of four tech brands?

Holiday Gift Guide: What’s Hot for Holiday Gifts from Monster Products

Tis the season for giving again, and boy do we have some ideas for you. Are you having problems getting the perfect gift for the tech lovers in your life? We’re here to make it easy for you with these amazing holiday gifts from Monster Products. Whether you’re looking for something they don’t have or just looking to upgrade their gadgets this holiday season, Monster Products has some great audio accessories that will make wonderful Christmas gifts to choose from.

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What’s Hot for Holiday Gifts from Monster Products? How about the gift of these great audio devices! These new audio products from Monster products definitely don’t disappoint in performance, design, and budget, and the music lover or techie on your list will love receiving any of these.

FOR COMMUTERS, STUDENTS, AND TRAVELERS

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Featuring Monster Performance for Less, these sleek ClarityHD High-Definition Headphones (wired and wireless) boast a low-profile modern design and texture. These technology and feature-packed headphones are the perfect gifts for students and commuters. Why settle for the earbuds that come with your devices, when any of these ClarityHD headphones provides industry-leading sound and flexible listening options. The ClarityHD In-Ears are the best sounding headphones under $99.00. The ClarityHD On-Ears boasts two sound profiles (natural and super dynamic), built-in high-intelligibility mics and Active Echo Suppression enable crystal clear calls, ultra-soft ear cushions, and a concealed adjustable headband with non-slip silicon, and several more features. It retails for $179.95.

FOR GAMERS

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Designed by world champion gamer Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel and Head Monster Noel Lee, the Fatal1ty FXM 100 and Fatal1ty FXM 200 gaming headphones feature Pure Monster Sound and provide ultra-clear sound to help gamers recognize game-critical audio details quicker, with no distortion. The best part is gamers can go from the virtual world to the real world without changing headphone. The Fatal1ty headsets have an elegant design aesthetic that easily translates to everyday wearability. The two models, the FXM 100 and FXM200 are available at Best Buy and BestBuy.com.

FOR FASHIONISTAS AND MUSIC LOVERS

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The Monster Elements is the company’s flagship line of premium, luxury headphones. Elements let wearers proclaim their discriminating taste, with a color pallet inspired by the natural elements that exude confidence. Elements headphones offer three options for premium listening modes: wireless, wired analog, and via a direct full-digital input, which leverages Elements’ high-quality D/A Converter for most android devices and makes them ready for any future devices that may only have digital outputs. These stunning headphones are popular with athletes such as NBA star Sean Kilpatrick and Zach LaVine and artists like latin star Veronica Vega, actor/rapper Stro. Get both models at Monsterproducts.com.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS WHO WANT TO TAKE AND SHARE THEIR MUSIC

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The SuperStar HotShot is perfect for students heading back to class or any music lover on the go. The portable huge-sounding Bluetooth speaker attaches right to your bag or just about anything with its carabiner hook. It’s integrated speakerphone allows for hands-free calling. Get the SuperStar HotShot at Walmart, Walmart.com, and Monsterproducts.com.

The critically-acclaimed Monster Blaster (which we previously highlighted from CE Week), is a reimagined boom box for the 21st century. It is the perfect gift for families who love to entertain, college students, musicians, and dancers. This powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker features a bi-directional driver design that provides 360˚ of music. Add to that a down firing integrated powered subwoofer and the sound is extremely powerful without the use of batteries! Get the Blaster at monsterproducts.com and select retailers around the country.

FOR FITNESS ENTHUSIASTS

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Monster’s iSport headphones are the most comprehensive line of fitness headphones in the market. Referred to as the athlete’s headphone, each headphone is designed to maximize different workouts and is sweat-proof. Used by NFL star Antonio Brown, NBA Forward Sean Kilpatrick, and golfer Seema Sadekar. Monster Products has iSport models ranging from $29.95 – $199.95 that are available at Monsterproducts.com.

Last minute shopping for the audio gadget and music lover will never be a pain again. We promise you can’t go wrong with these awesome holiday gifts from Monster Products. Whether your gift is as small as an iSport or as grand as the Blaster, your friends and family will absolutely love receiving a Monster product this holiday season.