The essentials for the office

13 Apr

essentialsSpring is here (for the moment, so let’s enjoy while it lasts), it’s time to ride the Parisian cement with my Biscuit.

But what’s in my backpack to survive the day at the office?

Now, I’m ready for the office … Need to push faster my Biscuit as I’m already late …

Runkeeper vs Shine from Misfit

8 Apr

2015-04-08 17.43.40Last morning, I decided to landsurf my Biscuit board on the  Rickenbauer bridge in Keybiscayne, Florida. 

It seemed far to me and my calves but I wasn’t sure. I decided then to download the free app RunKeeper and dropped the phone in the pocket of my bermuda. I tied my Shine tracker on my shoes laces and hopped on my board surfing the cement asKelly Slatter on the waves (I’m day-dreaming a bit …). 

The objective was to compare the results from RunKeeper with my Shine and see which one was the more accurate. 

The RunKeeper app is a great app and gives you the basics:

  • your run/skate cruise on the map
  • it makes a great impression on colleagues and friends, 
  • it give you your average speed, 
  • and a woman’s voice covers up the music and gives you useful infos every 5 minutes (speed, km or miles). 

The Shine can be worn as a wristband or tied to my shoes on its clip (I decided to try both). 

    • Tied on the shoes the Shine is more accurate as I push with my foot, 
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  • My  activity was categorised as “pretty active” during 1,1 hour for a total of 976 points. While worn on the wrist, I was “pretty active” for 29 minutes and “kind of active” for 22 minutes which earned me a global 123 points. 

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Let’s say that the GPS of my RunKeeper app beats it all. And it’s so cool to have a map of your run/skakeboarding path.

My Shine is nowhere near the truth …

More infos on

Did you ever fight for the remote?

23 Mar

of course, the battle takes places at home everyday but … Also when you stay in hotels …

Playing with the remote at the Conrad, Miami, I incidentally hit a page saying “Do you want to connect and use your phone as a remote control?” Yes, I do!

I downloaded the free app “stayConnect” and add the code you see on the screen … Less than 30 secs later I was the master of the TV from my phone. love it!

  

Follow the trail

9 Mar

chia pudding on the left and granola on the rightI love trail mix. It’s an easy way to eat healthy food as a snack.
Recently I discovered the granola and its a revelation.
I though granola was not for me because the oat (it didn’t look good to me, not sweet enough for me … Whatever).
Then, my best friend in Melbourne introduced me to the 1111Granola. I though this could be the new best friend of my breakfast and go along like horse and carriage with my chia pudding.
The 1111Granola is made home made with love by the owner Rob Rabba.

my bff for the breakfast Mango and granola soy cherry yaourt topped with chia seeds and granola

2 varieties are available so far Macadamia & Cranberries as well as Puffed Quinoa & Macadamia.
I’m a fan of the Macadamia & Cranberries, a mixture of macadamia nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Blended carefully with dried dates, cranberries and apricots. Our gourmet mix is coated with natural honey and spiced with cinnamon.
The Puffed Quinoa & Macadamia is Gluten Free with puffed quinoa, rice puffs and rice flakes, mixed with macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, blended with dried dates, cranberries and apricots. It’s is coated with natural honey and spiced with Cinnamon.

Did you know that granola is NOT muesli, granola is baked until crisp and sweetened unlike muesli! So now, we know the difference.

More info
. Official 1111granola website
. Follow @1111granola
. Instagram 1111granola

Brighten my day … And my pictures

5 Mar

Photo 4-03-2015 8 45 33 pmDid you know that you can adjust the light WHILE taking a picture on your iPhone ?

Yes, you can and I didn’t know it.
My good friend @mamadougsakho tipped me off yesterday and I want to share it with you because it’s really useful.
Go to the camera mode
. When the iPhone is idle, touch the home button and lift the camera icon from the bottom right to the top to reveal the camera mode
. Or walk your way through you iPhone to switch the camera on
In the camera mode, aim at your subject and
. Focus on the subject, by tapping the subject, a yellow square will appear and the subject will be sharper
. Optimize the light (brighter or darker), aim at the subject and tap it, leave you finger on it and see a little sun appearing. Then slide up and down to brighten or to darken the picture
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Can’t be easier.

Battle in my ears !

16 Feb

Powerbeats by DreLike you, I have 2 ears, one phone and one iPad.
I don’t like holding my iPhone to my ear … I can’t play games, take notes, … while in conversation … That’s why I always use earphones.
I have the Yurbuds ($69) when I workout at the gym. They are waterproof and won’t fall during the effort thanks to the twist and lock system. The buds in silicone are pleasant to wear, easy to wear them all day long.
BUT there’s the wire which is always tangled … not cool.

I also use the New Era by Jawbone ($99), a super light bluetooth earpiece. Great to wear all day long, listening to music and talking to my contacts. This is a great earpiece that can be connected to up to 8 devices (the New Era will switch from one phone to another to take the call, I love it!). But it’s so tiny that I have to be careful not to lose it.
The autonomy is only 4 hours … a little bit short if you are a heavy user …

I’ve been recently introduced to the Powerbeats Bluetooth headset ($199) and I must admit I LOOOVE it!

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The round the ear solves the issue of the popping out buds while running. Checked!

No more tangle and knots, the headset is bluetooth. Checked!

The headset comes with 3 different sizes and shapes of buds. After some tests, I found the ones fitting my inner ear. I can wear it all day long. Keep it in while talking. When I take them off, I leave it around my neck and it stays put.

The autonomy is 6 hours. Enough for a full day at work with a mix of listening to the radio whole on the way to the office and back home as well as conference calls. The Powerbeats are fully charged in about 90 minutes, 15 minutes of charging time will give an extra hour of listening to the music.
Checked!

The cable linking both earpieces is made of silicon. While doing sport I wear it on the back of my neck, while talking on the phone I put in front of me to have the mic closer to my mouth.

So who wins the battle ? The Yurbuds, the New Era or the Powerbeats ? …
The Powerbeats because it replaces all my earpieces for my daily uses: talking, listennning to music, skateboarding, … I kept my Yurbuds while on the plane when watching tv shows.

PS: little downside of the Powerbeats is the fact that the headset can only be linked to one bluetooth device at a time … call me picky … still I love my Powerbeats!

Power me up!

11 Feb

Resurgence by OtterboxThe big downfall of an iPhone, and basically every smart phones, is the battery life. It’s built to last … But it’s never enough …
We use our phone for everything nowadays, from GPS direction in the car or while walking, to listen to our favorite music, to play or work on presentations … Basically this thing we have in our hands almost 24/7 is meant to be hungry for energy.

I have an external battery that works perfectly to power me through the day and even more (the Sherpa50 by GoalZero) but sometimes I can’t carry it with me because it’s big and I’m wearing my girlie outfit that matches my girlie purse … I have to dress up

I found the case that allies military standard protection of the phone and also a rechargeable battery (2000 mAh): the brand new Resurgence cover made by Otterbox!

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Otterbox is well known in the protection field of our beloved phones and now enters the world of extra power!

The brand Mophie was the first to capture this market and already offers 3 battery cases for iPhone 5/5s.
. The juice pack helium 1500mAh protective case (up to 80% extra battery life) for $79,95
. The juice pack air 1700mAh (up to 100% extra battery life) for $99,95
. And the juice pack plus 2100mAh (up to 120% extra battery life) for $119,95.
Power is cool, but not at the price of putting my phone at danger when it falls (because it happens).

The Otterbox Resurgence is supposed to solve 2 problems with one case: a high level of protection and extra power at the same time ($99,95).

Resurgence by OtterboxThe Resurgence case is not just a case, it’s a military grade two-piece protection that will protect your phone from heavy falls with a 2000mAh extra battery.

The 4 LEDs on the front of the case show the power status by 25% increments.
The Resurgence comes in 4 colours: black, glacier, teal shimmer and satin rose. I went for the teal shimmer.

ChaseIT because
. It’s a real relieve to have an extra battery when you need juice and don’t want to carry a charger or an extra battery.
. I love it because the Resurgence brings top protection against unexpected fall of the phone …
. And also because for once you can choose colours and not just black

Resurgence by OtterboxThe only downside is the fact that the cable is not the same as the iPhone so now I need to carry 2 cables with me … And that’s a pain. Maybe I’m too picky … But I forgot it home again this morning …

For our info, the iPhone 5 comes with a rechargeable battery of 1440mAh.

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