Archive | November, 2013

Sit down properly, please!

29 Nov

Photo 17-11-2013 6 35 27 pmSit Down properly, please!” … that’s what my English teacher always told me, as well as “Stop chewing please!” … But I got carried away, let’s go back to our subject of the day: the importance seat and the way we sit.
How we position ourselves while sitting is important as bad posture over prolonged periods of time can lead to back pain, neck and shoulder pain, …
Focal Upright, a company created by Martin Keen and settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, invented a new way of working with the Locus Workstation and their line of upright products.

Focal believes their products promote a natural balancing point by splitting the difference between sitting and standing.
The natural balancing point is a neutral position that rests back and shoulders by simply leaning.
This position also stimulates the oxygen and blood flow in our body keeping our focus on the flow.

That being said, amongst the products developed by Focal, the Mogo caught my attention.

The Mogo is a lightweight, portable hybrid seat, which is compactable so that you can take it with you wherever you go. This is smart and handy!

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I could see its use on a golf course, while queuing to get the new iPhone, or simply as an extra seat at home or at the office.

The Mogo is made of fibreglass nylon and its “leg” is aluminium.
The Mogo can be used on every surfaces (except wet or slick surfaces): as well as on  grass with its turf spikes, or hard surfaces with its ribber rubber cup.

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Last but not least, the Mogo is affordable and priced at 100$.
Right now, it’s only distributed in the US but international orders can be handled here.

PS: check out also the Locus workstation

More infos
. Follow @focalupright
. Pinterest FocalUpright
. Instagram FocalUprightFurniture
. #UprightRevolution

The key to silence!

25 Nov

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#1, I hate carrying my keys in my pants pocket, it makes a big bulk and I don’t like it. Also the keys dig their hole and with time my jeans are ripped.
#2, I hate the rattling noise of my keys when I want to be discreet.
#3, the keys can scratch my iPhone screen and this I can’t allow!
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For those reasons, I started to browse the net to chase the solution. And here it is: the Orbitkey!

The Orbitkey is an elegant tool that allows you to
. store up to 9 keys
. a usb stick (8Gb, add 10$)
. and even a bottle opener (add 5$)!

The Orbitkey comes in 2 styles:
. Premium Leather (plain black leather, black leather and tan stitching, plain tan, tan leather and white stitching)
. and Active Elastomer (aqua, pink or grey).
Premium Leather starts at 29AUD, the elastomer starts at 24 AUD.
Personally, I would go for the package Premium Leather Orbitkey + Active Elastomer band price at 43AUD and add the 8GB USB key.

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Interested ? You still time to chase the Orbitkey as the Kickstarter campaign will end on December 12th.

More infos
. Official OrbitKey website
. Follow @orbitkey
. Instagram OrbitKey

Stick me!

21 Nov
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Want to hang your favorite pictures, decorate your office, stick notes to remember … But you don’t want to use an hammer and nails or destroy the paint of the wall at the office ? I have the solution for you: the super easy DIY Dartstrip!

Dartstrip is a re-usable steel can that contains an 8 feet of white steel strip (backed with removable adhesive).
The box also includes the stip 16 BFF  also called the rare earth magnets, both go together as a horse and carriage.

The strip is snappable (by increments of 1 inch) and doesn’t need any tools: just snap it and stick it wherever you need/want and that’s it! It’s easy and you can remove it cleanly from most surfaces without leaving adhesive residue, even after long time.Photo 18-11-2013 9 03 58 pm

I NEED this, and I will stick mine in the back of the cabinet next to my cubicle at the office to hang pictures and notes (I hate white walls and I deseperately need to personalise my work space).

Chase the Dartsprip before November 26th to get the early bird special prices on Kickstarter.

Price: 25$ for 1 Dartstrip (8 feet of strip) and 16 magnets

More infos
. Follow @dartstrip
. Official website Dartstrip.com
. Pinterest Dartstrip
. Like Facebook.com/Dartstrip
. Back Dartstrip on Kickstarter

Grow up!

18 Nov

imageYou can’t be a teenager forever and there come some occasions you have to style up and drop the jeans and sneakers to impersonate a grown up you with shiny heels and dress!
imageIt’s tough but it happens and like me you will survive.

Of course, I can’t part from my iPhone and that’s a dark spot when it comes to a dressy-me, I don’t want a purse … Purse is too much, over the top, not ready yet …

So I found a classy, trendy, easy, looking good and handy solution: The Bandolier!

Basically The Bandolier transforms your iPhone to a piece of fashion.

imageIt comes with a leather cover that hangs stylishly to a leather strap, on the back you’ll find 2 slots to store 2 plastic cards (this is smart!).

Lots of different models are proposed and you will find easely the Bandolier to match your envy.
I decided to go for the “Nathalie“. Now my iPhone hangs stylishly and I won’t forget it on the table while grabbing a glass of champaign 😉 Love it!

The price range goes from 80$ to 125$.

More about the Bandolier Style
. The official website Bandolier Style Photo 9-11-2013 12 16 52 pm (HDR)
. Twitter @BandolierStyle
. Pinterest BandolierStyle
. Instagram Bandolier

Recycling works!

12 Nov

I discover the brand Vaho Works while spending a week of vacation in vaho logoBarcelona.

The company surprised me with their range of products as well as the smartness, creativity and affordable prices.

Let’s dig a little bit deeper and get to know this company from Barcelona.

The concept bases its design of products on the recycling of used material, in this case the material is  used ad banners that we all see hanging in the city.

That’s how the word “trashion” is born, a mix between trash and fashion. Vaho saves industrial materials due to the trash and reconditions them to highly desirable fashionable products.Photo 5-11-2013 6 58 43 pm

The ad banners come from the advertisers themselves and in exchange Vaho Works gives them some products made with their very own banners, how cool is that ?

The range of products is wide: from messenger, girl, office, travel, urban to gadgets …
Amongst the best sellers of the brand: check the messenger bags FRODO, the TANGRAM and the wallets LOMPAKKO and MICRO/MACRO.

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If you are not in Spain, Vaho products are available worldwide on their e-shop. Go have a look.
More about Vaho Works
Official website Vaho.ws
. Follow @vahoworks
. Instagram @vahoworks

It’s all about data, part2 … what about your phone ?

5 Nov

I’m with my favorite subject of the moment, the phone communications, the data and the apps you can use … check yesterday review.
Now, I’ve build you a sweet little table with the apps out there and the phones compatible.
I hope you will like it.
AllAboutData

It’s all about data!

4 Nov

Photo 24-10-2013 3 10 43 pmPhone communication evolves and is slowly disappearing to be replaced by data consumption.
You continue to talk but you use Skype or FaceTime, no more regular calls especially if you call family, friends or business relations living abroad.
You can also chat/message your friends with greats apps ready to be downloaded on your beloved cell phone.
You’ll notice that depending on the region of the world you are in or the cell phone you are using, you’ll switch from one messaging app to another to contact your friends.
So, let’s tour the world of the data communication together and discover this new world ready to welcome you.

Basically the messaging apps promise you a service “à la carte” between all those utilities:
. free audio, video calls,
. free text messaging,
. and also free files transfers of images, video messages, audio messages

. Skype, video and audio chat, as well as instant messaging. You can see if your contacts are on or offline (even if it’s not always accurate). If you want to call regular phone numbers you may do so after buying minutes to Skype.

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. FaceTime, Apple app built-in your iPhone. Video and audio chat are available. The video quality is better than Skype one but I can’t message my contact at the same time. Now FaceTime works on 3G and wifi. That’s my favorite.

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. What’s App, one of the best messaging app out there. Your ID is linked to your telephone number* (sim card inside the phone). Chat messaging, audio calls and Hold-To-Talk available as well as images transfer. I use it daily.

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. WeChat, China.
I discovered this app recently during a trip to Beijing and basically everyone there is using WeChat to communicate. So with my Chinese colleagues and business relationships, and I, now use WeChat. Your address book contacts already using WeChat will appear in your WeChat contacts list (same on Viber, FaceTime and Whatsapp).
On top of the classic services of chatting, you’ll have cute emoticons (called stickers) ready to be downloaded for free or against paiement. You can also post “Moments”, kind of status you use in Facebook. I’ll stick to messaging, sharing pictures and voice messaging.

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. Line, Japan.
On your screen: text messaging, free audio and video. You will also be able to send videos and pictures to your contacts.

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. KakaoTalk, South Korea.
Free chat and audio calls. Possibility to share images , contacts and location, as well as Hold-To-Talk message your contact

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. Tango, USA.
Audio and video calls, text messaging, images/videos and Hold-To-Talk messages. Possibility to play games and see which games is being played by a contact.

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. FaceBook Messenger
Great app to message your contacts who are constantly on Facebook.
You will be able to send them pictures too.

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. Viber, audio calls as well as text messages.
Possibility to send photo and videos, to record a video and to take a picture. Also you can share your location and send a doodle to your contacts.

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As you see, there are plenty of communication apps out there. Now, your choice will depend on the service your friends, family and business relationships are using AND ALSO on the phone you are using and it’s operating system (iOS, Android, Symbian, blackberry, …).

I’m using FaceTime, Skype, Whatsapp, WeChat and now the new BBM for iPhone!
BUT if you don’t have data wherever you are you have to downgrade to texts … It’s the last thing that works when nothing is working anymore …

PS:
*If, like me, you have an unlocked phone, and you buy prepaid wherever you are traveling and you use WhatsApp (when the message appears on the screen “it’s a new phone number would you like to register it ?”, say NO and your WhatsApp ID will stay the one you used home!
*Because you will be using datas, I’ll suggest to check out your subscription with your telecom operator to see if it fits your communication pattern.
*Also, monitor your data usage with this free (but ugly app) called MyDataMgr you will avoid the bad surprise when you fly home and receive your phone invoice …
*If you own a Blackberry, I heard you will be able to download those apps through the Android shop, I will check it out and share with you soon

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