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What are the odds?

2 Nov

I never play any games or lottery as I never win, the odds seem to be against me …
Once upon a time, there was this super cool safety bag I discovered on Kickstarter …

It was called the Loctote bag and was basically a drawstring bag … or so you thought … actually it’s a personal safe. It will safely store your valuable (at home, at the beach, at the hotel, …) and you can be sure that they will wait for you to come back.

So, once upon a time … Loctote organised a contest, I participated and … against all odds, I won!

I just received my Loctote drawstring bag before Christmas and now I’m sharing its uses with you.

First, this bag is made with a very resistant material.
So resistant that you can try to cut it open with your sharpest knife and it won’t leave a scar (watch your fingers though). You can’t also try cut its strings, won’t work. No more slashing!

Second, the Loctote bag comes with 2 grommets. You will secure it tight with a provided 3-number lock, no more unwanted hands in your bag. Then you can tie it to a pole, a chair, … whatever that is heavy and difficult to move. You can rest safely nobody will run away with your Loctote bag.

Third, the Loctote contains an interior pocket which is RFID-blocking. Perfect to store the payement cards and passports. No more picking data.

Fourth, the Loctote is water resistant. Even better.

Away, I use my Loctote bag as a personal safe when I travel as I need to store the valuables l don’t want to carry with me like my passport, bank cards, cash, …. I tie it to some fixed or very heavy furniture in my hotel room and I can have a ride on my skateboard with peace of mind.

At home, I store my social security card, check book, …
Thanks Loctote, it’s a great versatile bag perfect for home and away … and I am an happy winner.

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Your ears, Yurbuds!

14 Oct

imageI use my iPhone and iPad 24/7, to listen to @WRMF, watch TV shows, watch tennis matches on TennisLive and also to FaceTime, Skype and call.

I don’t like to have the phone near my head because it’s warming up, I hate having one hand busy with the phone and not being able to take notes on my phone while talking, …

That’s why I’m always using headsets.

My preference goes to the iPhone headset I received with the phone but lately we moved to a landscape office and I needed to take the “earphones files” seriously and upgrade.
Many choices were possible: stick to the iPhone earphones, or explore what’s out there.

Let’s explore together.

There are 3 types of earphones out there: around the ears, inside the ears or the regular headsets covering the ears.

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The key specs for me are the following
. Comfortable to wear all day long (I need a great bud bit in my ear)
. Fit for bad weather or sports
. Great to listen to music or to talk on the phone for hours (I need a mic)
. Easy/light to carry with me all day long (so no regular headsets for me)

At the end of my benchmark, 2 headsets passed my personal cut: the Beats Tour by Dre (149,99$) and the Yurbuds Iron Man edition for woman (59,99$).

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The pros for the Beats Tour by Dre: small buds, light, flat red wire, easy to tight around your iPhone when not listening to music, sleek and stylish but …
The Beats are expensive and I don’t like inner headphones and also you don’t hear the noise around you and this can be dangerous while running or simply walking downtown as you are cut from the traffic.

Consequently, I decided to skip the Beats to turn myself to the Yurbuds which passed the final cut because
. the buds are extremely comfortable to wear all day long,
. they are light, made of silicon (don’t hurt my ears)
. and exist in 4 different colors
. the buds are sweat and water resistant
. they are ment to never fall out! Just insert them in your ear, twist and lock, they will not fall out where you are running, doing exercises …
Be aware that the buds for men and women have different shapes to respect the ear shape

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The model I chose has a dry mic with controls (volume up, volume down, start/stop the music, answer/hang-up phone calls, advance to next song, go back to beginning of the song).image

The cable is a little bit longer than the standard iPhone one, the extra 3 inches are not really necessary for me)
. The jack is thin and will fit cases like Rockform ones, this is definitively a plus. The Y-shape dry mic is placed a little bit far from the mouth but this can easily be fixed with the clip for the cable provided
. Yurbuds headphones also come with an extra pair of silicon buds to perfectly for your inner ear (small and bigger size)
. In the box, I received a little read pouch, an extra pair or silicon buds (larger) and a cable clip
. The price is affordable 59,99$

The claim of Yurbuds is “Developed by athletes for athletes“, I’m an urban athlete so it will work for me!

imageBut what about the sound ? I asked to an expert MrT working in the music business for many years now and he tested the Yurbuds vs the iPhone headphones provided by Apple. For him, the Yurbuds sound quality  is very close to the Beats ones, with much presence and lots of bass. Works for me!

More info
. Visit Yurbuds official website
. Follow @yurbuds

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