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JVC HD Everio Camcorder
Mom Central received a complimentary JVC HD Everio Camcorder in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Does it seem like everyone’s got a smartphone nowadays? They’re super-handy for so many things, not least of all capturing spur-of-the-moment photos and videos! When it comes to capturing important life events like weddings, graduations, birthday parties, anniversary parties, and family vacations (think: wet, sandy, far away, crowded and/or noisy!), my smartphone is just not an option for me. Fumbling with my delicate, breakable iPhone is not what I want to be doing when among a bustling parade crowd or on a misty, sandy beach, capturing the moment my girlfriend surfs her first big wave!  As it is, I have found myself at the Genius Bar in the Mac Store and facing a complete phone replacement more times than I care to admit, and that’s just from everyday use!
iBN27 Wireless Speaker
Mom Central received a sample of the iHome iBN27 rechargeable stereo speaker in order to write this review. All of the views expressed are our own. Back-to-school can be of the most exciting times of the year and one of the most hectic. With our music-loving house bustling with final preparations, it’s hard to find a speaker as mobile as my family is come August! From bopping to tunes in the backyard while grilling, to setting the mood for the day at breakfast, to playing soothing sounds while mom soaks in the tub, portable is key. If your family also likes to have a little background music, add the iHome iBN27 Wireless Speaker to your back-to-school shopping list.
MacPaw Hider2 App
Mom Central received a complimentary download of the Hider2 App in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. With new technology constantly changing and offering us up new possibilities, it takes a great deal to stand out among the applications clutter. However, the Hider2 app from MacPaw completely caught my attention at this year’s MacWorld show in San Francisco with its ability to both hide and encrypt files on your computer. I particularly worry as a constantly on-the-go CEO about keeping sensitive files I need on my MacAir laptop from being compromised should I lose my laptop or have it stolen. While I have password protection to my laptop’s desktop, I often forget to log out as I dash from one place to the next. I also worry about sensitive personal information such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, addresses and contact information all tucked away in reminder documents on my computer.
Reebok Checklight
Mom Central received a sample of the Reebok Checklight in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. When our kids have scrapes, cuts and bruises, we see them and know how to help. But with contact sports such as football, soccer and high-speed hockey, how do we know when a hit to our child’s head is considered a concussion? Over 300,000 sports-related concussions get reported around the U.S. every year. With concussions being less obvious than broken bones, when should we take our child to the doctor for a suspected head injury? After three years of research, Reebok has come up with the innovative and game-changing Checklight, a thin skullcap worn under a helmet or just as a cap on the head that detects whether or not your child has suffered a head impact at a speed and velocity indicative of a concussion.
iDL46
Mom Central received samples of each item for review. The opinions expressed here are all our own. These days it seems as though everywhere you look someone is holding an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or iPad mini. It also seems that most people need to have their “i”items with them at all times. In my house, I can tell you my 13-year-old carries around his phone like it is glued to his hand and needs to have his iPhone and iPad close by 24/7! He even has a surge protector coming out from under his bed with multiple wires charging his iPhone, iPad and clock radio at night. So when I was asked to review the iHome iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio, which sells for $99.99, I knew exactly where I was going to put it – right next to his bed!
Bakbone magnetic tablet rings
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of the BakBone to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are our own. From kids using them in the classroom to Moms toting them to better manage home and work duties, tablets have become a permanent fixture in our on-the-go lifestyle. But while we love the small size and portability of our tablets, the flat design doesn’t always prove the most user-friendly option. Now, BakBone has introduced a magnetic ring that attaches to tablet devices – allowing for a whole range of flexibility. Simply slide your finger through the ring, and you can securely hold your tablet with one hand while typing or accessing apps and documents with the other. Used this way, it also becomes a great accompaniment for a work or classroom presentations.
Power Rocks
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of Powerocks to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are our own. Today, we’ve become so dependent on our smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices that any sign of dwindling power proves cause for alarm. And power becomes all the more critical while traveling, whether we need to stay in touch with the office or struggle to keep kids amused with electronics during long flight delays. Nothing can be more frustrating than discovering your Smartphone battery icon has turned red and all the airport outlets are in use. Now with the Powerocks line of rechargeable batteries, we can easily charge our devices while on the go – without searching for an outlet.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Mom Central was invited to a preview event for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and wearable products had the opportunity to experience the new devices. All opinions are our own. We all know how much time we spend on our phones these days. They’ve become not only our mode of communication for calls and texts, but also an easy way to access the internet on the go, make purchases, connect with our friends and family and capture memories. The newly released Samsung Galaxy S5, provides even more functionality for users and offers the latest mobile technology and convenience, too.
Scratch Wireless
Mom Central received a Motorola Photon Q 4GLTE from Scratch Wireless to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Purchasing the right mobile device can be challenging. Often times selecting the best data plan for you or the entire family can seem like a daunting task, not to mention expensive! I know when I stop to think about what I pay each month for my cell service. I get frustrated thinking that I could be saving more money. In today’s fast paced busy world, staying connected isn’t an option, but simply a way of life. Scratch Wireless came up with a solution for individuals and families to save big when it comes to mobile devices and staying connected without breaking the bank. Now, there’s a way to stay connected with your mobile device for FREE – all through Scratch Wireless.
Kyrocera Smartphone from Boost Mobile
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of the Hydro by Kyrocera Smartphone to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. For most of us, our phone is more than just a device used for calls and texts. Between the storage of contacts that have accumulated over the years, notes and lists on notepads, and countless memories in photo albums, phones today are like treasure boxes of information that can be devastating to lose. Unfortunately, everyone has seen someone fall victim to the deadly phone-in-water fiasco. After watching the screen go blank, realizing how useless the power button is, and praying that a bowl of rice will bring your phone back to life, hope is often lost. Is there anything that could prevent this phoneless fate? Behold, the new waterproof phone, Hydro by Kyrocera.
Logitech PowerShell – The iPhone Game Controller
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of the Logitech PowerShell to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. Great for long road trips or air travel, the Logitech PowerShell provides easy and convenient access to a variety of video games, both educational and action-based, without the hassle of having to purchase and transport the latest gaming console or individual hardcopies of video games. Available for download in the App Store, games include LEGO The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Sonic, and more. Compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and iPod touch, its console-style controls — including a directional pad, shoulder bumpers, and face buttons — create an authentic gaming experience, whether it be for yourself or the kids.
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