Hello gamers! I have an awesome giveaway for you today. Thanks to Plantronics Gaming, I’m giving away their new RIG headset on my geek dad blog. The headset enables gamers to blend game audio and mobile audio into one custom mix. You can purchase RIG directly from Plantronics or on Amazon for $130. However, the headset won’t be released until October 7th. Continue reading to find out more about Plantronics Rig and how to win this awesome headset.
I finally got around to installing a couple of mobile banking apps on my Apple iPod Touch. Mobile banking apps have been around for a while, but I never found a need to install them because I prefer to do online banking on my desktop computer. Until now. That’s when my credit union announced they were offering e-deposit via a smartphone. Cool. I hate making a special trip to the bank just to deposit a check or two.
I’ve been playing with an app called, I’mOK. It’s essentially a mobile app that rewards kids for texting dads and moms. Children can use the GPS-enabled app to let parents know their location. Users can also use the app to text what they are doing, send photos, and tag friends. The goal of the app is to encourage children to keep their parents informed on their whereabouts. In exchange for checking in, kids are rewarded with points that can be redeemed for items like spending money, a new video game or special privileges. The I’mOK app is free and is compatible with Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices (iOS 4.0 or later). Bottom line: it’s a useful app that helps parents keep track of their children.
I received a promo code to review the Mindshapes Lingo Zoo app on my geek dad blog. The app is a collection of jigsaw puzzles (just drag and drop). Once the animal puzzle is completed, a child will hear the name of the animal in English and Spanish. The Lingo Zoo app works on Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad mobile devices (iOS 3.0 or later). The Mindshapes app is intended for children ages four and up. It is priced at $1.99. Bottom line: your kids can learn to say the names of animals in English and Spanish. However, the app will only cover about 35 animals (note: I only completed two of the seven levels).
Recently I had the opportunity to play with the new Motorola Triumph smartphone. The wireless device is an Android cell phone for Virgin Mobile. The Motorola Triumph features a 1GHz processor, 4.1-inch touchscreen, front-facing 5 MP camera, 720p HD camcorder, HDMI output, 2 GB microSD card and Android 2.2. The mobile device has a list price of $300, but you can get it for less if you shop around. Bottom line: I think the Motorola Triumph is a decent smartphone for a prepaid plan, but it’s not something I would want to pay $300 for if I also had to sign a two-year service contract.
Most of us have long-distance calling included in our phone plans. However, few of us actually have plans that include international minutes. Most of us don’t make many international calls, but when we do, the calls can be a bit expensive. But not anymore. I’ve been playing around with the Vonage Time to Call app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch mobile devices. It’s a pretty neat app for making international calls. It’s great for international students, travelers, parents with kids overseas, and frugal dads like me. With the free Apple app, dads and moms can call and talk for up to 15 minutes to 100 countries for $1.99 or less. Read on for more information about the Vonage Time to Call app, how you can get 15 free minutes of international calling, and how you can win $715 in iTunes gift cards (for buying something called the iPad 2 — have you heard of it?).
The Baby’s Home … What Now? application is a mobile app for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. The app provides information and advice for new parents with newborns. The Baby’s Home app features insights from experts and parents. It covers topics like newborn care, breastfeeding, sleep, and postpartum depression. The app focuses on the first few months of life with a newborn baby. Thanks to the maker of the app, Parents and Experts, I received a promo code for review purposes. I tested the app on my Apple iPod Touch over the weekend. Bottom line: the app is useful for new parents, but not experienced parents.
Today, Google announced two-factor authentication for all Google accounts. Previously, two-factor authentication was only available to Google Apps customers. With two-factor authentication, users need both a username/password and a phone to sign-in to their Google account. If you enable this feature, you will be prompted for your username/password like normal. Then you will be prompted for a verification code, which Google will send to your phone. The extra requirement adds an extra layer of security in the event someone steals or guesses your password. Without your phone, your password is useless to a hacker. I like the idea behind 2-factor authentication, but it also means extra work to set-up and log-in.
At CES 2011 (yeah, I wish I was there), Lenovo showed off their IdeaPad U1 hybrid with LePad slate. The Lenovo product is both a laptop and a detachable tablet. Pretty cool. Even more awesome is that it runs both Windows 7 and Android 2.2. When the slate is docked (IdeaPad U1 mode), the system runs Windows 7. When the tablet is detached (LePad slate mode), the system runs Android 2.2. I don’t have one to play with, but it’s suppose to switch operating systems seamlessly and magically.