We're right in the heart of Back-to-School season, and if you haven't thought of it already, now is the prime time to be thinking about memory for all those devices that the kids will be using this year. Whether it's a memory card or a portable drive, going into a PC or laptop, a tablet or smartphone - SanDisk has the solution, and my friends at Best Buy have the selection. And for capturing some Back-to-School memories, SanDisk has the storage you'll need for your DSLR or GoPro, too (I just picked up a couple of SD cards for that very purpose). From 4GB to 200GB, there's a portable solution that's just right. Here's some highlights...
When it comes to casual gaming, I'm still old-school enough that I prefer things on a console - but I do have some apps in rotation on the multitude of devices available here at Rock Father HQ. We've got Windows, iOS and Android at our disposal, but I tend to think that the games usually run smoother on iOS (despite my overall lack of fondness for Apple). Outfit7's new MARS POP Bubble Shooter is a true cross-platformer - available for just about any device. Reviewed from my iPad Mini, Mars Pop is unique in that its a real-time bubble shooter in which players can take on a live opponent. Players are teamed randomly, or from Facebook friends, and the battle is on. Check out the gameplay video below...
Growing up as a kid in the 80s, Walkie Talkies were a big part of backyard and neighborhood play. Back then, they were big, bulky rectangular bricks of plastic - each equipped with the dreaded tin antenna - like the smaller TVs of the day. I didn't know a single kid that didn't bend and/or snap-off their antennae at some point. It was a part of the job, and that job was simple: having fun. A technologically-advanced version of THE LITTLE RASCALS-style tin cans with string between them, we had hours of fun pretending to communicate as Rebel pilots from STAR WARS... members of G.I. JOE or COBRA... JAMES BOND-style spies... or just ourselves. The fun would usually only end when the batteries or the antennae died. Fast-forward a few decades and walkie talkie tech has come a long way. Now, they're not only a way for kids to have fun and adventure, but also a tool to help keep kids safe and families connected - but there's still differences out there in the varieties available.
At CROSS TECHNOLOGIES, "Big Things Come from Small Beginnings," and on July 17th the future of warfare will arrive. CEO Darren Cross recently announced through corporate communications that the company will introduce "The Yellowjacket," the "ultimate secret weapon" that posits the idea of a soldier the size of an insect. Intrigued? You can view the announcement message from Mr. Cross in the embedded video player below.
Some might say that "the drones are coming," but the reality of the matter is that they've already arrived. Those looking for the latest in state-of-the-art flying machines need look no further than their local Best Buy store for the 3D Robotics Solo Drone - the first-ever consumer drone powered by twin Linux computers. The Solo can "define its own flight," allowing pilots to focus their efforts on getting perfect shots from their drone-mounted camera. The intelligent drone is also the first to support full control of GoPro® cameras and deliver live HD video either wirelessly to your mobile device or through the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts. It has a killer camera gimbal (sold separately) that makes the shooting super smooth for absolutely professional results.
With all the video that I do between this site, my YouTube Channel (over 3 million plays and counting!), and my responsibilities as an Artist Manager and Music Video Director, many are often surprised that I do not yet own a GoPro for my personal use. Truth is, that sometimes surprises even myself, and the arrival of the GoPro HERO + LCD at Best Buy just may be the added nudge I have to get shopping... for an item that's been at the top of my "must-buy" list for ages. Already the go-to location for the biggest selection of GoPro Cameras and Accessories, Best Buy has the GoPro HERO + LCD in-stock and ready to rock right now - a waterproof, 1080p HD Action Camera perfect for capturing those family moments all summer, or all year round. It's the perfect entry-level model for families on the go. Check out the specs:
I've really been digging my new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE here at Rock Father HQ (read my full review here) - so much that the folks at ASUS USA have teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER for a Mother's Day Giveaway in which one lucky reader will win one of these for themselves. This new Android Tablet features 4G LTE capability powered by AT&T's Network (you can add it to an existing contract, start a new one, or go contract-free on AT&T GoPhone). For non-AT&T users, it'll still run really well on Wi-Fi alone, but it's the 4G LTE that really makes it a portable wonder.
When searching for the right tablet, there's so many options out there that it's often hard to cut through the clutter. With expanding features and a wide breadth of price points and options available, the market is always-evolving, and I'm always interested in checking out the latest. One feature that I'd not previously had on a tablet before is 4G LTE, and that just changed with the release of the new ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE, available exclusively through AT&T. This new, feature-packed, competitively-priced Android tablet just hit the streets a few weeks ago, and after spending some time with a a review sample, I'm ready to share some thoughts.
IRON MAIDEN have long been doing well on the cross-branded merchandise, but as recent forays into everything from beer to airlines has shown, there is no limit to the might that can come from the 'Maiden. Today comes news out of CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas that the legendary band has teamed with ONKYO for a new project called MAIDEN AUDIO. With a booth that's decked out complete with a large-scale statue of band mascot Eddie (holding a blaster and wearing Iron Maiden headphones) housed within the Gibson Guitars tent, it's a true teaser of a launch.
Disney Imagicademy: Opening New Worlds of Learning and Magic for Kids & Grownups #DisneyImagicademy #CGWritten by James Zahn
In the short period of time since I finally decided to allow my girls to get some hand-held screentime, we've gone from having no tablet to having at least three (there might be more). The iPad Mini is largely THE ROCK FATHER's tablet, and that means that it's pretty much set-up for me, but over the past couple of months, I've really started to kid-ifiy it a bit, loading up the best Apps that can both teach and entertain. One of the best new releases comes from Disney, a name that families like ours are immersed in on a daily basis, and with Disney Imagicademy there's a whole new world of learning opening up for kids ages 3-8, and a parental component that can enrich the entire program through an interconnected experience.
Technology and kids. If you've been following my online ramblings long enough, you probably know that I'm hesitantly cautious whenever new tech comes along that in some way involves the little ones. I put my money on crushing the "App Toy" trend a couple years ago - those annoying items that required someone else's technology (like a quickly-outdated smartphone or tablet) to be inserted in it to run. Once the tech was obsolete, so was the toy. I was the mean Dad that bought a new crossover without screens in the back, and I absolutely despise seeing grownups instinctively shove "devices" into their kids hands like a micro-chipped pacifier (funny enough, we really didn't do actual pacifiers with our girls, either). I've actually had other people's children tug on my shirt asking to use my phone to "play a game." No. As an adult, I'm already too tethered to my gear, so I'd rather my kids not be. But, like most things, tech can be great in moderation, and there's some fine stuff out there that serves a real purpose if you're looking in the right place. Unexpected tech, like the elo™ Pillow.
Doing what I do and living the way I live, I've used a lot of headphones over the years. While styles have changed and the type of application can be different (I like studio at home, earbuds at the gym), it all comes down to the perfect match of sound and style to impress me, and when the chance came to check out a pair of Margaritaville Audio's new MTX Headphones, I snagged it. After a box said to contain their "Margarita Lime" headphones arrived here at Rock Father HQ for review, I put them to the ultimate test and took them out on the road... after giving them an in-home test with a bottle of Landshark Lager, which I figured was appropriate.