Monthly Archives: July 2012

Great new Google feature: Handwrite your search!

Google has released a great new feature for mobile users - Handwrite. It takes just a few seconds to enable this feature on your mobile phone or tablet. Once enabled, using the tip of your finger or a stylus, you can handwrite the term you are searching anywhere on the Google home page. Even with pretty sloppy handwriting, Google's Handwrite is impressive at recognizing which letters you are handwriting on the search page. For most smart phones, this gives you three options to submit a Google search: Read more [...]

Self-adhesive mini LED flashlight by Thumb-lite now available!

This is an amazingly handy little light - thin enough to use on your house key or car key. Think of it as a stick-on LED! The Thumb-Lite’s compact design makes it easy to turn anything into a flashlight. Whether you use it for unlocking a car door or finding something dropped in the dark, the Thumb-lite is a convenient way to provide extra light when needed. What makes this stand out from the other tiny LED lights is that the Thumb-lite can be used effortlessly with one hand. Pressing the button Read more [...]

Motor Start Capacitors vs Motor Run Capacitors

We are often asked about the difference between the two different types of motor capacitors: motor run and motor start. Here are the basic differences between the two: Motor Start Capacitors The primary purpose of a motor start capacitor is to briefly increase the motor starting torque as well as to allow a motor to be cycled on and off very quickly. It operates in the circuit by staying active long enough to allow the motor to be brought to 3/4 of it's full capacity. It is removed at that point Read more [...]

Solar powered LED light in a jar

We love finding products that make great use of solar electricity and our electronic components. How about a solar powered LED light in a mason jar? Perfect for your backyard porch or for mood lighting at a party - or even as a night light in your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen! The ones we found at MyGrillfriend.com give you a choice - it can be a soft deep orange colored light (referred to as a 'sun jar') or a beautiful shade of blue (called a 'moon jar') just by flipping a switch. The solar panel Read more [...]

British Airways is Googling passengers – comforting or creep?

In an effort to increase personalized service, British Airways has introduced the ‘Know Me’ program which give airlines staff members the authority and the tools to search online for passenger information. Using iPads, staff members search through a list of that day’s passenger names for images on Google so that they can recognize them as they enter the airport or the plane. Their name is then used by the employees so that they are greeted and recognized personally. In addition to using Read more [...]

Take better pictures with your cellphone camera

Whether you have an iPhone, Android or any other phone with a camera, here are our top 3 tips for getting better pictures with every shot. 1 - Composition: Even with an entry level camera phone, remember the basic rules of composition when taking cell phone pictures. The rules of thirds is important: don't place the subject of your photo in the middle of the frame. Place your subject in about 1/3 of the way into the frame. Also, if you are photographing people, line up your shot so that their Read more [...]