Gadgets & Gizmos

New iPhone Stun Gun Case Protects You and Your Phone

The Yellow Jacket is an iPhone 650K volt stun gun case that promises to ‘halt an aggressive adult male’ in his tracks while costing you $139.99.

The case was invented by Seth Froom who was robbed at gunpoint in his home in 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Yellow Jacket CEO and co-founder Sean Simone states the voltage is at the “lower end” of the scale and “isn’t going to throw a grown man across the room or severely injure someone.” It will “cause pain and create a diversion”.

The Yellow Jacket connects to the 30-pin Dock Connector on the bottom of the iPhone 4/4S, and provides extra 20 hours of battery life to the phone and helps to power the stun gun included in the case

The Yellow Jacket is only available for the iPhone 4/4S for now but the team plans to bring the case to the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

One thing is for sure. It will not be able to be shipped to New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, Wisconsin or Washington, D.C. because of local laws.

What will they think of next?

Have You Tried This Yet? Glaming Up the Everyday

I’m a sucker for a beauty product. Isn’t every woman? I don’t mean that to be sexist, but seriously, haven’t we all, at some point, purchased something because the bottle is cool, or the label is pretty?

But there’s also the stuff we have to buy because it’s a necessity: toiler paper, toothpaste, a Swiffer (yes, it’s necessary). Procter & Gamble is the mastermind manufacturing company behind most of the products in your home (you probably don’t even realize it); from Charmin toilet paper, to Pantene hair care, to the Swiffer, to the Crest White Stripes that have saved you a ton of money because they work just as well as a professional whitening job – P&G did it.

Well, now they’ve done something else – they launched the Have You Tried This Yet? campaign. Basically, they have taken the practical everyday product and glamed it up.

This past week I was lucky enough to attend an event for Have You Tried This Yet? at Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory. Verdi happens to be one of the campaign’s celebrity ambassadors, along with Vanessa Lachey and Latina stylist Irma Martinez. The “Trend Trio” was on hand to give a party of bloggers and media writers the inside scoop on how to take everyday products and make them just a little fancier and fun.

I’m a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl myself, and it was refreshing to be advised on style and beauty care I could easily integrate into my daily routine. Here’s are some fun tips and trends I learned:
Verdi broke down the advice on the fashion front: Black and white is never off the trend grid; it’s forever classic, and forever trendy. And it’s great for travel ‘cause you don’t have to think about how to coordinate it! He also reminded us: you can have fun with fabrics! Daring stripes and florals work if you work it, confidence is key. Need a Superman kind of quick change between work and play? An elegant clutch can spruce up an outfit, and don’t underestimate a good heel! And if you’re feeling sexy, wear a flirty tank under your blazer, and drop the blazer when you go to dinner. But the best advice he gave was to be natural, don’t overdue the make-up, and again, confidence and inner pretty will make all the difference.

Vanessa was a riot. She is as adorable as you imagine her to be. The new mom and wife candidly shared her OCD when it comes to toilet paper (Charmin Ultra Strong). What ever could I mean? It’s all in the details people! She likes to make the potty a little more welcoming, a little nicer, by folding the tip of the top sheet hotel-style (you know, with that little point that makes it easier to pull). She also gave a quick tutorial on the messy bun: it’s the perfect second day hairdo. Side note: Pantene’s Silky Moisture Whip + Moisturizer is a great product to keep hair manageable, silky, sexy, and it’s gives you the right amount of texture to create this hairstyle id you don’t want to wait another day. Back to the messy bun: take a section of hair right above each of your ears, and braid it; next, wrap the rest of your hair into a bun, then wrap the braids around the bun..and remember, if a piece of hair tumbles out, no worries, the messier the better! Again, I heeded her advice, have done it a few times since then (on those days you don’t want to wash your hair), and have received ton of compliments!

Last but not least, Irma Martinez suggested we keep our sheet sets organized by using a pillowcase to store the set. It keeps the lined closet organized and easy to maneuver around. So simple! Also, you can place a potpourri bag with a few Downy Unstopables In-Wash Scent Booster beads (because yep, you don’t have to use it in the wash!) and keep you sheets smelling clean and fresh!

The advice keeps going; this is just a snippet of the stuff they shared! It really was a blast, and not once did I feel like we were being sold anything. I went home with a bag of goodies to try out for myself. Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to give the real deal run down on everything!

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New Tech Lets U Check MSGs On The Go

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Voicemail to Text VoiceZone feature available to Time Warner Cable Home Phone subscribers
Time Warner Cable Home Phone subscribers now have another option to access voicemail anytime, anywhere. Voicemail to Text provides home phone voicemail message transcriptions via text message to a mobile phone or email address.

“If they’re in a meeting, show or movie and can’t listen to voicemail, it’s a great way to check in.”
“Voicemail to Text gives customers yet another option to access the messages they care most about,” said Ingrid Simunic, Senior Director, Product Management for Time Warner Cable. “If they’re in a meeting, show or movie and can’t listen to voicemail, it’s a great way to check in.”
Messages can be sent to up to five mobile phone numbers and email addresses and transcribed into English or Spanish. Customers can also receive an audio file of the recorded voicemail message as an optional attachment to email notifications.
Voicemail to Text is available at no additional cost to Time Warner Cable Home Phone subscribers. Customers can manage transcription settings through the VoiceZone™ portal Voicemail Settings tab in MyServices.
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When not teaching English in Korea or bringing foreign students to YMCA camps in the United States as Young Ambassadors, Exile Press founder Peter Liptak splits his time between working as an author and a publisher in Seoul, Korea. As a poet and purveyor of English, his desire to help the people of other nations in their struggles with the untamed beauty of the English language has led to teaching at universities in Korea and the writing of language acquisition books, including his newest releases Idiom Attack (Volumes 1 & 2): Everyday Living & Doing Business, part of a collection of 1200 commonly used North American idioms.

“Idioms are a set phrase of two or more words that when put together mean something different than the literal meaning of the individual words, such as crack of dawn or rain cats and dogs and represent the most colorful language used in everyday conversation,” says Liptak. “They also tend to be the most difficult for foreign learners to understand and for teachers to convey.”

Available in Korean, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese and using only the most common idioms and phrasal expressions, Idiom Attack is written in an easy to read and follow format for both teachers and students. This four book series of 25 chapters each covers 100 areas of interest to provide easy access to the target language as a learning resource for intermediate to advanced students of English. Idiom Attack:

  • Contains meanings in both English and the user’s language for comparison.
  • Uses example sentences to provide contextual support for more in depth understanding and practical application
  • Includes stories that challenge learners with the application of language and additional follow-up comprehension questions designed to coax them to use the target language
  • Uses questions to encourage deeper dialogue and practice with opportunities for reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Well-suited for a classroom setting or personal study, Idiom Attack provides an excellent resource for a variety of learning applications.

Peter Liptak was born in Chicago, Illinois, grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to South Korea in 1995. For the last 17 years he’s been living and writing in Seoul.  

After finishing a Master’s in Korean Studies at Yonsei University, Peter involved himself with several other writing projects including a series of children’s books, a translation of Korean poetry into English and various projects to promote Korean culture for the government. Currently, Peter enjoys exploring the world while training for triathlons, mountain biking, and competing in ultra-marathons while raising money for orphans to experience outdoor activities. Readers can follow along with his musings at  or  Liptak has also written Letters: Building an Alphabet with Art and Attitude (Exile Press and Amazon)

Idiom Attack (Volumes 1 & 2): Everyday Living and Doing Business are available through

Exile Press, Amazon and Ingram

Also available: Epub, Kindle and PDF eBooks; Advanced eBook on the iPad,

and Android and iPhone Apps


BBG Entertainment, a leading producer and publisher of digital entertainment products, announced today that its mobile smash hit, Einstein™ Brain Trainer HD, is now available for the Kindle Fire and many other Android OS devices. Einstein™ Brain Trainer HD can be purchased from Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for Android for US $2.99.

Einstein™ Brain Trainer HD invites players to regularly challenge their brain in a playful, motivating way. With its broad appeal, Einstein™ Brain Trainer HD combines high entertainment value with mental exercises that automatically adapt to the level of each player. The character of revered physicist Albert Einstein assists players in the game, guiding them through training, and providing advice and motivation to keep exercising the various regions of the brain. All areas of the game were individually designed with high levels of creativity, which helps make this truly unique brain trainer a blast to play.

“Many of my patients complain about forgetfulness in everyday life,” says Neurologist Dr. Thomas Knoll from Munich. “I recommend – in addition to a balanced work-life with relaxation time, body exercises and social activities – a brain training program, such as the Einstein™ Brain Trainer. I like the Einstein™ Brain Trainer very much because it contains 30 excellent and varied exercises for the stimulation of the brain.”

“We are thrilled to bring Einstein™ Brain Trainer HD to the Android platform,” said Stephan Berendsen, founder of BBG Entertainment. “We know that Android owners will love the opportunity to tax their brains with our unique brand of mind-bending puzzles and exercises.”

Einstein™ Brain Trainer HD is now available on Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android for compatible Android OS devices. Additionally, a Kindle Fire version can be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore for Android for $2.99. Einstein™ Brain Trainer for the iPhone® and Einstein Brain Trainer HD for the iPad® are currently available on the Apple® AppStore℠.

Einstein™Brain Trainer HD Features:

30 exercises in all (including well-known, popular exercises as well as new, specially developed challenges)
Scientific background, including a tutorial, for each exercise
Daily Tests to check current “Brain Fitness”
Dynamic adaptation of the difficulty level of individual exercises
Continuous interaction between Albert Einstein and the player
Detailed help system accessible from anywhere in the game
Trophy room for awards received
Hot Seat mode – multiplayer mode on a single device
Personal coaching by the likeness of Albert Einstein
Support of Android phones and tablets

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New Report: Hispanics Top Users of Mobile Broadband

Today, The Hispanic Institute and Mobile Future published a report revealing that Hispanics are increasingly turning to mobile devices — not traditional wired broadband — as their primary means of accessing the Internet. The study was released at the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference in Las Vegas.

“Mobile broadband is essential for the economic advancement of Hispanics,” said Gus West, Board Chair of The Hispanic Institute. “In today’s information age, the Hispanic community relies on mobile devices to stay connected for so many aspects of their lives — to do everything from interacting with public officials to paying bills to taking their prescriptions thanks to text-message reminders.”

The report — “Hispanic Broadband Access: Making the Most of the Mobile, Connected Future” — details how Hispanics have embraced mobile technology. They’re 17 percent more likely than non-Hispanic whites to use mobile phones to access the Internet — and 20 percent more likely to watch video on them. The economic implications are huge, as young Hispanics have spent more than $500 million on mobile apps this year alone.

The report concludes that policymakers must consider Hispanics’ reliance on mobile devices as they implement a national broadband policy. Making more wireless spectrum available, ending regressive taxes on broadband users, and continuing to support the Lifeline/Link-Up programs — which offer discounts to qualified, low-income wireless customers — are all key to this effort.

“Mobile broadband is connecting the Hispanic community in never-before-seen ways, resulting in greater economic, civic, and political opportunities for Latinos,” said Jonathan Spalter, Chairman of Mobile Future. “But this trend could grind to a halt if policymakers don’t increase the amount of spectrum supporting wireless networks and maintain policies that continue to support investment and innovation in mobile technologies and services.”

The Federal Communications Commission predicts that demand for mobile spectrum could surpass supply next year, resulting in unreliable service and higher connectivity costs.

“Hispanics will account for 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2050. It’s in America’s interest that they have the tools to succeed in the information economy. Mobile broadband provides them with those tools — so that they too can achieve the American Dream,” concluded West.


Tampico Beverages, a leading global refrigerated juice drink brand, today announced its recent launch of an interactive “Piñata Bash” social media contest and 3D Facebook app to promote its 20-ounce, single-serve, refrigerated juice drinks among young adults in target markets nationwide.

Built on a theme of “irresistible fun” geared to appeal to Tampico’s multi-ethnic young adult brand following, the campaign brings back a traditional Hispanic cultural icon – the piñata – in a cool new urban, contemporary and relevant way. A piñata is a colorful papier-mâché or other type of container that is decorated, filled with toys, candies and other goodies, and then broken open in celebration. The campaign on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is supported by online advertising as well as guerrilla videos and ongoing field marketing activities.

“We’re excited to introduce ‘Piñata Bash’ because it reinvigorates and unites two nostalgic cultural icons – Tampico and piñatas – not only physically, but also digitally, with an ability to share the celebration with friends,” said Marta Gerdes, Tampico’s vice president of marketing. “Tampico is known for delivering a full explosion of irresistible flavors from Latin America and the Caribbean Tropics. Similarly, the ‘Piñata Bash’ delivers an ‘explosion of fun’ experiences across multiple marketing channels: digital and social media, field marketing, and point of sale. We’ll have all sorts of fun with our fans, giving away prizes, chatting about pop culture, bashing piñatas and sharing cool new Tampico drink recipes.”

Participants may enter the sweepstakes by personalizing a digital piñata and sharing it with a friend who breaks the piñata, or by breaking a piñata that a friend has shared with them. Each combination of piñata “maker” and “breaker” represents one entry as a pair of contestants. People may enter as many times as they want, both as a “maker” or “breaker,” but each entry must be different and submitted separately.

Playing “Piñata Bash” is easy: From now until September 3, 2012, go to, click the sweepstakes promo, follow the instructions and go to town on a piñata. Prizes include:

Grand Prize: each member of one winning “piñata maker/breaker” pair will receive one 2012 Fiat 500, each with an approximate retail value of $18,000 ($15,500 base cost plus up to $2500 in customization options selected by the grand prize winners, but subject to availability).
First Prize: each member of one winning “piñata maker/breaker” pair will receive one Republic Bicycle, each with an approximate retail value of $500 ($399 base cost plus up to $100 in factory options selected by the second prize winners, but subject to availability).
Second Prize: each member of one winning “piñata maker/breaker” pair will receive one ColorWare, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, each with an approximate retail value of $500 ($399 base cost plus up to $100 in customization options selected by the second prize winner, but subject to availability).
Third Prizes: each member of six winning “piñata maker/breaker” pairs will receive one skateboard (make and model to be determined at the sponsor’s sole discretion, each with an approximate retail value of $150).
Fourth Prizes: each member of 10 winning “piñata maker/breaker” pairs will receive one skateboard deck, each with an approximate retail value of $50 (make and model to be determined at the sponsor’s sole discretion).

The campaign was developed by Roar Media along with Macias Advertising in Miami.

@iFrogz – the Sync-Free Way to Listen OUT LOUD!

There are plenty of audio devises out there that acts wirelessly to “pump up the volume” on the music of your Smartphone or digital media device. But many of those have to connect to your music playing device by a downloaded app, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc., which makes it a hassle sometimes. But iFrogz has solved this problem: introducing BOOST, a near-field amplifying speaker takes away all those plugs and wireless configuration. Just simply place your iPhone, iPod Touch (or older generations), Android smart phone, or any other digital music player on it and listen.

One can purchase it in any electronics store, or you can WIN A FREE ONE! LatinTRENDS is randomly giving away two of them to any of our readers! To enter for a chance to win your own, email us: , with the subject “Let’s Get Loud” and your name will be entered for a chance to win.

Disclosure: one per household. Contest open to New York residents. Winner will pick up prize at our office. Contest will run from 6/11/2012 to 6/17/2012; drawing will be on 6/18/2012.

@chicBuds – No Ordinary Listening

Introducing chicBuds: the first-ever earbuds with a designed cord that’ll make you stand out! Hate having your ordinary earbuds fall out of your ears as your walk or engage in other physical activity? These inner earpieces buds will stay put and with crystal-clear sound, you won’t hear a thing from the world around you. Hate spending half of your commute to work JUST untangling your earbuds? Well, you’ll appreciate chicBuds’ flat cord design – pull them out of a tight or stuffed pocket and watch them straighten out for hassle-free listening. Plus, on this flat cord, you’ll have a funky design: “pink leopard”, “zebra stripes”, and “blue graffiti”. The plug type is the standard 3.5mm, so it’s compatible with iPhone, iTouch, MP3 player, or any other listening device. chicBuds also manufactures other listening products like mini speakers, retractable earbuds, and earbuds with a mic, for phone use.

Want your own pair? Now, there are only available online, but you can win your pair HERE! Email us at, with the subject “chicBuds” with your number, national origin/heritage and favorite Latino artist (regardless of language), and your name will be entered in our random drawing for the winner!

Contest is open to women living in the New York/Tri-State area. The winner will be phoned/emailed upon selection. Winners will be selected on a lottery-basis; therefore, emailing more than once will not increase your chances of winning. This contest will close on June 6th; drawing on June 7th.

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Joins Avenza PDF Maps App Digital Map Store

Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe® Illustrator® and Geographic Imager® geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop®, announces that the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has officially enrolled as a vendor in the Avenza Map Store, accessible through the award-winning PDF Maps app. In partnership with Avenza, the Trail Conference will make its popular series of over 50 hiking, trail and general recreation maps, covering a network of over 1,800 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, available to recreationalists and adventurers for use on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.

“We are extremely delighted to have this well-known and time-honoured organization participate in the Avenza Map Store and are very excited to make their amazing series of maps available to mobile users,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza Systems Inc. “The PDF Maps app is a great platform and many organizations are now seeing how easy it is to make their maps accessible to mobile consumers. We invite all map publishers to become a part of our vendor network.”

The PDF Maps app is an all-encompassing solution for the use, distribution and sale of digital versions of paper maps to mobile devices. It includes both an app for consumers to use, discover and purchase maps directly from their devices as well as an in-app store to facilitate the transaction and delivery of maps. Think of it as iTunes or iBooks for maps.

“This exciting use platform and distribution system for geo-referenced maps is perfect for putting our highly-detailed maps into the hands of our members for use on their mobile devices,” said Edward Goodell, Executive Director of the Trail Conference. “As more and more end users opt for and prefer to use maps on their mobile devices rather than paper it is essential that organizations like ours adopt powerful and cost-effective methods of delivering and using maps digitally. Avenza’s PDF Maps fits that bill.”

PDF Maps is available now on the iTunes App Store free of charge for personal use. For more information about the app, visit the Avenza website at Pricing of each map is set by the publisher and many free maps can be downloaded at no cost through the PDF Maps in-app map store.

For more information on using The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference maps with Avenza PDF Maps visit

More about Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. For more information visit the Avenza website at

More about The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of over 1,800 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public and publishes maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs that have a combined membership of over 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.