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June seems like it’s flown by, and before we know it, IT’S FATHER’S DAY!! Scrambling to find a gift I tell you, it almost slipped my mind. My hubby is an amazing father to our girls, and works hard to be able to give us what we need and want. I had to find something special for him for his Father’s Day gift, and thankfully I did. Just In Time!
Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your dad or husband? Head over to Best Buy and check out the Samsung phone + Gear VR Bundle, it’s the perfect Father’s Day gift any dad would love, and can enjoy!
Check out my husband playing the game Sisters on the Samsung Gear VR below…
The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with the following devices:
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+.
This is such a great product for Father’s Day and from now until June 18th Best Buy is offering a FREE Samsung Gear VR, PLUS $50 of Virtual Reality content with purchase or lease and activation of select Samsung Smartphones. You can check out the deal on Bestbuy.com.
Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dad’s out there, and I hope that you get a virtual gift you’ll enjoy! Just remember, sometimes, to share that awesome gift with your kids and wife, they’ll have a blast with it too!
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
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Everything changes. Just look at your home town now and thirty years ago. It might seem as a short period, but in this time many changes have occurred. Some of the cities in the world were built from scratch during this time. Like everything else, many sciences have evolved in the last fifty years. Since the Industrial Revolution, people are trying to employ and exploit the machines to best of their ability. Similarly to this, the development of computers and the Internet, as well as the introduction of many medical devices, brought about many improvements in medicine.
Today, all of these elements are a necessity in any hospital, clinic or pharmacy store. Furthermore, they became so intertwined and it is hard to exclude one of these elements without excluding the rest.
As previously said, most of the medical procedures are being performed with the use of computers and different medical devices. So, why do we need the Internet then? Internet was created as enormous space meant to store different kinds of files and information. In big hospitals, with many different departments, it is necessary to enter the data through the Internet so that all the users can see them. For example, if you finished your shift, you need to leave all the information to your colleague from the other shift. Imagine if you started performing an operation just to realize that you are out of supplies. This system allows you to keep track of your stocks, of what is available, and what you need to order.
It is a good thing that these changes impacted drugstore as well. Nowadays, online Canadian pharmacies such as the popular https://www.youdrugstore.com/do most of its business through the Internet. Similarly to hospitals, they have all the data regarding their available stock. Whenever someone orders through Internet, these online drugstores are able to send the required medication using a vast network to final consumer. This is an enormous breakthrough because sick patients can’t allow themselves to travel much.
Like the medication, existing medical machines are also heavily influenced by the internet. All the machines that were ever made had only one purpose. To serve the people that built it. And when we say serve, we mean serve to its full capacity. When it comes to medical equipment, this is very important to have in mind. Unlike the machines that are used for production, when a medical machine brakes down, people die. This is why the Internet is so important for these machines. We get many notifications through it. All the machines are used up during their work. Internet gives us a heads up when we should change a malfunctioning part. If there are more hospitals within network (for example, public hospitals) we can send patient from one point to the other. This enables us to relocate patients and equally use all the equipment at our disposal.
Internet made such a difference for us. It allowed us to enter a world with many possibilities. It is good that medicine started using it the right way, saving lives in the process.
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Ah yes, it’s that time of year again…. Back to school! Some parents are thrilled, me not so much, I love the summer, I love traveling in the summer, and back to school means it’s all over …. But….The kiddos go back to school, so I guess that’s a plus. Besides summer coming to an end, the other bummer is back to school shopping… It’s so expensive these days! The kids need so many more things than we ever did for school, and that includes new technology.
It’s a must have for most kids now, at least in one form or another. Tablets, laptops, headphones, flash drives and memory cards, these are the things you’ll see on some of your class supply lists. Best Buy and SanDisk want to make your shopping easier and affordable by providing you with the products that your kids will need all in one place with the experts who can help you. Best Buy being the place you can get a memory card to support safe storage for all of your devices. Visit the site to learn what card is right for you.
SanDisk offers a wide range of products including:
– SanDisk for Digital Imaging: SanDisk products, from professional-grade camera memory to point-and-shoot SD cards to microSD cards, deliver industry-leading performance and reliability. SanDisk SD cards are also designed to meet the security, capacity, performance, and environmental requirements of next generation devices—because your stories span generations and your memory solutions should too.
o Capture more fast action , Record more 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video, AND Transfer speeds up to 60MB/s FOR SMARTPHONES, TABLETS AND ACTION CAMERAS
o Over 10X faster than ordinary cards3 AND Transfer speeds up to 80MB/s FOR DSLR CAMERAS AND CAMCORDERS
– SanDisk microSD card: Add one to your smartphone or tablet, and you can carry more of the media and apps you love. Thin and light computing devices, tablets, and smartphones demand the compact form factors of SanDisk microSD cards.
– Mobile devices: They help you share stories every day, no matter where you go. Make sure their performance can keep up. SanDisk microSD™ cards give your smartphone or tablet a more responsive camera function and smoother media playback. Whether you want more storage for your phone or a card that makes it easy to shoot high resolution video on the go, you can choose the way you want to add fast, reliable data storage with capacity options from 4GB to 200GB.
o USB FOR IPHONE AND IPAD ALLOWS FOR Easy transfer between iPhone, iPad, and computers AND Frees up iPhone and iPad memory with both lightning and USB connectors
o Dual USB for ANDROID devices ALLOWS FOR Easy transfer between Android™ device and computers AND Frees up space for photos, videos, music and more
Back to school means the kids taking their own devices, to do their own things. From taking photos, taking notes, and using their calendars on their phones, technology isn’t something we can ignore anymore when it comes to education. The SanDisk microSD card allows them to keep their videos, photos and more in their devices to carry all of their media with them with more space added to their devices. MicroSD cards come with storage capacity from 4GB – 200GB.
If they’re working on a project at school that they want to continue to work on at home, SanDisk memory devices allow that with their easy transfer capabilities using Lightening and USB connectors making it easy to use and transfer your items no matter what device you have.
Best Buy is the one stop shop for all of your back to school techy needs for you and your kids. Visit your local store today, or make your purchase easily online for free pick up or delivery.
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
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Drones seem to be everywhere today! In the sky, in our media, everywhere you can hear about drones, or see videos of what drones have been able to capture. We’ve had the chance to play with a few of them, not so sophisticated as they seem to be now, but fun for our family and the kids to play with, they’re nothing like the NEW 3DRobotics Solo Drone!
Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Best Buy recently announced that the NEW 3DRobotics Solo Drone would be available in more than 400 of their stores. This drone is pretty darn cool! It’s easy to fly, and allows you to capture both videos and photos with a GoPro camera.
The 3D Robotics Solo Drone is unlike any other, it’s powered by two integrated Linux computers (in the drone and in the controller) and also supports full control of GoPro cameras as well as deliver LIVE HD video wirelessly to your mobile device or via the controller’s HDMI port for live broadcasts.
Found at Best Buy, the 3D Robotics Solo Drone also features:
– Smart Shot modes so the drone can fly itself. You can focus more on the camera and the different modes such as Cablecam, Orbit, Selfie and Follow Me.
– Ergonomic and video game style controller built specifically for aerial photography.
– Free full-featured mobile app for both iOS and Android where you can choose between a live view from the camera and a satellite view of your selected shot.
– Controller features one-button, automatic flight controls including take off, land and return home.
– Offers direct in-flight access to the GoPro controls
The 3DRobotics Solo Drone can be found at most Best Buy stores and retails for $999. Now through July 11th you can get a FREE SOLO SMART BATTERY (value $149.99) when you purchase the 3DR Solo Drone (Offer valid with purchase of the 3DR Solo Drone SKU: 5351035).
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It would be easy to say “My kid won’t get a phone until they can pay for it themselves”. I hear it everyday. I hear, “Why does your 10 year old have a phone? They don’t need a phone at that age!”. Thing is, they do. In my opinion it’s unrealistic to think that a child doesn’t need to grow up with the technology we use day to day, and that includes phones, computers and tablets.
I at one point thought, there’s no way my kids need a phone or a tablet. My mind has changed. Once my oldest daughter (who’s now 11) started venturing out into the neighborhood on her own, going to the park, to her friends houses, I started to worry. It’s a different world out there than what we grew up in, I needed to know she was ok, I needed to know where she was at all times. Call me a helicopter mom, so be it, I wanted to know my child was safe! So, we got her a phone…..
Thing is, how to do make sure they’re safe within not only your own neighborhood, but within their technology community as well? You worry about the dangers lurking online, the dangers lurking in social media, you don’t want your child to get mixed up in that mess. Yes, I worry about that too, but we have safe guards and we talk to our daughter about the ‘rules’ and ‘responsibilities’ she has with her phone, tablet and computer.
Step 1 – Establish master passwords. Each device our children own have a password attached to just log into. Do they know this password? No! It’s known only by myself and my husband. This means that to get on their computer or tablet, our children must ask permission first.
Step 2 – Know what your carrier offers. Your wireless carriers should provide some good features and apps to use when it comes to family safety. Being Verizon Wireless customers, we are offered Family Base which lets you track your kids activity like when they access the internet, or text from their device. You can also see when they’re using their their phone or internet, and read text messages.
Step 3 – Know the Apps they’re downloading. My oldest daughter really wanted to download this game called Five Nights of Freddy, so I downloaded it onto my device first and checked it out before I would allow her to download it. We also have a password on the Google Play Store, in which she doesn’t know, therefore in order to download something from the Play Store, again she has to ask permission. This lessens the chance of her downloading apps she has no business using. As for social media, she’s allowed to use Facebook as we have a lot of family out of state/country, however, we again have a password that she doesn’t even know. She’s logged in, however, I can also log in at any point in time on my own device to see exactly what she’s been doing. I made sure that her Facebook profile is also private, so no one can see her posts or photos unless they’re friends with her.
It may seem intrusive to some, however the safety of my children come first. So why bother letting them use technology if I’m afraid of danger? Because it’s a part of our world today. Location services also help when she’s out with her friends. At any point in time, I can use my Google + app to see her location. She only has her location on her device to share with myself and my husband, so the entire world doesn’t know where she is, it’s just us.
One of the first things we did as well, was talk to our daughters about the dangers of going online. We taught them not to friend people they don’t know. Not to give personal information like their real names, the places they go, the city they live in. Only friend those people that you 100% know who they are in real life.
One of my favorite apps that we have on all of our children’s devices is called Screen Time Parental Control and on our devices we have the Screen Time Remote. This app does cost money, it’s not free, however, it’s well worth the investment. We are able to lock apps, lock the phones during certain times of days. We also get emails whenever something has been changed or downloaded onto the devices. Daily emails also tell us how much time they have been on their devices for the day.
Using Screen Time Parental Control we have set hours on each device. We have a school time lock, which locks all apps except for texting and phone usage. We also have a time limit after school house during the week (1 hour of use) and a bedtime lock where they cannot use apps, Google etc. We have ran into trouble in the past where my oldest had snuck her tablet up to bed and stayed up all night watching YouTube and playing games. With Screen Time, this is no longer an issue. Weekend hours are set to 4 hours of use, however, during the week (and on weekends) they can earn more time by asking us through the app. For instance, cleaning room adds 15 mins of time, and other various chores allows them to ask us through the Screen Time App, and we can approve or not for more time to be added from our own devices.
We can also see what they’ve been doing through our own device, we can see if they’ve been on YouTube, for how long and what they’ve been watching and/or searching for. We can see Google Searches as well.
The thing with Kids and Technology isn’t much about the age, it’s how responsible they are with it, and how you as a parent take part in having safety talks with them, and how you monitor their usage. It isn’t that you can’t, it’s finding the right ways you need to monitor your children. We’ve had talks about other social media such as Twitter, Instagram, KIK and SnapChat, and how they’re not age appropriate or something they need to be a part of at this age, and the dangers that can come along with some social media networks.
I don’t have teens just yet, we’re almost there, I’m sure there’s more talks to come, but for now, this is how we’ve chosen to keep our kids safe with technology.
No compensation was made for this post – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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