Biometric Technology – Fingerprint Recognition
February 28, 2014
Advancements in technology continue to astound us; continually coming out with new devices, computers, phones, and even security advances. The newest advance on the market right now is the fingerprint recognition.
This refers to the method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. You just place the pad of your finger onto a device (like an iPhone or gun safe) and it confirms that you’re you by the unique patterns in your fingerprint. Gone are the days of confusing patterns to trace or trying to remember that complicated password.
So what products are offering fingerprint recognition? Let’s take a look at a few.
Microsoft now offers a device for fingerprint recognition that is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. It can be used to access websites and other features on your computer that you want to keep secured away from prying eyes. The Microsoft fingerprint recognition also eliminates sign in hassles.
iPhone 5 with Fingerprint Technology
Along those lines, the iPhone is now offering fingerprint scanners on their iPhone 5C smart phones . The feature is called TouchID and allows you to open your phone with a swipe of your finger; no more typing in pass codes. If you lose or misplace your phone, you won’t have to worry about it falling into the wrong hands or your sensitive personal information becoming public knowledge.
Security and Gun Safes
Also getting onboard with the fingerprint recognition technology, many gun safes now offer biometric fingerprint locks. The safe will not open until it recognizes the fingerprints of the owner. This ensures safety in a home that has firearms; no one can open the safe except the owner of the fingerprints.
No more worries about children accidently getting hold of your firearms, or worse, a thief or an intruder. Many gun enthusiasts also like the biometric fingerprint locks because it is a quick and easy way to get to your firearm in the event your home is broken into and you need access to your gun for personal protection. They claim this is much faster and easier than fumbling with a key and a lock or a pushing in a pattern on buttons (which also make a tell tale noise), especially at a time when adrenaline is high and you’re in a scary situation.
As it becomes more common, we’re sure to see many more companies and products offer the fingerprint recognition in the near future. In the meantime, I think I’ll wait for them to work out all the bugs first and buy the items after the initial sticker shock has worn off and prices come down.
How about you? Will you be among the first consumers to own a product with fingerprint recognition, or will you wait until fingerprint recognition is more commonplace and affordable?
Xbox One – Have you tried this?
December 4, 2013
OK so I tried the Xbox one for the first time the day it came out – I didn’t get to make it down to the early unveiling in my city so I couldn’t test it out a few days early.
Anyways, it’s a pretty slick machine, though it’s way too big. The PS4 is so much smaller. They’ll probably fix that in a couple renditions from now, but it’s kind of annoying looking at something that is basically the original Xbox on the outside.
I never did the whole Kinect thing on the 360 – no point, didn’t like it, never tried it…whatever the reason, just never was into it.
However, with the Xbox One now coming with a Kinect, of course you have to try it. Continue Reading
Beard Trimming Travel Tips
September 18, 2013
As a man with a beard, you assume extra responsibility for your appearance because it is so important that you keep your facial hair neat and tidy, lest you look disheveled, unclean, or lazy. Obviously, you’ll need the a good product for maintaining your scruff to make sure you always have a great tool to shave and trim your beard and mustache down to size, no matter what.
But what happens when you’re a travelling man? Or if you just happen to be travelling this once, but need to shave? There are a few important things to consider before you hit the road and journey away from the comforts of home.
If you have a corded beard trimmer, it will matter whether you travel internationally. At home, you will likely be able to get away with it, because wall sockets are the same across the country. However, in Europe for example, there is different voltage and different plug ins. You’ll need a trimmer that can handle the voltage change and might need a plug adaptor.
Not only that, but it might be a bit of a hassle travelling with your corded trimmer depending on how thick and unruly the cord is. It’s added bulk that’s not always easy to pack.
Finally, think ahead – are you going to be at a hotel or someone’s house where you can shave, or are you going to be running around from airport to taxi to meeting, with no time to shave?
If you have a cordless trimmer, it’s a bit easier when travelling. Depending on the length of your trip, you might be able to get away without bringing the charger, although you are obviously putting yourself at risk if you do that. If you are only going away for a day or a few days, just remember to charge your device fully before packing it. You should be able to shave wherever, whenever because the charge should hold for a few shaves.
If you’re going for awhile, be sure to bring your charger and make sure that if you’re going overseas you get the proper adaptors so your machine works with the different voltage and plug in.
Typically, it’s easier to travel with a cordless trimmer, but they do have their downsides.
For more information on shaving, trimming, and beard trimmer reviews to help you find the perfect one for you, visit www.beardguide.com.
Galaxy Note – the new 2014 edition!
September 15, 2013
If you haven’t heard of the Galaxy Note, you’ve been living under a rock.
Samsung has really stepped up their game as of late, with this and their mobile phone line.
It’s insane, really.
Anyways, this is one of the leading edge tablets along with the iPad and some of the Windows versions now available. It really depends if you like iOS, Windows, or Android. You will likely already have a favorite, but this might be worth another look.
The Note has a 10.1 inch display and is starting at $550. Continue Reading
Should You Get a Corded Trimmer?
September 14, 2013
These days, more and more things are becoming cordless. Only a decade ago, most things still had cords – phones, computer mice, keyboards, video game controllers. Today, we’re usually given an option when we purchase something, whether we want corded or cordless, and that’s true nowadays for beard trimmers.
There are benefits to both in many cases, although it is increasingly popular to go the non-cord route.
When it comes to beard trimmers, you have a lot of choice. There are about as many good corded trimmers as there are cordless ones. They each have their pros and cons, so it’s important to figure out what you are looking for in terms of personal preferences and general usage.
Pros of Corded Trimmers
- Consistent power supply to the motor means you’ll always get a good shave
- Don’t have to wait hours for a battery to recharge
- Won’t have to replace any batteries a couple years down the line as an added expense
Pros of Cordless Trimmers
- Convenient and can be used anywhere
- Great for travel purposes
Cons of Corded Trimmers
- Cord can be bulky, unruly, annoying, and hard to get around
- Limited to use near a power outlet
- More difficult to travel because of the extra bulk of the cord
Cons of Cordless Trimmers
- Inconsistent shave when battery starts to die and give less power to the motor
- Must recharge, usually for hours, before you can shave again
- Will have to replace battery eventually
So there you have it – there are pros and cons to both corded and cordless, and you will have to make your decision based on what is important to you and your shaving needs. There are great trimmers in both camps, so be sure to look at the bigger picture when making your decision.