A Look At: Helly Hansen Zephyr VTR, A Modest Training Shoe


Packing and organizing gear to bring with you on an overseas trip is never the ideal thing. Of course, once you’ve arrived at your destination, it’s another thing entirely. In my case, I needed a light trainer shoe that was easily breathable in a very hot and sunny environment.

Helly Hansen heeded my call, and here I am with the Zephyr VTR men’s training shoe. Looks alright, doesn’t it?

Apple Kills iPhoto And Aperture For The Upcoming Photos App

apeture-for-osxTalk about killing two birds with one stone: Aperture and iPhoto, two apps well-known as either being incredible useful or incredibly annoying to Mac OS X users, will receive a death blow. You might be asking: “Then what about those of us who edit photos?”.

Well, Apple plans to take care of this — when Photos for OS X is launched.

To compensate for all the trouble to seceding to Adobe’s Lightroom and other apps in the same cateogry, Apple will be providing tools to migrate one’s existing work, while also building on Photos for OS X so that it becomes as formidable as Aperture was (which will also receive a Yosemite compatibility update).

This should all be cleared up later in the year, with a purported early 2015 launch, so until then, we wait.

Via: TC

Klean Reflect Kanteen Review

Klean Reflect Kanteen The Reflect Kanteen is a one-of-a-kind canteen (or “kanteen”, as its parent company “Klean Kanteen” would prefer for it to be called). Alright, maybe it’s not the only water-carrying apparatus in the world that is designed this way, but it is quite an appealing one. Also, it’s advertised as the first “BPA-free metal bottle”, which automatically makes Klean Kanteen a bio-conscious, earth-friendly company.

Some Project Manager Software For Business Management

Keeping track of all the different versions of project manager software for small business operations can get overwhelming, but Marketcircle’s Daylite application has introduced their latest version of sales tracking software that takes the guesswork out of complete business management. Designed for use with Macs, iPhones and iPads, the newest update to the system allows managers to see their entire schedule, complete with tasks, projects and upcoming events for the following week.

Finally: The Swatch SISTEM51 Mechanical Watch Launches July 1st For $150

swatch-sistem51sAlright, you must be thinking: “What is all the fuss, if any, about this Sistem51 watch?”. Well, it’s true: a lot of watch buffs really like the Sistem51, because it’s the first time a mechanical watch from a Swiss company (Swatch, in this instance) is being offered for a rather inexpensive price ($150 in the United States) while also being of true mechanical watch quality.

In fact, the company is going all out, enabling a pop-up store in Times Square just for the Sistem51’s launch. Meanwhile, I’ll try to procure one for a review; I honestly just love the way it looks.

Press release after the break.

Apple Colors The 16GB iPod Touch And Adds An iSight Camera

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 10.05.32 AMThe 16GB used to be a strange child: $229 for less features and capability than its more expensive counterparts. No longer! This morning Apple has added several colors to the 16GB iPod Touch, dropped the price to $199, and comes with the 5MP iSight camera seen in many of Apple’s non-iPhone devices.

The changes made to the 16GB however have affected the entire range: the 32GB is now $249 and the 64GB is $299. All of the new configurations and colors are available at the Apple Store, per usual.

Via: Apple

The Nikon D810 SLR Is All About Shooting Great Video, Apparently

nikon-d810It’s been quite a while since Nikon last made  a significant jab at the Canon EOS line of cameras, famed for their video recording capability and overall awesomeness. However, this very early Thursday morning proves to be the end of that: the Nikon D810 is a DSLR that is all about shooting top-notch video.

Specifically, there’s a 36.3 megapixel sensor, the EXPEED 4 image processing engine, an ISO ceiling of  12,800 (or as high as 51,200 when going into Hi-2 mode) which can make for some very interesting scenarios, and a 3.2-inch LCD with resolution. Nikon decided to hold off on the 4k for a little while longer, so you’ll have to be content with 1080p HD shooting at 60fps (NSTC) or 50fps (PAL).

Oh, and it comes out July 7th for $3,299.95. I never said anything about it being a budget video-oriented DSLR — still, it is less expensive than the 5D Mark III, but for now, the D810’s real-world merits are unknown.

Android Auto Enables Your Phone To Become Your Dashboard, And Then Some

downloadIndeed, either through the manual plugging-in of your Android device or having it built-into your next car from, Google wants Android Auto to be your main way of navigating, using hands-free communication technology, or just finding attractions.

Car companies scheduled to use the technology include Abarth (part of Fiat), Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, RAM, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, and finally, Volvo.

Of course, this only means that having iOS CarPlay and Android Auto as your dashboard option only makes your next car purchase more difficult, but hey, that’s the new reality. Video after the break.