Oct 17

Linksys WRT3200ACM MU MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router
Linksys WRT3200ACM MU MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router Review

Gamers are always looking for the fastest connection and a wireless router that can handle multiple connections anywhere in the home. Linksys has been producing reliable wireless connectivity hardware for more than 15 years. So when Best Buy gave me the chance to try out their new open source firmware enabled WRT3200ACM WiFi router, I said, “Yes please.”

Overview
The Linksys WRT3200ACM WiFi Router is an easy to setup, yet highly powerful router. From unboxing to connecting computers, smartphones and gaming systems to the router’s wireless signal should take no more 15 minutes. Continue reading New Linksys WRT3200ACM WiFi Router Is a Gamer's Delight

Oct 08

HomeAway Stage Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016
HomeAway Stage Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016 by Chris Heuer

Chris Rauschnot @24k spent the last weekend of September in Austin, Texas covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Chris was invited and sponsored by HomeAway to live in one of their rented condos in Downtown Austin, where all of the action is during ACL. The condo was conveniently located about six blocks away from the ACL shuttle stop and a few blocks away from the Four Seasons Austin. To get to Austin, Chris flew nonstop from Las Vegas via a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 airplane.


The Austin City Limits Music Festival is in its 15th year and entertains about 450,000 people over three days and two weekends. There are many stages setup around Zilker Park, which is across the river from Downtown Austin. One thing to note about Austin is that it does not have Uber or Lyft. They have multiple ride-sharing options however and the one Chris choose to travel with happened to have helpful and fun drivers. Continue reading Austin Becomes My HomeAway From Home At The 2016 ACL Music Festival

Sep 27

ZTE Spro 2 AT&T Smart Projector Hotspot
ZTE Spro 2 AT&T Smart Projector Hotspot

Finding a feature-rich and portable projector to travel with can be difficult with so many options out there. ZTE’s Spro 2 takes most of the guesswork out of the decision making process by combining three great features in one small package. It puts you in control with an integrated AT&T 4G LTE hotspot and enough dual-band wireless signal to share that up to ten WiFi devices. It operates on Android 4.4 KitKat with access to the Google Play App Store and is a decent personal projector, for about $299.99, a qualifying data plan required for this model.

The ZTE Smart Projector has a 5” LCD display touch panel on top that is very responsive to finger taps, switching apps and setting up its projector functions. It comes with a micro SD card slot, a SIM slot, an HDMI port, power adapter port, USB ports and a headphone port. Continue reading Review: ZTE's Spro 2 Streams Videos & Is A Fast 4G LTE Hotspot

Sep 22

Fitbit BLAZE Fitness Trackers
Fitbit BLAZE Fitness Tracker Review

Fitness and activity tracking wearables continue to be a hot topic several years into their development. Refinements, added functionality, apps and accessories have expanded the market even further. I have tested several devices from Withings, Nike and Motorola. I wanted to try something new for several upcoming trips and I saw that the BLAZE looked cooler than their Charge HR. The Fitbit BLAZE is my first experience with the brand. I picked up an XL from a local AT&T Store. Continue reading Review: Fitbit BLAZE Fitness Tracker & Smartwatch

Sep 11

Further with Ford 2016 Dearborn Michigan Preview
Further with Ford 2016 Preview

As a key opinion leader in the fields of technology and connected automobiles, Ford Motor Company has chosen me to attend their Further With Ford 2016 in Dearborn, Michigan at their World Headquarters. Ford is sponsoring my travel and lodging.

“At Ford, we view ourselves as both a mobility and an auto company, as we drive innovation in every part of our business,” said Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Continue reading Further with Ford 2016 Dearborn, Michigan Preview

Sep 03

Honor 8 by Huawei
Huawei Honor 8 Sapphire Blue from Best Buy

Looking for that hot new smartphone made for traveling with some of the latest photography technology, but don’t want to break the bank? Huawei (wah-way), the maker of the highly successful Nexus 6P, has come up with the Honor 8 unlocked Android smartphone. It comes in an exclusive Sapphire Blue color with dual 12MP lenses on the back, only at Best Buy.

Looking to produce excellent selfies? Well, Huawei has you covered again with an 8M large pixel (1.4um) wide-angle front-facing camera. Most cameras on the front of smartphones come with a 1um pixel size, but the extra .4um gives you extra light for better looking photos.

Battery life for smartphones with such high-end specs is equally important. That’s why Huawei has included a 3,000 mAh long lasting battery. The custom chips made by the company can give you up to 12 hours of HD video, 4 hours of 4G web browsing, 20 hours of 3G calling or 56 hours of music playback. Continue reading Huawei Launches Exciting New Dual Camera Unlocked Smartphone At Best Buy

Aug 26

Huawei Connect 2016 Shanghai China
Chris @24k Invited to Shanghai for The Magic of Digital Transformation - Huawei Connect 2016

Chris Rauschnot @24k will be live posting and engaging his following during his trip to Shanghai, China via Los Angeles, California - Tokyo, Japan - Changi Airport, Singapore today. Chris has been invited and is sponsored by Huawei to attend their The Magic of Digital Transformation – Huawei Connect 2016. In addition, he will be touring parts of Singapore and Shanghai along the way. On the way back from Shanghai, he will be touring parts Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Huawei communications technology is utilized by a third of the world’s population. In 2014, they ranked third in the world in mobile phone shipments. Manufacturing and design facilities, luxury travel experiences and points of interest in each city will be explored. Huawei is all about, “A better connected world.” I look forward to finding out more about Huawei’s Cloud Congress, Network Congress and Developer’s Congress, “into a single dynamic event.” Their most incredible lineup of speakers include all three rotating CEOs of Huawei, CEO of Intel and VP of China Telecom. Continue reading Chris @24k Invited to Shanghai For Huawei Connect 2016

Aug 02

AT&T Unite Explore Netgear Hotspot Review
AT&T Unite Explore Netgear Hotspot Review

Up the ante with the latest in secure hardware, while roaming globally with the rugged NETGEAR Unite Explore AT&T 4G LTE hotspot. NETGEAR’s Unite Explore secures your international roaming connection. Their design is so well received that it has recently won a prestigious Red Dot award. Starting at $49.99, exploring destinations and surfing the web worldwide is easier now with their latest in mobile hotspot technology.


AT&T 4G LTE Unite Explore NETGEAR Hotspot Unboxing By Bill Cody @VegasBiLL

Continue reading Netgear's Unite Explore Hotspot Connects Worldwide With 4G LTE

Jun 30

Hexbug Vex Robotics Robotic Arm
HEXBUG VEX Robotics Robotic Arm

My favorite feature of Toy Of The Year Award Winner For 2016 HEXBUG’s kit is that is was easily built, but provided for a few hours of educational fun. Additional challenges included in this kit were to figure out how to build the mechanical scorpion and chopper.


Vex Robotic Hex Robotic STEM Kit Unboxing

I found the most fun from the project was attaching everything together and watching it work for the first time. It also has multiple alternate builds to see something else work. Continue reading Vex Robotics Robotic Arm Educational Build Kit

Jun 22

Chris Rauschnot @24k Chosen To Compete In First-Ever Drivable Game With Ford
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Edition

Chris Rauschnot @24k will be live posting and engaging his following during his trip to New York City via Las Vegas, Nevada today. Chris has been invited by Ford which are also sponsoring his travel and accommodations to compete in what they are calling the, “first-ever drivable game.” He has not been compensated for his social media coverage of the trip and all thoughts are his own. In addition, he will be touring parts of the City That Never Sleeps.

The Ford Motor Company is a top worldwide automaker and provider of mobility solutions. He is sworn to secrecy during the game to keep it fresh for new players. But, he will be showcasing aspects of the 2017 Ford Escape that helped him compete. Continue reading Chris Rauschnot @24k Chosen To Compete In First-Ever Drivable Game With Ford