Category — MOBILE

Off the Grid and On the Cloud
by NICK ROSEN on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE


Why do we have the slogan “off the grid and on the cloud?”

Because we advocate combining ancient wisdom with the latest technology.

It’s great to be on your mountain hauling your own water to your homestead and chopping logs. Its also good to be able to earn a living on the net to support your eco-lifestyle. (more…)

Gear you need in your bug-out location
by TECHSTAR on JULY 16, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE

Imagine the collapse of society because there is an extreme weather event or the Chinese economy implodes bringing down the global system

No reason for you to suffer a moment’s discomfort with this list of handy gadgets to keep in your bug-out bag.

Fend for Yourself Related

1. Medical Kit

What: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/WaterTight 7 Medical Kit

Features: It’s super lightweight and has enough supplies for four people for up to four days. Bandages, dressing, tape, and more are included. The DryFlex waterproof liners help the bag stay waterproof.

How Much: About $27 (more…)

off the grid but on the cloud
by TECHSTAR on JUNE 13, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE

Cloud computing may seem incompatible with being off-grid, but there are ways to live in the cloud even when you don’t have an Internet connection. The most common situation occurs when you are actually in the clouds — stuck on a remote mountainside with no Wi-Fi, or, more likely, Wi-Fi so slow it might as well be nonexistent.

The key to using your cloud services without a connection is preparation: You must set up offline access before you head off the grid, either to individual files or to an entire collection. Here are instructions for some of the popular options. (more…)

Satellite Panic Buttons – Boon or Bane?
by VEG-HEAD on MAY 19, 2014 - 1 Comment in MOBILE

images (6)Spot satellite emergency signalling devices have saved 3000 lives to date – but are they an essential piece of kit for the outward bound, or a darned nuisance that is unleashing a bunch of idiots into the most unspoiled and peaceful places on the planet, especially in Canada.

The company that makes them proudly announces that SPOT products have been used to initiate 3,000 rescues around the world since the technology’s launch in 2007. “With over 200,000 units in service, SPOT is now averaging a rescue a day; approximately one-third (829) of all worldwide rescues to date have taken place in Canada,” the company announced.

SPOT says it delivers affordable and reliable satellite-based connectivity and real-time GPS tracking, completely independent of cellular coverage. But its prices are absurdly high. (more…)

The wearable revolution
by SALLY BUCHAN on MAY 10, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE

By Rachel Botsman – a global thought leader on the power of collaboration.

What if you could draw a dollar sign in mid-air, followed by any amount, and that would be all you needed to instantly pay your grocery bill?

A silver ring, only slightly bigger than your average wedding band, is about to hit the market and it promises to do just that, and more. Simply named Ring, the device is filled with motion sensors that detect hand gestures and can wirelessly sync with other smart devices. If you drew a musical note, it would activate your music player, while drawing a light bulb would control your lights. You will also be able to write texts by drawing letters in the air. (more…)

Charge your phone with this foldaway windmill
by TECHSTAR on APRIL 14, 2014 - 2 Comments in ENERGY, MOBILE

Forget plugs – you can now charge your mobile with a portable WIND TURBINE:the Trinity propeller harnesses breezes to power up a phone and other USB devices.
Created by American electricians Einar Agustsson and Agust Agustsson, the power station folds into a 12-inch cylinder when not in use. (more…)

FireChat app
by TECHSTAR on APRIL 5, 2014 - 2 Comments in MOBILE

peer to peer messaging

peer to peer messaging

SAN FRANCISCO AP –A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there’s no cellular service or Internet connection. Think of it as peer-to-peer messaging.

In just two weeks since its release on the iPhone, FireChat already has provided a flicker of hope for people pining for more effective, secure and affordable ways to communicate. That’s because the free messaging app harnesses a technology called wireless mesh networking, which might someday allow a myriad of devices to connect like links in a chain, without a facilitating company needing to get involved. (more…)

App uses social media data to make avoiding people easier
by TECHSTAR on MARCH 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE, URBAN

A new iPhone app allows users to harness the power of social media to become as anti-social as possible.

Cloak lets users view a map with location data taken from their friends’ Foursquare and Instagram posts in order to avoid contact.

Users can flag specific friends — or all of them — and will receive an alert if they’re nearby. The warning distance ranges between within one block and 2 miles. (more…)

Bye-bye the smartphone:Tablets rated and reviewed
by TECHSTAR on MARCH 3, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE, OFF-GRID 101

Field tests of computers and laptops

Field-test tablets and laptops

Out in the boonies, your net-connected phone or computer can be your best work-mate.
But phones are too small, and computers too power-hungry. The new generation of tablets could be the ideal productivity tool for many off-gridders.
With the right tech choices, you’ll be able to do all the usual – send emails, stream video, run multiple programs, but also edit video, run spreadsheets, work from home AND have a family asset that will let kids do homework while granny searches the family tree and Dad watches Netflix.

So here is what we tested: (more…)

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