Category — MOBILE

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…)

New secure cellphone is hard to use
by NICK ROSEN on FEBRUARY 28, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE

need a degree in electronics to operate

Its for the tinfoil hat brigade

Barcelona – Telecommunications Weekly reports the launch of a new secure phone for those who do not want the NSA or anyone else spying on their communications. However Silent Circle, the secure communications firm that launched the phone- later said its not immune to NSA-level break-in

And although the aptly-named Blackphone says it “is not just for the tinfoil hat crowd” in fact it is exactly for the technically minded since it requires complicated software to use, which must be operated, and paid for, separately from the phone itself. It relies heavily on a peer to peer sharing network which was founded by Phil Zimmerman, the author of the PGP encryption protocol. (more…)

Woodlands better than Baltimore shelters
by VEG-HEAD on FEBRUARY 23, 2014 - 0 Comments in MOBILE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Vans, tents, tunnels, sheds - no need to live in a house

So many empty homes, so many homeless people

Baltimore photographer Ben Marcin’s captures makeshift settlements near railway lines, gas stations, Walmarts and bridges. Amongst his eerie tableaux of tents, vans and other non-permanent dwellings, our favourite is the tunnel-home pictured.

* He said many of Baltimore’s homeless feel safer in the woods than in shelters (more…)

Subaru unreliable electrics
by TECHSTAR on FEBRUARY 6, 2014 - 1 Comment in MOBILE, OFF-GRID 101

When you live off the grid a Subaru Outback might seem like the perfect choice. It’s a low-profile All wheel Drive that has an enviable reputation for reliability.

Unfortunately the Subaru company is hostile and unhelpful when the design flaws in its cars are exposed. And there are many design flaws. Their so-called Customer Service department refused to come on the phone and wrote legalistic replies to my complaints. (more…)

ArkPak battery box review
by WRETHAOFFGRID on FEBRUARY 2, 2014 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, MOBILE, WRETHA

PICT0008

Just before Christmas, I received a device called an ArkPak. It’s referred to as “The world’s most advanced battery box”. And that is exactly what it is, it’s a portable battery box, inverter, smart charger all in one.

It is pretty simple/easy to work, the battery fits right in, the cords/cables are color coded and easy to hook up, I liked the LCD screen. Once I installed the battery and turned it on, it asked me if it was a new battery, I answered NO, it then took a few seconds then told me the charge condition of the battery, it was sitting at 84%. I like the fact that it has the ability to tell me about my battery condition, that is a very important thing. (more…)
Old fire rescue truck conversion into an RV
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JANUARY 3, 2014 - 2 Comments in MOBILE, WRETHA

Some guy bought an old fire rescue truck. What he turned it into is pure awesomeness.

This Reddit user’s dad did something with a hunk of junk that quite possibly made him the coolest person on the planet. He decided to buy an old fire rescue truck that was formerly used by German fire departments and tinker with it. However, he wasn’t interested in restoring the vehicle or keeping it as a collector’s item… instead, he did something much cooler with it.

Memo to Santa: Keep taking the Tablets
by TECHSTAR on DECEMBER 2, 2013 - 3 Comments in MOBILE

Some REALLY love the Mini

Some REALLY love the Mini

GADGETS are the big gifts this year as usual, whether tablets, games consoles, TVs or cameras.
But there is one gizmo that can be all of these things at once – the new iPad Mini 2, which came out earlier this month.
Priced from $459 (£349 in the UK CDN$756 in Canada) for the 32GB wi-fi-only version or $619 with mobile connectivity, it is not cheap – but it does the job of so many gadgets it works out at unbeatable value.

Here, are just some of its many uses … (more…)

What’s it like living on a yacht?
by SPY_VONDEGA on NOVEMBER 29, 2013 - 1 Comment in MOBILE

boat living, rv living, mobile living, satellite phoneInteresting discussion on the Solar investment chatroom about living on a 40 foot +/- yacht.

“I see them outside my office window all day and it seems like a relaxing life,” says Alloy Boy. “Are they really too small to live(single) comfortably and how fast do they depreciate? A quick seach revealed that a 40 footer cost more or less the same as a condo or small house, but what are the upsides of living on a boat(other than being mobile)?” (more…)


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