Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meizu MX4 Specs and Features - Quick Review!

In today's report we will be looking at the Meizu MX4 - an amazing Chinese phone that has a set of great specs and features. But let's try to get over some prejudice that Chinese devices get all the time. While a lot of folks still see Chinese smartphones (and any products in general) to be of a much lower caliber than those produced by more established and reputable international OEMs, there’s no denying that a number of solid (and even great) devices and brands have emerged from China in recent years. This list includes brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo, OPO and Meizu. Wait, Meizu? Yes indeed and their new Meizu MX4 looks pretty impressive and will cost only around $300. Let's have a look!

Meizu MX4 Specs and Review

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sony Smartwatch 3 and new SmartBand expected at IFA

The first press events at IFA take place tomorrow, on September 3rd and we decided to aim our focus at what the leading tech companies will present in terms of wearable devices. Of course, the major thing we expect to see from Sony at IFA is their upcoming Xperia Z3 and well as the Z3 tablet compact, but they do have a wearable in plan. In fact, rumors suggest that they have two very interesting wearable to present and we are very eager to see them!

Sony Smartwatch and SmartBand IFA 2014
Leaked press renders

Monday, September 1, 2014

Asus ZenWatch Price and Release Date

As expected this is certainly the year in which wearable devices will take over the spotlight. More importantly, IFA 2014 is here and there aren't that many exciting announcements. So, as we scrape through the list we noticed some info about ASUS and their ZenWatch, a rumored smartwatch that will be powered by Google's Android Wear platform. It is very likely that the ZenWatch will soon be revealed, and we also have some info on the price tag and the release date following it. Read on for more info!

Asus ZenWatch smartwatch
Early concept preview

Star Wars Assault Team Review (Android Game)

There is something awfully addicting, yet extremely fake and empty about the new Star Wars: Assault Team video game for Android devices. While the screenshots looked extremely good, the video lacked depth and meaning - but is what major franchise's do when they focus on creating titles for mobile. They don't care about upholding to the standard of quality that is expected from them, instead they are quick to jump on the wagon and earn a quick buck. That being said, Star Wars Assault Team is by no means a bad game, but it is a disappointing one if you expected something that will truly appeal to your inner fanboy.

Look and Feel

This turn-based/collectable card game/strategy looks great - there is no doubt about it. The 3D models are very well animated and the static 2D images come in a high resolution which provides for optimal viewing pleasure. The special effects are, as expected, very flash, but it is hard to find a difference between the filter used for laser blasts and for Darth Vader's lightsaber (it looks the same).

Here are some of the screenshots:

Star-Wars-Assault-Team screenshots android

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Home Burglary Infographic

We've made quite a few posts on this blog in order to discus matters of personal and home security, but infographics are a relatively new thing for our blog. The folks at Your Greatest Protection have sent a cool-looking poster our way, so we hope you'll find the information presented here rather useful! Here's the infographic:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pepper Spray Risk Factors

Often I write articles about the benefits of owning a pepper spray product without focusing too much in detail about some possible negatives. Generally, there is really no negative in owning a non-lethal product for self-defense, but there are certain risk factors that are worth mentioning and discussing. Some of them might be silly to one who is fairly familiar with this device and how it operates but I feel that I should certainly write this article for those who are not aware of these issues.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top 5 Tips to Stay Protected on the Internet

 We use this blog to mainly to talk about personal security and self-defense, but we have rarely considered our safety in the online world. Often people try to separate our online activity from our daily life by saying that the things we do on the computer are not a part of "real life". While it is easy to understand what this is supposed to mean, it is not entirely true. The Internet is an integrated part of our lives, especially among younger generations. We do our shopping on the Internet, we meet new people, organize events and so much more! So, how is it a fool's errand to think about one's safety on the Internet? Today, we will give you 5 fresh tips on how to stay safe on the Internet!

Internet Safety and Security

Friday, November 29, 2013

Start exercising for better health today!

Ready to turn your life around?
Due to our busy and "modern" lifestyle we often forget to think about our health until it is too late. We give into consuming way too much junk food, spend too much time inside the house in front of an LCD monitor and we forget about exercise. This won't be one of those posts where we keep telling you these things as we are sure you already know about them! The thing most people lack is: time and motivation. Luckily, it is never too late to start exercising in order to get better health and this has even been scientifically analyzed and confirmed. The article was first published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and as such I recommend you check it out if you are interested. Anyway, let us get back to our topic and we will start things off with the "motivation" factor.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A List of the Best Common Sense Advice for Staying Safe

Common sense is honestly one of your biggest allies in life as well as when it comes to personal safety and security. Avoiding a dangerous situation is the perfect form of a self-defense and this can often be done just by keeping your head up high and observing your surroundings. The general principle is not to look like a victim or an easy target, but also to project an air of confidence around you. Knowing the area as well as the people who frequently pass by can be extremely advantageous and allow you to feel comfortable while staying vigilant.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Nexus One and Nexus S

Due to many factors Google has decided to leave the Galaxy Nexus out of its KitKat 4.4 update plans. The owners of this device were rather sad to hear this, but since the device is fairly old by now it is a an expected decision on Google's part. However, this hasn't prevented developers from XDA from working on an unofficial ROM which is now ready for the Nexus One and the Nexus S.

Nexus One KitKat 4.4

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tumblr App Ready for iOS

Tumblr has updated its official app and made it better for iOS 7. Aside from the backend, this is also includes the visual design which is much better suited for the new style. Content has been reorganized for easier access and the toolbar at the bottom of the app has been fully redesigned to fit the new concept better. In general, there are a lot of changes and this isn't just an "update", it is more of a full-scal redesign that we've been waiting for a fairly long time. You can get the app here and learn more about the newest features.

Getting Started with Tasers and Self Defense

In the past couple of years the tasers have become very popular security devices among professionals as well as civilians who seek to defend themselves. The rise of this products popularity can be attributed to the fact that a lot of police forces in the world (and especially in the US) have started using these. They are very powerful and provide a lot of takedown ability, yet they are nonlethal and great alternative to firearms. Depending on your state you may not be able to buy one for personal security, or you may require a special license. In this article we talk only about the Taser C2, as this the model that is most commonly available to people and it is actually one of the most affordable taser products that you can find.

How Does It Work? 

It is very important to learn what makes the Taser C2 work and how it is meant to be used because this knowledge is what turns this from a dangerous toy into a really powerful self-defense weapon. The device itself comes in various sizes and shapes, but the C2 has the most unique design that is very easy to get into and use.

Basically, the idea is to hit the person who is attacking you. But hit them with what exactly? Well, a taser shoots out two metal probes that attach to the skin of the attacker. These probes are connected to the device via powerful electric cables that pass a pulsating electrical current which will stop the attacker from continuing with his attack. The probes travels at extremely high speeds and they will pierce the skin on impact which means that the attacker cannot just remove them from his body. The probes don’t have trouble pierce through thick layers of clothing either and their range caps at around 15 feet while their speed equals around 135 feet per second. In metric terms this means that their maximum range is 4.5 meters and that their speed is 41 minutes per second.

But What is the Mechanism?

The trick behind the probes is that compressed nitrogen canisters are used to give them their initial velocity and acceleration. They also make pretty scary sound that will certainly confuse the attacker for a bit. The next thing they know they are on the ground and unable to move their muscles as the body just doesn’t respond to what the brain is telling it. It does hurt, but there is not that much pain involved according to what the testers who agreed to go through the experience have said.

The reason that it is effective, but also not that painful or dangerous is that the mechanism behind the Taser C2’s use of electrical currents and voltage. The device doesn't continually just keep the target under an intensive electrical shock; instead this is done periodically. These pulsating currents continually keep disrupting the neural system of the attacker and render him unable to get up and continue his aggression. At this point you should get away to safety and call the police. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fake Security Cameras - Learn the Ropes

There was a brief moment in 2008 when home burglary dropped by a fairly significant amount, but currently the reality of things is a lot different. The economy crisis is just one of the factors that have produced more crime, and home burglary is one of the side-products of the whole situation. A typical home burglary will set you back for around $3,000 without the price of fixing broken windows or electronic devices. Furthermore, some burglars are known for also being aggressive and they can put the life of you and your family in danger just to get what they want. Who or what can protect your home? 

Friday, November 15, 2013

What You Need to Know About Stun Guns

Along with pepper spray and taser devices, stun guns are the most popular and most effective personal security products on the market. However, worldwide statistics show that a lot of people don’t know much about these devices. The purpose of this article is to combat this ignorance and shed some light on the subject. In the rest of this text you will learn how these devices work and why most of the myths you may have heard about them are simply not true. 

The most common stun gun myth we've heard and that a lot of people repeatedly think is true is that you can cause a heart attack if you use a stun gun on someone. Another version of this myth is that stun guns can cause heart attacks to people who are using a peacemaker.

The first counter question would be – do you really care about causing a heart attack to someone who attacked you? Nonetheless, you can feel free to use a stun gun because it won’t happen. We understand this myth is so popular as heart attacks are often associate with electrical currents, but you would need a very strong electrical current in order to accomplish this. Stun guns produce a high voltage, but it is the milliamps that can be lethal. A stun gun is powered by two AA batteries; do you really think that has the capacity to be deadly? As the Mythbusters would say: “Myth Busted!”

Another one that we hear fairly often is that you will get shocked if you are touching the person that is receiving a jolt from a stun gun. Again, this is not true and it’s fairly simple to see why a lot of people think this would be possible. Nonetheless, you need not be afraid as the current passing through the attackers body will not transfer back to you.

The next is not really a myth, but more of an opinion that a lot of people seem to have and this is that stun guns are offensive weapons. We aren’t sure what this means, but here is our take on it. If they are trying to say that these devices are being used to commit crime or acts of violence, then we have to say that people also use baseball bats and golf clubs for that and, legally, just about anything can be considered a weapon if it is used like that.

We also hear something along the lines of “stun guns are illegal” from time to time, and this one can be rather irritating.  In the United States the majority of States and municipalities permit owning a stun gun with only a few states and jurisdictions where they are considered illegal or require a permit. Check your local laws before you buy a stun gun and do not trust any myths or rumors you heard.

Are stun guns big and bulky as well as hard to use? Not really, but a lot of people who remember them from back in the 90's still seem to think so. Today, there are a lot of portable stun devices that are no larger than a canister of lipstick (see the link and the photo above); however, usually stun guns are the size of smaller smartphone. There are of course larger stun devices that are called flashlight stun guns that are much larger and have a powerful LED flashlight integrated. These are a niche specific items that is made for security guards. As for how easy to use they are, we would have to argue that it is rather simple as you need only press a button to unleash the power of your device.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Using Personal Alarms - The Full Guide

While personal seucrity products like Tasers, pepper spray and stun guns are by far the most powerful (and most useful) products on the self-defense market, we must note that they are not always available (mostly due to legal issues) and that you probably cannot take them along with you if you travel to another country. This is just one the reasons why it can be very beneficial to own a portable personal alarm. They are lightweight devices that can often be placed as a keychain, yet their potential benefits are more than worth the low financial investment.