Scientist’s View of Protecting You from Your Phone & Yourself

June Lai, Founder, CEO Catalyst Case

It’s no secret that everyone is trying to be better informed and protect themselves and others and reduce exposure  to the Covid-19 virus. They’re social distancing, wearing masks and washing their hands, but how many of us think about our smartphone as a major source of a threat to our health? Or how many of us are missing key pieces of information that can help us and our loved ones stay safe? [Podcast]

I had a unique opportunity to speak with June Lai, founder and CEO of Catalyst, a high tech accessories maker but also first and foremost, also a scientist who not only sees things from a business perspective but from a true scientific one as well. During our Toastcaster Podcast interview (Episode 146) which you can to listen below. June offered me an incredible and authoritative insight on what’s really going on out there – about the virus, PPE, and how we inadvertently spreading it. But she also offered ways we can all help ourselves and our loved ones stay safe.

By the end of this podcast, you’ll better understand the difference between bacteria and a virus – which still seems to confuse people and what terms like anti-microbial really means.  You’ll also get tips on how to properly disinfect your phone, what to use, what not to use and what to watch out for and suggestions on proper Covid phone safety etiquette.

Washable Waterproof Cases

You’ll also discover how waterproof cases, like Catalyst‘s can not only protect your valuable smartphone investment, but one that is also washable can effectively reduce the risk of infection when properly implemented into your daily protection routine. (They also make for a nice holiday gift)

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Catalyst washable waterproof case

The techies will also love to hear what makes for a great waterproof case, and methods and technology Catalyst used in perfecting their patented waterproof seal. (I bet you don’t know that what looks like a simple case has in fact 46 components.)

You’ll also learn a little more about June, a glimpse into her fascinating journey, how the company and the first waterproof cases came to be and how Catalyst’s skillset and innovation has now lead them to develop much needed quality PPE including novel items like a mask wallet.

June Lai, originally from Vancouver, Canada, now based in Hong Kong is the founder and CEO of Catalyst – a global consumer high tech high performance electronics accessories brand. She’s also a scientist who oversees R&D at the company who is in the business of inventing unique patented products that combine world-class design with performance.  You can find out more about about Catalyst at CatalystCase.com.

If you’re interested in learning more about viruses, June suggests checking out TWiV – This Week in Virology – a podcast about viruses.

Greg Gazin, also known as the Gadget Guy and Gadget Greg, is a syndicated veteran tech columnist, communication, leadership and technology speaker, facilitator at Crestcom International, blogger, podcaster and author. Reach him @gadgetgreg or at GadgetGuy.ca.

Unique & practical must-have gadgets for back to school and more

Light Show Bluetooth speaker, a durable wireless camera, connecting to the Internet without a nest of wires and a multi-use charger that starts your car are among the few top picks.

When we think back-to-school, we think of pens and pencils, notebooks and backpacks, and even tablets and other gadgets. Here are a few less obvious items to consider adding to the pile.

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Earbuds are a natural must-have for walking around campus and tuning out what’s around you. But when back at the dorm or chilling out with friends, you might just want to fill the room with sound. The prescription for that is the portable Creative Halo wireless speaker and two-way speakerphone.

Read more below or also at Troy Media. [Read more…]

IK Multimedia announces iRig Stomp I/O USB pedalboard controller for Mac/PC and iOS with built-in HD audio and MIDI

IK Multimedia is proud to introduce iRig Stomp I/O, an all-new generation of USB pedalboard controller for live and studio use, featuring a built-in audio interface. It is expected to be available in March 2018 and is now open for pre-order. iRig Stomp I/O is a sturdy, portable pedalboard controller that has 4 built-in switches along with an expression pedal and features a professional high-definition audio interface with 24-bit audio and up to 96kHz sampling rate, a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input with phantom power, balanced stereo output and high quality ¼” headphone output ideal for use with the latest Apple devices like the iPhone X.

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Cases to protect your $1,000 phone from earth, wind, water, and the Force

 

 

 

 

 

Some smartphones can easily run you over $1,000, all the more reason to give them the proper protection they need to keep them running

No matter where they’re going, or what they’re doing, people are taking their smartphones with them. And, as some the latest models can easily run you over $1,000 to buy, this is all the more reason to give them the proper protection they need to keep them running. To do so, it’s important that they have the right case for the right person for the right environment.   You can also read the full article at Troy Media.

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Waterproof USB cables necessary for harsh environments

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While more and more products are going wireless, it’s not always possible to do away with USB cables. And if you do need to use them, the challenge of course arises when you have to use them in less than ideal conditions – particularly wet ones. Since not all cables can withstand moisture, having waterproof rated cables is imperative to ensure you maintain a solid connection especially in mission critical situations. [Read more…]

Mood changing cases for new iPhones

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If you’re a fan of the mood ring or simply like its coolness factor, you can now bring that vibe to a new phone case as Case-Mate unveils Mood. It’s a new a case with an old twist for the latest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the new iPhone X models that will no doubt be a great little conversation starter. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

New rugged EcoLantern light and speaker 100% waterproof

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EcoXGear known for their outdoor products has launched EcoLantern a new portable light and speaker. It’s tough and rugged, ideal for the outdoors, and it’s totally 100% waterproof.

The new offering features five brightness settings and multiple light modes: bi-directional control, dimmable, multi-colour for partytime and if needed, emergency flashing. Despite being only total 10.4” tall still puts out a respectable 400 lumens with 360-degree light. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: UnGrip won’t let you drop your phone

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Johann Pascual had an epiphany noticing that while cellphones were getting bigger and bigger most people’s hands were not and that caused some difficulty for some people. So he invented Ungrip, a little gadget that adheres to the back of any sized smartphone allowing you to easily grip your prized device with comfort and care.

Now before you start quoting Capt. Obvious, the reality is that a larger phone means a higher chance of dropping it, a common occurrence particularly when taking Selfies. And haven’t you noticed how many of those phones aren’t even in a protective case Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Twist-O-Flex for Apple Watch – what’s old is new again

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It’s hard not to remember your Father or Grandfather’s wristwatch with that funky Speidel Twist-O-Flex expansion band. Well, this almost 60 year-old technology has been reimagined with a classic twist as an expansion watchband for the modern Apple Watch.

What’s always been great about the Twist-o-Flex band is its ability to stretch and quickly snap back into place, making it so easy to put it on and take it off of your wrist. There’s no need to muss or fuss with buckles and straps and less worry your watch will fall off and get lost. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Review: iRig Pro I/O compact mobile audio/MIDI interface

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If you’re a mobile musician or just like to keep things on the ultra-compact side and require the use of a pocket-sized Audio/MIDI interface, then you might want to have a look at the iRig Pro I/O, the latest offering from IK Multimedia.

Those unfamiliar with the iRig interface; it’s a studio quality audio/MIDI interface that can be used with a number of instruments including the guitar, bass or MIDI keyboard. And maybe a surprise to some is that the iRig Pro I/O can also be used with a studio condenser microphone as the unit can supply 48V phantom power right to the XLR jack by simply switching it on. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.