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Drink safe water anywhere you are with Grayl

Drink safe water anywhere you are with Grayl
One of my favorite activity to do to recharge from hectic and stressful work is to go hiking whenever possible. The fresh air, the touch of leaves, shades from trees and scenic view from the peak never failed to rejuvenate my soul plus the long trail-walk train my body to become more fit. To make the 3 to 5 hour hike more comfortable, I always make sure to bring enough trail food and water. Enough drinking water is a must for hiking in a tropical country like the Philippines but what is enough differs from person to person. It is more challenging for some hikers to bring enough water for the trail since more water means heavier load to carry. Thanks to technology, it is a lot easier now. With Grayl, you don't have to bring more than one bottle because now you can make a drinkable water along the way. Grayl is an ultralight purifier bottle that can make clean, purified water in less than 15 seconds from any fresh water source you can find. It works like a French press coffee maker:

First, you scoop up some water from any fresh water source and then, press down the tube into the container and viola, you have a safe to drink water.

How to purify water with Grayl Ultralight
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The technology claims to remove particles, chemicals, and heavy metals found in untreated water and also viruses and bacteria.  The patented technology does not require batteries, UV bulbs, chemicals, pumping, sucking, squeezing or prolonged waiting. Grayl Ultralight can store water up to 16 oz, only weighs 10.9 oz and cost $59.50. In my personal experience, it live up to its promise. I choose to bring it over my hydration bladder as long as I'm hiking trails that have regular fresh water sources.

Grayl Ultralight


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Five hacks to capture better photos

In the advent of smartphone, taking beautiful photos became easier to almost everyone has it. But this also make us forget that a great photo can't be great at all if everybody has exactly the same photo you have. To make your photo stand out, you have to do something different from just clicking the shutter. Here are five hacks from professional photographer Peter McKinnon to instantly upgrade your photo-shooting skills.

In summary, the video talks about angles, shoot thorough, thinking opposite, using proper lightning, and framing. Try these five tricks and let me know how they serve you.


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Pixie: Find your important stuff with Augmented Reality

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If you're a forgetful person and most often loses stuff around your house or office then you might have considered getting a tracking device like the popular Tile Mate Key Finder. But before you run to the store and buy one, take a quick look at Pixie first ~ a new upcoming tech designed for abstracted or just busy people. It is a similar solution but uses different technology to locate lost things. If you have played Pok√©mon Go then using Pixie would be easy for you. Here's how it works. Just open the iPhone app (yeah bummer, it only supports iOS for now). When you are within Pixie range of the misplaced stuff (150 feet outside and 30-50 feet indoors), Pixie app will ask you to take a panoramic scan of your surroundings to map out where your item is. If your misplaced stuff is beyond range, Pixie will give you at least the last known GPS location. Then once it find your lost item, a ‘Pixie Dust’ reveals the location and then show you a compass interface which points you to the right spot. If your within 5 feet of the item, you can switch over to metal detector like feature which notify you with series of beeps as you get nearer the item, similar to a metal detector.

Pixie will ship on January 25 for iPhone users and Android later in the year. You can order it now as low as $49.99 for two-pack and $99.99 for four-pack. Each comes with free Pixie iPhone case. Pixie is one of notable techs launched at CES 2017.

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Kingston 2TB Flash Drive Is so far the biggest of them all

Kingston 2TB Flash Drive Is so far the biggest of them all
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Have you ever wish that your flash drive can carry the same or more files as your bulky external drive? Well your wish has been granted by Kingston Digital, Inc. The biggest so far in terms of capacity was introduced -- The DataTraveler® Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT), the world’s highest capacity USB Flash drive. The drive offers up to 2TB of storage space and USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) performance.
“At Kingston, we push the limits of what’s possible,” said Jean Wong, Flash business manager. “With the DataTraveler Ultimate GT, we empower users to increase their data storage mobility in a highly manageable form factor. This is a terrific follow up to our 1TB drive released in 2013 and by doubling the capacity, users can store and carry even larger amounts of data easily.”

2TB for sure will give you plenty storage space for your 4K videos, photos and a lot more. The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT will ship sometime in February however price is still in question. Lets just hope it won't cost an arm or leg.


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Girl Went Online Shopping Using Her Sleeping Mom's Thumbprint

What adults love to do during holidays? One is sleeping and second is shopping. That is the same thing (almost) this 6-year-old girl did but in reverse. She went online shopping while her mom is sleeping. While mom Bethany was sleeping on the couch, Ashlynd (the daughter) used her mother's thumb to unlock the Amazon app on her phone and then went to order $250 worth of Pokemon items for herself. Ofcourse the first impression of the parents when they got 13 confirmation notices about the purchases is that they'd been hacked which is partially true ofcourse. The girl proudly admitted the deed by explaining, "No, Mommy, I was shopping." The Howells were able to return only four of the items.

That is one of the downside of technology. Nowadays, pretty much everything is easier. From securing mobile phones to shopping (including not for kids stuff). So my advice? remember some old habit is still the best for you even in 2017. Technology keeps on advancing so as our Kids. So please use a password.


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