Nodus Access Case Review for iPhone 6

The Nodus Access case is a sleek wallet case for the iPhone 6 and 6+, and it is super classy. As a not so manly guy this case really makes me feel more like a gentleman. I just need a cool British accent to go along with it.

The outside of the case is made of full grain Italian leather, and the inside is made up of a soft micro fiber lining. The leather does feel like a premium material. It’s smooth and shiny. The micro fiber interior also feels nice, and the case is pretty thin and flexible. On the inside it has one large slot so you can store some cash and a couple of cards, but you’re not going to fit much more than that as it is a pretty tight fit.

Not only does it look appealing, it has a very useful feature that I haven’t seen on any other case before. And this feature is the reason why I agreed to do a review of this case for Nodus. It’s the way the case stays on the iPhone.

This case is equipped with micro suction technology. Yes, little tiny suction cups. The inside of the case has a thick strip of micro suction cups that has a sticky feel to it, and when the iPhone is pressed down onto the strip it gets suctioned on and stays put. It’s pretty amazing. The iPhone does not fall out. I’ve been using this case for over a week, and it hasn’t started coming off at all.

On the inside of the flap there is a smaller suction pad that allows the flap to close onto the iPhone by suctioning onto the screen. Pretty cool, so you are able to remove and re-apply your iPhone, but it is a bit difficult to remove and it does take a little bit of force. But once it’s off it doesn’t leave any residue on the iPhone because there are no sticky materials involved, just tiny suction cups.

Now, the protection of the case is not as good as some of the other hardcore cases, but it provides decent protection as long as the flap is closed and stuck to the iPhone. In that case it actually gives the iPhone full front and back protection when dropped but the top, bottom, and side of the iPhone are still slightly exposed so keep that in mind.

The only downside about this case is it’s kind of awkward to actually talk on the iPhone with this case on it. The flap does peel back all the way, but it’s just kind of difficult to hold the iPhone up to your ear when you have to hold the flap back like that.

Other than that, this is a super good looking case that I got a lot of compliments on. People noticed the aesthetics right away, and I definitely like having it on my iPhone 6. If you want to get this case for your iPhone, the link will be in the description below. So thank you for watching my review of the Nodus case for the iPhone 6, and thanks to Nodus for the opportunity to review this case.

By Andy Slye

Zoom H1 Portable Digital Recorder Review

The Zoom H1 is a popular device when it comes to beginners looking to improve their audio quality. It’s great for podcasters, YouTubers, musicians, vloggers, and journalists. It has good quality audio that you can use as a microphone or as its own portable digital audio recorder. At the end of the review we’ll do an audio quality test so you can hear what the Zoom H1 sounds like.

If you’re watching this review you’re probably looking for a cheap microphone or audio recorder, and the Zoom H1 is one of the best that you can get for the money. It’s versatile and can be used for many different situations. It’s affordable at just $99, and it’s perfect for beginners or amateurs.

First off, the build quality isn’t great. It feels cheap because it’s made out of plastic. I don’t think it’s as durable as the more expensive options, but I’ve never had a problem with mine. The good thing about that is that the plastic makes it lightweight. It can fit in your pocket. It’s small and compact, and that’s what I love about the Zoom H1. It’s portable. You can take it anywhere.

It’s also easy to use. It’s not too complicated. It doesn’t have very many features like the Zoom H4N for example. The H1 is very basic.

On the front you have the LCD display and the big record button. On the right side you have the USB port, hold and power button, delete button, play, pause, forward, back, input level buttons, and the line in so you can connect an external microphone.

On the other side there’s the line out for headphones and the volume up-and-down buttons for playing back your recordings. There’s also a microSD slot. On the bottom there’s the speaker because you can actually play back your recordings and listen to them on the device itself. On the back is the battery slot (powered by one AA battery) and three buttons: lo cut, auto level, and the recording format. It supports WAV and MP3. There’s also a tripod mount.

On the top there is the X/Y stereo microphone. Now I’ll show you how the Zoom H1 works and sounds. If you want record in WAV or MP3 you can adjust the format and bit rate. You can also adjust your input control (or gain). To start recording just press the record button on the front.

Watch the video above and towards the end I do a mic test so you can hear the audio quality on the Zoom H1. In the first half of the video I recorded the audio with my Rode VideoMic Pro shotgun mic on my DSLR. When I switch over to the Zoom H1 it’s about 2 feet away from me with the input level set to 60, and I’m recording in the 320 kbps MP3 format.

It sounds good. I’ve used this for a lot of my videos. It does work perfectly and produces some great quality audio for $99. I do recommend the Zoom H1 accessory pack. It’s another $25 and comes with an adjustable tripod stand, padded shell case, foam windscreen that works as a pop filter, mic clip adapter, AC adapter, and USB cable so you can use this as USB microphone and you can use it to transfer all the files to your computer so you can edit in post. So that’s my Zoom H1 review. A good budget microphone that’s highly recommend it.

By Andy Slye

Top 5 Tech Gifts for Holidays 2014

The holidays are upon us so as an adult that means one thing: buying tech gifts for my family because I don’t know what else to buy them! (sad truth)

So here are my top 5 best tech gifts to give in 2014. Each category has the best options so you can choose which one fits your wants/needs/budget.

Best Tech Gifts 2014

1. Tablet

2. Bluetooth Speaker

3. Gaming Console

4. Streaming Device

5. Bluetooth Headphones

What’s On My iPhone 6? Over 120 Apps!

After getting lots of requests from you guys, I finally did a “What’s on my iPhone” video! I have a plethora of apps. Brace yourselves.

Here is the list of apps currently on my iPhone 6 (not including the default apps like Safari, Mail, etc)

Books/Reading

GoodReads, Kindle, iBooks

Finance/Saving Money

Mint, GasBuddyRedLaserRetailMeNot

Fitness/Health

Full Fitness, MyFitnessPal, 7 Minute Workout, Zombies, Run!Fooducate

Games

Elevate, QuizUp, Dots, Flappy Bird, SongPop, 2048, Smash Hit, Jupiter Jump, Paperama

Maps

Google Maps, Waze

Movies/TV

Flixster, Netflix, i.TVRunPee

Music/Audio

Pocket Casts, Spotify, Pandora, SoundHound, Rdio, Songza, Musi, Genius, TuneWiki, MP3 Downloader, Instalyrics, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Music Bed, Relax M, SongKick, GrooveShark

News/How-To

Feedly, Pocket, DripplerTapaTalkUdemy, SnapGuide

Phone

Google Voice, Hangouts

Photos

Aviary, Camera360

Productivity

Google, Evernote, WunderList, Lift, Everest, Balanced, Google Drive, Dropbox

Shopping

Amazon, eBay, Fiverr, Craigslist, Etsy, B&H Photo, Apple StoreOpenTable

Social

Alien Blue, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook Pages, StumbleUpon, Vine, Messenger, Buffer, HootSuite, SnapChat, Paper, SnapHack, Daily, Yik Yak, RefreshQuora

Sports

SportsCenter, ESPN Fantasy Football, ChampDrive, WatchESPN

Utilities

SpeedTest, ScanPages, QRReader, CamScanner, 5-0 Radio, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, GarageBandDataManDragon DictationYellowPages, AXX 200 Central/Remote/VoiceFX, AweberBitly

Video/Videography

YouTube Capture, Directr, Videolicious, iMovie, Hyperlapse, ReplayFilmic ProCameo, SmappPanasonic Image

Wallpaper

Facets 365, WallpapersHD

How to Record Your Screen on a Mac

Transcript:

What’s up guys? In this video I’m going to show you how to record your screen on your Mac for free. So to record your screen on your Mac it’s really easy. All you have to do is use QuickTime. QuickTime is already built into Mac OS X so open up QuickTime Player on your Mac and then go up to the QuickTime Player menu bar and do “File”, “New Screen Recording”. Okay and you’ll see this little box here and click this little down arrow. It’ll show you the microphone options so you can choose to record a microphone as well or just leave it on None if you don’t want to record any microphone. And then you have this option here. It says “Show mouse clicks in recording”. If you leave that checked it will do little halo effects when you click on your mouse during that recording so I’ll leave that checked so you guys can see how that looks. So once you’re done with those settings just hit the Record button, and it’ll say “Click to record the full screen” so all you have to do is just click once if you want to record your whole screen or if you want to just record a particular part of your screen click and drag and choose your part of the screen that you want to record. So we’re just going to click and record the whole screen for now. Okay so once you click it will start recording, and you can go in here and do your thing. Record what you need to record and then up here at the top right of your Mac click the Stop button. Okay and then it’ll bring up the video here and show you what you just recorded. And you can play it. So here’s the video and you can see during the mouse clicks it will give you that little halo effect showing you when you clicked the mouse, when you right-clicked or left-clicked. And if you want to save your Mac screen recording just go to “File”, “Save” and then we’ll just save this to the Downloads. Actually we’ll save this to the Desktop, and there you go. You now have your screen recording saved on your Desktop so you can do whatever you want with it. There it is right there. So that’s how to record your screen on your Mac for free using QuickTime Player. Hope this helped you out. If you liked this video make sure you give it a thumbs up and check out more of my Mac videos if you’re a Mac user. I’m assuming you’re a Mac user if you’re watching this video and subscribe if you haven’t already. Thank you so much for watching. Keep having fun out there, and I will talk to you later.

By Andy Slye

The Ultimate Chromecast Setup Guide

The Chromecast is one of my favorite devices, and it’s something that I think everybody should own. In this video I’m going to show you the Chromecast setup process and how to install and use a Chromecast.

The Chromecast is a $30 device that lets you wirelessly stream anything from your web browser, most likely video, to your HDTV. First let’s go over what you need in order to use and set up your Chromecast. You’ll need an HDTV, a WiFi network, and a smartphone or computer.

When you first open the box you’ll see a quick start guide on the inside cover, and you’ll see the Chromecast itself. The Chromecast is small, about the size of a thumb drive, and it has an HDMI connector on the end. The rest of the box includes a USB cable, an HDMI extender, and the power adapter.

The first step is to plug the small end of the USB cable into the Chromecast. Next, connect your Chromecast to one of your TV’s HDMI ports. If your Chromecast cannot fit into the area near your HDMI port you’ll need to use the HDMI extender to give it a little more room to fit properly.

Next step is to power the Chromecast. There are two different ways to do this: one is to use a USB port on your TV if it has one. If it does, just plug the USB cable into it and it will power the Chromecast. If your TV does not have a USB port, you’ll need to plug the USB cable into the power adapter and plug the power adapter into an outlet.

Once your Chromecast is powered on and connected, next step is to change your TV’s input or source to the HDMI port that your Chromecast is connected to. Once you’re on the correct HDMI input you’ll see a screen like this.

To set up the Chromecast you can use a smartphone, tablet, or computer but I’ve found it works best with a smartphone so let’s do that but the process is the same on a computer. Open your web browser and go to http://Chromecast.com/setup, and that will open a page with a link to the App Store so click on that. The App Store will open the Chromecast app so click on Install. It is a free app. Wait for it to download and install then open the Chromecast app. Accept the terms. It’ll scan for Chromecasts.

Click Set Up a New Chromecast. It says to go to your phone’s Wi-Fi settings and select your new Chromecast. Look for the same device name you’re seeing on your TV screen. Mine’s Chromecast8436. Yours will be different. Select it and wait for it to connect. Once it’s connected, go back to the Chromecast app and it should say it found a new Chromecast. Then hit Next and make sure your input source is showing the Chromecast so that you see the code on your TV screen then hit Next. Choose your country. Here you can give your Chromecast a custom name.

On the next screen tap choose WiFi network and select your WiFi network from the list then enter your WiFi password. The Chromecast will connect to your WiFi network, and when it’s done you’ll see that it has been set up successfully and you’re ready to start casting.

You can cast from your smartphone, tablet, and computer as long as they are connected to your WiFi network. It works with many different apps and to see the full list you can visit http://Chromecast.com/apps. To start casting from your computer you’ll need to be using Google Chrome which is a free web browser that you can get from http://Google.com/chrome.

Once you have Chrome on your computer, open it and search Google for “Chromecast extension” and click the first result. Click the “Free” button and add the extension to Chrome. Once it has been added you’ll see the new Chromecast icon in the top right of your browser. That’s what you’ll click to cast to your TV.

For example to cast a YouTube video to your TV, while on the YouTube video watch page you can click the Chromecast icon in the bottom right of the video or click on the Chromecast icon in the top right of your browser and choose your Chromecast in the drop down menu. Once you do that it will start to play the YouTube video on your TV. Pretty cool huh. And this works with any browser window in Chrome, and it also works with sites like HBOGO and just many more different websites.

Now I’ll show you how it works on your smartphone or tablet. First make sure your phone or tablet is connected to your WiFi network. Then open a compatible app such as YouTube and now you’ll see a Chromecast icon in the app or on the video that’s playing. So tap on that icon and choose your Chromecast name and it will send the video straight to your TV. And when the video is playing through your Chromecast you don’t have to keep your phone unlocked. You can lock your phone and the video will continue to play on your TV which is awesome. To stop casting just tap the Chromecast icon again and tap Disconnect. That is how to set up and use your Google Chromecast!

By Andy Slye

How to Record Your iPhone Screen

In this video I will show you how to record your iPhone screen on a Mac or PC. I’ll start off with the Mac method first because they built this function right into Mac OS X Yosemite. With Yosemite you can do this for free so first thing you need to do is plug your iPhone up to your Mac using the USB cable. Wait for it to show up in iTunes and then leave it connected and while it’s still connected open up QuickTime Player. Then in QuickTime go up to File “New Movie Recording” and then just click the arrow next to the record button and choose iPhone on that drop down list. Choose your iPhone and then you may need to unlock your iPhone.

Once you unlock your iPhone you will see your iPhone screen is now on your Mac desktop and it’s mirroring. It’s showing you everything that you’re doing on your iPhone. So to make a recording of the iPhone you just click on the record button in QuickTime and then do whatever you need to do on your iPhone. Record what you need to do and it’s going to capture it and then once you’re done just hit the record button again to stop the recording. Then save it. You can either go to “File”, “Save” and choose to save that recorded video on your Mac computer somewhere. So here’s an example. This is my video that I just did. It’s me just browsing around I just want to show you that it does capture everything you do on your iPhone so it will capture everything you do in that recording in that recorded video. So that’s a cool feature that they built into Mac OS X Yosemite.

If you’re on a Windows PC you’ll need an app called Reflector. This is the best one that there is. It’s the one I used before Mac OS X Yosemite came out, and it’s like $13. It’s very affordable and plus it does it over WiFi connection so you don’t even need to plug it up to your computer. It does it though AirPlay wirelessly. You can record your iPhone screen that way and that’s the one I recommend for Windows users. So there you go. Simple as that. That’s how you record your iPhone screen.

By Andy Slye

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam Review

This is my Logitech C920 HD Pro webcam review and test video. So I’ve had this webcam for a year and I believe it is the best HD webcam you can get because of the value and quality. It has full 1080p HD video recording with autofocus for less than $70. It has a nearly perfect 5 star rating on Amazon, and the link to the best price on Amazon will be at the top of this description so you can click that and order it for yourself whenever you’re ready. Let’s quickly go over the features and what I like about this webcam, and then I’ll show you some test footage. First off, the Logitech C920 is small and lightweight. It comes with a 6-foot long USB cable, and it is compatible with both Mac and Windows right out of the box. To record HD videos with the C920 on a Mac you can use QuickTime, and on a PC you can download the free Logitech software. Some of the main features include full HD 1080p video recording, Carl Zeiss optics with 20-step autofocus, H.264 encoding for faster and smoother HD, dual stereo microphones, and it can capture 15-megapixel photos. So having all those features on this compact webcam is awesome. It is universally tripod-ready and can be mounted to any tripod that has a standard tripod screw. It also has a fold-and-go design, so you can fold it in many different ways depending on how and where you are mounting it. It has the ability to be mounted on different size monitors or laptops and the folding arm has a rubber surface to increase grip and prevent it from falling off. The camera can be tilted back and forth to customize the angle as well. I love the HD video quality that this webcam produces so let’s switch over to the C920 so you can see what it looks like. Alright so now I am recording the video and audio through the Logitech C920 webcam. You can see that the video looks great. It’s got great detail. I’m recording in 1080p HD through QuickTime on my Mac, but you can use this with Windows as well. But the audio is a little lacking. I’m not a big fan of the built-in microphone on the C920. That’s why I do recommend using a USB microphone so you can get better quality audio. Once you pair up a good quality USB microphone with the Logitech C920 webcam you’ll have a great looking video and a great sounding video. Full 1080p HD video as long as you got a decent amount of light coming in. This is a great camera to use for recording videos or going on Skype video sessions. And here’s a quick look at how well the autofocus works and how close it can focus. So if you produce web videos or participate in Google Hangouts or make a lot of Skype video calls, I highly recommend getting the Logitech C920.

By Andy Slye

How to Backup Mac with Time Machine

Video Transcipt:

In this video I’m going to show you how to backup your Mac using Time Machine. So you’re watching this video right now because you’re serious about backing up your Mac so congratulations you’re in the right place. Everybody needs to be backing up their data and their computer because there is always a possibility of something like your hard drive crashing or God forbid like somebody stealing your Mac or you know just files getting accidentally deleted. So let’s go over how to backup your Mac. It’s super simple, and you won’t even have to think about it once you have it set up. So the first thing you need to do is make sure you have an external hard drive that is at least the same capacity as your Mac’s hard drive or preferably even larger. So I’m going to leave an Amazon link right in the description below to the best external hard drive. The one that I use is a Western Digital external hard drive. That’s what I use to back up my Mac, and it’s the best. This one I’ve never had a problem with so that link will be in the description below. So once you have an external hard drive the next thing you need to do is just plug it in and connect it to your Mac using the USB cable. And the hard drive will show up on the desktop right there on the right side. You can double-click on that to enter it or you can open up the Finder and find it there. Okay so my external hard drive is connected. The next thing we’re going to do is open up Time Machine so the easiest way is to just search Spotlight for Time Machine then click Setup Time Machine. Now we’re going to turn Time Machine on real quick. Once you turn Time Machine on you’ll see your external drive here in the list so select your external drive in the list then click Use Disk. You can also choose encrypt that backup, we’re not gonna do that right now. So here is Time Machine. This is what it looks like. Shows your external hard drive name, shows you how much space is available on your external drive, shows you when your oldest backup is, your latest backup, and the next backup. Okay then I want to check this box that says “Show Time Machine in menu bar”. So that means we got a little time machine icon in the menu bar up top. We’re going to go over that just a second. So click the options tab or the options button. And this is where you can add folders that you want to exclude from the backup. Okay so I’m not going to add any because I want to back up everything on my Mac hard drive so I’m going to leave that the way it is by default. And Time Machine will start the backup automatically or you can go up to Time Machine icon and choose “Back up now”. And when you click the Time Machine icon you can see the info if it’s backing up. You see mine is currently backing up right now. I can skip it. I can enter Time Machine, and I can open Time Machine preferences. The first initial backup will take a while. I have 400 some gigabytes and it took a couple hours, about 2 hours for mine. So once it’s done you can see the details. You can open up your external drive and go into the backups folder here and just see that what it backed up. And you can see that it backed up my whole entire Macintosh hard drive. That’s what we want is a successful backup and if you leave that hard drive connected it will back up automatically every hour and then you can actually just turn the backup external hard drive off and disconnect it and then connect it whenever you want to back up again. So let’s enter Time Machine. Now this is the Time Machine and it shows you all the recent backups you’ve done, all the backups that you have available. So if you ever want to go and recover a deleted file you can do this so at the bottom right you can choose the backup that you want to go to and click on it and then you go and browse for a file that you want to recover. And once you find one you can just click that Restore button at the bottom right and then you can exit out. And it’ll recover that deleted file so that’s just a quick overview over the Time Machine UI right there. So that’s all there is to it basically guys. That is very simple. Time Machine is awesome. Once you set it up for the first time you won’t need to mess with it again. So now you know how to backup your Mac. Hakuna Matata. No worries, you’re good to go. Thank you so much for watching guys if you like this video make sure you give it a thumbs-up and subscribe to this channel for more videos like this in the future.

By Andy Slye

Cheapest iPhone Plan: The Ultimate Guide

How does unlimited data, unlimited texts, and unlimited calling sound? How does $30 a month sound? How does contract-free and upgrading your phone anytime sound? This is the ultimate guide to the best and cheapest iPhone plan.

The Plan & What You’ll Need

I switched to this plan because it was too good to pass up. It’s best for individuals with just one line. It’s a prepaid plan from T-Mobile ($30/month for unlimited web, unlimited texts, and 100 calling minutes). You may be saying “Whoa Andy, hold up. 100 calling minutes is not enough!”. Here’s where my tech methods (yes I went there) comes into play. I will show you a few tricks you can do to avoid going over the 100 minute limit and basically get unlimited everything. Now I’ll explain how you can get this plan for yourself.

You’ll need the following:

Tip for AT&T iPhone owners: If you already own a GSM AT&T iPhone you have 2 options to unlock it. If you’re 18 months or more into your 2-year contract you can get it unlocked for free from AT&T by submitting an unlock request. If you’re not 18 months into your contract you can get your iPhone unlocked via eBay.

Activating Your New Plan

Once you have your unlocked or contract-free T-Mobile iPhone and the T-Mobile SIM card starter kit, visit this page to start your online activation. It’s a super simple process. T-Mobile walks you through it, hand in hand.

Select the $30/month Unlimited Web & Text and 100 talk minutes plan during activation. You can choose to activate a new phone number or transfer your current number if you have one. If you choose to transfer an existing number, it may take up to 24 hours for the transfer to complete. My number transfer took less than 12 hours.

Bingo! You now have the cheapest iPhone plan. Now what about that 100 talk minutes? Here are some tips to avoid going over that limit.

How to Stay Under 100 Talk Minutes

To stay under the 100 talk minutes limit, you’ll need to make most of your calls over WiFi or your cellular data connection. To do that you’ll first need to:

  1. Sign up for a free Google Voice number
  2. Install the free Google Hangouts iPhone app

Using the Hangouts iPhone app you can make calls to any phone number, and it will use your data connection (WiFi or 4G/LTE) to make the calls. It won’t use any of your voice minutes. Check out this page for details about using the Hangouts app to make calls.

Another way to get around the limit is to use FaceTime Audio if you’re calling another iPhone user. It operates in the same way as the Hangouts app in the sense that it uses your WiFi or cellular data connection to make the calls. See this page for more details.

Now you’re all set up on the cheapest iPhone plan and basically getting unlimited everything! Enjoy your new monthly cash savings. Don’t forget this is prepaid so you’re not under any contract and you can upgrade your phone anytime. Doesn’t get any better than that, folks.

By Andy Slye

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