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‘iPotty’ is Pure Crap, Says Child Consumer Group

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The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) has officially selected the ‘iPotty’ (from CTA Digital) as the worst toy of 2013.

In case you’re wondering, the iPotty consists of a basic potty setup, but with the added innovation of a stand for holding an iPad (apparently an aid to toilet training). I’m also assuming that there is an app. There’s always an app.

Once the infant is placed on the potty, the iPad can be rotated 360 degrees around the seat on its stand, meaning that the device can be switched between vertical and horizontal views. The iPotty even has a protective touchscreen for use in case of…Well, you get the idea.

However, that’s not all. You’d think it would be, but it isn’t. The iPotty also has a clip-on cover that converts it into a regular seat, so your child can enjoy a quiet, insular, sedentary activity in the exact same place they just took a dump.

The CCFC’s TOADY (Toys Oppressive and Destructive to Young children) award, a dubious honour that the group bestows upon the worst toy released over a 12-month period, is a rather damning indictment of the iPotty’s usefulness.

Despite being described by its manufacturers as a “comfortable and fun place to learn to use the potty”, the CCFC’s Michelle Salcedo said that, “Children should be aware of the cues in their bodies as they learn. This toy takes this social/emotional focus out of the process and substitutes the hypnotism of a screen,” CCFC voter Alex Reynard added that the iPotty, “not only reinforces unhealthy overuse of digital media, it’s aimed at toddlers. We should NOT be giving them the message that you shouldn’t even take your eyes off a screen long enough to pee.”

He’s got a point.

According to the CCFC, potty training ought to be a time of positive interaction between child and parents. Sigmund Freud also famously suggested that potty training is a vitally important time for the development of a child’s psychology.

The iPotty is available online for about £30, but the iPad itself will need to be sourced separately (they start at about £400, so I’d suggest instructing your child to read a book instead, like the rest of us do).

Evidently, a parent did not design this device, as any parent knows that it is hard enough to get your child to focus on the task at hand in the first place, without throwing a few levels of ‘Angry Birds’ into the mix as well.

Amazingly, were CTA Digital to have marketed this product to a certain variety of adult, I personally believe that it would have been very popular indeed.

Anyway, that’s all from me this year!

What are Two Way Radio Earpieces?

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audioFor those of you mad enough to actually read my numerous articles, think pieces and terrible jokes (usually held together by only the thinnest of links to the product in question), you’ll be aware that I spend most of my time wishing that life was more like ‘Star Trek’.

Here, then, with the advent of these new two-way radio earpieces, is a product that can help us get a little closer to that wish. We may still be light years away from warp drive and many decades away from even a rudimentary holodeck, but the classic TOS communicators and TNG ‘com badges’ aren’t all that far fetched.

(Look, I know I’m reaching with this one, just stay with me OK?)

Of course, these two way radio earpieces don’t take the form of a cool ‘flip open’ mobile phone gizmo, or a badge that gives you an excuse to touch yourself on the tit, so, in truth, you’ll probably look more like Madonna (or else the girl who takes your order at the McDonald’s drive through) when using it.

Still, the prospect is an appealing one. Although the practical application for an earpiece like this one is still closer to watching the doors of busy nightclubs than exploring the galaxy under a banner of peace, love (and uncomplicated sex with numerous green Women). In fact, this is a pretty important piece of security equipment.

The two-way functionality allows the user to both send and receive signals, meaning that you can quickly and efficiently contact the people you need to without worrying about fannying around with mobile phones. I’m pretty sure that the bouncers who swiftly ejected a drunken mate of mine from a student club for waving his tackle at a table full of girls a couple years back, were using them. They shut his ass down pretty quickly (although, to be fair, it wasn’t his ass they should have worried about!)

Motorola do a good line in affordable two-way earpiece models, but for my money, their Kenwood equivalents are a little bit better quality and actually cost a little less. At around the same price, Icom also offer a competitive product that will work like an absolute charm. To be perfectly honest, there’s not actually much to choose from between competing brands, all the makes mentioned will do a good job, all are about the same size and weight and all cost pretty much the same amount.

Now, I’m sure I don’t need to remind you that this two way earpiece thingy is absolutely not going to replace your mobile. I also don’t need to explain that, without other users in your immediate area to contact, it isn’t much more use than a leftover beans tin and some string. I also feel that I should make the disclaimer now that, even if you buy a two-way radio headset, Scottie is unlikely to beam you up, ever. Sorry about that. Apparently it constitutes a violation of the prime directive, either that, or he’s just too busy being a fictional character.

So, as it’s the season of giving, let’s evaluate this device as a Christmas present. Frankly, any of the models mentioned would make a spectacular gift for somebody in your life that might require one for work. However, outside of that use, you can comfortably file under: ‘amusing Christmas Day fun-fest that’ll be forgotten about not long after’. These are cheap products that do a good job, which are the kind of things I love to review. So, to sum up: they won’t cost the earth, they’ll do a fine job and they’ll make you look a bit like Madonna. OK, two out of three ain’t bad!

Well, as John Lennon once sang (and continues to sing, every Christmas, every year, and on every compilation whether you want him to or not) “another year over, a new one just begun”. That’s right, this will be my last feature of 2012. I wish you all, very sincerely, a Merry Christmas and a truly joyous New Year. Keep following my articles and work (and liking any page with the words ‘Specific Marketing’ written anywhere on it) and I’ll buy you…I don’t know, a cookie or something.

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Radius Earphones Ideal For Exercising of All Types

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In today’s multi-faceted world, music lovers need a pair of headphones that are versatile and comfortable, no matter where life takes them.

Radius Earphones is aware of this fact and continually develops cutting-edge products for a diverse mix of consumers, especially where exercise is concerned!
Radius sports earphones are ideal for mountain biking on nature trails, running marathons, lifting weights in the gym, and climbing up rocky cliffs. They are the ideal exercise headphones because of the way they fit within the ear canal – as snug as a bug!

4 Elements that Make Radius Earphones Ideal for Exercising
1. Earbuds Make All the Difference in the World. Radius has designed amazingly soft earbuds that fit comfortably within the ear canal. They’ve even created two sizes (Regular & Small) to accommodate various ear types. Athletes can wear them for hours without pain or irritation.

2. Amazing Sound! Not only are they comfortable, the sound is off the charts. This motivates exercisers to reach new heights and get in the zone. Too many sports earphones put out distorted and tinny sound. Radius’ founders love sports and have succeeded in developing the perfect pair for both comfort and crystal clear listing.

3. Quality, quality! Radius prides itself on creating extremely high quality products and utilizing materials that can last for years. Because they are 100% committed to quality, the company guarantees all items for one year, and will replace defective products within a few days.

4. Lightweight. Radius headphones are ultra-light. This makes them ideal running earphones, jogging headphones and gym headphones. Bulky ones are far too uncomfortable for daily use, and usually inspire most athletes to succumb to yanking them off. Exercisers have been so impressed with Radius Earphones that they give them two thumbs up time and time again!

This also has to do with the fact that Radius offers best-in-class service and always listens to the needs of its customers.
Apart developing exercise-perfect earphones, Radius prides itself on continually innovating products that solve specific problems. This includes developing bass friendly ear buds, helping those with small ears experience comfort, and making the transition between listening to stellar music answering a phone call seamless.

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Google buses have security guards

Google buses have security guards
For a long time people have been telling me that relations, love and happiness are the crucial things in life…These days I realized that I can take or leave all that as long as I have this radio accessory in the world.

Google employees might be feeling a little more secure about their morning commute.

Reuters is reporting that two men with earpieces may be providing security services for the tech giants corporate shuttle buses. The men were spotted on two consecutive days near a Google bus stop in San Franciscos Mission District.

Reuters described their behavior: Dressed casually in jeans and wearing black ski hats or hoods, the two men did not stand out from the dozens of other young tech workers waiting for the Google bus. On close inspection, each sported the curly wire of an earpiece, and one occasionally jotted notes down on a yellow stick-it pad.

The men did not board a shuttle, according to the report. When asked about their presence, one of the men requested a badge from the Reuters reporter, while the other denied working as a security guard for Google.

This news comes weeks after shuttle buses were stopped in Oakland and San Francisco by protesters angry over tech-boom gentrification. Activists shattered a window and slashed the tires of one bus in Oakland, which was stopped near the West Oakland BART station.

Shuttle operators will soon be charged to use public bus stops to pick up employees. The fee will be $1 per day per stop.

Jeopardy, Nursing Students, and Bad Drivers.

For a long time people have been telling me that relations, love and happiness are the crucial things in life…Now I realized that I can take or leave all that so long as I have this radio earpiece in the world.

Its location is about three inches from the steering wheel.
It indicates that your vehicle is going to change direction:
What is… a turning signal?
They are bright red lights, which illuminate from the back of a vehicle, they indicate you should make your own red lights illuminate from the back of your own vehicle:
What are… brake lights?
The only species (and yes, it is actually its own species) known to man, which is actually smarter than a rocket scientist:

What is… a nursing student?
One of my worst pet peeves, and I mean it’s right up there with leaving hair in the drain, is a person who is completely convinced they know everything. Part of my reason for hating people like this, is that it makes it very difficult to be this way, myself, around these people.
I admit, I really do know just about everything – but I mostly argue about opinion… I argue about facts, when I really know it’s a fact.

I happen to live with someone who “knows everything” way more than I’ve ever known everything. A few nights ago, after a terrible ride in the car with her (although, I only almost died twice that time), I was very content to settle into our cozy living room, to watch a little television.
The air had been pretty thick between us for several days, mostly because I really do everything, and when people come around she whines about me, insinuating that she does all the work. I have no need to argue, because the people she says it to, are people who are usually around while I’m doing all the housework.

Well, not only does she get to “do all the housework,” but she apparently also gets control over the remote. And that’s how I ended up watching Jeopardy.
In the beginning, it wasn’t so bad – I knew a few of the first answers, which I can’t prove because I didn’t even say the answers out loud. But, one thing I do know, is that she didn’t know any of them. How do I know? She answered each individual question, aloud, and somehow never flinched when each individual answer was completely incorrect – Not even close!

I’m convinced that she is actually convinced Jeopardy was wrong!
It was like she had tourette’s syndrome. The things she shouted were in no way related to any of the questions, even if she were shouting them at random. I believe her answer to one of the questions was something to the effect of, “Supraventricular Tachycardia,” and the actual answer was Porter Wagner – the category was something about country music.
On another, she answered, “Latex,” the actual answer and category: carborator/Grease Lightning. My favorite, the one that almost made me fall out of my chair, was when she shouted, “Endoscopy,” her answer to a question that came from the category, Movies from the 1980’s – the correct answer was Casualties of War.

I have only one guess as to how a person might develop the type of mentality that could be so unaffected by their own dumbness, to continue spewing incorrect answers at an unforgiving television set – IN THE PRESENCE OF ANOTHER! It might have something to do with nursing school.

The proper equipment for watching Jeopardy with a nursing student:
What are… a helmet for her and a seatbelt for me?

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Police hearing loss compensation ‘extortionate’

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audioThe amount of compensation paid to former police officers who said their hearing was damaged while on duty is “extortionate”, Sinn F訮 has said.
The settlement for 8,641 former officers has cost £135m, with more than £65m of this going on legal fees.
Sinn F訮 MLA Pat Sheehan said the officers were “well paid” and the figure was “clearly unjustifiable”.
However, former detective superintendent Alan Mains said it was justified on medical grounds.
“Collectively speaking, it looks like a phenomenal sum. But it could have been dealt with a lot differently… if they had taken a broad common sense approach, instead of challenging medical evidence,” he said.
Continue reading the main story Hearing loss payouts
Total amount paid to settle cases: £135,357,689

Damages paid to former officers: £70,161,788

Legal and court costs: £65,195,901
Figures run to November 2013
“The reason why we had to carry guns in the first place is pretty obvious – we were the only police service in all of the UK (to have to do so).”
Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey, who is a former RUC officer and a current member of the Policing Board, said he did not understand Sinn F訮’s criticism.
“There is a clear negligence on the part of the employer, who were the Police Authority/Policing Board, and therefore there is a legitimate claim,” he said.
“I find it strange for Sinn F訮 to condemn this because in any other circumstances, an employee who has an injury on duty has a right to claim against their employer.”
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Pat Sheehan said officers were “well paid” and the figure was “clearly unjustifiable”
The payment was criticised by SDLP assembly member Alban Maginness, who said it was a “shocking figure”.
“The Policing Board and the Department of Justice have questions to answer about how this was allowed to happen,” he said.
“The police could have taken a much broader approach instead of contesting every case, when medical evidence had been provided stating that there had been hearing loss.
“That would have saved a substantial sum of money.”
As the only routinely armed police force in the UK, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers had to undergo regular firearms training.
Since the late 1960s, police sources were aware of medical evidence that sufficient ear protection was needed, but the RUC did not provide this for another three decades.
Details of the payments were revealed by the PSNI in response to a Freedom of Information request by Belfast-based victims group Relatives for Justice.
The figures run up to the end of November, with hundreds of other claims pending.
More than 10,000 former RUC officers have lodged claims for damages, saying their hearing was damaged.
The claims include officers who claim to have suffered hearing loss as a result of frequent radio use, while being transported in helicopters and while driving motorcycles.
However, the vast majority of claims are for damage caused during firearms training.
In a statement, the PSNI said: “All hearing loss claims have to be thoroughly investigated.
“The chief constable is fully aware of his responsibility to the public purse and the strategy for handling hearing loss litigation has been kept under review by the Chief Constable’s lawyers and the Crown Solicitor’s Office with the aim of ensuring that claims are dealt with as economically as is possible given the technical aspects of the cases and the individual circumstances of each.”
The PSNI also said all legal costs were closely scrutinised and “have been challenged by the Chief Constable’s lawyers when appropriate”.

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Plantronics Reveals Voyager Edge Bluetooth Earpiece at Mobile World Congress

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Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a pioneer in wearable technology, today announced Voyager Edge, a compact and stylish, high-performance Bluetooth earpiece. Featuring a slim, sophisticated design and signature Plantronics audio technology, Voyager Edge offers clear communication in any environment with proprietary noise- and wind-cancellation and an elegant charging case providing extended talk time on-the-go. Intuitive, responsive features such as voice commands and Smart Sensors let wearers answer calls hands-free with a word or as they place the headset on their ear, and Voyager Edge announces the name of incoming callers. Voyager Edge will be available worldwide starting in April.
Always-on-the-go mobile users may answer a call in a cab, take it out on the street, and not say their goodbyes until theyve finished their latte at the coffee shop they need reliable audio that effortlessly handles transitions, much like they do, said Jan Caldarella, senior category manager, Mobile Communications at Plantronics. Voyager Edge is the perfect companion to any smartphone, offering premium features in a stylish, intelligent earpiece.
Designed to make an impression, Voyager Edge elegantly blends eye-catching style with careful attention to comfort, with its lightweight form factor and soft-touch, natural materials. The earpiece-only design (no over-the-ear component) makes it easy to put on and remove and is particularly convenient for use with glasses or sunglasses. With its portable charging case, the Voyager Edge is an always-ready companion always charged and ready to keep the wearer connected.
Features include:
Portable charging case: The protective rechargeable case tops up the earpiece battery, adding up to 10 more hours of talk time, features touch-sensitive controls, and shows the charge status of both headset and case.
Noise-cancellation: Multiple microphones and signature Plantronics audio technology eliminate disruptive background noise so your caller hears the speaker, not their surroundings.
Smart Sensor technology: Responsive sensors intuitively direct calls to the phone or headset, pause music for incoming calls, and automatically answer calls as the wearer places the headset on their ear.
Voice commands and audio alerts: Allows wearers to use their voice to answer or ignore calls, check battery level, connection status, and more. And Voyager Edge announces the incoming callers name no need to look at the phone to check who is calling.
Language options: Personalize Voyager Edge with a language of choice by simply selecting a preferred language during the set-up process.
Always-Ready Battery life: Charging via MicroUSB, the Voyager Edge headset provides up to six hours of talk time, or up to 16 hours with the portable charging case.
Locate your headset using free app: Download the free Find MyHeadset app for Android phones and send a tone to hear the nearby headset or track last usage on a map using BackTrack feature. (Available for iOS in Spring.)
Pricing and Availability
Voyager Edge will be available in three colors, Carbon Black, Slate Grey and Glacial White, at authorized Plantronics retailers, etailers, and carriers worldwide starting this April. MSRP for Voyager Edge with Portable Charging Case is $129.99 USD.

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