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In memory of Amber Rae and Beau Duke Thomas
The twins born to Brayton and Lexie Thomas 5.10.2020

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David Tomlinson's 80th Birthday slide show

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David's 80th

Smart watches I have tested to date

Well I wanted to start with the U8 smart watch I bought off of Geek one of my favorite places to by stuff. The unit I got won't power up (bummer) getting a refund on this puppy as soon as geek support sends me the how to's. I got my GV9 watch on Saturday from Geek, so far it is pretty nice, its really built for the Android user (since it can be a phone as well!) it will connect to a iPhone 5 or better via bluetooth but there is not an app in the App store that works with it. You can get some things off your iPhone like you last numbers dialed bluetooth audio. Overall the GV9 is very nice bit of kit!

I have now using a Apple Watch 3 which I am really impressed with! It works with a ton go iOS apps on my iPhone 8 Plus.

My Review of Bluetooth Headsets for iPhone UPDATED

I have a few more bluetooth headsets that I have been testing for work.

1. Jabra Motion UC+ it has great sound quality ease of use is very good. My only complaint is how it goes over the ear, if you wear glasses it does not work well and is uncomfortable to use. The Jabra comes a USB to Bluetooth dongle included, over all the Jabra Motion scores a 7 out of 10 on my this rocks scale.

2. Plantronics Voyager Legend, Another good sounding high end headset. It is also an over the ear design that seems to work slightly better if you are wearing glasses. Very easy to install on to any bluetooth enabled device. The Plantronics Voyager Legend scores an 8 out of 10 on my this rocks scale.

3. SoundID Six, okay these folks for some reason have gotten out the headset business ( I am so sad) this product is just the greatest headset for a iOS device ever created! it gets a 10 out of 10 ( but since I can't buy a new one anymore or get my repaired I will give it a 5 out of 10 in reality).

4. Sennheiser Presence. is my newest most worn bluetooth device it has the greatest sound, easy to wear with my glasses. it now takes the top spot honors 9 out of 10. the only thing I could wish for is a custom ear mold piece like I have on my SoundId 6 then it would be perfection. Ok I can have one made for around $80.00 (USD) if I send them my headset in with my order (3 weeks turn around).

5. VXi VoxStar UC is another contender it comes with accessories for ear buds for in the ear placement, over the ear, behind the head, over the head. This makes the VoxStar a RockStar. None of the other headsets offers this flexibility! The VoxStar is light and very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. It comes with a USB Bluetooth Dongle for pairing with you MAC or PC. It also works my Avaya phone, OneX Client (downloadable software off website) Skype (downloadable for windows off the website), etc. Over all this headset also gets a 9 out of 10 due to its unique design (if they had Skype software for MAC I would have given them 10 out of 10) all of the for around $170.00 bucks (VXiCorp and Blue Parrott are the same folks, I did not know that).

I hope this helps items 1, 2, and 4, 5 also work great with my laptop and Avaya IP based telephone set!

Let's talk iPhone 5/5s Battery cases UPDATED

k I am what I consider a iPhone power user, my phones is on 7X24 365 days a year. So I have always used some form of battery case. I have used 4 on my current iPhone5:

One I purchased when I was staying at a hotel in Las Vegas at a booth in the hotel's shopping area working on a project (un named brand) it is a 2000mAh battery with a cool little kick stand. Cost was $150.00. It has served me well. I go through at least 2 batteries per day. The re-charge time is about 6 hours.

Next comes the Mophie case that I paid about $85.00 for at a best buy machine at an airport I was passing through, the juice pack has been great as well but lasts half as long and still takes 4 hours to recharge. I have been a Mophie fan for years on IOS devices.

Next comes a Juice Pack Plus (trademark for Mophie or so I thought) that I purchased via ebay from proudparents2005. This was a horrible idea. The unit was defective out of the box and the seller would not replace it. Told me is was my iPhone 5 that was the issue because they never have had a unit fail. the included instructions did not match the unit I was shipped. I tested the unit on 2 iPhone 5's and it did not work on either one. they battery case was so tight on the iPhone 5 you could barely remove the case without damaging the iPhone itself. I just ate the cost of $35.00 and moved on.

In my search fro the perfect battery case I found a product from iBattz that is just great for me. it is the Mojo Refuel Removable Battery case, that is right you can actually change the batteries in the case, they use the i9300 3.7v 2200mAh Li-ion battery. I got 2 i9300's with the case, plus I bought a 3rd one. So far this has been the best solution! the case comes with a red or silver side bezel, usb charging cable, headset extension cable for plugging in you headphones to the iPhone5 ( I bought an extra cable for like $11.00 just in case I lose one). the instructions are dead on simple. I even sprung for an external battery charging device that I can plugin to recharge the batteries once I swap them our of the ReFuel case. The basic cost is about $90.00.

What you want your own iBattz gear click the link below.. Also their customer support is excellent!

So once again this is just what I have found works for me. Your mileage may very. I am going to be putting video on youtube on how I am doing with the Mojo ReFuel case. I have been using my iBattz for over a year now I have 5 i9300 batteries. I still love it. I have had to replace the back cover and that's is it.

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