VAVA Mobile Pet Cam Is A Smart Pet Nanny

For many of us, pets are an important part our lives. They offer us companionship, love and protection. But it’s always been a problem when a pet owner has to go away and leave their animal alone. We hate the idea of our pets being alone and bored while we are off living our lives. Thankfully we are living in the age of smart homes and smart gadgets. The VAVA Mobile Pet Cam is a smart gadget that will take care of your pet while you are away.

Stimulate Your Pet From Anywhere

The VAVA Mobile Pet Cam aims to end pet boredom and seperation anxiety for good. It will allow you to check in on your pet anytime you want, from anywhere. This is the first pet camera on wheels with treads that moves on all surfaces. It lets you see, play, treat and talk to your pets, no matter where it is in the house.

The treaded wheels let it go anywhere, and it is also designed to be paw-proof with a long lasting battery, 1080p resolution and night vision so you can see your pets in the dark. VAVA worked closely with many pet owners to make sure that this smart pet cam has all of the features that pet parents want.

A single app controls everything from your mobile device, ensuring that your animal will never be truly alone again. It will play interactive games like laser chase, butterfly tease, or feather tease so that your cat or dog is always stimulated. You can even control which direction the laser points.

You won’t have to worry about Fido destroying it either since the VAVA Mobile Pet Cam is made with industrial grade materials for durability. It also boasts a low center of gravity that makes sure it remains upright during play.

Give Treats, Play and Much More

Your pet’s favorite feature is sure to be the fact that it dispenses treats. Whether you want to reward them for good behavior or just spoil them, you can give them as many treats as you want.

If you have steps, no worries, the VAVA Mobile Pet Cam has built-in sensors that prevent it from taking spills, while collision sensors help it avoid bumping into furniture or pets.

Pet owners will love being able to interact with their pets whenever they are away. It’s products like this that make home automation fun. Along with your home security and smart lighting you have to make sure that your pets are taken care of as well.

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ThinkPad X1 Carbon Early Black Friday Deals Arrive at 35% Off

    It seems like Black Friday arrives earlier and earlier each year, and for 2018 this is no exception. Starting this recent Friday, Lenovo is launching their “early bird” Black Friday deals on select models. Before you scoff at the promotion, some of the pricing is actually incredibly enticing! For example, the base model X1 Carbon is now at a new lowest ever price of $987 – well under the $1,000 threshold where the laptop is generally found at throughout the year. This model comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U processor, IPS Full HD touch display, and a fast 256GB SSD. If you need more oomph, the Core i7 models starts at $1,474 and come with the higher-end 1440p WQHD display. If you’re looking for a display even with more fidelity – Lenovo does offer the higher-end panel with Dolby Vision 500 nits (as compare to the 300 nits in the standard panel). All of these models are discounted by 35% off.

    In other offerings, you’ll find the also popular X1 Yoga and the X380 Yoga. Both these models are fairly similar in capabilities, but unlike the X1 Carbon, the discounts are limited only to 30% off instead of 35% off. The base X380 starts at $951 but does come with a small 128GB SSD, while the X1 Yoga starts off at 256GB SSD but at a  price of $1,169. Note that base model comes in both Black or Silver depending on your color preference.

    Finally, for those with deeper pocket or needs, the high-end ThinkPad X1 Extreme is also on sale, with the base model starting at $1,301 and the higher-end model quickly jumping to a cool $3,154. These workstation quality machines comes with a Quad Core 8th Gen Intel processors. The base includes the Core i5-8400H while the higher-end models are equipped with the Core i7-8850H. All of them includes discrete graphics with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Two of the models listed below also comes with a high-end 4K Ultra HD panel and plenty of RAM.

    Lenovo’s Early Black Friday ThinkPad X Series Deals

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon Deals

    ThinkPad X1 Yoga & X380 Yoga Deals

    ThinkPad X1 Extreme Deals

    Note: For some context on the hefty $3,000 price tag, the final model listed is a bundle which includes 3 years worth of premium support, onsite upgrade, sealed battery compatible, keep your drive, and most importantly an accidental damage protection. Physical item bundled is a ThinkPad USB 3.0 Ultra Dock, Lenovo Executive Topload Case, and finally a ThinkPad X1 wireless touch mouse.

    All deals end later this week on Monday, October 29 at 9PM Eastern. If you prefer to wait until the holiday season for true Black Friday – expect an extra 5% ~ 10% in discount for most of these models. For the pricier config – this can actually be pretty significant – but much less so for base models.

    Another caveat to consider: when you order during the end of the year, supplies and stock are on a different level and unlike pre-configs that are available to ship in 3-5 days, you may be looking at additional 1-2 weeks of wait time.

    All deals includes free shipping and full warranty straight from Lenovo.

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    Best Tool Brand: Measure Twice, Buy Once

    Although the “best” toolmakers will always come down to a slight amount of subjectivity, we scoured the web and did our research to find the top brand producing some of the most reliable and widest range of tools in the business.

    Our Top 5 Best Tool Brands

    #1 DeWalt

    Pros:

    • Made in USA
    • 90-day full refund
    • 3-year limited warranty

    Cons:

    • Owned by Black and Decker (notorious among craftsmen for poor quality parts)

    During our research into the best tool brands we found it was always a close contest in preferences of tool users between our #1 pick DeWalt and the occupant of the #2 slot, Makita. That said, DeWalt earned the edge just ever so slightly thanks to its better warranty programs and more extensive network of approved repair shops, making it easier for owners of DeWalt tools to easily get their equipment repaired and back in action quicker no matter where their worksite is in the world.

    #2 Makita

    Pros:

    • Free repair and replacement within 1-year warranty period
    • Nearly $50 million in new plants opened in US over past five years

    Cons:

    • Some tools made in China

    Despite being one of the few companies on this list which essentially manufacturers the majority overseas in China, Milwaukee still earned a number of accolades from tool buyers who consider the company to produce some of the best tools (for the price) in the business.

    This may be due to the company’s recent efforts to bring jobs back stateside, with a $47 million investment in local production facilities over the last five years. This has led to new and more technologically advanced plants being opened in states like Mississippi and Wisconsin.

    #4 Bosch

    Pros:

    • 3-year tool/2-year battery warranties
    • MaxVantagePRO repair program
    • Cheaper than most brands

    Cons:

    • Primarily manufactured in China and Mexico

    When it comes to the fine balance of price to quality, Bosch seems to have managed to walk that line expertly by offering tools which generally skew toward the cheaper side of the spectrum (thereby opening themselves up to a much wider spectrum of the home buyer market), without sacrificing the quality that most professionals have come to associate the brand with.

    Although many of their tools do come from production facilities located either in China or Mexico, the company also maintains strict guidelines on quality, which seems to have paid off in spades to make them one of the most widely purchased tool brands operating in the market today.

    #5 Ridgid

    Pros:

    • Lifetime defect warranty
    • Plumbing tools made in USA

    Cons:

    • Some power tools manufactured overseas

    Finally, we come to Ridgid. Ridgid is one of the oldest brands on this list, and actually has the distinct claim to the patent for inventing what everyone knows as the modern-day pipe wrench.

    The company has topped several lists among professional construction workers for their power tools, though their primary focus (and expertise) is in manufacturing just about everything a plumber would need to do their job effectively.

    Ridgid has taken some flak in recent years for leasing the brand out to another Hong Kong-based company called TTI, which also manufactures products for the likes of previously American-made brands like Hoover, Dirt Devil, and Homelight.

    That said, with so many accolades under their belt it doesn’t seem as though Ridgid has let the quality of their tools suffer as a result of this rebranding, which is why although not the best brand out there, has still earned a respectable #5 slot on our list of the best tool brands for 2018.

    Other Tool Brands to Consider

    • Stanley: Stanley is another highly-regarded brand in the tool space that’s known for creating quality tools that can stand the test of time. The options with Stanley can be a bit pricier than some other brands on this list, but the brand is definitely a case of “you get what you pay for” when it comes to long-lasting reliability and strength.
    • Husky: Husky covers every area of the market with its tool lines, catering to the demands of professional craftsmen and home builders alike. There are a large range of Husky tools to choose from along with about a dozen well-supplied pre-selected toolkits you can buy, so if you’re on the hunt for variety and want the all-in-one experience, Husky might be the right choice for you.

    Tool Brands to Avoid and the Worst Tool Brands

    • Craftsman: Since their $900m acquisition by Black & Decker in 2017, many tool heads have reported a significant drop in the overall quality of tools that Craftsman used to be known for. This is likely due to outsourcing the production of tools to China, a move which seems to have doomed every brand in this space before it.

    Best Tool Brand Buying Guide

    In general, we relied on the votes of home tool buyers as well as professional craftsman to reach our rankings of the top five-tool brands in the United States today. That said, there are a few other factors that were considered which helped us reach our final list.

    • Tool Quality/Price

      • When you buy a tool you want to be sure that it’s going to be able to stand up to any punishment you throw its way, which is why the build quality and lifetime durability are the #1 factors we considered when deciding on the best tool brands in the business.
      • Of course, the quality of a tool is always weighed directly against the price you paid for it, which is a balance that many US-based toolmakers have been struggling to maintain as Chinese and Mexican-made tools undercut the market by significant price gouging at checkout (more on that below).
      • If you’re willing to pay just a bit more though, the jump in quality, durability, and the overall lifetime of your tool is significant. If you’re uncertain whether or not a cheaper tool might come with some problems by the time it shows up on your doorstep, be sure you read the company’s warranty policy carefully to guarantee that it covers any manufacturing defects that could present themselves at the time of purchase.
    • Warranty/Return Policy/Repair Policy
      • In the world of power tools, warranty programs and return policies can be pretty confusing to the layman. Because the number of things that can go wrong with a heavy-duty tool are just as varied as the number of applications a tool can have, just about all of the companies on this list will only cover manufacturing defects that the company themselves verifies after you mail it in.
      • Not only that, but warranty length will vary pretty significantly both between the company you go with as well as the actual type of tool itself.
      • For example, Makita offers a 1-year defect repair warranty on its corded tools, but a 3-year warranty on any tools that use a lithium-ion battery, and so on.
    • Best List Placements/Amazon Reviews

      • As non-experts ourselves, we deferred most of the heavy lifting to about a dozen other annual roundups of the best tool companies of the year, as determined by experts in their relevant fields as well as ranks handed out by home buyers who used portals like Ranker to vote for their personal favorites and rank them by popularity and quality.
      • And as always, Amazon provides an amazing resource of buyers who not only rate how well a tool performed upon first purchase, but will often come back and update their review two, three, even five years later to let other prospective buyers know how the tool held up over time. This is an invaluable resource of knowledge for anyone who wants to find out which tool brands hold up to punishment and which inevitable failed, and one only needs to sort by star rating to get a quick snapshot of who pulled out in front and which brands fell by the wayside after extended periods of use and abuse.
    • Made in the USA

      • Dozens of tool brands have moved their manufacturing plants to China over the past few decades, and it seems both craftsmen and home buyers alike unanimously agree that the quality and durability of the tools suffered as a result.
      • Producing tools in the United States does have its drawbacks (limited capacity, slimmer margins), however, the jump in quality simply can’t be ignored.
      • It may mean you end up paying slightly more at the register, but when you consider what it would cost to replace that tool every time it breaks the small uptick in final cost definitely starts to look a lot more worth it.

    Best Tool Brand: Measure Twice, Buy Once is republished from The GadgetReview Difference

    Mysa Smart Thermostat Review

    If you live in an area that gets cold, then you already know the horror of seeing your heating bill in the winter. Whether your heater uses gas or electric, when things get cold, you pay the price. So you need to take control of your heater if you want some savings. The good news is that if you have an electric heater, the Mysa Smart Thermostat will let you do just that.

    Mysa Looks Lovely, Saves You Money

    Did you know that most homes spend about 60% of their electric bill on home heating? Yeah, you’ve seen the bills, so you probably know that already. This is why you have to take control of your home heating by using smart products. Well, if you have a phone, and who doesn’t?, you will have total control of your heat through Mysa. In fact, you can control your heat from anywhere in the world with the Android and iOS apps. This is what home automation is all about.

    Pros:
    Great sleek design
    You can save a lot of money

    Cons:
    For electric heating only

    This means that with Mysa you can have the heat turned down or even turned off during the day while you are at work, and then crank the heat up just before you get home. That way you can save money and still be warm and toasty after a hard day at the office.

    Mysa’s smart thermostat has a simple minimal design that is easy to use. There are no complicated menus or screens. Just simple interactions that do what you want. If you have electric heating, you’ll be happy to know that Mysa works with most high voltage electric baseboard or electric fan forced heating systems.

    Mysa will fit right in and play nice with the other gadgets in your smart home, working with all of the popular voice assistants, connected devices and smart home platforms. How does your programmable thermostat fare in that department?

    Fully Control Your Heater

    Bottom Line

    Mysa is stylish and sleek. It will look good just about anywhere in your home. You have to love the simple design approach that the company took with this smart thermostat, but the best thing about it is that it is that this piece of smart home technology gives you full control of your heater so that you can save a lot of money.

    The following article Mysa Smart Thermostat Review is republished from homepage of GadgetReview

    Nuki 2.0 Keyless Smartlock For The UK Market Review

    Nuki has announced the arrival of Nuki Smart Lock 2.0, which is the next generation of the company’s smart lock that turns your smartphone into a key. It arrives with a bunch of new features and includes Bluetooth 5 for further range, better internal processing power for speed. There’s also a door sensor so you can get updates at-a-glance and it has full Apple HomeKit compatibility.

    No More Keys Under The Flower Pot

    The Nuki 2.0 smart lock is specifically updated for the UK oval-cylinder lock while keeping the easily-installed retrofitting. This new version fits over the user’s existing lock and key and installs in less than three minutes. Most people can handle this easily. You won’t have to worry about replacing door fixtures either. So the emphasis on this smart lock is ease of use. It also plays nice with your other Smart Home solutions like Ring and Nest, Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

    Pros:
    Easy To Install
    Easy To Use

    Cons:
    Limited Color Options To Match Your Door

    This is the company’s foray into the ripe UK smart home market. The Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 is compatible with Android and iOS. As with most smart locks on the market, you can use this one to give your friends, family, delivery people and others digital access to unlock your door via the companion app.

    With all of the smart lock solutions available to us these days, burglars and other nefarious individuals are going to have a hard time finding a key under a flowerpot. Nuki 2.0 gets even more convenient with the optional Nuki Fob and Nuki Keypad which gives easy access to children, delivery people, or those without a smartphone.

    Nuki Makes This Lock Easy For Everyone To Use

    Bottom Line

    This new version will be available in November of 2018. Whether you are securing your apartment, house, business or vacation home, Nuki provides a very cool home security solution that anyone can easily install and use in minutes. It has a lot of options via the app, the Nuki Fob and the Nuki Keypad. Folks in the UK are going to love this smart lock solution.

    Nuki 2.0 Keyless Smartlock For The UK Market Review is courtesy of home page GR

    Q1 Smart Pet Feeder

    As home automation gadgets continue to sell, our homes are becoming smarter every day. At the same time, our lives are getting easier. All thanks to smart locks, smart thermostats, home security and more. That doesn’t just benefit us humans, but it also makes our pets lives better too. That’s right, dogs and cats also appreciate a smart home.

    Your Pets Will Love This

    And why wouldn’t they? Technology like the Q1 Smart Pet Feeder is all about them. This pet feeder works via an app that allows you to remotely feed your dog or cat so that it gets the exact amount of food at the right time. It’s perfect for when you are away from home.

    In the old days, you either had to get a friend or family member to feed your pet while you were away. Either that or your pet would go hungry waiting for you to return. That latter scenario is just not acceptable because we love our pets like our children. Well, we don’t have to worry anymore. The Q1 Smart Pet Feeder takes care of your pet when there’s no one else around to do so.

    The Q1 Smart Pet Feeder doesn’t just make sure your pet is fed, it also makes sure that your pet’s eating position is ergonomic and good for their spine. Your pet’s food will be fresh and their eating habits are always recorded.

    And if you are worried about your pet eating too fast, you can switch from “Normal” to “Slow” dispensing to slow your pet down. In “Slow” mode, Q1 will dispense your pet’s meal in increments of one section every 3 minutes.

    Feed Your Cat No Matter Where You Are

    With Q1 you never have to worry about your pet going hungry because you are away. Our lives are busier than ever nowadays and our pets shouldn’t have to pay the price. It’s useful gadgets like this that make home automation and let’s not forget home security, worthwhile.

    Q1 Smart Pet Feeder is courtesy of homepage of GadgetReview

    QuietPure Whisper Bedroom Air Purifier

    We go through a lot of trouble cleaning our homes, wiping down counters, vacuuming and dusting. We do this not only because it looks nicer and feels nicer, but because a clean house means a healthier house. There are fewer germs and allergens in your home when it’s clean? So why wouldn’t you want clean air in your home? Well, if you are smart, you do want clean air. And that’s where a good air purifier comes in.

    Perfect For The Home Or Office

    You can get one that will clean up the air in a large area of your home, but if you’re looking for an air purifier that specializes in better air in a smaller area, you might want to check out the QuietPure Whisper Bedroom Air Purifier. This compact unit purifies the air in rooms up to 350 square feet in size, making it perfect for bedrooms, offices and other smaller-sized rooms.

    Pros:

    Quiet when running

    Makes the air feel great

    Cons:

    It only purifies one room. I wish it did a bit more.

    The QuietPure Whisper Bedroom Air Purifier has smart, automatic operation and an air-quality indicator light for real-time feedback so that you know what the air quality is right that instant.
    A HEPA filter removes allergens and contains carbon for better removal of VOCs, chemicals, and odors. It also features a negative ionizer and three air-filtration stages with an auto mode that automatically adjusts fan speeds based on the room’s air quality.

    There’s also a programmable timer function that comes in handy at night or when you are away. The timer function sets schedules off in 1, 4 or 8-hour increments.

    It measures just 8.5″ x 12″ tall and weighs 3.74 lbs. That size means that you can put it just about anywhere and it won’t get in the way. As the name implies it operates at a quiet whisper level so that you barely know it is there. So this model is not going to bother you while you are sleeping at night and it won’t bother you the rest of the time either.

    Aside from the low noise levels, it also offers low energy consumption thanks to a brushless DC fan motor. Your air will feel fresher because it is fresher, now that some of the bad unhealthy stuff is removed from your environment.

    Clean Your Air and Feel Better

    Another great feature is that colored air-quality display that I mentioned. Blue means good, yellow is moderate, red is bad. Knowing the quality of your air is half the battle after all. The other half is letting this air purifier make it better so that you feel better.

    Bottom Line:
    You have to love how quiet this machine is. And the air really does feel cleaner. If you have allergies and use this during allergy season, it should help you quite a bit. The size of the unit along with how big an area it purifies is a big plus. You are getting your money’s worth here. It seems like it easily competes with some of the best air purifiers out there.

    QuietPure Whisper Bedroom Air Purifier is available on GadgetReview (US)