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GoPro Hero 3 Battery Charge Fix

How to Fix GoPro Hero 3 If It Won’t Turn On

GoPro Hero 3 Battery Charge Fix

This morning we had planned on doing a review video with our GoPro Hero 3 until we went to charge it and there was no red light for the charge. We completely switched gears and ended up doing a hack video for our GoPro Hero 3.

No matter what we did we couldn’t get a charge. We turned to our good friend Google to find a quick fix and it worked. Check out our how-to video below.

Do you have something that just up and stopped working? Let us know below and we will try and help you find a quick fix.

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Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones Review

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Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones Review: Powerbeats2 Wireless earphones were inspired by basketball legend LeBron James. Their light weight design can handle the most rigorous of workouts while delivering incredible sound through dual driver acoustics.

Powerbeats2 comes with a IPX-4 sweat and water resistance rating, tangle free cable wrap around, track switching and hands free calling. You can use these earphones anywhere.

Now you can be up to 30 feet away from you Apple product (iPhone, iPad, iPod) using the wireless Bluetooth. Battery is generally a concern for many, the Powerbeats2 comes with a rechargeable battery with a 6 hour playback. If you drain the battery to empty – a 15 minute charge will give you an hour of playback.

Thanks to our good friend Jacque for being kind enough to review her new Powerbeats2 for Weve Tried It.

Powerbeats2 Review Weve Tried It

WTI: What stands out the most about your new Powerbeats2?
Jacque: They actually fit snug to my ear! And I love the design. They just look cool and the sound is great.

WTI: We know that you use earphones for working out, how do they fit to your ear?
Jacque: Perfectly, this is by far the best fit I have had.

WTI: In the past you have used other brands of earphones, tell us the difference.
Jacque: I have tried more than I care to admit of wired headsets. They drive me crazy always getting tangled up. I have another wireless set of Jaybird Bluebuds. Great sound, but they just don’t stay in my ear. Not a good fit. The biggest difference is the fit. The sound is really good too! Both for music and being on the phone.

WTI: Is there anything different you would like to see in your Powerbeats2?
Jacque: Louder its never loud enough. But I say that about every pair. I like it really loud! #reallyloud

WTI: Would you recommend Powerbeats2 to your friends?
Jacque: Yes, I plan on giving Powerbeats2 as Christmas gifts to my music lovers.

Thanks Jacque for the review, I sure hope I am on your music lover list for Christmas!

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Mashalot Shopping App Review

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Mashalot Shopping App Review: We must admit that we are iPhone junkies and love downloading a great app! Think shopping, travel, eating, latest trends and finding out where to get the best deals all in one place.

Over the weekend we met up with Mashalot founder John Marino to get first hand info on how this cool iPhone shopping app works. And what better place to meet up than Minneapolis’s hot new fashion forward concept store OOTN Magazine.

I hate to use the words holiday season before Halloween… but, this seems like a great place to post all of the items you want for gifts and then your family and friends can just follow you and see what you have been eying up.

How does it work? See something you like, open your Mashalot app, take a pic of whatever it is: shoes, lipstick, food…tag a category, add your location and give it a brief description. Simple!

Mashalot is a mix of Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Foursquare all combined in one location. Want to know what is trending and where to find it – download the app now.

Follow me: Missmissea on Mashalot – I plan on heading to the Mall of America soon and will be posting the best deals that I come across.

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Thanks to Desean Mills founder of OOTN Magazine for allowing us to film at your beautiful store. We will be back very soon!

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Olloclip 4 in 1 Photo Lens Phatphood Review

Olloclip 4 in 1 photo lens review

Olloclip 4 in 1 Photo Lens Phatphood Review: I like to take pictures with my iPhone 5 (mainly food), so I figured why not try some of these fancy lenses I see promoted/suggested on Facebook?

Olloclip 4-in-1 photo lens for iPhone 5/5s vs. 3-Piece Set: Macro, Wide-Angle & Fisheye Magnetic Smartphone Lenses. Let me start off with the biggest annoyance. When using either of these products, and if you protect your phone with any type of case, it needs to be removed before using. Understandable, but bothersome.

Olloclip lenses are attached to a tight fitting mold that slides snug over your factory installed lens on your iPhone. Simple, pretty much error proof. The 3-Piece Set: Macro, Wide-Angle & Fisheye Magnetic Smartphone Lenses have adhesive rings that stick on to your device. These rings are magnetic which allows the lenses to bond to your device. It was hard to center the ring onto my device. Also I’m not one to stick things on my phone. Not cool.

They both have a fish eye lens. The 3-Piece Set: Macro, Wide-Angle & Fisheye Magnetic Smartphone Lenses shown first is blurry and shows the innards of the lens. Where as the olloclip is a clear picture and just shows the intended view.

Macro Lens Olloclip Fish

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myCharge Amp 4000 Portable Charger Review

MyCharge iPhone Charger

myCharge Amp 4000 Portable Charger Review: This less than half-a-pound phone charger can save the day when you are out and about. For instance, when I did my State Fair food adventure I was constantly using my phone to take pictures and notes on all of the food I was eating.

Well we all know iPhone batteries really suck, so not even half-way through the day my battery was at 12%. I just grabbed my newly purchased MyCharge and plugged my iPhone 5 via USB and continued with my food adventure.

Not only did my phone fully charge while I constantly used it, but the MyCharge had some juice left to keep on charging even when I left the fair with a full charge on my phone.

Great device! Light, small enough to fit in pocket, and does what is intended. 3/5. One concerning downfall, any aftermarket iPhone USB cables do not work at all. I tried three aftermarket cables and only the original cable that came with my iPhone work. This brought my product rating down significantly.

Do you know of any inexpensive portable chargers that work great? Let us know in the comments below. You can purchase the myCharge Amp 4000 on Amazon for $29.99.

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Nikon D5200 SLR Camera Review

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera Review: If you are anything like us, you are intimidated by cameras that have more options than the simple point and shoot. The Nikon D5200 looked overwhelming at first but after a little playing around, we couldn’t believe how easy it was to use.

This is the perfect camera for someone who isn’t a pro but wants to take really great quality photos at an affordable price. The pics below are a couple of the first pictures I took with the Nikon D5200 without knowing how to use it.

Weve Tried It Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200 Photo

Specs: Nikon D5200 SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR (Vibration Reduction) Lens: The D5200 lets you shoot pictures and video from more perspectives using a Vari-Angle LCD monitor. The cutting-edge 24.1-megapixel image sensor provides incredibly sharp pictures and faithful, vibrant colors. This is an ideal camera for photographers who want to step up their game from point-and-shoot photos to the quality and creative options DSLR photography and full HD video can provide.

This camera is compact, lightweight and versatile lens with VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization to minimize effects of camera shake for sharp handheld pictures and movies. It’s 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor delivers high-definition images with fine detail.

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DX Format, 24.1 Megapixels, 5 FPS Continuous Shooting, 100-6400 IS (Expandable to 25600), Full HD 1080p at 30/25/24p. The options seems endless with this camera.

Our main purpose for this camera is to shoot videos and so far we are thrilled. The video below is just a sample of some we have shot.

We highly recommend purchasing the Nikon D5200 SLR! If we can do it, you can do it!

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The Prop Laptop Stand Review

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The Prop Laptop Stand Review: Does your laptop overheat? We have the perfect sleek and simple solution. Our good friend Jacque told us about ‘The Prop’ when we were talking about our laptops possibly bursting into flames.

The Prop is a lightweight, portable stand designed to let air flow underneath your laptop while at the same time providing a slightly angled work surface for comfortable typing and reading.

Justin Brouillette and Nicholas Pajerski came up with the idea during architecture school while working on computers that ran a bit too hot. When they couldn’t find an affordable and portable solution to help keep their laptop batteries cool and running efficiently, they designed the first Prop prototype in Adobe Illustrator and brought it to life on the laser cutters right on campus.

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Translucent and minimalist in its design, The Prop blends in anywhere it goes. Made in Nebraska to accommodate up to 17″ laptops, The Prop consists of just two pieces that are as easy to snap together as they are to take apart and stow in your bag. So wherever you and your laptop go, your Prop can go too.

Jacque said, “The laptop stand is minimal and let’s air flow, so the laptop does not get hot. I have my laptop connected to my thunderbolt monitor so it is always closed…my old stand took up so much space.”

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We love the fact that is can be taken apart and fits nicely in your laptop bag. The Prop can be purchased at TheGrommet.com.

Do you have a product you think we should review, leave us a comment below.

Photo Credit: The Grommet

Yurbuds

Yurbuds Inspire For Women Earphones Review

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Yurbuds Inspire For Women Product Review: I have been running for a couple of years now and have tried many different brands, shapes and sizes of headphones, none of which worked for me.

Some were uncomfortable and hurt my ears. Others bounced around, forcing me to constantly fix the earbuds which would result in me getting frustrated and taking them out.

I was hesitant to try another pair until the clerk at the Running Room told me about Yurbuds Inspire for Women earphones. They are guaranteed not fall out and have a comfortable fit and if I’m not satisfied, I can return them.

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Yurbuds Inspire for Women Sport earphones are designed specifically to fit smaller ears. Featuring twist lock technology and a FlexSoft comfort fit, these Yurbuds are guaranteed never to hurt or fall out. They are sweat and water-resistant and allow for ambient noise, making them the perfect training partner for any female athlete.

Giving them a good test, I wore them on my 16 mile run. Putting them in with the Twist Lock is quite simple. They are extremely comfortable and the sound was pretty good. I was quite surprised that I never once had to adjust or re-insert throughout the entire run.

I am 100% satisfied with these headphones and am excited to be able to listen to music on all of my future training runs. You can purchase a pair of Inspire for Women here.

Do you have a product you love to train with? Comment below we would love to hear about it.

Streaming Media Comparisons: Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime

We have been asked by one of our readers to compare the most popular streaming media services.

After doing some research and speaking to a few people we have come up with the following information.

Netflix vs Hulu Plus vs Amazon Prime

The three most popular streaming media companies right now are Netflix, Hulu Plus & Amazon Prime. The costs are pretty similar, Netflix and HuluPlus both run $8.00 per month for basic service which is streaming only. With Netflix you can add an additional service for dvd delivery for $7.99 – $11.99 per month depending on how many dvd’s you would like to be able to get at a time. Amazon prime is billed annually at $99.00 which comes out to $8.25 monthly. Your Amazon prime service give you the additional benefit of free two-day shipping for any Amazon purchase.

Netflix has the largest selection of movies and shows, but not all their movies are available for download, so to see their entire collection you have to subscribe to both services. They have licensing contracts with 4 main networks as well as Starz, BBC, Sony and DreamWorks so you have the ability to watch your favorite network shows. Another benefit of Netflix is they do not play any ads.

HuluPlus comes in second when it comes to selection of movies and shows. HuluPlus has licensing deals with Fox, NBC, Disney, MTV and many other cable channels. HuluPlus is known to update its library more frequently which means you can catch up on your favorite shows more quickly. The biggest draw back that I have heard is the ads. You must watch multiple advertisements with each download, and if you rewind to catch up on a part you have to watch the ad again.

Amazon Prime is the newest to the media service market. They have a smaller library, but are expanding it quickly. Their biggest sell seems to be the free 2 day shipping. With Amazon Prime you are making a 1 year commitment as it is billed annually.

All three do offer a free trial, with Netflix & Amazon Prime offering a 30 day trial and HuluPlus offering only a 1 week trial.

There are some great options available to help lower or eliminate a pay for tv bill. It’s nice that you can give each one a try and see what works best for your tv viewing preferences.

We currently use Netflix and are very happy with it.  Paying monthly with the option to cancel at any time. Let us know what you use and if you are satisfied with it!