Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Portable Microscopes are Weird and Fun!

Handheld Microscopes make great Santa gifts. 

Here are Best Camera's top two picks for portable microscopes.


 Works with iPhone, iPad, Macbook, Window, Android 



Works with Mac, Windows, Linux

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Drone Red

Node-Red is flow programming. Get started writing your own drown software with little coding.

This video of Kauai was explored with Drones. Towards the end, a Drone takes on Hanakapiai falls as never before. It’s spectacular!

Here's a good starting point for using Watson IoT (internet of things) and Node-Red to write drone software.

IBM Watson and Node-Red for Drones

Learn about the architecture, Drone Setup, BlueMix(IBM Cloud), Cloudant DB, Gateway and Node-Red.

Another Article from IBM

but hurry, Ends Soon

My next article will dive deep into Node-Red and Watson IoT coding for Drones

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Top 5 Smartphone Camera Add-Ons for 2019

The best camera apps are taking advantage of improved smartphone lens technologies. In this article, I'll list our top 5 picks for cool add-ons for smartphone cameras.

Each product listed has a quote from a real user.
  1. Xenvo Pro Lens Kit
  2. Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
  3. Eocean Tripod, 50-inch Video Tripod
  4. TODI Camera Lens 4K HD 2 in 1
  5. Moment - Superfish Lens

Xenvo Pro Lens Kit for iPhone and Android, Macro and Wide Angle Lens with LED Light and Travel Case. 
"Best IPhone camera lens I have ever purchased!!! This is hands down the best quality lens I have purchased. You will be amazed on how much detail you will get using the macro lens. Plus with the combination of the lenses you will capture a better picture for any use you normally use your iPhone camera for you can get just about every combination you will need to take photos with your IPhone with this one device."

2) Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer w/Focus Pull & Zoom.
"Before purchasing I watched many online reviews that included shots of video outputs and tested the smooth 4 in different situations like running, time lapse, action, following, etc. It wasn't perfect in all of those, and one reviewer even chose a more expensive option over the Smooth 4. But I felt this was the right mix for what we are doing, interviewing people, catching construction work, filming b-roll, adding some artistic flair to our work, and capturing our finished work in place. "Upping our game" so to speak. For $140 or less it makes a huge difference. It will help us provide quality content for those assignments without the budget to hire a pro."

3) Eocean Tripod, 50-inch Video Tripod
"I am very pleased with this, its very easy to set up. I use it for you tube videos as it can move high above the area i am filming. The legs are adjustable and they can be set at various heights easily. Havent tried the remote, but the tripod is easy to take up and down. Since i have limited space to film this is a plus. I plan to only use it indoors. I am not sure how rugged this would be for outdoor use, maybe limited outdoor use. I have a google pixel 2,set up on it. Also has a storage bag to carry it or store it easier."

4) TODI Camera Lens 4K HD 2 in 1
"I can not believe how incredible this lens works! I have a Galaxy S9 and the combination of the camera on my phone w this lens is impeccable. I took listing photos w this and my cell phone and the pictures turned out better than w the brand new $850 Cannon I was using. The pictures look professional. It's hard to believe that a cell phone camera and this little lens can take such unbelievable photos! Highly recommend!"

5) Moment - Superfish Lens
"Great image quality, simple and quick attachment, fair price, and a business that takes the time to keep the customer informed after the money has exchanged hands. I will be buying more of your products as they come available."

Merry Christmas


Quick Please. What is IoT, Rasberry PI and Node-Red?

IoT means Internet of Things. 

Raspberry Pi is a low cost credit card–sized computer that plugs into your TV or display, and supports a keyboard and mouse. 

Node-Red is a new way to build IoT applications without coding and it can run on Rasberry PI or in any browser.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Baby Photo Shooting Santa

Some babies are afraid of Santa. This baby saw an opportunity for a photo shoot. She knows how to handle her favorite Best Camera App and took plenty of shots to get just the right one.

She also insisted that they smile for her and face the camera.

Say Cheese Santa! 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hashtag Verification Certificates

Did you know you can obtain verification certificates for any of your hashtags? Hashtags are available on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more, so you may want to register and verify any important hashtags.

Engage your tribe.
"Hashtags are everywhere but no one knows where to find you. Twubs offers a single social landing page for you to communicate with your tribe."

Registration is free. Verification is currently $7 per hashtag. 

I just created this one for #BaseReality on Twubs. I want to do a #hashtag marketing campaign for my book.  It's important to fill in all the details about your hashtag. I originally made the mistake of not filling in the details and I noticed my certificate was not much. Here's what it looks like now. Still tweaking.

If you are planning #hashtag marketing campaigns, then I recommend this service.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Best RoboCall BLOCKING Apps

With over 7 billion robocalls from spammers per month, spamming has become a big time-wasting nuisance.

Did you know that all Robocalls, regardless of what they are selling, are illegal?  Robocalls roam through carriers and a maze of networks, making it difficult to identify their origins.

And the government's Do Not Call list has been spoofed. So as the government works on this problem, you still need to protect yourself. Blocking Apps have collected records of literally billions of phone numbers, and they update them regularly, much like anti-virus apps. 

Spammer's deceptive measures have become more sophisticated. The latest trick is “neighborhood spoofing.” Robo callers use local numbers to increase the odds you will pick up. NS is indeed a dirty trick. 

18 Billion Robocalls so far this year (2018)

The FTC is where you are supposed to complain. Their number is 1-877-FTC-HELP. Their web is ftc.gov/robocalls.

Here's my list of recommended RoboCall Blocking Apps. 


Hiya - A Blocking and Caller ID finder App.  Hiya helps you identify calls you want and block other requests, like spammer calls. The App is free for preventing spam calls. Caller ID comes with a cost. This App also works with text messages.  The developers claim to have a database of hundreds of millions of spamming numbers.  The App works well for blocking robocalls, telemarketers, and IRS scammers types.


Call Control  - A Blocking App. Call Control can block entire area codes if that's become a problem. Call Control provides a personal Whitelist and Contacts Protection to make sure you get the calls you want. This App lets users report spammers to help update its database. Spam text blocking is supported by this App also.


TrueCaller - A Blocking and True caller identifier App.

Have you ever waited for an important call that is not in your contacts list? This can be tricky. You could be tempted to not answer and then block the caller. Whoops!  The TrueCaller App can help. The App is free and it helps you find out who is calling. You will need to copy and paste the number into the app though. 

Truecaller then searches the unknown number in its database of over 250 million users.

The App is also a Blocking App like the others above.


RoboKiller - A Blocking App.  RoboKiller won the FTC's anti-robocall competition. The New York Times, NBC, Wired, Engadget and Vice gave them good reviews. 

But the App is not free. On the right is a screenshot of their pricing. 


Hint - You can install multiple blocking Apps and have them all active at the same time.


What about the FTC? 

"The Federal Trade Commission has recently filed a complaint in federal district court seeking to stop two related operations and their principals who allegedly facilitated billions of illegal robocalls to consumers nationwide, pitching everything from auto warranties to home security systems and supposed debt-relief services." Here's the article on the FTC website.