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Fossil FS4735 Grant Brown Leather Watch
Fossil FS4735 Grant Brown Leather Watch
Price: $105.00
2 used & new from $103.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Fossil FS4735 - Nice Watch, July 27, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I really like this watch. The face is very nice, although it looks a bit large on my wrist. The leather band is high quality and feels nice - I much prefer the leather band to a chain band. If I had one minor nitpick, it would be that the hands of the watch are light and not contrasted enough from the background to see via a quick glance. Overall, the watch looks very classical and stylish; recommended!


Samson Meteorite USB Condenser Microphone
Samson Meteorite USB Condenser Microphone
Price: $39.99
10 used & new from $39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Samson Meteorite USB Microphone, July 27, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I like this microphone a lot. It's easy to use with a simple USB connection that works with most PCs and laptops. It's size allows for maximum portability and it doesn't take up much space on my desk. And most importantly, the sound quality is really good for a mic that is so small.

If you are podcasting, conducting interviews with clients, or recording sound for professional use, then you may want to opt for a more versatile desktop mic (I'd recommend the Blue Yeti). But for everyday use like FaceTime or Skype, this Samson Meteorite is perfectly suitable.


ViewSonic PJD6345 XGA 1024x768 DLP Projector with LAN Control, Wired and Wireless LAN Display (Black)
ViewSonic PJD6345 XGA 1024x768 DLP Projector with LAN Control, Wired and Wireless LAN Display (Black)
Price: $679.99
36 used & new from $659.00

4.0 out of 5 stars ViewSonic PJD6345 Projector - good quality, recommended for home/business use., July 27, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I recently received this projector, and I put it through the paces - I tested it on a 70" projection screen. The image quality and color is quite good. Of course, size and sharpness can be manually adjusted. The bulb is bright and the image is sharp when adjusted properly. I have no problem with the image at all for everyday business purposes. Powerpoint and keynote presentations look great on this, as do YouTube and other internet videos. And the VGA, USB, and HDMI ports ensure that the projector can connect to any type of device - including laptops and media players.

I have to say that I think that in this price range, there are some Epson projector models that might be more suited for general use. First, most current Epson projectors are slightly smaller and lighter than this one (plus they usually include a nice carrying case w/ strap for better portability). Secondly, while this ViewSonic does have built-in speakers, the Epson models have clearer audio and significantly less fan noise (because what good is sound if you can't hear over the fan?).


GreatCall Splash - Waterproof Medical Alert Device (Desert Silver)
GreatCall Splash - Waterproof Medical Alert Device (Desert Silver)
Price: $49.99
3 used & new from $45.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Greatcall Splash, July 27, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
For an elderly member of my family, we have previously used the 5star device by Greatcall. The Greatcall Splash is the newest generation of this device, now with the waterproof feature. The Splash has a simple one-button functionality -- you press the button on the device once and immediately are connected to a Greatcall agent, or you can press and hold for 5 seconds if you want to call 911 directly.

With any the Greatcall products (in addition to the Splash, they also sell a flip phone called the Jitterbug), you go online and fill out a profile with your medical history, doctors, current medications, specific instructions for entry into the home (spare key location, etc), emergency contacts, and any other relevant information. That way the Greatcall agents have all important info without having to ask and they can pass that info on to emergency services if necessary.

The Splash clips onto a belt, but you can buy or manufacture a lanyard to hang it around your neck.

Keep in mind that in addition to the cost of the device, it's going to cost you about $15-20 a month for the service. So it's not cheap, but it is less expensive when compared to many other similar services out there.


Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi HD+ Camera with Night Vision (The Latest Version), Works with Belkin WeMo
Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi HD+ Camera with Night Vision (The Latest Version), Works with Belkin WeMo
Price: $129.99
2 used & new from $108.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belkin Netcam - Wonderful Camera for Pet Monitoring, July 27, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is a great option for monitoring babies or pets. When we go out and leave our dog home, we turn the camera on and are able to check on her periodically though Belkin's NetCam iPhone app.

We have 4 different cameras in various rooms, and I would say that overall this is the best one. I have also used dLink brand cameras, but prefer Belkin's camera for a couple of main reasons:
- the Belkin NetCam has a wider field of view than comparable dLink cameras, meaning the lens it covers a wider area so you can see more.
- the Netcam HD+ camera is about $50 cheaper than the similar dLink HD Baby Camera (both cameras have relatively the same specifications)
- the app interface on the iphone is easier to use and has a more friendly layout.


Brainwavz Delta IEM Earphones
Brainwavz Delta IEM Earphones
Price: $19.50
3 used & new from $17.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brainwavz Delta, July 10, 2014
AUDIO QUALITY: 4/5
Overall, the sound quality is very good. I have watched several movies with these headphones, plus listened to a few of my favorite music playlists... no complaints. The Brainwavz Delta has clear and balanced audio & bass. The ear buds do a better job than most at keeping external sounds out (although if you really want to cancel out noise, you'll want to skip earbuds and buy an over-ear headset).

COMFORT: 3/5
The comfort of the headphones is average. The in-ear cushions in particular are comfortable. Sometimes in-ear headphones don't fit into the ear properly and thus can't be worn for very long periods of time, but I could keep this pair on for hours with only minimal discomfort. Occasionally, the earbuds would fall out if I made a quick movement (which might be annoying while exercising), but it did not happen too often.

COMPATIBILITY: 5/5
The headphone cable is a standard 3.5mm cable which can be used on nearly all devices - MP3 players, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, etc.

DURABILITY: 4/5
These headphones have a nice design and a quality build. They seem to be very durable - I expect them to last several years.

EXTRAS: 5/5
The packaging for the headphones is very nice and easy to open. The headphones come with extra ear cushions, which is nice because they do wear out eventually. It also includes a compact carrying/storage case.

* The manufacturer allowed me to test this product for review purposes.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
by Matt Hurwitz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.49
55 used & new from $17.50

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise/Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- Art Book, July 8, 2014
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Length:: 1:16 Mins

This is a great art book, and one that I highly recommend.

A lot of the book is devoted to the creation of the apes - including concept art, production stills of Andy Serkis and other performers, VFX renders of Ceasar and the apes, and finished frames from the movies. That portion of the book is most fascinating, since they really did push the limits of technology with these films in order to create realistic CG apes infused with human performances from actors.

There are also many pages devoted to environments - for "Rise", this includes places like the lab, Will's home, and the primate shelter. The combination of conceptual artwork and production stills really show off the amount of work that went into the set design/dressing. Because of the intensive visual effects required, the production had to build most environments from scratch (rather than going on location) so that they could have complete control. This results in set pieces like the Bridge and the Primate Facility being built rather than finding and shooting an existing location.

As massive a production as "Rise" was, it seems that "Dawn" has eclipsed it in terms of scale. The sequel takes place 10 years after the first film, and most os humanity has been ravaged by the Simian Flu. As a result, cities and architecture have become run-down and vegetation has encroached. The places occupied by the human colony are large spaces that were practically built and required an enormous amount of effort to distress them to a point where they look worn down. At one point, Ceasar returns to Will's home - it's fascinating to see the differences between Will's home between the films (colorful and vibrant in "Rise"; dirty and desolate in "Dawn").

If you are a fan of these movies, then this is certainly a good purchase to make. The book features a nice balance of conceptual artwork, production photos, and film shots. The images are printed large and clear. There is also a decent amount of text which sheds light onto the challenges of the production and adds to the enjoyment of the book, including a foreword by director Matt Reeves.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Offered by SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC.
Price: $9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Original Score, July 8, 2014
The "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" score does exactly what it needs to do - there are some memorable themes, as well as a sense of foreboding and rising tension through a lot of the music.

I enjoyed Patrick Doyle's music for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", however I would say that composer Michael Giacchino's score for "Dawn" is an improvement and contains a bit more emotion. Giacchino is a favorite of mine (particularly for "Lost" and "Super 8") - this score doesn't reach the heights of his very best work; but it's great nonetheless and I'm happy to add it to my collection of music.

Giacchino really does a good job blending classic elements of the score with the more tribal/percussive sounds. I think what he has managed to do here is honor the legacy of Jerry Goldsmith and the original "Planet of the Apes" scores. His music sometimes sounds reminiscent of those previous soundtracks, while at the same time adding a fresh perspective on the music. I liked listening to this album very much and look forward to listening to it in context during the movie.

Any fan of Giacchino knows he goes crazy with the puns - this album has so many good ones: "Past Their Primates", "The Apes of Wrath", and "How Bonobo Can You Go". Rather than spoil the plot like so many other soundtrack titles do, Giachhino instead titles his cues in a clever and fun way that also doesn't give too much away about the movie.

FAVORITE TRACKS
[3] The Great Ape Processional
[11] Gorilla Warfare
[17] Primates for Life


Star Trek: The Compendium [Blu-ray]
Star Trek: The Compendium [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Chris Pine
Price: $33.99

105 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The Compendium -- includes IMAX version of 'Into Darkness', June 29, 2014
This is a 2-movie box set that contains the reimagining of "Star Trek" (2009) and the sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013), directed by JJ Abrams. There are 3 reasons why you might want to consider purchasing this set - I own these films already, but will be picking this up because of the reasons listed below:

1. Those who saw "Into Darkness" in IMAX theaters may remember that for certain scenes the aspect ratio of the film shifted from the typical 2.40:1 to the taller 1.78:1, creating a larger and more immersive image. Unfortunately, the original blu-ray release of Into Darkness did not include the IMAX footage... But this one does, meaning for those scenes it will fill your entire TV (instead of the usual black bars on the top and bottom).
2. This set also includes an Enhanced Commentary for "Into Darkness" that was previously exclusive to iTunes. Basically you play the movie, but all sorts of content appears on the screen while you watch and the director/crew will come on at various points to talk about the film (it's similar to the WB 'maximum movie mode' feature that is on discs like Watchmen and Terminator Salvation).
3. The bonus disc for "Into Darkness" has some new deleted scenes and additional bonus material that was not previously available.

Below is a complete listing of all the content in this four-disc set:

Disc 1 - Star Trek (2009)
- Star Trek in high definition
- commentary by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci

Disc 2 - Star Trek (2009)
- To Boldly Go -- Taking on the world's most beloved science fiction franchise was no small mission. Director J.J. Abrams, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof, and executive producer Bryan Burk talk about the many challenges they faced and their strategy for success.
- Casting -- The producers knew their greatest task was finding the right cast to reprise these epic roles. The cast, for their part, talk about the experience of trying to capture the essence of these mythic characters. The piece concludes with a moving tribute to Leonard Nimoy.
- A New Vision -- J.J. Abrams' vision was not only to create a Star Trek that was a bigger, more action-packed spectacle, but also to make the spectacle feel real. Every aspect of production--from unique locations to the use of classic Hollywood camera tricks--was guided by this overall objective.
- Starships -- Abrams and production designer Scott Chambliss were careful to pay tribute to the design of the original Enterprise, but they also wanted to make it futuristic and cool for a modern audience. This chapter focuses on the unique stories behind the creation of the film's starships.
- Aliens -- Designers Neville Page and Joel Harlow talk about the hurdles they faced creating new alien species, recreating the Romulans and Vulcans, and designing the terrifying creatures on Delta Vega for the new Star Trek
- Planets -- From the frozen landscape of Delta Vega to the desert plains of Vulcan, Scott Chambliss and the art department had a number of radically different planets to create. Abrams' desire to shoot on real locations whenever possible led the production team to a number of strange and surprising locations.
- Props and Costumes -- Property master Russell Bobbitt had the unique challenge of designing props that were both true to the original series and pertinent to today's technology. Likewise, costume designer Michael Kaplan talks about how he designed costumes that paid homage to what came before yet were relevant and timeless.
- Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek -- When famed sound designer Ben Burtt was hired to create sounds for the first Star Wars film, he took his inspiration from the original Star Trek series. Burtt jumped at the opportunity to pay tribute to the sounds that sparked his career with the sounds he created for the new Star Trek.
- Score -- As a fan of the original series, composer Michael Giacchino embraced the challenge of creating new music for Star Trek while preserving the spirit of Alexander Courage's celebrated theme.
- Gene Roddenberry's Vision -- J.J. Abrams, Leonard Nimoy, previous Star Trek writers and producers, and scientific consultant Carolyn Porco describe and commend the optimistic and enduring vision of Gene Roddenberry.
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
- Starfleet Vessel Simulator -- Explore extensive data on the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Romulan ship, the Narada. Submerse yourself in breathtaking 360° views and close-ups and review detailed tech information.
- Gag Reel
- Trailers

Disc 3 - Star Trek Into Darkness
- Star Trek Into Darkness -- IMAX Version in high definition
- Enhanced Commentary (previously only available on iTunes)

Disc 4 - Star Trek Into Darkness
- The Voyage Begins... Again -- Go behind-the-scenes as filming begins on the next Star Trek adventure.
- Creating the Red Planet -- Experience the creation of a never-before-seen alien world, as featured in the action-packed opening sequence of the film.
- Introducing the Villain
- Rebuilding the Enterprise -- See the design and construction of a bigger, interconnected Enterprise set.
- National Ignition Facility: Home of the Core -- Location shooting at the National Ignition Facility.
- Attack on Starfleet -- Go behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and witness the creation of the shocking attack on Starfleet Headquarters.
- Aliens Encountered -- The design and application of alien makeup.
- The Klingon Home World -- Discover the stunning world of Kronos, and see how the filmmakers reinvented the Klingons for a new generation.
- The Enemy of My Enemy -- Find out how, and why, the identity of the film's true villain was kept a mystery to the very end.
- Vengeance is Coming -- A comprehensive look at the design and production surrounding the black ship.
- Ship to Ship -- An in-depth and thrilling look at the filming of the iconic space jump sequence, which both defied the laws of physics and pushed the limits of visual effects.
- Mr. Spock and Mr. Spock -- Leonard Nimoy makes a cameo appearance and reflects on his history with Trek.
- Down with the Ship -- Discover the stunt & VFX work involved to make the Enterprise roll over.
- Kirk and Spock -- Explore the dynamic relationship between the film's heroes.
- Brawl by the Bay -- Sit in with Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch as they revisit their intense preparation for the film's breathtaking climax.
- Continuing the Mission -- An inspiring look at the partnership between the film's crew and the organization that assists returning veterans to find meaningful ways to contribute on the home front.
- Unlocking the Cut -- A discussion with the film editors about their monumental task.
- The Sounds of Music (and FX) -- A discussion with film composer Michael Giacchino and sound designer Ben Burtt.
- Visual Affection -- A comprehensive look at the creation and implementation of visual effects.
- Safety First -- A prank pulled on the cast.
- Theatrical Trailers
- NEW! Deleted Scenes
- NEW! Photo Gallery
- NEW! Gag Reel
- NEW! Fitting the Future -- A look at the film's out-of-this-world costumes.
- NEW! Property of Starfleet -- Sourcing and tracking the film's myriad props.
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Aleratec Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 5S / 5
Aleratec Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 5S / 5
Offered by Aleratec
Price: $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice screen protector, June 27, 2014
I really like this screen protector. It is high quality, slightly more thicker than the average protector I am used to using. I can tell that it is going to be very durable and should not need to be replaced for a long time. I also did not notice any loss of sensitivity with the phone's touch-screen features, which is important.

Included a cloth to wipe your phone - it's important to clear all debris from the screen, otherwise it will get stuck under the protector once applied. As with any screen protector, air bubbles are a reality - this one is no different, and it's a bit of work to remove them (fortunately a "soft card" is provided to help move air out from under the protector).

I received this product free for testing/review purposes.


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