Gary Bacon

Headphones You Can Buy Right Now for iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 or iPhone 6SE is fast approaching release. With that, one of the largest rumors around the device is that Apple is discontinuing the 3.5mm jack in favor of using the lightning cable for headphones.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the 3.5mm jack on headphones. After a pair of my Bose did this:

However, Bose being an amazing brand in both quality and customer service, hooked me up with a free replacement pair. Plus, two days later, they upgraded me to Bluetooth so it would never happen again. #winning

While the switch to lightning may seem groundbreaking, or even startling, Apple has actually supported lightning headphones since 2014.

Grandbeing® V4.0 Bluetooth Earbuds

At the time of this writing, it’s been two weeks since I purchased the Grandbeing® V4.0 Bluetooth Earbuds. I’ve been using them for listening to audiobooks whenever I have pockets of free time. 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there really does add up.

Even though it is so small and comfortable, it stays in place for me. There are times that it is hard to tell it is even there.

It has the latest bluetooth V4.0 chipset, steady signal and lower power consumption. It has a wireless transmission distance of up to 33 feet. It also contains the CVC 6.0 noise-canceling technology which allows you to talk clearly in a noisy environment.

Baron Fig Notebook

To this date, this is by far my favorite notebook. I take it with me everywhere. There are three types of paper for the Baron Fig Notebook: blank, ruled, and dot grid.


I purchased both the dot grid and blank version. The latter I use for sketching and the former, I use for planning my day.

Localized Product Designs: LG Microwaves

Inspired by a Pogo video, I researched the microwave displayed, and what I found was varying products depending on the geographic region.

American Microwave

The product geared towards Americans, a microwave / oven combination. Now you too can warm up pizzas, frozen foods, and biscuits. Talk about stereotypical fattening American cuisine. Leaves one wanting something to actually help you cook. Perhaps the goal was to focus on “heating”.
LG 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Baking Oven
It even has an “Auto Pizza Mode” that “… automatically adjusts cooking times for fresh or frozen pizzas in addition to various baking treats and frozen foods.”

Google Chromecast

Overall Impression

The setup was much easier than I anticipated. It only took a few minutes and I was up and running. However, I do not feel the average person will “get it” in terms of how to use Chromecast properly. It is too decentralized. Set up the hardware, find an app or URL, install browser plugins, and hope content streams properly. It seems too disjointed overall. Great for geeks, not so much for the average consumer.


I plugged the Chromecast into my TV. The TV also comes with a USB port so the Chromecast is also being powered by my TV. Cleverly that saved one additional power outlet.

Nest: No squirrels.

Nest Thermostat Easter Egg

Nest recently announced their 3.0 software update and a new thinner Nest thermostat.

After trying to find out how to update the software, only to realize that it happens automatically, I discovered an easter egg hidden in the device.

If you go to Settings > Legal Info and scroll to the bottom. These messages will display: