This month’s theme for Loot Crate was Speed. So obviously The Flash needed to be there and he was. Other great items that was in this month’s crate was a killer Stark Motor Racing T-shirt from Iron Man 2. There was also a speedy pin, an exclusive Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider 4.5 Scar Titan vehicle, a Batman Stealth Edition Keychain, a Gone In 60 Seconds Custom Eliminator Eleanor Mustang and you either got the a Arrow or The Flash collectible Auto Ornament from Hoodies.
Another month done right by Loot Crate. Like what you see? There are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!
Do we have another two sport athlete in the making? Well let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. Still Miami Heat star Justise Winslow was taking in the Marlins game and not only throws out the first pitch, but make a great play during the game. He caught a home run ball, hit by opposing team slugger Matt Kemp. Being the loyal Miami sports fan he is, Justise threw the ball back.Check it out over at FOX Sports!
There are some athletes who talk the talk and walk the walk. Then there are other athletes that might fake it. While others drink Gatorade when they are not sweating at all. If you are one of those people, watch out! Gatorade is launching a new video series called “Burn It To Earn It,” starring J.J. Watt, Bryce Harper and Karl-Anthony Towns surprising and challenging everyday people to work up a sweat.
So if you are drinking a Gatorade and didn’t deserve it, watch out! These three pro athletes might come after you. Don’t believe us? Check out the video below.
Whenever I leave the house for more than an hour so, I always have some sort of charging device in tow. Maybe I’m on my phone too much, but I’m just spoiled like that. I like keeping track of the latest football news, streaming music whenever it suits me, looking up directions for the quickest route someplace to avoid LA traffic, settling arguments on trivia and so forth. I also crush a lot of candy on the regular. It calms me down.
The point is we’re all so tethered to our cell phones that whenever we find ourselves low on juice, a very particular type of panic sets in. The prospect of losing that digital extension of ourselves is discomforting. We’ve all been in this situation. That’s why we stock up on portable battery packs.
But not all battery packs are created equally. Some are more transportable than others. Some have short lifespans. Some chargers get you fully juiced up in no time and others just sort of sit there, on, but not really helping your cause. Sometimes a little pocket battery thing will do the trick if you need just a little boost before you get back to a wall charger. Other people have battery pack needs that can best described as “industrial.”
The ToughTested rugged battery pack is made for people with industrial-style device charging needs. It’s not something you necessarily want to stash in a pocket. Not to say that you can’t – the thing isn’t that big – but it does have some heft to it. This isn’t a rinky-dink, plug-in-a-cord-and-hope-for-the-best type battery situation. It’s an 8,000mAh weatherproof dual USB battery pack that provides up to five full charges for most smartphones and is IP-65-rated for water, dust and shock protection.
Got one of those little cig lighter chargers in your car? Forget about it. The ToughTested rugged battery pack is like 30 of those things wrapped up into one little brick. It charges up to two phones at once at a noticeably fast pace (something called InstaSense technology allows for the fastest possible charge). And you can keep getting more juice out of this thing long before it’s fully drained.
Outside of all this super functional utility, I appreciate that this thing feels like it could survive an apocalypse. Seriously. You can drop this in the sink, out of your car or off a building and still charge up two people’s cell phones no problem. Heading to the beach with your phone at 25%? Toss this pack in your beach bag and you’ll be good for at least a few days. You’ll want to make sure your phone is protected from the elements, but you know you don’t have to worry about your battery pack.
Along with the rugged battery pack, ToughTested also sent us out a pair of Marine waterproof earbuds to review. True to the brand name, these earbuds were designed to take a beating. The cord uses silicon-coated Kevlar. Kevlar, bro! And these things are IP67-rated to be water, sweat and dust resistant.
What does IP67 mean anyway? Glad you asked! IP stands for Ingress Protection and the full IP code is the Ingress Protection Rating (sometimes referred to as International Protection Rating). It’s an international standard that “classifies the degrees of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects (including body parts like hands and fingers), dust, accidental contact, and water in electrical enclosures.” The whole point of this rating is to give consumers more detailed information on products that are marketed as “waterproof.”
The first digit in the IP code refers to level of protection against solids (0-6) and the second digit refers to level of protection against liquids (0-8). So an IP-67 rating is pretty amazing. The “6” means that these earbuds are “dust tight” with no ingress of dust; complete protection against contact. The “7” means that these earbuds are protected from water immersion up to 1 meter.
So when ToughTested says these earbuds are waterproof, they mean it. If you’re the kind of outdoorsy type person who likes to pair wilderness with a great soundtrack, these earbuds are definitely worth checking out. Their toughness is unquestioned and the noise cancellation factor on these guys is legit. We’re talking a Certified Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 26db. You could basically use these as an earplugs-only option if you just want to drown out any outside noise.
The sport-fit shark fins on the buds themselves make for super secure in-ear fit. The Halo 360 mic and quick access controls allows you to easily handle phone calls. My one complaint is that I would prefer a bit more on the low end of the sound spectrum, but if you’re wearing these on a boat, you’re probably not overly concerned about bumping basslines.
If you tend to abuse your electronic devices, take a look at these two products from ToughTested. If they work under extreme conditions with top protection ratings, they’ll probably suit your day-to-day device habits just fine.
Guinness had just released some very cool news. They announced the newest additions to their growing portfolio. It will be a Rye Pale Ale and Antwerpen Stout. Both of the beers are available nationwide until December. Here is some information on each one.
Rye Pale Ale: Created last year around the holiday as a gift for family and friends, Guinness Rye Pale Ale quickly became a staple at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin. With a peppery bite thanks to the rye malt used, Rye Pale Ale gets a nice balance from the grapefruit and citrus flavor from Mosaic and Cascade hops. The beer was such a hit that Guinness began brewing larger batches in order for more people to sample it.
Antwerpen Stout: Previously only available in Belgium, Guinness Antwerpen Stout is making its way to the US for the first time since the initial batch was brewed in 1944. With intense roasted malt, smoked wood, raisin and licorice notes and its sweet smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of black currant, the beer is still a favorite of brewers at St. James’s Gate.
Both of these beers are the latest to come from The Brewers Project, the same team behind Guinness Blonde American Lager and Nitro IPA.
Earlier this week at the Union Square FitHub in NYC, Reebok Classic held an exclusive celebration of Allen Iverson’s legacy after his Hall of Fame induction last week as well as the 20th Anniversary of his iconic Question Mid sneaker this year.
Reebok surprised Allen Iverson by transforming the Union Square store into an homage to the “Answer” himself, fashioning the store into an art gallery, which included larger than life iconic photos of Allen Iverson shot by famed photographer Gary Land. Gary also provided Allen Iverson with his unreleased photography book that features some of AI’s top on court and off court moments, serving as a visual history of Allen’s storied career and legacy.
The event also served as a preview of the Packer Shoes takeover of the Union Square FitHub location on Friday, September 16th, and guests were able to check out the new Reebok Classic x Packer Shoes Question Mid “Curtain Call,” as part of the Question Mid 20th Anniversary collection this year. Limited to just 500 pairs for $175, the all black colorway in premium Horween leather upper references both the original Question Mid “Red Toe” and “Blue Toe” sneakers with a hit of red on the toe box and blue on the collar.
Surrounded by some of his closest friends and supporters including Mike Packer (of Packer Shoes), Fabolous, Melody Ehsani, Swizz Beatz, Jahlil Beats, and Ramon Sessions, among others.
Crown Royal is at it again! They recently released a new variant to the outstanding whisky lineup. It is Crown Royal Vanilla. To make this variant Crown Royal had their master blender carefully infused the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla to their whisky. The result is a uniquely sophisticated whisky, bursting with the bold flavor of vanilla and the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal.
The smell of the Crown Royal Vanilla has a rich vanilla bean with delicate hints of oak with a creamy vanilla with a smooth, light whisky finish that has a warming Crème Brulee aftertaste. This is just another fine variant in their collection. The next time you are looking to enjoy whisky responsibly try out the Crown Royal Vanilla. Below are some cocktail that you can try with the new whisky.
1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla
4 oz Cherry Cola
Glass: Highball Glass
Add Crown Royal Vanilla to an ice-filled highball glass and add Cherry Cola and stir.
1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla
Place single ice cube in rocks glass and top off with Crown Royal Vanilla.
Vanilla Old Fashioned
1 oz Crown Royal Vanilla
.25oz Simple syrup
Glass: Rocks Glass
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Next strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with orange twist.
Earlier this week I was in Detroit, Michigan to be part of the #FordTrends media trip from Ford Motor Company. I have been on media trips before for car companies, but this one was different. We did get a chance to test the cars and trucks, but the first day we explored a variety of topics. Most of those topics really didn’t involve the automotive industry, but how Ford was looking to reduce their carbon footprint and how technology is driving them to create new innovations in their product line. There were a lot of great questions asked. It started up an intriguing dialogue that I am still thinking about.
All of these different topics and conversations were looking to what the future might hold. It wasn’t just about the automotive industry, but how the world will look in a few years. There might be some naysayers, but Ford is trying to use recycled products in their cars and trucks to reduce the need for new materials to be created for their product line.
Ford uses recycled cotton, soy, wheat and plastics in the construction of their new vehicles. Ford uses soy-based polyurethane foam on every vehicle built in North America, reducing petroleum production by more than 5 million pounds and carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20 million pounds annually. Ford is the only automaker to use REPREVE –an innovative, recycled fiber made from plastic bottles – in its vehicles, including the all-new F-150. By using this recycled material, Ford will have diverted more than 11 million plastic bottles from landfills in 2015 alone. Ford was able to use Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle material to produce the first-ever fiber that can be woven into durable, automotive-grade PET.
There were also discussions about ride sharing vehicles and autonomous vehicles. Ford CEO Mark Fields said that there should be self-driving cars on the road by the year 2021 in large cities used in ride sharing programs. There were even talks on car sharing and flexible use and ownership. This isn’t going to be a change over night, but Ford is looking at the way millennials are looking at the world. They are not looking to consume products, but experiences. This will dramatically change the retail world for all industries.
The next day we had Andy Serwer from Yahoo Finance talk with Bill Ford about his take on what to expect from Ford in the near future. Bill agreed with his CEO that we will see autonomous cars on the road in a few years, but people will still want to drive cars.
After the closing remarks with Bill and Andy we were able to test out some of the 2017 vehicles out on the test track. Since I haven’t driven a truck in a long time I wanted to make sure I had time with the F-150. As soon as I got into the 2017 model my perceptions of a truck were completely off. There was a ton of room for the front passengers as well as the back passengers. The handling on the F-150 wasn’t bulky or clunky. The acceleration was beyond amazing. I didn’t know a truck could move so quickly from idle to drive. So not only was I taken back from the first day of talks and discussions on how Ford was looking to reduce their carbon footprint, but now all of my preconceptions of Ford trucks were thrown out the window.
My trip to Detroit was outstanding all the way around. I got to see how Ford was looking to make quality vehicles that were fun to drive, but was also making sure that they were taking care of our planet. I was part of discussions on how we all can look to the future and use the science and technology to not only make amazing products, but create them in a smart way.
If you are curious about what Ford is doing you can go to their website or follow along on social media by using the #FordTrends hashtag. I am looking forward to what Ford will have in store for us in the near future!
Later this year Marvel’s Doctor Strange is coming to theaters. It is another great chapter in the Marvel cinematic universe. With the release of Captain America: Civil War on Blu-ray and DVD came a new featurette on Dr. Strange. Check out the footage below.
Dr. Stephen Strange, who is a young, arrogant surgeon with a promising career that loses his ability to operate after a terrible accident. Despondent and suicidal, Dr. Strange seeks advice from a mystical being known as the Ancient One and learns that he is the newly designated Sorceror Supreme, responsible for protecting the planet from evil. With his girlfriend Clea and his loyal assistant Wong in tow, Strange sets out to fulfill his destiny.
This week I am in Detroit to check out some new innovation from Ford. I have seen a lot new tech and design added to the Ford cars and trucks we all know and love. While I am here I heard that new car buyers say audio brands are influencing their opinions of vehicles, Ford and HARMAN are teaming up to revolutionize in-vehicle experiences through the introduction of all-new B&O PLAY audio systems in Ford vehicles worldwide.
“Customers tell us they value consistent, high-quality audio experiences, and our collaboration with HARMAN is helping provide that,” said Raj Nair, Ford‘s executive vice president, product development and chief technical officer. “This is just one of the ways we are creating richer, more engaging in-vehicle experiences for customers.”
A recent Ipsos 2016 Automotive Audio Branding study, shows roughly one-third of new car buyers say that the audio brand in their next vehicle would have a significant impact on their purchase consideration. B&O PLAY products reimagine more than 90 years of audio heritage, with natural materials, distinctive design and high-quality audio for seamlessly integrated experiences, whether a listener is in their home, on the go, or soon, in their car. Ford announced the exclusive collaboration with HARMAN during the automaker’s annual Further with Ford trend conference. B&O PLAY debuts in Ford vehicles globally starting next year.
For further information regarding B&O PLAY and Ford, visit www.beoplay.com/Ford