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Smart Hearing Aids from Siemens at CES

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Siemens Hearing Test IconAs people get older, one of the more common complaints is of hearing loss. Many of those getting older now have grown up with technology and expect more than brown lumps of plastic which simply won’t do in an Apple-designed world. Today’s hearing aids are small, discreet and smart. Todd hears about the latest products from Thomas Powers of Siemens Hearing Instruments.

Siemens’ latest assistive hearing device is the Binex, which uses signal processing to help people in traditionally difficult listening environments, especially those where there’s a high level of background noise, such as restaurants or trade shows. The aid intelligently reacts to the noise, filtering out the unwanted sound while keeping nearby voices clear.

Worn around the neck, the easyTek streams audio from a Bluetooth-connected device directly into the hearing aid so it’s great for listening to music from a smartphone or tablet. The easyTek can be controlled by the easyTek app for Android and iOS smartphones to discreetly adjust programmes and volume, listen at a preferred level without disturbing others or direct the microphone towards the next person at a restaurant.

Available now, the smart hearing aids cost around $1500-$2000 which includes assessment and fitting.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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TPN Picks Awards

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Each year the TPN team picks 10 companies that our team feels are deserving of a TPN pick. The awards are for what we feel is cool at CES and excites us the most. This years 10 picks are exceptional.

CES 2015 BeZilch

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

CEA Member and CEO of BeZilch.com sat down with the TPN team at CES 2015 to talk about the new marketplace to buy and sell new or used electronic devices. The genesis of the site is incredibly simple.

beZilch truly, by definition, is the only true secondary marketplace to buy and sell your consumer electronics. Best of all, you choose what matters most; time, convenience or money.

When selling your device on beZilch you have two primary options; Post a classified or browse existing offers on devices like yours. It is up to you. If you want to get top dollar and have time to wait, sell by posting a classified. If you want to sell your device immediately, view offers on your device and sell immediately. Best of all, if you find an offer you want to sell your device to you will get paid immediately!

When buying a device on beZilch you have two primary options here too; View classifieds ads to purchase or post an offer. If you want to buy immediately, choose a classified and purchase. If you have time to wait and want to pay less than fair value, post an offer. Millions of sellers sell their devices to online sites or trade them in at or around 50% fair value. Why? Because of convenience. By posting an offer on beZilch, any buyer now has the power to take advantage of getting devices for less than fair value because they are providing the seller with the convenience of an immediate sell.

beZilch didn’t stop there! You have both buying and selling options available either nationally or locally. Don’t want to transact online and want to meet up with the locals to buy or sell? Go ahead, post your ads locally or search local ads. Don’t worry about the solicitations and unwanted services you get from other “local” sites. beZilch restricts ads to only the consumer electronics you want.

This truly is the most efficient and comprehensive marketplace for buying or selling your smartphones or consumer electronics.

Transactions are secured by PayPal so buyers and sellers are covered. Seller fees are also very low compared to other sites, 4% flat!

The market is new but once the word gets out, everyone using the site will be better off!!!

CES 2015 FoneBud

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

The FoneBud team stopped by and it was a pretty amazing device it had four functions. It was a bluetooth remote phone, it had selfie trigger button, proximity sensing to alert you when you got to far from your phone and a flashlight. It will launch in Q1. This looks like a useful product in various applications.

Hearnotes Wirefree Earbuds

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

HearNotes the first premium WireFree™ earbuds for superior mobile audio Patrick Donohue Founder and CEO sits down with Todd Cochrane and Todd Aune to discuss the upcoming launch of the first ever WireFree earbud. Hearnotes will be delivered with inductive charging to allow their users to completely eliminate the need for recharging cables.

Designed for anyone who listens to music on the go and is frustrated with tangled wires or the limitations of wireless alternatives, HearNotes is a breakthrough solution that vastly surpasses Bluetooth® counterparts. Based on Kleer® wireless technology (and compatible with Bluetooth devices),

“We’re cutting all the wires – not just from your earbuds to your device, but also from ear to ear,” said Patrick Donohue, Founder and CEO, HearNotes. “The revolutionary technology and design enhances your music, your way: the songs you love, wirefree, streaming in crystal clear high fidelity with a new standard of mobility and freedom so you can finally cut loose.”

CES 2015 Day 1 TPN Picks.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Congratulations to our 3 companies who are our first three TPN Pick Awardees.