News: Armpocket®To Launch the World’s First Waterproof Smartphone Armband

Armpocket®To Launch the World’s First Waterproof Smartphone Armband

Did you know that 90% of people drop their mobile phone at least once a month? And, a whopping 1 in  5 Americans has dropped their  iPhone in the toilet at least once. Fear not  America,  Armpocket  has you covered.

First to market with the original smartphone armband over a decade  ago,  Miami-based  international  fitness accessory giant Armpocket are back with a vengeance with the first ever, IPX8 certified, 100% waterproof AQUA Armband.  This  new armband  complements their existing line of  military  standard,  smartphone,  armbands available for all iPhone,  Samsung , Microsoft,  LG, Goo gle, Motorola, and HTC model phones.

It s really exciting to be further cementing our reputation as the ongoing innovative global leaders for fitness armbands”  Jytte Nielsen, CEO Armpocket.

Armpocket  armbands  were  awarded  MIL-STD-810G  certification  rating by NTS Laboratories – the most commonly utilized standard for durability testing of military products  .

Armpocket fitness armbands exceeded the rigorous military criteria for protection against damage, life-cycle wear, ruggedness, and durability . The existing designs are weather and sweat-proof, eco-friendly and offer different designs tailored to your lifestyle needs, so that you can safely store other valuables alongside your phone in one of the many multiple Interior  storage compartments.

The AQUA model is projected to become a must-have phone accessory in 2018 due to its problem-solving design solutions for modern active lifestyles – expected to officially launch to the retail market in October 2017.

“Life is a continuous adventure. And Armpocket armbands are made for adventures. Ill never leave home again without my Armpocket to keep my phone protected from whatever elements my next adventure brings.” Sophie Bowman, CEO Brand Branding PR LLC.

Armpocket  is the global  leader  in mobile device carrier  armbands,  designing a full range of superior quality solutions.  Whether  you’re a gym bunny, outdoor fitness enthusiast, watersports fanatic, or you just need to be hands­ free while running daily errands,  Armpocket  will ensure  your  phone  or  iPod is securely cocooned in a protective layer of waterproof, sweat-proof, shock­ proof, and drop-proof memory foam. With adjustable straps, easy glide dual zippers, and of course,  multi-port  audio access , your music will be with you and your phone will be protected wherever you may be in the world .

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Ebates Holiday Survey: Top Gifts of the Season

Survey reveals that age matters when it comes to smartphone preferences

SAN FRANCISCONovember 8, 2017—In the battle between Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy, American teens and adults are split on which one they want as a holiday gift. Over a third (35 percent) of teens said they either want the pricey iPhone X or the Apple iPhone 8. Only 20 percent of adults want the iPhone X, with a slightly higher percentage (22 percent) wanting the iPhone 8. Overall, adults said the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the smartphone they’d prefer to unwrap (38 percent). The national survey was fielded among 1,034 adults and 507 teens by Propeller Insights on behalf of Ebates, a leader and pioneer in cash back shopping and subsidiary of the global internet services company Rakuten.
Which smartphone would you most like to receive?
Percent of adults who said this
Percent of teens who said this
1.      Samsung Galaxy S8
38 percent
28 percent
2.      Apple iPhone 8 Plus
23 percent
25 percent
3.      Apple iPhone 8
22 percent
35 percent
4.      Apple iPhone X
20 percent
35 percent
The Trendy Teen Gifts Are…
If you’re planning to buy your teen a pair of Beats wireless earbuds, as 28 percent of American parents are, you’re in luck—at 44 percent, it’s the number one trendy teen gift that teens most want to receive.
Teen boys also want a drone (47 percent), while girls want a Polaroid camera (52 percent). Other trendy teen gifts for both teen boys and girls are:
Which of the following popular gifts is at the top of your wish list?
Percent of teen boys who said this
Percent of teen girls who said this
5.      Beats wireless earbuds
38 percent
49 percent
6.      Nintendo Switch
38 percent
30 percent
7.      Bose portable speaker
28 percent
25 percent
8.      Amazon Echo
26 percent
24 percent
However, while 27 percent of parents think that fidget spinners are still a hot gift for teens, only 15 percent of teens put this on their wish lists.
Non-Electronic Gifts Are Popular, Too
When asked which non-electronic gift Americans most want to receive, the most popular choice was a gift card—for both adults and teens (both 77 percent). Adults also put clothing (49 percent), shoes (35 percent) and accessories (31 percent) at the top of their list. Teens agreed and also listed clothing (63 percent), shoes (55 percent) and accessories (44 percent) as their most desired gifts.
Getaways were also a popular choice for Americans (32 percent). In fact, almost three- quarters—72 percent—would forego a gift in exchange for a holiday getaway.
When it comes to which type of gift card Americans would most like to receive, money in the form of a Visa, Amex or Mastercard (72 percent) was the top choice. This is followed by a gift card to a restaurant (59 percent), a retailer (51 percent) or for travel.
And men should take note: one-third of women also selected a gift card for a spa treatment (35 percent).
One-in-five Americans also plan to spend between $250-$500 on holiday gifts this year, and almost as many will spend more than $1,000 (18 percent) or $750-$1,000 (17 percent).
“Our holiday survey found that, when it comes to holiday gifts, you can’t go wrong with a gift card—although a laptop or earbuds are also safe choices,” said Amit Patel, CEO of Ebates. “At Ebates, we want to make it as easy as possible to purchase all your gifts and save money while doing it. From gift cards to fidget spinners, our retailers have you covered.”
From now through Christmas, shoppers can receive up to double cash back on select retailers via Ebates. For more details on specific retailers participating in the special offer, visit Shoppers can also download the free app at Google Play and the AppStore.
Check out The iMums Gift Guides for more ideas on holiday shopping
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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

InstruMMents​ ​launches​ ​Olie:​ ​Intelligent​ ​Lighting​ ​Collection Designed​ ​to​ ​Elegantly​ ​Integrate​ ​Wireless​ ​Charging​ ​and​ ​Voice​ ​Activation​ ​into​ ​Every​ ​Room

MONTREAL​ ​–​ ​November​ ​15,​ ​2017​ ​–​ ​InstruMMents, an innovation company founded by the creators of Misfit Shine and 01, introduces Olie, an intelligent lighting collection. Carved in metal, and exuding minimal elegance, Olie lights are designed to fit any room. The collection discretely hides a suite of powerful and intelligent features beneath the surface, including wireless charging and voice assistance, focused on delivering smart features exactly where you need them. The Olie collection is available for pre-order today on Indiegogo with limited early bird units starting at $64.

“Our interior spaces are ready for a serious overhaul,” said InstruMMents founder, Mladen Barbaric. “But we believe this overhaul requires designing elegantly, not adding dozens of strange new devices and wires. Technology should disappear into life.”

The Olie intelligent lighting collection consists of table and floor models, and comes in either spot or area light configurations, creating solutions for every desk, bedside table, living room or kitchen. The table models feature Qi wireless charging bases for mobile phones, and come with an option to include Alexa or Google Assistants. The floor models feature an option of Voice Assistant.


“We wanted to create iconic intelligent lights to compliment any interior. We wanted to declutter desks, tables and floors, give people profoundly useful technology features, provide a touch of luxury, and do all of this at a price everyone can afford.” said Min Choi, Chief Designer at Pearl
Studios, the award winning brand and product development firm responsible for the design of the Olie collection. The introduction of the Olie Intelligent Lighting Collection comes just as InstruMMents wins the prestigious CES Best of Innovation Award for their 01 Dimensioning Instrument.

The Olie collection is available for pre-order now on Indiegogo with limited quantity super early bird units for as low as $64, and a retail price starting at $129.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Developer Interview with Carolyn Saper and Alice Letvin of ReadAskChat at The iMums

Today’s interview is with Carolyn Saper and Alice Letvin of ReadAskChat.  Visit their website

Thank you for participating our interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.

carolynCarolyn: Alice and I have been colleagues for the last 35 years. Early in my career I taught first and second grade (and a little kindergarten) before joining the Great Books Foundation, where I met Alice. Eventually I became the editorial director. After leaving Great Books, I joined the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute as the senior editor of curriculum and assessment. I was one of the authors of its STEP Literacy Assessment. One of my most pleasurable recent activities—in addition to ReadAskChat, of course!—was to serve on the national advisory committee of the American Writers Museum—another startup education venture. My AB in English literature and MST in K–9 curriculum and instruction are both from the University of Chicago.

aliceAlice: As a child and throughout my life, reading and sharing literature with others has been my passion. After earning my PhD in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, I joined the editorial staff at the Great Books Foundation, later serving as president for ten years. While there, we created and implemented nationwide an exemplary interpretive reading, writing, and discussion program to extend the benefits of literature-based, open-ended inquiry to the regular classroom,. Subsequently, as editorial director of the Cricket Magazine Group, I led the publication of its series of world-class literary and science magazines for toddlers through teens, including the beloved Cricket magazine, which has inspired so many young writers, artists, and thinkers. Collaborating with Carolyn on ReadAskChat is the culmination of all that we have learned about engaging both children and adults in the pleasures of imagination and sharing ideas with each other.

Art for “Itsy Bitsy Spider” (c) 2017 by John Sandford for ReadAskChat.

How did the idea for your app come about?

Carolyn: The inspiration for ReadAskChat comes from personal experience. My husband and I are adoptive parents, and when our daughter Jiji came home at 9 months, she was clinically failure to thrive. She couldn’t hold her little head up or babble, or reach for shiny objects—things that 9-month-olds should be doing. But after only one month of reading picture books, singing songs, playing and snuggling, and “chatting” about anything and everything, Jiji was a fully caught up and happy 10-month-old.  (And now she’s about to graduate from college with a degree in philosophy.) For years, Alice and I have shared a love of reading and discussing books, so when the stars aligned and we were both ready to pursue a new project, we put our experience of making inspiring literature accessible to children and developed ReadAskChat. Jiji’s cognitive and emotional blossoming as a baby was never far from our memory. We both marveled that the simple act of creating a routine of sharing wonderful stories with a very young child seemed so immediately impactful, with lasting effects. We believe in the potential of ReadAskChat to enable all families to have a similarly joyful and brain-building learning experience with their own babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

How do you suggest parents help limit kids screen time?

Carolyn: Our child grew up in the digital age, so I recognize that parents can find this challenging. But my husband and I grew up in the age of TV, and our parents simply established TV-viewing limits early—which became the accepted family value. In our home, we simply removed devices from our daughter’s room at a set time of day, and said—“light’s out.” But I’m convinced that because we also established a norm of reading and conversation (starting before our daughter was even capable of conversation!) that we set a pattern of live—not virtual—deep communication that continues to this day.

Alice: I want to make the point that we don’t consider engaging with ReadAskChat as traditional “screen time.” ReadAskChat is a digital library and is meant to be used by children and parents together. It’s actually the very opposite of a “babysitting app” that parents hand off to their kids, which would constitute passive “screen time.” ReadAskChat is anything but passive. Our aim is to replicate the picture-book experience in which parents read with their children. We guide parents in a method of interactive reading that involves reading, rereading, asking text-specific questions, and engaging in back-and-forth exchanges.  While our selections are short (because our audiences are so young), they are content rich, with illustrations that can support close observation and reward extended conversation.

Reading comes in many forms – digital, physical, storytelling and more.  Which of these ways is the best for kids to learn?

Alice: Very young children—the ReadAskChat audience—only learn language from other people. So reading with children, rather than turning on an audiobook or video—is the best way to build reading readiness. But the difference between a digital book and a physical book shouldn’t make any difference. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised its guidelines for recommended screen time with the caveat that digital experiences should be parent-mediated. What’s important is that parents and children read together—sharing ideas, having fun, being silly, taking turns making up stories about characters, and generally having a warm, enjoyable time with each other. There’s more and more research evidence supporting the importance of social-emotional learning.  We tell parents: Watch your child’s reactions. Build on what your child says or seems curious about. Talking about richly drawn fictional characters—of the kind we include in ReadAskChat—helps your child practice reading the emotions of others—to understand what is going on under the surface. This is also an important thinking and comprehension skill. Stories teach empathy and the ability to relate to others. This is key because getting along with others is the single most important school readiness skill, according to most kindergarten teachers.

Carolyn: Our background is in print publishing, so we are occasionally asked why we created a digital library. Our primary reason is that we wanted to increase access to high-quality children’s books to families who for many reasons (including income level) may not have high-quality children’s books in their homes. But smartphone and tablet technology now makes it possible for almost all families to have easy access to an app like ReadAskChat.  The technology also makes it possible for us to embed suggestions for how to engage with each story at three developmental levels—babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard someone say, “I know I’m supposed to read and talk with my little kid about books, but I have no idea how to do that!” ReadAskChat is particularly designed for those parents.

Art for “Naughty or Nice” (c) 2012 by Jon Goodell. Text (c) 2017 by ReadAskChat.

Tell me more about how parents can help their kids learn?

Carolyn: The research is pretty clear that the single most important learning activity that parents can do with their children is reading and talking about books together.  What we would add is that whatever parents do, it should be joyful.  This is why we took great care in making sure that the stories and illustrations in ReadAskChat appeal to both child and adult. (Alice and I still laugh at the frogs in Naughty or Nice? and at the hilarious observations of the Animal Tails narrator.) Our long experience has shown us time and time again that when the parent is having fun, the child will too. And we fervently believe that learning should always be fun!

From “Animal Tails,” an African American folk rhyme. (c) 2017 by ReadAskChat.

Can you give an example of how parents can integrate ReadAskChat into their daily routines?

Alice: Children appreciate consistency and routines, so reading and chatting together every night at bedtime is a wonderful opportunity for bonding with your child. Such early shared experiences set the pattern for enjoying reading over a lifetime, and are often our most treasured memories of childhood. I’ll never forget hearing the magical “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” for the first time, as my mother read it to me. But ReadAskChat is also designed to be integrated into busy schedules. While sitting in a waiting room or riding a bus, a parent can make best use of the time by pulling out the ReadAskChat library on her smartphone and engaging her child in conversation inspired by our short but content-rich selections. In addition, the ReadAskChat MORE! activities encourage parents to “keep the conversation going” through hands-on exploration—looking for animal footprints, for example, or by applying story concepts, such as indoor fun, to their own lives. After reading and chatting about “Kitchen Drums,” for example, we suggest parents give their child pots, pans, and spoons to make loud and soft “music” like the children in the story.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Carolyn: Our original vision for ReadAskChat was based on a social justice mission. Our own families have so benefited from a culture of reading and exploration of ideas that we wanted more families to share in those benefits. We have grave inequities in our country, and access to good children’s books is one that we thought we could address. So we actively seek out organizations that focus on early learning, literacy, and/or parenting education and work with them to implement ReadAskChat with their constituencies. We recently developed a robust set of training materials and offer those to organizations. Our app also gives families the option to read all the conversation starters in Spanish because talking about the stories is what we’re all about. The stories remain in English because our mission is to foster school readiness, which in the U.S. means having some exposure to English.

Alice: Carolyn and I share the conviction that all children should be given the opportunity to realize their full potential as lifelong learners and empathic human beings. To achieve this result, ReadAskChat focuses on the first four years of life, when 80 percent of brain development occurs. Because parents play the first and most critical role in their children’s education, we aim to engage parents early on. Rather than dreary skills drills, the distinctive contribution of ReadAskChat is its emphasis on open-ended, imaginative, and joyful exploration of ideas.  If parents and children are having fun, both will be learning about each other and the world around them.

Thank you so much for talking with us today and sharing a bit about your company.  We really appreciated the chance to get to know you!


Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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