CRYPTO REVIEW: Cryptotag Titanium Wallet

The Cryptotag Wallet is a Godsend for those who want to secure their cryptocurrency in a titanium mini-safe.

cryptotagThe New World of cryptocurrencies is a very strange world.  Securing money is as hazardous as driving a nail through jelly, but that jelly is literally becoming as hard as titianium.

Welcome to the Cryptotag titanium wallet that securely backs up cryptocurrency hardware wallet ‘recovery seeds’.

These recovery seeds were formerly known as the private and public multi-character password keys that are needed to access and move cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. This process was ripe with risk, not only because of security concerns, but also in remembering and storing these recovery seeds on pieces of paper.

There are stories galore of those who have forgotten their passwords, lost their laptops or, like this writer, had their funds stolen for a virtual online wallet. So, step forward the Cryptotag wallet, a beautiful object of crypto desire.

It truly is a thing of beauty, a 3.6kg black box that comes with the titanium Cryptotag device itself, letter stamps, a hammer and anvil, a so-called bitholder, earplugs and, bizarrely, some matches.

Users ensure their paper-written recovery seed is accessible, then this seed is smashed into the Crytotag using the hammer and anvil… and the earplugs to prevent tinnitus. Once this is done, and it takes some time, the matches are there to burn the now-redundant paper copy.

For many, this may seem like a long-winded and expensive approach to accessing money, but think of it as a Zen experience, not just the process in using primal tools of hammer and anvil, but treating currency like the Gold Standard.

At 169 Euros, this product is not for those who like short-cuts and commercial races to the bottom, but those who like quality in their life. And it really is too beautiful to lose. People have Mont Blanc keys on their desks, not in the inside pocket of their suits or in their handbags.

Moreover, as somebody who had £25,000 of cryptocurrency stolen by hackers last year who used my laptop keystrokes to do so, I wish I had known about the Crypotag before. I’m now all over titanium; so should you.

REVIEW: Mini: Advanced BT5.0 Earbuds

Mini: Advanced BT5.0 Earbuds are crowdsourcing now. As the people of the world retreat into their respective shells to listen to music and podcasts, they may as well do so with awesome earbuds.

BT5.0BT5.0 Earbuds make listening on the move easier as a swathe of products are hitting the market in response to Apple’s very strange-looking earphones that look like Star Trek mismatches.

Consequently, many prefer large headphones to cancel out external cacophony and I am one of them, especially when it comes to flying. I’ve been loyal to Bose and Sennheiser for more than a decade, but recent earbud products are turning me around.

So step forward Surge Mini Wireless Earbuds that apparently support Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), and ‘provide an amazing audio experience like no other’.

For once the hype rings true. These earbuds really are exceptional, not only for noise cancellation on a flight or other noisy transporation, but also provide a very, very good mode for listening to music of all descriptions… via Bluetooth, of course.

The latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology ensures a broader signal range and an ultra-stable connectivity and the accompanying charging pod can charge the earbuds for 100 hours of total play time.

The pad can also function as a power bank for users’ phones. The cosy design produces excellent noise cancellation and keeps it securely in place for even the most vigorous exercise routine, which is a feature that is unlikely to bother me, but will please those who run, cycle and go to the gym.

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The company’s second product, Surge Lite is the 400mAh charging pod version, which is smaller and lighter and provides 20 hours total play time.,

Finally, Surge Pro is the IP67 waterproof and dustproof version, protected from one-metre water immersion for up to 30 mins. The earbuds provide six hours playtime at one charge, perfect if for those who like to swim or snorkel while listening to music.

My ageing Sennheiser headphones are still with me, but the BT.50 earbuds are now also in my hand luggage. It won’t be long before they replace them. Who needs something heavy and large, when BT.50 earbuds are easy-to-carry and light?

This is a highly recommended product and that retails less than $80, somewhat cheaper thany anything Sennheiser or Bose offer.

REVIEW: PaMu Scroll BT 5.0 Earphones

The new PaMu TWS earbuds are so cool for listening that your ears may never be the same again.

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Earphones or buds or whatever you’d like to call them are omnipotent and we are literally up to our ears in them.

Some think that we are likely to lose the power of talking to humans because of our bud-like obsession, but when as the products improve so quickly, it’s impossible to stop.

This site has reviewed PaMu products before and they’re received the thumbs-up, not least because we like a crowdfunded product that over-raises and delivers on its product and promises.

Their lates effort, the PaMu Scroll BT 5.0 Earphones have not only over-raised, they’ve smashed it. At time of writing, the raise was more than $260K on an initial ask of $20K, a sum they received in less than 24 hours.

So, what of the product itself? It’s pretty awesome and not difficult to see where the product name ‘Scroll’ came from. The buds roll out as if from a digital Dead Sea scroll, immediately looking as cool as can be.

As we know, looks aren’t everything and any old dead goat (mutton) can be dressed as any young sheep (lamb), but the PaMu Scroll BT 5.0 Earphones are one of the best Bluetooth-associated objects I’ve touched.

Sounds quality was excellent, a huge improvement on the PaMu TWS that was previously reviewed here and the wireless charging is easy and fast.

The shape is probably the most design-beautiful, it’s easy to fold up and put in any pocket of clothings without being uncomfortable and its portability in any handbag or rucksack an utter cinch.

There is still.a month to go before the crowdfunding is over and while we very rarely enthuse about a product during this process, this time we’re making an exception.

One final word or two…

… the PaMu Scroll BT 5.0 Earphones are going to retail at $39, a ridiculously low price, get on the waiting list now.

Fortunately, I have a pair on the table in front, of me, there’s no way PaMu are getting them back… really.

REVIEW: PaMu TWS wireless earphones

The PaMu TWS is a really good addition to the range of excellent wireless earphones.

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The PaMu TWS wireless earphones are a product of crowdfunding and while that platform can sometimes be overhyped and insubstantial, it regularly turns out useful products. In this case, an excellent one.

When reviewing such products, I usually road test them myself, then ask my teenage son to do the same and he usually comes up with the better ideas and suggestions.

I’m not generally a fan of devices that keep music quiet and personal in people’s ears. I hated Sony Walkmans when they first came out and I have never really changed since that time. I like music to be shared, I like to hear it loud and I like it flawed and analogue.

My teenage son, however, is literally wired differently, his head is continually in his ears listening to music and he loved the PaMu TWS, not least because of the sound quality, but the cuteness of charging them.

There’s no need to think outside the box, the earphones are charged within the box and he won’t allow me to take repossession of them, which is its own positive story.

The company’s claim that these earphones never fall out are also credible, I tried everything I could to get rid of them, but they stayed in place. They’re also water-resistant and it’s good to use a product that seems to be made for the long-term, not just a short-term throwaway piece of gimcrack.

Available in black or white and currently retailing at $79 (£59) at a discount from the future price of $100, these earphones are an excellent option for a birthday or Christmas present.

It’s only June, but maybe it’s time to put in a Christmas order to the teenagers in your life, they’ll thank you for it, take my (and my son’s) word for it.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Roadie 2 – Automatic guitar tuner

The Roadie 2 is a beautiful product for musicians of all abilities and worth the investment.


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I am a terrible musician and guitarist, but I love playing music. It’s one of the only times, like post-coital sex, when time stays still and the brain is alive with pure happiness.

However, as an unnatural musician who is diametrically opposed to pitch perfect, I am tone deaf and while I know when a guitar is untuned, I have always found tuning a guitar a huge problem.

I have previously bought tuning devices, but have found them to be cumbersome and unreliable.

So step forward, the Roadie 2, an automatic guitar tuner that is as beautiful as it is functional. Moreover, as can be gleaned from the product name, this is an update on the initial Roadie device.

It is devilishly simple. The device comes without batteries (hurrah!) and is charged using the omniscient USB charger. Once fired up, the Roadie 2 turns on with a blue light, then the user adds ‘new instrument’ to the easy-to-read menu and is then connected to the pegs of the guitar.

Then the magic begins. When the relevant string is plucked, the Roadie 2 automatically tightens and untightens the strings until the blue light turns green, indicating that string is perfectly attuned.

The musician (or in my case, guitar-owner) can then automatically tune the remaining five pegs in turn. The best way is to do it like this, not as I initially did by holding it at the side and nearly breaking my wrist.

Moreover, the Roadie 2 works by vibration, so tuning can be done in a noisy environment, not necessarily a quiet room and it is awesome for somebody like me. Instead of wasting time trying to tune my instrument with a cocked ear, it means I can play almost instantly.

While that is good for me, my family don’t agree and I am inured to them closing the door of any room I’m in when I’m playing and walking away, but I don’t care.

The Roadie 2 isn’t particularly cheap at around just over £100, but it is extraordinary value for constant use. It works for guitars, electric guitars, ukuleles, banjos and is for life.

Recommended for the amateur as well as the professional.