Don’t Be A Sucker By Purchasing An 8 Million Pixel TV With 7 Million Pixels You Can’t See.

Sharp ICC Purios 60-inch 4K LCD TVSharp just announced the release of their new 4K ICC Purios that will sell for $31,000. It’s a 60″ diagonal LCD TV that reaches the 4K mark by displaying a 3840 x 2160 resolution – just over 8 million pixels.

So you have $31k burning a hole in your pocket – should you buy a TV with 8 million pixels? NO and don’t let the sales puke at the electronics store talk you into it. You’re better off extending the life of your current TV rather than upgrading to a 4K model with 7 million pixels you won’t be able to see.

Check out “Why 4K TVs are stupid” on Cnet for more information on why you should NOT migrate to 4K televisions. [Cnet]


Shopping For Electronics? Best To Compare Price, Features And Planned Obsolescence Of Each Brand.

Electronic WasteWired posted an article, “Copyright and Planned Obsolescence: The Shady World of Repair Manuals,” about the need for free online product manuals and how it may conflict with a manufacturer’s copyrights – especially if the manufacturer prefers that you replace your electronic device rather than fix it. But is that in the manufacturer’s best interest?

Probably not and that’s why Jubbling decided to share our experience buying and selling electronics by offering some shopping tips:

  1. The savviest shoppers go to industry related blogs and find out how a future purchase performs. Following a thread is a great way to track defects and how they are handled by the manufacturer. Sample: home theater, cameras etc.
  2. Check IFixit for repairability information and manuals.
  3. If you’ve done your research and narrowed down your brand, contact the manufacturer or visit their website to find out if they have a local service center – especially for televisions. There’s nothing worse than re-boxing and shipping 42″ TV with a bad power supply across the country for repair.
  4. Make electronics purchases with American Express. Not only will AMEX add a year of warranty to the manufacturer’s standard warranty but if it breaks, they actually want to help you get it fixed.

Ultimately, it is in the best interest of electronics manufacturers to build a quality product so they will keep you as a customer for life. Offering service manuals online is a no-brainer and should have nothing to do with copyrights. Products should not be designed with planned obsolescence in mind – it’s not how you build brand loyalty.

As a kid, I remember my parents getting the call from Sears checking to see if we wanted to buy extended service contracts on their “almost out of warranty” appliances. The conversation went something like this:

Sears Rep: “Would like to buy an extended warranty on your Kenmore dishwasher?”

Parents: “No thank you.”

Sears Rep: “So what are you going to do if your dishwasher breaks outside of the warranty period and you’re not covered?”

Parents: “If we can’t get it repaired, I guess we’ll have to go out and buy another one. Only this time, we won’t be buying a Kenmore.”

Prior to ordering, Google your next electronics purchase by part # and put “repairs” at the end. And always keep in mind that the retailer isn’t concerned about the durability of the product you purchased. If it breaks, you’ll come back and buy a new one and your sales rep will get to say “chi-ching” as you walk out the door with your replacement purchase. (Don’t be a chi-ching.) [Wired]


The Edible Survival Senbei iPhone 5 Case.

Edible Survival Senbei iPhone 5 Case.The Survival Senbei iPhone 5 Case costs around $50 (US) and has a 76% chance of breaking when you attach it to your iPhone 5. Other than that, being able to eat your broken Japanese-cracker iPhone 5 case is a coup for Jubbling. [RocketNews via SmartPlanet]


Apple And EPEAT Reconciliation Cemented With The Gift Of Gold.

Gaddafi vs Retina MacBook ProSince the release of the Retina MacBook Pro this summer, EPEAT and Apple Computer’s relationship has been a tumultuous one. First they breakup then they makeup and now comes news that the Retina MacBook Pro has received a gold rating on EPEAT’s registry. With a gold rating, the Retina MacBook Pro is considered an “environmentally preferable product” allowing the Federal government, which requires that 95% of their purchases meet this standard, to start buying up the Retina MacBook Pro. How did this happen? Didn’t iFixit refer to the Retina MBP as “Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable.”? posted a great article, from the perspective of iFixit’s CEO Kyle Wiens, about the EPEAT’s epic caving and how it’ll compromise the registry that encourages more sustainable manufacturing and recyclable products. [Wired]


Future Apple iPhone Could Include A ‘Shake-To-Charge’ Feature.

Apple's Shake-To-Charge PatentThe whole shake-to-charge idea isn’t a new one but adding the technology to a mobile phone could be a boon. Gizmodo (via Apple Insider) is reporting that Apple Computer has applied for a shake-to-charge patent for use in future devices. If this feature is added to an iPhone, it’ll allow the user to kind of shake-weight it in order to extend its battery life. The shake-to-charge patent points to electromagnetic induction that converts deliberate and everyday motions into additional battery life.

When we will see this feature included in smartphones? Probably not right away; according to the Gizmodo article, mobile devices consume more power than a space-limited, shake-to-charge feature could replenish internally.

But one thing is for sure – if you think it’s weird watching people talk to themselves using their Bluetooth headphones, just wait until the suggestive shake-to-charge feature is added to cellphones. Because that’s when people, in public, will manually manipulate their devices in an up and down fashion to get some extra battery life. Sorry. It sounds bad but the reality may look even worse. [Gizmodo]


iRobot’s Updated Gutter Cleaning Looj 330 Is Our MUSTN’T Have Product Of The Week.

iRobot Looj 330 Remote Controlled Gutter Cleaner

“I’ve cleaned gutters, I know gutters, dirty gutters are NO friend of mine. Looj 330, you are no gutter cleaner.”

The makers of the Roomba self-guided vacuum from iRobot, have released a new version of their $299 gutter cleaning Looj 330. The updated Looj 330 utilizes blades and brushes that spin at 500 RPM and can operate in up to 8 inches of water. It’s even smart enough to sense the amount of debris and adjust its cleaning ability. The goal of the Looj 330 is to make it safer to empty your gutters.

Here comes the big question: Why would anyone buy this? I partially get the safety aspect but in my role as resident gutter cleaner, there’s no way the Looj 330 is going to shake out the collected wet leaves, pine needles and who-knows-what else in our gutters. More than likely, I would end up spending as much time at roof height freeing up the Looj 330 as I would just hand emptying my gutters.

Even in perfect conditions, cleaning up what 500 RPM spinning brushes sends flying out of a gutter would make using the Looj 330 more impractical. You might as well empty your gutters old-school, by hand, and save yourself from having to cleanup the scattered Looj-spooj.

The $299 Looj 330 is wasteful and unnecessary. That’s why we’re making it the premier product on our Jubbling Un-Shopping List.