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6 Things You Need to Become a ‘Pokémon Go’ Master!

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If you’re playing Pokémon GO (and who are we kidding, everyone is), you know that the only REAL requirement is a compatible smartphone. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring a few extras with you to make the game even more enjoyable.

Here are six things you need to play Pokémon GO.

1. Portable Battery Charger

As you’ve probably already learned, this game is a real battery-drainer. A portable charger like the Native Union JUMP Cable is your best friend here. It’s basically a charge cable with its own built-in battery pack!

They offer a Lightning version for iPhone and a micro-USB version for Android phones.

2. Flashlight

Sometimes that one Pokémon you’ve been looking for only pops up at night. If you’re going to do a little nighttime hunting, it helps to have a flashlight. You can use the built-in flashlight on your smartphone, or for something a little more powerful (but still portable), check out the LED Lenser T7 Tactical Flashlight. It gives off a lot of light for its size.

3. Headphones

Whether you’re listening to the in-game audio while playing, or jamming to your favorite music playlist while hatching eggs in incubators, or even catching up on a podcast, there’s no sense bugging others around you with noise. Bring some headphones like the Jaybird X2 wireless sport headphones to keep the audio to yourself.

4. Water Bottle

If you’re playing out in the summer heat, it’s important to stay hydrated. Keep a water-filled Camelbak Eddy Bottle on hand. It’s spill-resistant, sports a built-in straw so you don’t have to tip the bottle to drink, and the loop-cap makes it easy to carry around.

5. Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from the sun is just as important as staying hydrated. Pick up a bottle of Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 70 and thank us later.

6. A Sense of Adventure

That’s right, it’s not all about cool products. Pokémon GO is all about exploration, so you’ll want to bring along a sense of adventure as you check out tons of new spots, including museums, memorials, and historic markers. Have fun out there!

Don’t forget to stay safe! Make sure you read my article 4 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE WHILE PLAYING ‘POKÉMON GO’

4 Tips for Staying Safe While Playing ‘Pokémon GO’

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To say that Pokémon GO has become a worldwide phenomenon is a massive understatement.

It seems like everywhere you go these days, you’ll find large groups of people walking around, phone in hand, capturing those cute little pocket monsters, talking to each other about tips and strategies, or perhaps battling back and forth for control of a local gym. This game has practically changed society overnight.

While the game is a lot of fun (and more than a little addictive), any game that draws so many people together in public places is certain to draw out the bad element at times, like it or not.

Here are four tips to stay safe out there while you collect ’em all.

1. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

Walking around staring at your phone screen, especially in populated areas, is risky business at the best of times. While playing Pokémon GO, you need to make sure you don’t accidentally wander into traffic, or walk off a pier, etc. Pay even more attention to your environment than usual, if you must.


2. Capture with Friends

Pokémon GO is, after all, designed to be a social game, so it’s best if you bring along a friend or two to accompany you while playing. You can not only help one another be aware of your surroundings, but a group walking together is less likely to be targeted by bad guys and Team Rocket.

3. Avoid Lures in Sketchy Places

As inviting as that 1:00am Pokéstop lure in the middle of the woods seems, it might have been set up by someone looking for trouble. Don’t be…well, lured into a bad situation just to nab a few extra Pokéballs. It’s not worth it.


4. Don’t Trespass on Private Property

While it’s tempting to jump a fence to snatch up a rare Pokémon, you don’t have a right to enter someone’s private property to do so. Don’t sneak around strangers’ back yards, or trespass on government property where you’re not allowed to be.

Keep these tips in mind and stay safe out there, trainers!

What is the strangest place you have found Pokémon thus far?

New Fun Products for Geeks in the Office

New Fun Products for Geeks in the Office

Sometimes finding the right thing to show off your geekery is hard. Maybe you want something cool for your desk at the office, or maybe just want something fun to look at next to your desktop. Either way, keep reading to find out about three new fun products to show off your geekery.

For fans of the new Fallout installment, this Vault 111 mouse and headphone set is the perfect, eye-catching product for your desk. Compatible with any operating system, the mouse is designed for a gamer. It features an optical sensor for pixel-perfect precision, game-reactive lighting, and a rubberized coating for a better grip. The headset is made to be comfortable for hours of gameplay, with incredible sound that will allow you to hear the Deathclaws coming for you from all directions.


If you don’t want to proclaim what fandom you are a part of that’s totally fine. There are tons of geeky items that you can enjoy. For instance, how about a chainsaw proof iPhone charging cable? Yes, you read that right. No more broken chargers or exposed wires where the rubber wore down. This Titan cable can withstand even a chainsaw attacking it, making it more durable than you during the zombie apocalypse. ivpv_titan_charging_cable

The newest Star Wars movie has almost everyone craving new merch regardless if they liked the film or not. Have these Star Wars Geeki Tikis on your desk and you’ll have everyone around staring with envy. With enough options to make it hard to choose, they have Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, R2-D2, a Stormtrooper, and Yoda available. I’d suggest buying extras because you know someone’s going to want to “borrow” one.


Have geeky items you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Live the Spy Life with Kaboom Keyboard

Live the Spy Life with Kaboom Keyboard.jpgWhether you are an international super spy that needs to send secure messages of great importance, or you just want a little more privacy in your life, the self-destructing message is the way to go to protect your communications. While apps like SnapChat let messages disappear after they are read, what about in all your other messaging apps?

Kaboom Keyboard, released on iOS on March 25th, allows a way to send encrypted text, photos, and videos in any messaging app, adding an extra layer of protection to any message.

Super spies simply need to type their message or select a photo normally in any messaging app, then select the Kaboom Keyboard. With the Kaboom Keyboard, users select the amount of time they want the message to exist (from days, hours, and even minutes), hit “Kaboom It,” and it will self-destruct after the allotted amount of time whether it has been read or not.

The Kaboom Keyboard will send the message in the form of a unique URL that message recipients will need to click in order to read the message. After the time has elapsed, the URL page will be deleted forever. Nothing stays on servers, and according to Kaboom Keyboard staff, not even they can access or retrieve the messages once the allotted time has expired. However, like with SnapChat, users can take a screenshot of the message and keep it forever, so spies will still need to be cautious on whom they can trust.

The app is available for free on the iOS store.


I know I’m not the only one out there who cannot wait for Game of Thrones to come back on April 24th. I love the show and I’ve read all the books, so I’m kind of a Game of Thrones nerd. One of my favorite things about the upcoming season is the Game of Thrones Freebie Deal that TopCashback is offering to celebrate the return of Game of Thrones!

From April 20th until April 25th, TopCashback is giving away free “Funko Game of Thrones Mystery Minis Blind Box Figure” to kick off season six. This deal is for new members only.

Game of Thrones Freebie Deal
How do you get this great deal? There are just a few steps:

1. Click here and sign up to become a new member.
2. Once signed up it will take you to the Hot Topic merchant page created especially for this deal.
3. Click the “Get Offer” button
4. You will then be sent directly to the product.
5. Buy the product as you would normally and it will then be tracked back to your TopCashback account
6. You will get your cash back within 14 days or less.

BONUS: The cash back should cover the price of the item, tax, and shipping. However, Hot Topic does provide free in store pick up which means you can pocket the shipping fee.

What better way to celebrate Game of Thrones coming back than an awesome freebie? Don’t forget that this is a limited time offer so make sure you grab it before April 24th!

Who do you want to see die in this next season? Let me know in the comments!

5 Best Subscription Boxes for True Geeks

Every fan knows that geek swag can be expensive, but the world of representing your favorite fandom has become more accessible with the world of subscription-based boxes that bring a whole box of goodies to your door every month. However, where there once was only a few options to choose from, there are now hundreds. Whether geeks are looking to get the biggest bang of their buck or just looking for a box with a satisfying variety to fit their interests, there is a subscription box out there for them.


Price: $12 – $14

LootCrate is lauded as the original geeky subscription box, but it remains the most affordable subscription box with the most variety. LootCrate boxes come stuffed with everything and anything from t-shirts and beanies to vinyl figures and exclusive comic books. LootCrates have used a lot of different themes in the past such as “Villains,” “Adventure,” and “Horror,” but even after all this time they still find a way to keep things fresh.

Nerd Block

Price: $16 – $20

Eternal rival to LootCrate, Nerd Block sets itself apart from the herd by providing one of the largest subscription boxes available, a feat that is rendered particularly impressive as it keeps with the average price of other services. Often called “Comic Con in a Box,” each month users receive a custom t-shirt as well as around six other nerdy items. As well as changing monthly themes, subscribers can opt in for themed boxes like the Horror Box, Arcade Box, and Nerd Block Jr. for both aspiring girl and boy geeks.


Price: $49

Everyone loves a hero, and while comic and movie fans may get superhero swag with other subscriptions, HeroBox specializes in it every month. In each HeroBox, subscribers get everything from t-shirts and comic books to stickers and plushies. However, while the price is particularly steep, HeroBox makes up for it with choice. Subscribers can stick with the monthly mystery theme, or they can subscribe to their favorite superhero. For example, fans of Batman can get a box filled with Dark Knight-themed merchandise every month without being bogged down by stuff from all those other superzeroes.


Price: $16 – $20

For geeks that like to keep video game manuals and boxes on a shelf in pristine condition, or just loves games in general, then the IndieBox is the subscription service for them. The IndieBox is unique in its products, taking the Indie games that are typically only available in digital format and giving them a collector’s edition makeover. Every month, IndieBox subscribers get a box filled with Indie games that come with custom box art, original soundtracks, stickers, and posters.

Geek Fuel

Price: $14 – $18

Like many other subscription boxes, Geek Fuel’s monthly box comes with a mystery theme for each month, revealing the contents before shipping them out. However, while Geek Fuel has the usual goodies like t-shirts, magnets, toys, and other random swag, what makes it unique is that most boxes will also come with a game that can be fulfilled through Steam, a drinking glass or mug, and a geeky-themed snack. Any box that includes food is a great box.

Free Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD/Blu-ray After Cashback


Okay, so maybe Han Solo was speaking about some mystical energy out there in the universe but it holds true for this here amazing freebie offer!


Thanks to a special promotion with, all new members can get a Free Star Wars: The Force Awakens on DVD/Blu-ray combo after cashback!

It may sound like some Sith ploy or Jedi Mind Trick, but it’s not. It’s 100% legit! Just make sure you follow the directions below.


Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Click here to sign up to as a new member. It’s totally free! (You should see my member name: JonBird87)

Step 2: After joining, go to the Star Wars DVD offer page where you can click the pink GET CASHBACK NOW button.

Step 3: At Walmart, buy the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) combo for  $19.96 and select In-Store Pick Up.  Important note: Do not add anything else to your order. Only order 1 copy of the Star Wars Blu-ray/DVD and nothing else, or else the deal won’t be valid.

Step 4: Within 21 days, $22 will become payable in your TopCashback account. (See, TopCashback even covers tax!)

Note that this offer is ONLY available for New Members to, and it’s valid through April 10, 2016 at 11:59pm PT.

What to Tell Your Non-Dr.Who Friends About the TARDIS

The TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is a sentient time-traveling spaceship, used by  The Doctor, to explore the universe. Doctor is a Time Lord, a space-and-time-traveling humanoid alien. The Doctor and TARDIS belongs to the British science-fiction television program produced by the BBC. The program was first aired in the year 1963.


The TARDIS is made by the Time Lords using their advanced technology. A TARDIS that is maintained properly can transport the people in it to any point in time (unless it is time locked) and space if properly piloted. In the series, Doctor Who stole a TARDIS that is obsolete, and hence unreliable. It often fails to get him where he wants to go but send him where he needs to be.


The TARDIS is dimensionally transcendental. It means, the interior of a TARDIS is much bigger on the inside (yes squee away). The machine has a feature known as the  chameleon circuit, which when activated, will help it to blend in with its surroundings, so as to avoid detection by other people. He just like to keep it as a police box. The TARDIS provides its users with a lot of tools and abilities, including a telepathically based universal translation system and force field. TARDIS has a library, a swimming pool, a large boot room, and a plethora of other rooms.