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Saint Patrick’s Day XShot Selfie Photo Contest
March 15th, 2015

xshot selfie contest

Say hello to the Irish in you and post a Selfie with something green to win!

Add a touch of green to your selfie and share it with us to be touched by some Irish Luck and win:
xshot green selfie kit with remote
  • Prize: The New Green XShot SELFIE KIT with a universal phone holder and bluetooth remote
  • Enter your photo by 3/17/15
  • Share on facebook to bring more Irish luck…
  • Available worldwide, 2 entries max/ person.


Enter your picture here: http://goo.gl/HV93nA


XShot February 2015 photo of the month by João Cajuda : Group selfie on Mount Atlas
February 27th, 2015

Obrigado João Cajuda for taking your XShot around the world and taking those amazing group portraits and selfie. The perfect inspiration to go explore the world, and maybe summit Mount Atlas in Morocco with you…

Photo @joaocajuda

João Cajuda is a traveller, blogger and videographer from Portugal. He travels the world and shares his adventures, travel videos and tips on his blog and can even take you travel with him if you are tempted to follow his lead in Morocco and more. Check him out at http://www.joaocajuda.com/en


SNL40‬ Red Carpet A-List selfies with an XShot Pro, masterfully orchestrated by Anthony Quintano
February 20th, 2015

Thank you Anthony Quintano for making this fantastic A-List selfies happen with your XShot Pro extender and GoPro camera. All shot on the red carpet by the stars themselves at 30 Rock NBC Studios. From the hysterical crowd shots to the solo selfie, you got them all. Any favorite?

Look out for all the red carpet selfies at Today Show and TODAY.com. and Anthony's facebook gallery.

Photog @anthonyquintano

Anthony Quintano is a talented photographer and filmmaker. He produces real-time high quality video and photography for social media and other digital platforms for @NBCNews

‪#‎xshot‬ ‪#‎selfiestick‬ ‪#‎capturethefun‬


6 Tech Tools for the Those with Wanderlust
February 10th, 2015

If you like travel and you like tech, 2015 may just be your favorite year yet.

This is the year you can heed your wanderlust without losing your connection to home and the year you can block out the noise without blocking the world. Document your travel with great photos, power up when you're in the great outdoors. Lots of products are out there for the adventurous traveler, but here are a few that truly stand out.

Iradium GO

If you like to take the road less traveled, you know the frustrations of being out of range for voice and data. But you can put those days behind you with Iradium GO! (It’s so awesome that exclamation point is just part of the name.) You can be anywhere in the world and the device will give your smartphone or tablet access to voice and data — with no roaming charge. How does it work? It converts a satellite signal into Wi-Fi. Imagine trekking off the grid in Nepal and still being able to call home. Or sailing the deep blue sea and checking your email. Yes, it's no cheerfully cheap tech, having service anywhere in the world may be worth it. This device is an investment that delivers in the quest for the true freedom to roam.

hush earplugHush

Two words you probably never imagined together: smart earplugs. Hush is designed to screen out the noise that often disturbs your sleep in new places, while letting the important audio alerts through. Good sleep while traveling is important, but noise of a new city will keep you awake. With these, even your travel partner’s snores can be screened out, while you can set it to alert you when important calls come in. This new product had an insanely successful Kickstarter. You can sign up to be notified when it starts taking new orders.

The Compute Stick: A Four Inch Computer

No need to bring your laptop on your trip thanks to Intel and the new Compute Stick coming out in March. You just need a screen to connect to, and maybe a wireless keyboard if you ant to get fancy. The stick is just four inches long and plugs into an HDMI monitor or TV. It has Bluetooth, a USB port and runs Windows 8.1, and is perfect when your smartphone is not enough and need a real computer for (light) work. Pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and ready to go.

Apple Watch

Everyone’s got eyes on the Apple Watch. Previous smartwatches haven’t exactly set the world on fire, but the buzz around the Apple Watch is promising. The company has a history of innovations that succeed where others fail. This device will keep you connected to your phone without having to pull it out of your pocket — good news for travelers with their hands full. You’ll be able to make hotel reservations and check flight times.

Wanderlust travel photography with xshot in BhutanXShot

Our XShot series of GoPro camera extenders and selfie sticks are essential for any traveler who wants to get serious about selfies while having a blast. If you are the kind of traveler who loves to share images of the journey, this nifty device will give you more options for getting that perfect shot. It comes in several versions, including a pocket version ideal for travelers.

Jumpr Slate 5K

Last but not least: Power. Jumpr Slate 5K is thin and comes with binder holes, ready to slip into a folder or notebook. And here’s the amazing piece for those off-the-road hikers: it’s solar powered. LED lights signal when it’s fully charged. At less than half a pound, it’s easily portable and convenient. Designed to recharge a wide variety of devices, from smartphones to tablets to cameras. One caveat is it’s not waterproof. But for those who love being in the outdoors, this will mean you don’t have to bring along disposable batteries or worry about running out of power.


XShot proud Sponsor of the Guajataca Downhill Skateboarding Race in Puerto Rico
January 29th, 2015

XShot is thrilled to be a sponsor of this world class downhill event, a celebration of the skateboard culture.

The 9th edition of the world renown Guajataca Downhill is starting today and we are stoked to be part of the adventure for the first time! The competition, hosted by the Pirata Surf Club in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, is the biggest downhill race in the Southeast USA and The Caribbean. Over 200 local and international competitors enter the race in the Downhill, Sliding and Slalom categories. Good luck!

Get ready to see some XShot action at #‎gd2015‬ Check out some sick moments of the 2014 edition. Enjoy and stay tuned for more…

 

Source YouTube Sector9Media


XShot January 2015 Picture of the month by Giufo Soulboarder: Snowboarding selfie in the Alps
January 27th, 2015

What an awesome shot by Giufo Soulboarder!  Snowboarding in La Thuile, Italy, in the Alps near the French border.

Enjoy the powder in France and Italy!

giufo xshot snowboarding selfie

 Photo @Giufo Soulboarder

 Please continue to share your pictures with us : we love it and you may be selected like this one and win prizes. You can email them at xshot@xshot.com , or upload them directly on our Facebook page.


What a fantastic CES 2015, with new XShot selfie sticks and great people
January 22nd, 2015

CES is always a very special moment in the year, and CES2015 was very exciting. Our fifth show and our best so far, thanks to all of you.

Thank you for taking a few moments during the show to stop and visit with us at XShot, and learn about our new products – we all appreciate your time and interest. 2015 is set to be the year of the selfie, and the further explosion of action cameras & mobile photography makes for a lot of excitement and photo opportunities. 

The first XShot camera extenders were launched about 8 years ago, long before the selfie craze, and we used that time to perfect the design and features of one of the first selfie sticks on the market. We are still very fond of photography and technology, and we are ready for the next generation of camera, GoPro and smartphone accessories.

Let's get you in the picture once again and capture the action as never before!

We were thrilled to have a few of our dear friends and partners with us at the show, and share their experience and love of the XShot products over the years.

Thank you to our dear paraglider friend Cormac, and selfie queen Jill for being with us in Vegas this year.

Thank you Patrick, our professional photographer, for his precious advice and demos to visitors on the XShot booth.

Thank you Rachel and Dan, our blogger Gurus and talk show hosts from Blogging Concentrated, and thank you Gregg, skateboarder and communication expert from IYM.

 

 

We will soon unveil all the new products presented at CES and give you more details but we could not resist to give you a sneak peek: 

NEW XShot Sports Waterproof camera pole: new material, new features and “travel friendly”size. 

NEW Selfie Kits with super light colored XShot selfie sticks + universal phone holder + bluetooth remote 

NEW XShot iPhone 5 and 6/6+ Cases with: a unique high-tech and simple to use case that treats the popular Smartphone like a camera with the right accessories.  

The IPhone photographer’s dream tool with its brand new XShot patented lens system and attachments for tripods, GoPro, accessories, lenses, flash and more. 

NEW XShot Bluetooth Remote controls.

NEW Travel size mini tripod

 

Stay tuned for more CES insight, product finds and good times!

 

 

 


Perfect Holiday selfie by BenSpark: December 2014 Picture of the Month
December 17th, 2014

The ultimate XShot Xmas selfie Andrew, love it!

Happy Holidays!

bensparksselfie xshot xmas 

Photo @Benspark 

Please continue to share your pictures with us : we love it and you may be selected like this one and win prizes. You can email them at xshot@xshot.com , or upload them directly on our Facebook page.


Tips and Ideas for the Best Off-Season Adventures
December 16th, 2014

We all love going away for vacation. What we don’t love about it is packed beaches, large crowds, expensive lodging and pricey airfare. Traveling during the off season allows you to skip over these things and get right to the best parts of vacation: relaxation and fun.

The off season is the best time to see the world. Do your research to find the times with lower tourist rates in your dream destinations. Plan appropriately and pack accordingly. You can have the trip of your dreams with a little planning and sense of adventure.

Travel Tips

  • If your trip is to an international destination, make sure your passport is up-to-date.
  • Notify your bank that you're going on a trip. This will ensure you don't get locked out of your own funds and indicate suspicious activity if your debit card is being used elsewhere.
  • Make sure that the Off-Season at your destination is not during the monsoon or typhoon season!
  • Buy a money belt for use in pick-pocketing territory.
  • Invest in a good pair of hiking boots or tennis shoes.
  • Travel can leave you susceptible to identity theft. Look into a subscription like Lifelock, which monitors and protects your sensitive information.
  • When investigating in off -season travel, be careful not to choose destinations and travel times that coincide with school vacations, popular conventions or events.
  • Compare airfare on travel search engines to find the lowest rates.
  • Off-season travel sometimes means cooler weather. Pack accordingly. REI carries many cold weather clothing options.

Destinations

Winter Wolf-Tracking in Yellowstone National Park: During the winter months, only 140,000 visitors go to Yellowstone National Park. Compared to summer rates of nearly three million visitors, the park is practically empty. This means more space for you to explore and wide open views. This is an ideal trip for nature lovers. View elk, bison and big horn sheep on the barren, snowy landscape. The snow creates the perfect backdrop to find gray wolf tracks left behind. You can get adventurous and cross country ski through the park.

San Juan Islands, Washington: If you want peace and quiet with a view of water, check out the San Juan Islands in Washington. This is the perfect destination for a wintery getaway. Take photos of the beautiful rocky bluffs, Douglas firs and wildlife. Take the ferry from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island for horseback rides, kayaking or whale watching. Venture to Lime Kiln State Park for hiking and visit the lighthouse.

Australian Outback: In mid-April, the Australian Outback is a mild temperature, an exotic wonderland to be explored. You should visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park which features Ayers Rock, a popular landmark. This trip will expose you to aboriginal culture and the sheer expanse of the land. Take camel rides or go on lead hikes through Kings Canyon. This is an ideal trip for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies who are looking for skydiving or couples looking for solitude and romance.

South African Safari: Early September is the time you want to visit South Africa. This time of year means Safari Lodges have lower prices. Check out Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve or Singita. Forbes features several top-notch lodges and safari destinations. If you want a Safari planned out for you, look into Micato Safaris to help you create the perfect itinerary. See leopards and lions out in the wild. Visit the Kalahari Desert to see incredible, red, rippled sand. South Africa is a beautiful country with a rich, and volatile, history. Security can be a problem in major cities like Johannesburg and and Cape Town. Traveling in major cities can be dangerous for pick pocketing and crime, so be cautious and travel light without showing off expensive gear and accessories. The best pictures will be with the camera or smartphone you carry that day.

Relax and enjoy your journey. It is so worth it.


Summer Travel Inspiration: Hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc by Pure Adirondacks
December 9th, 2014

Are you already thinking about your next summer adventures and looking for inspiration?

Follow Evan and Hilary from Pure ADK as they embark on their adventures in the Adirondacks and beyond. Check out their journey in Europe to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc over a 10 day span between France, Italy, and Switzerland. Be inspired…

Thank you for the magnificent scenery and for taking your XShot Pro to the top of the Alps!

"Ten days, seven valleys, five cols, 2,650 meters in elevation at our highest point, 85 miles, and one grand adventure. Some blood, sweat, and tears, but mostly mud, definitely still sweat, and cheers. The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) was all of that and so much more."

Read more on PureADK and their adventure to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc: Pure ADK TMB

 

Video: Pure ADK YouTube


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