5 Best Hidden Places in California

Planning a California road trip that will be worth the journey

So you’re planning on taking a road trip. You’ve already created an epic playlist for the road and you’ve outfitted your car with Bluetooth via your GOgroove FlexSMART FM transmitter. You’re ready to go on a car trek all the way through California… There’s just one problem: you have no idea where you’re going. Sure, you could take a trip to Disneyland (for the fifth time this year) but you’re looking for something new.

If that set of extremely specific circumstances is true for you, then it’s a darn good thing we wrote this article. Here are the top 10 road trip destinations in California that you might not have heard of.

5. The Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, CA)
Winchester Mystery House

Let’s get this first entry out of the way because there’s a good chance you’ve heard of this one. The Winchester House is one of the most famous Haunted Houses on the west coast although the words “haunted” and “house” don’t really do it justice. It is a giant sprawling Victorian mansion commissioned by Sarah Winchester in 1884, with construction lasting 38 years. Apparently designed to “ward off evil spirits,” with its hundreds of rooms, spider web shaped windows, secret passageways, stairs that lead to walls, and doors that lead to nowhere, you’d think the place would actually be inviting to any grim-grinning ghosts that wanted to stay. The house is open for daytime and nighttime tours as well as special events, but as the tour guides warn you, stay with the group or you could get lost for hours. http://winchestermysteryhouse.com/

4. The Museum of Jurassic Technology (Culver City, CA)
Museum of Jurassic Technology

Next we move on to something a little more hidden and obscure. The museum of Jurassic Technology is probably the weirdest museum to ever be conceived, primarily showcasing ‘technologies’ or ‘sciences’ that didn’t really catch on or are now completely useless. The result is a weird, indescribable hodgepodge of antiques and antiquated schools of thought. There’s an entire exhibit about how the string game of Cat’s cradle is “Totally gonna be big you guys”, and another about the practical uses of owning pet bats. If you need a break from the weird, the beautiful garden in the back offers free tea and cookies. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-museum-of-jurassic-technology-160774366/?no-ist

3. Normandy Village (Berkeley, CA)
Normandy Village

Tucked away on a small street in Berkeley, hides a fairy tale village frozen in time…. Kindof. Normandy Village (sometimes called Thornburg Village) is a small town built in the 1920’s made to look like something out of the 1520’s. Most of the buildings are condos or apartments now, but the buildings and gardens in the village still hold their “fantasy” vibe quite well, making Normandy Village a perfect stop for photo shoots or urban exploring. http://quirkyberkeley.com/major-quirky-20-normandy-village/

2. The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, CA)
The Last Bookstore

When it comes to unique things to do, LA is filled with hidden treasures. The next entry on our list is a bookworm’s paradise- the increasingly instagram-famous labyrinth of The Last Bookstore. This unassuming bookshop has a massive collection of books, records, comics and the likes, but that’s just on the first floor. Climb the stairs to the second floor and you’ll encounter a giant maze built from books, shelves and sculptures, complete with themed areas, tunnels, and beautiful art installations. If you can venture through the twisting halls of the labyrinth, you can access the used books section on the third floor where each book is one dollar. http://lastbookstorela.com/

1. Raygun-Gothic Rocket Ship (San Francisco, CA)
Raygun-Gothic Rocket Ship

Upon researching for this article, we knew there was no other California attraction that could wrap up this list (because what else can end an article better than an honest to goodness rocket ship?!) The Raygun-Gothic Rocket Ship is an interactive art piece funded by Burning Man and built as a collaborative effort by a giant crew of artists. The retro-future design of this 4 story rocket is beautiful both inside and out. The art installation is currently in San Francisco, but it is available to rent for special events and is even available for purchase (so make sure to visit it before it launches and flies away forever) http://www.raygungothicrocket.com/

So what do you think? Thinking of planning a road trip? Be sure to check out the FlexSMART line of FM transmitters from GOgroove to get hands free Bluetooth in your car so you can travel to any of these hidden California attractions.

SPRING FORWARD with the BlueSYNC RST

RST-variation1Across the United States, deals, price slashes and discounts are abundant, especially throughout the holidays. There are Christmas, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, President’s Day Deals and more! If there’s a holiday, you can bet your wallet that there is a deal to go along with it.

Despite being an integral part of our lives every year, the Daylight Saving ‘holiday’ has never been given the proper deal it deserves. We took to the streets to interview the public and find out the reasoning behind this. After days of careful analysis, we found that the main concern was that people lacked trust in Daylight Saving because of the misleading name. Many argued that we are not actually saving any daylight so why reward the day with a special deal when it has lied to us for all of these years?

Despite the backlash, we at GOgroove, being the trendsetters we are, plan to take the deal to a place it has never been before – Daylight Saving Time! Starting 2/29 and running all the way to Daylight Saving, 3/13, GOgroove is offering an unprecedented deal to help you ring in the time change. Visit the GOgroove BlueSYNC RST Amazon Ad and use promo code CLOCKRST at checkout to receive a $20 discount. Get your hands on the BlueSYNC RST for only $39.99!!! Now that’s a deal worth springing forward for!

TheRST-variation2 GOgroove BlueSYNC RST is more than just another run-of-the mill alarm clock; it also functions as a Bluetooth Speaker, FM Radio, USB Charger and viewing stand. Dual alarms allow you to set different wake up times with FM or tone alert, and even feature snooze and sleep functions. When you need to charge, you can set your device on the built-in holder and use the 1A USB charging port with your phone’s charging port.

However unfavorable Daylight Saving and its faulty name are to most people, let’s try to look on the bright side – it brought you the deal of a lifetime! Thank GOgroove, thank Benjamin Franklin, thank whoever, just make sure you take advantage of the first official Daylight Saving Deal!

There is plenty more where that comes from so keep your eyes and ears peeled to GOgroove.com and be sure to LIKE our Facebook Page for company news and other great deals like this.

Wi-Fi Speaker Technology is the hot new thing but is it worth enough to ditch your Bluetooth Speaker?

As your one-stop-shop for everything electronics, we at GOgroove field many questions about our take on the state of the Consumer Electronics Industry as well as our thoughts on what the next best technology will be. As time has passed, we’ve received countless requests for and questions about Wi-Fi Speakers. Wi-Fi speakers are a relatively new technology but look to have a bright future in the wireless speaker category. Let’s take a closer look at Wi-Fi speakers and how they stack up against that Bluetooth Speaker you use at home.BassPulseWireless_PackageImages1

Wi-Fi Speaker Technology – What is it? Like your laptop at home, Wi-Fi Speakers work with your existing home network and a wireless router to play audio in one room or throughout the whole house. These speakers allow for a higher resolution audio transmission than do current Bluetooth Speakers. Wi-Fi speakers achieve this by using a lossless codec, which in layman’s terms means there is absolutely no loss of audio fidelity as the data signal travels across your Wi-Fi network. This technology offers a stronger signal with a more immediate range.

How does it stack up to Bluetooth Speakers? Well, Wi-Fi has a greater range than Bluetooth, sometimes measuring up to 120 feet indoors! Just a bit farther than the 33 feet you get with most Bluetooth Speakers. Wi-Fi Speaker technology will oftentimes cover your entire house and eliminates the “line of sight” Bluetooth Speakers need to connect. Wi-Fi Speakers also offer two different modes: Solo and Multi Mode. Solo Mode allows each device to play a song separately while multi-mode allows all the devices in the same group to play the same song at the same time.

Sounds like Wi-Fi Speakers are a slam dunk over Bluetooth Speakers. Not so fast. Bluetooth Speakers offer lower power consumption and are much, much easier to set up than Wi-Fi Speakers. Rather than the simple search and connect we are all used to with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connections are much more complex and require the configuration of hardware, software or even use of an APP.

Well Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Speakers? We’ve laid it all out on the line and the choice is yours! If you think Bluetooth is still the best speaker for you, check out our lineup at Accessory Power. We’ve got tons to choose from! If you chose Wi-Fi Speakers, let’s just say keep your eyes and ears glued to the Accessory Power page as we’ll have a little something for you in the very near future.

Still can’t decide? Checkout the Technical Specifications Comparison Chart we’ve put together for you below. For more information on Accessory Power visit our ‘About Us’ page at http://www.accessorypower.com/about. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube Page for company information, product releases and videos and more!

 

COMPARISON BLUETOOTH WIFI
Frequency 2.4 GHz 2.4, 3.6, 5 GHz
Cost Low High
Bandwidth Low (800 Kbps) High (11 Mbps)
Specification Authority Bluetooth SIG IEEE, WECA
Security It is less secure Security issues are being debated.
Year of Development 1994 1991
Primary Devices Mobile phones, mouse, keyboards, office and industrial automation devices. Activity trackers, such as Fitbit and Jawbone. Notebook computers, desktop computers, servers, TV, Latest mobiles.
Hardware Requirement Bluetooth adaptor on all the devices connecting with each other. Wireless adaptors on all the devices of the network, a wireless router and/or wireless access points.
Range 5-30 meters With 802.11b/g the typical range is 32 meters indoors and 95 meters (300 ft) outdoors. 802.11n has greater range. 2.5GHz Wi-Fi communication has greater range than 5GHz. Antennas can also increase range.
Power Consumption Low High
Ease of Use Fairly simple to use. Can be used to connect up to seven devices at a time. It is easy to switch between devices or find and connect to any device. It is more complex and requires configuration of hardware and software.
Latency 200ms 150ms
Bit-Rate 2.1 Mbps 600 Mbps

Naughty or Nice… Which list are you on?

SantaSanta takes flight in less than a day to bring countless people free presents and holiday cheer. This may be as exciting a time as any for most people while some are left wondering what could have been. Santa’s naughty and nice list has haunted everyone since we we’ve been old enough to know who Santa Claus is. It was used to shape our behavior growing up and is / most likely will be used by us to get our own children to act right. Let’s be honest – no one wants a lump of coal in their stocking!

So as you look back at your year in review, wondering what list you may be on, we’ve tried to make it a bit simpler for you. ‘School Stickers,’ a company that supplies schools with stickers, postcards and certificates that are handed out as awards for good behavior, has released a list of names most frequently placed on the “naughty or nice” list. Their study looks at the names of more than 70,000 students to see who got the most and who got the least reward stickers. Although this is not the end-all be-all of what list you may land on, our sources tell us that Santa takes this study very seriously. Here’s to hoping you are on the nice list!

Nice List
Girls: Anna, Courtney, Millie, Mia, Grace, Bethany, Lily, Ella, Laura and Ellie
Boys: Harry, Ryan, Ethan, Lewis, Ben, Adam, Nathan, Oliver, Dylan and Benjamin

Naughty List
Girls: Leah, Eleanor, Jasmine, Abigail, Olivia, Holly, Georgia, Chloe, Amelia and Shannon
Boys: Joseph, James, Joshua, Luke, Samuel, Matthew, Daniel, Mohammed, Owen and George

Hopefully you are happy with the results. If your name was not mentioned, you still have time to make either list, so plan your next few days accordingly. For those of you, who made the naughty list, don’t settle for a lump of coal this Holiday Season. We’ve got awesome products that will help you have the best holidays imaginable. Anything from Bluetooth speakers, headphones, earbuds, accessories and more! Don’t fall victim to Santa’s naughty list – It’s not too late to gift friends, family and yourself with awesome electronic accessories from GOgroove. Happy Holidays!

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12 Deals of Christmas

12 DealsThanksgiving - Come and gone like the leftovers with it.
Black Friday – Passed us by like that last deal on the shelf.
Cyber Monday – Lost, somewhere in the deep, dark corners of the wild web.

With that, let’s bring on Christmas. A holiday celebrated with bright lights, holiday cheer, abundant food, and of course an excessive amount of deals! And who would we be to not honor our civic duty as Americans and offer deals upon deals this holiday season? Introducing the 12 Deals of Christmas! Starting today and running through the 14th, GOgroove will be offering a deal a day on some of your favorite items, giving you just enough time to receive your gifts before Christmas. Let’s highlight what could and should be coming your way this month:

December 3rdGOgroove BlueVIBE CFT Bluetooth Headset
Discount: $10 OFF = $19.99

December 4thGOgroove SonaVERSE Ti Computer Tower Speakers
Discount: $10 OFF = $24.99

December 5thGOgroove Air Vent Mount
Discount: 20% OFF = $10.39

December 6thGOgroove SonaVERSE O2i Glowing LED Computer Speakers
Discount: 25% OFF = $20.25

December 7thGOgroove Groove Pal Speakers (ALL MODELS)
Discount: 50% OFF = $14.99

December 8th$10 OFF Purchase of $35 or More

December 9thGOgroove AudiOHM WD Wood Earbuds (BOTH MODELS)
Discount: Buy One Get One Half Off

December 10thGOgroove Groove Pal KDZ Headphones (ALL MODELS)
Discount: 35% OFF = $9.75

December 11thGOgroove Splatter OR3 Bluetooth Speaker
Discount: 20% OFF = $19.99

December 12thGOgroove BassPULSE 2MX USB Computer Speakers (BOTH MODELS)
Discount: 40% OFF = $14.99

December 13th$15 OFF Purchase of $50 or More

December 14thGOgroove AudiOHM Gen 1 Earbuds (ALL COLORS)
Discount: Buy One Get One Free

Get one, get all – the choice is yours! Remember to like us on Facebook to see the even more deals and company news.

Bargain Brawlers Celebrate Black “Eye” Friday

Black FridayBlack Friday is here! We have officially stepped into the holiday season, and with that comes intensive bargain hunting, fancy lights and music, and of course the natural urge to stuff our faces with as much food as possible. It’s the holidays… Why not?

But where did this term ‘Black Friday’ officially come from? And if it’s considered Black Friday, why do doorbuster deals start on Thursday?

Last night, as I sat in massive food coma, watching “Survivor,” the greatest reality television show of this generation, there was an internal battle raging inside me: Do I break tradition and shop for Black Friday Deals on a Thursday or do I take a stand and wait for those Friday deals like my ancestors and their ancestors before me? Needless to say the food coma took precedence and I pushed my shopping back until today.

So back to the original question: Where did the term Black Friday come from? Legend has it that the name came from the large amount of black eyes suffered  by these “bargain brawlers” trying to get a deal on the latest tech items. It was originally called Black Eye Friday until 1971, when the “Eye” was dropped from the name and officially became Black Friday. Although we completely made that story up, it almost makes sense no?

But on a serious note, let’s revisit the question we’ve continually failed to answer: Where did it come from? One theory links the name back to retailers, who claim that after an entire year of operating at a loss or ‘in the red,’ they would turn a profit and go ‘into the black.’ A second theory links the name back to 1869 and the crash of the U.S. gold market. Two financiers planned to buy up as much of the nation’s gold as possible to drive up the price and make themselves a large profit. Unfortunately this plan failed and sent the stock market into a large free fall, eventually leading to that day being named Black Friday. Although both seem plausible, the real origin of ‘Black Friday’ comes from the Philadelphia Police. They created the term because of the commotion that would ensue the day after Thanksgiving due to large amount of shoppers as well as tourists coming in advance for the Army-Navy football game played that Saturday. These same police officers were not allowed to take this day off and even had to work extra hours to deal with the traffic, crowds and large amount of shoplifters. By 1961 the term had gained traction in Philadelphia and later was reinvented nationwide sometime in the mid-to-late 1980s.

Now that you are completely caught up or simply just bored with the history lesson we’ve put you through, let us make it up to you with a weekend-long slate of deals! Visit the GOgroove website to take advantage of 15% , 25% , 35% and 45% OFF deals on select items. Remember, there is free shipping on all orders over $35! Don’t get stuck sleeping in tents, freezing as you wait in long lines or fighting off crazed shoppers trying to get a doorbuster deal on a very limited selection. Visit www.gogroove.com today for hassle free bargain hunting and a great experience every time!

Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook for alerts about these great deals and more! Happy Black Friday!

Thanksgiving: The Stuffing of Facts You’ll Need to Impress Your Family

turkeyWith another holiday upon us, you may start to realize that not only are we the best one-stop-shop around for electronic accessories, but also the best fact checkers and joke tellers this side of the Mississippi. We not only appreciate the recognition but want you to know how seriously we take that job. As Black Friday continues to creep further and further into the Thanksgiving Holiday, we have a moral obligation to provide the facts and jokes needed to celebrate Turkey Day, before it passes by faster than the last piece of pumpkin pie. With that said, let’s get to it!

  • Contrary to popular belief, there was no turkey served at the first Thanksgiving. Historians say that the menu most likely consisted of deer, duck, geese, oyster, lobster, fish, pumpkin and cranberries.
  • Corn is considered one of the most popular symbols of Thanksgiving. It came in a variety of colors including red, white, yellow and blue.

Thanksgiving Joke #1 :

Q: What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?

A: Plymouth Rock

  • 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Wild Turkeys and Farm-Raised Turkeys have different flavors. With wild turkeys, almost all the meat is dark and has a stronger turkey flavor.
  • On the West Coast, Dungeness crab is a common alternative to turkey as the main Thanksgiving dish.

Thanksgiving Joke #2:

Q: Why did the cranberries turn red?

A: Because they saw the turkey dressing!

  • A scared turkey can run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. It’s also said that they can reach flight at speeds between 50-55 miles per hour.
  • Thanksgiving created the TV dinner. In 1953, in response to the enormous amount of turkey Swanson had left over, a salesperson came up with the idea to package it onto aluminum trays with other sides.

Thanksgiving Joke #3:

Q: What is a turkey’s favorite dessert?

A: Peach Gobbler!

As the holidays kick into full swing, it always helps to be reminded to be thankful for the things we have. We wish everyone a safe and filling Thanksgiving Day and look forward to the madness that will ensue during Black Friday and later, Cyber Monday. Happy Turkey Day, and with that, we leave you with one last final joke…

Q: Why can’t you take a turkey to Church?

A: They use FOWL language!

El Niño is Coming… Get Your Essentials Here!

BlueSYNC-RGD_Hero_V2Winter is coming! For some, it may seem likes it already here. And with this winter season comes the phenomenon sweeping the nation. No not Star Wars; we are talking about El Niño! El Niño you ask? Yes El Niño, “the oscillation of the ocean-atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather around the globe.” In layman’s terms, it’s going to rain an awful lot across the southern tier of the United States.

What does this mean for you?

  • Shopping for a water-resistant wardrobe
  • Drought stricken States will finally get some water on their dying lawns and plants
  • Time to invest in IPX Rated Equipment

You have another question? What is an IPX Rating? It stands for Ingress Protection and it’s a rating that states the level of resistance your gear or devices have against water, dust and impacts. For matters of El Niño, we will be focusing most on the water-resistant side of the IPX Ratings.

Boasting an IPX4 Rating, the GOgroove BlueSYNC RDG Bluetooth Speaker is the best El Niño speaker on the market. It is water resistant, surrounded by thick silicone and will take a beating while still playing your favorite tunes. This strong IPX4 Rating makes it perfect for El Niño conditions: rain, wind, floods and humidity!

gg-bluevibef1t_mainFor those brave souls planning to bike and jog through the storm, we have an IPX6 water-resistant Bluetooth sports headset for you. The GOgroove BlueVIBE F1T provides comfort, durability and style as you battle those harsh elements.

Whatever you choose, the El Niño is coming and now is as good a time as any to stock up on IPX Rated products. For those of you planning on hibernating throughout the winter, we have a great deal running until this Monday! Use promo code ‘HDXSOUND’ to receive a $5 discount on our brand new GOgroove AudiOHM HDX In-Ear Headphones. They’re ultra-durable, feature soft gel earbuds and a noise isolating design, and even include an in-line microphone. Secure yours today www.gogroove.com. As always, any purchase over $35 gets free shipping!

Happy Halloween! Tricks, Treats and Spooky Jokes

Halloween-FB-Profile-GGWith Halloween lurking around the corner, like your neighbor’s creepily masked kid trying to frighten you as you get home, can you think of a better time for another fun, insightful and fulfilling blog post about fun facts and warnings of the upcoming holiday?

We didn’t think so! Sit back, relax, read on and enjoy the eerie knowledge we plan to cover you with, the same way those teenage kids cover your house with toilet paper for passing out dental floss. Breaking News: They prefer candy.

  • Halloween started in Ireland and originated from the Celtic end-of-harvest festival of Samhain. This festival consisted of lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to fight off evil spirits.
  • It is feared that on Halloween the boundary between the living and dead is blurred as both walk amongst each other. Humans therefore wear masks and dress up so the spirits do not recognize them.
  • Orange and Black are the main colors of Halloween because orange represents the harvest while black represent the death of summer.

Cheesy Joke #1: Why don’t skeletons go to scary movies?

                                  They don’t have the guts!

  • Trick-or-treating started from the superstition that ghosts could disguise themselves as humans that knock on doors for food or money. It was believed that if they were denied, the spirit would haunt that human.
  • Black cats and witches are forever tied together because it was once believed that the cats protected the powers of the witches.
  • Halloween only trails Christmas as the highest grossing commercial holiday!

Cheesy Joke #2: Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends?

                                  They’re too wrapped up in themselves!

  • The White House is haunted! Most ghost sightings are that of Abraham Lincoln. Spooky!
  • The Michael Myers mask from the horror classic ‘Halloween’ is actually a $2 Star Trek William Shatner mask. The crew was on a tight budget so they reshaped the eye holes and painted it white to achieve the creepy look you know and love today!
  • The heaviest pumpkin in history weighed in at 2,323 pounds.

Now that you’ve been educated on the holiday, cheesy jokes and random facts, we want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween. Remember you are too old to be trick-or-treating if you ask for high fiber candy and are losing breath going from door to door. Never trick-or-treat in deserted towns, houses with bloody chainsaws outside or near people summoning demons! Enjoy.

Final Cheesy Joke: What do vegan zombies say?

                                         Grrraaaiiinnnnsssss!

(You’ll thank us later when you are the life of your Halloween party with these great jokes… Happy Halloween!)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Beyond

CaptureAs Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, we urge everyone to remember that this battle started in ancient times and STILL continues to rage on today. The disease has been mentioned in almost every part of recorded human history and we are still without a cure. Remember to always be mindful and understanding of those affected, while providing the necessary support for those in need.

Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; a time to increase awareness, raise funds and remind everyone about early detection. This month was founded in 1985 as a way to endorse mammograms as one of the best defenses against the disease. The pink ribbon didn’t become the universal symbol until 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation passed out the ribbons at the New York City race for breast cancer survivors. Today the pink ribbon and month of October are heavily tied into Breast Cancer Awareness.

As mentioned before, this disease is not something specifically important just in the month of October. It should hold heavy importance and significance 12 months out of every year. There are many sites dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. To learn more about the disease, see what you can do or simply donate, please visit any of the following:

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/
http://ww5.komen.org/
http://www.cancer.org/

We stand behind all those affected. #BreastCancerAwareness