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Great pictures require great lighting, and that includes selfie pics. iPhone owners who want to capture that perfect Blue Steel pout should check into Pyle’s new Lite-Me Selfie Lighted Smart Case for the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. The Lite-Me case features bright LEDs that are built into the case’s frame and a 1750 mAh rechargeable battery so you’ll always have juice for your next pic. The LEDs are controlled with one button that allows users to adjust brightness and add a blinking or strobe light effects around the phone. The Lite-Me Selfie Lighted Smart Case is available now for $49.99 at www.PyleUSA.com.

Posted in: Camera Gear, Cases and Covers, iOS, News

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Want to add a little more pizzaz to your rock anthem guitar solos? The Firefly looks and behaves like a traditional guitar pick that not only lets you strum guitar strings, but it also puts on an LED light show that is synchronised with your music while you’re playing. The Firefly guitar pick features a USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery that will last up to 2 hours of constant playing. The pick comes in four different light motion styles (Classic, Duo, Insanity, and Air) and LED colors. You can watch videos that show the light motion styles and find more info about the Firefly guitar pick fireflypick.com. You can order one for $49.99 through Amazon.

Posted in: Music Gear, News

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A few years ago, I entered a drawing to win a pair of 808 Audio headphones. Since then, I’ve yet to replace them as my go-to cans, simply because their audio, and more specifically, their bass, was so great. When 808 offered one of their Bluetooth speakers to review, I was eager to see if their HEX TL Bluetooth speaker was just as good. Let’s see if it lived up to my expectations.

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

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Amazon is in the process of updating their Kindle app, e-Readers, and Fire tablets to include a new navigation feature called Page Flip. This feature allows you to tap on the current page of the book you are reading so that it remembers that page and pins a thumbnail version of it to the side of your screen while you peruse or “flip” to other parts of the book. When you are ready to continue reading where you left off, you just tap on the pinned page to take you back. The update also provides you with a grid view of several of the pages of the book so that you can find the page(s) you are searching for more quickly. This is so handy! No matter what book I’m reading, there is always a point when I want to search the previous pages to find a reference or a particular event that occurred, etc. but it was so tedious to do and then continue reading within the Kindle app. Now it’s easy! Amazon is providing a free over-the-air update for their Kindle e-Readers and Fire tablets and providing a free update for the Kindle app for iOS and Android soon if you haven’t already been updated. My iOS Kindle app works wonderfully but the Android app has yet to be updated as of this writing.

Posted in: eBook Readers, News

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 9 years since Apple first introduced the world to the iPhone. I still remember the excitement I felt that day (6/29/2007) as I waited for my chance to stand in line (a small line) to purchase one of the most hyped phones of all time. You can read about that day here: iPhone day in Columbus, IN

A week or two later I posted my first Apple iPhone review. It’s funny to read that review now because it’s tough to remember a time when a touch friendly smartphone was a brand new category and we had to learn to tap, swipe and pinch the screen.

The original iPhone had a little bit of a rocky start with no 3rd party apps. But as we all know, that restriction didn’t last very long and now there are probably more iOS apps than any other operating systems including desktop operating systems. Ok, I’m just guessing at that, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

Although I’ve had a love / hate relationship with the iPhone, I do think we have all benefited from Apple’s first smartphone. It continues to be a measuring stick for mobile phones. So Happy Birthday iPhone and here’s to many more to come.

Posted in: Articles, iOS

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Can you remember what it felt like to run through the yard with no shoes and socks on your feet when you were a little kid? I thought I was the fastest runner in the world when I ran barefoot. Yeah, I wasn’t… But feeling the cool grass between my toes made me feel different. Faster. Freer… Now that I’m an adult, the only running I’ve done recently was to the bathroom during my last colonoscopy prep. Too much info? Sorry 😉

When I happened to see these grass flip flops this morning, I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. It’s crazy, but there are several brands of these sandals that feature a fake grass footbed that is supposed to mimic the feel of soft refreshing grass between your toes. You get all the foot loving nature feels without all the lawn mowing effort.

The synthetic turf flip flops are available in sizes for children and adults and are priced from about $20 to $40 per pair. Check Amazon for more info.

Posted in: News

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For 7 years, I’ve owned—and still use—the Klipsch X10i in-ear headphone (earphone). It quickly became one of my all-time favorite earphones for a couple of important reasons. The X10i sounds fantastic and they are the most comfortable pair of earphones I have ever used, period. They’re even more comfortable than my custom in-ear monitors that sell for more than a thousand bucks. Trust me, that is a big deal. Klipsch’s combination of an earphone that weighs practically nothing with their patented oval-shaped ear tip results in a truly remarkable earphone that can be worn all day, every day. If I didn’t test and review headphone after headphone, I would still use the Klipsch X10i earphones all the time. Which brings me to the new—and improved—Klipsch flagship; the X20i reference in-ear headphone. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

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My wife dragged the Gadgeteer Kid and I up to Vancouver BC for an extended weekend / mini vacation to see some of the sights. I was aware of T-Mobile’s Mobile without Borders plan but had never tried it or even knew if it was part of our family’s unlimited everything plan. For some of you this might be old news but for those of you not in the know, T-Mobile’s Mobile without Borders plan enables you to travel thru Canada and Mexico with zero roaming fees, allowing you to use whatever plan you happen to have throughout most of North America. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Articles, Wireless

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When we were kids in school we had to label ALL of our belongings, which was a chore. However, labeling things can be fun, especially with tools like the Electric Carving Pen Tool. This engraving pen can be used on jewelry, metal, wood, ceramic, and glass and might be an ideal gift for the artistic person in your life (maybe that’s you). I’m thinking you would have to be somewhat artistic or at least have a steady hand when using such a gadget since the tool is a free-hand tool and whatever you engraved would be permanent (I imagine my engravings would look like a toddler’s writing, which is endearing when you are actually a toddler). The pen is 6.3 inches long, includes a spare engraving tip, and requires two AA batteries which are NOT included. If you are interested in the Electric Carving Pen Tool, you may find it through AccessoryGeeks.com for $12.99.

Posted in: News

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Galen Leather is a company located in Istanbul Turkey (Est. 2012) that makes handcrafted leather iPad covers, laptop sleeves, wallets, bags, notebook covers and more. They sent me one of their large Moleskine notebook covers to review and it was love at first sight. Let me show you why.

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Posted in: Cases and Covers, Reviews

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Today we have seven quick review updates from reviews that we posted earlier this year and one from last year. If you’ve ever wondered how well the gadgets and other products hold up after we’ve posted our reviews, these semi-regular review update posts will answer that question. We let you know how some of our favorite and our not so favorite gear performs weeks, months and even years after the reviews were posted. Click through to see a list of reviews that have been updated and then scroll down to the bottom of each review to read the newly added updates. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Reviews

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I don’t think I can ever have enough power banks. Between phones, tablets, and Bluetooth headphones, I have a constant need for backup power sources.

While I do have a handful of power banks, I often forget to recharge them after I use them. For that reason, I like to have a couple of power banks in my arsenal to increase the odds one is fully charged.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a Choetech Quick Charge 3.0 power bank and see how it stacks up to others I’ve previously reviewed.

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

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It’s always interesting when a new brand of lawn equipment comes out of nowhere and captures the imagination—and wallets—of consumers. Introduced in 2014, EGO has spent the last ten years researching and developing the Power+ platform, resulting in a line of cordless outdoor yard equipment with the power and performance of gas without the noise, fuss, and fumes. Ego’s products were designed and engineered by a global organization with a 20-year history of delivering breakthrough technology.

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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I’ve recently become a front pocket wallet convert. Instead of carrying a bunch of credit cards, a wad of cash, loose change, loyalty cards, receipts and other flotsam in a zippered wallet that I carry in my gear bag, I’ve pared down to just a few cards and a few folded dollars in a wallet I can put in my front pocket. To carry these few items, I’ve been trying various minimalist wallets. The newest one to earn a spot in my pocket is the Ti5 Slim Wallet from Machine Era. It’s thin, simple to use and is made in the USA. Let’s take a look.

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Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews, Wallets

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I’ve written about Braven so much over the past few years that it’s no surprise when they continue to release new speaker after new speaker. Do these people ever sleep? One look at their website and you begin to realize that Braven means Bluetooth. I will soon be reviewing their new small and chunky BRV-1M, but also the giant BRV-XXL—and it is XXL! And now there’s already another new speaker. Sheesh. The new BRV-Blade is a waterproof speaker made to be used outdoors without worry. While there are many other waterproof—and water-resistant (there’s a difference)—Braven speakers, the BRV-Blade is a bit different in a few areas.

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, News