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We’ve been busy this week with 24 posts. That’s a lot of reviews and news. Did you get a chance to read all of them? If not, click through for a handy list of all the posts.
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Posted in: News

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I’ve been using a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for almost a week now and I’ve enjoyed it significantly more than I thought I would. The size and weight make this convertible laptop perfect for everyday and travel use. I’m even seriously considering switching from MacOS to Windows 10 if you can believe that! Having said, that, will I ditch my one-year-old 13″ MacBook Pro for the SP4? Keep reading to find out.
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Posted in: Articles

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Back in September of 2015, I reviewed a pretty interesting take on the slingshot, The Pocket Shot. I thought The Pocket Shot was a good product not only for everyday adventure but also as a survival tool. I was aware of another add-on for The Pocket Shot that would allow you to shoot arrows using The Pocket Shot as the base. The conversion consisted of a new pouch, an end cap, and arrow knock covers. Having previously reviewed The Pocket Shot the owners of Pocket Shot sent me everything I would need to convert The Pocket Shot to shoot arrows in The Pocket Shot Arrow Shooting Kit.

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Is there someone on your holiday shopping list that is wishing for a tablet? If you act fast, you can save 20% off Amazon’s Fire HD 10 16GB Black Variant (Certified Refurbished) tablet. The Fire HD 10 features a 10.1″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, and 16 GB. This special offer takes the price from $199.99 to $159.99. This is a special deal that will end on 12/10 (11:59 pm PST) or till supplies last. All you have to do is head over to Amazon and use the promotion code FIREHD10 at checkout.

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

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Even though my Nexus 6P doesn’t have wireless charging, I’m still a huge fan of the oh so convenient method of charging called Qi. If I was shopping for a new monitor AND my phone was Qi capable, I’d be seriously interested in the new AOC P2779VC 27 inch monitor. The P2779VC features a Plane to Line Switching (PLS) panel that provides a 178/178 degree viewing angle, full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 5ms response time. This monitor also has VGA and two HDMI inputs which gives you high-definition video and audio. The AOC 27 inch PLS Monitor featuring a Qi Wireless Charging Base has an MSRP of $249.99 but will sell at discounted prices this December at Amazon, Best Buy, and NewEgg.

Posted in: Computer Gear, News

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The Trucker’s Friend is a tough, all-purpose tool that was designed for truckers, but it looks perfect for walker (zombie) head splitting, nail pulling, tree chopping, ice scraping, etc. This tool is made of heat treated steel with a shock absorbing fiberglass handle. It combines the essential functions of an axe, claw hammer, nail puller, crow bar, wire twist, spanner wrench, grapple hook, tire chain hook and more. It is made here in the USA, is backed by a lifetime guarantee and is priced at $59.99. The Trucker’s Friend is available now from Innovation Factory.

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

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I have been a writer for the-Gadgeteer a very long time and over the years I have developed a systematic process for doing reviews. I am pretty AR about order and method but occasionally an item gets left on my doorstep that causes me to throw out my rules and tear into the package like it’s Christmas morning. Well, that happened to me today…in this case, the Ultra Sabers folks sent me one of their custom made battle blades (aka fancy high tech lightsaber) to give a try. I’ve back burnered everything so we can give it a look 😀  [click to continue…]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

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The picture above might look like a Kindle or another eReader device, but it’s not. It’s the reMarkable, a tablet that has been designed especially for reading, writing and sketching. You might say “Julie, we already have tablets that can do that, they are called an iPad”. You would be right… partially. You can read, write and sketch on an iPad, Android tablet or even a Windows tablet, but the reMarkable uses CANVAS technology to create a 10.3” E Ink display that has an ultra-low-latency, pen-on-paper feel without all the digital distractions of a tablet. [click to continue…]

Posted in: News, Paper and Pens

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Two years ago I reviewed the SnapPower SnapRays Guidelight outlet cover night light and am still using this product throughout my home. SnapPower has recently released a new version of this outlet cover night light that has been designed with child safety in mind. It’s the SafeLight night light outlet cover and it features sliding outlet covers that help prevent electrical shocks when kids try to stick their fingers or objects in the outlets. The night light feature has also been updated to allow for the LED brightness to be adjusted. It can be set to High, Low, Off and Automatic. All of SnapPower’s outlet cover products are easy to install by removing your existing outlet cover and snapping the new one in place which draws power from the existing wiring without batteries or requiring needed. The SnapPower SafeLight is available now for $17 for one and up to $140 for a 10 pack. Visit snappower.com for more info.

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

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I love cats, and fellow Gadgeteer, Dave, has rolled his eyes over my cat stories more times than I can count. The one chore cats bring with them is cleaning the litter box. With two cats and a dog who is interested in what is in the litter box, we have to have the type of litter box that the dog can’t get into. This meant most automatic litter boxes were ruled out right away. The Litter-Robot Open Air litter box seemed tall enough that he couldn’t peek inside, and its unique design intrigued me. I had to try it out when given the chance.

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Posted in: Pet Gadgets, Reviews

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I knew a co-worker who swore by those misshapen “ergonomic” keyboards.  I never quite understood them until I saw the Kinesis Advantage keyboard about 10 years ago in person.  I was intrigued by the dual concave shape and layout.  I finally got to try the latest version, the Advantage2.
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Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

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Now that the smartphone has pretty much conquered the world, I guess it’s time that we upgrade everything else to “smart” status: our homes, appliances, cars, and our headphones. Yep. It’s time for smart headphones. Muzik One is the “smartphone of headphones” according to the Muzik website. It has a touch control panel to pause, play, skip tracks, and answer calls and four programmable Hot Keys (the dimples on the earpieces shown above). The keys may be programmed via the Muzik Connect iOS app (Android app coming soon) to integrate apps like Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, and IFTTT. Thus, by simply tapping on a Hot Key you can start your favorite playlist (if you programmed the Hot Key to Spotify) or by tapping on another, you can control the lights in your house (if you programmed it to IFTTT). The Muzik One headphones are “high-definition audio” Bluetooth headphones with a 50 foot range and will play for up to 30 hours on one charge of the battery. In addition, they have dual microphones for phone calls and voice control and use passive noise-isolation technology. When purchased, they come with swappable memory foam ear cushions (over-ear and on-ear cushions), a carrying case, a four foot long 3.5 mm audio cable, and a micro-USB charging cable. The Muzik One headphones are $299 and available in black, silver, and champagne colors from Amazon.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News

Wave

For those of us that love our gadgets, but also love or need to use pen and paper to take notes the old fashioned way, the Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook could be the link between both worlds we’ve been looking for. You simply take your notes on the pad with a Pilot Frixion pen, then use the app to configure where you’d like to send the page after you snap a pic of it with your smartphone so that you’ll be able to access it via the web whenever you choose.  After you’ve done that, put the entire notepad in the microwave, or I’ve read that you can use a blow dryer for heat as well, and the ink is erased and you can reuse the notepad again and again! I feel that writing things down helps me to remember and retain the information that I need but I don’t want stacks of notebooks everywhere to reference. Filing them in various cloud applications or even emailing them is a much more organized way to keep them available. You can get the Rocketbook Wave on Amazon for $27.00 and be on your way to better organization in no time at all.

 

Posted in: News, Paper and Pens

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A few weeks ago I complained about the weight and bulk of the gear that I take with me when I travel. On my last trip to Florida, I took a 13″ laptop, 10″ tablet, my phone, various cords and AC adapters. Combine that gear with the weight of the bag that holds all of it and it was not fun lugging it through the airport from gate to gate. I in my gadget diary post I talked about how I wished I could make a tablet (iOS or Android) do everything I need while I’m away from home. When I got back home I ordered a 12.9″ iPad Pro with hopes that it would become my next travel buddy. No luck, I returned it to Apple.  [click to continue…]

Posted in: Articles

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Looking for a fun gift for the kids in your family? The Geospace Ski Skooter might be something they’ll enjoy. The Ski Skooter looks like a snowboard but with a foldable handle. The handle allows kids to balance and steer the snowboard down slopes of snow, grass or sand. It also works like a scooter so that you can push yourself around on flat smooth surfaces like snow and sand. The Geospace Ski Skooter is available in blue or red from Amazon for $45.41, which seems a little expensive, but it might be a huge hit with the kids this Christmas!

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear