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Julie’s gadget diary – How I set up handsfree media control in my MINI Cooper

on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I love everything about my 2013 MINI Cooper except the stereo system which is pretty lame by most gadgeteer standards. When I ordered the car, I opted not to go full tech and buy the premium connected package because it was an expensive upgrade and the sales person at the dealership talked me out of itRead More…

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Gadget memories – Ronco Buttoneer

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Tragedy struck this morning when the button fell off my pants and I’ve been walking around all day hitching my pants up every so often just because I’m too lazy to go searching for a needle and thread. The situation caused me to remember a gadget from my childhood – the Ronco Buttoneer. Does anyone else remember thisRead More…

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Quick tips: How to really dim the screen of your Android smartphone

on Friday, July 4th, 2014

This quick tip is for those of you who like myself, use your Android smartphone as your alarm clock. Problem: When you check the time on your phone in the middle of the night or early morning hours while it’s still dark outside, you get blinded by the display. Even if you have the brightness turnedRead More…

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Quick tips: How to hide notification icons in the Android status bar

on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

You love Android and I love Android, but there always seems to be some “feature” that will drive me crazy until I can find a way to make it work the way that I want it to work instead of the way that Android wants it to work. Problem: Notification icons on the left sideRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – Nexus 7 powered car mods

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

I was at work the other day (Cummins, Inc), when someone walked up to my desk to ask for some help with his laptop. As I was talking to him, he happened to notice the Nexus 7 in the Zagg Auto-fit keyboard case next to me on my desk. He asked me which laptop it wasRead More…

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Quick tips for the Samsung Galaxy S5

on Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Earlier this week my friend and occasional Gadgeteer reviewer Bill Ray upgraded his Samsung Galaxy S3 to a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S5. I was surprised by a few of the features that Bill discovered after only using the phone for a couple of days. They are features that I don’t recall noticing when IRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – The great sneaker mystery

on Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Home, Kitchen

We returned home from a one week epic road trip vacation at 1am Saturday morning. After some much needed sleep, Jeanne decided she wanted to unwind from the 1000+ mile trip with an afternoon of working in the garden. Yeah, I know, she’s weird. While she was out sweating in the sun and dirt, IRead More…

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Android app spotlight: CCleaner

on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

By day I work at Cummins Inc. in the engineering application support group. Our main job is to help users all over the world with their application problems. We do a lot of troubleshooting, uninstalling and reinstalling of software. One of the tools in our tech arsenal is Piriform’s CCleaner, which cleans the gunk outRead More…

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Build 4 Good Robo Challenge event report

on Monday, April 14th, 2014

This past week, the Gadgeteer Kid and I had the opportunity to attend the “Build 4 Good” LEGO MINDSTORMS Robo Challenge at The EMP Museum here in Seattle. The premiss of the competition was to use MINDSTORMS to solve real problems or otherwise improve someone’s daily life. I have been playing with LEGO as far back as IRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Elizabeth

on Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Hey everyone, welcome to my desk this time!  My room – er, I mean, office – has way more gadgets in it than these couple of photos show. I figure I’d stick to my main space to keep it short and sweet.  My main desktop is my trusty 27″ iMac from mid-2010. Over the holidays,Read More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Andy C.

on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

What does my desk look like?  I was afraid someone was going to ask!  There it is, in all it’s unvarnished glory.  Let me take you on a tour. (Click on any image for a full size photo.) The centerpiece is, of course, a 27″ Apple iMac (late 2009). From left to right (in no particularRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Ryan

By: Ryan Chapman
on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

My first computer was given to me in 9th grade, which was a laptop running Windows 98. Before that, we had rented a computer for word processing from a Nebraska agency, which ran Windows 95 and had a dot matrix printer along with it. Being one of the relatively young Gadgeteers, you may laugh atRead More…

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Trip report: 2014 New York Times Travel Show

on Monday, March 31st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Travel Gear

Fellow gadgeteer and friend since college, Jackie Cheng and I recently went to The New York Times Travel Show here in New York City. We are both fans of traveling and see the sights, so we figured let’s check out the show and see what exhibits were on display.  We were also super excited toRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desktop series – Bill K.

on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

When asked to participate in this series I was reluctant, actually I am reluctant, mainly because my writing area has been declared a mess by certain individuals in my household.  But then again, I subscribe to the old saying that “if a cluttered desk is evidence of a cluttered mind, what does an empty deskRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Bill H.

on Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Recently, Julie asked for us to show our desks and what’s on them. With mine, there is not much to tell. I’m an art director by day and freelancer by night, so my desk is usually strewn with all kinds of junk. Add to that my passion for all things audio, and I keep prettyRead More…

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Go-to gear discussion: Phone cases

on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Cases, Covers

We have talked about wallets, pens and bags. These are what I would consider everyday carry items, so let’s continue with another everyday carry item – your phone and what you use to protect it. For me, I have two carry modes, everyday and heavy travel. For my everyday mode, I am using a tech21Read More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Kathleen

on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

I know that this is a series about each of the Gadgeteer members’ desks and what things we use to do our work, but since I have just started as a Gadgeteer, I will also show you where I do my homeschool teaching. To begin with, science and technology are in my blood, but soRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Janet

on Friday, March 21st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

I already told you about my spiffy elfa design-it-yourself desk.  (Check the related links at the end of this post to find the original post about my desk.)  Since I built that desk, I’ve moved to a new house, and my desk easily disassembled and reassembled at the new place.  It looks like it wasRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Mark

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Hi, my name is Mark Rosengarten and I have a problem.  It’s a gadget problem.  It’s an addiction and has been as long as I’ve been aware that there was such a thing as a gadget.  In fact, I have been an avid follower of The Gadgeteer since it got started, it has always beenRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Larry

on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

So, Julie started this “Show us your desk series” and I thought I would add mine to the list. As you will see I don’t have the same amount of cool bric-a-brac that Julie posses, but then again she has been at this longer than I have . What you do get to see isRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Dave

on Monday, March 17th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

I have been a writer here at the Gadgeteer for over a decade. Hard to believe it has been that many years. It all started with a tech question in an email to Julie that led to her eventually asking me to join the team. I believe there were only four of us back inRead More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Greg

By: Greg Carter
on Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

I must say that I’m pretty satisfied with my workspace, having tailored it to my needs over six years as a remote home office employee. What you see above is the “electronics corner” of the room. The photo doesn’t include a massive (and messy) desk directly behind the chair; nor another corner with filing cabinets,Read More…

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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Julie

on Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

Do you ever wonder where all the writing magic happens for the Gadgeteer news and reviews that you read on a daily basis? Do you picture us hunched over a keyboard in a Starbucks or a library somewhere? We want to give you a glimpse into how and where we get things done. This firstRead More…

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Go-to gear discussion: Wallets

on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Wallets

In this installment of my-go-to-gear, we look at wallets. Oh the art of carrying things in our pockets. Wallets have become an art form these days, have they not? I remember when there was just simple bi-fold or tri-fold wallets made out of leather in either black or brown. My how times have changed, notRead More…

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Saddleback Leather bag giveaway!

on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Contests

Gadgeteers, today is your lucky day to enter our contest to win your choice of one of three gorgeous leather bags from Saddleback Leather Company. We’ve been featuring bags from Saddleback for almost 7 years because their quality and workmanship is unsurpassed. They don’t offer a 100 year guarantee against defects in materials and workmanshipRead More…