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Everyone occasionally wanders into a situation where they want or need to have an extra set of eyes watching their stuff.  There are a number of ways to do this by setting up a webcam, but getting a webcam where you need it can be difficult, and not everyone has the patience or know-how to [...]

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It seems like every day there's a new case out for the iPhone, and today is no different.  Today I submit for your perusal a review of an aluminum bumper-style case from Japanese design firm Draco Design, the Draco IV.  Is there enough here to differentiate it from the competition, or is it just another [...]

posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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One really nice thing about being an iPhone owner is that the third-party accessories market is so enormous that one is never at a loss for accessory options.  However, there is a trend in phone cases in general to lean towards the sleek and industrial or luxurious, often leaving those whose tastes tend toward the [...]

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Sometimes it's hard being a gadget lover.  Here at The Gadgeteer, we've told you about and/or reviewed a ton of keychain tools over the years, and I'd be lying if I told you that for at least half of them, I've found myself flush with new-gadget-frenzy, my cursor hovering over the "buy" button, only to [...]

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If there's one thing I hate about exercising while wearing earbuds, it's that it's far too easy to accidentally snag the cable on something and yank one or both buds out of my ears.  Bluetooth headphones solve the cable problem, but most Bluetooth headphones are either circumaural or supra-aural, and thus too big and heavy [...]

posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, News
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Not all of us are lucky enough to have a home that's wired for Ethernet, and for many of us who have to depend on wireless for network access within the home, there are places where our wireless signal just doesn't quite reach.  Wireless network extenders solve this problem, and are nothing new, but most [...]

posted in News, Wireless
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Once upon a time, it was possible for hardcore gamers to ply their avocation inconspicuously, their games and controllers stored in boxes, and their consoles tucked away behind the doors of their entertainment center or component cabinet.  These days, however, motion is A Big Deal, and as a result, taking full advantage of a modern [...]

posted in Gaming Gear, News
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If there's any single pain that is shared by all true gadget fiends, it's the fact that there are never, ever enough outlets to accommodate all of the power adapters and chargers for one's gadgets.  Aluratek's Mini Surge Dual USB Charging Station attempts to solve that problem by turning a single grounded power outlet into [...]

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If you've ever worn a good pair of earbuds, you know that the noise isolation that they provide can be a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, it's nice to be able to shut out the chatter of coworkers or other customers in the coffee shop.  On the other hand, shutting out the sound of [...]

posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
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I'll come right out and admit that I have an obsession with Kickstarter lately, and with the sorts of brilliant ideas that have been rolling out of there recently, it's pretty obvious why. One of the more recent projects up for funding is Coffee Joulies.  What appear to be large, shiny coffee beans are in [...]

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There's a shared obsession with unique writing instruments here at The Gadgeteer, so it's sort of a big deal if I can beat my fellow Gadgeteers to posting about a new and different gadgety pen.  Turtle, a new company based out of the UK, has just released their first two contributions to the world of [...]

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EveryList iOS app Review

The iPhone is far from lacking when it comes to "to-do" list apps, so much so that the only ways for new apps in this genre to distinguish themselves are with unique functionality or a unique interface.  The former is relatively difficult (there is only so much one can change about a to-do list app [...]

posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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Six months ago, I gladly tackled the task of reviewing one of the first machined aluminum cases for the iPhone 4, the Vapor case from ElementCase.  I found it lacking, and since that time, I've reviewed several other machined aluminum iPhone 4 cases, each with its own advantages and problems.  ElementCase has recently added a [...]

posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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You may recall that my review of the Element Case Vapor case for the iPhone 4 was not all good, citing problems with comfort, reception, and clearance in the cutouts for the headphone and dock connector. Well, few things please me more than a company that can learn from its mistakes, and Element Case is [...]

posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
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Over the past several months, I've had the opportunity to review a handful of aluminum cases for the iPhone 4, and so far I've not found anything that I've felt could replace a good plastic/rubber bumper-style case.  The latest entrant in the machined-aluminum case is the Kinetic Case; is it more of the same, or [...]

posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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Back in September, I was given the opportunity to review the ElementCase Vapor case for the iPhone 4, and I just couldn't give it my recommendation, due primarily to the fact that it was uncomfortable to hold.  I've now been given the chance to review another CNC-machined aluminum case for the iPhone 4, the Fusionwerkz [...]

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard it said that the number one way to make yourself a robbery target while on vacation is to walk around with very obvious expensive camera gear.  That neck strap that has the brand name of your camera emblazoned across it in bright colors, and the [...]

posted in Camera Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
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While portable audio has been making major strides, and home audio has been doing its best to keep up, car audio has had a difficult time keeping up.  Most cars still include CD players, and who listens to CDs anymore?  NewPotato Technologies hopes to help get us out of the antiquated audio rut with their [...]

posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear
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Welsh product design company Draw has recently unveiled their finished case for the iPad, and followed it up with a painful price tag.  The Draw iPad case is machined from a solid block of aluminum, given an anodized finish in black, blue, green, pink, or clear (natural aluminum color), and features a foam-padded lining and [...]

posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod
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If it can be said that there is any unifying trait amongst contributors here at The Gadgeteer, it is that we love our gear bags.  I personally have a soft spot for bags that cater to specific gadget junkie proclivities.  Case in point, BBP Bags (whose Industries Messenger bag I reviewed not too long ago) [...]

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