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3M Gold Privacy Filter Review

Do you love sipping lattes at a coffee shop while writing the next best-selling thriller, crunching numbers, or surfing TMZ while looking like you are doing something more important? In a public place your screen is not always your private space. This can especially be of concern when working with confidential information.  Lets face it; we are curious people and can admit to glancing at a stranger’s computer screen before. The 3M Gold Privacy Filter helps prevent wandering eyes from seeing the contents of your computer screen, and instead they get a vibrant golden reflection. Read More →

Capturing Couture Camera Strap Review

Camera straps are accessories you usually do not think about, but Capturing Couture certainly did.  They have created several lines of unique camera straps that can give your DSLR or point and shoot camera character and personality to match. Their fabrics and designs are beautiful and eye catching.  These straps combine beauty with function.  Most cameras come with a camera strap that screams the brand name in big bold letters across the length of the strap. Capturing Couture offers a wide selection of designs to suit your style without having to be a walking billboard for your camera maker.

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Brenthaven Prostyle Slimpack Review

Have you ever dropped your laptop bag with your laptop in it? Ouch! If you are accident prone Brenthaven may have a bag or two to lighten the blow. Laptop bags have become ubiquitous. So many varieties, shapes and sizes to fit ones needs.  Brenthaven makes a large variety of laptop bags and sleeves and is one of several companies that designs laptop bags that can sustain impact to protect the contents within it. The Brenthaven Prostyle SlimPack is a laptop backpack made with high density foam protection and a number of pockets and nooks and crannies to stash your gadgets and things. Read More →

Watch it Grow

The Time lapse PlantCam by Wingscapes allows you to watch your plants grow in fast-forward. The PlantCam is rugged and weatherproof, and automatically takes photos and videos at set time intervals. It then stitches the photos together to create a video showing in minutes or seconds what usually can’t be seen with the naked eye. The result is a seamless movie of your plants growing! Records data to internal memory (16MB) or a memory card (optional). You can also get creative and use the Timelapse PlantCam to create movies of parties, construction, weather or other events! Available online for $79.95.

iLuv Case for the iPad Review

iLuv is a company that specializes in cases for the Blackberry, iPod, iPhone, and now the iPad.  There wide selection also includes many accessories like headphones, speakers, protective films, power solutions and Bluetooth accessories, among other things.  In this review we take a look at the iLuv iPad case (Model iCC805) also described by iLuv as a Casual fabric case with band clip.

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Magic-Pro Tiny Keyboard Review

I am all about convenience. Any thing that makes life easier, takes up less space and works well, is all-good by me.  The Magic-Pro Tiny Keyboard from Pyramid Distribution makes my life easier. It is a keyboard, mouse and laser pointer that I can hold in the palm of my hand.  The same size as a remote control, the Magic-Pro stands out because few devices match its functionality and size.  The size makes it a perfect fit for interactive presentations and in my case and maybe yours, a media room with a computer based multimedia setup.   Could it really be magical? Read More →

Is that a spot?

Google Labs released a new application on the Android Market called Open Spot to help users identify and find open parking spots.  Users can tag the location of an empty parking space and find open spots around them. The concept sounds interesting and becomes more useful when more people in your area participate.  Different tag colors indicate the age of the open spot, for example, fresh spots are marked with red pins, orange pins are over 5 minutes old and yellow pins are over 10 minutes old.  Spots marked over 20 minutes ago get removed in order to keep the map from getting stale.   This could be a useful application if you live or work in an area where parking is in high demand.  Open Spot is currently available for Android 2.0 and higher.

Affordable eReader

Aluratek’s “Libre” eBook Reader Pro is being added to Borders’ growing lineup of eReaders. Pre-orders are now being taken at www.borders.com/libre with shipments to begin on July 20. The Libre will be available at Borders for just $119.99, significantly lower in cost than many of the eReading devices now available. The Libre offers multi-function features such as the ability to play digital music and display digital photo albums at a low price-point. Other features include auto-off, page advance, innovative LCD technology and superior battery life that powers up to 24 hours of continuous use. With the included link to the Borders eBook store, Libre users can access the upcoming Borders branded eBook store powered by Kobo.

The KIN is Fin…ished

Good bye, sayonara, far well, adiós, nice knowing ya Kin.  The tween/teen generation for which the Kin was targeted has spoken and they did not embrace the Kin as Microsoft had hoped.  The socially included phone is being rolled off due to lack luster sales, which may be due to the fact that it was never a smart phone. The Kin did not support apps and was specially designed for social networking applications including Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.  Ultimately, even the half off price cut did not save the device from its demise.

Underwater Video in HD

It’s summer! Today marks the first day of Summer 2010. It’s hot, schools out and the pools are open. Let summer time begin! Kodak has just the thing for catching all your summer fun with the Kodak Playsport HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera.  This video camera is made for play. It’s waterproof up to 10 ft. and built to sustain a tumble or two.  Not to mention it shoots in 1080p, has a glare shield feature, 2-inch LCD screen, USB connection, rechargable Li-Ion batteries, SD card slot and color options (purple, blue, grey). The Kodak Playsport looks to be a good take along for beach vacations and summer days at the pool.  The Kodak Playsport is available for $149.

Moshi Cardette Ultra Review

Moshi calls itself the purveyors of electronics fashion. Like fashionable clothing, the Moshi Cardette Ultra has style, but what’s more, the Cardette Ultra is a card reader that holds many capabilities in a small package. The new Moshi Cardette Ultra has been redesigned from the original Cardette to be sleeker and complement iMac’s and MacBooks.  Made of a light, slim and compact aluminum body, the 3 slot Cardette Ultra functions as a USB hub and high-speed card reader capable of supporting all existing memory card standards available. Read More →

Gadgets at Pottery Barn

Hub Man, WhiteYou usually do not think of gadgets when you think of Pottery Barn, but PB Teen is offering up all kinds of goodies from electric guitar amps to mini speakers. PB Teen is Pottery Barn’s specialty store within a store offering up teen focused decor including some neat electronic accessories that work just a well for adults as they do for teens.  The Hub Man, shown here, is a unique USB hub with a port at each of the little plastic man’s feet and arms.   Similarly, there is Electro Man with 4 power outlets.  Most power strips have 6 but this one makes up for it in cuteness! Hub Man sells for $19. Electro Man sells for $24. Then there is the USB Roll n’ Go Keyboard made of a rubber shell with electronic components within.  The Roll n’ Go keyboard  is waterproof and easy to clean. Available in gender friendly pink and blue.  The Roll n’ Go Keyboard sells for $29.99.  Free Shipping is also available on all of these items.

Green Apps in the Android Market

In honor of Earth day, here are a list of applications available on the Android Market to help you help Mother Earth.   Scan the code provided from your Android phone using a bar code application to get to each app.  Most are free. These apps save your phones battery life, give you green advise, provide green discounts, maintain your car, find local farmer’s markets, calculate your carbon footprint, locate public transit and much more.  Help the planet, one app at a time! Read More →

Microsoft Arc Now in White

Back in mid-February The Gadegteer reviewed the Microsoft Arc Keyboard.  Now Microsoft has come out with the Arc Keyboard in eye catching white.  The white is accented with a lime green on the keys and the bottom. Like in the original, it comes with a 2.4 GHz USB nano transceiver that easily stows on the bottom of the keyboard.  The white and lime green gives it a clean modern look, but the keyboard still does not in the same variety of colors as its Arc Mouse companion.  The main Gadgeteer gripe was that the keyboard did not come with a built in mouse, which remains true with this version.   If it helps any, a matching white Arc Mouse is available (comes with a separate 2.4 GHz USB transceiver).  The Special Edition Microsoft Arc Keyboard in white is only available online at Amazon for $59.99.

Also available this Friday

Piggy backing on the other big release this Friday is the PixelPad.  Not exactly the same as the real thing, but the PixelPad may be an alternative option to the iPad for non-early adopters.  The PixelPad provides you with the original user interface. It is a pad of 10×10 grid paper that comes with a permanent marker, a ball point pen and a graphite lead mechanical pencil.  Their ultimate pack comes with colored markers. The pads sit in a rigid paperboard backing that looks like the back of an iPad and provides a sturdy writing surface.  One pad includes 64 sheets. Cost starts at $24.  Each PixelPad comes with at least one refill. Available Friday, April 2.

Cirago Network USB Storage Link NUS1000 Review

Cirago makes many multimedia products including the Cirago Multimedia Center 1000, CMC2000, and CiragoTV Mini Media Player reviewed by The Gadgeteer. Recently Cirago released the Network USB Storage Link (NUS1000), which turns your USB hard drives into network attached storage devices. Packed into a super small box (about the size of a handheld PDA) are 4 USB ports that can provide a web server, print server, media server, iTunes server and BitTorrent client.  That is a lot for a little box to do.

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Microsoft Arc Keyboard Review

On February 21st Microsoft is introducing the Arc Keyboard exclusively in BestBuy stores.  Like Microsoft’s Arc Mouse, the Arc Keyboard stands out for its design. About the size and weight of a thick magazine, the Arc Keyboard blends inconspicuously into its surroundings.  It stores conveniently and maintains a low profile.  The Arc Keyboard weighs less than a pound and measures less than an inch thick.  Upon closer look, it is evident that there were aesthetic design considerations made in creating this keyboard. Read More →

Xtend-a-View Digital Camera LCD Viewfinder Extender Review

It’s a sunny day and you get out your digital camera to snap a shot.  The only trouble is you can barely see the screen because of the glare from the bright sun. Except that when you go to look through the view finder, you find that your hi-tech camera may not have a view finder.  So, you aim, you shoot, and you hope for the best.  It happens to many of us.   The Xtend-a-View Pro, by Photosolve, makes efforts to resolve this problem. Read More →

Envizen Duo Box Pro Review

Envizen-Duo Box Pro-1When it comes to portable DVD/TV players the Envizen 7” Portable Digital TV and DVD player (Duo Box Pro) is nothing revolutionary, however, it is unique because it packs in several functions in one portable device.  Its no-frills design allows you to watch TV, play DVDs and video games, slideshow digital photos, and listen to music.  The Duo Box Pro is one of only several devices that combine digital television and a DVD player in a portable device. Read More →

Put some clothes on your personal area network

paniq-clothing-1Need a unique gift for the holidays? No need to panic, think PANiQ! Back in January PANiQ introduced clothing coupled with PANiQ controllers that enable wearers to control their iPod (or iPhone) through smart fabric buttons embedded in clothing.  The PANiQ technology allows you to connect your iPod to a ribbon cable embedded within the clothing using an interchangeable PANiQ controller.  A Bluetooth enabled controller goes one step further and lets you pair a Bluetooth enabled phone to the buttons on your clothing.  If you are crafty, PANiQ offers a DIY kit for sewing at home. Compatible with the iPhone, iPod nano, mini, classic, and touch models. Many name brands have caught on. I scoured the web to find the following brands incorporating PANiQ:  Cole Haan, Zoo York, KILLA, Ralph Lauren, LimbGear, Celio, and Bailo.

Able Planet True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphone Review

Able Planet-Headphones-1I write this review as I fly at 35,000 feet in the air.  I thought this would be the ideal place to review and test the noise-canceling feature of the Able Planet True Fidelity Active Noise Canceling Headphones (NC300B).  Technology used in high quality hearing aids is implemented in these headphones to enhance sounds and reduce external noise. The result is a full rich sound that is pleasure to my ears, especially in an airplane’s cabin. And that’s not all… Read More →

Hauppauge HD PVR Review

Hauppauge-HD PVR-1The Hauppauge HD PVR allows users to record HD content off a cable or satellite set top box to their computer’s hard drive, and from the recordings, create HD quality DVDs for their personal media libraries. The HD PVR is one of the only mass marketed HD personal video recorders presently sold to the consumer.   The strengths of this device lie in its ability to allow the user to burn TV shows and movies to DVD and the ability to optimize recordings for various video playback devices (e.g., Playstation 3, Xbox 360, iPhone, iPod, Zune, etc). Read More →

Click, Swipe, and Scroll – Apple’s Magic Mouse

Apple-Magic MouseApple introduced the Magic Mouse today and besides being magical it is smart and sleek.  The concept of using gestures to interact with a device was made popular in the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Macbook. Now the concept comes to the desktop in the first ever multi-touch external mouse.  The Magic Mouse has a smooth and sleek look with no visible buttons. The entire surface of the Magic Mouse is clickable.  Drag your fingers along the surface of the mouse for scrolling.  Other features include screen zoom and two-finger swipe to browse Safari and iPhoto.  The Magic Mouse uses laser tracking and Bluetooth. It is now included with every iMac purchase and, for the rest of Mac users, it’s $69.

Cupcake to Donut – Android 1.6 is here

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Cupcake is out and Donut is in. This past weekend many T-Mobile G1 and MyTouch G1 users received Android 1.6 (a.k.a Donut) that updated the previous version known as Cupcake.   I got mine Sunday morning.  I’ve been playing around with the new features, which include a new faster camera/video interface, Quick search box, battery usage indicator, updates to Google Maps, and a new look for Android Market. Read More →

Diamond USB Display Adapter Pro Review

Diamond-USB Display Adapter Pro-1If you have ever had a multi-monitor setup you know the added productivity it can provide.   The Diamond USB Display Adapter is a simple device that allows you to add an additional monitor using a spare USB port.  The adapter is basically a portable video card that works with your Mac or PC. The Diamond USB Adapter provides a portable solution for setting up multiple monitors, particularly ideal for laptop setups. Read More →