Dave Rees

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For those of you who monitor your heart rate with a chest strap while working out, I am sure you know the pain and irritation they can cause. Just this past week, while reviewing a different fitness device, the included Bluetooth HR chest strap literally made me bleed during a long run. The engineers at [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews
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booq Boa Flow Graphite review

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Back in 2010, I reviewed the booq Boa Flow M backpack after decades of carrying a messenger type bag. Since then, I regularly use the Boa Flow M when I need to carry a majority of my tech/travel gear or am going out into the damp Seattle weather. I am surprised by just how much I like and [...]

Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
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It is not that the Logitech Alert video surveillance system we use has become all that long in the tooth. It still works well enough. The fact is I want/need to expand my coverage and their outdoor cameras are difficult to get ahold of and surprisingly costly when you do. Julie and I have been discussing surveillance [...]

Posted in: Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear
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I am the quintessential handyman...always building, repairing, and/or tearing out something. I started my first home improvement project nearly 25 years ago. Back in the day, there were limited battery operated tools and work typically involved dragging electrical cords everywhere you went. As battery technology improves and becomes much more cost effective, we find it powering devices/tools [...]

Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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I often think that I should have been born in an earlier time. Back when the world was a simpler place, a person's word/handshake was their bond, people made things with their hands, doors were left unlocked etc. The Colonel Littleton gear I have had the fortune to review is truly the embodiment of those [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
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airstand

The folks at NKMOS are at it again... they have created a new high end smart-device accessory. The AirStand is a high end minimalistic, CNC machined aluminum universal tablet stand. It is capable of folding flat but has a support that can rotate 360 degrees. It uses the same sticky pad technology that is found in their premium in-car mount [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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A couple of years ago (2012) I reviewed the Wicked Lasers Torch (see Other Articles to Read at end of post), touted at the time as "the most powerful handheld flashlight in the World", and at a whopping 4100 lumens, it was wickedly bright, extremely hot, but sadly very utilitarian looking.  The designers at Wicked Lasers have recently introduced [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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Well, I did the deed... I signed up for T-Mobile's new Test Drive program John Legere announced late last month. My hope was that their service really is a more cost-effective, viable option for our family. Verizon has been our cellular provider for nearly a decade. But their Cadillac service has always come at a premium [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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I am definitely a fan of wireless charging and worthy Kickstarter projects. In this case, the folks at Lutman Design have created the Swich, a very unique and innovative Qi charging stand that is currently seeking backing in its Kickstarter campaign that ends later this month. The Swich is constructed of a ceramic base and mount platform with [...]

Posted in: Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iPhone, iPad, iPod
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I love the concept of Kickstarter, enabling those with ideas to bring them to life and put them out there for the world to see.  If others agree, they put their hard earned money down to fund the creation of something new and (hopefully) innovative. Occasionally, the Gadgeteer gets to tryout Kickstarter projects before their [...]

Posted in: Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
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This week T-Mobile announced the latest tweak to their Uncarrier movement - version 5.0. The highlight of Uncarrier 5.0 includes a free 7-day test drive of their network (on a iPhone 5s no less). With supposedly no strings attached. And to sweeten the deal, T-Mobile is also giving its customers free music streaming that does [...]

Posted in: News, Wireless
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Last year I reviewed Colonel Littleton's No. 23 iPad Portfolio (see related links for the review), which was a great mix of new- and old-world functionality. The No. 23 portfolio was designed to specifically hold a full-sized iPad and tablet of paper. Colonel Littleton has recently released a sibling portfolio meant to safely transport a wide [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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I love building things with LEGO, from as far back as I can remember to this day, with the Gadgeteer Kid.  I would argue that LEGO are one of the greatest toys ever invented, enabling kids and adults alike to transform their imagination into reality. Back in my day, all we had were the classic bricks, [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews
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I was dancing around the Net and decided to swing by the Colonel Littleton website to see if he had designed any new leather creations lately. I was surprised (and a bit shocked) to see that he is now handcrafting many of his classic designs in black leather with brown trim. Some of the products that caught [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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It is interesting and humorous how thoughts and opinions differ between men and women on certain topics. Many times there is a black and white line separating their perspectives on some things. In this case, (overly-) powerful handheld lasers... the kind that can pop a balloon from across the room, melt plastic, and need eye [...]

Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews
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I am a huge advocate for screen protection and when available, full-body protection on my electronic devices...from my smartphone to my laptop. For years, ZAGG invisibleSHIELD films have protected my smart-devices, even now one of their full-body films protects my MacBook Pro. But in the past few years, glass screen protectors have become increasingly more [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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Pad & Quill have been creating handmade tech-accessories with old-world craftsmanship for many years now. Kari and Brian (Mr. and Mrs. PQ) pride themselves on not creating "cheap, mass produced crap" but incredibly well constructed items they would be proud to give their "discriminating" friends and family...and thankfully the rest of us as well. Recently, they [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear
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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 I [...]

Posted in: Articles, Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets
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One of the perks of being a Gadgeteer is occasionally receiving (aka getting our grubby tech-loving hands on) a prototype of a product before the rest of the world. In this case, NKMOS has sent me one of their new all aluminum universal car mounts to give a try even before their Kickstarter campaign has [...]

Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
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Winter is nearly over and it is time to get mentally prepared/excited for getting outside and exercising. For me that means tennis and running. As I age, the latter being less appealing than it use to be. Each year I do my best to augment my excitement for pounding pavement with fun and interesting tech, [...]

Posted in: Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews, Watches, Clocks
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