Content Nav Menu 

Author Archive for Elizabeth Daugherty

Pad & Quill Littlest Black Book for iPod Nano Review

Pad & Quill, with their tasteful and elegant cases for iPad and iPhone have manufactured superior cases for electronic “i” devices. Hand constructed, well made and protective, Pad & Quill is at the top of their game. Read More →

Pad and Quill Cases for iPad and iPhone Review

I get that a lot of  iOwners like the brightly colored cases for the iPads or iPhones or what have you.  But the iGadgets aren’t just for one particular demographic anymore.  For those who prefer more classic styling, Pad and Quill offer tasteful cases, hand-tailored and fitted especially for iPad and iPhone.

Pad and Quill is a Minneapolis-based company that has created a line of accessories for iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kindle, iPod,  and MacBook Air cases, as well as a selection of accessories that are stylish, simple, elegant, and upscale.   Using hand-routed birch wooden frames and hand tooled leather, the craftmanship of Pad and Quill cases makes your devices look like a bound book.  The company keeps it real by not outsourcing any of the work and keeping all their artisans local and in house.

I received three cases from Pad and Quill for this review.  I got the Octavo for iPad 3, the Contega for iPad 3, and the Little Black Book for iPhone 4/4S.  Let’s give them a look. Read More →

Pelican i1075 Case for iPad and iPad 2 Review

Not every iPad user lives a cushy life and not every iPad has a soft function.  Sometimes iPad must be taken into dangerous, rugged or rustic situations and needs far more protection than any nylon fashion case can give it.  Pelican cases help you take your iPad where most people wouldn’t think to.  Let’s give a look at their i1075 iPad Case for iPad and iPad 2. Read More →

Restaurant Nutrition App – Free App of the Day!

Choose your restaurant, make your selection and see your nutritional information. I still say the cheesecake is worth it.

Unified Lifestyle features an application for SmartPhone and iPad that will help you stay on your diet track while dining out.  Restaurant Nutrition features the nutrition information for meals in over 60,000 restaurants, convenience stores and markets. Read More →

Speedometer Free: Measure Your Need for Speed.

The need for speed.  We all know it, we all feel it.  Hodel Apps knows it and has an app for that.

Speedometer Free is an app developed for iPhone/iPad that measures how fast you’re moving.  My husband, who takes CalTrain to work every morning, was on the train cruising right along when it occurred to him that he wanted to know just how fast the train was moving along the tracks.  So he searched for an app that measured speed and came up with this gem.  And discovered that his particular train was chucking along and a nice 82 miles per hour.  Sweet.

If it’s free, it’s me, and Free Speedometer is free.  Check Apple App Store or Hodel Apps for your download.

Sun UV Protector App…When it’s Time to Come in out of the Sun

Aratos Technologies wants to tell you when to come in out of the sun, and with the Sun UV Protector App for iPhones,  it won’t be hard to do.

The UV factor in Las Vegas isn’t the same UV factor in Seattle.  And it’s hard to always know the right protection to use.  The Sun UV Protector tells what your UV index is, how long you should stay out in it, what level of sunscreen to use and when to reapply it.  Essentially, it’s a pretty cool idea.  It’s 99 cents from the Apple App Store and currently only available as an iPhone app.

I haven’t tried it out yet because I don’t have an iPhone but I think it’s a cool idea.  You can use it on vacation, use to gauge how long you want your kids outside, how long you want to garden outside and what level of sunscreen you should take along to the beach, outdoor sporting events, picnics, or what have you.  I’m not a tanner or sun worshipper.  I’m a rain baby, and I dislike it when my skin tans so this would be a cool app for me .  Since it’s iPad-compatible as well… looks like I’ve got 99 cents burning a hole in my pocket.

IPee Address iOS App – When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go.

There is nothing worse than being in downtown San Francisco (or downtown anywhere) and you can’t find a public bathroom.  Forget about the small shops or stores that won’t let you use theirs or require you to buy a cookie or a latte in order to get a special code to use theirs.

IPee Address solves your problems!  Well, for iPhone/iPad users anyway…  The application allows you to find the nearest public restroom, cafe, or restaurant that has public restrooms for when you have to do what you have to do. It’s pretty much the best 99 cents I’ve ever spent.

Caveat Emptor:  Read the fine print.  Just because a bathroom shows up on the app, that doesn’t mean you can use it. The website claims the app is “for entertainment purposes only”, but a public restroom when you gotta go is at least worth a try.

LeafSnap App: Poison Ivy or Just Ivy

Leafsnap is a new iOS application that  is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.  This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark of trees found in New York City and Washington, D.C., and it will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.  This website shows the tree species included in Leafsnap, the collections of its users, and the team of research volunteers working to produce it.

This application is currently available for free to iPhone and iPad users.  An Android version is under way, but there is no estimated time for release yet.

Free App of the Day: RepairPal

RepairPal.com. The Angie's List for car repairs.

Ok, apparently everyone thinks this app is the bomb.  HuffPo likes it, New York Times and Edmunds.com both like it.  It’s available for iPhone and other Smartphone users and it’s free.  And if it’s free…it’s me.

Whether it’s an auto emergency, a roadside breakdown, or just a small problem, RepairPal can help. The award-winning RepairPal website and smartphone apps for iOS and Android (find links to these apps on the RepairPal website) tell you the right price to pay for your repair, find you a great mechanic in the area, track all your repairs, and give you one-touch access to roadside assistance.   Be prepared 24/7 for a car emergency.  With RepairPal, you’re covered everywhere you go in the United States. Read More →

Boost Near Field Audio Speaker by iFrogz Review

Wireless speaker by iFrogz amplifies sound from SmartPhones.

Boost Near Field Audio Speaker by iFrogz is a cool new device that amplifies sound from your smart phone – wirelessly.  It’s not just one of those passive echo chambers that can boost sound from wimpy built-in speakers.  The Boost Near Field Audio Speaker actually has speakers inside and operates off battery or AC power.  How does it work?  Let’s give it a look. Read More →

SleepTracker Elite Review

SleepTracker Elite is the wear-at-night wristwatch that can monitor your sleep movements and help you ascertain how well or poorly you’re sleeping at night.  Time Magazine calls it the Invention of the Year.  I call it an interesting way to figure out why I’m such a grouch in the morning.  Simply put, it’s a wrist watch that monitors your sleep patterns and sleep movements and then analyzes those patterns in a software program that shows you your progress.  I was selected to give one a try when SleepTracker offered a review unit to The Gadgeteer. Read More →

ZunZun Computer Laptop Sun Visor Review

ZunZun is a Dutch company that has a great idea.  They make sun visor shades for computer laptops 10.5″ and 15.6″ and even GPS units. These shades are essentially flexible hoods that attach via elastic bands around your computer to shade the screen so you can see it and still type on your keyboard.  For the record, I like the idea of this product.   Read More →

Monaco 3.1 AMP Extreme Charge Car Power Adapter Review

Extreme is right!  The Monaco Extreme Charge Car Power Adapter, simply put, is the best money you’re going to spend for car charger.  And you’re not going to spend that much. WirelessGround sent one of these chargers to The Gadgeteer for review, and you’ll find that their price of $14.95 isn’t going to break the bank. You can pay more and you will do worse. Read More →

Soggy Doggy Super Shammy Review

Keep the towels in the linen closet. Your answer to fast drying your wet dog is finally here.

I’m not crazy about most do-it-yourself dog grooming products because most of them are long on promises and short on delivery. And they’re expensive.  For that kind of money, I can just take my pooch over to PetSmart and let them do what they have to do.  I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and for anyone who knows anything about herding dogs, they shed.  A lot.  A really BIG lot.  So they need to be brushed regularly and groomed more often than say… a poodle.

Because I don’t always have the time or money to take him to the groomer’s or because I just took him to the groomer’s,  a home bath is in order.  That means a wet dog in a wet tub with water everywhere and using up just about every towel in the house.   Soggy Doggy Productions have come to the rescue with Soggy Doggy Super Shammy. Read More →

Tech Loops Hi-Tech Eyeglass Holders Review

 

If you’re like me, you have to keep two sets of eyeglasses handy: sunglasses and reading glasses.  I’m 45 ,and I had LASIK surgery last January.  Before LASIK, I wore contacts but since I had developed dry eye syndrome, I carried around my regular prescription glasses plus prescription sunglasses.  But there was always the problem of accessing the correct glasses and always, always fumbling around for them.  And while there are some eyeglass holders out there, none of them were really doing the job I needed them to do.  Fortunately, Hi Tech Loops eyeglass holders have solved my problems. Read More →

LensLoop Camera Strap Review

A smarter strap....

I hate to sound like Andy Rooney but have you ever noticed those bulky camera straps that hang around your neck?  They’re supposed to hold your camera and supposed to allow you to port your camera about and it’s supposed to be easy.  Have you ever noticed how heavy and bulky wearing your camera around your neck gets?  LensLoop  has. And they have the answer to the clunky, bulky camera issue.

Read More →

Zazzle Customized Doodle Speakers Review

I’m all about my Big Band music. I have an Mp3 player full of it.  I stream it via Live 365 Internet Subscription radio.  I even have vinyl records of old recordings, and I have stuff older than that.  I can’t always play my records and in my area; Big Band music cannot be found on the radio.  So I lean on my Mp3 player and cell phone.

With the advent of Mp3 players and playing music through your cell phones, the need for external speakers has arisen.  Because let’s be frank, I don’t care what kind of souped up cell phone you have; the speaker on it sucks.  There are a lot of external speakers out there, but the Doodle Speaker Custom Speaker from Zazzle let’s you show your style. Read More →

Keurig One Touch Milk Frother Review

The Keurig Milk Frother: cup, frothing wand, electrical platform and instruction guide.

I am a coffee lover (tea too) and I always like a little coffee in my steamed milk.  In other words, save your espresso, save your coffee black, bring on the dairy!

I cannot always get to Starbucks for my morning java.  And for years, I have had to live with cream and sugar or 2% milk in my coffee when what I really wanted was a frothy, foamy latte with sugar free vanilla syrup.

I’ve tried using useless milk wands from electric espresso makers…you know … the inexpensive ones that you fill with water and the steam pressure isn’t even enough to knock the wrinkles out of wrinkle free fabric. Read More →

MobileEdge ScanFast 2.0 Bag Review

MobileEdge ScanFast briefcase. Checkpoint and Environment friendly.  

(this is a 2nd opinion review of bag that we featured last year)

I really hate flying.  I’ve never been a big fan.   I hate the high prices, the long lines, the rules, the regulations, the baggage fees, what you can carry on and what you can’t carry on.  Honestly, I wonder if it isn’t just easier to drive.

But since sometimes driving is out of the question, I either have to fly or take the train and either way, I have to go through TSA checkpoints. Read More →

The Best Part of Waking Up? Is Starbucks in your K Cup!

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At Last!!!!!!!!  My cry has been heard!

Not to be outdone by Dunkin Doughnuts, Starbucks is now getting into bed or…waking up…not sure which… with Keurig K Cup.   Dunkin Doughnuts has announced that you can now purchase their coffee blend in the single serve K Cups designed for the Keurig Coffee Brewers. Earlier they launched a catchy ZING-esque advertising campaign : “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink Starbucks”

Starbucks is fighting back with their new single serving in a K Cup outfitted for the Keurig coffee makers.  One of which I have.  One of which I have reviewed and find FABULOUS!  (Insert Tim Gunn jokes here)  Green Mountain Coffee Company could be the stock to watch.  Not only do they offer Tully’s (a personal fave) coffee in single serving K Cups, but also a wide variety of other blends such as Newman’s Own, Emeril, Twinings Tea, Celestial Seasonings, the aforementioned Dunkin Doughnuts, Timothys, and Bigelow  teas  as well as Gloria Jean’s and their own Green Mountain coffee blends. Now Starbucks is coming on board with their K Cup which will be offered in Starbucks outlets along with the Keurig coffee makers.  No word what will this do to sales of Sbux’s own Via single serve (read: manure in hot water) offerings.

What’s really odd (or telling) is that I’m reading that 80% of Starbucks brick and mortar customers do not own single serve coffee brewers.  I applaud Starbucks for reaching out in this way.

Nerd Apparel: We all know someone like this…

This says it all..

We all know someone like this….someone who just can’t leave their gadget alone.  They just have to root it, rook it, hack it… whatever the term.  They have to crack it open and try to program it to remote detonate the dishwasher from Pacoima.

My husband is just one such person.  He cannot leave his gadgets alone.  In fact, he purchases gadgets because he read several blogs about how to make the gadget do something it was never advertised to do.

Case in point:  the color Nook.  You can find instructions all over the internet on how to “root it” so that it behaves like a mini tablet PC.  Barnes and Noble doesn’t appreciate this little quirk in geek personalities so they, like every other electronics manufacturer, fight back by voiding the warranties on any device that is dorked around with.

This doesn’t stop them though.  If you’re in the market to have your electronic gadget dorked with, look for someone wearing this shirt.   $16.99- $19.99  from ThinkGeek.com

Back to School Gadgets: Staple-less Stapler

Stapler that does not use staples...um...ok.

Back to School these days just isn’t the Back to School it was in my day. When I went back to school, I went to the grocery store, picked out a colorful cardboard box that held No. 2 pencils (yellow thank you very much), some crayons, a ruler (wooden) and maybe some Elmer’s glue (the white sticky stuff: glue sticks hadn’t yet been invented).
That was it.   Schools supplied paper in grade school and we weren’t required to take grocery sacks of hand sanitizer, tissues, Dry Erase markers and Dry Erase erasers and and whatever else. Read More →

Brother PT 1290 Label Maker Review

The PT1290 Labeler by Brother. Not your mama's punch and dial labeler.

I had previously reviewed another label maker by Dymo which is plugged into the USB port of your computer. Using built-in software, you could create and print labels from your PC.

I also made a snarky comment about handheld labelers and needing to be an expert texter.  The P-touch 1290 label maker from Brother is one such label maker and I take back my comment about being an expert texter. Read More →

Veto Pro Pac XXL-F Tool Bag Review

 

Veto ProPac XXL-F tool bag. Seriously. The LAST tool bag/box/kit you will ever need.

I know you have one.   Those clunky, metal, red toolboxes.  That iconic American symbol of craftsmen, workmen, and Do It Yourself-ers everywhere.   Those expensive, heavy, red-paint-chipping, heavier-than-cement-crack -your-shin-on-it dead weights that holds a mish mash of tools and accessories that, once in, you can never find again.

Throw it out.  Seriously.  Throw that rusty bucket of bolts out. (Save the bolts though).  There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s name is the XXL-F Tool Bag from Veto Pro Pac.  It’s not a box but as strong as it is, it might as well be.

VetoPro Pac XXL-F tool bag is a waterproof, weatherproof, rust proof fabric bag that holds everything your red clunky box holds AND you can sling it across your body with the padded shoulder strap that comes with it.  You can’t do that with a tool box.  But you can do it with Veto Pro. Read More →

Black and Decker’s PlantSmart PCS10 Plant Sensor Review: The Gardener’s Fish Finder

Black and Decker's PlantSmart plant sensor. Taking the guesswork out of gardening.

Fish Finders, to those who don’t know, are these electronic mechanisms that either assist greatly in not having to stop by the fish shop on the way home or are a blasphemy on the sacrosanct sport of fishing. Depends on who you talk to.

Electronic gardening equipment quite possibly could be seen in the same context…except by me.  Frankly, I’ll take all the help I can get.  Black and Decker does what the Farmer’s Almanac is too smug to do:  puts gardening into terms even I can understand. Read More →