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 →
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 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 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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
(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 →
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.
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
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 →
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 →
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 →