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Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Elizabeth

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Hey everyone, welcome to my desk this time!  My room – er, I mean, office – has way more gadgets in it than these couple of photos show. I figure I’d stick to my main space to keep it short and sweet.  Read More →

There’s a new Chromebox in town

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Love your Chromebook as much as I do? Now there’s another device to use the super fast and browser based Chrome OS. ASUS has released a new Chromebox model, the M004U.   This nifty looking Chromebox has 4 USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit ethernet port, 802.11 b/g/n dual-band wireless, HDMI output, Displayport output, combo micrphone and headphone jack, as well as a 2 in 1 card reader with Kinsington lock. (Monitor, keyboard and mouse are not included.) It runs the latest Chrome OS (which automatically updates online) so it’s super easy to access all of your Google Drive content (you get 100GB included), be able to stream tons of online video and visit your favorite websites.  You can pick the ASUS M004U online through Amazon, B&H, Newegg, TigerDirect, and Micro Center starting at $179.

Trip report: 2014 New York Times Travel Show

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Fellow gadgeteer and friend since college, Jackie Cheng and I recently went to The New York Times Travel Show here in New York City. We are both fans of traveling and see the sights, so we figured let’s check out the show and see what exhibits were on display.  We were also super excited to meet Mr. Scott Jordan, CEO & Founder of Scottevest!  We have reviewed tons of his products on the Gadgeteer and wanted to see new products he brought to the show for travelers.

My comments will be in black and Jackie’s will be in blue italics.

Here are some photos of various booths at the show, representing different countries around the world, as well as areas of the USA.

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Upon entering the show, Jackie and I spun a travel wheel by Celebrity Cruises in order to win a chance at a prize. Hmm, not super exciting prizes, but hey we’ll take what we get!

Jackie: I won an ice scrapper which will come in handy if we get another long winter!

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Amazing looking carved fruit!

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The South Korea booth had the cutest doll, so of course I had to pose with her.

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Taiwan had some fun mamas doing a song and a dance for everyone.

Jackie: It’s weird yet funny and unique.  Personally, I think Taiwan should hire a new marketing agent.

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Posing at the Japan booth…

Jackie: I wonder where the samurai hid their gadgets back in the day?  Gadgets being daggers, swords, smoke bombs, ninja stars, etc.  Bet they wish they had a Scottevest!

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A small scale super fast bullet train.

Jackie: I’ve been on one of Japan’s earlier bullet trains.  They are definitely super fast, super smooth, and amazingly quiet!

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This is not a person, but a “hologram” – an image/screen in a cutout of the person speaking!

Jackie: I’ve seen those in airports.  It’s a pretty cool “hologram” concept.  You can also see the “hologram” projector and speaker in the background above the FaceBook/Twitter/Instagram logo.

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Finally under the “technology” booth (the only one), we saw Scott Jordan! We had to come back to try and speak to him since there were so many people in the booth.

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After a few minutes and waiting for the people to clear, we introduced ourselves and Scott was super excited to hear from us. He said he loves Julie and The Gadgeteer!  He was so friendly and mentioned the post that was just published an hour or two before the show started.  He agreed to take a photo with us.  It was super cool that he was wearing Google Glass!

Jackie: He’s a pretty cool guy!  Wished we could talk to him more but he was in a rush to go somewhere.  I think he recorded us on his Glass too!  

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I caught Jackie eyeing the vest on sale on the floor…

Jackie: The XL size for the vest was a tad too big for me and the large size was ok if I the pockets weren’t filled.  Good reason to lose some weight to get the large sized vest!

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They had a family fun area where kids were being slung around, as well as a rock climbing wall.

There were so very many booths from different countries, but all were very similar in that they had pamphlets and information.  I think we might have caught a bit more fun stuff, such as bands and performances if we had gone a day or two earlier on Friday or Saturday. We’ll keep an eye out for a bigger show next time!

Wrappz personalized iPad skin review

Wrappz-01For work I occasionally use an iPad 4th generation, which is useful in many ways.  It’s black, and well, looks the same as everyone else’s iPad.  The company “Wrappz” gave us a chance to review a personalized case or skin off their site, so I chose to try a skin for my iPad.  Let’s see how it looks! Read More →

Fulki iPad leather case review

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I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I love nice leather bags and accessories.  When I can cover my  gadgets with nice cases and covers, I get the best of two things I love most, technology and fashion!  I recently got a chance to review a case from Fulki, and decided to try the iPad leather case in black.  Let’s take a look!

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Google’s Nexus 5 now available in red

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Have you been wanting to get your geek partner the perfect red gadget for Valentine’s Day?  You can now purchase Google’s Nexus 5 in bright red from the Google Play Store in 16GB or 32GB of storage.  This version of the flagship phone boasts all of the same features as the black or white Nexus 5 that was released late last year:  Android KitKat 4.4, 4.95″ IPS 1920 X 1080 Gorilla Glass display, Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 processor, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, plus various other features. You can get it direct from Google Play today for $349-$399.

Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard Review

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I have a thing for nice computer keyboards.  I type all day, both for work and at home, so having a good keyboard is important to me. I’ve always been on the lookout for a nice PC keyboard, especially for gaming and frequent typing.  Along came the opportunity to review the Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard, by Func, so let’s see how it stacks up!

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Meet the Pebble Steel Smartwatch

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Pebble has just announced a new version of their popular smartwatch, the Pebble Steel.  This version of the smartwatch is made of milled stainless steel and Corning Gorilla Glass, and it comes with metal and leather straps.  It’s fully compatible with existing Pebble apps for iOS and Android.  The Pebble Steel runs for $249, and you can reserve yours today via their website GetPebble.com.

The PowerPot V review

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There are lots of people like me that like to bring gadgets with them while camping.  Although I try to disconnect a bit, it’s nice to bring my cell phone and a few battery packs with me.  Wouldn’t it be great to to use an item to charge my mobile devices while I cook at a campsite? I recently had the opportunity to review the Power Pot V, by Power Practical, which can do just that.  Originally a Kickstarter project in 2012, the Power Pot is a thermoelectric generator that converts heat into DC electrical power.  Let’s take a look!

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Waterfield Designs Staad Laptop BackPack review

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Working in the computer field and being a computer geek, I love using nice handbags and backpacks to carry all of my gadget gear.  I have a weakness for leather and nicely crafted canvas and military inspired items.  I recently got the opportunity to review the Staad Laptop BackPack by Waterfield Designs, so let’s take a look! Read More →

Sumvision Cyclone Voyager 2 Android tablet review

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I’m a recent “convert” from iOS to Android.  After owning first-and second-generation iPads, along with the iPhone 3GS and 4S, I decided to move over to Android, since those devices had more interesting features and naturally integrated with all the Google apps that I used.  With more features coming out in Android OS updates, I’ve become a fan pretty quickly!  Ebuyer.com recently gave us the opportunity to review the Sumvision Cyclone Voyager 2 Android tablet, so let’s take a look. Read More →

Spikenzie Labs Solder:Time Desk Clock review

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I am a huge fan of the DIY/maker movement that has come up recently.  Every year since 2010, my significant other and I enjoy going to Maker Faire in Queens, NY.  It sparks my interest in what people create and hack, and gives me ideas of my own.  There are many vendors that show off DIY kits of various kinds, and one of them was from Spikenzie Labs.  At Maker Faire I learned how to solder with their Solder: Time Watch kit, so when I had a chance to assemble the Solder: Time Desk Clock, I grabbed the opportunity!

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Analogix SlimPort HDMI Adapter review

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a cord cutter, which means I don’t really watch or subscribe to cable television. I tend to watch most of my video on the internet via services such as YouTube, Netflix, etc.  I am also an owner of a Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 2013 tablet, and I really like to watch online video on these devices.  I recently had the opportunity to review the Analogix SlimPort HDMI Adapter for SlimPort Smartphones. Will it be good enough to use this to output my video to my HDTV?  Let’s find out.   Read More →

Scosche microBOX microUSB cable review

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Having extra microUSB cables in my bag is such a necessity these days with all the devices that I own. I have two Android phones (one for work, one personal), an Android tablet, and various other gadgets that need a microUSB cable to sync or charge. I had the chance to review the microBOX retractable charge and sync cable from Scosche, so let’s take a look! Read More →

Genius Cam Mouse review

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I like working in a mixed-media environment with my computer, paper notebook, and mobile phone all at my desk.  Sometimes I’ll jot down notes in my notebook with a pen, since it’s easier to do, as I take a phone call, or when someone is speaking.  After I write down a bunch of notes, sometimes I take a photo with my phone, then keep it in my Evernote or other note taking app for simplicity,without having to type it over again.  I recently had the opportunity to review the Cam Mouse by Genius, which is a computer mouse and camera all-in-one.  Perhaps it would be useful to incorporate in my workflow?  Let’s take a look.

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New HP Chromebook 11 released

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Google and HP have partnered up and released a new Chromebook in the lineup.  The HP Chromebook 11 features include an 11.6″ IPS display, Exynos 5250 GAIA  CPU, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 6 hours of battery life, and weighs only 2.3 lbs.  A nice new feature is that it will use a microUSB port for charging, so you can use a microUSB cable you have on hand (although you might need at least a 3A charger).  You also get 100GB of Google Drive storage free for 2 years, a 60-day free trial of Google Play Music All Access ($9.99 after that), and 12 free sessions of GoGo inflight internet.   It comes in white, black, or four color options (blue, green, yellow and red).  It is available for pre-order in the Google Play store for $279.99, as well as online and in-store retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy.  It’s shipping soon!

Android Mini PC review

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I am what is considered a “cord cutter”.  I’ve decided to not to pay to watch traditional TV via a cable or satellite TV provider. Instead, I read and/or watch my news on my computer, phone or tablet via subscriptions to YouTube channels, Netflix, and various online services.  I  recently got to review a popular type of Android device, an Android Mini PC by GearZap.  I previously owned an older version of a similar Android TV stick, and was excited to get a chance to review a newer model with more features. Let’s take a look! Read More →

Mugen Power 6400mAh Extended Battery for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with Battery Door review

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There are often times when I need just a little bit more battery life on my mobile phone, especially when I go to an event where no outlets are available.  I recently had the chance to review the Mugen Power 6400mAh Extended Battery with Battery Door for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from Mugen Power.  The battery life on the Note 2 is already pretty good, so imagine a battery that gives me even more life!  Let’s take a look. Read More →

Super Slim Portable Battery with Flash Memory review

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Technology is awesome and convenient, especially smartphones and tablets.  They are getting smaller, faster, and can have pretty good battery life built in.  Sometimes you go to an event where your mobile phone is searching for signal constantly, in which you find yourself in the predicament of losing battery charge quickly.  It’s always a good idea to keep a spare battery handy.  I recently had the chance to try out the Super Slim Portable Battery with Flash Memory from Brando, so let’s see how it did!

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Windows 8.1 Released on October 18th

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Are you a Windows 8 user that wants their start button back, along with more improvements to the OS? If you already have tried the Windows 8.1 preview, Microsoft has finally announced that Windows 8.1 will be officially released on October 18th worldwide. It will be a free update for current Windows 8 customers, and will be available on new devices after that date. With this new update comes a start button, Internet Explorer 11 powered by Bing search, and a few new built in apps – Food & Drink as well as Health & Fitness. You can read more about it on the official Microsoft blog.

BIC Tech Stylus 2-in-1 Pen review

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I am a big fan of tablets for my everyday reading of news, setting reminders, and writing down notes.  I’ve tried a couple of styluses back when I owned my first iPad, and I continue to try them for my Nexus 7.  I also enjoy a good old-fashioned pen when I need to write down thoughts on normal notebook paper and in my journals.  I recently had the opportunity to review the BIC Tech Stylus 2-in-1 Pen, so I jumped at the chance! Read More →

Satechi Dual Sonic Speakers review

Satechi-Speakers-01I love listening to music or podcasts on my home PC and at my office. Sometimes you just need to tune into something upbeat to get your work done!  My desk space is limited, so since I was given the opportunity to try out the Dual Sonic speakers from Satechi, I grabbed the chance. Read More →

Just Mobile AluCup review


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I’ve always liked the “Apple-esque” design of Apple products and their many accessories. I usually keep an eye out for looking for nice electronic accessories for my home office.  I recently had the chance to review the Just Mobile AluCup which caught my eye due to its sleek design.   There are a few iPhones in my house, so let’s see how useful this stand from Just Mobile was. Read More →

You won’t burn your tongue with the Clever Touch Temperature Sensing Coffee Mug!

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Nothing is more important to me than my first cup of coffee in the morning!  The Clever Touch Temperature Sensing Coffee Mug with Digit LED Indicator will ensure you know the temperature of your coffee or tea before you take a sip.  You can see if it’s “cool”, “warm” or “hot”, with a little heart LED in the center of the mug, which also “beats” when you touch it.  It’s powered by two AA batteries and can hold up to 380 ml.  It’s available for $36.90 via Brando.com or other popular online retailers such as Amazon and DealExtreme for around $30.

LederMann Bridle Leather Briefcase review

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Being a techie junky, I’m always on the lookout for a good satchel or briefcase-type bag to carry all of my gear.  I’m a computer technician, so something sturdy and roomy with lots of pockets is something I always need for work. I was given the chance to review the Bridle Leather Briefcase from LederMann recently, so I jumped at the chance. Does it meet my expectation for a nice quality satchel to carry my laptop and other trinkets in?  Let’s take a look! 

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