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Google Voice now officially supported on OBi VoIP devices

ObiBack in May of this year, Google had announced the end of support for XMPP based calling with Google voice.  With a Google voice account and an OBi device you can make and receive VoIP calls on a regular telephone, call internationally at low rates, and use premium features included free such as voicemail, call waiting, telemarketer blocking, and caller ID.

Today on the Obhai blog, they have announced that there is finally official support for Google Voice!  This is great news for users who want the convenience to use their Google voice number with a regular phone line.  They are currently running a promotion where you can get the OBi200 at Newegg for $29.99.  There are various models available, so go check it out.   Happy calling!

UnoTelly SmartDNS and VPN review


I am what many people would call, a “cord-cutter”.  In my living space I don’t subscribe to cable, and generally watch my TV online with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube.  A few years ago I lived in England and loved watching BBC iPlayer, but now that I live back in the US, I can’t do so since it’s blocked from any location outside of the UK.  I was really bummed and have tried using free VPN services online, but they are all super slow with lots of advertising that get in the way.  Along came the chance to review UnoTelly, a DNS and VPN service that lets you bypass geo-targeted content online.  They gave me a trial run of their services, so let’s see how it went.

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Forte Impact Rose Gold Earbuds review


Headphones are the type of thing that are very hard to shop for, since there’s so much to look into – sound quality, comfort, and price.  I love a bit of bling in my technology and gadgets, so when I saw these Forte Impact earbuds in rose gold, I couldn’t resist to review them! Let’s take a look.

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Rapoo 3300P Wireless Optical Mouse review


Personally, I can’t get enough peripherals for my desktop or laptop.  I needed a mouse that was small enough to throw into my bag whenever I went out, but nothing clunky.  Since I’ve reviewed other Rapoo products before, I grabbed the chance to  review the Rapoo 3300p Wireless Optical Mouse.  Let’s take a look!

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Samson Meteorite USB microphone review



I enjoy my occasional Skype or Google hangout with friends, and have the idea to one day record some video tutorials. Instead of using the internal microphone of my iMac, I’ve wanted to try an external microphone.  One look at this Samson Meteorite USB microphone and I couldn’t resist the chance to review it. It’s small size and awesome retro style intrigued me. Let’s take a look! Read More →

Google’s Made with Code


In a recent blog post, Google has announced that they are launching Made with Code, an initiative to inspire girls to code.  The program will include coding projects such as programming and designing a 3D printed bracelet, collaborations with organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, and investing $50 million dollars over the next three years for this program. There are so few women in computer science, math and engineering compared to their male counterparts, so go join the Google+ community and encourage women (young and old) to join as well!


thl T200 True Octa-Core 6-inch Android unlocked smartphone review

THL-T200-01 unlocked smartphone

I’ve had my LG Nexus 4 ever since Google did a flash sale last year. Since then, I’ve been itching to try a new phone. I recently had the chance to try a phone called the thl T200 – a true octa-core 1080p 6 inch unlocked smartphone. Let’s check it out and see how it is! Read More →

Rapoo E9070 Wireless Ultra-slim Keyboard review


I realize that I definitely have a thing for nice input devices. I’m always on the lookout for a good keyboard and mouse (especially at work), since I type and sit all day long.  Recently I had the chance to review the Rapoo E9070 Wireless Ultra-slim Keyboard, so I took the chance since I already use a Rapoo 3100P wireless mouse at home and really like it. Let’s take a look! Read More →

Allocacoc PowerCube review


As a power electronics user, I have lots of gadgets, but never enough power plugs for them. At home I usually have cables that run from my power strip to my desk. But when I’m traveling, I’m always scurrying around to find a spare plug and find that I never have enough outlets.  I recently had the chance to review the PowerCube from Allocacoc, and was super excited to find out they sent me one of each style of their PowerCube! Read More →

EC Technology 22400mAh Battery Pack review


Have you ever traveled somewhere with your mobile phone, tablet or other gadget and you simple didn’t have a place to plug them in when the power ran out?  I recently had the chance to review a massive 22400mAh battery pack from EC Technology.  I was super excited to try it out on my next trip into the city or other daily venture.  Can this big battery power turn out to be as good as we’d think for such a good price? Let’s find out! Read More →

SCOTTeVEST SeV Sterling Jacket for women review



Working in IT for my day job and being a gadget fan, I carry a lot of gear each day.  I’ve always admired the many reviews for SCOTTeVEST here on the-gadgeteer and now finally get a chance to do a review myself!  Spring season is upon us here in New York, so this looked like the perfect jacket to try in the mix of cool and mild weather.  Let’s take a look at the SCOTTeVEST Sterling Jacket for women! Read More →

Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Elizabeth


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


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


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.

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!



Amazing looking carved fruit!



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



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.


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!

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!



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.

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.


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!  


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!


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


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


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

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


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

The PowerPot V review


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

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


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! 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

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


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

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 →