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Unofficial Hotshoe for the Sony NEX-5/5N

Have a Sony NEX-5/5N?  Don’t you just wish it had an actual hotshoe instead of Sony’s proprietary accessory port?  NEX Pro Shop just released an unofficial hotshoe adapter to fit in your Sony NEX-5/5N.  The Shadow allows you to connect an off camera flash and have it triggered by the NEX-5/5N.  It’s priced at $79.99 and is available for pre-order.

AmazonSupply Store Beta Launch

Amazon just launched AmazonSupply, which offers a huge range of industrial and business supplies.  Categories include: plumbing, materials handling, lab, health & safety, fasteners, power & hand tools, janitorial, power transmission, test/measure/inspect equipment, cutting tools, abrasives & finishing, office supplies, and fleet & vehicle maintenance.  It includes free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Earth Day and Technology

April 22nd has been designated as Earth Day.  But taking care of our Earth doesn’t have to happen on only one specific date in a year.  This is our planet and Earth Day should be every day!  We must care for mother nature so that our future generations can grow and expand to a galaxy far far away. . .

Technology has grown to the point where consumer products actually require more resources to create than ever before.  But our planet has a limited supply of those resources.  And most of those rare earth minerals are situated in China.

When we were kids, we all learned the importance of recycling.  Recycling cans, bottles, and paper so that we can reuse them in other products like pens, toilet paper, etc.  But what about electronics that we don’t use any more?  Read More →

Wacom’s Upgraded Bamboo Stylus Duo

Wacom just released an update to their Bamboo Stylus.  Their new Bamboo Stylus Duo adds a ballpoint pen on the other end of the stylus.  This new design makes much more sense as you won’t have to carry an additional pen.  They will sell for $39.95 when they come out in May.

Incipio’s iPhone 4/4S Le Deux Metal Case With Polycarbonate Frame

Most of you might know of Incipio.  They make great accessories and amazing cases for most of the popular mobile devices and electronics.  They have a great case for the iPhone 4/4S called Le Deux.  It’s a hybrid case made up of a polycarbonate frame and a brushed stainless steel backing.  The polycarbonate frame will prevent any signal degradation, and the stainless steel backing will give a fancy look and feel to the case.  It comes in 4 different colors and costs $29.99, direct from Incipio.

CalypsoCrystal’s CalypsoPad Is The Tempur-Pedic For Your iPhone

Owning an iPhone comes with the responsibility of taking care of it as well.  Most of us Gadgeteers would tell you to get a case or protective stickers to protect your iPhone.  That’s like one of the first things you do when you get an iPhone.  But what if you want a naked iPhone in all its glory?  That’s where CalypsoPad comes in.  This beautiful pad is made with premium Italian leather and has a magnetic latch to keep the charging cord in place.  The CalypsoPad is beautifully stitched and comes in beige or black.  It only costs $39 direct from CalypsoCrystal.

Remember NetZero? They’re Offering Free Mobile Broadband*

Remember back in the day when NetZero offered free dial-up service and the only thing you had to suffer through was seeing advertisements?  Well NetZero is back to offer free mobile broadband*.  Yes, the asterisk is placed there on purpose.  So what does that asterisk mean?  The free version of NetZero Mobile Broadband is the plan that offers 200MB monthly data.  This free plan is only valid for 12 months and cannot be renewed.  You cannot go back to the free plan again if you decide to upgrade to the paid plans.  You need to either purchase a $49.95 USB modem or the $99.95 Hotspot.  Monthly plans range from the free plan to $49.95 Platinum Plan.  I just ordered one for myself for emergencies.  I opted for the $50 USB modem on the Free Plan.  Shipping was $19.95 and tax was $4.89.  So it will cost me a total of $74.79 for 12 months of emergency 200MB/month, which is a great deal if you’re stuck without WiFi.

Charge Your iPhone Without a Cord Using JuiceTank

I love my iPhone 4S, and I use it constantly to the extent that I have to charge it up whenever I see an open charging cord.  It’s also pretty annoying that I have to carry a sync cable and AC adapter.  That’s what this Kickstarter  project has solved.  JuiceTank is a hybrid case and charger all in one.  The unique part about this case is that it has integrated wall charging prongs that spring out with a push of a button.  You can charge the iPhone directly from any wall outlet.  Early birds can pledge $40 to get the JuiceTank when the project funding has been met.

Elgato’s Thunderbolt SSD is Lightning Fast!

Got a Mac with the new Thunderbolt port?  Then Elgato’s Thunderbolt Solid State Drive is the perfect accessory to plug into it.  This portable port-powered solid state drive goes at speeds of 270 MB/s.  That transfer rate is blazingly fast compared to the slow 35 MB/s that USB 2.0 gives or the 80 MB/s that FireWire 800 provides.  There are no moving parts, so it runs totally silent.  It comes in either a 120 GB or 240 GB version.  Priced at $429.95 and $699.95, respectively, from Elgato.

Just Mobile AluPen Pro is at home on paper or tablet

Love writing on paper and on tablet computers?  Then Just Mobile’s AluPen Pro is just what you need.  This aluminum stylus/pen hybrid has a retractable ballpoint pen on one end and a soft rubber nib on the other.  It’s the best of both worlds if you jot notes on classic paper and a modern tablet.  It’s priced at $39.95 direct from Just Mobile.

Need more power? Try the Kuel F60Q by Spigen

Ever wished you had more battery life in your devices when you’re away from any electical outlets?  That’s where Spigen’s Kuel F60Q portable mobile battery comes in.  It works just like any other portable mobile battery pack, except that the Kuel packs a 6000 mAh lithium ion battery which outputs at 5V at 2 Amps.  The 2 Amps means that you will be able to charge an iPad or even charge the iPhone faster.  But of course the Kuel can charge other USB devices.  The only downside to all this power would be the high price of $124.99, direct from Spigen.

Klinggon Earphone Cable Cord Manager

No matter how great your earphones are, there’s always one flaw that everyone hates – the earphone’s cord.  The most annoying part is when the cable flops around or get caught in something while you have the earphones on.  Klinggon solves that problem by providing a stable holder to keep the cable from moving around much.  The Klinggon comes in 2 pieces: the front piece has a slot for the cable to go through and the back piece that goes behind the clothing.  Both pieces have neodymium magnets that keep them attached together through the clothing.  It comes in a wide range of colors.  Pricing hasn’t been published yet but I think it would be worth it for many people.  You can sign up at the Klinggon site to be notified when they are available.

Protect your iPhone 4S’s Glass Screen with GLAS.t

Do you love your iPhone’s glass screen?  Do you hate when you stick on those screen protectors that makes it feels tacky and prevents you from touching that smooth glass?  Spigen’s GLAS.t has solved that problem by providing a screen protector that’s made of glass.  The GLAS.t is 0.4mm thick and made up of chemically-treated transparent premium tempered glass.  It also has a oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints.  The GLAS.t also comes with a set of epoxy coated home button covers that makes it easier to push the home button because of that extra 0.4mm thickness.  It’s priced at $27.99 direct from Spigen.

Twelve South’s BookBook for iPhone 4/4S Review

So you just got yourself a brand new iPhone 4S, and now you’re looking for that one perfect case that will help protect it but also make it stylish at the same time.  I’ve tried many different cases for my iPhone 4S, and none has come close to my ideal case other than the BookBook from Twelve South.
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Sony Walkman Z Series Mobile Media Player

Sony-Z-SeriesSony has extended their Walkman product line with the Z Series Mobile Media Player.  This Android 2.3 powered Mobile Media Player has a 4.3” touch screen, runs on a dual core mobile processor, has built-in WiFi / Bluetooth, micro HDMI port, and has Sony’s S-Master MX audio technology to deliver a crisp audio experience.  It comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, which you can pre-order for $249, $279, and $329, respectively.  Currently it only comes in black.

Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock

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Got a new Mac with the brand new Thunderbolt port but no accessories to connect to it?  The only accessories out now for the Thunderbolt port would be the $999 Apple Thunderbolt Display, a Thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor, or those pricey Thunderbolt External Hard Drives.  Don’t you just wish you could do more with that Thunderbolt port?  That’s where Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock comes in.  Announced at CES 2012, this dock packs 3 USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire 800 port, HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet jack, 3.5mm audio jack, and a pair of Thunderbolt ports capable of daisy chaining.  This will be something that I’ll definitely get for my Macbook Air 11” which only has 2 lonely USB ports.  As much as I would want this, the price of $299 is quite expensive for this dock.

Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis Programmable Keyboard

Keyboards have been around for years.  They come in different shape, sizes and colors.  But what if I want a keyboard that can change functionality depending on which program I have open?  Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis is a beautifully engineered keyboard where each key is actually a mini screen.  Each key on the Optimus Popularis can be programmed to change functionality and to display whatever you want on that mini key.  There’s also a long screen that goes across the keyboard between the function and numeral keys where you can display a custom range of information such as temperature, stocks, CPU usage, etc.  Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis is the ultimate keyboard for those that can afford the $1,086 price tag.

2nd Generation AirStash has arrived

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Ever wish you just had more storage space on your iDevice?  AirStash solves that problem with their wireless data hotspot device that accepts SDHC cards up to 32GB.  Their 2nd generation AirStash is 30% smaller than the original, but it offers 3X USB speeds, 802.11n wireless speed, and an impressive 7 hours of continuous streaming.  The AirStash device can be used with any iDevice, Android, PC, or Mac.  The 2nd generation AirStash comes bundled with an 8GB or 16GB SDHC priced at $149.99 and $179.99 respectively from Amazon.com.

Capture Camera Clip System Review

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As an amateur photographer, I always like carrying around my DSLR camera everywhere I go.  At first I used the strap that came with the camera, but that wasn’t comfortable and the strap always got in the way when I lifted the camera up.  Then I changed to a sling type strap, but I didn’t like the camera swinging around the hip area since it felt like it was going to swing into something.  That’s when I saw a Kickstarter project for the Capture Camera Clip System made by Peak Design. Read More →

Give your iPhone 4S a stainless steel backing with Luxe Plates

Luxe-Plates-1Have an iPhone 4S (or iPhone 4) and want to protect that delicate back glass when you lay it on the table?  Many people usually use a variation of Zagg’s InvisibleShield or Skin for their iPhone.  But I would also like something more durable and luxury looking.  That’s where Luxe Plates come in.  Luxe Plates are stainless steel stick-on covers that protect the back of your iPhone.  These Luxe Plates are all precision etched with art from premium artists or you can design your own art for them to etch.  The great thing about Luxe Plates is that you can feel the texture and grooves of the etches.  It costs only $26.95 direct from Luxe Plates.

Add Bluetooth to your non-Bluetooth audio devices with AirBlue

Have an awesome stereo speaker system but no way to get your music to it wirelessly?  That’s where AirBlue from Kanex comes in.  Shaped like a hockey puck, it’s a Bluetooth audio receiver into which you can plug a 3.5mm audio cable.  Just pair your iPhone (or any Bluetooth-enabled music player) to AirBlue, and you’ll be able to play your music wirelessly up to 33 feet away.  The AirBlue has an internal rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours.  AirBlue is priced at $49 direct from Kanex.

Make your iPhone feel like a DSLR

Belkin-LiveAction-Camera-GripBelkin’s LiveAction Camera Grip is an accessory attachment that you slide over your iPhone’s dock connector.  It features a camera grip similar to the ones on DSLR cameras.  It has 2 buttons, one for taking photos and another for videos.  The camera shutter button is a fast shutter button for those quick snapshots of your kids running around.  Good thinking on Belkin’s part is to make this accessory case-compatible as well.  It requires Belkin’s own LiveAction App for the Camera Grip to work.  It’s priced at $49.99, direct from Belkin.

Nabi Tablet – A tablet for your kids

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Want to introduce your kids to the tablet world but you’re not quite willing to hand them your expensive iPad?  Check out the Nabi Kids Tablet, a Toys “R” Us exclusive.  This 7 inch capacitive multi-touch tablet runs on Android OS (not sure which version) and sports a Duo Core 1.1GHz processor.  The Nabi is pre-loaded with lots of apps, games, learning materials and ebooks that are geared to kids.  There’s also a “Mommy Mode”, which will let mom’s enjoy the full-featured Android tablet.  It’s priced at $199.99 direct from Toys “R” Us.

Tenba Discovery Large Photo/Laptop Daypack Review

Recently, photography has been picking up popularity in both the amateur and professional sectors.  As an amateur photographer, I always love to carry my Sony NEX-5 DSLR around with me when I go out exploring NYC or traveling.  I wanted a bag that can protect my camera, lens, and accessories and also have room for some other things.  The Discovery Large Photo/Laptop Daypack from Tenba looked perfect for me.
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HP updates the Slate 500 and names it Slate 2

HP-Slate-2HP has just released an update for their Windows 7 based slate tablet.  The newer Slate 2 has a faster Atom processor at 1.5 GHz, Swype input support and 32GB SSD to start.  They also changed the backing of their Slate 2 to be flat instead of the diamond style they had in the previous model.  Still no integrated stylus slot and you’re still stuck with a disappointing 3 MP rear facing camera.  On the upside, HP has lowered the starting price to $699.