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ClockONE is an insanely cool E-ink clock with an equally insane price tag

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The ClockONE from Twelve24 is simple and beautiful. It’s a wall mountable 39.37 x 13.78 inches (1000 x 350 mm) clock that features a digital display that uses E-ink. The clock runs for one year on one CR2450 button battery and mounts to the wall with a magnet. I love the look of it and have had the company’s site open in a tab in my browser for a week. Every other day or so I go back to the tab to look and drool over it. The ClockONE is available for pre-order but I didn’t see the price listed on the site, so I finally emailed them. The price for this very cool clock is a whopping $499. Yikes, I’d lover to have one, but I sure don’t love it that much! It will be available in different colors starting September 2014. Visit Twelve24 for more info.

ReadyMax offers hand tools with built-in lights

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When you’re using a pair of pliers in a dimly lit area, a flashlight can be real handy. But holding a flashlight in one hand while using the pliers in the other hand can be both inconvenient and awkward. An alternative could be a hands-free head lamp, but then you still have use two devices instead of one. A better solution might be a pair of pliers with a built in flashlight like the ReadyMax NightHawk Outdoor Pliers. These 7″ pliers are made of aluminum with Tungsten Carbide jaws and feature a waterproof sealed LED flashlight that is powered by three standard #392 watch batteries. Now you can shine a light on your work with the press of a button.

ReadyMax NightHawk Outdoor Pliers are available for $39.99, with even more light enabled tools coming soon.

SCOTTeVEST, LG G3, LEGO sets for girls and more – Weekly roundup

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Each week we try to bring you news and reviews of gadgets and other unique products that you’ll find interesting. This week Andy Jacobs brought you an exhaustive review of the SCOTTeVEST SeV Q.U.E.S.T. Vest for Men, Dave Rees and I told you all about the LG G3 Android smartphone, Janet told us about fun LEGO sets for girls and there were lots more news and reviews that should keep you entertained and informed. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week.
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No more waiting, now you can spread butter right from the fridge

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Or at least that is what the SpreadTHAT! Heated Butter Knife claims to be able to do. The unique thing about this hi-tech kitchen gadget is that it doesn’t use any electricity to warm the knife. It uses a non-toxic titanium coating to conduct the heat from your hand down to the blade, allowing you to cut through and spread cold butter like a … well… hot knife through butter! I’m not sure how well it might work if you happen to be a person who has a warm heart but cold hands. That’s something I’ll find out soon because the folks at UsefulThings.com are going to send me one to review. But if you don’t want to wait for my review, you can head on over to their site and buy the SpreadTHAT! knife for $19.95. And if butter doesn’t excite you, they also have a similar product for scooping ice cream that I’ll be covering too.

5 stands that integrate an Apple wireless keyboard with a tablet

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Tablet users who enjoy using a real honest to goodness physical keyboard with their devices have a large selection of different Bluetooth keyboards to choose from, but one of the best in my opinion, is Apple’s wireless keyboard. The only problem with this keyboard is that it wasn’t designed for use with a tablet and is lacking a way to attach the tablet to the wireless keyboard for pseudo laptop use.  Read More →

Connect 2 Android devices together for file sharing and battery sharing

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Android users are lucky because we have the ability to use OTG accessories with our devices. If you don’t know what OTG is, it stands for On The Go. Here’s an eWiki definition:

USB On-The-Go, often abbreviated to USB OTG or just OTG, is a specification first used in late 2001, that allows USB devices such as digital audio players or mobile phones to act as a host, allowing other USB devices like a USB flash drive, digital camera, mouse, or keyboard to be attached to them. Use of USB OTG allows these devices to switch back and forth between the roles of host and client devices. For instance, a mobile phone may read from removable media as the host device, or present itself as a USB Mass Storage Device when connected to a host computer.

Ok that’s about as clear as mud… Basically, OTG allows you to connect mice, keyboards and flash drives to your Android smartphone or tablet through the micro USB connector on the device. We’ve reviewed several of these accessories and find them to be really handy (see related links list below). This new cable from Allputer goes a step farther than other OTG cables by allowing you to connect two Android devices together for file sharing and even battery sharing. If one device is low on power, it will use the juice from the other device to charge its battery.

The Charging and OTG Cable is available from Allputer for $3.95.

Snag a copy of “The Windows 8 Guide, Volume 1″ (Free eBook expires 8/8)

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The Windows 8 Guide, Volume 1 is a 38 page ebook which normally costs $9.95, but is being offered FREE of charge until 8/8/14. This ebook cover topics for users that are brand new to the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. It starts off by explaining the differences between the different versions of Windows that are currently available and then goes straight into tips on setting things up once you have the OS installed. It also covers customization and info on navigating the OS and getting the most out of the file manager. At my day job we’re currently transitioning to Windows 8. I get a new laptop next week and will find this guide pretty handy as I start getting used to the new tile interface.

There are a few hoops to jump through to get this guide (if you haven’t already signed up previously with TradePub) but it helps The Gadgeteer to earn some some affiliate fees that can help us to bring you more cool product reviews.

Two alternatives to Field Notes and Moleskine Cahier notebooks

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If you like carrying pocket sized notebooks (3.5 x 5 in) but are a little bored with the current crop of Field Notes and Moleskine Cahier notebooks that are on the market, here are two alternatives that might tickle your fancy. First up are the new Polygon Word. Notebooks. I’m a fan of these notebooks having reviewed their first version (see related links below). They are the same size as Field Notes and Cahiers, but they feature 48 lined pages with a cool layout that makes them perfect for to-do lists and task based notes. Their new Polygon notesbooks feature the same page layout, but have a new geometric design (they offer other cool designs too) on the cover. They are priced at $9.99 per 3 pack. More info at Word.

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Another company who offers 3.5 x 5 inch pocket notebooks is Scout Books. They are priced at $4.95 individually or $9.95 for a pack of 3. They feature 32 blank white sheets and a variety of cool and whimsical cover patterns. Visit Scout Books for more info.

Word and Scout Book notebooks are both made in the USA.

FOOTbrake – Folding “shoes” for cyclists that fit in a jersey pocket

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Hardcore cyclists wear special shoes with cleats that hook into the pedals of their bicycles. These cleats make it difficult to walk around when they stop for a break during a ride. The FOOTbrake is a pair of thin flip-flop style sandals that fold up and store in a water resistant cinch sack that can fit into the cyclist’s jersey pocket. With these folding shoes, a cyclist can enjoy a break from both bicycle riding and wearing cleats. FOOTbrakes come in men’s and women’s sizes and are priced at $30.00. Visit FOOTbrake for more info.

2014 back to school giveaway!

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Going back to school after enjoying a nice long summer vacation can be a real drag. The best remedy for the summer’s over blues is a box of gadgets! Gadgets can make everything better including going back to school. The generous folks from Bracketron, Satechi, Rapoo, X-Doria and Urbanears have created a prize pack of 7 gadgets that will help make your back to school transition a smooth one. So click through to submit your entry for a chance to win this great prize pack!

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LG G3 Android smartphone review

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I’m crazy lucky (although some would use the word spoiled) because I have the opportunity to review any phone that runs on Verizon’s network. I just tell my Verizon contact what I’d like to do a review and they send me a loaner phone for a couple weeks. Yeah, I’m definitely spoiled. So much so that I haven’t really felt the desire to upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which has been my personal phone for the past few years. I still love that phone but finally decided it was time to splurge on a new one. I chose the LG G3 and have been using it for the past 2 weeks along with Dave Rees who also just upgraded from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Are we both happy with our decision to buy the LG G3 Android smartphone? Let’s find out in this dual review.
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Totes, Banks, Qodes and Sprees – Weekly roundup

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It’s Saturday night, so you know what that means. It’s time to figure out what to do on your last day of freedom before having to go back to the old grind (day job) on Monday morning. How about reading through some great tech reviews and news that you might have missed? Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week.

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Is the Ripple a bowl with a detachable plate or a plate with a detachable bowl?

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How many times have you dreamt about an easy way to carry around a bowl of soup with a sandwich? Your dreams have come true with the Ripple Bowl. The Ripple Bowl is a BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe bowl with a convenient handle and a detachable bowl. The bowl locks and unlocks from the plate with a twist. The Ripple Bowl and plate set is made of ABS plastic and is available in five different colors. This food serving combo would be great for parties where your guests are mingling around and not necessarily seated around a table. The Ripple Bowl is priced at $19.99 for one or $34.99 for a set of two.

Office Star Space REVV 86 Series SpaceFlex manager’s chair review

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Choosing the perfect office chair can be as difficult as choosing the perfect pair of sneakers, jeans, mattress or car. Everyone has their own criteria of what feels good to them. That’s probably why I’ve had the same office chair for the last 20 or more years. Wow, I didn’t even realize I’ve had the same chair that long until now. I think I spent over $600 for the chair back then, which was a crazy amount of money to spend on a chair. Although it’s held up great and I have no real complaints about it, I was happy to accept an offer from Quill.com to review one of their office chairs. They gave me a choice of several chairs and I chose the Office Star Space REVV 86 Series SpaceFlex manager’s chair because I liked the look of it. Let’s see if I liked the feel of it too.

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Snag a copy of “A Guide to Microsoft Office 365 – eBook – Office 365″

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A Guide to Microsoft Office 365 – eBook – Office 365 is a 54 page guide which normally costs $12.95, but is being offered FREE of charge until 8/5/14. This ebook features 15 chapters that cover topics that beginners would want to know, such as the differences between the various Office plans and features (Personal, Home and University). It also briefly covers system requirements, installation tips and configuration info. This guide won’t teach you how to use all the features of Office 365, but it does give you a high overview of the available features so you can better understand if you’ll benefit from purchasing it.

There are a few hoops to jump through to get this guide (if you haven’t already signed up previously with TradePub) but it helps The Gadgeteer to earn some some affiliate fees that can help us to bring you more cool product reviews.

The Olight H15S Wave headlamp is controlled with hand gestures

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Remember that time you were in a cave and your hands were all muddy, so you didn’t want to touch your headlamp to turn it on? Yeah, me neither… But the NEXT time you do find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you have an Olight H15S Wave rechargeable LED headlamp on your head. This lamp has a special infrared sensor that gives you a hands free way to control the light without ever physically touching it. Just pass your hand in front of the sensor to toggle the light on or off. This lamp features a super bright CREE XM-L2 LED that has three brightness levels that go from 15 to 250 lumens and run for 36hrs down to 3hrs depending on the selected mode. The lamp is powered by a rechargeable Lithium battery pack with Micro-USB charging port. It also accepts alkaline and NiMH AAA batteries.

The Olight H15S Wave headlamp is available for $49.95 from Battery Junction and other online retailers.

Security goes tiny with the Safe+ Microlock

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The Safe+ Microlock is a very small 2 digit combination lock (the combination comes preset and as far as I can tell, can’t be changed) with a 2.17ft (66cm) long wire cable that can be used to secure your belongings. When it’s not being used, it wraps up into a compact package that will easily fit into a pocket or bag. The Unikia Safe+ Microlock is priced at €16.76 which works out to $22.52 US (that includes shipping).

Lasers, netcams, makerbots and big TV for tiny houses – Weekly roundup

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Did you get your daily fix of The Gadgeteer this week? If not, you might have missed Dave’s review of the Wicked Laser Flashtorch flashlight, Andy’s review of the Belkin NetCam HD+, Smythe’s news post about makerbot 3D printers coming to Home Depot stores or Janet’s news about a black box that packs a lot of entertainment in a small package. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week.
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Light up your tunes with Strobe earphones

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Do you sometimes feel lost in a sea of generic earbuds? Noma Strobe earphones are a way to stand out from the crowd. These earphones allow you to enjoy your music, take calls and issue voice commands just like most earphones. Where they stand out is that they also feature electroluminescent cables that light up and flash (strobe) to the beat of your tunes. The earphones have an aluminum coated finish with 3.6ft long cables. The earphones do run on batteries for the strobe effect and according to the Noma site, battery life is a paltry 3 hours. If that doesn’t bother you, they are priced at $59.95, so head on over to Noma for more info.

Julie’s gadget diary – How I set up handsfree media control in my MINI Cooper

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I love everything about my 2013 MINI Cooper except the stereo system which is pretty lame by most gadgeteer standards. When I ordered the car, I opted not to go full tech and buy the premium connected package because it was an expensive upgrade and the sales person at the dealership talked me out of it saying that it’s just tech that will quickly become out dated. He was right and I’m glad I didn’t spend extra for it. But what I did get wasn’t much… The stock stereo features Bluetooth, but only for calls. It does not allow audio streaming from a connected device. The stereo also lacks a nice display to show track info. While listening to SiriusXM satellite radio, it would take 2 or 3 button presses to show the artist and song title. One year of satellite service was included with the purchase of the car, but knowing that the free year was about to run out and that I wouldn’t be renewing, I went looking for alternatives to plain old FM radio or CDs.

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Record your travel adventures with the new Moleskine Voyageur notebook

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I always like to take my journal with me when I go on vacations so I can go back later and read about the things I’ve seen and done. I usually print out a Google map with the trip route and stops and glue it to the page that starts the trip. I also glue in other things like ticket stubs, flyers, etc. My journal looks more like a scrapbook than a journal, but I don’t mind. Moleskine has just added a new travel inspired notebook to their line up that incorporates some of these same ideas. The Voyageur notebook is 4 x 7 inch (an odd size compared to Moleskine’s normal offerings) and features a brown cloth bound hard cover, with 208 pages and a sheet of stickers. The notebook is divided into ruled, dotted and plain page sections which are marked by colored tabs. There are also detachable perforated pages that are perfect for creating packing lists.

Need inspiration for your next trip? Check out this video:

The Voyageur notebook is priced at $24.95 which seems way too expensive for what it offers. Although I know people will buy it just because it comes from Moleskine, so it has to be good – right? I prefer to just use a plain notebook that’s less than half that price, but if you want a Voyageur notebook for your next trip, they  are available from Moleskine.

Docks for Macbooks, rings that make music and more – Weekly roundup

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It’s Saturday, so you know what that means, we give you a nice easy to use list of everything that we’ve posted in the last seven days. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week.

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VTech announces Kidizoom Smartwatch for kids

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The Kidizoom is a kid-durable smartwatch that has been designed to withstand drops and bumps as well as being splash proof and sweat proof. It is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 2 weeks. In addition to normal watch functions (alarm, timer and stopwatch), the Kidizoom also features 50+ clock displays, a 1.4 inch color touch screen, a camera for taking photos and recording videos, a voice recorder with 5 voice changing effects and 4 games. This might be just the thing for your little gadgeteer – especially if they’ve had their eye on your Samsung Gear watch with jealousy.

The Kidizoom Smartwatch is recommended for ages four and up and has an MSRP of $59.99. Visit VTech for more info.

Protect your new LG G3 smartphone with a case from Incipio

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Last week I pre-ordered an LG G3 from Verizon to take advantage of their fantastic $99.99 sale price. I’m very excited to be upgrading to this killer Android smartphone from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I loved the Note 2, but it’s time to move on. See ya Samsung! I don’t normally use a case with my phones because I like to keep them in their birthday suit. But like a new car, I’m always a bit tentative and careful with a new phone. I know it’s going to get some bumps and bruises at some point, but want to move out that first one as far as possible. For that reason I’ve been looking for a case and was interested to learn about Incipio’s new line of LG G3 cases that they just rolled out today. Their new collection of LG G3 cases include 6 different styles that have names like Octane, Feather and Highland. Each case offers something different, from the ultra thin Plextonian (what?) shell of the Feather case, to the Aluminum and dLast core of the DualPro. The cases are available in different colors and prices range from $24.99 up to $39.99 each depending on the style.

Visit Incipio’s LG G3 page for more info about these cases.

IK Multimedia iRing motion music controller review

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I don’t consider myself a musician even though I can play a few instruments (barely). However I do consider myself a musical hobbyist because I enjoy doodling around with the ukulele and music apps on my iOS and Android tablets. When the people at IK Multimedia contacted me to ask if I might like to do a review of their iRing motion music controllers, I didn’t take too long to say yes. I’ve been playing with the iRing for a few days, let’s see if I have been able to create sweet music with it or if I’ve hit a sour note.

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