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The Gadgeteer has moved to a new server. If you can see this post, your DNS has updated to our new IP address and you are viewing the newer and hopefully faster Gadgeteer.

Posted in: Articles, News
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Shredder

(Disclosure: Yonac Inc. provided a promotional copy of this app.) The iPad is a great platform for musicians, at least those of the electronic or guitar-playing variety. But what if you fit into both of those categories? Then maybe Shredder by Yonac Inc. is for you. Shredder is a full featured guitar-driven synthesizer, meaning that [...]

Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, News
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PRS GuitarBud

The iPhone platform has quite a few apps for musicians, but what about the instrument itself? Now you can connect your electric guitar directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch (2nd gen or later) with the GuitarBud from PRS. It plugs into the iPhone's audio jack and has connections for headphones and a guitar. To [...]

Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear
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msmouse-6000-1

Like a lot of people, if I have room for it while working on my laptop, I’d rather use a mouse than the trackpad. Most mobile mice seem to be created approximately equal, but recently Microsoft introduced something new to the field with their BlueTrack technology which claims to work more smoothly on more surfaces [...]

Posted in: Laptops and Gear
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Looking for another place to discuss your favorite gadgets? Check out our new IRC channel, #gadgeteers on AfterNET! For now it's just an open channel for the Gadgeteer community, but we will soon be having scheduled chats as well. If you're not already an IRC user, the easiest way to join the channel is to [...]

Posted in: News
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Ubuntu Appearance Preferences

I’ve wanted something like a netbook for a long time — and I’ve gone through a lot of PDAs, phones, and other portable devices without quite finding it — so when Julie decided to do a team review of the HP Mini 1000 I was excited to give it a try. Within the growing market [...]

Posted in: Tablets, Ultra Portables
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Gdium Liberty Netbook from EMTEC

It's another new netbook, but with a twist: this one isn't based on the PC architecture, but on a 900 MHz 64-bit MIPS CPU (that means no Windows XP or Vista, ever) and Linux. It also has no internal storage, using form-fitting USB keys preloaded with the operating system instead. It could be ideal for [...]

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Please Excuse Our Dust

As you may have noticed, there have been a few changes here. We've switched to the WordPress blog platform and while we've tried to make the change as seamless as possible, you'll probably notice a lot of upcoming changes as we clean up and add new features. For example, the huge list of categories you [...]

Posted in: News
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It usually isn’t long after the arrival of a new gadget that accessories start to show up. Like many other gadgets, the Amazon Kindle comes with a basic cover to protect it straight out of the box, leaving the creation of more elaborate and fashionable cases to third parties. Recently, Waterfield Designs became one of the first companies to introduce cases for the Kindle, in three different designs.

Posted in: eBook Readers, Gear
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Amazon Kindle

A couple of weeks ago, Amazon made a huge media splash with the introduction of the Kindle, their entry into the field of e-book hardware. With bundled wireless access to its online store, a keyboard for searching, and Amazon’s clout in the publishing industry, the Kindle is not quite like any of the other e-book readers available today. But how does it actually stack up, and will it bring e-books to the masses who have never used them before?

Posted in: eBook Readers, Home, Kitchen, Miscellaneous
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The HTC TyTn II is the successor to the powerful and popular TyTn Windows Mobile PDA phone (which Julie and I reviewed here last year). While it retains the original’s features, including 3G mobile broadband, WiFi, and a sliding keyboard, it adds new features such as a tiltable display and internal GPS. A customized version of it, called the “Tilt”, has recently been released in the USA by AT&T. Is the TyTn II a worthy successor to the original TyTn? Read on to find out.

Posted in: Windows Phone
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As an avid reader, I’ve long been a fan of e-books. Nothing is quite the same as a paper book, of course, but for convenience it is hard to beat carrying a small library in your pocket. While PDAs are probably the most common e-book reading platforms, there are also a few devices which are dedicated to them. The Sony Reader is one of them, and is the first dedicated e-book reader to appear in mainstream shops. It is also one of the first of a new generation of e-book readers that use “digital ink” displays which attempt to provide a more paper-like viewing experience. Does the Sony Reader do that? Read on to find out.

Posted in: eBook Readers
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When you think of satellite radio, you probably think of car audio. But your car isn’t the only place to listen to XM and Sirius. Although portable satellite receivers have been around for a few years, recent models have matured considerably compared to some of their predecessors. In this review, we’ll be covering the Pioneer Inno, XM’s top of the line portable receiver.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear
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Are you the type of person that wants a great PDA that happens to also have a good phone built into it? Or would you rather have a great phone that just happens to also function as a good PDA? That's almost always the question you have to ask yourself when you're in the market for a smartphone. It seems that no matter which brand of phone/PDA that you look at, you can't find a device that is both an excellent PDA and an excellent phone. Trade offs, gotta luv em...

Posted in: Windows Phone, Wireless
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Gadgeteer Podcast #2

In this episode I read some of your emails and give an audio review of the HP6945 Mobile Messenger, while Rob Tillotson tells us about gadgets for writers.

Posted in: Articles
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Pertelian X2040

Updated with information about new software release.

One of the more annoying things about PC gaming is that it is
hard to keep up with e-mail, instant messaging, and other
background applications while a game is using the entire display.
The Pertelian X2040 is an answer to that
problem, in the form of an external LCD
display that lets you see important information and interact with
background applications like your instant messenger and Teamspeak
while a full-screen game is running.

Posted in: Computer Gear, Gaming Gear
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If you play PC games, you probably know how important keyboard
control is to many of them, especially in the real-time strategy,
roleplaying, and shooter genres. But keyboards are designed for two
hands, and in most games you'll always have one hand on the mouse.
The Saitek
Pro Gamer Command Unit
is a USB controller that aims to improve
your control of keyboard-driven games with programmable action
buttons located directly under your fingertips for quick access,
plus a thumb-operated joystick.

Posted in: Computer Gear
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Today's portable devices are as nice to look at as they are to use. But how do you protect them from the nicks and scratches that are inevitable in everyday use? One possibility is the Invisible Shield, from ShieldZone Corporation. The Invisible Shield is an adhesive-backed protector made of an extremely durable transparent material, custom-fitted [...]

Posted in: Laptops and Gear
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Many new cars come with GPS navigation systems. But what if you don't have one? Adding it might not be practical-perhaps you drive more than one vehicle, travel and rent often, or just don't want an expensive piece of electronics permanently and visibly stuck to your dash. Today's smartphones and PDAs are powerful enough to [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, GPS, Windows Phone, Wireless
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If you have a Sony PSP, you probably already know that it is designed for video as well as gaming. There are plenty of movies available on UMD, but what if you want to carry around a few TV shows, your favorite DVD, or something you shot with your camcorder? The Neuros MPEG-4 Video Recorder [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear
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