Smythe Richbourg

ChargerLeash1

It's happened to me several times: I charge my device in a hotel room, disconnect in the morning to move to a different seat or go down for breakfast, come back, pack and leave, and abandon my cable under the nightstand. Now that we have multiple devices to charge, the likelihood that we're going to [...]

Posted in: Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews, Travel Gear
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BlueFlamePack01

As our devices have shrunk in recent years, so, too, have carrying cases. Sling bags, messenger bags, and even the trusty backpack are slimmer, more focused on those slimmer devices, and more attuned to organization and ease of access, rather than capacity. Blue Flame, a fairly new entrant into the market place, has developed an [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews
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Working where you want is very freeing - what true the promise of tablet computing.

The tablet stand is a totally new market, yet another that has sprung into being since the advent of the iPad and similar tablets in 2010. Two years ago, when you searched for iPad stand, or tablet stand, you got a few custom-built device holders, crafted in wood or acrylic, and most were more concerned [...]

Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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Keizus Quadropod review

Keizus1

Holding onto our devices during use can be a hassle. Be it a smartphone, tablet, phablet, iPod touch, or anything else, if you want to prop it up to use it to take a photo, watch a video, or have a video chat, an adjustable stand is something that's going to come in  handy. Several [...]

Posted in: Android related, Camera Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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GripBase Podium review

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Anyone who has used an iPad or other tablet while standing, walking around, or speaking to a group, without the ability to rest it on something solid, has known the pain that juggling these tools can bring. Since it is a two-handed device, holding with one and manipulating with the other means you've got to [...]

Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Music Gear, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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BooqViper1

Ah, gadget lovers and their gear. Hauling around our stuff used to be such a hassle.  Today, it's all about carrying multiple screens rather than a single screen and power adapter. Most of us carry a smartphone, as well as a tablet or phablet, and maybe a laptop. To accommodate the changes wrought by the [...]

Posted in: Bags, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Laptops and Gear, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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I'm not a fan of bare metal showing on a plug.

Getting power on the go used to mean carrying a bag-phone the size of a large loaf of bread and a power port plug to keep it juiced. Nowadays, we have much better battery chemistry, but for us power-users, the battery in a gadget may not last through a full day of use. If you're [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
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Paper. The curse of our record management as 21st century humans. The promise of computers has always been "the paperless office," but most computer users have produced more paper, rather than less. The need for a piece of paper for giving information to someone else, "sign and return" situations like leases and contracts, and the [...]

Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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GripShoot1

Camera phones have taken over as the go-to image maker for most folks. Now that the quality of the pictures created is good enough to replace your old point-and-shoot, there's still one thing that hampers good photographic technique: holding the camera in landscape mode. Most cameras - I mean smartphones - tend to be set [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Camera Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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WHen used on a laptop, the volume buttons are readily accessible.

With the change in mobile listening habits from stored music to streaming and Apple’s move from their 30-pin connector, we’ve seen a huge increase in wireless portable speakers. Used to be, everyone wanted an iPod or iPhone dock, but as Bluetooth has become more robust, so, too, have the speakers being offered. Today, you visit [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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Cellet1

During the 90's, when cell phones were becoming all the rage, the belt clip for phones became a status symbol of sorts. Since phones started out so large that they wouldn't fit in a pocket, clipping them to a belt (or hiding them in a fanny pack) was an acceptable way to transport them. Even [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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SmartCargo1

I have completely replaced a laptop in my life with my iPad. I discovered this about a year into having my first iPad, when I realized the only time I had moved my MacBook Pro from the desk was when I presented, using both it and my iPad at a few meetings. But, when I'm [...]

Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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LederMann1

Ah, leather! One of the oldest and most durable materials humans have found to use, yet it still causes us to react warmly when we feel the texture or smell the scent. Whether it reminds us of new school shoes as a kid or that folio we were given at graduation, we all have a [...]

Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews
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The Toast cover arrives flat in a cardboard sleeve.

Why is it we feel a need to cover over our gadgets? Designers spend thousands of hours perfecting the look and feel of the enclosures for these little pieces of glass, aluminum, and plastic, and yet, we cover them up in the name of protecting something we'll almost never see. My first iPad rarely went [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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Salt, pepper, and hot sauce make lunches tastier. A titanium spork and a good, sharp Opinel folding knife help transfer it to my tummy.

I have not one standard geek bag, but three! I have a favorite for work, a different one for days off, and, if I'm taking my lunch to work, I have my required condiment and tools selection. Let's start with the last mentioned - my lunch kit. For a wedding present several decades ago, my [...]

Posted in: Articles, Gear
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SoundBender1

I love watching video and listening to podcasts and books on my iPad. It's so much more portable and useful than my MacBooks have been over the years (which is to say it doesn't have a hinge and require me to figure out what to do with that keyboard while watching!) The constant drawback to [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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The Just Mobile Gum Duo has two USB ports - one 1 Amp and one 2.4 Amps.

A new entrant into the crowded field of portable power supplies has recently arrived from a trusted mobile vendor - Just Mobile.  It sports some unique features without missing any of the standard items. The Gum Max Duo (GMD) is Just Mobile's  top-of-the-line USB charger, and it packs quite a wallop: 11.2 Amp/hours of power! Let's [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews, Travel Gear
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iDreamCase1

Like it or not, iPads have become ubiquitous. We see them everywhere, in food courts in the hands of toddlers, in schools, as cash registers in coffee shops and restaurants, and in that last bastion of low tech, the business boardroom. I read the other day that somewhere north of 90% of all Fortune 500 [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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iTrip1

Most folks these days carry some kind of device with them that has at least a subset of their music collection on it. Some have services like Spotify, Pandora, or some other service that will deliver music to a smartphone. When we get in our cars, however, there's usually no built-in connection for getting the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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MAPISleeve1

Like most everyone who has ever used one, I love my iPad. And, true to my gadget-loving nature, I'm never satisfied with the case I'm using for long. Sometimes, I want a casual case, sometimes I want maximum protection, and sometimes I want it to look nice, because I'm going to be in a business [...]

Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
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