Smythe Richbourg

GripBase Podium review


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

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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

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
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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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

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

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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
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

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

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

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 [...]

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When Julie asked if we were interested in some stuff from Arctic, I was more interested in their four-port USB charger that I recently reviewed, but was pleased to see the Arctic P402 headphones in the package. Many headphones these days are either mostly plastic (which means they break easily) or huge and bulky (which means they [...]

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I love riding bikes. I rode bikes as a kid, like everyone else, but I started again as an adult when I hit my mid-50s and health problems started rising. I quickly became addicted. Due to global climate change and the push-back against car-dominated design, there's a new interest in bicycling all over the country [...]

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The stretchy eTip Driving gloves from North Face allow use of touch-based screens without baring your fingers to the chill air.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere it's winter, and that means gloves. With touch screens on all those smart phones, tablets, and such, what's a geek to do? Why, get a gadget-friendly pair of gloves, of course! The North Face company, known for outdoor gear of all types, has had a line of gloves for use [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

We Gadgeteers haul our tech everywhere. Sometimes, we just need a few things, sometimes we need a lot. Sometimes we need to look presentable and business-like, sometimes it's OK to look like we're packing for a trip into a war zone or the wilderness. The 13" Smart Sleeve for Mac from iHome is for those [...]

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