I’ve always been a fan of the LEGO Mindstorms robotics system that teaches children and adults how to build and program robots. Usually, you would use your Mac or PC to program the robot's brain, but now you can use your iPad or Android tablet, too. The LEGO Group just announced the availability of its [...]

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Telegram is a messaging app that looks and feels a lot like WhatsApp, however, there are some very distinct differences. Telegram is available for every platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PC, Mac, Linux, and a web version as well. It is cloud based so you can access your messages from multiple devices but also secure [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Windows Phone

Now that wearables and smartwatches are becoming the norm, it was only a matter of time before traditional watchmakers entered this burgeoning market. Fossil, a company that's been making watches for over 30 years, recently announced a lineup of wearables and smartwatches. Fossil teamed up with Intel to create a series of devices that will [...]

Posted in: Android, News, Watches and Clocks
Luxa - 4

There have been many wireless cases, which add the ability to phones or tablets built without a charging system, but the folks at Luxa2 removed the case, and thus, freed up the idea of wireless charging for everything.  I've been interested in wireless charging, just hearing the smack-talk from all the users of non-iPhones here [...]

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Samsung's newest top-end smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. How much has it evolved since the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was introduced last year? Should Note 4 users consider upgrading? Those are just a couple of the questions that I'll answer in this review. Let's get started. Note: Images can be clicked to view [...]

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The Chromecast app is completely redesigned and is now available in Google Play and iTunes. It works with the latest Chromecast and the first generation Chromecast as well. It allows the user to browse through the content on all the Chromecast enabled apps on your phone (under the What's On tab); use playback controls like [...]

Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, News

Back in March I posted about a fun physics game called Freeze! I'm a puzzle game fan and found Freeze! to be easy to learn, but a fun challenge. The gist of the story behind the game is that the main character, who is a rolling eyeball, is being held prisoner on a planet. Unfortunately [...]

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Stilo stylus review


Steve Jobs may have hated them, but I've always liked styluses. I have a collection of them because I'm always trying to find the perfect one that doesn't feel like a stylus at all, but more like a pen on paper. The latest stylus that I've had the opportunity to test is the Stilo stylus. [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, Reviews, Styluses

Let's get this out of the way, this tablet has mediocre and outdated specifications. It runs Android 4.1, has a 1.5Ghz dual processor, and only 8 GB of built-in storage. This is not a top of the line tablet, but it should be fine for basic internet browsing, reading, and music streaming. So why the [...]

Posted in: Android, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Since I purchased my Nexus 6 phone, I have thoroughly enjoyed receiving immediate system updates from Google. The Android 6.0 update known as Marshmallow has been described as an incremental upgrade in which certain features are being updated and the bugs of the previous OS are being fixed. Even so, I still find myself eagerly [...]

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If you’re an Android user considering moving to Apple’s latest iPhone, you might benefit from Apple’s new Android app: Move to iOS. The app sets up a private WiFi connection between your new iPhone and your Android phone. The app transfer your content and put it in the appropriate places. Data handled includes: Contacts Message [...]

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If you prefer manual act of writing with a pen on paper, to writing with a stylus on a glass screen, the collaboration of Livescribe and Moleskine will be of interest to you as it combines analog with digital. According to Gilles Bouchard, CEO, Livescribe: With the Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition, we are continuing that [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Paper and Pens

The bar for any smartphone or smart device keeps going up no matter what tier its specs and build quality put it in. This, in conjunction with the middle and entry level device pricing continuing to come down, only means a better and better bang for the buck. Add in the fact that Samsung and [...]

Posted in: Android, Reviews

Yesterday, I reported the news that the latest version of Android Wear will be compatible with iPhones. Based on the feedback I received, it is clear that our readers are as excited as I am that they will have more options than the Apple Watch to join the smartwatch revolution. Today, Motorola announced the availability [...]

Posted in: Android, Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Watches and Clocks

Android Wear comes to iPhone


  Google announced that as of Monday, Google’s Android Wear smart watches will now connect to Apple’s iPhones (iPhone 5 and up). This is big news for those of us who have iPhones, but who are fans of Google’s many useful tools, such as Google Calendar, Gmail, and my favorite, Google Now. While Google’s Android [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Watches and Clocks

If you ever day dream about becoming a super hero who can see in the dark, through walls, ceilings and more, the FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera will make you feel like you that super power. Just plug it into your iPhone or Android phone and you'll be able to see objects that give off [...]

Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, Reviews

If you're tired of carrying a 6 foot long USB charging cable in your gear bag, it's time to look for alternatives like the micro USB and Lightning connector USB charging cables from Tizi. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Tizi is a two-time Apple Design Award Winner. They produce apps and gadgets for Mac, iPhone, iPad [...]

Posted in: Android, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, News
OptechSmartSling - 2

Back when our belts were bristling like Batman's utility belt and fanny packs were seen constantly, I read a humorous piece about how we male geeks carry our gear. The author was proposing that we have to have a popular, masculine person start using something before it becomes socially acceptable. No one really carried a [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews

I take more pictures with my smartphone than I make calls with it. I rarely take a stand alone camera with me on vacations, parties or family events. The majority of the pictures I take stay on my phone and don't get shared with friends or family. Sure, I can go home and print the [...]

Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, Reviews

Yesterday's Samsung Unpacked event left me feeling disappointed about their new hardware announcements. However, their Samsung Pay announcement caught my attention. If you aren't familiar with Samsung Pay, it's Samsung's mobile payment application. Like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay (not available yet) and CurrentC (also not available yet), it's a way to use your phone to pay [...]

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