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QVC has a LePan Mini Android tablet for $100, for today only

on Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Today’s Special Value from QVC today is an 8” LePan Mini Android tablet for $99.96.  Features: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean 1.2GHz MTK M8125 Cortex A7 quad-core processor 8” (dia) capacitive multi-touch screen, 1024X768 resolution, IPS display 1GB RAM 8GB internal memory, expandable with microSD card Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS module, 3D G-sensor, E-compass Cameras: 5MPRead More…

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Protect your new LG G3 smartphone with a case from Incipio

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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 caseRead More…

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Brando offers wood alarm clock with Qi charging and Bluetooth speaker

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014

The W2 QI Wireless Charging Wood from Brando is an attractive light wood clock that features a Bluetooth speaker with A2DP and Qi Wireless charging. Just place your Qi-enabled device on top of the clock and it will be charged and ready to go when you wake up in the morning. The wood clock displaysRead More…

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Expert Shield Screen Protector review

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I have a Fujifilm X-M1 camera that I purchased not too long ago. I thoroughly enjoy using this camera and intend to take good care of it. I had been thinking about purchasing a screen protector for the LCD screen to protect it from scratches, especially when I wear the camera around my neck andRead More…

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Ten One Design is having an art contest for tablet doodlers

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

If you like to create artwork on your iPad, Android or other tablet with Ten One Design Pogo styluses, you should check out the 6th Annual Pogo Art Contest in honor of the company’s Pogo-branded sketching tools. The contest runs from July 7 through August 31, so you have plenty of time to get creativeRead More…

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Share files wirelessly to your mobile device from your camera

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Tablets and smart phones are a great way to carry and share photos; they have replaced those little photo albums called “brag books” that people used to carry in their purses or gear bags.  Many of these mobile devices have cameras to take photos with, but let’s face it, the quality of those photos aren’tRead More…

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Use your smart phone or tablet as a remote shutter release for your DSLR

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

I’ve purchased remote shutter releases for all of the Nikon DSLRs that I own.  Some are wireless, some are wired, but they all require me to push a button to get a photo – and that’s all it can do.  With the Triggertrap cable and an app for your smart phone (most versions of iPhoneRead More…

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Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Car Kit review

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

A few weeks ago I posted an article about two of my Cummins co-workers who had integrated a Nexus 7 tablet into their vehicles. I was really impressed by their ingenuity and was inspired to inject a little more tech into my 2013 MINI Cooper. You’d probably think my car would have all the tech bellsRead More…

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T-Mobile/Uncarrier 5.0 Test Drive review

on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Well, I did the deed… I signed up for T-Mobile’s new Test Drive program John Legere announced late last month. My hope was that their service really is a more cost-effective, viable option for our family. Verizon has been our cellular provider for nearly a decade. But their Cadillac service has always come at a premiumRead More…

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Pressy programmable Android button review

on Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I bet I’m not the only person who misses the good old days when phones (even smartphones) had a physical button for every task. There was a button to answer a call, a button to end a call and so on. Once touch screens became popular, smartphone manufacturers seemed to stop using buttons almost overnight.Read More…

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Swich wireless charger will make you want to switch to Qi charging

on Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I am definitely a fan of wireless charging and worthy Kickstarter projects. In this case, the folks at Lutman Design have created the Swich, a very unique and innovative Qi charging stand that is currently seeking backing in its Kickstarter campaign that ends later this month. The Swich is constructed of a ceramic base and mount platform withRead More…

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Quick tips: How to really dim the screen of your Android smartphone

on Friday, July 4th, 2014

This quick tip is for those of you who like myself, use your Android smartphone as your alarm clock. Problem: When you check the time on your phone in the middle of the night or early morning hours while it’s still dark outside, you get blinded by the display. Even if you have the brightness turnedRead More…

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Logitech x300 Mobile Wireless Stereo Speaker review

on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Pink, pink, PINK!! This is a very pink speaker, indeed. Was that your first impression as it was mine? Anyway, to the point. I’ve been in the market for an ultra-portable speaker for a while now, but have not been impressed with some of the options out there for the price (it’s not a pressingRead More…

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Samsung Gear Live…WATCH for it!

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Smartwatches have been a dream of technophiles since the Dick Tracy days.  While they have not yet reached the dream of the standalone phone, what they can do while partnered with a smartphone far outstrips anything Tracy’s wrist gear aspired to.  Hot on the heels of Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2 watch, the Gear Live watchRead More…

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IDAPT Universal HUG Desk Holder for tablet review

on Monday, June 30th, 2014

The market is flooded with tablet holders.  What works in one case may not work for another.  And what if you change tablets from an iPad to an Android to something different?  The IDAPT Universal HUG Desk Holder addresses all of that in a cleverly designed tablet stand.

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Exercise enthusiasts really need smarter socks…

on Monday, June 30th, 2014

Do your feet hurt after exercising? It could be the way you land on your feet. How would you know how to correct that? Well, obviously you need smarter socks. The Sensoria Fitness Socks may be what your aching feet need. The material of the socks incorporates sensors that connect via Bluetooth to an ankletRead More…

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Just Mobile announces new AluPen Digital active stylus

on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Just Mobile is the latest mobile accessory maker to begin offering an active stylus. Active styluses are battery powered fine tipped styluses that do not require Bluetooth pairing or proprietary apps. The AluPen Digital features a 1.8mm tip, an aluminum body, a pocket clip and a twist action barrel that extends and retracts the clip toRead More…

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RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme 23000mAh portable external battery charger review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Technology has come a long way in the last two decades but, sadly, battery technology has barely kept pace.  We use the same electrochemical principles that Allesandro Volta used when he invented the voltaic pile in the 1800′s.  We have found better materials and have improved on the design to squeeze every available electron fromRead More…

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Quick tips: How to hide notification icons in the Android status bar

on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

You love Android and I love Android, but there always seems to be some “feature” that will drive me crazy until I can find a way to make it work the way that I want it to work instead of the way that Android wants it to work. Problem: Notification icons on the left sideRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – Nexus 7 powered car mods

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

I was at work the other day (Cummins, Inc), when someone walked up to my desk to ask for some help with his laptop. As I was talking to him, he happened to notice the Nexus 7 in the Zagg Auto-fit keyboard case next to me on my desk. He asked me which laptop it wasRead More…

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Control your child’s access to games and apps on their device from your device

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

If your child has his or her own Android phone or tablet, you might want to set some limits on exactly when they can access the apps on the device.  Using the DinnerTime parental controls app, you can set times during which the child cannot use any app on the tablet.  There’s a Dinner TimeRead More…

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Amazon announces their new Fire Phone

on Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Posted in: Android related, News

After months of rumors, Amazon finally announced their new phone, the Fire.  The Fire is the first phone to be designed to give you instant access to the music, books, movies, games, etc., offered by Amazon.  It also has Dynamic Perspective, which uses a “custom-designed sensor system that responds to the way you hold, view, andRead More…

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LYNKtec Apex fine point rechargeable active stylus review

on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Active styluses are a relatively new category of capacitive styluses for tablets and smartphones. These styluses have fine point tips like a normal pen or pencil and are also powered by batteries. The newest active stylus that I have had the opportunity to test is the Apex fine point rechargeable active stylus from LYNKtec. This activeRead More…

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Oyster, the unlimited book reading app and service, is now available on Android and Kindle devices

on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Last fall, we told you about the Oyster ebook lending service that gave you unlimited access to ebooks on your iOS devices.  At the time, they had 100,000 books in their lending library.  Now, they have more than 500,000 titles available.  They’ve made a lot of improvements in their reading app, too, with new typography,Read More…

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“The Vessyl with the pestle has the brew that is true…”

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Most of our appliances communicate with us now, so it was only a matter of time before our dinnerware did too. The Vessyl, created by a company called Mark One, is a 13 ounce cup that contains sensors which can determine the type of drink (including sodas, alcohol, smoothies, tea, coffee, etc.) as well asRead More…