Android

Android Wear comes to iPhone

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  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 [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Watches and Clocks
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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 [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, Reviews
tizi-flip

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 [...]

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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
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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 [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, Reviews
mobile-payments

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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Posted in: Android, Articles, iOS
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In the past, the Google Translate app would allow you to snap a picture of a sign and translate it in 36 languages. But since January 2015, Translate (iOS and Android) now allows you to tap on the camera icon within the app, point your phone at any sign, menu, instruction manual, etc. and instantly [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Travel Gear
Notion sensor

As technology gets smarter and smarter so do our home security systems. One example of this that I have recently come across is the Notion system, formerly a successful Kickstarter project. Like most home security systems, Notion relies on sensors, but unlike most security systems, the Notion's single sensor is built to do the job [...]

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Posted in: Android, Home and Kitchen, iOS, News
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While it may look like a tiny plastic iceberg, the Notti Smart Light with Notifications serves many functions.  It is an LED lamp that can produce a million colors, and it can serve as an accent light for your room.  It can put on a light show for you, alert you to messages, and wake [...]

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Posted in: Android, Bluetooth Gear, iOS, Reviews
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I still don't own a laptop.  Somehow, the iPad has worked out well for me.  There are times I wish it had a keyboard, so I'm always on the hunt for a decent keyboard, but not a laptop.  Is the Felix WriteOn Bluetooth Keyboard the one? Bluetooth(R) technology and a lithium ion battery with intelligent [...]

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Posted in: Android, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
WiFi-Analyzer

I recently switched to T-mobile and upgraded our router to the T-mobile CellSpot (an ASUS dual-band TM-AC1900 router). When setting up this router, I didn't want to use the default channels. I wanted to select the optimal channels that my wireless router would use on the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands (not all of our devices support the [...]

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Posted in: Android, News

LG G4 review

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Even though I'm the Gadgeteer, I don't upgrade my personal phone every few months like some people might expect. I'm still using the LG G3 that I purchased last August. That means that in a few short weeks that I'll have been using the same phone for an entire year. Are you shocked? That doesn't mean [...]

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Posted in: Android, Featured Items, Reviews
logitech-samsung

I love the Samsung Galaxy S Tab 10.5 tablet that I bought earlier this year. I even took it with me on our last vacation to use instead of my Macbook Air. It worked pretty well except when I needed to type in a lot of text. For those times, I prefer an actual keyboard. [...]

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Posted in: Android, Bluetooth Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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I am a huge advocate for the use of screen protectors. I have been a fan since the beginning; starting with those overpriced, thin sheets of plastics to the messy liquid applied protectors to tempered glass and now engineered systems to keep your smart device's round-edged screen safe and protected. The engineers at Bodyguardz have [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, Reviews
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For those of us with geeklings running around the house, the thought of them spreading their nerd wings and leaving the nest can be daunting. Fortunately, like most things in modern life, there is an app for that. I'm Ok Mama is a GPS tracking app for Android devices. Parents can install it on their [...]

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Posted in: Android, News
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The onscreen keyboards on our mobile devices work great, but for those of us who are touch typists or those who prefer the feel of physical keys when they need to do a lot of writing, a Bluetooth keyboard is obviously the way to go. The latest keyboard that I’ve had the opportunity to test [...]

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Posted in: Android, Bluetooth Gear, iOS, Reviews
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If you're an Android user who takes a lot of photos, you'll want to pay attention. Google just redesigned its photo app and there are some pretty significant changes. Photos provides a new way to organize your memories, it's now able to organize by People, Places, or Things. You can pick a specific person, location, [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, News
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They Seyvr wallet is made of high-quality reinforced premium leather and is only about 15mm thick.  The trifold wallet has six card slots, a money clip for cash and receipts, and it has a 1400mAh lithium-polymer battery that can keep your phone charged.  The wallet is available in two versions, one with a built-in Lightning [...]

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Posted in: Android, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, News, Wallets
Amazon-FreeApps

I'm a bargain hunter so when I see Amazon offering more than just their Free App of the Day deal, I'm interested and I figure that some of you may be too. Amazon is offering over $110 in paid apps and games for free until May 16. Some of the highlights include: Bike Race Pro [...]

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Posted in: Android, News
powerskin-pop

If you complain about your iPhone or Android phone running out of battery at the most inopportune times, you need a backup battery. But which one do you buy? They come in all shapes, all sizes and all capacities. But the one thing the Powerskin PoP'n backup battery pack has going for it is the [...]

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Posted in: Android, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, News
danalock_bluetooth_smartlock

No need to give a friend the key to your home so they can let your precious pets out anymore. The Danalock Bluetooth Smartlock can be programed to lock and unlock at any specified time to allow entry at your digression, AND it logs any entries and exits so you know when someone is coming [...]

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Posted in: Android, Home and Kitchen, iOS, News
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As a gadget geek, I find myself using several different devices throughout the day. I often find myself starting a project on one device, only to finish it on another. This often results in having to transfer pictures, videos, and documents from one device to another. Generally this is an easy process, I can attach [...]

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Posted in: Android, Computer Gear, iOS, News
samsung-galaxy-s6-2

Samsung's latest Android smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge. Both of these phones are essentially the same except that the S6 edge has a display with curved edges and the S6 does not. The curved display isn't a new feature though, it was first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge which I [...]

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Posted in: Android, Featured Items, Reviews
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AgileBits just updated its popular iOS password keeper, 1Password, to support the Apple Watch. Having 1Password on your Apple Watch gives you fingertip access to your most-used passwords, such as codes to open a garage door, onetime passwords, or credit card numbers. You can decide which passwords you want to send to your Apple Watch. [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, News
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mophie has introduced a new juice pack protective battery case for the LG G4 smartphone.  The hardshell case is made of polycarbonate, and it has a raised bezel around the front edge to protect your screen from scratches.  Its 3450mAh battery has enough power for an 80% battery recharge for the LG G4.  Like other mophie battery [...]

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Posted in: Android, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Cases and Covers, News