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I received an email from Verizon telling me that the New Moto X smartphone and Moto Maker rolled out today. If you're not familiar with Moto Maker, it's a special customization service for the Moto X Android smartphone. You use it to choose from a thousand combinations for the back, front and trim colors of the [...]

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Unlike some people, I don't coddle my smartphones. I almost never use a case and the same can be said for screen protection. I've been carrying my phone in the cargo pocket of my pants or my bag for years and have been lucky that I have not to have any mishaps involving drops. With Gorilla [...]

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You really have to give Apple a lot of credit when it comes to putting on a new product announcement event. They are definitely the masters of hype and showmanship. Even though I say I don't care about the iPhone anymore, I still get excited just like the rest of the planet to hear about [...]

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One of my dreams is to own an all-electric vehicle, but I've never actually driven one until my recent trip to attend Volkswagen's Full-Line Press event in Middleburgh, VA.  I, along with two dozen other bloggers, were invited to attend this event and hear about VW's plans and get a preview of several of their [...]

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I love everything about my 2013 MINI Cooper except the stereo system which is pretty lame by most gadgeteer standards. When I ordered the car, I opted not to go full tech and buy the premium connected package because it was an expensive upgrade and the sales person at the dealership talked me out of it [...]

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posted in Android related, Articles, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Car Gear

Tragedy struck this morning when the button fell off my pants and I've been walking around all day hitching my pants up every so often just because I'm too lazy to go searching for a needle and thread. The situation caused me to remember a gadget from my childhood - the Ronco Buttoneer. Does anyone else remember this [...]

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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 turned [...]

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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 side [...]

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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 was [...]

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Earlier this week my friend and occasional Gadgeteer reviewer Bill Ray upgraded his Samsung Galaxy S3 to a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S5. I was surprised by a few of the features that Bill discovered after only using the phone for a couple of days. They are features that I don't recall noticing when I [...]

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We returned home from a one week epic road trip vacation at 1am Saturday morning. After some much needed sleep, Jeanne decided she wanted to unwind from the 1000+ mile trip with an afternoon of working in the garden. Yeah, I know, she's weird. ;) While she was out sweating in the sun and dirt, [...]

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By day I work at Cummins Inc. in the engineering application support group. Our main job is to help users all over the world with their application problems. We do a lot of troubleshooting, uninstalling and reinstalling of software. One of the tools in our tech arsenal is Piriform's CCleaner, which cleans the gunk out [...]

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This past week, the Gadgeteer Kid and I had the opportunity to attend the “Build 4 Good” LEGO MINDSTORMS Robo Challenge at The EMP Museum here in Seattle. The premiss of the competition was to use MINDSTORMS to solve real problems or otherwise improve someone’s daily life. I have been playing with LEGO as far back as I [...]

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posted in Articles, Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets

Hey everyone, welcome to my desk this time!  My room - er, I mean, office - has way more gadgets in it than these couple of photos show. I figure I'd stick to my main space to keep it short and sweet.  My main desktop is my trusty 27" iMac from mid-2010. Over the holidays, [...]

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What does my desk look like?  I was afraid someone was going to ask!  There it is, in all it's unvarnished glory.  Let me take you on a tour. (Click on any image for a full size photo.) The centerpiece is, of course, a 27" Apple iMac (late 2009). From left to right (in no particular [...]

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My first computer was given to me in 9th grade, which was a laptop running Windows 98. Before that, we had rented a computer for word processing from a Nebraska agency, which ran Windows 95 and had a dot matrix printer along with it. Being one of the relatively young Gadgeteers, you may laugh at [...]

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Fellow gadgeteer and friend since college, Jackie Cheng and I recently went to The New York Times Travel Show here in New York City. We are both fans of traveling and see the sights, so we figured let's check out the show and see what exhibits were on display.  We were also super excited to [...]

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When asked to participate in this series I was reluctant, actually I am reluctant, mainly because my writing area has been declared a mess by certain individuals in my household.  But then again, I subscribe to the old saying that "if a cluttered desk is evidence of a cluttered mind, what does an empty desk [...]

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Recently, Julie asked for us to show our desks and what's on them. With mine, there is not much to tell. I’m an art director by day and freelancer by night, so my desk is usually strewn with all kinds of junk. Add to that my passion for all things audio, and I keep pretty [...]

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We have talked about wallets, pens and bags. These are what I would consider everyday carry items, so let's continue with another everyday carry item - your phone and what you use to protect it. For me, I have two carry modes, everyday and heavy travel. For my everyday mode, I am using a tech21 [...]

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