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Last week Janet posted a great review of the iPhone 6 Plus. Go check it out of you haven't read it yet. Verizon Wireless was nice enough to send me the smaller iPhone 6 to try out for a few days. Instead of writing a traditional review, I thought I would do something a bit [...]

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Posted in: Articles, iPhone, iPad, iPod
dropcam_diy_enclosure

It is not that the Logitech Alert video surveillance system we use has become all that long in the tooth. It still works well enough. The fact is I want/need to expand my coverage and their outdoor cameras are difficult to get ahold of and surprisingly costly when you do. Julie and I have been discussing surveillance [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear
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I have owned portable computing devices worn on the hip since I got my HP 200LX in 1994.  I remember going to Circuit City the day the first Palm Pilot was released to grab one. Afterwards I drove up to Woodstock to meet a friend and hike up Overlook Mountain in the Catskills after a [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Articles, iPhone, iPad, iPod
MakerFaire2014-25

Every year since 2011, my boyfriend and I enjoy going to Maker Faire in Queens, NY.  Maker Faire is a large family friendly, creative, tech-influenced event that is held in multiple cities around the US and globally.  We love to see the inventions and projects from hobbyists, hackers, and students. This year, I thought I would post a [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
gadget-diary

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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lgg3-oops-1

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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Posted in: Android related, Articles
apple-watch

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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Posted in: Articles, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Watches, Clocks
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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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Posted in: Articles, Car Gear
mini-1

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
pants3

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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Posted in: Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen
quicktips

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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Posted in: Android related, Articles
quicktips

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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Posted in: Android related, Articles
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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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Posted in: Android related, Articles, Car Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
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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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asics_sneaker

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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Posted in: Articles, Home, Kitchen
ccleaner-logo

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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mindstorm_ev3-1

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
Desk-Series-Liz-01

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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whatsonyourdesk-andy-01

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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ryandesk-3

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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