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dell-xps13-100

Several weeks ago I posted the first part of this article where I talked about how I would be using a Dell XPS 13 laptop instead of my 13" MacBook Pro with retina display and 13" MacBook Air for a week. To remind folks, I only use Macs at home. There are no Windows PCs to be [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Laptops and Gear
LG EDC

Since Julie posted her EDC update a few weeks ago I figured I would share my current EDC. Since I don't think I can pull off the "murse", I have downsized my EDC to just the items that I can comfortably carry in my pockets. On the left side I have my Toyota Prius key fob with [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Pocket Gear
cree-connected-2

We live in a world where almost everything is connected and I love it. Whether it's my Dropcam cameras, my Withings WiFi Body Scale,  or even being able to check the temperature of the chicken I have baking in the oven with iDevices thermometer, connected devices are convenient and fun to use. Today I want to [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Home, Kitchen
dell-xps13

I've been a Mac fan for many years now, to the point where we're an all Apple household with three MacBooks. Jeanne has a 2010 15" MacBook Pro, while I have a 2014 13" MacBook Pro with retina display and a 2011 13" MacBook Air. The MBP has been my main workhorse for Gadgeteer reviews and Photoshop work, and the [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Laptops and Gear
edc-020315-1

Last week I posted a gadget diary entry with a long overdue update to my EDC (every day carry) gear. That was my before post and today is my after post. I performed an audit by consolidated and simplifying the gear I actually use. Here are the results. When you carry a medium to large sized messenger bag like I [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Gear
cree-2

Every few months my power company Duke Energy sends me a letter that shows how my home's energy usage compares to other houses in my area. It's like getting a report card from the electric company and let's just say that my grade point average hasn't been too good for awhile now.  So in an [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Home, Kitchen
edc-012515

I can't believe that it's been almost 2 years since I posted my EDC setup. Time sure flies when you're having fun reviewing gadgets! I recently decided that it's time to downsize the gear that I carry with me everyday because my bag has been gaining weight for awhile now and I'm starting to really notice when I [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Gear
innerage1

For a lot of people, a new year means resolutions to start getting healthier. To do that you just need to eat better and be more active right? Of course doing those two things are very important, but what about potential issues going on inside your body that you don't know about which could be effecting your health? [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Health, Fitness, Sports
2014-1

At the end of each year I like to put together a top 25 list of our most popular posts of the year according to traffic reports for the site. Is this year's most read article even from 2014? Is it the same article that's made the number one spot for the last three years? [...]

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Posted in: Articles
2014

A couple weeks ago I asked all the members of the Gadgeteer team to send me a list of their favorite products from this past year. Their lists didn't need to be restricted to gadgets that they had personally reviewed in 2014, but could include any products that they have enjoyed using over the course [...]

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dreamphone

Do you ever dream about the perfect smartphone? Of course you do, you are visiting The Gadgeteer after all. Well that's the question I posed to my team of cracker jack gadget writers this week and here are their answers, including my own thoughts on the features that would make my dream phone. Here we go [...]

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apple-iphone6-1

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
From top

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
vw03

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