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hacktoolbox2

Do you have a useful tip, trick, life hack or cool DIY project that you think other Gadgeteer readers can use to make their life easier or would find interesting? So many people have great ideas and they never share them. To help change that, I'll be posting regular articles sharing some of the best [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
coil-hack-25

Do you have a useful tip, trick or hack that you think other Gadgeteer readers can use to make their life easier? Then I need you to contribute them to a new series that I'm starting today. So many people have great ideas and they never share them. Let's change that. The tips, tricks, hacks [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
gadget-diary

Back in 2014, Dave Rees wrote about his positive experience when he switched to T-Mobile. He would regularly suggest that I also try T-Mobile's Test Drive kit, which at that time provided an iPhone and a SIM card on loan for a week's worth of testing. In May of last year, I finally ordered my [...]

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edc-011716-1

I was brainstorming for article ideas yesterday, when I realized that I haven't posted an EDC update in almost year.  It's time to remedy that situation! This will be part one of my EDC update as I audit what I carry each day and decide if there are items that I can drop and items that [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Gear
2015 with sparklers

At the end of every year I always like to put together a top 25 list of our most popular news, reviews and articles of the year according to Google's traffic statistics for the site. I think that it's always interesting to find out which articles were read the most. Was this year’s most popular article even written in [...]

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2015

Yesterday I posted part two of the Gadgeteer team’s favorite gadgets of 2015 and today I'm posting the final installment. Click through to see part three of the Gadgeteer team's favorite gadgets from this past year. This one includes my favorites. This has been an unusual year for me.  It's been less about the gadgets and more [...]

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2015

Yesterday I posted part one of the Gadgeteer team’s favorite gadgets of 2015 and today I have more lists for you to enjoy. Please share your own list of favorite products from this year in the comments. With all the headphones I review, choosing favorites is difficult because once the review is finished, I have [...]

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2015

Several weeks ago I asked all the members of the Gadgeteer team to send me a list of their favorite products from this past year. I told them that their lists didn’t need to be restricted to gadgets that they had personally reviewed in 2015, but that they could include any products that they have [...]

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powermax-1

Dave: Alright here is a bit of the backstory -- My nearly three year old 15" MacBook Pro had been having problems for a few months. It finally died, then came back to life, but it was definitely time I took it to one of my local Apple Stores to have their Genius Bar techs [...]

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Sleeping

Battery power has always been a Gadgeteer's nightmare especially on phones and finally phone manufacturers are doing something about it.  Qualcomm has its Quickcharge, Oppo has its VOOC Flash Charge from a hardware perspective and there's a a multitude of third party apps on the Google Play Store that are supposed to extend your Android phone's [...]

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Posted in: Android, Articles
interview

Eight years ago, I posted a handful of Gadgeteer Spotlight interviews with people behind some very well-known gadget brands. I had a lot of fun with those interviews and thought it was time to bring them back. To kick off the reboot of Gadgeteer Spotlight articles, I'll be interviewing Judie Stanford of Gear Diary. Those of [...]

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gadget-diary

I was starting to get the feeling that Google hated me. Why? Because I ordered a 64GB Nexus 6P in Frost white on the first day it was available for pre-order and I still haven't received it while other people who ordered days and weeks later than I did, already have had their phone for days [...]

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timemachine

Last month we turned back the hands of time 15 years to revisit my review of the Sony CLIE (PEG-S300) PDA. Do you remember the year 2000 and all the hoopla of a new century with the scare of potential Y2K computer issues. Fun times! Fifteen years ago cell phones were too large to fit [...]

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citizen-satellite-1

Earlier this week I was invited to an event at Citizen Watch's Flagship store in New York's Times Square. The event was an unveiling of Citizen's newest timepieces, the Satellite Wave-World Time GPS and the Satellite Wave F900. Both watches use GPS to set the date and time. Citizen claims these are the most accurate [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Watches and Clocks
gadget-diary

Last week Jeanne and I vacationed in the Panama City Beach, Florida area on Seagrove Beach, Florida. I highly recommend it as vacation destination because the beach was the nicest one I'd ever visited and the sand felt as fine as flour. As with most trips, I always struggle to decide which tech devices to [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Travel Gear
gadget-diary

Today is the day that Google will officially unveil their new Nexus smartphones. I've been looking forward to this day for quite awhile because I decided I that this would be the year that I would buy a Nexus phone. I've been wanting the stock Android experience and quick OS updates for a long time, [...]

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timemachine

The Gadgeteer turned 18 years old last month (August, 2015). As the old saying goes, "time flies when you're having fun" and it is so true. I can't believe I've been writing gadget news and reviews for that long. I thought it might be fun start a new feature where we take a trip down memory [...]

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ks

Love them or hate them, crowdfunding campaigns are here to stay. Although Kickstarter was not the first crowdfunding site to appear on the web, it's the one I always think of first. If you're a gadget freak who lives on the bleeding edge, Kickstarter is where you can go to  find some of the newest and [...]

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iphone6splus

A month ago I posted a gadget diary entry about how I have been thinking about switching back to the iPhone. After yesterday's mega Apple event, I have made my decision and will be pre-ordering the iPhone 6s Plus this Saturday morning. Why am I going to switch from Android and why have I picked the [...]

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Posted in: Articles, iOS
cree-lr-5

Each month my electric company (Duke Energy) sends me an energy report to let me know how my electricity usage compares to similar homes in my area. Ever since they began sending these reports, my house has always been shown to use more electricity, which translates into paying higher bills. Even after switching most of [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Home and Kitchen
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
gadget-diary

It's been almost three years since I put my iPhone 4s in a drawer and switched over to an Android device as my full-time smartphone. Since I made that switch, I've used a Samsung Galaxy SIII, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and my current phone, an LG G3. I've also used Android tablets like the Nexus [...]

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apple_applewatch1

This is my response to John's article from yesterday. The Apple Watch has been out for 3 months now. I bought a 38mm Space Gray Apple Watch Sport at 12:07 a.m. Pacific Time on April 24, 2015. I showed up on my doorstep in Austin, TX, a week and a half later. I have worn [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Watches and Clocks
AppleWatch-News-jpg1

First, let me get this out of the way.  I am an admitted Apple fanboy.  Although I held off on an iPhone until last December when I finally made the Android to iOS switch with an iPhone 6+ (128 GB).  My main computer now is a 2013 MacBook Pro, and I also have a 2008 [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Watches and Clocks
julie-birthday

Join me in wishing a very Happy Birthday to our beloved Gadgeteer, Julie!  Here's to a day filled with gadgety fun and happiness - and a piece of birthday cake won't hurt, either! Source for cake image

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