A few days ago my post about the new Pad & Quill bags on Facebook prompted a challenge from reader Robert Grenader to share a picture of my bag collection and he would do the same. Robert has shared his picture and here's mine. Click through for a list of all the bags and what [...]

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Final Fantasy?

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I have this conversation from time to time with people when they see the name of my iPhone: "Final Fantasy?" "Yeah." "What's that mean?" "Well, when I got this phone, it completely checked off everything on my whiz-bang gadget list. I don't have anything else that I really want a phone to do." Sometimes I [...]

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If you're watching the clock till it's time to start the weekend, I have something a little more "productive" that you can do. Click through to see a short list of five sites, products and other interesting things that I have collected this week. My thoughts: What are the chances that Apple decides to [...]

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It's Friday and you're probably worn out from working (or playing hard) all week. Here is some quick news to help you unwind and even some deals that can save you a few bucks! Save $80 on Jaybird X2 earbuds at Best Buy - Dave Rees reviewed these sport earbuds last year and liked them [...]

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I've been doing reviews for several years, and more of them seem to be coming with varying levels of resistance to ingress of foreign matter and water, usually given by an IP rating or code, such as IP64. Curious, I searched for the term and read several articles, and found a couple of charts that explain [...]

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It seems like every day we are hearing about more cases of the Zika virus here in the US. Zika is spread by mosquitos. And while all mosquito bites are annoying and give me the heebie jeebies, contracting the Zika virus is much scarier. It's true that it usually only causes mild flu like symptoms [...]

Posted in: Articles, Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear

On July 6, 2016, Pokémon Go was released here in the US and Australia. I heard about it last week when a co-worker brought his phone to my desk to ask if I'd seen the game yet. He immediately caught a Ratatat that was hiding on my desk. He was pretty excited about the app [...]

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Tomorrow we celebrate our country's 240th birthday. With the 4th of July comes cookouts and fireworks displays. I can't help you grill the perfect hamburger or steak, but I've got 5 quick tips that will help you capture memorable fireworks pictures with your smartphone.  You will definitely need a way to keep your phone steady. [...]

Posted in: Articles, Camera Gear

It's hard to believe that it's been 9 years since Apple first introduced the world to the iPhone. I still remember the excitement I felt that day (6/29/2007) as I waited for my chance to stand in line (a small line) to purchase one of the most hyped phones of all time. You can read [...]

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My wife dragged the Gadgeteer Kid and I up to Vancouver BC for an extended weekend / mini vacation to see some of the sights. I was aware of T-Mobile's Mobile without Borders plan but had never tried it or even knew if it was part of our family's unlimited everything plan. For some of you this might [...]

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If you've never heard of geocaching, it's a high-tech game of hide and seek that is played with a smartphone or handheld GPS unit. It gets you outdoors in the fresh air and helps build your observation, puzzle solving and navigation skills to find caches. Caches are small containers that have been strategically hidden all [...]

Posted in: Articles, GPS, Outdoor Gear

This is going to be a quickie... I just wanted to share a fun new use for the Amazon Echo Dot that I discovered yesterday. Easy workout timers! What's that? If you workout and need to do timed exercises, it's a pain to use a stopwatch. In the past, I've either tried to count in [...]

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In my neverending quest to find the best and most useful EDC gear, I've decided to focus on the items that I carry in my pockets. Since I don't carry a purse or wear a belt, the items have to be small, lightweight and serve more than one purpose.  I recently reviewed the Trayvax Summit wallet [...]

Posted in: Articles, Pocket Gear
Citizen Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, Citizen put on a "Ride for Light" event in New York City, where participants rode spin bikes to help light up the Earth.  Each bike was connected to the central globe by pedal-powered light strings. The faster someone pedaled, the further up the string the light would travel until it [...]

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I loathe cable messes and thus, I love cable organization products. Right now I am using plastic spiral tube wrap to tidy up my cable messes but neoprene cable sleeves are available that will bundle your cables together more attractively if you are willing to pay a higher price. There are some that are available [...]

Posted in: Articles, Cables, Batteries and Chargers