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We’re moving to a new server…

on Friday, January 31st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

This is a quick announcement to let everyone know that we’ll be moving to a new web server with updated hardware, better performance and more file space. The move is planned for tonight or early Saturday, so there are a few things to be aware of. There may be a service disruption for a day or Read More…

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Go-to gear: bags, briefcases, and backpacks

on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Whether you have been a Gadgeteer reader for a while or have just started, you know that Julie has a section called “Julie’s Favorite Gear” that lists items that she uses. So today while I was looking at some of the items I use on a regular basis, I thought I would come up with Read More…


Will 3D printing turn the average Joe into a digital luthier?

on Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Music Gear

For years I dreamed about building my own guitar, which more recently turned into a dream to build my own ukulele. I even dabbled in the craft by putting together a mini electric guitar from a kit that I purchased from Stewart McDonald. Unfortunately it turned out to be a wall hanger and not a playable instrument. Read More…


Putting you in the driver’s seat: the NAIAS Ford Blogger Experience

By: Ryan Chapman
on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as part of the NAIAS Blogger Experience with Ford. Now, you may wonder what an auto show has to do with The Gadgeteer, but if you look at how much our electronics have been integrated into our vehicles, it doesn’t Read More…


AMC movie theater calls “federal agents” to arrest a Google Glass user

on Monday, January 20th, 2014

A long time Gadgeteer reader contacted me today through Google Hangouts to tell me that he had a story that he thought I’d be interested in reading. He then forwarded me a long email with a story from a very good friend of his. It was such a surprising story that I asked if I Read More…


Julie’s gadget diary – Hacking my Samsung Galaxy Note 2

on Friday, January 10th, 2014

I recently switched over to a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 so that I could work on a review of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch (review coming soon). In the past when I had tried to use phablets like the Note 2 and 3 as my primary device, I quickly gave up due to their size. Read More…


The Gadgeteer’s top 25 reviews of 2013

on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Posted in: Articles, The Gadgeteer

At the end of each year, I like to take a look back at the reviews we’ve posted to see which ones were the most popular with you, our readers. Sometimes it’s a surprise and other times it’s not. Let’s see how it has turned out for this year.


The Year in Review – Favorite gadgets of The Gadgeteer team for 2013 part 5

on Friday, December 27th, 2013
Posted in: Articles

It’s now my turn to share my favorite gadgets of 2013. Looking back on all my reviews from this year, I thought it would be tough to choose just a few favorites, but when it comes right down to it, there are only a handful of products that I’m still using regularly since the reviews Read More…


The Year in Review – Favorite gadgets of The Gadgeteer team for 2013 part 4

on Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Posted in: Articles

2013 is almost history, but before it ends, we have another installment in the team’s list of favorite gadgets for this year. Do any of their favorites match yours?


The Year in Review – Favorite gadgets of The Gadgeteer team for 2013 part 3

on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Posted in: Articles

Merry Christmas to all! After you’ve finished checking under the tree and in your stockings for gadgets that Santa left you, you can read part three of our favorite gadgets of 2013 series. Enjoy! 


The Year in Review – Favorite gadgets of The Gadgeteer team for 2013 part 2

on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Posted in: Articles

Yesterday I posted part 1 of the Gadgeteer team’s favorite gadgets of 2013 and today I have four more lists for you. Enjoy and please share your own list of favorite products from this year in the comments.


The Year in Review – Favorite gadgets of The Gadgeteer team for 2013 part 1

on Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Posted in: Articles

Several weeks ago I asked everyone on the Gadgeteer team to write up a quick list of their favorite gadgets from 2013. I didn’t ask them to restrict their list of items to reviews they had posted, but to include any products that they have enjoyed using this past year. Almost everyone on the team Read More…


Gift ideas – Five products for EDC (every day carry) fans

on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Are you still trying to figure out what to get for that person on your gift list who seems to have everything? Here are five ideas that are sure to please. I own four of the five items myself (I don’t have the Titanium escape ring), so I can vouch for the fact that they Read More…


Gift ideas – Four portable Bluetooth speakers

on Monday, December 9th, 2013

For the music fan on your gift list, here are four portable Bluetooth speakers that I reviewed this year and think are worthy enough to consider. They are all small enough to stow in a gear bag or backpack (I’ll admit that one of them is borderline too big for that statement) so that you can Read More…


Gift ideas – Five accessories for the Nexus 7 user

on Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Need some ideas for the Nexus 7 user on your gift list? We’re here to help with five gadgets and accessories that will expand the tablet’s capabilities, add more file storage, turn it into a mini laptop and protect it from everyday wear and tear. Keep reading for more details.


Gift ideas – Eight styluses for digital artists and doodlers

on Thursday, December 5th, 2013

If you have a digital sketcher, doodler, painter or artist on your Christmas list this year, here are eight gift ideas that will help them with their artwork. I’ve broken the list up into pressure sensitive styluses, paint brush style styluses and precision tip styluses. If you have a favorite stylus not mentioned, be sure Read More…


Gift ideas – 6 headphones and earphones for music lovers

on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

When Julie asked me to choose five headphones/earphones that would make great gift ideas, I knew this could get interesting. 2013 has been a great year for portable listening, and the holiday choices are better than ever. There are many choices to fit any budget, so there is no excuse this year for putting up Read More…


Gift ideas – Five accessories for the iPad and iPhone user

on Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Julie asked me to suggest some gift ideas for the iPhone and iPad users in your life.  I thought about how I have used my original iPad mini, the new iPad Air I owned for a short while, and the iPad mini with Retina display I replaced the Air with, and I came up with Read More…


Gift ideas – 7 activity trackers to support your upcoming New Year’s resolutions

on Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are behind, but there is still plenty of time to get your holiday shopping completed and we’re here to offer some inspiration on  popular gadget categories like iPhone / iPad cases, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, wallets and styluses. First up, activity trackers. This has been a popular category for 2013. I know Read More…

iPad Air (left) and iPad mini with Retina display (right)

Why we switched from the iPad Air to the iPad mini with Retina display

on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Dave Rees recently told us about his experiences when he and Ryan Chapman bought Apple‘s new iPad Air on release day.  I also bought a new iPad Air on release day, and I had been happily using it as a replacement for my first-gen iPad mini.  Eventually both Dave and I replaced our new Airs Read More…


Has Apple lost its mojo???

on Friday, November 1st, 2013

Ryan Chapman and I are not only Gadgeteer colleagues but friends as well. We have been karate & tech buddies for years. We have been discussing Apple’s latest generation of iPads for weeks now. After much talk and a bit of debate, we both decided to take the plunge and purchase Apple’s latest tablet, the Read More…


Julie’s gadget diary – A week with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Back in March of this year, I test drove a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for a couple weeks to see if a phablet was the right device for me. If you’re not hip to the latest gadget lingo, the term phablet refers to smartphones that approach tablet dimensions. I came away with mixed feelings from my Read More…


E-cigarette review – One year later

on Friday, October 25th, 2013

Over 10 months ago I wrote a review of the Ego-T e-cigarette and 10 months later the article is still getting on average of around 100 hits per day. Is this a sign perhaps that e-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular?  For me it’s now over 12 months of vaping. Am I still using the Read More…


Julie’s gadget diary – Back from vacation, how did the Nexus 7 work out as my laptop replacement?

on Monday, October 14th, 2013

Last week I was down on Sanibel Island, Florida for vacation. I had the bright idea that I would leave my 13″ Macbook Air at home and use my shiny new Nexus 7 (2013) Android LTE tablet as a laptop replacement. For those of you who are regulars here, you may remember a similar scenario Read More…


Julie’s gadget diary – One month TV detox complete and going on vacation with the Nexus 7 2013

on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Yesterday signaled the end of my 30 day self-imposed TV detox. During the whole month of September, we watched zero TV shows. When the TV was on, it was playing one of the DirecTV music channels. It was surprisingly easy and liberating. I didn’t miss it at all. However, according to one of my friends Read More…