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Home, home on the (extended) range

on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Many people who are integrated into the Apple ecosystem – or BORG, as I like to call it – would never think about buying a router from anyone except Apple, no matter how good or cheap another brand may be. I know, because I paid $200 for an Apple Airport Extreme. I wondered if IRead More…

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MakerBot available in some Home Depot stores

on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Gear, News

If you visit certain Home Depot stores in California, Illinois, or New York in the next few months, you may notice something new on sale that could prevent you from having to go back there for little widgets and such: they will be stocking three models of MakerBot 3D printers in those states soon! For Gadgeteers,Read More…

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Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard review

By: Greg Carter
on Friday, July 18th, 2014

I decided that I would write this review with the product I’m reviewing, the Microsoft All-in-One Media keyboard, and I’ll tell you right from the start that it is likely the last thing that I’ll type with this keyboard. After several weeks of cramped typing at my desk, I’m really looking forward to getting backRead More…

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Cut costs and energy with Philips new PowerSensor displays

on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

Philip’s has just announced two new PowerSensor LED displays that cut energy costs up to 80% by detecting a user’s presence and automatically reducing the brightness when the person steps away from their computer. This not only reduces energy consumption and your electric bill, but it also helps prolong the life of the monitor. TheRead More…

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Past meets future with the Qwerkywriter mechanical keyboard

on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

When I was a kid, I used my mom’s old Underwood typewriter to write my own stories and newsletters that only myself and my sister read. I loved that typewriter, fitting in a piece of paper, twisting the knob on the platen to position the paper, pressing down the keys and seeing the individual typeRead More…

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Wooden desk accessories elevate your computer to a new level

on Friday, June 27th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

It’s important to have your monitor at the proper angle to improve your working posture and reduce strain.  There are a lot of monitor stands on the market, but these wooden ones from Grovemade are perhaps the most elegant I’ve seen.  The Monitor Stand is a sculptural piece that can hold up to 200 pounds,Read More…

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LG 21:9 UltraWide IPS LED monitor (29EA73) review

on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

When I sold my 27 inch iMac a few years ago and switched to a 13 inch Macbook Air, it took me a little time to get used to having less screen real estate. For the most part I haven’t had too much trouble doing my work on the small screen. But for the lastRead More…

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A build-your-own-computer kit for kids ages 8 – 81

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Kano computer kit was successfully funded on Kickstarter in December 2013 – and when I say “successfully”, I mean it got more than 15X its $100,000 funding goal.  Kano will be shipping in July, and the company is now taking pre-orders for those of us who didn’t get in on the Kickstarter campaign.  TheRead More…

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Audioengine A2+ speakers review

on Thursday, June 19th, 2014

A year ago, I reviewed the monstrous but wonderful Audioengine A5+ speakers. These behemoths will rattle not only your windows, but the neighbor’s as well — yet still sound good doing it. But let’s be real, unless you have a big desk (I do), the A5+ speakers are just too big and loud for mostRead More…

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#ad Faveable shares deals on solid state drives

on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Deals, News

Do you enjoy tinkering with your desktop or laptop computer? Maybe you’ve even built your own desktop computer by picking out the case, motherboard and other components. I used to love to do that back before I switched to Macs and laptops. Some folks like to customize their computers like they might customize a car. AndRead More…

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Use your iPhone as a remote mouse, a trackpad, or even as a media remote for your Mac or PC

on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Of course, you’ll probably find an actual mouse or actual trackpad easier to use, but at least having the option to use your iPhone as a Magic Trackpad or a mouse in an emergency situation could save the day.  With the Remote Mouse app, you’ll have multi-touch gestures, and you can even use the iPhoneRead More…

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Turn your keyboard into a photo-editing cheat sheet

on Saturday, June 7th, 2014

If you do a lot of photo editing, you may already know all the keyboard shortcuts to make your task easier.  But if you’re a novice, or a not-so-novice who just can’t remember all those shortcuts, these Keyboard Shortcut Skins for Apple keyboards will help you speed up the process of editing your photos.  SkinsRead More…

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Rapoo E9070 Wireless Ultra-slim Keyboard review

on Friday, May 30th, 2014

I realize that I definitely have a thing for nice input devices. I’m always on the lookout for a good keyboard and mouse (especially at work), since I type and sit all day long.  Recently I had the chance to review the Rapoo E9070 Wireless Ultra-slim Keyboard, so I took the chance since I already useRead More…

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Nymi: use your unique cardiac rhythm to replace all of your passwords

on Monday, May 26th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

Most of us have so many logins and accounts with passwords that it has become necessary to use password managers just to keep them all straight. The obvious intention for all of these passwords is to make sure you are who you say you are before you are granted access. Nymi, a new biometric authenticationRead More…

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Take your Mac Pro everywhere with WaterField’s Mac Pro Go Case

on Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Did you buy one of Apple’s beautiful, but insanely expensive Mac Pros? Of course you did. And now you want to take your precious with you everywhere you go so everyone will know just how awesome you are. The Mac Pro Go Case from WaterField Designs has been designed especially for you – and yourRead More…

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These new USB flash drives from Leef are pretty as a penny

on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Leef Technology, known for making a variety of very stylish USB flash drives, have just announced some additions their product line that follow their style conviction. Their new Copper Edition Flash Drives are encased in a unique copper skin and offer the fastest data speeds with features that include water, dust and shock-proof storage andRead More…

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AOC launches two mySmart Android all-in-one IPS desktop computers

on Monday, May 12th, 2014

AOC has introduced two new Android-based all-in-one desktop computers.  They are available with a 22″ screen (model A2272PW4T, $299.99) or a 24″ screen (model A2472PW4T, $399.99).  Both models share the following specs: 1920 X 1080 resolution Android 4.2 Ice Cream Sandwich NVIDIA T33 Quad Core 1.6Ghz System memory – 2GB LPDDR3 Storage memory – 8GB eMMCRead More…

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Satechi 4-Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub review

on Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

USB (Universal Serial Bus) has become the standard method of connecting just about anything to…well, just about anything else, but particularly desktop and laptop computers. Not only does a USB connection transfer data, it can also power a device. Many of us have so many USB-based devices that we frequently find ourselves needing more USB ports,Read More…

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Control your computer from your couch with this remote control on steroids

on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The E-Blue Web@TV Wireless Keyboard Touchpad with Remote Control from Brando is a handheld remote for your computer that has every feature you could ever want in a remote. It supports Windows 8, Android, Mac, and PlayStation 3, allowing you to surf the web from your couch on your big screen TV or control aRead More…

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Jimi provides easier access to iMac USB connectors

on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

When I was using an iMac as my main computer, I loved almost everything about it except for one thing… It was always a pain in the you-know-what when I needed to plug a cable or flash drive into one of the USB ports. In Apple’s infinite wisdom (or lack thereof) they located the USBRead More…

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Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand review

on Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

Are you fighting a never-ending battle for desktop organization?  The Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand just might be the ticket.  But how can a monitor stand help?  Let’s take a look.

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Now you can control your Phillips Hue lights from your Mac computer

on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I got the Phillips Hue lights starter kit for Christmas, and I control them with an app on my iPhone or iPad.  Sometimes I’m at my computer and would like to turn on the lights, but I can’t unless I have one of my mobile devices with me.  Phillips made the API available for third-partyRead More…

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Just Mobile AluDisc review

on Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, Gear, Reviews

Recently, I reviewed the Just Mobile HeadStand Headphone Hanger. It was my introduction to the minimalist design ethos of an accessory company whose products could have been made by Apple themselves. They are that beautiful. Just Mobile sent me their AluDisc 360-degree pedestal for iMac for review.

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mBack de-clutters your iMac’s desk space

on Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

Running low on desk space due due to that external hard drive, cables and other clutter? Check out the mBack from mLogic, a “Zero-Footprint Hard Drive for iMac and Apple Displays.” Designed to attach to the circular cutout in the display stand of an Apple iMac or Apple display via a threaded cap, the mBackRead More…

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You spin me right round, baby, right round

on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

It’s irritating when you need to slide your monitor so someone else can see it or your all-in-one computer so you can reach ports on the back to connect a new peripheral.  If you have an iMac or an Apple display, the aluminum-colored i360 iMac Turntable from Rain Design can make it easier to turnRead More…