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Safely charge your mobile device while blocking data syncing and “juice jacking”

on Sunday, June 8th, 2014

You’ve got a full day of travel ahead of you, and your phone is beeping to let you know its battery is nearly dead.  You start looking around the airport terminal for a charging station to give the battery a shot of power while you’re waiting to board the plane.  Have you heard the warningsRead More…

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Organize what you need organized with the Beauty Bar Deluxe

on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

Okay, the Etsy shop lists this as a makeup and beauty product organizer, but you could also use it as a desk organizer, a bedside organizer for your pocket stuff and little doodads, in the kitchen, or even in a tool or craft room.  In addition to little cubbies and compartments to store your gadgets,Read More…

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The CalypsoTag luggage tag tells you when it’s ready to be picked up

on Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear

The CalypsoTag luggage tag pairs your smart phone with Bluetooth 4.0 (iPhone 4s and newer, both generations of the iPad mini, iPad 3rd gen and newer, and iPod Touch 5th generation, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4) running the app with the CalypsoTag attached to your luggage.  It uses technology built by Chipolo that alerts theRead More…

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Lure Dad to the Dark Side for Father’s Day

on Friday, May 30th, 2014

Forget cookies…  Come to the Dark Side for the M&M candies!  With one of these Star Wars candy dispensers for his office, Dad can have a constant supply of snacks from his candy dispenser topped with Darth Vader or Darth Maul.  You can even get special Star Wars themed M&M candies for his dispenser.  EachRead More…

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This stylus is three tools in one

on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Xoopar 3 in 1 Stylus is a multi-function tool, but it doesn’t have a  ballpoint pen inside like most multi-function styluses do.  The Xoopar has a capacitive stylus on one end, and a screen cleaner on the other end.  Pop the barrel apart, and you’ll find a sync and charge microUSB cable which wouldRead More…

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This emergency flashlight can save your life in more ways than one

on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

With this flashlight in your car’s glove compartment or in an emergency preparedness kit, you’ll be ready for most any emergency.  The Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flash Light  looks, at first glance, like many small flashlights on the market today.  It’s much more versatile than other flashlights, though.  Without the lozenge-shaped plastic cover, you canRead More…

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Prevent computer eye strain with these glasses

on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

I’m apparently lucky, but I never seem to be bothered by staring at a computer or tablet screen for hours.  I know many people are plagued with eye strain, dry eyes, headaches, and the like after using a computer for a while.  I’m not sure what can prevent the eye strain, other than taking breaks,Read More…

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RUNNUR – a shoulder bag for your gear minus the bag

on Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Gear, News

I’m getting ready to go on a vacation / road trip and you know what that means when you’re a gadgeteer… It means it’s time to figure out what gear to bring on the trip. Which computer to bring, tablet, notebooks, cameras, and of course, which bag to carry it all in. I already haveRead More…

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Now you can staple anywhere without the stapler getting in your way

on Friday, May 16th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

Staplers work great while you’re stapling a stack of papers together; I guess that’s what they were actually designed for, right?  But what about when your stapler is too short to reach to the place where you need to staple in that stack of papers?  People use staples for other things, too, like stapling papersRead More…

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CableBox by Bluelounge is an simple way to organize your cable mess

on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Who doesn’t have an absolute mess of cables around their entertainment center and desk? But the CableBox from Bluelounge has a “Why didn’t I think of that?” design for organizing (or hiding) your tangled mess of cables. The box and easily removable lid are made of fire retardant plastic and is 15.6″ long x 6″Read More…

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Add this protective, anti-static work surface to your tool kit

on Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

Where do you work when you are working with expensive computer or camera equipment or musical instruments?  When my husband is changing the strings on one of his guitars, he tries to avoid scratches by spreading out a towel on the dining table.  When he works on a computer, he just takes his chances working atRead More…

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It may not have a name, but this compact cutlery set has many uses

on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear

You might think you’re prepared for the zombie apocalypse or economic meltdown that sends the world into chaos, but are you prepared for office lunch? I mean, you have your plate, your cup, and your glass, but we are not heathens – we do not eat with our hands. So what’s a well prepared officeRead More…

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SCOTTeVEST SeV Sterling Jacket for women review

on Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

  Working in IT for my day job and being a gadget fan, I carry a lot of gear each day.  I’ve always admired the many reviews for SCOTTeVEST here on the-gadgeteer and now finally get a chance to do a review myself!  Spring season is upon us here in New York, so this lookedRead More…

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Dual function pen and stylus from Levenger adds some color to your day

on Friday, April 18th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Styluses

This simple ballpoint pen from Levenger adds a stylus tip, to make it even more functional.  The Chroma Lustra Stylus Ballpoint Pen is available in a few colors, but the blue and green colors seen here are currently on sale for only $19.95.  The pen has a solid brass body, and it measures 5-7/16″ XRead More…

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Get your ears on, old school

on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Instead of a Bluetooth headset or one of those old-fashioned telephone handsets, attach the CB Radio iPhone Handset to your smart phone for some Smokey and the Bandit fun.  It has a mute button that silences the other side like a real CB radio handset, so it’s not going to qualify as a hands-free deviceRead More…

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An emergency kit for electronic musicians

on Friday, April 11th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Music Gear, News

If you are a musician using amplified instruments, a DJ, or the tech guy who sets the equipment up, you’ll want to have the Electronic Musician’s Emergency Adapters kit in your gear.  The kit includes a variety of adapters – male audio plugs, female audio jacks, and couplers in 1/4″ and 1/8″ sizes, cables, XLRRead More…

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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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This backup battery will let you use a USB keyboard with your tablet

on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The EneBRICK from Cerevo packs a lot of function into a 4.9″ X 2.5″ X 0.9″ package.  It has a 6000mAh internal battery, and it has two USB ports for charging your mobile devices.  It also pulls open to expose a stand for your smart phone or tablet; it comes with adjusters that allow itRead More…

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Levenger True Writer Foliage Fountain Pen review

on Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

I’ve always loved pens, and I still buy them even though I don’t use them as much these days.  I like my pens to be beautiful as well as useful, and I’ve noticed that my hands are much more comfortable writing with pens with bigger barrels.  My go-to pen these days is a beautiful, screamingRead More…

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Outdoor writing products for outdoor writing people

on Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

Rite in the Rain notebooks were invented almost 100 years ago by Jerry Darling to address the problem of soggy and illegible paperwork that plagued the Pacific Northwest logging industry.  Although Mr. Darling passed away long ago, his company continues in the hands of Scott and Todd Silver, who have continued to work to improve theirRead More…

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MrLentz – a wallet so minimal, it doesn’t even need the period in Mr.

on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

The MrLentz Jasper Wallet is so minimal, it’s made with a single piece of leather, a couple of rivets, and no snaps to close it.  The wallet is made of hand-cut, top-grain vegetable tanned leather, and dyed using all-natural, non-toxic, and handmade dyes.  It’s been hand-conditioned with extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, and carnauba wax,Read More…

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Satechi ReadMate LED Desktop Magnifier review

on Monday, March 24th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

I recently posted a news article about the Satechi ReadMate LED Desktop Magnifier, a powerful, 5X magnifier to help you see small print, fine details on collectibles, or even the splinter that’s stuck in your finger.  I’ve always been nearsighted as a bat, but I could always see even the tiniest details up close.  AsRead More…

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This is the proof that you are the center of the solar system!

on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News

This necklace from ThinkGeek puts the solar system around your neck.  The Complete Solar System Necklace puts the sun front and center, with the eight planets spaced on each side of the necklace.  Don’t feel bad for Pluto, though.  He may be only a minor planet now, but ThinkGeek arranged for an exclusive version ofRead More…

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Levenger smartPlanner and “Paper Apps” review

on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Reviews

There was a time when I used a paper planner religiously to track personal and family appointments, events and celebrations, and even mundane things like when recycling will be picked up.  Today I use apps on my iPad for these tasks, but sometimes I still miss the beautiful leather planner cover I had and theRead More…

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Keep your music files in this guitar

on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Pocket Gear

Not everybody uses flash drives any more, but if you do, this is a cute option for you to consider.  The USB Wooden Guitar Keychain Flash Drive is designed to hang on your keychain, so it’s always at the ready.  It’s available in 2GB ($14), 4GB ($15), 8GB ($17), 16GB ($23), or $32GB ($33) capacities.  ThisRead More…