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This case adds more than just a pretty face to your iPad mini

on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The Pelican ProGear Vault Series Case for iPad mini is as versatile as it’s strong.  The case has rubber edge seals to block out rain, snow and dust; an elastomeric copolymer rubber interior to absorb impact forces; an optical-grade glass camera lens cover; and waterproof Gore-Tex membrane covers over the microphone and speakers to protect without impactingRead More…

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RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme 23000mAh portable external battery charger review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Technology has come a long way in the last two decades but, sadly, battery technology has barely kept pace.  We use the same electrochemical principles that Allesandro Volta used when he invented the voltaic pile in the 1800′s.  We have found better materials and have improved on the design to squeeze every available electron fromRead More…

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Control your child’s access to games and apps on their device from your device

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

If your child has his or her own Android phone or tablet, you might want to set some limits on exactly when they can access the apps on the device.  Using the DinnerTime parental controls app, you can set times during which the child cannot use any app on the tablet.  There’s a Dinner TimeRead More…

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LYNKtec Apex fine point rechargeable active stylus review

on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Active styluses are a relatively new category of capacitive styluses for tablets and smartphones. These styluses have fine point tips like a normal pen or pencil and are also powered by batteries. The newest active stylus that I have had the opportunity to test is the Apex fine point rechargeable active stylus from LYNKtec. This activeRead More…

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“The Vessyl with the pestle has the brew that is true…”

on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Most of our appliances communicate with us now, so it was only a matter of time before our dinnerware did too. The Vessyl, created by a company called Mark One, is a 13 ounce cup that contains sensors which can determine the type of drink (including sodas, alcohol, smoothies, tea, coffee, etc.) as well asRead More…

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This multi-function iPhone 5/5s case can open a drink and store your data, too

on Monday, June 16th, 2014

Actually, the ReadyCase for iPhone 5/5s can do more than that.  It can protect your phone, as you’d expect, but it also incorporates a multi-function tool that has a can opener, screwdriver, and regular and serrated blades.  There’s also a your choice of a 4GB or 8GB flash drive that stores data and serves asRead More…

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Cammy IP camera cloud viewing app review

on Sunday, June 15th, 2014

If you have ever been to a party where they say to BYOB – bring your own beer, then you’ll understand the concept of the Cammy IP camera cloud viewing app that requires you to BYOC – bring your own camera. As a diehard fan of Dropcam cameras, I was intrigued by Cammy for one importantRead More…

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Make taking selfies easier with Brando’s Quick Selfie Pole with Shutter Button

on Friday, June 13th, 2014

When using your cell phone to take selfies, you are limited by the length of your arm.  That limits the number of people you’re able to include in a photo, and you may find it hard to trigger the camera when you’ve got your arm stretched out to the limit.  With Brando’s Quick Selfie PoleRead More…

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Add some extra light on the subject with this iPhone camera flash accessory

on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

iPhones have decent cameras, and you can snap even better photos with the built-in flash.  That flash does have its problems, though, because it’s fired directly at the subject.  Photos can look harsh if you were too close to the subject, or they can be dark if you were too far away.  The Nova externalRead More…

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Snappgrip adds DSLR-like controls to your iPhone

on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

It can be hard to hold the iPhone steady while you reach for the virtual button on the screen or find a volume button to trigger the camera to snap a picture.  If you like taking pictures with your iPhone but you’d like controls that are easier to find and use, consider the Snappgrip iPhoneRead 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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iPhone gaming gone flat? Get the thrill back with the Junglecat iPhone 5/5S game controller

on Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Ok, so you could say I am a gaming junky when I am not writing or recovering from my various ailments. The one thing that has eluded me in my gaming is a decent game controller for my iPhone 5. Enter the Junglecat from Razer an iPhone 5 and 5S compatible phone case and gameRead More…

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Get more GOOOOALS with the miCoach Smart Ball

on Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Adidas has created the miCoach Smart Ball for young and adult soccer players who are serious about improving various dead ball shot skills (i.e. penalty kicks, goal kicks, corner kicks, etc.). The sensors inside the ball monitor statistics like speed, power, spin, impact points, and trajectory, which are then sent via Bluetooth 4.0 to theRead More…

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Give Dad a handmade leather case for his iPad Air for Father’s Day

on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The Walden case for iPad Air from Pad & Quill is luxurious in its simplicity.  It’s handmade in Minnesota using Spanish bonded leathers in onyx black or whiskey.  The interior is available in a selection of coordinating colors, and you can choose an optional interior slip-in pocket, if desired.  The case is held closed by anRead More…

13) Easy Flow

Acme Studio 7FP pen review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Sunday, May 25th, 2014

I like pens.  Beats the heck out of carving pictograms into rock.  You know, take a harder rock and scrape it against the softer rock.  The process is tedious but the results do last a long time.  Pens make it a lot easier and, as everyone knows, they are mightier than swords.  If only NedRead More…

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Soft-Tec Ducati Folio for iPad Air review

on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

  Summer is upon us and what better way to enjoy the day than to pull out the Ducati and take it for a spin. Now some of you may not be familiar with the smooth clean lines, red and black color scheme as well as the polycarbonate shell and Tech-Grip material used on thisRead More…

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This Lightning cable has beauty and brawn

on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The AluCable Flat Lightning Cable from Just Mobile has slim connectors encased in aluminum for extra strength.  The flat cable is four feet long – one more than standard Lightning cables.  It’s Apple-certified, so you know it will work with your iOS devices.  It’s available in three color combinations:  black cable with gray connectors; whiteRead More…

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Drop protection for your iPad minus the case

on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Two of my favorite things about the iPad Air and iPad mini are their size and style. Even though I’m more drawn to Android devices these days, I still really prefer the way Apple products look and feel. No one does product design like Apple. That’s why I never can figure out why you would ever wantRead More…

05) In Box

WeatherFlow Wind Meter review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

I am a mild-mannered chemistry teacher most of the year but for two weeks out of every year I visit the Great Plains in search of the most intense weather Mother Nature can throw at us.  I have been bringing a Kestrel 4000 weather meter with me to measure the temperature, dewpoint and wind speedRead More…

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Improve photo and video quality with the Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Photo Lens

on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Someone once said that your best camera is the one you happen to have with you.  Sometimes your iPad is the camera you happen to have, and for some people, the iPad is the only camera they have.  The iPad’s back camera is pretty good, but it could be improved, and that’s the purpose ofRead More…

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Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor review

on Monday, May 19th, 2014

High blood pressure (hypertension) can be a silent killer that sneaks up on you with a POW! One minute you feel fine and then next minute you’ve had a stroke, a heart attack or kidney failure. To prevent these problems, it’s best to be proactive and check your blood pressure on a regular basis. But howRead More…

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Nutrition becomes easier with the Prep Pad smart food scale

on Friday, May 16th, 2014

If it’s time to get serious about what you put into your body, consider the Prep Pad from The Orange Chef Co. The Prep Pad is a smart food scale that pairs with your iPad and the Countertop iOS app to show the nutritional breakdown of food in a simple, easy to understand way. TheRead More…

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Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphone review

on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The release of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones was a shot across the bow to other headphone makers that the high-end audio industry had woken up and taken notice of a coming trend in personal listening. That trend has now become a wave as other high-end speaker makers have followed B&W’s lead. We areRead More…

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The Sparkbeats case for iPhone 5/5s shows you incoming calls

on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Did you know that your iPhone 5/5s has an accessibility function that causes the back camera’s flash to light up to indicate an incoming call?  Combine that function with the Sparkbeats case, and you’ll have a cool, geometric incoming-call indicator.  The Sparkbeats case simply channels the flash’s light, so it doesn’t require a battery ofRead More…

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This USB-to-Lightning adapter promises to let you transfer images directly between iOS devices

on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Granted, the description is a little confusing, but Allputer has a USB-to-Lightning adapter that’s only a fraction of the cost of the official Apple adapter ($5 vs $19 for the Apple version).  You should be able to connect a USB stick to the adapter and transfer photos from the stick to the iPad or iPhone.Read More…