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Skate technology has come a long way since the first patented version of roller skates from the 1760's. Things like polyurethane wheels over steel wheels, strap on skates over lace up boot skates and four wheel inline over the quad version skate. So, where's the next big improvement? The Cardiff Skate Company thinks they have [...]

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Polar, who is well known for their heart rate sensors and sports watches, have a new wrist worn activity tracker called the Loop. The gadget category of activity trackers is so crowded that competition is fierce. Let's see how the Polar Loop measures up. Note: Images can be clicked to view a larger size. The Loop [...]

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posted in Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

With so many headphones nowadays, I'm really surprised that wireless Bluetooth doesn't come standard in every pair of headphones. When I moved away from the typical corded headphones I never looked back. If I had it my way, it would be wireless or nothing.  When I got the opportunity to review the BackBeat FIT headphones from [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

Which of these objects does not belong? Would you be surprised if I told you they are all compasses, even the nickel? It's true. The nickel that you see in the image above is actually the Covert Escape Compass from Shomer-Tec. I was intrigued to learn how an ordinary nickel could be used as a [...]

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posted in Gear, Reviews

Backup batteries are a necessity for me and my husband. There have been times when both of our phones were on their last leg while sight seeing on vacation and we only had one portable battery. It would charge one device at a time and would do so very, VERY slowly. Nothing screams "Get a [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

There are now so many portable speakers available that have Bluetooth, speakerphone capabilities, really good sound for their size, and decent battery life, that choosing one is getting harder and harder. But really, who cares? Just a few short years ago, these technological perks we take for granted were mind-blowing. This really is the start [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

  Last year, I reviewed the Martian Watches G2G smart watch, and I loved it.  Not only did that watch display information about incoming calls, emails, text messages, and other notifications, it had a Bluetooth speakerphone built in.  I loved the vintage styling of the G2G, and I loved that I could replace the watch [...]

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posted in Android related, Bluetooth Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews, Watches, Clocks

I have always had a fascination with messenger bags, but have never found one that fit my needs. I love the roominess of messenger bags but I hate the lack of compartment separation and a secure location for my laptop or iPad. The Lunar Mirror Messenger from Altego has a solution for my problem. Note: [...]

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posted in Bags, Reviews

We're fans of all manner of writing instruments as well as accessories to carry and organize them here at The Gadgeteer. When I stumbled upon the Nock Co.'s pen cases during their crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign a while back, I was immediately interested in their styling and utility---they reminding me of Tom Bihn's excellent travel items in [...]

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posted in Cases, Covers, Reviews

About a year and a half ago I reviewed a set of Balls of Steel, a drink cooler with a snappy name and ties to testicular cancer research; fifteen percent of their net profits are donated towards the cause.  They recently reached out again to ask if I'd like to review their version 2.0--Balls of [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I have a thing for activity trackers, fitness trackers, pedometers or whatever other name you like to call them. I've reviewed at least a dozen of them in the last couple of years and don't see an end to their popularity anytime soon. The latest tracker to track my steps is the vivofit from Garmin. [...]

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posted in Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

I can work anywhere, as long as I have my laptop computer. Sure, with cloud access I can manage pretty well with just a smartphone - and even better with a tablet - but the laptop still makes it much easier to work and store or access everything I need. Therefore, I rarely travel very [...]

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posted in Bags, Laptops and Gear, Reviews

I am what many people would call, a "cord-cutter".  In my living space I don't subscribe to cable, and generally watch my TV online with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube.  A few years ago I lived in England and loved watching BBC iPlayer, but now that I live back in the US, I [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

Many people would agree with me if I said that the Sonos wireless speaker system is the gold standard if you want to play music wirelessly in your home or business.  The feature set and options for Sonos are pretty extensive and performance is great. But it comes at a 'gold standard' price in my [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

When I go out for a walk around the neighborhood, I always have to have music to listen to. Normally, plugging in my headphones and dropping my iPhone in my pocket works well, but lately I've been using an arm strap instead of my pockets. While it feels better for walking, the cord is starting [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

I love my Lazy Boy couch and my double recliner, but most furniture items want you to adapt to them instead of the other way around.  You can't easily move a recliner around your home from room to room or fold it up and shove it under the bed when you don't need it. But with [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I've reviewed many portable power options, as well as a dock or two, but this is a first, and something that we may see more of: it's a USB charger for up to ten devices! Talk about Nerd Nirvana! It's from a company called Sanrao, who makes industrial-grade USB chargine stations for testing labs and [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews

The next time I go camping will be never, but if you love that activity, the Buck Knives 941 Travelmate kit is a nifty addition you should consider adding to your camping kitchen gear. It packs a knife, fork and other tools in a convenient sheath that even prevents the spread of bacteria. Let's take a [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

My son finally took up an interest in learning to ride a bike, so I've been looking into ways to increase visibility.  Bright clothing and reflectors are important, but a wild array of LED lights on the wheel?  This could be hard to ignore! (All images can be clicked for a full size image) What [...]

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posted in Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Charging devices is one of the unpleasant and time-consuming tasks that we gadget addicts must endure, thanks to the primitive state of electrochemical energy storage.  While ultracapacitors have not yet set us free from the torturous charging wait time, there are products that purport to make that wait time shorter.  Bench Soft sent us this [...]

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posted in Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews