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Turn most any lamp into a wireless speaker

on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I’ve seen lamps with built-in speakers before, but they aren’t usually the type of lamp you’d want in a formal living room.  With The Invisible Speaker from Hammacher Schlemmer, you can add a speaker to most any shaded lamp.  You remove the harp (the metal piece that the shade sits on) from the lamp, then Read More…


Extend the wireless coverage of any router with the Amped Wireless REC10

on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Wireless

The REC10 High Power 600mW Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender from Amped Wireless will strengthen and extend your wireless coverage throughout your house and even into your yard.  It works with any 802.11 b/g/n wireless router or service provider gateway, and it contains “advanced dual 600mW amplifiers and a high gain 2dBi detachable antenna to extend Wi-Fi coverage Read More…


Use the iUSBportCAMERA and your mobile device or computer to control your DSLR

on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Earlier this year, we told you about an accessory that allows you to use your iOS device as a trigger/timer/intervalometer for your DSLR camera.  The iUSBportCAMERA accessory from HyperShop is a similar product with more features.  First of all, you can use this device with iOS and Android mobile devices or your Mac or Windows computer. Read More…


Automatica vehicle audio content device review

on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

If you’re like me, you probably listen to music or podcasts when riding in your vehicle.  While I’ve never found it particularly difficult to aggregate my content to use in the car, the folks at Inrete think they have a better way to do it using their Automatica device.  The device requires a USB port Read More…


Wirelessly control your Celestron Telescope with the SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter

By: Paul Grunwald
on Thursday, February 21st, 2013

New for 2013 is the SkyQ Link WiFi Adapter from Celestron, which allows wireless control of most Celestron motorized telescope mounts that use the hand control computer. There is an IOS interface with telescope alignment mode and a planetarium interface that immediately aims at any celestial object you tap from the SkyView screen. SkyTour generates the Read More…


Travel with your own wireless network with the Satechi Wireless Multifunction Mini Router / Repeater

on Friday, February 15th, 2013
Posted in: News, Wireless

The Wireless Multifunction Mini Router / Repeater from Satechi really earns the “multifunction” label.  This little 2.9″ X 0.9″ X 2.9″ device is small enough to fit in a gear bag, and it offers features found in much larger devices.  The Wireless Multifunction Mini Router / Repeater has five functions.  It can serve as your main Read More…


Bring connectivity to your devices with the Electric Imp

By: Paul Grunwald
on Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The Electric Imp is now out of beta and shipping developer kits. The Imp is an SD-card sized WiFi (802.11b/g/n) module with built-in antenna, 6 I/O, Arm Cortex M3 Micro-controller, and a Cloud-based infrastructure for programming and control. The I/O supports serial, I2C, SPI, A2D, D2A, and PWM interfaces. The Imp uses the Squirrel programming language, Read More…


Oplink Mobile Interactive Security System review

on Friday, February 8th, 2013

When I purchased my current house, it came with a professionally-installed security system.  I never used it because there is a monthly fee to monitor the premises, which I’m not willing to pay.  Recently I heard about Oplink Security and their Triple Shield Home system which can be self installed and has an option that doesn’t Read More…


Off-desk mousing is possible with the Genius Pen Mouse

on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The newly re-designed Pen Mouse from Genius doesn’t keep you tied to a desk.  With the 2.4GHz Pen Mouse, you can mouse on any surface – your hands, your jeans, or almost anything else you find.  The mouse has been redesigned for a more comfortable grip and a pen clip has been added.  Three DPI Read More…


Creating a wireless network without a PC is now a reality with the Almond+ Touchscreen WiFi Router

on Saturday, January 26th, 2013

We live in a world now where the advancements in tablet devices allows them to replace the home PC. The problem with this new trend is that home wireless networking has not kept up with the influx of these tablet devices, and most routers still require a wired PC for setup and administration. The Almond+, Read More…


Ting’s Pay-For-What-You-Use cell service review

on Friday, January 11th, 2013

The major cellular providers continue to force their customers into bigger, bolder, more expensive plans that many folks do not need. I admit that I moved our family to Verizon’s Family Share Plan, where we pay a premium price for unlimited talk, text, and 6GB of data. However, there are many people that are not Read More…


Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype works with any HDTV

on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

With this Logitech camera, you can Skype with anyone in beautiful HD-quality video.  The TV Cam HD works any HDTV and connects to your wireless internet.  After you activate it with your Skype account, you’ll have a great, high-quality picture while you chat with friends and family.  The camera has a built-in speaker, and it Read More…


HSTi Wireless Media Stick review

on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Last year I bought 2 new TVs for my house. I got a great price on both of them, and the HD picture looks great on both of them.  And being the tech guy that I am, I immediately started looking for ways to take advantage of that gorgeous HD screen.  The TVs were not Read More…


republic wireless hybrid calling BETA review

on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

When I saw that you could get a non-contract phone plan with unlimited calling, data and texts for $19/month, it was an easy decision to jump in.  republic wireless can offer this deal because it uses both the cellular network and WiFi, something they call hybrid calling, to route your calls and data.   This is perfect Read More…


Kanex Lets You Travel with Your Own Private WiFi Network

on Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wireless

Have you ever checked in to a hotel that promises WiFi,  only to find that you have a room with weak, useless WiFi service?  There’s only one Ethernet cable in there, but you have several device you want to connect?  If you had the mySpot from Kanex, you could create your own password-protected personal network Read More…

Netatmo Introduces the First Personal Weather Monitoring Station for iOS

on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

We’ve all seen those little desktop weather stations that show the indoor and outdoor temperatures and maybe humidity.  They’re useful, but there are many other parameters that could prove more useful in an urban environment, like air quality.  Netatmo has introduced the Personal Urban Weather Station, the first to use your iPhone, iPod touch, or Read More…


Why I Switched to Verizon’s New Share Everything Plan

on Monday, July 16th, 2012
Posted in: Articles, Wireless

Bryan did a great job discussing the details of Verizon’s new Share Everything Plan that was rolled out at the end of last month. He also dove into the fact that Verizon is doing their best to kill off Unlimited Data Plans with their most recent service. He also looked at how this new plan Read More…

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Enable Talk Gloves Helps the Hearing Impaired Communicate

on Sunday, July 15th, 2012
Posted in: News, Wireless

For those who are speech or hearing impaired, sign language can be one of their main forms of communication. The issue is that not everyone knows sign language which can lead to communication barriers.  Three Ukrainian students have just won first place in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2012 with their Enable Talk Glove project.  The glove translates Read More…


VXi BlueParrott Xpress Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Wireless Headset Review

on Thursday, July 5th, 2012

For years I have been a Bluetooth headset evangelist.  I have reviewed many Bluetooth headsets for The Gadgeteer (see related links for some of my reviews).  I have long since gotten over any self-conscious feelings about looking like an employee in the McDonald’s drive-thru, and I have embraced my inner, and outer, geekness.  Then along Read More…


jitterbug plus Review

on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Posted in: Reviews, Wireless

There is a group of people who could use an alternative to the smartphone.  Those would be people in my age group (variously called baby boomers, senior citizens, the wrinklies, or Q-tips), some of whom have problems navigating the complex displays and keyboards of most cellphones.  Greatcall has an answer for these folks and has just come Read More…


Verizon Unveils New Share Everything Plan

on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
Posted in: News, Wireless

Chances are you knew this was coming. Verizon officially announced yesterday their new Share Everything plan.  It is a simplified plan that gives you unlimited minutes, and messages for up to 10 devices, as well as mobile hotspot with no extra fee. However, it also ends unlimited data as an option on new contracts and Read More…


Henge Docks Clique Review

on Friday, June 8th, 2012

The Clique from Henge Docks is a thin, rigid plastic tray with form-fitted recessions engineered to unite your Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad. The Clique not only combines your Apple peripherals, but allows you to use your keyboard and Trackpad without needing a flat surface to place them on, making it perfect for your Read More…


Columbus, Indiana is getting Verizon 4G LTE on 6/21!

on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Posted in: News, Wireless

I am sure that the majority of you reading this really don’t care that my hometown of Columbus, Indiana (Seymour too) will be getting Verizon 4G LTE in a little over 2 weeks, but I am really excited about it. I’m actually surprised that we’re getting it this soon. I figured it wouldn’t be till sometime next year. I guess Verizon really is Read More…


DataJack MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot Review

on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
Posted in: Reviews, Wireless

Staying connected at all times is something I obsess about. I live in the woods with no cable or DSL. My only choice for broadband was a  HughesNet satellite or a T1 line. I was happy with HughesNet for awhile, but a few years later I started getting fed up with traffic caps and overall Read More…


Forget About the Nest Thermostat, Check out the ColorTouch from Venstar

on Friday, May 18th, 2012

The ColorTouch from Venstar looks like the ultimate gadgeteer’s thermostat. First of all, it is compatible with Apple iPhone, iTouch, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Mac and PC devices, which allows you to easily change settings remotely. Who knew that the ability to customize your home thermostat was important to people. It must be because the ColorTouch has interchangeable Read More…