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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book – New from No Starch Press

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News posted on April 24, 2014 1:00 pm

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book by Laurens Valk is a complete beginner’s guide to building and programming robots using the newest EV3 kit from LEGO. This is the follow up to his bestselling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book. Laurens is a MINDSTORMS Community Partner and has years of experience building and testing MINDSTORMS robots. LEGO Read More…

Now Apple iOS users can get 100GB of backup and sync cloud storage for $1 a year from IDrive

By: Janet Cloninger in iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on April 24, 2014 12:00 pm

IDrive had already made 100GB of cloud storage for $1 available to Android users earlier this year, and now they are extending the offer to iOS users.  You’ll need to download the IDrive mobile app and sign up through it for the $1/year deal.  You’ll automatically get 50GB backup space by default, and you’ll get 50GB Read More…

Now your smartphone’s backup battery can jump start your car too

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News posted on April 24, 2014 10:00 am

Here at The Gadgeteer we have seen and reviewed more than our fair share of portable backup batteries for smartphones and other USB devices. But we’ve never seen a smartphone sized backup battery that can also be used to jump start a car. That’s right, the Junopower JUMPR is a 7 ounce 5.5” x 3” x Read More…

Logitech introduces new cases for iPads

By: Janet Cloninger in Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on April 24, 2014 9:00 am

Logitech recently announced three new cases for the Apple iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display.  The Hinge (bottom, right) is a flexible, protective case made of “spill-resistant, wipe-clean materials to protect your iPad from accidental bumps, scratches and spills.”  It allows you to adjust the iPad to a variety of viewing Read More…

Jimi provides easier access to iMac USB connectors

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Computer Gear, News posted on April 24, 2014 8:00 am

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 USB Read More…

Stepping on a LEGO brick won’t hurt if you’re wearing these slippers

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Geek Toys, News posted on April 23, 2014 2:15 pm

Are you a LEGO fan? I bet you don’t have a pair of these snazzy LEGO slippers under your bed. Only the true LEGO fanatic will add a pair of these LEGO Brick slippers from Convenient Gadgets & Gifts to their brick collection. These slippers are designed in the shape of a 6 post brick Read More…

Never pay someone to scan your photo negatives again

By: Janet Cloninger in Camera Gear, News posted on April 23, 2014 12:00 pm

With the iPhone and Android Film Scanner, you’ll be able to scan your own 35mm photo negatives directly into your smartphone, as easily as snapping a photo.  And you’ll be able to color correct or even stitch together images before you save them.  You’ll need to use the LomoScanner app from Lomography on your Apple Read More…

WaterField adds 15 inch Rough Rider Leather Messenger Bag

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Bags, Backpacks, News posted on April 23, 2014 10:00 am

A couple months ago we told you about WaterField’s Rough Rider Leather Messenger Bag made of gorgeous distressed leather and available in a choice of six different accent colors: black, copper, pine, green, flame and pearl. The only down side to this bad was that it was only available for 13 inch laptops. Those of Read More…

Four port USB charging hub for your car

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News posted on April 23, 2014 9:00 am

USB charging hubs are everywhere, but this is the first one I’ve seen that’s designed for use in the car.  The Quad USB Power Charger from RichardSolo supplies 2.4A per port, so you can charge four power-hungry tablets simultaneously from your car’s DC outlet.  RichardSolo says charge times are the same using this hub as Read More…

The tablet wars heat up: the ASUS Vivo Tab Note 8

By: Mark Rosengarten in News, Tablets, Ultra Portables, Windows Mobile posted on April 23, 2014 8:00 am

I never get tired of tiny Windows machines.  I’ve owned everything from the OQO to the Fujitsu UH100 to the Viliv N5 to the Dell Venue Pro 8.  Now ASUS has tossed its large hat into the 8″ Windows tablet right with its new offering, the Vivo Tab Note 8.  Available in 32 and 64 Read More…

Everpurse introduces the Mini iPhone charging wallet

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News, Wallets posted on April 22, 2014 5:00 pm

Do you remember the Everpurse iPhone charging clutch purse and handbags that we have covered here (see related links below) in the past? The company behind those products has just introduced the Everpurse Mini charging hard-shell wallet. The Mini can charge your iPhone 5/5S from zero to 100% three times. The iPhone docks right on Read More…

Drink from your phone… or listen to music from your water bottle…

By: Janet Cloninger in Health, Fitness, Sports, Home, Kitchen, News posted on April 22, 2014 12:00 pm

The AdNArt SNB5 The Beat Silicone Hydra Bottle is a reusable water bottle with a chamber to hold your iPhone 4 or 5 (though it will work with other similarly-sized phones).  The 18-oz bottle is made of 100% silicone and is BPA- and phthalate-free.  It has a sports lid with drinking spout, and you can Read More…

Rack up some XPs by brushing

By: Morgan Bornstein in Crowdfunded, Kid Gadgets, News posted on April 22, 2014 9:00 am

What better way to encourage brushing in kids (and some adults) than by gamifying the twice a day chore?  A team of inventors is seeking crowd funding to make the Grush (Gaming-toothbRUSH) into a reality.  The toothbrush itself doubles as a motion sensing controller which pairs with a smartphone running one of the brushing games.  Games are geared Read More…

Protect your personal data and charge your phone with this wallet

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Wallets posted on April 22, 2014 8:00 am

QVC’s special value of the day is a choice of an RFID-blocking wallet in either a men’s or women’s styling.  The HALO wallets shield your RFID-enabled cards from being scanned without your knowledge – perhaps by people looking to steal your identity.  The men’s wallet has six card slots and room for bills.  It’s available in Read More…

Faveable shares great deals on Jawbone JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker, Samsung SSD and more

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on April 21, 2014 1:00 pm

Hope you had a good weekend, and are ready for another edition of partnered content from Faveable.com – this time around they are continuing the focus on some awesome every-day gadgets available with killer deals. First up, a very popular and portable Bluetooth speaker from Jawbone at 41% off MSRP. It’s available in 9 color options and Read More…

Seatback mount for planes, trains, and buses

By: Janet Cloninger in eBook Readers, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables, Travel Gear posted on April 21, 2014 12:00 pm

I’ve seen tray-top stands to hold your mobile devices during flights, but they always seemed a little dangerous to me.  Because they weren’t tied down in any way, it seemed that your mobile device could go flying in case of turbulence.  The cradle of the Skyview Seatback Mount for Mobile Devices holds mobile smart phones, tablets, Read More…

Protect your new Samsung Galaxy S5 with a DRACOdesign Supernova Aluminum Bumper

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Android related, Cases, Covers, News posted on April 21, 2014 9:00 am

Available in 5 colors including the Electric Blue that you see above is DRACOdesign’s latest bumper case for Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5. The Supernova bumper is made of ultra-lightweight airplane grade aluminum and provides maximum protection for the S5 smartphone. The bumper edge is raised by 1mm in height, which protects the phone Read More…

Charge your devices while you recharge yourself in the great outdoors

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Outdoor Gear posted on April 21, 2014 8:00 am

The Bang Bang Solar Tent incorporates a solar charging panel so you can keep your devices charged in the great outdoors.  After all, you don’t want to rough it too much!  The 5W solar panel charges a lithium storage battery, which can then be used to charge phones, cameras, LED lights, and other low-voltage devices. Read More…

Saddleback Leather iPad case giveaway!

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Contests, News posted on April 21, 2014 7:00 am

Gadgeteers, today is your lucky day to enter our contest to win your choice of one of three rugged leather iPad cases from Saddleback Leather Company. If you win, you’ll be able to protect your iPad, iPad mini or iPad Air with a leather case that has been constructed to last longer than your iPad or even you Read More…

This is the most unique charging hub for the kitchen you’ll see today

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Home, Kitchen, News posted on April 20, 2014 8:00 am

I’ve seen lots of attempts at creating a sleek charging station for the kitchen counter, but this is something I’ve never seen.  The TowlHub doesn’t take up any extra room on your counter, because it replaces your current paper towel holder.  It’s made of stainless steel with a weighted base for stability.  It holds any Read More…

Amazon Fire TV, Ninja blenders, LEGO and more – Weekly roundup

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News, The Gadgeteer posted on April 19, 2014 4:14 pm

Did you miss one of our posts this week? We covered quite a few topics from Janet’s and my review of the Amazon Fire TV streaming video device, to Dave’s trip report when he and his son (the Gadgeteer Kit) attended a LEGO build challenge event and Mark’s news post about the Smartbean Bluetooth dongle. Read More…

ZAGG introduces Auto-Fit keyboards for 7-10″ Android tablets

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Android related, Bluetooth Gear, News posted on April 19, 2014 9:00 am

The new line of Auto-Fit Bluetooth keyboards from ZAGG offers one-size fits all compatibility with a wide range of Android tablets from multiple manufacturers. The keyboards feature a spring-loaded cover that can expand to accommodate the specific height of the Android tablet. When inserted, the Auto-Fit keyboard turns the tablet into a pseudo mini laptop, with a cover that Read More…

These light-up shoes are for adults

By: Janet Cloninger in Health, Fitness, Sports, News posted on April 19, 2014 8:00 am

If you walk/run, ride a bike, or do other outdoor activities at night, you need to make sure you’re visible to motorists.  There’s a lot of reflective clothing on the market, but they may not suit you for one reason or another.  With the PowerSpurz from 4id, you can add lights to your own shoes, Read More…

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

By: Janet Cloninger in Gear, News posted on April 18, 2014 12:00 pm

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″ X Read More…

Aero-Tray allows you to maximize airplane tray table space

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Laptops and Gear, News, Travel Gear posted on April 18, 2014 10:12 am

Traveling by airplane can be great for getting to your destination quicker than by car. I enjoy almost every aspect of air travel except for one – cramped seating space. I always feel like a sardine that has been crammed into a metal tin. It’s tolerable when all I want to do is play a Read More…