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Just in time for holiday shopping: Amazon announces the Fire HD Kids Edition tablet

By: Janet Cloninger in Android related, Kid Gadgets, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables posted on September 23, 2014 12:00 pm

This isn’t some tablet-like toy that will disappoint your kids.  The Fire HD Kids Edition tablet is the latest-generation Fire HD tablet, wrapped in a kid-proof case.  Amazon is so sure of the protective abilities of this case that they’ll replace the tablet for free if the kid manages to break it.  The Fire HDRead More…

Compost your food waste in just hours – no kidding

By: Kathleen Chapman in Home, Kitchen, News posted on September 23, 2014 11:00 am

I’ve been thinking about composting and buying a composter (or at least the materials for building one) for a long time now, yet the time, energy and space requirements have always been a discouragement for me. However, the Food Cycler CS-10 in-home composter from Food Cycle Science has brought composting back to the forefront of myRead More…

This spice set brings a bit of the laboratory into your kitchen

By: Janet Cloninger in Home, Kitchen, News posted on September 23, 2014 9:00 am

I have a soft spot for all the lab glassware-styled barware that ThinkGeek has offered in the past.  (My beakers and flasks shot glasses are decorating my desk right now.)  Their new Chemist’s Spice Rack is calling my name.  It would look great in my kitchen with its dark wood cabinets and black countertop thatRead More…

Gadget deals – save up to 54% on video gaming gear

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on September 23, 2014 7:45 am

Today for one day only on Amazon.com, Corsair is having a sale on a variety of gaming gear and PC accessories. You can save up to 54% on items like gaming mice, gaming keyboards, gaming headsets and flash drives. This sale also includes savings on Corsair power supplies for DIYers who like to build theirRead More…

Gadget deals – Big savings to cure your Monday blahs

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on September 22, 2014 2:15 pm

There’s no better way to cure the Monday blahs than a little bit of retail therapy, otherwise known as online shopping, when you should be working. Don’t worry, I won’t tell your boss. Today’s deals include time limited coupon codes for savings on a 29 inch LED monitor from Dell, laptops from HP, Lenovo andRead More…

The Inkless 4.EVER Pininfarina Cambiano – the Ferrari of pens has arrived

By: Kathleen Chapman in Miscellaneous, News posted on September 22, 2014 11:00 am

I have never spent a lot of money on a pen, although I do thoroughly appreciate a well designed, highly functional tool. The 4.Ever Pininfarina Cambiano inkless pen appears to be one of those tools. Pininfarina and Napkin collaborated to create this hand crafted (in Italy), beautifully sleek, classy pen that was inspired by theRead More…

Add a physical keyboard to your new iPhone 6

By: Janet Cloninger in Bluetooth Gear, Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 22, 2014 9:00 am

Apple allows you to add new software keyboards to your device with iOS 8, but Brando allows you to add a physical keyboard to your iPhone 6.  The iPhone 6 Ultra-thin Slide-out Bluetooth Backlight Keyboard case snaps onto the back of your iPhone 6; it leaves all connectors and controls uncovered.  In addition to theRead More…

Turn your existing blinds into motorized blinds with this Kickstarter project

By: Janet Cloninger in Crowdfunded, Home, Kitchen, News posted on September 22, 2014 8:00 am

We have 1″ wood venetian blinds in all our windows.  Most of our windows are floor-to-ceiling length, and they have long tilt adjustment wands that I can reach.  The windows in our sunroom are placed at ceiling height, but they stop about 3 feet above the floor, and their tilt wands are too short forRead More…

Wrap your new iPhone 6 in luxurious Italian leather

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 21, 2014 11:01 am

Each time Apple releases a new iPhone the case makers go into a feeding frenzy to get their new iPhone cases recognized and ordered by millions of new phone owners. The same thing has been happening the last two weeks for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. My inbox has been filling withRead More…

Keep your keys organized and quiet with the Orbitkey

By: Janet Cloninger in News, Pocket Gear posted on September 21, 2014 9:00 am

Orbitkey is yet another way to corral your keys to make them more compact in your pocket and to keep them quiet.  The Orbitkey consists of either a leather strap ($39.95) or an active elastomer strap ($29.95) and a locking post that your keys will fit over.  Most any flat key with a hole biggerRead More…

Loops, skates, mooses, bumpies and more – Weekly roundup

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on September 20, 2014 10:48 pm

We hope you’re all having a great weekend. To make it even better, click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week. Reviews Polar Loop activity tracker review The Cardiff Skate Company S1 skate review Zagg rugged folio for the Apple iPad mini review Aukey Luna wireless chargingRead More…

iSketchnote digitizes your drawings and notes in real time

By: Julie Strietelmeier in iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 20, 2014 11:00 am

Digitizing notes and drawings can be done a few different ways. You can snap a picture with your phone and upload the picture to Evernote, you can scan pages with a flatbed scanner, and you can also use special pen/paper combos like those from Livescribe. All of these methods work, but each have their ownRead More…

How will you be outfitting your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?

By: Janet Cloninger in Bluetooth Gear, Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 20, 2014 9:00 am

The official iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release date was September 19, 2014 – at least for the lucky ones.  Some of us stayed up until 3:00am ET on pre-order day to place our order, and we still have to wait until October 14 to get our new iPhone 6 Plus.  While I contemplateRead More…

Gadget deals – Save money on desktops, laptops, tablets and more

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on September 19, 2014 2:39 pm

It’s Friday which means you probably just got paid. If you have some money burning a hole in your pocket and would like to do your civic duty to boost the economy, we have a list of gadget deals for you that run the gamut of computers and tablets to portable hard drives and batteries.Read More…

Are those chopsticks in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Home, Kitchen, News posted on September 19, 2014 11:00 am

The Collapsible Compact Chopsticks from Integral Design will make sure you always have a set of eating utensils when you need them. No need to use those paper wrapped wooden chopsticks at your favorite noodle shop when you have this set. They measure 4″ when collapsed and 8″ when assembled and are available in sixRead More…

You’ll need to solemnly swear you are up to no good if you use this Marauder’s Map case

By: Janet Cloninger in Android related, Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 19, 2014 9:00 am

Fans of Harry Potter are sure to find the Marauder’s Map case of interest.  The BeanBeanCase shop at Etsy offers this case in sizes to fit: iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4/4S, Moto X, Samsung  Note 3, Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and S5, and even the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.  The caseRead More…

Here’s the perfect tool for eating ramen!

By: Janet Cloninger in Home, Kitchen, News posted on September 19, 2014 8:00 am

Unlike a spork with just the suggestion of fork tines on the front of the spoon’s bowl, the Ramen Spoon/Fork has a spoon bowl with actual tines sticking off the front.  MOMA says this fork is designed for eating ramen noodles.  It was designed for MOMA by Masami Takahashi and originally “created for use at theRead More…

USB connectors are now reversible like Apple’s Lightning connectors

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on September 19, 2014 7:00 am

Say what you will about Apple’s choice to use proprietary cables with their devices instead of generic micro USB cables, but their Lightning connectors are one of their best innovations. Lightning connectors can be inserted in either orientation making them simple and quick to plug in. Now the other end of the cable has theRead More…

The complete iOS8 and Swift course lets you learn by building 15 real world apps

By: Janet Cloninger in iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 18, 2014 4:15 pm

Have you ever had a great idea for an app?  Something that you’d love to have on your iPhone or iPad, but you have no idea how to write it yourself nor how to approach a company with your idea?  Even if you did find a company to write it for you, you’d probably loseRead More…

Gadget deals – Save $470 on a Dell XPS 11″ convertible ultrabook

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on September 18, 2014 2:16 pm

I can’t believe I’m going to admit this to the gadget world, but my next computer for home might not be a Mac. I am seriously considering going back to a Windows laptop. Shocking? A little… But we recently received brand new computers at my day job (Cummins Inc.) and I am really liking theRead More…

Make your mark on the PC gaming world with the Logitech G910 OrionSpark RGB keyboard

By: Larry Geisz in Gaming Gear, News posted on September 18, 2014 11:00 am

In the world of PC gaming a tenth of a second can literally be the difference between life and death. The folks at Logitech know this and have come up with their latest gaming keyboard: the Logitech G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical gaming keyboard. The G910 Orion Spark RGB has the following features: Romer-G mechanicalRead More…

This surge protector has a built-in portable backup battery

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on September 18, 2014 9:00 am

The Pickup Power from Quirky does the job done by most other power strips – it protects your attached devices from power surges.  It has three AC outlets and 1080 joules of surge protection.  The protection sounds good, but three outlets seem a little lacking – until you realize that the extra room that would haveRead More…

booq says their new Taipan shock backpack is shockingly good looking

By: Janet Cloninger in Bags, Laptops and Gear, News posted on September 18, 2014 8:00 am

booq has a new backpack that they think is perfect for professionals.  The Taipan shock bag is made of 1680D tri-weave polyester exterior fabric with a water-repellent coating; the embossed red interior fabric makes it easier to find items stored inside.  The bag is loaded with pockets and storage compartments:  large main compartment with document storage; separate,Read More…

Gadget deals – Save $$’s on iTunes gift cards, Sony PS4, Dell & HP desktops and more

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on September 17, 2014 2:35 pm

As always, these deals and coupon codes are only valid for a limited time. If you see something you’re interested in act quickly to avoid being disappointed. Top Deal Ends soon! $100 iTunes Gift Card for $75 only. Laptops 13.3″ Apple MacBook Pro Core i5 Retina Display Notebook w/ 128GB SSD for $1,199.99 with freeRead More…

ConvertAHangers add a hook to annoying hookless hotel hangers

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News, Travel Gear posted on September 17, 2014 11:00 am

Do the anti-theft style hangers that you find in hotel closets annoy you because they can’t be removed to hang your clothing on a door knob or shower rod due to the fact that they don’t have an actual hook on top? Here’s a solution for you, it’s the ConvertAHanger adapter. The CovertAHanger is anRead More…