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Venostech SideCar connects your phone or tablet to your laptop for multi-display productivity

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Laptops and Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables posted on August 25, 2014 11:00 am

Small laptops are great when you need something that is ultra portable, but the trade off is that they usually have smaller displays which ends up making you feel cramped and squinty. The Venostech SideCar is an interesting solution that doesn’t require any power and uses devices you already own to add additional screen spaceRead More…

This game not only improves your child’s memory, it helps him remember family members

By: Janet Cloninger in Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News posted on August 25, 2014 9:00 am

I’ve heard of people who make little photo books for their young children that contain pictures of their family members who live far away.  The child may not see Grammy very often, but she’ll be familiar with Grammy’s face from looking at the photo album and talking with her parents about the pictures as theyRead More…

The QiStone+ backup battery wirelessly charges any Qi-chargeable device

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on August 25, 2014 8:00 am

The QiStone+ charger is described as the only truly wireless power bank.  The charger has a 4000mAh battery that can keep your phone or other Qi-chargeable device powered up during your day.  You can even charge two devices simultaneously with the QiStone+ charger – one wirelessly on the Qi transmitter on the top of the powerRead More…

This baseball cap will defend you against bad guys

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Gear, News posted on August 24, 2014 11:00 am

If you ever find yourself in a sketchy situation where you feel threatened by bodily harm, the Fab Defense “Gotcha” Cap Less-Lethal Self-Defense Tool may help you escape. The Gotcha cap looks like an ordinary cloth baseball cap, which comes in five different colors and has an area on the front to attach your favoriteRead More…

Keep your unplugged power cords within easy reach with the Plug Out organizers

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on August 24, 2014 9:00 am

If you have more things to plug in than you have outlets or if you just keep things unplugged to prevent power draw when appliances aren’t in use, you’d probably like a way to keep those unplugged cables in clear view and within easy reach.  These Plug Out plug organizers are silicone strips that adhereRead More…

Dashcams, Android gadgets and more – Weekly roundup

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on August 23, 2014 10:47 pm

This week we featured reviews about two different dashcams and news about interesting products like a three port USB hub for your Android devices, a special Belkin charger for Android devices and lots more. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week. Reviews LG G3 Quick Circle Qi WirelessRead More…

Loyal Stricklin Ruck Sack is so gorgeous (and expensive) that you might be afraid to use it

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Bags, News posted on August 23, 2014 12:33 pm

I don’t even like backpacks, but the Ruck Sack from Loyal Stricklin is so lovely to look at that I can picture myself hiking picturesque trails with it strapped on my back. These bags are handmade in a studio which is located in an historic train depot in Alabama. The ruck sack is made ofRead More…

Get ready for Oktoberfest with Das Can-In-Stein

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

Your barware might not include expensive ceramic or metal beer steins, but you can simulate the look with these Das Can-In-Stein beverage can holders.  Simply slip any standard 12 ounce can into the “scaffolding”, and you’ll have a stein, complete with handle and thumb-opened hinged lid.  Although it looks like pewter, Das Can-In-Stein is madeRead More…

Stay alive and pop open a brew with SlideBelts Survival Belt

By: Andy Jacobs in Crowdfunded, News, Outdoor Gear posted on August 22, 2014 3:23 pm

I’ve watched the TV show Survivorman enough to know that in a survival situation, sometimes having the right tool can mean the difference between life and death. The folks at SlideBelts know this too. They took their already innovative no-hole belt design and are amping it up with new survival-type features in a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. In addition toRead More…

Save space with collapsible buckets

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Home, Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear posted on August 22, 2014 11:00 am

Janet recently turned me on to the Tiny House Nation TV show on the FYI channel. While I know I will never be able to talk Jeanne into downsizing to a 500 or smaller square foot house, I can’t help but dream about minimizing and simplifying all our junk. I love watching the Tiny HouseRead More…

The new mophie juice pack is just for the Galaxy S5

By: Janet Cloninger in Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Cases, Covers, News posted on August 22, 2014 9:00 am

Cases with backup batteries are usually designed for the iPhone, but mophie’s newest case is for the Samsung Galaxy S5 phone.  This case covers the back and sides to protect your phone, and it wraps slightly around to the screen to keep it lifted off the tabletop should you lay the phone facedown.  Inside, there’sRead More…

WaterField Designs introduces the new VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag

By: Janet Cloninger in Bags, Laptops and Gear, News posted on August 22, 2014 8:00 am

Actually, it’s not just a laptop bag, because the VertiGo 2.0 is available in three sizes: small holds an iPad Air and similar tablets; medium holds a 13″ Mac laptop; and large holds a 15″ Mac laptop.  The VertiGo 2.0 is the “ideal business and traveling companion that can hold a surprising amount of gearRead More…

Gadget deals – Save on a variety of gaming gadgets including UK deals

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Gaming Gear, News posted on August 21, 2014 1:11 pm

Today’s gadget deals have been hand picked for our readers who enjoy video games. The list includes two controllers, a Sony PS4 wireless headset, HDMI cable and a deal on a Sony PS3 and a games for our UK readers. Mad Catz Optical Gaming Mouse Prepare for GTA:V on PC with the Mad Catz GamingRead More…

Equalizer case for iPhone 5/5s

By: Janet Cloninger in Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on August 21, 2014 9:00 am

Although the lights on the back of this iPhone 5/5s case look like an equalizer display, they don’t actually react to specific frequencies and the max levels are pre-set.  They will react to any music or ambient sound, and they look cool and add interest to what would normally be a plain, black cover overRead More…

The Bolstr is smaller than a gear bag but bigger than a holster

By: Janet Cloninger in Bags, Crowdfunded, News posted on August 21, 2014 8:00 am

Men seem to like to carry lots of stuff in their pockets, and sometimes they have too much stuff and need a bag.  But many men have aversions to bags that are much smaller than a laptop bag or to bags that don’t look like they can be carried into war.  Sometimes neither of thoseRead More…

Barnes & Noble announces new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK

By: Julie Strietelmeier in eBook Readers, News posted on August 20, 2014 7:45 pm

This post is sponsored by Barnes & Noble. This morning in New York City’s Union Square Store, Barnes & Noble & Samsung announced a historic partnership releasing the newest and latest Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK®. This new tablet provides the best of both worlds – a well designed technology backend and the excellent NOOK®Read More…

This Belkin Powerhouse XL dock is designed for Android tablets and eReaders

By: Janet Cloninger in Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on August 20, 2014 9:00 am

This PowerHouse Micro-USB Dock XL is designed for Android tablets and phones, eReaders, and similar devices charged by microUSB.  It has a dock to adjust the microUSB plug so you can dock many of your devices while they are still in a case.  You can rapidly charge your device while photos, music, apps, and other data transfers.Read More…

This new watch from Tokyoflash Japan is Radioactive

By: Janet Cloninger in News, Watches, Clocks posted on August 20, 2014 8:00 am

The face of the new Kisai Radioactive watch from Tokyoflash Japan looks like it could be the monitor display on a nuclear reactor.  The lights flash to display the time, and an animation mode will look like a constantly changing status display (can be turned off).  The case and band are made of brushed stainless steel,Read More…

You won’t need a fancy compass with this nickel that points North

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News, Outdoor Gear posted on August 19, 2014 9:00 pm

The Covert Compass from Shomer-Tec is a genuine nickel that has been modified to function as a simple compass that will point to magnetic North. The nickel has a groove around the edge that is used to suspend the coin from a thread. You supply the thread and when dangled, the heads side of the coinRead More…

Gadget deals – DIY Google Glass for $14 and more

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on August 19, 2014 11:00 am

Google Glass (Sort of) We give you, Google Glass! Super fun and super tongue in cheek! This is a simple and inexpensive DIY version of Google’s virtual reality glasses that was announced at the most recent Google I/O. Check them out for only $14 from Amazon! Apple iPhone Headphones If you’re anything like us, thenRead More…

The TANDA zap promises to zap your acne away in just one day

By: Janet Cloninger in Health, Fitness, Sports, News posted on August 19, 2014 9:00 am

Eight years ago, The Gadgeteer reviewed the Zeno Acne Treatment device, and that review is still being read today.  Acne is a horrible thing that sits right there on your face, for everyone to see.  It can sap your confidence in your appearance, it can physically hurt, and it can leave scars.  People try all kindsRead More…

Two new 3-in-1 cables from Bloobury lighten your daily carry kit

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on August 19, 2014 8:00 am

Last year, we told you about a 2.5′ retractable 3-in-1 cable from Bloobury that combined an Apple 30-pin connector, an Apple Lightning connector, and a microUSB connector in one cable.  That cable could easily replace three cables in your gear bag, but what if you’re not a fan of the retractable cable format?  This yearRead More…

Get your hydration fix in a flash with the collapsable Stash Bottle

By: Larry Geisz in News, Outdoor Gear, Travel Gear posted on August 18, 2014 12:33 pm

Always on the lookout for neat travel gear, I recently stumbled upon this product from Hydrapak, the Stash Bottle a collapsible TPU walled water bottle. What makes this so interesting to me is that when not in use, the hard molded top and bottom can be collapsed together for storage. This feature is a travelersRead More…

The Solar Strap lets you wear your solar charger

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Crowdfunded, News, Outdoor Gear posted on August 18, 2014 9:00 am

There are a lot of solar chargers on the market, and most of them seem to require you to set them up and leave them in direct sunlight.  Those types are more useful if you have set up camp and will stay around the same place for a long while, but they aren’t so usefulRead More…

These SmartPlanet lunch containers expand to hold your lunch and flatten for the trip home

By: Janet Cloninger in Home, Kitchen, News posted on August 18, 2014 8:00 am

SmartPlanet has a line of lunch containers that flatten up for compact carrying home after the lunch is eaten.  More importantly for people with not much storage in the kitchen, they don’t take up a lot of storage space, either.  The Collapsible Eco Meal Kits have BPA-free silicone bases that open to hold your food,Read More…