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Gear bags and accessories for the college student

By: Janet Cloninger in Bags, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on September 13, 2014 8:00 am

This post is brought to you by eBay. All opinions are 100% mine. My daughter started college this year, and we’ve discovered the type of backpack she used in high school isn’t working for her new environment.  In high school, she needed a giant bag to carry a ton of books.  She also had aRead More…

Google Voice now officially supported on OBi VoIP devices

By: Elizabeth Rodriguez in News posted on September 12, 2014 11:00 am

Back in May of this year, Google had announced the end of support for XMPP based calling with Google voice.  With a Google voice account and an OBi device you can make and receive VoIP calls on a regular telephone, call internationally at low rates, and use premium features included free such as voicemail, call waiting,Read More…

It’s easy to keep up with your glasses when you have a Lens Friend

By: Janet Cloninger in Gear, News posted on September 12, 2014 9:00 am

The Lens Friend is a strip of silicone with magnets embedded in each end; when it’s folded in the middle, the ends grip together.  You can fold them over your shirt pocket, a collar, or your bag.  It has three 0.5″ loops on one end for you to slip one of the temples of yourRead More…

The Seven Year Flashlight will be ready whenever you need it

By: Janet Cloninger in Car Gear, Gear, News, Outdoor Gear posted on September 12, 2014 8:00 am

The Seven Year Flashlight from Hammacher Schlemmer is a rechargeable flashlight that can hold a charge for seven years.  It has “specially-designed nickel metal hydride batteries that minimize power loss, ensuring reliable, full-power light for seven years on a single charge.”   It produces 200 lumens of light for 6 hours on a full charge,Read More…

KontrolFreek wants you to play video games like a boss

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Gaming Gear, News posted on September 11, 2014 2:30 pm

KontrolFreek is a company that makes video game accessories that snap directly onto the control sticks for Xbox and PlayStation handheld gaming controllers. These add-ons are compatible with both the new PS4 and Xbox One controllers as well as older console controllers like the Xbox 360 and PS3. They are designed to improve gaming performance, accuracyRead More…

Join the dark side with your own posable Darth Vader metal figure

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Geek Toys, News posted on September 11, 2014 11:42 am

Star Wars geeks will love this one. It’s a 5 inch tall Darth Vader figure from Herocross made of a hybrid metal material (not sure what that means exactly) with over 15 movable joints. The figure comes with four interchangeable hands to give Darth different gestures, a lightsaber (of course) and a display stand. TheRead More…

Keystone key holder review

By: Andy Chen in Car Gear, Crowdfunded, Pocket Gear posted on September 11, 2014 10:00 am

Got keys?  Sure you do!  Today let’s take a look at another everyday key carry solution, the Keystone. All photos can be clicked for full size. Compact – The Keystone maximizes space by holding as many of your keys as possible in a 6/8″ x 3 1/4″(20mm x 85mm) space. Silent – Your keys will never jingle.Read More…

Get lost in the Maze of time with this new Tokyoflash Japan watch

By: Janet Cloninger in News, Watches, Clocks posted on September 11, 2014 9:00 am

The newest offering from Tokyoflash Japan is the Kisai Maze Wood LCD watch.  These watches have a wood case and leather straps with stainless steel buckles.  The faces can display time in a maze mode (03:39 on the left watch, 05:17 on the right) or in numeric time; they can also show date.  The MazeRead More…

CalypsoCase announces luxury iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases

By: Janet Cloninger in Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 11, 2014 8:00 am

CalypsoCase makes luxurious hand-crafted cases from the “best natural Italian leathers.”  The make 500 pieces of each design, and each is numbered with a serial number.  You’d think this would make these iPhone cases out of reach for the average buyer, but they are surprisingly affordable.  They have announced three new designs for the iPhoneRead More…

If you own a pickup truck, you’ll have a dry, covered place to sleep in case of emergency with this Rightline Gear tent

By: Janet Cloninger in Car Gear, News, Outdoor Gear posted on September 10, 2014 9:00 am

Well, the title says it all.  This Rightline Gear tent is bottomless, so you can set it up without emptying the bed of the truck.  It’s made of gray and orange water-resistant polyester fabric with tape-sealed seams (PU 2000mm), and it has fiberglass poles.  It has two gear pockets, a lantern hanging hook, glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls,Read More…

The iPhone 6 was just released, and Brando already has a battery case for it!

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 10, 2014 8:00 am

Brando is already offering an iPhone 6 case with a built-in backup battery.  If you order now, you can have it ready to go on your new iPhone 6 the second you take it out of the box.  The 3000mAh Power Jacket for iPhone 6 is for the new 4.7″ version.  The protective case snaps onRead More…

Phorce Pro is a 3 way convertible bag that holds and charges your gear

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Bags, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on September 9, 2014 10:00 am

The Phorce Pro is a briefcase that converts into a backpack or messenger bag. That in itself is not unique; we’ve seen numerous bags that have this ability to convert from one form to another. What sets the Phorce Pro apart from those bags is that it has a built in rechargeable 26,000 mAH lithium-ionRead More…

Make sure you look perfect before snapping that selfie with this brush

By: Janet Cloninger in Cases, Covers, Health, Fitness, Sports, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 9, 2014 8:00 am

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, somebody comes along with something like this…  The Selfie Brush for iPhone 5/5s holds your phone while you snap a selfie, after first brushing your hair to look your best, of course.  This paddle-style brush works as a protective phone case, too, so you can make calls,Read More…

Swivl makes your smartphone or tablet follow you around like a puppy

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 8, 2014 2:34 pm

Swivl is a robotic accessory for your Android, iOS or DSLR that’s been designed to make lectures and presentations more dynamic. It’s actually a special base that holds your mobile device (phone, tablet or camera) that can pan 360 degrees or tilt 20 degrees as you walk around the room. A small handheld dongle linksRead More…

Track your family’s temperature readings with the Kinsa Smart Thermometer

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Health, Fitness, Sports, Home, Kitchen, News posted on September 8, 2014 11:00 am

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is a smartphone connected digital thermometer that is compatible with a variety of iOS and Android devices (see compatibility info). The name “Kinsa” comes from the words Kinder, meaning child, and Kin, meaning family. The thermometer is thin and flexible for comfort and plugs into the headphone jack of the mobileRead More…

Sit comfortably in front of your computer, even if you don’t have a desk

By: Janet Cloninger in Computer Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, Laptops and Gear, News posted on September 8, 2014 10:00 am

Sitting at a desk while working on a laptop or desktop computer can be very tiring.  If your desk height and chair height aren’t right for you, you can get back and neck pain, and you can even develop carpal tunnel problems with your wrists.  You can take the desk out of the equation withRead More…

Your dog can play fetch by himself with the iFetch

By: Janet Cloninger in News, Pet Gadgets posted on September 8, 2014 8:00 am

iFetch is an interactive toy that pitches a ball for your dog, or cat, to fetch.  You can even train your pet to retrieve the ball and put it in the iFetch himself for never-ending fun, though you should monitor play time.  iFetch ball launcher is made of plastic and metal, and it comes withRead More…

IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Field for iOS devices

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Audio, Video, TV Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on September 7, 2014 11:00 am

Now you can capture high quality audio for video and audio projects anywhere with IK Multimedia’s new iRig Mic Field microphone. This new microphone has been designed especially for Lightning-compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices and features two high-quality cardioid electret condenser capsules, 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), 115 dB maximumRead More…

This backpack holds an already assembled emergency preparedness kit

By: Janet Cloninger in Bags, Gear, News posted on September 7, 2014 9:00 am

The Catastrophe Backpack from Herrington is equipped to help you withstand a disaster or to help you assist in recovery efforts.  It has 14 pockets and sleeves that come loaded with a lot of gear:  poncho; thermal blanket; respirator mask; personal hygiene and medical first aid kits; signal mirror and whistle; compass and magnifying glass;Read More…

Volkswagen, Garmin, Belkin, Philips and more – Weekly roundup

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on September 6, 2014 9:56 pm

To help make sure that you didn’t miss any of our gadget related news, reviews or articles from this past week we’ve compiled a list for you. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week. You can thank us later. Reviews SunJack Phone portable solar charger reviewRead More…

Moto Hint is a Bluetooth headset that doesn’t make you look like a tool or does it?

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Bluetooth Gear, News posted on September 6, 2014 9:34 pm

Earlier this week Motorola took the wraps off two new smartphones and the Moto 360 smartwatch, but the new device that caught my interest the most is the Motorola Hint Bluetooth headset. This is the first headset that I’ve seen in a very long time that I’d actually consider wearing – in public. That’s becauseRead More…

Play games on your smartphone using only your breath

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Gaming Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News posted on September 6, 2014 11:33 am

Do you play games on your smartphone to relax and de-stress? The Zenytime Puck is a small handheld Bluetooth gadget that pairs with your iOS or Android smartphone and is used like a joystick to play games – but instead of manipulating it with your hands, you breath into it. No, I’m not kidding. TheRead More…

Matt Ferguson’s Star Wars Trilogy on sale for a very limited time

By: Janet Cloninger in Home, Kitchen, News posted on September 6, 2014 9:00 am

These Star Wars art prints by Matt Ferguson allow you to pay homage to your favorite movies and add some artwork to your home or office.  These prints are very limited edition.  If you want one, you’ll need to place an order before Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 11:59PM ET.  The actual number of printsRead More…

Bowers & Wilkins debut significant improvements to two headphones

By: Bill Henderson in Audio, Video, TV Gear, News posted on September 5, 2014 12:00 pm

The cool thing about top-of-the-line products and patience is that one benefits the other. Case in point: The new Bowers & Wilkins Series 2 P5 headphone and C5 earphone. Patience is rewarded because B&W has incorporated elements from their P7 headphone into the less expensive P5, improving just about every internal component. The P7’s successRead More…

PlayTape lets your child (or you) lay down roads or train track quickly and inexpensively

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Kid Gadgets, News posted on September 5, 2014 11:00 am

PlayTape is a roll of tape similar to painter’s tape that looks like a 2-lane blacktop road or railroad tracks. It’s a low-tack adhesive tape that is easy to tear and sticks to any flat surface without leaving behind sticky residue. Kids can stick it to hardwood or low pile carpeted floors to create raceRead More…