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Gadget deals – Lumsing 6000mAh ultra slim power bank

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Deals, News posted on August 13, 2014 11:00 am

You can never have too much battery power, so here’s a deal on an external power supply from Lumsing that has a capacity of 6000mAh that is enough juice that you can use it to recharge an iPhone 5S three times, a Galaxy S4 twice, or an iPad mini once. It features an ultra slim caseRead More…

StretchWrite turns your favorite pen or pencil into a stylus

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News, Styluses posted on August 13, 2014 10:00 am

The StretchWrite is a stretchy grip that will instantly turn your favorite pen or pencil into a touch screen compatible stylus. Just put the writing tip of the pen or pencil in one end of the StretchWrite and stretch the other end over the opposite side. Now you can write with the pencil or inkRead More…

You won’t lose sight of your target with the HipShotDot

By: Larry Geisz in Gaming Gear, News posted on August 13, 2014 8:00 am

Continuing with my video gaming theme this week, I bring you the HipShotDot, an onscreen red dot sight designed for FPS (First Person Shooters) games. Here’s the thing, as I have gotten a little older I sometimes have a hard time finding the sight reticle on the TV screen when playing shooting games. The scene on theRead More…

MudFighter tools declare war on muddy shoes

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear posted on August 12, 2014 10:00 am

The Mudfighter-series is a collection of tools that have been designed to help you remove mud and rocks from the soles / treads of your shoes. They are perfect for cross country runners, hikers, and even people that have dogs I could have used one of these tools several years ago when I had myRead More…

Put the control in the palm of your hand with Cinch Gamings Custom Cinch 360 Xbox game controller

By: Larry Geisz in Gaming Gear, News posted on August 12, 2014 8:00 am

So, you consider yourself a gamer. You own the Xbox 360, you have all the latest First Person Shooters (FPS), you’re wired for sound with the latest headsets, but what about your game controller? The controller included with the Xbox 360 is fine, but let’s be honest, if you want to get to kill level extremeRead More…

Tape measure + pencil = PencilMan

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, News, Tools posted on August 11, 2014 5:36 pm

Do it yourselfers, handy men and women and just about anyone who needs to measure and mark something will want to check out the PencilMan tape measure from Smith Works Tools. The PencilMan is a 25 foot metal ruler that features an easy to use thumb activated tape brake lever, a belt clip and bestRead More…

Neolid Twizz is a travel cup with a twist

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Home, Kitchen, News posted on August 11, 2014 10:00 am

The Neolid Twizz is a plastic 12 ounce cup made in France of light weight, waterproof and insulating plastic. So far that sounds pretty boring right? The interesting feature of this cup is the specially designed twisting lid that opens and closes with a twist. The lid opens like an iris or camera shutter andRead More…

Take your video games on the road with the GAEMS Vanguard

By: Larry Geisz in Gaming Gear, News, Travel Gear posted on August 11, 2014 8:00 am

I like gaming, but I seem to be traveling more and more these days and that puts a crimp in my gaming time. The Vanguard, a portable gaming solution from GAEMS could be the answer to any gamers prayers. The Vanguard is a hard shell case with a 19″ LED display built into the topRead More…

ClockONE is an insanely cool E-ink clock with an equally insane price tag

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Home, Kitchen, News, Watches, Clocks posted on August 10, 2014 11:00 am

The ClockONE from Twelve24 is simple and beautiful. It’s a wall mountable 39.37 x 13.78 inches (1000 x 350 mm) clock that features a digital display that uses E-ink. The clock runs for one year on one CR2450 button battery and mounts to the wall with a magnet. I love the look of it andRead More…

ReadyMax offers hand tools with built-in lights

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Home, Kitchen, News, Tools posted on August 10, 2014 9:00 am

When you’re using a pair of pliers in a dimly lit area, a flashlight can be real handy. But holding a flashlight in one hand while using the pliers in the other hand can be both inconvenient and awkward. An alternative could be a hands-free head lamp, but then you still have use two devices insteadRead More…

SCOTTeVEST, LG G3, LEGO sets for girls and more – Weekly roundup

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on August 9, 2014 9:47 pm

Each week we try to bring you news and reviews of gadgets and other unique products that you’ll find interesting. This week Andy Jacobs brought you an exhaustive review of the SCOTTeVEST SeV Q.U.E.S.T. Vest for Men, Dave Rees and I told you all about the LG G3 Android smartphone, Janet told us about fun LEGORead More…

No more waiting, now you can spread butter right from the fridge

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Home, Kitchen, News posted on August 9, 2014 11:00 am

Or at least that is what the SpreadTHAT! Heated Butter Knife claims to be able to do. The unique thing about this hi-tech kitchen gadget is that it doesn’t use any electricity to warm the knife. It uses a non-toxic titanium coating to conduct the heat from your hand down to the blade, allowing you toRead More…

VIZIO introduces a sound bar for rooms without a lot of table space

By: Janet Cloninger in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, News posted on August 9, 2014 9:00 am

Today’s big screen TVs have great images, but they often have wimpy sound because their cabinets don’t leave much room for speakers.  You can add on a sound bar, but those usually require quite a bit of table space to stretch out on.  We have a VIZIO TV in our bedroom, and it could useRead More…

5 stands that integrate an Apple wireless keyboard with a tablet

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on August 8, 2014 4:12 pm

Tablet users who enjoy using a real honest to goodness physical keyboard with their devices have a large selection of different Bluetooth keyboards to choose from, but one of the best in my opinion, is Apple’s wireless keyboard. The only problem with this keyboard is that it wasn’t designed for use with a tablet and is lackingRead More…

No more crawling under the desk to plug things in with the Wall Mounted Outlet Extender

By: Janet Cloninger in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Home, Kitchen, News posted on August 8, 2014 9:00 am

I just put an Elfa shelving unit in my tiny kitchen with no counter space.  I now have a place to work while preparing food, but plugging in my little KitchenAid chopper requires me to crawl under the unit and reach behind the water cooler to plug it in.  I was thinking about getting aRead More…

KitchenAid brings a whole new look to the SodaStream Sparkling Beverage Maker

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

Julie reviewed the SodaStream a few years ago and determined it was an economical way to make your own sodas at home.  It gives you the option to make regular, diet, and caffeine-free sodas and flavored waters, but it did look a bit utilitarian.  Big deal, you might say, but there are some people outRead More…

Audioengine uses the words premium and Bluetooth in same sentence

By: Bill Henderson in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Computer Gear, News posted on August 7, 2014 8:55 pm

Will Bluetooth ever get any respect? It will if Audioengine has anything to say about it. Audioengine – known for dynamite speakers and DACs – have released their first Bluetooth product, the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver. The B1 streams audio from any media player (iTunes, Amarra, Youtube, etc.) and connects to any musicRead More…

Connect 2 Android devices together for file sharing and battery sharing

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News posted on August 7, 2014 11:00 am

Android users are lucky because we have the ability to use OTG accessories with our devices. If you don’t know what OTG is, it stands for On The Go. Here’s an eWiki definition: USB On-The-Go, often abbreviated to USB OTG or just OTG, is a specification first used in late 2001, that allows USB devicesRead More…

This new LEGO set puts girls in their places – working as scientists in the Research Institute

By: Janet Cloninger in Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, News posted on August 7, 2014 9:00 am

LEGO worked with  Ellen Kooijman, a geoscientist, to create this new play kit that shows female minifigs as scientists working in the Research Institute.  Then LEGO Ideas members selected this kit that contains everything these three scientists need to “explore the world below, around and above us.”  The chemist figure has a lab with glassware andRead More…

The SIMPLcase iPhone case holds up to three SIM cards for your travels around the world

By: Janet Cloninger in Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News posted on August 7, 2014 8:00 am

The SIMPLcase World Travelers iPhone Case is a slimline, snap-on back cover for the iPhone 5/5s.  Inside, between the case and the back of the iPhone is a storage column that stores up to three nano or micro-sized SIM cards – sized to fit the iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 4/4s, or iPad, so you can keep upRead More…

Snag a copy of “The Windows 8 Guide, Volume 1″ (Free eBook expires 8/8)

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on August 6, 2014 9:10 pm

The Windows 8 Guide, Volume 1 is a 38 page ebook which normally costs $9.95, but is being offered FREE of charge until 8/8/14. This ebook cover topics for users that are brand new to the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. It starts off by explaining the differences between the different versions of Windows that are currently availableRead More…

Two alternatives to Field Notes and Moleskine Cahier notebooks

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on August 6, 2014 2:32 pm

If you like carrying pocket sized notebooks (3.5 x 5 in) but are a little bored with the current crop of Field Notes and Moleskine Cahier notebooks that are on the market, here are two alternatives that might tickle your fancy. First up are the new Polygon Word. Notebooks. I’m a fan of these notebooksRead More…

FOOTbrake – Folding “shoes” for cyclists that fit in a jersey pocket

By: Julie Strietelmeier in Health, Fitness, Sports, News posted on August 6, 2014 10:00 am

Hardcore cyclists wear special shoes with cleats that hook into the pedals of their bicycles. These cleats make it difficult to walk around when they stop for a break during a ride. The FOOTbrake is a pair of thin flip-flop style sandals that fold up and store in a water resistant cinch sack that canRead More…

iRig Mic HD is the first handheld digital microphone priced for everyone

By: Janet Cloninger in Audio, Video, TV Gear, News posted on August 6, 2014 9:00 am

IK Multimedia has introduced the iRig Mic HD, which they say is the first first affordable high-quality handheld digital condenser microphone for singers, podcasters, and home studio enthusiasts – “anyone who needs to record high-definition digital audio on the go”.  The iRig Mic HD comes with two cables, one with a Lightning connector to plug directly intoRead More…

Control your Philips Hue lights without a smart device

By: Janet Cloninger in Home, Kitchen, News posted on August 6, 2014 8:00 am

I have a set of Philips Hue lights that I got for Christmas last year that can light up my living room and foyer with white light or with colored lights – whatever I choose.  I can define light “recipes” where I can make each Hue bulb whatever color I want so set the moodRead More…