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Zetta Z16 HD Wide Angle Intelligent Security Camcorder review

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

We live in a gated community and just a few years ago, things were stolen out of our car while it was parked in our driveway in broad daylight (we had forgotten to lock it that day). We never found out who had perpetrated the crime, but I remember wishing I had some kind ofRead More…

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Creative comes out roaring with a new speaker

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

It was only a matter of time before a sound card company would take their expertise and apply it to a portable speaker. Creative, maker of the famous Sound Blaster card, has come out roaring with the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 speaker. This speaker is appropriately named Roar, not just because it can be loud,Read More…

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Fly6 is a bicycle tail light that reminds others to safely share the road

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Some time ago, Kingsley Fiegert was out riding his bicycle when someone in a passing car leaned out and shot him with a slingshot.  Kingsley was understandably in shock and in a great deal of pain, and he didn’t have the presence of mind to note the car’s license plate.  Kingsley and his business partner, Andrew Hagen,Read More…

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Dry your hair as you brush it with this Goody hairbrush

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Drying and styling your hair will be quicker with these new QuikStyle Brushes from Goody.  Instead of natural or plastic bristles, these brushes incorporate microfiber “bristles” with some stiffer, detangler bristles.  The microfiber bristles are antimicrobial to keep the brush fresh and free of mold and musty smells.  The brush is lightweight and the handle isRead More…

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Eton Blackout Buddy emergency lighting and LED flashlight review

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, soRead More…

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Quick, easy, fruit-enfused water on the go with Define Bottle

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Want a healthier alternative to those sugary fruit drinks and caffeine-loaded soft drinks that we’ve become hooked on?  The Define Bottle may be a better way. Created by 15-year-old Carter Kostler to help combat childhood obesity, the Define Bottle is an attractive, eco-friendly water bottle that lets you infuse water with fruit and take itRead More…

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VTech announces Kidizoom Smartwatch for kids

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

The Kidizoom is a kid-durable smartwatch that has been designed to withstand drops and bumps as well as being splash proof and sweat proof. It is powered by a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 2 weeks. In addition to normal watch functions (alarm, timer and stopwatch), the Kidizoom also features 50+ clock displays, a 1.4 inchRead More…

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Set phasers to stun… er, volume control!

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is the universal remote control for the dedicated Star Trek fan.  This Star Trek Original Phaser Universal Remote Control is an exacting replica of a Star Trek phaser.  It was 3D scanned from the last remaining prop phaser in existence, and it has a detachable MK I phaser unit (seen on the top).  TheRead More…

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Protect your new LG G3 smartphone with a case from Incipio

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Last week I pre-ordered an LG G3 from Verizon to take advantage of their fantastic $99.99 sale price. I’m very excited to be upgrading to this killer Android smartphone from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I loved the Note 2, but it’s time to move on. See ya Samsung! I don’t normally use a caseRead More…

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IK Multimedia iRing motion music controller review

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I don’t consider myself a musician even though I can play a few instruments (barely). However I do consider myself a musical hobbyist because I enjoy doodling around with the ukulele and music apps on my iOS and Android tablets. When the people at IK Multimedia contacted me to ask if I might like toRead More…

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KERO charging cables cover the long and the short of it

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Have you noticed how short the charging cables included with devices always are?  It’s really difficult to find an outlet that lets you comfortably use your device as you charge it with those little 3-foot long cables.  The Lasso Lightning cable ($29.99) from KERO is 10 feet long, so you’ll never be faced with havingRead More…

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When they call this cooler The Coolest, they aren’t kidding around!

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Picnic coolers are just simple insulated boxes that hold ice to keep your drinks and food cold, right?  Wrong!  This Kickstarter project for what has to be the most functional cooler ever just started on July 8, but already they have far exceeded their original goal of $50,000 by raising more than $4.5 million dollarsRead More…

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New pen insert available for Keyport

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News

Yippee! Keyport, my favorite key organizer, just announced the availability of a new ink pen insert. That’s a tool I’ve been waiting for. Available in black or blue ink, the Pensert as they are calling it fits in an open Keyport slot and provides you with a handy writing instrument that’s available when you needRead More…

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Starbucks summer giveaway!

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: Contests, News

The folks at Starbucks want to help you enjoy the warm summer weather with some coffee treats. For one lucky winner we have a ceramic tumbler and a box of Pike Place Roast K-cups. What are you waiting for, hurry up and get your entry in! Prizes: One person will win a Starbucks To-Go tumblerRead More…

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A picnic is in the bag with BuiltNY

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

You’ve got the Matador blanket that fits in your pocket, so you’re ready for a picnic anytime.  All you need is the food, and you’ll be able to tote everything you need in this Convertible Insulated Picnic Basket Bag from BuiltNY.  The bag measures 16.5″ X 13.6″ X  10″, and it unzips to serve as your eatingRead More…

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This Planet Waves string winder incorporates a string stretcher

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

A couple of months ago, we told you about the Stretcha, a tool that would stretch out new strings and prevent tuning problems.  I ordered a couple of those for my husband and daughter, and they do help you stretch out new strings.    Stretchas are pretty big, though, and they don’t always fit inRead More…

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ShaveMate is a razor with a shaving cream dispenser in the handle

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

What is a ShaveMate? It’s a 6 bladed disposable razor that has a shaving cream dispenser built into the handle which holds enough cream for a week’s worth of shaves. That’s right, everything you need to feel smooth is in one easy to use item. Razor + shaving cream = genius. The ShaveMate is availableRead More…

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Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro review

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014

When I decided a few years ago that it was time to ditch my 27″ iMac and down size to a 13″ Macbook Pro, it took a little while to get used to the loss of screen space. However, what I lost in screen space, I gained portability,  so the switch was worth it. I’d been happily workingRead More…

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Brando offers wood alarm clock with Qi charging and Bluetooth speaker

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014

The W2 QI Wireless Charging Wood from Brando is an attractive light wood clock that features a Bluetooth speaker with A2DP and Qi Wireless charging. Just place your Qi-enabled device on top of the clock and it will be charged and ready to go when you wake up in the morning. The wood clock displaysRead More…

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Recording music is easier with the UkeSB from Lanikai

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

My husband, Butch, helped me review the Squire by Fender USB guitar a few years ago, and he found that it made recording music in GarageBand much simpler because he didn’t have to have some sort of interface to get the music from his guitar to the computer.  I’ve seen a few other guitars thatRead More…

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Revolving outlets, programmable buttons, pizza grills and smart toasters – Weekly roundup

on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Posted in: News

Just in case you don’t visit us every day for your recommended daily allowance of gadget news and reviews, here’s a list of everything we posted this past week. There’s a lot of great stuff here, so be sure to grab a drink, some snacks and get comfortable because you’re going to be here forRead More…

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FIREase IncinerGrate review

on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

We are fortunate to have access to a summer cabin on a lake and near the woods.  Every summer family members descend upon the “camp” and enjoy swimming, sailing, fishing and most importantly for the kids, roasting marshmallows over an open fire.  Because of this, the adults have become somewhat proficient in starting a campfire,Read More…

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You’ll be able to rack ‘em and stack ‘em with this sofa

on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I am fascinated with looking at pictures of those tiny, under 200-sqft houses that some people live in.  While I was looking at information about one of them today, I saw a sofa that would work well for anyone living in a small home without a guest room, or for vacation homes, or maybe evenRead More…

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VOXOA HD Wireless Headphones review

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

I’m not normally a fan of over the ear style headphones because they feel a little too isolating and usually aren’t that comfortable to me. When the VOXOA HD Wireless Headphones were offered to me to review, my first thought was to offer them to Bill H. or the rest of the Gadgeteer team, butRead More…

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Is Tic the future of button fasteners?

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

A couple of days ago I took us on a trip down gadget memory lane when I remembered the Ronco Buttoneer button fastener from the 1970′s. Today Luis Reyes left a comment that there’s a new button fastener in town and it’s called Tic. Designed in Sweden, Tic lets you permanently fasten shirt buttons without usingRead More…