If you own a smartphone or a tablet it’s almost a sure thing that you have smudges and fingerprints on the touchscreen. Most of us rub the device on our pant leg or grab a tissue to polish off the nasty smears. If that way of dealing with this issue is just too mediocre for you, check out the iRoller. Why do companies STILL think the “i” designation makes their product sound hip? It’s a mystery to me, but I digress. The iRoller features a sticky roller (probably the same kind that they sell for less than $5 at the checkout lane at Walmart that removes lint from your clothes) that you swipe across the display. As you do so it will magically clean off fingerprints and smudges without using chemicals and liquids. After many cleanings you can run the iRoller under the faucet to make it good as new. Fifty seven people on Amazon gave it 5 stars. Really? If you want your own smudge cleaning iRoller you can get one for less than $20 from Amazon.
Misfit Wearables, makers of the popular disc shaped Misfit Shine activity tracker, just announced the new Technical Tee. This high-performance shirt comes in sizes for both men and women and features a special pocket on the sleeve that has been specially designed to hold the Misfit Shine and Flash trackers. Made of cool, moisture wicking material that is perfect for workouts, the Technical Tee comes in every color you can imagine as long as that color is grey. Technical Tees are priced at $39.99 each and are available now from Misfit Wearables.
Everyone wants to be more secure in their home. One way we achieve this is by the use of security cameras. Wired security cameras have been around for a long, long time, but all in one wireless systems are more recent to the market. Swann who has been selling security cameras for a while has come up with their latest version of a wireless security camera system, the All-In-One SwannSecure Wi-Fi HD monitoring system with monitor and camera.
One of my must-have features whenever I’m shopping for a new phone is Qi wireless charging. This feature is becoming more common on Android smartphones, but Apple hasn’t added it to their iPhones yet, even the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus do not have this handy feature. We’ve seen 3rd party covers for iPhones that add Qi charging capability, but they tend to be bulky and unattractive. These new covers from Brando add Qi charging but don’t detract from the iPhone’s slim format. The covers are available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and come in either black or gold versions. The covers snap on the back of the phone and feature a short cable that attaches to the Lightning port on the bottom edge of the phone. You’ll need a Qi charging dock / pad in order to actually charge the phone, so check our related posts links below for some ideas on that. These new Qi wireless charging covers are priced at $22 for the iPhone 6 version and $24 for the iPhone 6 Plus version.
Over the years we’ve reviewed quite a few bags, wallets and covers from Saddleback Leather Company. Leather products from Saddleback are well known for their high quality construction, rugged good looks and their motto: “They’ll fight over it when you’re dead.” Saddleback’s latest product won’t hold your gadgets when you’re on the go, but they will help you keep a secure hold on man’s (and woman’s) best friend. Saddleback is now offering dog collars. These thick vegetable tanned leather collars have a classic simple design, come in either carbon or dark coffee brown, and feature a stainless steel buckle and a D ring for easy leash attachment. The collars are available in sizes that will fit small dogs with a 7.5″ neck all the way up to collars that will fit a 26″ sized neck. Prices start at $29.00 for the smallest size and go up to $59.00 for the largest size. For more info visit Saddleback [affiliate link].
We recently had a contest where I asked everyone what they thought about me switching back to a blog style theme instead of the magazine grid theme that we’ve had for almost a year. There were a lot of comments with suggestions on how to improve things further. I’ve compiled a list which I’ve been working on for the last few days. I wanted to give everyone a quick update to share my progress on implementing your ideas and changes. [click to continue…]
Mounted on your windshield, dash cams are small video cameras that have been designed to record what you see as you drive. Whether it captures that near miss with the deer that ran across the road in front of your car, a collision with another vehicle or maybe just a scenic drive, these cameras are both handy and useful. I’m still a newbie when it comes to dash cams, but I’m learning fast. My second dash cam review is for the Genius DVR-FHD568 FHD dash cam. Let’s take it for a test drive (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
The Anti-Theft Classic Slim Pouch from Travelon looks perfect for keeping your cards, passport, and a phone with you while you travel. The bag has a quick-access phone pocket on the front and a small zippered pocket for cash or small items. The main zipper compartment can be locked to prevent easy access to the contents to deter pickpockets; inside are five card slots and a passport pocket with RFID blocking and a key clip with an LED light. The bag has slash-proof construction and an adjustable cut-proof strap that can be locked to a chair or post when you aren’t wearing it. It measures 5.5″ X 8″ X 1.5″, and the strap has a 16″-30″ drop. The Anti-Theft Classic Slim Pouch is made of polyester and is available in black, purple, blue, brown, or dark raspberry for $45 from Travelon.
The ZAZZ Style Bluetooth speaker is only 4.7″ X 2.6″ X 1.6″ and half a pound, but it packs a lot of functionality. It has a 3W RMS speaker for playing back your music from a Bluetooth source or from a device connected to the ZAZZ speaker with a 3.5mm audio cable. It has a 3000mAh rechargeable battery inside that not only powers the speaker, but it can also recharge your phone. Both of the functions combined make the ZAZZ Style Bluetooth Speaker with PowerBank the perfect accessory for your gear bag. It’s available in all black or pink/white for $35.59 from Amazon.
Today’s gadget deal will help you find a great pair of earphones for under $100. Don’t settle for the crummy audio quality that the stock earphones that come packed with your phone or tablet provide. For under 100 dollars you can find a quality pair of earphones that will elevate your music listening enjoyment. This list of five in-ear earphones from Faveable includes earphones with integrated microphones and one company who will send you free replacement eartips for life.
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Wallets! The thinner the better, right? Tell that to George Costanza. In the meantime, thin wallets have been increasing in popularity for years and Allett, who “bills” themselves (see what I did there?) as the “The Original Thin Wallet” has been at the forefront. Their wallets are thin and lightweight and designed to help reduce the lump in your back pocket. You know, the one that is secretly giving you scoliosis. I’ve checked out several slim wallets over the years, but never got around to trying one from Allett until now. Behold the thinness and durability of the mighty Allett SoftTech Nylon Inside ID Wallet. Gadget on! [click to continue…]
ThermalStrike Heated Luggage promises to be the only luggage that kills bedbugs, so you don’t bring any unwanted little hangers-on home from trips. I hear stories every week about how bad bedbug infestations are to eliminate and how this place or that place is infested. You don’t always know what hotels to avoid to prevent picking up bedbugs, so you need a way to be sure you don’t bring them home with you. ThermalStrike luggage has a “practically indestructible” polycarbonate shell, toughened telescopic aluminum handle, reinforced corner guards, and an integrated TSA-approved lock. It also has 3600 rotational wheels, which make it easy to maneuver. To kill any bedbugs or other insects that may be trying to hitch a ride with you, simply plug the luggage into an AC wall outlet to begin the heating process. Its ultra-thin infrared heating system, which is TSA and FAA compliant, brings the internal temperature to 1400F to kill insects.
ThinkGeek has a set of plates designed by Leah Yael Levy that feature a planet from our solar system on each plate. The Planetary Plates are 10″ in diameter. They are made of melamine, so they aren’t microwave safe. (There’s a bit of confusion as to whether they are dishwasher safe.) You get a set of eight Planetary Plates, one for each planet, for $36.99 from ThinkGeek.
When my daughter first envisioned herself at college this year, she saw herself zipping around campus on her bike, listening to music as she rides to class with a cool wind in her hair. She found out that it was hot and humid with no cool winds, the path was uphill on her way to all her classes, and there were way more bikes than places to park them. She still hoped at least to be able to listen to music as she walked up those hills, and she wanted some earbuds that would stay in her ears and would not get killed by the first really hot, sweaty march around campus. The BlueAnt PUMP HD Sportsbuds Waterproof Wireless Headphones seemed to be just what she needs. I tried them out for awhile first, though. [click to continue…]
I have owned portable computing devices worn on the hip since I got my HP 200LX in 1994. I remember going to Circuit City the day the first Palm Pilot was released to grab one. Afterwards I drove up to Woodstock to meet a friend and hike up Overlook Mountain in the Catskills after a nice lunch at a local bistro. Over the years I have also owned (just handhelds): [click to continue…]
Here’s a full listing of all the news, reviews and articles that we posted this week in case you missed something.
One of the shortcomings of my smartphone is the limited storage. The Moto G I purchased has 8 GB and is not expandable, making it hard to carry around my media and files. I’ve moved some music and photos to cloud storage that can be streamed, but then I’m liable to exceed my data plan and also the quality is dependent upon the strength of the cell signal. Off loading my media to a device that streams data wirelessly seemed like a good idea and the Buffalo storage device might fit the bill. [click to continue…]
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of eBay. All opinions are 100% mine.
We recently posted a couple of buying guides featuring products easily found on eBay. The first guide covered gear bags and accessories for the college student. The second one covered outfitting your home and yourself for emergencies.
In the first guide, I talked about what my daughter had learned about living on a college campus and how it differs from living at home and going to high school. In addition to not having a room to herself, my daughter’s biggest lessons came from learning how her gear bag needs differ when tramping around a 730-acre campus with a backpack filled with an expensive laptop, phone, and tablet – not to mention expensive textbooks and invaluable notes. She needed a new way to carry and protect her gear as she walks to class in all sorts of inclement weather, especially rain. eBay offers a variety of backpacks and other gear to keep her valuables protected and dry. They can even keep her gear charged with the wide selection of backup batteries and charging cables they offer. [click to continue…]
Today’s gadget deals offer savings for gaming, music, back up batteries, memory storage and more. Click through for links and coupon codes, but don’t wait too long to take advantage of these offers. As always, the coupon codes won’t last forever and stock may be limited. [click to continue…]
Although I stayed up until 3:00am ET to pre-order my iPhone 6 Plus from Verizon and got my order in within 8 minutes, I still was horrified to see that I could expect my new phone on October 14 instead of September 19! I got lucky and received my 6 Plus earlier than expected, and I’ve been busy trying it out since then. It’s a big change going from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 Plus. Do I regret my choice? You bet I don’t! (Lead image copyright Apple.)
The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s entry into the “phablet” arena. I had originally thought I could perhaps replace my iPad mini with Retina display with the iPhone 6 Plus, but I don’t think that will happen. Although the screen is incredibly clear and sharp, and it’s big enough to do most everything I could imagine, it is a bit cramped for typing on the landscape keyboard. It’s better than typing on the iPhone 5’s tiny keyboard, but I don’t relish the idea of typing all my emails on either of the iPad 6 Plus’ keyboards. Another consideration for me is finding I’ve drained my battery and needing to tether up for charging during the day. It’s not a big deal now with my iPad mini, but I don’t want to lose use of my phone because of a dead battery. It’s the only phone I have; we gave up having a landline years ago. Although I don’t intend to give up my iPad mini anytime soon, I may change my mind about that in the future. I’ll have plenty of time to play around with the 6 Plus and decide if it, or a similarly-sized future product, can be my only device before my Verizon contract is up for renewal. I just wish Apple would listen to my cries and add full cellular phone functionality to the iPad mini! That would be perfect for me! [click to continue…]