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Here is this week’s list of 4 crowdfunding campaigns that have caught my eye in the last week for being unique, and worth checking out. Click through to see this week’s notable Kickstarter projects. [click to continue…]

Posted in: News

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Okay, let’s state an obvious fact: Father’s Day is around the corner and dads like stuff. And many dads (like me) like electronic stuff. If your dad—or husband who is also a dad—enjoys music, maybe this is the year to consider headphones for that Father’s Day gift. Headphones come in all varieties of type, looks, quality, price and often the most overlooked variety—sound.

You may not know it, but many headphones can sound very different, yet all be considered good to great. How is that? Not all people like their music the same way—some prefer more bass, some might like a brighter, brassy sound and some just want a balanced, even sound. Most well-made headphones fall into the “accurate with a bit-of bass” mold or “warm sounding”. Master & Dynamic makes a headphone that falls into this warm audio style—the MH40 which I reviewed last year. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News

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Julie knows how much I love gadgets – and gadgets for my gadgets.  When Belkin offered The Gadgeteer their new Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone for review, Julie asked if I’d be interested in giving it a try.  I loved the idea of needing only one wall outlet to charge both my iPhone and my Watch, and I loved the idea of one compact charger that would keep both my iPhone and my Watch up out of harm’s way as they charge.  I was very happy to say “yes, please!”  to Julie’s offer.  Let’s give the Valet Charge Dock a look. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, Reviews

zNitro-logo-1Recent results from the National Analysis Center, an independent test lab, demonstrated the superior capabilities of zNitro’s Nitro Glass tempered glass screen protectors. The screen protector competed against a Zagg Invisible Shield Glass and a Tzumi 3587 Screen Protector. Each was subjected to endurance tests, including 10 drops of a steel ball from a distance of one meter. Nitro Glass was the only protector still intact with no damage to the iPhone 6s it was installed on.

Full reports for each brand tested are available for download at zNitro.com/raffle. To celebrate the test results, zNitro is hosting a raffle for an iPhone 6s that was rendered unusable during testing and subsequently repaired. The raffle will run to noon on June 23, 2016 (EDT). Note if you do win the phone, cover it with a zNitro screen protector to ensure your safe from 128 gram ball bearings dropped from a meter away. Also, be prepared to have your service interrupted as soon as someone who is bitter about not winning reports your phone as stolen using the IMEI posted on each test result form.

The Suggested Retail Pricing (SRP) for Nitro Glass is $39.99 and it is available from Amazon.

Posted in: Android, iOS, News

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If you’ve never heard of geocaching, it’s a high-tech game of hide and seek that is played with a smartphone or handheld GPS unit. It gets you outdoors in the fresh air and helps build your observation, puzzle solving and navigation skills to find caches. Caches are small containers that have been strategically hidden all over your town and the world and are just waiting for you to find them. When you do, they may contain little trinkets that you can take / trade and a log book where you can log your find. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Articles, GPS, Outdoor Gear

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Bluetooth speakers are all over the map, it seems. You can get small ones that recharge, large ones that have battery or plugin power options, weatherproof, multi-speaker, and ornate ones that try to blend in to your more formal living areas. Firmly in that latter category, the Arina, from Muemma, is both a Bluetooth speaker system, a charger for your devices, and a place to put your phone while it’s charging. It can also be used as a speakerphone with your paired device. The battery can be used just for music playback, or for charging another device, which makes it more than a pretty face. I was sent the black cover with white base, as well as a maroon cover to test.

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

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Happy Saturday evening my fellow Gadgeteers. It’s that time of the week where I serve you up a full helping of gadget news and reviews for your reading pleasure. Click through to see the list of everything that we posted this week.
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Posted in: News

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Using my smartphone in my home can be tricky because not all areas of my house have the same signal strength. On my main level, the signal is fine, but in my basement, the signal is much weaker or is non-existent. The weakest signal is in my office – Gadgeteer HQ. This makes it difficult to take calls when I also need to be in front of my computer. Usually, when the phone rings, I will undock my MacBook and run upstairs with it and my phone so I can answer the call. While running up the stairs is good exercise, unhooking my computer is a hassle. When I was offered the SureCall EZ 4G cell phone signal booster for review, I had high hopes that my signal woes would be banished. Were they? Keep reading to find out.
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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews

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The Scosche GoBatt 4400 is a small rechargeable backup battery that not only has enough capacity to recharge your iPhone 6/6s two times, but it also has a built-in flashlight. The GoBatt features a 4400mAh battery, one USB port that delivers 1A charge output and a button that when pressed will show how much juice the GoBatt has left. The Scosche GoBatt 4400 would be a useful gadget to bring along on your summer camping adventures or to put in your car’s glovebox as a backup battery for your next epic road trip. The GoBatt is priced at only $19.99 and is available now at scosche.com. You can also check their Amazon store for deals on other Scosche products.

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

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The iPad Pro (12.9″) is a bold move for Apple. Being a huge, thin slab of glass, and being a bit heavier than previous versions of the popular tablet means that damage from that ever-present enemy of all things technical – gravity – is a potential issue that needs to be taken into consideration. CaseMade has stitched a few different beautiful leather cases for this beast, and offered one to the Gadgeteer team for review. Being the only one on the team at the time with the Pro, I was easily the best (read: only) person for the job. I was sent the brown Thin version. There is also an UltraThin case. Both are available in Tan (Brown) and Black.

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Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews

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This is going to be a quickie… I just wanted to share a fun new use for the Amazon Echo Dot that I discovered yesterday. Easy workout timers! What’s that? If you workout and need to do timed exercises, it’s a pain to use a stopwatch. In the past, I’ve either tried to count in my head which isn’t very accurate, or I’ve used my phone’s clock app to count down the time. Getting the phone where I can see it while trying to hold the exercise position can be a pain (literally). Yesterday I started working out again after a 2.5-week layoff due to my back going out (ouch!). I’m trying to focus more on core strength and wanted to do some plank exercises. It suddenly occurred to me that I could just ask Alexa to set a timer for 30 seconds as soon as I got into the position. This worked perfectly and may become one of my favorite uses for the Amazon Echo Dot.  What is your favorite use for the Echo?

Posted in: Articles

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Colter Co. loves their bandanas. We’ve told you about their fly fishing knots and survival knots bandanas and now this year they are back with two more 100% cotton 22″ x 22″ square handkerchiefs that have been made and printed in the USA. The Stargazer bandana is black and features glow a dark print of the North America summer night sky that shows all the major celestial bodies. Then there’s the blue Cabin Fever bandana which features a printed game board that you can use to play four classic games that include checkers, tic-tac-toe, marbles or dots and boxes. It’s up to you to come up with the game pieces. Each bandana is priced at $18 and is available now through the Colter Co. website and Amazon.

Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

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I have been reluctant to step into the dash cam market because I felt it was too much effort to install one and run the wiring through the car.  Also, I didn’t feel like having a camera hanging from my window. When fellow Gadgeteer, Dave, asked if I could review the Papago! GoSafe 268 dash cam, I agreed, because the install was supposedly simple and I wouldn’t have anything hanging from my window. Let’s see how well it worked.

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

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If you’ve been considering the purchase of a new Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge or a Note 5 from Verizon, then you need to check out these special Father’s Day promotions that were announced yesterday. This is good stuff. We’re talking a free 32″ or 50″ Samsung TV and more! I’ve also received information that some of these deals are stackable. Click through for more details. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News

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It’s been two years since I reviewed a smartphone from HTC. That’s forever in smartphone years. It’s been so long that they were completely off my radar until they released their latest phone – the HTC 10. Verizon Wireless sent me a loaner unit to try out for a few weeks. Is the HTC 10 impressive enough to bring HTC back to the forefront of the Android smartphone scene? It’s time to find out.

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Posted in: Android, Featured Items, Reviews