gadget-diaryWe 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…]

{ 9 comments }
Posted in: News

genius-dvr-fhd568-2
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).

[click to continue…]

{ 2 comments }
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

travelon-slim-pouch

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.

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

zazz-bluetooth-speaker-powerbank

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.

{ 2 comments }
Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

best-earbuds

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.

Check out Best earbuds for under $100

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: News

allett-softtechnyloninsideIDwallet_00
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…]

{ 4 comments }
Posted in: Reviews, Wallets

heated-luggage

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.

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage is available as a 20″ carry on ($199), a 24″ upright bag ($249), or as a set of both ($399) from ThermalStrike Heated Technologies.

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

thinkgeek-planet-plates
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.

{ 1 comment }
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

blue-ant-pump-hd-sportsbuds-1

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…]

{ 4 comments }
Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

From top

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…]

{ 41 comments }
Posted in: Android related, Articles, iPhone, iPad, iPod

week

Here’s a full listing of all the news, reviews and articles that we posted this week in case you missed something.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: News

Buffalo01

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…]

{ 15 comments }
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews

ebay-phone

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…]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: News

deals
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…]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: News

iphone-6-plus-review-1

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…]

{ 18 comments }
Posted in: Featured Items, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

nixie

I usually don’t like to post news about prototype products, but when I saw the video for the Nixie wearable drone, I couldn’t help but want to show you guys. Imagine wearing a drone capable of flying and recording video on your wrist. When you want it to fly, just press a button and it pops off your arm and flies away, tracking your movement. It sounds crazy, but I hope this isn’t a hoax because I want one now! The Nixie is drone with four propellers that is made of a flexible material so that it can wrap around your wrist when it’s not flying and recording your adventures. According to the Nixie website, this product is in early development and there is no info about when this drone will be available or what it will cost. You can sign up for notifications and check out the demo video that doesn’t really even show the product at all, but I still can’t help but want one even though I have no idea what I’d really use it for.

{ 8 comments }
Posted in: Camera Gear, Geek Toys, News

keyport-slide-new-designs

Keyport recently announced the addition of new carbon fiber designs at their customers’ requests.  They have two different hydro-dipped twill weave carbon fiber patterns in silver (left) and gold (middle).  While checking out their new designs, I found they also have a new pattern called Zombie.  I like to think this one celebrates the return of The Walking Dead this Sunday!  Each Slide in these designs is $34.  Check out these new styles and the new inserts at Keyport.

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

flexion
Today’s gadget deal is for an ultra sleek backup battery that is only .25 thick. The Flexion is small enough to fit in your wallet and features a 2500mAh Li-Polymer battery and a micro USB cable that also comes with a Lightning cable adapter so that it can be used to charge your iPhone or iPad Air. For the coupon code that brings the price of this battery down to only $14.99, follow the link below. Be quick, the code expires on 10/11.

Check out: World’s thinnest backup battery for $14.99.

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

Everything Tablet 360 case for iPad Air-1

iPad cases are a dime a dozen now days. They come in many styles, materials and sizes. I have stated in other reviews that I tend to be over protective of my electronic devices, so a case is a must. I currently sport a simple, but effective case to protect my iPad Air. It  protects and also acts as a stand when using my iPad in landscape mode. In order for me to switch from this case to another one, it has to have a feature that is unique and useful for me. The Everything Tablet 360° case for iPad Air is unique in its ability to allow not only multiple viewing angles, but also allowing you to turn from landscape to portrait mode.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Cases, Covers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

vornado-vfan

Vornado fans have been around since 1945, and while the style looks very much the same today, the materials used in the fans have changed over the years.  Vornado fans use their signature “Vortex Technology to provide complete circulation of all the air throughout a room.  Twin air cones and a deep-pitched propeller compress and move higher volumes of air and push it farther.”  Vornado just released their VFAN, which reproduce their 1945 models.  The VFAN has durable metal construction (with black plastic blades, like the 1945 original), a full-action pivot head, three speeds, and deep-pitched blades to move more air than you’d expect from a fan only 13.8″ tall X 8.12″ deep X 11.8″ wide with a 7″ diameter grill.  The VFAN is available for $139.99 in green, red, or shiny chrome.  Go to the Vornado site to learn more and to purchase the VFAN.

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News