Our smartphones and tablets continue to evolve with more memory, faster processors, larger displays, and better cameras, but have you ever considered the design of the audio jack? The 3.5mm jack that you plug your earbuds and headphones into hasn't changed in decades. The old saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it" is true, [...]
My overflowing drawer of semi-obsolete computer parts and cables contains a number of hard drives from old computers. I hold on to them partly to keep any personal data under my control, but also because “you never know” when I might need to recover that data, or maybe even find a way to repurpose an old hard [...]
Adding more file storage to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air usually means hanging an external hard drive off a USB port, plugging in a USB flash drive or inserting an SD card. All these ways will work just fine, but they aren't the most elegant solutions. Dangling an external drive from your laptop when you're [...]
If you are a musician using amplified instruments, a DJ, or the tech guy who sets the equipment up, you'll want to have the Electronic Musician's Emergency Adapters kit in your gear. The kit includes a variety of adapters - male audio plugs, female audio jacks, and couplers in 1/4" and 1/8" sizes, cables, XLR [...]
Newer Technology's Universal Drive Adapter bills itself as the Swiss Army Knife of drive connectivity. The USB 2.0 adapter supports: ATA/IDE/SATA/ATAPI Compatible with any 2.5", 3.5", 5.25" IDE or SATA device Supports IDE & enhanced IDE 3.5" internal IDE hard disk Supports ATA/ATAPI-66 specification 1.0 Supports SATA I and SATA II USB 2.0 up to [...]
One of the fun perks of reviewing all kinds of gadgets is finding that diamond in the rough: a product that exceeds your idea of what it should do or how indispensable it becomes once you’ve had it for awhile. That’s where the CableJive dockStubz charging adapter comes in. Frankly, I was really getting tired [...]
Radio Shack's Enercell #23-1113 2-in-1 Battery and AC Adapter is a handy little rig for your gadget bag. It combines a USB/AC adapter with a rechargeable USB battery power pack, with a bonus 2nd USB port and a small built-in LED light! It uses a 1700mAh Lithium-Ion battery pack and can work on dual voltage, [...]
The purpose of the Headset Buddy ($9.95 to $14.95 available from Webko) ) is a little hard to conceptualize or appreciate at first glance. In fact it is rather a niche type of product. For those of us who a) do not enjoy clutter; b) do not particularly care about Blue Tooth (gasp); and c) [...]
If you have ever had a multi-monitor setup you know the added productivity it can provide. The Diamond USB Display Adapter is a simple device that allows you to add an additional monitor using a spare USB port. The adapter is basically a portable video card that works with your Mac or PC. The Diamond [...]
The Mvix claims that their new Nubbin USB Wireless-N adapter is the world's smallest. The price is pretty small too. It's only $39.
This 2.5 inch enclosure from Sans Digital allows you to replace a 2.5 inch SATA drive in a laptop with a solid state drive. Just pop in a compact flash card (up to 32GB) and you're all set to enjoy the benefit of a system with less heat, less power consumption, noiseless and shock resistant.
Did you recently purchase the latest and greatest iPod Shuffle and wished you had a slightly more elegant way to charge / sync it with your computer? Dexim has come to the rescue with the Shu-Lip. The Shu-Lip is a small adapter that replaces the USB cable that shipped with your Shuffle. Let's test it. [...]
If you're looking for an easy way to enjoy the music, photos and videos on your iPod through your television, then DLO's HomeDock Deluxe is a solution that you should definitely consider. With this product, you don't need a network connection, PC or Mac. You just need a television with good old RCA composite inputs (if it has S-Video, it can use that too).
I ran into the folks at DLO (Digital Lifestyle Outfitters) while I was attending CES earlier this year. If you are not familiar with DLO, they sell a wide variety of iPod gear. I came away from the CES party with a nifty little trinket: a PowerBug for the iPod shuffle.
Last month I purchased a 2006 Mazda 3 5 door, which I'm totally enjoying. It is my first new vehicle in 15yrs. Yes it's true that I've been driving the same little Red pickup truck (1991 GMC Sonoma) for the last decade and a half. There's something to be said for no car payments :o)
So anyway, I was really looking forward to this new car having a much better radio than the junko Delco in the Sonoma. Unfortunately, the stock head unit in the Mazda turned out to be a little disappointing. It lacks an Auxiliary Audio Input, so that means no optimal way to play an iPod through the speakers. I tried several iPod powered FM transmitters, but struck out there too. Unlike in my truck, the sound quality using one was horrible. Also, the location of the cigarette lighter adapter ruled out using the TransPod, which worked wonderfully in the truck.