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Pressy programmable Android button review

on Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I bet I’m not the only person who misses the good old days when phones (even smartphones) had a physical button for every task. There was a button to answer a call, a button to end a call and so on. Once touch screens became popular, smartphone manufacturers seemed to stop using buttons almost overnight.Read More…

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Quick tips: How to really dim the screen of your Android smartphone

on Friday, July 4th, 2014

This quick tip is for those of you who like myself, use your Android smartphone as your alarm clock. Problem: When you check the time on your phone in the middle of the night or early morning hours while it’s still dark outside, you get blinded by the display. Even if you have the brightness turnedRead More…

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Quick tips: How to hide notification icons in the Android status bar

on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

You love Android and I love Android, but there always seems to be some “feature” that will drive me crazy until I can find a way to make it work the way that I want it to work instead of the way that Android wants it to work. Problem: Notification icons on the left sideRead More…

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Oyster, the unlimited book reading app and service, is now available on Android and Kindle devices

on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Last fall, we told you about the Oyster ebook lending service that gave you unlimited access to ebooks on your iOS devices.  At the time, they had 100,000 books in their lending library.  Now, they have more than 500,000 titles available.  They’ve made a lot of improvements in their reading app, too, with new typography,Read More…

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Papago GoSafe TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System review

on Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Despite knowing better, I rarely check the tire pressure in my vehicles.  I rely on the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) in my newer car to let me know when I’m below a certain level, but in the case of my 2005 vehicle and motorcycles, I don’t worry about it until they go flat.  ProbablyRead More…

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thl T200 True Octa-Core 6-inch Android unlocked smartphone review

on Monday, June 9th, 2014

I’ve had my LG Nexus 4 ever since Google did a flash sale last year. Since then, I’ve been itching to try a new phone. I recently had the chance to try a phone called the thl T200 – a true octa-core 1080p 6 inch unlocked smartphone. Let’s check it out and see how itRead More…

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AOC launches two mySmart Android all-in-one IPS desktop computers

on Monday, May 12th, 2014

AOC has introduced two new Android-based all-in-one desktop computers.  They are available with a 22″ screen (model A2272PW4T, $299.99) or a 24″ screen (model A2472PW4T, $399.99).  Both models share the following specs: 1920 X 1080 resolution Android 4.2 Ice Cream Sandwich NVIDIA T33 Quad Core 1.6Ghz System memory – 2GB LPDDR3 Storage memory – 8GB eMMCRead More…

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Android smartphone review

on Monday, May 5th, 2014

I’m bored with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which is the main phone that I use when I’m not in the process of testing other phones. We’re right at the beginning of the new phone rollout season and so far Verizon Wireless has sent me the new HTC One M8 and now the Samsung Galaxy S5 AndroidRead More…

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Snag a copy of “Best Android Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Opera vs. Dolphin”

on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Posted in: Android related, News

Best Android Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Opera vs. Dolphin is a free 17 page guide that talks about Android web browser applications. In addition to Chrome (Android’s default browser) this guide looks at three other popular third-party browsers: Firefox, Opera and Dolphin. The browsers are graded on their user interface, speed, special features, standards andRead More…

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Google’s Nexus 5 now available in red

on Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Posted in: Android related, News

Have you been wanting to get your geek partner the perfect red gadget for Valentine’s Day?  You can now purchase Google’s Nexus 5 in bright red from the Google Play Store in 16GB or 32GB of storage.  This version of the flagship phone boasts all of the same features as the black or white Nexus 5Read More…

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Remote Control camera shutter release that swings both ways

on Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Snapping selfies and group shots with your smartphone at arm’s length can be a real hassle. But the Remote Control / Camera Shutter Self-Timer for iOS / Android from Allputer.com makes it easy and what’s better is that it works with both iOS and Android devices. It features a built-in rechargeable lithium battery that has the capacityRead More…

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Gift ideas – Five accessories for the Nexus 7 user

on Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Need some ideas for the Nexus 7 user on your gift list? We’re here to help with five gadgets and accessories that will expand the tablet’s capabilities, add more file storage, turn it into a mini laptop and protect it from everyday wear and tear. Keep reading for more details.

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LG G2 Android smartphone review

on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Most Android smartphones these days have similarly sized displays, memory capacities and processor speeds. It makes it really difficult to get noticed when you’re drowning in a sea of shiny black plastic phones that all look alike. Standing out requires unique features that make your phone different enough so potential buyers will take a second look.Read More…

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PROTAG review

on Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Recently my wife lost her purse, and it got me thinking if there was a device that would alert her when she and her purse were separated.  Not too long afterward, I came upon the PROTAG by Innova, a device that works with a smartphone to keep track of your personal items and sends alerts whenRead More…

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Leef Bridge USB Drive and Magnet USB 3.0 Drive review

on Friday, October 4th, 2013

The folks at Leef sent me two of their USB flash drives to try. What’s so exciting about a USB flash drive you ask? Well, the Leef Bridge allows you to easily move files from your PC or Mac, to your Android smartphone and visa versa, all without requiring WiFi, a network or any extraRead More…

RAVPower FileHub RP-WD01 WiFi file hub, SD card reader, and power bank review

By: Leah Hallett
on Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Do you want to expand the accessible storage of your tablet or smartphone but can’t because they don’t have an SD/microSD slot or USB port to do so?  The RAVPower  FileHub RP-WD01 3000 mAh power bank is a portable, self-powered WiFi file hub that doesn’t require any physical connection to your device.  The FileHub can transfer files via 802.11b/g/n orRead More…

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Android Mini PC review

on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

I am what is considered a “cord cutter”.  I’ve decided to not to pay to watch traditional TV via a cable or satellite TV provider. Instead, I read and/or watch my news on my computer, phone or tablet via subscriptions to YouTube channels, Netflix, and various online services.  I  recently got to review a popularRead More…

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NFC portable keyboard for Android phones

on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

If you’re looking for a portable keyboard for your NFC-enabled Android phone, check out the ELECOM NFC Android Wireless keyboard.  This keyboard folds up for travel, and it unfolds to work with most Android 4.0 and higher phones.  It weighs 5 ounces and measures about 13.4″ X 2.6″ X 0.4″.  It has an internal lithium-ionRead More…

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Does the LG G2 have what it takes to be your next smartphone?

on Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

This post brought to you by LG. All opinions are 100% mine. It seems like I’m never satisfied when it comes to my phone. There’s always some feature missing that is available on another brand phone or model. One of the latest Android smartphones on the market is from a company that you might notRead More…

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Logitech announces tablet accessories for Samsung Galaxy Tab

on Monday, September 9th, 2013

9 times out of 10, when we hear about a new Bluetooth keyboard case, it’s been made specifically for the iPad. Not this time… Logitech has recently announced new accessories that have been designed especially for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, 8.0 and 7.0. The new lineup includes the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio forRead More…

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iPazzPort Pearl Entertainment System review

on Monday, September 2nd, 2013

The iPazzPort Pearl Entertainment System from EFO is yet another entry into the Android stick/set top box/media player field, using rockchip 3066  internals with the exact same specifications as the ProBox2 I reviewed earlier this year. Not surprisingly the performance of the Pearl is right on par with the ProBox2, but it includes some additional hardwareRead More…

Braven 625s Bluetooth speaker review

By: Leah Hallett
on Saturday, August 31st, 2013

First things first.  Do you enjoy listening to clear clean voices with readily identifiable instruments and feel a little uneasy with big booming bass?  Then the portable Braven 625s speaker, built for the outdoors thanks to a rugged rubber exterior, should be a Bluetooth speaker at the top of your wish list.  I usually stream moviesRead More…

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See the light with iblazr, the external flash for your mobile device

on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Do you like to take pictures with your mobile device but often have issues taking those pictures at night or in low light with your mobile device’s flash? Do wish there was an external flash that synchronized with the camera apps on your mobile device? The iblazr, a Kickstarter project from Vlad Tislenko, may beRead More…

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The Kreyos Meteor smartwatch is a meteor that fits on your wrist

on Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Over the last year or so, the fabled Dick Tracy or smartwatch has gone from comic books and Sci-Fi fantasy to a working reality. With several products on the market and more rumored to be on the way, the Kreyos Meteor is aiming to knock its competitors out of orbit. The Kreyos Meteor, although similarRead More…

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Brando’s $10 Stand Hub gives your Android smartphone 3 OTG ports

on Sunday, July 14th, 2013

If you happen to own an OTG enabled Android smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4, this $10 OTG adapter from Brando will effectively turn your smartphone into a mini workstation. The Stand Hub has 3 OTG USB connections that can be used to connect a keyboard, mouse and a flash memory drive. ItRead More…