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Android Mini PC review

Android-PC-01

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 popular [...]

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elecom-nfc-android-keyboard

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-ion [...]

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Posted in: Android related, News
lg-g2

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 not [...]

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logitech-keyboard-folio

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 for [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Cases, Covers, News
ipazzport-pearl-schettino-review-14

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 hardware [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews

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 movies [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
iblazr mobile device flash -1

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 be [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Camera Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
Kreyos Meteor - 1

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 similar [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Watches, Clocks
brando-otghub

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. It [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
muku-shuttr-4

Muku means “passion” in Croatian and “clean” and “simple” in Japanese. That name fits the Muku Shuttr very well. What is it? It's a small keychain sized fob which uses Bluetooth to pair with iPhones and a variety of Android smartphones to provide a remote shutter release for the built-in camera app. It offers an easier [...]

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Posted in: Android related, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
samsung-galaxys4-5

This past March when Samsung announced the Galaxy S4, I had been using my Samsung Galaxy S3 for only 6 months. I remember the anticipation while waiting to hear all the details of the new S4. But once the cat was out of the bag, I was a little disappointed because the S4 didn't seem [...]

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samsung-galaxy-camera-8

If you own a smartphone, it's likely that you no longer carry around a point and shoot camera too. Not only are p&s cameras just another item that will take up space in your gear bag, but they really aren't needed for casual snapshots now that the cameras built into our smartphones have gotten so [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Camera Gear, Reviews
pivos01

Is there really a market for another media player?  Pivos seems to think so and offers their XIOS DS Media Play, an Android-powered box that connects to your TV.  I have some experience with these players, and up until now, it hasn't been good.  I've spent over a month putting the Pivos device through its [...]

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x-plore

X-plore by Lonely Cat Games is a file manager application for your Android, Windows or Symbian phone.  I tested it on an Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S3, latest OS build from Verizon).  The app is completely free with no timed trial or limited functionality. If you find the app useful, you can donate to the developers. [...]

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Posted in: Android related, News
HP-Slate-7-1

  HP has just released its 7" Android tablet in the US - the Slate 7.  It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features an ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core (1.6 GHz) processor, 8GB internal memory, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 1024 x 600 screen.  It has a front-facing (VGA) webcam and a 3MP rear-facing webcam. A microSD [...]

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Posted in: Android related, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables
Inapp purchase

As a followup to Janet's article about restricting in-app purchases on an iPad, here's the guide to doing it on Android.  Like Janet, I've heard so many of my less technology-bent friends complain that they handed their Android device to say their nieces and nephews to play games and keep them busy, and lo and [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Articles
tasker

Julie mentioned this app in her article on using NFC tags and promised a followup review. Well at the moment it's on sale on the Google Play Store for $1.99. That's 69% off it's normal price of $6.49. I've played with Tasker and it's a fantastic and powerful program allowing you to automate and manipulate all sorts [...]

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MK806-PC-1

Kimdecent has released the MK806 Android TV stick. This is a small PC that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has a Cortex-A9 dual core chipset, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. This also has Bluetooth 2.0, which is a new feature from its previous model [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, News
gearzap-nexus-dock-1

My favorite gadget right now is my Nexus 7 tablet.  I don't go too many places without it, because it has become a natural extension of my work and my leisure. And so, I am always on the lookout for accessories for it.  But all accessories are not created equal, as you know.  When GearZap [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
Automatica06

If you're like me, you probably listen to music or podcasts when riding in your vehicle.  While I've never found it particularly difficult to aggregate my content to use in the car, the folks at Inrete think they have a better way to do it using their Automatica device.  The device requires a USB port [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Reviews, Wireless