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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…

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Muku Labs Muku Shuttr remote shutter release review

on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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 easierRead More…

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone review

on Saturday, July 6th, 2013

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 seemRead More…

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Samsung Galaxy Camera review

on Saturday, June 15th, 2013

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 soRead More…

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Pivos XIOS DS Media Play review

on Friday, June 7th, 2013

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 itsRead More…

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Android app spotlight: X-plore

By: Dave Marcus
on Friday, June 7th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

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.Read More…

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HP Slate 7 Android tablet now available

on Sunday, April 28th, 2013

  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 microSDRead More…

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How to prevent your child from making in-app purchases on your Android device

on Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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 andRead More…

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Tasker app for Android on sale

on Friday, March 29th, 2013
Posted in: Android related

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 sortsRead More…

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MK806 Android TV stick

on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

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 modelRead More…

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GearZap Nexus 7 Case-Compatible Desktop Sync and Charge Cradle review

on Thursday, February 28th, 2013

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 GearZapRead More…

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Automatica vehicle audio content device review

on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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 portRead More…

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HTC announces the HTC One Android smartphone

on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

This morning HTC announced its new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, and boy is it a stunner. Designed with a zero-gap/unibody style sleek aluminum case and a 4.7″ 1080p 468 PPI display, the One looks like an Apple fan’s iPhone 6 fantasy. It features a 1.7Ghz quad core Snapdragon processor and will be available in 32GBRead More…

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Android app spotlight: Dice Player

on Monday, February 11th, 2013
Posted in: Android related, News

There are so many video players for Android out there, but my favorite player is Dice Player. Besides playing every format I’ve thrown at it, Dice Player has a number of handy features, including the ability to adjust the audio sync speed, boost your audio up to 400%, and the ability to adjust the videoRead More…

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Ting’s Pay-For-What-You-Use cell service review

on Friday, January 11th, 2013

The major cellular providers continue to force their customers into bigger, bolder, more expensive plans that many folks do not need. I admit that I moved our family to Verizon’s Family Share Plan, where we pay a premium price for unlimited talk, text, and 6GB of data. However, there are many people that are notRead More…

Stay connected with the Samsung GALAXY Camera and 3G

on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Video sponsored by Samsung.

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GameStick puts Android games on your TV

on Saturday, January 5th, 2013

There’s a plethora of plugin Android devices for televisions these days, but GameStick has concentrated on taking on the gaming consoles market with their GameStick Kickstarter project.  Rather than just another Android-OS-on-a-stick experience, the GameStick is all about playing your Android games on the big screen. The plugin stick integrates into the supplied Bluetooth controllerRead More…

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HTC DROID DNA Android smartphone review

on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Is it just me or does it seem like every new Android smartphone looks almost exactly like the last new Android smartphone? It sure felt like deja vu all over again when I opened the box that Verizon Wireless sent me a few days ago. Inside was the HTC DROID DNA, their latest and greatest high-end AndroidRead More…

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MG Portable WiFi Android Gaming System review

on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

The MG is a WiFi Android device that has been created specifically for kids (and their parents bank accounts). If you own a smartphone and also have children, it’s probably a common thing for them to want to play games on your phone. But giving kids your $500+ device to play games is probably notRead More…

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Sphero Robot Ball review

on Monday, December 10th, 2012

My initial thought when Julie asked the Gadgeteer Team, who would like to review the Sphero was ‘cute but I’ll pass’. But upon further consideration, it occurred to me that I have an 11 yr old, tech-savvy son, spaz of a dog and insane cat at home just waiting for something like this to enterRead More…

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Cobra JoyRide – Intelligent car charging system for Android smartphones

on Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Cobra Joyride is a 2.1 amp rapid charger that plugs into a 12V power socket in your car and helps make your phone interaction safer while driving. It automatically configures the phone for in-car usage by signaling the companion Android app when you get in and out of your car. A button built intoRead More…

GameKlip – Get your game on (your phone)

on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

There is a wide assortment of game controllers coming out for Android devices at the moment, but what if you’re already using your PS3 controller and just need a neater way of attaching it to the Android device? GameKlip started as a Kickstarter project, but it has now been fully funded and is commercially available. WithRead More…

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Cloud TV Box review

on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Do you want  to display Internet content on your TV?  Do you like your Android cell phone or tablet and wish you could have the same features for your TV?   Sungale says they have the solution with their Cloud TV Box.  Now you can play Angry Birds and display Facebook  on a large flat-screen TV.  I’ve been using the deviceRead More…

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Motorola DROID RAZR HD Android smartphone first impressions

on Sunday, November 4th, 2012

A few days ago, Verizon sent me the Motorola DROID RAZR HD for a quick test drive. This phone comes in 2 flavors. RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. The difference between the two is memory size and battery capacity, with the MAXX having more of each. This will be a quick hardware tour asRead More…