Just when I thought I'd gotten a handle on the best deal in VOIP offerings, along comes Obihai with the OBI 100 VOIP telephone adapter.  In conjunction with a Google Voice account, they claim unlimited calling to POTS users in the USA.  Frankly, I didn't believe it, so I received one of their devices and have been [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews

A previous article here on Gadgeteer asked about the state of Android. I'd like to ponder on the state of the tablet: Here we are, almost 10 months after the iPad announcement, quickly approaching Christmas 2010, and where are our options other than the iPad? As far as I can tell, the maybe-soon to be [...]

Posted in: Android

When my kids were younger, I spent vast amounts of money on juice boxes of all kinds, because when a kid is thirsty you gotta have some juice that's easy to deal with "on the go".  Trust me, spill a sippy-cup of Apple juice all over your car seats and you'll be making a bee-line [...]

Posted in: Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear

The gateway between your home/office network and the rest of the internet is your router, and in most cases it's  a very 'dumb' device. That's started to change, with routers becoming more useful, and I started thinking about getting an upgrade. I've been using a Linksys WRT-54GL with DD-WRT firmware for the last couple months [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews, Wireless

Over the years, I've tried quite a few devices that allow you to watch and listen to your digital media through your television set. Some of these devices have included WiFi, some included hard drives, some required that you stream the content from a computer to the player and some required that you convert the content to a format that the player could handle. For one reason or another, I stopped using all of those devices except for the AppleTV. I really like the AppleTV's user interface, but have never really liked the fact that I have to convert the files and then 'send' them from my desktop computer to the AppleTV in the living room. I'm all about simplicity, and while the AppleTV comes close, it doesn't quite get there. I think I've found a device that does get there tho. It's the WD TV HD Media Player from Western Digital.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Computer Gear

With the massive influx of digital media in the past decade or so, consumers have become aware of the need for some way to use
their media somewhere other than a computer. More specifically, we want to be able to play our music and movies and view our
digital pictures from the comfort of the couch, and with the high definition glory of a 72" plasma television. Apple, of course,
released the Apple TV. However, other electronics companies have tried to come up with good home media center solutions that
don't require a full computer running Windows XP Media Center Edition, or Windows Vista Premium or Ultimate.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

It's only been four months since I reviewed Slacker's first generation Slacker Personal Radio Player, and now they have a new model available called the G2. I've loved using their first player, so I was super excited to be able to get my hands on a second generation unit. Second generation units are always better than their predecessors right? Let's find out...

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

You've no doubt heard of, or have seen the Snowball microphone from BlueMic.
It's a very popular microphone for podcasters and anyone that wants to record audio. BlueMic have a new microphone
to add to their product line - the Snowflake USB mic. This is their first professional portable USB microphone, and I
think they have another winner on their hands.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Autumn is my favorite time of year for a couple different reasons. I love the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves and ... new Apple iPods! For the last 4 years around this time, we've been introduced to a new iPod nano and this year is no different...

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Since my first experience with digital audio recording with a Sony M1 DAT more than ten years ago I have been an avid fan of new digital audio gadgets. I even got myself a (volunteer, non-paying) gig recording a weekly chamber music series locally, which is an opportunity to spend even bigger bucks on fancy microphones and preamps. But when last year a friend gave me a 1905 Edison Standard Phonograph cylinder player, I really was in gadget heaven...

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

I love my 65 inch TV. Even though it's a rear projection TV and not a flat screen, which means it takes up a lot of space in my basement. I went from a 27 inch TV straight up to 65. I can't go back now... no way. What do you do if you don't have room for a giant TV, but still want that big screen experience? Vuzix thinks they have a solution with their iWear AV490 Video Eyewear. These glasses claim to give you a 62 inch screen experience. Let's just see about that...

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

I'm a minimalist. The problem is that I'm a minimalist that has too much stuff. ;o) For those of you that might be true minimalists, I have a nifty USB doo-dad to show you, that has the potential to allow you to ditch your High Def TV and DVR. It's the PCTV HD Pro Stick (801e) from Pinnacle Systems. With it, you can use your Windows laptop or desktop computer as your TV and DVR. Let's take a look...

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Gadgets that wirelessly transmit audio from one place to another seem to be pretty popular these days. Case in point - the two reviews we recently posted here: the SoundCast OutCast Wireless Outdoor Speaker and the EOS Wireless Home Audio iPod Speaker System. The product I'd like to tell you about today has approximately the same features, but comes in a smaller package and seems to be marketed towards teens. It's the i2i Stream from Aerielle.


Are you a fan of podcasts? For those of you that are not in the know,
podcasts are pre-recorded
audio or video 'shows' that cover a wide variety of subject manner. These
digital files were first created for the Apple
iPod, hence the
name podcast. iPod owners that use iTunes, have an easy to use interface for
finding and downloading these shows to their computers and / or iPods.
Zune owners have a
similar ability, but owners of other digital audio players are not so lucky.
The CastGrabber comes to the rescue with a
standalone device that allows you to download podcasts into most USB equipped
MP3 players (even iPods), without the aid of a PC.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

I'm a big fan of webcams. Once I figured out how to broadcast a webcam stream on a webpage,
I started broadcasting from work so that my mom and friends could see me. One idea I had related to this was setting up a little home
surveillance system with my two Logitech QuickCams and my eeePC 701's integrated webcam. I'm mostly just curious to see what my cats do
all day while I'm at work. While setting up such a stream is pretty easy, it requires running a computer 24/7 and can be a little power and
bandwidth hungry.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Do you listen to your audio player through your car's stereo? Then I would wager that you have probably run into the same problem with volume levels that I have. Quite often, in order to hear the music, I will have to turn the volume on the player all the way to maximum and then do the same with the car stereo. This in itself isn't the real issue though... The problem is that after I disconnect my player from the car's stereo, I'll almost always forget that I left the volume turned to the max. Then later when I go to listen to the car stereo or player, I'll be blasted with extremely loud music that makes me jump out of my skin. This happened to me three times last week, so I went looking for a solution and learned about CMoy headphone amps.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

I have a confession to make... Even though I love my iPod classic, I really don't listen to it as much in the car as I listen to... the radio. Yes, it's true. I find myself listening to regular FM radio way more than my iPod. The radio is on when I drive into work in the morning and again in the afternoon on my way home. Why do I prefer listening to radio? One of the main reasons is that I never know what the next song will be and I like variety and finding new artists. Over the years I've tried XM and Sirius satellite radios and enjoyed them, but in the end, I got tired of the ads and mediocre audio quality. Now I think I have found the perfect radio gadget for me. It's the Slacker Portable Radio.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Wireless

This week's video quick look review comes from the Gadgeteer Kid. He takes a look at the Disney Pixar Cars, Lightning McQueen 13" TV/DVD Player Combo.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

Let's face it, the constant evolution of technology has spoiled us. We, as consumers, crave electronics that have everything, yet are small enough to be inconspicuous when not in use. The people at Insignia have created a shelf stereo system with numerous features designed to please, yet small enough to not require a lot of space. For those of you not familiar with Insignia, it is the brand sold exclusively at Best Buy. Today I review their 75W DVD/CD/HD Radio Compact Shelf System with USB Port (Model: NS-HD2114).

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

What is the worst thing about setting up a stereo speaker system? In my opinion, it's running all the necessary wires. I always said that if I ever build a new house, that it will have speaker wiring pre-installed in all the walls. But for an existing house without this feature, what do you do to get around this issue? You can either buy a wireless speaker system, or you can check out a wireless audio adapter like the one I'm going to tell you about today from Audioengine. The AW1 Premium Wireless Audio Adapter is designed for Audioengine's A5 speaker system (my current favorite speakers), but will work with any other speakers just fine.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Earlier this year, Audioengine was
kind enough to send me a pair of their wonderful
to review. These speakers have turned out to be a favorite of mine
and still occupy space on my desk at Gadgeteer headquarters. Now Audioengine
have created another set of speakers for people that don't want to devote as
much desktop space and money in order to own a great sounding pair of speakers.
The A2's work great with both PCs, Macs and other audio devices. Let's take a
closer look.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Apple iPod touch

Apple has been particularly
busy these past few months. We've seen updated aluminum iMacs, the new
iPod classic,
new iPod nano
fatty and of course, we can't forget the mega hyped
iPhone. Redefining
both mobile phones and digital media players, the iPhone has made a definite
dent in tech history. Now we have the iPod touch. This device takes all the
music and video related features that have made the iPhone so popular, and made
them available to people that don't want to switch carriers or phones.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Of the three updated iPods that Apple recently announced, I would have to say that the updates to the nano have caused me more excitement than the 160GB classic and the touch screen enabled iPod touch. To date, the nano has been Apple's smallest audio player with a color display. But now it's evolved into a video player as well. Dubbed the 'fatty', the new nano is anything but pudgy. It's as thin as ever, but now has a wide display capable of showing your favorite videos and movies.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Apple iPod classic

The globally popular Apple iPod video has been updated with a new face, a new interface, higher storage capacity and even a new name. It's now called the iPod classic, which may sound like a name that would be given to a low end model, but this isn't the case with the new iPod classic. This
classic may not be tiny like the new "fatty" nano, or have a touch screen like the new iPod touch. But neither of those devices are available in capacities of 80 or 160GB, enabling you can carry your entire music and video library with you in your pocket. Today I'm going to tell you about the 160GB version of this device.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV

Mobile phones aren't just for placing calls these days. They have become full blown digital audio players for a lot of people. Heck, the advertising for the LG Chocolate phones is pretty much based on that very feature alone. Altec Lansing's T515 portable wireless speaker system is now available for those of you with mobile phones that have Bluetooth (it must have the A2DP profile though...) and music playing capabilities.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Wireless