gadget diary

geocache

If you've never heard of geocaching, it's a high-tech game of hide and seek that is played with a smartphone or handheld GPS unit. It gets you outdoors in the fresh air and helps build your observation, puzzle solving and navigation skills to find caches. Caches are small containers that have been strategically hidden all [...]

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Posted in: Articles, GPS, Outdoor Gear
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This is going to be a quickie... I just wanted to share a fun new use for the Amazon Echo Dot that I discovered yesterday. Easy workout timers! What's that? If you workout and need to do timed exercises, it's a pain to use a stopwatch. In the past, I've either tried to count in [...]

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Posted in: Articles
pocket-edc-1

In my neverending quest to find the best and most useful EDC gear, I've decided to focus on the items that I carry in my pockets. Since I don't carry a purse or wear a belt, the items have to be small, lightweight and serve more than one purpose.  I recently reviewed the Trayvax Summit wallet [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Pocket Gear
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Back in 2014, Dave Rees wrote about his positive experience when he switched to T-Mobile. He would regularly suggest that I also try T-Mobile's Test Drive kit, which at that time provided an iPhone and a SIM card on loan for a week's worth of testing. In May of last year, I finally ordered my [...]

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Posted in: Articles
edc-011716-1

I was brainstorming for article ideas yesterday, when I realized that I haven't posted an EDC update in almost year.  It's time to remedy that situation! This will be part one of my EDC update as I audit what I carry each day and decide if there are items that I can drop and items that [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Gear
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I was starting to get the feeling that Google hated me. Why? Because I ordered a 64GB Nexus 6P in Frost white on the first day it was available for pre-order and I still haven't received it while other people who ordered days and weeks later than I did, already have had their phone for days [...]

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Posted in: Articles
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Last week Jeanne and I vacationed in the Panama City Beach, Florida area on Seagrove Beach, Florida. I highly recommend it as vacation destination because the beach was the nicest one I'd ever visited and the sand felt as fine as flour. As with most trips, I always struggle to decide which tech devices to [...]

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Posted in: Articles, Travel Gear
surface-surface-note

Yesterday Dave Rees and I were chatting on Google Hangouts while we were watching Microsoft's new hardware event. Microsoft announced three new Lumia Windows phones, a preview of HoloLens virtual gaming gear and a new fitness tracking band that all looked somewhat interesting to us. But, what Dave and I were most interested in was [...]

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Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables
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Today is the day that Google will officially unveil their new Nexus smartphones. I've been looking forward to this day for quite awhile because I decided I that this would be the year that I would buy a Nexus phone. I've been wanting the stock Android experience and quick OS updates for a long time, [...]

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Posted in: Articles
iphone6splus

A month ago I posted a gadget diary entry about how I have been thinking about switching back to the iPhone. After yesterday's mega Apple event, I have made my decision and will be pre-ordering the iPhone 6s Plus this Saturday morning. Why am I going to switch from Android and why have I picked the [...]

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Posted in: Articles, iOS
mobile-payments

Yesterday's Samsung Unpacked event left me feeling disappointed about their new hardware announcements. However, their Samsung Pay announcement caught my attention. If you aren't familiar with Samsung Pay, it's Samsung's mobile payment application. Like Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay (not available yet) and CurrentC (also not available yet), it's a way to use your phone to pay [...]

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Posted in: Android, Articles, iOS
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It's been almost three years since I put my iPhone 4s in a drawer and switched over to an Android device as my full-time smartphone. Since I made that switch, I've used a Samsung Galaxy SIII, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and my current phone, an LG G3. I've also used Android tablets like the Nexus [...]

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Posted in: Articles
tmobile-202

Yesterday was my first day testing a phone on T-Mobile's network. I was very encouraged with the speedtest.net results at my house and even in my basement. Considering that I live in the middle of 12 wooded acres with no DSL, cable, etc., it's surprising that they have LTE in my immediate area. But I just happen [...]

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Posted in: Articles
tmobile-1

Yesterday I posted about my discovery that T-mobile coverage in my area actually exists now. I was excited to give them a try so I signed up for their free Test Drive plan on Friday and received an iPhone 5s this afternoon. I get to use the phone for seven days before returning it to a T-mobile [...]

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Posted in: Articles
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I was complaining to Dave Rees last Friday about my flaky LG G3 and telling him that I was torn between upgrading now to a Samsung Galaxy S6 or waiting to see what the LG G4 might be like. An upcoming vacation had me thinking about upgrading sooner rather than later in order to get [...]

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Posted in: Articles