Security

larryalert

We've reviewed a dozen or more wireless cameras that can be used as a home security system. They are usually setup to send alerts to mobile devices when detecting motion or sound. These simple systems are a viable alternative to higher priced systems that require a hefty monthly fee and significantly more complex installation. They [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
The Package Guard

If you watched the news during the Christmas holidays you probably saw some video of a package being stolen off of someone's porch. This is an all too common issue during the holiday season and is becoming more prevalent during the non-holiday times with online ordering and delivery growing. The Package Guard Kickstarter project hopes [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
ML03

I hate keys!  I've replaced all of the entry locks at my house and summer cabin with either touchscreen or push button locks.  Up until now, I  didn't find a viable alternative to the padlocks I have to secure my property around the house or at work.  The Master Lock Bluetooth Smart Padlock has made [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
neposmart-installed-1

When fellow Gadgeteer, Dave Rees, came to me and asked me to review a garage door controller, I was unsure, since I had no experience messing with garage door openers. Since it came with free installation, I agreed. A garage door controller and monitor is quite a bit outside of the box for me, but [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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I one day hope to live in a world where I can leave the house with only my smartphone in my pocket. I want to unlock my doors, start my car, make payments, etc., all from my smartphone. Devices like the Quicklock are helping us to rapidly approach that future. The Quicklock is a Bluetooth [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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While living less than 20 miles from downtown Seattle, we live out in the middle of no where at the end of a very long gravel road on a piece of property that we can't see any of our neighbors. It is a quiet and relatively peaceful place but remote enough people could drive up our [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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This post brought to you by 3M Company. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Gadgeteer. How many times have you sat next to a stranger on a bus, train, plane, or at a cafe, with your laptop or tablet's screen visible? Most of you will say, that it happens to you [...]

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Posted in: iOS, Laptops and Gear, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables
bluff-works-travel-pants

These slacks from Bluff Works can be worn at work or on your day off, and they offer special, secure pockets to protect your gear when you travel.  They have a couple of hidden zippered pockets - one in front to hold a passport and one in the back that can hold an oversized travel [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear
Nest Protect

As I've stated before, I love smart home products. I'm not entirely sure if it's laziness or the cool factor, but I love having the ability to control things from my smartphone. Nest recently announced a redesign of its Nest Protect fire alarm. I have the original Nest Protect at home and was excited to [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
gavel

The gavel comes down against the NSA: On Thursday of this week, The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ruled that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) hotly debated policy of collecting bulk data from American citizens’ telephone conversations, was unconstitutional. This ruling in ACLU, et al. v. James Clapper, et al., is [...]

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Posted in: News

TrackR Bravo review

Trackr2

Please do your homework before ordering this product. Read the comments below. It appears that this company is taking money and not shipping the orders. The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage right now. Adding smart tech to an old piece of tech or something non-tech like a set of keys or a [...]

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Posted in: Android, Reviews
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Securing your bike when you’re out and about is perhaps the first thing a bike owner has to confront, once they’ve bought the bike and a helmet. As soon as you arrive at the post office, drugstore, or coffee shop on your first ride, you get off, and realize you’ll have to prevent someone else [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
Nymi 1

Most of us have so many logins and accounts with passwords that it has become necessary to use password managers just to keep them all straight. The obvious intention for all of these passwords is to make sure you are who you say you are before you are granted access. Nymi, a new biometric authentication [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, News
dormco-trunks-1

My daughter will be going to college in the fall, and we've already started thinking about the things she'll need to take with her.  She wants a footlocker, and I agree it will be great for transferring stuff from home and for storing things in her dorm room.  I had a footlocker when I was [...]

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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
nokia-treasure-tag

With Nokia Treasure Tags, your Nokia phone will notify you before you leave behind your keys, wallet, or whatever you've tagged.  The Treasure Tags use Bluetooth 4.0 (with Proximity Profile (PXP), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Find Me Profile (FMP)) to pair with your phone to notify you before you leave something behind.  It has a [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, News