USB

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The USB Type-C adapter may be brand new and hard to find right now, but in a very short time it will be the norm. Some people might think that this new cable type was invented by Apple because they are using it in their latest MacBook. But in reality, it is the new USB [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
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Capturing images has changed dramatically since 2007 when the iPhone brought in the expectation of having a really capable camera with you at all times. With the miniaturization of smaller image capture sensors, scanners, as well as phones, have gradually increased in processing power to the level that every office of any size will have [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews
snappower

Last spring I helped back SnapRays, a Kickstarter project for a wall outlet cover plate with built in auto-illuminating LEDs. The project was a big success and they actually delivered the products to their backers on time, which has not been the norm for most of the projects I have backed in the past. Now [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Home, Kitchen, News
blink1-2

The blink(1) is a small USB LED status light that plugs into your PC, Mac, Linux or even Raspberry Pi device and can be set up to flash a certain color and pattern when something happens that you need to know about. That "something" is entirely up to you. For example: Do you want to know [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
Bolse Mfr Desktop Photo

Perhaps, like me, your bedside table has evolved over time into a charging station. I run down the batteries in my devices during the day, and the nightstand is the most convenient place to both recharge the devices while I sleep and keep them nearby for nighttime reading, email or phone calls. I haven’t adapted gracefully [...]

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jimi-usb1

When I was using an iMac as my main computer, I loved almost everything about it except for one thing... It was always a pain in the you-know-what when I needed to plug a cable or flash drive into one of the USB ports. In Apple's infinite wisdom (or lack thereof) they located the USB [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, News
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Here's another portable and relatively inexpensive way to expand the memory of your Android device. It's the ADATA DashDrive Durable UD320 USB OTG flash drive, which comes in 16 and 32GB capacities. I was sent the 32GB version to test. Let's see how it works. Note: Images can be clicked to view a larger size. [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Reviews
leef-access-1

If you're an Android user with a device that lacks a microSD card slot, you need to pay attention to this review. Don't worry, I won't take much of your time because there's not a whole lot I can say about the Leef Access microSD card reader for Android, other than it's tiny and only [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Reviews
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So you're out in the wilderness, Les Stroud style, and you need a fire.  Stat.  You would have bought a lighter but they didn''t allow them on the plane.  Fortunately, you remembered to pack your Pilot Slider USB Rechargeable Lighter!  Available for $19.99 at ThinkGeek, $11.99 at Amazon and reportedly (from reviews) for less than [...]

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Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
bird-humidifier

Even though the seasons have just changed and it's officially Spring time (finally!), the air is still very dry - at least it is here in Southern Indiana. Who cares if the air is dry you say. Look down at your hands, are they rough and chapped? That can be a sign of low humidity. [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
ChargerLeash1

It's happened to me several times: I charge my device in a hotel room, disconnect in the morning to move to a different seat or go down for breakfast, come back, pack and leave, and abandon my cable under the nightstand. Now that we have multiple devices to charge, the likelihood that we're going to [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews, Travel Gear
usbtester

The USB Power Current/Voltage Tester from Brando lets you easily measure USB power and device operating current/voltage. Just plug the small USB adapter between the device and your computer or AC outlet and the built-in display shows current and voltage. It will work with smartphones, tablets or any devices with a USB charging port. It [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, News

Bracketron Smart Lantern review

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If  you've ever been in a situation where one of your mobile devices has run out of power and there is no outlet around, you'd probably appreciate having a battery backup.  Bracketron's solution is their Smart Lantern, which not only supplies the power, but also lights your way in the dark.  Here's something you may [...]

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Just Mobile Highway Duo-1

iPhone car chargers, cannot live without them, good quality reliable well made ones are often hard to come by. And, when you do find a good one to use you have to supply your own cable to use with it. And, what happens if you need to charge another device while charging your iPhone? The [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear
lifelink

LifeLink is an ultra-portable USB cable that can be carried in your wallet, purse, or even on your keychain. Available in 3 styles, LifeLink cables are compatible with all Apple and Android Smartphones and Tablets. There's a micro USB, Lightning and 30-pin versions. With a thickness of only 2 credit cards (0.098 inches or 2.5mm), [...]

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We've told you about USB monitors before, but the CINQ includes a special clip that allows you to mount the 10.1 inch 720p monitor right to the side of your laptop's display. The monitor is compatible with PCs and Macs and has a max resolution of 1280 x 720. It features a matte / anti-glare coating, [...]

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Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News
leef-usb-8

The folks at Leef sent me two of their USB flash drives to try. What's so exciting about a USB flash drive you ask? Well, the Leef Bridge allows you to easily move files from your PC or Mac, to your Android smartphone and visa versa, all without requiring WiFi, a network or any extra [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Computer Gear, Reviews
brando-10port

If your family is threatening to take away all your gadgets and gizmos because you are always using all the AC outlets to charge them, I have a potential solution for you. It's the 10-Port USB Charging Station from Brando. Yes, we've seen USB hubs with more than 10 ports before, but, this charging station offers [...]

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Nessie 12

At first glance, the Nessie by Blue Microphones  looks like an award one might receive at a music award ceremony because of its impressive stature. But it is named after the mythological Loch Ness monster and resembles it with its "S" curve and long neck silhouette. But it begs the question, does it stand up [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Music Gear, Reviews
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When I downsized from a 27" iMac to a 13" Macbook Air for my main computer, It felt liberating being able to carry around my computer anywhere I needed to go. But giving up a huge display for one much smaller did take some adjustment. When I'm couch surfing, I don't really mind the smaller [...]

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