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 [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Music Gear, Reviews

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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I love listening to music or podcasts on my home PC and at my office. Sometimes you just need to tune into something upbeat to get your work done!  My desk space is limited, so since I was given the opportunity to try out the Dual Sonic speakers from Satechi, I grabbed the chance. Note:  Images can [...]

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A true gadgeteer is always looking for ways to make their gadgets do more than they were originally intended. The MicroUSB OTG 3-Port Hub with Smartphone Stand from Brando is a $10 accessory that effectively turns your Android smartphone into a mini workstation by giving it 3 USB 2.0 ports. Laptops all over the world just gasped [...]

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The Satechi USB Portable Humidifier is a small screw-on device that fits on most brands of bottled water and can be used as a humidifier, mister or aroma diffuser. Just fill the bottle with purified water, screw on the device/filter and plug in to a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. The USB Portable Humidifier will [...]

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The USB Utility Charge Tool looks like multi-tool or pocket knife, but it's really a multi-bladed charging tool. There are several "blades" that you can use to charge your gadgets, including a 30 pin connector for the iPhone or iPod, a micro USB and a mini USB connector. There's also a USB adapter to connect [...]

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It doesn't make a difference if you use a desktop computer connected to a huge display, or a laptop with an 11 inch display, you will always want more screen space. I know for me that it was a pretty big adjustment when I downsized from a 27" inch iMac to a 13" Macbook Air. [...]

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The Victorinox Swiss Army Jetsetter USB Flash Drive combines a few "tools" with a removable USB flash drive which is available in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. Will it become your new favorite EDC tool for home and office? Let's see. Note: Images can be clicked to view a larger size. USB 2.0 Victorinox Swiss [...]

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If you like to tinker with your own electronics projects or are a data geek who needs to know how much juice your tablet, smartphone or other USB device really needs to charge via USB, the Smartronix USB Power Meter will provide that info. It can also tell you how much power a USB port [...]

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ThinkGeek Tentacle

This USB-powered tentacle is firmly ensconced in the novelty department.  When plugged in, it wiggles and squirms back and forth, (somewhat) realistically emulating an octopus.  However, it holds no other use than being creepy-cool.  The current version holds no data, and judging from the consumer feedback, that's a bit of a sticking point.   It's [...]

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LaCie has produced a key-shaped USB drive for some time, and their new PetiteKey is a tough little brother of their original Iamakey that Julie reviewed a few years ago.  The PetiteKey is only 1.61" X 0.83" X 0.14" and weighs 0.26 ounces.  This USB 2.0 drive has transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps.  It has [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, News

Last year I bought 2 new TVs for my house. I got a great price on both of them, and the HD picture looks great on both of them.  And being the tech guy that I am, I immediately started looking for ways to take advantage of that gorgeous HD screen.  The TVs were not [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews, Wireless

So, got a new iPhone 5 but can't find a charging dock?  Bluetooth keyboards aren't your style?  Well, do you have an Apple iPad keyboard dock?  All you'll need is the Apple's $29 Lightning to 30-pin Adapter. I'm a dock kind of person.  It's a personal thing.  The lack of 3rd party accessories for the new [...]

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Apple lightning to usb-01

Shortly after the iPhone 5 was available for pre-order, I went ahead and ordered up a pair of extra Lightning-to-USB cables from the Apple Store so I would have some extras for the office and travel.  I got them today, before the anticipated Friday, September 21st iPhone 5 release date. The size difference is astonishing. [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, News

For a majority of us (especially those who regularly visit the Gadgeteer), the number of power-hungry tech-devices we must plug in is ever growing. Keeping those devices charged up while keeping the cable clutter down is a never-ending effort. To assist tech-toy junkies accomplish just that, NewerTechnology has released the Power2U AC/USB wall outlet, which replaces [...]

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When it comes to offering collectible USB flash drives, Mimobot is the leader. The latest addition to their Legends of MIMOBOT Series is the Bruce Lee X Mimobot. Available in 8, 16, 32 and 64GB capacities, this flash drive includes exclusive pre-loaded content such as sound bites from Bruce Lee’s classic movies, videos, icons, wallpapers [...]

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USB flash drives are crazy useful. I use them regularly with my IT job at Cummins. Typically I keep one in a zippered Waterfield pouch in my Timbuk2 messenger bag. That usually works out fine and dandy, but sometimes I forget to put it in my pocket and have to run back to my desk [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews

ChargeCard is a clever USB cable for the iPhone that will never get in a tangle or knot. One end has a standard USB connector and the other end has a 30 pin iPhone connector. The cable folds up into a flat credit card shaped package that then fits in a card slot in your [...]

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The Tiki Microphone from Blue Microphone is a USB mic that offers two different recording modes. Intelligent Speech Mode has the ability to isolate desirable sounds like voices so that it can minimize background noises like typing, computer fans, etc. It can even mute the mic if needed. This feature improves vocal clarity for online communication [...]

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