Andy Jacobs

I'm a husband to a great wife, a dad to two awesome teenagers, and a mechanical engineer for a biomedical device company in my day job. And as an engineer I've been a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. I'm also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, hiking, travel, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

Sláinte! St. Paddy’s Day Music iPhone app

Feeling a bit more Irish than usual today?  Hoist a pint of Guinness to your health and try out the St. Patrick’s Day Songs iPhone app available for free on iTunes.  It streams a collection of folk music and other Irish-themed songs through your data connection.  Sláinte!

Save your jack with Replug

MacBook owners are familiar with MagSafe, the breakaway magnetic plug design that prevents damage if the power cable is yanked away from the laptop.  Replug can help do something similar for 3.5mm headphone jacks.  It features a flexible elbow and a non-magnetic breakaway plug tip that can protect your device from undue stress.  Available in …

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Encase Your iPhone in Sith Armor

Have a dark side?  Flaunt it with an officially-licensed Incipio Star Wars case for your iPhone 3G/3GS or iPod Touch 2G.  Available in soft silicone and hard slider versions, and with either full or half Darth Vader or Stormtrooper visages, it also comes in any color you want, as long as that color is black.  …

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Mighty Wallet May Actually BE Thinnest Ever

Even before the legendary “Costanza wallet” became the subject of a Seinfeld episode, there are those of us who have been searching for the seemingly unobtainable “thinnest wallet ever.”  The Mighty Wallet from Dynomighty Design might actually be it.  Made from Tyvek (think express mail envelopes) consisting of thousands of plastic fibers, its shape comes …

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New Road-Warrior Gadgetry Holders from Skooba

Show of hands of road warriors among use who carry a lot of gadgetry.  That’s what I thought.  And that’s what Skooba Design thought too, so they’ve released some new gear-hauling goodies.  The Cable Stable DLX is like a mini-suitcase that can hold multiple gadgets (even a netbook) and accessories in near-limitless combinations. The SkoobaWrap …

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bioserie iPhone Cases Made From…Plants!

Looking for some iPhone protection, but want to keep it green?  Your search has ended.  The bioserie case for iPhone 3G/3GS  is made from plants.  Well…sort of.  For you science-types, 90%+ is made up of biodegradable, enviro-friendly, Ingeo™ biopolymer, derived from plants and renewable resources, not petrochemicals like virtually every other gadget you own.  Available …

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Size yur Ear! iPhone App for YurBuds

Yurtopia, makers of Yurbuds—soft, rubber-tip earbud enhancers that slip over existing earbud-style headphones—has recently released the Size yur Ear! app for iPhone.  It allows users to snap iPhone photos of their ears, submit the photos and order a set of earbud covers that are custom-sized for their ears using patent-pending yurScan™ technology.  The earbud enhancers …

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Read Large PDFs And More Using GoodReader App

Although there seem to be many document reader-type apps available, Good.iWare‘s recently-released v2.6 of its GoodReader iPhone/iPod/iPad app may have a few new tricks up its electronic sleeve.  PDF Reflow gives true full-screen reading of large PDFs (1Gb+), plus search, hyperlink and zoom capabilities.  Also supports MS Office, iWork, hi-res images, audio and video and …

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YUBZ MAGNUM Bluetooth Speaker Review

A plethora of portable sound projection devices are available in a multitude of shapes and sizes.  Several have piqued my interest, but the Yubz MAGNUM is somewhat unique, mostly for its factor.  Because it looks like, well…a log.  Yep, just like the classic Ren & Stimpy commercial.  So how does this particular portable speaker system …

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Lose the fork, Luke!

Fan of Star Wars and sushi?  This elegant utensil for a more civilized age may help add some fanboy/fangirl fun to your next galactic feast.  Two-pack Star Wars Chop Sabers…er…Sticks are plastic and feature highly-detailed, movie-accurate lightsaber hilts in three different blade colors–Jedi Luke Skywalker blue or Yoda green (Yoda’s is slightly shorter length) or …

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Manta Ray helps reduce neck pain during squats

This may only be of interest to a small subset of you gadgetites out there, but I found it interesting nonetheless.  The Manta Ray from Advanced Fitness, Inc. is a patented device that can help alleviate neck pain when performing a squat exercise.  Made of molded polyurethane, it features a notch that grips the squat …

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