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. ;-)

Apple: Multi-tasking and more for this summer’s iPhone OS 4

In case you missed it, yesterday Apple announced this summer’s release of iPhone OS 4.  With this update, Apple is touting 1500 new developer APIs and 100+ user new features including the long-awaited multi-tasking of 3rd-party applications.   Other new features include folder organization of up to 2160 apps, a 5x digital camera zoom, an improved …

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Cold War Nostalgia with USB Doomsday Device Hub

Remember War Games, Dr. Strangelove, fallout shelters and mutually assured destruction?  Ah, good times, good times.  ThinkGeek‘s USB Doomsday Device Hub is a campishly nostalgic take on the gloom and doom of the Cold War era.  It has no less triple redundancy with three arming switches, two toggle switches and a key switch with an …

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Old school iPad gaming with the iCade

Ever have a yearning for those 80’s-style arcade games, but still want to stay on the cutting edge?  Enter the iCade iPad Arcade Game Cabinet.  Invented by those clever gadgetophiles at ThinkGeek, the iCade is a handcrafted, wooden, desktop-sized gaming console that allows you to slide in your iPad, launch the free iCade app (available …

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QSTARZ SR-Q2100 Super 10-in-1 Outdoor GPS

QSTARZ has released its SR-Q2100 Super 10-in-1 Outdoor GPS.  A handheld, sport-ready device for hiking, cycling, or travel, it includes Sport GPS, Location Back and Route Plan modes, each with multiple features.  Also includes the software QPlanner for route planning, QSports for health management and QTravel for travel logging and geotagging.  Tons of additional features, …

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Ninja star push pins

Deep down, whether we’ll admit it or not, everyone wants to be a ninja.  Let your office ninja emerge from the shadows with these Ninja Star Push Pins from Chromoly, available at ThinkGeek.   About 2.75″ across, they are realistically-sized, molded ABS plastic with a chrome-plated finish and each has one tip replaced with two push …

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Vroom iPhone case feels the need for speed

Automobile aficionados can put the pedal to the metal with the Case-Mate Vroom.  A standard-looking, black silicone iPhone 3G/3GS case from the front, but the back features a tire-tread pattern reminiscent of speed-rated performance tires.  All controls are accessible and a lip gives chrome bezel protection and a “lay on the table” design.   Also …

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Stealthy gadget storage in your T-shirt

Wish you had a place to stow your iPod while running or traveling?  Koyono‘s  BlackCoat-T and -Tx line of cargo T-shirts features two specially-designed, hidden pockets that are interconnected by a single passageway.  A central zipper opening provides easy storage and removal.  Use it for an iPod an a cell or whatever combination of person …

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Use this gadget to find your lost gadgets

I don’t want to say how often I misplace our TV remote.   Smartfinder 4-in-1 can help.  Attach one of four color-coded, adhesive-backed receivers to something, then hold down the correspondingly colored button on the RF transmitter to trigger an audible alarm on that receiver.  Also includes a suction hook to attach the transmitter to …

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Lightsaber USB Lamp keeps the Dark Side at bay

Is your desk area strong with the Dark Side?  Ward it off with this USB lightsaber lamp.  Sitting patiently in its USB-powered charging base, it emits a soft blue glow.  Remove it at a moment’s notice for dueling agents of office evil.  Over 13 inches long including blade and hilt.  $25.99 from ThinkGeek, but a …

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Add party line to your texting with GroupText app

Tired of plain old texting?  With social networking app developer Brightkite‘s GroupText, you can text up to 25 of your friends for free at once, making it quicker and easier to do things like getting all your friends together at one pub to watch the Final Four.  And from any type of mobile phone, they …

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College logo gear to fuel your March Madness

Spring brought you a bit of the March Madness?  A fanatic of your favorite institution of higher learning?  Check out iPhone cases, laptops bags, USB flash drives and more from Tribeca Spirit.  Currently offering 57 NCAA teams, find your favorite and do some representin’ this spring, or any other time you want to show off …

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A loopy twist on laptop bags

Tired of the same old laptop bag styling?  Loop laptop bags may be just what you’re looking for.  Featuring curved shapes and zip-around flaps that allow you greater access to your stuff.  Available in briefcase, messenger, tote, and sleeve styles and the new Transit series, as well as several different color combos.  Prices vary by …

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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!