Andy Jacobs

Husband, dad, biomedical engineer, and a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. Also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, hiking, travel, pugs, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

Griffin iFM adds radio to your iPhone or iPod

So your iPod or iPhone’s got your personal music collection.  And it’s got streaming music through Pandora.  But what if you want good ol’, low-tech local FM radio on your iPhone or iPod?  Till now, there’s been no good solution, but Griffin‘s iFM may have solved that.  Plug iFM into your iPod and it wakes …

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Pantech Link Mobile Phone Review

A multitude of messaging mobile phones were launched in 2009, and the trend appears to be continuing in 2010.  The recently-release Pantech Link offered through AT&T is one such device (see Press Release here).  It is a new handset with nice hardware for a great price.  Let’s dig in.

Endurance Bag has spots for all your fitness stuff

Got a lot of running or gym gear you find yourself lugging about?  Have a look at the Endurance Ultra from Endurance Bag Company.  Though it’s designed for runners, it’s got a ton of compartments that any fitness enthusiast would find useful.  Vented shoe and wet clothes compartments, two insulated water bottle pockets (with a …

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Apple adds horsepower to MacBook Pro line

Apple recently announced updates to its MacBook Pro line of laptops.  The 15- and 17-inch sizes now include Intel Core i5 and i7 dual-core processors, boosting performance up to 50%, next-gen NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics and extended battery time of 8-9 hours (10 hours for 13-inch).  Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading and an Integrate Memory Controller …

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Custom iPhone dock allows in-case charging

Many of us have spent probably way too much time picking out a protective case for our beloved iPhone.  Most require the case to be fully or partially removed in order for the device to drop conveniently into a charging dock.  Enter the dock-IN-case by made2dock.  USA-made, CNC machined from solid aluminum and hand assembled, …

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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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