Andy Jacobs

Catholic, husband, father, engineer. Purdue Boilermaker. Dad of pugs. Collector of Star Wars. Practicioner of fitness. Drinker of beers.

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!

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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