Jacob Haas

Designer, doodler, dad and gadget enthusiast. Currently working as an art director in PA. Loves writing the first half of short stories, and might even finish a few someday.

Two perfect podcasts to kick off your October

NEWS – October is my favorite month of the year. Perhaps it’s because of the crisp, fall weather, or maybe it’s because the tenuous veil between our world and the unknown becomes, for a brief moment, seemingly paper-thin. In the spirit of ushering in the changing of seasons, I submit to you, readers, a pair …

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Gadgeteer Team EDC 2018 updates – Jacob Haas

ARTICLE – Below is a list of EDC gear I carry daily on my person. 1. BeatsX earphones 2. iPhone 7 Plus in a black Jisoncase Leather Slim-Fit case 3. Spyderco Ambitious G-10 knife 4. Herschel Felix Wallet 5. Lip balm (currently a stick of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula) And below are the items I typically carry in my bag. …

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Studio Proper Apple Watch Dock review

REVIEW – I’m a firm believer of the old adage “a place for everything and everything in its place.” I have a spot for my keys, wallet, and pocketknife, but when it came to my Apple Watch, it’s always been haphazardly placed on its charger next to my nightstand. Now, Studio Proper’s Apple Watch Stand …

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Cherry MW-4500 Ergonomic Wireless Mouse review

REVIEWS – In my day job as a creative director, I use a mouse almost nonstop for between 8-10 hours, so I’m a prime candidate for wrist fatigue and repetitive stress injury. This is exactly the sort of thing that ergonomic input devices like the Cherry MW-4500 Wireless Mouse were designed to alleviate. What is …

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Updated type experience coming to Adobe InDesign CC and Illustrator CC

NEWS – Anyone who has used the latest Adobe Creative Cloud versions of InDesign or Illustrator has probably noticed that font selection is a little unwieldy. I use InDesign every day and whenever I’m looking for a specific sort of typeface to use, like a nice handwritten font, I find myself squinting at the tiny …

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These mosquito repellers conjure an anti-bug force field

NEWS – We’re heading into the middle of summer, and that means cookouts, pool parties, and naturally, mosquitos. There are methods of curbing those pesky bloodsuckers, but bug sprays are smelly and oily and may not mix well with sunscreen, and open flame candles can be messy or dangerous. Thermacell may have that problem licked. …

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Black+Blum Eau Good Duo water bottle review

REVIEW – Every minute, a staggering one million plastic bottles are purchased, many of which simply contain filtered water, and that figure is on the rise. Homeware designer Black+Blum aims to help curb that rampant bottled water consumption with their double-duty water filter and infuser bottle, the Eau Good Duo. What is it? The Eau …

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Logitech KEYS-TO-GO Bluetooth Keyboard review

If you’ve ever tried typing a memo or a lengthy reply to an email on your smartphone, then you’ve probably experienced that frustration of cramped fingers, getting the cursor in the right position, or wrestling with highlighting a bit of text to copy. Logitech’s KEYS-TO-GO portable keyboard is a serviceable remedy that comes with a …

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Apple offers free month of larger iCloud storage plans

Apple offers free trials of larger iCloud accounts

Apple has begun promoting free 1-month trials of paid, higher storage iCloud subscriptions to customers currently on the standard free 5GB plan. The promotion is limited to users who are on the entry-level (and rather paltry) 5GB storage plan. The 50GB, 200GB and 2TB tiers typically run $0.99, $2.99 and $9.99 per month, respectively. Anyone …

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Nintendo reveals Switch Online service details

Nintendo Switch Online

After months of conjecture based on a handful of details, Nintendo finally announced their full intentions with their upcoming Nintendo Switch Online service, launching in September of this year. The service will allow continued access to multiplayer games as well as Save Data Cloud Backup (finally!) and access to a growing library of classic NES …

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Fanstereo Studio43 Bluetooth Headphones review

When it comes to headphones, there seems to be a sliding scale of form and function. Looks, comfort, sound quality and price are all factors that fluctuate wildly. Do the Fanstereo Studio43 Bluetooth Headphones deliver on all categories? What is it? The Fanstereo Studio43 Headphones are premium wireless Bluetooth headphones with clean aesthetics and comfortable, …

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