Mark Rosengarten

Bench Soft 2X USB Charging Cable for Android review

Charging devices is one of the unpleasant and time-consuming tasks that we gadget addicts must endure, thanks to the primitive state of electrochemical energy storage.  While ultracapacitors have not yet set us free from the torturous charging wait time, there are products that purport to make that wait time shorter.  Bench Soft sent us this …

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PUC Wireless MIDI for iOS and Mac review

When the Camera Connection Kit first came out for the iPad, it immediately was exploited by musicians worldwide to use the iPad as a MIDI-connected device.  The iPad suddenly became a must-have device for making music.  Apps that mimicked classic synths like the Korg Electribe and MS-20 came out as well as production studio apps …

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Samsung Gear Live…WATCH for it!

Smartwatches have been a dream of technophiles since the Dick Tracy days.  While they have not yet reached the dream of the standalone phone, what they can do while partnered with a smartphone far outstrips anything Tracy’s wrist gear aspired to.  Hot on the heels of Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2 watch, the Gear Live watch …

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RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme 23000mAh portable external battery charger review

Technology has come a long way in the last two decades but, sadly, battery technology has barely kept pace.  We use the same electrochemical principles that Allesandro Volta used when he invented the voltaic pile in the 1800’s.  We have found better materials and have improved on the design to squeeze every available electron from …

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Canon EF 16-35 f/4 L IS: a cheaper and stable alternative

Canon’s EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II is a very popular lens, particularly for landscape and architectural photography.  It has remained out of the reach of many enthusiast photographers due to its very high price  ($1700, but at the time of this writing there is a $200 mail-in rebate).  The lens is also not image stabilized, …

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Naneu UrbanGear U60 Camera Backpack review

I love photography.  There is seldom a moment when I am not at work and there isn’t a camera in my hand.  Like all photographers, I go through camera bags like crazy.  What works for one application somehow doesn’t seem to work for another.  I have used such camera bags as the Billingham Hadley Pro …

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Primovisto iPad Air Bamboo Case review

You’ve just spent a mint on that shiny new iDevice and want to sheath it in something nice, classy, protective and did I mention classy?  Here’s an interesting option for you:  a thick, understated yet elegant bamboo case!  This offering is from Primovisto and, while it ticks the boxes for elegant, chic, solid and classy, …

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Drive your way to a smoother head: the HeadBlade ATX

I hate my hair.  Words cannot describe how much I detest my thin, sparse hair.  I’ve never been able to grow it to my satisfaction but now it just looks awful.  If I grew it long I would look like a crazy radiation victim.  So what do I do?  I shave my head.  This is …

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Tilt-shift focus on the cheap: The Lensbaby Composer Pro

The Lensbaby Composer Pro is an intriguing solution to selecting the perfect focus spot in your composition.  Available in mounts for several ILC and dSLR cameras, it is a fully manual lens with a manual aperture control and swivel lens.  The aperture settings will determine the width of the in-focus area and the swivel lens …

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Amped Wireless LongRange Bluetooth Speaker Adapter review

I have an older DVD player/receiver/amplifier that I used to play CDs on.  I got tired of swapping CDs in and out a long time ago and my CDs have gone dusty on the shelf.  Then I got an opportunity to review the Amped Wireless Long Range Bluetooth Speaker Adapter and music once again pours …

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The tablet wars heat up: the ASUS Vivo Tab Note 8

I never get tired of tiny Windows machines.  I’ve owned everything from the OQO to the Fujitsu UH100 to the Viliv N5 to the Dell Venue Pro 8.  Now ASUS has tossed its large hat into the 8″ Windows tablet right with its new offering, the Vivo Tab Note 8.  Available in 32 and 64 …

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