Smythe Richbourg

A gadget nerd from childhood, Smythe has always been drawn to solving everyday problems with clever tools. An Apple fan since his Mac Plus in 1987, he's sure the company will one day do great things, despite being perpetually doomed by their competition.

Android Nougat security certificates are expiring in 2021

NEWS – Came across this news item recently, and haven’t heard much about it elsewhere. Turns out the 7.1.1 version of Android (Nougat) may not be able to access secure websites starting in 2021, unless you update their operating system. I’m not worried about those who read The Gadgeteer who are in the Android camp, …

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SandMarc Motion Filter Variable Neutral Density Filter for iPhone review

REVIEW – Photography, as we’ve stated before, has a lot to do with light, and today’s gadgets let you create, filter, and otherwise adjust the light getting into your phone’s camera in myriad ways. Recently, I was sent the Motion Filter, a variable Neutral Density filter for iPhone from SandMarc, a company that makes quite …

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The pandemic has caused a resurgence of gadgets

NEWS – While those of us here at The Gadgeteer are constantly checking out various gadgets, it seems a large part of the world had been falling prey to the “let the smartphone do it” syndrome. At least it was, before the recent global pandemic and resulting quarantine brought back uses for small, single-purpose items. …

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SandMarc ProLight RGB review

REVIEW – With the huge improvements in camera phones lately, the procedures for getting better shots have migrated from the “megapixel/lens” level of discussion to such perennial photography topics as light quality management and filters. To this end, SandMarc has recently released two light sources that promise much more control over some of these issues. …

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Sansi SGLEDs outdoor floodlight review

REVIEW – During this pandemic, many of us have been spending more time at home, and have possibly added lighting to our outdoor areas for variety and interest. I was recently sent a sample from Sansi of their SGLEDs outdoor floodlight, and have been amazed at the depth of color and flexibility of this single …

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Booē Waterproof DayPack backpack review

REVIEW – Summertime is here, and with it, trips to traditionally wet and sandy places. But, as Gadgeteers, can we really enjoy the beach, lakeside, or pool without our gadgets? What about the severe reaction to water and sand that electronics are susceptible to? Won’t someone think of the gadgets!?!?! Booē (pronounced like the water …

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Onson Goovi D380 Robot Vacuum review

REVIEW – There are certain trade-offs we have to make when living indoors and using technology. One is that we need to keep things relatively clean, or the dust bunnies and hair-ball tumbleweeds will cause our tech to heat up and malfunction. Of course, for technical folks, there are technical solutions to all problems, and …

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GameSir T4 Pro multi-platform game controller review

REVIEW – Gaming has taken a hard turn into mobile of late. Used to be, you had to get a fancy PC rig or a console to have the speed and video rendering capabilities needed for action-filled, high-processor games. Now, many phones or tablets can play pretty heavy-duty titles. But what about the control aspect …

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Taotronics Wide Coverage Air Purifier review

REVIEW – Many of us have been spending much more time inside with family during this lockdown. Over the spring, it was nice to have outside air filtering in, but that also meant pollen. And now, with summer, comes no outside air and stuffy pollutants. Happily, I was recently sent the Taotronics Wide Coverage Air …

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IOGear Travel Pro USB-C Mini Dock review

REVIEW – Adding ports for a laptop or tablet that needs more connectivity options is part of Gadgeteer life. There’s even a name for it: DongleTown. Many newer laptops and tablets have USB-C ports (maybe exclusively), but you have an entire collection of things that predate this plug, but need to use them. You can …

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Lander Kiva USB rechargable headlamp review

REVIEW – We have been homeowners for long enough to have paid off two different houses. This means we have spent way too much time under the house doing some type of home-ownerly task that usually involves wearing knee pads and headlamps. Whether it’s checking out what the plumber said they did, re-routing the dryer …

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Satechi 108w Pro USB-C PD Desktop Charger review

REVIEW – In the past few months, I think it’s safe to say we’ve all had to make adjustments to our workplace and home workstations. For many, this is something new, but for others (myself included), it presented a chance to update some behind-the-scenes items, like the power chargers that I’m keeping on various work …

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