Just in time for the upcoming Halloween holiday the folks at Disney Publishing have released their newest read-along story for the iPad. Mickey’s Spooky Night features a Halloween themed story along with interactive jigsaw puzzles and games too. The plot of the story surrounds Mickey and his friends as they all get together for a Halloween party, but Mickey andRead more
(Dan in action at my wedding with his handy iPad)
A few days before my wedding I received an instant message from Dan (who was our officiant). It’s never good when your rabbi tells you he has a “dilemma” regarding your ceremony…but I had to laugh when his central issue was whether to use an iPad or a Kindle for
As per internet rumor, Barnes and Noble unveiled their newest addition to the NOOK lineup: NOOKcolor. It’s sort-of an ebook reader, sort-of a tablet, and B&N seems pretty excited and confident it’s going to win them marketshare over the Kindle (and possibly the iPad). I’ve been debating with myself about whether this is going to be successful or blow upRead more
We are all feeling the financial pinch! Blue Plate Special is a weekly review of bargain apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nothing over $.99.
With Halloween quickly approaching, I decided it would be appropriate to find a spooky app for this week’s Blue Plate. There are many applications with a Halloween theme, but some of my favorites utilize
I’ve come across a few unique bag company’s during my stint here at Gear Diary. The ones that have really struck me are those who are manufacturing their product from recycled materials. Add Temple Bags to the list. The company makes a variety of bags and cases all of which are made of recycled World War II products.
One of my biggest gripes with cellphone service is that when I’m at home, I have no signal. I have no home phone, so I completely rely on my cellphone when anyone is trying to reach me, and there is nothing worse than paying for big dollar data plan while not having a good connection at your home. Often timesRead more
You’ve got to want an iPad pretty bad to fly all the way from Australia to NYC to get one. But that’s exactly what a group of fanboys did. When they got home with their new toys they came up with the Wallee. This stylish iPad case and wall mount combination was created by a bunch of iPad users. TheRead more
It’s been a couple of years since I reviewed a laptop from ZaReason, the UltraLap SR. Now I’m reviewing something a bit smaller — the ZaReason Terra HD.
ZaReason is a different type computer company; every single computer they sell runs Linux, and they only ship Linux (or no operating system at all) on all of their machines. TheyRead more
Most of you have probably seen the Nissan commercial where a new father-to-be laments his ownership of a Z sports coupe after hearing the news his family is growing. He is suddenly struck with the brilliant idea to stretch the Z to a four-door sports car in the form of the Maxima. Flip this same scenario to an Infiniti family
Cooking bacon at home often presents challenges. If you cook it on top of the stove you’re left to deal with the large amount of grease that continually builds up in the pan while cooking. If you go the microwave route you’re dealing with paper towels and are limited by the amount you can cook at one time.
Gaming is starting to come to the Android platform in earnest as representative of the amount of downloads of the recently released Angry Birds. Games are really starting to hit Android en-mass. Just before Angry Birds came out, MHill System let us know about an interesting game for Android called StarXscape.
Your mission in StarXscape , if you choose toRead more
It seems the iPhone on Verizon is a virtual certainly at this point. I couldn’t help but chuckle when I got the mail today and pulled this AT&T circular from the box because it seems AT&T knows it too. AT&T sends promotional information often, I still think it’s funny that they do so even though I’m already a subscriber butRead more
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Amazon projects a cool demeanor as the leader of the ebook world, but they’re clearly watching (and worrying) about the competition. Between their commercial that digs on the iPad and their new lending options, Amazon is trying hard to match or beat the other ebook players. So it’s not surprising that Amazon was
Ah, the Sony Walkman … that wonderful device that has let parents add ‘hearing loss’ to their list of worries and kids add ‘was listening to my Walkman’ to their reasons to justify ignoring their parents. It was the first mainstream product to really let you take your music anywhere without forcing others to let you know your favorite mix
Earlier today the UPS delivery guy dropped off a mophie juice pack powerstation for review. I was psyched. I love mophie’s products and am always happy to check one of them out. After all, mophie’s juicepack air SAVED us last January when we were at CES and needed extra juice for our iPhones.
As luck would have it just moments
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With so many devices being able to replay video these days, converting and encoding is a skill that should be known. Most devices now include software to handle this task for you but sometimes it just doesn’t encode the way you want it to or simply cannot convert from the file type you have. Years ago
There was a time when I was a HUGE fan of silicon skins for my devices. The excellent protection, wide array of color options and variety of designs were just some of the reasons I would, at times, choose a silicon case over a leather one. More recently however I have found myself choosing leather when I decide on whichRead more
When we bought my wife a nook, and then her sister and niece got nooks of their own, a great thought was ‘hey, this LendMe feature will be GREAT’. Sadly, the three have them have yet to exchange a SINGLE BOOK, despite all being voracious readers!
Here is the promise from Barnes & Noble:
Share favorite eBooks with your
I don’t know about anyone else, but one staple of my childhood cartoon viewing was the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. The high-pitched squirrel and block-headed moose, along with the not-so-well-disguised Russian spies Boris & Natasha, My. Peabody & Sherman, Dudley Do-Right, and so on wove a wonderful set of memories that have lasted through the decades.
Today we learn that
Remember years ago when Nextel’s Direct Connect phones were all the rage? They aren’t used widely today, but back then the familiar beep of the walky-talky feature was something heard often. Thanks to a tip from a YouTube friend I’ve been using a new iOS application called “HeyTell” which mirrors the Nextel Direct Connect function.
HeyTell turns your iOS device
Ah… Android. The allure of a completely open system. You’re in control, unlike on iOS devices. Right? Right? Sometimes, not so much. Turns out, AT&T Android-touting users, for example, can only install applications in the Android Market.
Recently, Travis asked about installing non-Market applications on an AT&T Android smartphone, and Francis told him a few possible ways to do this.
We all know that being a so-called ‘netizen’ requires sacrificing a bit of privacy. The problem is knowing exactly where that line is between what you need to expose to get business done and what you should keep private even at the expense of being able to do something you want. Well … as the funny Venn diagram above shows,
When Apple announced the new MacBook air this past Wednesday I knew immediately that I would be ordering one. The question was – which one?
Let me go back a few years. I have always wanted a thin and light computer that allowed me to do everything but was simple to lug around. When my arthritic wrists became increasingly
Regular readers of Gear Diary may remember I got married earlier this month. We just returned from our honeymoon, a fabulous week on beautiful San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. It’s absolutely gorgeous; white sandy beaches, sun, drinks, food…what more do you need? Well, in my case, the one thing missing from the island (and the one thing thatRead more
When the new ADT PULSE system became available in my area I immediate jumped at the chance to have it installed in my home. PULSE not only allows for the ability to arm and disarm one’s home security system from anywhere in the world, it does much more. The new ADT PULSE system is all about home automation. It includesRead more