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July 14, 2015 • Editorials

We Each Bought an Apple Watch, and Here’s What We Think About Them

Did you order an Apple Watch? Or did you decide that it was all-hype and probably an unnecessary accessory to your iPhone? Greg, Wayne, Perry, and I all bought Apple Watches; these are our thoughts on the latest Apple device.

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February 23, 2015 • News

Greg’s Gear- Devices I Use Daily

Here at GearDiary, a lot of us writers test out new products all the time. But with all of the awesome items we see & review, I figured I’d throw out a few of my favorite daily drivers that I use the most.

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November 10, 2014 • Editorials

Software Defined Radios Are the Future

Software defined radios are radios that are defined, primarily, with software. What does this mean? That means instead of needing a circuit to do the job, a portion of what the radio normally would do has been replaced by software. Want a different mode or even a frequency? Update the software. This has forever changed …

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October 7, 2014 • News

Is Your iPhone 5 Screen Lifting Up and Away?

Due to a problem with my billing address and the popularity of the iPhone 6+, I have to wait another month to get my phone. That isn’t a huge problem in the grand scheme of things, except I have an issue with my iPhone 5 screen lifting! The top side of my screen is literally lifting away from the …

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August 24, 2014 • News

Things We Used to Care About: the Graphing Calculators Edition

When I started college in 1989, I was going to school to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Graphing calculators were brand new; before that, we had Texas Instrument calculators as well as Casios, and my first weapon of choice for busting out math problems was an HP 28S. Do you remember?

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August 5, 2014 • Reviews

Anker Astro E3 10000mAh Dual-Port Battery: The Only Travel Battery You’ll Need

I’m just back from a trip to Las Vegas Nevada where the daytime temperature was 102 degrees by 9:30am (No, it’s not a dry heat. It’s a HOT heat). I attended a  conference and was in sessions virtually all day. Once  sessions ended it was dinner and group events until close to midnight.

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July 12, 2014 • Editorials

100,000 Miles of Memories in My Prius

My Toyota Prius and I hit a major milestone last night-100,000 miles! I have been counting down excitedly for months, and it hit me this morning why this means so much to me. It’s not about the mileage, but about the memories and amazing life changes that so many of those miles mean.

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June 29, 2014 • Reviews

TravelTeq Mirjam Leather Shopper Laptop Bag Review

It’s easy to find structured, businesslike leather laptop bags, but when you want something a bit more casual and feminine — yet still made of leather and stylish — options become limited. That’s why it was love at first site when I found TravelTeq Mirjam Leather Shopper, a handmade brown leather laptop bag that can double as an everyday tote.

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March 31, 2014 • Autos, Rants and Raves

The Elio Dilemma or Why I’m Glad to be Living in New Jersey

Judie spent this past weekend at motorcycle school working toward getting her motorcycle license. She needs it to drive her Elio. She wondered if I, with one wrist fully fused, will be able to pass my test. Suddenly my ability to drive MY 3-wheel car was in doubt. Would I be legally able to drive …

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March 22, 2014 • Editorials

My BlackBerry Q10 Nostalgia Trip – Part 1

As I noted previously, I ordered the BlackBerry Q10 off contract via Amazon primarily out of nostalgia, because I think this is going to be the last widely available North American  BlackBerry device with a keyboard.

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March 17, 2014 • Editorials

The BlackBerry Q10: Why I’ve Bought What I Think Will Be BlackBerry’s Last Consumer Keyboard Smartphone

I’ve been eyeing the no-contract pricing on the BlackBerry Q10, and last week the non-contract price suddenly plummeted from $599 down to $399 for both AT&T and Verizon, so I bought one. As of now, the price on Amazon continues to fluctuate between $399 and $ 599 — likely because of some type of demand pricing …

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March 10, 2014 • Reviews

Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive Lets You Take 4TB On the Go

I love my 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display. Judie loves her 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display, too. We both hate the fact that the drive capacity is just 500GB. It is a constant frustration. Seagate’s new 4TB Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive is an amazing way to take 4TB with you; I wish …

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March 7, 2014 • Reviews

Riding Texas Roads with the Escort Passport Max and Smart Cord Live

Dan reviewed the Escort Passport Max not too long ago, and his conclusion was that it gave “far fewer false alerts than any other radar detector he had used.” That’s one of several reasons I had stopped using radar detectors years ago, but recently I’ve revisited this old-school solution because of several new features.

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March 2, 2014 • Autos

Own the 1987 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Used in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

It never ceases to amaze me what people will pay to own a piece of pop culture; case in point, the 1987 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio used in the Oscar nominated “Wolf of Wall Street”.  I own a 1986 Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, and as much as I love my car, I’m shocked to see bidding for …

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February 10, 2014 • Gear Bits

What is the Oldest Piece of Tech That You Still Use?

You’d think we’d use nothing old with the pace that new technology moves, which got me thinking: What is the oldest piece of tech that you regularly use? Mine is my Azden PCS-6000 2m mobile amateur radio, which I use at home; it was released in 1989. There’s no reason to replace as it still …

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December 3, 2013 • Gear Bits

SanDisk Cruzer and Fit USB Thumb Drives Make the Most of Your Ultrabook’s Limited Memory

I’m taking my first trip with the Lenovo Yoga I recently reviewed. The Yoga’s only caveat is that it has just 128GB of storage. Fortunately SanDisk’s Cruzer Fit, which Dan recently wrote about, is a perfect solution; it packs 64GB inside its tiny body, while SanDisk’s Cruzer Force also holds 64GB. Guess which one is now installed …

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October 30, 2013 • How to Do It Yourself!

How To Sell Your “Old” Tablets Using eBay’s New Simple Flow; It Just Doesn’t Get Any Easier!

I’d recently written that if Apple upgraded their iPad mini with retina and 128GB, I’d be buying one, so when the announcement came that my hoped for upgrades were imminent, I had a decision to make: what would become of my “old” iPad mini? Thanks to eBay’s new Simple Flow listing interface, it will soon …

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October 26, 2013 • Editorials

HP Omnibook 300 at 20: A Retro Tech Look-Back

As we look forward to new technology, sometimes it is instructive to look back to our favorites. I recently looked at the Iomega Zip Drive, but now I want to highlight one of my all-time favorite laptops: the HP Omnibook 300. This laptop was built by the calculator division rather than the PC division and …

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October 24, 2013 • Gear Bits

Think Those Pricey Glass Screen Protectors Are a Ripoff? Think Again

Numerous companies now offer tempered glass screen protectors to protect your smartphone or tablet; they’re quite pricey — some may think too pricey. If you are one of them, you may want to reconsider your conclusions after I share my experience. You see, as I went to grab a jacket yesterday afternoon I dropped my …

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October 20, 2013 • Editorials

A Request for Reader Input and Advice Regarding My Gear

Here on Gear Diary we often review new products and, sometimes directly and at other times indirectly, we offer recommendations. This time out, I’m turning to all of you for guidance and input: which laptop I should use on a series of upcoming trips. Here’s background on where things currently stand and what kind of input …

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October 2, 2013 • Gear Bits

Give My Yad a Hand – Technology Meets Tradition

That great source of Jewish knowledge Wikipedia describes a yad (literally “hand”) as “a Jewish ritual pointer, popularly known as a Torah pointer, used by the reader to follow the text during the Torah reading from the parchment Torah scrolls. Yads can be made from silver, wood or any material. Mine, however, is something Moses …

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