During CES 2012, I left my gear bag at a hotel after a meeting. I was able to find it using FindMyiPhone and gained a deep appreciation for the power of geo-location. But what if you want to track a car or teen driver and don’t have FindMyiPhone? That’s where the Spy-Tech GL-200 Real-Time GPS Tracker and service come in.Read more
The current Apple iMac is a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, that beauty comes at a cost as the USB ports continue to sit on the back. That makes it a challenge when you need to plug in or remove cables. The new Bluelounge Jimi is the solution you’ve been waiting for, as it moves the rear ports to the front.Read more
I’ve long known Eyefi to be a great way to wirelessly send images from my camera to my computer or mobile device. My Sony RX100 doesn’t have the WiFi of my NEX-6 so an EyeFi card is a must for me when I use it on the go. Now the company is upping the anti with their Eyefi Cloud service.Read more
For the first few years after I was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis, I took a medication known for harsh side effects. I was largely unaffected, but I did develop high blood pressure as a result. It is in check but needs to be monitored daily. My latest tool in the battle to stay healthy? The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor.Read more
We received the thermostat from Honeywell in exchange for a review and giveaway.
If the price and installation hassle of getting a smart thermostat has made you sit on the sidelines, we’ve got some great news for you — the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is easy to use, easy to install, and won’t require you to get a bank
Mother’s Day is coming; it’s time to think about ways to show mom you appreciate her beyond breakfast in bed and dinner out. A Mother’s Day gift that says “Thanks Mom” when it is opened — one that continues to send the message each time mom uses or wears it — is most memorable. We are here to help!
If you like your whiskey a bit chilled, but hate the way ice cubes melt and dilute the sweet elixir, then you will want to check out Balls of Steel. These whiskey drink chillers not only reduce the temperature of your drink without diluting it, but they also help battle testicular cancer.Read more
The Heartbleed Security Issue is here. I tried out the Leap Motion controller last year; it’s a “hands free” device (small box) the connects to Mac and PC computers with accompanying software where hand gestures look to replace the traditional computer mouse during interactions.
This service recently sent me the following notice regarding the Heartbleed Security Issue:
I was a big fan of the CONTOUR ROAM2 Action Camera. It was simple to use, simple to mount and took great video. Sadly the company suddenly closed its doors last summer. I was bummed because I really do love using the review sample. Now the company has relaunched and is once again offering their great CONTOUR POV Action Cameras.Read more
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Have you ever stopped to think about how much of your information arrives in the mail on a daily basis? Credit card statements, tax bills, and even solicitations contain small bits of vital personal information. Sadly, unscrupulous criminals are ready to steal that information and ultimatelyRead more
Genealogy is more than just a hobby for me, it’s something I tend to get a bit obsessive about. I’ve been curating my family’s tree for over ten years, building upon my maternal grandmother and uncle’s research before me. The latest tool in my arsenal will hopefully be the AncestryDNA test, which I recently completed and sent in for evaluation.
If you want to bring your pictures and videos to life, but you don’t want to got to school to learn how to create a presentation that doesn’t look like a five year old did it, then you’ll want to check out FotoMagico 4. At $99 the application is pricey, but the ease-of-use and output results are amazing.Read more
Small speakers like the Jawbone mini Jambox are designed to be taken along on your daily journeys. Protecting the speaker and carrying a few key accessories is important and our friends at Waterfield designs have a stylish new way for you to do just that. The Waterfield Designs CitySlicker for Jawbone Mini Jambox comes in two colors for just $49.Read more
We promised that March would be a great month of giveaways and we are delivering on that promise. Our March Madness Review Sample Giveaway is underway. Our Sir Lancelot Screen Protector Giveaway is too! Now we’ve teamed up with our friends at The Awesomer for another great giveaway. This prize package is worth over $500! Read on for details.
When I think back on how much I spent on small amounts of slow flash storage just a few years ago, I cannot help but shake my head. Who could have imagined there would be flash drives offering 128GB of USB 3.0 storage? That, however, is exactly what you get with the new Toshiba TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive.Read more
Phosphor launched a line of watches using an E-Ink display some time ago. Now they have released their brand new Phosphor Touch Time. This new line used an LCD display, sports a touchscreen and “smartwatch-like” apps. No, this is not a smart watch, but it is a smarter watch. Lets take a look at this $159 item.Read more
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We reviewed the Fellowes 73 Ci shredder last year. It impressed me at the time and continues to serve me well. In fact, it has a permanent home right beneath my desk. Now Fellowes is introducing the AutoMax line of hands-free shredders.Read more
The iHealth BP5 Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor (electronic sphygmomanometer) measures your maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) blood pressure in a convenient system using a sleeved monitor shell device and free mobile phone app named iHealth MyVitals.
We have our winner of the Hale Dreamer, a GREAT alarm dock from Hale Devices. This dock, like it’s sister speaker dock, is a great dock and our winner, Elizabeth Tran should enjoy waking up to it every morning! I want to say thanks to Hale Devices and to Elizabeth for reading Gear Diary! Stay tuned to Gear
There’s been plenty written about the possible consequences of using a charging/sync cable to connect your smartphone to an unknown power source while on the road. Security-conscious travelers fear their cable could be used for illicit purposes by a jerry-rigged charging port which secretly pulls data from their phone while it is charging. Enter the Data Sync Blocker.
A press release recently came across the Gear Diary email transom announcing a new wine suitcase from Wineline that they call the VinGarde Valise. This prompted a discussion among our editors about who would possibly ever need a suitcase for their beverages. As usual, I had a real-life anecdote about something I did while traveling that proved the case
When I reviewed the FLOTE m2 Tablet Stand I referred to it as “The Maserati of Tablet Stands”, and I meant it. The m2 is a work of functional art that I use on a daily basis. Now Dave has shown that he not only makes great products but also understands how to give amazing customer service.Read more
Our readers understand the importance of connectivity, because having access to the Internet has become a huge part of our lives; that’s why we pay a fortune for mobile data plans, and then we pay even more to connect additional devices. Karma Wi-Fi takes a different approach that is less expensive and surprisingly social.Read more
I’m a huge fan of Dropbox and make good use of my 150GB of cloud storage. Still, the fact that I have only 150 GB, have to pay for it, AND my files are on someone else’s server is a bit of a bummer. Connected Data’s Transporter may be the alternative; better still, it just got some great new features.Read more