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Review: Inateck 2 Port Car Charger With Lighting Connector
July 10, 2015 | 12:38 pm

car chargerThe folks at Inateck have sent me another device, a 2 port car charger with an Apple Certified Lighting Connector. With this device, you can charge one iDevice and two other devices all at the same time. The package comes with a micro USB cable as well, so out of the box you can charge two devices, and I'm sure you have spare cables aplenty around your home or office. This is going to come in very handy in a few weeks when we leave for a road trip to Florida. There will be three of us, so we should be...

Accessory Review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover
July 7, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather CoverWhen Amazon sent me a Paperwhite 3 to review, they included an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Cover, and I've been using the cover for a couple of weeks now, long enough to form some impressions. I like the cover. It feels good in the hand, and it has a tiny bit of extra "cush" which other covers don't have. The sleep/wake function performs flawlessly, and the magnet closure holds the cover closed, kind of no matter what I do with the case. The leather material feels nice to my fingers, although, because it is textured and patterned, it doesn't actually feel...

Accessory Review: Omoton Kobo Glo HD Sleeve
July 2, 2015 | 12:25 pm

omoton kobo glo hd sleeveOne of the downsides of owning an ereader with less popularity than an Amazon Kindle is finding accessories for it. I'm more comfortable reading a device when it has a case, so I wanted to find one for my Kobo Glo. I didn't like the look of the official Kobo Glo HD sleepcover case, and my hunting for alternatives uncovered few alternatives. I wanted a sleeve-type case because I find my thumb is more comfortable when it's resting on something covering the bevel instead of on the bevel itself. The only one I could find was the Omoton Kobo Glo HD...

Accessory Review: Inateck PU Leather Kindle Paperwhite Case
May 27, 2015 | 10:25 am

inateck pu leather kindle paperwhite caseIt's time for another Inteck review. As I've said in the past, I love their products, and they just sent me a new Kindle Paperwhite case. It's too bad I gave it to my husband, because I like this one as much, if not more than, the previous one I reviewed. This one is going for the smooth leather look, and the look and feel is reminiscent of the Amazon lighted case I had for my old Kindle Touch. The Inateck case is imitation leather, but you wouldn't know it on a quick look and feel. Granted I'm no expert, but...

Accessory Review: Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6
May 22, 2015 | 3:17 pm

Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6A new device means purchasing a new cover or case, and I decided to go for the official Amazon Standing Protective Case for Fire HD 6. I had looked at an M-Edge case in Best Buy, and I usually like their products. It was about $5 cheaper, but I ended up going with the Amazon case. Why? Because it had a magnet for auto sleep/wake and the M-Edge case didn't. I put up with a non-magnet case for my iPad because I can turn it on with the home button. On a device without a home button, I learned a...

Accessory Review: cheero Power Plus 3
May 21, 2015 | 4:21 pm

cheero power plus 3Because we just can't have too many external batteries, right? Of course not, so when cheero asked if I wanted a sample of the cheero Power Plus 3, I said, sure! This has turned into my favorite external battery. With 13400 mAh of power, it'll charge a phone multiple times. On one charge, it took my phone from about 50% to full three times and still had enough juice to charge my Fire HD from about half to full. There was probably still enough to get a bit more life out of my phone, if I'd needed it. ...

Accessory Review: Inateck 10W Stereo Bluetooth Speaker
April 24, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Inateck 10W Stereo Bluetooth SpeakerI love Inateck products. The Kindle case they sent me last year is still the one I'm using, and it's holding up nicely over time. I'm confident they have products which work well and will last. So when they offered to send me a sample of the [easyazon-link asin="B00JO6GQLS" locale="us"]Inateck Dual-Driver Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker[/easyazon-link], I was all over it. When I saw the picture, I fell in love with the idea of a combination stand/speaker which didn't involve a dock, so it can be used for any device, regardless of manufacturer. I'm using it as I write this to play music...

The Pen Cap Stylus – a step forward in pen-ile versatility
April 20, 2015 | 12:25 pm

In my endless quest for the perfect touchscreen stylus, I recently chanced upon a new product that broadened my range of choices at one stroke - the Kikkerland Pen Cap Stylus. This handy little accessory comes in packs of two, and in a range of colors, and can, according to the blurb, transform any pen or pencil of appropriate size into a perfectly capable touchscreen stylus. Naturally, I bought the thing to give it a whirl. Despite its resemblance to a certain popular item for intimate protection, I can testify that the Kikkerland Pen Cap Stylus does its job more than...

Where’s Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign brings madness to your mobile, weirdness to your wall, fear to your fridge
April 17, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Bucking hard for the cutest piece of horror around - even more than a Cthulhu plushy - is the current Kickstarter campaign for "Where's Cthulhu? Arkham Parade" - brought to you by the brave insanity-battlers of the Cthulhu Project. Lovecraftian cultists of all kinds and denominations (or should that be demoni-nations?) can enjoy the spectacle of Arkham's carnival floats (and crawls, and slithers) creeping over their wall, or - thanks to a handy mobile tech tweak - over the screens of their mobile phones. "We are building Arkham in retro style, pixel by pixel," explains the campaign blurb. "Everybody is around the...

Styling your stylus? Wild & Wolf thinks you should be
February 19, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Spotted on shelves in branches of Waterstones but also found in many other locations and outlets across the UK, Wild & Wolf's new range of highly styled styluses might well be looking to inspire some on-the-hoof highly mobile travel writing - or ticket bookings - if the designs are anything to go by. Wild & Wolf is "a British, design-led gift company specialising in a range of licensed and in-house designed gift collections," and each stylus has a separate destination theme - from Venice and Paris to London and New York. "Whether you like to jot in a notebook or whip...

One more thing transformed by digital technology: Gloves
January 19, 2015 | 6:25 pm

GlovesThe chill of a Hungarian winter brought home to me how gloves are being transformed by ubiquitous smartphones and tablets. Because where else are you likely to use your mobile phone than when ... well, mobile? Let alone if you try to check Google Maps on it while walking, or if you try to read an ebook on your touchscreen device while out and about. I had to do this several times this winter before I invested in a pair of touchscreen gloves, and the result was a mess of needless fumbling. And despite my ebook addiction, I know I...

Want some stylus style? Try these fashion brands
January 19, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Readers may remember that a while ago I bemoaned the absence of premium pen brands from the stylus market. No longer. Now it seems that even haute couture brands are getting in on the stylus act, merging tech accessories with the kind of accessories that only Clueless's Cher would know how to accessorize. French fashion brand Cacharel has now released a series of styluses in its Colombes range of accessories with various flavors of lacquer finish and styling. Concurrently, Nina Ricci has rolled out a range of stylus pens, mostly offered in matching sets with leather iPhone cases. Prices aren't always premium,...

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