Test Driving an Unusual Pairing: A Chromebox and a 28-inch 4K UHD Monitor

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I frequently have some odd gear show up at the house in search of a review. An iPhone case that doubles as a bottle opener, an MP3 player from a power tool company — that kind of thing. I had one of the more unusual pairings in recent memory show up this week. A Chromebox together with a 28-inch 4K UHD monitor. Either on its own is nothing that strange, but having Asus send a Chromebox (about the cheapest PC you can buy) along with a rather pricey, big, Ultra HD monitor stuck me as kind of amusing. Continue reading

Active Listening: SMS, Polk Audio’s New Headphones Move With You

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Like many of you, I work at a desk eight hours a day. This means that I have to keep a keen eye on my activity level for the good of my overall health and wellbeing. I try to walk to meetings whenever it’s feasible and take the stairs instead of the elevator, but my real exercise takes place outside of business hours – and nothing motivates me to move more than enjoying a little music. Continue reading

Bring Your Home Into Harmony With the Piper Security and Automation Hub

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With an effortless installation via your existing home wireless network and a ton of internal environmental sensors, Piper is an endlessly customizable home monitoring system like no other. In fact, my Piper has me thinking less of simple home security, and more about home automation. Whereas the Samsung SmartCam I reviewed last month made it easy for me to receive alerts about motion or sound events that may indicate treachery is afoot in my humble abode, Piper instead offers all this with an unprecedented level of added granularity. Continue reading

Introducing Skinit’s inkFusion Line

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This week online purveyor of fine consumer electronics covers Skinit introduced a new line of cases for the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy (as well as the iPad and iPod Touch). Skinit’s inkFusion series features glossy, high-impact cases that offer protection without compromising the functionality of your device. Continue reading

GeekDad Walkthrough: Unboxing and Using a New Printrbot Metal Simple

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I’ve built a number of 3D printers over the last few years, and I’ve had a chance to sit down and actually use even more of them… all mix of brands and models. One of the questions I hear most often from friends and colleagues about 3D printers is “how hard are they to setup and use?”

The answer to that question depends on the printer, of course, but the amazing thing about 3D printers over the last few years is just how out-of-the-box simple some of these things have become. I thought it might be fun to actually document the unboxing and setup of a 3D printer for GeekDad readers, so that’s what I’m going to do here with the new Metal Simple from Printrbot. I’m going to shoot some photos as I unbox, unpack, setup and begin printing… and hopefully convince anyone nervous about purchasing a 3D printer (or at least the Simple) that they needn’t worry.
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10 Things Parents Should Know About the Amazon Fire TV

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Amazon has a lot going on of late. Just yesterday they rolled out the Prime Music service, yet another perk for Amazon Prime subscribers, and next week they are poised to unveil another new device – smart money seems to be on it being the long-rumored Amazon phone. Still, before we dive headlong into speculation, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on Amazon’s last big reveal, the Fire TV. Continue reading

Building the S.S. Coraline Spacecraft Simulator

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This is a guest post by Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse and the upcoming Robogenesis. But he doesn’t just write books about robot uprisings—he’s also a geek dad himself. Check out this awesome spacecraft simulator he built for his kids. Continue reading