Acer C720P Chromebook Review: Worth Paying a Premium For

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Chromebooks have become a thing of late — they’re about the only segment of the computer industry that’s seeing growth these days — and it’s easy to see why. Attraction number one is that they’re cheap without having to deal with the tiny display of a netbook or the hassle of using a Bluetooth keyboard with a tablet. But cheap means compromises and I haven’t been a big Chromebook fan. I think they could make a good choice for a student, a second home PC and some business applications, but the inability to run desktop software plus some hardware choices (in the name of keeping costs down) have left me feeling pretty “meh” about using them. However, I just wrapped up a week with an Acer C720P Chromebook and I think these devices are finally starting to gel. Continue reading

Turning Off The Conair CD108 Infiniti Curling Iron Via Email

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My wife sometimes leaves things plugged in and turned on. Dangerous things. Like her curling iron. It’s not unheard-of for her to be a couple miles down the road, heading out to run some errands with the boys in the back seat all buckled in. “Did I leave the curling iron on?” she wonders. This problem called for a drastic solution. A solution that would justify four years of engineering school. A problem that so many of us geek spouses wait 20, 30, or even 40 years of marriage to encounter… and then take down with extreme prejudice. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: HISY Bluetooth Camera Remote for iPhone

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I’m not big on the whole selfie thing, but there are many occasions when I like to get into the picture for group shots with my family and friends. If we planned things ahead, a proper camera on a tripod with a timer is the usual method for capturing the moments. Spontaneous shots are more likely to be on one of our iPhones. There are self-timer apps available for these siutations, but I think HISY has come up with a much more useful solution: the HISY Bluetooth Camera Remote for iPhone. Continue reading

Ponder on Your Device Cables

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The cables we use to charge our devices probably aren’t given much thought until we can’t find them. They’re there… they work. If you’re like me, you probably think that there’s just not much room for improvement when it comes to these cables, right? Well, the folks at Color Cables proved me wrong. Continue reading

Which is Better for Reading? An E-Reader or a Small Tablet?

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Only five years ago this wasn’t a question anyone would ask. Pre iPad, the Kindle and Sony Reader were pretty much the only game in town for digital reading devices. The iPad changed things in 2010, but those early tablets were big and expensive. The real competition between traditional E Ink e-readers and and tablets for consuming the “printed” word didn’t happen until Android tablets went to 7-inches to do an end run around Apple’s domination. Suddenly tablets were roughly the same size as e-readers and not a whole lot more expensive. That resulted in predictions that tablets would doom the the dedicated e-reader the same way smartphones were killing the point-and-shoot pocket camera. The e-reader isn’t dead yet, but should it be? Which is better for digital reading, an e-reader or a small tablet? Continue reading

Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Review: Samsung Embiggens the Tablet

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Samsung, the company that super sized the smartphone with the Galaxy Note, spawning the phablet craze, is at it again. While arch-rival Apple has been busy the past few year making its iPad smaller – because the 9.7-inch form factor was too big and too expensive for many people — Samsung decided to do the opposite. It unveiled the Galaxy NotePro 12.2, a 1.66 pound, $749 (and up) monster of a tablet with a 12.2-inch display packing four million pixels. The company sent me one to play with (a bold move, considering I downsized to an iPad Mini Retina this year), and I put the behemoth through its paces. I didn’t hate it, despite the massive size. In fact, I kinda liked it… Continue reading

SLXtreme 5 iPhone Case – XTreme Protection + XTreme Battery Life

SLXtreme 5 Case

I’m not going to pull any punches here — the SLXtreme 5 iPhone case (for 5 and 5S) is not for everyone. It’s bulkier… heavier… and definitely pulls in some strange looks. I’ve been using it now for almost a month and I can attest to the fact that I got at least a dozen odd looks every day not counting those individuals who had no issue saying something like “Man, that is ONE serious case!” The SLXtreme 5 is, however, exactly as advertised — waterproof, battery rugged, and solar powered. Continue reading

The GeekDads Guide to SXSW 2014: 10 Must-see Events at the Nation’s Largest Interactive Festival

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I can’t tell you every session or event to be at, but I can recommend ten events that every geek dad should go to. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Drones: Parallax ELEV-8 & AR.Drone 2.0

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As we come out of a cold and bitter winter into spring, you may look towards the sky yourself and think of getting a UAV or drone of your own. There are lots of great smaller models of drone out there but in this article, I take a look at two of the heavier hitters, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and the Parallax ELEV-8. These are two very different commercial options, in a similar class, and both are outstanding for their different uses. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Slate Mobile AirDesk

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I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work from home for the past five years. While I have an office in the house, one of the advantages of a gig like this is the ability to set up shop anywhere if the mood strikes. If it’s a nice sunny day, I might grab a laptop and head up to the living room. Maybe sit on the porch or back patio if it’s warm enough. Or hang out in the rec room with the kids if we’re enjoying yet another “snow day” school cancellation. The problem with moving my workspace to a more casual location — like my favorite armchair — is the lack of a decent work surface. Continue reading

iLoud Bluetooth Speaker Is Clearly Great

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The iLoud, by IK Multimedia, isn’t exactly like most bluetooth speakers. It’s a portable studio monitor that doubles as a guitar amp. Because when a company that specializes in hardware for musicians and audiophiles makes a bluetooth speaker, it’s going to be a little different. Continue reading