Review: EasyAcc iChoc 5000 Dual Port Power Bank

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If you’re anything like me, you use your smartphone or tablet so much while you’re out and about that you are always on the verge of draining your battery. I’ve been looking around for a great, portable power source, and I’ve found a winner with EasyAcc’s iChoc 5000 Dual Port Power Bank. Continue reading

M-Edge Tablet Cases for Any Need

M-Edge protective tablet cases

It seems as though I’ve been trying out various M-Edge tablet and smartphone accessories for years now. In fact, it’s been five years. And I still have most of those accessories, a testament to good design and quality construction. This time M-Edge sent a trio of new universal tablet cases: The Sneak, Folio Plus Pro Keyboard, and Stealth Power. Continue reading

‘The Simpsons: Tapped Out’ Goes Comic Book

The Simpsons: Tapped Out comic book update

It seems like once a year or so, I post about ‘The Simpsons: Tapped Out,’ also known as my favorite mobile time-waster. Other games come and go, but I’ve been playing this one for nearly four years now. While the Simpsons is what draws you into this freemium game, it’s the way Electronic Arts has continually released themed content and new levels that keeps it interesting. The latest update is a doozy, with superheroes like Homer’s Pieman battling the likes of Krusty’s Clownface and his rainbow-wigged henchmen, complete with comic book-styled intros and narration. Continue reading

ZAGG Slim Book: Turn Your iPad Mini Into the Tiniest MacBook Air Clone

ZAGG Slim Book case beside MacBook Air

In recent months, I’ve reviewed several ZAGG keyboard cases for Apple iPads. The ZAGG Folio was the keyboard case that finally convinced me my iPad Mini could actually be useful as a productivity tool. The Rugged Book let me turn an iPad Air into a kids’ laptop, perfect for school and with toughness to survive being carted around in a bag and suffering the occasional collision with a wall or piece of furniture. ZAGG sent me their latest iteration, the Slim Book, and I have to say, this is the best one yet. A keyboard case that combines the best elements of the Folio and the Rugged Book, and an aluminum finish that transforms an iPad Mini into a miniature — but functional — iPad Air clone. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Google Nexus 9 Tablet

The Google Nexus 9 tablet

It’s that time of year when holiday gift lists are being checked, and there’s a good chance a tablet is on many of those. Once again Google is offering a Nexus tablet, which means pure Android with no third party UI nonsense to get in the way. But while the Nexus 7 was a real bargain last year at $199, it’s been replaced by the larger Nexus 9 and the price has jumped to $399. Is the newest Nexus tablet a worthy choice for Android fans? Will its unusual 8.9-inch display size make it a good choice for kids? HTC — the company that manufactures the Nexus 9 — sent me one to try out. Continue reading

ZAGG Rugged Book for iPad Air

ZAGG's new armored iPad Air keyboard case

I’ve grown rather fond of ZAGG’s keyboard cases for the iPad in recent months. It wasn’t until I reviewed the ZAGG Folio Keyboard case for the iPad Mini earlier this year that I finally reached the state where I felt productive writing on an iPad. Since then, the combo has largely replaced the 11-inch MacBook Air that I used to lug around for mobile work. ZAGG recently sent me a new model to try out with a MacBook Air and this one offers all the benefits of the Folio Keyboard case, plus impressive armor. The Rugged Book transforms an iPad into a hardened notebook while offering flexibility in configuration options. Continue reading

A Real Time Strategy Game… With Squirrels

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The advent of the capacitive touchscreen has lead to a veritable Renaissance in strategy gaming, and the ample real estate of contemporary tablets has given game designers an even broader canvas on which to paint. Thus it is with no small amount of fanfare that I introduce the very pinnacle of the iPad RTS, SquirrelWarz. Continue reading

Review: ZAGG Folio Keyboard Case for iPad Mini

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I’ve gone on record multiple times about how I feel about using the iPad for productivity. I’m a big iPad fan and the tablets I usually use day to day are Apple products, but the lack of mouse support drives me crazy. I’ve always quickly given up on any experiments with using a Bluetooth keyboard and an iPad in place of my laptop, much as I like the idea of my iPad becoming an ultra-compact travel productivity companion. ZAGG sent me a Folio keyboard case for my iPad Mini with Retina Display, so I thought I’d give the experiment one more shot. I ended up really liking this device. With the right apps, it could actually stand in for my MacBook Air, at least for short bursts of work. In fact, I wrote this post on the ZAGG. Continue reading

The Most Important Thing Apple Announced on Monday Was Family

Apple Family Sharing

Last Monday, Apple let us in on their plans for the future of, amongst other things, iOS (8), and Mac OS X (Yosemite). Tim Cook and friends detailed a long list of new features—most of which will not be available until this fall—to a salivating audience of developers and fans at the 2014 WWDC in San Francisco. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About the Kindle Fire HDX

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Late last year online retail juggernaut Amazon again tried its hand at a consumer-friendly tablet. The Kindle Fire HDX, the third generation of their Kindle Fire line, not only makes Amazon’s specialized environment a viable option for mobile computing, it makes for a fine device in its own right. 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

Color Cables

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