GeekDad Interviews Voice of Flint and Author of ‘Parenting for the Digital Age’ Bill Ratner

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I recently had the great fortune to meet Bill Ratner, the voice of Flint, before a screening of ‘Transformers: The Movie’ and ‘G.I. Joe: The Movie’ and sit down with him over a beer to discuss voice acting and his book, ‘Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth Behind Media’s Effect on Children and What to Do About It.’ Continue reading

Nomad Tools Have Great Charging Functionality in a Minimalist Package

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Nomad Goods has some simple and minimalist solutions for keeping all your mobile devices charged and ready to go. We take a look them for a test drive and tell you how they perform. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Krown Slim Aluminum Case for iPhone 6

Krown's Slim Aluminum Case for iPhone 6 is minimalist protection that looks good

On launch day, iPhone 6 cases were a little tough to find, especially third party ones. Six months after release, things are hopping now, though. The latest case I received for review is one that should appeal to owners who love the look of the thin, aluminum body iPhone 6. Continue reading

Doing the Two-Smartphone Shuffle

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You know who I’m talking about even if I’m not specifically talking about you. This is the person that comes into a meeting at work and plops down a stack of smartphones on the conference room table. I have recently joined the two smartphone club, and because I see so many others like me struggling to do this dance properly I thought it was time to help make things a little easier. Continue reading

Endless Learning With Originator Apps

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Endless Alphabet and Endless Numbers are well-crafted, entertaining educational apps designed to familiarize young children with letters and numbers. Read on for why they’re well worth the price tag. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Inateck 4-Port Compact USB Charger

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The bane of my existence is my kids’ constant battle over chargers for their portable devices. When we travel, the hassle is magnified, with fewer outlets and the need to lug around a bag of chargers. What’s the solution? Continue reading

Make Your Phone Smarter With Moshi and Boom

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Indispensable. That’s how I describe my iPhone. It’s easily as important to me as my keys and wallet, so I always endeavor to treat it well – to pamper it even. Because of this, I tend to go through a lot of accessories, always looking for something that performs slightly better or adds additional value to an already stellar user experience. Two recent finds, the Moshi SenseCover and Boom’s Bluetooth Urchin, have managed to do just that. 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

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

Mummify Your iOS Device With a Mummy Case From Loop Attachment

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Protecting your investment in an iOS device is always a balance between putting your iPad, iPhone or iPod into something that will keep it from coming to physical harm versus usability and aesthetics. Continue reading

The Most Important Thing Apple Announced on Monday Was Family

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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

Tired of Cheap iPhone Holsters? Blacksmith-Labs Has Some Solutions

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I’ve had a few weeks to try out the Blacksmith-Labs iPhone holsters, and I may have found my new iPhone case. I’ve wanted a holster for a while now: I’m tired of my phone jangling around from pocket to pocket, so that I never know which one to look in. The Horween Signature holsters solve that problem, although not as perfectly as I would have liked. 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

SLXtreme 5 iPhone Case – XTreme Protection + XTreme Battery Life

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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

GeekDad Review: Nomad Mini 2 Portable Paintbrush Stylus

Nomad Mini 2 Portable Paintbrush Stylus in action.

Around this time last year, I was trying out a Nomad Brush FLeX stylus for my iPad. I’m not much of a digital artist (if the sample photo doesn’t make that clear), but I do enjoy noodling around with a tablet and a digital painting app like ArtRage. The Brush FLeX really ups the experience thanks to its synthetic capacitive brush, and the machined aluminum body felt extremely solid. I’d still recommend looking at it if you’re into this kind of thing. My one complaint about the Brush FLeX was the reliance on a plastic case to keep the bristles from being damaged in transit. A new year and I’ve switched to an iPad Mini. And in keeping with the miniaturization theme Nomad sent me a new Nomad Mini 2 paintbrush stylus. I think I like this one even better… Continue reading