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

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

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

Blacksmith-Labs iPhone Bruno holster

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

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

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

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