Gadgets

Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast has been out for quite a while, but I didn’t give it much attention until recently. For just $29.99, you get a fairly useful streaming device. Google currently has a promotion where you get a $20 Google Play store credit with purchase.

BookBook for iPhone 6

The BookBook has been a fairly popular iPhone case in years past. A number of my coworkers love them. It’s a handsfree wallet case with a removable shell. It’s all wrapped inside a vintage leather book. It includes pockets for cash and cards. It also folds out into a stand for Netflix and FaceTime. Buy it for $59.99 for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Monoprice Microphone Isolation Shield

The room I record my podcast in at work is fairly small, but it has concrete walls. I’m not an audio engineer, but even I know that audio and concrete don’t mix. I considered building a contraption to shield my mic using foam and a large box, but then realized that someone probably is selling exactly what I want. A quick search on Amazon resulted in quite a few options. I ended up choosing the Monoprice 602650 Microphone Isolation Shield.

Tinitell

Tinitell is a new wrist based cellular phone for kids. You pair it with your smartphone (iPhone or Android) and have complete control over the experience. The battery will last a week on standby and has 60 minutes of talk time. It will work with any GSM sim card. You can pre-order for $129.

Keys-To-Go

Logitech has announced that Keys-To-Go is now available for pre-order. It’s an ultra portable keyboard for the iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV. It comes in a variety colors, and it’s also spill proof. At just 0.24 inches thin, this keyboard will take up minimal room in your bag. It has a built in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 3 months. Preorder…

Fitbit Surge

Even with the Apple Watch release looming in the horizon, other companies are pressing ahead with their digital watches and fitness trackers. Fitbit has announced that the Fitbit Surge is now available for pre-order for $249.95. This “Super Watch” has some unique features that I’ve not seen elsewhere.

The Retina iMac

The computer that’s been four years in the waiting, Apple today introduced their new iMac with the Retina 5K Display. It’s a powerhouse iMac housing a 27-inch display with a 5120×2880 pixel resolution. That’s 14.7 million pixels with a density of 218 PPI for those of you without a calculator nearby.

Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector with Rotating Plug

We’ve all probably got four or five things near our TV that require power. The problem with most surge protectors is that they have a bulky plug that sticks out from the wall. This forces you to pull your TV cabinet out from the wall a few inches. This surge protector has a flat plug so you can plug everything up, but also push your furniture flush against the wall.

LinkSprinter Network Tester

If you have to do any network cable installation/troubleshooting, the Fluke Networks LinkSprinter is a great device to have in your toolkit. One of the great things about this device is that it actually tests internet connectivity instead of just testing the cable. Once the device makes a connection to “the cloud”, you’ll get an email with DHCP, gateway, switch port, and power…

Goal Zero Nomad 20 Portable Solar Panel

The Nomad 20 by Goal Zero is a portable, foldable solar panel with a max power capacity of 20 watts (hence its name) and multiple connector ports. It fits nicely into a backpack and is generally awesome for camping and other outdoor excursions. In the span of an hour or so, it can charge most of an iPad mini’s battery or about…

Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna

“Cutting the cord” is a big buzz word in the entertainment industry right now. People are cutting off their satellite and cable subscription in favor of using streaming services like Netflix and Hulu in order to save money. By adding the Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna to your TV, you can likely get 5-6 HD quality channels for free (depending on where you live). I am…

Apple Watch

Even though nobody knew it was coming, we all “knew” it was coming. And today, it was announced: the Apple Watch. It comes in six different colors, including stainless steel, brushed aluminum, space gray, and rose gold. Each available in either 38mm or 42mm size for small or large wrists. The face made up of a sapphire crystal display, which is super…

Kanex ATV PRO Adapter for Apple TV

The Apple TV is a very useful tool for classrooms and conference rooms. By using AirPlay, you can easily display presentations, spreadsheets, or other information from a Mac or iOS device. Most modern projectors have HDMI inputs, but many older ones do not. The Kanex ATV Pro adaptor allows you to plug an Apple TV up to a projector that only has a VGA…

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