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TGP # 164 Aukey IPAD Clamp Mount/Flexible Arm & Adjustable

Posted by Gadget at 11:41 AM on July 3, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #164 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!
aukey stand
Simple and elegant design, well fitts your iPad Mini / Mini 2 and perfect for your iPad life at home or in the office.
A strong arm (22in of length) that flexes in all directions. A ball tip holds the iPad clip, allowing you to swivel and tilt it, giving you additional viewing angles and options.
With the sturdy anti-slippery silicon cushion padded to the clamps, secure mount to Mac, table, cabinet, speech lectern, or other places you like, and won’t cause any mark or damage.
4 cable clips, fixing the USB cable on the gooseneck arm when charging your iPad – an intimate gadget ensures you a perfect product experience, say goodbye to the annoyance caused by the messy cables hanging in the air.
Easy to install – no drilling, no screws, no furniture damage and no commitment. Package contents: Aukey AK-3D iPad Clip, Clamp Arm, Washer, Collar, 4xCable Clips. – 18 Months Warranty
Get $5.00 off use code GET5DOFF at Amazon!

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TGP # 162 Seagate Central

Posted by Gadget at 8:47 PM on June 19, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #162 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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Seagate Central

Connect Seagate® Central to your Wi-Fi router to organize and back up all your content on one device that you can access from anywhere.

Automatically back up multiple PC and Mac® computers
Wirelessly stream your centralized media library to gaming consoles, media players and smart TVs
Access content on-the-go with a Web browser or the free app for tablets and smartphones
Enjoy a unique Samsung® Smart TV app featuring enhanced media navigation

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President Proclaims National Day of Making

Posted by JenThorpe at 4:12 AM on June 18, 2014

The White House by Gage Skidmore on FlickrPresident Obama has proclaimed that June 18, 2014, is the National Day of Making. He is calling upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.

The White House will be celebrating the National Day of Making by hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire. It will feature students who are learning STEM skills, entrepreneurs that are launching new businesses, and innovators that are involved in American manufacturing. You can tune in to watch the first-ever White House Maker Faire live from the official website.

The inspiration behind the National Day of Making comes from America’s history of innovators who have created inventions that transformed the world. The National Day of Making is intended to encourage people to carry forward with that tradition. It also acknowledges the Maker Movement that students, families, and entrepreneurs have gotten involved in.

The White House is also starting #NationOfMakers on Twitter. Everyone is encouraged to use the hashtag to post photos of the maker project that they are currently working on, or to share plans for their next project. The White House website about the first ever White House Maker Faire has a map that shows where all the tweets that include #NationOfMakers are coming from. Click on any tweet that is featured in the list, and you can read the tweet and view the photo attached to it.

Image by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.

TGP # 161 Aukey External Power Supplies

Posted by Gadget at 6:52 PM on June 12, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #161 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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Aukey Mini Lock
Portable and Lightweight, Color and Modern Design – Give your Apple and Android devices at least one full charge on the go with 3000mAh capacity.
Ultra-Slim size can be easily fitted into your pocket or purse. Superior Energy Conversion – More than 90% conversion rate. Better efficiency than similar power banks.
No Power button design and the mini lock will automatically charge your phone when you connect to it. The intelligent Touch-to-Wake LED indicator will show you the battery status.
Internal Li-Polymer battery cells, more stable and safer than Li-ion battery, such as both iPad and iPhone use the safer Li-polymer battery. 500+ recharge cycles over the life of the battery.
Package include: Aukey Mini Lock External Battery, Micro USB Cable, Instruction Manual. Wall charger not included.

Amzdeal® Moving Life – A1
Elegant exterior, ultra-slim shape (0.35 inch thickness), simple fresh style design, plus the eco-friendly material, it is not simply an external battery, but stands for and leads to an easy and GREEN lifestyle. Go Green with Amzdeal!
8,000 mAh of capacity, 5V 2.1A (max) output, the amzdeal A1 is able to charge the iPhone at least four+ times, iPad one times and large-capacity phones like the Galaxy S4 two+ times.
With the soy ink coat on the front cover and the art of White Space, now you can personalize your power bank in YOUR OWN way and let it speak your words.
Four blue LED lights to display the remaining power, one press to check out, you will never miss recharging the battery.
Comes with a fancy customized fiber pouch that would definitely let you fondle admiringly, quickly distinguishes your gadget from others. Extraordinary gadget, extraordinary life!

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Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 Review

Posted by geeknews at 8:41 PM on June 7, 2014

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The Bayan Audio Soundbook X3 is unlike any wireless speaker product, I have ever reviewed at Geek News Central. Immediately I had to tell the gang hands off this thing after about 5 minutes of testing. The first thing you notice when you are unpacking the Soundbook is that this not some cheap piece of gear. The build quality is solid and as you see in the picture has some serious style.

This mobile wireless speaker is packed with features it will play continuous audio for 10 hours on its own battery. The sound quality via Bluetooth connection is rich and just the right amount of base. I am pretty picky when it comes to sound quality, and the Soundbook really surprised me they have packed a lot of quality into this speaker.

It has 2.1 stereo with a combined 25 watts of output power. At max volume of the unit it did not have any distortion, I was shocked at the total output level it was capable off. The on-board battery as I said will give you 10 hours of play, and if you are in need of a charge you can even charge a smartphone with the included USB port on the back. It is designed with Smart Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX.

bayan2You can bridge the unit to other devices but we did not test that functionality. It has an integrated FM Radio with built in antenna that worked great. The biggest surprise was that it has a built in Microphone for hands free conference calling. Testing this on my desk audio quality was great and feedback from the call participants said the incoming audio quality was excellent.

The front of the unit has the retro lcd display hid behind the grill and you can change easily change the functions. The speaker functions include Bluetooth, Aux Input (Back) & FM.  Adjusting the audio level can be done by your phone or from the recessed volume control buttons on top of the unit. There is a power button and channel up/down buttons as well. Finally there is even a jack in the back to plug headphones into.

Overall this is a fantastic portable wireless speaker that comes in three colors. Quality does come at a price, I looked around the net and found an average price of $420.00. Bayan Audio has a wide range of wireless speakers / sizes at a variety of price points worthy of checking out.

TGP #160 Geocaching with Andrew Smith

Posted by Gadget at 3:25 PM on June 5, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #160 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!

Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. There are 2,410,075 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Learn from one of the best Mr Andrew Smith,http://geosnippits.com/
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D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug Review

Posted by geeknews at 3:47 PM on May 31, 2014

smartplugI have had a huge interest in home monitoring of electricity for quite some time, and love to have more control of the plugs I have stuff plugged into.  So I was excited to get my hands on the D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug model DSP-w215. In fact I tried to get D-Link to send me enough of these for my whole home to do a case study sadly that did not happen. What is cool though is that they are cheap enough @ $49.95 each that I can buy as many as I need over time and will have a near 100% picture of power consumption and control of power in my home.

I installed the Smart Plug in my garage on a plug that powers a band of stuff. The kids have a gaming center there, and I also have a network cabinet with some gear in that runs 24/7.

The D-Link smart switch allows me to turn the power on/ off on a schedule or via the Smart Plug app. The smart plug also reports back the temperature in the room, and of course the actual power usage.  I found when all gaming gear is off, and only the network cabinet running that I’m burning about 67 watts continuously. When the big screeen LCD and the gaming gear is turned on it jumps to over 400 watts.

With the monitoring I can tell know during summer vacation how much time the kids are gaming and if need be I can turn off the switch via the mobile app. The smart plug app and device can be set up to actually shut off the power when your budget for that smart plug has been reached.

The plug communicates via Wi-Fi and setup was as easy as pushing the WPS button on the device.  Priced at $49.99 for those in high energy areas the smart plug cost can likely be recovered over time.

Leef Bridge USB 3.0 Drive for Android Review

Posted by geeknews at 2:41 PM on May 31, 2014

leefbridgeThe Leef Bridge 3.0 is the first time I have reviewed an Android Data Transfer device.  It’s design is unique in that it has 2 plugs, a full sized USB plug to stick on your computer and Mini Jack USB that will plug into your Android devices.

I copied a couple of media files from my PC to the Leef Bridge, and then plugged the Leef into my Android Device and used a popular file browsing application to access the media. The Leef Bridge could not be anymore easier to use. The drive I received was a 16gb drive and is perfect for loading some movies.

I love dead drop easy solutions that have a lot of utility. The Leef Bridge is a bit smaller than a standard USB stick and will be easy to carry in your pocket or purse. There is a list of compatible devices so be sure to check their website. At $18.99 the price is right as well.

 

D-Link Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender Review

Posted by geeknews at 2:02 PM on May 31, 2014

dap-1520I have reviewed 4-5 Wi-Fi extenders over the past couple of years, and I usually dread the setup. Expecting no less pain this time, I was shocked when I plugged in the D-Link DAP-1520 Wi-Fi Dual Band Range Extender it was shockingly simple.

1. Plug it in
2. Connect to it via Wifi
3. Configure it to connect to my homes Wi-Fi
4. It reboots and your finished.

All told 5 minutes to set it up that includes opening the package and plugging it in. Next was the speed test. I tested with Speed Test on my primary home connection and had 50mbps down and 5mbps up to a server 2400 miles away. Then I disconnected from my home network and connected to the Range Extender and run the same speed test. 47mbps down and 5mbps up.

My installation point was about 50 feet from my primary wireless router, the kids are happy no because they have a strong signal in the back bedrooms. Great device at a $69.00 you cannot ask for a more easy way to extend your primary Wi-Fi signal.

TGP #158 Dropcam Pro Wireless Video Monitoring

Posted by Gadget at 11:09 AM on May 22, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #158 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera
Stunning Video Quality – New optics and updated image sensor provide 2x sharper video.
60 Second Setup – Connect to Wi-Fi via computer or iOS mobile device, live stream in under a minute.
Incredible Field of View – 130 degrees diagonal, plus Zoom and Night Vision, so you don’t miss a thing.
Stay Connected with Two-Way Talk, Intelligent Alerts, Scheduling and Mobile & Web apps.
Cloud Video Recording (CVR) – Review footage and make clips with optional secure offsite recording.
Dual-band Wi-Fi – Dropcam Pro supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks for improved wireless connectivity.
The latest product from the company that makes the best-selling security camera, baby monitor and pet-cam.

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