Gadgets


Giveaway
Muse – The Brain Sensing Headband

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 23rd, 2015

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If you have been a subscriber for a while (or if you are some kind of crazy marathon reader or have been searching specifically for this), you’ll know that I am a big fan of the Muse brain sensing headband. This great device offers the ability to train your brain to be calmer (check this article for more details). Well, the fine folks at InteraXon have been kind enough to provide a Muse brain sensing headband for our final contest! Check out the details after the jump.

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Reviews
Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 20th, 2015

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‎If you have never had the chance to use a gaming mouse, you don’t know what you are missing (yes, even if you are not a “gamer”). Gaming mice tend to be more comfortable than your typical run-of-the-mill pointing devices; on top of that, they are also very precise. Though they carry a higher price point than their “plain” cousins, I think that they more than make up for this thanks to their high level of tracking and durability. For those that still are unconvinced, you can take the plunge with the relatively inexpensive Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse. Not only is it easy on the wallet, it is also a surprisingly capable interface for gaming and non-gaming applications.

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Pro-Tech-Tive
Kiband
Keep Your Friends Close…

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 12th, 2015

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Photos courtesy of Kiband.

While I don’t personally subscribe to tracking devices for kids, there have occasionally been moments when I wondered about the benefits of having one (honestly, some of the stories on the news can be pretty scary) – but I have never really given it too much thought (I am a firm believer in trust and common sense). A few months ago, the Kiband was brought to my attention. It’s a neat solution that works in tandem with smartphones for people who want to be able to keep tabs on their kids – but set custom distances. Kiband also makes the interaction more active: it alerting the child when they are approaching the perimeter limit; it informs the parent when they leave the set limit or when they are immersed in water. While it may seem like overkill, it has enough flexibility to be used as a learning tool to help children learn about location awareness.

I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with Spencer Behrend, CEO of KiLife Tech, about this neat product (which had a successful Indiegogo run).

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Reviews
Asus Republic of Gamers
Gladius Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 6th, 2015

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‎It has been a while since we reviewed a mouse – but there are always new offerings to help gamers refine their gaming experience. ASUS has been pushing their Republic of Gamers (ROG) line over the last year (see our review of the G20), with their optical Gladius Gaming Mouse being a promising entry in the interface space. Aside from the testosterone-laden reference to warriors from ancient Rome, the Gladius is a solid contender with great performance and some neat features that enable a fair amount of customization.

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Giveaway
RCA Digital Flat Antenna (ANT1650F)

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 17th, 2015

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If you’re looking to save a little coin by taking advantage of over-the-air (OTA) signals, then you might want to pay attention to this little contest. RCA has been nice enough to donate an indoor digital flat antenna for us to give away to one of our lucky readers. While we haven’t reviewed this particular unit, I have had personal experience with a similar product, and it was quite impressive. So what are you waiting for? Check out how to enter the contest after the jump.

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Reviews
Vomo XL
Wireless Headset

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 11th, 2015

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It’s always cool to find really great products made in your own backyard. A little while ago, I reviewed Western Leaf’s Frenzy 8Z tablet; and while it may not be unseating iPads or Galaxy Tablets anytime soon, it is a viable alternative for those who may be looking to outfit their kids with a cost-conscious alternative. Alongside with the Frenzy 8Z, Western Leaf also sent us the Vomo XL, a pair of wireless headphones of their own design. After playing with the Frenzy, I figured that the Vomo XL would be a product designed in a similar vein: practicality and decent quality. I certainly wasn’t ready for what these things could do and how great they sounded.

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Reviews
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 3rd, 2015

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Recently, I reviewed the ‎SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism headset, and found them to be a decent pair of headphones. While they sounded good, they didn’t blow me away, and the lack of in-line control caused me to scratch my head in puzzlement. SteelSeries also sent along another pair for review: the V3’s big sister, the Siberia Elite Prism. Let me tell you, even after spending a small amount of time with it, my experience with that headset was a lot different. Comfortable, easy to use, and great-sounding, there is a reason why these headphones are named “Elite”.

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