At $15, the Liger 4-socket USB charger is the perfect travel companion

By Chris Meadows
September 15, 2015 // 3 Comments

Sometimes you come across a nifty little gadget so perfectly suited to your needs that you can’t imagine why you never bought one before. I feel just that way about this Liger 34-watt quadruple-USB charger adapter I just got from Amazon for $15. It’s a perfect pocket-sized device, just right [ on]

You can repair your own Kindle Fire…but would you want to?

By Chris Meadows
September 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

Apropos of my article about how manufacturers don’t want you to repair complicated electronics, it’s worth noting that doesn’t stop a lot of aftermarket repair vendors. Today on my Facebook, a Baen barfly posted a link to a rather impressive 28-minute video how-to going into detail on how to [ on]

The future is stupid

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 4 Comments

This just about sums up the digital revolution, doesn’t it? We use USB ports to charge things that we might never have imagined charging just a few years before. Heck, it wasn’t so long ago that we would have been puzzled at the idea of plugging a cell phone into [ on]

Amazon Prime Now same-day delivery works just fine

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Amazon has a same-day delivery service called Amazon Prime Now. You can have items from a specific catalog delivered within two hours at no charge, or within one hour for an extra $7.99. There’s a $15 minimum order. It’s only available in selected cities right now (it just launched in six of [ on]

Accessory Review: Inateck USB 4 Port Hub

By Juli Monroe
September 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some Android devices have micro-SD slots and some, like the Nexus 7, do not. If you listen to a lot of music or like to load video to your device, you know it’s easy to run out of space. Without on-board expandable storage, what are your options? I just came back from a camping trip, and I [ on]

Siva Cycle Atom is Pedal Power for Your Gadgets

By Stanley Goodner
April 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

This Kickstarter project has funded pretty quickly over the past couple of days, and I certainly expect it to overfund significantly before the campaign is over. The concept behind the Siva Cycle Atom is using a bicycle as a generator to power a battery pack, which can be used to charge [ on]

Review: TruConnect prepaid 3G MiFi 3300

By Chris Meadows
January 15, 2012 // 32 Comments

A while ago, I wrote about the idea of using a MiFi to retrofit 3G mobile web access to wifi-capable devices (such as e-readers), and I also mentioned the TruConnect MiFi pay-as-you-go service that allows bite-sized prepaid-3G-wifi usage with no contract required. It has been a couple of weeks [ on]

Paper flash drive concept could usher in new age of digital tzotzkes

By Chris Meadows
March 20, 2011 // 8 Comments

The Art. Lebedev Studio, the same folks behind the hyper-expensive Optimus Maximus keyboard (in which every key is a miniature, reconfigurable LCD screen), have come up with a design concept for a disposable paper USB flash drive. It’s just a design concept, and I’m not sure whether it’s even [ on]

Sharper Image Literati review: First impressions

By Chris Meadows
October 2, 2010 // 19 Comments

I received my review unit of the Sharper Image Literati last night. I haven’t really had the chance to do much with it, but I did take some unboxing photos. I also took a video with my webcam, though I’m a bit undecided whether to make it public; the audio quality isn’t great. One thing I [ on]

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