KeySmart - key organizer

Review: KeySmart Key Holder & Organizer

KeySmart - key organizerAnnoyed by your jumble of keys hanging off of your keychain? KeySmart offers up their eponymously-named product to wrangle those keys into submission. KeySmart consists of 2 laser-cut flat aluminum bars held together at its opposing ends by screws. Your keys fit in between the bars and rotate around the screw columns.

KeySmart prides itself on a precision-assembled product, a process that they show off in a video on their website, but it’s not a false claim. I could tell this as I was going through the steps of disassembling and then reassembling my unit.

Review: Kinivo M2 Bluetooth Speaker

Kinivo M2 Bluetooth Speaker SystemKinivo sent the Geeks a sample of the Kinivo M2 Bluetooth Speaker system which is a 2.1 speaker system designed for computers, smartphones and tablets for testing. I’ve tested the Kinivo speaker system using Bluetooth from a Mac, iPhone, iPad and Samsung S4 as well as NFC on the Samsung S4… yes, Bluetooth AND NFC. If you are looking for either a budget or nice wireless speaker system that plugs into AC, you should read on.

Review: V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Headphones

V-MODA Crossfade M-100 HeadphonesV-MODA sent the Geeks a sample of their Crossfade M-100 headphones with some interchangeable cables which included their SpeakEasy Mic, SharePlay Audio and BoomPro, CoilPro and 3-button cables.  V-MODA crowdsourced the creative process to design the Crossfade M-100 headphones tapping into audiophiles, producers, editors and DJs to fine-tune the sound and ergonomics.


Review: My Pad Leather iPad Case

my-pad-ipad-caseStudio Credence sent us a sample of their take on the now very common iPad case – this one very closely resembles a classic leather-bound book that you may find on a bookshelf of an “old money” household. Named the My Pad iPad Case, the My Pad is in fact made with leather and suede, and very snugly fits a 3rd-generation iPad. No, it won’t fit a 1st generation iPad, something I wish more manufacturers would explicitly point out.

Review: Dark Energy’s Reservoir – 8000 mAh Portable Charger

Reservoir portable USB chargerAnother portable charger you say? But wait, you’ll want to read about this one. The $129 Reservoir from Dark Energy is an 8000 mAh monster that can do double duty charging either 2 phones at once or 1 phone and 1 tablet.

I love the design – the all black, rubberized look with the pattern of indented circles immediately reminded me of the monolith slab from the book/movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It does also come in white, and it would be nice to see other colors in the future. Unfortunately, the first photograph doesn’t do it justice. Take a look at the one below.

I was really surprised and happy about the weight. I completely expected it to be a great deal heavier given its capacity. I have another portable charger that could recharge my 2300mAh phone about 1.5 times that is at least as heavy as the Reservoir. Obviously, material choices make quite a difference.

Review: Klingg Magnetic Earphone Cable Holder

klingg-earphone-holderAre you tired yet of your headphones bouncing up and down and everywhere when you’re at the gym or on your bike or running? Instead of putting it down my shirt and out the bottom like I do, try out a Klingg earphone magnet.

Klinggs are a fairly straightforward, lightweight 2-piece accessory that secures your headphone/earphone cables in one piece (just press the cable into the slot) and then put the 2nd half on the inside of your shirt. The 2 pieces stick together using powerful neodymium magnets.

And oh yes, these are absurdly strong magnets. Pulling them apart with your hands requires a lot of force; it’s easier (and recommended) to slide them apart. Pretty much, they’re not moving once you’re wearing them for your workout.

Book cover - Network Security Monitoring

Book Review: The Practice of Network Security Monitoring

Book cover - Network Security MonitoringSome more geek entertainment from No Starch press! The full title of this book is: The Practice of Network Security Monitoring: Understanding Incident Detection and Response. The Practice of NSM, as it’s abbreviated in the book, was written by the CSO of Mandiant, Richard Bejtlich, who also blogs at TaoSecurity.

So what is Network Security Monitoring? First, NSM isn’t about control, i.e. blocking, preventing or filtering; it’s about awareness and visibility. You may have a dozen of the best security products in place, but what if they’re either not doing what they’re supposed to or not catching other attacks? NSM gives you insight into the state of your security regardless of what products you have in place.

Mobius 1080p video action camera

Review: Mobius 1080p Action Video Camera

mobius-vid-camNot too long ago, we reviewed the DR32 DashCam, and found a solid, compact HD video camera that’s perfect for your car. Next up we have a cam that you may be able to hide completely in 1 hand, the Mobius action cam. The Mobius measures a mere 4 x 2.9 x 1.1 inches and weighs only 1.4 oz but takes 1080p HD video. Ah, technology!

Introduction and Features

Like the DR32, the Mobius can also shoot 720p video, and that can be toggled using one of the 3 buttons on the on the top. While it didn’t take much time to learn what order the buttons are in and what they do, I did at first wish that the icons and buttons were colored differently from the black of the case, instead of just being stencil cut.

Review: SpeeCup Bluetooth Speaker

SpeeCupBluetooth speaker maker SpeeCup recently sent me their eponymous product. We’ll describe both their name and the product in one go – when you say SpeeCup, say it quickly and somewhat mute the ‘p’ and you’ll send up with something that sounds much like ‘speaker’. The ‘cup’ part is due to the SpeeCup being shaped like a large travel coffee cup. Clever.

Of course, this is meant to fit in your car’s cup holder and it does in mine with a little room to spare, so no forcing it in or out. …

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