Review: DR32 1080p DashCam Video Recorder

DR32 Dash CamIf you live in Russia and drive a car, there may be a higher-than-average chance that you have a dashcam (video camera in your car) and that it’s running all the time. Well so goes the stereotype at any rate! But if you’re in the market for a dash cam, read on for our review of an excellent video camera, the DR32.

Book Review: The Modern Web, Multi-Device Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript

modern-web-bookPeter Gasston follows up his CSS3 book (“The Book of CSS3“) with this more encompassing subject on web development.

While I hardly need to restate a statistic that has been beaten to death in the past few years, mobile platforms are not only growing but outstripping traditional desktop computers in some parts of the world and in some industries. However, that doesn’t mean that all web development needs to be solely targeted at small screen devices. For that reason, adaptive and responsive web design has arisen to avoid the original method of building separate websites for desktops and mobile  devices. And as the author opines (and I agree), with the increasing variety in screen sizes, trying to build a set of fixed-width pages, even adaptive ones is a “fool’s errand”.

So what is the “modern Web”? Is it HTML5? Is HTML5 merely HTML + CSS3 + JavaScript? Actually, no; the reality is even more amazing. Just take a look at the platform that is HTML5 to see the huge array of web browser technologies that exist today.

What does The Modern Web cover? Not every subject under the HTML5 umbrella, but it does hit all of the higher profile technologies. For example, new CSS3 layouts, device-responsive CSS, what modern JavaScript can do, SVG graphics and multimedia, web APIs and more.

Review: Spy Tec Inventio-HD 720P Video Sunglasses

Inventio-HD 720P Video SunglassesNew York City-based spy shop, Spy Tec, decided to enter the field of ‘spy glasses’ and build their own, the Inventio-HD video sunglasses. Here’s our detailed review.


The Inventio-HD glasses appear to be mid-ranged plastic-framed sunglasses in the style that you might see a mountain biker or perhaps a golfer or skier wearing, but not quite as stylish. But style is not the primary function of this gadget. You’ll notice the arms and frames are distinctly thicker than most sunglasses you’ll find today, but the electronics has to hide somewhere. On the bright side, they are not as ridiculously thick as the original MP3 sunglasses that Oakley put out years ago.

On the underside of one of the arms is a micro USB port and on the side of that same arm is a multi-function button that turns it on and off and stops and starts video recording. There’s no button on the other side, but given the symmetry, there could easily be one in the future, and I’m all for splitting up functions especially when a single button requires more complex sequences.

Review: Doxie One portable scanner

Doxie One scanning a photoI love the Doxie One. Paperless nirvana, here I come. I’ve dreamed of a paperless and more importantly, an electronic document repository, for a long time, but that has been mostly a dream as I’ve dreaded having to haul my papers over to my clunky all-in-one printer-scanner, then scan papers 1 or a few at a time.

I’ve used the Doxie One for the past 4 weeks and with a few exceptions that I’ll talk about, I love it. If your goal is to go paperless and stay that way, I can highly recommend the Doxie One as an essential component of your paperless toolbox.

Review: Veho Muvi X-Lapse

Veho Muvi X-Lapse British electronics & accessories maker, Veho, has a neat gadget called the Muvi X-Lapse that allows you to take panoramic time-lapse photos. I had a chance to test one out courtesy of accessories seller, MobileFun.

The X-Lapse itself is a fairly small, circular gadget that you can hold easily in one hand. By holding, the bottom white portion with the time markers, you can twist the upper black portion until you get to the amount of time and coincidentally the # of degrees of panorama you’d like to shoot. It’s hard-coded, so to speak, to go 360° in 1 hour, and similarly, 180° in 30 minutes, etc.

Review: r.pod Portable Solar Battery Pack and USB Charger with High Flux LED Flashlight

r-pod-solar-chargerHere’s another entrant to the portable backup battery market, this one from Korean company Misemet. There are a couple of quirks to this one that makes it stand out: it comes with a solar panel to charge the battery pod, and the pod itself contains an LED flashlight. Yup, the flashlight part is definitely quirky.

Both pod and panel come in one of three colors, green, red or yellow, and the panel is wrapped in a soft silicon case for protection and texture. There is also a similar cap for the lightbulb portion of the pod that protects the glass and also creates a mood light effect.

Philips Sonicare Essence electric toothbrush

Review: Philips Sonicare Essence Electric Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare Essence electric toothbrushI’ve been using a Philips Sonicare Essence electric toothbrush for a few months now; here are my thoughts on it. My beloved Oral-B Triumph 9400 died after a long 6 years. I think it was because the hermetic seal broke and some moisture got in. But I have no regrets, it was well worth the $100 or so that I spent on it.

Since my household was on the hunt for at least 2 new electric toothbrushes, when we spotted the Philips Sonicare “Elite” package with 2 handles, brushes, etc. at Costco for $100, we picked it up. There was also the “Platinum” edition for $150 which also included 2 handles, the latest DiamondClean brushes, but strangely only 1 travel charger and case. Go figure. Oh, you can pick up a single handle for about $50 on or the like.

Updated eReader Comparison Report is Out!

The eReader market has changed dramatically in the past 2 years with most vendors like, Barnes & Noble and Kobo offering full-color, full featured tablets in the vein of the iPad. During that time too, E Ink readers have tacked on the features, with most now featuring E Ink Pearl technology, backlights, and more.

We’ve updated our eReader Comparison Report, and it’s yours free. All you need to do is sign up below. If you’re already a loyal subscriber, don’t worry, you’ll get your own personal note telling you where you can download it.

If you haven’t seen our report, it not only gives you the rundown on what the top devices and their specs are, but it also includes the Apple iPad and iPad Mini, and gives you a ‘cheatsheet’ for picking an eReader based on your needs and main interests.

Don’t want to sign up? Buy it instead!

Review: Altego 17″ Coated Canvas Cyan Laptop Bag

I had a chance to take a laptop bag by Altego™ for a spin and found a lot to like. The Altego brand launched a couple of new bag lines: the Coated Canvas Cyan series and the Channel Stitched Ruby series. There are backpacks, messenger bags, slipcases and sleeves across both style lines. Altego was kind enough to send me a Coated Canvas Cyan backpack.

Review: Mobee Magic Bar

Mobee Technology Magic Bar Wireless keyboards clean cords up around your workstation but tend to lose batteries at the worst times. Mobee Technologies created Magic Bar to work with Apple Wireless Keyboards and even the Apple Magic Trackpad. The Magic Bar is the World’s first inductive charger for the Apple Wireless Keyboard (and Magic Trackpad) and provides an eco-friendly alternative to maintain your Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad without requiring AA batteries.

Read after the break to learn how the product tested with the Geeks.

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