Archives for November 2012

Jeans Made for Geeks

WTFjeans is at it again with a new pair that boasts superior protection for your smartphone. Not only do these jeans come with a specially designed pocket lined with microfiber cloth for your phone, but also one for your USB thumb drive, and plenty of …continue reading

Induction Charging Bonsai Tree Using Solar Power

Induction charging is about to take center stage as more products like the Nexus 4, Lumia 920, and Droid DNA offer wireless charging capabilities. A new product over at Kickstarter is about to offer induction charging via a novel bonsai tree configuration that appears to …continue reading

Bluetooth Vs. Wireless USB Receivers

Buying a wireless keyboard and/or mouse doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to get a Bluetooth device. Even with the majority of today’s laptops being built with Bluetooth integration, there are still a great many people who have systems which don’t support the standard.

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You 2.0

One of the things about being a geek is that when it comes to new gadgets we like to be on the cutting edge. If I could I would be walking around with Google Glass strapped to my head, flexible solar paneling in my clothing …continue reading

Surface Pro: Twice the Price, Half the Battery Life

It hasn’t been long since the Microsoft Surface hit stores and started being picked apart by every technology pundit and reviewer out there. The dream of a Microsoft-produced computer that ran Windows has been in the back of the minds of many a Windows user …continue reading

WSU Researchers Develop Method for 3D Printing Using Moon Rocks

Imagine being an astronaut on the moon and something comes up. A vital component of the lander or shuttle is in need of replacement, but you don’t have the spare part on hand. Granted, this is a somewhat unlikely scenario, but it could come up …continue reading

The Sony Xperia J: Cute But Very Flawed

Sony had this idea that it needed to concentrate on a select few handsets to be able to come out with worthy devices. Now, it seems the company is again releasing model after model, one Android after the next. One of the more recent offerings …continue reading

Should You Get a Wii?

With the Wii U and recent release of a $99 Wii Mini in Canada, it seems like Nintendo is doing everything it can to boost sales going into the holidays. The Wii U sold over 400,000 units in the first week, and …continue reading

ATOMS Express Toys Could Inspire a New Generation of Makers

If there is one thing the world needs more of in the next generation, it’s engineers. People that look at problems not as obstacles, but as challenges. Inspiring the next generation to face the challenges of tomorrow can be a real challenge when so much …continue reading

Extended Warranty: Do You Really Need One?

Whether or not you choose to get an extended warranty to accompany a major purchase is subjective and always a matter for discussion. What I want to share with you, our valued readers here at LockerGnome, are some of my experiences in purchasing extended warranties. …continue reading

How to Avoid Being Ripped Off at an Electronics Sale

It’s the time of year once again for sales and bargains aplenty. Unfortunately, many retailers out there are making rather lackluster deals look like something they’re not. It’s not that these retailers are being dishonest, but not everything is as good as it seems.

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Why Your Desktop Anti-Malware May Be Flawed

As computer users these days, we have been bombarded by companies that claim to be able to keep our computers free from malware. However, this may not be the case.

The majority of anti-malware software uses traditional, signature-based techniques in order to detect malware. It …continue reading

How to Troubleshoot PC Problems on Vacation

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Citrix. All opinions are 100% my own.

Going on vacation is hard when you work in IT. It’s even more difficult when you work for a small company and you’re the only person the …continue reading

New Devices for Children: Are These Tablets for Kids Just Toys?

Our three-year-old granddaughter is a proficient user of the original Apple iPad. This is a credit to Apple and its design team at making the iPad extremely user-friendly. When I say that she is proficient, I mean she can play children’s games on the iPad …continue reading

Fitbit One Vs. Fitbit Ultra

Few health products on the market today have come as highly recommended as the Fitbit. Not only does it track your activity levels throughout the day, but it can also help you get a grip on your sleep habits. After all, sleep is a …continue reading

The Real Rundown of the Kindle Fire HD Shows Definite Promise

Ever since Amazon first shook the tablet industry with the announcement of its attempt to make a tablet PC — the first Kindle Fire — it has been in the tablet scene spotlight. This is mainly because the Amazon Kindle …continue reading

How to Extend Your Home Wi-Fi Signal

Wireless networking in our homes and workplaces has become the new normal for the way we connect to the Internet. No longer are we limited to a wired connection and we now enjoy the freedom to roam our homes and offices with the Internet at …continue reading

Why I Downgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 7

I remember initially hearing the news about the metro “Modern” UI on Windows 8, and to be honest, I was pumped. Although I have never owned a Windows Phone (the last mobile device I had on a Microsoft OS was an iPAQ h5455), I have …continue reading

Aotum is a Robot That Can Help You Live a Healthier Life

Imagine having a robot at your bedside or in your kitchen that coaches you on your health. It might not be the same as having Jillian Michaels rushing into your bedroom at the crack of dawn and screaming at you to get up and start …continue reading

Three Best Waterproof Cases for Your iPhone

Ever been pushed into a pool with your iPhone in your pants? Wanted to take underwater pictures with your iPhone? Make sure that your pricey Apple smartphone is water-prepared with these cool new cases.

The iPhone Scuba Suit (a.k.a. The driSuit Endurance)

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Compact Digital Cameras Are Still a Good Investment

Compact digital cameras have received a bad rap in recent years by the tech world. Declared “dead” by some pundits, the compact digital camera may be anything but. In fact, I’ve seen more of these little cameras in the wild this year than I had …continue reading

Technologies That Irritate Us All

From the time that our smartphones, tablets, and alarm clocks wake us in the morning, most of our daily lives are controlled by technology of some type. For the most part, we have embraced technology and have become dependent on computers, smartphones, tablets, and other …continue reading

How to Enable Microsoft Telnet Client in Windows 8

By default, Windows 8 does not come with a Telnet client. This is done as a security precaution, though many dedicated Telnet users are left scratching their heads as their beloved built-in command prompt feature appears to be missing at first glance. Don’t worry, …continue reading

Should Social Media Affect Your Employment Status?

Should social media affect your employment status? Calling this topic “controversial” is, at best, putting it lightly. How many stories have we seen about people being fired because of what they post on Facebook? How many stories have we seen about a potential employee’s privacy …continue reading

How to Clean a Touchscreen Device the Safe Way

Whether it be a smartphone or a tablet, we have all experienced those grimy fingerprints on our touchscreens. Cleaning a touchscreen device is fairly simple and you most likely have everything you need already. But the most important part of cleaning a …continue reading

Could Microsoft’s Project Glass Competitor Pose a Challenge to Google?

Imagine wearing a pair of glasses with an integrated HUD that told you the batting average of a baseball player as he approached home plate, or the amount of touchdowns a certain running back made during the last football season. This could be a reality …continue reading

Nexus 10 Vs. Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are sure to be big sellers during this year’s holiday season. Both of these devices are listed among the biggest and best in their class for both hardware and software, and there aren’t many Android fans who would be …continue reading

Evil Controllers: Ultimate Gaming Controller?

Most aftermarket game controllers have slowly evaporated from the marketplace, leaving few options for those seeking a better gaming experience. Evil Controllers has continued to supply customized controllers by listening to gamers and taking that feedback and employing what the company has learned into new …continue reading

BlackBerry Reconstructing Its App World

Facebook? Check. Twitter? Check. Oh, but where is Angry Birds? And what about YouTube?

RIM (Research In Motion) needs to come up with a lot more than merely clever new features if it wants BlackBerry 10 to be the protagonist of a potentially remarkable revival. …continue reading

Five of the Coolest Winter Technologies for Smartphone Users

It’s time to gear up as the winter season approaches. How do you check your business phone for important calls if your fingers are freezing? How do you keep the snow out of your precious iPhone? Shovel off your winter worries. Smartphone users will find …continue reading