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Drones, Beats and Radio Shack Means #GiftSmart Shopping

In Audio, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Technology by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Who doesn’t like when holiday gifts arrive early! And normally, you just stick those gifts under the tree or save them to open at the appropriate time, but in this case, I needed to open the package right away. The funny thing is, I knew what the gift contained and who it was from. But that didn’t matter, I couldn’t wait to play…er…let my kids play with these #GiftSmart items from Radio Shack. Underneath the appropriately red ribbon and nestled in the box were three items found at Radio Shack, specifically, the 2.4GHz RC Surveyor Drone ($59.99) and the Beats by …

Giveaway & Review: Move All Your Remote Controls to the Logitech Harmony One!

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I have long been an advocate and user of universal remote controls. I mean, who wants to have a drawer or table top full of remotes that you have to juggle around to control various devices. Nowadays, many remotes that you receive with a new TV or a cable box do have the ability to control a couple of other devices, but normally those controls are limited to just basic functionality, and you frequently have to pick up other remotes to complete the job of turning something on or tweaking a setting. The worst place is typically the living room …

Laughs on a Plane – Some SkyMall Product just make you say “Really??!!”

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Humor, Opinion by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I haven’t been on a plane for quite a few years, but on my trip up to Oregon for the Intel Summit, “Upgrade Your Life,” I has the pleasure of reacquainting myself with one of my favorite travel magazines, SkyMall. I guess that people actually buy the stuff in here because SkyMall has been around for many, many years. I actually saw a couple of products that I have reviewed in there as well (I won’t mention names for fear of embarrassing them). Perhaps it is due to SkyMall that I have such an attraction to gadgets. As a kid …

WINNER: Win a Taylor Swift Laser Engraved Sony Cyber-shot TX7 Bundle!

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

My 3 elementary school girls LOVE Taylor Swift. When I told them that I had a Cyber-shot TX7 camera that is laser engraved with Taylor Swift’s signature and that I was going to give it away, BOY did I get a lot of grief. So, I told them that I would embark on a campaign to get Taylor to come over to our backyard for a private concert instead. (I wonder how long that will hold them????) From what I can understand, Taylor Swift is HOT among pre-tweens, tweens and teens. And I know Sony products a bit, having participated …

That “Nagging” Voice – Getting Directions (#LoseTheLaptop)

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Lose the Laptop, Mobile by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

Men refuse to ask for directions. Perhaps it is an “independence” thing or has something to do with pride. Women, on the other hand, insist on the careful organization and planning of trips, stopping and ensuring that the way is meticulously laid out. This could go as far back as the early hunter and gatherer time, I’m thinking. Men would head off, with just their spears and adrenaline, hoping to track down the big prey and the women would stay close the the home gathering the fruits and berries. Or so I’ve been told. Getting directions is no different. Men …

Find Your Way with the Magellan RoadMate 1470

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

The last gadget that I’m going review right before Father’s Day is upon us (see my other Father’s Day reviews here) is something that every Dad would love to receive. But heck, if you are reading this review after the “magical” day, just know that you can bring a smile to any dad’s face and even a tear to his eye by giving him a GPS! The Magellan RoadMate 1470 magically was delivered to me less than a week before Father’s Day so I have only about 3 days of testing to base the content of this review. For starters, …

HTD Twitter List: Gadgets for Under $100

In Gadgets, General by Michael Sheehan12 Comments

I’m trying something new here. I am going to run a quick series where I will ask a question to the Twitter-verse and then will compile the answers in a list which I will call the “HTD Twitter List“. The list will contain all of the recommendations (within reason) of products or services that people tweet to me, as well as a quick product description, link to the product page, suggested price, Amazon link, Twitter-er who submitted it and my quick comments on it. I’m considering even throwing in a quick poll at the end of each article where you …