Extended Review: Slingbox PRO HD

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It is rare that I receive a gadget or technology device that warrants me having to do multiple articles to cover it. However, when Sling Media released their new Slingbox PRO HD, I quickly realized that I would need to do so. What will follow over the next few days or so is an in-depth review of my efforts to intimately get to know this latest release in the Slingbox line (although, the SlingCatcher was released just a few weeks after the PRO HD.) My review will consist of the following sections (obviously subject to change as I’m still in …

Preview: San Francisco’s New Academy of Sciences

In Family, General, iPhone, Review by Michael Sheehan18 Comments

A few weekends ago, I was lucky to get a preview of San Francisco’s new Academy of Sciences complex in Golden Gate Park. The area has a lot of memories for me as I used to go there as a child many years ago. It was a magical yet historic place with beautiful older architecture that packed all sorts of displays (from the Morrison Planetarium, to the Kimball Natural History Museum to Steinhart Aquarium). I remember well the alligator pit as well as the two-headed gopher snake that excited kids of all ages. Originally established in 1853, the Academy is …

Review: LaCie’s USB-powered Speakers

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan8 Comments

Just in time for back to school, LaCie just launched a new set of USB-powered speakers. Designed by Neil Poulton, these reasonably priced, simple-yet-elegant speakers compliment LaCie’s previously released FireWire Speaker set. Since not all computers and laptop have the ability to use FireWire, LaCie felt it important to release a set that could be use universally, by Macs and PCs alike. These speakers are designed for ease-of-use at a price point that make them a near essential for any high school or college-bound student. What’s really nice about these is that there is minimal configuration required to quickly be …

iPhone: Quickly Launch Apps, Website & Phone Calls with QuickGold

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, iPhone, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Today I installed an application on my jailbroken iPhone that I personally think Apple should incorporate into their next release of the firmware. It honestly is this GREAT! I have over 6 “pages” of applications on my iPhone and have all but sprained my fingers from flipping through all of the pages as I attempt to find a particular application. The developer of the application “Om P (zataang)” really hit this application on the mark in terms of quick productivity on the iPhone. More details on QuickGold can be found here. The application is summarized within Cydia (the installer app) …

HighTechDad Interview on GoGrid Cloud Servers

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When I was at GigaOM’s Structure ’08 conference last month, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Daniel Brusilovsky. For those of you who have never heard of Daniel, he is a 15-year-old who is making waves within his TeensinTech.com movement. He also runs a site called Apple Universe Podcast where he has been doing video and audio podcasts for several years. His Teens In Tech company of which he is the CEO and has Robert Scoble and Loic Le Meur on his board, is striving to enable teens to become more involved in podcasting, blogging and social media. …

Social Messaging Communicators: Ping.fm versus HelloTxt.com

In Gadgets, General, iPhone, Open Source, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

While Twitter seems to be ruling the airwaves of Social Messaging Platforms, there are plenty of other services that do just as well (or better) at keeping in touch with or sending messages and status updates to your friends, colleagues and family. These services can be broken out into different segments: services that just provide status updates and ones that are considered micro-blogging. There are nuances and slight distinctions between the two but it seems like they have been blending more and more. For example, on Facebook, Plaxo, MySpace, you can post a status update and also post other messages …

Review: Safe Internet for your Kids with Intego Content Barrier x4

In Apple, Family, General, Review, Security, Software by Michael Sheehan11 Comments

Being a good dad means protecting your kids. That can be by physically keeping them from danger, or, by preventing their young innocent eyes and minds from being corrupted by seeing content that they are too young for. With technology, connectivity and communications pervading all aspects of our lives, it has become increasingly difficult to control what our children see, when they see it and how long they see it. What can you do to protect your kids? I can offer a few possible solutions. Remember, I’m a tech-oriented dad and offer hardware and software solutions. However, I also try …

Review: Car Gadget for Dad – DLO TransDock Micro with IntelliTune

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, iPhone, Review by Michael Sheehan28 Comments

Only a few days left before Father’s Day descends upon us, so in the spirit of “giving to Dad” (heck, it should be a WEEK of giving and not a day), here is another gadget review. Today I found out that the Netflix Player (reviewed here) is currently out of stock and back-ordered for 4-6 weeks. So, you could give Dad a printout of the product (or my review) with a nice bow on it, or you could take a look at this new product released by DLO (Digital Lifestyle Outfitters), the TransDock Micro with IntelliTune. I have now tested …

Review: Netflix Player – Get Dad Movies On Demand

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan9 Comments

I’m going to try something this week and write up some quick product reviews in case you are looking for something to buy your dad or husband for Father’s Day. This year, budgets are tight so even spending $100 may be pushing it, but when you make a tech decision, you should do some careful reviews prior to pulling the trigger. The Netflix Player might be a good gift right at that $100 level. I have been a Netflix subscriber for many years (with a slight diversion where I was with BlockBuster until they started taking away features and raising …

GoGrid and RockBox and Video Podcasts

In Apple, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review, Software by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

So GoGrid and RockBox are not related, not related at all for that matter. However, the two are joined together in this video PodCast episode of Gadget Guy on Linux Journal. I am writing about this for a variety of reasons: RockBox looks like a great way to re-use old MP3 players GoGrid is a great product (heck, I work for them) It is our first venture in sponsoring PodCasts GoGrid and RockBox and Video Podcasts was last modified: June 5th, 2008 by Michael Sheehan

Review of DLO Portable Speakers for iPhone

In Cellular, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Review by Michael Sheehan9 Comments

I must admit I was excited to receive the just-announced pair of DLO Portable Speakers for iPhone, simply for one main reason. For some time, I had been looking for a good portable speaker system that could be used with iPods and iPhones, as well as other devices. I found a few that were ok on the iPod, but when it came to the iPhone, the TDMA noise frequently made listening a real pain. What is TDMA noise? Simply described, it is the patterned buzzing or beeping tones that you hear when you put your iPhone next to an unshielded …

Review: LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini – Home Edition

In Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan20 Comments

I must admit, I was a bit skeptical about testing out another hard drive, but let me tell you, the LaCie Ethernet Disk Mini – Home Edition really changed my mind about things! First of all, this is not just another external hard drive, this is a networked hard drive which means that you plug it in to your network and it appears the way a computer would. This device is known as a NAS (Networked Attached Storage) which simply means that it is a hard disk storage device that is set up with its own network address rather than …

Review: DLO TransDock Deluxe

In Apple, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Review by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

I had the pleasure of testing out DLO’s TransDock Deluxe this past weekend. DLO (which, appropriately, stands for “Digital Lifestyle Outfitters”) was the second vendor from my MacWorld 2008 Tour that provided product to review, with Griffin Technology being the first. That simple fact alone earned it an extra notch on the “good rating stick.” Also included with my reviewer’s TransDock Deluxe package was an iPhone case (which I will do a brief review of later). This review is broken down into 3 sections: Packaging, Functionality & Ease-of-Use and Final Summary. This format will be used to compare this and …