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How the Brydge Keyboard Transforms an iPad Mini into a MacBook

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Review: the bluetooth-connected Brydge keyboard can transform an iPad Mini, Mini 2 or Mini 3 into a MacBook practically, and it even has backlit keys!

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Evolving & Revolving the iPad’s Usefulness – iGear iPad Flip Turn Case Review

In Apple, Case, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, Opinion, Review, Tablet by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

We all know how useful Apple’s iPad Air is. It’s great at work, in the home and on the go. So is it possible to extend the iPad’s utilitarian and multi-use functionality? Of course. One way is to get a case that builds in additional functions. Last year, I talked about iGear’s Flip Turn Case and Keyboard for the iPad Mini, and now I got my hands on its “big brother,” the one that iGear designed specifically for the iPad Air. In many ways, the iGear case and Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad Air is practically identical to the one …

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iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case & Keyboard: Make your iPad Mini a Mini Computer

In Apple, Case, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iOS, iPad, Opinion, Review, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I always recommend getting a case for your tablet or smartphone. It’s important to protect your investment. Sometimes, however, a case can go beyond  providing simple protection, it can give utility as well. The iGear Unlimited has a very useful protective case that actually has multiple functions, starting with a Bluetooth keyboard. The iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case is designed to hold an iPad Mini or Mini 2 with Retina. You simply snap the iPad mini into the top case which holds it firmly in place. iGear Unlimited Flip Turn Case & Keyboard: Make your iPad Mini a Mini Computer …

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How To Use the eBay Simple Flow Interface to Easily Sell your Old Tablet

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, iOS, iPad, Sponsored, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

One of the big problems about being addicted to gadgets and consumer electronic devices is that you always want the latest and greatest “bright & shiny” device. When that desire hits you, suddenly, you are faced with two issues: 1) how do you find funds to get a new device and 2) how do you easily sell your old device to help with issue number 1. Luckily, eBay has your back here with their new Simple Flow interface for tablets, designed to help you get your listing done in literally just a few minutes. As part some work I’m doing …

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When is a Tablet Not a Tablet? When It’s A Windows 8.1 Pro Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Intel, Microsoft, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Tablet, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I have had my fair share of experience with a variety of tablets ranging from iPads to Samsung 10.1 tablets to a Sony and even a Blackberry Playbook. It seems that manufacturers and developers continue to tweak their interfaces and hardware specifications to hopefully be the one that “sticks” and that everyone gravitates towards. I believe, though, that each of these tablet types have their own particular space in the marketplace. You need to find that one that does the most for you and that does it in the best way possible. I, personally, have balanced my time between iOS …

Can You Have a Love Affair with a Gadget?

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Humor, iPad, Opinion, Software, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

“I’m in love with the iPad Mini” I proclaimed proudly to my wife. I didn’t expect the response (well, I did in a way). “You cannot be in love with a gadget.” That was that. End of discussion. I had been hoping to start a conversation about why I like the iPad Mini so much or why it is better than other gadgets I have played with. I guess that my opening line might work with non-materialistic goods (e.g., “I’m in love with our dog”) – but even that might sound a bit odd. I probably should have said “I …

Apple Posts iOS 6.1 Release – Here’s What’s New & How to Update!

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Software, Tablet by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

After releasing iOS 6.1 beta 5 to developers this past weekend, Apple released iOS 6.1 to the public today (Monday Jan 28, 2013). Updates can be obtained directly via your iOS update or via iTunes. You can also download the .ipsw directly from Apple. Details on these processes are below. So what is new in this iOS release? Honestly, there aren’t that many visible features but there are plenty of behind the scenes fixes and updates. Specifically: Apple Posts iOS 6.1 Release – Here’s What’s New & How to Update! was last modified: January 28th, 2013 by Michael Sheehan

A Plush, Propping Pillow for your iPad

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I have seen many different types of cases for iPads out there and most of the ones that I have reviewed are for “out in the world” use cases, meaning they provide hard case protection (and some even include Bluetooth keyboards). But then I got to spend some time with the CushPad, which is a large, bulky, pillow-like “case” that is more for enabling easier reading, especially while lounging around the house and in bed. The CushPad holds your iPad 2 or 3 (the “new” iPad) snuggly between two bevels. You can use an iPad 1 (which is what we …

HighTechDad’s Father’s Day 2012 Reviewed Gift Buying Guide

In Apple, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Review, Tablet by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Rev up those Father’s Day gift engines, it’s that time of year again! Yeah, I’m a bit late in getting together my list of products that you might want to consider for your dad for Father’s Day, but you will still have a few days to get those gifts (or write up a nice IOU card). Anyway, this is a gift guide of products that I have reviewed since the last Father’s Day (you can always look back at my 2011 Father’s Day gift guide for ideas as well). I have tested these products out (and may actually be still …

Does the Blackberry Playbook Have Another Play Up Its Sleeve? Potentially!

In CES, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software, Tablet by Michael Sheehan3 Comments

I remember when the Blackberry Playbook was first announced, in fact, I was at the CES 2011 where it was revealed. Everyone was saying what an amazing piece of hardware it was but then over time, the details emerged about how closely tied it was to having a Blackberry smartphone. Also, during the 1.5 years between the announcement and now, the tablet market has changed and evolved dramatically. The iPad is on its third iteration and there are some big players in the Android tablet marketplace. And let’s not forget about the Amazon Kindle Fire. The tablet world has really …

Want to make your Draw Something Game even Better? Get a Stylish Stylus from Targus

In Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Opinion, Review, Tablet by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I few weeks ago, I was introduced to the amazingly addictive drawing and word game called Draw Something. This game quickly rocketed to the #1 paid application position in the Apple App Store and has been holding steady ever since. It’s a great app. You pair up with someone to play with and then you take turns trying to guess the word that the other person tries to draw. Words vary based on difficulty (easy words get 1 coin while harder words get 3 coins). You can redeem coins for more color pens to help with your drawing. It’s a …

A Tablet for Babies? The VINCI Tablet Gives Toddlers a Jump Start on Touchscreens

In Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Google, Hardware, iPad, Parenting, Review, Tablet by Michael Sheehan11 Comments

A few weeks ago I received a pre-production version of a new tablet targeted toward children ages 2-4 or so called the “VINCI Tab“. I had been dying to review an Android-based tablet, but the VINCI threw me for an unexpected curve. It really is not what you might expect. While it is technically a tablet, it is really a crippled one. But it is crippled for an important reason and that is something that I didn’t immediately get. Typically when I get a product, I just jump right into it without reading instructions, or if I do, I try …

10 Things Steve Jobs Has Done for Parents

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, Software, Tablet by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

With Steve Jobs announcing that he will be stepping down as CEO of Apple, I took some time to reflect on how Steve and Apple have impacted my life as a parent, specifically, a “High Tech Dad.” In my household, Apple products reign. Each of my children use Apple laptops or desktops, and each one has either an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano or a combination. My wife and I have iPhones and iPads, my primary laptop is a MacBook Pro. And much of our living room entertainment is driven by an AppleTV. But I wanted to think about how …

Teenage Humor & a Father’s Day Contest – “Weiner, Junk & Tools” – Cast of Dads Podcast #42

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It’s alive! Yes, that’s right, after a bit of a hiatus, the Cast of Dads are back with another action-packed…er…humor packed…uh…informative podcast appropriately titled “Weiner, Junk & Tools“. Being a dad is a busy enough “project” in itself, but then coupling our other “jobs” into the mix and finding time to get the 5 dads together is something that warrants a medal or something. But honestly, we love doing this podcast, and we just had to do one before Father’s Day, especially since we have a really cool Giveaway going on over the next few days! Yes, the giveaway, courtesy …