Gadgets for the holidays

The holiday season is here, and today is Cyber Monday so it’s time to go searching for deals. There are a ton of gadget gift guides out there, and has a gadget section in their 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. The WOWee One Slim Portable Speaker is one of the featured products.

You’ll be amazed when you plug this tiny gadget into your MP3 player or phone and turn on some music. Of all the gadgets we’ve tested recently, the WOWee ONE Slim Portable Speaker is one of our favorites. It’s about the size of a deck of cards and easily plugs into any device with an audio jack. All of a sudden you can have a party. The WOWee turns flat, solid surfaces like tables, counters, bumpers, hoods and truck beds into bass-filled sound systems using patented gel technology. The sound changes depending on the type of surface and you can really feel the base on some surfaces. It’s perfect for events like tailgates as it provides about 10 hours of tunes and can turn your grill/cooler/hood into a high-end sound system for the whole parking lot. It’s also great for impromptu parties as it can fit in your pocket, computer bag or glove compartment. Take it on a trip and have parties in your hotel room or by the pool. The possibilities are endless and kids will love it as well. It seems like everyone listens to music alone these days with their headphones, so the WOWee makes it easier for everyone to share and enjoy music.

There are a ton of gadget gift guides out there, so do your research and you’ll find some great stuff. You can start with the ones from USA Today and CNET.


5 Electronics-Related Tickets You Can Get While Driving

Drivers have so many options to keep themselves entertained when they are on the road: iPods, satellite radios, portable DVD players, instant messaging, email, and even the world wide web. Many of these allow drivers to stay connected to the world while they are on the wheel. However, what some call a means to staying connected, others might call a driving distraction. Since you are hurtling down the road driving 60 miles per hour in a metal machine weighing several hundred pounds, it might be a good idea to limit your distractions to a bare minimum.

And if drivers can’t control themselves, the friendly officers of the law are there to protect them from harming themselves or someone else. While people are aware of the direct relationship between speeding tickets and insurance rates going up, police will gladly give tickets for using electronic devices improperly, which will also cause rates to go up. 

1. Using a Cell Phone

Cell phone use while driving.

In many countries, using a cell phone while driving is illegal and will result in a penalty or even worse. Some places have amended laws to allow cell phone use if the driver is using a hands-free device, such as a headset or Bluetooth, but that’s just mainly for answering calls.

2. Texting While Driving

Texting while driving.

Given that texting requires the driver to focus and type on a tiny screen while actively ignoring the road, texting or emailing are completely illegal.

3. Watching a TV/DVD


It is not uncommon to follow a minivan and see the kids enjoying a cartoon in the back seat while mom or dad drives. It’s also not that uncommon to see a small screen running a DVD in the front seat being watched by the driver.

4. Having a Radar Detector
Even though radar detectors are still easy to buy in most electronics shops or online, many countries and states ban the use of any type of radar detector in the car.

5. Blasting the Radio


Even if you have no one in the car but yourself, you can still find yourself at the receiving end of a ticket if your radio is too loud. Many cities have ordinances specifying a maximum decibel level and/or reasonable distance for your music to reach. Unlike the above-mentioned driving distractions, this one is a little harder to prove or disprove in court.

The List Could Go On and On
Distracted driving includes anything that takes the driver’s attention away from the road or causes them not to be in complete control of the vehicle. Even if you have a completely legal device in your car or are just enjoying a burger and fries and a cup of soda, you can still get a ticket.  
Bottom line: Drive safe and drive smart.


Headphone cords that don’t get tangled

I hate it when my headphones get all tangled up. Here’s a review of new headphones that have fettuccine type no-tangle cords.


Tips for Apple 4S battery issues

Here are some helpful tips for how to get more battery life from your new iPhone. Apple has acknowledged the problem and is working on a software fix.

Bottom line – turn off a lot of the automatic updates and notifications. I have most of mine off and haven’t had much of a battery problem.


Great gadgets holiday gift guide

USA Today has a great gift guide for gadgets, covering cameras, video cameras and more.