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Pebble: E-Paper Smart Watch right on the “SPOT” for Android and iPhone

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

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I’ve been a fan of smart watches since Microsoft launched Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) watches back in 2004. Do you remember Spot? The now defunct service used FM radio signals to broadcast information to your wristwatch.

The service once activated could send content to your smart watch including weather, news, stocks, calendar, sports, horoscopes, lottery results as well as downloadable watch faces. You could also have text messages sent to your watch via MSN Messenger.

Enter Pebble, which was introduced in a Kickstarter project as the first watch built for the 21st century. Pebble promises to be what SPOT could only dream of. Pebble connects by Bluetooth to an iPhone or Android device. Pebble will have an app market that will feature downloadable watch faces and a host of internet-connected apps.

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Quick Look: Timeriffic, control mute, vibrate, brightness, wifi and airplane on/off on your schedule.

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

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Timeriffic is a very useful, easy to set-up and manage Android utility that allows you to control mute, vibrate, brightness, wifi and airplane on/off on your schedule.

Ever since my days with the Palm Treo, where you could set a simple on/off schedule for the phone with a couple of clicks, I’ve wanted an easy to use utility that would allow me to control many of my phones settings on a schedule.

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CobraTag your items with a trackable Bluetooth tag

by George Heymann

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A Cobra Tag is a compact rechargeable bluetooth sensor approximately 2.5”L x 1”W x .5”D that pairs with your smartphone to prevent you from losing keys, purse, computer bag, or any other item you want to protect from loss. The sensor communicates with an app currently available for Android and Blackberry that will remind you with an audible alarm if you leave your phone or other item behind.

The Cobra Tag also acts like a two-way finder, tap the button on your Cobra Tag to ring your phone or conversely use the phone app to make the tag ring to help locate your other items.

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Quick Look: Hearing Saver

by George Heymann

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Looking for a simple but effective utility that automatically sets your media volume when you plug or unplug your headphones? Then head on over to the Android Market and check-out ‘Hearing Saver” by Jake Basile.

Whether you’re trying to save your hearing by automatically lowering the volume of your handset when you plug in your headset or in my case saving everyone else’s hearing when I unplug. Hearing Saver works like a champ. The free app can can be optionally set to automatically mute the phone’s ring and notification sounds when headphones are plugged in. Additionally the application settings can be triggered from any paired audio Bluetooth device connecting or disconnecting.

This utility couldn’t be any simpler to set up, the setup screen has two sliders and two checkboxes. The top slider controls the media volume when headphones are plugged in, the bottom one controls the volume when the headphones are unplugged. The checkboxes allow you to mute the ringer and notification sounds as well as enable Bluetooth detection.

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Phone Halo protect your items with a trackable bluetooth tag

by George Heymann

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Phone Halo is a compact rechargeable bluetooth device (approx. 1.5”L x 1”W x .5”D) that pairs with your smartphone to prevent you from losing your device or item. Phone Halo is currently available on Android and Blackberry and is promised for iOS soon. The device is $59.95 the phone applications are free to download.

Setting up Phone Halo is simple and straightforward. After charging the bluetooth device and installing the mobile application you enter your wireless settings and turn on Bluetooth on your phone. Scan for new bluetooth devices and then pair the application with the device by entering “0000” or “1234” when prompted for a pairing code. On the Android version of the mobile application “0000” paired the device successfully.

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Turning your gadget fixation into a positive for your +1

by George Heymann

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My family, friends, co-workers and associates all know that I’m a technology enthusiast. Many of them visit with me regularly to see what my latest gadget fixation is. One of the questions that gets asked often is “how does your spouse feel about your gadget obsession?”

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Review: Dell Streak 7 Tablet

by George Heymann

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There is a lot to like about Dell’s 7-inch WiFi Android tablet. The Dell Streak 7 is a good performer: it packs an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 16 GB of Internal Storage with support for up 32GB of additional storage via its memory card slot. It also features 5MP rear camera with flash as well as a 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video chatting. The tablet also includes Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and supports Bluetooth 2.1. At $399, it is relatively inexpensive.

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Dell Streak 7-inch 16GB WiFi Android Tablet $399 + $100 gift card

by George Heymann

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I ran across this Logic Buy Deal which expires today for $299 (after factoring in the $100 gift card) thought it was a fantastic value, too good to pass up. I love the performance of the Nvidia Tegra platform. So I’m willing to roll the dice on the rumored Honeycomb update.

The Dell Streak 7 is powered by Nvidia Tegra T20 Dual Core processor (1GHz) and Android OS 2.2 Froyo and features WiFi, Bluetooth, 16GB storage, 1.3MP front and 5MP rear facing cameras, Adobe Flash 10.1 and more. (Look for our review soon)

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Notfication Toggle widget for Android

by George Heymann

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Notification Toggle is rapidly becoming one of my favorite widgets for my Android Phone. The free widget developed by XDA member J4velin creates an easy and convenient way to toggle settings from the drop down window on the Android status bar.

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LevelUp Studio updates Beautiful Widgets to 3.3 adds SuperClock and new skin SDK.

by George Heymann

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Beautiful Widgets by LevelUp Studios has long earned a space on my Android home screen. This is a proverbial favorite with many users — more than 250,000+ downloads in the Android Market.

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