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12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

Oddly enough, the proliferation of electronic gadgetry, computer stuff and other digital goodies has made buying for the discerning sparkhead (we just coined that -- please enjoy and proliferate at will) tougher. With this list, we aim to make the shopping a little simpler by covering suggestions for readers, photogs, movie buffs and gamers. Take a gander and start clicking; your techie giftee will thank you, probably with an email or holographic video message or something.

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Today in Gear: October 9. 2013

Tap-It-cap-Gear-Patrol TapIt Cap
Craft brews are important. They're good to drink, they're good to make, they're good to know about. Thing is, they're also good to savor. Until the TapIt came along, growlers of beer would go flat before a

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Breakdown: Samsung Galaxy Gear

Pebble, Toq, Smartwatch 2, Cupertino Wristbeauty -- how did the explosion of the "smart watch" segment catch us so by surprise? While we were busy reeling, the Samsung Galaxy Gear ($299) for Galaxy Note 3 (and soon, the Galaxy S4 and SIII) has been declared potentially the best option yet. What exactly does that mean? We break it down.

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Today in Gear: September 6, 2013

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If you've already got Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player it's time to start downloading some big guns. The new service went live over the weekend and allows users to download 4K television

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Kit: Graduate School

So you've decided four years of college just wasn't enough to quench that thirsty brain of yours. You've trudged through essays, taken the tests and traded countless lattes for advisor recommendation letters. The wait, worry and work were entirely worth it, though, because you just opened that letter admitting you into the graduate school you've been gunning for. The parents are proud, the student loans are shrieking and your name train is ready for a few extra letters. It’s time to get schooled all over again, and we’ve prepped your shopping list. You're getting smarter -- so should your gear.

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You've got the beast, now protect it

Just in Case: A Survey of Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases

There’s no denying the Samsung Galaxy S4’s universal mass appeal. Dynamic functionality combined with surreal processing power make it by far the most dominant smartphone ever built. But truth be told, all that badass technology isn’t enough to masquerade the handset’s cheap and conservative design. Think we’re being too harsh? Google the top GS4 reviews and you’ll see nearly every major mobile critic shares the same sentiments.

Sammy’s decision to don the next-gen Galaxy with a plastic rear cover left a bad impression on consumers from the git-go. And with recent damage tests and teardown reports suggesting the GS4 is more fragile than the iPhone 5, it’s only wise to invest in an insurance policy after spending serious coin on such a device.You're only spoiled for choice. We narrow down the field to 30 or so.

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Dialed In: 10 Best Smartphones Available Now

There was a time when shopping for a cell phone was ridiculously simple. You’d waltz into the nearest Radio Shack, browse through a handful of demo devices anchored onto the wall, and spend a good four to five Benjamins on a BlackBerry 8700 or RAZR V3 (or the Nokia with the changeable covers, which was awesome). What hasn't changed: we're enslaved to our mobile devices. What has: the field of competitors.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen new entries from every major smartphone manufacturer spread across all four mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and believe it or not, BlackBerry. The result for you: choosing the right smartphone can be an overwhelming decision at the moment. Well, we took the liberty of breaking down the top handsets on the market to help simplify the process. Here are the 10 smartphones worthy of your upgrade.

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Today in Gear: June 26, 2013

Saker-S-1-Personal-Jet-Gear-Patrol Saker S-1 Personal Jet
It's a pain to always have to fly on a commercial airliner -- the things are so damn slow, and you have to put your toiletries in plastic baggies. Ugh. If you've got a two-seater

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Today in Gear: June 21, 2013

FNO-Integrated-Sleeping-Bag-Gear-Patrol FNO Integrated Sleeping Bag
A self-inflatable sleeping pad is a far cry from the "soft" brush you usually pile beneath your tent to simulate a mattress, and it sells in tandem with the sleeping bag, which is good for

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Today in Gear: June 7, 2013

samuel-adams-brewlywood-ale-gear-patrol Sam Adams Brewlywed Ale
Best Men in need of a delicious loosening up before their speeches (or grooms with feet that need beer blankets) best act quickly. Sam Adams' Brewlywed Ale, a Belgian-style pale golden ale, will be available

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The 10 Best Lightweight Laptops

When it comes to choosing the right laptop, everyone seeks three necessities: a sleek profile, high performance, and most importantly, portability. From convertibles to high-end subnotebooks, we sifted through the market to find the 10 best lightweight laptops.

Today in Gear: May 17, 2013

Samsung-S4-Nexus-Gear-Patrol Samsung Galaxy S4 with Stock Android
Hardware fans prepared to be disappointed by the developer focus of Google's 2013 I/O powwow received a welcomed surprise Wednesday. The search giant will be selling an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy

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Today in Gear: April 12, 2013

Victorianox-Bike-Tool-Gear-Patrol Victorinox Bike Tool
It's taken this long? Bikers are the perfect recipients of a Swiss Army tool. An L-wrench with 8 bits and a set of tire levers in one small form is perfectly in line with the biker

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Air superiority

The Best AirPlay Speakers

Originally designed to play music on only their own products, Apple's AirPlay technology now allows users to stream multimedia from iPhones, iPads and computers to any enabled HDTV or speaker system via wi-fi. Because Apple now allows third parties to use their tech, myriad standalone speaker systems designed specifically for AirPlay are on the market: some are better than others, and they all span the price and design spectra. Here are our 10 picks for some of the best AirPlay speakers available.

CES 2013
Your Picasso might be jealous

Samsung S9 UHD 4K TV

If four times the number of pixels of the current Full HD standard can't satisfy your lust for the bleeding edge, then the "unprecedented design" of the Samsung S9 UHD 4K TV should do the trick. The so-called "Timeless Gallery" frame mimics the look of an easel and allows the

12 gifts for the tech obsessed

12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

To the inexperienced, the words “techie” and “guy” seem synonymous. Sure, most guys do like technology these days -- but like does not true a techie make. So while this list can absolutely be applied to any modern man, its real target is the hardcore gadget nut. The one who

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Samsung Galaxy Note II

Brushing off the recent court ruling, Samsung introduces the latest update to their ground-breaking phablet with the Galaxy Note II. With a bigger Super AMOLED screen (5.5” vs 5.3”) at a lower resolution (1280x720 vs. 1280x800), the new smartphone takes

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Samsung Galaxy Camera

With each new improvement to smartphone cameras, the collective cries by pundits and consumers alike at the death of point and shoot cameras grow louder and clearer. Hoping to silence, or at the least quiet, dissenters, Samsung has announced the
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The original Samsung Galaxy Note created a band of skeptics right out of the starting blocks, thanks to its duplo-sized 5.3-inch screen and the inclusion of an S Pen stylus. While geeks were muttering the word "phablet" and questioning why the

Naturally on top

Samsung Galaxy S III

The anticipation for Samsung's lastest addition to their premier Galaxy line of mobile phones has been higher than any other Android device we can remember. Was it for good reason? Well, the revealed specs include a massive, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED

Goodbye couch surfing, hello couch calling

Samsung inTouch

Once 1080p televisions became ubiquitous, Smart TVs assumed the role as the next spec lure dangled in front of consumers for why they needed to upgrade. If you avoided biting on the marketing blabber back then (we're looking at you Kuro

Peer into the future, without the crystal ball

CES 2012: Our Favorite Booths

We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we'll continue to highlight gadgets revealed

Two of the best get better

Samsung UNES8000 & PNE8000 TVs

Samsung's flagship TVs are always contenders for top honors in terms of picture quality and features each year. While their remarkable OLED TV garnered the lion's share of the spotlight at this year's CES, the company's latest premier LED and plasma

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Samsung DA-E750 Vacuum Tube AirPlay Dock

It doesn't take a sleuth to see that the analog stereo bandwagon is growing beyond its fringe enthusiast roots into a mainstream consumer request. But unlike their positively eyegasmic flat screens, we can't recall a time we've ever clamored for a

Android's New Poster Child

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest showcase device developed under Google's close supervision, built for one purpose: to make Android's latest incarnation look like the belle of the smartphone ball. Its 4.65-inch, curved contour glass, HD Super AMOLED display boasting

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Samsung MV800 Compact Camera

The Samsung MV800's ($315) killer feature stares every user right in the face — that is if they want it to. Its 3.0-inch touch screen display can rotate 180 degrees, allowing users to easily frame self portraits or other awkward

King of the Android Hill (For Now)

Samsung Galaxy S II

After months of waiting, Samsung's top-tier Android super phone is now available stateside, on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The phone will apparently ship in slightly different variations to each network. At their core, all U.S. models will still feature Android 2.3,

Google and Samsung gang up on the traditional OS

Samsung Series 5 ChromeBook

The name ChromeBook sounds like something Lil’ Wayne reads in bed, but it’s actually the brand Google has devised for a new breed of internet-addicted laptops. Built to be cheap and speedy, they won’t replace the MacBooks or Dell’s of this

Souped Up Super AMOLED

Samsung Infuse 4G

About a year ago, the Samsung Galaxy S created a stir on the Android block when it pranced out with its 4-inch Super AMOLED display. While there’s plenty of tech chatter surrounding its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the

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2011 Tablet Buying Guide

2011 is the year of the tablet, no matter how hard we and our wallets squirm over having another gadget thrust into our lives. But why now? A discussion on that topic could take longer than the birther diatribe if

It's Back, Back In the Tablet Groove

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9

As much as we love to wave the Apple flag, we have to admire Samsung’s focus on preventing Cupertino from letting the iPad do to tablets what the iPod did to mp3 players. Case in point, after seeing just how thin

3D's a Crowd

3D Gear Essentials

If you watch any TV, you've probably seen some commercial touting how 3D technology will revolutionize the way you live. Most likely it also involved Dolphins or some other funny sea creature. When you put all of the marketing-laced messaging and

Gift Guide 2010: The Technophile

As men, we'll always be suckers for shiny things. There's no point in fighting it. Particularly when they can help do things like battle our inbox(s), catch up on missed episodes of the shows we're too busy to watch, or single-handedly

And Then There Were Two

Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab

We opted to wait on covering the most promising tablet device to arrive for Android until it hit shelves. Now the wait is over and you can pick up this 7" 1024 by 600 multi-touch tablet from T Mobile or Sprint

A New Competitor to the Panny LX3 & Canon S90

Samsung EX1/TL500 Compact Camera

Ever since the Panasonic LX3 stepped on to the scene, the camera world has been waiting for competing brands to follow suit by creating a compact oriented at professional who want a pocket friendly alternative to their DSLR. Samsung has answered the

Android Meets "Super" AMOLED

Samsung Galaxy S

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Samsung isn't the first company to think that by tacking the word "super" to their products, it would enhance their appeal. Think "Super Nintendo", "Super Soaker", "Super bowl"...etc. Combine that with the word "Galaxy" in the name and you've got

Samsung's Most Advanced Blu-ray Player for 2010

Samsung 3D BD-C6900 Blu-ray Player

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Looking for a Blu-ray player to pair up with your latest 3D TV acquisition? Then you can't go wrong with the Samsung 3D BD-C6900. Standing at the top of Samsung's new 2010 Blu-ray player line, it's compatible with both standard

Top of the Line Television That Edges Out the Rest

Samsung LED 9000 Series 3D HDTV

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The Pioneer Kuro Elite may still hold the title of best picture quality in our books despite its age, but after what's been announced so far this year we're not sure that title will hold for much longer. Showcased at

The New King of the Projector Mountain?

Samsung SP-A900

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High-end home theater projectors are clearly a luxury that not every man can afford. However that doesn't preclude us from drooling like a village idiot every time the technology advances. On that note, Samsung has announced the release of it's new

The Most Energy Efficient Flat Panel HDTV Ever

Samsung UN46B7000 LED Green HDTV

samsung-un46b7000 Until OLED really takes off in the consumer market, LED backlit LCD screens (yes that's what these TVs are, not LED TVs) like the Samsung UN46B7000 will be riding the cutting edge of HDTV technology. That's because screens of this type