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The Gadget Consultant

Freddy Cloud

Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade. “I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher... Read his full bio

My Adventure using Mobile Payments

I remember when they first announced Google Wallet. I thought the idea of being able to pay with your phone (you know, like a lot of the world has been doing forever) was going to be all kinds of awesome. It wasn’t. The issue was that I didn’t have a phone that had a NFCContinue Reading

So … You got a new 4K/UHD TV?

With the Super Bowl not too far away, deals on televisions are everywhere. And more than likely, despite my urging for you to do otherwise, if you got something big you probably went with a 4K/UHD television. OK, part of me can’t blame you. I mean it’s not like the 3-D thing which was notContinue Reading

My Smartwatch Hypocrisy …

Hypocrisy is a tricky thing. For example, someone asks me if they should get a smartwatch. Depending on their logic behind wanting one, my answer is usually “no”. But when they point out that not only do I have on, but I wear it EVERY DAY, it puts me in a somewhat awkward position. IContinue Reading

My Social Network Conundrum …

I’m just going to just get this out of the way: I don’t enjoy using Facebook anymore. I feel like I’m in this weird Stockholm Syndrome-like relationship with this social network. They control what I can and cannot post, they control what it is that I see on MY timeline, and if I behave inContinue Reading

New Year, New Phones

New Year, New Phones

A new year means the typical flood of new phone rumors and announcements are in full effect. And since you’re probably trying to figure out which company is going to get to lay claim to your hard earned money, I figured I’d give you a heads-up on what companies have announced and what the whispersContinue Reading

Tablet-Fest 2014

Tablet-Fest 2014

Tablets are always a great Christmas gift, and depending on how much you want to spend (and who you’re getting it for), you have quite a few options out there. It’s easy to go to a Black Friday event and buy whatever they have under $100 (PLEASE don’t do that!), but if you would humorContinue Reading

Google’s latest OS makes the Kevo smart lock that much more awesome …

Google’s latest OS makes the Kevo smart lock that much more awesome …

Back in January of 2014 I joined Kwikset at the Consumer Electronics Show to check out their Kevo smart lock, which is a Bluetooth enabled lock that you can open with your smartphone or a key fob that’s included with the lock. I did a post and a video, so I won’t rehash what itContinue Reading

Amazon has a new toy for you to figure out what to do with …

Amazon has a new toy for you to figure out what to do with …

Amazon’s gadgets are a hit-and-miss affair. On the one hand you have the Kindle line, which has dominated the e-reader market along with the Fire HD line, which is actually a competitor in the tablet space. But then you have things like the Fire Phone, which is a flop. However a flop or two won’tContinue Reading

Welcome back, Motorola

Welcome back, Motorola

Last year Motorola announced two phones that took the tech word a bit by surprise; the Moto G and the Moto X. Not only were these REALLY good phones, but they began the war on the thought that a good phone needed to cost a ridiculous amount of money, and needed to be purchased fromContinue Reading

September 9th is Apple Announcement Day, 2014!!!

September 9th is Apple Announcement Day, 2014!!!

I’m going to start by saying today is the first day Apple had me thinking about switching platforms. Will I? Well, let’s talk about what happened on September 9th at their press event, then I’ll let you know … It started with the introduction of the new iPhone 6’s. Yes … Apple is giving youContinue Reading