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When I first saw the Meenova on Kickstarter, the project was still generically called “Mini MicroSD Reader” but it had already obliterated its funding goal, and for good reason. This small unit was designed to be plugged into the MicroUSB port of any Android device with USB On-The-Go support, to allow it to read MicroSD cards. It’s an easy and minimal solution for devices with limited storage and no MicroSD slot.

To say that I had been previously reticent about paying cash for products that weren’t manufactured yet, let alone reviewed, is an understatement. But Meenova was the turning point in my crowdfunding journey, simply because it was too awesome not to pledge for, and too cheap at $12. After all, if the project failed, I wasn’t losing a fortune.

But thankfully, the project did not fail and my Meenova made its way onto my hands last week. Does it stand up to the hype and expectations, and should you preorder yours? Read on to find out.

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Earlier today, Joe Casabona detailed to you his experience with the Jawbone Up, a bracelet that belongs in the new category of “quantified self” gadgets and tracks your steps, sleep, and calorie intake.

At almost the same time Joe began hisĀ Up experience, I got another wearable gadget, the Fitbit One. What’s the One, how does it work, and what can you do with the Fitbit Android app? Let’s find out.

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About a month ago, Matt Mullenweg (of WordPress fame) blogged about 2 pieces of technology he had been wearing in order to track some aspects of his health. One of them was the Jawbone UP, which I debated buying for about 60 seconds before actually buying it.

Ever since, it’s been quite the conversation starter, with people asking me what it is and what it does and how it works. Well, using a heart-rate monitor and pedometer, the Up works hand-in-hand with your Android phone, syncing data and giving you some nice personal analytics through its aptly named Jawbone Jawbone Up Android app.

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With the rise of obesity and sedentary lifestyles we have also witnessed a surge in services and applications that help you stay healthy or track your progress on the way back to better habits. From Apple’s Nike + iPod integration to Nokia’s push of Sports Tracker with the special N79 Active package, and thanks to modern smartphones sporting an accelerometer that can also serve as a pedometer, there has been, for the last few years, a great choice of gear and software for the sports addict who also happens to be a technology enthusiast.

One such gear, that we don’t see quite often, is the bluetooth heart rate monitor. Today we will look at the Polar WearLink Transmitter With Bluetooth and its integration with several Android applications. (more…)

We have all been in this situation before: you’re driving, you remember you need to call someone or you get a call, and you start fumbling around, first to find your phone and then to find the keys to press to get the call done. For some of us, it doesn’t happen often; for others it’s not urgent and can wait until you pull aside; yet, for many, it’s a frequent scenario that the era of touchscreen phones hasn’t made the least bit easier.

I fell into this routine a few months ago, when I bought my pharmacy’s shop 50 minutes away from my house, with 20 minutes of these on a sinuous mountain road. I knew I had to get a bluetooth headset or car kit, and after much online searching, I stopped at the Clip and Talk Bluetooth Car Kit V3+ thanks to its features and multipoint support. (more…)

Ever since I started getting interested in mobile technologies some five years ago, I have been looking enviously at pictures of desk stands and hoping I would find one that looked great, suited my needs, and wasn’t limited to one mobile device, given how often I’ve switched phones over the years.

Enter the Clingo Universal Podium. I spotted a picture of it a few months ago online and I knew it would be “it”: a surreal looking sturdy stand that fits any mobile device and would look perfectly cool with my HTC Desire Z. (more…)

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