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2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack: No Hellcat but still Hell on Wheels

There is just something about Pony cars that is so…American. Camaro, Challenger, Mustang. Iconic symbols of Detroit musclecar greatness, both then and now. We love to look at them and we all want to drive them. As the horsepower wars continue to wage, Dodge looks once again to its heritage for inspiration on the 2015 Challenger.

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A Week with Alcatel’s OneTouch Idol 3 Smartphone

You’ve read a few articles we’ve written about the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, but we finally have a hands-on copy to review and enjoy. Alcatel’s flagship phone is a beauty to unbox. I received it at my doorstep about a week ago to the day, and I’ve had the pleasure of using a T-Mobile SIM card, and I’m super excited …

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Twelve South HiRise Deluxe Is a Must-Have iOS Accessory

I love my iPhone 6 Plus but find the battery to be lacking. I’ve tried a host of settings tweaks to optimize battery life but still run low by early afternoon. Having a strategically-placed charging dock is key for me. The Twelve South HiRise Deluxe is just such a charging dock. I reviewed the original HiRise and was impressed. This …

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Amzer Kristal Edge2Edge Black Screen Protector for iPhone 6 Plus

I like to keep my iPhone as pristine as possible both for the sake of aesthetics and resale value. That means I almost always have my phone in a case. It also means I ALWAYS have a tempered glass screen protector on it. The Amzer Kristal Edge2Edge Black Screen Protector for iPhone 6 Plus is a great option and offers an added …

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Facebook Introduces Video Calling for Messenger

Facebook today introduces one-tap video calls within Messenger.  This comes hot on the heels of Messenger money transfer, Messenger for Business, and Messenger platform announcements. It’s rather easy to see that Facebook views instant messaging as an important social networking tool. They’ve circled the wagons to be sure that competitors won’t be able to pick off appreciable numbers of users.  

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A Week with Alcatel’s OneTouch Idol 3 Smartphone

You’ve read a few articles we’ve written about the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, but we finally have a hands-on copy to review and enjoy. Alcatel’s flagship phone is a beauty to unbox. I received it at my doorstep about a week ago to the day, and I’ve had the pleasure of using a T-Mobile SIM card, and I’m super excited …

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Twelve South HiRise Deluxe Is a Must-Have iOS Accessory

I love my iPhone 6 Plus but find the battery to be lacking. I’ve tried a host of settings tweaks to optimize battery life but still run low by early afternoon. Having a strategically-placed charging dock is key for me. The Twelve South HiRise Deluxe is just such a charging dock. I reviewed the original HiRise and was impressed. This …

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Pre-Orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Start Tomorrow

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 Now Receiving Android Lollipop Update

T-Mobile said that the Android update known as Lollipop would be coming this week to their Galaxy Note 4 and they weren’t lying. Multiple people (including me) are now receiving the latest Android update.  If you’re using a Note 4 on T-Mobile a quick check of available updates should start the process (about a 1 GB download on my device).  

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Google’s Nexus 7 Discontinued

If you’re in the market for a 7″ Android tablet which spontaneously powers down – I’ve got bad news. Google’s Nexus 7 Android tablet is now listed as ‘not available’ on their store. The Nexus 7 was first released July 2012 and subsequently updated July 2013 to a 2013 model.  The device’s primary feature was the pure Android underpinnings. The Nexus 9 …

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DataMan’s Data Monitoring App is Apple Watch Ready

With the Apple Watch set to hit the stores in a few days, you’ll be delighted to know that the DataMan app has been updated so you can track your phone’s data instantly on your new Apple Watch.   Now optimized with just the right amount of information, you can see everything about your phone’s data just with a glance at …

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