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Griffin’s Reversible Premium Lighting Cable Will Power You Up

If you are reading the site it means you love your gadgets. And if your gadgets of choice come from Apple it means you need USB-to-Lightning cases to keep your mobile devices powered up. If you need USB-to-Lightning cables you’ll want to check out Griffin’s Reversible Premium Lighting Cable. They are a simple accessory that can make a huge difference.

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Volvo: Proving the 60s Are Alive and Well!

This week was all about the 60s. Volvo Cars of North America is preparing to celebrate 60 years of bringing it’s Swedish-born vehicles to this continent. As part of the festivities the automaker is delivering some new 2016 models on the 60-series line–namely, the S60 Inscription sedan, the S60 Cross Country sedan, and the V60 Cross Country wagon.

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Ditto By Simple Matters is Just That: Simple.

The Ditto By Simple Matters is true to its name in every single way. From the packaging, down to the day to day use of the device. But is that a good or a bad thing? When I received a copy to review, I will admit, I wasn’t immediately amused by it. The $39.99 Ditto comes in a pretty self-explanatory …

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aLLreLi Dual USB Charger Review: Travel Ready USB Power

If I’m not careful, the number of cables and chargers by my bedside table can quickly spin out of control. My power strip gets overstuffed, and the various charging cables start to twine together like some kind of electronic rat king. I’ve been working hard to keep things streamlined, and the aLLreLi Dual USB charger is a huge help!

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Synology’s 3 Tips to Cut SAN Costs with the RC18015xs+ Scaling over 1PB

Synology has issued a press release offering small and medium-sized enterprises three tips on how to cut their Storage Area Network (SAN) costs by using Synology’s RC18015xs+, a high availability cluster solution that scales to 1 petabyte of storage and handles to 2,000 users. The complete system, including two redundant controllers and a storage device with 96TB starts under $12,000.

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How Much Did My Local Library Membership Save Us This Summer?

I just went through my Amazon account, and determined I’ve read 25+ books this summer for free. Some of them were older titles, like Gear Diary Book Club selections, while others were relatively new. Plus issues of Consumer Reports and Runner’s World, all for free thanks to the local library. But how much did we really save?

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Amazon Prime Video Adds Offline Viewing for iOS and Android!

Every time we take a road trip, Sarah and I have the same conversation: What movies/tv shows have we purchased for our son so he can be entertained on a long ride? We have a small library of shows and he’s usually pretty content to cycle through those. But we always lament that we can’t download from Amazon Prime…until now!

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Bluelounge Kosta Is a Charging Coaster for Your Apple Watch

I bought my Apple Watch intending to return it before the two week trial period was over. I found I really like Apple’s first smartwatch and, as you might expect, I ended up keeping it. That means it’s time to accessorize. My first extra… the Bluelounge Kosta. It is a low-profile charging station that is simple as simple can be. …

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Google Surprises Everyone with Android Wear on iOS

Do you use an iPhone but drool over the Moto 360? Or have you been eyeing up the beauty of the LG Urbane while staring forlornly at your 6+? Google has some good news for you: Android Wear is now available on iOS, though with some restrictions (both Google and Apple-related).

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Griffin’s Reversible Premium Lighting Cable Will Power You Up

If you are reading the site it means you love your gadgets. And if your gadgets of choice come from Apple it means you need USB-to-Lightning cases to keep your mobile devices powered up. If you need USB-to-Lightning cables you’ll want to check out Griffin’s Reversible Premium Lighting Cable. They are a simple accessory that can make a huge difference.

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Amazon Underground Aims to Deliver Truly Free Apps

Amazon has revamped their App Store, and in place of the “Free App of the Day”, there’s a segment called “Amazon Underground“. Silly name aside, this category consists of 100% free apps-no upfront cost, and ZERO in-app purchases! Amazon is eating the costs associated with freemium apps to boost their app downloads, and it is working on me!

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Volvo: Proving the 60s Are Alive and Well!

This week was all about the 60s. Volvo Cars of North America is preparing to celebrate 60 years of bringing it’s Swedish-born vehicles to this continent. As part of the festivities the automaker is delivering some new 2016 models on the 60-series line–namely, the S60 Inscription sedan, the S60 Cross Country sedan, and the V60 Cross Country wagon.

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Ditto By Simple Matters is Just That: Simple.

The Ditto By Simple Matters is true to its name in every single way. From the packaging, down to the day to day use of the device. But is that a good or a bad thing? When I received a copy to review, I will admit, I wasn’t immediately amused by it. The $39.99 Ditto comes in a pretty self-explanatory …

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