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The Basics: Car Audio, Part I

Music in the mobile environment is more than just an accessory or option to drivers, and for many it is a necessity. Every new vehicle I test usually arrives with a premium audio system, and I love putting the stereo systems through their paces almost as much as the vehicles themselves. But car audio can be more, much more.

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Booq Cobra Squeeze Backpack Review: A Most Excellent Gear Bag

My criteria for a backpack that I’ll use for longer than during the review period (and that I’ll continue to enjoy carrying) is pretty basic: it needs to be light when empty, durable, good-looking, well-organized, and it must be comfortable to wear when it is inevitably overloaded. The booq Cobra squeeze meets all of my needs and then some.

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Lems Primal2 Minimalist Shoes Let You Tread Lightly with Color

I reviewed the lightweight, minimalist Lems Primal2 shoes in November of 2013. I’ve been wearing the review pair on and off ever since. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a pair of shoes quite as light, airy, and comfortable. Now the company sent me a pair in a new color-Canary-to check out. They are hard to miss!

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Troubleshooting a Buggy HTC One M8

I mostly love my HTC One M8. It’s a year old, but still has the latest software, and nothing on the market is compelling enough to get my to trade in my trusty One. Except one thing: the One has been exceedingly buggy on and off lately, and I can’t decide if there’s a better solution than a hard reset.

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Ventev Mobile Accessories Review Roundup

Ventev may not be a household name when it comes to mobile accessories but they should be. We were sent a number of their mobile accessories for review. I am impressed with the form, the function and the pricing of each, and you will be too. Lets take a look at each of them.

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Nebraska Woman Sues All Gays on Behalf of God

Apparently I’m being sued. So are my lawyers. And several of my college friends, roommates, acquaintances, and even complete strangers. Why are we all being sued, you ask? A Nebraska woman who claims she is personally representing God and Jesus has asked the court to rule on whether or not homosexuality is a sin, so all homosexuals are apparently defendants. 

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Who is Right in Uber Versus Kansas?

I had my first Uber experience last weekend, and I have to say it was remarkably pleasant. It doesn’t change the fact that I think Uber as a company is a bit shady, and the fact that their response to Kansas requiring background checks and insurance was to take their service and leave the state doesn’t make them less shady.

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teddyearmuffs

The Basics: Car Audio, Part I

Music in the mobile environment is more than just an accessory or option to drivers, and for many it is a necessity. Every new vehicle I test usually arrives with a premium audio system, and I love putting the stereo systems through their paces almost as much as the vehicles themselves. But car audio can be more, much more.

Read more
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Troubleshooting a Buggy HTC One M8

I mostly love my HTC One M8. It’s a year old, but still has the latest software, and nothing on the market is compelling enough to get my to trade in my trusty One. Except one thing: the One has been exceedingly buggy on and off lately, and I can’t decide if there’s a better solution than a hard reset.

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Ventev Mobile Accessories Review Roundup

Ventev may not be a household name when it comes to mobile accessories but they should be. We were sent a number of their mobile accessories for review. I am impressed with the form, the function and the pricing of each, and you will be too. Lets take a look at each of them.

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EasyAcc Powerbank PB20000AP Review-Super Capacity, Super Size

The EasyAcc Powerbank PB20000AP holds a whopping 20,000 mAh of battery capacity in its lithium-ion rechargeable battery cell. This huge capacity would allow you to recharge your iPhone 6 over ELEVEN TIMES. It has two USB-out jacks for dual charging and sports a nice LED screen to let you know how much juice is left. The PB20000AP’s MSRP is $129.99.

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Armorz Stealth Extreme Lite Screen Protector for iPhone 6 Plus Review

The Armorz Stealth Extreme Lite screen protector with BluBlock technology for the iPhone 6 Plus is precision cut specifically for this iPhone. This 0.1mm thick tempered glass is treated with an oleophobic finish to minimize fingerprints and provide oil resistance. The BluBlock technology provides crisper, clearer screen viewing. The Armorz Stealth Extreme Lite for iPhone 6 Plus sells for $39.95.

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Goal Zero Switch 10 Multi-tool Kit Review

I have become a huge fan of solar technology. Since I spend considerable time in the outdoors off-grid, solar products allow me to keep my devices connected. I have several solar products and jumped at the chance to review the Goal Zero Switch 10 Mutli-tool Kit. The $119.95 kit is an all-in-one solution for a pack or on the go. 

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: More Gears, More Gear

If you have seen any of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup commercials on television lately you might have noticed mention of a certain metal element in the brand’s marketing piece – steel. Chevy is making no excuses in its efforts to get the point across that its trucks are still made of steel, and not a certain other element like aluminum.

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Hit the Hardware Store for Carseat Toting Needs!

We recently took a vacation and after some debate decided it was safer to bring our own carseat rather than rent one of dubious quality along with our car. You can buy special carts to transport car seats, but a friend of ours filled us in on a much cheaper and more versatile tip: a hand truck!

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