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July 22, 2016 • News

Up to 40% off All Moto Mods for the New Moto Z Droids from Verizon

If you have your eye on one of the new Moto Z or Moto Z Force Droids, then you likely already know that they will be compatible with Moto Mods — a line of magnetically attached accessories that turn an already great phone into a super phone!

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July 22, 2016 • Crowdfunding, Gaming, News

“Legend of Dungeon” Developer Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for “Upsilon Circuit”

I love quirky fun games with a great sense of humor, such as “Frayed Knights” or “Legend of Dungeon”. The developer of the latter game, Robot Loves Kitty, has launched a crowd-funding campaign for their next game Upsilon Circuit: Death is Forever and Viewers Rule! Here is what the company says about this unique game: …

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July 22, 2016 • Autos

2016 Lexus RX 350 Reigns Supreme in the Segment It Invented

Sometimes automakers have to be careful with their own success. Take the RX for example, a vehicle that defined a new segment when it launched more than 17 years ago. That was the birth of the luxury utility vehicle and since then many have tried to dethrone the king. Does Lexus still reign supreme with …

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July 21, 2016 • Reviews

Alcatel Hits It Out of the Budget Park with Their IDOL 4S and VR Combo

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s big at tech shows for the past couple of years, then you know that Virtual Reality (VR) is H-U-G-E. If you buy the new Alcatel IDOL 4S, you’ll be set to take advantage of this exciting technology right out of the box — with nothing more to buy!

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July 21, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

The BloomSky Next-Gen SKY2 and STORM: A Community-Based Smart Weather Camera Station

I run a cattle ranch in West Texas; most of our community’s livelihood relies upon the weather, so when we ask each other “how much rain did you get?”, it’s not just idle chit-chat. Having an accurate way to measure what’s happening with the weather at all times is important, and that’s why I’m excited about the BloomSky …

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July 21, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie MagiCable USB-C Connector to Micro USB: Retrofit your Type-C Charging Cable When Needed

Here’s an interesting doo-dad in a long line of USB Type-C related products that we’re seeing these days: this one is the Innergie MagiCable USB-C Connector to Micro USB, and it allows you to charge your MicroUSB devices from a USB Type-C cable.

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July 21, 2016 • News

The Insta360 Nano Brings 360-Degree Photos and Video to the Masses

360-degree photos and video are all the rage right now, what with Facebook and Youtube embracing the technology. The Insta360 Nano is looking to capitalize on the craze, with its super portable, iPhone compatible design. It can shoot 360-degree photos and even live-stream high definition virtual reality video right to Facebook or Youtube. Get yours …

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July 20, 2016 • News

Ztylus Pencil Case Makes Apple Pencil More Pen and Pencily

I bought the smaller Apple iPad Pro for one primary purpose: I wanted to be able to use the Apple Pencil to create handwritten notes. But the Pencil is so long and thin that it gets uncomfortable. With this Ztylus Pencil Case that problem is solved. It’s an inexpensive iPad Pro accessory I know I’ll …

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July 20, 2016 • News

Styr Labs Tries for a True Fitness Ecosystem with Activity Tracking, Smart Scales, and Custom Vitamins!

Every company that’s remotely related to computing wants a piece of the fitness wearables business. There is a lot of data to be gleaned from activity levels, weight, and what we eat, and everyone thinks their solution is the one that will guide consumers to better health. Styr Labs has a creative plan that brings …

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July 20, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

A Pair of Earphones Are Going to Change How You Feel About Wearables

While some of you are out there soaking up the sun, on your run outdoors, some of us need a little bit more motivation other than Pokemon Go to get going; that’s where LifeBEAM has you covered. LifeBEAM announced a Kickstarter campaign that only has a few days remaining onn their ‘first of its kind’ AI …

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July 19, 2016 • Crowdfunding

Monowear Has Announced the MonoCharge: An Apple Watch Accessory That’s a Must Have

If you’ve read our reviews about Monowear’s Apple Watch accessories, but you were wondering if they’d ever put out a stand so you could charge your precious smartwatch and your iPhone, then you’re in luck.

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July 19, 2016 • Reviews

MINIX USB Type-C Multiport Adapter with VGA Output: Just What I Needed!

If you have a MacBook, then you’ve probably had at least one time (me – many times!) when you’ve wished you could charge your laptop while also attaching an accessory. Or maybe you’ve wished that you could plug a memory card into your laptop, but alas, there are no card readers. The MINIX USB Type-C Multiport …

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July 19, 2016 • News

The Withings Thermo: A Fast, Non-Invasive, and Accurate Temporal Thermometer

Taking a temperature when you or a loved one is sick usually involves sticking a thermometer into one orifice or another. That’s not very fun for the person who is ill. Today, Withings, part of the Nokia family, is announcing their new Thermo — the first Wi-Fi-connected temporal thermometer — which we first saw at CES 2016. 

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July 18, 2016 • Autos

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: The Sequel Is So Much Better!

Over the past two years, Hyundai has rolled out three variations of its newest-generation Sonata midsize sedan. Last year we tested the Sonata and Sonata Sport versions powered by gasoline and/or turbocharged gasoline engines. Recently we got our turn behind the wheel of the new second-generation Sonata Hybrid sedan.

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July 15, 2016 • Reviews

Signia Has Made Hearing Aids Sexy; No, Really!

If the old-fashioned “ear-trumpet” is what you think of when you think of a hearing aid, you’re only a couple of centuries behind on the tech. Today’s hearing aids are tiny, little things that help their wearers hear well without being obvious or conspicuous.

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July 15, 2016 • Reviews

Choetech Aluminum 4 Port USB 3.0 to Type-C Hub: Just What Your MacBook Needs

So, you bought a new MacBook, and you’re freaking out a little bit because there isn’t a single USB port to be found. Not to worry, Choetech has you covered with their Aluminum 4 Port USB 3.0 toType-C Hub.

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July 15, 2016 • News

Board Up Your Windows, Sharknado 4 Is Coming!

Ah, summer. Long days, warm nights, and storms full of razor sharp teeth…yes, Sharknado is back again! You may recall that the last segment opened with President Mark Cuban, Vice President Anne Coulter, and Ian Ziering fighting sharks at the White House, and ended with David Hasselhoff on the moon and a shark about to …

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July 14, 2016 • Reviews

JVC Tinyphones Provide Blissful Summer Travel with the Kids

Modern summer travel with the kids in this high-tech era just got better thanks to the new line of Tinyphones from JVC. They come in an earbud or on-ear style and feature a volume limiter to prevent hearing damage. JVC Tinyphones allows adults to enjoy the drive time too by not having to listen to those …

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July 14, 2016 • Gaming

How to View a Map of Pokemon Go Pokestops

Have you tried Pokemon Go yet? Players of this augmented reality game have almost taken over my town and judging by the numbers of people I see walking after dark the popularity isn’t subsiding. One of the questions I’ve heard players ask is if there is a way to get a map of the various …

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July 14, 2016 • Deals

Miss Out on Amazon Reward Visa $30 Offer? Maybe Not!

How did you do on Prime Day? Amazon reported its biggest day ever, 60% bigger than last year’s event and ~20% bigger than either Black Friday or Cyber Monday from 2015! Still, some people had difficulties accessing deals, including a high-profile linked deal with Amazon’s Rewards Visa card. The deal provided a promo code “VISA30” …

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July 14, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio Design Series Cases for the iPhone 6/6S Plus: Pretty, Fun, and Protective

It’s summer, and that means that fashions are a little bit brighter and we’re all finding ways to (hopefully) stay a little bit cooler. The Incipio Design Series cases for the iPhone 6/6S Plus certainly fit with the season due to their bright designs and fun prints. These cases are cute, protective, and won’t add …

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