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Disney Karaoke: Frozen App Review for iPad

You’ve seen all the different variations and spoofs of “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel from Frozen, Disney’s animated film remake of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen story. Now it’s your turn to perform, record, and share your musical performance of the nine original featured songs in the Disney Karaoke: Frozen app on iPad. First and most importantly, this …

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Amazon Kindle Unlimited – $9.99 – Coming Soon

Amazon is reportedly testing a new offering named Kindle Unlimited according to a series of images posted on their site which have since been removed. For $9.99 per month, Kindle users could have access to over 600,000 Kindle eBook titles and thousands of audiobooks. It’s not yet known exactly which publishers would be included or which audio titles will appear. It seems …

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Gear Diary Giveaway Winners Announced!

We had two great contests running at the beginning of this month, and we have three big winners to announce. The items up for giveaway were the Monster 24K Over-The-Ear-Headphones (read the review), the Timbuk2 Aviator Pack (read the review), and the BlueAnt Pump Sports Headphones (read the review). Three great items and three lucky winners.The backpack and headphones are …

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Soundsight Headphones Are Now Available for Preorder

Think of a mash-up between Beats headphones, Instagram, and GoPro, and you’ll have some sense of what the Soundsight headphones are about. Soundsight is a newly introduced product that will combine high-quality Bluetooth headphones with a 1080p camera to allow users to record HD video from their point of view. Soundsight is available for preorder at $349 for 30 days. …

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Google’s Floundering Social Network Rescinds Real Name Policy

Google’s swing at a social network – Google+ – has just made a big about-face in their much despised real name policy. When the network went live in June 2011 there was a major struggle with users wanting to choose whatever name they wanted and Google insisting on real names only. Now suddenly Google has reversed that policy as stated …

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Ingress for iOS Released: 10 Things New Players Should Know

Google’s popular multi-player online game Ingress was finally released this weekend for iOS. The game began as a beta on November 15, 2012, and until now it had been limited to Android smartphones. Ingress is basically an electronic game of capture the flag (aka portals)  between two sides (aka factions) – Enlightened (green) and Resistance (blue). It’s as simple or complex …

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Seidio Innocell Plus Combo Review:

One of my daily tasks is finding power for my phone. It sounds so silly, but I use it so much, charging is a must. Since I do not sit at a desk for work, a battery case is a perfect option. Seidio Innocell Plus Combo brings 2X battery life and a nice holster for only $79.95. Let’s take a …

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Snipe Kickstarter Campaign Cancelled Due to Conflict

I’ve been in Israel for the past week, and I have been witnessing the conflict firsthand. During this time, I have been one of the lucky ones; I’ve only had to run to a shelter three times with Iron Dome intercepting missiles that were headed toward us twice. Yes, it has been an interesting experience. Our trip’s itinerary has seen numerous changes thanks to security …

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2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow Is Here Today

I have driven all different sorts of vehicles in my life both privately and in public service, but I had never driven a taxi. I can now cross that one off the list, as Nissan recently sent me its Taxi of Tomorrow in the form of a New York City cab on the NV200 compact commercial van platform. The test …

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‘Wolfenstein The New Order’ Review for PlayStation 4

Wolfenstein The New Order continues as the ninth installment in the game series and a direct sequel to 2009′s Wolfenstein. This single-player, first person shooter experience features an unlimited weapon inventory amid an alternate world set in 1960 where the Nazis won World War II as a familiar U.S. OSA (Office of Secret Action) agent tries to stop the antagonists amid …

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Preorder the Sony Xperia Z2 Verizon Exclusive

Verizon Wireless is now taking exclusive preorders for the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, the slimmest and lightest 4G LTE tablet. This limited Xperia Z2 price will be $499.99 with a new two-year activation, and it will be available online and in Verizon stores starting July 17, 2014. This tablet is waterproof and weighs only one pound. The Sony Xperia …

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100,000 Miles of Memories in My Prius

My Toyota Prius and I hit a major milestone last night-100,000 miles! I have been counting down excitedly for months, and it hit me this morning why this means so much to me. It’s not about the mileage, but about the memories and amazing life changes that so many of those miles mean. First, you should know why I bought …

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The Sprint LG G3 Is Ready for Your Calls

With a 5.5″ screen, the Sprint LG G3 is big, it’s 4G, and even though it’s available date was July 18th, now there’s no need to wait. If you’ve been lusting after this latest LG super-phone, you can get one — even in the Sprint exclusive ‘shine gold’ color option – today. “Our stores are stocked and the devices is available at sprint.com and by calling …

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Humble Bundle 2K Offer Packages Unique Rewards and Choice

The PC versions of BioShock, The Darkness II and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified have never been at a lower price thanks to the “pay-what-you-want” service called Humble Bundle. Humble Bundle 2K Offer features a unique setup where both ends of the consumer spectrum meet in the middle to purchase quality products. Rewards are plentiful for the fair buyers plus buyers can …

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Red Alert Israel: There's Even An App for Incoming Missles

Red Alert Israel: There’s Even an App for Incoming Missles

I am currently on a week-long trip in Israel sponsored by the American Israel Education Fund. Last night we got back from a dinner program only to have a Red Alert go off as missiles were inbound into Jerusalem from Gaza. This will be the reality during our stay I fear, and a new app – Red Alert Israel – will be a helpful guide. …

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Destiny Beta Releasing on PlayStation 3 and 4 on July 17, 2014

On July 17, 2014, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners can get their first taste of the upcoming first-person shooter game Destiny at 10 a.m. ET in the Destiny beta access that will end July 28, 2014 at 3 a.m. ET (July 27 at midnight PT). PlayStation Plus required for some PlayStation 4 features. Beta access on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Gold required) will …

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One Headset to Rule Them All: Life With the Sony Xperia Z2

While Judie and I were together last weekend, we discussed the features of the Sony Xperia Z2 we find most compelling. We both said we love the magnetic charging point that lets us quickly charge the phone. Having just flown to Israel, I have to say the built-in noise cancellation has now risen to the top of my list. Both the Xperia …

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