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Gear Diary Reviews the TP-LINK 10400mAh Power Bank-007

TP-LINK 10400mAh Power Bank External Battery Review

If you have a mobile phone, then power management is something that just goes with the territory. Even the new iPhones and Sony Xperias with their larger batteries will still have their moments of inexplicable drains; it’s better to be safe than sorry, so just plan ahead and carry an extended battery pack like the TP-LINK 10400mAh Power Bank. Included in the …

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2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali Is All New, and So Is the 2015

For the 2015 model year, General Motors has completely made over its fullsize sport utility vehicles. And now for MY2015, the General has updated its big SUVs. Wait, isn’t that the same model year? Apparently yes and no. The paperwork that arrived with this 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali tester showed a couple of things the vehicle did not have. …

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Jabra EVOLVE 80 Headset Is All Work and All Play

There are more knowledge workers than ever trying to be productive in ever-smaller spaces. Distractions are everywhere, and their impact is tremendous. The new Jabra EVOLVE line of headsets was designed for just this scenario. We were sent a pair of the Jabra EVOLVE 80 Headset for review, and we are truly impressed with what the company has done here. And, lest you …

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Gear Diary Reviews the SLIVE-4U Self-Powered AM:FM:WB Radio with Flashlight & Phone Charger-005

Slive-4U Self-Powered AM/FM/WB Radio with Flashlight & Phone Charger Review

Kev has a small hand-cranked emergency flashlight; I reviewed it years ago, and it has become an inside joke how he won’t travel without it. At least he’s always prepared! It took just one look at the Slive-4U Self-Powered AM/FM/WB Radio with Flashlight & Phone Charger for Kev to say he wanted it if it really works. Put aside its unfortunate name (Slive-4U, really?), which raised my husband’s eyebrow and makes me …

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Orbino Pantera for iPhone 6 Plus in Stingray; Pretty Fabulous!

I recently received my Orbino Pantera for iPhone 6 Plus order, and it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cases I’ve ever used. Mine is the special edition stingray with black Tuscan leather sides; I opted not to go with the snake skin sides it usually comes with. It’s pretty fabulous! I can’t stop touching and staring at it. I reviewed the Orbino Pantera …

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Ventev iPhone 6 Cases Video Roundup

Ventev recently sent us three of their Ventev iPhone 6 Cases for review. The cases range in price from $19.99 to $34.99, and they run the gamut. One is a simple case made from hardened gel. Another is handcrafted from leather. The third has a most unusual look and feel. We’ve shot brief videos of each; here’s a look. (Note: …

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Olloclip 4-IN-1 for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipping Soon

olloclip has done it again! The new olloclip 4-IN-1 for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is coming soon. It will work with both the front and rear-facing cameras on Apple’s latest smartphones. As they put it, the new lenses are, “ideal for snapping a selfie or photographing your world.” Check it out! The new olloclip 4-IN-1 for iPhone 6 and …

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Amazon Announces Family Library for Kindles!

Amazon announced a big Kindle update today, but the biggest new feature is probably Family Library! Basically, you can now link your household Amazon accounts (and Kindle libraries) together for sharing. This is great news for my house, where Sarah and I have each had Kindle libraries and have physically swapped devices to share books! Check out all the details …

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Track Your Domino’s Pizza Order from Your Pebble Watch

So you’ve placed your dinner order from your mobile device’s Domino’s Pizza app, but picking your phone or tablet up to check the status every few minutes is just so hard. No worries; leave your device lying there, and look at the Pebble Watch on your wrist, instead. Because you can. A good looking watch with an even better looking display. Mmm. Introducing Domino’s Tracker® …

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Gear Diary Reviews the VisionTekHigh-Performance Pocket-Sized USB 3.0 120GB Solid State Drive-003

VisionTek USB 3.0 120GB Solid State Drive Review: Portable Convenience

My otherwise excellent 500GB MacBook Pro r serves as my desktop computer, but I wish it had a larger SSD. To compensate, I’ve perfected the art of juggling media around via a collection of external SSD devices of various shapes, sizes, and purposes; the VisionTek USB 3.0 120GB solid state drive (SSD) is the latest tool in my arsenal. Measuring approximately 3.5″ long x 1″ wide x 3/8″ thick, the VisionTek looks similarly sized …

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Apollo-M Delivers Unlimited Music Lessons to Musicians for $4.95 Per Month

When I was a kid, learning guitar meant finding a local teacher and getting weekly lessons – which is still the most popular method. More recently you can buy DVDs and watch YouTube instructions to help you along. And now Apollo-M introduces subscription music instruction which they describe as ‘Netflix for music learning’, giving you a la carte lesson access! …

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Verizon’s Connection Day Will Celebrate Your Mobile Gear

On November 26, Verizon will celebrate Connection Day, offering free holiday tech gifts to everyone to connect people to their smartphone content including apps, in-flight Wi-Fi access, book downloads, magazine digital edition downloads, and music service trials. MORE Everything customers who register will also get “one-time”1GB sharable data gifts plus an additional 1GB on their next billing cycle. This day before Thanksgiving mobile merrymaking will …

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So You Think You Can Dance, but Can You Attract a Mate?

So You Think You Can Dance, but Can You Attract a Mate?

According to a group of evolutionary biologists at Northumbria University, there are the dance movements that will catch a woman’s eye; in other words, these are the movements that will attract a mate. Can you do them? If not, you’d better get busy. If you nail the moves, we’d love to see your videos. These are the “bad” dance moves — the …

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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition Coming in December!

Have you heard about the Oculus Rift? Over the past 12 months the virtual reality company has been collaborating with Samsung, and the result is the new Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition which creates a virtual reality experience driven by the Galaxy Note 4, and it will be ready in early December. Why should you care? Because it’s the future, and it’s amazing! “Samsung …

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Divoom Airbeat-10 Water-Resistant Bicycle and Shower Bluetooth Speaker

In an ever-more-crowded marketplace it is difficult for companies to make their small portable Bluetooth speakers stand out, but that doesn’t mean manufacturers aren’t trying to do just that. In the case of the Divoom Airbeat-10, they have pretty much succeeded. This isn’t an audiophile-grade speaker, but if you want your music on-the-go it is a great little option.   …

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Alcohoot Puts Police Grade Breathalyzer Technology in Your Hand

It is a simple formula… or should be… if you are going out for the night and planning to drink you shouldn’t drive. It isn’t just about avoiding a ticket or jail time, it is about keeping yourself and other safe. That’s where the Alcohoot can come in handy. It, “puts the power of police grade technology in your hand.” With …

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X-Doria Engage Folio for iPhone 6 Plus Review

We recently took a look at an inexpensive folio case for the iPhone 6 Plus. This time out we are looking at a similar case with a nice design twist. The X-Doria Engage Folio for iPhone 6 Plus is remarkably thin and nicely protective. It also lets the great looks of the Apple Phablet shine through. The company describes the …

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OlloClip Selfie 3-in-1 Photo LensExpress

I love OlloClip products and the new OlloClip Selfie 3-in-1 Photo LensExpress is one of the most innovative they have offered. The multifunction photo accessory includes a fisheye, a wide-angle and a macro lens. Add in the fact that it is wearable, and you have the OlloClip made for the iPhone photographer on-the-go. As the company explains: The wearable #Selfie …

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