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2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Is a Pleasant Surprise

This review is on the new 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover utility. Yes, Mitsubishi still makes vehicles for the U.S. market, it was Suzuki that left a couple years back. And while pickings are few in a Mitsubishi showroom, the seven-passenger Outlander CUV is a model not to be overlooked when shopping this segment (looking at you, soccer moms). The Outlander …

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See and Protect with the X-Doria Scene for iPhone 6 Plus

If you are into having as minimalist a case as possible on your iPhone while still actually HAVING a case on it you will want to check out the X-Doria Scene for iPhone 6 Plus. At under $20 this case is thin and light. It protects but doesn’t hide the iPhone behind a wall of black plastic or brown leather.The …

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Software Defined Radios Are the Future

Software defined radios are radios that are defined, primarily, with software. What does this mean? That means instead of needing a circuit to do the job, a portion of what the radio normally would do has been replaced by software. Want a different mode or even a frequency? Update the software. This has forever changed how radios are built. When …

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Finally – Apple Introduces Online iMessage Deregistration Tool

It  took a little over 3 years, but Apple has introduced an iMessage deregistration tool allowing iPhone users who’ve moved away from iOS the ability to deregister their number from being connected to iMessage within Apple’s servers.  If you’ve gone from iPhone to Android (or any other platform), you might’ve encountered problems continuing to receive text messages from iPhone friends. iMessage is controlled behind-the-scenes by …

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Magnetic Organizational System (MOS) Review: Fab Cables That Stay in Place

I’ve made no bones about my disdain for OEM Apple cables, but I’ll reiterate: they are cheaply made, they fray, they fail, and they are not inexpensive. That’s why I love quality aftermarket cables, and right now I am really digging the Magnetic Organizational System (MOS) I was recently sent. Their quality is outstanding, and the work perfectly. I was sent an assortment …

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X-Doria Dash Folio One for iPhone 6 Plus Review

Over the next few days we will be looking at a few different offerings from X-Doria that are designed to help protect the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. First up is the X-Doria Dash Folio One for the iPhone 6 Plus. At just under $30 it’s a surprisingly nice folio case, and it even doubles as a viewing stand!I’ve …

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Alpine Over-the-Ear Headphones Keep the Music Going

We’ve reviewed a number of impressive pair of headphones over the course of 2014, but none that pack the special sauce found in the new Alpine Over-the-Ear headphones. Alpine claims these $300 headphones let you “feel the music.” They do, and that’s just one small part of the reason these headphones are standouts in an ever-more-crowded market. Let’s dig deeper. …

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Free ‘Metro 2033′ Game and More Celebrates Humble Store’s 1st Birthday

The Humble Store is one year old and are celebrating with a special game deal and other deep video game discounts. Deep Silver’s post-apocalyptic action shooter Metro 2033 will be available for FREE until Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. PST. The Humble Store 1st Birthday Sale will last until Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. PST. and includes 80% off …

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ZAGG Rugged Folio Keyboard Case for the iPad Air

When I first pulled the Zagg Rugged Folio Keyboard Case for the iPad Air out of its box I was unimpressed. It is thick. It is heavy. It is bulky. It takes the thin, light iPad Air and makes it totally unAiry. Then I started using it. It is thick, heavy and bulky but it is also pretty great. Made …

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7″ Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet: Not Ready for Prime Time

When the Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet was announced, I was intrigued by the “Everything Kids love. Everything Parents Want.” tagline, and I immediately preordered. These 6″ and 7″ HD Fire tablets come with a 2-Year Guarantee, a kid-proof protective case, and the setup seemed perfect for a child’s first tablet.  After fiddling with one, I’m not convinced. I should …

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Assassin’s Creed Unity/Rogue Pre-Release Guide

This year the historical action/adventure-filled Assassin’s Creed game series gives players two comprehensive experience based on different consoles on Tuesday, November 11. Assassin’s Creed Unity will release on the “next-gen” PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Assassin’s Creed Rogue on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which will likely be the last Creed installment on these consoles. PC gamers will eventually get …

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The Amazon Echo Is Always Connected and Ready to Help

Amazon just announced a device called the Amazon Echo.  What exactly is the Echo?  Well, imagine Google Now or Siri combined with a Bluetooth Speaker and you get the idea.  Is it more than that? Yes.  Will it make it easier to spend money on Amazon?  Undoubtedly. Will it give you the creeps? Maybe, but it depends on your view. …

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You’ll Never Run Out of Memory Again If You Have the Leef iBRIDGE

I thought upgrading to a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus from a 64GB iPhone 5S would solve my constant struggle to balance music, photos, and apps with my device’s available memory, yet I’ve managed to hit a wall. I’ve actually seen the dreaded out of memory warning already; once I get the Leef iBRIDGE, it will no longer be a problem. The Leef iBRIDGE has a Lightning connector on one side …

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TYLT ENERGI Sliding Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

The new iPhones may be getting all the attention, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 is still an amazing device. With the TYLT ENERGI Sliding Power Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 you’ll not only protect your smartphone, but you’ll add hours of runtime to it as well. Best of all, you only connect the battery when you need the extra juice! We reviewed the …

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Incipio Highland for iPhone 6 Plus

If you have been looking for a folio-style case for your iPhone 6 Plus that protects the entire phone and doubles as a landscape viewing stand, the Incipio Highland for iPhone 6 Plus may be the case for you. At under $40 it is a relatively inexpensive way to protect your pricey pocket computer. The phone itself is protected by …

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Casetify Review: Turn Your Photos into Cases

With the excitement of receiving my iPhone 6 plus, I knew immediately I had to put a case on it. It just so happened that a review opportunity arose from Casetify for a custom case made with my photos. Using the Casetify iPhone app, I was easily able to produce my own custom case. Let’s take a look. Casetify allows phone …

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Nintendo Handheld Console Holiday Gift Guide

Nintendo handheld gaming aficionados will get several games and accessories from Nintendo and third parties this holiday season. The Nintendo 3DS console (available in cosmo black, flame red, pearl pink, agua blue, midnight purple, etc.) continues their success along with the Nintendo 2DS (crimson red, electric blue, etc.), which also plays 3DS games. Even the XL and mainstay DS consoles,originally was …

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Releases Second Wave

Developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios, Disney Infinity 2.0 has released the second “wave” of figures, power discs, and other items. This newly released wave includes Merida and Stitch in the Starter Pack and the separate figures Aladdin, Tinkerbell, Maleficent, and Donald Duck plus Hiro and Brymax from Big Hero 6. Don’t worry Aladdin fans, he …

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Gran Turismo 6 Update Will Include BMW Car

BMW and Polyphony Digital, Inc. will make their rare BMW M Performance M4 Safety Car into a playable reality in the Gran Turismo 6 game on PlayStation 3, which is at a newly reduced price for the holidays. This free content will appear in an update later this month. The actual car was produced by BMW of North America. Are you grabbing this Gran Turismo …

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Runtastic Launches ‘Sleep Better’ App

The past couple of years has seen an explosion in fitness trackers, many with sleep tracking capabilities. But for all of the data, there is a lack of information or actions coming from all of these trackers. Now Runtastic introduces the ‘Sleep Better’ app to help you track your sleep and wake up more rested. Runtastic has authored a white …

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Dell Venue 8 7000 – A Most Intriguing Android Tablet

At 6mm, the new Dell Venue 8 7000 is being billed as the world’s thinnest Android tablet, but it’s size isn’t the only attractive feature; it also has an incredible 2560 x 1600 OLED display and “the first RealSense depth camera integrated into such a small form factor.” Have you even heard about it? Well, let me tell you… These …

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