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October 22, 2016 • Reviews

Yatra Aquatune 5712 Is Ready for Your Next Journey

If your life is a journey, Yatra wants to tag along. The technology product company prides itself in designing creative yet rugged items to help bridge our active, tech-forward lifestyles. Yatra itself is an ancient word for journey or voyage passage and Yatra products, like the Aquatune 5712 waterproof Bluetooth speaker we just tested, want …

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October 19, 2016 • Autos

2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Wins the ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ Argument

I saw the Ram 1500 Rebel at its debut during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2015 and kind of wondered to myself why it took Ram so long to offer an off-road package like this from the factory. It’s here, and its beauty is more than skin-deep.

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October 16, 2016 • Autos

Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL: Carryalls that Carry On

General Motors must think I have a large family or something, as they have sent me one version or another of their extra-large family sport ute (AKA Carryall). I admit I am a fan of the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL vehicles, but five in the test driveway over the past two years – …

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October 11, 2016 • Reviews

Urban Armor Gear Monarch Series Now Protects Your New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

I arrived home from work recently to discover a UPS delivery box on my porch from Urban Armor Gear. Inside were the new Monarch Series phone cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Fortunately, the cases fit on 6 and 6S series phones as well so I was able to put one to …

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October 6, 2016 • Autos

2017 Kia Forte Sedan More Attractive with Mid-Cycle Updates

It was just three years ago that we reviewed the then all-new, second-generation Kia Forte sedan. We proclaimed our amazement at how far the Korean automaker had come in a relatively short time in this market, as well as just how good the new Forte was. Fast-forward to model year 2017 and the Kia Forte …

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October 4, 2016 • Reviews

ChargeHub X7 Puts You in ‘Charge’ of All of Your Devices

If your family is anything like ours, technology seems to have taken over. And not just in a small way, but we each have at least two devices to our names now. Keeping the batteries alive in these technological wonders is occupying more of our time as well and the new ChargeHub X7 wants to …

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October 3, 2016 • Autos

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition Was a Blast!

Happy Anniversary, Jeep! Born in 1941, the iconic brand is celebrating 75 years of off-road toughness and its go anywhere, do anything attitude. We recently marked the stellar occasion by spending a week behind the wheel of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition as we celebrated our anniversary in the Texas Hill …

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September 24, 2016 • Autos

2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Is the Jetta That Does

Several months ago I reviewed the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta sedan. I liked the car but it was a sedate, average daily driver. Recently I received the Jetta GLI, and I gotta tell ya, where the Jetta 1.8T left off the GLI begins, and for 2016 the GLI gets some nice upgrades.

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September 16, 2016 • Autos

Ram Power Wagon Right at Home in the Big Country

As Ram and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles prepare to roll out a redesigned 2017 2500 Power Wagon this fall, they sent us a new 2016 version recently that we used for a weekend road trip visiting some out of the way places west of the sprawling Metroplex in North Texas.

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September 15, 2016 • Reviews

Zagg iFrogz Wireless Earbuds Offer Quality and Value in the New Wireless World

If you are a consumer with plans to purchase one of the new smart devices coming onto the market with no headphone jack, iFrogz has you covered. They recently released a new lineup of Bluetooth earbuds so you will never miss a beat from your new phone. We tested the iFrogz Plugz and iFrogz Impulse …

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September 8, 2016 • Autos

2016 Nissan Altima Gets New Looks, New Tech

Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. just got better. For the 2016 model year, the automaker has given its Altima midsize sedan a mid-cycle refresh inside and out. The new look embraces Nissan’s new Energetic Flow design language first seen in Murano and Maxima, and Altima also receives some significant technology upgrades as well.

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September 5, 2016 • Autos

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Offers Another Compact Crossover Choice

Mitsubishi has given its crossover utility lineup a makeover. The Outlander and Outlander Sport each feature new styling and new content to make them more competitive in the very crowded utility segment. We recently tested the Outlander Sport GT and found the new little Mitsubishi to be a pleasant surprise.

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September 2, 2016 • News, Reviews

Koziro Cinema Mount Mark II a Great Photo/Video Accessory

If you are seeking to expand your photography or videography creativity with your mobile device, Pixel Addix can help. They offer a host of products designed to help you get the most out of today’s powerful handheld devices and the new Koziro Cinema Mount Mark II is a great place to begin!

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August 30, 2016 • Reviews

Spy Lantern Surveillance Camera Offers Stylish Security

A problem I see with surveillance systems is that they look like surveillance systems. They stand out and for many that is what they want; for the criminal element to immediately see this property is being monitored somehow. For those wishing there was a more stylish substitute, Invent plus has the answer with the Spy …

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August 29, 2016 • Autos

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Finally!

What do you get when you drop a Toyota RAV4 body on a Prius powertrain? The RAV4 Hybrid. And surprisingly, even though both RAV4 and Prius have been on the market for some time, it was not until this past year Toyota put the two together to form the newest gas/electric hybrid vehicle in its …

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August 24, 2016 • Reviews

Swann Xtreem Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone Takes Flight

Let me begin this review of the new Xtreem Gravity Pursuit 1080p Video Drone by saying I have never flown a drone before. I am familiar with Swann flying products in the form of miniature RC helicopters but this is my first drone. I flew, I crashed, I flew, I crashed…I FLEW!

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August 15, 2016 • Autos

2016 Lexus GS F Luxury Sport Sedan Built for Driving

Luxury and performance are two words not always found together when describing sedans, and when they are it is usually being used as adjectives to describe German automobiles. Lexus wants to prove it can offer serious competition to the luxury sport sedans from Europe, and it arrives in the form of the new GS F.

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August 11, 2016 • Autos

2017 Kia Sportage: How Do You Like it Now?

Half a decade ago Kia Motors America launched a marketing campaign for the all-new Sportage compact utility vehicle that begged the question (through song), ‘How do you like me now?’ We liked it just fine, but fast forward to the fourth-generation 2017 Kia Sportage and the Korean automaker is asking that question all over again.

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August 1, 2016 • Autos

2017 Honda Ridgeline Is the New Urban Cowboy

The first of my 2017 review vehicles arrived recently in the form of the all-new Honda Ridgeline. Ridgeline is the Honda pickup utility vehicle that shares its platform with the Pilot SUV, with Ridgeline getting a few truck-like modifications. This second-generation Ridgeline is a significant transformation over the previous model.

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July 26, 2016 • Autos

2016 Volkswagen Passat Might Just Surprise You

Volkswagen has had some rough times lately but during its troubles with diesel fuel economy, the automaker still manages to build some good vehicles. The midsize 2016 Passat sedan, for example, is on par with its segment competitors and it offers a fun, powerful driving experience while offering very good value.

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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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