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August 13, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

GoalZero Venture 30 and Nomad 7 Take You and Your Devices Off the Grid

A goal of nothing – zip, zilch…zero. Quite ambitious, don’t you think? That is mantra over at GoalZero – getting the world off the grid and relying on absolutely no fossil fuels or infrastructure for electrical sustainability. Recently I got to test a small part of their mission in the form of the Venture 30 …

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August 11, 2015 • Autos

2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4×4 For the Win

This week’s automotive review is another update of sorts as I had already driven this vehicle within the past year. I am talking about the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup that shook up the consumer truck world by making these vehicles largely from aluminum. The recent week in a King Ranch SuperCrew solidified our impressions …

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August 7, 2015 • Autos

2015 Kia Forte5 More Than Four, Much More

Five is more than four. Of course we all learned this early on in grade school but that point was reinforced recently as I spent a week with the 2015 Kia Forte5, the sport wagon version of the Forte sedan. The new Forte5 is certainly more than its four-door sedan counterpart and the number of …

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August 3, 2015 • Reviews

Olloclip Active Lens Is the Perfect Photo Accessory for Your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

I am always looking for ways to augment my iPhone photography, ever since it became the “camera” I carry with me every day. And since olloclip came on the scene a few years ago, I have been looking forward to testing one of their lens attachments. I recently got that opportunity with the olloclip Active …

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August 3, 2015 • Reviews

Rokform BackPack Backup Battery: The iPhone 6 Buddy System

Even as device batteries become more efficient, our constant use of them and the power-hungry apps we employ find us needing to utilize battery packs more and more. Most battery packs resemble either a small paver stone or are a battery case type giving us more heft and bulk in a pocket. Enter the Rokform …

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July 30, 2015 • Autos

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen: the German-tuned Wagon

Just when you thought station wagons had gone the way of the Dodo bird, Volkswagen releases a new model – dubbed SportWagen – and releases it on the family of vehicle that brought home the 2015 North American Car of the Year crown, the VW Golf. The V-dub Golf S-dub arrived earlier this year and …

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July 29, 2015 • Reviews

Seek Thermal Camera Is Hot … and Way Cool!

In doing gear reviews, we get to test some pretty cool things – you know, those hot ticket items. This is one of those gadgets, and in case you didn’t guess suspect something from my adjectives I am talking about the Seek Thermal Camera for the latest iOS and Android devices, and it comes in …

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July 26, 2015 • Outdoors, Reviews

HybridLight Lantern/Flashlight Perfect for your Next Adventure

When preparing for a camping trip or backpacking adventure one thing that is key to consider is weight. Keeping the load light will extend the distance your feet (and back) will be able to endure each day. The HybridLight expandable lantern and flashlight from Cellular Outfitter is an item that you need on your next …

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July 24, 2015 • Autos

2015 Ford Focus ST Offers a Dynamic Driving Experience

While U.S. consumers eagerly await the arrival of Ford’s global rally car, the Focus RS, we enjoy zipping around town (or the track) in the sport tuned Focus ST that received some upgrades for the 2015 model year. We spent time recently checking out the updated driving dynamics (steering and suspension) along with styling changes …

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July 23, 2015 • Autos, Reviews

Gooloo GF01 Jump Starter Power Bank Charges Your Phone and Starts Your Car

Let me just get right to it, I was absolutely skeptical about this product when I first read the press release – a power bank that will jump start your car. Really. I can charge my cellphone OR jump my car if the battery dies. Really. The Gooloo GF01 Jump Starter Power Bank works, folks. …

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July 22, 2015 • Reviews

ZAGG Folio Is a Great Travel Companion for the iPad Air!

I don’t travel near as much as I used to, but when I do I no longer drag a laptop with me, opting instead for my iPad Air. Of course, to do any productive writing I will need a separate keyboard; recently I took the ZAGG Folio case with built-in Bluetooth keyboard and it fit …

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July 20, 2015 • Reviews, Yum Log

Geddes Farms Ghost Pepper Honey Is Sweet Meets Heat

Every once in a while we get the chance to review something “old school,” something that doesn’t plug in or use the latest operating system on a smart device. This weekend I got my chance to sample a delightful treat that was scary at first but quite the surprise – Ghost Pepper Honey from Geddes …

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July 19, 2015 • Autos

2016 Hyundai Tucson: Best Compact Crossover Yet?

Hyundai (rhymes with fun-day) is launching an all-new 2016 Tucson Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle and this third generation model is hands down the best yet. The new ride is longer and wider and is stretched between the wheels and features an all-new array of powertrains (including a turbo) making the new Tucson one of the …

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July 19, 2015 • Autos

2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Ranch

It’s been a while since I last tested the Ram 1500 pickup and in that time little has changed. The Ram light duty trucks received serious enhancements back then and for 2015 there are only a couple of things to talk about as being new over that last article. This time around we tested the …

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July 12, 2015 • Reviews

Thermacell Repellent Camp Lantern: Must-Have for a Mosquito Summer

Summer is in full swing and around here we call that “mosquito season.” With unusually heavy spring rains the pests have been worse this year than we can remember in some time. Thankfully companies like Thermacell are ready to assist repelling the pesky bugs, while also helping to avoid more serious threats like West Nile …

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July 11, 2015 • Autos

2015 Ford Expedition EL is the Upscale Family Truckster

We told you about Ford upgrading the 2015 Expedition SUV last year and we gave you first drive impressions on it’s Lincoln counterpart. Recently we spent time with the long wheelbase version of Ford’s largest land yacht and put the EcoBoosted Expedition EL Limited through its paces and we can tell you wholeheartedly it is …

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July 7, 2015 • Reviews

Aluminyze Your Photos for a Unique Look and Longer Life

So now that you have those once in a lifetime photos from your once in a lifetime vacation, what are you going to do with them? Sure, you can make them your screen saver on your personal computer or device or perhaps even render them to the wallpaper on your work screen, but Aluminyze has …

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July 6, 2015 • Reviews

Jill-e Designs Sasha 15″ Leather Laptop Bag is Fashionable Functionality

Shoulder bags and messenger-style bags for work have to be functional, that is for certain. But that does not mean they can’t be stylish. Jill-e Designs has been creating just such bags and carriers for men and women that blend style with modern workday functionality in the digital and mobile world and recently launched the …

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July 1, 2015 • Autos

2015 BMW 228i: The Ultimate Subcompact Sport Coupe?

I think most folks (people like me anyway) remember the BMW 2002 from several decades back. The German automakers has resurrected the iconic 2 Series when they introduced an all-new Coupe last year that hit the streets in the form of the 228i and M235i as the successors to the 1 Series Coupe in this …

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June 30, 2015 • Autos

Coming Soon: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and Chevy Cruze

Chevrolet recently pulled the curtain back on a couple of new models headed into showrooms this winter. Actually, these are all-new versions of current models – the Camaro Convertible and the Chevy Cruze – and they will be arriving soon as 2016 models. Each gets new design inside and out, updated technologies, and the latest, …

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June 29, 2015 • Reviews

Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse: The Perfect, Portable Mouse?

There is one device in our computerized world that while being indispensable gets the least amount of respect. I am talking about the mouse. Humorously named, yet this is where many of us made our first connection with a computer. Logitech has introduced the MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse to enhance the portability and …

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