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October 14, 2015 • Autos

2015 Lexus RC F at Home on Street or Track

About a year ago I brought you my first impressions of the all-new RC 350 and RC F coupes from Lexus. I went over each model offered by the automaker and discussed the vehicle’s driving virtues both on local streets and at the track and here a year later I spend a week behind the …

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October 6, 2015 • Autos

2016 Acura ILX Puts Automaker Back in the Driver’s Seat

It’s not everyday that automakers get do-overs but that is what Acura has done with its smallest family member. For 2016, the entry model to Acura, ILX, sees a slimming of powertrain choices and a freshening of styling and technology – all for the better. A few years ago I thought Acura lost its way …

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September 21, 2015 • Autos

2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan: Transportation for the Ages

A minivan is a minivan is a minivan. It is not a sport utility vehicle, it is not an activity wagon and it does not have swagger. But as I recently reminded myself during our week with the Toyota Sienna, the minivan is one of the most useful vehicles on the road today.

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September 9, 2015 • Reviews

USBFever Clip-On Lenses Enhance Your Mobile Photography Quickly and Easily

I’ve written quite a bit on the topic of smartphone photography in recent years. In the area of expanding the creativity in capturing images with these devices there has been some type lens converter required and usually that necessitated a dedicated case/lens combo. Not anymore, though, thanks to USBFever and it’s new line of clip-on …

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September 5, 2015 • Autos

2016 Honda HR-V Proves Good Things Do Come in Small Packages!

It looks like Honda has done it again. Without asking permission or begging any pardon, the automaker has brought a vehicle to market that is most likely going to dominate its segment. I am speaking of the all-new HR-V compact crossover utility vehicle and I predict that Honda is going to sell a boatload of …

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September 4, 2015 • Autos

2016 Audi A7: The Perfect Four-Door Coupe?

A new style sedan arrived on the automotive scene a few years back in the form of a coupe/sedan and the A7 is Audi’s entry into that category. From the B-pillar forward the vehicle appears to be a traditional sedan but from that point aft there is a long slope to the trunklid giving this …

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August 29, 2015 • Autos

Volvo: Proving the 60s Are Alive and Well!

This week was all about the 60s. Volvo Cars of North America is preparing to celebrate 60 years of bringing it’s Swedish-born vehicles to this continent. As part of the festivities the automaker is delivering some new 2016 models on the 60-series line–namely, the S60 Inscription sedan, the S60 Cross Country sedan, and the V60 …

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August 25, 2015 • Autos

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Will Surprise and Delight

If this 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport looks familiar it is done so by design, literally. Hyundai employs the “Fluidic Sculpture” theme in all its vehicles and our recent Santa Fe Sport CUV tester had us feeling a bit of déjà vu all week back to the all-new Tucson we recently visited with.

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August 24, 2015 • Reviews

Moshi iVisor Glass and Glass Privacy Protects Everything on Your Screen

I am probably the last person to need privacy glass for my smartphone, but I do need a screen protector that will outlast the life cycle of the latest generation device. Moshi offers both in the form of its new iVisor Glass and Glass Privacy for all the latest phones on the market including my …

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August 21, 2015 • Autos

2015 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Worthy Competitor to Bavarians

Which Lexus sport sedan is the least known? My point exactly. Many of you did not even venture a guess toward the GS. Lexus re-launched the midsize luxury sport sedan in its fourth generation several years ago and then ushered it into the background. Shame really, as the GS 350 F Sport is a worthy …

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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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