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August 3, 2016 • Reviews

A Skeptic’s Review of ActiveEdge Gear

When I first heard about Active Edge, I was skeptical. Carly had written about them some time ago, and her review left me curious. When I was offered an Active Edge shirt to try, I wasn’t sure what my experience might be. This post holds my subjective thoughts on the product.

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August 2, 2016 • Reviews

Tune Up Your Morning Routine with the iHome iCVBT7 Double-sided Vanity Mirror with Bluetooth Speakerphone

Raina and I are finishing up the first phase of our home renovation. When we set out to redo the kitchen and both of the upstairs bathrooms one of my goals was to add smart features wherever possible and have speakers in each and every room. That’s where the iHome iCVBT7 Double-sided Vanity Mirror with …

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July 26, 2016 • Editorials

The Best Camera IS the One You Have with You!

After a week in Israel, I met Raina and we set out on a road trip to Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and now Bryce and Zion National Parks. For cameras, Raina brought her iPhone 6 while I brought my iPhone 6S and the OnePlus 3 I am currently reviewing. Do we regret not bringing dedicated …

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July 20, 2016 • News

Ztylus Pencil Case Makes Apple Pencil More Pen and Pencily

I bought the smaller Apple iPad Pro for one primary purpose: I wanted to be able to use the Apple Pencil to create handwritten notes. But the Pencil is so long and thin that it gets uncomfortable. With this Ztylus Pencil Case that problem is solved. It’s an inexpensive iPad Pro accessory I know I’ll …

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July 11, 2016 • Reviews

Griffin’s Cove Is a One Stop Charging Shop

Raina and I are setting up our newly remodeled home and thinking through how to be keep it organized. One challenge? With iPhones and iPads, laptops and more we’re the epitome of the multi-device household. We want to avoid having a tangle of cables and wall adapters. That’s where the Cove comes in. Cove is …

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews

The Torque Audio t096z Are Six High-End In-Ear Headphones in One!

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to review some incredible earphones but never before have I experienced anything like the Torque Audio t096z. This one pair of earphones is actually six different pair, thanks to the innovative use of 6 different TorqueValves. Each offers a different sound in order to meet …

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July 9, 2016 • Reviews

TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Sports Headset for the Win!

Can a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones that sell on Amazon for under $60 sound decent? That’s the question I brought with me when I began my review of the TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Music Stereo Sports Headset. While they have an MSRP of $99.99 you can get them for $40 less on …

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July 7, 2016 • Reviews

Haiku Series L Fan with Integrated LED: It’s Like a Glorious Caribbean Breeze

When Raina and I bought our house, I knew I wanted to add ceiling fans and smart functionality. (I know, you are shocked!) The Haiku Ceiling Fan from Big Ass Fans covers both of those “wants”, and the company was kind enough to send a Series L fan along with their Wall Control Module that …

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July 6, 2016 • Reviews

Brooklyn Bedding Has “One Mattress to Rule Them All”

Brooklyn Bedding’s website offers the tagline “One Mattress to Rule Them All.” It’s an interesting statement but slightly inaccurate. You see, this is the third “bed in a box” I’ve reviewed, and it’s the one that offers the most options. In addition to a range of sizes, it also offers a range of firmness. And …

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June 30, 2016 • Reviews

JBL Charge 3 Offers Kick-Ass Waterproof Sound with Power to Go

JBL describes the JBL Charge 3 as a “waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker with a high-capacity battery to charge your portable devices.” Available in black, blue, grey, red and teal, the speaker puts out serious sound, can go pretty much anywhere you want to go and doubles as an external battery for your smartphone. At $149.95 …

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June 27, 2016 • Reviews

ZAGG Slim Book Ultra-Slim Tablet Keyboard and Detachable Case Is a Must-Have for Your Apple 9.7″ iPad Pro

I had the original iPad Pro but found the size a bit of a challenge. When the smaller 9.7″ iPad Pro was released, I jumped on it. It works with the Apple Pencil but is the same size and weight as the iPad Air 2. The $129.99 ZAGG Slim Book Ultra-Slim Tablet Keyboard makes my favorite …

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June 19, 2016 • Reviews

With the JBL CLIP 2, Summer Just Got a New BFF

We are fans of JBL audio products and the new JBL Clip 2 is no exception. The small Bluetooth speaker packs a punch, but that’s just the beginning. It gets great battery life, doubles as a speakerphone, has an integrated carabiner clip, and for good measure is waterproof. And with a price under $60, it’s …

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June 15, 2016 • Reviews

Ultimate Ears Rolls Out the UE ROLL 2

“Designed to take your music wherever, whenever, UE ROLL 2 is the perfect musical companion for your next adventure.” That’s how Ultimate Ears describes the new UE Roll 2 Bluetooth Speaker. I describe it as a worthy update to one of my favorite portable Bluetooth speakers. It offers all-around improvements AND is under $100! The …

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June 11, 2016 • Editorials

Welcome Home; Now That’s Smart

Raina and I closed on our new home last month. It is on a lovely street with gorgeous, architectural homes. Ours is not one of them. No, we bought a cute, and fairly non-descript split level. We love it and, along with a traditional renovation, we are updating the technology; here’s what is going into …

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June 1, 2016 • News

The WaterField Designs Duo Dopp Kit Is a Great Father’s Day (or Self’s Day) Gift

I love Waterfield products and always get excited when they introduce something new. In this case, “something new” is their new Duo Dopp Kit. The Duo Dopp Kit is designed for both daily use and travel use and is a fantastic way to organize grooming items. It works great for organizing and carrying tech gear …

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May 24, 2016 • Reviews

Libratone ZIPP, Is It Worth the Extra $50 Over the ZIPP MINI?

We recently took a look at the new Libratone ZIPP MINI. I was impressed with the design, the features and, especially, the sound. The ZIPP MINI is, as the name suggests, the smaller version of the Libratone ZIPP. That begs the question, what do you get for the extra $50 you’ll pay for the regular …

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May 15, 2016 • Reviews

Kanex MultiSync Mac Keyboard Is a Multi-tasking Maven

In a span of just minutes, I may find myself switching from a task on my iPhone 6S to a different task on my iPad Pro, to a third task on my MacBook Pro, and then back again. The Kanex MultiSync Mac Keyboard was designed for people like me and, I suspect, like you.

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May 10, 2016 • Sponsored

#ad Diamond Tears On-Ear Headphones (Rose Gold) via Apollo Box

This is a sponsored post; all opinions are mine. I have reviewed the Monster Diamond Tears on-ear headphones previously, but this time, I am reviewing them through the online store called Apollo Box. Although these fashion headphones aren’t my style, but they are comfortable, sound great, and they make a statement.

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May 9, 2016 • Reviews

Libratone ZIPP MINI Is a Great-Sounding Reboot of One of My Favorite Speakers

The Libratone ZIPP was one of my all-time favorite speakers. It looked great, sounded amazing, and let you customize the look with exchangeable covers. With portable AirPlay it was as close to the perfect speaker for an iOS-user as you could find. Now Libratone has rebooted the ZIPP and they are offering the smaller, and …

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May 3, 2016 • Deals

Gear Diary’s Review of the Eve Mattress Featured on Their Site: Check It Out and Save!

We recently reviewed the Eve Mattress. A British company fast making inroads into the US market, the mattress is remarkably comfortable and priced amazingly well. Better yet, Eve Mattress has agreed to offer Gear Diary readers a special discount for the next two weeks! That’s right, you can save an EXTRA $100 on a great …

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May 3, 2016 • Reviews

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Backs Up, Frees Up and Entertains in a Flash!

When the iPhone 6S came out I went for the maximum storage, 128GB. On my 9.7″ iPad Pro I went with 128GB again despite the fact that 256GB was available. That’s a ton of storage but, with the way I am using the iPad now it actually isn’t enough. Thank goodness for the new SanDisk …

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