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May 27, 2016 • Reviews

DarbeeVision DVP-5000S: See What You’ve Been Missing on Your Hi-Def TV

Kev and I have a 2009 model 65″ Vizio TV; it’s not smart, and it’s not fancy in any way, but we like the picture size and most of the time we feel that everything we view on that television looks just “fine”. After attaching the DarbeeVision DVP-5000S, I now know that our display wasn’t …

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May 25, 2016 • Rants and Raves

Facebook’s Walled Garden Is About to Affect Instagram Users on Flipboard

If you use the Flipboard app, then along with your other social feeds you’ve probably added your Instagram account to the service. I like seeing my Instagram posts in my daily Flipboard feed, but that access and access from other apps to Instagram ends on May 31st.

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May 21, 2016 • Reviews

ASAP Connect Charging Cables: The USB Cable of the Future?

How would you like a sync and charge cable that you could easily plug into your device one-handed or in the dark? How would you like a USB cable that could plug into its power source from either direction? With the ASAP Connect, this is possible.

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May 18, 2016 • Reviews

The Barbarian: The Only Bar Tool You’ll Need to Buy

If you are setting up your kitchen or bar for the first time, then you know that there are quite a few tools that will need to go into your drawer including a citrus press, a corkscrew, a bottle opener, and a jigger. The Barbarian has all of that built into one very clever, well-built …

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May 17, 2016 • Reviews

The Lander TIMP 20 Liter Backpack: Ready for Almost Anything!

Finding the perfect backpack can seem like a never-ending search, but Lander has created an almost perfect backpack with their TIMP 20 Liter; let me explain.

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May 12, 2016 • Reviews

Just Mobile USB-C AluCables: The Best Cables You Can Buy

If you’ve bought a MacBook or any of the other new tablets and Laptops that include a USB Type-C connector, you may have noticed that this new connector is very versatile. USB Type-C can be inserted from either direction, and it allows you to transfer data at ridiculously fast speeds and charge your device through …

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May 10, 2016 • Reviews

The Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower: A Smarter Fan for Allergy Sufferers?

I have a smart scale, a sleep system, and a temperature monitoring system in my home that can each tell me about the air quality in the rooms in which they are installed. But until I was sent the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower, I didn’t have an appliance that could tell me about air quality …

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May 5, 2016 • Reviews

The RHA Audio T20i High Fidelity Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones Review

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with in-ear headphones for some time. Even when there were plenty of choices for ear tip sizes, I couldn’t always wear them comfortably (or keep them in place). But something about the over the ear design of the RHA Audio T20i Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones makes them work for me.

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April 30, 2016 • Rants and Raves

Lawd Help You If Your 1.5 Year Old Amazon Kindle Voyage Dies

This is a public service announcement for anyone considering buying a Kindle: be sure to get the extended warranty. Why? Because Amazon doesn’t repair them (at all) when they break; the best option you will get (after a bit of haggling) is $20 off a new one. You’ve been warned.

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April 29, 2016 • Sponsored

HP Pavilion 12 x2: Accomplish More for Less with Four Modes, a Full HD+ Display, and a Full-Size Keyboard

This is a sponsored post; all opinions are mine. Dan was telling me about taking five of his graduating seniors out to dinner the other night. Of course, they talked about the gear they needed for college; key among the items they’ll bring is a computer. I suggested he have them look at the HP Pavilion …

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April 28, 2016 • Reviews

ZVOX Soundbar.SB400 : Options Make This the Perfect All-In-One Home Theater Audio System

One of the great things about a big speaker box under your television along with a subwoofer in the back of the room is that you get big, expansive, booming sound. But is it possible to get that same sound without sacrificing so much space? The answer is YES with the ZVOX Soundbar.SB400.

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April 28, 2016 • Events

IFA Expands: CE China Set to Be the Premier Asian Consumer Electronics Trade Show

As part of the 10th annual IFA Global Press Conference, along with 300 other members of the press from over 50 countries, I was on hand in Shenzhen to witness Messe Berlin’s expansion into China for the first ever CE China global event. It was something to see.

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April 27, 2016 • Reviews

The Lander Cascade 7800mAh Universal Power Bank: Ready for Adventure

If you are in the middle of an adventure, the last thing you want to do is worry about whether your phone, which is probably serving as your navigation device and camera, will run out of juice. The Lander Cascade Universal Power Bank is a ready and able adventure companion.

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April 27, 2016 • News

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer: Will This Product Disrupt the Hair Care Industry?

Dyson, a brand synonymous with high-end vacuum cleaners, fans, and humidifiers, has turned their focus to personal care products. Four years and $71 million dollars later, today they have announced the Supersonic Hair Dryer.

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April 25, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

Timbuk2 Medium Copilot Luggage Roller: Ready for Globetrotting

You already know about Timbuk2 because of their excellent bags, many of which we’ve reviewed or mentioned here, but did you know that they also make rolling luggage? On my trip to the IFA Global Press Conference, I knew I’d need to live out of one carry-on bag for one week. Was the Timbuk2 Medium Copilot …

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April 23, 2016 • Reviews

The Moshi Helios Designer Laptop Backpack: Practically Perfect in Every Way

I’m always on the lookout for a fashionable backpack that is comfortable to wear, holds all my gear, and that doesn’t weigh too much when empty (it really matters when you’re packing a lot of gear). The Moshi Helios came in right before my trip to the IFA Global Press Conference, so it got a trial by …

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April 23, 2016 • News

DloDlo Glass V One Virtual Reality Glasses: Vaporwear? Or the World’s Smallest VR Headset?

At the world’s first CE China convention, a new product was shown which took all attending journalists by pleasant surprise — the dlodlo Glass V One. A bit larger than a full-size set of sunglasses, the dlodlo Glass V One is small enough to stick in a larger pocket, something that is impossible to do with any …

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April 23, 2016 • News

Monitor Your Home with the Ring Video Doorbell App for Mac

If you’ve got a Ring Video Doorbell installed, then you already know how convenient it is to monitor your visitors from your Android or iOS device. Now you can get that same convenience from your Mac.

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April 14, 2016 • Deals

Get ‘Windows 10 at Work for Dummies’ for FREE — Regular Price $17.99!

If you’re upgrading to Windows 10, or if you are moving to it from a Mac, you probably have some questions and would love a bit of easy to follow guidance. We’ve got it for you! For a limited time, you can download the $17.99 eBook Windows 10 at Work for Dummies for FREE!

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April 13, 2016 • Reviews

The HP Elite x2: This Two-In-One Is Ready for Business

Confession: I bought a fully loaded Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with the (optional) purple keyboard cover last year. But as much as I loved the idea of the 2-in-1 Surface Pro, I ultimately sent it back. Why? One of the biggest reasons was that I hated the keyboard.

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April 11, 2016 • Autos, Giveaways

Win One of Two K40 RLS2 Radar Detectors to Celebrate National Car Care Month

To celebrate National Car Care Month, K40 is sponsoring a giveaway of two of their RLS2 Radar Detectors ($399.99 value each) on their Facebook timeline. All you have to do is visit K40’s Facebook timeline, “like” their Car Care Giveaway Sweepstakes post, and leave a comment answering the question: “When did K40 start offering the industry’s first …

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