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October 20, 2016 • Reviews

Cube-tastic!: Challenge Your Mind and Enhance Your Memory with This 3-D Puzzle Cube

Remember when the Rubik’s Cube took America by storm? In the early 80s, it was impossible to go anywhere without seeing someone twisting a colorful cube as they tried to match the colors back up on each side. Putao has introduced Cube-tastic!, an updated 3-D puzzle cube that takes the idea behind the Rubik’s cube to …

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October 18, 2016 • Reviews

The Citizen Sapphire Eco-Drive Watch Review: Geek Cred in a Not So “Dumb Watch”

It’s easy to forget that with so many smartwatches available, there are still plenty of people who simply want to wear a watch that looks good and tells the time. But finding that watch doesn’t mean you need to give up your geeky edge; the Citizen Eco-Drive Watch line manages to roll true greek-credibility into …

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October 18, 2016 • Crowdfunding

Jackery Power Pro Portable Energy Hub on Kickstarter: Ready for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

I’ve reviewed several Jackery devices in the past; they have been excellently made, and I am still using them. Jackery has a Kickstarter campaign going on now for their most ambitious device yet — the Jackery Power Pro, a 578Wh Solar Ready Outdoor Generator.

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October 18, 2016 • Health and Fitness, News

The Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch: Classically Inspired Fitness Tracking

I’ve been wearing a Misfit Ray, and while it’s one of the prettiest and useful fitness trackers I’ve worn, I still wear a watch because I’m old-fashioned and like to wear one. With the introduction of the Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch, I can have a fashionable analog watch combined with the Misfit technology I’ve come …

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October 16, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

PAX Era: The On-Demand Slim Extract Vaporizer Ready for Medical Use

If you live in the state of California, and if you have a prescription for medical marijuana, there is a new product that you should pay attention to — the PAX Era Extract Vaporizer. when used with Bloom Farms extract pods, this on-demand vaporizer makes administering your prescription as simple as taking a puff.

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October 15, 2016 • Autos, Travel

2017 GMC Acadia Denali Test Drive: All About the Journey, Not Just the Destination

I live in Texas, where huge pickups and SUVs are everywhere. Top of the line for either would have to be the GMC Denali, but you don’t have to be in a full-size Yukon or 4 door pickup to get the Denali package; you can also find it in the much more maneuverable, yet still …

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October 15, 2016 • News

Get Great Holiday Gifts and Support (RED) at the Same Time

The holidays are coming up rapidly, and it’s time to start working out a purchase plan. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Why not buy your loved ones great gifts that also benefit a good cause? With the new (RED) holiday products, you can.

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October 12, 2016 • Reviews

Choetech Glass Pro Premium Tempered iPhone 7 Plus Full Coverage Screen Protector Review

One of the things most glass screen protectors for iPhone have in common is that they aren’t curved, so they don’t cover the edges properly; they always end up a few mm short of the phone’s rim. For the most part, this isn’t a big deal, but it can look and feel weird.

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October 11, 2016 • News

SVALT High-Performance Cooling Dock: Prevent Workstation Meltdowns

Do you use your laptop as your main computer, hooked to a monitor and keyboard when you’re working at your desk? Then you probably know it doesn’t take much before the fan starts whirring and your laptop starts to get hot. If that’s your experience, then you’ll want to take a look at the new …

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October 9, 2016 • Reviews

Moodz Concept iPhone 7 Plus Python Case: The Epitome of Custom, Hand-Made Luxury

Ali Yildirim, the genius behind Beyza Cases (named for his daughter Beyza), has started a new luxury company that blows away and then elevates anything I have ever seen offered for iPhones. Moodz Concept makes covetable and personalized custom, hand-crafted iPhone 6 and 7 cases that look and feel like nothing else available.

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October 7, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

Withings Pulse Ox: Track, Monitor, Sync, and Stay Healthy

The Withings Pulse Ox caught my eye because it not only measures and monitors steps, distance walked, sleep, elevation climbed, and calories, but it also measures your heart rate and blood oxygen level.

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October 4, 2016 • Reviews

The Moto Z Droid: Mods Make It Yours

There has been quite a bit of excitement around the idea of modular phones this year; LG’s G5 introduced their take on modules with their “Friends” collection, and Moto has taken it a step further with their Moto Mods for the Moto Z line. Let’s take a look …

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September 28, 2016 • News

Click and Grow Wall Farm and Wall Farm Mini: The Future of Farming?

I love my Click and Grow Herb Garden so much that I have two of them; one grows flowers and the other grows edibles. With the success that the company’s had with their table-top sized products, it’s no surprise to me that they have taken their calling to the next level by creating the Click and …

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September 24, 2016 • Reviews

Satechi Type-C Multiport Adapter: Slim, Multi-Featured, and Extremely Handy

The MacBook is one of the most capable (and portable) laptops I’ve ever used, but getting acclimated to its single Type-C port has been an adjustment. Products like the Satechi Type-C Multiport Adapter are making the transition much easier.

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September 23, 2016 • Reviews

ROAM ROPES Wireless Earphones & EQ Engine: Music the Way You Want to Hear It

Not that Bluetooth earphones and headphones weren’t already growing more and more popular, but Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has all but ensured that this is the direction mobile audio has headed. Do you have a favorite set of Bluetooth earphones or headphones yet? I’m still trying to decide. Lately, I’ve been using ROAM …

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September 20, 2016 • Reviews

CrystalTech Nano 2.0 Liquid Screen Protector: Scratch Resistant, Water-Repellant, Bubble-Free, & Antibacterial

While at IFA, I managed to drop my phone not once, but three times — face-down. This chipped the glass protector I was using to the point that I was worried I might cut myself on it, so I removed it. I’m trying something new now, the CrystalTech Nano 2.0 Liquid Screen Protector.

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September 20, 2016 • News

SanDisk Defies Logic with Their 1TB Extreme Pro SDXC Card

If you shoot 4K video, then you know how quickly the gigabytes get used; here to make your life much easier is the new SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB SDXC card. That’s one thousand gigabytes to you, sir!

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September 15, 2016 • News

The Booq Pack Pro: Ready for All of Your Gear!

We wrote about the Booq Cobra Pack two years ago; that backpack turned out to be so popular that Booq has updated it with even more options and refinements.

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September 13, 2016 • News

Dell Has Two Amazing New Monitors for You to Covet

I’ve got a pretty amazing curved 27″ Dell monitor, and I thought it was the bees-knees until I saw these two new Dell monitors! Check out the new Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor and the Dell UltraHsarp 30 Monitor with PremierColor. Le sigh …

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September 13, 2016 • Reviews

Bellabeat Leaf Urban: Sleep, Exercise, Meditate, and Stay Healthy

One of the things that so many health trackers have in common is that they look exactly like what they are — utilitarian step counters worn on our wrists. All of them track steps, many track sleep, and some throw a few extra tricks in to sweeten the package. The Bellabeat Leaf Urban tracks steps, sleep, …

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September 12, 2016 • Reviews

The Jackery Titan 20,100mAh Portable Battery Review

I’ve just returned from IFA, and one of the most invaluable tools that I brought with me was the Jackery Titan 20,100mAh portable battery. Used with the Jackery Jewel Lightning Cable that I recently reviewed, I was never without power and I could go days without recharging the battery pack.

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