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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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April 8, 2016 • Reviews

PeTreaT PetPal WiFi Automatic Pet Feeder: Automate Your Pet’s Feedings and Have Fun While Doing It

I never thought that an automatic pet feeder would be something I’d want or enjoy using, but during the review process for the PeTreaT PetPal WiFi Automatic Pet Feeder, I’ve learned how convenient and fun having one can be. Of course, there are other less expensive automatic pet feeders available, but this one is a gadget-loving pet …

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April 8, 2016 • Travel

Questions About Sweden? You Can Call a Random Swede and Ask Them Anything!

I’ve always wanted to visit Sweden. The country is beautiful, socially progressive, and whether it’s just a stereotype or not — I have it in my head that the people there are generally very friendly. The Swedish Number, a new project where you can call and speak to a random Swede about anything, just reinforces that …

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April 5, 2016 • Gift Guides, Health and Fitness, Reviews

JVC HA-EBT5 In-Ear Headphones: Wireless, Splashproof and Perfect for Active Moms

Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you’ve been stressing about the perfect gift for your fitness-conscious wife, mom, or yourself, then you should take a look at the JVC HA-EBT5 In-Ear Headphones. The name is a mouthful, but the product is sharp-looking and it works well. What makes them better than others? flexibility, price, and options!

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April 4, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

The Nonda ZUS Smart Car Finder and USB Car Charger Review

It’s an age-old problem: you park your car, go walking down the street to shop or dine, come out — and you’ve forgotten where you’ve parked your car! Worse yet, there’s always the chance of missing the cut-off point when your parking meter runs out of time. The solution? A nonda ZUS Smart Car Finder and …

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April 2, 2016 • Health and Fitness

Ten Pieces of Tech That Every Fashionable Woman Should Know About

I’m always looking for tech items that are feminine and fashionable, and since I’ve recently been doing a bit of research for myself, I thought I’d share the results with you all. Whether you’re looking for yourself, or you need ideas for your sweetheart, these are sure to please.

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April 1, 2016 • Reviews

Scosche Micro USB Cables: Something for Everyone

You can never have too many charging cables, and nothing beats having a variety of good ones. Scosche has several that will keep your Android or Windows devices powered up and ready to go!

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March 30, 2016 • Reviews

Check out Caseable: Handcrafted Custom Accessories for Your Favorite Devices

In a sea of mass-produced cases for electronic devices, caseable is one company that is creating custom accessories for devices that not only use your photographs to personalize them, they are doing so right here in the US (in Berlin for their European customers), and they’re making these items– to the greatest extent possible — …

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March 29, 2016 • News

The Nyne Rebel Review: A Portable Wireless Speaker and Power Bank That Works Everywhere

Spring is here, and that leads to more time spent outdoors. Whether you are working in the garden or enjoying a day at the lake with your kids, music can make the experience that much better. Want a portable speaker that can deliver great sound and handle splashes? Look no further than the nyne Rebel.

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