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July 28, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

Choetech Car Chargers: Qualcomm Quick Charge and USB Type-C Enabled!

You have a quick charger for your phone in your house, why not have one in your car? With the new Choetech car chargers, you can! Let’s take a look at the 30W Dual USB Car Charger and the 22W USB-C Car Charger; both are handy, fast, and inexpensive.

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July 28, 2016 • News

As You Prepare for Back to School, Don’t Forget Hope Paige’s Medical ID Bracelets

If you have a child with food allergies or another medical condition, having an easy to find medical ID bracelet is imperative, especially once they go back to school. Hope Paige‘s medical ID bracelets are cute enough that even the most picky child will find something they’d be happy to wear.

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July 27, 2016 • News

Upthere Wants to Make Cloud Storage More Streamlined

I made a nasty discovery a while back: my iPhone was out of space, and the culprit was Dropbox! I had only three documents downloaded and stored on my phone, but Dropbox was somehow using over 9GB! After a delete and reinstall, the problem was fixed for a while — and then it happened again. Now …

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July 26, 2016 • Health and Fitness

The Bellabeat Leaf Urban Is Probably the Most Mindful Fitness Tracker Yet

Sure, any health tracker can count your steps and maybe your sleep, but the new Bellabeat Leaf Urban tracks steps, sleep, and monthly cycles though the app; it has stress-predicting and tracking technology together with mindfulness management features, and it is pretty.

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July 25, 2016 • Reviews

The Alienware Alpha R2 Compact Gaming PC Review: Portable, Powerful, and Multi-Talented

The idea of owning a capable gaming system that isn’t extremely expensive or overly large may seem like a pipe dream, but the Alienware Alpha R2 defies the typical gaming desktop stereotype. At ~7.7″ square by ~2.2″ tall and with a starting weight of 4 pounds (including power brick), the Alpha R2 is portable, affordable, …

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July 22, 2016 • News

Up to 40% off All Moto Mods for the New Moto Z Droids from Verizon

If you have your eye on one of the new Moto Z or Moto Z Force Droids, then you likely already know that they will be compatible with Moto Mods — a line of magnetically attached accessories that turn an already great phone into a super phone!

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July 21, 2016 • Reviews

Alcatel Hits It Out of the Budget Park with Their IDOL 4S and VR Combo

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s big at tech shows for the past couple of years, then you know that Virtual Reality (VR) is H-U-G-E. If you buy the new Alcatel IDOL 4S, you’ll be set to take advantage of this exciting technology right out of the box — with nothing more to buy!

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July 21, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

The BloomSky Next-Gen SKY2 and STORM: A Community-Based Smart Weather Camera Station

I run a cattle ranch in West Texas; most of our community’s livelihood relies upon the weather, so when we ask each other “how much rain did you get?”, it’s not just idle chit-chat. Having an accurate way to measure what’s happening with the weather at all times is important, and that’s why I’m excited about the BloomSky …

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July 21, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie MagiCable USB-C Connector to Micro USB: Retrofit your Type-C Charging Cable When Needed

Here’s an interesting doo-dad in a long line of USB Type-C related products that we’re seeing these days: this one is the Innergie MagiCable USB-C Connector to Micro USB, and it allows you to charge your MicroUSB devices from a USB Type-C cable.

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July 19, 2016 • Reviews

MINIX USB Type-C Multiport Adapter with VGA Output: Just What I Needed!

If you have a MacBook, then you’ve probably had at least one time (me – many times!) when you’ve wished you could charge your laptop while also attaching an accessory. Or maybe you’ve wished that you could plug a memory card into your laptop, but alas, there are no card readers. The MINIX USB Type-C Multiport …

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July 19, 2016 • News

The Withings Thermo: A Fast, Non-Invasive, and Accurate Temporal Thermometer

Taking a temperature when you or a loved one is sick usually involves sticking a thermometer into one orifice or another. That’s not very fun for the person who is ill. Today, Withings, part of the Nokia family, is announcing their new Thermo — the first Wi-Fi-connected temporal thermometer — which we first saw at CES 2016. 

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July 15, 2016 • Reviews

Signia Has Made Hearing Aids Sexy; No, Really!

If the old-fashioned “ear-trumpet” is what you think of when you think of a hearing aid, you’re only a couple of centuries behind on the tech. Today’s hearing aids are tiny, little things that help their wearers hear well without being obvious or conspicuous.

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July 15, 2016 • Reviews

Choetech Aluminum 4 Port USB 3.0 to Type-C Hub: Just What Your MacBook Needs

So, you bought a new MacBook, and you’re freaking out a little bit because there isn’t a single USB port to be found. Not to worry, Choetech has you covered with their Aluminum 4 Port USB 3.0 toType-C Hub.

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July 14, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio Design Series Cases for the iPhone 6/6S Plus: Pretty, Fun, and Protective

It’s summer, and that means that fashions are a little bit brighter and we’re all finding ways to (hopefully) stay a little bit cooler. The Incipio Design Series cases for the iPhone 6/6S Plus certainly fit with the season due to their bright designs and fun prints. These cases are cute, protective, and won’t add …

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July 13, 2016 • News

The New Alcatel Idol 4S: Bundled with VR and Ready for Action!

Alcatel unveiled their unlocked and value-packed IDOL 4S at MWC earlier this year; it’s the follow-up to their IDOL 3 which was largely considered one of the best smartphone values of 2015. What sets the IDOL 4 apart from its predecessor is a whole new level of features and accessories.

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July 11, 2016 • News

Huawei MateBook Is Available Today, Do You Want One?

Are you interested in one of the sleekest Windows 10 hybrids available? Look no further than the Huawei MateBook. Available in gold or gray, this tablet borders on being one of the most beautiful we’ve seen; accessories make it one of the most versatile.

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July 11, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

The K40 RL360i Custom Installed Radar Detector: When You Want the Very Best

I’ve been using radar detectors since the 80s — any brand you can think of, I’ve tried it. Every one of them, with the exception of the K40 CALIBRE system that I reviewed in 2005, was a windshield or mirror mounted unit. Eleven years later, and K40 is still the company I look to when something custom installed is …

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

The Satechi 60W Multi-Port USB Charging Station: USB Type-A and Type-C Ports Galore

I finally broke down and bought a MacBook after months of hard-sell from Helena. Being able to carry a full Mac OS X computer that weighs so much less than my 13″ MacBook Pro has been liberating; figuring out how to charge my travel laptop and other devices at the same time has been a …

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July 7, 2016 • Reviews

BodyGuardz ScreenGuardz Pure + Crown for the iPhone: Protect Your Screen Beautifully

We’re big fans of BodyGuardz products here, whether it’s their screen protectors or protective skins. If you haven’t already got a screen protector on your iPhone, then you should take a look at their ScreenGuardz Pure + Crown premium tempered glass screen protector.

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July 6, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Outdoors, Reviews

PKparis K’asq Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset: No Wires Whatsoever

Most of the “wireless” headphones we’ve reviewed still have a wire that connects to each of the earphones on either side of the wearer’s head; the PKparis K’asq Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset removes that wire and puts the entire package in each of the wearer’s ears. How well could that possibly work?

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July 3, 2016 • Reviews

LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Mobile Drive: Ready for Your MacBook

If you have a new MacBook, you’re probably still sorting out which gear will work with the USB Type-C port on your laptop. Ready and able to meet your backup needs is the LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Mobile Drive; available in 1TB, 2TB or 4TB, this beautiful USB 3.0 hard drive is a more than capable Time …

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