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August 21, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

BloomSky SKY1 Solar Powered Weather Camera Kit + Solar Panel Review

We’ve reviewed several weather stations in the past, but the BloomSky SKY1 is in a class of its own. Not only does it give you up to the minute weather info from your chosen location, it creates a time-lapse movie of the entire day, and it allows you to share your info and movies easily with …

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August 20, 2016 • Autos

2017 Kia Cadenza: First Drive of Kia’s Upgraded Luxury Sedan in the Virginia Mountains

This week, along with a number of other auto writers, I attended the national press introduction to the 2017 Kia Cadenza in Middleburg, Virginia. The only things that made the heat and humidity bearable were the beauty of our surroundings and the fun we had while driving Kia’s second-generation four-door sedan.

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August 18, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45W Laptop Adapter Review

The 29W power cube that comes with the Apple 12″ MacBook is small enough, but without the storage prongs that snap in and out of most of Apple’s laptop cubes, the 2-meter cable that comes with it has to be wrapped on its own. This seems like a weird oversight from a company that’s usually more …

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August 15, 2016 • Reviews

ZTE and Metro PCS Prove Inexpensive Doesn’t Mean Cheap with the $99 ZMAX PRO Smartphone

It’s easy to believe that “you get what you pay for”, which is often a driving reason for us to think that the more expensive something is, the better it must be. I’ve been guilty of that line of thinking, which is why the $99 ZTE ZMAX Pro so pleasantly surprised me.

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August 11, 2016 • Sponsored

Send Your Students Back to School & on the Road with the Power of the HP 13.3″ Pavilion x360 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook #ad

If you have a student headed to highschool, off to college, travel, or even their first job, why not put the power to succeed in their hands? You can do it with the HP  13″ Pavilion x360 13.3 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook.

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August 10, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

The Withings Thermo: Easy Accurate Temperature Readings without Contact

A healthy adult’s temperature hovers in the 98.something range, but we normally don’t give our temperature a second thought until we feel like crap. But once we feel bad, the first thing we want is that tangible proof that we aren’t just being wusses — that we really can call in sick — and that’s why we have …

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August 8, 2016 • Deals

HTC and JBL Launch the Reflect Aware C, the World’s First USB Type-C Sport Headphones with a Great Deal

Starting today, if you purchase an HTC 10 through HTC.com (and if you live in the US), you will receive a free pair of the JBL Reflect Aware C Sport Headphones. This offer is good until August 31st as long as supplies last. You’ll also get a $100 accessory credit to use on HTC.com (excluding the …

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August 3, 2016 • News

Project CSX Launched by ZTE to ‘Crowdsource the Next Big Idea in Mobile”

Did you know that ZTE is the “fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and the second largest in the no-contract market”? Well, they are, and today they are announcing the launch of Project CSX, a “crowdsourced mobile device the company will release in 2017.”

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August 2, 2016 • News

Samsung SERIF TV: Art You Can Watch in Your Home

Samsung has collaborated with the Parisian design duo of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec to create the SERIF TV; in the process, they have re-envisioned not only “how the TV looks but also how it functions.” From top to bottom, inside and out, the Bouroullec Brothers re-imagined every aspect, from its minimal yet solid exterior form …

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August 2, 2016 • News

The Samsung Galaxy Note7: Ready for Work and Play!

If you are a fan of phablets, as I am, then you’ll want to pay attention to the new Samsung Galaxy Note7. Preorders will begin August 3, and there’s an exclusive offer going on for a free Gear Fit2 or 256GB microSD when you do.

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July 31, 2016 • News

The Best Movie Trailers from San Diego’s Comic Con 2016: Which Movies Will You Want to See?

Comic Con 2016 in San Diego is over, and one of the best things to come out of it (beyond all of the amazing cosplay) are the newest previews for some of the upcoming movies and television shows. I’m probably most excited about Snowden, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Wonder Woman — …

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July 30, 2016 • News

Head Back to School with a New Acer Chromebook or Convertible Notebook

If you or someone you love is headed back to school, then you’re likely looking for affordable laptop options. Acer has a selection of Chromebooks and Convertible Notebooks that might fit the bill!

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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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