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June 27, 2016 • Health and Fitness

GO CUBES: The Best Cup of Coffee You’ve Ever Chewed

I like drinking coffee, but I don’t like stale coffee breath or feeling like I need to brush my teeth after every cup. After seeing GO CUBES at a recent event, I was intrigued. The premise is that there are two cups of coffee in each pack of four; two gummy cubes equals one cup.

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June 23, 2016 • News

SanDisk iXpand Memory Case for iPhone 6/6S: More Memory with a Side of Protection

If you are constantly battling having too little memory on your iPhone 6 or 6S, then you’ll want to check out the SanDisk iXpand memory case. It can add up to 128GB storage to it, and it serves as a protective case.

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June 21, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

Choetech 6-Port Desktop Quick-Charge 3.0 USB Charger: An Inexpensive, Convenient, and Powerful Accessory

Whether you travel a lot or work solely at a desk, the one thing you can never have too much of are USB ports! If you have the Choetech 6-Port Desktop Quick-Charge 3.0 USB Charger, then you are set!

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June 21, 2016 • News

Apple eBook Antitrust Settlement Credits Begin to Appear

Did you get an email from Amazon telling you that you have credit from the Apple eBook Antitrust Settlement? I just got mine, and it was a doozy …

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June 20, 2016 • Reviews

Ztylus Z-Prime Lens Kit and Case: Exactly What Your iPhone Camera Needs When You Need It

Even though the iPhone’s camera has evolved into a decent compact camera replacement, there are times when I still wish that I was carrying a wide-angle or a telephoto lens. Now that I have a Ztylus Z-Prime Lens Kit, that problem is essentially solved.

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June 17, 2016 • Reviews

The Nomad Line 4.9′ Lightning-to-USB Type A Charging Cable: An Ultra Rugged Charge

Are you still trifling with those cheap white cables that came with your iPad or iPhone? If they haven’t already begun to fray, it’s just a matter of time. Maybe you ought to upgrade to something that’s virtually indestructible — like the Nomad Line Ultra Rugged Lightning Cable for iPhone.

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June 16, 2016 • Reviews

Choetech 10,400mAh Portable Power Bank: Plenty of Power in the Palm of Your Hand

Power bank manufacturers keep shoving higher capacity batteries into smaller packages for less money, and that’s great for us! At $30, the Choetech 10,400mAh Portable Power Bank is a 4″ long by 3″ wide by 1″ thick little brick that can get you through the longest of days with plenty of juice.

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June 14, 2016 • Reviews

The TruMedic InstaShiatsu+ Neck & Back Massager with Heat: Perfect for Dad

I tend to hunch while typing; it’s completely unconscious and unintentional, but it results in me bunching my neck and shoulder muscles to the point of pain. I love the idea of a massager that I can passively operate on my own — without having someone else hold it, or without having to angle and …

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June 13, 2016 • Autos

The New Volvo S90 First Drive: Comfortable, Elegant, Safe, and Loaded with Tech

Remember the boxy Volvo 240 series sedans and station wagons that were so popular in the 70s and 80s? They were safe, iconic … and did I mention boxy? Well, the Volvo of today is still safe; whether the S90 will be iconic remains to be seen, but “boxy” is no longer a word to …

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June 11, 2016 • Reviews

The Nonda ZUS Kevlar Reinforced USB-A to Lightning Cable: The Right Angle for Charging!

Not too long ago, I reviewed the Nonda ZUS Smart Car Finder and USB Car Charger. As you may have noticed in my review, it’s a great multi-function tool that I use in conjunction with its app to find my car after parking and to keep track of parking meter time limits.

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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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