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November 16, 2015 • News

Timbuk2 and Blue Bottle Release ‘The Sabbatical’, an Even Bigger Coffee Lover’s Collaboration

Last year Timbuk2 and Blue Bottle Coffee created their first travel kit, which released just in time for the holidays. This year they’ve got an even bigger and better holiday collaboration brewing, and if you are stumped about what to give your favorite serious coffee drinker (even if it’s you), then The Sabbatical should be a winner!

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November 13, 2015 • Reviews

Turcom AcoustoShock Wireless and Shock-Resistant Speaker: Affordable and Rugged

If you’ve already invested a lot of money in an indoor portable speaker, you’ve probably caught yourself babying it. It doesn’t go outside, and you would never allow it to fall — on purpose, anyway. But wouldn’t you like to have one that you could take everywhere without worry?

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November 13, 2015 • Deals

ZVOX Announces Black Friday Prices Early — No Need for Standing in Line!

I recently reviewed the ZVOX SoundBase 450, and it is currently serving as our home theater sound system. It is impressive, and even when it was full price, it was affordable. ZVOX has just announced their Black Friday deals that start on the 15th, and let me tell you — this is a great time …

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November 9, 2015 • Reviews

The 128GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick Review

Want to share larger files from your iPad with a friend? Want to back up iPhone content without uploading to the cloud or to a computer? Want to stream movies for the kids to watch on your next car trip? The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick was created so that you could do all that and …

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November 5, 2015 • Reviews

The Techlink Recharge 5000 UltraThin+ Is the Thinnest Battery Pack Yet!

It seems like there’s a new battery pack released every week, and as a reviewer it is easy for me to become jaded — thinking I’ve seen it all. You really need to bring something special to the table if you want to wow me, and that’s exactly what the Techlink Recharge 5000 has done.

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November 4, 2015 • Reviews

The Huawei Watch: An Android Watch That Goes Great with an iPhone

Until recently, if you used an iPhone you had only two real choices in smartwatches: Apple Watch or the Pebble line. Android users, on the other hand, had multiple companies vying for their business including Sony, Samsung, LG, Acer, Huawei, Motorola, Alcatel and others. Android Wear for iOS has given iPhone users options; now there’s a real smartwatch selection.

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November 4, 2015 • Travel

Tokyo Street View Allows You to Explore Japan from Anywhere

Have you always wanted to visit Tokyo? I have, but I haven’t made it there yet. Thanks to the new site Tokyo Street View,  I have a good idea of what I’m missing. Through a series of videos taken in and around the city, I’m being treated to an insider’s view of different iconic locations through the …

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November 2, 2015 • Reviews

Beyzacases Tule Leather Wallet: Carry Your Smartphone in One of the Classiest Wallets Yet

One of the things that I loved about my monogram Louis Vuitton Zippy organizer wallet was its design. It could hold all of my credit and ID cards, bills, and plane tickets in one compact, zippable clutch The only thing it couldn’t do was hold my phone; if it had a little bigger pocket, it would have been …

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November 1, 2015 • Reviews

The ZVOX 28″ SoundBase 450 Will Fix Your Television’s Puny Sound

No high-definition television purchase is complete without some kind of speaker system; it’s like there’s a conspiracy among HDTV makers that no unit — no matter how large it is or what it costs — can leave the factory with a sufficient speaker system for anything but the smallest room. The ZVOX 28″ SoundBase 450 can fix that for …

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October 31, 2015 • Reviews

The Just Mobile TENC Self-Healing Case for the iPhone 6/6 S Plus Is Nearly Invisible Protection

I’ve been on a kick lately where I haven’t had a case on my phone at all, but that’s not very smart — especially considering that my phone is brand new, and I need to keep it pristine for when I ultimately eBay it. Using the new Just Mobile TENC Self-Healing Case is the next best thing to being naked.

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October 30, 2015 • Reviews

HoMedics AirMaster Air Purifier: Tame Those Pet Odors Once and for All!

Kev and I recently adopted Hephaestus, a similarly colored cat to my darling departed Avah. Heph was about six-months-old when we moved in with us, so one of the first things we did was get him fixed, and then we introduced him to the LitterRobot, which he took to like a champ. (Formerly) male cats are awesome, but the smell!

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October 29, 2015 • Deals

Just Mobile’s Halloween Case Blast Sale Is Going On Now

Halloween seems to bring out the SPOOKY SALE in everyone, and Just Mobile is no exception. They are hosting a 40% sale on various aluminum, leather, or aluminum and leather cases with AutoHeal Screen protector combos. Side Note: I just reviewed the AutoHeal, and I love it.  

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October 29, 2015 • News

OnePlus X Set to Be the Next Phone You Never Knew You Wanted

The OnePlus One was one of the best-priced Android phones to come out in the last few years; made in small batches which created demand from those without invitations to purchase, it combined many of the features that people liked from different phones to create one single shockingly inexpensive, well-built and well-featured device. Dan and I both bought one.

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October 28, 2015 • Deals, Gear Bits

It’s No Trick; LUNATIK Is Offering 20% Off (or More) Site-Wide!

If you’ve been eyeing one of the ultra-protective LUNATIK EPIK Apple Watch cases I reviewed last month or one of their excellent iPhone 6 cases, today is your lucky day!

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October 27, 2015 • News

If Money Is No Object, Brinell Offers the Ultimate iPad Air 2

Do you love the function of your iPad, but long for a something that looks a bit more exclusive? If you’ve got the money to set yourself apart from the herd, then Brinell has the iPad you’ve been hoping for; it’s aptly called the brinell iPad Air2.

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October 27, 2015 • News

Dremel Has an Affordable 3D Printer; Do You Have One on Your Holiday Wish List?

One of the newer pieces of tech that I’ve had a hard time getting too excited about is 3D printers. It’s probably because most of them look pretty complicated, and they aren’t cheap! Dremel, makers of the tool every hobbyist is familiar with, has their own 3D printer; it’s affordable, and it’s supposed to be easy …

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October 27, 2015 • News

Blue’s New Lola Headphones: 50mm of Sealed Over-Ear Bliss

Blue, a company that has impressed us with their excellent headphones and microphones in the past, has just dropped Lola, their newest high-fidelity headphone.

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October 26, 2015 • Reviews

Just Mobile AutoHeal Screen Protector Is Clearly Scratch Resistant

Even though the iPhone 6S Plus sports “Dual Ion Exchange strengthened glass” (whatever that means), I still don’t want to take a chance with scratching my phone’s screen. I could use a glass protector, but those have edges that stick up and fall short of the iPhone’s curved glass. My near total coverage solution? The Just Mobile AutoHeal screen protector.

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October 23, 2015 • Reviews

The Brinell SSD EVO Wood 250GB External Drive Makes Your Portable Drive Look Ugly and Slow

There are a multitude of portable drives available, and we’ve reviewed quite a few of them here. Many are light, fast, have large capacities, and they are very capable, but have you ever seen one that was all of the above and looked as good as the Brinell EVO Wood 250 GB external drive?

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October 22, 2015 • Reviews

The Monster Limited Edition 24K Rose Gold Over-Ear DJ Headphones Review

I never thought I’d be recommending a pair of rose gold-colored headphones, but here’s the deal: while the Monster Limited Edition 24K Rose Gold Over-Ear DJ Headphones may look like a Mardi Gras parade gone off the rails, they sound pretty darn good. Introverts and people who tend to avoid attention need read no further, obviously.

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October 22, 2015 • Reviews

Beyzacases Feder Case for iPhone 6/6S Plus: Lovely Leather Luxury

Are you still looking for the perfect iPhone 6 Plus case? You probably want something thin that will protect your phone without looking like you’ve covered it in bulky armor, right? Maybe something that’s wrapped in what looks like a ridiculously expensive Hermes Clemence leather? Well, look no further — here’s the Beyzacases Feder, and it’s gorgeous!

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