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June 23, 2016 • News

Listen to the New Ghostbusters Theme Song Only If You Hate Yourself

Look, I know there’s a lot of drama around the reboot of “Ghostbusters”. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time; the first time I was floor manager at Borders, I ran around telling people “I AM THE KEYMASTER!” But I am beyond excited for the reboot too, because funny people+cool premise+good director=fun movie. …

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June 16, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

Sensoria Developing New Heart-Rate Monitoring Shirts and Bras!

There’s a great deal of evidence out there that monitoring your heart rate as you workout can help determine your effort and assist with modulating your workout intensity. There are chest straps, wrist monitors, even hats…and now you can add bras and shirts to the list!

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June 12, 2016 • Reviews

Vega Protein Powder and Preworkout supplement

Protein powder and other supplements can be controversial. Some see them as a useful tool to aid in meeting nutritional goals, or in recovering or prepping for workouts, while others doubt their efficacy. Adding to the complication is that most protein powders are whey (dairy) based; there is an alternative for vegans and anyone who …

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June 10, 2016 • News

Gawker vs Hogan, AKA The Wrath of Thiel, Bankrupts Gawker Media

Sad news for anyone who has spent hours on Gawker watching Bernie Bros and Trump Trolls fight in the comments section; apparently the tag-team of Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan was too much, as Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy. This is on the heels of Gawker losing a lawsuit filed by Hulk Hogan over …

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May 28, 2016 • Editorials

Has Jawbone Run Out of Steps?

Jawbone is one of those companies that seems to sit just below the surface of mainstream success. They were well known for Bluetooth speakers and headsets, then they were an early pioneer in fitness wearables. All that seems to have crashed down quickly around them, and it looks like Jawbone is in an ominous position.

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May 16, 2016 • News

Moshi Urbana Briefcase Review; Keep the Business Style Without Looking Boring!

I’m fairly lucky with what I need to carry to work; most days it’s just a tablet, bluetooth keyboard, wallet, keys and lunch. Nothing too fancy. When you throw a computer or more peripherals in the mix, though, you need a bigger bag. Moshi Urbana Briefcase insures you can still lug all your stuff without …

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May 11, 2016 • Reviews

LG G Pad X8.3 Review, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love an Android Tablet

I can’t pinpoint the exact moment it happened, but somewhere in the last few years, I stopped buying apps for my iPad. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but every time I needed a premium app of some sort I gravitated towards the Google Play version, so I could use it on my phone and future …

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May 9, 2016 • News

Why Are Uber and Lyft Opposed to Fingerprinting?

If you live in Austin, TX, apparently you won’t be able to hail an Uber or Lyft ride any longer. The city held a vote and passed into law a regulation requiring fingerprinting for all ridesharing drivers. This, clearly, is a bridge too far for Uber and Lyft, who have thrown an epic tantrum and pulled …

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May 8, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

Lumidiet Offers a Crowdfunded Way to Separate Fools and Money

It should be common sense by now, but since concepts like Lumidiet exist, apparently this isn’t clear to everyone: magic belts cannot zap away your fat, either through vibration or LED lights. Lumidiet’s Indiegogo campaign is an especially egregious example of these false and misleading gadgets.

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May 4, 2016 • Reviews

Qliplet is the Extra Hand, er, Hook You Need!

I am usually pretty streamlined walking into work. My work bag has my door keycard, and all I need to do is bump the door with my bag to activate it. If I have an extra item (like a cup of coffee), I end up balancing and juggling everything, badly. Qliplet offers a potential solution, but …

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May 3, 2016 • News

Prerecord Your Mother’s Day Greeting for the Ultimate in Laziness!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! But don’t panic and start throwing elbows in the greeting cards aisle of your local CVS just yet; Zang has a solution that not only allows you to stay indoors, but you don’t even need to have actual human contact with Mom at all! 

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April 26, 2016 • News

Nokia to Acquire Withings, Makers of Health Tracking Devices

Withings isn’t exactly a household name outside of the fitness world, but they make fitness trackers, blood pressure cuffs, baby monitors, scales, and similar devices that all work together under the same ecosystem. That ecosystem has a new umbrella today, as Nokia announced they’re acquiring Withings and diving into the fitness tracking world.

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April 26, 2016 • News

Allergy Alert: DO NOT Buy Kellogg’s Products if You Have a Peanut Allergy!

Kellogg’s has never had a great reputation in the allergy world. For example, Kellogg’s would not tell someone if their allergen is in a product if the allergen is not required to be labelled by the FDA. Now they’re really getting dangerous, though, with the addition of peanut flour into various savory and previously nut …

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April 25, 2016 • News

Screwpop Brings More Tools to Your Pocket with the Wishbone Wrench

I reviewed Screwpop’s keyring pliers and utility knife a few months ago, and was extremely impressed with the combinations of low price/high quality/good utility. They’re even closer to putting an entire toolkit in your pocket with their new Kickstarter campaign for the Wishbone Wrench!

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April 25, 2016 • Reviews

Going “All-In” on Android

I decided to give up my iPad this week in favor of an LG G Pad X8.3 from Verizon. Ironically, what set everything in motion was my wife’s iPhone 5C taking a swan dive out of the car and into certain death at the hands of the pavement. Likely out of embarrassment that it was …

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April 20, 2016 • Reviews

Kinsa Smart Thermometer Review

The only thing worse than a sick toddler is taking a sick toddler’s temperature. It’s easy if they’re sleeping, but once the sick kiddo is awake/grumpy, all bets are off. We’ve survived our first year of my son’s preschooling with the requisite colds, so when Kinsa offered to have us review the Smart Thermometer we …

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April 18, 2016 • News

Verizon Wireless Android Users Can Get 2GB Free for Using Android Pay!

If you’re on Verizon, use Android, and have a phone and bank account compatible with Android Pay, you should whip out your shopping list and phone and get to tapping. For a limited time, three uses of Android Pay will net you an extra 2GB of data for your wireless account, good through mid-June!

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March 31, 2016 • Reviews

Give Your Ears and Your Wallet a Treat with the Skullcandy Grind Wireless Headphones!

I never really warmed up to bud-style headphones. I’ve used them when necessary, but given the choice I always prefer over the ear style instead. Skullcandy sent me their Grind Wireless headphones to review, and these tick off everything I like — over the ears, comfortable, stylish, with quality sound, AND Bluetooth!

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March 29, 2016 • News

Drop Everything and Watch this “Orange is the New Black”/”Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

If you have a Netflix subscription and haven’t watched “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Orange is the New Black”, please head off to binge both immediately. We’ll wait here. If you’re back, keep reading, because the tribute video of your dreams was released by Netflix yesterday, where the ladies of Litchfield celebrate the upcoming Kimmy Schmidt …

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March 24, 2016 • Editorials

Seaworld Announces an End to Orca Shows, Calls Us All Killers for Wanting to Free Willy

Seaworld has been under a great deal of pressure since the release of the documentary “Blackfish“. The film focused on an orca at Seaworld, and why it’s a bad idea to raise and keep killer whales in captivity. It led to a groundswell of pressure on Seaworld, and they’ve finally announced an end to the …

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March 23, 2016 • News

Is Pebble’s Time Up?

The Verge reported on some ominous news from Pebble today; they’re apparently laying off 25% of their staff. Combine that with a competitive wearables market, and it doesn’t look great for Kickstarter’s biggest success story.

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