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Carly has been a gadget fiend for a long time, going back to her first PDA (a Palm M100). She quickly went from researching what PDA to buy to following tech news closely and keeping up with the latest and greatest stuff. She loves writing about ebooks because they combine her two favorite activities; reading anything and everything, and talking about fun new tech toys. What could be better?

  • You Are Your Own Gym, a Review


    There have been a few times where I was left feeling utterly physically destroyed. One was definitely the day after my first rugby tournament, one was the first time I tried to run a mile as fast as I could, and one was the first week after starting You Are Your Own Gym.

  • Power Toothpaste Supercharges Your Morning


    Have you ever woken up and thought, “I need some caffeine, but making coffee is so much work…and it takes too long to kick in! If only there were a way to quickly pick up a caffeine buzz AND keep my dentist happy!” Well, for all two of you who had that exact thought, Power Toothpaste is crowdfunding a solution.

  • Pebble Has a Pricing Problem

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    I love my original generation Pebble, and have kept an eye on the company and their subsequent watches. I even toyed with backing the Pebble Time, but after seeing how fast prices plummeted, I’m glad I didn’t. Understandably, many who did back the Time and Time Steel are a bit surprised by how fast prices have dropped!  

  • What’s the Secret to Fitbit’s Success?


    It’s hard out there for a fitness tracking company. Apple Watch dominates the conversation, and anyone looking for a fitness-first solution seems to gravitate towards Fitbit. I realized tonight the secret to their success: ubiquity.

  • Pear Fitness Partners with TRX to Coach You From Your Phone!


    I am a big fan of phone-based fitness apps. It’s a great way to guide your workouts without the cost of a personal trainer or having to conform to a group or class workout schedule. Pear Fitness offers a tremendous number of workout options, and now they are adding TRX suspension training to the list!

  • Jungle Gym XT Review: Make Anywhere Your Home Gym!


    I’ve been committed to getting in better shape this year. We ended up canceling our gym membership at the start of the summer, and I switched to bodyweight workouts for strength training. There are a few ways to take bodyweight training up a notch, including suspension straps, and Lifeline Fitness sent me their Jungle Gym XT straps to test!

  • If You’re Feeling Nostalgic, Casio Has an (Expensive) Watch for You!


    We were in Macy’s over the weekend, and my son was excited at checking out the watches (aka “clocks” in toddler-speak), when I saw a display that made me do a double-take. Apparently Casio is tapping into the general nostalgia wave that’s brought back flannel, vinyl records, and JNCO jeans with their new Retro line…unfortunately, the price isn’t retro too!

  • Fossil Acquires Misfit Wearables; Are Fashionable Fitness Trackers Coming?


    I’ve always had a soft spot for Misfit Wearables. They’re not as well-known as Fitbit, nor are they as prolific as Jawbone, but they have a niche in minimalist fitness trackers. Misfit has always put fashion on par with function, and now that they’ve been acquired by Fossil I think we’ll see even more of that aesthetic coming soon!  

  • Martian Envoy G10 Review: The Smart-ish Smartwatch


    I love my original generation Pebble, and I am hooked on notifications via this simple smartwatch. If Pebble is a basic smartwatch, Martian watches are even simpler, and I’ve had the chance to test them with the Martian Envoy G10. It’s a traditional watch with a small notification ticker, but it’s got some voice tricks up its sleeve too!

  • Monster Clarity HD Headphones Review: This Bud’s Not for Me


    Monster is synonymous with audio equipment from cables to headphones, and I was very excited to review the new Monster Clarity HD Headphones (there may have been an incident involving a toddler and my previous headphones). The Clarity’s are bud-style wired headphones, and while they look great, we couldn’t find anyone in my house who could comfortably wear them.

  • Orbitkey: Banishing Keyring Jingle and Looking Good Doing It!


    I rarely pull my keys out of my bag. My car has a push button ignition, and by the time I am home from work someone is already there. Despite this, I seem to have accumulated a lot of keys, and so I jumped at the chance to take a look at Orbitkey, which reimagines how to carry your keys.

  • Disney Dodges Spoilers by Releasing “The Force Awakens” as an E-Book Only!

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    I remember being a kid and getting books that were “novelizations” of movies. In fact, I’m 99% sure I had the entire Star Wars trilogy in novel form as well as the (now not-canon) Timothy Zahn trilogy. Disney is continuing the tradition for “The Force Awakens”, but they apparently don’t trust bookstores, because the novel will be ebook-only at release!

  • Auvi-Q Epinephrine Injectors Recall Alert!


    If you have an Auvi-Q auto injector, call your doctor immediately for a new prescription for an epipen. Sanofi Aventis is recalling ALL Auvi-Q injectors due to a potential flaw that may prevent medicine from being injected properly. They will reimburse you for the costs of the competitor’s replacement, so save your receipts.

  • The True Innovation in Verizon’s New Motorola Droids Is the Droid Maxx 2!

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    Yesterday Verizon and Motorola announced two new Droid smartphones; the Droid Turbo 2 with an “indestructible” screen, and the Droid Maxx 2. On paper, the Turbo 2 is the real story; the screen, 48 hours of battery life, and tons of customizations. The Maxx 2 has a lot of that, minus the indestructible screen. Oh, and it costs only $384.

  • Book Review: “Kids Won’t Eat Healthy? Quick, Read This Book!”


    We’ve been lucky so far, in that our toddler isn’t terribly picky. He’s not a fan of leafy vegetables, but otherwise he happily chows down on everything from burgers to tofu. I worry about what to do when he isn’t so agreeable, though, and luckily a local mom recently wrote a great book on the subject!

  • Carry Your Tech and Look Professional Doing It Part 3: the Moshi Aerio Lite


    I’m going to be up front about this review: I’m biased because vertical messenger bags are my favorite kind. So I was already predisposed to like the Moshi Aerio Lite before I tested it out, and after using it I can easily confirm my first impression was correct!

  • Barnes and Noble Announces New WATERPROOF Nook!

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    It’s easy to write off Barnes and Noble as the underdog in the ebook space; Amazon has clearly and thoroughly claimed the majority of the marketshare. B&N may be down, but they’re not out, and they’ve stumbled across a niche in ebooks that Amazon HASN’T conquered yet. They made a waterproof, dustproof NOOK GlowLight.

  • Ford Wins Back to the Future Day, Hands Down!


    I know you’re probably sick of Back to the Future Day jokes, but the folks at Jalopnik spotted one from Ford that’s too good not to share. For those of you who AREN’T up on your 1980’s time travel comedies, October 21, 2015 was the day Marty and Doc traveled to in “Back to the Future 2”. And Ford is… Read More ›

  • Carry Your Tech and Look Professional Part 2: The STM Grace Deluxe Sleeve


    A few weeks ago, I reviewed a Moshi bag as the first in a series of reviews on how to look professional while carrying your gear. Today, we’re looking at how to carry your laptop in style, with the Grace Deluxe Sleeve from STM.

  • AmpStrip Shuts Down, Issues Refunds to All Backers


    This past spring, Greg reported on the AmpStrip, a wearable device that used adhesive to stick to your body and monitor your vitals 24/7. It was being crowdfunded via IndieGoGo, and it sounded like a quantified athlete’s dream. Unfortunately, it’s apparently a pipe dream, as the company is pivoting away from fitness and is refunding all backers.

  • Microsoft Releases Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Microsoft Band 2, and New Lumias!


    Microsoft may be a software and services company, but when they deal in hardware they aren’t joking around. They proved it today with a jam-packed presentation, releasing a new wearable, demoing a future holographic XBox option, new Lumia phones, a new Surface Pro 4, and a surprise release of a laptop called the Surface Book!