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February 25, 2014 • Gear Bits, News

iLuv Debuts Samsung Galaxy S5 Cases

Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 this week at Mobile World Congress, so naturally it is time to start seeing some accessories for the new phone. iLuv has introduced a line of cases that promise to be stylish, protective and functional. There are also three screen film options ranging from $9.99 to $19.99. The cases retail from $19.99 to $69.99. Preorder at the iLuve website.

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February 20, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

Brew Cutlery Makes Loving Beer Even Easier

I recently built a home bar; between glass wear, jiggers, shakers and openers, there are tons of gadgets I could fill my drawers with, but a recent Kickstarter campaign has introduced an item I have never seen. Brew Cutlery combines stainless steel eating utensils with a bottle opener. A $20 Kickstarter contribution will let you …

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February 11, 2014 • Reviews

Monster M7 Tablet Review: Possibly the Best $99 Option

Monster, best known for their high quality headphones and cord products, has entered the budget tablet market with the M7 7″ Tablet. The M7 is currently available exclusively through Walmart. It’s MSRP is $149 but is on sale for $99.99. At just under $100, can Monster provide a worthy tablet in a flooded market?

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February 6, 2014 • Gear Bits, Outdoors

Moultrie Panoramic 150 Is Like Three Cameras in One

A good game camera is important for any hunter. Understanding the number and age of the deer in a herd is important to aid in making good management decisions. The problem is getting accurate photos when not present. The Moultrie Panoramic 150 utlizes a 150ft radius, and at $254.99 does the work of three cameras. …

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January 29, 2014 • Gear Bits

Pebble Steel Is Now Shipping

I really love my Pebble watch. Since I never turn on my phone’s sounds, that little wrist buzz has become my way of knowing when I have a notification or a call. While some people do not prefer the styling of the first generation, the Pebble Steel looks amazing. The newly designed Pebble Steel begins …

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January 27, 2014 • Gear Bits, Outdoors

Lighten Your Hunting Pack with the Lansky BowSharp

Being a bow hunter means carrying tons of gear and small gadgets. I have to hike about half a mile or so to my hunting spot, so weight and space is a big issue. Lansky BowSharp saves space and lightens my load by combining a broadhead sharpener and wrench with a bow tool kit for …

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January 25, 2014 • Reviews

TronicalTune Review – Auto-tune Your Guitar In Seconds

I cannot lie, tuning a guitar is annoying sometimes, especially for an alternate tuning. What if there was a way to get your favorite guitar to tune itself? TronicalTune is an innovative tuning system which tunes a guitar, including alternate tuning, in about five seconds — no hands or ears required. The $299 product is …

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January 22, 2014 • Gear Bits

Keyport Slide Ice Introduced to Reinvented Keychain Lineup

I hate having a pocketful of keys! Between work and home I seem to have several pounds of them with me daily. The Keyport Slide 2.0 reinvented the keychain, allowing users to carry up to six keys or inserts at one time keeping them neat and easy to use; their newly introduced Ice Keyport can be purchased …

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January 9, 2014 • News

Pioneer Shows Off Its NEX Line Of Products At CES

Car audio has come a long way since the days of my cassette tape portable CD player converter. Touch screens and phone interface are almost standard. Pioneer unveiled their NEX, (Networked Entertainment eXperience) which will combine on-board features with connected services from your devices. Four navigation and one audio receiver is in the lineup. Read …

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January 8, 2014 • News

Scosche Announces magicMOUNT System for Car Home And Office

Almost everyone carries around a smart device of one kind or another. It is great that these devices have become such wonderful tools in our lives, but how often do you need a place to set them? Scosche has announced a system of magnetic magicMOUNT device mounts for the car, home or office. Full press release after …

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January 7, 2014 • News

Ogio Expands Bag Offerings at CES

Everyone needs a gear bag of some size, shape or form. Whether traveling or at work, the multitude of mobile and computing devices require a way to drag them around. Ogio has proven to be a leader in quality and design and have continued to expand their offerings at CES. Four new collections of bags …

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January 6, 2014 • News

Pebble Steel Announced At CES

  When I first started wearing a Pebble watch it seemed more like geek fun rather than actual function. As the software has matured, my Pebble has become a must wear daily device. Today at CES, the makers of Pebble have announced Pebble Steel. Available in matte black and brushed stainless for $249, the Pebble …

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January 6, 2014 • News

iSmartAlarm Extends Home Security System Product Line

New technologies have made monitoring and automating our homes exciting. iSmartAlarm creates products that put a modern spin on traditional security systems and have announced two new products at CES. Both products do not require professional installation and are portable. Homeowners and renters alike can connect, monitor and manage their own home security with the …

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January 4, 2014 • Gear Bits

Power Pillow, Take A Nap, Charge Your Phone

We all know how nice catching a nap is. What stinks is needing to charge a phone while doing so but the plug is too far away. The Power Pillow is a Kickstarter project starting at $40 and offers seven designs. Two 12,000mAh batteries come with a stylish pillow insuring the ability to relax and …

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January 2, 2014 • Gear Bits

Sparkbeats Case Gives Your Phone the Gift of Light

I remember when the lighted suits in Tron seemed so amazing and futuristic. What if you could have an iPhone case with a similar look? Sparkbeats takes the iPhone LED flash and bends the light through the case, perfect for messages and calls. A $37 pledge on Kickstarter is all it takes to light your …

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January 2, 2014 • Gear Bits

Apple Worm – the Case with a Stand and Lightning Cable

My biggest problem carrying an iPhone is having a method to charge throughout the day without carrying a lightning cable. An Indiegogo project called the Apple Worm combines a case with a lightning connector. Pledges start at $20 for 5C and $21 for 5/5S. The data cable fits as a stylish colorful strip in the …

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December 24, 2013 • Reviews

QAK ThumpBlu Headphones Review, Freedom From Wires

Speakers, watches, headphones … my phone seems to keep losing wires, yet it continues to communicate with more devices. Being free from wires is an awesome feeling. It’s like getting shackles taken off, and being able to roam about freely. I recently had the opportunity to test out the $99 Thump Case Pack and go …

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December 23, 2013 • Reviews

TouchTone BlueTooth Speaker Review

Lately I have found myself listening to audio from my phone. Wether it be music or podcasts, I have come to prefer audio over television. Portable, wireless audio options with superior sound are important to me. I was recently able to try out the TouchTone from id America which promises big sound in a small …

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December 23, 2013 • Reviews

PowerBinder Solar Charging Binder Review

It seems like today, most everyone spends at least some part of their day searching for a place to charge. The mobile gadget lifestyle is great, unless you are plagued with dead batteries. The PowerBinder strives to alleviate the daily plug search with solar panels and an internal battery. It comes in at $149 and …

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November 29, 2013 • Gear Bits

Roadie Tuner, The Ultimate Guitarist Tool Kickstarter Project

One of the only annoying things about playing the guitar is tuning. I already use my iPhone as my primary tuning device since it is always with me. The Roadie Tuner on Kickstarter utilizes an iPhone app and pairs with a device via Bluetooth to automatically tune each string for you. The device will be …

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November 13, 2013 • Reviews

RHA MA600i In-Ear Headphones Review

When I look for headphones, sound quality is important, but more and more I choose due to durability and comfort. What use are a great sounding pair of headphones if they fail after a short time on the go? I have been checking out the RHA MA600i headphones to see if quality audio can meet …

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