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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 8, 2015 • Gear Bits

Kiss Your Unlimited Verizon $29.99 Data Goodbye Starting November 2015

Say buh-bye to your grandfathered $29.99 Verizon unlimited data plan.  According to The Verge, Verizon is set to boost the data fee for the remaining 1% of their unlimited data users, effective November 2015, from $29.99 to $49.99.

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September 25, 2015 • Gear Bits

Netflix Opens up Subscriptions within iOS AND Gives Us Bonus “Orange is the New Black” Clip!

If you’re a Netflix user who prefers to handle your subscriptions through your iTunes account, good news-Netflix is now allowing you to subscribe within the iOS app, instead of redirecting you to Netflix.com for subscription management. More importantly, Netflix announced with an “Orange is the New Black” promo clip!

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July 19, 2015 • Gear Bits

Oh, How Our Tech Has Changed #RabbisInIsrael

I’m currently in Israel on a rabbinic mission with seventeen other rabbis. We spent some time on top of the second tallest building in Tel Aviv taking pictures, getting a sense of geography and strategic concerns. In the process, I came to a realization …

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July 14, 2015 • Gear Bits

Here’s the History of the Internet in One Infographic

Do you think you know your Internet history? This infographic just landed in my inbox. See if there is anything on here that Vivint missed.

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July 9, 2015 • Gear Bits

iOS 9 Public Beta Available Now

Apple just released public betas of both  iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. There’s no requirement to be a developer or do anything except visit this link to sign up with your Apple ID. Before loading this (or any) beta software  be certain you have a complete backup of your data. This is the fourth beta release of …

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May 7, 2015 • Gear Bits, Music Diary

IK Multimedia releases UltraTuner for Apple Watch

For anyone who plays a guitar, when AmpliTube arrived with a built-in tuner it was a revelation. Suddenly you didn’t need a tuner – just your phone, which you already had! Then IK Multimedia introduced UltraTuner and things got even better. Now they have introduced UltraTuner for Apple Watch, and the convenience factor is through …

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March 31, 2015 • Gaming, Gear Bits, Music Diary

Spotify Music Service Now on PlayStation 3/4 Game Consoles & Xperia Devices

PlayStation game consoles/Xperia mobile devices and Spotify Premium Music Service have partnered together for a new music experience where players can now enjoy their favorite musical works while the play on the gaming consoles or use their Xperia mobile devices.

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March 30, 2015 • Gear Bits

Gmail (Finally) Gets One Inbox

Will miracles never cease? Google just announced  their Gmail client now offers a universal inbox experience. Finally! Now instead of flipping between multiple accounts in the native Gmail app, you can click “All Inboxes” and view email from all your Gmail and non-Gmail accounts.

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March 23, 2015 • Gear Bits

Apple Analyst Valuation Tops One Trillion – Yes, That’s with a “T”!

Apple today become the first company to earn a $1T (Trillion!) valuation from Wall Street. Cantor Fitzgerald put a price target on Apple shares that value the iPhone maker at more than $1T. Most of this is due to the company strengthening its position in China and preparing to introduce a watch.

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March 15, 2015 • Gear Bits, News

Firechat – “Off-The-Grid” Public Chat Without Using Internet/Coverage

If privacy is not a big issue for you, try out this app specially for use without internet connection or mobile phone coverage. Open Garden’s proprietary mobile app provide public/peer-to-peer communication where users connect to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework.

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March 11, 2015 • Gear Bits

Das Keyboard 4 Professional for MAC up for Pre-Order: $ 175

If you’re in love with the clicky keyboard AND you are a Mac user – take note. Das Keyboard is  taking pre-orders for their Mac specific clicky sturdy keyboard. Until now DAS only made keyboards with Windows layouts. Pricing is $175 and delivery  starts the beginning of April 2015.

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March 10, 2015 • Gaming, Gear Bits, News

Legend of Grimrock 2 Mac Beta Now Available for Owners on Steam!

Last month when I wrote about the iPad Legend of Grimrock footage and the upcoming Mac beta I forgot to ever check back. Now the beta is out and available for anyone who owns a copy of the PC game on Steam! I have had a bit to check it out, and it is awesome, …

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March 10, 2015 • Gear Bits, News, Outdoors

It Might Be Bulletproof Also! Braven Announces the BRV-Pro

Earlier this year, Braven debuted the BRV-Pro, the first rugged, eco-friendly bluetooth speaker at the Las Vegas CES. Known for their durability and designs, Braven released the BRV-Pro with a lot of fanfare. Sporting up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge, as well as a solar charging panel battery bank, and …

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March 9, 2015 • Gear Bits

Evernote for Apple Watch Is Confirmed for Launch in April

Soon after Tim Cook left the stage, popular and Apple Essentials favorite Evernote announced that they are currently developing an app for the Apple Watch. The company has said “An app on a watch doesn’t replace an app on the phone, it complements it. That’s how Apple Watch is designed, and it’s exactly what Evernote …

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March 9, 2015 • Editorials, Gear Bits

Starbucks K-Cups Bring Great Coffee Home

When I moved into my new place there were only a few things I wanted other than my clothes and my tech. At the top of that list? My Keurig machine. I mean, what good is having a new apartment if you can’t have a great cup of coffee ready and waiting in seconds. Thankfully, …

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March 4, 2015 • Gear Bits, News

Zagg Introduces the Pocket Keyboard for Smartphones

When I see something cool in an email or RSS feed, I check to see if it was covered by Gear Diary and I just missed it! Today I got a pre-order email for the Zagg Pocket Keyboard, a great mobile physical keyboard without the usual compromises, I was interested and saw we had done …

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March 4, 2015 • Events, Gear Bits, News

Domino’s Latest Innovation: Ordering on Pebble & Android Wear Smartwatches

Last year we celebrated 20 years of ordering food online (pizza – surprised?), and by now most of us have ordered some sort of food online – and many have used smartphone apps to place and track orders. Now Domino’s (is leading the way by allowing customers to place and track their order via Pebble …

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March 3, 2015 • Gear Bits

The Booq Cobra Squeeze Backpack Is Recycling In Action!

Do you ever feel like finding the perfect laptop bag won’t ever happen? Finding a bag that looks nice without looking like a target, that carries everything without being too heavy or bulky, and one that will last longer than the warranty can be tough. With that in mind, I’m kind of digging the new booq Cobra …

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March 2, 2015 • Gear Bits, Music Diary

What Was the #1 Song When YOU Were Born?

Have you ever thought about the music that was popular when you were born? No? Neither had I – and even those ‘when you were born’ things we bought for our kids just talked in general about popular music. But now Playback.fm lets you enter your birthdate and see what the top song was when …

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March 2, 2015 • Events, Gear Bits, News

Sandisk Announces New Storage Solutions at MWC 2015!

As someone who was impressed by a 32MB Compact Flash card for my HP PDA 15 years ago, the growth of high-speed, high-capacity, ultra-compact storage continues to astound me, and at MWC 2015 that trend continues. Sandisk has introduced a number of products, the most visible of which is the 200GB SanDisk Ultra® microSDXC™, expanding …

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