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August 17, 2016 • Editorials

Master & Dynamic Announces Yet Another Awesome Partnership

Announced on Monday, one of my personal favorite brands, Master & Dynamic announced a partnership with a company that even James Bond loves! As of Monday, August 15th, Master & Dynamic, makers of the popular MW60 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones I reviewed earlier this year came together with British luxury auto company, Aston Martin. Both companies …

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August 16, 2016 • Reviews

You’ll Snap Your Fingers for the Libratone ONE Click Portable Speaker

I’m a huge fan of Libratone’s speakers. We reviewed the first generation of the ZIPP here on Gear Diary when it first came out, and the current iteration of the ZIPP (which added Bluetooth) in both sizes a few months ago. Now we are looking at the Libratone ONE Click and … I love it.

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August 15, 2016 • Autos

2016 Lexus GS F Luxury Sport Sedan Built for Driving

Luxury and performance are two words not always found together when describing sedans, and when they are it is usually being used as adjectives to describe German automobiles. Lexus wants to prove it can offer serious competition to the luxury sport sedans from Europe, and it arrives in the form of the new GS F.

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August 15, 2016 • Reviews

ZTE and Metro PCS Prove Inexpensive Doesn’t Mean Cheap with the $99 ZMAX PRO Smartphone

It’s easy to believe that “you get what you pay for”, which is often a driving reason for us to think that the more expensive something is, the better it must be. I’ve been guilty of that line of thinking, which is why the $99 ZTE ZMAX Pro so pleasantly surprised me.

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August 14, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

The K40 RLS2 Radar/Laser Detector Will Keep the Tickets at Bay

Some people habitually drive too fast. For them, a good Radar Detector is a great way to keep tickets at bay. For me, however, a good radar detector is an effective reminder to pay attention and watch my speed. The K40 RLS2 Radar/Laser Detector is just such a tool, and it is an impressive one …

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August 12, 2016 • Reviews

HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer Truly Delivers a Mobile Office

Your computer is now thin, powerful, and gets great battery life. Your tablet is even thinner, often just as powerful, and gets even better battery life. Your workflow is truly mobile. And yet, if you want to print a document, you need to go into the office. Thanks to the HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer, …

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August 11, 2016 • Autos

2017 Kia Sportage: How Do You Like it Now?

Half a decade ago Kia Motors America launched a marketing campaign for the all-new Sportage compact utility vehicle that begged the question (through song), ‘How do you like me now?’ We liked it just fine, but fast forward to the fourth-generation 2017 Kia Sportage and the Korean automaker is asking that question all over again.

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August 11, 2016 • Sponsored

Send Your Students Back to School & on the Road with the Power of the HP 13.3″ Pavilion x360 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook #ad

If you have a student headed to highschool, off to college, travel, or even their first job, why not put the power to succeed in their hands? You can do it with the HP  13″ Pavilion x360 13.3 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook.

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August 11, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

KINBE’s Gorgeous Adjustable Moccasins Grow with Your Child

As a parent, I know very well how quickly kids feet grow as well as how expensive kids shoes can be. KINBE has developed a unique and innovative moccasin design that, using adjustable straps, allows the shoe to grow with your child. These attractive leather moccasins are available for pre-order now starting at $40 on …

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August 10, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio ClamCase+ for iPad Air 2 Makes Your iPad Air 2 More Productive Than Ever

The right keyboard case for your iPad Air 2 will not only keep your tablet investment safe but makes using the iPad more productive than ever. The $149.99 Incipio ClamCase+ iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard is such a case. It offers a variety of uses, a nice assortment of specialty keys, and it even offers …

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August 10, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

The Withings Thermo: Easy Accurate Temperature Readings without Contact

A healthy adult’s temperature hovers in the 98.something range, but we normally don’t give our temperature a second thought until we feel like crap. But once we feel bad, the first thing we want is that tangible proof that we aren’t just being wusses — that we really can call in sick — and that’s why we have …

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August 8, 2016 • Giveaways, Reviews

Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones Review and Giveaway!

I tried a pair of bone conducting headphones a few years ago. The idea behind them caught my eye and I found the technology quite interesting. Unfortunately, the sound didn’t capture my ears. They were barely passable. Fast forward a few years. Will the Trekz Titanium pass muster? Read on to find out and to …

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August 8, 2016 • Deals

HTC and JBL Launch the Reflect Aware C, the World’s First USB Type-C Sport Headphones with a Great Deal

Starting today, if you purchase an HTC 10 through HTC.com (and if you live in the US), you will receive a free pair of the JBL Reflect Aware C Sport Headphones. This offer is good until August 31st as long as supplies last. You’ll also get a $100 accessory credit to use on HTC.com (excluding the …

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August 7, 2016 • Editorials

Why Are Accessory Makers Consolidating Rapidly?

News broke this week that Incipio is acquiring Griffin, hot on the heels of Incipio also acquiring Skullcandy, Otterbox acquiring Lifeproof, Mophie being acquired by Zagg, and going back a few years, Sena being acquired by Targus and Speck by Samsonite.

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August 7, 2016 • News

My @Starbucks Summer Blogger’s Box Is Filled With Delicious Summer Drinks

While the back to school sales are already in full force, the summer isn’t quite over. Starbucks sent me a Starbucks Blogger Package of delicious summer goodness that is perfect to enjoy the last weeks of the slow warm season. Let’s take a look at what was in this box!

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August 6, 2016 • Reviews

With the Bodyguardz Shock Case and SpyGlass, Your iPhone 6S is Safe from Drops and Prying Eyes

The iPhone is rather delicate, so a good case can be the difference between pristine and trashed. The iPhone has all your important information, so a privacy screen protector can keep your private information private. With the BodyGuardz Shock Case and SpyGlass Screen Protector, you get dual protection without adding significant weight and bulk. The …

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August 6, 2016 • Reviews

The Moshi Endura iPhone 6S Case and System Is an iPhone 6S Case for Active People

Moshi makes some fantastic accessories for mobile devices. Their Endura Case is one example. It is not only Moshi’s toughest case, but it also works with two fantastic accessories that are perfect for active people who love their iPhone. The three parts of the system are pricey but are worth it for people those who …

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August 4, 2016 • Reviews

Guys, Get Rid of That Summer (Back Hair) Sweater with baKblade

I’m not quite sure how I pull off these plum review assignments. I’ve got another one today and I’m hoping to share it with you  without making the whole team jealous. Meet bakBlade, which does exactly what you may presume it does – shaves the hair off your back (and any other flat surface such as …

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August 3, 2016 • Reviews

A Skeptic’s Review of ActiveEdge Gear

When I first heard about Active Edge, I was skeptical. Carly had written about them some time ago, and her review left me curious. When I was offered an Active Edge shirt to try, I wasn’t sure what my experience might be. This post holds my subjective thoughts on the product.

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August 3, 2016 • News

Project CSX Launched by ZTE to ‘Crowdsource the Next Big Idea in Mobile”

Did you know that ZTE is the “fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and the second largest in the no-contract market”? Well, they are, and today they are announcing the launch of Project CSX, a “crowdsourced mobile device the company will release in 2017.”

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August 2, 2016 • News

Samsung SERIF TV: Art You Can Watch in Your Home

Samsung has collaborated with the Parisian design duo of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec to create the SERIF TV; in the process, they have re-envisioned not only “how the TV looks but also how it functions.” From top to bottom, inside and out, the Bouroullec Brothers re-imagined every aspect, from its minimal yet solid exterior form …

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