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The WaterField Indy Bag: I Reviewed It, and I Still Use It!

I’m coming toward the end of a two-week trip. I spent the first week in Israel with side trips into the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Rawabi. This week saw me in Greece with Raina. Through it all some key items have come in rather handy. Chief among them the Waterfield Indy Bag Judie reviewed some time ago.

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The Olloclip 4-in-1 for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a Camera Phone Gamechanger

The Olloclip is a 4-in-1 photo lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It’s a lightweight clip-on camera lens, compatible with both the front and rear-facing cameras. The included lenses are fisheye, wide-angle, macro 10x, and macro 15x. The Ollocase protects your phone while providing a perfect fit for the Olloclip. The Olloclip and Ollocase together sell for $99.98.

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2015 Ford Focus ST Offers a Dynamic Driving Experience

While U.S. consumers eagerly await the arrival of Ford’s global rally car, the Focus RS, we enjoy zipping around town (or the track) in the sport tuned Focus ST that received some upgrades for the 2015 model year. We spent time recently checking out the updated driving dynamics (steering and suspension) along with styling changes inside and out.

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HTC Re Review: Small Camera, Big Punch

I have been looking for a portable camera that is small, affordable, and provides excellent video and photo quality. The market is flooded, but I was recently given the opportunity to review the HTC Re which currently retails for $117 on Amazon. While this camera looks odd, can it fit the bill? Read on for the review and sample images. 

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Get Excited for the Return of the Muppets!

Who doesn’t love The Muppets? There’s something timeless and endearing about the whole gang, from Kermit and Miss Piggy to Gonzo and Fozzie Bear. ABC is launching an adult-aimed sitcom starring The Muppets this fall; it looks like a send-up of “The Office”, with maybe a shade of 30 Rock for good measure, and it looks AMAZING.

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Jet.com is No Amazon…Yet

Jet.com wants very badly to beat Amazon. That’s been the bulk of their marketing push heading up to today’s launch, and when you shop around on the site, they consistently try to show you Amazon’s price versus theirs. After cross-shopping for a few minutes though, I was deeply unimpressed — both on price and ease of use.

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Grout Gator Review: A More Efficient Grout Cleaner?

I can’t say I love cleaning, but I do love the end result. It’s nice to have a space that doesn’t feel gross and dirty. We recently had the chance to review the “Grout Gator”, a tool designed to get tiled surfaces clean while being more efficient than traditional methods. But does it work, and is it worth the cost?

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2016 Hyundai Tucson: Best Compact Crossover Yet?

Hyundai (rhymes with fun-day) is launching an all-new 2016 Tucson Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle and this third generation model is hands down the best yet. The new ride is longer and wider and is stretched between the wheels and features an all-new array of powertrains (including a turbo) making the new Tucson one of the best compact crossovers period.

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2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn: All Hat AND the Ranch

It’s been a while since I last tested the Ram 1500 pickup and in that time little has changed. The Ram light duty trucks received serious enhancements back then and for 2015 there are only a couple of things to talk about as being new over that last article. This time around we tested the Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 4×4.

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Traveling Breeze Fan-Cooled Camping Chair Is the Future in Outdoor Relaxation

Imagine the most comfortable camping chair in which you’ve ever relaxed. Now, imagine that camping chair has built-in air conditioning. Now you’ll have an idea of how awesome the Traveling Breeze is. This portable chair has two quiet, high flow fans built-in to cool your back, neck and shoulders while you rest in its embrace and it’s available for $69.99.

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Polar Announces the Polar Loop 2

Polar is well-known for being the gold standard in athletic heart rate monitors, and in the last few years they’ve expanded into activity trackers as well. Their first pure activity tracker, the Polar Loop, was well received, and now they’re building on that with the Polar Loop 2, adding new colors and smart notifications to the mix.

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RoadID Rolls Out New ID Tags for Fitbit Users

I tell every athlete I know to buy a RoadID. It’s a cheap, durable tag that could save your life. EMTs are trained NOT to go through your pockets and personal effects, but they are trained to look for jewelry with medical information. RoadID lets you wear your important details easily, and now you can piggyback it on your Fitbit!

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Satechi Is Ready for Amazon Prime Day!

So as you know… Today is Amazon Prime Day, and you know what that means right? It’s time to pull out your purse and wallet and get a great deal on those items that you probably have on your wish list but wanted to wait until the price dropped.

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