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SaneBox: A Cure Worse Than the Disease?

I’ve been testing an email management tool from SaneBox for part of the past week. Although a portion of this duplicates functionality present in the Gmail Default Inbox, I found some good parts to the service, particularly the SaneTomorrow and SaneBlackHole. However there are enough hidden “gotchas” that I won’t be subscribing. Here are my observations about the SaneBox service.

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Jill-e Designs Sasha 15″ Leather Laptop Bag is Fashionable Functionality

Shoulder bags and messenger-style bags for work have to be functional, that is for certain. But that does not mean they can’t be stylish. Jill-e Designs has been creating just such bags and carriers for men and women that blend style with modern workday functionality in the digital and mobile world and recently launched the new Sasha 15-inch laptop bag.

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Give Your Mac a Lift with the TwelveSouth BaseLift!

The TwelveSouth BaseLift is one of those simple accessories that adds to both the comfort and utility of your Macbook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. It offers a better typing angle and keeps your laptop cool on your lap. Best of all, this one accessory will work with pretty much any of the current portable Macs and is under $40.

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2015 BMW 228i: The Ultimate Subcompact Sport Coupe?

I think most folks (people like me anyway) remember the BMW 2002 from several decades back. The German automakers has resurrected the iconic 2 Series when they introduced an all-new Coupe last year that hit the streets in the form of the 228i and M235i as the successors to the 1 Series Coupe in this subcompact sport class.

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JBL Clip+ Bluetooth Speaker Lets You Clip It and Rock Out

The other day I was carrying a backpack with my JBL Clip speaker clipped to one shoulder strap. Someone asked me what it was and was impressed when I explained that it let me keep my music with me all the time. The new JBL Clip+ goes one better for the same sub-$60 now that it has a splashproof design.

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Coming Soon: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and Chevy Cruze

Chevrolet recently pulled the curtain back on a couple of new models headed into showrooms this winter. Actually, these are all-new versions of current models – the Camaro Convertible and the Chevy Cruze – and they will be arriving soon as 2016 models. Each gets new design inside and out, updated technologies, and the latest, most economical powertrain offerings.

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Game of Dragons

G5’s Game of Dragons Brings Fiery Magic to iOS!

The latest hidden-object puzzle adventure from G5 Entertainment, Game of Dragons follows the path forged by many others, but innovates with a storyline that takes you between parallel worlds, from one reality to another filled with dragons and other fantasy creatures as you discover you’re a princess and work to defeat Simon and rescue the emperor!

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Amazon Free Apps

Another Amazon Free-App-of-the-Day Sale!

Every couple of months Amazon offers a number of games for free in a bundle. Mostly these were things that were featured as the ‘Free App of the Day’ at one point, but in almost all cases these are solid apps and games that are already a great value, and ‘must grab’. Today there is a new bundle!

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Ello Is Available for iPhone…But Does Anyone Care?

Late in 2014 the social media site Ello launched as a sort of ‘anti-Facebook'; no ads, no tracking, no user mining, just user-centric social interaction! The launch generated hype and interest, which quickly dwindled once people started using it! The features continue to grow, and now Ello has launched an iPhone app! Will you try it again?

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Bluelounge Posto Headphones Stand Babies Your Headphones

The first time Raina came to visit she took on look at my apartment and said, “That’s a hell of a lot of headphones.” It was, and is, and most of them were simply piled one on top of the next. The new $19.95 Bluelounge Posto universal headphone stand will help keep things more organized. It is low-profile and gets …

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Neo’s N2 Smartpen Now Works With Google Drive!

Hey Friends! If you read our previous review a few weeks about about Neo’s N2 Smartpen, you’d know that it’s one of my personal favorites, and one that I use as a daily driver in the office, as well as personally. Well you’ll be happy to know that the makers of the smartpen, NeoLab Convergence, announced at this years CE …

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Podcast Spotlight: The Black Guy Who Tips

As I began my flight out West for the popular “Further with Ford 2015” conference, I found myself with one problem: good podcasts. Anyone can go ahead and listen to music, trust me, my Spotify is stacked with everything you can imagine. Minus Taylor Swift (okay, I admit “Bad Blood” is my jam but thats’ besides the point.), I have …

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Joyetech eVic VT Review: A Game Changer

Captain’s Log, Stardate – June 11th, 2015 –  We have entered a new era of vaping. The Joyetech tribe has unveiled a game changer. The Joyetech eVic VT, a new standard in mass-produced vaporizers. Ok, jokes aside here, Joyetech has outdone themselves and they have released my favorite mass-produced device to date.

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Klhip Ultimate Clipper Lets You Groom with Style

The Klhip Ultimate Clipper looks like no other nail clipper. And while nail clippers are not the most exciting accessories, proper grooming is important and being able to do so in style is rather nice. It is built tough, is the most ergonomic nail clipper ever and even comes with a fancy leather case. Here’s a closer look.

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LifeBEAM Smart Hat-Measure Your Heart Rate in Style!

I have never been terribly interested in heart-rate based training. Chest straps and I just don’t get along well. I know there’s a lot of benefit to heart rate training, so I was very curious to check out the LifeBEAM Smart hat as a way to make it easier to track my heart rate while I’m active!

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Windows 10: The Official Operating System of Hendrick Motorsports

Microsoft has announced a multi-year agreement with NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports.  Under the agreement Microsoft becomes an official Technology Partner of NASCAR and major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports. Both NASCAR and Hendricks Motorsports will adopt Windows 10 and Microsoft Azure cloud computing “to deliver technology solutions to help improve performance on and off the track”.

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Rokform Crystal v3 Case for SGS6 Is a Clear Winner

We’ve taken a look previously at Rokform phone cases and the unique mounting system they employ, along with the inclusion of a magnet in each case for greater mounting flexibility. Soon after the release of the new Samsung Galaxy S6, Rokform sent along its newest Crystal v3 case for us to test on our family’s newest device.

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How I Ended up Buying the New MacBook 12-inch: A Personal Review

It’s common knowledge that Apple makes products that are extremely polarizing. The original iPhone, for example, was very polarizing. More recently, the original MacBook Air and Apple Watch became polarizing products. Add to that list the new 12-inch MacBook. I recently bought one to use as my primary personal computer. Why would I do that? Well there’s a story here.

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