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June 20, 2016 • Reviews

Ilumi LED Smartbulb Boasts Impressive Feature Set, Performance Disappoints

The ilumi smartbulb brings a ton of features to a previously “dumb” appliance. Unscrew your boring old light bulb and screw in the ilumi smartbulb and you’ll get a highly efficient, color changing, music sync’d, presence detecting light bulb that can be controlled by your smartphone via Bluetooth connectivity. You can get yourself an ilumi …

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June 19, 2016 • Reviews

With the JBL CLIP 2, Summer Just Got a New BFF

We are fans of JBL audio products and the new JBL Clip 2 is no exception. The small Bluetooth speaker packs a punch, but that’s just the beginning. It gets great battery life, doubles as a speakerphone, has an integrated carabiner clip, and for good measure is waterproof. And with a price under $60, it’s …

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June 17, 2016 • Reviews

The Nomad Line 4.9′ Lightning-to-USB Type A Charging Cable: An Ultra Rugged Charge

Are you still trifling with those cheap white cables that came with your iPad or iPhone? If they haven’t already begun to fray, it’s just a matter of time. Maybe you ought to upgrade to something that’s virtually indestructible — like the Nomad Line Ultra Rugged Lightning Cable for iPhone.

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June 16, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

Sensoria Developing New Heart-Rate Monitoring Shirts and Bras!

There’s a great deal of evidence out there that monitoring your heart rate as you workout can help determine your effort and assist with modulating your workout intensity. There are chest straps, wrist monitors, even hats…and now you can add bras and shirts to the list!

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June 16, 2016 • Reviews

Choetech 10,400mAh Portable Power Bank: Plenty of Power in the Palm of Your Hand

Power bank manufacturers keep shoving higher capacity batteries into smaller packages for less money, and that’s great for us! At $30, the Choetech 10,400mAh Portable Power Bank is a 4″ long by 3″ wide by 1″ thick little brick that can get you through the longest of days with plenty of juice.

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June 16, 2016 • Autos

2016 Honda Civic Coupe: This Is Your Jam!

On the heels of winning North American Car of the Year, Honda launched the new 2016 Civic Coupe to join the honored sedan sibling in its showrooms. For coupe fans, Honda did more than just hack off a couple of doors in delivering its new coupe to the market, but can it live up to …

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June 15, 2016 • Reviews

Exos-Gear Bravo Series Backpack Review

I recently reviewed the commuter series pack from Exos-Gear and have enjoyed using it with my every day computer gear. The company also has a tactical style backpack called the Bravo Series, which retails for $37.95.  While I had planned on using the backpack as my new shooting bag, I actually found an unintended use …

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June 15, 2016 • Reviews

Ultimate Ears Rolls Out the UE ROLL 2

“Designed to take your music wherever, whenever, UE ROLL 2 is the perfect musical companion for your next adventure.” That’s how Ultimate Ears describes the new UE Roll 2 Bluetooth Speaker. I describe it as a worthy update to one of my favorite portable Bluetooth speakers. It offers all-around improvements AND is under $100! The …

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June 14, 2016 • Reviews

The TruMedic InstaShiatsu+ Neck & Back Massager with Heat: Perfect for Dad

I tend to hunch while typing; it’s completely unconscious and unintentional, but it results in me bunching my neck and shoulder muscles to the point of pain. I love the idea of a massager that I can passively operate on my own — without having someone else hold it, or without having to angle and …

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June 14, 2016 • News

WWDC Outlines the Four Pillars of Apple’s Product Strategy

Apple held their Worldwide Developer Conference today. The public portion of the event was the keynote which clocked in at almost 2 hours and featured a top-down review of the highlights expect in what Apple identified as their four foundational  platforms – watchOS, tvOS, OS X (later rebranded as macOS) and iOS.

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June 13, 2016 • Autos

The New Volvo S90 First Drive: Comfortable, Elegant, Safe, and Loaded with Tech

Remember the boxy Volvo 240 series sedans and station wagons that were so popular in the 70s and 80s? They were safe, iconic … and did I mention boxy? Well, the Volvo of today is still safe; whether the S90 will be iconic remains to be seen, but “boxy” is no longer a word to …

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June 12, 2016 • Reviews

Vega Protein Powder and Preworkout supplement

Protein powder and other supplements can be controversial. Some see them as a useful tool to aid in meeting nutritional goals, or in recovering or prepping for workouts, while others doubt their efficacy. Adding to the complication is that most protein powders are whey (dairy) based; there is an alternative for vegans and anyone who …

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June 11, 2016 • Reviews

The Nonda ZUS Kevlar Reinforced USB-A to Lightning Cable: The Right Angle for Charging!

Not too long ago, I reviewed the Nonda ZUS Smart Car Finder and USB Car Charger. As you may have noticed in my review, it’s a great multi-function tool that I use in conjunction with its app to find my car after parking and to keep track of parking meter time limits.

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June 11, 2016 • Editorials

Welcome Home; Now That’s Smart

Raina and I closed on our new home last month. It is on a lovely street with gorgeous, architectural homes. Ours is not one of them. No, we bought a cute, and fairly non-descript split level. We love it and, along with a traditional renovation, we are updating the technology; here’s what is going into …

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June 10, 2016 • News

Gawker vs Hogan, AKA The Wrath of Thiel, Bankrupts Gawker Media

Sad news for anyone who has spent hours on Gawker watching Bernie Bros and Trump Trolls fight in the comments section; apparently the tag-team of Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan was too much, as Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy. This is on the heels of Gawker losing a lawsuit filed by Hulk Hogan over …

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June 8, 2016 • News

Husqvarna Automower 450X Installation Video as Part of the Automower First Program

Earlier this year, Husqvarna USA ran an online contest called Automower First. Thousands of Americans entered, hoping to get the opportunity to test a Husqvarna Automower and post reviews on social media about their Automower throughout the summer. I was lucky enough to be one of about 40 Americans to be chosen by Husqvarna to …

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June 6, 2016 • Autos

2016 Dodge Durango R/T: My Wife Calls ‘Dibs’

It has been about five years since I last tested the Durango three-row SUV from Dodge and brother, that’s too long. When asked about which family sport ute I would recommend to folks the Durango is always near the top of my list and now my wife has joined the Dodge fan club as well.

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June 5, 2016 • Reviews

Focal Sphear In-Ear Headphones Deliver Exceptional Sound and Comfort

French audio manufacturer, Focal, has hit another home run with their Sphear high-resolution in-ear headphones. These audiophile-quality headphones are noise isolating, provide excellent sound quality, and come with all of the accouterments you’d expect from a high-end set of headphones. Equipped with an in-line remote control button and separate in-line microphone, these versatile headphones can …

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June 3, 2016 • Gaming, Reviews

Where Angels Cry 2: Tears of the Fallen HD for iPad Review

Three years ago I reviewed the original Where Angels Cry for the iPad, enjoying the adventure game feel and sustained mystery storytelling style but noting frustration with a few bugs I encountered in the help and quest systems. The sequel, Where Angels Cry 2: Tears of the Fallen, continues the immersive mystery storytelling, but this …

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June 2, 2016 • Gaming, News

GoG Connect Brings Together Steam and GoG for the Best Digital Gaming Service!

As a digital gaming early adopter nearly 15 years ago, who was a loyal Steam user even before Half Life 2 popularized the service, and a beta participant in the launch of ‘Good Old Games’, I have a particular fondness for both Steam and GoG. This extends to owning copies of many games on both …

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June 2, 2016 • Autos

2016 Nissan Sentra Gets Familiar Family Makeover

In the fall of 2012, Nissan reintroduced the Sentra compact sedan in its seventh generation form. For 2016, the automaker gives its popular little car a midlife makeover with new styling to match what we’ve seen in the rest of the family lately. Nissan has also updated safety and driving technologies as well.

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