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Ventev Powercell 3015 External Battery Review and Giveaway

The Ventev Powercell 3015 External Battery is not the most powerful external battery we’ve reviewed, but its small size, light weight, and low-price make it a good option if you are looking for something inexpensive that will keep you from running out of juice three-quarters of the way through the day. Here’s our review and a chance to win one. …

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Beware Things That Go Bumpies for iPhone 6 in the Night

I have to hand it to the people who created the Bumpies for iPhone 6 smartphone protection system. They really thought out of the box when coming up with their product. Then they found a way to actually USE the box. The result is a rather unusual un-case that offers minimalist protection while still actually protecting… sort of.

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Amped Wireless’ REC15A High Power Wi-Fi Range Extender Review

The REC15A High Power Wi-Fi Range Extender from Amped Wireless extender offers decent range extension that can boost the range up to 5000 square feet. This three-inch tall by five-inch wide extender plugs directly into an outlet and requires some configuration. It works with any Wi-Fi standard 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and transmits via single band (2.4GHZ) or dual band (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz).

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Why It Matters That Tim Cook Came Out As Gay

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has written a heartfelt and beautiful letter in Bloomberg Businessweek coming out as a gay man. If you haven’t read it yet, please stop what you are doing, and read it immediately. It’s been a bit of an open secret for some time, but seeing him put it in writing is quite empowering and courageous.

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Incipio offGRID Backup Battery LED

I’m hesitant to describe the Incipio offGRID Portable Backup Battery 4000mAh as “cute” but it’s actually kind of cute… for an external backup battery. The bright colors, soft-touch material and cable-holder come together in a rather attractive way. Add in the accessible price of $49.99 and you have an impressive way to stay charged on the go.

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I Have Seen the Future of Vehicle Safety, and It Is Automated #ChevySafety

Last week I spend a day with Chevy at their Milford Proving Grounds. I saw first-hand demonstrations of Chevy’s latest vehicle safety features, and I left feeling like it might be time to finally upgrade my GM vehicle to the latest version: GM’s newest technology may not be completely automated, but the technology removes a lot of guesswork and anxiety.  

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With ‘Eeps’, Marco Minnemann Shows the Many Ways He Can Rock!

It didn’t really occur to me when I reviewed Levin-Minnemann-Rudess, but Marco Minnemann was the brilliant drummer behind Trey Gunn’s Modulator – both of which are important for this review. Now he is back with ‘Eeps’, a solo effort in the truest sense of the term – playing all of the instruments and writing the songs, he delivers a breathtaking …

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Top Closure Zip Tie Bandages Could Save Lives!

I admit, I don’t know much about stitches. What I do know is that doing them right requires doing them carefully in a sterile environment, and in an emergency where someone needs stitches quickly you may not have either. However, an Israeli plastic surgeon may have fixed this by mixing band aids with a zip tie for Zip Tie Bandages!

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Harman Kardon Esquire Mini Bluetooth Portable Speaker

We reviewed the Harman Kardon Esquire a short time ago and were impressed; it sounds as gorgeous as it looks. I was thrilled to see that the company was releasing the Harman Kardon Esquire Mini Bluetooth Portable Speaker. This smaller version of the Esquire is under $150, and it has the same refined look and feel as its big brother.

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Genius DVR-FHD568 Dash Cam Review – A Solid Budget Option

The Genius DVR-FHD568 is the new dash cam powerhouse on the market today. This high-def vehicle recorder can record up to 1080p resolution with a 140-degree lens and crisp 2.4” LCD screen on the back. This dash cam also has a built-in G sensor, which detects a crash and will protect that specific video file. The Genius DVR-FHD568 retails for …

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Our Long National Nightmare is Over, Sleater-Kinney Are REUNITING!

I will never forget the moment I popped my first Sleater-Kinney CD into my stereo and heard the opening chords of “Dig Me Out”. From that sound forward my musical tastes were fixed in a specific hierarchy: Sleater-Kinney, and everyone else a distant second. I was heartbroken when they disbanded in 2006, but today they’ve announced a surprise reunion and …

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TYLT Phone Cases on Sale for Just $10 Each until October 30th

I’m a huge fan of TYLT’s products. We’ve reviewed a number of various smartphone cases and have been impressed by all of them. More impressive is the fact that the company’s various cases, normally $35-$50, are currently on sale for just $10 each. Better yet, they come with free US shipping! But act fast- this sale ends October 30th.

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John Wick DLC Releases for PAYDAY 2 Game

Starbreeze Studios and 505 Games have released exclusive downloadable John Wick content (DLC) for the PAYDAY 2 video game. This content includes a playable John Wick character that can join the PAYDAY gang on heists and various battles. Lionsgate and Thunder Road Pictures will release the film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, on October 24.

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2014 Nissan Titan PRO-4X and a Salute to Project Titan

Some vehicle models just seem to come around often here in the GearDiary test driveway, and the Nissan Titan pickup seems to be one of them. I drove it when it first launched more than a decade ago, punished it on a wet off-road track in North Texas and most recently saw my third Titan in the past five years.

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Marshall Monitor Headphones Music on My Ears

Marshall, Marshall, Marshall…sorry, couldn’t resist. You see, I have three Marshall sound reproduction devices sitting in front of me in the form of Minor in-ear headphones, Major on-ear headphones and new Marshall Monitor headphones. Marshall, long known for its electric sound reproduction equipment for stage and studio now offers a full line of wearables for our digital lives.

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Evutec Karbon Osprey S Series for iPhone 6 Review

If you are looking for thin, light and inexpensive protection for your iPhone 6, then you owe it to yourself to check out the Evutec Karbon Osprey S Series for iPhone 6. Evutec isn’t a familiar name to many, but it should be. Their cases are Kevlar reinforced, feather light, supermodel thin, and they offer terrific value.

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10 Worst Things from the October Apple iPad Launch

This week Apple held its second product announcement meeting in as many months, this time focusing on the iPad and Mac and Mac OS X. While the September meeting featured the major announcements of large-screen iPhones and the Apple Watch, the October announcements were more subdued – but let’s focus on the disappointing Apple iPad announcements.

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Thoughts on the Nexus 9

Last year’s Nexus 7 is a great device, but it does have some limitations.  Namely, the 16:9 screen is not optimized for work as it’s really short when in landscape mode.  The Nexus 9 no longer has this issue, as it has a 4:3 formatted screen just like the iPad.

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Ghostbusters Renaissance with Fruit Ninja and a Potential New Movie!

Remember Fruit Ninja? That oddly zen game of thwacking fruit that we all got hooked on in the early days of iOS? Well there’s something strange in the Fruit Ninja Dojo…guess it’s time to call Ghostbusters! Of course, do you call the Famous Original Ghostbusters ,or the future rebooted all-women Ghostbusters? It’s a Ghostbusters renaissance! (A ghostaissance? A renaibust?)

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Waterfield Outback Slip Case for iPad Is a Lesson in Contrasts

If you are planning to pick up a new Apple iPad you’ll want to make sure your investment is well-protected. The new Waterfield Outback Slip Case for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are a great option… and a lesson in contrasts. The tablets are sleek and refined. The cases are rough and ready. It’s a great combination!

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Destiny Review on PlayStation 4/Xbox One

Destiny has come calling to gamers everywhere as Bungie, the game producer that brought the world Halo, offers several game elements, styles, and genres in one action role-playing, first-person shooter (FPS). Though the story gets deeper than needed, players can easily find amazing experiences, challenges and victories amid a post-apocalyptic world set 700 years into the future.

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Baldur’s Gate I & II Enhanced Editions Land on GoG.com for 50% Off!

Hailed as two of the greatest games ever made, Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II and expansions have thrilled gamers ever since. Each offers hundreds of hours of gaming and storytelling and combat challenges across PC and Mac platforms. The games were modernized and released digitally as Enhanced Editions over the last two years, and now are DRM-free on GoG.com. …

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