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The Basics: Car Audio, Part I

Music in the mobile environment is more than just an accessory or option to drivers, and for many it is a necessity. Every new vehicle I test usually arrives with a premium audio system, and I love putting the stereo systems through their paces almost as much as the vehicles themselves. But car audio can be more, much more.

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Booq Cobra Squeeze Backpack Review: A Most Excellent Gear Bag

My criteria for a backpack that I’ll use for longer than during the review period (and that I’ll continue to enjoy carrying) is pretty basic: it needs to be light when empty, durable, good-looking, well-organized, and it must be comfortable to wear when it is inevitably overloaded. The booq Cobra squeeze meets all of my needs and then some.

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Lems Primal2 Minimalist Shoes Let You Tread Lightly with Color

I reviewed the lightweight, minimalist Lems Primal2 shoes in November of 2013. I’ve been wearing the review pair on and off ever since. I don’t think I’ve ever worn a pair of shoes quite as light, airy, and comfortable. Now the company sent me a pair in a new color-Canary-to check out. They are hard to miss!

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Troubleshooting a Buggy HTC One M8

I mostly love my HTC One M8. It’s a year old, but still has the latest software, and nothing on the market is compelling enough to get my to trade in my trusty One. Except one thing: the One has been exceedingly buggy on and off lately, and I can’t decide if there’s a better solution than a hard reset.

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Ventev Mobile Accessories Review Roundup

Ventev may not be a household name when it comes to mobile accessories but they should be. We were sent a number of their mobile accessories for review. I am impressed with the form, the function and the pricing of each, and you will be too. Lets take a look at each of them.

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DataMan’s Data Monitoring App is Apple Watch Ready

With the Apple Watch set to hit the stores in a few days, you’ll be delighted to know that the DataMan app has been updated so you can track your phone’s data instantly on your new Apple Watch.   Now optimized with just the right amount of information, you can see everything about your phone’s data just with a glance at …

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ZTE’s Projector/Hotspot SPRO 2 Available from AT&T This Friday

As of today April 20th, ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the United States, announced that they’ve joined forces with AT&T marking the commercial availability of the 2-in-1 ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector & Hotspot with mobile hotspot features. Launching this Friday, April 24th, the ZTE Spro 2 will be available on the AT&T network for the price …

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JVC TV Giving Away a 50″ HDTV with Spring Sweepstakes

To celebrate the beginning of the MLB Baseball Season, JVC TV is hosting a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will end up receiving a brand-new, 50″ 1080 HDTV.   Popular audio/video electronics brand JVC TV announced today their kick-off of their first sweepstakes of 2015. Starting today, the company’s Spring Sweepstakes 2015 is live on JVC TV’s website, as well …

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Charge Your Gadgets Using Only Salt Water with the JAQ

We’ve all been there, not having enough fuel for our phones. You may be in the right place at the wrong time with 10% battery, and have no outlet to plug your phone up. What do you do?   “We have created the world’s most powerful fuel cell that’s actually portable,” says CEO, Bjorn Westerholm. Bjorn is actually the CEO …

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Totallee’s Scarf Case for iPhone 6 Plus Is BARELY There

I’ve been through plenty of cases, but one thing that I always look for is the minimalism. There’s so many options; waterproof, shock-protection, you name it. But one that honestly intrigued me, the guy who wants ultimate protection, is labeled the “thinnest”. And I like it. At only 0.355mm thin (yes, it’s truly that thin), Totallee’s Scarf Case for the iPhone 6 …

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Ready to Right a Wrong

The diesel engine is once again back under the hood of Chevrolet cars, and this time it is a good thing. The Cruze compact sedan boasts a wide range of trim packages and since last year offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter clean diesel engine for clean, powerful motoring with fuel economy of up to 46 mpg on the highway.

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Nixplay Edge 13 Inch Digital Cloud Frame Is Picture Perfect

At $249.99 the 13 inch Nixplay Edge Digital Frame is pricey. But for that price you get a gorgeous high-definition display, the ability to pull images from the cloud, send images directly from your mobile device or side load them from an SD card. The frame offers plenty of settings and delivers stunning images. And that’s just the beginning.

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Mike Osborne – ‘Dawn’ Celebrates a Jazz Great and a Life Cut Short

A year ago when I reviewed the previously unreleased album ‘S.O.S.’, I didn’t single out each player for their amazing contributions because the album was more about bringing together three amazing musicians for an even more amazing outcome. Now with the release of Mike Osborne’s earliest solo works as ‘Dawn’, we can single out his amazing contributions to jazz.

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