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January 26, 2016 • Reviews

They Listened! My Review of Master & Dynamic’s MW60 Wireless Headphones

If you happened to read my review last year about Master & Dynamic’s corded MH40 Headphones last September, you know how much I LOVE the brand, and the only downside being I wanted a Bluetooth option. Well it seems as if they heard me because late last month they sent me over a pair of …

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January 26, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio [Performance] Series Level 5 Dual Layered Drop Protection For iPhone 6/6S

We’ve looked at most of the cases in the Incipio Performance Series line of iPhone 6 cases. Now it’s time for the most substantial and protective case in the line. The Incipio Performance Series Level 5 Dual Layered Drop Protection For iPhone 6S is $49.99 and is serious about protection. It ships with a holster …

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January 26, 2016 • Reviews

Adidas Fit Smart: Get Your Workout by Running from This Device!

There’s an old adage that says if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. If I followed it, this would be a very, very short review. It’s not that the Adidas Fit Smart is BAD, per se…it’s just that the handful of useful features don’t outweigh the major flaws.

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January 26, 2016 • News, Reviews

Powerstick’s Mosaic Powerstream Will Let You Have Expandable Storage

A once successful Kickstarter program, I finally had the opportunity to try out the Powerstick Mosaic Powerstream, and honestly, I have mixed reviews in regards to it. Designed to be a tool to give you more storage, the Mosaic is essentially a wireless external hard drive that will get you through a long flight by …

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January 26, 2016 • News, Reviews

The iPocket Drive Could Give Your iPhone Some Added Storage

Let’s face is, if you have an iPhone, chances are you’ve come across a friend with an Android device who brags on and on (cough Judie) about how their devices have external memory that is a MUST. Well what would you say if I told you that there’s a portable USB flash drive for your …

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January 26, 2016 • News

BlackBerry Priv Now Available on T-Mobile for $719 or $30/mo

T-Mobile is now offering the Android-based BlackBerry Priv for $719 or $30/month for 24 months. Hailed as the (possible) savior of BlackBerry, this qwerty keyboard device has drawn mixed reviews. The keyboard has been welcomed by fat-thumbers. An excess of heat from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and creaking body panels has been mentioned as …

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January 25, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio [Performance] Series Level 4 Dual Layered Drop Protection For iPhone 6/6S

We’ve looked at the Incipio Performance Series Levels 1, 2, and 3 cases. We looked at the Level 3 Folio too. Now its time to look at the big boys in the new Incipio lineup. The first heavy-duty protection case worthy of mention is the Incipio Performance Series Level 4 Dual Layered Drop Protection for …

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January 25, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio [Performance] Series Level 3 Folio Superior Drop Protection with Storage for iPhone 6 and 6S

We recently looked at the Incipio Performance Series Levels 1,2, and 3 cases. The company also offered the Level 3 as a folio-style case. If you want good protection, the ability to carry a card or three, and love a folio-style case, the Incipio Performance Series Level 3 Folio Superior Drop Protection with Storage for iPhone …

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January 25, 2016 • Crowdfunding

Allerguarder Aims to Keep Kids With Food Allergies Safer!

If you were to ask any parent of a kid with food allergies what their biggest fear is, there’s a good chance the answer would be “other people feeding our kids”. Realistically, we can’t expect everyone to grasp allergy awareness like we do. But Allerguarder has a clever way to ease worries and remind caretakers …

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January 24, 2016 • News, Reviews

The Fugoo Style XL Speaker: Where Everything is Bigger

We review a lot of Bluetooth speakers here at Gear Diary, in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and beyond, but none quite like the Fugoo  Style XL. At $279.99, the Fugoo Style XL is certainly not the smallest speaker on the market, but it’s certainly one of the loudest, and stylish ones. If you’ve followed …

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January 24, 2016 • Reviews

Channel Your Inner DJ with Pioneer’s HRM-7 Headphones

Over the past month or so I’ve had the opportunity to review Pioneer’s HRM-7 Reference Monitor DJ Headphones from their Studio Monitor series, and for a lover in mixing music, or just audio in general, the HRM-7’s are not only unique, but great to wear! As soon as I opened the box and saw the …

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January 24, 2016 • News

Scosche boomBOTTLE+ Bluetooth Speaker Is Ready for Anything!

The original Scosche boomBOTTLE impressed me. A Bluetooth speaker built for use indoors and out, it pumped out excellent sound in every direction. And it had the added benefit of fitting into a bike’s water bottle cage! Now Scosche has released the Scosche boomBOTTLE+. It keeps a similar design and is a worthy update to an already-impressive …

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January 23, 2016 • Autos

2016 Jeep Patriot Is the Real Value Deal

Quite honestly I did not realize the Jeep Patriot was the lowest priced compact utility vehicle on the market. At under 18 grand it offers value along with the on and off-road capability folks have come to know with the Jeep name. Sure, you won’t be doing any rock crawling with this unibody vehicle but …

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January 22, 2016 • News

Incipio [Performance] Series Level 3 Dual Layered Drop Protection For iPhone 6/6S

We looked at the Incipio Performance Series Level 1 and 2 cases the other day. They offer thin, light protection for your iPhone 6. For those who want a balance of more protection without too much bulk, there is the middle-ground of the series: the Incipio Performance Series Level 3 Dual Layered Drop Protection For …

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January 22, 2016 • Reviews

IllumiBowl Takes the Guesswork out of Nighttime Bathroom Visits

Have you found that it’s pretty jarring to deal with bright overhead bathroom lights when you get up in the middle of the night to relieve yourself? Bright lights can wreck our sleep ability and cause health issues, it’s proven, but you still need to be able to see where you’re going and what you’re …

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January 22, 2016 • Deals

T-Mobile Takes $75 off Any Note 5 with Code NOTE5DEAL

Have you been thinking about a Samsung Galaxy Note 5? If so, this could be your lucky day. T-Mobile offers $75 off any model Note 5 with promo code NOTE5DEAL. The Note 5 first appeared in the U.S. in late August. Three months later in November, a gold platinum variant was added.  In other deals, …

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January 22, 2016 • Reviews

The Ventev Desktop Charginghub s500 Is Ready for All Your Charging Needs

Many of us now have a phone or two, a tablet, smartwatch and other devices that need to get charged on a daily basis. Sure, you can use a straight powerstrip, but that gets cumbersome. Ventev has a fantastic solution, the $59.99 desktop charginghub s500, that now has a permanent place on the night table …

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January 21, 2016 • Reviews

ECOXGEAR EcoCarbon Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker + Flashlight: Water Tight and Just Right for the Outdoors

We’ve reviewed several waterproof portable speakers in the past year, and I have to admit that this is a product category that excites me. I no longer need to think twice about whether it’s safe to bring my Bluetooth speaker to the beach, pool, or anywhere, really.

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January 21, 2016 • News

SureCall EZ 4G 5-Band Cellular Signal Booster for Home Gives Your Signal a Boost!

I spent ten years living in a relatively rural area of New Jersey. Cell reception was terrible. Even now I find that I often have just a bar or two when in my new apartment. That’s where the SureCall EZ 4G 5-Band Cellular Signal Booster enters. It sets up in seconds and makes weak signals …

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January 21, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio [Performance] Series Level 2 Dual-Layered Drop Protection

We’ve looked at the Incipio Performance Series Level 1 case. (Read the review.) It’s thin and light, and it offers just enough protection. If, however, you still want thin and light but need a bit more protection, you’ll want to check out the Incipio Performance Series Level 2 Dual Layered Drop Protection for iPhone 6 …

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January 21, 2016 • Editorials

Giving Up a Smartwatch Made Me Feel Free!

My wife recently challenged me to turn off my smartwatch. Instead of letting me discreetly stay connected, I was constantly reacting every time it buzzed, even if I didn’t check my phone. It was interrupting dinner, playtime with my son, and distracting me during meetings. Surprisingly, I’m not the only Gear Diary person who has …

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