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August 7, 2016 • Editorials

Why Are Accessory Makers Consolidating Rapidly?

News broke this week that Incipio is acquiring Griffin, hot on the heels of Incipio also acquiring Skullcandy, Otterbox acquiring Lifeproof, Mophie being acquired by Zagg, and going back a few years, Sena being acquired by Targus and Speck by Samsonite.

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August 7, 2016 • News

My @Starbucks Summer Blogger’s Box Is Filled With Delicious Summer Drinks

While the back to school sales are already in full force, the summer isn’t quite over. Starbucks sent me a Starbucks Blogger Package of delicious summer goodness that is perfect to enjoy the last weeks of the slow warm season. Let’s take a look at what was in this box!

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August 6, 2016 • Reviews

With the Bodyguardz Shock Case and SpyGlass, Your iPhone 6S is Safe from Drops and Prying Eyes

The iPhone is rather delicate, so a good case can be the difference between pristine and trashed. The iPhone has all your important information, so a privacy screen protector can keep your private information private. With the BodyGuardz Shock Case and SpyGlass Screen Protector, you get dual protection without adding significant weight and bulk. The …

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August 6, 2016 • Reviews

The Moshi Endura iPhone 6S Case and System Is an iPhone 6S Case for Active People

Moshi makes some fantastic accessories for mobile devices. Their Endura Case is one example. It is not only Moshi’s toughest case, but it also works with two fantastic accessories that are perfect for active people who love their iPhone. The three parts of the system are pricey but are worth it for people those who …

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August 4, 2016 • Reviews

Guys, Get Rid of That Summer (Back Hair) Sweater with baKblade

I’m not quite sure how I pull off these plum review assignments. I’ve got another one today and I’m hoping to share it with you  without making the whole team jealous. Meet bakBlade, which does exactly what you may presume it does – shaves the hair off your back (and any other flat surface such as …

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August 3, 2016 • Reviews

A Skeptic’s Review of ActiveEdge Gear

When I first heard about Active Edge, I was skeptical. Carly had written about them some time ago, and her review left me curious. When I was offered an Active Edge shirt to try, I wasn’t sure what my experience might be. This post holds my subjective thoughts on the product.

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August 3, 2016 • News

Project CSX Launched by ZTE to ‘Crowdsource the Next Big Idea in Mobile”

Did you know that ZTE is the “fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. and the second largest in the no-contract market”? Well, they are, and today they are announcing the launch of Project CSX, a “crowdsourced mobile device the company will release in 2017.”

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August 2, 2016 • News

Samsung SERIF TV: Art You Can Watch in Your Home

Samsung has collaborated with the Parisian design duo of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec to create the SERIF TV; in the process, they have re-envisioned not only “how the TV looks but also how it functions.” From top to bottom, inside and out, the Bouroullec Brothers re-imagined every aspect, from its minimal yet solid exterior form …

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August 2, 2016 • News

The Samsung Galaxy Note7: Ready for Work and Play!

If you are a fan of phablets, as I am, then you’ll want to pay attention to the new Samsung Galaxy Note7. Preorders will begin August 3, and there’s an exclusive offer going on for a free Gear Fit2 or 256GB microSD when you do.

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August 2, 2016 • Reviews

Tune Up Your Morning Routine with the iHome iCVBT7 Double-sided Vanity Mirror with Bluetooth Speakerphone

Raina and I are finishing up the first phase of our home renovation. When we set out to redo the kitchen and both of the upstairs bathrooms one of my goals was to add smart features wherever possible and have speakers in each and every room. That’s where the iHome iCVBT7 Double-sided Vanity Mirror with …

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August 1, 2016 • Autos

2017 Honda Ridgeline Is the New Urban Cowboy

The first of my 2017 review vehicles arrived recently in the form of the all-new Honda Ridgeline. Ridgeline is the Honda pickup utility vehicle that shares its platform with the Pilot SUV, with Ridgeline getting a few truck-like modifications. This second-generation Ridgeline is a significant transformation over the previous model.

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August 1, 2016 • Reviews

Boogie Board Shows Why They’re the Leader in E-Writers with New Kid-Focused Offerings!

Boogie Board, makers of fantastic LCD e-writers, are back with two new offerings, the Scribble n’ Play and the Jot 4.5 featuring Clearview. These new e-writers are geared towards kids, as the Scribble n’ Play features a Colorburst screen and the Jot 4.5 features a translucent screen for writing practice. Both are available today on …

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August 1, 2016 • News

Best Buy Caters to the Geek Crowd with a Wedding Registry!

The first thing most people do when they get a wedding invitation (besides RSVPing) is checking the couple’s registry. Are they looking for household items? Maybe new appliances? Those are the usual items, but Best Buy thinks there’s more to it, and is now offering a wedding registry service!

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July 31, 2016 • News

The Best Movie Trailers from San Diego’s Comic Con 2016: Which Movies Will You Want to See?

Comic Con 2016 in San Diego is over, and one of the best things to come out of it (beyond all of the amazing cosplay) are the newest previews for some of the upcoming movies and television shows. I’m probably most excited about Snowden, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Wonder Woman — …

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July 31, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

T-Mate Fixes Wildlife Camera Mounting: No More Complaints About Missed Wildlife Photos!

I have spent years fighting with my game camera. It seems no matter where it is mounted, it ends up facing the wrong way taking thousands of photos of swaying grass or limbs. All the while, not giving me the images needed to manage the deer herd. I recently discovered the T-Mate camera mount, and …

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July 30, 2016 • News

Head Back to School with a New Acer Chromebook or Convertible Notebook

If you or someone you love is headed back to school, then you’re likely looking for affordable laptop options. Acer has a selection of Chromebooks and Convertible Notebooks that might fit the bill!

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July 30, 2016 • Reviews

Kogan Agora 6 Plus Review

It’s been a long time since I’ve used a “normal” sized phone every day, and I’m sure for many of you it will be the same. Large phones are popular, with their screens offering more room for text, photos, and video while including larger batteries for extended runtime.

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July 28, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

Choetech Car Chargers: Qualcomm Quick Charge and USB Type-C Enabled!

You have a quick charger for your phone in your house, why not have one in your car? With the new Choetech car chargers, you can! Let’s take a look at the 30W Dual USB Car Charger and the 22W USB-C Car Charger; both are handy, fast, and inexpensive.

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July 28, 2016 • News

As You Prepare for Back to School, Don’t Forget Hope Paige’s Medical ID Bracelets

If you have a child with food allergies or another medical condition, having an easy to find medical ID bracelet is imperative, especially once they go back to school. Hope Paige‘s medical ID bracelets are cute enough that even the most picky child will find something they’d be happy to wear.

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July 27, 2016 • Editorials

What Happens When Pokemon Go Consumes Your Life?

Remember when people were sling-shotting Angry Birds, and we thought it was the best game in the world? Well, it was, then. But Pokémon Go is literally the best thing that’s happened to my smartphone since Instagram changed their icon.

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July 27, 2016 • News

Upthere Wants to Make Cloud Storage More Streamlined

I made a nasty discovery a while back: my iPhone was out of space, and the culprit was Dropbox! I had only three documents downloaded and stored on my phone, but Dropbox was somehow using over 9GB! After a delete and reinstall, the problem was fixed for a while — and then it happened again. Now …

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