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May 5, 2016 • Autos

2016 Nissan Titan XD Puts the Mettle to the Pedal!

One of the most anticipated new vehicles for me to drive this year is the Nissan Titan XD. This Titan is nothing like the previous fullsize pickup from Nissan and it is actually a little bit extra. Powered by an all-new Cummins V-8 turbodiesel, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD looks to shake things up in …

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May 5, 2016 • Reviews

The RHA Audio T20i High Fidelity Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones Review

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with in-ear headphones for some time. Even when there were plenty of choices for ear tip sizes, I couldn’t always wear them comfortably (or keep them in place). But something about the over the ear design of the RHA Audio T20i Noise Isolating In-Ear Headphones makes them work for me.

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May 5, 2016 • News

Vimtag Looks to Take on Nest Head-On with Their Home Monitoring Kit

Your home can never really be too secure, and it seems like the smart home market doesn’t ever get enough of home monitoring cameras with such brands as the Nest. But there is actually a product that recently launched with features promising to be better than the competition.

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May 4, 2016 • Reviews

Qliplet is the Extra Hand, er, Hook You Need!

I am usually pretty streamlined walking into work. My work bag has my door keycard, and all I need to do is bump the door with my bag to activate it. If I have an extra item (like a cup of coffee), I end up balancing and juggling everything, badly. Qliplet offers a potential solution, but …

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May 4, 2016 • News

Cut The Cords And Go Completely Wireless with NUHEARA IQbuds

Originally an Indiegogo product that was successfully backed with over $450,000 in backer money, the Nuheara IQbuds already look to be BETTER than the competition on the market! The Nuheara IQbuds free you from cables and cords, giving you a virtually wireless hands free connection to the devices you carry around with you daily through Bluetooth …

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May 3, 2016 • Deals

Gear Diary’s Review of the Eve Mattress Featured on Their Site: Check It Out and Save!

We recently reviewed the Eve Mattress. A British company fast making inroads into the US market, the mattress is remarkably comfortable and priced amazingly well. Better yet, Eve Mattress has agreed to offer Gear Diary readers a special discount for the next two weeks! That’s right, you can save an EXTRA $100 on a great …

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May 3, 2016 • Reviews

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Backs Up, Frees Up and Entertains in a Flash!

When the iPhone 6S came out I went for the maximum storage, 128GB. On my 9.7″ iPad Pro I went with 128GB again despite the fact that 256GB was available. That’s a ton of storage but, with the way I am using the iPad now it actually isn’t enough. Thank goodness for the new SanDisk …

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May 3, 2016 • News

Prerecord Your Mother’s Day Greeting for the Ultimate in Laziness!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! But don’t panic and start throwing elbows in the greeting cards aisle of your local CVS just yet; Zang has a solution that not only allows you to stay indoors, but you don’t even need to have actual human contact with Mom at all! 

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April 30, 2016 • Rants and Raves

Lawd Help You If Your 1.5 Year Old Amazon Kindle Voyage Dies

This is a public service announcement for anyone considering buying a Kindle: be sure to get the extended warranty. Why? Because Amazon doesn’t repair them (at all) when they break; the best option you will get (after a bit of haggling) is $20 off a new one. You’ve been warned.

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April 30, 2016 • Reviews

iClever Product Roundup: Great Accessories at Fair Prices

iClever is a purveyor of smart USB chargers, Bluetooth accessories, and more which can be purchased on their Amazon shop. They have a large line of AC adapters for mobile device charging, USB adapters for use in cars, as well as Bluetooth speakers and headphones. Read on to hear about my experience with iClever’s BoostCube …

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April 29, 2016 • Music Diary, News

Follow-Up Recording from Thumbscrew Arrives May 20th!

Two years ago guitarist Mary Halvorson stepped back from her ever-expanding group projects and released an album called Thumbscrew with what I called a ‘trio of equals’. Now the group is back and ready to release their next album in a few weeks, called Convallaria. And from the preview track, it sounds great.

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April 29, 2016 • Sponsored

HP Pavilion 12 x2: Accomplish More for Less with Four Modes, a Full HD+ Display, and a Full-Size Keyboard

This is a sponsored post; all opinions are mine. Dan was telling me about taking five of his graduating seniors out to dinner the other night. Of course, they talked about the gear they needed for college; key among the items they’ll bring is a computer. I suggested he have them look at the HP Pavilion …

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April 29, 2016 • Reviews

Logi BASE from Logitech Is a Smart Connecting Charging Stand That’s Super Smart

Logi BASE from Logitech is the first non-Apple iPad accessory I’ve tried  that uses the new iPad Pro Smart Connector. Not only does Smart Connector work with Apple’s keyboard case so you don’t need to pair via Bluetooth but it also can serve as a charging port. That what the Logi BASE does, and it is …

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April 29, 2016 • Gaming

Epic RPG Avadon 3 Coming This Fall from Spiderweb Software

Nearly three years since the last installment and more than five years since the series launch, series finale Avadon 3: The Warborn arrives this fall on Mac, PC and iPad. The epic franchise of games from legendary indie developer Spiderweb Software returns players to the exciting and delicately balanced world of Avadon, allowing them broad …

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April 29, 2016 • Reviews

Charge Your Apple Watch in Style with the HoverDock

Since the Apple Watch has been updated to include Nightstand Mode, there are many new options for charging the watch overnight. I recently was able to review the HoverDock by Just Mobile which retails for $34.95. Basically, it is a minimalist way to charge the Apple Watch while using it in Nightstand Mode. Let’s take …

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April 28, 2016 • Reviews

ZVOX Soundbar.SB400 : Options Make This the Perfect All-In-One Home Theater Audio System

One of the great things about a big speaker box under your television along with a subwoofer in the back of the room is that you get big, expansive, booming sound. But is it possible to get that same sound without sacrificing so much space? The answer is YES with the ZVOX Soundbar.SB400.

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April 28, 2016 • Reviews

Speedify Gives You Better Internet & Data Speeds On All of Your Devices

As a huge fan of using Speedtest.net to test the speeds of my internet connection, both on Wi-Fi and LTE, I’ve always seen ads for Speedify and wondered exactly what the program would do to actually help speed up my performance. So when I had the opportunity to review the iOS app for Speedify, I …

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April 28, 2016 • Events

IFA Expands: CE China Set to Be the Premier Asian Consumer Electronics Trade Show

As part of the 10th annual IFA Global Press Conference, along with 300 other members of the press from over 50 countries, I was on hand in Shenzhen to witness Messe Berlin’s expansion into China for the first ever CE China global event. It was something to see.

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April 28, 2016 • Reviews

Lifeproof for the 6s Plus Fixes Case Issues, Adds Variety Of Colors

Unless you’ve lived under a rock the past few years, you might have heard of Lifeproof, and know about all of their accessories for your smartphone, be it Apple or Android device. Lifeproof was nice enough to send me over their more recent NUUD case for the iPhone 6s Plus, and honestly, compared to my review last year, there …

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April 28, 2016 • Health and Fitness

The Benefits of E-Cigars vs. Traditional Cigars

Since traditional smoking is no longer allowed in many public places, consumers have embraced the vaping lifestyle in droves. Vaporizers are an increasingly popular alternative to tobacco products because they deliver nicotine without the tar. Vaping technology isn’t just for cigarette smokers. E-cigars offer a convenient option to replace traditional cigars that cigar smokers can …

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April 28, 2016 • Reviews

The Mars Speaker Levitates, But Is The Sound Quality Out of This World?

We’ve reviewed many Bluetooth speakers on the market, but none quite like the Mars Levitating Bluetooth Speaker, and that is actually a good thing. Created by Crazybaby, the Mars speaker is the world’s first and only levitating speaker that not only looks cool, but it’s pretty damn impressive in terms of audio quality as well. …

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