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Calling Off the Outlook Mobile App Challenge!

Yesterday we invited everyone to join us on the Outlook Mobile App Challenge, which seemed like a fun way to put this new ‘universal inbox’ app to the test. Since then some significant security concerns have been identified that makes this an app that we cannot recommend using right now. As a result, we’re stopping the challenge immediately.

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Stronglifts 5×5 App Review for Android: Handheld Encouragement

I am trying to get into better shape. After a minor knee surgery, my running routine fell completely apart. A good chunk of my injury was caused by muscle imbalances, so I set out to get into better shape with a strength training routine. I settled on the Stronglifts 5×5 workout; the Android app has been invaluable to my progress!

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Verizon Account Sign-In #Fail

Dear Verizon: Why exactly have I chosen a password for your site, when upon login from a new computer you’re still going to ask me about some obtuse reference I probably have not jotted down and which may have multiple answers? In many cases, answers to these dumb challenge questions are easily found by looking at social media sites.

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Gear Diary Reviews the OtterBox Symmetry Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 4-015

OtterBox Symmetry for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case Review

Do you have a Note 4? If so, then you’re no doubt enjoying its gorgeous screen and all its amazing features — including its handy stylus. What you probably don’t love is knowing that if you drop your naked phablet, damage is inevitable. Give yourself peace of mind by installing an OtterBox Symmetry for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case.

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Dave Smith Instruments Brings Back Sequential Circuits with the Prophet 6!

Wow … just wow. Yesterday we heard about the resurrected ARP Odyssey from Korg, and today Dave Smith Instruments has brought back the venerable Sequential Circuits brand name to announce their new Prophet 6 analog synthesizer! Dave Smith is founder of Sequential Circuits and the legendary Prophet V, so he is well positioned to deliver the goods with Prophet 6!

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Orange Announces the MusicBoard Interactive Whiteboard for Music Education!

This week at NAMM, legendary amplifier company introduced a bunch of great new stuff, including a surprise item – the Orange MusicBoard Interactive Whiteboard. Anyone with kids in school knows about electronic whiteboards, which allow you to project interactive content from a computer onto a screen. The MusicBoard seeks to revolutionize how music theory is taught to students!

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Tell the FDA to Add Sesame to Allergy Labels!

I have mentioned this before, but my son is severely allergic to sesame seeds. We found this out the hard way, after one small bite of hummus landed us in the ER. Unfortunately, companies do not have to label if sesame is an ingredient or cross contaminant in the US, so it’s time to petition the FDA to change that …

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2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Reports for Duty

Although it may seem like the Ram (formerly Dodge) truck division of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Corporation has been serious about competing against the likes of Chevy and Ford pickups in recent years, the brand’s off-roading heritage goes back to the waning days of WWII and a purpose-built ¾-ton military truck known as Power Wagon.

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IK Multimedia NAMM Slam Sale!

As the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show happening later this week in Anaheim, CA, we are starting to see news of new products and updates trickling out from manufacturers – which will quickly turn into a deluge. We’re also starting to get app sales notifications – including an awesome 75% ‘NAMM Slam’ sale from IK Multimedia!

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More Star Wars Games Land on GoG.com This Week!

More Star Wars Games Land on GoG.com This Week!

There are few gaming franchises more beloved than Star Wars universe. From the 1983 arcade classic ‘Star Wars’ through Knights of the Old Republic and LEGO Star Wars, generations have grown up playing in a galaxy far, far away. Last fall GoG.com teamed up with Disney, now they’re making another set of ‘lost classics’ Star Wars games available to enjoy!

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Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 6 Is Three Products in One

One of the great things about being around the tech world is watching the way in which companies and product lines evolve. The TwelveSouth BookBook for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a perfect example. The original BookBook was nice but flawed; a few product generations later, and the new BookBook is nothing short of a home run.

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Club Nintendo Closing Up Shop; New Program Coming

Club Nintendo gave gamers extra real-life items (with free shipping) for their purchases when entering/registering codes as members in this Nintendo customer loyalty program for about six years. Now, Nintendo has informed U.S.A. and Canadian members that they can earn more “coin” amounts before Tuesday, March 31, 2015 and spend their remaining amounts before Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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