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July 10, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

The Satechi 60W Multi-Port USB Charging Station: USB Type-A and Type-C Ports Galore

I finally broke down and bought a MacBook after months of hard-sell from Helena. Being able to carry a full Mac OS X computer that weighs so much less than my 13″ MacBook Pro has been liberating; figuring out how to charge my travel laptop and other devices at the same time has been a …

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews

Proper Cloth Hits the Ball Out of the Park with their Custom Dress Shirts

Since their launch in 2008, Proper Cloth has been selling custom dress shirts through their online store to customers around the world. Using a number of sizing methods, each shirt is custom made and hand-assembled and then delivered to your doorstep in about 2 weeks. Proper Cloth guarantees a perfect fit; they’ll alter or remake …

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews

The Torque Audio t096z Are Six High-End In-Ear Headphones in One!

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to review some incredible earphones but never before have I experienced anything like the Torque Audio t096z. This one pair of earphones is actually six different pair, thanks to the innovative use of 6 different TorqueValves. Each offers a different sound in order to meet …

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews

Naim’s Mu-so Hi-Fi Home Stereo System Is One Amazing Home Audio System

One thing that my home way truly missing was a really good home stereo/music system, so while shopping around I stumbled across the Mu-so by Naim Audio. While expensive at $1499, the speaker gets the job done!

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July 9, 2016 • Reviews

Stop Forgetting Your Cable with Native Union’s KEY Cable

Have you ever been in a position where you need that quick charge, or you have a friend who has a brick for you, but their device isn’t the same as yours so you catch yourself asking strangers for a cable so you can get some extra juice to last? You no longer need to …

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July 9, 2016 • Reviews

TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Sports Headset for the Win!

Can a pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones that sell on Amazon for under $60 sound decent? That’s the question I brought with me when I began my review of the TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Music Stereo Sports Headset. While they have an MSRP of $99.99 you can get them for $40 less on …

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July 7, 2016 • Reviews

Haiku Series L Fan with Integrated LED: It’s Like a Glorious Caribbean Breeze

When Raina and I bought our house, I knew I wanted to add ceiling fans and smart functionality. (I know, you are shocked!) The Haiku Ceiling Fan from Big Ass Fans covers both of those “wants”, and the company was kind enough to send a Series L fan along with their Wall Control Module that …

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July 7, 2016 • Reviews

BodyGuardz ScreenGuardz Pure + Crown for the iPhone: Protect Your Screen Beautifully

We’re big fans of BodyGuardz products here, whether it’s their screen protectors or protective skins. If you haven’t already got a screen protector on your iPhone, then you should take a look at their ScreenGuardz Pure + Crown premium tempered glass screen protector.

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July 7, 2016 • News

New Verizon Plans Now Live: Should You Switch or Wait?

The long-awaited Verizon plan changes are now live. My account shows I can gain an added 4 GB of monthly data which will include carryover and safety mode at no cost by swapping plans. But is there any advantage to me doing so right away? I think the answer to this hinges on three variables.

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July 6, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Outdoors, Reviews

PKparis K’asq Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset: No Wires Whatsoever

Most of the “wireless” headphones we’ve reviewed still have a wire that connects to each of the earphones on either side of the wearer’s head; the PKparis K’asq Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headset removes that wire and puts the entire package in each of the wearer’s ears. How well could that possibly work?

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July 6, 2016 • Reviews

Brooklyn Bedding Has “One Mattress to Rule Them All”

Brooklyn Bedding’s website offers the tagline “One Mattress to Rule Them All.” It’s an interesting statement but slightly inaccurate. You see, this is the third “bed in a box” I’ve reviewed, and it’s the one that offers the most options. In addition to a range of sizes, it also offers a range of firmness. And …

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July 5, 2016 • Reviews

The Jide Remix Ultratablet: Finally a Tablet for Productivity

I’ve been a fan of Android since the beginning. While the phone experience has been solid lately, the tablet experience hasn’t been. While I thought it was ok, it really wasn’t. Jide has gone a long way to help this out with their version of Android, titled RemixOS with the Jide Ultra Tablet.  It’s a …

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July 3, 2016 • Reviews

LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Mobile Drive: Ready for Your MacBook

If you have a new MacBook, you’re probably still sorting out which gear will work with the USB Type-C port on your laptop. Ready and able to meet your backup needs is the LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Mobile Drive; available in 1TB, 2TB or 4TB, this beautiful USB 3.0 hard drive is a more than capable Time …

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July 3, 2016 • Reviews

Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Ultra Slim: Pocketable Storage with a 200GB Bonus

Summer is here, and the last thing that anyone wants to think about is going back to school, but that time will be here before you know it. One of the tools that every student needs in their arsenal is a good backup drive, and the Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Drive is …

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July 1, 2016 • Events

CE Week WrapUp Interviews: Smarthomes, Robots, Editor Projections!

If you didn’t make it to CE Week last week, then you missed a great series of panels, including mine on Robots, Printers, and Games that featured Davin Sufer, CTO of WowWee; Kilian Saekel, Founder of A-Champs; and Max Bouge, Co-Founder and CEO of Wobbleworks — best panel ever!

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July 1, 2016 • Autos

2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus is the Zig to your Zag!

Do you sometimes just sit in your car and wonder where the heck you are going? Maybe not this trip, but perhaps in life? The new Journey Crossroads Plus from Dodge sounds like the perfect vehicle that is right there with you, waiting for that epiphany when you decide to zig instead of zag.

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July 1, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

Volant Sound Brings Unique Three-in-One Headphones to Kickstarter!

Volant Sound is hitting Kickstarter hard with their super unique headphones; a three-in-one design that combines wireless Bluetooth headphones, wired over-the-ear headphones, and wired in-ear headphones. Instead of buying three different headphones for all of your listening situations, you can buy one set that morphs like a Transformer to give you exactly what you need. …

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June 30, 2016 • Reviews

RAVPower 22000mAh External Battery Pack with Triple iSmart 2.0 USB Ports: Enough Power for Everything!

For a while, backpacks and suitcases have been available that have built-in battery packs for on the go charging. The issue I’ve run into with these combo sets is that I’ve never found a backpack or suitcase that I really liked that came with built-in power. The solution?

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June 30, 2016 • Reviews

JBL Charge 3 Offers Kick-Ass Waterproof Sound with Power to Go

JBL describes the JBL Charge 3 as a “waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker with a high-capacity battery to charge your portable devices.” Available in black, blue, grey, red and teal, the speaker puts out serious sound, can go pretty much anywhere you want to go and doubles as an external battery for your smartphone. At $149.95 …

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June 29, 2016 • Reviews

Simple Workout Log Makes My FrankenWorkout Easy to Follow!

I’ve bounced between a number of different workout programs; I started with Stronglifts 5×5, then You Are Your Own Gym. Both programs had dedicated apps, so I didn’t have to think about how to track my progress. Since then, I’ve concocted a frankenworkout, but I needed an easy way to track the routine, and Simple Workout …

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June 29, 2016 • Reviews

The STM Trestle Is the Slim Backpack for ALL of Your Things

Alright, I’ll have to admit, I have a love for a good backpack. I’ve used messenger bags for my daily commute, but I have a fond love for a bag I can place on my shoulders and be on the go with. The issue with many of those bags is that they are entirely too …

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