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Dog & Bone Makes a Wetsuit for your Phone – Yes, Really

A wetsuit for your phone? Are you kidding me? This I gotta see. This was my initial reaction when reading the press release for the new Wetsuit waterproof case for the iPhone 6 by Australian accessory company Dog & Bone. Yes, the Wetsuit is designed to make your device waterproof and shock-proof while allowing direct touch access to the screen.

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80 Days

’80 Days’ Is a Journey Worth Taking on iOS or Android

Think about this – interactive ‘build your own adventure’ storybook plugged into a role-playing adventure, based on the classic Jules Verne story ‘Around the World in 80 Days‘. Seems like a lot – but when put in the hands of Inkle Studios, the result is an amazing game that recently toppedTime’s ‘Top 10 Video Games of 2014′!

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2015 Infiniti QX60 Delivers Luxury to the Middle Class

Infiniti brings luxury back to the middle class – the mid-size crossover utility class that is. The QX that shares its architecture with the Nissan Pathfinder has returned to the Infiniti lineup after a 10-year hiatus and it arrived as a three-row, seven-passenger unibody crossover surviving a couple rounds of renaming strategy sessions and offering a choice of power trains.

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Global Rich List

Global Rich List Reminds Us of Just How Much We Have

If you were to guess what percentage of the world’s population had less annual income than you, what would you guess? Maybe 10%? Well, you’ll likely be surprised to find out that if you live in the US and eat regularly, you fall in the top 1% of the world’s wealthiest people, and more likely you are well under 0.5%!

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Feel the Beat with iRig Pads Controller by IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia has had a great 2014, starting with the iRig Keys Pro, then the iRig Voice, iRing, iRig Pro and more. Now they are closing out the year by jumping into the pad controller ring with iRig Pads, a fully MIDI compliant controller for iOS and the Mac with multiple connectivity options and controller configurations.

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The 2016 Kia Sorento SUV Is One Hot Mid-Size SUV!

What happens when you bring forty (or so) auto writers to Lake Tahoe to cover the launch of the 2016 Kia Sorento the day before a huge winter storm is predicted to roll in? It turns out that not only have you guaranteed that the SUV will have a chance to shine, you’ve also guaranteed a great time for all.

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kwmobile FLIP COVER for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

If you picked up one of the new small Xperia Z3 smartphones and want a simple and inexpensive way to protect it, you’ll want to check out the kwmobile FLIP COVER for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. At just $6.40 it’s inexpensive and gets the job done. This case is available in your choice of black, green, pink, white, and light …

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Your 2014 Home Video Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday home video releases are as plentiful as Christmas lights with a wide variety of potential presents for audiences of all tastes and ages. Find those rare films, special collections and newly released gems as home video releases keep coming sooner after the film’s initial theatrical release. Streaming options, devices, and services also can make a holiday season happy.

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Okidokeys Are an Accessible Entry into the Smart Home Arena

The quirkily named Okidokeys are smart locks for your doors. Consider Okidokeys the gatekeeper to your Smart House. With these neat gadgets, you can unlock your doors using mobile phones or RFID tags without changing the look of your door from outside. Okidokeys are compatible with all cellphones and smartphones on all carriers. The Okidokeys Access Pack retails for $259.

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Just Dance 2015 Review for PlayStation 4

Since its launch in 2009, Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2015 represents the sixth installment in the active game series where players keep to the beat and closely follow the colorful silhouette dancers. This game keeps on giving more content and unlockables as players dance through the tracks by themselves or with up to eight friends plus extra fitness and karaoke gameplay.

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Grain Audio OEHP Headphones Promise to Impress: Review and Giveaway

If you are looking for a new pair of headphones that sound great, don’t look like every other pair of bright plastic headphones, and won’t break the bank, then you owe it to yourself to check out the Grain Audio OEHP over-the-ear headphones. At under $200, these headphones exude class, offer serious comfort and, best of all, they sound great.

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Cuneiform 30th

Cuneiform Records Releases “Name Your Price” 30th Anniversary Compilation!

Cuneiform Records is a small indie label representing some of the best of rock and jazz and everything in between. I have reviewed releases from Thumbscrew, São Paulo Underground, Raoul Björkenheim and S.O.S., with pending reviews for Ed Palermo and Joe Beck. These recordings span are just part of the new 30th Anniversary Compilation, released as ‘Pay What You Want’!

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Jurassic World is Coming!

I am a huge fan of “Jurassic Park“. It easily ranks in my top five movies of all time, even if the sequels were a little weaker. So yes, I am quite excited for “Jurassic World”, but the trailer has lowered my enthusiasm from “HECK YEA” to “Yea…hopefully they don’t screw this up.”

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Nova Bluetooth Off-Camera Flash for iOS Is a Bright Idea!

Every now and then a smartphone accessory comes along that breaks the mold and surprises you in exciting and useful ways. That’s what happened when the Nova Bluetooth Off-Camera Flash for iOS arrived for review. This Bluetooth enabled flash lets you wirelessly take better pictures. Here’s a quick look at a phenomenal smartphone accessory concept that is also well-executed. The Nova …

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Epson Expression Photo XP-860 All-in-One Printer Is Small and Social

This holiday season, you will be using your phone, tablet, and (shockingly) your camera to take dozens if not hundreds of photos. Some will go up on Facebook or Instagram, but many will sit on the device waiting. Well, with the Epson Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer the wait is over. Use it to print pictures now and your …

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PlayStation 3 Holiday Gift Guide: Great Gaming This Holiday Season

The PlayStation 3 game console is still going strong with several promising game releases this holiday season. Players can gear up with popular game series continue with special editions and special remixes. Special game/PS3 bundles include Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Bundle, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham + The Sly Collection Bundle and a LEGO Hobbit Bundle.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Ride, Sally, Ride

This year marked the 50th anniversary of a motoring icon while at the same time saw it go from American driveway to international runway. The Ford Mustang is totally new for 2015 and is now being offered in multiple markets around the globe. While it is still America’s sweetheart, for Big Blue Oval it is much, much more.

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