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March 31, 2016 • Deals

Amazon Deal: Philips Wake-Up Light $65

I bought the Philips Wake-Up Light about a month ago for $90. My 16-year-old daughter loves it, and since she has been using the Philips wake up alarm I’ve not once had to reminder her that it’s time to get up for school.

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March 31, 2016 • Reviews

Moshi IonBank 10K Has Style, Features and a Huge Battery

We have the chance to review a lot of external batteries on the site. For one to stand out these days it has to have an amazing industrial design, special features or a shockingly low price. The Moshi IonBank 10K has great industrial design and numerous special features. It’s just under $100 but, hey, two …

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March 31, 2016 • Reviews

Waterfield Staad Attaché

Yes, Waterfield, one of my favorite bag and case companies, has done it again. The Waterfield Staad Attaché takes its cues from the Staad Backpack Judie and I reviewed some time back and brings its amazing design features to an attaché case that is small and easy to carry but large enough for your iPad …

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March 30, 2016 • Reviews

Check out Caseable: Handcrafted Custom Accessories for Your Favorite Devices

In a sea of mass-produced cases for electronic devices, caseable is one company that is creating custom accessories for devices that not only use your photographs to personalize them, they are doing so right here in the US (in Berlin for their European customers), and they’re making these items– to the greatest extent possible — …

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March 30, 2016 • Reviews

Not All Hoverboards Are Dangerous: Introducing the AlienBoard by Alienwheels

Ever since the holidays, you might have seen people left and right riding in the mall, in parks, or even in your local grocery store on a cheaper version of a Hoverboard after seeing your favorite celebrity riding on one on Instagram, or in a music video.

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March 30, 2016 • Reviews

The VersaCover by Moshi Is My Favorite Case for the iPad Pro

Over the past month, I’ve been using the most unusual iPad Pro case on the market after literally going caseless for the first two weeks of purchasing the 12.7” tablet and luckily, Moshi sent me over their iGlaze and VersaCover for the extra-large iPad, and I love it.

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March 29, 2016 • News

The Nyne Rebel Review: A Portable Wireless Speaker and Power Bank That Works Everywhere

Spring is here, and that leads to more time spent outdoors. Whether you are working in the garden or enjoying a day at the lake with your kids, music can make the experience that much better. Want a portable speaker that can deliver great sound and handle splashes? Look no further than the nyne Rebel.

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March 29, 2016 • News

Drop Everything and Watch this “Orange is the New Black”/”Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

If you have a Netflix subscription and haven’t watched “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Orange is the New Black”, please head off to binge both immediately. We’ll wait here. If you’re back, keep reading, because the tribute video of your dreams was released by Netflix yesterday, where the ladies of Litchfield celebrate the upcoming Kimmy Schmidt …

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March 29, 2016 • News

ZAGG’s Ready for the iPhone SE and 9.7″ iPad Pro. Are You?

It should come as no surprise that ZAGG is already rolling out protection and accessories for the new Apple iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. First out of the gate is InvisibleShield Screen Protection for both devices and keyboards for the new iPad Pro. Personally, I’m most excited for the ZAGG SlimBook’s protection and …

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March 28, 2016 • Reviews

Timbuk2 Command TSA Friendly Laptop Is Ready to Go!

Timbuk2 describes the Command TSA-Friendly Laptop Backpack as “a dressed up TSA-compliant backpack for road warriors.” All I know is I’m a huge fan. I’ve used it for my last three trips and it served me quite well. It looks good, is well made and keeps my gear safe and organized on the go. And …

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March 28, 2016 • Reviews

Just Mobile HoverDock: A Case Friendly Minimalistic iPhone Charging Dock

If you work with your iPhone at the side of your laptop, then you know how handy a dock can be. Whether you’re just looking at notifications as they pop up or watching the time, it’s handy to have your device kept at a proper viewing angle.

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March 28, 2016 • Reviews

Litter-Robot Open Air Review: Automate the One job That Makes Owning a Cat No Fun

If you’ve got an indoor cat, then you’ve got a litter box of some kind. If you’ve got a conventional litter box, then you know all about the bending, scooping, and discarding of clumped feces and urine that is a necessary evil of cat ownership. There is a better way, and that way is the …

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March 28, 2016 • Autos

2016 Scion iM Hatchback: The Swan Song of a Brand

No sooner does Scion release a couple of all new vehicles than its parent company Toyota Motor Sales announces the division will be mothballed. Fortunately it appears the Scion vehicles will be rolled back into the Toyota production lineup as they are all very worthy including the newest hatchback, the Scion iM.

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March 25, 2016 • Reviews

Quality Recordings on the Go Thanks to the Shure MOTIV MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone

Shure describes the MOTIV MV88 IOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone as “The Documenter.” Having used the MV88 for the past few months, including at CES 2016 and for any YouTube video I’ve shot in 2016, I can say it is that and much more. The MV88 plugs directly into your iOS device and lets you …

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March 24, 2016 • Editorials

Seaworld Announces an End to Orca Shows, Calls Us All Killers for Wanting to Free Willy

Seaworld has been under a great deal of pressure since the release of the documentary “Blackfish“. The film focused on an orca at Seaworld, and why it’s a bad idea to raise and keep killer whales in captivity. It led to a groundswell of pressure on Seaworld, and they’ve finally announced an end to the …

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March 24, 2016 • Reviews

OKU Reviewed: Why This Little Cube Should Be Your Personal Skin Coach

Whether you are in your mid-twenties and dealing with hormonal breakouts, or in your forties worrying about dryness and the onset of wrinkles, skin is your largest and most likely least understood organ. OKU is a device that is supposed to look “beneath the surface of your skin and see what you can’t see with the …

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March 23, 2016 • News

Is Pebble’s Time Up?

The Verge reported on some ominous news from Pebble today; they’re apparently laying off 25% of their staff. Combine that with a competitive wearables market, and it doesn’t look great for Kickstarter’s biggest success story.

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March 23, 2016 • News

Nest Now Sends a Photo with Your Nest Cam Email Alert

I have a Nest Cam setup in my living room which notifies me every time something moves or makes a sound. I love it and even though at $199 it’s not the least expensive camera you’ll find, I do like that it displays an image within my Nest app alongside my thermostats and Nest Protect.

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March 23, 2016 • News

Google Keep Trick: OK Google, Add Milk To My Shopping List

I’m not sure how new this is however Android users who say “Ok Google” and then “Add xxx to my Shopping List” will find that Google Keep is able to maintain a shopping list for them. 

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March 22, 2016 • News, Reviews

Choetech Can Charge Your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Quickly and Wirelessly

If you happen to own a Quick Charge capable Android phone like the LG G5 or the Samsung Galaxy S7s, you might be wondering which charger you should invest in. I was sent the Choetech T513-S 3-Coils Fast Wireless Charger and the CHOE 18W Fast charger Adaptive Wall Adapter (try saying that five times fast).

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March 22, 2016 • Autos

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan: Farewell to a Favorite

I am constantly asked what the best three-row crossover vehicle is and for many years my answer has not waivered: a minivan. I am still a firm believer that the ultimate utility comes from a model that receives so little respect these days, and recently we got a (final) look at the granddaddy of them, …

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