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August 26, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

RAVPower 36W Dual Port Type-C/USB Wall Charger Review: The Charger That Should Have Come with the MacBook

The new MacBook comes with a 29W power cube that serves its purpose well enough, but there are no bells and whistles like, oh, say, an extra USB charging port or a way to wrap the long USB Type-C power cord neatly. With that in mind, the RAVPower 36W Dual Port Type-C/USB Wall Charger comes awfully close …

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August 26, 2016 • Reviews

VAVA Voom 20 Portable Speaker Review

It seems like everyone has a cylindrical portable speaker for sale, so at first glance, the VAVA Voom 20 may seem like a me-too product. But once you check out the features — and see the price — it might just win you over.

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August 25, 2016 • Reviews

ROMOSS Rolink Hybrid Cable: One Cable with a Flippable End for MicroUSB or Lightning. What?!

If you live in a household with both iOS and microUSB connected phones, then you might be interested in the ROMOSS Rolink Hybrid Cable; with a simple flip of the business end, it can sync and charge devices that use either a Lightning Cable or a microUSB cable.

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August 22, 2016 • Reviews

OnePlus 3 Equals an Awesome Android Phone for Under $400

Just about twice a year I leave my iPhone behind and flirt with Android phones for a period of time. Most of the time I’m happy to get back to my iPhone. Most recently, however, the transition back to iOS was tough. I was using the OnePlus 3 and absolutely loved it. Raina, however, wanted …

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August 18, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45W Laptop Adapter Review

The 29W power cube that comes with the Apple 12″ MacBook is small enough, but without the storage prongs that snap in and out of most of Apple’s laptop cubes, the 2-meter cable that comes with it has to be wrapped on its own. This seems like a weird oversight from a company that’s usually more …

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August 16, 2016 • Reviews

You’ll Snap Your Fingers for the Libratone ONE Click Portable Speaker

I’m a huge fan of Libratone’s speakers. We reviewed the first generation of the ZIPP here on Gear Diary when it first came out, and the current iteration of the ZIPP (which added Bluetooth) in both sizes a few months ago. Now we are looking at the Libratone ONE Click and … I love it.

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August 8, 2016 • Deals

HTC and JBL Launch the Reflect Aware C, the World’s First USB Type-C Sport Headphones with a Great Deal

Starting today, if you purchase an HTC 10 through HTC.com (and if you live in the US), you will receive a free pair of the JBL Reflect Aware C Sport Headphones. This offer is good until August 31st as long as supplies last. You’ll also get a $100 accessory credit to use on HTC.com (excluding the …

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August 7, 2016 • Editorials

Why Are Accessory Makers Consolidating Rapidly?

News broke this week that Incipio is acquiring Griffin, hot on the heels of Incipio also acquiring Skullcandy, Otterbox acquiring Lifeproof, Mophie being acquired by Zagg, and going back a few years, Sena being acquired by Targus and Speck by Samsonite.

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July 28, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

Choetech Car Chargers: Qualcomm Quick Charge and USB Type-C Enabled!

You have a quick charger for your phone in your house, why not have one in your car? With the new Choetech car chargers, you can! Let’s take a look at the 30W Dual USB Car Charger and the 22W USB-C Car Charger; both are handy, fast, and inexpensive.

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July 26, 2016 • Health and Fitness

The Bellabeat Leaf Urban Is Probably the Most Mindful Fitness Tracker Yet

Sure, any health tracker can count your steps and maybe your sleep, but the new Bellabeat Leaf Urban tracks steps, sleep, and monthly cycles though the app; it has stress-predicting and tracking technology together with mindfulness management features, and it is pretty.

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July 22, 2016 • News

Up to 40% off All Moto Mods for the New Moto Z Droids from Verizon

If you have your eye on one of the new Moto Z or Moto Z Force Droids, then you likely already know that they will be compatible with Moto Mods — a line of magnetically attached accessories that turn an already great phone into a super phone!

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July 21, 2016 • Reviews

Alcatel Hits It Out of the Budget Park with Their IDOL 4S and VR Combo

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s big at tech shows for the past couple of years, then you know that Virtual Reality (VR) is H-U-G-E. If you buy the new Alcatel IDOL 4S, you’ll be set to take advantage of this exciting technology right out of the box — with nothing more to buy!

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July 21, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

The BloomSky Next-Gen SKY2 and STORM: A Community-Based Smart Weather Camera Station

I run a cattle ranch in West Texas; most of our community’s livelihood relies upon the weather, so when we ask each other “how much rain did you get?”, it’s not just idle chit-chat. Having an accurate way to measure what’s happening with the weather at all times is important, and that’s why I’m excited about the BloomSky …

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July 21, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie MagiCable USB-C Connector to Micro USB: Retrofit your Type-C Charging Cable When Needed

Here’s an interesting doo-dad in a long line of USB Type-C related products that we’re seeing these days: this one is the Innergie MagiCable USB-C Connector to Micro USB, and it allows you to charge your MicroUSB devices from a USB Type-C cable.

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July 20, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

A Pair of Earphones Are Going to Change How You Feel About Wearables

While some of you are out there soaking up the sun, on your run outdoors, some of us need a little bit more motivation other than Pokemon Go to get going; that’s where LifeBEAM has you covered. LifeBEAM announced a Kickstarter campaign that only has a few days remaining onn their ‘first of its kind’ AI …

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July 15, 2016 • Reviews

Signia Has Made Hearing Aids Sexy; No, Really!

If the old-fashioned “ear-trumpet” is what you think of when you think of a hearing aid, you’re only a couple of centuries behind on the tech. Today’s hearing aids are tiny, little things that help their wearers hear well without being obvious or conspicuous.

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July 13, 2016 • News

The New Alcatel Idol 4S: Bundled with VR and Ready for Action!

Alcatel unveiled their unlocked and value-packed IDOL 4S at MWC earlier this year; it’s the follow-up to their IDOL 3 which was largely considered one of the best smartphone values of 2015. What sets the IDOL 4 apart from its predecessor is a whole new level of features and accessories.

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July 11, 2016 • Reviews

Griffin’s Cove Is a One Stop Charging Shop

Raina and I are setting up our newly remodeled home and thinking through how to be keep it organized. One challenge? With iPhones and iPads, laptops and more we’re the epitome of the multi-device household. We want to avoid having a tangle of cables and wall adapters. That’s where the Cove comes in. Cove is …

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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 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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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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