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August 21, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

BloomSky SKY1 Solar Powered Weather Camera Kit + Solar Panel Review

We’ve reviewed several weather stations in the past, but the BloomSky SKY1 is in a class of its own. Not only does it give you up to the minute weather info from your chosen location, it creates a time-lapse movie of the entire day, and it allows you to share your info and movies easily with …

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July 27, 2016 • Editorials

What Happens When Pokemon Go Consumes Your Life?

Remember when people were sling-shotting Angry Birds, and we thought it was the best game in the world? Well, it was, then. But Pokémon Go is literally the best thing that’s happened to my smartphone since Instagram changed their icon.

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July 27, 2016 • News

Upthere Wants to Make Cloud Storage More Streamlined

I made a nasty discovery a while back: my iPhone was out of space, and the culprit was Dropbox! I had only three documents downloaded and stored on my phone, but Dropbox was somehow using over 9GB! After a delete and reinstall, the problem was fixed for a while — and then it happened again. Now …

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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 11, 2016 • Editorials

My City Has a Rattata Problem: A Concerned Pokemon Go Player

There are some parts of your childhood that you always remember. For me, it was Michael Jordan and Pokémon. So it was no surprise that I INSTANTLY installed Pokémon Go! on my iPhone as soon as it was available in the app store.

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May 19, 2016 • Reviews

Netgear’s Arlo Wire-Free Home Security System Is Almost Flawless

One thing that frustrates a lot of people about home security systems is the fact that many still need to be plugged into a physical outlet in order to actually work, at all times. This could be troublesome if you don’t have a furniture to hide the cables, or if you’re outlets are already full.

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May 11, 2016 • News

TripIt’s Latest Update for Android Adds Android Wear Support and More

Ever since 2015, I’ve been using TripIt exclusively as my “go-to” travel app. So even though I use my iPhone as my daily driver, I made certain to update my Samsung Galaxy as TripIt’s most recent update has landed support for Android Wear, on top of having a brand new design!

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May 9, 2016 • Reviews

Libratone ZIPP MINI Is a Great-Sounding Reboot of One of My Favorite Speakers

The Libratone ZIPP was one of my all-time favorite speakers. It looked great, sounded amazing, and let you customize the look with exchangeable covers. With portable AirPlay it was as close to the perfect speaker for an iOS-user as you could find. Now Libratone has rebooted the ZIPP and they are offering the smaller, and …

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April 28, 2016 • Reviews

Speedify Gives You Better Internet & Data Speeds On All of Your Devices

As a huge fan of using Speedtest.net to test the speeds of my internet connection, both on Wi-Fi and LTE, I’ve always seen ads for Speedify and wondered exactly what the program would do to actually help speed up my performance. So when I had the opportunity to review the iOS app for Speedify, I …

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April 2, 2016 • Reviews

Kodak’s Baby Monitoring System is a Parent’s Best Friend

The Kodak Baby Monitoring System is one of the most thoughtfully designed baby monitors I’ve used. It’s aesthetically pleasing, blending in with any décor, and has a slew of high-tech features including a 180-degree camera with HD video quality, 2-way audio talkback, night vision, a touchless night light, and an intuitive mobile app from Tend. …

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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 11, 2016 • News

Make Sure You Always Have Reliable Service at SXSW with This App

With SXSW quickly approaching, there will be a lot of people out there packing their bags up to get down to Austin, Texas. Once you get down there, sure you’ll be around plenty of panels, parties and amazing food, but how will you stay connected knowing there will be thousands of people all in attendance?

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February 22, 2016 • News

Lightroom for Android Receives HUGE Update

If you’re an Android user and are a fan of Photoshop, but you’ve just been waiting for features that iOS received first (like the ability to shoot RAW images to reach your device), you’re in luck because the update now includes Lightroom, and is available for all Android devices! For the photographer in us all, if you …

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February 7, 2016 • Reviews

A Quick Look at the Honor 5X and Its Android Skin

We will be doing a full review of the Honor 5X soon; it’s a phone with the build quality of a flagship at budget pricing. But the Honor EMUI skin has gotten a lot of criticism, and it may not be as bad as first reaction seems. It’s easy to judge the EMUI apps and …

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January 26, 2016 • Reviews

The Withings Aura Connected Clock + Sleep Sensor Accessory Review

Sleep and I have a sometimes erratic relationship. Some nights I deal with insomnia, and I might sleep 4 or 5 hours at best; other nights I’ll need to catch up on sleep so badly that I’ll pass out for 12 or more hours. Ideally, I should get 8 hours sleep per night. Obviously, what …

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January 11, 2016 • Reviews

Ditto Gives You Discreet Notifications Without Getting in the Way

Judie and I received Huawei Mate 8 smartphones at CES 2016. The phablet is amazing but won’t work with our Apple Watches. We also picked up the amazing Withings Activité Steel Fitness Watch. It’s a great tracker but doesn’t do notifications. Fortunately, the Ditto notifier fills in that gap in a manner that is both …

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December 24, 2015 • Reviews

Synology Surveillance Station Is the Simple Surveillance Solution

The Synology DS1515 is an incredibly versatile and powerful NAS. The feature that intrigued me is its ability to be a fully functional surveillance system. The Synology DS1515 sells for $599.99 on Amazon as of the time of this writing.

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December 22, 2015 • Deals, Gaming

G5 Holiday Sale: Get 10 Gripping Games at up to 80% off on All Platforms!

The Holiday Sales in the iOS, Windows and Google Play app stores have kicked in this week – just check out any of the stores for amazing deals. Amongst these deals are some great adventures from G5 Games at up to 80% off – and one of my favorite hidden object games for FREE!

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December 7, 2015 • Editorials

Saying Goodbye to Mailbox App: As DropBox Shutters It and Carousel in Early 2016

When a small app company is gobbled up, there are only a few options: the app fits well and expands the breadth of the parent company, or there is technology added to a core product and the product is eventually killed off, or the app just languishes while the new employees are tasked with other …

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November 15, 2015 • News

BluVue is Perfect for Construction Document Markups, Collaboration

As an Architect in the digital age, I have to review, mark up, and collaborate on construction documents every day, sometimes on the go. BluVue looks like an awesome mobile construction software that allows you to manage, distribute, annotate, and share plans digitally with any iPhone, iPad, or Android device.  You can check it out today …

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November 13, 2015 • News

IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Reinvents Guitar Miking for Mobile

The IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic is something totally new and hugely innovative. As the company notes it, “Reinvents Guitar Miking for Mobile” and does so in a smart, innovative way that musicians are going to love. It is the first acoustic guitar mobile microphone/interface for use with iOS devices, Macs and Androids too! It is …

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