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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 16, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

Sensoria Developing New Heart-Rate Monitoring Shirts and Bras!

There’s a great deal of evidence out there that monitoring your heart rate as you workout can help determine your effort and assist with modulating your workout intensity. There are chest straps, wrist monitors, even hats…and now you can add bras and shirts to the list!

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June 14, 2016 • Reviews

The TruMedic InstaShiatsu+ Neck & Back Massager with Heat: Perfect for Dad

I tend to hunch while typing; it’s completely unconscious and unintentional, but it results in me bunching my neck and shoulder muscles to the point of pain. I love the idea of a massager that I can passively operate on my own — without having someone else hold it, or without having to angle and …

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June 12, 2016 • Reviews

Vega Protein Powder and Preworkout supplement

Protein powder and other supplements can be controversial. Some see them as a useful tool to aid in meeting nutritional goals, or in recovering or prepping for workouts, while others doubt their efficacy. Adding to the complication is that most protein powders are whey (dairy) based; there is an alternative for vegans and anyone who …

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May 28, 2016 • Editorials

Has Jawbone Run Out of Steps?

Jawbone is one of those companies that seems to sit just below the surface of mainstream success. They were well known for Bluetooth speakers and headsets, then they were an early pioneer in fitness wearables. All that seems to have crashed down quickly around them, and it looks like Jawbone is in an ominous position.

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May 22, 2016 • Reviews

The Nox Smart Sleep System Holistically Monitors and Improves Your Sleep

The Nox Smart Sleep System combines the Nox, a smart sleep light; RestOn, a non-wearable sleep sensor; and the Sleepace mobile application to monitor, track, and improve your sleep. The Nox will provide soft sleep-inducing light and sound while you are falling asleep, the RestOn will monitor your sleep, and the Nox will wake you naturally …

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May 20, 2016 • Health and Fitness, News

Get a Closer Look at How You’re Brushing Your Teeth with Prophix

We could all take a bit more care of our teeth, but wouldn’t you like the ability to actually see HOW well you are cleaning the inside of your mouth, especially in those hard to reach places? You are in luck.

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May 8, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

Lumidiet Offers a Crowdfunded Way to Separate Fools and Money

It should be common sense by now, but since concepts like Lumidiet exist, apparently this isn’t clear to everyone: magic belts cannot zap away your fat, either through vibration or LED lights. Lumidiet’s Indiegogo campaign is an especially egregious example of these false and misleading gadgets.

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April 27, 2016 • News

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer: Will This Product Disrupt the Hair Care Industry?

Dyson, a brand synonymous with high-end vacuum cleaners, fans, and humidifiers, has turned their focus to personal care products. Four years and $71 million dollars later, today they have announced the Supersonic Hair Dryer.

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April 26, 2016 • News

Allergy Alert: DO NOT Buy Kellogg’s Products if You Have a Peanut Allergy!

Kellogg’s has never had a great reputation in the allergy world. For example, Kellogg’s would not tell someone if their allergen is in a product if the allergen is not required to be labelled by the FDA. Now they’re really getting dangerous, though, with the addition of peanut flour into various savory and previously nut …

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April 20, 2016 • Reviews

Kinsa Smart Thermometer Review

The only thing worse than a sick toddler is taking a sick toddler’s temperature. It’s easy if they’re sleeping, but once the sick kiddo is awake/grumpy, all bets are off. We’ve survived our first year of my son’s preschooling with the requisite colds, so when Kinsa offered to have us review the Smart Thermometer we …

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April 12, 2016 • News

Target Teams up with Qardio to Help Boost “Connected Health” Sections in Stores

If you’re looking forward to staying healthy this Spring, and need a little boost to help you stay motivated, you’ll be happy to know that Qardio has teamed up with Target to bring digital healthcare to the masses! Qardio is an award winning digital health company that’s whole mission is to transform the way health …

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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 14, 2016 • Reviews

Withings Smart Body Analyzer Wi-Fi Scale and Health Tracker: Stay on Top of Your Weight Loss

Over the past couple of years, I had managed to gain some very unwanted pounds rather rapidly. I thought at first that my weight gain was hormonal, or perhaps I had a thyroid problem. I was running and walking long distances regularly, and I was (sporadically) writing down what I ate, but I wasn’t seeing …

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March 14, 2016 • Reviews

From Box to Better Night’s Sleep Thanks to the Eve Mattress

A little over a year ago, I received a “bed in a box” for review. Fast forward a year, and my wife Raina suggested we move from a queen mattress to a king. Eve Mattress was one of two companies kind enough to send one of their kind mattresses for review; I’ve been sleeping on …

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March 12, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

Pear Sports Fitness App and Equipment Review: Carry a Trainer in Your Pocket!

Fitness apps are a growing business, but not all of them are created equal. Some offer great tracking for running and biking. Others offer a few broad cross training choices, but nothing more substantive. Pear Sports aims to be a bit of everything, from cross training to cardio, with training programs and experts from multiple …

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March 8, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

Brooks Seattle Shell Jacket Review: Make Staying Warm Look Good!

Running in good weather is easy. All you need is shorts and a t-shirt and off you go. Rain and cold are a bit tougher since you need to balance comfort with layers. Brooks, whose motto is “Run Happy”, wants you to be comfortable in all weather, and they asked us to test their Seattle Shell …

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March 8, 2016 • Health and Fitness

Oral-B Genius: Brush Like Your Dentist Recommends

While at Mobile World Congress, I caught a demo of the new Oral-B Genius, the world’s first toothbrush that “sees what you don’t”. Using a combination of Oral-B’s Position Detection Technology with Triple Pressure Control and a professional timer, the Genius helps you brush like your dentist recommends. Take a look …

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February 5, 2016 • Yum Log

Soylent 2.0 Is Vegan, Nutritionally Balanced and Definitely NOT PEOPLE, But Is It Any Good?

Soylent is a very unfortunate/amusingly named meal replacement drink that has the added cachet of being crowdfunded via Kickstarter; basically, it’s the hacking and disruption movement coming for your food. The company says a steady diet of Soylent could replace your meals, as it is formulated to be nutritionally balanced. I had a free sample, …

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February 5, 2016 • Reviews

Brooks Pureflow 5 Running Shoe Review

Running shoes are the most subjective item to review, since everything from shoe type to foot size to personal preference become factors in judging the shoe. Having said that, I feel pretty comfortable saying the Brooks Pureflow 5 are probably the best running shoe I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in the last several years. Read …

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January 28, 2016 • Rants and Raves

Is Theranos Truly Disruptive, or Is It All Smoke and Mirrors?

Have you heard of Theranos? The name might seem vaguely familiar because they are a wildly successful start-up that’s raised over 9 billion dollars! They claim they have a faster, more efficient way to test blood using a drop instead of the traditional blood drawn from the vein. Unfortunately, it looks like the enthusiasm over …

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