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February 7, 2016 • Reviews

Get More out of Your Laptop Charger with the Zolt Charger Plus

Apple’s MacBook MagSafe Charger is big, clunky, and gets in the way. From the large white cube, down to the all-white cable being just an eyesore from across the room, I wanted a bit more, so when Zolt sent me over their Zolt Laptop Charger Plus, I knew I’d never use the charger that came …

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February 6, 2016 • Reviews

The Proper Power is The Last Battery Pack You’ll Have to Buy

You can never go without enough power for your smart devices, and one company by the name of Proper gets this. I’ve followed them for a while and finally got my hands on their Proper External Battery Pack and honestly, it’s the slimmest  and most stylish battery pack I’ve ever used. The Proper Power is …

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February 6, 2016 • News, Reviews

LaCie’s Rugged Mini Is Everything You’d Want in A Portable Hard Drive

I’ve had the pleasure of being able to review LaCie’s 4TB Rugged Mini, and I love it! A Portable external hard drive, the Rugged Mini is everything you saw from the original (and larger) LaCie Rugged Raid, but in a smaller design that maximizes its portability, all while giving you a nice flashy orange bumper …

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January 31, 2016 • Reviews

Unboxing the Litter-Robot Open Air Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box for Cats

It’s been exactly eight years since I unboxed my first Litter-Robot and reviewed it. Since then, I have convinced several friends and family members to buy one, I’ve purchased two more, and I’ve given the two older versions I had to friends with cats — all of these Litter-Robots are still going strong!

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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 26, 2016 • News, Reviews

Powerstick’s Mosaic Powerstream Will Let You Have Expandable Storage

A once successful Kickstarter program, I finally had the opportunity to try out the Powerstick Mosaic Powerstream, and honestly, I have mixed reviews in regards to it. Designed to be a tool to give you more storage, the Mosaic is essentially a wireless external hard drive that will get you through a long flight by …

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January 22, 2016 • Reviews

IllumiBowl Takes the Guesswork out of Nighttime Bathroom Visits

Have you found that it’s pretty jarring to deal with bright overhead bathroom lights when you get up in the middle of the night to relieve yourself? Bright lights can wreck our sleep ability and cause health issues, it’s proven, but you still need to be able to see where you’re going and what you’re …

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January 15, 2016 • Reviews

The Bean Quiet Sound Amplifier, Because You Shouldn’t Have to Keep Saying “What?”

Is the phrase “I’m sorry, what did you say?” a common part of your day? It is for me. My hearing is…questionable, or, as my wife put it, “It’s not normal to be 34 and need the closed captioning.” The good folks at Etymotic have clearly experienced this too, and that’s where the Bean Quiet …

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January 15, 2016 • News, Reviews

Grill Indoors This Winter with the Kenyon Revolution!

When the summer faded away last year, I wondered to myself how I would go without my grilled veggies and meats now that I could no longer grill outdoors. I’ve tried many options in the past, from George Foreman Grills, to even stovetop grill pans for $20 on Groupon that honestly do not work. So …

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January 13, 2016 • Sponsored

First Response Brings Bluetooth to Pregnancy Testing

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions expressed are mine. Dan recently wrote about a Bluetooth enabled water bottle and asked the question of who needs Bluetooth in their hydration system. I can’t help but ask the same question about First Response’s new Pregnancy Pro product.

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January 13, 2016 • Reviews

Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid- Does Anyone NEED a Smart Water Bottle?

Do I really need an app-enabled water bottle? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself since Judie and I each received a Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle with Smart Lid at CES. This looks like a regular water bottle, but it’s Bluetooth-enabled and monitors your water intake over the course of a day. Is this something …

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January 11, 2016 • Reviews

Avia Stride Activity Tracker Review

CES is now over and activity trackers and other wearables were all the rage at the show this year. With Under Armour, Casio, and others releasing devices, it looks like almost everyone has a tracker now. Avia, who I know more for sneakers than electronics even has one, and they sent me an Avia Stride; I …

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January 9, 2016 • News

Synology Announces Aesthetically Overhauled DS416j NAS

Synology, my top-rated NAS manufacturer, announced their new DS416j NAS this week. The DS416j is a budget-friendly 4-bay network attached storage (NAS) server built for home and small business use to store data, media, and more. The DS416j is ideal for storing as well as streaming media to all of your screens and speakers. The …

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January 9, 2016 • News, Reviews

The HeyJoe Coffee Mug Got Me Through CES

If you’re a coffee drinker like myself, you know the struggle of waking up in the morning, creating your own brew, and even worse, finding that mug of cup that will keep that House Blend warm as you go on your daily commute. Well over the course of CES, as well as a few weeks …

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January 8, 2016 • News

Keyport Launching Slide 3.0 and Keyport Pivot to Further Tame Your Keyring

Do you have so many keys you can’t keep track of them all? Can your family hear you approaching from down the street by the jingle of your keyring? Could you slim down your keys but you just can’t part with your flashlight, pocketknife, and that mystery key you found in a drawer? Enter the Keyport …

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January 6, 2016 • News

Trackr Reveals New Products and Features at CES

Our team at CES ran into the folks at Trackr, and they were able to get a quick update on some new features, partnerships, and products being offered. For those who aren’t familiar, Trackr is a small coin sized Bluetooth device that helps make sure you never lose your valuables again! Intrigued? Watch the video …

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January 5, 2016 • News

Reclaim Your Privacy with the eBlocker

Announced today at CES, the eBlocker is a completely new and innovative way to reclaim your internet privacy! The eBlocker and eBlocker Pro are two products now being featured on Kickstarter that allow you to combat unauthorized consumer data collection and ad blocking while browsing online. “The internet has evolved into mass surveillance, and most …

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January 5, 2016 • News

The Fasetto Link Puts 2TB of Media In Your Pocket

One product that REALLY impressed me so far in CES hasn’t been talked about much but I’m pretty sure that it will in the next few days.   The Falsetto Link is a 2-terabyte cloud storage hub created by Luke Malpass, with whom I had the opportunity to meet to discuss the LINK, which essentially …

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January 4, 2016 • News

Make More Secure Online Transactions with the QKey

Announced today at CES, uControl, Inc. is finally unveiling the QKey, which is the first chip and PIN device for securing online payments using the same security chip you might’ve seen in the credit and debit cards that you use today.

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December 29, 2015 • News, Outdoors

Make Any Glove Touchscreen Compatible with GloveTect’s ConnectTec

With winter in full swing, that means you’ll more than likely have gloves on this season, and with the majority of us having touchscreen phones, obviously touchscreen gloves are a hot item to have. The issue with most touchscreen gloves are either they are cheap and do not work, or are one size fits all …

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December 29, 2015 • Reviews

Get the Perfect Pour at Home with the Fizzics Beer System!

When you think about pouring a perfect beer you think about holding the glass at a 45 degree angle, pouring the beer down the side to allow glugging and when the glass is halfway full to slowly tip the glass upright before pouring the rest of the beer into the center away from the edge …

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