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July 11, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

The K40 RL360i Custom Installed Radar Detector: When You Want the Very Best

I’ve been using radar detectors since the 80s — any brand you can think of, I’ve tried it. Every one of them, with the exception of the K40 CALIBRE system that I reviewed in 2005, was a windshield or mirror mounted unit. Eleven years later, and K40 is still the company I look to when something custom installed is …

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July 10, 2016 • Reviews

Proper Cloth Hits the Ball Out of the Park with their Custom Dress Shirts

Since their launch in 2008, Proper Cloth has been selling custom dress shirts through their online store to customers around the world. Using a number of sizing methods, each shirt is custom made and hand-assembled and then delivered to your doorstep in about 2 weeks. Proper Cloth guarantees a perfect fit; they’ll alter or remake …

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July 9, 2016 • Reviews

Stop Forgetting Your Cable with Native Union’s KEY Cable

Have you ever been in a position where you need that quick charge, or you have a friend who has a brick for you, but their device isn’t the same as yours so you catch yourself asking strangers for a cable so you can get some extra juice to last? You no longer need to …

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July 7, 2016 • Reviews

Haiku Series L Fan with Integrated LED: It’s Like a Glorious Caribbean Breeze

When Raina and I bought our house, I knew I wanted to add ceiling fans and smart functionality. (I know, you are shocked!) The Haiku Ceiling Fan from Big Ass Fans covers both of those “wants”, and the company was kind enough to send a Series L fan along with their Wall Control Module that …

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July 1, 2016 • Events

CE Week WrapUp Interviews: Smarthomes, Robots, Editor Projections!

If you didn’t make it to CE Week last week, then you missed a great series of panels, including mine on Robots, Printers, and Games that featured Davin Sufer, CTO of WowWee; Kilian Saekel, Founder of A-Champs; and Max Bouge, Co-Founder and CEO of Wobbleworks — best panel ever!

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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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June 27, 2016 • Health and Fitness

GO CUBES: The Best Cup of Coffee You’ve Ever Chewed

I like drinking coffee, but I don’t like stale coffee breath or feeling like I need to brush my teeth after every cup. After seeing GO CUBES at a recent event, I was intrigued. The premise is that there are two cups of coffee in each pack of four; two gummy cubes equals one cup.

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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 8, 2016 • News

Husqvarna Automower 450X Installation Video as Part of the Automower First Program

Earlier this year, Husqvarna USA ran an online contest called Automower First. Thousands of Americans entered, hoping to get the opportunity to test a Husqvarna Automower and post reviews on social media about their Automower throughout the summer. I was lucky enough to be one of about 40 Americans to be chosen by Husqvarna to …

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May 30, 2016 • Reviews

Ultrasabers Transport You into the Star Wars Universe with Realistic LED Lightsabers

Everyone loves Star Wars, and there’s nothing more symbolic of the series than the weapons brandished by the main characters, the light saber. Thanks to Ultrasabers, you can bring home your very own light saber starting at around $150, equipped with bright LED lights, authentic sound effects, and hilt designs that look like they came …

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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 27, 2016 • Reviews

DarbeeVision DVP-5000S: See What You’ve Been Missing on Your Hi-Def TV

Kev and I have a 2009 model 65″ Vizio TV; it’s not smart, and it’s not fancy in any way, but we like the picture size and most of the time we feel that everything we view on that television looks just “fine”. After attaching the DarbeeVision DVP-5000S, I now know that our display wasn’t …

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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 18, 2016 • Reviews

The Barbarian: The Only Bar Tool You’ll Need to Buy

If you are setting up your kitchen or bar for the first time, then you know that there are quite a few tools that will need to go into your drawer including a citrus press, a corkscrew, a bottle opener, and a jigger. The Barbarian has all of that built into one very clever, well-built …

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May 15, 2016 • Reviews

Summer is Coming and Nectar Sunglasses Will Shield your Eyes in Style

Nectar Sunglasses is a fun-loving shade shop that offers a fun new way to buy stylish, unique sunglasses. Nectar’s Weekly Limited Edition Sunnies gives consumers 7-day access to custom-made sunglasses that have never been produced before and never will be produced again after the week is up. Nectar’s sunglasses range in price from $25 to …

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May 12, 2016 • Reviews

Just Mobile USB-C AluCables: The Best Cables You Can Buy

If you’ve bought a MacBook or any of the other new tablets and Laptops that include a USB Type-C connector, you may have noticed that this new connector is very versatile. USB Type-C can be inserted from either direction, and it allows you to transfer data at ridiculously fast speeds and charge your device through …

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May 10, 2016 • Reviews

The Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower: A Smarter Fan for Allergy Sufferers?

I have a smart scale, a sleep system, and a temperature monitoring system in my home that can each tell me about the air quality in the rooms in which they are installed. But until I was sent the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower, I didn’t have an appliance that could tell me about air quality …

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May 8, 2016 • Reviews

Quip Looks to Improve Our Tooth Brushing Habits Through Simplified Design

Quip is a company with a plan to help us form better tooth brushing habits using holistic design rather than gimmicks. They’ve designed a simple electric toothbrush they hope will help promote dentist-recommended habits, without any bells and whistles.

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May 5, 2016 • News

Leesa and ArtLifting Team Up to Offer Limited Edition Mattress for a Good Cause

In a very innovative partnership, Leesa, one of the first and leading online mattress companies, has partnered with ArtLifting, an online marketplace that allows disabled, homeless, and other disadvantaged artists to sell their artwork.  Together, the two have launched a retail storefront in SoHo, NYC called The Leesa Dream Gallery, a combined mattress store and …

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April 28, 2016 • Events

IFA Expands: CE China Set to Be the Premier Asian Consumer Electronics Trade Show

As part of the 10th annual IFA Global Press Conference, along with 300 other members of the press from over 50 countries, I was on hand in Shenzhen to witness Messe Berlin’s expansion into China for the first ever CE China global event. It was something to see.

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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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