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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 9, 2015 • Reviews

The 128GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick Review

Want to share larger files from your iPad with a friend? Want to back up iPhone content without uploading to the cloud or to a computer? Want to stream movies for the kids to watch on your next car trip? The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick was created so that you could do all that and …

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November 6, 2015 • Editorials

Livescribe Acquired for $15 Million-End of the SmartPen Era?

Back in 2007, Livescribe introduced a product that bridged the analog and digital worlds-you use a physical pen and real paper, but everything you do is digitized and stored to be searchable and categorized. It was awesome, and just got better-in 2014 Dan reviewed the Livescribe 3, which I continue to love.

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October 30, 2015 • Reviews

HoMedics AirMaster Air Purifier: Tame Those Pet Odors Once and for All!

Kev and I recently adopted Hephaestus, a similarly colored cat to my darling departed Avah. Heph was about six-months-old when we moved in with us, so one of the first things we did was get him fixed, and then we introduced him to the LitterRobot, which he took to like a champ. (Formerly) male cats are awesome, but the smell!

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October 27, 2015 • News

Dremel Has an Affordable 3D Printer; Do You Have One on Your Holiday Wish List?

One of the newer pieces of tech that I’ve had a hard time getting too excited about is 3D printers. It’s probably because most of them look pretty complicated, and they aren’t cheap! Dremel, makers of the tool every hobbyist is familiar with, has their own 3D printer; it’s affordable, and it’s supposed to be easy …

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October 26, 2015 • News

Boogie Board Announces Play n’ Trace Educational LCD eWriter for Kids!

Boogie Board, manufacturers of LCD eWriters that write similar to pen and paper, have announced their latest eWriter innovation, the Play n’ Trace. It’s a see-through eWriter for kids that is meant to promote creativity while developing motor, communication, and writing skills through a companion iPad app. Featuring a dual-tipped stylus, Play n’ Trace is …

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October 22, 2015 • Reviews

Cleanliness Is Next to Your Bathroom Sink with the Aura Clean Toothbrush

The Aura Clean Ultrasonic Toothbrush System by Tao is more than just an electric way to get rid of those cavities, it’s also supposed to keep away the harmful germs in your bathroom away from your mouth as well.

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October 21, 2015 • News

Cyboard Self-Balancing Scooters Will Be Hot for the Holidays!

You’ve seen those self-balancing scooters that all the celebrities are riding, right? They’re like mini-Segways with only two wheels and they’ve got LED lights and they make you look like you’re gliding down the street. Now, you can have one of your very own in one of five colors for only $500 from our friends …

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October 20, 2015 • News

Upgrade Your Home Security with a Light Bulb? Sure!

If your house has a power outage at night, you probably won’t have a backup power solution in place. I ran into this a few weeks ago when our power was out from 6:30pm to 9:30 the next morning. Ugh. BeON Bulbs not only solve this problem, they also handle security and safety lighting duties …

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October 19, 2015 • Reviews

The MasterPan Is a 5-In-1 Do-All Frying Pan You Need in Your Home

One thing that I hate cleaning are dishes. Especially when it’s my turn to cook, I tend to use two or possibly three different skillets, each for a different purpose. So when I received the MasterPan, I figured I would be killing two birds with one stone. Come to find out I would be killing …

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October 10, 2015 • Reviews

The Ring Video Doorbell Review: See Who’s at Your Door Without Being There

It doesn’t matter what your situation is — whether you work in an office, from home, whether you travel a lot, or whether you’re a hermit — knowing who’s standing at your door when you are or aren’t at home is a pretty handy super power. With the Ring Video Doorbell, we can all have that ability!

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October 7, 2015 • News

Beddit Sleep Tracker Is Now Available on Your Watch and at the Apple Store

Beddit, a sleek sleep-tracking device, now has an Apple Watch to help you monitor your sleep habits and is available for purchase at Apple Stores worldwide. This non-wearable device fits underneath your sheets so you don’t have to worry about keeping your phone in bed or wear an uncomfortable monitor to sleep. You can pick …

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October 7, 2015 • News

2016 Is Shaping Up to Be the Year of Synology

2016 will be a huge year for Synology, Inc. the award-winning NAS manufacturer. They’ve just announced that they will be releasing version 6.0 of their industry-leading Diskstation Manager OS, a new Wireless Router with media server and storage/cloud functionality, new NAS hardware for businesses, as well as an Apple Watch app. Read on for more …

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October 5, 2015 • News

Can SenseLab’s Versus Train Your Brain for Better Performance?

Like anyone might, I sometimes find myself in situations where I feel stressed, overwhelmed, unsure, or unmotivated. What if there was a way to train our brains to be more responsive, alert, and stress-free? What if there was a way to ensure that we performed at peak levels? Wouldn’t you jump on it? I’m pretty sure …

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October 5, 2015 • Crowdfunding

The Oak Bottle Will Age Your Beverage of Choice in Hours

It’s always a selling point when whisky, wine, or other spirits are aged in oak casks, and there’s a good reason for it: aging alcohol in oak makes it taste better (richer, deeper) than it would otherwise. Oak-aged spirits usually command a premium compared to other varieties, but now you can upgrade your own alcohol by …

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October 5, 2015 • Reviews

Synology DS1515 Network Attached Storage Is Perfect for Home, Office

Synology has another winner on their hands for home offices of small businesses with the Diskstation DS1515 Network Attached Storage system. This is an expandable five-bay NAS with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and four Gigabit LAN ports for redundancy. The DS1515 provides incredibly reliable storage for your business’s growing needs starting at $649.99.

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September 25, 2015 • Reviews

The LUNATIK EPIK Turns Your 42mm Apple Watch into a Tank!

I’ve got an Apple Watch, and from normal wear the stainless steel has a light patina of little scratches. I don’t worry about that, but I do sometimes worry about whacking my watch or breaking its crystal; I’m paranoid like that. If you’re worried that your lifestyle might be too active for your watch, then you need the LUNATIK …

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September 6, 2015 • Outdoors, Reviews

OxyLED MD50 Flashlight Review

For many years we would go to the local department store each summer and buy a simple flashlight, extra C or D batteries and a spare bulb to last us through summer camping trips, never really thrilled with what we got. Now we have awesome flashlights like the OxyLED MD50 flashlight that more than meet …

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September 6, 2015 • Reviews

The SKEYE Mini Drone by TRNDlabs is 4 Times the Excitement!

TRNDlabs has a winner on it’s hands with its new SKEYE Mini Drone. This quad-motored drone is simple to use and can be flown by a beginner in less than 5 minutes. It’s got an onboard 2MP 720p camera and comes with a microSD card for capturing your flight. It sells for $99 and you’ll …

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September 3, 2015 • News

Synology’s 3 Tips to Cut SAN Costs with the RC18015xs+ Scaling over 1PB

Synology has issued a press release offering small and medium-sized enterprises three tips on how to cut their Storage Area Network (SAN) costs by using Synology’s RC18015xs+, a high availability cluster solution that scales to 1 petabyte of storage and handles to 2,000 users. The complete system, including two redundant controllers and a storage device …

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August 26, 2015 • Reviews

Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries Electric Toothbrush Adds Bluetooth to Your Morning Routine

A few years ago, Judie and I reviewed a rechargeable electric toothbrush. We were impressed, and I have been using that toothbrush ever since. Recently, however, I’ve had a chance to check out two others electric toothbrushes. These come from Oral-B, and the first we’ll be looking at is the Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries with …

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