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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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December 26, 2015 • Reviews

The Anova Precision Cooker is the Harbinger of the Sous-Vide Revolution

The Anova Precision Cooker is, in essence, a high-quality consumer-grade sous-vide water circulator. It is dipped into your own cooking vessel and it heats and circulates the water to a very precise temperature, gently cooking whatever is placed in the water bath. It features WiFi and Bluetooth connections for simple control via iPhone and sells …

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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 24, 2015 • Reviews

The Vapir Prima Vaporizer Review: An Awesome Little Package

I’ve only reviewed a few dry herb vaporizers, but I have a strong sense of what works for me and what doesn’t. As I’ve mentioned before, I like to vape a mixture of 12 Aromatic Dry Blends that produce a calming effect — specifically a combo of damiana and lavender.

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December 24, 2015 • Giveaways

Want to Win a Magellan Cyclo 505 GPS Cycling Computer? Of Course You Do!

Chris reviewed the Magellan Cyclo 505 GPS Cycling Computer last January, and he really liked it; if you’ve had your eye on one of these $500 units, this is your chance to ring in the new year with your own.

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December 23, 2015 • Gift Guides

Just for Procrastinators: Some Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Somehow — in between travel, office parties, and life — the holidays have snuck up on you, and you’ve no time left to purchase a gift. That’s okay, thanks to the internet and its own special brand of instant gratification, we’ve got you covered. Every one of these last-minute gifts can be sent via email, and …

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December 19, 2015 • News

Synology Adds Two New Exciting Products to Their NAS and NVR Lineups

Synology, one of my favorite NAS manufacturers, has announced two new additions to their product lineup. The DS216 NAS targets small workgroups and offices, featuring 111.18 MB/s read, 112.79 MB/s write. The NVR216 Network Video Recorder targets offices and retail spots where space is at a premium and features a dedicated 1080p output and supports …

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December 19, 2015 • Reviews

Get a Real Minimalistic Wallet Courtesy of Wocket

To start out this review, let me just say: I’ve wasted a LOT of time trying out minimalistic wallets, and “combination cards” (ahem.. COIN) that simply didn’t understand what I wanted when it came to consolidating all of my cards/information. But the Wocket Wallet is the CLOSEST I’ve come to something perfect. The Wocket Wallet …

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December 14, 2015 • Reviews

The Monowear Silver Ceramic Apple Watch Strap: Unexpected Femininity

Most of the bands I’ve tried on my Apple Watch have been leather or sportier rubber styles. I’ve stayed away from the metal bands because they either looked too fussy, clunky, or masculine. The Monowear Silver Ceramic Strap is a lovely change of pace; it’s a feminine metal and ceramic combo that elevates the 38 …

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December 12, 2015 • Reviews

Beddit Smart Sleep Tracker is a Sleepaholic’s Dream Come True

Beddit is a completely unobtrusive sleep-tracking device that’s installed under your bed sheet and gives you a sleep score in the morning. Beddit measures your total sleep time, respiration rate, heart rate, time to fall asleep, and more. When you wake up in the morning, Beddit gives you a detailed overview of your night’s sleep. …

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