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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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December 11, 2015 • Reviews

The Oral-B Black 7000 Bluetooth Toothbrush Review: One Smart Brush!

Are you still using a manual toothbrush? I did for years until I found out that I was over-brushing to the point that I needed a gum transplant on the left side of my mouth. Gross, right? I’d brushed my gums so hard that they had prematurely receded! How did I correct my bad habit? …

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December 6, 2015 • Reviews

Boogie Board Play n’ Trace eWriter for Kids is my #1 Holiday Gift Winner

The Play n’ Trace eWriter is a fantastic use of Boogie Board’s existing LCD writing technology, now targeting improvement in children’s learning and development. With this transparent eWriter, children can practice writing, drawing shapes, sketching freehand, and more. With the included tracing templates and companion iPad app, there is no end to creativity! Play n’ …

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November 30, 2015 • Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers

One of my tech oriented hobbies is photography. I almost always have at least one other camera with me be it my Nikon D3300, a point and shoot or a Kodak ZI8 video camera. So other than a camera, here’s a list of ideas for that photog on your list.

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November 28, 2015 • Autos, Outdoors, Reviews

The SPOT Trace GPS Tracker Will Make Sure You Never Lose Anything (or Anyone) Ever Again

Do you own a four-wheeler, a snowmobile, a motorcycle, a golf cart, or any vehicle that doesn’t have LoJack, OnStar, or some other form of real-time GPS tracking? If so, then you’ll be interested in the SPOT Trace GPS Tracker. And guess what? It will even work in backpacks, luggage, or other moveable objects that you …

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November 27, 2015 • Deals, Gift Guides

TRNDlabs Is Offering 20% off Everything Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

TRNDlabs, the guys who brought you the SYEYE Mini Drone and other cool gadgets, are having a 20% off sale site-wide in celebration of Black Friday!  You can finally pick up that limited edition black SYEYE Nano Drone, or even the new SKEYE Hexa Drone, which Gear Diary will be reviewing shortly. Be sure to …

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November 27, 2015 • Gift Guides

Gifts for the Person Who Is Impossible to Shop For — Yeah, We All Know at Least One!

We all have that one person who stumps us every year, the person we love so much, who we want to give a truly thoughtful gift to, but what? They buy themselves anything needed, and they have few wants (that you know of!). Well, here are some thoughtful, useful, and unique gifts to help you …

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November 27, 2015 • Gift Guides, Travel

Gifts for the Frequent Traveler: AKA the Person Who Is Gone Almost As Much As They Are Home

TripIt says I’ve made 20 trips over 96 days in the last year, and I still have two trips left before the end of 2015! With nearly 1/3 of this year spent traveling, I’ve figured out a few items that definitely make the voyage easier. Do you have a favorite traveler on your holiday gift …

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November 24, 2015 • Reviews

Get Rid of That Netbook, and Get Yourself a Kangaroo Mobile PC!

These days I try to keep it as minimalistic as possible, and even as an avid Mac user there are certain instances where I NEED to use Windows, and I think I might have found the perfect solution, all for under $100 dollars.

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November 24, 2015 • Deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Tech Deals Are in Full Effect!

Are you feeling overwhelmed because you don’t know where to start with your holiday shopping? We’re here to help with Black Friday and Cyber Monday tech deals. Just take a look at some of the bargains we’ve found!

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November 23, 2015 • Reviews

Nile Threads Offers a New Path to a Great Night of Sleep

Raina and I went to register for all new bedding. Unfortunately, the sheets we initially picked out were a fortune! Right about that time I was offered the chance to review the initial offering from Nile Threads. They are “a radically transparent bedding company” that charges just $154 for Egyptian cotton bedding that could be …

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November 19, 2015 • Sponsored

Take off with a Parrot Minidrone! #ad

This post brought to you by Parrot. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Gear Diary. I recently had the chance to check out one of the new Parrot MiniDrones. There thirteen “ultra technological connected robots” in the Parrot MiniDrone lineup and each has something special to offer.

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November 18, 2015 • Reviews

The Dyson AM10 Humidifier: Puts Humidity Where It Belongs — in the Air and Not on Your Floor!

Unless you live in a humid climate, it’s almost always a good idea to have a humidifier running in your home. They can help with everything from breathing issues, to preventing sinus infections, or providing relief from dry skin and hair. But knowing which humidifier to buy can be tricky. I’ve tried several brands; my favorite is …

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November 17, 2015 • Reviews

Jungle Gym XT Review: Make Anywhere Your Home Gym!

I’ve been committed to getting in better shape this year. We ended up canceling our gym membership at the start of the summer, and I switched to bodyweight workouts for strength training. There are a few ways to take bodyweight training up a notch, including suspension straps, and Lifeline Fitness sent me their Jungle Gym …

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