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November 13, 2015 • Reviews

Turcom AcoustoShock Wireless and Shock-Resistant Speaker: Affordable and Rugged

If you’ve already invested a lot of money in an indoor portable speaker, you’ve probably caught yourself babying it. It doesn’t go outside, and you would never allow it to fall — on purpose, anyway. But wouldn’t you like to have one that you could take everywhere without worry?

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November 10, 2015 • Reviews

Monster Clarity HD Headphones Review: This Bud’s Not for Me

Monster is synonymous with audio equipment from cables to headphones, and I was very excited to review the new Monster Clarity HD Headphones (there may have been an incident involving a toddler and my previous headphones). The Clarity’s are bud-style wired headphones, and while they look great, we couldn’t find anyone in my house who could …

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November 5, 2015 • Reviews

The Techlink Recharge 5000 UltraThin+ Is the Thinnest Battery Pack Yet!

It seems like there’s a new battery pack released every week, and as a reviewer it is easy for me to become jaded — thinking I’ve seen it all. You really need to bring something special to the table if you want to wow me, and that’s exactly what the Techlink Recharge 5000 has done.

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November 5, 2015 • Sponsored

3M Privacy Filters Are the Antidote to Prying Eyes #ad #privacymatters

This post brought to you by 3M. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Gear Diary. Your information belongs to you. It’s more valuable than just about anything else you own and yet, when working in a public place it it open and available to anyone passing by your device’s screen.

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November 4, 2015 • Reviews

The Huawei Watch: An Android Watch That Goes Great with an iPhone

Until recently, if you used an iPhone you had only two real choices in smartwatches: Apple Watch or the Pebble line. Android users, on the other hand, had multiple companies vying for their business including Sony, Samsung, LG, Acer, Huawei, Motorola, Alcatel and others. Android Wear for iOS has given iPhone users options; now there’s a real smartwatch selection.

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November 3, 2015 • Reviews

Plantronics Backbeat Sense Wireless Headphones Are Light on Your Head, Huge in Your Ears

The other day we reviewed the Plantronics Backbeat Pro+ headphones. I love them but Raina, who likes their sound, found them too big, bulky and heavy on her head. She’s right. Thankfully, I also have a pair of Plantronics Backbeat Sense Wireless Headphones on hand for review. They are light, comfortable and sound great; even …

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November 2, 2015 • Reviews

Beyzacases Tule Leather Wallet: Carry Your Smartphone in One of the Classiest Wallets Yet

One of the things that I loved about my monogram Louis Vuitton Zippy organizer wallet was its design. It could hold all of my credit and ID cards, bills, and plane tickets in one compact, zippable clutch The only thing it couldn’t do was hold my phone; if it had a little bigger pocket, it would have been …

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October 31, 2015 • Reviews

The Just Mobile TENC Self-Healing Case for the iPhone 6/6 S Plus Is Nearly Invisible Protection

I’ve been on a kick lately where I haven’t had a case on my phone at all, but that’s not very smart — especially considering that my phone is brand new, and I need to keep it pristine for when I ultimately eBay it. Using the new Just Mobile TENC Self-Healing Case is the next best thing to being naked.

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October 29, 2015 • Deals

Just Mobile’s Halloween Case Blast Sale Is Going On Now

Halloween seems to bring out the SPOOKY SALE in everyone, and Just Mobile is no exception. They are hosting a 40% sale on various aluminum, leather, or aluminum and leather cases with AutoHeal Screen protector combos. Side Note: I just reviewed the AutoHeal, and I love it.  

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October 29, 2015 • News

OnePlus X Set to Be the Next Phone You Never Knew You Wanted

The OnePlus One was one of the best-priced Android phones to come out in the last few years; made in small batches which created demand from those without invitations to purchase, it combined many of the features that people liked from different phones to create one single shockingly inexpensive, well-built and well-featured device. Dan and I both bought one.

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October 28, 2015 • Editorials

The True Innovation in Verizon’s New Motorola Droids Is the Droid Maxx 2!

Yesterday Verizon and Motorola announced two new Droid smartphones; the Droid Turbo 2 with an “indestructible” screen, and the Droid Maxx 2. On paper, the Turbo 2 is the real story; the screen, 48 hours of battery life, and tons of customizations. The Maxx 2 has a lot of that, minus the indestructible screen. Oh, …

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October 28, 2015 • Deals, Gear Bits

It’s No Trick; LUNATIK Is Offering 20% Off (or More) Site-Wide!

If you’ve been eyeing one of the ultra-protective LUNATIK EPIK Apple Watch cases I reviewed last month or one of their excellent iPhone 6 cases, today is your lucky day!

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October 27, 2015 • News

Blue’s New Lola Headphones: 50mm of Sealed Over-Ear Bliss

Blue, a company that has impressed us with their excellent headphones and microphones in the past, has just dropped Lola, their newest high-fidelity headphone.

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October 26, 2015 • Reviews

Creative’s Sound Blaster Roar 2 Is Proof That Simplicity Is a Good Thing

Okay, I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to Bluetooth stereos, and I’m running out of rooms that I can put them in, but I can honestly say that the Sound Blaster Roar 2 is special and becoming my favorite.

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October 26, 2015 • Reviews

Just Mobile AutoHeal Screen Protector Is Clearly Scratch Resistant

Even though the iPhone 6S Plus sports “Dual Ion Exchange strengthened glass” (whatever that means), I still don’t want to take a chance with scratching my phone’s screen. I could use a glass protector, but those have edges that stick up and fall short of the iPhone’s curved glass. My near total coverage solution? The Just Mobile AutoHeal screen protector.

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October 25, 2015 • Reviews

The Wallet Case by jimmyCASE Gets The “Phone Card Holder” Right

Wallet cases. Not everyone gets them right, but luckily when I received the jimmyCASE, I’m happy to say that they indeed did get it right!

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October 23, 2015 • Reviews

Incipio OffGRID Battery Case Doubles the Power – but Still Plugs In

Every once in awhile I find myself in a dilemma when reviewing product. Take the new offGRID battery case from Incipio, for example. We recently received a unit for review for the Samsung Galaxy S6 device. I have no problem with the product whatsoever and found it to work just fine – my issue is …

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October 22, 2015 • Reviews

The Monster Limited Edition 24K Rose Gold Over-Ear DJ Headphones Review

I never thought I’d be recommending a pair of rose gold-colored headphones, but here’s the deal: while the Monster Limited Edition 24K Rose Gold Over-Ear DJ Headphones may look like a Mardi Gras parade gone off the rails, they sound pretty darn good. Introverts and people who tend to avoid attention need read no further, obviously.

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October 22, 2015 • Reviews

Beyzacases Feder Case for iPhone 6/6S Plus: Lovely Leather Luxury

Are you still looking for the perfect iPhone 6 Plus case? You probably want something thin that will protect your phone without looking like you’ve covered it in bulky armor, right? Maybe something that’s wrapped in what looks like a ridiculously expensive Hermes Clemence leather? Well, look no further — here’s the Beyzacases Feder, and it’s gorgeous!

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October 20, 2015 • News

The New HTC One A9 Is More than Just an iPhone 6 Wannabe

After all the articles swirling around last week regarding how the new HTC One A9 looked like an iPhone 6 copy, looking at the just released phone, I’d have to say “not really”. Okay, it’s got the same antenna lines, but you can find those in other unibody Android phones.

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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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