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October 8, 2015 • Gear Bits

Kiss Your Unlimited Verizon $29.99 Data Goodbye Starting November 2015

Say buh-bye to your grandfathered $29.99 Verizon unlimited data plan.  According to The Verge, Verizon is set to boost the data fee for the remaining 1% of their unlimited data users, effective November 2015, from $29.99 to $49.99.

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October 6, 2015 • News

Microsoft Releases Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Microsoft Band 2, and New Lumias!

Microsoft may be a software and services company, but when they deal in hardware they aren’t joking around. They proved it today with a jam-packed presentation, releasing a new wearable, demoing a future holographic XBox option, new Lumia phones, a new Surface Pro 4, and a surprise release of a laptop called the Surface Book!

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September 30, 2015 • News

Is a $300 Savings on a Smartphone Worth It to YOU?

I asked the Gear Diary team a question last night: if you had an additional $300, how would you spend it? The reason I asked, was that $300 seemed to be the average cost difference between an iPhone/Galaxy phone, and the new Nexus phones (Nexii?) and the Moto X Pure; was it enough to lure switchers?

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September 29, 2015 • Reviews

Scosche BoomBOTTLE+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker: Outdoor Music Needs Met

Summer may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty more opportunities to spend time outdoors. Since the changing seasons can bring unpredictable conditions, when you’re outside the Scosche boomBOTTLE+ Waterproof Wireless Speaker is a great sound solution! It’s ruggedized, waterproof, and it can fit in your bike’s bottle holder or your 4×4’s cup …

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September 26, 2015 • Reviews

Speck Candyshell Clear iPhone 6S Cases Offer Clearly Better Protection

My new iPhone 6S is amazing. It has the same great design as the previous generation but speed, 3D touch and an improved camera. All that adds up to a powerful smartphone. I wanted to protect my investment but didn’t want to hide the sleek design and good looks. That’s where the Speck Candyshell Clear iPhone …

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September 25, 2015 • News

Practice Your Downward Dog Anywhere with the Daily Yoga App

Lets face it, fall is officially here, and summer is behind us. But this doesn’t mean just because you’ll be indoors more often that you shouldn’t continue your quest for fitness. Now you can keep in shape, anywhere you go with the Daily Yoga app.

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September 24, 2015 • Reviews

PhoneSuit Elite 6 Pro Battery Case for the iPhone 6 Plus: Bright and Loaded

I like the freedom a battery case can provide–no need to carry a separate power pack, and no need for connecting cables–but using one does add some extra weight and bulk to the already large-ish iPhone 6 Plus. Can 4300mAh and a lovely metallic blue cover make up for it? The PhoneSuit Elite Pro sure tries!

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September 22, 2015 • News

Now You Can Have Wireless Charging on Your iPhone Thanks to PowerGo-Go

Do you have the ever constant issue of your battery draining on your iPhone? Do you wish there was a better solution than always carrying around that Lightning cable everywhere you go? You might be in luck.

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September 22, 2015 • Reviews

The MicFlip Reversible USB Cable by Winnergear Is Pricey, but Appreciated!

Winnergear sent over their popular MicFlip reversible MicroUSB cable, and I have to say, I’m very impressed! The completely reversible USB Micro USB cable is ideal for those of you who always have a habit of attempting to plug up your devices the wrong way. This may be a solution with no problem, but it’s …

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September 21, 2015 • News

Now You Can Walk Out of Your Local Sprint Store with an Apple Watch

Mobile service provider Sprint announced today that it will begin selling the Apple Watch in their stores starting this Friday, September 25.

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September 18, 2015 • How to Do It Yourself!

iPhone 6 Plus Heating Up & Battery Draining After iOS 9.0 Update? Do This

Like many, I eagerly updated to iOS 9.0 when it became publicly available. My iPad Air 2 updated with no issues, but my iPhone 6 Plus developed two major problems: the battery would drain to 55% or worse within an hour or so, and my iPhone was hot all the time — not just when …

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September 17, 2015 • News

ZAGG Accessories Are Ready for Your New iPhone!

If you have one of the new iPhones on the way you’ll want to check out some of the great accessories ZAGG has to offer. From screen protectors to cases, comfortable great-sounding earbuds to go-everywhere keyboards, the ZAGG website is a one-stop shop for new or not-so-new iPhone users. Let’s check out some of the great items …

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September 15, 2015 • Reviews

CODI PowerBank Charger 6000mAh Battery: Sleek Slim, and All You Need in One

I’ve been on the quest for the perfect backup battery, and now I feel like I’m one step closer to finding what I’ve been looking for: a slim battery with enough power to charge my phone at least twice with no need for extra cables. As I learned on my recent trip to IFA, the …

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September 14, 2015 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

Amazon Officially Kills Fire Phone-5 Reasons it Was the WORST Smartphone I Ever Owned!

Phones come and go every year, and nobody notices very much. Generally they are superseded by a new model, the Galaxy S6 replacing the S5 or the iPhone 6S replacing the 6…but sometimes they just disappear. Such is the case of the critically slammed and commercially failing Amazon Fire Phone, permanently killed off after less …

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September 3, 2015 • Events, News

Huawei Impresses IFA Crowd with the New Mate S and Huawei Watch

Remember how Steve Jobs used to always have “one more thing” that he would mention when presenting a keynote? That’s how the IFA Huawei press conference seemed to go as they introduced their new Mate S and solidified details and pricing on the Huawei Watch.

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September 3, 2015 • News

New Acer Predator Computers at IFA – and a Deca-Core Phone!

Acer CEO Jason Chen started their IFA 2015 press conference with a bang; not only did he announce a new Chromebook and a new 2-in-1, he also announced new additions to the Predator gaming line. Are you interested in bigger, faster, and stronger? That’s what Acer seems to be aiming for.

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September 1, 2015 • News

The Nomad Roadtrip Charges Your Phone Both in the Car and Out

Picture a charger that plugs into your car’s DC connector; like any other charger you can plug a USB cable into it to top off your mobile device’s battery. Now picture that same charger out of your car, tucked into a pocket until you need to top off again. That’s what the Nomad Roadtrip can …

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September 1, 2015 • News

SCOSCHE boomBOTTLE+: Rugged, Waterproof, and Wireless Sound

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of opportunities to be outside listening to your favorite music. Rather than worrying that your favorite wireless speaker might get damaged by the elements, you can enjoy great sound with the rugged, waterproof, and wireless SCOSCHE boomBOTTLE+.

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August 21, 2015 • Reviews

The Just Mobile TopGum Backup Battery and AluCable Duo for Smart Charging on the Go!

I’ve been on the hunt for a small yet powerful backup battery, one that could fit in my smallest bag, one that had a built-in Lightning cable so that I didn’t have to carry anything extra. I’ve found that and much more in the Just Mobile TopGum Backup Battery.

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August 19, 2015 • Reviews

Fuse Chicken BOBINE AUTO Car and Desk Dock Review: Flexible and Tough

Greg recently reviewed the Fuse Chicken TITAN, which he called the “toughest Lightning cable on the market”; based on what I’ve experienced with the BOBINE AUTO, I’d say that he’s correct.

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December 15, 2014 • Editorials

Technology 2014 Summary / 2015 Predications

The future’s so bright in technology gear and various media as 2014 ends and we look on the horizon to 2015.

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