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November 4, 2015 • Travel

Tokyo Street View Allows You to Explore Japan from Anywhere

Have you always wanted to visit Tokyo? I have, but I haven’t made it there yet. Thanks to the new site Tokyo Street View,  I have a good idea of what I’m missing. Through a series of videos taken in and around the city, I’m being treated to an insider’s view of different iconic locations through the …

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October 31, 2015 • Reviews

You Will Love the Plantronics Backbeat Pro+ Wireless, Noise Cancelling Headphones

The original Backbeat Pro was a thing of beauty. These over-the-ear headphones were comfortable, got a whopping 100 meters of wireless range, offered active noise cancellation, delivered outrageously good battery life of up to 24 hours AND sounded amazing. Now Plantronics has delivered the Backbeat Pro+ Wireless, Noise Cancelling Headphones with HI-FI USB Adapter.

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September 28, 2015 • News

LuminAID PackLite 16 Will Enlighten Your Travels

I first saw LuminAID’s products on Shark Tank. I was impressed by the presentation, the product, and the ways it can be of real use in an emergency. I didn’t order one but was thrilled to get a review sample. I was sent the LuminAID PackLite 16. It’s “the new and improved version of our original …

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September 20, 2015 • Reviews

NoiseHush i7 Noise Cancelling Headphones are Perfect for the Solitary Type

The NoiseHush i7 Aviator Active Noise Canceling Headphones provide extremely comfortable silence whether you’re on an airplane or trying to get work done in a noisy office. The i7 comes with a flat cable with 3.5mm connector to plug in to your media player to listen to your favorite tunes without added background noise. The i7 headphones retail …

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September 6, 2015 • Reviews

The Scosche goBAT 6000 Has Power to Move You

If you are on the move and rely heavily on your phone or tablet the way we at Gear Diary do, you know how important having an external battery is. The Scosche goBAT 6000 Portable Wall Charger & Back-Up Battery is a great option for power on the go and at home. It’s well worth …

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August 28, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

aLLreLi Dual USB Charger Review: Travel Ready USB Power

If I’m not careful, the number of cables and chargers by my bedside table can quickly spin out of control. My power strip gets overstuffed, and the various charging cables start to twine together like some kind of electronic rat king. I’ve been working hard to keep things streamlined, and the aLLreLi Dual USB charger …

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August 16, 2015 • Reviews

The Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC Hard Drive-Fast, Secure, Portable

The 1TB Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC is quite a nice portable hard drive. It’s a portable storage solution that’s also rugged and comes with some neat security features. It has shock protection, water resistance, and dust resistance. It has a built-in USB 3.0 cable for easy connectivity and can use NFC technology to unlock decryption …

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August 6, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

The Scrubba Wash Bag Will Make Your Clothes Appear Clean, but ARE They?

Over the past month, I’ve been doing a ton of traveling, and with that came the need to keep my clothing clean. Luckily I had a super portable wash bag that I could use to quickly wash the smaller things in my bag that needed to be cleaned.

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July 31, 2015 • Reviews

The Tilley TH5 HEMP Hat Is the Best Damn Travel Hat Ever

I’m not sure why it has taken me this long to write this review but, having just returned from two weeks in Israel and Greece I felt the need to share my thoughts on my Tilley TH5 HEMP Hat. This $84 hat is, by far, the best damn travel hat EVER. I’ve had it for …

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July 28, 2015 • Travel

The WaterField Indy Bag: I Reviewed It, and I Still Use It!

I’m coming toward the end of a two-week trip. I spent the first week in Israel with side trips into the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Rawabi. This week saw me in Greece with Raina. Through it all some key items have come in rather handy. Chief among them the Waterfield Indy Bag Judie …

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July 19, 2015 • Gear Bits

Oh, How Our Tech Has Changed #RabbisInIsrael

I’m currently in Israel on a rabbinic mission with seventeen other rabbis. We spent some time on top of the second tallest building in Tel Aviv taking pictures, getting a sense of geography and strategic concerns. In the process, I came to a realization …

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July 2, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

HomingPIN: Keep Honest People Honest by Identifying Your Gear

Most smartphones include a way for owners to send a message to anyone who might find their device when it’s lost, but there are plenty of items that don’t have that capability. Let’s say you left your laptop bag in a cab, could an honest person figure out an easy way to return it to you? With …

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May 20, 2015 • News, Outdoors

Timbuk2 Teams Up with Bianchi for Limited Edition Pack, Announces Giveaway

With May being National Bike Month, and record high temperatures in full effect, this means a lot of folks are commuting and heading to work on their fixies, or whichever two bikes they see fit. The commuting aspect is easy, but unlike having a passenger seat to throw your bag or purse onto, you’ll need …

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May 5, 2015 • Crowdfunding, News

Designed by M’s Superb New NFTY PL+S Power Bank is up on IndieGoGo Today

The folks from designed by M are back at it again with their NFTY PL+S all-in-one portable battery charging solution. It will be able to charge up to 4 USB devices at a time and can be charged itself via an AC outlet, your car’s cigarette lighter, or your computer’s USB port. Early birds can …

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May 5, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

Booq Cobra Squeeze Backpack Review: A Most Excellent Gear Bag

My criteria for a backpack that I’ll use for longer than during the review period (and that I’ll continue to enjoy carrying) is pretty basic: it needs to be light when empty, durable, good-looking, well-organized, and it must be comfortable to wear when it is inevitably overloaded. The booq Cobra squeeze meets all of my needs and then some.

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May 1, 2015 • Reviews, Travel

The Oneadaptr Twist Plus World Travel Adapter Is the Perfect Power Source

Having just returned from my trip to the IFA Global Press Conference in Malta, I’ll cut to the chase and suggest this to every one of you who is even considering traveling abroad: buy a Oneadaptr Twist World Travel Adapter. Both versions are under $50, and either would make a very thoughtful gift for yourself or your favorite road warrior.

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May 1, 2015 • Travel

Hit the Hardware Store for Carseat Toting Needs!

We recently took a vacation and after some debate decided it was safer to bring our own carseat rather than rent one of dubious quality along with our car. You can buy special carts to transport car seats, but a friend of ours filled us in on a much cheaper and more versatile tip: a …

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April 28, 2015 • Reviews

All In With Apple? You Need a Twelve South PlugBug World

My workflow is pretty much all Apple these days. I have an iPhone 6 Plus, an iPad Air 2, and a MacBook Pro. (I returned my 2015 MacBook but that’s another post.) For someone like me the Twelve South PlugBug World is an indispensable accessory. I charged my computer AND an iOS device at the …

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March 20, 2015 • News

KeySmart Key Organizer Was Made for the Minimalist In You

Are you sick of bulky key rings? Are you ready for a solution that will for sure keep them handy? Well look no further, because the KeySmart Key Organizer is here for you.

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March 16, 2015 • Travel

Oneadaptr Twist World Travel Adapter Handles Your Overseas Device Charging

Are you traveling overseas and thinking about the adapters you’ll need to pack? I just got back from Barcelona, and in my bag I had at least four adapters, a six slot charging strip, and several USB chargers to plug into the adapters. I wish I’d had the new Oneadaptr Twist World Travel Adapter; it could have …

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March 16, 2015 • News

New UrbanEars Accessories to Launch Later This Month

On March 24th, Swedish headphone company UrbanEars will be releasing a new group of accessories for the globetrotter, commuter and audiophile. Being released as kits, all of the products will be perfect for that night flight, or even for when you’re stuck in traffic.

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