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December 10, 2016 • Autos

Audi Uses a City’s Infrastructure to Communicate Between the Vehicle and Traffic Lights

This week I got a chance to try a new and exciting technology that was already present and built into several 2017 Audi models since June 1 but had just come online. V2I, or Vehicle to Infrastructure, Traffic Light Information is built into the Audi A4, Q7, and allroad models; the first city to offer it …

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December 10, 2016 • Reviews

Find Your Stuff with the Chipolo Plus

Since we now have a Schlage Smart Lock on the front door I often simply carry my car fob with me when I go out. Thing is, the car fob is so small that I often misplace it. That’s where the Chipolo Plus comes in.

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December 10, 2016 • Reviews

Benuo’s iPhone 7 Cases Are Ultra Slim and Their Leather’s So Soft

Have any plans of getting an iPhone 7 for the holidays but looking for a nice and inexpensive leather case to go with it? You might want to check out the Beuno Cases for the iPhone 7/7+.

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December 10, 2016 • Editorials

Supergirl Soars in Embracing a Beautiful Coming Out Story

Just about every person who identifies as anything other than straight has their “story”. We all have that moment where the niggle in the back of our head, the one said “something is different” finally turned into a full-blown realization. It’s something I’ve personally never seen expressed well in television … until Supergirl.

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December 9, 2016 • Reviews

Lenovo Yoga Book: A Versatile and Unique Android Hybrid

I’ve had the 12.9″ iPad Pro since it came out, and while there are things I absolutely love about using a larger tablet, lugging it around isn’t one of them. Add on a detachable keyboard or case, and it suddenly weighs as much or more than a Macbook. For portability and features, the Lenovo Yoga Book …

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December 9, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

TPT P5 14 Flashlight from 5.11 Tactical Is Ideal for Everyday Use

You don’t have to be a law enforcement officer to shop at 5.11 Tactical, although that is the company’s largest demographic. Many of the items they offer are perfect for other aspects of our lives including camping, hunting, hiking, and even home use. I found the TPT P5 14 Flashlight to be one such item.

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December 9, 2016 • Editorials

Pebble’s Death Is No One’s Fault but Their Own

Pebble, once the crown jewel of Kickstarter, has officially folded as a viable company. They have sold some assets to Fitbit, and are in the process of refunding any outstanding Kickstarter orders. This is a sad day, since Pebble was an early smartwatch pioneer, and made some excellent watches.

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December 8, 2016 • Reviews

Monster SuperStar HotShot Brings Great Music on the Go

Bluetooth speakers have become quite common and almost like a tool. The SuperStar HotShot by Monster ($49.95) is a super compact speaker with the ability to clip onto a backpack, jacket, or belt. Does a speaker this small still bring sound worth listening to? I was able to review the HotShot and my findings might …

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December 8, 2016 • Reviews

The FryWall Is a Microwave Cover for Your Stovetop

Have you ever been in the kitchen cooking dinner, and once you’ve finished you looked around your stove top only to see food residue and grime stuck between the stove top and counter, and splattered on the walls? There’s a new product that might eliminate that extra cleaning you need to check out.

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December 7, 2016 • Reviews

Casio Tough Solar Running Watch Has Energy Even When You Don’t

Back when I had time to train for long races, I used a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch. I liked it, it was great, but there’s something to be said for the simplicity of a digital watch that goes from your workout to your everyday life with ease, even if you lose the GPS capabilities.

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December 7, 2016 • Reviews

Rogue RFID Blocking Front Pocket Wallet-Protect Your Back and Your Cards in Style

I have been a fan of slim front pocket style wallets for some time now. Once you get used to a compact way to carry your cards and cash, it’s impossible to go back to a bulkier setup. It feels like there’s an infinite number of styles in slim wallets.

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December 7, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

Techie Apron from Great Useful Stuff Is a Gift You Will Want to Buy for Yourself

Still looking for that perfect gift for the cook/gardener/crafts person in your life? How about the Techie Apron from Great Useful Stuff? When I first saw the press release announcing it I immediately thought it would be a useful item for my wife and she could buy me one, too.

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December 7, 2016 • News

Now You Can Truly Act Like a DJ with This New Party Pack

If you are an aspiring DJ but don’t know exactly how to go about starting your quest of being the party starter, you should be checking out a Dj set that will help you out. Hercules, the leader in mobile and professional DJ equipment announced three unique DJ Party Packs to make sure you can …

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December 7, 2016 • News

Create Your Own Music with Blocks by Roli

A Perfect gift for the music lover, you should check out an affordable music creation device that gives you a unique way of creating music without having to step into a studio.

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December 6, 2016 • Reviews

Securifi’s Almond 3 WiFi System Combines Whole Home WiFi, Home Automation, Security

Securifi’s Almond 3 Smart Home WiFi System provides expandable wireless coverage for your entire home while also acting as a smart home hub and home security system. The complete system comes with three Almond 3 routers, all of which have touchscreens for simple setup and maintenance and starts at $399.99. It’s an impressive combination of …

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December 6, 2016 • Reviews

LG’s Collared Headphones Are Perfect for the Active Lifestyle

If you live an active lifestyle and hate wired cables, you should actually check out LG’s Tone Active+ Stereo Bluetooth headsets. The follow-up to LG’s popular collared headphones the LG Tone Active, how much more of a “plus” can the Tone Active’s be in the wireless headphone market?

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December 6, 2016 • Reviews

Breathe Clearly with the Honeywell AirGenius 4 Air Cleaner

Winter is here. The doors and windows stay shut. The air can get stale. Ans we now live with a fast-growing golden doodle puppy sleeping in a crate next to the bed. It is a formula for air quality that needs help. Well, help came in the form of the Honeywell AirGenius 4 Air Cleaner.

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December 5, 2016 • Reviews

WaterField Designs Atelier iPad Pro Gear: Elegant and Useful Storage for Your Accessories

Have an iPad Pro? If so, then you probably carry it with you almost all the time. But where do you stow its Pencil? And what do you do with the cable and charger? If you’ve been letting those things rattle around loose in your bag, then you’ll want to check out these beautiful and …

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December 5, 2016 • Reviews

The Bear Pillow Will Help You Avoid Night Sweats

Bear Mattress, a new company to the online mattress game that promises a cool comfortable night of sleep sent me over their Bear Pillow to check out. The question is, what makes the Bear Pillow any different from a pillow you could pick up at any department store?

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December 5, 2016 • Reviews

You Get What You Pay for with This Simplehuman Laundry Hamper

If you’re looking for a sturdy, but functional laundry hamper that won’t scream “college” (even if you’re in college) but is minimalistic enough to get the job done, you need to check out simplehuman’s Steel X-Frame Laundry Hamper.

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December 4, 2016 • Reviews

An iPhone 7 User’s Experience with the LG V20 Smartphone

I’ll be quite honest, I didn’t know exactly how I would go about this seeing as though I’ve restricted myself to Apple ever since the iPhone 4s and have not looked back. So when LG sent over their LG V20, my world was completely shaken up. How did it turn out?

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