March 2014

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Sets the Bar Even Higher

I have written about this before, but I believe it bears repeating – model year 2014 is a great one for Jeep Grand Cherokee. So far we have tested the base V-6 model and the top-of-the-line, no holds barred SRT version and loved both. Now we take a look at the all-new 730-mile range EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee.

Wrap Your iPad in Leather with the Twelve South SurfacePad

The other day we mentioned a brand-new product from our friends at TwelveSouth — the TwelveSouth SurfacePad for iPad mini — which is a “luxury leather cover” that is designed to offer minimalist protection and good looks for the small Apple tablet. My review sample came the other day, and I have a hands on video of it in action.

Synology Launches Version 5.0 of their DSM Disk Management Software

When I reviewed the Synology DS213j, I was impressed with not only the physical device, but also Synology’s Disk Management software called DiskStation Manager AKA DSM.  Today, Synology released DSM version 5.0 which includes a revamped user experience, overall performance boosts, optimized multimedia and mobile experiences, and more.  Check out the full list of features at Synology’s website.

UNU AERO Series Wireless Charging Battery Case for iPhone 5S

We’ve previously looked at iPhone 5S battery cases. We’ve also reviewed cordless charging solutions for the iPhone 5S. I do not, however, recall reviewing something like the UNU AERO Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat for the iPhone 5S. It’s both a battery case and a cordless charging solution for under $100, and it has impressed me … a lot.

iOS 7.1 Update Available

As anticipated Apple just released iOS 7.1 for iPhone and iPad. This update includes several feature enhancements to Siri, iTunes Radio, Calendar as well as the new CarPlay feature which transfers your iOS display to compatible in-car displays. The download is a little over 200 mb in size for those who’ve stayed current on iOS 7. More details on the fixes and features below.

Wireless Traveling Convenience Comes with the XCOM Global Hot Spot

When traveling internationally, you won’t always have the luxury of a secure and speedy WiFi connection at your destination. One of the most reliable ways I’ve found to make sure that I’ll be able to get online with all of my devices — including my laptop — is by traveling with a hot spot rental from XCom Global.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive Lets You Take 4TB On the Go

I love my 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display. Judie loves her 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display, too. We both hate the fact that the drive capacity is just 500GB. It is a constant frustration. Seagate’s new 4TB Backup Plus Fast Portable Drive is an amazing way to take 4TB with you; I wish I got this years ago.

Rejoice, Math Nerds; Square One TV Lives on Through YouTube

If you’re a nerdy child of the 80’s, you probably have fond memories of SquareOne TV. There has never been and will never be a better math-themed kids show. Sadly, it’s hard to find these days, but someone has uploaded several full episodes to YouTube. Math man, Mathnet, that creepy probability song … it’s all there!

Create Your Own Watch Thanks to Modify Watches

Imagine if you could pick from one of more than thirty different watch band colors and then design your own watch face. That’s what the Mod-To-Order project on Kickstarter is all about. Modify Watches is looking for $50,000 to make it happen. Having received some early samples of the watch, I sure hope it is successful. Here’s a closer look.

SipSnap Turns Any Cup into a Sippy Cup

Babies not only require a ton of stuff, but they constantly rotate in and out of all that stuff. Just when you’ve mastered bottles, it’s time to move on to sippy cups. It’s a never ending parade of plastic pieces, but the Kickstarter project SipSnap hopes to make the transition easier with universal sippy cup covers!

Loop Attachment’s Mummy Case for iPhone 5/5s is a Winner in the Slim Category

Loop Attachment’s Mummy case for iPhone 5/5s is not just another slim, low profile silicone iPhone case.  Along with it’s eye-catching design, it has room for secure card storage in the straps on the back, improved grip over many silicone cases and a great no-snag texture so that it doesn’t get caught in your pants pocket.  It retails for $24.95.

Bravely Default Review on Nintendo 3DS

Bravely Default, a Nintendo 3DS exclusive game, brings a quality Japanese role-playing game (RPG) to North America. A character foursome seeks special crystals to save their land of Luxendarc. Along the way, players can experience several special side quests, augmented reality functionality, extensive job/ability system, unique brave (unleash)/default (store) combat and amazing collaborative capabilities using online and StreetPass networking.

BW3 and Buzztime Will Go BEOND with In-Restaurant Tablet Computers

Buffalo Wild Wings® (BW3) and NTN Buzztime are teaming up to give customers a deeper dining experience with seven-inch BEOND computer tablets. Guests of all ages will get the BW3 Buzztime BEOND tablet at their table by the end of 2015. This “all-in-one” interactive offering will eventually be coming to all North American BW3 restaurant locations and approximately 500 locations by the end of this year.

Element Case Prisma for iPhone 5C

As users of the iPhone 5S, Judie and I focused our time with Element Case last January on their offerings for our (current) phone of choice. They do, however, have a growing list of cases for other devices. Among them is the Prisma for iPhone 5C. The inexpensive case enhances your audio as it protects the phone. Here’s our look.

Equip Your iPhone 5S with the ZAGG Arsenal for iPhone 5S

If you are looking for a case for your iPhone 5S that will offer extreme protection without breaking the bank and you don’t need something waterproof the ZAGG Arsenal for iPhone 5S may be just the thing. At just $49.99 and available in a variety of colors, the ZAGG Arsenal for iPhone 5S is protection you can depend upon.

Happy Hour Timepieces – A Beer Drinker’s Wingman

You suddenly realize your bottle opener is missing in action. You’ve recently spent several hundred dollars on new dental work, so opening a cold one with your teeth is not advisable. What to do? Three words. Happy Hour Timepiece. If you guessed bottle opener on the back of a watch strap – then move to the head of the class.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio First Look

We posted news about the new harman kardon Onyx Studio Bluetooth wireless speaker last week. The Onyx Studio is available exclusively through Sprint for just under $400. It is an impressive speaker, and my first few days with it have already made me a fan. We’ll have a detailed review soon, but here is a first look video.