January 2015

Standzout Debuts Bandstand, An Apple Watch Accessory

The Apple Watch isn’t here yet, but Standzout is ready for early adopters with their new Bandstand. It’s an Apple Watch cradle that will let you charge the watch and two USB devices at once. There are no details yet on price or availability, but the mockup looks darn cool! Keep your eyes peeled to Standzout’s website for availability news!  

PlayStation Now Service Release Date Announced at CES 2015

On Monday, January 5, 2015, SCE President and CEO Andy House presented details on Sony’s PlayStation Now (PS Now) game streaming service at the CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada along with an official North American release date. This new Web service streams full games to Sony consoles, televisions, and other devices while offering game rental and subscription service options.

Monster Superstar Backfloat Portable Speaker Swims with You!

If you like to keep your music close while swimming or taking a bath, then you’ll want the Monster Superstar Backfloat. It’s a high quality portable speaker that’s waterproof and small enough to never forget!   The Superstar Backfloat Portable Speaker features: • Designed to float in the water • Tough, durable, shock-proof shell for active lifestyles • Built-in mic with advanced noise cancellation enables clear wireless hands-free calling Includes USB charging cable to play direct USB audio • Acoustically transparent protective carry pouch included … and you can get yours for $159.99. Here’s Shaquille O’Neill showing why he likes his…

2015.5 Volvo S60 and XC60 Get All Tech’d Out

Volvo again? It certainly seems I am on Volvo’s preferred reviewers list or something as the brand populates this test driveway quite often. In the past year or so I reviewed all the new models of the automaker’s middle class in the form of S60, V60 and XC60 and now I add to that 2015.5 versions of S60 and XC60.

Griffin Announces the iTrip AUX Bluetooth and iTrip AUX AutoPilot

The first car I owned had an AM/FM radio with two knobs and six buttons … now new cars come with wireless audio systems that detect and sync your phone and autoplay content with home stereo system quality. Many of us are trapped in between these extremes, so Griffin helps with new iTrip AUX Bluetooth and AutoPilot connection systems.

Withings Aims for the Masses with Activité Pop

If you like the look of a regular wristwatch but want the benefits of activity tracking, you’ve probably heard of the Withings Activité. It’s a beautiful Swiss watch with a second analog hand that indicates your activity levels, and syncs to your phone. But it’s a bit rich at $450, so Withings is aiming for the mainstream with a $149 Activité Pop!

Narrative Clip Captures Snippets of Your Life in 30 Second Increments

How would you like a visual reminder of everything that you did during the day? I’m talking a record of every place that you went, every person that you ran into, every interaction? To me it sounds like a big boring nightmare, but to you? Well, if it’s your idea of a good time, then you need the Narrative Clip.

Ion’s Clipster Active is a Superb, Versatile Bluetooth Speaker

Ion’s Clipster Active is a neat little portable Bluetooth speaker that can clip on to your gym bag or strap on to your bicycle. It’s single speaker pumps out surprisingly good sound while you can also use it to make phone calls with the built-in microphone. The Clipster Active can be used in many different ways and retails for $39.99.

Paxie Brings Wearables and GPS Tracking to Kids

Being a parent comes with a healthy side of worry. Are you feeding your child the right foods? Are you teaching them how to be a good person? Are they safe? SAFE Family is trying to address some of this with their new Paxie band wearable for children.

Huawei Ascend P7 Android Smartphone Review

Huawei has been going from strength to strength of late, and the Huawei Ascend P7 looks to keep pace with the company’s ambitions. The latest flagship devices from Huawei are anything but cheap feeling, using a combination of metal, glass and high-quality plastic to give their devices a solid, premium feel.

NYNE Announces New Waterproof Speakers at CES 2015

It may feel like everyone sells a bluetooth speaker these days, but the folks at NYNE are doing their best to stand out at CES 2015 with three new speakers that offer bluetooth and NFC! EDGE, VERGE, and ROCK are all waterproof and designed to share your music with the great outdoors. Just make sure the bears like Taylor Swift!

Amazon Prime Pantry: Leave the Heavy Lifting to the Delivery Service

I just received my first order from Amazon using their Amazon Prime Pantry shopping service. If you haven’t heard of this before – join the club. I stumbled upon it while browsing Amazon and the lightbulb went off in my head. Like many small businesses I’m forever running errands to stock my office fridge.

Cutting the Cord with Live Streaming Sports: Impossible for Many Fans

As I watched the Ohio State Buckeyes face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, I realized that none of the top-four bowl games have been broadcast on television in the last five years. ESPN has a stranglehold on them, and that brings to light one big reason many can’t cut the cord by moving to live streaming sports.