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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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December 4, 2016 • News

Smarten up Your Home with Sen.se’s SensePeanut

Introducing SensePeanut, the self-described smart intuitive sensors and first of its kind that are made to help connect the user to their home in a unique way.

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December 4, 2016 • Reviews

Elgato’s Eve Motion Lets You Know When There’s Movement in Your Place

Elgato sent over their latest product for Apple’s HomeKit platform, which just happens to be the first of it’s kind, the Eve Motion. So how does it fare compared to other products by the popular brand?

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December 3, 2016 • News

Get a Huge Amount of Storage for Your Desktop Courtesy of OWC’s Latest SSD

If you are someone who needs plenty of expandable memory and want elite performance out of your SSD, you should really check out OWC’s ThunderBay 4 Mini Raid.

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December 3, 2016 • Editorials

Everyone Should Watch This Video About High Schoolers

At the risk of sounding like click bait, don’t read the rest of this post until you’ve watched the video below.

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December 2, 2016 • Autos

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Is the Real Hot Hatch

Volkswagen says its GTI defined the term hot hatch – a fun-to-drive hatchback offering power, playful performance, refinement, and style. The latest iteration was North American Car of the Year for 2015 and recently we spent time behind the wheel of the 2016 Golf GTI.

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December 2, 2016 • Editorials

Accessorize Your Echo Dot

Amazon’s Echo and they latest Echo Dot have taken off with them becoming mainstream as of late. The Black Friday special on the 2nd Generation Dot being only $39.99 is what triggered me to finally order one. After you get the Dot, it’s time to accessorize as it’s virtually made to be a hub for …

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December 2, 2016 • News

Motorola Partnering with Indiegogo to Help Developers make Cool MotoMods

One of the most interesting things about my new phone, a Motorola Z Force Droid Edition, is the mod system. The initial mods were kind of blah with the speaker, various battery packs, the projector, and the Hasselblad camera. However, that will soon change with the help of Indiegogo and Verizon.

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December 1, 2016 • Reviews

Active Edge Leather Mariner Clasp Bracelet Looks Great but That’s Just the Beginning

Some time ago I wrote about my surprising experience with Active Edge products. I came into the review rather skeptical but, by the end, was enough of a believer that I went and purchased a few more products. Now the company has taken a huge step forward and created something that looks more refined but …

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November 30, 2016 • Reviews

iClever BTS-05 and BTS-07 Bluetooth Speakers Offer Good Sound and Great Value

Bluetooth wireless speakers have burst onto the scene like gangbusters. Recently I received a pair of BoostSound Bluetooth speakers from iClever and after spending some time with each I can see the attraction and need for items such as the iClever BTS-05 and BTS-07.

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November 30, 2016 • Reviews

Dollar Shave Club: A Practical, Thoughtful, and Sure to Be Appreciated Gift

If you’re struggling with what to get the guy who has everything, Dollar Shave Club may be the answer. You may recognize their name from radio ads, but you might have been hesitant to buy a relatively inexpensive razor and blades from a subscription service. After all, how good could it possibly be, right? Turns out, …

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November 30, 2016 • Editorials

Will Apple’s Downfall Be the Battle for Your Home?

Quick, what’s the most interesting innovation to go mainstream this year? You can make an argument for a number of ideas, but it’s pretty clear from the ad blitz that home automation, especially from Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, are at the forefront of ideas that have gone from tech-y to everyday. Surprisingly, Apple appears …

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November 29, 2016 • Reviews

Ozobot Evo Marvel Avengers Iron Man Master Pack: An Introduction to Robotic Programming

If you’ve ever been interested in learning about coding, but you didn’t know where to start, the Ozobot Evo Marvel Avengers Iron Man Master Pack might be a great place. You’ll use OzoBlockly, Ozo’s coding program, to “drag and drop blocks of code to take full control of Evo’s features,” and there are other fun ways …

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November 29, 2016 • Reviews

Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Bring New Technology to Old Fun

I loved playing with track sets when I was a kid. Those old tracks used a toy car and gravity or spring power to thrust the car along the plastic track. Max Traxxx Tracer Racers ($49.99) give kids the same old fun but with RC technology. The cars even light up the track as they …

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November 28, 2016 • Reviews

The BRAVEN BRV-1M Is a Mid-Size Bluetooth Speaker Ready to Rock Your next Adventure

We recently reviewed the waterproof BRAVEN 105. It is a fine speaker at a great price, but for under $50 you can’t expect to get amazing sound. By spending a bit more you can up your game and get the BRAVEN BRV-1M. At $99.99 it is double the price but, as the saying goes, you …

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November 28, 2016 • Reviews, Sponsored

Wiser Air Smart Thermostat Might as Well Have a Graduate Degree #ad

This post brought to you by Schneider Electric . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Gear Diary. I’ve spent a good bit of time adding smart functionality to Raina’s and my new home. When the chance to check out Schneider Electric’s Wiser Air was offered, how could I resist?

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November 28, 2016 • Reviews

In the Dark of Winter the Haiku Light Shines Brilliantly

My favorite tech item in my home is the Amazon Echo; the Haiku L Series fan I reviewed is a close second, especially since they work together. So I was excited to check out the Haiku Light. At $199, it’s a pricey ceiling light, but now that I’ve reviewed it I’ll be buying a few …

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November 27, 2016 • Reviews

Speck’s Presidio Line of iPhone 7 Plus Cases Impresses with its Slim Protection

Speck’s new Presidio line offers impressive drop protection while only adding minimal bulk to your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. The Presidio cases are made with a polycarbonate outer-layer and a layer of Speck’s own shock-absorbent rubber called Impactium on the interior of the case. Speck’s Presidio cases are available in a number of finishes …

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