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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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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 23, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

Talk-To-Me Mikey a New Holiday Gift Idea for the Kids

Still looking for that holiday gift for a child in your life? Playmates Toys has released a fun addition to its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lineup called Talk-to-Me Mikey. It is an interactive Michelangelo that can respond in over 100 ways.

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November 20, 2016 • Autos

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland: JGC Just Keeps Getting Better

It has been no secret that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been one of my favorite vehicles in recent years. The latest platform is very stable and solid both on road and off despite the model line going to unibody chassis. Our recent Overland tester showed some nice (and needed) upgrades to the JGC line.

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November 19, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

App Dudes Smartphone Stand: Now Super Heroes Can Wake the Kids

Think you have enough Ironman or Captain America in your (child’s) life? Think again. App Dudes is happy to bring you its new Smartphone Stand – based on these two Marvel Super Heroes – that will entertain your kids while doubling as an alarm clock.

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November 18, 2016 • Autos

2017 GMC Acadia Is Downsizing Done Right

Honey, I shrunk the Acadia. Those were my exact thoughts when I first saw the redesigned 2017 Acadia three-row family crossover from GMC. And I kept thinking that when I learned it was powered by a four-cylinder engine. Can this new model fill the shoes of its previous generation?

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November 17, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

The Crosley Nomad Turntable: A Great Gift Idea for the Vinyl Lover

As a child, I remember watching the record spin ‘round and ‘round on the turntable at home – and Dad yelling at us to stop making it skip. Vinyl albums went the way of the Dodo bird decades ago but wait – there is a new resurgence in long-playing albums, and Crosley Radio is at …

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November 15, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

Travel Media Pouch from Great Useful Stuff Is Your Upgrade to First Class

I came across a new (to me) product supplier recently when a couple of their e-mails landed in the suggestion box here at Gear Diary. Based in San Francisco, Great Useful Stuff is a self-described boutique-style online retailer, offering a range of products from children’s items to tech to travel, including this Travel Media Pouch.

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November 7, 2016 • News

SyncUP DRIVE from ZTE and T-Mobile Offers Connected Car Services

In February, ZTE and Mojio announced an agreement to work on a connected car initiative. Today they are announcing the development of this technology as T-Mobile’s SyncUP DRIVE solution.

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November 7, 2016 • Reviews

Yatra Music Muffs are Furry Foul Weather Friends

The temperatures outside may be decreasing, but the use of our devices does not wane. Thankfully, Yatra has launched its Music Muffs line of stylish over-the-ear headphones to extend your device usage will into the winter season.

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November 2, 2016 • Autos

2017 Buick LaCrosse: Buick Is Back in a Big Way

Buick is back, and this IS a Buick. After years of marketing folks telling us what was not one of its models, Buick is alive and well in the large sedan – and sporting its new corporate face – in the form of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.

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October 25, 2016 • Reviews

SpiderLight Holster Lets You Carry and Shoot Lighter from the Hip

When I first read the SpiderLight Holster Kickstarter campaign presser sent to GearDiary by Spider Camera Holster, I was a bit skeptical. I have seen a lot of new gear pop up on the market and so much of it did little to aid or improve my images or my shooting routine. SpiderLight changed my …

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October 24, 2016 • Autos

2017 Nissan Titan: Now Arriving in an All-New Half-Ton Package

Nissan has finally rolled out the remainder of its Titan pickup line. Last model year we saw the first new Titan to roll off the assembly lines and it arrived in a 5/8-model branded Titan XD and powered by a Cummins diesel engine. For 2017 we see the half-ton models arriving with the V-8 gas …

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October 22, 2016 • Reviews

Yatra Aquatune 5712 Is Ready for Your Next Journey

If your life is a journey, Yatra wants to tag along. The technology product company prides itself in designing creative yet rugged items to help bridge our active, tech-forward lifestyles. Yatra itself is an ancient word for journey or voyage passage and Yatra products, like the Aquatune 5712 waterproof Bluetooth speaker we just tested, want …

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October 19, 2016 • Autos

2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Wins the ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ Argument

I saw the Ram 1500 Rebel at its debut during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2015 and kind of wondered to myself why it took Ram so long to offer an off-road package like this from the factory. It’s here, and its beauty is more than skin-deep.

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October 16, 2016 • Autos

Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL: Carryalls that Carry On

General Motors must think I have a large family or something, as they have sent me one version or another of their extra-large family sport ute (AKA Carryall). I admit I am a fan of the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL vehicles, but five in the test driveway over the past two years – …

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October 11, 2016 • Reviews

Urban Armor Gear Monarch Series Now Protects Your New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

I arrived home from work recently to discover a UPS delivery box on my porch from Urban Armor Gear. Inside were the new Monarch Series phone cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Fortunately, the cases fit on 6 and 6S series phones as well so I was able to put one to …

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October 6, 2016 • Autos

2017 Kia Forte Sedan More Attractive with Mid-Cycle Updates

It was just three years ago that we reviewed the then all-new, second-generation Kia Forte sedan. We proclaimed our amazement at how far the Korean automaker had come in a relatively short time in this market, as well as just how good the new Forte was. Fast-forward to model year 2017 and the Kia Forte …

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October 4, 2016 • Reviews

ChargeHub X7 Puts You in ‘Charge’ of All of Your Devices

If your family is anything like ours, technology seems to have taken over. And not just in a small way, but we each have at least two devices to our names now. Keeping the batteries alive in these technological wonders is occupying more of our time as well and the new ChargeHub X7 wants to …

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October 3, 2016 • Autos

2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition Was a Blast!

Happy Anniversary, Jeep! Born in 1941, the iconic brand is celebrating 75 years of off-road toughness and its go anywhere, do anything attitude. We recently marked the stellar occasion by spending a week behind the wheel of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition as we celebrated our anniversary in the Texas Hill …

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September 24, 2016 • Autos

2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Is the Jetta That Does

Several months ago I reviewed the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta sedan. I liked the car but it was a sedate, average daily driver. Recently I received the Jetta GLI, and I gotta tell ya, where the Jetta 1.8T left off the GLI begins, and for 2016 the GLI gets some nice upgrades.

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