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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 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

The Audioengine HD3 Wireless Music System Is Only Small in Size

As I’ve previously noted, I’m a huge fan of Audioengine products. The HD6 are among my favorite speakers and the B2 resides in our bedroom. So color me surprise that I think the HD3 Wireless Music System is AudioEngine’s best offering yet. These may look like simple desktop speakers, but they’re a complete music system packing …

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November 25, 2016 • Reviews

The BRAVEN 105 Is a Small Speaker That’s Built to Go Places

Over the past few years, we’ve reviewed a number of speakers from BRAVEN. INCIPIO’s acquisition of the brand clearly hasn’t slowed the pace of development. If anything, the exact opposite has happened, and there are a host of new products being rolled out. The BRAVEN 105 is the first of three we’ll be looking at …

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November 23, 2016 • Reviews

Be Ready to Enjoy All Your Holiday Pictures with the New Nixplay Iris WiFi Frame

I’ve written about my experience with Nixplay frames previously. I love the ease-of-use they provide and really enjoy being able to see various pictures from the trips Raina and I have taken. The company recently released the new Nixplay Iris 8”. At $199.99, this is the company’s most refined WiFi frame yet and … I love …

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November 18, 2016 • Reviews

Griffin’s iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter Is Ready for the iPhone 7

So you got your shiny new iPhone 7, And you love that they came with Lightning EarPods AND an adapter. But you’ve already lost the adapter, and your favorite headphones have a 3.5mm plug. What are you to do? That’s where Griffin’s iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter comes in. At just $19.99 it fits any …

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November 14, 2016 • News

Audioengine Grows Their HD Series with the HD3 Wireless Music System

I love Audioengine speakers. The HD6 are among my favorite speakers. So I was excited to hear about the new HD3 Wireless Music System. They look like AudioEngine’s familiar desktop speakers but they’re something new. As the company explains, “the HD3 is a complete music system that allows you to listen to all of your …

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November 13, 2016 • News

Save On a New Brydge Keyboard for Your iPad

The Brydge keyboard for the iPad is a Kickstarter success story. Since releasing their first, crowdfunded keyboard, the company has continually been adding to their line-up. There’s now a Brydge keyboard for each of the current iPads. These are premium iPad accessories but, as the holiday approaches, the company has made all of the keyboards …

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November 13, 2016 • Reviews

Lifefactory Offers a Twist on Water Bottles and Wine Glasses

The initial appearance of Lifefactory’s water bottles and wine glasses make them look like they were made for kids. They weren’t. Yes, the raised grip sleeves make them look “youthful” but these products aren’t kid’s stuff. They are well-designed products that will help keep a grip on your hydration or your favorite glass of wine. …

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November 7, 2016 • Reviews

Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds with Portable Charger Are the iPhone 7 Accessory You Want

It is old news that the iPhone 7 dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of wireless Bluetooth connectivity. That would be okay, except Apple has delayed the release of their AirPods Wireless Earbuds. Fear not, however, because the Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds with Portable Charger are available now! They are tiny and …

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October 31, 2016 • News

You’re in Control Now That Amazon’s Alexa Works with the Logitech Harmony Hub

I love my Amazon Echo and the way Alexa controls so many of my smart home features; I love the simplicity and power of the Logitech Harmony Hub and Remote, and I especially love the fact that the two now work together. A new Amazon Alexa Skill makes it all possible.

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October 26, 2016 • Reviews

iFrogz PLUGZ and IMPULSE Wireless Earbuds Are Ready for Your iPhone 7

If you bought an iPhone 7 you know that the loss of the 3.5mm earphone plug means a new learning curve and new ear. Thanks to iFrogz there are some great choices that won’t break the bank. The $29.99 iFrogz PLUGZ Wireless and the $39.99 iFrogz IMPULSE Wireless are two of the choices.

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October 17, 2016 • Reviews

Go Pro with the ZAGG Slim Book Pro Wireless Keyboard and Detachable Case for iPad Pro 9.7”

Since getting my 9.7” iPad Pro my MacBook feels neglected. The iPad Pro is so powerful, and iOS apps have matured so completely, that there are few things I CAN’T do on my iPad. It’s for that reason my MacBook HATES the new ZAGG Slim Book Pro Wireless Keyboard and Detachable Case with Stand for …

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October 17, 2016 • Reviews

Tavik Interface System is the Only Outerwear You’ll Need

It got cold here in New Jersey last week. Fortunately, I was armed with a review sample of Tavik’s new Interface system. This isn’t just a jacket. And it isn’t just a series of outerwear. No, the Tavik Interface system is truly an outerwear system That offers a ton of features and is ready for pretty …

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October 15, 2016 • Sponsored

Take the Spray Nine Challenge #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spray Nine. All opinions are 100% mine. My first experience using Spray Nine Cleaner saw the product saving a pool float from the trash. So I decided to let it help prep my leased car for its return to the dealer. As with the float, …

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September 30, 2016 • Sponsored

Spray Nine Cleans up Summer’s End #sponsored

This post brought to you by Spray Nine. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Gear Diary. Summer is definitely over; the pool is getting closed. The lawn furniture is going into the garage. And the pool floats… well, the pool floats are looking pretty ratty. They are so bad that we were …

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September 23, 2016 • News

With the Robo C2 and R2 3D Printers, the Robolution Has Begun

I’m finishing a review of  an amazing Robo 3D printer, an impressive device and I’m having fun. The company just announced two new additions to their product line, the Robo C2 and Robo R2 smart 3D printers. With Wi-Fi and a new Robo app, they make 3D printing smarter, faster and more convenient.

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September 19, 2016 • Reviews, Sponsored

Vizio M50-D1 Home Theater Display Is So Smart, It Is Brilliant #ad

As Raina and I were setting up our new house, one of the things I knew was that I wanted were large televisions both in the living room and the bedroom. Fortunately, I was approached by VIZIO and offered the opportunity to review one of their new 2016 VIZIO SmartCast M-Series Ultra HD HDR Home …

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September 18, 2016 • Reviews

Rest Your Head on the Awesome Eve Pillow

Some time back I reviewed the eve mattress. It is a great mattress that belongs to the growing number of “bed in a box” offerings that can be found on the internet. Raina and I sleep on the review sample every night. When the company offered a review sample of their pillow, I jumped at …

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