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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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September 16, 2016 • Reviews

Ventev Cables and Accessories Are Built for Mobile Life On the Go

Cables that charge and sync our mobile devices are a must. Unfortunately, the cables most companies include with their devices tend to be rather delicate; that’s where Ventev comes in. Ventev offers a number of different cables that can meet all your mobile needs. They get the job done and will last for a good …

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September 8, 2016 • News

My @Starbucks Blogger Box Delivers Tasty End-of-the-Summer Refrigerator Treats

I’m enjoying being part of the @Starbucks Blogger Team. Each quarter I get a box chock full of Starbucks goodies. That lets me try some of the latest and greatest from the coffee heavyweight. The summer package came a few weeks ago and was full of tasty Starbucks beverages that can be found in your …

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September 8, 2016 • News

VIZIO Announces Crave Multi-Room WiFi Speakers

I’m finishing up a review of VIZIO M-Series display. It’s an amazing Ultra HD display with Google Cast built in. I’ve been looking at VIZIO sound bars to add to it and was psyched to get word that VIZIO is also bringing some WiFi speakers to market in the form of the all-new VIZIO SmartCast …

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September 7, 2016 • Editorials

Today’s Apple Event Will Likely Reveal Just How Much Apple Has Changed Since Tim Cook Took Over as CEO

Apple’s September event is an annual ritual that many of us look forward to each fall. We expect to see new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and, hopefully, a surprise. And, if rumors are true, we will see just how much Apple has changed in recent years, but the evidence will not be Apple removing …

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September 4, 2016 • Reviews

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Will Have You Moving Into Your New iPhone in a Flash

Apple will be announcing their new iPhones in just a few days. Two or three weeks later those of us who pre-order will be getting our shiny new iPhones delivered. After that it will be time to move files from the “old” iPhone to the “new” one. SanDisk’s iXpand Flash can ease the “moving day blues.”

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September 4, 2016 • News

ZAGG Brings Two New Screen Protectors to Market

In anticipation of Apple announcing the new crop of 2016 iPhones in just a few days, ZAGG, one of our favorite smartphone accessory companies, has announced two new products. The sub-$40 Glass+ and the $49.99 Sapphire Defense screen protectors offer great screen protection at an affordable price.

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September 2, 2016 • Sponsored, Travel

With Hyatt Regency Hotels, It’s Good Not to Be Home! #ad

One of the many things Judie and I share in common is our love of travel. And, thanks to our work on Gear Diary and each sharing our lives with amazing travel partners, we do more of it than ever. We love our homes in Texas and New Jersey respectively, but we also know It’s …

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September 1, 2016 • News

Sony Announces the New Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact

Judie and I have been fans of the Sony Xperia line of smartphones and tablets. Now Sony has introduced two new additions to the Xperia line — the flagship Sony Xperia XZ and the premium Xperia X Compact. They are the first Xperia phones to feature triple image sensing. Both look great and arrive this …

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August 27, 2016 • Reviews

The Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat is So Smart and Cool That It’s Hot!

Raina and I continue to add smart features to our home. We love the Haiku Smart Fan we installed and reviewed here on Gear Diary. (Read the review!) The next step in the process was adding a smart thermostat. I received a Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat for review. This second generation unit is small but …

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August 22, 2016 • Reviews

OnePlus 3 Equals an Awesome Android Phone for Under $400

Just about twice a year I leave my iPhone behind and flirt with Android phones for a period of time. Most of the time I’m happy to get back to my iPhone. Most recently, however, the transition back to iOS was tough. I was using the OnePlus 3 and absolutely loved it. Raina, however, wanted …

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August 16, 2016 • Reviews

You’ll Snap Your Fingers for the Libratone ONE Click Portable Speaker

I’m a huge fan of Libratone’s speakers. We reviewed the first generation of the ZIPP here on Gear Diary when it first came out, and the current iteration of the ZIPP (which added Bluetooth) in both sizes a few months ago. Now we are looking at the Libratone ONE Click and … I love it.

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August 14, 2016 • Autos, Reviews

The K40 RLS2 Radar/Laser Detector Will Keep the Tickets at Bay

Some people habitually drive too fast. For them, a good Radar Detector is a great way to keep tickets at bay. For me, however, a good radar detector is an effective reminder to pay attention and watch my speed. The K40 RLS2 Radar/Laser Detector is just such a tool, and it is an impressive one …

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August 12, 2016 • Reviews

HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer Truly Delivers a Mobile Office

Your computer is now thin, powerful, and gets great battery life. Your tablet is even thinner, often just as powerful, and gets even better battery life. Your workflow is truly mobile. And yet, if you want to print a document, you need to go into the office. Thanks to the HP OfficeJet 200 Mobile Printer, …

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August 10, 2016 • Reviews

Incipio ClamCase+ for iPad Air 2 Makes Your iPad Air 2 More Productive Than Ever

The right keyboard case for your iPad Air 2 will not only keep your tablet investment safe but makes using the iPad more productive than ever. The $149.99 Incipio ClamCase+ iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard is such a case. It offers a variety of uses, a nice assortment of specialty keys, and it even offers …

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August 8, 2016 • Giveaways, Reviews

Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones Review and Giveaway!

I tried a pair of bone conducting headphones a few years ago. The idea behind them caught my eye and I found the technology quite interesting. Unfortunately, the sound didn’t capture my ears. They were barely passable. Fast forward a few years. Will the Trekz Titanium pass muster? Read on to find out and to …

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August 7, 2016 • News

My @Starbucks Summer Blogger’s Box Is Filled With Delicious Summer Drinks

While the back to school sales are already in full force, the summer isn’t quite over. Starbucks sent me a Starbucks Blogger Package of delicious summer goodness that is perfect to enjoy the last weeks of the slow warm season. Let’s take a look at what was in this box!

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August 6, 2016 • Reviews

With the Bodyguardz Shock Case and SpyGlass, Your iPhone 6S is Safe from Drops and Prying Eyes

The iPhone is rather delicate, so a good case can be the difference between pristine and trashed. The iPhone has all your important information, so a privacy screen protector can keep your private information private. With the BodyGuardz Shock Case and SpyGlass Screen Protector, you get dual protection without adding significant weight and bulk. The …

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August 6, 2016 • Reviews

The Moshi Endura iPhone 6S Case and System Is an iPhone 6S Case for Active People

Moshi makes some fantastic accessories for mobile devices. Their Endura Case is one example. It is not only Moshi’s toughest case, but it also works with two fantastic accessories that are perfect for active people who love their iPhone. The three parts of the system are pricey but are worth it for people those who …

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August 3, 2016 • Reviews

A Skeptic’s Review of ActiveEdge Gear

When I first heard about Active Edge, I was skeptical. Carly had written about them some time ago, and her review left me curious. When I was offered an Active Edge shirt to try, I wasn’t sure what my experience might be. This post holds my subjective thoughts on the product.

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August 2, 2016 • Reviews

Tune Up Your Morning Routine with the iHome iCVBT7 Double-sided Vanity Mirror with Bluetooth Speakerphone

Raina and I are finishing up the first phase of our home renovation. When we set out to redo the kitchen and both of the upstairs bathrooms one of my goals was to add smart features wherever possible and have speakers in each and every room. That’s where the iHome iCVBT7 Double-sided Vanity Mirror with …

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