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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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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 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 26, 2016 • Reviews

The Engineered by HP Coach Bleecker Smart Watch Review

About 6 months after I purchased an Apple Watch, I stopped wearing it. While I’ve missed the convenience of wrist notifications, I never got comfortable with wearing what amounted to a microscopic and hobbled iPhone on my wrist. I prefer a more classic wristwatch style, but I also appreciate something smart; enter, the Engineered by HP Coach …

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November 23, 2016 • Deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Online — No Standing in Line!

Happy Holidays, and welcome to the shopping hell that is the period between Thanksgiving and other winter celebrations. No one wants to wait in line to buy gifts, but we all like holiday markdowns, and that’s what I’ve got rounded up for you. Make a note of these big Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals …

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November 20, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

WineOvation’s Bowling Pin: A Fun and Useful Powered Wine Bottle Opener

If you enjoy drinking wine, then you likely have a corkscrew kept in your kitchen or bar drawer. While a corkscrew can get the bottle opened, The WineOvation Bowling Pin Powered Bottle Opener makes the whole process a little more automated and a lot more fun.

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November 19, 2016 • Deals

BodyGuardz Holiday Blowout Sale: 50% off Everything!

BodyGuardz is offering a special 50% Thanksgiving discount that will run from Nov 24 – Nov 29th. If you’ve been putting off getting a screen protector or a good case for your phone, don’t dally — head over to BodyGuardz and take advantage of this great deal while it’s available!

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November 18, 2016 • Crowdfunding

Aircharge Keyring: Quite Possibly the Easiest Way to Wirelessly Charge Your iPhone

It may not be on most people’s wish lists, but I’ve been hoping that Apple would give the iPhone wireless charging capabilities for years. After all, many Android phones have it, and automakers are starting to include chargers for those phones in their cars. But for iPhones? No joy. The Aircharge Keyring may be a …

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November 18, 2016 • Gift Guides

Harman for the Holidays: Give the Gift of Amazing Sound with Something for Every Budget!

Everyone enjoys good music, and with a little bit of help from our favorite Harman brands, you can stay within your budget and brighten someone’s holidays. Take a look at these items from Harman, JBL, and AKG …

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November 17, 2016 • Gift Guides, News

Give the Gift of Fire with the Bernzomatic TS8000 Max Heat Torch

When you need to thaw, melt, or heat something quickly, there’s nothing better than a blowtorch —but not just any torch will do. You need a torch with a flame that can be controlled and focused, and that’s where the Bernzomatic TS8000 Max shines.

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November 16, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

Brooklinen Makes Amazing Gifts: Check Out Their New Blankets and Scented Candles

Not every gift needs to fall into the techy category; there are people who would much prefer something for the home — something to snuggle in, something comforting. Brooklinen‘s new blankets and candles definitely fit the bill.

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November 14, 2016 • Reviews

SmartBuyGlasses Is a Great Source for Less Expensive Name Brand Prescription Eyeglasses

It seems like it was ages ago when I first wrote about saving money by purchasing prescription eyeglasses online, and since then I have taken advantage of the savings many times. I wanted to bring one site to your attention, as you might not have yet tried them: SmartBuyGlasses. 

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November 14, 2016 • News

The OPCOM GrowBox and GrowWall: Self-Contained and Soil Free Indoor Gardening

We’ve looked at other indoor gardening solutions in the past, but this is the first soil-free version. Check out the OPCOM Farm GrowBox and GrowWall. They both use “automated systems featuring proprietary LED light spectrum technology with lighting and water cycles and nutrition finely tuned for optimal plant growth at a rate 25 percent faster than …

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November 11, 2016 • Gift Guides

HP for the Holidays: Pocket Printers, Laptops, All-in-Ones, and a Fab Backpack

HP has some new items out — just in time for the holidays — so you can send your favorite college student back to school with the gear they need to stay productive and at the top of their class!

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November 8, 2016 • Gift Guides

Logitech for the Holidays: Mechanical Keyboards, Universal Remotes, and Smart iPad Pro Stands

Logitech has a selection of items that would make great gifts for the techies in your life; whether they are a gamer, a home theater buff, or simply someone who is looking for a way to work more efficiently. Let’s take a quick look at three fab items …

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November 4, 2016 • News

The Movie “Loving” and the Love Story that Made History

The movie Loving caught my eye not only because it’s a love story with a perfect title, but because it is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple in Virginia during the Jim Crow era and the early days of the Civil Rights Movement.

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November 4, 2016 • News

Keep All Eyes on Your iPhone with this 3D Handmade Eyeball Case for the iPhone 7 Plus

It’s too bad that Halloween has already passed by because I’ve found the spookiest, affordable novelty iPhone 7 Plus case I’ve yet seen — the hand-made 3D eyeball phone case by Chic Leader.

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November 3, 2016 • Reviews

Just Mobile TENC Auto-Heal Clear Case for Phone 7: Maximum Scratch Resistance

I’ve been a long-time fan of the Just Mobile TENC Auto-Heal Clear Case; it’s the case I kept on my iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus, because it was the closest thing I found to carrying my phone naked. While I liked that one of its properties was that the case wouldn’t show scratches, I …

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November 3, 2016 • News

Huawei Fit May Be the Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Fitness Buff

As much as I hate to admit it, the holidays are fast approaching, and it will soon be time to figure out which gifts to give to our favorite friends and loved ones. For your consideration, I offer the new Huawei Fit. It’s not a full Android Wear smartwatch, but it is definitely smarter than …

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November 3, 2016 • News

TCL Xess Tablet: The 17″ Amazon Alexa Connected Home Hub

We’ve got two TCL 4K Roku-enabled televisions in our house, and I feel like TCL is one of those brands that isn’t yet well-known, but they should be. TCL products are extremely well made, they work exactly as promised, and they are generally well priced.

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November 1, 2016 • Reviews

Brooklinen Luxury Bedding: Sleep Like a Baby on the Softest 480 Thread Count Sateen Sheets

Most of us spend an average of 8 hours in bed every day; that equals basically 1/3 of our lives, and that’s why it’s so important that the bed we sleep on and the sheets we sleep in are comfortable and conducive to a good night’s sleep. For the last week, I’ve been enjoying the Brooklinen Luxe …

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