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November 1, 2016 • News

Personalize Your Living Space with the Nanoleaf Aurora Lighting System

If you love design, and you want a unique way to light your living space, then you should look at the nanoleaf Aurora. As they say, “it’s not light, it’s living paint.” The panel pieces snap together like LEGOs, so you can create a design you like and light your room beautifully.

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October 27, 2016 • News

Spire Activity and Mindfulness Tracker: De-Stress and Remember to BREATHE

Much as I hate to admit it, I have a tendency to allow myself to get stressed out. I first notice it in my shoulders, then it spreads to my head and, if left unchecked, results in a pounding headache. I didn’t have much hope that the Spire Activity and Mindfulness Tracker would make that …

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October 26, 2016 • Crowdfunding, News

Naked Case on Kickstarter: Perfect Scratch Protection for the Jet Black iPhone 7

I ordered a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus, and I went into it knowing that in time I would probably see more than a few scratches on my otherwise beautiful phone. The new Naked Case on Kickstarter uses the same tough film used to protect exotic sports cars to protect your iPhone from scratches. Check …

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October 24, 2016 • Reviews

The Epson Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One Printer Review

At some point in the mid-2000s, except for rare situations, I stopped getting prints made from my digital pictures. I have thousands upon thousands of pictures I’ve taken stored on my phone as well as in the cloud, but with the Epson Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One Printer, they are now on my walls, too.

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October 20, 2016 • Reviews

Cube-tastic!: Challenge Your Mind and Enhance Your Memory with This 3-D Puzzle Cube

Remember when the Rubik’s Cube took America by storm? In the early 80s, it was impossible to go anywhere without seeing someone twisting a colorful cube as they tried to match the colors back up on each side. Putao has introduced Cube-tastic!, an updated 3-D puzzle cube that takes the idea behind the Rubik’s cube to …

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October 18, 2016 • Reviews

The Citizen Sapphire Eco-Drive Watch Review: Geek Cred in a Not So “Dumb Watch”

It’s easy to forget that with so many smartwatches available, there are still plenty of people who simply want to wear a watch that looks good and tells the time. But finding that watch doesn’t mean you need to give up your geeky edge; the Citizen Eco-Drive Watch line manages to roll true greek-credibility into …

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October 18, 2016 • Crowdfunding

Jackery Power Pro Portable Energy Hub on Kickstarter: Ready for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

I’ve reviewed several Jackery devices in the past; they have been excellently made, and I am still using them. Jackery has a Kickstarter campaign going on now for their most ambitious device yet — the Jackery Power Pro, a 578Wh Solar Ready Outdoor Generator.

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October 18, 2016 • Health and Fitness, News

The Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch: Classically Inspired Fitness Tracking

I’ve been wearing a Misfit Ray, and while it’s one of the prettiest and useful fitness trackers I’ve worn, I still wear a watch because I’m old-fashioned and like to wear one. With the introduction of the Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch, I can have a fashionable analog watch combined with the Misfit technology I’ve come …

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October 16, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

PAX Era: The On-Demand Slim Extract Vaporizer Ready for Medical Use

If you live in the state of California, and if you have a prescription for medical marijuana, there is a new product that you should pay attention to — the PAX Era Extract Vaporizer. when used with Bloom Farms extract pods, this on-demand vaporizer makes administering your prescription as simple as taking a puff.

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October 15, 2016 • Autos, Travel

2017 GMC Acadia Denali Test Drive: All About the Journey, Not Just the Destination

I live in Texas, where huge pickups and SUVs are everywhere. Top of the line for either would have to be the GMC Denali, but you don’t have to be in a full-size Yukon or 4 door pickup to get the Denali package; you can also find it in the much more maneuverable, yet still …

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October 15, 2016 • News

Get Great Holiday Gifts and Support (RED) at the Same Time

The holidays are coming up rapidly, and it’s time to start working out a purchase plan. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Why not buy your loved ones great gifts that also benefit a good cause? With the new (RED) holiday products, you can.

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October 12, 2016 • Reviews

Choetech Glass Pro Premium Tempered iPhone 7 Plus Full Coverage Screen Protector Review

One of the things most glass screen protectors for iPhone have in common is that they aren’t curved, so they don’t cover the edges properly; they always end up a few mm short of the phone’s rim. For the most part, this isn’t a big deal, but it can look and feel weird.

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October 11, 2016 • News

SVALT High-Performance Cooling Dock: Prevent Workstation Meltdowns

Do you use your laptop as your main computer, hooked to a monitor and keyboard when you’re working at your desk? Then you probably know it doesn’t take much before the fan starts whirring and your laptop starts to get hot. If that’s your experience, then you’ll want to take a look at the new …

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October 9, 2016 • Reviews

Moodz Concept iPhone 7 Plus Python Case: The Epitome of Custom, Hand-Made Luxury

Ali Yildirim, the genius behind Beyza Cases (named for his daughter Beyza), has started a new luxury company that blows away and then elevates anything I have ever seen offered for iPhones. Moodz Concept makes covetable and personalized custom, hand-crafted iPhone 6 and 7 cases that look and feel like nothing else available.

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October 7, 2016 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

Withings Pulse Ox: Track, Monitor, Sync, and Stay Healthy

The Withings Pulse Ox caught my eye because it not only measures and monitors steps, distance walked, sleep, elevation climbed, and calories, but it also measures your heart rate and blood oxygen level.

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October 4, 2016 • Reviews

The Moto Z Droid: Mods Make It Yours

There has been quite a bit of excitement around the idea of modular phones this year; LG’s G5 introduced their take on modules with their “Friends” collection, and Moto has taken it a step further with their Moto Mods for the Moto Z line. Let’s take a look …

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September 28, 2016 • News

Click and Grow Wall Farm and Wall Farm Mini: The Future of Farming?

I love my Click and Grow Herb Garden so much that I have two of them; one grows flowers and the other grows edibles. With the success that the company’s had with their table-top sized products, it’s no surprise to me that they have taken their calling to the next level by creating the Click and …

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September 24, 2016 • Reviews

Satechi Type-C Multiport Adapter: Slim, Multi-Featured, and Extremely Handy

The MacBook is one of the most capable (and portable) laptops I’ve ever used, but getting acclimated to its single Type-C port has been an adjustment. Products like the Satechi Type-C Multiport Adapter are making the transition much easier.

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September 23, 2016 • Reviews

ROAM ROPES Wireless Earphones & EQ Engine: Music the Way You Want to Hear It

Not that Bluetooth earphones and headphones weren’t already growing more and more popular, but Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has all but ensured that this is the direction mobile audio has headed. Do you have a favorite set of Bluetooth earphones or headphones yet? I’m still trying to decide. Lately, I’ve been using ROAM …

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September 20, 2016 • Reviews

CrystalTech Nano 2.0 Liquid Screen Protector: Scratch Resistant, Water-Repellant, Bubble-Free, & Antibacterial

While at IFA, I managed to drop my phone not once, but three times — face-down. This chipped the glass protector I was using to the point that I was worried I might cut myself on it, so I removed it. I’m trying something new now, the CrystalTech Nano 2.0 Liquid Screen Protector.

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September 20, 2016 • News

SanDisk Defies Logic with Their 1TB Extreme Pro SDXC Card

If you shoot 4K video, then you know how quickly the gigabytes get used; here to make your life much easier is the new SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB SDXC card. That’s one thousand gigabytes to you, sir!

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