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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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September 15, 2016 • News

The Booq Pack Pro: Ready for All of Your Gear!

We wrote about the Booq Cobra Pack two years ago; that backpack turned out to be so popular that Booq has updated it with even more options and refinements.

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September 13, 2016 • News

Dell Has Two Amazing New Monitors for You to Covet

I’ve got a pretty amazing curved 27″ Dell monitor, and I thought it was the bees-knees until I saw these two new Dell monitors! Check out the new Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor and the Dell UltraHsarp 30 Monitor with PremierColor. Le sigh …

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September 13, 2016 • Reviews

Bellabeat Leaf Urban: Sleep, Exercise, Meditate, and Stay Healthy

One of the things that so many health trackers have in common is that they look exactly like what they are — utilitarian step counters worn on our wrists. All of them track steps, many track sleep, and some throw a few extra tricks in to sweeten the package. The Bellabeat Leaf Urban tracks steps, sleep, …

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September 12, 2016 • Reviews

The Jackery Titan 20,100mAh Portable Battery Review

I’ve just returned from IFA, and one of the most invaluable tools that I brought with me was the Jackery Titan 20,100mAh portable battery. Used with the Jackery Jewel Lightning Cable that I recently reviewed, I was never without power and I could go days without recharging the battery pack.

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September 1, 2016 • Reviews

Jackery Jewel Lightning Power Cable Review: Sync, Charge, and Power!

Most of us keep a charging cable (or two) in our bags or in our car, and many of us keep an extended battery pack in our bags. Sometimes it’s a bit much to carry that extra battery, but if you carry the Jackery Jewel lightning Power Cable, you’ll have a two-in-one power solution.

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September 1, 2016 • News

SensePeanut: Smart, Inexpensive Life Automation, Starting with the ThermoPeanut

Sen.se is announcing their new ThermoPeanut today, the first in its series of smart sensors called SensePeanut. For those of us who are wondering what a SensePeanut might be, the short answer is that each $29 SensePeanut has its “own set function, task or habit it can monitor.” SensePeanuts are designed to bring people the …

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September 1, 2016 • News

Withings Steel HR May Be the Best Looking and Longest Lasting Connected Watch Yet!

Two of the things that smartwatches keep failing at are thickness and size; well, okay, battery life has been an issue, too. Withings, part of the Nokia family and makers of the great looking Activité health-tracking watch line, has just announced their new Steel HR; it’s a health tracker, and it’s a gorgeous, connected watch with …

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August 31, 2016 • News

Lenovo Launches Amazing New Android and Windows Yoga Books; I Want One!

IFA has started, and Lenovo is introducing three new Yoga devices: the Yoga Book (a 2-in-1 tablet in Android and Windows versions), the Yoga 910 (a 2-in-1 laptop), the Yoga Tab 3 Plus (a 10” Android tablet), and the Miix 510 (a Windows detachable).

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August 31, 2016 • News

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Classic: One of These May Be the Smart Watch You’ve Been Waiting For

Samsung’s newest watches, the Gear S3 smartwatches have just been announced; they are the natural successors to the Gear S2 line that was announced at IFA last year. There will be two S3 models available, the frontier and classic; the frontier is available in an LTE or Bluetooth model, and the classic comes in a …

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August 31, 2016 • News

Unify Your Device Docking with the Clever and Good Looking Udoq

If you have more than one mobile device, and let’s face it — these days we all do — charging them all at the same time can be a bit of a challenge. Udoq is a unique new way to charge your Kindle, iPad, Android phone, iPhone and other devices at the same time with a row …

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August 28, 2016 • Reviews

SanDisk Extreme 500 480GB Portable SSD Review: Small, Quiet, Durable, and Fast!

If you haven’t purchased a portable Solid State Drive (SSD), then you might not know what you’re missing. When comparing an SSD to a Hard Disk Drive (HDD), you’ll find that SSDs are faster in every way, quieter, cooler-running, more durable (no moving parts to break), they have a smaller form factor, and bonus — they …

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August 27, 2016 • Reviews

Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden: The Garden Anyone Can Grow Just About Anywhere

I like to joke about having a black thumb, but the truth of the matter is that ever since I got a Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden, I’ve been feeling a lot better about my gardening prowess.

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August 26, 2016 • Reviews, Travel

RAVPower 36W Dual Port Type-C/USB Wall Charger Review: The Charger That Should Have Come with the MacBook

The new MacBook comes with a 29W power cube that serves its purpose well enough, but there are no bells and whistles like, oh, say, an extra USB charging port or a way to wrap the long USB Type-C power cord neatly. With that in mind, the RAVPower 36W Dual Port Type-C/USB Wall Charger comes awfully close …

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August 26, 2016 • Reviews

VAVA Voom 20 Portable Speaker Review

It seems like everyone has a cylindrical portable speaker for sale, so at first glance, the VAVA Voom 20 may seem like a me-too product. But once you check out the features — and see the price — it might just win you over.

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August 25, 2016 • Reviews

ROMOSS Rolink Hybrid Cable: One Cable with a Flippable End for MicroUSB or Lightning. What?!

If you live in a household with both iOS and microUSB connected phones, then you might be interested in the ROMOSS Rolink Hybrid Cable; with a simple flip of the business end, it can sync and charge devices that use either a Lightning Cable or a microUSB cable.

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August 23, 2016 • News, Outdoors

Check Out Pyle’s $79 High Speed 4K HD Action Sports Camera!

If the idea of dropping several hundred dollars on a sports camera doesn’t appeal to you, then you aren’t alone. What if it’s stolen? What if you damage or lose it? How would you like a 4K Ultra HD Video Camera that also snaps crisp 16MP, 12MP, 8MP, 5MP, 2MP images for less than $80?

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August 23, 2016 • News

Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link: Intelligent Purification, Heat, & Cooling

I use the Dyson Pure Cool Link Tower every day; I keep it running on automatic in my oldest stepdaughter’s room, where it not only keeps her cool, it also keeps her room smelling fresh. I’m in the process of building a new office outside, and so news of the new Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link definitely caught …

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August 21, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

BloomSky SKY1 Solar Powered Weather Camera Kit + Solar Panel Review

We’ve reviewed several weather stations in the past, but the BloomSky SKY1 is in a class of its own. Not only does it give you up to the minute weather info from your chosen location, it creates a time-lapse movie of the entire day, and it allows you to share your info and movies easily with …

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August 20, 2016 • Autos

2017 Kia Cadenza: First Drive of Kia’s Upgraded Luxury Sedan in the Virginia Mountains

This week, along with a number of other auto writers, I attended the national press introduction to the 2017 Kia Cadenza in Middleburg, Virginia. The only things that made the heat and humidity bearable were the beauty of our surroundings and the fun we had while driving Kia’s second-generation four-door sedan.

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August 18, 2016 • Reviews

Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45W Laptop Adapter Review

The 29W power cube that comes with the Apple 12″ MacBook is small enough, but without the storage prongs that snap in and out of most of Apple’s laptop cubes, the 2-meter cable that comes with it has to be wrapped on its own. This seems like a weird oversight from a company that’s usually more …

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