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December 8, 2016 • Reviews

Monster SuperStar HotShot Brings Great Music on the Go

Bluetooth speakers have become quite common and almost like a tool. The SuperStar HotShot by Monster ($49.95) is a super compact speaker with the ability to clip onto a backpack, jacket, or belt. Does a speaker this small still bring sound worth listening to? I was able to review the HotShot and my findings might …

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November 29, 2016 • Reviews

Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Bring New Technology to Old Fun

I loved playing with track sets when I was a kid. Those old tracks used a toy car and gravity or spring power to thrust the car along the plastic track. Max Traxxx Tracer Racers ($49.99) give kids the same old fun but with RC technology. The cars even light up the track as they …

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October 19, 2016 • Reviews

Spice up Your Bar with Lucky Shot USA

As the manager of a nice home bar, I always look for unique and fun items to add. One way to give your bar some flare and give great gifts are bottle openers and shot glasses. Lucky Shot USA offers hand crafted goods made from fired military munitions. They personalized two items for me to …

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October 4, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

The Pocket Shot Evolves the Slingshot

Growing up a country boy, I had my fair share of time with a slingshot. From target shooting to things I probably should not shoot, my skill was actually pretty good. A new evolution of those slingshots is now on the market; the Pocket Shot allows users to fire projectiles at up to three times the …

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September 29, 2016 • Reviews

Chant Sport from House of Marley Brings Big Sound

Crisp, clean audio is something I love and demand while listening to my favorite tunes. The new era of Bluetooth connected audio devices not only makes us wireless, but they can also sound pretty good. I recently had the opportunity to review the Chant Sport from House of Marley. The speaker costs $89.99 and doesn’t …

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September 6, 2016 • Reviews

Microduino mCookie Reviewed by My Tech Class

I recently had the opportunity to review the mCookie 201 Advanced Kit. The DIY electronics and building kit seemed like the perfect fit for my technology programming class. We built two of the provided projects and learned a lot along the way. The $199 kit provides many opportunities for both building and programming projects. Let’s …

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July 31, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

T-Mate Fixes Wildlife Camera Mounting: No More Complaints About Missed Wildlife Photos!

I have spent years fighting with my game camera. It seems no matter where it is mounted, it ends up facing the wrong way taking thousands of photos of swaying grass or limbs. All the while, not giving me the images needed to manage the deer herd. I recently discovered the T-Mate camera mount, and …

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July 12, 2016 • News

Zepp Introduces the Smart Bat: Get Accurate Game Readings from Swings

I have used Zepp products during softball practice with my athletes for a couple of years. The ability to break down a player’s swing from speed to bat paths is a wonderful teaching tool. Zepp has now introduced the Smart Bat which uses all of the features of the mounted sensor but integrated seamlessly in …

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June 15, 2016 • Reviews

Exos-Gear Bravo Series Backpack Review

I recently reviewed the commuter series pack from Exos-Gear and have enjoyed using it with my every day computer gear. The company also has a tactical style backpack called the Bravo Series, which retails for $37.95.  While I had planned on using the backpack as my new shooting bag, I actually found an unintended use …

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May 31, 2016 • News, Reviews

Exos-Gear Commuter Series Backpack Review

As technology becomes more mobile, options to carry our gear becomes important. Personally, I prefer carrying backpacks. Not sure if its because I work in a school setting, or I just like the style. I recently was able to try out the Commuter Series from Exos-Gear ($29.95). I filled it with some gear and headed …

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May 27, 2016 • Editorials

Has Windows 10 Ruined My Kool-Aid?

Everyone who knows me and my tech preferences know me as an Apple guy. Some say I have drank the proverbial Kool-Aid. Other than work, I have used Apple products exclusively for almost a decade. A recent review by Judie persuaded me to jump back into the world of Windows. The jump has been surprisingly …

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April 29, 2016 • Reviews

Charge Your Apple Watch in Style with the HoverDock

Since the Apple Watch has been updated to include Nightstand Mode, there are many new options for charging the watch overnight. I recently was able to review the HoverDock by Just Mobile which retails for $34.95. Basically, it is a minimalist way to charge the Apple Watch while using it in Nightstand Mode. Let’s take …

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April 20, 2016 • Reviews

New Monowear Leather Deployment Band For Apple Watch

Dan and I recently did reviews of some of Monowear’s products for the Apple Watch. We were both pleased with the design and quality of their bands. They have just released a new take on band design that combines open loop and closed loop options. The new leather deployment bands retail for $89.99 and are …

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April 12, 2016 • Reviews

Monowear MonoChest Keeps Your Best Apple Watch Bands Safe

Since the Apple Watch bands are so easy to change out, most people will collect a few styles. Some of these bands can be costly and need to be stored safely. Monowear has introduced the MonoChest ($99.95) which will safely house and display up to three bands and the watch as it charges. Let’s take a …

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April 8, 2016 • Music Diary, Reviews

IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik 2 Review: Create Amazing Music on Your Computer

IK Multimedia has brought the symphony to your computer and given you full control. Miroslav Philharmonik 2 brings instruments played by the best musicians creating living, breathing samples. The new unique sound set brings feeling and emotion to an already great product. The number of instruments is staggering, and the sound quality is top-notch. Let’s …

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April 1, 2016 • Reviews

RCA Mercury Pro Brings an Affordable Tablet!

I have always been an iPad guy, but unfortunately have become priced out of the lineup. With kids and a mortgage, I just cannot afford the technology. I jumped at the chance to review the RCA Mercury Pro seven inch tablet which retails for only $79.99. Is this super affordable tablet worth looking at for …

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February 15, 2016 • Reviews

Monster ClarityHD Wireless Headphones Review

I am not a big fan of the Apple earbuds that came with my phone, so I am always searching for replacements. Monster is looking to replacing your earbuds with the $79.95 ClarityHD High-Performance Wireless Earbuds. Not only is Monster looking to improve earbud performance, but to also cut the cord with this Bluetooth option. Let’s …

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February 9, 2016 • News

IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik 2 Brings out the Inner Composer!

IK Multimedia released a product recently that will prove to bring out your inner composer. Miroslav Philharmonik 2 brings a concert hall full of musicians and allows them to be directed and composed on your computer. The virtual orchestra utilizes over 2700 instruments sampled in high-definition audio. Read on to get more information and check …

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January 12, 2016 • Outdoors, Reviews

Scosche boomBottle H2O Takes Your Music to the Outdoors!

I spend a lot of time outdoors, hunting, fishing, grilling, and taking the kids to the pool. Of course, most outdoor activities are better with music, so there is always a Bluetooth speaker around. The Scosche boomBottle H2O ($109.99) has now given me great audio without the worry. The speaker is water proof, rugged, and …

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January 7, 2016 • News, Outdoors

ECOXGEAR Luaunces Water Proof and Solar Powered Audio Solutions

I know we are in the middle of winter, but summer and outdoor activities are soon coming! ECOXGEAR is ready for some outdoor time by releasing the SOL JAM and the EcoCarbon Bluetooth speakers at CES this week. Listen to music while in the water or stay charged with the sun!

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January 7, 2016 • News

808 Audio Announces New Lineup at CES

Portable Bluetooth audio devices have become a product category that interests me. 808 Audio just announced their 2016 audio lineup that proves to have something for everyone at an affordable price. Casual listeners, outdoors enthusiasts and party hosts should all find something that works for them. 

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