When Jess and I started setting up our daughter Skyler’s nursery, we knew that we would eventually need more smart lightbulbs. Even though I’d previously bought the basic white Philips Hue smart bulbs before, I want to try their ambient smart bulbs to see how they would work in a nursery setting. The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit that I received not only works with Alexa but with Google Home and Apple’s HomeKit as well.
Since we’ve been home for the last few months, we’ve attempted to make our apartment a bit smarter and a bit more secure; the Friday Smart Lock was an intriguing, non-permanent solution for our front door.
I’ve been tied to iOS the last few years out of necessity, not a choice, so I’m always excited to test drive how things are going in the Android world. The TCL 10 Pro absolutely blew me away; it showcases the best of Android at an extremely wallet-friendly price.
So you bought a Google Pixel 4a. You love its smaller size, the pure Android operating system experience, and the 4a’s excellent camera. Perhaps you still can’t believe that you got it for just $349! Now it’s time to put a case on your 4a to protect its polycarbonate body and Gorilla Glass 3 display. We’ve got three fantastic options for your consideration: the UAG Scout, the Incipio DualPro, and the Vena Wallet Case vCommute.
If someone were ever to ask me if I would use a cotton ear swab more than once, my answer would be, “of course not.” If someone asked if I’d be willing to try a reusable ear swab that reduced harmful waste and its impact on our plant, my answer would be, “maybe?” And then I received the LastObject LastSwab.
Ever since the pandemic began, my wife & I have made a point of cooking more. In the past, I’ve eyeballed when my chicken, fish, or steak was done cooking, but I wanted a more accurate way to prepare my meals. This resulted in me reaching out to ThermoWorks, a leader in instant-read thermometers, to check out the ThermoPop and Industrial IR Gun, two products that will make sure I get that perfect medium steak every time. ThermoWorks sent over their ThermoPop, which has transformed the way I cook, but more importantly, how I appreciate food. Before cooking with the…
After years of computer peripherals being black, boring, and “blah,” Logitech G has gone all-in on fun with their new G-Series Color Collection. Everyone is looking to show their personality these days, whether it’s during zoom calls or streaming on Twitch. The G-Series Color Collection features wireless headsets, gaming mice, and a mechanical gaming keyboard in new, vibrant colors.
It’s no secret that I love my Google Pixel phones. I converted from an iPhone to the Google Pixel 3 XL, then to the Google Pixel 4 XL. One thing both Pixels in common was their amazing cameras and solid builds paired with Pixel-exclusive apps and a true, stock Android experience (which I prefer). Google has just released its budget-priced Google Pixel 4a, and there is so much to like — including its excellent camera.
When Jess and I went into the hospital, I told myself I would be carrying my MacBook Pro to browse the internet and get some things done in between monitoring the baby. But I needed something to actually carry it around in. Just in time, the Moft Carry Sleeve arrived at my doorstep.
There are two tools I always have readily available, a sharp pocket knife and a powerful flashlight. Flashlight technology has improved so that even the brightest ones are more pocketable. The KeySmart NanoTorch Twist fits the bill, and with the added “twist” feature, it is even more usable. Let’s take a look!
I’ve been working from home since March 6th, and I will likely be doing so for the foreseeable future. At my office, I had a 27″ iMac and a second monitor. Working at home with just my laptop was far too restrictive. Thankfully, I was sent the Vissles-M 15.6″ Portable Touchscreen Monitor for review; it gives me the dual-screen setup I was missing.
Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Note20 Ultra, and it packs a very interesting camera system. It’s similar to what Samsung offered on the Galaxy S20 Ultra earlier this year, but with a few key differences. Since I’ve been using the company’s latest flagship for a few days, I wanted to share my experience shooting photos (primarily) and videos. So what’s new, what’s different? Is it better, is it worse? Let’s dive in.
You may remember my previous review of the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System blender and food processor and how we loved its power and versatility. Well, Ninja has made improvements over the years and was kind enough to send us their latest Kitchen System for review. The newest Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ retails for $199.99.
Last year, I reviewed the Arlo Pro 3 2K QHD Wire-Free Security Camera System, which is still going strong. One of the best things about the Arlo wireless system is how easy it is to set up and how customizable the app has been over time as my specific needs have changed. The Arlo system is, of course, expandable, and I recently added the new Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera.
True wireless earbuds aren’t a new thing — they’ve been a few years, and they have moved from status symbol to everyday carry. I’ve never been able to embrace them because earbuds, in general, truly bother my ears. So while I had low expectations for enjoying the LinearFlux Hypersonic, I was absolutely blown away once I used them.
A few years ago, Judie and I were at CES, and she turned me on to having a smoothie for breakfast. Most days since that time, I’ve done just that. Now, thanks to the BlendJet and JetPacks, I can have a delicious smoothy anywhere. With the company’s overpriced but delicious JetPacks, the process is even easier!
The Ankarsrum Assistent Original is a beautiful machine that’s ready to help complete many kitchen tasks. Best known as a high-end mixer that’s perfect for mixing and kneading bread dough, it can also mix cake batter, churn butter, mix cookie dough, whip cream, and much more all without any additional accessories. This powerful mixer with an excellent warranty may be the last one you ever need to buy.
My first encounter with guitarist John Scofield came forty years ago as a young bassist looking for work by Steve Swallow and finding a new release by a trio led by Scofield called ‘Shinola.’ I was thrilled by Swallow’s playing, but also instantly fell in love with Scofield’s jagged, angular lines, and innovative fretboard shapes.
It is HOT, I mean, super HOT in Texas right now. Like most Texans, a super cold brew hits the spot after a long day of work. Some of you may have recently seen ads for Busch Light Apple. As it just so happens, Busch was kind enough to send me a sample. As a side note, I am a fan of Bush Light already. How did Busch Light Apple fare?
The NeoRhythm Neurostimulation Headband is a wearable device that uses non-invasive technology to improve your sleep, improve your focus, help control pain, help you achieve deep relaxation, aid with meditation, and improve your energy and vitality in as little as two weeks of regular use. That’s a lot for one device to promise, right? But can it possibly deliver?
As you get older, various body parts may stop working as well as they used to, thanks to injuries, joints deteriorating, or in my case — from carrying too much weight. My employer has a benefit that helps me with this, that is called, ironically enough, Hinge Health. Does it help? Let’s find out.