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November 21, 2016 • Reviews

Unwinding for 30 Nights with the Purple Mattress

The average person sleeps roughly eight hours a night, and for a third of their lives so it’s important that the place you rest your head not only be comfortable, but will not only support your body for the night but over the course of time.

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November 21, 2016 • Editorials

How Much Does Your Phone’s Processor Matter?

The saying that “a smartphone is like having a computer in your pocket” is closer to the truth than you might realize. A smartphone uses solid-state storage as a hard drive, an LCD screen for a display, and a processor to run its applications.

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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 20, 2016 • Autos

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland: JGC Just Keeps Getting Better

It has been no secret that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been one of my favorite vehicles in recent years. The latest platform is very stable and solid both on road and off despite the model line going to unibody chassis. Our recent Overland tester showed some nice (and needed) upgrades to the JGC line.

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November 20, 2016 • Gift Guides

Hammacher Schlemmer: Come for the Egyptian Cotton Robes, Stay for the Multimillion Dollar Amusement Park

For some odd reason, the folks at Hammacher Schlemmer seem to think my household is the ideal market for their catalog. We’re not sure why, but I look forward to the excellent insanity that arrives each year, and this year my friends at Hammacher Schlemmer have simply outdone themselves.

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November 20, 2016 • Reviews

Beast Aims to Help Your Workouts Turn YOU into a Beast!

I am a big fan of strength training in various forms. When we had a gym membership, I spent quite a bit of time following Stronglifts 5×5, and now that I work out more at home my routine is a mix of calisthenics and kettlebells.

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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 19, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

App Dudes Smartphone Stand: Now Super Heroes Can Wake the Kids

Think you have enough Ironman or Captain America in your (child’s) life? Think again. App Dudes is happy to bring you its new Smartphone Stand – based on these two Marvel Super Heroes – that will entertain your kids while doubling as an alarm clock.

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November 18, 2016 • Reviews

Griffin’s iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter Is Ready for the iPhone 7

So you got your shiny new iPhone 7, And you love that they came with Lightning EarPods AND an adapter. But you’ve already lost the adapter, and your favorite headphones have a 3.5mm plug. What are you to do? That’s where Griffin’s iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter comes in. At just $19.99 it fits any …

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November 18, 2016 • Autos

2017 GMC Acadia Is Downsizing Done Right

Honey, I shrunk the Acadia. Those were my exact thoughts when I first saw the redesigned 2017 Acadia three-row family crossover from GMC. And I kept thinking that when I learned it was powered by a four-cylinder engine. Can this new model fill the shoes of its previous generation?

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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 17, 2016 • Reviews

Harry’s Shaving Update: 10 Months In, and I’m Still a Fan!

It is now November, and it’s been about 10 months from when I started receiving regular shipments from Harry’s. Since I started, not only has the price gone down, but the blades and the handles have had an update, and Harry’s has made the first push into brick and mortar stores, namely Target.

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November 17, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

The Crosley Nomad Turntable: A Great Gift Idea for the Vinyl Lover

As a child, I remember watching the record spin ‘round and ‘round on the turntable at home – and Dad yelling at us to stop making it skip. Vinyl albums went the way of the Dodo bird decades ago but wait – there is a new resurgence in long-playing albums, and Crosley Radio is at …

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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 16, 2016 • Reviews

Dario Health Blood Glucose Management System Review

My wife has type 2 diabetes. Keeping track of blood glucose levels over time is something all diabetics should do, but many of the meters don’t have a good way to connect to a smartphone; until now. Dario’s Health Blood Glucose System attaches to your iPhone via the headphone jack or the lightening port.

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November 16, 2016 • News

Tablo Makes It Easier to Get Live TV by Using Your Gaming System

If you read my review a few months ago about the Tablo DVR system and were off put about needing to buy extra accessories like antennas, you are in luck as Tablo announced today their  Over-The-Air HDTV DVR system is now available for the Xbox One.

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November 16, 2016 • News

ZTE’s New Smartphone Is Affordable, Ergonomic, and Comes with Premium Features

With the holidays coming up, many people are looking for a great budget phone with premium features, and if that includes you, there’s a popular brand (and Gear Diary favorite) that you might need to check out.

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November 15, 2016 • Gift Guides, Reviews

Travel Media Pouch from Great Useful Stuff Is Your Upgrade to First Class

I came across a new (to me) product supplier recently when a couple of their e-mails landed in the suggestion box here at Gear Diary. Based in San Francisco, Great Useful Stuff is a self-described boutique-style online retailer, offering a range of products from children’s items to tech to travel, including this Travel Media Pouch.

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November 15, 2016 • Reviews

Pyle Compact ACTION! Cam Review: 4K for $60, but Is It Any Good?

I’ve been shooting more video for personal enjoyment and for my church. It’s for this reason I bought a GoPro Hero 4 Black a few months ago; it has since become my favorite camera. When given the opportunity to take a look at Pyle’s new Compact ACTION! Cam, I thought: Cold this possibly be as good …

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