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

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:30:13 +0000

(image) 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. The Satechi comes in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold to match your MacBook; I …



2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Is the Jetta That Does

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:00:32 +0000

(image) Several months ago I reviewed the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta sedan. I liked the car but it was a sedate, average daily driver. Recently I received the Jetta GLI, and I gotta tell ya, where the Jetta 1.8T left off the GLI begins, and for 2016 the GLI gets some nice upgrades. Think of the GLI …



With the Robo C2 and R2 3D Printers, the Robolution Has Begun

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:15:49 +0000

(image) I’m finishing a review of  an amazing Robo 3D printer, an impressive device and I’m having fun. The company just announced two new additions to their product line, the Robo C2 and Robo R2 smart 3D printers. With Wi-Fi and a new Robo app, they make 3D printing smarter, faster and more convenient. The Kickstarter …



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

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:00:55 +0000

(image) 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 …



The Onee Is a Terrible Solution to a Serious Problem

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:15:35 +0000

(image) Look, it’s an unfortunate reality that the world can be quite unsafe. If you’re a woman out in a situation where you’re drinking, you need to worry about drugs in your drinks, assaults from your Uber driver, and what seems like a million other threats. There are a number of startups and apps that aim …



Coolbox: A Toolbox Integrated with Stuff You Already Have

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:00:15 +0000

(image) The title says it all really. However, let me share with you what is probably one of the silliest toolboxes I have ever seen because everyone wants a tool box with a clock, speakers, and a battery for charging phones — oh yeah it also holds tools! When I came across this in my daily web travels, …



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

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:00:33 +0000

(image) 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. CrystalTech Nano touts its …



Google Jumps into the Trip Management Game with Google Trips

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:00:23 +0000

(image) If you travel a lot your phone is your friend. It keeps track of your flight, your hotel, and more but it’s either via e-mail or an app like Google Keep or something else. Well, Google has brought together everything in one beautiful app called Google Trips! Google Trips promises automatic trip organization. If you …



SanDisk Defies Logic with Their 1TB Extreme Pro SDXC Card

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:00:33 +0000

(image) 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! I remember when 1GB was a huge deal — it wasn’t that long ago, for goodness sake! Showcasing the most advanced …



Vizio M50-D1 Home Theater Display Is So Smart, It Is Brilliant #ad

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:00:07 +0000

(image) As Raina and I were setting up our new house, one of the things I knew was that I wanted were large televisions both in the living room and the bedroom. Fortunately, I was approached by VIZIO and offered the opportunity to review one of their new 2016 VIZIO SmartCast M-Series Ultra HD HDR Home …



Power Toothpaste Goes Retail!

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:00:38 +0000

(image) We had the chance to check out Power Toothpaste when they were first crowdfunding their product. Caffeinated toothpaste may sound crazy, but it’s actually pretty delicious and seems to offer a legitimate boost of energy in the mornings! I’ve used my sample toothpastes a few times when I didn’t have time for coffee and needed …



1More Pair of Headphones to Check out Today

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:00:25 +0000

(image) With Bluetooth Headphones becoming a popular item to have after Apple’s announcement earlier this month, companies have been scrambling to come up with innovative Bluetooth products to sell. Luckily, 1More was already prepared with their brand of headphones, and they sent us over two models to check out that you might want to purchase.   …



Apple iPhone 7 Store Pickup Now Live for Normals

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:15:07 +0000

(image) If you weren’t enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program (IUP), then until now you’ve had to make do with walking into an Apple store and hoping to secure an iPhone 7 — or placing an online order which took at least 2-3 weeks for delivery. Apple has just opened up the ability for everyone to …



Rest Your Head on the Awesome Eve Pillow

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:00:22 +0000

(image) Some time back I reviewed the eve mattress. It is a great mattress that belongs to the growing number of “bed in a box” offerings that can be found on the internet. Raina and I sleep on the review sample every night. When the company offered a review sample of their pillow, I jumped at …



808’s Ear Canz Are an Affordable Wireless Pair of Headphones That Arrived Just in Time

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:45:19 +0000

(image) If you are gearing up to get your new iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, or just enjoy wireless headphones, but don’t want to spend a small fortune, you should check out 808’s Audio Ear Canz. An affordable pair of wireless headphones that only cost $49.99, the Ear Canz I had the opportunity to review …



Apple iPhone 7 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions – A Solid Upgrade

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:00:00 +0000

(image) As has become tradition, Apple released their yearly iPhone update this September. After two years with my iPhone 6 Plus, I decided to take the plunge and update to the iPhone 7 Plus. This year, Apple added water resistance, a solid-state home button, telephoto camera, A10 Fusion chip, stereo speakers, and more. Read on for …



iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Apple Store Stock Checker

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:50:15 +0000

(image) Did you miss out on the preorders for the iPhone 7 launch? If so, Apple is slowly rolling out reserve and pick-up for those who are in their upgrade program as well as those not in the upgrade program who are hoping to get lucky and order a phone online for in-store pickup. One of …



Ram Power Wagon Right at Home in the Big Country

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:00:00 +0000

(image) As Ram and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles prepare to roll out a redesigned 2017 2500 Power Wagon this fall, they sent us a new 2016 version recently that we used for a weekend road trip visiting some out of the way places west of the sprawling Metroplex in North Texas. When I first learned I was …



Ventev Cables and Accessories Are Built for Mobile Life On the Go

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:00:49 +0000

(image) Cables that charge and sync our mobile devices are a must. Unfortunately, the cables most companies include with their devices tend to be rather delicate; that’s where Ventev comes in. Ventev offers a number of different cables that can meet all your mobile needs. They get the job done and will last for a good …



Get Your College Student a VAIO TODAY!

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:00:07 +0000

(image) Designed for the business professional, or a student that’s simply in the mood for a tablet with a features of a laptop in mind, VAIO introduces two marvelous notebooks that you just have to check out for yourself. VAIO, a well-known and even more respected brand announced two notebooks that you can carry with you …