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Motorola Partnering with Indiegogo to Help Developers make Cool MotoMods

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:45:06 +0000

(image) One of the most interesting things about my new phone, a Motorola Z Force Droid Edition, is the mod system. The initial mods were kind of blah with the speaker, various battery packs, the projector, and the Hasselblad camera. However, that will soon change with the help of Indiegogo and Verizon. Motorola is partnering up …



Active Edge Leather Mariner Clasp Bracelet Looks Great but That’s Just the Beginning

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:02 +0000

(image) Some time ago I wrote about my surprising experience with Active Edge products. I came into the review rather skeptical but, by the end, was enough of a believer that I went and purchased a few more products. Now the company has taken a huge step forward and created something that looks more refined but …



iClever BTS-05 and BTS-07 Bluetooth Speakers Offer Good Sound and Great Value

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:00:06 +0000

(image) Bluetooth wireless speakers have burst onto the scene like gangbusters. Recently I received a pair of BoostSound Bluetooth speakers from iClever and after spending some time with each I can see the attraction and need for items such as the iClever BTS-05 and BTS-07. The two speakers share many characteristics in that they utilize dual …



Dollar Shave Club: A Practical, Thoughtful, and Sure to Be Appreciated Gift

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:00:49 +0000

(image) If you’re struggling with what to get the guy who has everything, Dollar Shave Club may be the answer. You may recognize their name from radio ads, but you might have been hesitant to buy a relatively inexpensive razor and blades from a subscription service. After all, how good could it possibly be, right? Turns out, …



Will Apple’s Downfall Be the Battle for Your Home?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:37 +0000

(image) Quick, what’s the most interesting innovation to go mainstream this year? You can make an argument for a number of ideas, but it’s pretty clear from the ad blitz that home automation, especially from Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, are at the forefront of ideas that have gone from tech-y to everyday. Surprisingly, Apple appears …



Ozobot Evo Marvel Avengers Iron Man Master Pack: An Introduction to Robotic Programming

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:30:23 +0000

(image) If you’ve ever been interested in learning about coding, but you didn’t know where to start, the Ozobot Evo Marvel Avengers Iron Man Master Pack might be a great place. You’ll use OzoBlockly, Ozo’s coding program, to “drag and drop blocks of code to take full control of Evo’s features,” and there are other fun ways …



Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Bring New Technology to Old Fun

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:00:56 +0000

(image) 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 …



The BRAVEN BRV-1M Is a Mid-Size Bluetooth Speaker Ready to Rock Your next Adventure

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:00:26 +0000

(image) We recently reviewed the waterproof BRAVEN 105. It is a fine speaker at a great price, but for under $50 you can’t expect to get amazing sound. By spending a bit more you can up your game and get the BRAVEN BRV-1M. At $99.99 it is double the price but, as the saying goes, you …



Wiser Air Smart Thermostat Might as Well Have a Graduate Degree #ad

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:30:56 +0000

(image) This post brought to you by Schneider Electric . The content and opinions expressed below are that of Gear Diary. I’ve spent a good bit of time adding smart functionality to Raina’s and my new home. When the chance to check out Schneider Electric’s Wiser Air was offered, how could I resist? This smart thermostat isn’t …



In the Dark of Winter the Haiku Light Shines Brilliantly

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:00:11 +0000

(image) My favorite tech item in my home is the Amazon Echo; the Haiku L Series fan I reviewed is a close second, especially since they work together. So I was excited to check out the Haiku Light. At $199, it’s a pricey ceiling light, but now that I’ve reviewed it I’ll be buying a few …



Speck’s Presidio Line of iPhone 7 Plus Cases Impresses with its Slim Protection

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:00:00 +0000

(image) Speck’s new Presidio line offers impressive drop protection while only adding minimal bulk to your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. The Presidio cases are made with a polycarbonate outer-layer and a layer of Speck’s own shock-absorbent rubber called Impactium on the interior of the case. Speck’s Presidio cases are available in a number of finishes …



The Audioengine HD3 Wireless Music System Is Only Small in Size

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:00:15 +0000

(image) As I’ve previously noted, I’m a huge fan of Audioengine products. The HD6 are among my favorite speakers and the B2 resides in our bedroom. So color me surprise that I think the HD3 Wireless Music System is AudioEngine’s best offering yet. These may look like simple desktop speakers, but they’re a complete music system packing …



Huawei’s Flagship Honor 8 Is a Gorgeous, Budget-Friendly, yet Capable Android Phone

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:00:25 +0000

(image) Huawei brings their new flagship Android smartphone, the Honor 8, to the market sporting an affordable $399.99 price tag. The Honor 8 features a gorgeous, yet slippery, flagship-style design, 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, 12-megapixel dual-lens main camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and a rear fingerprint sensor/button combination. The Honor 8 is powered by an octa-core 2.3 …



The Engineered by HP Coach Bleecker Smart Watch Review

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:00:26 +0000

(image) About 6 months after I purchased an Apple Watch, I stopped wearing it. While I’ve missed the convenience of wrist notifications, I never got comfortable with wearing what amounted to a microscopic and hobbled iPhone on my wrist. I prefer a more classic wristwatch style, but I also appreciate something smart; enter, the Engineered by HP Coach …



Audeeze’s Sine Over-Ear Headphones Are a Sign That You Don’t REALLY Need a 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:00:03 +0000

(image) If you have an iPhone 7, one thing that you’ve missed the most is the headphone jack. There have been countless times I’ve grabbed a pair of headphones out of my drawer to try to listen to a podcast only to remember that they have a 3.5mm jack at the end, and they now no …



The BRAVEN 105 Is a Small Speaker That’s Built to Go Places

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:00:33 +0000

(image) Over the past few years, we’ve reviewed a number of speakers from BRAVEN. INCIPIO’s acquisition of the brand clearly hasn’t slowed the pace of development. If anything, the exact opposite has happened, and there are a host of new products being rolled out. The BRAVEN 105 is the first of three we’ll be looking at …



Be Ready to Enjoy All Your Holiday Pictures with the New Nixplay Iris WiFi Frame

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:00:16 +0000

(image) I’ve written about my experience with Nixplay frames previously. I love the ease-of-use they provide and really enjoy being able to see various pictures from the trips Raina and I have taken. The company recently released the new Nixplay Iris 8”. At $199.99, this is the company’s most refined WiFi frame yet and … I love …



Talk-To-Me Mikey a New Holiday Gift Idea for the Kids

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:00:35 +0000

(image) Still looking for that holiday gift for a child in your life? Playmates Toys has released a fun addition to its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lineup called Talk-to-Me Mikey. It is an interactive Michelangelo that can respond in over 100 ways. I will preface this with a warning though. We did not realize that some …



Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Online — No Standing in Line!

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:05:12 +0000

(image) Happy Holidays, and welcome to the shopping hell that is the period between Thanksgiving and other winter celebrations. No one wants to wait in line to buy gifts, but we all like holiday markdowns, and that’s what I’ve got rounded up for you. Make a note of these big Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals …



Gear Diary’s Biggest Ever Holiday Gift Guide!

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:00:49 +0000

(image) If you are shopping for the holidays but need a few ideas for gifts to purchase, we are here to help! In this, our biggest gift guide ever, we’ve included 55 gadgets for you to check out— take a look!   1. LG V20 Smartphone — The first Android device to feature the newest Nougat update, the …