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The IClever BoostRun Sweatproof Bluetooth Headphones Will Be Good for Your Health

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:00:40 +0000

iClever’s BoostRun BTH07 Sweat-proof Bluetooth Sport Headphones are a good budget option if you’ve got an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus without a headphone jack. The BoostRuns stay on your ears thanks to the built-in ear hook, and they are certified IPX4 waterproof to protect itself from rain and sweat. At ~$22, The iClever BoostRun are worth checking out. Sporting...

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Lutron Caseta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer: Retrofit Your Home Smartly

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:00:29 +0000

Lutron is one of the more popular names you might hear when it comes to home automation and “smart home” gadgets today. We had a chance to check out their Caseta Wireless light switch, so let’s dive right in. The Lutron HomeKit Enabled Caseta Wireless Dimmer is a one of a kind switch kit that promises to revolutionize your home and...

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Edge of Belgravia Precision Chef Knife Series and the Black Diamond Knife Block: Functional Art for the Kitchen

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:00:23 +0000

If the idea of putting a classic wooden knife block on your kitchen counter just doesn’t appeal to you, then you might have considered putting them in a drawer. That’s torture on your knives; they’ll rattle against each other, eventually becoming dull. Look for a knife block with a modern, architectural style, one like the Edge of Belgravia Black Diamond....

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Enter the Bernzomatic #HandymanHeroSweepstakes and You Might Win a $1000 Grand Prize

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:15:51 +0000

Spring DIY season is coming up fast, and Bernzomatic — the leader in handheld torches — wants to outfit deserving professional tradesmen with new gear to start it off right. Are you (or someone you know) a DIY’er? Then this is a giveaway you won’t want to miss. From now until Feb. 24, use the hashtag #HandymanHeroSweepstakes on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and add...

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Pliocene Park is Coming! Scientists Saying They Can Create Woolly Mammoth & Elephant Cross

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:00:29 +0000

I am an unabashed fan of the “Jurassic Park” series, even Jurassic World and Bryce Dallas Howard’s ability to run in heels while leading a T-Rex. But just because I like the moves doesn’t mean I want to live them. Scientists apparently feel differently, and some are predicting they can cross an elephant with a woolly mammoth in real life. Now,...

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Pixie Finding Solution: Use Augmented Reality to Never Lose Anything Again

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:00:25 +0000

Are you one of those people who can’t ever seem to keep up with all of your “stuff”? Whether it’s your keys, your backpack, your wallet, or your remote control — the Pixie can help you keep locate almost anything when it has gone missing. I was sent the $99 Pixie 4-pack kit. When you order it, you are given the option of...

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Pioneer Rayz Are Lightning Smart

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:30:23 +0000

Pioneer describes their new Rayz earphones as “Lightning smart” and “The iPhone’s perfect accessory.” After using them since Judie brought me a pair from CES, I would agree with that and add they are “brilliant at noise cancellation” and “among the best deals around.” Priced at just $99.99 and $149.99, they are worth every penny. At first glance, the Pioneer...

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2017 Acura ILX Sport Sedan Is a ‘Millennial Favorite’

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:00:22 +0000

A little over a year ago, I gave Acura serious accolades for the improvements made to its ILX entry luxury sedan. We have now had the 2017 Acura ILX in the test driveway and little has changed – with my opinion or with the car. For the 2017 model year, the only changes are three new colors from the automaker....

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Fitkicks Shoes Review: Minimalism for the Masses

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:30:06 +0000

I love being barefoot. I work out barefoot, and in the spring and fall I wear Vibram FiveFingers when I need shoes and flip-flops in the summertime. While being barefoot is free, minimal shoes tend to be really, really expensive, as well as really polarizing in appearance. Fitkicks Shoes handily solves one of these issues! Fitkicks start at only $19.99, making them significantly...

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Fidget Cube Is a Great Gift for the Fidgeter in Your Life

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:34 +0000

Are you a fidgeter? Does the expression “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” fit you to a T? Do you need a mindless plaything in your hands while you speak on the phone? If so, the Fidget Cube is for you. A successful Kickstarter project, Raina backed the campaign and got each of us one. The Fidget Cube is a...

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PITAKA Aramid Fiber iPhone 7 Case: Beautiful, Bulletproof Protection

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:30:08 +0000

It would be impossible for me to guess how many iPhone cases I’ve reviewed over the years, but I can count the number that have genuinely impressed me on one hand; the PITAKA Aramid Fiber iPhone 7 Case makes that list. It’s incredibly light and thin, and it provides minimalistic protection with no compromises. Inside the package, you’ll find the...

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Facebook’s Latest Video Announcement Has Me Praying for Auto-Mute Tabs in Google Chrome

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:10:10 +0000

Today’s announcement by Facebook, that they’ve decided to enable sound along with their existing autoplay videos in my home stream, has me praying for Google Chrome to step up to the plate with a native feature to auto mute sounds from tabs. Presently there are three ways to mute sounds from auto-playing — two of them require multiple steps and the last being...

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The Circle Is Watching You in the Latest Trailer

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:00:51 +0000

If you haven’t yet read Dave Egger’s “The Circle“, I highly recommend it. It’s fantastic, building a world around a company that is part Facebook, part Google, where your privacy is an obstacle to their success. When I heard there was a movie being made, I was partially excited and partially concerned. Based on the trailer, the movie will have...

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Verizon Will (re)Launch Unlimited Data Monday 2/13/17 – $80 for Individuals/$45 Family

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:00:36 +0000

Beginning Monday, February 13, 2017, you’ll once again be able to purchase unlimited data plans on Verizon Wireless starting at $80 for an individual or $45/ea for a family (min 4 lines). The plan carries a soft cap of 22 GB which means if you exceed 22 GB on any line your speeds could be throttled back (depending upon local...

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Focal Listen Closed Back Over-Ear Headphones Review: Wired but Worth It

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:00:38 +0000

With wireless being the way that so many headphones have been going, and with built-in 3.5mm jacks becoming rarer, it might seem, I don’t know, maybe a bit retro to review a pair of wired-only headphones. Even so, the Focal Listen Closed Back Over-Ear Headphones are worth a look. Focal, a French audio company, has been around since 1979 making home audio...

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Picture Keeper Connect Is an Excellent, yet Pricey Mobile Media Backup Solution

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:45:23 +0000

Picture Keeper Connect is the thumb drive you never knew you needed. We’ve all been there, running out of room on your mobile phone, struggling to clean out old photos, videos, and apps. Picture Keeper Connect is a USB thumb drive with a built-in lightning adapter that allows you to easily backup your iOS media and starts at $119.99. Picture...

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With New Update, the Amazon Tap Is FINALLY Actually Worth Owning

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:15:48 +0000

My family is pretty invested in Amazon’s ecosystem – Kindle readers, Kindle Fire tablets, Fire TV on our main TV, and Echo devices throughout. Perhaps my LEAST favorite of all the Alexa devices has been the Amazon Tap – but now that has been corrected. Why was Amazon Tap my least favorite? Three basic things: The need to Tap diminishes Alexa’s...

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2017 Kia Niro First Look: An Eye-Popping Hybrid Crossover

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 02:00:00 +0000

Last week, along with a group of other auto writers, I attended the National Press Introduction for the 2017 Kia Niro in San Antonio, Texas. The Niro is Kia’s new crossover hybrid, poised to take on Toyota Prius customers who are ready for more passenger room and utility space. We were based out of the new Hotel Emma, the crown...

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Brilliant Control Finally Makes Your Smart Home Brilliant

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:30:06 +0000

The people behind Brilliant Control asked a simple question: “Are you tired of digging for your mobile phone every time you want to adjust your smart lighting, music, or climate systems?” That’s obviously a rhetorical question, and their answer is one that is poised to take the exploding smart home market by storm. The people behind the Brilliant Control were...

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 SE Headphones: The Best Pair for the Money

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:00:10 +0000

I recently reviewed the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 headphones; now I’ve got their slightly more upscale brother, the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 SE, in hand. Everything I enjoyed about the BackBeat PRO 2 is present (do check out their review if you haven’t already), but with the PRO 2 SE headphones, there is even more to love. From the moment you open the...

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