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Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:00:33 +0000


2017 Nissan Titan: Now Arriving in an All-New Half-Ton Package

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:00:33 +0000

(image) Nissan has finally rolled out the remainder of its Titan pickup line. Last model year we saw the first new Titan to roll off the assembly lines and it arrived in a 5/8-model branded Titan XD and powered by a Cummins diesel engine. For 2017 we see the half-ton models arriving with the V-8 gas …

The Epson Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One Printer Review

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:00:17 +0000

(image) At some point in the mid-2000s, except for rare situations, I stopped getting prints made from my digital pictures. I have thousands upon thousands of pictures I’ve taken stored on my phone as well as in the cloud, but with the Epson Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One Printer, they are now on my walls, too. The XP-640 is …

Eero’s Whole-Home WiFi System Proves Its Worth with Its Coverage and Ease of Use

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:00:32 +0000

(image) It would be easy to dismiss the eero whole-home WiFi system as an over-priced solution to a simple problem, but here’s the thing: it works flawlessly. Eero replaces your current WiFi router with a system of access points spread throughout your home to blanket your house in stable, speedy WiFi coverage. An eero Home WiFi …

Yatra Aquatune 5712 Is Ready for Your Next Journey

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:30:32 +0000

(image) If your life is a journey, Yatra wants to tag along. The technology product company prides itself in designing creative yet rugged items to help bridge our active, tech-forward lifestyles. Yatra itself is an ancient word for journey or voyage passage and Yatra products, like the Aquatune 5712 waterproof Bluetooth speaker we just tested, want …

Poetic Affinity Case for Moto Z Force Droid Review-Slim But Tough Protection!

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:00:24 +0000

(image) I have a love/hate relationship with phone cases. On the one hand, I like to keep my devices protected. On the other hand, I have a hard time balancing protection with style. I may have finally found my ideal case in the Poetic Affinity for my new Moto Droid Z Force! Casing any of the …

Cube-tastic!: Challenge Your Mind and Enhance Your Memory with This 3-D Puzzle Cube

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:00:17 +0000

(image) Remember when the Rubik’s Cube took America by storm? In the early 80s, it was impossible to go anywhere without seeing someone twisting a colorful cube as they tried to match the colors back up on each side. Putao has introduced Cube-tastic!, an updated 3-D puzzle cube that takes the idea behind the Rubik’s cube to …

Spice up Your Bar with Lucky Shot USA

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:00:06 +0000

(image) As the manager of a nice home bar, I always look for unique and fun items to add. One way to give your bar some flare and give great gifts are bottle openers and shot glasses. Lucky Shot USA offers hand crafted goods made from fired military munitions. They personalized two items for me to …

Even Headphone Company Announces a New Over-Ear Model!

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:23 +0000

(image) If you paid attention to my review of the Even Earprint earphones last month and were interested in an over-ear pair of headphones by the company, you are in luck! Even announced their over-ear Even H1 headphones today, featuring their patent-pending Even Earprint, and sent Gear Diary a pair to check out. Although I have an …

2016 Ram 1500 Rebel Wins the ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ Argument

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:16 +0000

(image) I saw the Ram 1500 Rebel at its debut during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2015 and kind of wondered to myself why it took Ram so long to offer an off-road package like this from the factory. It’s here, and its beauty is more than skin-deep. The new Ram 1500 …

The Citizen Sapphire Eco-Drive Watch Review: Geek Cred in a Not So “Dumb Watch”

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:30:58 +0000

(image) It’s easy to forget that with so many smartwatches available, there are still plenty of people who simply want to wear a watch that looks good and tells the time. But finding that watch doesn’t mean you need to give up your geeky edge; the Citizen Eco-Drive Watch line manages to roll true greek-credibility into …

Jackery Power Pro Portable Energy Hub on Kickstarter: Ready for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:30:00 +0000

(image) I’ve reviewed several Jackery devices in the past; they have been excellently made, and I am still using them. Jackery has a Kickstarter campaign going on now for their most ambitious device yet — the Jackery Power Pro, a 578Wh Solar Ready Outdoor Generator. 578Wh of energy is power enough to charge many items, including a “TV, …

The Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch: Classically Inspired Fitness Tracking

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:30:39 +0000

(image) I’ve been wearing a Misfit Ray, and while it’s one of the prettiest and useful fitness trackers I’ve worn, I still wear a watch because I’m old-fashioned and like to wear one. With the introduction of the Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch, I can have a fashionable analog watch combined with the Misfit technology I’ve come …

Finally a Good Night’s Sleep with the Leesa Mattress!

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:28 +0000

(image) Over the past thirty nights I’ve had the pleasure of laying down on the Leesa Mattress and honestly, it’s been a pleasure to have such luxury beneath me. Essentially a “bed-in-a-box”, the Leesa King Mattress I received is the greatest piece of home furniture I have. Prior to the Leesa mattress I had a queen bed that my fiancé and …

Go Pro with the ZAGG Slim Book Pro Wireless Keyboard and Detachable Case for iPad Pro 9.7”

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:00:19 +0000

(image) Since getting my 9.7” iPad Pro my MacBook feels neglected. The iPad Pro is so powerful, and iOS apps have matured so completely, that there are few things I CAN’T do on my iPad. It’s for that reason my MacBook HATES the new ZAGG Slim Book Pro Wireless Keyboard and Detachable Case with Stand for …

Tavik Interface System is the Only Outerwear You’ll Need

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:30:16 +0000

(image) It got cold here in New Jersey last week. Fortunately, I was armed with a review sample of Tavik’s new Interface system. This isn’t just a jacket. And it isn’t just a series of outerwear. No, the Tavik Interface system is truly an outerwear system That offers a ton of features and is ready for pretty …

PAX Era: The On-Demand Slim Extract Vaporizer Ready for Medical Use

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 20:00:23 +0000

(image) If you live in the state of California, and if you have a prescription for medical marijuana, there is a new product that you should pay attention to — the PAX Era Extract Vaporizer. when used with Bloom Farms extract pods, this on-demand vaporizer makes administering your prescription as simple as taking a puff. I was …

Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL: Carryalls that Carry On

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:00:03 +0000

(image) General Motors must think I have a large family or something, as they have sent me one version or another of their extra-large family sport ute (AKA Carryall). I admit I am a fan of the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL vehicles, but five in the test driveway over the past two years – …

The Moon Ring Pushes Humor to the Cruel End

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:59:30 +0000

(image) In the book “Stranger in a Strange Land”, one of the characters finally grasps laughter when he realizes humor is just laughing at someone else’s suffering. The logical, if painful, end to that theory has been realized in “The Moon Ring”. The Moon Ring is a ridiculous prank item. It looks like a ring box, …

2017 GMC Acadia Denali Test Drive: All About the Journey, Not Just the Destination

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:00:25 +0000

(image) I live in Texas, where huge pickups and SUVs are everywhere. Top of the line for either would have to be the GMC Denali, but you don’t have to be in a full-size Yukon or 4 door pickup to get the Denali package; you can also find it in the much more maneuverable, yet still …

Get Great Holiday Gifts and Support (RED) at the Same Time

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:15:17 +0000

(image) The holidays are coming up rapidly, and it’s time to start working out a purchase plan. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Why not buy your loved ones great gifts that also benefit a good cause? With the new (RED) holiday products, you can. What is (RED), and who does it benefit? (RED)® is a …