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An Interview with Jonathan Levine, CEO and Founder of Master & Dynamic

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:00:46 +0000

I recently interviewed Jonathan Levine, the founder and CEO of the New York-based premium audio brand Master & Dynamic, about his company and their products. We’ve become big fans of the brand since their 2014 launch, and it was winderful to have a moment to talk to Jonathan about the company. Gear Diary: Some of our readers may see prices of $300 and up for...

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The Trailer for the “Santa Clarita Diet” Shows Why Netflix Wins Streaming

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:54 +0000

Streaming video is where everyone wants to be, and the newest entry is a modern take on portraying a hungry zombie, desperate to return to its old life and consuming the living as a poor substitute for true life force. Yes, Apple Music is entering the video business. Oh, and Netflix has a cool new show with Drew Barrymore and...

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The Nomad Carabiner Keeps Your Charging at Hand Wherever Life Takes You

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:30:44 +0000

The other day we took a look at Nomad’s impressive approach to sync/charge cables. I love the Universal Cable I reviewed and am ordering a few more. Nomad has also re-envisioned what I’ll refer to as the “short throw portable charging cable.” Many companies offer short cables but none come close to the awesomeness of the Nomad Carabiner. The carabiners...

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Lyft is Out of Touch with the Suburban Driver

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:45:25 +0000

The cofounders of Lyft have an op-ed on Medium today suggesting that carpooling is the way to end traffic in America. They have some interesting ideas, and the plan they propose makes a great deal of sense in cities. Unfortunately, they seem to think because it might work for LA, it will work for everywhere, and that’s a terrible idea....

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ZTE Hawkeye Crowdsourced Smartphone Project Now on Kickstarter

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:50:43 +0000

ZTE has started off the week by announcing their spec for the ZTE Hawkeye, a mid-range smartphone device available through a campaign on Kickstarter. The fourth largest smartphone supplier in the U.S. is bringing you the ZTE Hawkeye, a $199 smartphone that you can fund directly from their campaign online for a limited time. Featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor...

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Nomad Universal Cable Is the Only Cable You Need

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:30:05 +0000

Charging cables are a simple fact of modern life. And while inexpensive cables abound- after all, pretty much every mobile device and accessory includes one- the right cable can make a huge difference. Nomad offers three different cables in their Ultra Rugged Cable Series, and one of them stands out as the only cable you will ever need. The three...

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2017 Volvo S90: The New Viking Flagship

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:00:34 +0000

I fibbed…a little. In my opening remarks in the last auto review, I stated that was my final rerun review for a while. Turns out, THIS is my last rerun review for a while. It is not a rerun for moi, but a rerun for GearDiary readers – the 2017 Volvo S90 sedan. Judie brought you first word(s) of the...

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The NutSac Satchel Is a Man Bag You’ll Be Proud to Carry

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:00:40 +0000

OK guys, I’m going to be talking about a bag company named NutSac, so let’s get all the jokes out of your system. Good? Good. The NutSac Satchel is a high-quality bag made with Top Grain leather and waxed canvas and can hold a tablet up to 9.7” as well as accessories. You can grab your own NutSac for $129....

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SanDisk Stuns with Their Upgraded MicroSD Line Featuring A1 App Performance

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:15:49 +0000

It’s not enough that SanDisk has managed to stuff 256GB into a microSD card, they’ve also managed to make apps run from it faster. Check out the new256GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSD with A1 App Performance. What you basically need to know is that A1 app performance means that the new card is able to “manage random read input-output access per second...

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Braven 405 Wireless Waterproof Speaker: Feel Free to Bring It Along

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:04 +0000

Aren’t we getting spoiled by all of the portable Bluetooth speakers that are waterproof? The days of having to jealously protect your portable speaker while outdoors or at the pool are gone! If you still don’t have a speaker that you can bring along without second guessing yourself, take a look at the Braven 405 Wireless Waterproof Speaker. The Braven 405 Wireless...

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Protect Yourself and Opt Out of FamilyTreeNow.com Now

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:00:25 +0000

I am an amateur genealogist, and as such, I’m used to using sites to try to find missing relatives and other connections. With that said, there is one site out there that calls itself a genealogy site, but it is basically a stalker enabler of the highest order: FamilyTreeNow.com. Try searching your name on there, go on … I’ll wait. How...

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Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear Headphone with CITYMIX Put Control at Your Fingertips

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:00:21 +0000

Scandinavian furniture has clean lines and, too often, appear to sacrifice comfort in favor of minimalism and style. Sit in such furniture and… you will be pleasantly surprised. The Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear headphones reflect this same Scandinavian design language. The have clean lines and, like the furniture, appear to sacrifice comfort in favor of minimalism. Seriously, has there ever...

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Will the Nintendo Switch Revolutionize the Way You Play?

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:00:01 +0000

After months of waiting, theories, and leaks, Nintendo finally announced further details on their new gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, at 11pm EST on Thursday, January 12th, 2017.  As part of a live stream from Tokyo, a whole slew of information was revealed about the Nintendo Switch, including release date, price, upcoming games, accessories, and more. Nintendo’s next generation console...

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V-MODA Forza In-Ear Headphones Offer a Custom Look and Great Sound

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:00:31 +0000

V-MODA has consistently created some of my favorite headphones. That includes their over-the-ear, their on-the-ear and their in-the-ear models. It’s no small feat to succeed at all three approaches to headphones and yet V-MODA has done just that. It is no surprise then that I was excited to check out their Forza in-ear headphones. Do the extend V-MODA’s winning record?...

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3 Essential Personal Safety Devices for Travelers

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:30:15 +0000

If you live in a major city, you know that tourists are easy to spot. There’s something about their clothes, their behavior, the way they try to take in the sights and read the map on their phones all at once, that makes them stand out in a crowd. Unfortunately, there are people out there who try to take advantage...

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Buyer Beware if You’re Being Offered Private Stocks

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:30:17 +0000

I am on the email marketing list for a niche product. It’s out of my price range right now, but I have enjoyed learning more about the company. Tonight I received an email from them that was technically legal but morally dubious: they were offering the chance to buy private shares of their company. For those who aren’t clear on...

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2017 Honda HR-V is a Quality Compact Cute Ute

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:00:59 +0000

The final vehicle in the recent round of rerun reviews is the  Honda HR-V. It launched just a little more than a year ago and we recently spent time behind the wheel of the 2017 EX-L AWD model with Navi that featured the only thing new for this year – the Lunar Silver Metallic paint job. HR-V arrives at the...

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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones: Swanky and Yet So Practical

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:45:27 +0000

Graceful, sensual, sleek, plush, refined, swanky, superlative yet practical and  … these aren’t the words I’d usually use to describe a pair of headphones, but the Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones deserve those adjectives and more. We’ve reviewed many Bowers & Wilkins products in the past; back in 2010, When Thomas reviewed their P5 headphones, he found them to be “the...

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Apple Watch 2 Refurbs Now Available Online

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:45:59 +0000

I’ve been wearing an Apple Watch since June 2015. I love the ability to know the weather forecast as well as the easy way I can measure and challenge myself with the activity app. If you’ve been eyeing one of the newer Apple Watch 2 models but don’t want to spend full price, head to the Apple Watch refurb store where...

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Speck Smartshell Plus for 9.7” iPad Pro Hits the Sweet Spot

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:27:05 +0000

The right case for your mobile device is a key part of maximizing its usefulness. In the case of my 9.7” iPad Pro that is especially true. It goes everywhere with me and I use it all the time. Thankfully, I finally found the right balance with the Speck Smartshell Plus for 9.7” iPad Pro and the Apple Smart Keyboard....

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