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  • Quirky Pickup Power Provides Portable Power in a Strip of Brilliance*

    16 September 2014, 7:45 pm by: Judie Lipsett Stanford

    Here’s a product that seems so brilliantly obvious that I wish I’d thought of it: the new Quirky Pickup Power is a three AC outlet power strip with a built-in external 4000mAh or 6000mAh battery charger that’s always ready to go. Starting at $99.99, you…
  • Tilt My Blinds Brings Automation to Window Treatments

    16 September 2014, 12:15 pm by: carly zektzer

    When we moved into our house, the seller’s realtor presented us with a small remote for the blinds in the living room; the prior owners had installed electronic blinds there. We thought it was a silly gimmick, but we have found it quite useful. Now you can…
  • The Misfit Flash Is Half the Price of Other Fitness Trackers

    16 September 2014, 11:55 am by: Judie Lipsett Stanford

    If you’ve wanted a fitness tracker but balked at spending $99+ on something that counted your steps and tracked your sleep, the Misfit Flash may be just the device for you. Made of a “special soft-touch plastic”, this $49.99 activity and sleep…
  • 2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL One of Its Best

    15 September 2014, 3:00 pm by: David Goodspeed

    Two years ago I drove the then all-new, fifth-generation Nissan Altima and despite only spending an afternoon in the vehicle I knew it was a hit for the automaker. Fast-forward a couple of summers, and after spending an entire week behind the wheel of a 2014…
  • Moto X Pre-Orders Start Tuesday September 16, 2014

    14 September 2014, 1:45 pm by: Wayne Schulz

    Motorola just announced pre-orders of their updated Moto X with 5.2″ 1080p display begin Tuesday September 16. Two versions will be available for pre-order; the first  an AT&T model and second a “Pure Edition” which vanquishes carrier crapware and…
  • Braven Mira is Round, Loud, and Ready to Hang Out with Your Music

    13 September 2014, 2:30 pm by: Daniel Cohen

    I love that my Sony Xperia Z2 is completely waterproof; I even threw it into my mother’s pool the other day to prove it to my niece and nephew! And if your phone is waterproof, shouldn’t your speaker be, too? The Braven Mira is round, gets quite loud and,…
  • Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS Demo Details

    13 September 2014, 11:30 am by: Michael Siebenaler

    Super Smash Bros. is coming on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS on October 3 (Wii U version coming before 2014 year-end). Players can get a jump on the action in the upcoming Nintendo eShop demo on September 19. Platinum Club Nintendo members already have access to…
  • Lemur Monitors BlueDriver Brings On-Board Diagnostics to the Masses

    12 September 2014, 3:00 pm by: David Goodspeed

    So you’re driving down the road when suddenly your check engine light comes on. Not too long ago this meant heading back to the dealership or your local garage for them to roll out their expensive code-reading machine and in turn hand you a hefty bill. An…
  • Apple Love letter: Gives Me More Apple iCloud Storage for Less!

    11 September 2014, 8:45 pm by: Daniel Cohen

    Here’s something you don’t see everyday, Apple just emailed me that they are increasing my iCloud storage from 55GB to 200GB. That’s nothing unusual as Dropbox recently did a similar upgrade. But Apple also changed pricing of Apple iCloud. 55GB was $100…
  • HTC One M8 Update Brings Extreme Power Saving and a Fix for Pocket Resets!

    11 September 2014, 5:30 pm by: carly zektzer

    If you have an HTC One M8 on Verizon, here’s great news: the Android 4.4.3 “KitKat” update is out today, and it brings two excellent goodies with it! First, we’re finally getting Extreme Power Saving mode, designed to eke every drop out of a dying…
  • Noreve Sony Xperia Z Ultra Tradition D Leather Case Review

    11 September 2014, 4:00 pm by: Judie Lipsett Stanford

    I never thought that I’d enjoy using much less carrying a phablet with a 6.4″ screen, but the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has really grown on me. Up until last week I was carrying it caseless, but that’s changed since receiving the Noreve Sony Xperia Z Ultra…
  • The Ultimate “99 Luftballons” Cover Takes Red Balloons Literally

    11 September 2014, 11:15 am by: carly zektzer

    I have a pretty great Pandora playlist curated for myself, and one of my favorites that comes up is Goldfinger’s cover of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons”. I like the original too, but my new favorite way to hear the song is definitely this very creative…
  • Finally, We Can Get “The Ex” Voodoo Knife Holder in a Metal Edition

    10 September 2014, 7:10 pm by: Judie Lipsett Stanford

    I’ve wanted “The Ex” Voodoo Knife Holder set since I first saw the red one years ago, but … for whatever reason I held back, and now I’m glad I did. The original was made of plastic, and its blades were made in China. This Kickstarter project brings…
  • Verizon Wireless Offers Free iPhone 6 Deal

    10 September 2014, 6:15 pm by: Michael Siebenaler

    Verizon Wireless is offering the newly announced iPhone 6 (16GB version) free to customers who turn in their existing iPhone and sign a two-year agreement with them. In this Verizon Wireless iPhone 6 deal, participants have to trade in their…
  • 2015 Lincoln Navigator Gets Upgrades…and Knobs

    10 September 2014, 5:30 pm by: David Goodspeed

    Lincoln Motor Company is in the midst of a product revival, a task not helped by rumors of its demise not too long ago. In fact, new product has been rolling off the assembly lines of Ford’s luxury division over the past couple of years in the form of the…
  • Guided Access in iOS Is Perfect for Kid-Friendly iPad Use!

    10 September 2014, 4:15 pm by: carly zektzer

    We rarely let our one year old son play with our iPads. It’s not just that he’s little and tends to be rough on objects, it’s that he’s OBSESSED with Siri and loves pressing the home button over and over, rendering attempts to play games and watch…
  • Henge Docks Gravitas Lightning Dock Supports iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

    10 September 2014, 3:45 pm by: Daniel Cohen

    We reviewed the Henge Docks Gravitas Lightning Dock and loved it. (Read the review.) It is, in fact, the dock that sits on the nightstand next to my bed. It is stylish, weighs enough to create a stable base for iOS devices,  and works with various device…
  • What You Missed If You Weren’t at #IFA14 Last Week #Intel2in1 #IntelPartner

    9 September 2014, 3:30 pm by: Judie Lipsett Stanford

    I’ve just returned from Berlin and a hectic week at IFA; it was my first time to attend. Perhaps because I went in with zero expectations, I left thinking the show was larger than expected, and I feel pretty comfortable saying that it was a great consumer…
  • DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Service Review on PlayStation 4

    9 September 2014, 3:00 pm by: Michael Siebenaler

    DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket service celebrates 20 years with a new service called “Fantasy Zone” that compliments the well established “Red Zone” service for subscribers and non-subscribers. In the 10-year old “Red Zone” viewers get live,…
  • Apple’s September iPhone 6 Event – Our Predictions, and ‘Live’ Updates

    9 September 2014, 12:33 pm by: Judie Lipsett Stanford

    Michael Anderson asked a question on our back channel this morning about what we hoped to see with today’s Apple announcement at 10am PT. It’s fast approaching, and we all plan on watching together here. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to post…

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