trustbag

Got trust issues? With people stealing your stuff when you’re out and about, that is? I think we all do, to varying degrees. To assuage this tendency and actually keep our valuables safer, TrustBag might be just the product. While in appearance it looks to the casual observer to be a simple drawstring gym bag (albeit with a bit more styling than average), it is packed (see what I did there) with security features. For starters, the outer bag material is handwoven from a soft-to-the-touch, high-molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) and other state-of-the-art fibers which resists cuts, rips and abrasions. The inner bag, made from urethane-coated 200 denier nylon fabric, is water resistant as well as RFID-blocking for theft protection for your credit cards or passport. The carry handle/closure is a flexible, cut, tear and rip-proof wired belt (with 49 strings of stainless steel embedded in it) with a tensile strength of 1000 pounds and two heavy-duty locks are available to secure it: the German ABUS and the American Master Lock. The four shoulder straps are made from mountain climbing-grade cords, also with a tensile strength of 1000 pounds. There’s also a snap-hook for keys inside! But all this comes with a price tag: regularly $189, the TrustBag is currently priced at $149. Visit TrustBag.com for more info and to order.

Posted in: Bags, News

TINE tags review

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TINE tags (pronounced as “tiny”) are peel and stick scannable smart stickers that let you add video, audio or a photo to an object. Examples of usage would be to put a sticker in a book that will play an audio file of you reading the book, or a sticker on a birthday card that links to a video of you singing happy birthday, etc. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

SmartOmi BOOTS-02

Let’s get this out of the way:  I cannot wear earbuds.  Well, I can, but I simply choose not to.  I’m an over-the-ear kind of headphone fan.  But, tiny earbuds that don’t even have a cord?  Let’s see what this is about. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

kanex-gopower

The GoPower Watch from Kanex is designed especially for the Apple Watch to keep it charged when you’re away from home. This portable power pack features a 4,000 mAh battery that will charge the Apple Watch up to six times before needing to be recharged. The Apple MFi Certified GoPower is the first portable battery pack that allows the Apple Watch to recharge without any wires, making it an ultra-portable and ultra-convenient travel companion. The GoPower not only can charge the Apple Watch, but it can charge your iPhone at the same time through the built-in USB port. The GoPower is priced at $99.95 and is available from Kanex and Amazon.

Posted in: iOS, News, Watches and Clocks

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I enjoy using my Roku for watching Netflix and Amazon Prime movies and TV shows. If you would have asked me a few weeks ago if I could think of something to make the Roku better than it is, I wouldn’t have been able to come up with any ideas. That’s until I saw the Sideclick remote add-on for the Roku’s remote control. Now my Roku experience is pretty much perfect. Let me show you.

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

fingerguards

Wow, now I think I’ve seen everything… Apparently, fingertip protectors for playing guitar, ukulele and other stringed instruments is a thing. The protectors come in a package of four and are made of food-grade silicone material that stretches to fit the size of your index through ring fingers. Each fingertip protector has an opening in the end that will allow longer fingernails to pass through. I suppose something like this would be good for beginners who find it painful when they are first starting to play a stringed instrument. But I’ve found that calluses will build up quickly if you aren’t a big baby and are motivated enough to put in the practice required to build them 😉 You can order a set for $4.86 from Amazon. I’ll try not to be too judgy… Ok, I lied.

Posted in: Music Gear, News

Misfit Ray review

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Fitness trackers are getting more complicated and expensive every day. With features like heart rate monitoring, temperature monitoring as well as calorie burning calculation. Can we get any more healthy? But if you are looking for something a little simpler, something that tells you when you’ve reached your goals, but does not have that traditional display. Something that works for fashion as well as function. Misfit, the makers of the Misfit Shine, has brought out their newest fashion forward fitness tracker, the Misfit Ray

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

crowdfund

This week’s notable crowdfunding campaigns include a couple cool pens, a smart lock, a wireless backup camera and a holder for your toothbrush. Click through for all the details.  [click to continue…]

Posted in: News

wasp-camo

Now you can blend in with nature when you’re out in the woods trying to capture footage of Sasquatch or rabbits. The WASPcam 9906 CAMO is an action camera with a camo patterned case. This camera has been designed to be waterproof down to 98 feet without needing a special case. The WASPcam also features WiFi connectivity and comes with a wireless wrist remote that has a 15 foot range. It can record HD video up to 1440p30fps (and 1080p/60fps, 1080p/30fps, 720p/120fps, 720p/60fps, VGA/240fps) and captures still images up to 16-megapixel. It comes with a variety of mounting hardware so it’s ready to attach to your gear. The WASPcam 9906 CAMO is pricey at $279.99, but if you want to learn more, head over to waspcam.com for all the details.

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News, Outdoor Gear

bellroy-adventurer_1

Bellroy continues to push the envelope of stylish, well-designed, rugged wallets for adventure-minded folks. Building on their previous Elements line, Bellroy’s latest Adventurer Collection of All-Conditions wallets look to be even more weather- and water-resistant with new zippers, zipper pulls and material (they’ve added a woven in addition to the water-resistant  leather) and packed with organizational features (lots more pockets and slots inside). Depending on the model, these wallets can hold items ranging from a typical daily load up to an iPhone 6s Plus with accessories. Bellroy’s All-Conditions wallets are available in the above-mentioned two materials and multiple colors as well as in three sizes: Pocket, Phone Pocket and Essentials Pocket with prices ranging from $64.99 to $139.99. Trek over to Bellroy for more info.

Posted in: News, Wallets

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Choosing the right home security camera can be difficult when there are so many different brands and price points to choose from. The Nest Cam which was originally Dropcam before being purchased by Google / Nest is a popular brand because they have a reputation for quality hardware, features and cloud services. I reviewed each of the Dropcam cameras that were released but I am only just now getting the opportunity to review the Nest Cam. Let’s take a look.

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews

Creative_iRoar_16

Say what you will about Creative Labs; they sure know how to milk a product line. In 2014, I reviewed the Creative Roar Bluetooth speaker and fell in love with its ability to sound as good as the current (at the time) portable Bose speakers at a fraction of the price. Yeah, it had some weird and useless tricks it would do, but I chose to ignore those and concentrate on its great audio. Then in early 2016, I reviewed the Roar 2 speaker, a worthy successor that dispensed with some of those silly add-ons from the original Roar speaker while sounding a bit better at a 20% size reduction. Now, Creative Labs has released the iRoar, a much improved successor in the Roar line of speakers that sounds even better, but offers many more (and some useful) amenities than the original Roar ever did.

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

timemachine

Today we have another small selection of reviews that have been updated after months or years of use. These quick updates will give you an idea of how the products that we review stand the test of time. Are they winners weeks, months, years or even a decade after we review them, or do they fail quickly and end up being sent to the island of misfit gadgets? We’ll let you know. So click through to see the latest list of reviews that have been updated and scroll down to the bottom of the review to read the newest update. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Reviews

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Are you ready to buy a VR headset but don’t want to spend a lot of money just to see what all the fuss is about? The HooToo VR headset is a sub $20 headset that is comfortable, easy to use and even worked with my Nexus 6P phablet. Let’s take a look.

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Posted in: Geek Toys, Reviews

weeklyupdate

Oops, I was so busy yesterday that I didn’t get a chance to post a weekly roundup with links to all the news, reviews and articles from the past week. What was I doing that caused me to forget such an important post? I was laying on the couch watching really bad movies all evening. Hey, it was very important work because now I can advise you to NEVER (and I mean never) consider watching Survival Island with Billy Zane. On the other hand, Big Eyes and Women in Gold were both worth watching. Hey, maybe I should start a movie review site next! Just kidding, I’ll stick with gadgets. Have a good week everyone!

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Posted in: News