Carrying around enough potential energy to fuel our increasing appetite for connectivity is a never ending balancing act. Hardware engineers make energy-efficient phones and tablets, and Developers respond with ever-increasingly sticky apps and websites. Engineers make better, lighter, more efficient batteries, and we leave them on longer and whine that the device is larger. Into this mix walks the arbiter of fairness, the humble battery pack maker. “Here. If you need power, use one of these. When you don’t, leave it home, or in your bag.” Olala has even going a step further with their latest power bank by including cables and a sliding cover to hide them. They sent me a sample just before we left the country for two weeks. [click to continue…]

Zipbuds, did extensive research to find out what customers what in a pair of wireless sports earbuds and 26 is what they came up with. [click to continue…]

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the nicest looking smartphones ever to be created. So why would you want to cover it up with a generic plastic case that adds bulk, and takes away from the aesthetic of the phone? One case that protects the phone without detracting from its beauty is the Full Grain Leather Case from Mujjo.
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Star Wars fans will love the Chewbelta Chewbacca Seat Belt Cover, which makes safety fun and furry at the same time.  [click to continue…]

Cherry, a German company known mainly for its high-end mechanical keyboard switches, also sells a line of keyboards. The Cherry MX Board Silent is the first to feature Cherry’s noise-optimized silent MX key switches for a mechanical keyboard feel minus the traditional click-clacking that might be disruptive in some office environments. For the high price though, the Cherry MX Silent Board is surprisingly lacking in both features and design. [click to continue…]

A few weeks ago I told you about a 4D anatomy model of a LEGO figure and today I have a 12 inch tall wooden LEGO figure for your LEGO fanatical fun. [click to continue…]

I remember huddling with my family around the new Amana microwave oven we bought in the early 80’s and defrosting our first pound of meat. When we removed the specimen at the allotted time it was somewhat defrosted in some regions but thoroughly cooked in the corners and still solid in the center. More than 30 years later, people can expect the same sort of result when defrosting in most microwave ovens because the low power defrost setting is actually achieved by alternating blasts of full power and no power. [click to continue…]

Psst… wake up… I know you were enjoying a weekend nap, but it’s time to wake up now. The weekend is about half over and it’s time to make sure that the week doesn’t end before you’ve had a chance to read all our news and reviews from the past 7 days. Go ahead, click through and check out the list.
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Summer is so close that I can almost taste it. What does summer taste like? Grilled hamburgers and a cold beer. That’s why a bottle cap opener is the most important tool of summer, so here’s an iPhone case that makes sure you’ll always have one on hand. Wait, what? [click to continue…]

I’ve got quite a few flashlights, but I don’t really have a portable “floodlight” when I need to light up a large area.  This time I got to try out something different. It’s not quite a flashlight, and it’s not really a camping lantern.  It’s the Loftek 15W Portable Floodlight.

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If you’ve always wanted to learn to surf but didn’t want to spend money on a surfboard, body surfing is an alternative that doesn’t require you to balance on top of a board, buy a full-sized board, or store it when it’s not being used. There are body surfing boards, which are smaller than their full-sized counterparts, but you can forget about boards altogether and check out Surf-Grips. [click to continue…]

You don’t have to be a cigarette, pipe or cigar smoker to appreciate lighters and these cool lighters from Fluxezy will get your geek senses tingling. [click to continue…]

I recently sold my 13″ MacBook Pro to a friend at work after having purchased a refurbed 12″ MacBook. You might think that’s a step in the wrong direction going from the powerful MBP to a slower MB. But I absolutely love the MB because it’s small, lightweight, and does everything I need in a featherweight form factor. [click to continue…]

There is no question that I, and probably many of you readers, take a lot of photographs on a cell phone. It is always on you, and the cameras on them are getting better and better. I purchased the iPhone 7 Plus because of the camera, and I was intrigued to find out that there are cases and lenses to try to make that camera better. One of them is the Bitplay Snap! 7 and their differing lenses, and I was given an opportunity to try a few out. [click to continue…]

I’ll admit it, I’m a productivity and to-do app junkie. I’ve used nearly every major to-do and task manager available and followed them through their development and new versions. But none so closely as Culture Code’s Things.

Finally, after literally years in a tight-lipped closed beta, Things 3 is now available on the iOS and Mac app stores.  [click to continue…]