Andy Jacobs

The night my wife purchased her iPhone 6 Plus a few years ago, she also wanted a case to protect her investment. Among the many iPhone cases in the Apple Store that night, the tech21 Impactology case was her choice. Although it was the color that initially caught her eye, she also liked that it seemed [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews
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I'm an EDC (Everyday Carry) user. You know, those little tools, tech and other items that you use regularly to help with tasks throughout your day. However, EDC often consists of several items that you have no good way to organize while carrying. There are many pouch-type cases out there, but often these provide just [...]

Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews, Wallets
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Need a USB flash drive but the everyday ones just aren't tough enough for you? GorillaDrive might be your new data storage best friend. It's crush- and water-resistant and includes a metal lanyard loop. Plus, it looks tough. Gadget on! Host Interface: Universal Serial Bus 2.0/1.1 (USB2.0/1.1), UHCI (Universal Host Controller Interface) Supported Operating Systems: [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews
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Welcome to the next chapter in my ongoing quest to find a pair of Bluetooth headphones that I can use while working out. I've tried a few pairs of wired Bluetooth earbuds with limited success, but for a while now, I've had my eye on the latest version, the completely wireless style. The QCY Q29 [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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Several months back, in August 2016, I reviewed the Optoma NuForce BE6 Bluetooth wireless headphones. Not long after that review was posted here, Julie let me know that Optoma had already released an updated version of the NuForce BE6, called the  NuForce BE6i. Overall I'd been happy with the NuForce BE6, with the exception of some issues [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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In the Star Wars stories, the faithful little astromech droid R2-D2 had many gadgets to help his friends out of numerous bad situations. Brought to you by our friends at ThinkGeek, here's an R2-D2 feature we never saw in the films: a Coffee Press. Yes, Star Wars fans, R2-D2 can help infuse you with your daily [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News
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I really like the Apple Watch. Or at least the idea of the Apple Watch. But for all its amazing-seeming functionality, it just doesn't seem like it would be tough enough for me. I'd want to wear it 24/7 and for the activities that I engage in, it would need to be pretty durable. The folks [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, News, Watches and Clocks
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With so many power-hungry gadgets out there, small, portable power supply devices are all the rage. Sometimes I wish I had something that I could just strap on and have at the ready to power my GoPro or top off my iPhone or my DSLR. The GO PUCK folks must have been inside my head because their [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
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Go ahead, tell me you don't wish---on a daily basis---that you had an on-hand way to translate Aurabesh (the Star Wars alphabet) into English. No? Well, I do. OK, maybe I don't. But that doesn't mean I don't want one of these super-cool translator rings from Retroworks. In addition to the Aurabesh-to-English one shown above, [...]

Posted in: News
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I've been on the hunt for a set of wireless headphones for quite a while, even before Apple declared is "war on wires" (my words, not theirs) with their latest iPhone 7 models. My main criterion for wireless headphones was that I could wear them while working out, meaning that they wouldn't be negatively affected by [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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Are you a beverage drinker? Gotta have your java in the morning (like yours truly)? The travel container in which I carry my daily coffee works fine, but it does take up a lot of space in my EDC. That's one reason why stojo caught my eye. It's a 12-ounce (355 mL) beverage cup that collapses [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear
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Ever found yourself in need of a quick hose-down but you're nowhere near a garden hose? I have. After obstacle course races, GORUCK Challenges and other outdoorsy, get-muddy style events or activities, it would be great to have a quick rinse, but I typically don't have the luxury of being near a water source. The RinseKit [...]

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear
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I'm a fan of simplicity and minimalism, but also of function and durability. The fellows from Grip6 must be kindred spirits because they put these elements into the design and construction of their belts. Grip6 belts consist of only a metal plate and a strip of webbing. That's it. No traditional buckle, no holes, no flap [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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I love wearing jeans.  About a year ago, my company relaxed its dress code from jeans only on Fridays to jeans every day. Every. Day. And my job satisfaction went up several notches. Shortly after this, I discovered the existence of jeans with a bit of stretch to them (which is helpful for guys who actually work out), [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews
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I like my hot coffee. OK, I have to HAVE TO have it in the morning. However, recently my buddy Brian suggested I try cold drip coffee. He'd rigged up some brewing method with some type of brewer designed for camping, but he swore it worked well for creating cold-drip brews. So when Julie provided [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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