Joe Porletto

This week, drone industry leader DJI announced their latest market offering, the $499 Spark. The Spark is a stylish "lifestyle accessory" drone that has a 16 minute flight time, obstacle avoidance and the unique ability to be controlled via hand gestures alone. By design, the Spark is meant to be taken with you and used… Read More

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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… Read More

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After a week of rumors and leaked images, Amazon today unveiled the Echo Show, the first Echo device with a screen. The Echo Show is the latest entry to the Echo line of devices following right on the heels of the Echo Look style assistant. The Echo Snow is a fully enabled Echo device that… Read More

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The Conbrov T11 Mini Spy Camera is a great, compact video recording device that has a number of possible uses. The Conbrov's long battery life, adjustable camera head, and small form factor offset some minor control issues and make it a bargain solution for a range of needs. The Conbrov comes in a nondescript cardboard… Read More

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Amazon has announced a new member of the Echo device family, the Echo Look. The Echo Look has the same basic functionality as the Echo Dot and original Echo (aka Alexa), but with a new, sleek design and an added built-in depth-sensing camera and flash. Being marketed as an Amazon Echo and "Style Assistant", the Echo… Read More

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During the second day of Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, where Facebook usually makes its biggest announcements of the year, CTO Mike Schroepfer unveiled two new Surround 360 cameras with some amazing capabilities. Since purchasing Oculus in July of 2014, Facebook has invested majorly in Virtual Reality. Aside from creating a channel built right into… Read More

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The Nomad Advanced Powerpack is a well-built, powerful, ruggedized external battery pack that is unique in that it has built-in Tile integration. Not only will it quickly charge your various devices, if it's ever misplaced you'll be able to find it easily using Bluetooth and the Tile app. The added features will cost you though. The… Read More

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Google recently quietly rolled out a new section on Google Play. It's called Free App of the Week and it is wonderful! Both Apple and Amazon have had similar programs for years now, highlighting a particular paid app and providing it for free for a limited time. Google has finally caught up and created a program for… Read More

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Standing desks have been gaining in popularity for years since various studies were released warning of the dangers of prolonged sitting. There are now tons of standing desk options to fit every type of home or office environment. The FlexiSpot M4B Corner Standing Desk is a great, affordable choice for people who have an existing… Read More

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These Mpow Bluetooth headphones are a decent, moderately priced option for people who prefer traditional over-the-ear headphones versus earbuds. They are stylish, portable and offer the choice of a wired connection as well as Bluetooth. Mpow Bluetooth Headset 3.5mm Audio Cable USB Charging Cable Packing Bag User Manual Bluetooth Version: 4.0 Range: 33 feet (10 meters)… Read More

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This past weekend I attended PAX East 2017 in Boston at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. PAX is a gaming convention held at different venues and times throughout the country. PAX truly is a celebration of all things gaming and loads of fun. In 2004, the creators of the webcomic Penny Arcade decided to create a… Read More

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The Goggle Tech Virtual Reality Goggles are a no-frills, compact set of goggles for use viewing 360° videos or accessing Google Cardboard apps on any Android or Apple smartphone with displays up to six inches.  The popularity of Virtual Reality and 360° video is growing every day as more companies like Google and Facebook invest… Read More

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Hoping to stand out from the pack of Chromebook manufacturers, Samsung released information on two new advanced versions of the usually spartan Android-powered laptops. Called the Chromebook Plus and the Chromebook Pro, both merge popular features most often found in tablets, like touchscreens, styluses, and an app store.  Perhaps chasing after the success of Microsoft’s… Read More

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In a Facebook post last week, Mark Zuckerberg gave an interesting, if somewhat vague, update on work being done by Facebook’s Oculus Research Lab. Zuckerberg described a visit to the Oculus Research lab in Redmond, Washington and the post was accompanied by photos of clean rooms, testing areas, and lens manufacturing. Calling out the specific… Read More

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