Joe Porletto

Fiil Product Launch

This past week I attended the Fiil Audio's U.S. product launch in New York City. Fiil was debuting their signature headphones; the Canviis and Canviis Pro on-ear headphones, the Iicon over-ear headphone, and the Carat in-ear headphone. The event was held at 1 Hotel near Central Park. Fiil set up a separate listening room where I got… Read More

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The Blast Motion Blast Softball Swing Analyzer is a tiny sensor puck crammed with some big technology. Along with its companion app, it's easy to set up, attach to your bat, and get right to swinging. At $149.99, it's a great, affordable way to improve your swing and get some incredibly useful stats in the… Read More

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The Luminoodle Light Rope is a versatile, interesting approach to multi-use outdoor lighting. With bright output, long battery life, a number of mounting options and waterproof housing, the Luminoodle works well in most situations. Some design elements, like the lack of an on/off switch, do cause it to fall a bit short in the field… Read More

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Following up the massive success and sellouts of the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo is hoping that lightning will strike twice as it announced today the release of a Super NES Classic Edition. Like the NES Classic, the Super NES Classic will be a mini system and will ship with 21 preinstalled classic games. It comes… Read More

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The StarTech Drive Duplicator and Eraser for SATA and USB Flash Drives is a powerful, simple to use, and versatile tool for IT professionals or consumers who routinely need to manage a number of different types of data drives. Although it's lacking in documentation and is a bit expensive at the suggested retail price of $796.99, the… Read More

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The Pocket Shot Slingshot is an innovative, modern take on the classic slingshot design. With the addition of the Pocket Hammer handle and Arrow Cap, this reimagining of the classic Y-shaped slingshot, a circular design which replaces strong rubber bands with an elastic pouch, is incredibly effective and so much fun to use. The original… Read More

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If you live or commute in an area where cellphone signals are weak, the weBoost Drive 4G-X mobile cellphone signal booster may be the device you've been wishing for. At $479.99 it's definitely a big purchase, but this booster provides a significant increase to any existing signal and it's a breeze to install. The weBoost… Read More

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One of the most interesting announcements made today at Apple's Annual WWDC was the release of the Apple HomePod, Apple's entry into the home assistant arms race. A straight up challenger to the champ, Amazon Echo and the runner-up, Google Home, Apple's HomePod takes Siri out of your iPhone and places her squarely, for better… Read More

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The Vaux Speaker for the Amazon Echo Dot is a powerful, well-designed, and versatile accessory. For existing 2nd generation Echo Dot owners, this is a must-buy and an easy way to expand your Dot's functionality. Made by Ninety7 Inc., the Vaux, pronounced "vox", is the first battery-powered speaker designed to hold the Amazon Echo Dot. This… Read More

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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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