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triby

The Alexa voice service has been set free from the confines of the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices and is now available in the Invoxia Triby. On its own, the Triby looks like a portable radio or Bluetooth speaker. It's actually both! It has a built in carrying handle, control buttons and an [...]

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LifestanceSolarLight - 9

I'm a big fan of LED technology. I have replaced many of the bulbs in my home with them, as well as all my flashlights. One place I've not upgraded to the brighter, more energy-efficient tech has been in the outdoor lights around my home. When we were offered the chance to test the Lifestance [...]

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neato-botvac-connected-2

I'm not new to robot vacuums or more specifically, I'm not new to Neato Botvacs. I've been using the Neato Botvac 80 for over a year now and love it. No longer having to manually vacuum my 2-level home several times a week not only saves me time, but makes the house feel and look [...]

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koalasafe

I don't have children, but I can only guess how much "fun" parents have when it's time to tell their kids to turn off their tablets and laptops at the end of the day. I am imagining the tantrums and meltdowns that happen when the internet can't be accessed and that's just what happens to [...]

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ihome-icvbt7

As you're preparing for your day or getting ready for a night on the town, a mirror is an important tool. But this mirror from iHome not only lets you check your face, it also lets you listen to your favorite tunes and charge your phone. The iHome iCVBT7 is a 9-inch diameter double sided [...]

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tribella_wine_aerator-1

The TRIbella Wine Aerator is designed to pour and aerate your red wine with both "joy and elegance". This multi-stream wine aeration device strives to make pouring your wine simple, elegant, and drip free. That's all fine but let's see how well it does during a couple evenings with my wife's Friday night wine club on whether [...]

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You don't have to be the brightest lightsaber in the galaxy to realize that this Death Star Waffle Maker is probably the greatest way for a Star Wars fan to start their day.  This Thinkgeek exclusive makes a 7" diameter waffle in two parts and has a non-stick surface that will make cleanup an easy [...]

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arina

I really appreciate gadgets that perform their intended function well, but also offer additional features that can simplify and consolidate several gadgets into one to save space, power outlets and more. The Muemma ARiNA Bluetooth speaker does just that. It's a modern looking circular Bluetooth 4.0 speaker that provides 360 degree sound for your favorite [...]

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cappec-blaze-1

There are few things in life better than food cooked on the grill. Whether it be a steak, chicken, burger, or hot dog, there is just something about being cooked on the grill that makes everything a bit more delicious. Of course, not all grills have accurate temperature gauges built into them. This can be an [...]

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batman-bookshelf

Hey, all you superhero fans! Add a little superhero flare to your "batcave" with this decorative Batman bookshelf. This is a handcrafted item made of wood, measures 47 inches wide x 20 inches tall x 8 inches deep, and appears to come in two separate pieces. The Dark Knight Batman Bookshelf is available in three [...]

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Zuli Smartplug review

Zuli Smartplug_4

The Zuli Smartplug Presence 3 Pack brings a new feature to the smart plug genre; they call it “Presence”. Simply put, after configuring the Zuli Smartplug, all it needs is your presence, or more accurately, your iPhone’s or iPad’s presence, to activate a light or appliance.  When you leave the room the Zuli Smartplug will [...]

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guardzilla-outdoor-1

A few months ago I reviewed the Guardzilla all-in-one video security system. For those of you who don't remember or missed the review, it was a simple, feature-rich, app controlled, Wi-Fi security camera. I came away pretty impressed with the Guardzilla and recommended it to anyone in the market for an all-in-one system. Hoping to [...]

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biempopcorn

My mother complained that when she was a child a hundred years ago (literally), her parents brought totally crisped toast from the kitchen with a pat of frozen butter sitting in the middle. I don't remember how she solved it when we were kids, but soft margarine must have seemed a wonderful advance to her. [...]

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plantlink-lush

About two years ago, I reviewed the PlantLink on the Gadgeteer. The PlantLink is a device that monitors the amount of moisture in the soil surrounding your plant(s). Based on this information, the PlantLink sends out a notification (push, email, or text) to advise you that it is time to water. The PlantLink consists of [...]

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swann_nvr8-incabinet2

Seems like everyone is making web-enabled surveillance cameras these days. A majority of these consumer-grade cameras are meant for indoor use only, have 1080p HD resolution, and connect to the internet via WiFi. Most with some sort of cloud-based recording service, typically requiring a monthly subscription fee to store and/or view past footage of events. We have reviewed [...]

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larryalert

We've reviewed a dozen or more wireless cameras that can be used as a home security system. They are usually setup to send alerts to mobile devices when detecting motion or sound. These simple systems are a viable alternative to higher priced systems that require a hefty monthly fee and significantly more complex installation. They [...]

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The Package Guard

If you watched the news during the Christmas holidays you probably saw some video of a package being stolen off of someone's porch. This is an all too common issue during the holiday season and is becoming more prevalent during the non-holiday times with online ordering and delivery growing. The Package Guard Kickstarter project hopes [...]

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BYBLight E-481-1

What can I say about desk lamps? Up until recently I did not give them much thought, but as I get a little older I find that having a desk lamp is a nice addition to my writing needs. When it comes to desk lights the old stand by screw in light bulb kind are [...]

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foobot

Have you ever heard that your indoor air is more polluted than your outdoor air, and then wondered just how polluted is it? Foobot is an indoor air quality monitoring device that will monitor the following airborne particles and gas counts of your indoor air: Fine airborne particles count (0.03 pm to 2.5 pm) Total [...]

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blink-3

The best thing about security camera systems is that they allow us to keep an eye on our loved ones and property when we're not physically there. The worst things about security camera systems is that the majority of them have to be plugged into a wall outlet for power and probably require a monthly [...]

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britta-infinity-smart-pitcher

Wouldn't it be nice if all our consumables were always automatically replenished? That our furnaces would order and replace their own filters, that our printers would order and replace their own ink/laser cartridges and paper, that our refrigerators would order our staple food items, etc. Well, maybe we are one step closer to such a world [...]

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recap

Do you know the three R's of recycling? Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Do you do all of them? We recycle as much as possible at my house, which is why my garage always looks like a scene from the show Hoarders with all the cardboard boxes stacked up. We're also trying to reduce the amount [...]

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deebot-d45-3

When it comes to house cleaning chores, I'm probably not much different than you. I can find a thousand things I'd rather do than sweep and mop floors. That's why I love robotic vacuums. I've been using the Neato BotVac 80 for over a year and absolutely love that I rarely need to vacuum because [...]

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temperature-mug

I tend to be a little too eager to drink my hot tea on a cold day which always results in a burned tongue. If you're like me, then you might be interested in the Glantop LED Temperature Display Electric Stainless Steel Intelligent Smart Coffee Cup. It uses LED indicator lights to display the temperature (122°F-203°F [...]

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eero-wifi-router-1

I really don’t want to think about my WiFi router. Ever.  I just want it to work. Everywhere in my home.  The eero WiFi system promises just that.  System set up is done using your iOS or Android device and the downloadable eero app. The eero app will walk you through the set up process [...]

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