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APC Back-UPS BE850M2 review

Despite the power-hungry gadget count in my home, I don't have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).  I just never got around to it.  Power outages aren't very common where I live.  However, my son has been doing a lot of writing for homework on the computer, and it would be a shame to lose his [...]

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The Revogi Smart Color Lightstrip,  Smart Color Lightstrip (USB version), Delite 2 Smart LED Lightbulb,  Smart Candle Light and the Smart Meter Plug;  I received all 5 of these products for review at the same time. It was a gadget reviewer’s dream early Christmas!  I’ve been wanting to add some LED lightstrips to a couple of dark [...]

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In my almost 20 years of reviewing products, this has to be the most and the largest boxes that I've ever received for one review.  What is it you ask? It's the "it bed" by Sleep Number. But Julie, you review gadgets, how is a bed a gadget? The it bed is no ordinary bed, [...]

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FOODsniffer review

Have you ever done the "does this smell funny" dance when you're preparing to fix dinner? What's that you ask? It's when you take a package of raw meat from the fridge, open it and sniff it. But instead of smelling nothing which means it's fresh and ready to cook, you smell "something". At that [...]

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Back in July, I posted a review of the Ring Smart Video Doorbell, a battery powered wireless doorbell with a built-in camera and two-way audio. I liked the product because it brought new functionality to the push button doorbell and I was impressed by the ease of installation and the overall quality of the hardware. [...]

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Earlier this spring I reviewed the Blink Wire-Free HD Home Monitoring system and since then they've gone on to sell over 250,000 of their battery powered security cameras. Today Blink is announcing the addition of a new camera. The Blink XT is an outdoor version of their battery powered camera which features a two-year battery [...]

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Two years ago I reviewed the SnapPower SnapRays Guidelight outlet cover night light and am still using this product throughout my home. SnapPower has recently released a new version of this outlet cover night light that has been designed with child safety in mind. It's the SafeLight night light outlet cover and it features sliding [...]

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The market is pretty full of "smart" LED bulbs these days. I love the concept of these since you can adjust your indoor lighting to any mood you feel at the moment. Here's another one to add to the list, the Ilumi Smartbulb.  I got the chance to view a couple of these bulbs so [...]

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I've been thinking of replacing the hodge podge collection of pans in my kitchen for quite a while, but when I check the prices of nicer cookware, I change my mind because it's tough to talk myself into paying $100 or more for one frying pan. Lucky for me, I was approached to try out [...]

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The Launch BOx bottle opener will alert your friends the next time you pop the top off a cold one. The one-handed AAA battery-powered wood and steel bottle opener is "smart" because it pairs with an app on your smartphone to send a "cheers" to a group of your friends when you open a bottle. [...]

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Before I begin my review of the IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier, I must disclose a few things. First, I am asthmatic. Most of the time I’m fine, but my symptoms can go from 0 to 60 at warp speed. Second, we live in Florida, home of perpetual pollen. Third, we have two large dogs [...]

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"Does it smell weird in here to you?" I'm sure you've heard or even uttered that question more than once (a week). Funky smells from cooking and other activities have a way of wafting through the home and settling in spots. So we spray air fresheners, light incense, candles, etc to mask the odors. Is [...]

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The Evo Motion sensor from Elgato is a wireless motion sensor with HomeKit technology for Apple devices. This sensor can detect a user’s presence or absence in a room to enable or disable power outlets, heating and air conditioning systems, lights and more without needing to open an app or voice commands with Siri or [...]

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There are gadgets that you use every day and there are gadgets that you only need to use once in awhile. Unless you're a painter or a designer, the Color Muse color matching scanner probably fits in the "only need once in awhile" category of gadgets. That said, it's fun and easy to use. Let's [...]

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Security cameras are nothing new. Even internet connectable cameras are pretty easy to find at this point. What can a new company bring to the table? Vimtag has put together a handsome weatherproof cloud-based IP camera that can be set up by most anyone. It offers 2-way voice, compatibility with a private cloud server, and [...]

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