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Runtastic-Libra-1

I've been using a Tanita BC554 Ironman InnerScan Body Composition scale for over a decade and love it. It has been my accountability partner in trying to stay healthy. The only thing I have longed for is either a WiFi or Bluetooth feature that would automatically sync all the data to an app to keep [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, Home, Kitchen, Reviews
Dyson-AM07-Air-Multiplier-Bladeless-Oscillating-Fan-2

Last spring, Julie reviewed the Dyson Cool Desk Fan AM06.  She liked the cool, bladeless design of the fan, and her only "con" was the price.  For the same $299.99 that the desk fan cost, you can now get a large, floor-standing Dyson AM07 Multipler Bladeless Oscillating Fan.  This fan stands 40" tall and has Air [...]

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bruno-smartcan-trashcan

A while back, I told you about the Eye Vac that lets you throw away your dust pan because it could suck up all the sweepings using a vacuum port in its base.  The Bruno Smartcan includes a vacuum at the bottom to suck up all your sweepings, and it also serves as your 13-gallon [...]

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Renny Home - 07

What do you imagine a “smartphone hub” for your home would do? For some reason, I thought it would integrate my smartphone and landline in some way to make it easier to use both throughout my house. I was pretty excited about that concept when I asked to review the Renny Home product. Let me [...]

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dragon-cake-pan-thinkgeek

While not an electronic device, this kitchen item will appeal to the dragon-loving gadgeteers.  The Dragon Cake Pan holds just a little less than 2 boxes of cake mix or a bundt cake mix.  It's molded to look like a scaly dragon curled around three eggs.  The pan is made of heavy aluminum alloy, is [...]

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withings-home-2

Julie and I have reviewed many Withings living-well products over the years, primarily smart-scales and activity trackers up to this point. Though in the past year, they have expanded their line-up to include baby, sleep, heart, and home products as well. In this case, Withings sent us several of their new high definition surveillance cameras to [...]

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overlord-cookbook

Earlier this week one of my friends from work stopped me at the water dispenser to tell me that he had something to show me. A few minutes later he handed me his copy of the Kitchen Overlord Illustrated Geek Cookbook by Chris-Rachael Oseland. This hard cover cookbook reads like a comic book with recipes [...]

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philips-led-bulbs-2-for-1

Home Depot is offering a 2-pack of Philips 60W-equivalent Soft White A19 LED Light Bulbs for $4.97.  These bulbs use 8.5W and produce 800 lumens of 2700K light.  Philips says they use 85% less energy compared to a standard incandescent 60-Watt light bulb and cost about $1.02/year to use (assuming 3 hours of use/day at [...]

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fitbit-aria-1

Whether you call it the IOT (Internet of Things), being plugged in, or something else, I really enjoy using connected devices. Some people will say, who needs a thermometer that saves your readings or a fitness tracker that tells you how many steps you've walked each day. I say why not! I don't have the world's [...]

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pavara-kitchen-tidy

This seems to be a product in search of a problem, but the PAVARA sink tidy is also in search of funding at Kickstarter.  I'm just getting started on the process of updating my kitchen.  You know me, I'm always interested in new gadgets, and a gadget for my upgraded kitchen seemed intriguing.  This product [...]

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canvas-pop-matted-1

Almost five years ago I reviewed a wrapped canvas print from CanvasPop. That review inspired several others resulting in a lot of original framed images on my walls. Recently the people at CanvasPop contacted me to ask if I might like to do a new review. At first I didn't see the point but then [...]

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berrybreeze

If you put the battery-powered BerryBreeze on the top shelf of your refrigerator, the manufacturer promises that it will keep your stored foods fresher for up to 2-3 times longer than normal.  The BerryBreeze "filters and cleans the air in your fridge. Using newly-patented technology, BerryBreeze fills your refrigerator with activated oxygen to neutralize bacteria, [...]

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ergo-desktop-kangaroo-pro-1

Sitting all day in front of a computer is both monotonous and unhealthy. That's why sit-stand desks are gaining in popularity. The ability to quickly switch from sitting to standing is a great way to burn a few extra calories, improve circulation, help with back problems and more. Last month I reviewed my first standing [...]

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cafflano-klassic-coffee-maker

This may look like a travel mug, but it's a full coffee brewing station.  Unscrew the lid, and you'll find a coffee grinder and a filter basket inside.  Put 20g of coffee beans in the grinder, crank the handle to grind the beans directly into the permanent filter basket, then slowly pour hot water through [...]

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phillips-hue-go-lamp-2

Phillips has a variety of lights for their WiFi-connected Hue system.  There are color-changing bulbs, white light-only bulbs, strips lights, and tabletop lamps, but they all have one thing in common:  they have to be screwed into a lamp socket (bulbs) or plugged into a power outlet to work.  The Go lamp is the first [...]

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amazon-dash-button

I'll admit that I thought this was an April Fool's joke when I saw it yesterday, but it's a real offering from Amazon.  The Amazon Dash Button lets you re-order laundry detergent, paper towels, diapers, pet food, even mac & cheese with the press of a button.  You just adhere the button to your washing [...]

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ATLeisure-solar-lighted-umbrella-2

If you're lucky enough to have a personal outdoor area to enjoy warm weather, check out this lighted umbrella for your patio table.  The ATLeisure 9' Easy Light Touch Solar Umbrella with 44 LEDs will fit in the umbrella holder made into most patio tables, or you can use it without a table if you purchase a [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
aerelight

Last August Kathleen reviewed the TaoTronics Elune Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, a small task lamp that used LEDs instead of traditional light bulbs. LEDs are very energy efficient, last longer than regular light bulbs and don't generate a lot of heat. Fast forward to now and we have the aerelight which features OLEDs instead of regular LEDs. What are [...]

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zoku-iced-coffee-maker

I love iced coffee drinks from Starbucks, but they do get expensive, especially when you have three coffee drinkers in the family.  You can make your own iced coffee drinks from coffee you brew at home with the Zoku Iced Coffee Maker and save tons of money.  You just pour fresh-brewed coffee into the pre-chilled [...]

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snappower

Last spring I helped back SnapRays, a Kickstarter project for a wall outlet cover plate with built in auto-illuminating LEDs. The project was a big success and they actually delivered the products to their backers on time, which has not been the norm for most of the projects I have backed in the past. Now [...]

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