Home and Kitchen

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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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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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Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News, Wireless
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It is nearly impossible to rid kitchen sponges of food particles and contaminants once they are soiled by unclean surfaces. The moist, porous, nutrient-rich environment of a dirty sponge may harbor microbiological organisms, many of which may be pathogenic. So after you’ve read the previous sentence and thrown out your old sponge, replace it with [...]

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kokuyo-stapleless-stapler

Have you ever stapled anything only to pierce your finger on the misshapen staple? Perhaps you've experienced a staple snagging a favorite shirt. Or maybe you're frustrated with having to fix a jammed stapler or having to refill it. It's time to consider purchasing a stapleless stapler like the Kokuyo Harinacs Japanese Stapleless Stapler. This gadget [...]

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eveswitch

The Eve Energy is a module that plugs into a standard 3-prong wall socket and has an outlet in the module where you plug an electronic device or appliance. Lamps, TVs, computers, and other electric devices can be monitored and controlled using a small adapter and your iPhone.  A free iOS app installed on your iPhone or [...]

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Laundreez: Portable Clothes Washer

When imagining your travel plans, you try to ignore the pile of dirty laundry heading back home with you. Delaying the unpacking won’t help. Here’s something that might - the Laundreez Portable Clothes Washer. The Laundreez consists of a mesh bag held inside a waterproof bag. You place clothes in the mesh bag, which can [...]

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switchboard

The Switchboard coat rack has a genius design. It's a 30 inch long wall mounted rack made of Beech wood that features 25 individual hooks. Yes, 25! When the hooks aren't being used, the rack looks more like a piece of wall art than a holder for jackets, scarfs, bags and hats. But when you [...]

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We eat a lot of steel cut oats and other dry cereal at my house. The oats come in bags that we transfer to another container or ziplock bag and the cereal comes in a standard cereal box. When it comes time to fix cereal, I measure it out in a bowl with a measuring [...]

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Prepd Pack

Lunchtime at work can be a tricky proposition. You rarely have the luxury of many options, and as menus rotate, lunch becomes a daily hit-or-miss ordeal.  Packing your own meal has the potential to be more cost-effective, nutritious, and consistently delicious; it also has the potential to be time-consuming and more hassle than it’s worth. [...]

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I've said it before, I'll say it again...I love security cameras. There is a certain peace of mind in knowing that if someone breaks into your home, you will know about it instantly. Additionally, most newer cameras have some type of DVR function, allowing you to provide Police with footage if bad guys ever break into [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews
pantelligent

Cooking is fun if you know what you're doing. But if you are a cooking novice, it can be an anxiety and smoke filled nightmare. Can a special frying pan help you learn to cook? Only if it comes with Gordon Ramsay attached to it you might think. The Pantelligent Smart Frying Pan doesn't come [...]

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Samsung isn't a name that normally comes to my mind when I think about security cameras brands, so I was surprised when I was offered the chance to review their SmartCam HD Plus. Since this camera is made by Samsung, it has to be good right? Let's find out if Samsung is the next big thing in wireless security cameras. [...]

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Get rid of strange smells in your clothes, gym bag, closets, car, or bathroom using the Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag. This bag contains non-toxic natural Moso bamboo charcoal which covers an area of 90 square feet and absorbs odors, pollutants, allergens and excess moisture from the air. It needs to be recharged once per [...]

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Clockall

Have you ever wondered what the babysitter is doing while you're gone, or maybe you have a loved one in a nursing home and you think the care might be lacking?  If so, then this little spy camera may be just the thing for you.  Disguised as a mini alarm clock, this  2.2" tall by [...]

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nessie

These ladles appear to be named after the Loch Ness Monster of the Scottish Highlands, but they remind me more of Dino the dinosaur from the Flintstones cartoons. Either way, they are cute as heck and will bring a smile to the face of anyone who uses one. Available through the Animi Causa Boutique, these [...]

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illumibowl

Many people use nightlights to avoid having to stumble around in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. However, nightlights remain on throughout the night using up unnecessary electricity and some are a little too bright and may disturb your sleep. And no one enjoys turning on the bathroom light in the middle [...]

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LEDs are working their way into everything - vehicle headlamps, flashlights, outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, kids toys, and our light sockets. With the advent of computers in offices over the past few decades, desktop task lighting has grown and expanded, so it's only natural that the cool, low-energy, relaxing light of these devices should invade [...]

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Recently at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, EZVIZ the company who makes the Ezviz 720p Indoor Mini Wi-Fi Camera that I reviewed a few months ago, launched several more home WiFi security cameras to add to their product line up. The new EZVIZ Mini+ features 1080p HD resolution and 2-way audio which the Mini didn't [...]

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Nanoleaf Bloom LED bulb review

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"Want to dim your lights but don’t have a dimmer switch installed? Too bad! Until now."  That's the tagline of the Nanoleaf Bloom, an odd-looking LED bulb that you can dim just by flicking a switch.  How does this work?  Let's find out. DON'T MISS: LOFTEK Outdoor/Indoor Rechargeable LED Light review Yes, it's shaped like a [...]

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For those of you who enjoyed the news posts on the insect rearing gadgets that you can use in your home to raise your own insect food (Farm 432: Farming insects for food to feed the future and The Hive: Farming insects to feed the future part 2), but were not quite ready to make the [...]

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power-pet-door

Many people install pet doors so that their pets can take care of business without having to wait on their owners. However, many pet doors may not be energy efficient and are not secure. The Power Pet Door by High Tech Pet aims to eliminate the problems of other pet doors. This door slides up [...]

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Cloud based security cameras like the Nest Cam, Logitech's Logi Circle cam, the FLIR FX security camera and others are very popular because they are easy to setup, have a mobile app and don't require special wiring to use them. Then there are wireless IP cameras like those from Foscam that are also easy to [...]

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darth-vader-humidifier

Our family is in the midst of battling a fearsome foe: the dreaded respiratory virus. It's bad enough having to deal with the fever, aches, chills, and chest congestion but then we have to breathe the bone dry air. After a fitful night's sleep, in the morning, it can make you feel like you've been [...]

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echo-simplecontrol

If you've dreamed of being able to control your home with just your voice, Simple Control and an Amazon Echo will give you that power. Imagine sitting on the couch and being able to turn on the TV just by saying "Alexa, tell Simple Control to turn on the TV" or being able to turn [...]

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