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A picnic is in the bag with BuiltNY

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

You’ve got the Matador blanket that fits in your pocket, so you’re ready for a picnic anytime.  All you need is the food, and you’ll be able to tote everything you need in this Convertible Insulated Picnic Basket Bag from BuiltNY.  The bag measures 16.5″ X 13.6″ X  10″, and it unzips to serve as your eatingRead More…

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This Planet Waves string winder incorporates a string stretcher

on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

A couple of months ago, we told you about the Stretcha, a tool that would stretch out new strings and prevent tuning problems.  I ordered a couple of those for my husband and daughter, and they do help you stretch out new strings.    Stretchas are pretty big, though, and they don’t always fit inRead More…

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ShaveMate is a razor with a shaving cream dispenser in the handle

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

What is a ShaveMate? It’s a 6 bladed disposable razor that has a shaving cream dispenser built into the handle which holds enough cream for a week’s worth of shaves. That’s right, everything you need to feel smooth is in one easy to use item. Razor + shaving cream = genius. The ShaveMate is availableRead More…

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Brando offers wood alarm clock with Qi charging and Bluetooth speaker

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014

The W2 QI Wireless Charging Wood from Brando is an attractive light wood clock that features a Bluetooth speaker with A2DP and Qi Wireless charging. Just place your Qi-enabled device on top of the clock and it will be charged and ready to go when you wake up in the morning. The wood clock displaysRead More…

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Recording music is easier with the UkeSB from Lanikai

on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Posted in: Music Gear, News

My husband, Butch, helped me review the Squire by Fender USB guitar a few years ago, and he found that it made recording music in GarageBand much simpler because he didn’t have to have some sort of interface to get the music from his guitar to the computer.  I’ve seen a few other guitars thatRead More…

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Revolving outlets, programmable buttons, pizza grills and smart toasters – Weekly roundup

on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Posted in: News

Just in case you don’t visit us every day for your recommended daily allowance of gadget news and reviews, here’s a list of everything we posted this past week. There’s a lot of great stuff here, so be sure to grab a drink, some snacks and get comfortable because you’re going to be here forRead More…

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You’ll be able to rack ‘em and stack ‘em with this sofa

on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I am fascinated with looking at pictures of those tiny, under 200-sqft houses that some people live in.  While I was looking at information about one of them today, I saw a sofa that would work well for anyone living in a small home without a guest room, or for vacation homes, or maybe evenRead More…

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Is Tic the future of button fasteners?

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

A couple of days ago I took us on a trip down gadget memory lane when I remembered the Ronco Buttoneer button fastener from the 1970′s. Today Luis Reyes left a comment that there’s a new button fastener in town and it’s called Tic. Designed in Sweden, Tic lets you permanently fasten shirt buttons without usingRead More…

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Carry your MacBook, iPad, and other essential gear in this sleeve from Cargo Works

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

If you’re like me, you travel with a plethora of Apple products, but you’d like to travel with that gear in the smallest bag possible.  The MacBook Module Sleeve from Cargo Works can carry a MacBook Pro (with or without Retina display), your iPad, and iPhone, and still have room for a charger or aRead More…

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Monitor your exposure to the sun and know when you should take cover with Sunscreen Bands

on Friday, July 11th, 2014

Slathering on sunscreen doesn’t make you impervious to the sun, it just extends your safe period in the sun by a bit.  Even reapplying sunscreen during the day only keeps you safe for so long before you need to get out of the sun to prevent damage.  You can use these Sunscreen Bands to monitorRead More…

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Misfit Beddit Sleep Systems confirms that your sleep patterns are wonky

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Do you toss and turn all night? Maybe your partner snores like a freight train and that keeps you from getting the necessary amount of sleep each night. Or maybe you’re a lucky one who will fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow and wake up all bright eyed and bushy tailed.Read More…

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The Clutch, Slid and Anchor Links are three accessories to help you hold on to your camera

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

So, you have that camera you always wanted and now you are looking for accessories to help make you a better shooter. Neck straps and hand straps are a couple of items that come to mind when I think of camera accessories and, the Clutch, Slide and Anchor Links Kickstarter project from Peter Dering andRead More…

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Tokyoflash Japan introduces the Kisai Sequence watch

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Posted in: News, Watches, Clocks

The new Kisai Sequence watch from Tokyoflash Japan features a stainless steel case, leather strap, custom-made curved acrylic lens, “sub-surface digital tube LEDs, and an alternating pattern of raised cubes.”  The time can be displayed in 12- or 24-hour format and in either regular or cryptic mode.  It also has an alarm function and six animations.Read More…

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Now your child can wash her hands without climbing or needing a stool

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

As any parent knows, there’s a bit of danger associated with very young children trying to wash their hands on their own.  When my daughter was very young, we had to keep a footstool in the bathroom so she could reach to wash her hands – so there’s a falling danger.  There’s also a scaldingRead More…

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Ten One Design is having an art contest for tablet doodlers

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

If you like to create artwork on your iPad, Android or other tablet with Ten One Design Pogo styluses, you should check out the 6th Annual Pogo Art Contest in honor of the company’s Pogo-branded sketching tools. The contest runs from July 7 through August 31, so you have plenty of time to get creativeRead More…

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Share files wirelessly to your mobile device from your camera

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Tablets and smart phones are a great way to carry and share photos; they have replaced those little photo albums called “brag books” that people used to carry in their purses or gear bags.  Many of these mobile devices have cameras to take photos with, but let’s face it, the quality of those photos aren’tRead More…

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Your child can learn about the world with the Little Passports sets

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Posted in: Kid Gadgets, News

With these educational sets, your child can go on a virtual trip with Sam and Sofia as they explore the USA or the world.  Each month, she’ll receive a package with a letter from Sam and Sofia, maps, stickers, souvenirs, activities, and access to online activities.  The World Edition includes a suitcase and a passportRead More…

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JK Rowling has written a new Harry Potter story – wait, don’t get too excited

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

I’m a big fan of the Harry Potter books. I’m not a crazy fan, I just really enjoyed the books and movies. So much so that I’ve yet to find another book series that I’ve liked better. I was bummed after watching the final movie because there would be no more books or movies toRead More…

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Your pet will travel in style with the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Posted in: News, Pet Gadgets

Anyone who has tried to walk a cat on a leash knows there has to be a better way to travel with a cat.  People who infrequently travel with a pet in one of those plastic pet kennels knows that they aren’t all that great either because the dog or cat is often anxious atRead More…

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Use your smart phone or tablet as a remote shutter release for your DSLR

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

I’ve purchased remote shutter releases for all of the Nikon DSLRs that I own.  Some are wireless, some are wired, but they all require me to push a button to get a photo – and that’s all it can do.  With the Triggertrap cable and an app for your smart phone (most versions of iPhoneRead More…

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NuNaturals sweet giveaway!

on Monday, July 7th, 2014

A few weeks ago, the nice folks at NuNaturals sent me an email asking if they could send me a sample of their latest stevia based product – NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. Stevia is a natural plant based sweetener that has zero calories and zero carbs. Since I’m a diabetic, I was very excited to try aRead More…

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Coca Cola fridge gives keeps your Coca-Colas cold

on Monday, July 7th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

In my research of dorm fridges, I’ve seen quite a few styles of small fridges.  This little Koolatron Coca Cola Can Fridge is one of the cuter models I’ve seen.  It’s not practical as a dorm fridge, but it would be cute and useful in your office or rumpus room at home.  It stands 17.75″Read More…

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Smarter toasters are hitting the streets – no, not the Cylons (at least not yet)

on Monday, July 7th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

It’s early in the morning. You have mouths to feed. The first round of toast comes out perfectly, but the second round? Burned! Grrr! Dualit has solved this problem. The Dualit 2 Slot and 4 Slot Lite Toasters are made with Dualit’s patented Climate Sensing Toasting Cycle technology. This technology detects the temperature of theRead More…

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Turn your kettle grill into a pizza oven with the KettlePizza

on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Earlier this year, we told you about a wood-fired pizza oven for your backyard that promised to make great pizza but cost $2700.  You like pizza, but you don’t have that kind of cash to dedicate to a large piece of equipment that can only make pizzas, you say?  What about a piece of equipment thatRead More…

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Your keys won’t be swimming with the fishes with the WaterBuoy

on Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Summer means swimming, fishing, boating, and other water-related activities for many people.  It’s good, relaxing fun until you lose something overboard.  With the WaterBuoy, you won’t have to worry about losing your keys, fishing tackle, camera, or anything weighing under 2.2 pounds.  With the WaterBuoy attached, your dropped items will float to the surface withinRead More…