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Tom Bihn launches Aeronaut 30 Carry-On Bag, Night Flight Travel Duffle and more

By: Andy Jacobs in Bags, Backpacks, News, Travel Gear posted on July 24, 2014 10:00 am

Tom Bihn, maker of travel bags and accessories that are designed smart and built strong in the USA, recently released several new items. First, the Aeronaut 30 Carry-on Travel Bag ($270, upper image). This is the little brother to the original Aeronaut 45 (as it has been renamed), and the numbers indicate their approximate volume in liters.Read More…

Replace your big screen TV with a tiny black box

By: Janet Cloninger in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen, News posted on July 24, 2014 9:00 am

My fascination with tiny houses and micro houses continues, and I saw a home theater system in one of the small homes that would work equally well in bigger spaces.  I was watching a video made by Derek Diedricksen for his Relaxshacks website in which he toured the small house built by Chris Haynes of TinyRead More…

Protect yourself with the pd.id: Your Personal Drink ID

By: Janet Cloninger in Crowdfunded, Health, Fitness, Sports, News posted on July 24, 2014 8:00 am

My daughter is leaving for college soon, and I reminded her of two things:  1) She’s too young to drink alcoholic beverages, and 2) never drink anything at a party or gathering unless she broke the seal on the bottle or can herself and it has never left her hand and her direct sight.  TooRead More…

Empty your Gringotts account for this game

By: Morgan Bornstein in Gaming Gear, Geek Toys, News posted on July 23, 2014 10:00 am

I’m actually happy Harry Potter hasn’t officially been made into a Monopoly game, as it deserves quite a few more bells and whistles than the standard ‘opoly treatment.  Lack of an official product has given fans an opportunity to fill that void with extremely creative iterations.  I’ve seen impressive printable files on Pinterest over the years,Read More…

Carry a camera tripod in your pocket

By: Janet Cloninger in Camera Gear, News posted on July 23, 2014 9:00 am

You’ll always have a tripod when you need it if you carry a Bottle Cap Tripod in your pocket.  The bottom is a stretchy, rubber socket that fits on the top of most any kind of water or soda bottle.  The top is a standard tripod mount that works with any camera with a tripodRead More…

Add a little bit of sunshine to your room with the Happy Sunflower Lamp

By: Janet Cloninger in Home, Kitchen, Kid Gadgets, News posted on July 23, 2014 8:00 am

The Happy Sunflower Wall Lamp will add whimsy and light to your child’s room.  The kit consists of a circular 10.8″ wall lamp with a face design on it and a collection of stickers to form the petals to turn the lamp into a potted sunflower.  (The stickers are easily removed.)  The fixture uses E14Read More…

Record your travel adventures with the new Moleskine Voyageur notebook

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News, Travel Gear posted on July 22, 2014 2:48 pm

I always like to take my journal with me when I go on vacations so I can go back later and read about the things I’ve seen and done. I usually print out a Google map with the trip route and stops and glue it to the page that starts the trip. I also glueRead More…

Home, home on the (extended) range

By: Bill Henderson in Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, News, Wireless posted on July 22, 2014 11:00 am

Many people who are integrated into the Apple ecosystem – or BORG, as I like to call it – would never think about buying a router from anyone except Apple, no matter how good or cheap another brand may be. I know, because I paid $200 for an Apple Airport Extreme. I wondered if IRead More…

A cure for the fat house cat

By: Janet Cloninger in News, Pet Gadgets posted on July 22, 2014 9:00 am

If your cat doesn’t do much more than lay around the house and sleep or eat, she could probably benefit from some exercise.  My cat, Rio, used to get her exercise at 3:00am, dashing around the house like a crazy thing, determined to wake up everybody in the apartment building I lived in at theRead More…

A minimal TV remote control for the tech phobic

By: Janet Cloninger in Audio, Video, TV Gear, News posted on July 22, 2014 8:00 am

I’ve seen one of those funny, captioned pictures you so often see on the internet with one of those big, multi-buttoned TV remotes that some one had fixed for their grandmother to use.  They had taped over every button except for the power, channel up/down, and volume up/down so their less than tech-savvy family memberRead More…

Bellroy Elements Range wallets are weather & water resistant

By: Andy Jacobs in News, Wallets posted on July 21, 2014 12:00 pm

I’ve been a big fan of Bellroy wallets ever since reviewing their Slim Sleeve Wallet a while back. Although I’ve tried several slim/minimalist wallets, lately I’ve been leaning toward wallets with a higher level of protection, like the Waterfield Designs Finn Wallet that I’m currently using. So I was quite happy to discover that Bellroy hadRead More…

Knock ‘em dead with iPunch

By: Kathleen Chapman in Bluetooth Gear, Crowdfunded, Health, Fitness, Sports, News posted on July 21, 2014 10:00 am

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better… stronger… faster” (cue the 6 Million Dollar Man theme). Responsive Sports has developed this exciting new sports training tool to help you improve your punching skills with the 4 ounce MMA style iPunch smart combat gloves. They have sensors incorporatedRead More…

BookBub helps you build your ebook library with free or low-cost books

By: Janet Cloninger in eBook Readers, News posted on July 21, 2014 8:00 am

Regardless of which eBook device or app you use or which store you purchase from, BookBub can help you obtain books at discount prices or even free.  BookBub doesn’t sell books themselves.  They just “simply alert you by email to fantastic limited-time offers that become available on retailers like Amazon’s Kindle store, Barnes & Noble’sRead More…

MakerBot available in some Home Depot stores

By: Smythe Richbourg in Computer Gear, Gear, News posted on July 20, 2014 12:00 pm

If you visit certain Home Depot stores in California, Illinois, or New York in the next few months, you may notice something new on sale that could prevent you from having to go back there for little widgets and such: they will be stocking three models of MakerBot 3D printers in those states soon! For Gadgeteers,Read More…

Turn your sun visor tactical with the MOLLE Visor Panel from Zulu Nylon Gear

By: Andy Jacobs in Car Gear, News posted on July 20, 2014 10:00 am

Not enough spaces to organize and store the essentials in your urban (or rural) assault vehicle? Maybe you’d like to keep a glass breaker, seat belt cutter, small flashlight, pen or other tools within easy reach. Check out Zulu Nylon Gear’s MOLLE Visor Panel. Designed to wrap around and adjust to your car’s sun visor, itRead More…

Breathe clean, cool air in your personal space

By: Janet Cloninger in Health, Fitness, Sports, Home, Kitchen, News posted on July 20, 2014 9:00 am

Most air filters are designed to clean the air in an entire room, but the Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier and Fan cleans your personal space at home or in the office.  When collapsed (bottom, left image), the fan  “removes ultrafine particles to provide a clean personal environment. Unpleasant odors are removed, as well as smallRead More…

Docks for Macbooks, rings that make music and more – Weekly roundup

By: Julie Strietelmeier in News posted on July 19, 2014 11:24 pm

It’s Saturday, so you know what that means, we give you a nice easy to use list of everything that we’ve posted in the last seven days. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles from this past week. Reviews Henge Docks Vertical Docking Station for MacBook Pro review IK MultimediaRead More…

The new Gabby doll from Chatsters™ will be your daughter’s new best friend

By: Janet Cloninger in Kid Gadgets, News posted on July 19, 2014 4:05 pm

This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. Years ago when my nephew was a toddler, Teddy Ruxpin was the ultimate in animated toys.  Old Teddy groaned and ground his way through a few eye movements as his lower jaw moved a bit while a cassette played.  There was no interaction with Teddy;Read More…

Amazon introduces Kindle Unlimited – a subscription service for book lovers

By: Janet Cloninger in eBook Readers, News posted on July 19, 2014 9:00 am

One of the perks of being a Kindle owner and an Amazon Prime member was the one free book you were allowed to “borrow” each month.  With only one free book, it could take you a long time to try out new authors you’re interested in without having to risk some of your book budgetRead More…

You won’t need to ride the rails with the HOBOROLL

By: Larry Geisz in Bags, Backpacks, Crowdfunded, News, Travel Gear posted on July 18, 2014 12:00 pm

Being in the travel business, I seem to find myself on the road more and more. Packing for long trips is fairly easy: I pull out the large suitcase, pack it up, and go. Packing for a short day trips or even short tours on my longer travels can be a real hassle. I tendRead More…

QVC has a LePan Mini Android tablet for $100, for today only

By: Janet Cloninger in Android related, News, Tablets, Ultra Portables posted on July 18, 2014 10:00 am

The Today’s Special Value from QVC today is an 8” LePan Mini Android tablet for $99.96.  Features: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean 1.2GHz MTK M8125 Cortex A7 quad-core processor 8” (dia) capacitive multi-touch screen, 1024X768 resolution, IPS display 1GB RAM 8GB internal memory, expandable with microSD card Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS module, 3D G-sensor, E-compass Cameras: 5MPRead More…

Signal your intentions with the Biking Glowes

By: Janet Cloninger in Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News posted on July 18, 2014 9:00 am

Bicycles don’t usually come with lights on them, and the add-on kits are usually either reflectors or lights that just alert drivers that someone is cycling in front of them.  During the day, you can use the hand signals you learned in driver’s ed classes to indicate when you will be making a turn, butRead More…

Modern Industry Link backpack is simple & streamlined

By: Andy Jacobs in Bags, Backpacks, News posted on July 18, 2014 8:00 am

To me the best backpack designs are simple and streamlined, like the Link backpack from Modern Industry.  Its slim, rectangular shape allows vertical stacking of contents to keep the load close to the wearer’s body, while its lay-flat zipper design opens wide for easy loading and unloading of its 21 L capacity. (In fact, theseRead More…

Creative comes out roaring with a new speaker

By: Bill Henderson in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Speakers, News posted on July 17, 2014 10:00 am

It was only a matter of time before a sound card company would take their expertise and apply it to a portable speaker. Creative, maker of the famous Sound Blaster card, has come out roaring with the Sound Blaster Roar SR20 speaker. This speaker is appropriately named Roar, not just because it can be loud,Read More…

Fly6 is a bicycle tail light that reminds others to safely share the road

By: Janet Cloninger in Camera Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News posted on July 17, 2014 9:00 am

Some time ago, Kingsley Fiegert was out riding his bicycle when someone in a passing car leaned out and shot him with a slingshot.  Kingsley was understandably in shock and in a great deal of pain, and he didn’t have the presence of mind to note the car’s license plate.  Kingsley and his business partner, Andrew Hagen,Read More…