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Most of us have so many logins and accounts with passwords that it has become necessary to use password managers just to keep them all straight. The obvious intention for all of these passwords is to make sure you are who you say you are before you are granted access. Nymi, a new biometric authentication [...]

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posted in Computer Gear, News

My daughter will be going to college in the fall, and we've already started thinking about the things she'll need to take with her.  She wants a footlocker, and I agree it will be great for transferring stuff from home and for storing things in her dorm room.  I had a footlocker when I was [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, News

Remember Dave's review of the Titanium Escape Ring, the ring with a built-in handcuff key? Well TIHK is another tool to add to your personal security EDC. TIHK stands for tiny inconspicuous handcuff key and it's a small plastic universal handcuff key for Peerless style cuffs. It has a built-in clip that can be used [...]

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posted in Gear, News

If you need a little extra help when it comes to dieting willpower, the Kitchen Safe has your back. Just place anything in the BPA-free 3.5 quart container, set the easy to use timer for 1 minute up to 10 days. Once the timer is set, the lid is locked. Presto, instant willpower! In addition [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, News

WalletTrackR review

I've come to the conclusion that there is an epidemic of people losing phones/wallets as evidenced by the number of tracking devices available on the market.  I recently received the TrackR by Phone Halo to check out, and my preliminary impression was very positive.  Here was something that I could stick in my wallet or hang on [...]

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posted in Android related, Bluetooth Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

PROTAG review

Recently my wife lost her purse, and it got me thinking if there was a device that would alert her when she and her purse were separated.  Not too long afterward, I came upon the PROTAG by Innova, a device that works with a smartphone to keep track of your personal items and sends alerts when [...]

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posted in Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

This wall clock acts as a wall safe for your small valuables.  It doesn't have sophisticated locks or alarms, but it camouflages your items behind an actual working wall clock that could be found in any room.  The Embassy JB4985 Wall Clock With Hidden Safe is 10" in diameter and 3" deep, so it won't hide [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, News

I like having the ability to check in on my home even when I'm not there. I do this using small security cameras connected to my wireless network. I've reviewed several of these cameras over the years and the latest one to be offered to me for review is the Diamond Multimedia PlugnView Remote Home Monitoring [...]

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posted in Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews

When I purchased my current house, it came with a professionally-installed security system.  I never used it because there is a monthly fee to monitor the premises, which I'm not willing to pay.  Recently I heard about Oplink Security and their Triple Shield Home system which can be self installed and has an option that doesn't [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, Reviews, Wireless

Last January, we told you about the SpareOne cellphone (see related links) that runs on a single AA battery and provides up to 10 hours talk time and 15 years standby time.  This year, the SpareOnePlus phone launches with even more features.  The Plus model adds "include a location-based service which identifies the exact location [...]

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posted in Gear, News

ZOMM Wireless Leash review

The ZOMM Wireless Leash (available in white, pink, or black) is a small key-fob sized Bluetooth hands-free speakerphone and alarm for any Bluetooth-enabled phone or, for that matter, any other BT device that can partner with it. It's touted as having three features: It sounds an alarm if it loses connection to its paired device, it [...]

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posted in Android related, Bluetooth Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Windows Mobile

Have you ever had the joyful task of trying to figure out which of the smoke alarms in your home is chirping due to a low battery? The chirps happen infrequently, so unless you have a small house with only a couple detectors, it's tough to figure out which one it's coming from. My house [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, News

The Anti-Theft React Messenger Bag from Travelon has a padded section to hold a laptop, an organizer panel with room for a tablet, pens, and phone, and still has room for some papers, clothing, or other personal items inside.  There's a zippered pocket on the front flap, a grab handle, and a shoulder strap.  The [...]

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posted in Bags, News

My friends at work used to give me funny looks when I'd announce that the Fedex guy just dropped a package off at my house. At first they thought I had somehow obtained a super power of either ESP or remote viewing. While having a super power would definitely be awesome (and I still think [...]

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posted in Android related, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We all probably have lock-sets on our entry doors, and I’ll surmise that most of those aren’t alarmed.  As a matter of fact, I’ve never thought it was necessary to have an alarmed door knob/lever.  However, Schlage is trying to change my opinion with their FE51 series of Keyed Entry with Alarm lock-sets.  Will my [...]

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posted in Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Traveling is supposed to be fun, not stressful. So when you're on vacation (or holiday as my non-US friends call it), you'll have one less thing to worry about if you wear Clever Travel Companion’s pickpocket proof travel gear. This line of garments are designed to function like normal underwear (briefs, long johns, t-shirts and tank [...]

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posted in News, Travel Gear

A lot of people worry about getting help if something happens to them away from a phone. Maybe they are aging or becoming confused or forgetful. Perhaps they have limited mobility or a disability. Maybe they are concerned family members worried about their loved ones. One popular option is an emergency dialing system, like the [...]

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posted in Health, Fitness, Sports, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Many years ago someone invented a cable lock system that protected your bicycle from theft. Not so long ago, Kensington took that idea and applied it to a cable that was designed to secure your laptop. Now we have another product that uses this basic same idea. It's the Rock Lock for your guitar. It's made [...]

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posted in Music Gear, News

We write a lot about keeping gadgets safe from damage.  Cases, gear bags, screen protectors and the like are all subject to being damaged by something you may accidentally do. But what about preventing an unwanted transfer of technology (ie. theft)? We can't all go around with safes and lockboxes strapped to everything, can we? [...]

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posted in Miscellaneous, Reviews, Travel Gear

With a traditional baby monitor, you have a camera for the child's room and a monitor that you carry around with you so you can see what's happening with the baby.  You'll need a power source for the monitor, and that means finding an outlet in the room you're in or keeping the monitor supplied [...]

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posted in Home, Kitchen, Kid Gadgets, News