Security

Nest Protect

As I've stated before, I love smart home products. I'm not entirely sure if it's laziness or the cool factor, but I love having the ability to control things from my smartphone. Nest recently announced a redesign of its Nest Protect fire alarm. I have the original Nest Protect at home and was excited to [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
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The gavel comes down against the NSA: On Thursday of this week, The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ruled that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) hotly debated policy of collecting bulk data from American citizens’ telephone conversations, was unconstitutional. This ruling in ACLU, et al. v. James Clapper, et al., is [...]

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Posted in: News

TrackR Bravo review

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage right now. Adding smart tech to an old piece of tech or something non-tech like a set of keys or a piece of luggage, however, can be a problem. Several companies have recently entered small tags that can be stuck on or clipped to one of [...]

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Posted in: GPS, Pocket Gear, Reviews
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Securing your bike when you’re out and about is perhaps the first thing a bike owner has to confront, once they’ve bought the bike and a helmet. As soon as you arrive at the post office, drugstore, or coffee shop on your first ride, you get off, and realize you’ll have to prevent someone else [...]

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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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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
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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
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With Nokia Treasure Tags, your Nokia phone will notify you before you leave behind your keys, wallet, or whatever you've tagged.  The Treasure Tags use Bluetooth 4.0 (with Proximity Profile (PXP), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Find Me Profile (FMP)) to pair with your phone to notify you before you leave something behind.  It has a [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, News
tihk

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
kitchensafe

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

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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
bitlock-bike-lock

I've been researching keyless locks for houses recently, and I found this method of locking up your bike.  BitLock is a Kickstarter project actively seeking funding.  BitLock is a big, sturdy-looking lock for securing your bike to a post or rack.  It's made of re-enforced, heat-treated, cut-resistant steel; the shackle is 0.47" thick, so it [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Gear, News

PROTAG review

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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
embassy-wall-safe-clock

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
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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
oplink01

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
spare-one-plus

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

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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 Phone
kidde

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
travelon-anti-theft-messenger

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
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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