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Nymi: use your unique cardiac rhythm to replace all of your passwords

on Monday, May 26th, 2014
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

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 authenticationRead More…

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This armored trunk puts other footlockers to shame

on Monday, May 5th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, 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 wasRead More…

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Handcuffs are no match for the TIHK handcuff key

on Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, 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 usedRead More…

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Kitchen Safe – No willpower, no problem

on Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, 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 additionRead More…

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WalletTrackR review

on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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 onRead More…

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PROTAG review

on Saturday, October 19th, 2013

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 whenRead More…

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Hide your valuables in plain sight

on Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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 hideRead More…

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Diamond Multimedia PlugnView Remote Home Monitoring Internet Night Vision Security Camera kit review

on Monday, June 10th, 2013

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 MonitoringRead More…

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Oplink Mobile Interactive Security System review

on Friday, February 8th, 2013

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’tRead More…

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SpareOnePlus adds new features to the world’s only cellphone powered by a single AA battery

on Friday, January 18th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News

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 locationRead More…

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ZOMM Wireless Leash review

on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

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, itRead More…

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Kidde 10-yr Smoke Alarms won’t bug you with annoying low battery chirps

on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

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 houseRead More…

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Travelon Anti-Theft React Messenger Bag

on Saturday, July 7th, 2012
Posted in: Bags, Backpacks, 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.  TheRead More…

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Dropcam HD WiFi Camera Review

on Saturday, June 30th, 2012

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 thinkRead More…

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Schlage Keyed Entry Lock With Built-in Alarm Review

on Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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 myRead More…

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PickPocket Proof Undies are the Ultimate Travel Gear

on Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

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 tankRead More…

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Bay Alarm Medical Personal Alarm Response System Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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 theRead More…

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Secure your Guitar with a Rock Lock

on Monday, April 9th, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, News

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 madeRead More…

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MobiSafe Portable Secure Storage Review

on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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?Read More…

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Use BabyPing and Your iOS Device to Monitor Your Child

on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

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 suppliedRead More…

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SpareOne – the World’s Only Cellphone That Runs on a Single AA Battery

on Friday, January 13th, 2012
Posted in: Gear, News

Ever had a dead car battery, reach for your cellphone to call for help, and find that your cellphone’s battery is dead, too?  If you kept a SpareOne cellphone in your car or purse for emergencies, you wouldn’t have to worry about that scenario.  The SpareOne is a Dual band GSM phone with patented technologyRead More…

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Google 2 Step Authentication Review

on Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Reviews

One of my friends had her email account hijacked recently.  The hijackers had obviously got hold of her password somehow and were sending out emails to her address book claiming she was stuck overseas and needed money sent to her. I’d read about this sort of thing  but never had it happen to myself orRead More…

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Kingston Data Traveler 109 with urDrive Software Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Saturday, December 17th, 2011

The tiny Data Traveler 109 USB drive from Kingston comes preloaded with urDrive software “that gives you a new and exciting way to look at your data“, according to the maker. I am always interested in new and exciting ways to look at my data, so let’s take a look!

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AirBeam Video Monitoring iOS App Review

on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

AirBeam is an app that will turn iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch or iPad) into a real-time video surveillance system with motion and sound detection. This system is quick and easy to use, but there are a couple caveats to setting things up, so let’s take a closer look.

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Protect Your Small Business with Norton Internet Security Products from Symantec

on Saturday, November 26th, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

This post brought to you by Norton Small Business by Symantec. All opinions are 100% mine. When I surf the Internet or read email, I always try to avoid places and situations that could be dangerous – I never open emails with attachments from people I don’t know, I never click on random links inRead More…