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Posts about a variety of topics which are not news and are not reviews.

Julie’s gadget diary – T-Mobile Home Internet part 2

ARTICLE – It’s been a few weeks since I wrote a gadget diary post about being selected to join T-Mobile’s invite-only (right now) Home Internet pilot program and I thought it was time to post a follow up to let you all know how it’s been working out for me so far. What did they send …

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F-Droid: A security-conscious repository for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications for Android

ARTICLE – F-Droid is an app store and repository for verified Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications for Android (F-Droid Docs page). I first heard about F-Droid from a CNET article in early August. According to CNET, “… 200 Android apps were found infected with malware [on Google Play] in March, followed by July’s discovery …

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Julie’s gadget diary – I am now a T-Mobile Home Internet pilot tester

ARTICLE – I came home yesterday afternoon to find a postcard in my mailbox inviting me to join T-Mobile’s new Home Internet pilot test which started rolling out back in March. I remembered reading about their invite-only service for existing T-Mobile customers but forgot all about it until yesterday. For a little background, I live …

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How to use your Amazon Echo Dot as a Bluetooth Speaker

ARTICLE – A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about How to listen to audiobooks and read eBooks for FREE. Since then, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying using the Libby app to listen to free audiobooks by checking them out (virtually) from my local library. I listen to the audiobooks through my phone (Huawei …

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7 products that will make going back to school a little bit easier

ARTICLE – Whether you’re going back to high school or going off to college, the best part of this time of year for me was always shopping for new school gear! If you feel the same, here are 7 products that will make going back to school a lot easier. Disclaimer: These products will NOT …

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So KontrolFreek sent me a Mystery Box…

ARTICLE – Oh! What’s this? A cool little mystery box from our friends at KontrolFreek! Let’s take a peek inside and see what’s in store. First, a greeting… The first thing I came across was a lovely handwritten note: Hi Jacob, After a decade of making performance gaming gear, KontrolFreek has had many faces. The …

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How to listen to audiobooks and read eBooks for FREE

ARTICLE – Last year we remodeled our main bathroom and I ordered a white Amazon Echo Dot and a special outlet wall mount holder so the install would be neat and the Echo wouldn’t need any counter space. Every morning before I hop in the shower, I’ll say “Alexa, play some music” and she’ll start …

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6 Gadgets that will take your workspace into the future

ARTICLE – Modern technology is creeping into so many areas of our lives that it makes sense we’d start to see it on the professional level. The enterprise world has always run on certain kinds of technology, but we’re talking strictly about innovative gadgets — many you might see in the IoT or smart market. …

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6 gadgets that make traveling more secure

ARTICLE – When it comes to traveling, gadgetry may not always be the first thing on your mind. But investing in the right gear could be a game-changer for certain situations. Especially when it comes to security. Whether it’s door locks, alarms, slash-proof bags or otherwise, some simple preventative measures could make the difference between …

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Don’t panic, here are some last minute Father’s Day gift ideas

ARTICLE – Father’s Day is coming whether you’re ready or not and it happens to be just days away on Sunday, June 16. If you haven’t gone shopping for dear old dad yet, do not fear! We’ve put together this last minute Father’s Day gift guide for you so you can gift dad a cool, …

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6 solar-powered gadgets that are too convenient to ignore

ARTICLE – Electricity is something we often take for granted because using it is as easy as finding the nearest electrical outlet. But that approach isn’t always possible. In that case, these six gadgets let you tap into solar power from anywhere. 1. Damaanda Solar Book Light This streamlined, solar-powered book light ensures you can …

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Bones Reds bearings earn props from skateboarders

ARTICLE – Bones Reds are well-known, popular, precision-skate bearings. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skateboard commuter, a skatepark regular or you’re working on tricks in your driveway, high-quality bearings are a must. My teenager is a skateboarder and says that for less $20 it’s well worth upgrading your bearings —almost certainly better than just …

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