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May 1, 2015

Review: JLab Epic Bluetooth Headphones Are the Apple Watch’s Best Friend

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April 5, 2015

Oco Review: A Stylish and Sleek WiFi Camera With Lots of Features

A few weeks ago I took a trip to Florida and like all pet lovers, I wanted to be able to check in on my little fur-babies throughout the day. Prior to this trip the way I did that was by leaving my computer on at home, signing into Skype, and have it set to auto-accept calls. This allowed me to turn on the webcam at home and also say things to my cats through my speakers. While this particular setup worked, it’s clearly not ideal, which is why when I was presented with the opportunity to review the Oco Smart Camera I jumped at it [...]

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March 18, 2015

Review: 24″ 1080p LED 144hz Refresh Rate Gaming Monitor from Monoprice

When you think of Monoprice you probably think of inexpensive cables and other accessories, but did you know the company also sells inexpensive desktop monitors? Well, they do. And they recently sent me one of their new gaming-focused budget monitors for review. The gaming monitor is a 24-inch 1080p LED with a 144hz refresh rate, adjustable stand (height, tilt, and swivel), and matte screen. But perhaps the best part is the price which comes in at $249. Yes, you read that correctly: $249.

The monitor comes with various different [...]

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December 22, 2014

Review: Audioengine B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker Offers High End Audio with Good Value

The days of wired speaker systems are fading fast, since we now have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to high quality, standalone speakers for all our audio needs. While some speakers pride themselves on portability, others still emphasize form as well as function, leading to a market for high-end speakers that don’t take up much room, but still need to be plugged into the wall. The B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker from Audioengine is one such device, and while it doesn’t excel in every area, it’s got enough muscle, style, and value [...]

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November 21, 2014

Review: The Nexus Player is Okay…Let’s Hope it Improves

When Google announced the new Asus-made Nexus Player in October, it took a lot of us in the tech news world by surprise. We’d heard rumblings of a set-top box coming from Google that would run its new TV-optimized operating system, Android TV, but no one was paying close enough attention to really think we’d see the device announced alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. That announcement seemed to finally give Android fans the full-featured set-top box they’d been waiting for. Finally, everything Apple could do, we could do [...]

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November 14, 2014

Review: Nexus 9 is a Premium, Pricey Tablet

The Nexus 9, made by HTC, is a pretty slick device. With a screen that just barely falls below nine inches, it’s a skinny slab that feels like a premium device without seeming like you need to treat it with kid gloves. And since it’s the first device released by Google to run the latest version of Android 5.0 – or Lollipop – out of the box, it’s without a doubt one of the best Android tablets available on the market.

That said, the 16 GB version costs a pretty penny; at $399, the Nexus 9 isn’t the kind of item you can pick up on [...]

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October 24, 2014

MessageHub: A Great Idea That Needs Some Fine Tuning

If you want to stay socially engaged on the web, you’ve got to learn to manage more than one social media network – and maybe even three or four or more. Just dealing with Twitter and Facebook in each of their separate apps can be a major pain.

That’s what gives MessageHub – a new mobile app available for Android and iOS – so much potential. It combines both your Twitter and Facebook feeds into one, with options for other networks like LinkedIn, as well as your Gmail, Yahoo, or Aol email and messaging accounts. But [...]

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October 16, 2014

Review: Microsoft’s Excellent Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse

I’ve been working while traveling since last Friday, and been using my beloved Surface Pro 3 as my laptop replacement. But knowing how much I enjoy using a mouse when I work, I went ahead and bought the Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse, a slim accessory that’s perfect for traveling to another state, or to a coffee shop. Priced at $70 from Microsoft (or $60 from Amazon) it’s a bit pricey for a mere mouse – but to be completely honest, I couldn’t be happier with the purchase.

The Good

The Arc Touch Bluetooth mouse is a pretty [...]

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August 5, 2014

Review: Metrico for PS Vita Justifies “Games as Art”

Since buying my PlayStation Vita a few years ago, I haven’t given it a ton of use. It’s certainly capable as a video game system, but there have been very few games made for the portable console that have made me sit up and take notice.

Metrico, made exclusively for the Vita by Dutch developer Digital Dreams, is the exception.

Simply put, if you own a Vita, you need to download this game. And if you don’t own a Vita, you might want to consider grabbing one. Metrico is the kind of mind-bending game that helps justify the [...]

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July 31, 2014

Review: M4VGear Kills DRM on iTunes Videos

When the first wave of MP3s and music piracy first hit the web, publishers responded by exploring as many digital rights management, or DRM, options as possible. Apple and iTunes helped make digital media purchases the thriving industry it is today, but not without resorting to putting DRM into whatever you bought there, too. While its music offerings have been DRM free since 2009, the same can’t be said for videos available for purchase or rent via iTunes. That’s a problem that M4VGear solves – but not without a few hiccups here and [...]

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