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IDrive cloud backup and sync service
Wednesday, November 26

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated services are focused on backing up nearly everything the user has, and thus offer large quantities of space needed for the task, but are expensive and slow. Others, like Dropbox, offer far less space but allow instant access to files across a range of devices. IDrive appears to have hi...

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Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones
Friday, November 14

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear, over-ear, or on-the-ear model starts at user comfort and preference, but goes much further when features are thrown into the mix. When features like noise cancellation are tossed into the equation, the cost can weigh on the practicality and sound of the unit. It doesn't always need t...

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MaxUpgrades 512GB Retina MacBook Pro SSD
Thursday, November 13

Apple's Retina line of MacBook Pro notebooks have been impressive, right from their debut in 2012. Thinner than the previous model, they incorporate all of Apple's leading technologies in a slim OS X computing device. The slimness comes with a price: upgradeability is strictly limited. If you didn't buy what you needed initially, you're mostly out of luck. A few vendors have popped up to partially address the situati...

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Lemur BlueDriver
Friday, November 07

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fortune to get fixed, but I guess I could sell my other kidney if necessary." There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. It doesn't need to be though with the help of OBD 2 scanner tools. One such d...

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Apple iPad Air 2
Tuesday, November 04

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the sixth-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced the definition of st...

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Alpine Headphones
Monday, November 03

Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the Alpine Headphones the audio company wanted to bring the feel of a concert home, packing technology...

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Tablo DVR
Friday, October 31

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. Th...

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Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker
Friday, October 24

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringing a heap of features for music enjoyment to a powerful speaker, the company introduced the Roar earlier this year. With the crowded market for Bluetooth speakers, is it possible that a company like Sound Blaster could release a device that topples some of the big names in audio?The So...

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Kenu Airframe Plus
Tuesday, October 21

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to hold larger 6-inch phones. In our review, we thoroughly put the Airframe + to the test to see what exactly it is that puts the "plus" in this portable car mount. We never got...

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Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset
Monday, October 20

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users have to balance the price of speakers and a receiver with the space demands a setup would require. Due to this, gamers often turn to headphones to get the job done. Plantronics has released the Rig Surround headset as a way to fill the need for 7.1 surround sound experience without an ex...

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Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard
Tuesday, October 14

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. From the lack of feedback to the change in configurations, there are several obstacles that can get in the way of adapting to a new format. However, physical keyboards are available on the market to help people retain some of the familiar feel, without having to carry around a laptop. Ade...

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Polk Audio 4 Shot headset
Friday, October 10

Sound quality and design are two of the biggest areas of focus for manufacturers when coming up with a new gaming headset. Depending on the brand, some headsets lean toward universal use and good looks, while others try to focus more on the quality of sound. Polk Audio, a company with a long pedigree in consumer audio, has stepped into the gaming market to try its hand at balancing looks and sound with the 4 Shot. Bu...

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Patriot Supersonic Phoenix USB 3.0 drive
Wednesday, October 08

USB thumb drives aren't the end all solutions for data transfer and traveling needs. Sometimes people want something with a little more to them, opting for larger external drives that offer greater capacities, and in some cases faster transfer speeds. One example of a bigger, faster drive is the Patriot Supersonic Phoenix. The drive is offered in a pocket-sized format that is more like a portable hard drive than a US...

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Blue Mo-Fi headphones
Monday, October 06

Let us introduce you to your future set of "serious listening" headphones. Blue, a company that has specialized in microphones, has turned its techniques the other way around to create a set of serious headphones -- called Mo-Fi -- with an almost Apple-like attention to detail, from the packaging to the execution of the design. This is the sort of thing we were hoping Apple would create for Beats after the first year...

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Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger
Wednesday, October 01

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one-dimensional in functionality, restoring the batteries of the devices that people use every day through the outlet. But what if there was more to a charger? Tylt decided to offer consumers something a little different, adding an internal battery to an everyday charger. The Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger is the result,...

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ActvContent Sync Smartband
Monday, September 29

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist-worn device that allows tracking through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does the ActvContent Sync offer enough to warrant a purchase, or would users be bett...

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RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge
Saturday, September 27

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate on the fast-speed bus. The problem is, the introduction of new ports doesn't preclude the need to use old ports. Highpoint has a solution for those eSATA drive cases in the Thunderbolt 2 RocketStor 6324L host adapter for eSATA devices. Bridging devices for older connectors can be expe...

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Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive
Thursday, September 25

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can suit a specific task. From everyday storage that goes on a keychain to super secure drives that require a thumb scan to access data, there's room for all kinds of devices. For buyers looking for something that can be used on both their Android smartphones and computers, Patriot offers...

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Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB drive
Sunday, September 21

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? Patriot attempts to tackle the question with the high-speed USB Supersonic Rage XT. While the drive is offered three differen...

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Autodesk Smoke 2015
Monday, September 15

Since May of this year, Autodesk has been shipping the highly anticipated update to its high-end post-production video editing suite, Smoke 2015 for Mac (Smoke 2015 Extension 1 will be released on October 22). The latest edition features improved integration with Final Cut Pro X, a new Timeline FX workflow, integrated 3D tracker and support for UltraStudio Thunderbolt devices, to name a few. Not only are there new fe...

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