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STM Trust technology bag
Monday, April 21

The search for a good messenger bag that doubles as a laptop bag is something many travelers find themselves facing at least once. Between bags that are either good for carrying around a multitude of things every day, or ones that only have the capacity for a laptop, there doesn't seem to be many that offer a good equilibrium. STM is trying to bridge that gap with their new line of Annex bags. These bags take aim at ...

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PenClic Bluetooth mouse
Monday, April 21

Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for many years now. Trackballs, trackpads, and touch screens have entered the fray, but the staple has continued to be the mouse -- even as it evolved from using mouse balls to lasers, from one button to as many as you want. So what might the next evolution be? How about combining a Bluetooth mouse with an...

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Booqpad for iPad Air
Friday, April 18

Before we get rolling, I'll confess: I've never understood the purpose of cases like the Booqpad. If you've got a tablet, surely part of the point is being able to ditch paper entirely. In practice of course, there are times when a pen and paper are handy -- but can that justify building an entire case around the concept? I suppose we'll have to put the Booqpad to the test.On a fundamental level the Booqpad is a s...

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Linksys EA6900 AC Router
Wednesday, April 16

As 802.11ac networking begins to makes its way into more and more devices, you may find yourself considering an upgrade for your home network. One option is Linksys' EA6900, a new top-tier networking device from a long-standing name in the world of routers. Linksys says the EA6900 is a compelling option that offers a router that is not only fast and reliable, but also extremely simple to set up. After giving it a spi...

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D-Link DIR-510L 802.11AC travel router
Tuesday, April 08

Having Internet access in hotels and other similar locations used to be a miasma of connectivity issues. If Wi-Fi was available, it was (and often still is) overloaded, at a cost per device, and slow. The addition of 4G to most major markets has helped that somewhat, but in many cases, Wi-Fi is still the fastest option -- if not the cheapest sometimes, as the per-device charges still seem to be prevalent. The D-Link ...

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Ooma Office small business VoIP
Thursday, April 03

Voice over IP (VoIP) services have been around for a very long time. Only recently has the implementation become a bit more robust, allowing for businesses to shift the majority of their telephony to the devices. One of the foremost devices in the field right now is the Ooma Office suite. The hardware promises to revolutionize all office communications for a lower monthly price than traditional telecommunications pro...

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STM Folio for iPad Air
Thursday, April 03

For professional use, the iPad is something of a strange beast. It's more work-friendly than a smartphone obviously, but still not as powerful as a laptop. The main advantage over a computer is portability -- it's thin and lightweight, and many airport checkpoints won't even make you take it out of your carry-on when you fly. STM's new Folio case for the iPad Air is intended to make things even more travel-friendl...

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BOXi T-200 travel projector
Thursday, April 03

Projectors have become a key piece of equipment for the business world. From multi-media presentations to the traditional slideshows, being able to show an audience a visual representation of the talk is an important aspect. However, the display devices can often be large or cumbersome to deal with, especially when traveling. Wouldn't it be more practical to have a compact travel projector to bring along on business ...

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Grove Bamboo Case for iPad Air
Wednesday, March 19

It's hard to say where it comes from exactly, except perhaps the speaker industry, but there seems to be a strange fetish for wood in modern electronics. If you're buying a Moto X, you can even pay a $25 upfront premium to add a wood back. Few companies though have gone to the same extremes as Grove, which -- apart from a few leather notebooks -- only produces wooden iOS and Mac accessories. We were recently given...

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Anker TC930 Bluetooth Keyboard Cover for iPad
Friday, March 07

When Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover first came out, it caused something of a minor stir in the iPad world. It was the very first keyboard cover, solving a problem many people probably didn't realize they had: finding a Bluetooth keyboard that's more convenient than a separate unit, but less bulky than a full-on keyboard case. The one major issue -- apart from having to find your own protection for an iPad's re...

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Akitio Thunder dock
Wednesday, March 05

Akitio has expanded its line of Thunderbolt accessories with its new Thunder dock. With eSATA, FireWire 800, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt pass-through, the new accessory aims to provide a sensible set of additional ports for most MacBooks manufactured in the past three years.We've seen many MacBook-focused accessories that generally mimic the notebooks' industrial design, and the Akitio Thunder is one of the most fitting ...

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Pioneer AppRadio 3 with CD/DVD
Friday, February 28

Lots of cars come with robust stereo systems full of evolving technologies to give people the convenience of a smartphone on their dashboards -- but what about people that don't want to spring for the expensive factory options, or have an older car? For those people, Pioneer has been developing a line of stereo decks that gives users the advantages new car owners enjoy. The latest model, the AppRadio 3, brings music ...

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StarTech Thunderbolt Docking Station
Thursday, February 27

Like USB before it, Thunderbolt is taking a path to ubiquity. Originally included on Apple's MacBook Pro series, the new interface technology is starting to show up on Windows computers, and even enthusiast motherboards. The only problem with a new common interface is the displacement of older ones. To fill this gap, many manufacturers are developing interface breakout boxes, including a variety of ports that a Thund...

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Chil Notchbook for iPad Air
Friday, February 21

We've likely all had to cope with something -- a product, a person, a place -- that was almost perfect, but shot down by some critical flaw. I imagine that for many people, Chil's updated Notchbook case for the iPad Air may fit into the same category. In our review we'll see if the Notchbook might still be worth a go, since it gets so many things right, and offers a few features other cases miss.When we first recei...

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SimpliciKey exterior home door lock
Thursday, February 13

As homes move forward into the future with smart refrigerators and app-controlled overhead lights, the demand for "smart" consumer products is starting to come in all shapes and sizes. While we haven't quite reached the future many people grew up with in Saturday morning cartoons, technology is teasing us, giving us some tantalizing devices along the way -- the SimpliciKey is one of these products. Bringing deadbolt ...

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Pad & Quill Author Series for iPad Air
Thursday, February 13

Shortly after the original iPad launched in 2010, one of the first cases on the scene was the DODOcase -- a luxury folio made using bamboo and traditional bookbinding techniques. That product set the stage for an influx of imitators, some better, some worse. One of the companies that joined the crowd was Pad & Quill, perhaps best known for its Contega series. Now, though, it has a new, slightly cheaper Author Seri...

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Moultrie Perimeter, Premise home security cam
Tuesday, February 11

Hunting cameras are key to selecting the perfect spot for setting up a perch before hunting season begins. But what happens when a company wants to take their technology in hunting cams, and apply it to home security? The result is the TRACE line of home surveillance cameras from Moultrie. The company brings the same triggered recording technology and sensors to a suburban neighborhood with the TRACE Perimeter and th...

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Pioneer SP-SB23W sound bar
Wednesday, February 05

Pioneer has been heavily invested in home audio for decades. Couple that expertise with the predilection for flat screen televisions to have equally flat-sounding speakers, and the fit seems obvious. Couple a television-oriented sound bar with wireless audio streaming from a smart device, and the value equation just gets better, assuming the product is of sufficient quality. Recently, Electronista has been given the ...

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Apple Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Tuesday, January 21

Last June, Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro in what turned out to be a an excruciatingly long six-month wait for the shipping product. Now that we finally have our hands on one, the high-end standard configuration with a 6-core Intel Xeon and dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs, we have been putting it through its paces. In our first look at the Mac Pro, we noted that it is clear that Apple has created something special definin...

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Looxcie 3 social media video recorder
Friday, January 17

When someone thinks of going out for a night on the town, there's nearly always a camera handy to record the events of the evening. In an age where we share our social experiences on the web as freely as air is breathed, cell phones act as a catch-all for this activity, snapping photos or video and sharing them on services like Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat. But what about those occasions where an event needs to be...

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