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Notti smart lamp from Witti
Wednesday, May 20

Perhaps you've already seen our review of the Dotti LED display from Witti Design. Meet Notti, Dotti's "sibling". Notti is a softball sized, asymmetric crystalline shaped, opaque white smart lamp that can glow any color. Much like Dotti, the lamp can integrate through an iOS or Android app and provide colored notifications for the user's various services. It can also act as an audio visualizer, pulsing its light in a...

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Seagate Personal Cloud (2-Bay)
Tuesday, May 19

When it comes to backing up files, many users are now looking to the myriad of cloud storage solutions available. There is no doubt that over the past few years cloud storage has taken off, yet as ISPs begin to add tighter data usage restrictions, potential surveillance, and a host of other factors, we, as users, are being forced to more closely monitor our uploads and downloads. Seagate, however, thinks it may have ...

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Leitz Icon Label Printer
Monday, May 18

When you say the words "label printer" to people, they either just really don't care, or they get incredibly excited. This is one of those "the new phone book is here!!" moments we discussed back in our Hands On for the iOS app Deliveries. Today, we're looking at the Icon label printer by Leitz. It's a bit smaller than a breadbox, and can be used without wires for power or data; most of the printing we did was though...

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FileMaker Pro 14
Wednesday, May 13

Here's the thing. FileMaker Pro is a quietly spectacular app: it's for creating databases, but for three decades now it has also created careers. There are people whose entire working lives have been devoted to creating databases in FileMaker Pro, and they do it for lone freelancers, corner shop businesses, and even corporations. Now, a new FileMaker Pro 14 has been released for the app's 30th anniversary, and with o...

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Dotti App Controlled Pixel Light
Tuesday, May 12

There's been no shortage of unique iPhone accessories since it's inception in 2007, and since then they've only seemed to get more specialized. There are scanners and printers designed to work solely with the iPhone, all manner of app-enabled fitness trackers, projectors and more. We recently checked out one of these accessories called Dotti, a small multifunctional LED cube designed by Witti with a plethora of uniqu...

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Kitvision Rush HD100W Action Camera
Tuesday, May 12

When people think about filming themselves while doing an activity, people immediately think about getting an action camera. The problem swiftly becomes a question of which camera to get. Do they opt for the well-known and expensive GoPro cameras, or do they choose a cheaper camera that may not have the features and quality, but wouldn't be that heartbreaking to replace if it's broken during an intensive mountain bik...

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Alsoft DiskWarrior 5.0 (OS X)
Sunday, May 10

For veteran Mac users, the mere mention of the name of DiskWarrior often brings stories of multiple bacon-saving incidents or helping in the resurrection of drives and data nearly written off from across the last three decades. There are few Mac programs that have earned genuine "legendary" status, but DiskWarrior, from tiny outfit Alsoft, is one of them. Recently the company released a version 5.0 for modern Macs af...

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Jorno Bluetooth keyboard and stand
Monday, May 04

The Jorno Bluetooth keyboard and stand for tablets certainly looks nice. The gunmetal grey shell of the keyboard looks great while the unit is folded up. That's right -- the keyboard folds with two hinges into a swank-looking brick when not in use. There's also a nice case with a magnetic closure that transforms into a tablet stand. This keyboard and its care are ideal for travel -- it's lightweight and compact when ...

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Apple 12-inch Retina MacBook
Monday, April 27

It is an exciting time for consumer technology, with gadgets and devices that once used to the stuff of dreams now coming to fruition. Currently, the focus and excitement is largely around mobile and wearable devices, but the stunning and groundbreaking Mac Pro (Late 2013) showed that Apple still has a keen interest in pushing the development and innovation of its computer product lines right to the edge of the desig...

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JBL Synchros Reflect in-ear headphones
Sunday, April 26

All headphones are not created equally, especially when it comes to use during vigorous activities or workouts. Over-the-ear headphones are cumbersome and in the way, but in-ear versions can constantly pop out making them a hassle to constantly manage. So what is left for people that need entertainment during their workout routines? JBL offers a potential solution with the Synchros Reflect in-ear headphones. But are ...

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Bracketron Power Flex external battery
Saturday, April 25

When we're traveling or just generally out and about, we've taken to bringing a tablet and Bluetooth keyboard with us, rather than a laptop or netbook. Power for both our tablet, phone, and any other chargeable devices is always an issue. Our personal motto is "ABC," or "Always Be Charging." When we're not in our car or near an outlet, if we're lower than 75 percent on something we plug it into an external battery. R...

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Brother HL-3140CW Color Laser Printer
Thursday, April 23

It's inevitable, at some point somebody needs a hardcopy of a document. Paper never runs out of battery charge, after all. Our Mom, just as an example, prints out recipes like most people eat corn chips. We've been throwing all of our print jobs at a Brother HL-3140CW laser printer for a while now, to see how it works out. We think it's a good model for home use or for light business use, but unfortunately, it lacked...

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Linksys WRT1200AC Wi-Fi Router
Thursday, April 23

Once upon a time, a brand-new Linksys router showed up on our doorstep. So we gathered some network-minded friends together, and hooked it up to the Internet. We ran it through its automatic setup, and downloaded a few iOS and Android apps that would allow us to do cool stuff like stream media from an external drive plugged into the router to our mobile devices or a Chromecast. We fiddled, poked, and prodded so we co...

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Rapoo A300 Mini Bluetooth NFC Speaker
Wednesday, April 22

The Rapoo Bluetooth Mini NFC Speaker is a little metallic box about the size of a baseball. In spite of its small size, we were very pleased with the volume and quality of the sound it produced. The documentation made some claims of fancy features we weren't able to substantiate, but the overall performance of the speaker, compared to other portable Bluetooth speakers, was pretty swell in our opinion.The speaker pair...

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DiVoom VoomBox Party
Tuesday, April 21

The VoomBox Party by DiVoom is a 2.1 speaker system which can connect to devices via Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC. It's a bit larger than a brick and about the same weight as one. It's a bit heavy, but it's made to be taken out and about to parties, parks, and the beach. We wouldn't lug it around everywhere we go, but we definitely keep it with the stuff we take camping or Nerf battles in the middle of fields.The VoomBox Par...

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Neurio Intelligent Home Monitor
Monday, April 20

The recently released Neurio Intelligent Home Monitor is a piece of hardware that, when integrated into a home's breaker box, monitors electricity usage and allows the homeowner to see at a glance if they left the oven on, and what their electric bill might be. While the installation seems simple enough, we recommend having a qualified, professional electrician install it; using it after that is as easy as pie. While...

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (Early 2015)
Wednesday, April 01

Although the new darling of the Apple MacBook line up is the all-new MacBook, Apple has given its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display a solid refresh. While the stunning new MacBook caters to a select audience of users who value portability above all else, the MacBook Pro is a much more well-rounded machine that is still portable, but offers much more power and flexibility. It also gains one of the marque...

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Griffin Twenty
Tuesday, March 31

A few years ago Griffin launched the original Twenty, a small digital amp that used an AirPort Express to turn any set of passive speakers into a wireless system for streaming music. Unfortunately for Griffin, shortly after the launch of the Twenty, Apple updated the design of the AirPort Express, which instantly antiquated the digital amp. Now, thanks to advancements in Bluetooth technology, Griffin no longer needs ...

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Seagate Wireless
Tuesday, March 24

It seems like no matter how much internal storage is included today's mobile devices, we, as users, will always find a way to fill them up. This is where Seagate's Wireless can come in handy, especially now that more devices are making the move away from removable media. The 500GB drive can be accessed wirelessly, meaning users can store photos, videos, and music that would normally take up precious space off of thei...

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Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer
Tuesday, March 03

When it comes to selecting a printer, the process is not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often touted as fragile, fickle devices that break at the drop of the hat -- and in our personal experience, most home printers are this way. But what if someone owns a business, and is looking to replace their small, slow printer with something a little more substantial? That's the moment th...

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