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Blue Yeti Studio
Monday, August 31

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics for beginning podcasters or vocalists, and we were very impressed with Blue's Mo-Fi headphones -- we wanted to thoroughly test each component of the Blue Yeti Studio, which features a Yeti-class desk microphone bundled with software to enhance different types of recordings. It's a slight...

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ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector
Thursday, August 27

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And honestly, we don't blame you. Until recently, your options for home projectors have been slim, all with obvious downfalls. Most home projectors weren't affordable or user friendly, or if they were, they simply weren't bright enough or designed to work with your electronics. That's not th...

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MSI Geforce GTX 970 100ME
Tuesday, August 25

When Nvidia announced a new line of video cards in September 2014, many people thought things would continue to be business as usual in the technology landscape. However, the company threw a curveball when it revealed that the second generation of Maxwell GPUs would power the cards. Thus far the cards have found success on the market due to their increased performance and power savings with many manufacturers like MS...

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Wren V5US Wireless Sound System
Thursday, August 20

If you're a music fanatic, chances are you are, by extension, a bit fanatical about what you listen to your music on. If you're like us, you prefer high-quality, balanced headphones. But what about speakers? Sure, you could spend thousands of dollars on a giant speaker system, but most of us don't have the stereos to go with them. Maybe what you need is a sound system in a more compact package. Maybe what you need is...

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Denon Heos 1 Speaker with Go Pack
Monday, August 17

We've talked about the issue of small speakers and sound quality here before. Generally, most small speakers don't have enough to them to offer the rich listening experience of a larger speaker system, or even just a larger speaker. That's where Denon steps in, with the Heos 1. This pint-sized speaker is designed to offer a better listening experience than most other small speakers, but still retain it's small size.P...

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Phiaton BT 220 Noise Cancelling Earphones
Monday, August 17

How many times during your day do you wish you could catch a bit of peace and quiet, but barring secluding yourself in a bunker underground, there's seemingly no way to do it? For us, that's surprisingly often. With construction, air travel, bus travel, humming HVAC systems, and buzzing lights, it's enough to drive a person crazy. If you're tired of losing the battle for silence, we think you should check out Phiaton...

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Windows 10
Friday, August 14

Microsoft has been trying hard to get back into the good books of its users for some time now. After the relatively well accepted Windows 7, the following release of Windows 8 faced stiff criticism, mostly from the company's attempts to make unnecessary and unwanted modifications to the operating system, requiring users to change how they actually used the operating system for many years. Windows 8.1 made some slight...

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HP 14-x030nr 14-inch Chromebook
Thursday, July 30

If you're like us, chances are you've come to realize that you need the ability to access the Internet on the go. Also, you've probably come to realize that your smartphone or tablet lacks the ease of use that a laptop does. If you're looking for a lightweight, portable solution without spending a lot of money, you might want to take a look at cloud-centric laptops. We recently got our hands on an HP 14-inch Chromebo...

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15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch
Saturday, July 25

Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro continues to be a popular notebook with professional users and prosumers looking for the ultimate mix of performance and portability. The latest version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with some welcome upgrades, including Apple's new Force Touch trackpad, and one of AMD's latest mobile GPUs. Unusually, perhaps, there is no CPU bump on the new model, although that is the result of ...

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Typo keyboard for iPad
Sunday, July 19

Following numerous legal shenanigans between Typo -- a company founded in part by Ryan Seacrest -- and the clear object of his physical-keyboard affections, BlackBerry, the company found itself in a position where it was barred by the court from making any sort of of keyboard for smartphones or phablets less than 7.9 inches in size. What to do when your entire raison d'etre has been taken away? Reinvent yourself as a...

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Entry-level 27-inch Retina iMac
Thursday, July 16

The 27-inch Apple iMac with 5K Retina display is already one of the best value-for-money Macs that Apple has ever released. It was something of a surprise, then, to see Apple recently introduce an even cheaper model, making that incredible high-resolution Retina display more accessible to even more customers. Apple hasn't dropped the price of the existing specification, but rather introduced a new model with a slight...

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QuarkXpress 2015, part two - here and now
Tuesday, July 14

To quote a popular Internet meme, "one does not simply review the latest version of QuarkXpress." Although the company has been working diligently to unify its various areas of expertise -- print, HTML5, and e-publishing -- since at least version 9 (2011), this latest edition (initially called QuarkXpress 11, now known as QuarkXpress 2015) may be the one that tilts the digital publishing playing field back in its fav...

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QuarkXpress 2015, part one -- the history
Monday, July 13

The release of QuarkXpress 2015 has given me an occasion to renew an old acquaintance; like many veteran graphic designers, I once made my living using programs like QuarkXpress, Pagemaker, and later, InDesign and even Pages to create various small-press type work all the way up to major magazine and newspaper advertisements, books, and other mostly-printed matter. Today, Quark is back (it never really went away), bo...

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Prong PWR Case
Thursday, June 25

Ultimately there's one thing we all want from smartphone accessories; we want options. When it comes to keeping our iPhone charged, we don't always have them. Despite our best efforts, and theirs, not all of our friends have an iPhone like us, nor do we have a smartphone that charges off a micro USB cable as they do; then there's the issue of if we have something to plug into. The PWR Case by Prong gives us the optio...

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iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Speaker
Tuesday, June 23

There's no reason why your tech can't look good while doing what it was designed to do. That's the reason that sports cars look good and drive fast, after all. That's why we're here to show you the iHome iBT74, an attractive Bluetooth speaker with built in LED lights, designed to help brighten up your corner.The BasicsThe iBT74 is a Bluetooth speaker, which means that it'll pair to just about any modern music-playing...

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Logitech Gaming Daedalus Prime Mouse
Monday, June 22

Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Building from a few simple gamepads to keyboards utilizing fresh, new technologies, Logitech continues to focus on its gaming arm with impressive results. After the previous release of two excellent mouses from the company, could the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Daedalus Prime m...

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Apple Watch
Sunday, June 21

As with all new Apple product launches, it can be difficult sometimes to separate the reality from the hype. The hype is understandable, of course - Apple is the biggest technology company in the world, and it doesn't often launch into all-new product categories. The Apple Watch is the first completely new project to come from Apple under its "new" management team, headed since 2011 by CEO Tim Cook, and its success o...

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Solpro Helios Smart
Saturday, June 20

If you're the type of person who goes outside on a regular basis, you probably notice that there's a distinct lack of outlets out there, which makes charging up your iPhone a bit difficult. That's why we like like the concept of solar energy charging our electronics -- no outlet needed! We'd recently covered the SolarPod Buddy, a cute solar-charged power bank aimed at charging smartphones and tablets. However, we fou...

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Lenovo Thinkpad Helix
Tuesday, June 16

Technology is becoming hazier and hazier every day. There's tablets, phablets, notebooks, netbooks, laptops, desktops -- all promising to do different things -- but what if you're torn? What if you want something portable, but full-featured? Then you might be in the market for a convertible tablet. The obvious choice that most people leap to is the Microsoft Surface, but it's certainly not the only option. We checked...

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Rocki
Monday, June 15

Sometimes a simple idea spawns a helpful device for consumers. From making everyday tasks easier to sharing experiences with others, a small thought can blossom into a must have gadget. The Rocki is a device that likely spawned from a small idea like "sharing music" or "music streaming," taking to crowdfunding to build a pocket-sized unit to add wireless functionality to existing stereos and powered speakers. But doe...

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