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LightMate lights charges and breaks glass

- October 24th, 2014

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It’s not quite a mini Star Wars Lightsaber, but the Satechi LightMate, a 4-in-1 flashlight, emergency light, glass breaker and portable USB charger that can possibly save you in a time of need. And unlike the immortalized Hollywood prop, LightMate is a real product, solidly built – made from an aluminum steel alloy that the company says can withstand the weight of an average sized car.

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FoxL Dash 7 speaker offers big bass in a tiny bar

- October 22nd, 2014

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A speaker designed by the legendary audio designer Dr. Guenther Godehard a former NASA scientist and former nuclear physicist would need to be somehow out of this world. Now it’s not something you would use out in space, but space is the operative word as it can deliver big sound and takes up little space. It’s called the FoxL Dash 7 Portable Speaker by Soundmatters and it’s designed for the discerning audiophile.

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HUB-IT Sync and Charge review and giveaway

- October 8th, 2014

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Wouldn’t it be cool to have one device that can sync and charge up to seven devices regardless as to what type of connection they actually have? Well you can, with the new HUB-IT, an all-in-one sync and charge station from Eggtronic.

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Hands-On: Runtastic Orbit fitness activity and sleep tracker

- October 6th, 2014

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I spend a significant amount of time in front of some form of screen and probably not enough time at the gym, doing things that keep me in shape like walking which I strive to do at least three to five times per week. Now depending on whom you talk to, it can take 21 days, 40 days or somewhere in between to form a habit. Whatever that number is for you, having a device able to be with you 24/7 is a probably a good way to start. So I jumped at the opportunity to test-drive the new Runtastic Orbit, a real-time activity, fitness and sleep tracker.

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A man needs a robot maid

- September 30th, 2014

“I was thinking that maybe I’d get a maid
Find a place nearby for her to stay.
Just someone to keep my house clean,
Fix my meals and go away.” – Neil Young

I hate to clean. It’s draining and I never get a sense of accomplishment at the end as everything gets dirty again. It’s like Sisyphus vacuuming up a hill.  So I share the sentiment in the Neil Young song A Man Needs a Maid.

While I don’t generally need someone to make my meals as I often eat out or order in,  I do occasionally get someone in to clean. But it gets expensive to do this on a regular basis. But iRobot has some products can cut down on the monotony of housework.

While they’re not exactly Rosie from The Jetsons, iRobot offers a line of robotic cleaners to help keep your home sparkling. You’ve likely heard of its line of Roomba vacuum cleaners before, if not from personal experience, at least from the series of YouTube videos of pets riding them.

But iRobot also offers products to help with other household chores. So in addition to getting to check out the latest top-of-the-line Roomba 880, I also got to test the Scooba 450, iRobot’s new floor-scrubbing robot.

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