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  • Must-Have Items for an Unplugged Hiking Weekend

    Venturing into the woods for a hiking adventure is an excellent way to reconnect with the natural world and leave the demands of daily life behind. There's also pride in the survival aspect of hitting the trails and accomplishing a challenging goal.

  • Smart Thermostats And Other Ways To Create A Sustainable Home of the Future

    When we think about creating a more sustainable future, the first things that come to mind are solar panels and electric cars. However, many people don't realize that there are other things you can do in your home to make your life greener and less wasteful. One way to do this is by installing smart thermostats and energy monitoring sensors in the home. This blog post will discuss why these devices are important for a more sustainable future and what parts of your home can be made more efficient by investing in these sensors.

  • Polymega Introduces Modular Classic Game Console Supporting Original Game Media

    While there are many options available for emulating classic games downloaded to your computer or other device as roms, few options exist for playing those games from the original cartriges and CDs. Polymega allows just that and also supports a modular system so you can play games from virtually all of the top classic game consoles including: NES, SNES, Genesis / 32X, and TurboGrafx 16.

  • MeatStick Takes Everything We Like About Meater To The Next Level

    I used to cook based on intuition and while as a man, I'm "expected" to be a knowledgeable grillmaster and prepared to cook all things meat related indoors and out. For the past year or so I've become absolutely addicted to using thermometers to measure my steaks, chicken, pork, even frozen food items that I prepare in my air-fryer. I thought that Meater was the ultimate wireless thermometer but the folks at MeatStick tell me theirs is better. Let's take a look!

  • Why Solar Panels Are An Integral Part Of Your Power Back Up Plans

    For most folks, planning a power station program - whether for your house during emergencies, or for an RV, boat, or vacation home, look to diesel or gasoline powered generators to fill up those batteries for later use. Thankfully though, solar technology is both coming down in price as well as becoming much more efficient. Plus, now you can even get portable solar panels that are easy to put out in the sun when you need them... and pack away when you don't.

  • Xiaomi Introduces Roidmi Eve Plus Vacuum For Guys Who Want The Latest Cleaning Tech

    Xiaomi is one of the most exciting Chinese electronics manufacturing companies that most Americans have never heard of. In Asia they have built a massive customer base because of their attention to detail, innovative designs, and by listening to their customer feedback so that "customers" are more than just purchasers. Instead, in many cases the customer feedback actually helps direct product development and what features to include in future products. Now, with the introduction next month of the Roidmi Eve Plus, we're excited to see what they have in store for us.

  • Top Questions About Using A OBD2 Code Reader For Vehicle Diagnostics

    What is obd2? The term OBD2 - also written as OBDII - stands for on-board diagnostics, second generation. obd2 code readers are used to diagnose an automobile's systems and components as well as the emissions system. obd2 scanners come in a variety of makes and models, but they all have one thing in common: they do not require a computer or any other additional equipment to read codes from your vehicle's engine control unit (ecu) that can be stored in its memory.

  • xFyro ANC Pro Review

    There are a lot of options on the market right now when it comes to ANC earbuds and that is a great thing for those of you who are looking to ditch traditional wired ones. This is especially important as I think we're finally past the point where we wonder if a new phone might bring back the option of allowing wired audio. Even the new IFE systems being installed on United Airlines is supporting Bluetooth audio now. Luckily all of the arguments against wireless earbuds are gone at this point and xFyro is a great example of how you can get good quality audio, well manufactured, good battery life, and great features at an affordable price. Let's take a deeper look.

  • Why I Always Go To UAG When It Comes To Protecting My Phone

    This post is not sponsored, though the PR rep for UAG did offer me a couple cases to test out, my thoughts and feelings towards Urban Armor Gear are sincere. My relationship with UAG has evolved over the past 6+ years across a variety of different phones and I have always been very impressed. A few months ago when I decided to buy the most expensive phone that I have ever considered buying, I knew there was only one brand that I could choose to protect it.

  • Smart Home Gadgets For Summer

    With summer underway and the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, it’s time to think about all those fun, smart gadgets that make summer entertaining more exciting. From connected grills and smokers to lights, music, and outdoor movies, the one thing these all have in common is the need for fast, reliable internet like the connection I have from Cox Communications.

  • Wireless Charging Solutions From RapidX Perfect For Travel

    As we begin to get back into the routine of traveling again, I'm constantly looking for ways to improve on what it was like a year ago before we all had to stop. For a decade prior to that I was traveling so frequently that I simply didn't have a chance to try new things if the old way "worked". Now however, I'm absolutely obsessed with wireless chargers and how far the technology has come. RapidX sent over a few items for us to test out and we're even giving some of them away, so make sure to read down to the end of the article to see how you can win one of the items featured in this roundup.

  • XR1 Is A Great Option For Game Streaming Or Simply Capturing Old Family Videos To Your PC

    As more people watch professional video game streamers on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook, it's only logical to be able to want to do it themselves. The unfortunate reality though is that most of us will never have both the skill and personality to compel someone to watch and so I'm forced to find another justification for a device like the EVGA XR1 Video Capture Device. It might be just the excuse that makes you able to justify the purchase though!

  • AfterShokz Introduces OpenComm Their First Bluetooth Headset With A Microphone

    About five years ago I first met with the folks at AfterShokz at CES. In a sea of gadgets and gizmos they stood out then, and for some reason few have followed in their footsteps by developing bone conduction stereo headphones since that time. One of the important segments that they were not competing in though was a headset with an attached microphone. While call center workers have experienced the frustration of wearing a headset for hours at a time... it was 2020 that showed millions of people around the world how frustrating it can be to have something stuck in your ear for hours at a time.

  • Razer Unveils Project Brooklyn Immersive Gaming Chair

    Designed for all types of gamers and engineered to conveniently fit in your bedroom or game room, the Project Brooklyn gaming chair concept design transforms from an ergonomic gaming chair into a full-fledged entertainment powerhouse that delivers breathtaking, next-gen immersion for both PC and console gaming.

  • When You Need To Work Light and Fast There's the Portege X30L

    I've been using the Dynabook Portege X30L laptop for a few months now. It was initially something that they sent me to try out with working remotely - at the beach, in the car, and even under an apple tree where I spent many Friday's this fall escaping the heat downtown. In a normal world, a laptop like this would be a boon for travelers but even now as I am spending more time inside, I'm sort of loving how light and compact the laptop is.

  • Smart Cuisine Baker's Essentials From Luminarc

    Every cook needs a good set of dishes as well as bakeware to prepare the perfect meal. For me, I've searched for a good, lightweight, classic simple set and I finally found it. The Luminarc Smart Cuisine Baker's Essentials set that they sent me for this review is exactly what I've been looking for.

  • Edifier TWS1 Budget Friendly Wireless Earbud Review

    I must admit that I was a bit skeptical of the TWS1 earbuds when they were still being shipped to my house. I hadn't heard of Edifier before so I was ready to write this set of headphones off as just another cheap cash grab. However, upon their arrival, I can happily admit that I was wrong. The TWS1 earbuds provide an excellent range of features that maintain consistent quality throughout. At this price point, these true wireless headphones are well worth considering.

  • Tranya T10 Waterpoof Wireless Earbuds Review

    A good pair of wireless earbuds can be hard to find. That is even more true when you consider the wide spectrum of prices. At first I was skeptical of these new total wireless earbuds from Tranya since it was frankly a brand I wasn't familiar with and on top of that the price is incredibly low compared to others that I've tested at double or triple the price. However, I'm happy to report that the T10 earbuds by Tranya manage to put their focus in all of the right areas and these are a must buy if you are looking for a sub-$100 audio solution.

  • GoBQ a Portable Grill Made Of Fabric Perfect For Tailgating

    Grills come in many shapes and sizes and frankly, I've seen them made with everything from ceramic to steel to cast iron and aluminum. Never though have I ever heard of one made from a fire-resistant fabric but the potential is pretty incredible. This grill from GoBQ is lightweight and truly portable since the outer surfaces are made from fabric while the legs and grilling surface are made from lightweight aluminum.

  • Play At Light Speed With HVER Pro X Optical-Mechanical Keyboard

    Video game enthusiasts are always searching for that edge to improve their scores and while usually, that involves graphics cards, monitors, and mice - the value of a superior keyboard can not be underestimated. Most of us probably are still using that trash keyboard that came with your computer and I'd imagine that many of you are just using your laptop's keyboard thinking that is "good enough". It's not. For gaming as well as comfort with everyday typing, there is nothing better than a great keyboard. That's why I'm always thrilled to try a new one with sturdy mechanical keys that I can pound in anger battling foes on the battlefield as well as passionately typing out my latest article. With the new HVER PRO X RGB Optical-Mechanical Keyboard from Kaliber gaming, it takes things to the next level by offering optical-mechanical switches featuring IR technology for the fastest response time possible.