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Review: A-Audio Legacy Headphones

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The A-Audio Legacy headphones cost $299 direct and feature Active Noise Cancellation and a bass boost mode. There’s a lot of padding and a faux-skin carrying case. They’re blingy and they’ve received some rapturous reviews elsewhere online. +Continue Reading

The Partially Inspiring ‘Million Dollar Arm’

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Million Dollar Arm (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) is almost one of those standard feel-good, overcome-the-odds sports movies but there’s just enough weird real-life twists to interest anyone not exactly looking to be inspired. The case says “From the Studio That Brought You Remember the Titans and Miracle,” but Million Dollar Arm (also based on a true story) doesn’t have the triumphant climax featured in those movies. +Continue Reading

Go Really Big With the Lumia 1520 Phone

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The Lumia 1520 Windows phone is a monster with a 6″ screen and a 20 megapixel camera. It comes in red, yellow, green, black or white and never fails to start a conversation when you pull it out of your bag. It’s probably not going to fit into your pocket. As Tiny Elvis would say, that’s a huge phone.

Frequent Delta fliers might recognize the device. The airline just started issuing the 1520 to flight attendants as new Windows mobile devices. I’ve already seen one of these in action on a cross-country flight this month.

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Get a Great Deal on a Kodiak Waterproof Backup Battery

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Outdoor Tech have launched an Indiegogo campaign for an expansion of their Kodiak Waterproof portable battery line. I’ve been using the currently available Kodiak 6000mAh model and it’s working fine, even after I threw it in the pond out back and left it there for a half hour.

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‘Fury’ Visits Fort Benning

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Fury director David Ayer and cast members Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña paid a visit to Fort Benning on October 16th to show the film to soldiers stationed there.  It was a beautiful day in Columbus, GA and the Army laid out an impressive tank display. +Continue Reading

Screenwriter Bob Gale Talks Spielberg’s ‘1941’

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Steven Spielberg’s World War II comedy 1941 has just been released on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the new Steven Spielberg: Director’s Collection Blu-ray box set (also on DVD). Starring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Robert Stack and Treat Williams, the movie got a mixed reception on its release in 1979, mostly because its loud comedy wasn’t what everyone expected from the guy whose two big movies were Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. +Continue Reading

‘X-Men’ Clean Out the Closet

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) pulls off a great trick: the movie stays true to the overall storyline of the Marvel series and figures out a way to wipe out the plot disasters of X-Men: The Last Stand.

Bryan Singer is back as the director after Matthew Vaughn revived the series with X-Men: First Class in 2011. Singer and writer Simon Kinberg have come up with a time travel story that features both adult and young versions of most of the characters (except Wolverine. Wolverine always stays the same). +Continue Reading

Pocket Kick: A Quality Speaker that Really Does Fit in Your Pocket

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Soundfreaq makes a lot of well-designed wireless speakers that sell at a reasonable price and the Pocket Kick fits right into that tradition. It’s really small (6″ x 2.5″ x 1.25″ and weighs 9.3 oz.), retails for $99 and comes in black, gray and gold. +Continue Reading

Underwater Photography With the iPhone PhotoProX

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If you want to use your iPhone camera underwater, the Optrix PhotoProX case and lenses for the iPhone 5/5s are going to get the job done and protect your phone. The set sells for $149.95 direct with free shipping.

Testing waterproof products is always a leap of faith. There’s a lot that can go wrong and there’s not really a “testing-related phone accident” clause in my employment agreement. Optrix advertises “Military-grade” protection and IPX8 water immersion protection. Once I made the commitment, the case was 100% effective through my testing. +Continue Reading

Review: ‘Universal Classic Monsters’ DVD Box Set

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Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection is a DVD box set that fills in most of the gaps left by the excellent Universal Classic Monsters eight-film Blu-ray collection from 2012. The set covers the golden era of Universal monster movies from 1931–1956 and features separate DVD collections for Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. +Continue Reading