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Cambridge Audio Enters the TV Speaker Market

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Cambridge Audio gets into the speaker base market with the TV 5. It’s a massive platform that will support any flat screen TV whose base will fit on its 29″ wide x 12″ deep top and it delivers both the tasteful design and audio quality the brand is known for at a $399 list price. +Continue Reading

QuickLock: Easy & Controlled Access

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The QuickLock is a new keyless padlock that can be opened via Bluetooth or NFC. The device was created by engineer Ryan Hyde, who also introduced the GunBox, a sleek gun safe with an RF-controlled lock and optional Biometric scanner. The new padlock brings a lot of the access control features from his earlier product to a device that can be used anywhere you’d install a regular lock.  +Continue Reading

Gearing Up for BBQ Season

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The snow has mostly melted and a lot of you are getting out the grill. We’re taking a look at a few products aimed to improving your barbecue. For the ambitious home smoker, we take a look a Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, a new book from acclaimed Austin, TX chef Aaron Franklin. For home cooks looking to simulate the full smoke experience or at least make things a bit easier, we check out the GrillGrate, the BBQ Dragon, the A-Maze-N Smoker Tube and the Ribalizer. +Continue Reading

Cambridge Audio Go, Now With FM Radio

  • March 20, 2015
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Cambridge Audio has released the Go Radio as a companion to their Go Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker, a great option that I reviewed last year. The Go Radio sells for $199 online ($20 more than the Go) and adds FM radio to the mix. +Continue Reading

AmmoCan X: You Want This Bluetooth Speaker Built From an Ammo Can

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The AmmoCan X is incredible, a high-quality Bluetooth speaker made from a real ammo can by veterans in the USA. Click here to order direct from the guys who build them.

If that sentence didn’t close the deal for you, read on to find out about the guys who make them and exactly why this speaker is so different from all the other wireless speakers on the market. +Continue Reading

SHOT Show: Leatherman Reinvents the Multi-Tool

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Leatherman Tool Group has been the leading company in the multi-tool (a/k/a “pocketknife with pliers”) category since they launched back in the ‘80s. They still make some of the best tools you can buy, but now you can walk into any hardware chain and see a bin full of cheap knockoffs that pretend do to the same job.

How does a company stay on top? It innovates and Leatherman is taking a bold shot at inventing a new category with its upcoming Tread, which announces itself as the world’s first “wearable tool: and debuted this week at SHOT Show. Other, more traditional new Leatherman product announcements include the Signal (designed for outdoor activities), the Leap (aimed at kids) and the Rev (a budget-priced successor to the Wingman and the Sidekick). +Continue Reading

Bail Yourself Out With Last-Minute Tech Gift Ideas

  • December 18, 2014
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If you’re still scrambling for some last-minute gifts, we’ve got a few tech ideas that might help save Christmas at your house.

1. The Keyport Slide 2.0 replaces a conventional keychain with individual blades that slide in and out of the case. You can get key blades (including ones with transponder chips), a flashlight, USB drives in several sizes starting at 4GB, bottle opener and even a ballpoint pen. +Continue Reading

Magnetic KNIFEdock: Better Storage, Fewer Germs

  • December 11, 2014
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If you’ve never cleaned that knife block in your kitchen, take comfort that you don’t really know how many germs are camped out way down in those slots. Almost no one really dries the blades as thoroughly as they should and those blocks are usually just a dank mess.

BASE4 has introduced the Magnetic KNIFEdock, a countertop replacement that’s really just a magnetized slab of wood with a stand that gives you easy access to knives and probably a billion fewer germs. +Continue Reading

Review: ZVOX SoundBase.670

  • December 2, 2014
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The ZVOX SoundBase line is a great alternative to a soundbar for anyone who can’t get away with installing a proper 5.1 speaker system in their TV room. The company has launched an updated series that boasts more power, adds Bluetooth streaming capability and can support even larger flat-screen televisions.

There are three new models. The 570 ($399.99) supports 45″-60″ sets, the 670 ($499.99) supports 50″-70″ sets and the 770 ($699.99) can support massive 50″-85″ sets, although if you’re allowed to have an 85″ TV in your living room, it’s hard to imagine you can’t get away with a full speaker installation as well. +Continue Reading

Protect Your Vehicle From the Elements

  • November 24, 2014
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EmpireCovers makes protective covers for just about vehicle you’d want to shield from the elements: cars, trucks. SUVs , boats and motorcycles are all featured on their website. All of the covers they sell are fitted to a specific make and model. That gives them a superior fit but that level of specialization also makes them pricier than the discount covers you might find down at the discount store. Are they worth the extra cost?

I tested out an American Armor model cover for a Mazda Miata. That’s the top end of the Empire line and they seem to be available for around $300 for most cars once you apply the available discounts.  +Continue Reading