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A Quick & Easy Auto Option: JunoPower JMPR


The JunoPower JUMPR looks like a lot of other backup batteries we’ve reviewed and it does a great job charging your tablet or smartphone. It aims to justify its $99 price by also coming with a pair of custom jumper cables that you can use to start a car with a dead battery. +Continue Reading

Get Your Spy On With Swann’s HD PenCam


Swann is well-know for their home and commercial security camera systems (they claim to be the global #1 brand in DIY video surveillance). They also have a line of radio-controlled toys and a few miniature James Bond-style security products, headlined by the HD PenCam+Continue Reading

Kinivo Bluetooth Headphones: A Steal at $25


No matter how much I may enjoy reviewing the really good ones, not many people want to spend $3oo on a pair of headphones. Truthfully, there are a lot of people who are never going to spend $100 on a pair. If you want a solid pair of headphones that have wireless Bluetooth capabilities, the Kinivo BTH240 Stereo Headphones are a great choice and you can get a pair for around $25 online.  +Continue Reading

Shake to Wake With the G-Buzz


G-Project (who make the excellent G-Boom portable speaker) have come out with the G-Buzz, a portable alarm clock designed for people who can’t find the off button. If you wake up at the same time every day, you can just shake the alarm clock to turn it off until the same time tomorrow. +Continue Reading

Get Loud with the Big Turtle Shell


Outdoor Technology had a successful Kickstarter campaign for their Big Turtle Shell wireless speaker and now it’s shipping for $229.95. A much larger version of the excellent Turtle Shell 2.o speaker, the extra size brings some new capabilities and a lot more power. +Continue Reading

Show Your Colors With SkinIt Military Skins & Cases


SkinIt makes vinyl, removable device skins and hard cases for almost any phone, tablet or game console. They’ve got a line of military-themed skins available for iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, Mac and PC laptops, Kindles, iPods, Xbox, PlayStation, GoPro cameras and there are even skins for Beats headphones and LifeProof and Otterbox phone cases.

The hard cases come for most popular phones and tablets. While you can get designs featuring almost any college or pro sports team, DC Comics characters, Hello Kitty, Looney Tunes cartoon characters and a wide assortment of patterns and images, we’re looking at the military designs feature the Army, Navy and Air Force, along with some more generalized patriotic themes. (Cue our USMC readers noting that the Marines don’t need any licensed merchandise to know they’re special.)

We checked out  a Navy SEALs vinyl iPad skin and an Army iPhone case. +Continue Reading

Organize Your Travel With TripCase

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TripCase is an iPhone and Android app designed to manage your travel itineraries. It’s made by Sabre, the company that built some of the first booking software for the airline industry and still a major player in the field.

I’ve been testing the software since January and it’s taken a while to figure out what to say about TripCase. That’s mostly because I’ve been a longtime user of TripIt, a service that’s almost identical to TripCase. I’ve never had anything to complain about with TripIt, but I’ve finally decided that I’m switching to TripCase.

Most of the credit has to go to the software, but TripCase also has excellent PR support from Marine veteran Dave Hochman (’92–98 0352 with 8th Tank Bn) who’s been remarkably patient and persistent and answered some possibly dumb questions from me.

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420 Audio Speaker: Legal in All 50 States

  • August 22, 2014
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Why do posts about weed get so many clicks at Military​.com? Is it an old-school Vietnam-era obsession with the way hippies are ruining America or is it just a sign of the mainstreaming of marijuana in our country.

One casualty of the seemingly inevitable end to pot prohibition will be the kind of immature weed humor promoted by the 420 Audio High-Fi Wireless Speaker (“High” Fi? That’s hilarious). This $49.99 list Bluetooth speaker delivers a lot of volume from a small (3″ tall/2 1/4″ diameter) cylinder and features some 420-themed sounds when you turn on, connect and power down the speakers. +Continue Reading

The Gravitas Dock Gets a Lot Better


We really liked the Henge Gravitas iPhone/iPad Dock in our May review but lamented the fact that it wouldn’t work if you used a case for your iPhone. Henge has released an iPhone case compatible insert that sells for $9. They’ve also dropped the price on the dock itself and now the Lightning connector version sells for $69 and the 30-pin version goes for $49. +Continue Reading

Wharfedale Adds the Bluetooth Option


Older readers will remember Wharfedale speakers from hifi audio magazines in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The British speaker manufacturer enjoyed an sterling reputation among audiophiles but younger shoppers aren’t going to be as familiar with their wares. The company has enjoyed something of a comeback lately with their pretty spectacular designed-in-the-UK/made-in-China Diamond series bookshelf speakers (more to come on those soon).

They’ve also decided to get into the wireless audio game with the Wharfedale Cobalt, a Bluetooth speaker that retails for $399 but Music Direct currently offers for the bargain price of $199.  +Continue Reading