Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

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


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

Review: Braven BRV-Bank Backup Battery


There are so many smartphone backup batteries on the market that it’s getting difficult to stand out from the rest. The Braven BRV-Bank introduces a lot of surprising features to create a device that’s not like anything else on the market. The 6000 mAh battery can charge two devices at once and gets a sturdy, rubberized case that offers IPX5 water protection. +Continue Reading

Don’t Get Stuck With Fix-a-Flat


Fix-a-Flat promise to get you safely back on the road from a flat tire, saving you the time and expense of waiting for a tow truck. The all-in-one Ultimate 1-Step Tire Repair Kit includes both sealant and a 12 volt inflator and can be found for around $25. Fix-a-Flat Pro is a trigger-controlled aerosol option that sells at $14.99. +Continue Reading

Review: OGIO All Elements Backpack


The Ogio All Elements Backpack is a top quality waterproof backpack that will carry both a 15″ laptop and a tablet computer at the same time. It’s roll top enclosure keeps the water out and your gear safe. The pack retails for $125 on the Ogio website, but new customers can get a 20% discount if they sign up for the email list. There’s also free shipping. +Continue Reading

Tweak Your Battery Life With Power Practical


Power Practical Electronics makes the Powerpot V, an innovative and lightweight camping cook pot that also converts heat to electricity to charge your smartphone. They didn’t send us one of those, but we did get a chance to check out their Lithium 4400 Battery Bank and Practical Meter. +Continue Reading