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    Epson EcoTank ET-4550 Review: The Future Of Printing Has Arrived

    It’s Sunday night. You’re halfway through a 10-page presentation that’s due first thing Monday and you get the dreaded “out of ink” message. And no, you don’t have a backup cartridge. That all-too-familiar scenario is about to change. Epson’s new all-in-one Workforce EcoTank printer line is changing the printing paradigm, replacing those small, expensive ink […]

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    Ralph Lauren Takes a Stab at Wearables with Polo Tech Shirt

    Ralph Lauren unveiled its latest lifestyle fashion Monday and it didn’t take place on a runway. Instead, the new high performance Polo Tech shirt debuted on opening day of the US Open in NY. Some of the ball boys at the two-week tournament will be wearing smart black compression shirts capable of monitoring their biometric […]

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    Esurance’s “Offline Over-Sharer” Beatrice is My Real-Life Mom

    Have you seen the Esurance commercials with Beatrice, the “offline over-sharer?” To save time, Beatrice tells her friends she’s posting her photos to her wall – literally. When her friend tries to tell her that’s not how it’s done, she proudly proclaims “I unfriend you.” That’s my mom. No really, that’s my mom – IRL. […]

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    No Long Arms Required for this Selfie Case

    Graduation and prom season is upon us and what better way to preserve the memories than with selfies. The problem is it’s not easy to take a group shot unless you have super long arms or famous selfie-taker Bradley Cooper on hand. There are remote shutters, such as Hisy, which activate the camera shutter on […]

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    How to Use LinkedIn’s Mobile Apps to Find a Job

    If you’re job hunting, you already know how time-consuming it can be. Between scanning job postings, emailing resumes and cover letters and staying in touch with key figures in your industry, it can become a full time job of its own. That’s where social media and mobile can help. If you’re reading this, you’re likely […]

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    Piper is an All-in-One Home Monitoring System: Review

    The Piper security system consists of one wide angle HD video camera and sensors. The device is elegant and simple, standing about 6” high on a metal base. My unit is white, though it comes in black as well, and would fit perfectly on a table or counter, or perched on a bookshelf. It has […]

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    5 Innovative Gadgets We Want to See in 2014

    Now that the dust has settled and the 2014 International CES is truly a thing of the past, it’s time to take a look at some of the products that were promised at the world’s largest consumer technology show. Remember, many of the items shows at CES are not quite ready for prime time. It […]

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    In Defense of MommyTech – You Guys Missed the Point

    My “get a life” award for International CES goes to VentureBeat and Re/code. With thousands of new products launched — many of them for the connected home and kids market, the authors chose to focus on the name “MommyTech” – a name coined to spotlight the growing interest in building well designed products for the […]

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    How to Properly Install the Nest Protect: Review

    It has been quite the week for Nest, the maker of the smart home thermostat. Google’s acquisition of the company for $3.2 billion dollars means this is only the tip of the iceberg for the company, in regards to smart home innovations and beyond. Needless to say, Nest took a mundane object and turned it […]

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    Don’t Leave Home Without These Essential Travel Apps

    It’s Christmas week, that time of year when families pack up and make their way to Grandma’s house by train, plane, car – and any way they can. And along with the gifts and fruit cakes, don’t forget to load up your backpack with battery chargers, cables, and a few amazing apps to keep your […]

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    5 Gmail Tips Everyone Should Know

    Last week the Internet was buzzing with news of Gmail’s incredibly useful “undo send” feature. We’re sorry to break it to you, but that “new” feature has been around since at least 2010. The reaction was so positive though, it occurred to us there are probably lots more goodies Gmail has hidden away you may […]

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    6 Golden Accessories for the Gold iPhone 5s

    If you were among the lucky ones to snag a Gold iPhone 5S then you might be looking for a few accessories to go along with it this holiday season. Many of us buy cases to put on our phones to protect them, and have a little fun personalizing with colors or patterns. But a […]

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    Watch Amazon Mayday Help Us Out

    I’ve been using the new Kindle Fire HDX for a few weeks now, watching shows like Betas, the new original series from Amazon, reading books and email, and of course, ordering items from using my Prime membership. I’m pretty familiar with how to use the device, but ran into a snag when I recently […]

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    Jony Ive Biography Examines Deep Friendship with Steve Jobs

    Think back to the first iPod – it was truly a game-changer. Why is that? There were many mp3 players that came before it. What made the iPod take off the way it did? The answer is; it was unbelievably simple. “It was about being very focused and not trying to do too much with […]

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    9 Must Have Cases For the iPad Air and iPad Mini

    If you’re already lusting after the lighter, thinner iPad Air announced this week, you’re gonna need a new case to protect that fragile form factor. The leading case makers are frantically working on that, with most of them announcing cases and accessories that are expected to arrive just in time for the November release date. A […]

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    Andrea’s Top Tech Picks for September: MagiCable Duo, OlloClip, and Philips Shoqbox

      myID Emergency Identification Bracelet Bracelet activity trackers like the FitBit Flex and Jawbone Up monitor your steps and calories burned, but Endevr’s myID Band can help save your life. It’s a personal identification bracelet that contains all your vital medical info. Perhaps you’re allergic to Penicillin, or maybe you have epilepsy. In an emergency, this […]

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    IFA 2013: 5 Must Haves For Women

    There were are over 1,400 exhibitors at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin displaying the latest tech innovations from convertible laptops to UHD to 4K to 3D printing. In fact, on display were enough TV’s and soundbars to fill a man-cave! However, amongst the rubble there were also a few items that caught our […]