If you have ever opened a glass bottle of soda, water, or beer and needed to reseal it, you need a Monopol Hermetus. This gadget was given to me as a gift and I and have grown to rely on it for opening and resealing bottles. The Monopol Hermetus is made of steel, has a rubber surface for an air-tight seal, and is made in Germany. Pretty slick, get a couple here for just $9.99.   ...

Another day, another Apple speedbump. This one, however, is pretty big as the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro now comes with an Intel 8-core (9th-generation) processor. In real-world tests that means it should be two times faster than the previous 4-core version. Take that and mix in, the Retina display, SSD hard drives, the T2 security chip, Radeon graphics cards, and all-day battery life and you have yourself a very capable laptop. Very capable and very expensive as well. [

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I have spent quite a bit of money making my homes lighting situation a bit smarter. I am an Apple guy, mainly because I value my privacy, so naturally, I went with solutions that were Apple HomeKit enabled. My house is a bit older and doesn’t have neutral wires run, which means most of my light switches are the Lutron Caseta PD-6WCL. They work great (I have given up on the sh*tty Leviton switches).

I was always intrigued by the Philips Hue bulbs but never pulled the trigger because they have a huge flaw. If anyone turns off the light switch, which people do all the time, the bulb is no longer accessible on the network and goes from “smart” to totally “dumb”. Because of this, I opted to replace my dumb lightswitches with the Lutron Caseta switches. This route takes a bit more work, but ultimately it works very well and I don’t have to worry about the “Philips Hue problem”. Read on for details. (more…)

Posted on May 17 2019 - 9:36am by gchoe
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The famous Grumpy Cat has died a young death at just 7-years old. Grumpy Cat had complications from a urinary tract infection. I think it is time that the internet knows Grumpy Cat’s real name – Tardar Sauce. You will be missed Tardar Sauce. “Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome,” the family said in a statement posted to Twitter. “She passed away peacefully...

Dambuster Bouncing Bomb

Cambridge engineer, Dr. Hugh Hunt, recreates the Barnes Wallis’s World War bouncing bomb that was used to blow up dams. This test was done with a specially constructed dam in Canada. Boys and their toys. Video of the dam destruction after the break. (more…)

DJI Osmo Action
As if the folks at GoPro haven’t had enough competitors going after their action camera market, a new one showed up yesterday. The DJI Osmo Action Camera is a pretty serious competitor to the GoPro Hero 7. Read on for some of the pros/cons and some comparison videos with the GoPro Hero 7 Black. (more…)

Posted on May 15 2019 - 5:17pm by Adam E
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The team at Boosted Boards have added a new mode of transport to their fleet of electrified skateboards – an electric scooter. This new scooter is known as the Boosted Rev. The Boosted Rev is built from the ground up in typical Boosted fashion. They won’t be the cheapest electric scooter on the market, but they will arguably be one of the best. Think Apple of the electric scooter and skateboard market. The Boosted Rev has...

I was recently looking for a good portable percussion massager for sports therapy. I kept landing on the Theravolt massager but couldn’t quite stomach the $350 price tag. I eventually found the Phoenix version of a portable percussion massager and bought it. The Phoenix massager is pretty...

Sometimes you just need some good music and a disco ball to get the party started. I almost always carry my smartphone for the music, but the disco ball – not so much. Enter this tiny USB disco ball! It comes with  Lightning, USB-C, and Micro-USB adapters as well so you can use it on just about anything. This tiny smartphone disco ball even has a built-in sound sensor so it can flash the lights to the beat. You know you want one. Get yours

Posted on May 2 2019 - 9:07am by Pete M
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Tool mashups are great. Who doesn’t love the old Swiss Army Knives? The less I have to carry the better. This carabiner, dubbed the Firebiner, adds a few tools to the mix, the main one being the sparker for lighting fires. The Firebiner also has a stainless steel safety blade, screwdriver, and a bottle...