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Retevis RT45 Backlit LCD

Haven’t heard of Retevis? Give it time, you will. Retevis is making quite a name for themselves stateside with their high quality and low priced line of radios. They have everything from low to high-end radios from 0.5-watts up to a full 10-watts! On to the Retevis RT45 FRS/GMRS review. (more…)

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.   ...

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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…)

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…)

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...

Foldimate
Folding laundry seems like a neverending task, one that I am quite good at, but it takes quite a bit of time. I love the idea of a laundry folding robot, like the Foldimate, however, I am a bit of a skeptic. I mean, heck, my work copier only has to deal with perfectly flat paper and it jams on the daily.

Time will tell if this $1,000 Foldimate laundry folding machine will work as good as the demo video. I sure hope so. Check out the video after the break. (more…)

Tesla Sentry Mode Cookie Monster

The recently released, and already updated, Tesla Sentry Mode is a security feature for its EVs that uses the front-facing dash cam and the side cameras to record and dissuade break-ins. Apparently, every car should have a sentry mode as Tesla vehicles have already caught thieves and people damaging cars.

The latest story from ABC 7 news, is about San Francisco-based Jed Franklin and how his Tesla has already helped to make an arrest. He received an alert on his phone, via the Tesla app, that said his Sentry Mode had been activated. Upon arriving at his car he found a broken window. After downloading the cars security camera video he saw a clear image of the suspect’s face and the license plate of his car. This evidence was handed over to the police, who subsequently made an arrest.

The more this type of thing happens, and makes the news, the more criminals will take note. Tesla break-ins may become a thing of the past. Check out a few of the Tesla “caught in the act” videos after the break. (more…)

Posted on Apr 5 2019 - 11:48am by gchoe
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The Apple AirPods are pretty great but they aren’t exactly cheap, so it’s no surprise some people want to add a layer of protection to the white plastic case. These leather AirPod cases from Air Vinyl Design are just the ticket for protection that is good looking. No more of those saggy and grippy neoprene cases. The Air Vinyl Airpod Cases ($17) come in a few different stylish colors and have an exterior that is made of top grain Napa leather....