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Posted on Aug 16 2019 - 9:25am by Lisa C.
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Turn your lazy 2-port electrical outlet into an 8-port workhorse with a shelf. The Socket Shelf sports 6 electrical AC outlets and 2 USB ports. Installation is as simple as plugging the Socket Shelf into your existing wall outlet. the AC outlets are surge protected and the USB ports deliver 2.1 Amps of shared output.

Ring (Amazon) just can’t help running over folks privacy. First, they let law enforcement know where every camera is in use, then they coached law enforcement on how to get user videos without using a warrant,...

If you don’t trust the big guys to store your data (email, files, and photos) maybe it is time you took things into your own hands, without all of the hard work. Sure, you could set up your own email and file server but the email side of things is a bit trickier than you might think. I’m not going to address the creepiness and breaches of the big data companies out there. This is just about taking a more active role in getting your data (mainly email) back in your hands. Enter The Helm personal server. The Helm personal server...

Ring Doorbell Sucks

I am a huge fan of the Nest line of cameras – the Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest Cam Indoor (just buy the outdoor version), and the Nest Hello Doorbell. With that said, I will toss them all in the trash if the Google/Nest decide to follow Amazon’s (Ring) level of creepiness with regards to sharing camera data.

Let me back up a bit. If you haven’t read the news about Amazon’s Ring camera creepiness, read on. (more…)

There are plenty of iPhone cases out there that do double duty as an extra battery pack. This kickstarter campaign plans to add a storage and charging solution for your AirPods as well. The Power1 iPhone Case ($99) has a 3000 mAh battery for an additional 34 hours of talk time (for iPhone X/XS) or up to 30 AirPod charges. Pretty clever. Power1 constantly monitors your devices and provides power...

Posted on Jul 2 2019 - 10:36am by gchoe
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Imagine being able to take a 12-ounce scolding hot cup of tea and being able to cool it down in under 60-seconds. That is the idea behind the Elemental Beverage Snapchiller. Cool but I’m not sure it is $6,000 cool. Ouch.

The Elemental Beverage Snapchiller uses a stainless steel evaporator coil to quickly chill hot liquids at a rate of 12-0unces per minute.

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…)