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Kinivo BTM440 Bluetooth Headset

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If ever there were a creative company with lots of fun and useful digital toys and accessories it would Kinivo. Today we’re going to review the new BTM440 Bluetooth headset.

This mono headset uses a micro USB connector for charging and comes with the appropriate cable. Charging time is 2-3 hours for a full charge. Talk time can be up to 5 hours so that’s pretty good return on the investment.


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“M” wireless speaker from Nude Audio

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Nude Audio offers a new line of portable Bluetooth speakers called Move with three size variations, S,M,L, which stands for small, medium, and large. I received the M model to review. It is about 3 ¾ inches square.

This portable speaker delivers a crisp sound so much better than a tinny phone speaker that it is a nice asset to have in your home, garden, at a barbecue or on a boat.


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Anker Astro 2--2nd Generation External Battery

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One of the problems with IOS devices is that they do not have replaceable batteries so you can’t slip in a spare when you run out of hunk. There is an easy solution, however, when you don’t have a handy wall plug. Enter the new Anker Astro2. It is a powerful external battery, and it will solve your power problem.

The Anker unit is sleek and slim. It measures 4 1/8 x 2 ½ x 5/8 inches and weighs 7 ½ ounces.


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Powerocks SuperMagic Stick 2800mAh

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Running out of hunk on your phone or tablet is about as stupid and frustrating and running out of gas in your car. Few of us carry a spare gas can in our car but you can easily carry the new 2800 mAh MagicStick by Powerocks.

The MagicStick is a brush aluminum cylinder that measures 21.7 mm in diameter and 86 mm long. It weighs only 80g so it will fit nicely in your pocket or bag or purse.

To charge the unit fully takes about five hours.


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Korg PitchClip

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Every string instrument needs tuning, which can be a pesky task. But with the Korg chromatic PitchClip, tuning has never been more simple and efficient.


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Swann Adds New Helicopters to its Hangar

I get such a kick out of flying remote control helicopters I’ve been thinking that when I grow up I might join the Air force and become a drone helicopter pilot. But I don’t really want a real job, and Swann has come to the rescue with some really great new helicopters.

The Black Swann will record flights with video and still photos. Just add a Micro SD card to record the data and push a button. With this baby I can spy on my neighbors.


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New Griffin Cases for Galaxy S4

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Griffin is a never ending flow of new cases. This time it’s for the Galaxy S4 with the Reveal Case, a rugged Survivor case, and Midtown Wallet. Well take a look at each one.

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t carried a wallet in many years. I found I had too much stuff I needed to carry around related to my digital enthusiasm, so I stuff it all in a bag and sling it over my shoulder. But maybe the Griffin Midtown Wallet will signal some kind of wallet resurgence.


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Beets Headphones by Origaudio

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When I received the package containing the headphones for review, I opened it, and it contained a can of beets. Huh? I didn’t order any beets. I don’t even really like them very much. I remember planting some in my garden one time and couldn’t get rid of them. They kept coming back year after year whether I wanted them or not.

I dug a little deeper in the package. Lo and behold there was a black circular case.


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X-Doria Dash Icon Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

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It doesn’t take long for new cases to arrive when a new phone appears on the market. X-Doria is a signature case maker par excellence with a new case in the circle for the S4.

The Dash series consists of three models, the Dash Pro, the Dash Icon, and the Engage Form VR. The one I received to review belongs to the Dash Icon line.


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NEW: Penclic Mouse

If you are looking for something new and innovative in a mouse, you may wish to check out the Penclick. You hold it like a tradition pen so that it feels natural in your hand, and there’s virtually no learning curve.


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New AOC 57 LED Monitor

When the package arrived I couldn’t tell if it were a monitor or a TV. I suppose there isn’t all that much difference these days with the multi-functionality of monitors in concert with computers. But it did turn out to be a nice 23 inch monitor known as the AOC:12367fh.

The suggested retail price is $199, but I’ve seen them here for just $161. What a bargain.


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Now Shipping: New X-Doria Cases for Galaxy S4

It must be a challenge for case makers to keep up with all the new phones as they become available. I’ve noticed that X-Doria does a good job of it. They now have available a new handsome line for the new Galaxy S4.

There is the Dash Icon with four designs, the Dash Pro with four color choices, and the Engage Form VR with three color choices. All cost $29.99.


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Dash Pro Case for Galaxy S4 by X-Doria

If you are fortunate enough to have a new Galaxy S4, surely you will want to protect it from the rigors of life out there in the real world. If so, you will certainly want to give the new X-Doria Dash Pro case a look-see.

This handsome case comes in your choice of four colors: black, brown, and cabernet. It costs $29.99, and you can check them out here

The leather like cover folds open to make a multi-angle stand for your phone.


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Toddy Gear’s New Brandable Pocket Toddy

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I’ve written about Toddy Gear’s great, two sided screen and lens cleaning cloths. They have come up with a great new idea for a promotional product that should be of much interest to businesses and consumers alike.

It will be of interest to businesses because it will be a change to promote their brand and get a product in customers and potential customer’s hands that will be used, seen often, and appreciated.


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Seidio Convert Case for Nexus 4: a triple whammy

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As far as I’m concerned, this case has it all. It’s really like three cases in one.

If you’re looking for rugged protection, it gives you a highly shock absorbent silicone case that will survive an elephant stampede and being dropped from tall buildings.

If you need attachment and portability, it comes with a uniquely designed belt clip that will protect the face of your device and hold it securely on your belt at the same time.


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Supertooth HD Voice Bluetooth Speakerphone

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Whether you live in a state where it is against the law to talk On your phone while driving or not, you should not do it; It’s not safe for you, and it’s not safe for others. You need a convenient solution to solve this dangerous problem, and that’s where Supertooth comes to the rescue.
It gives me the chills to see a soccer mom in a van full of kids yacking her head off on the phone while driving.


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Bluetune-Solo Mini Speaker

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Bluetune-Solo is a portable Bluetooth speaker system with a big sound. Its portability makes it a perfect travel companion or handy auxiliary speaker. Some of my sound casters just don't have that great a sound quality, but this little sound cylinder measuring only 3 x 2.75 inches solves that problem It's not just a speaker for enhancing music and videos, it also functions as a handsfree device with the push of a button.


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Swann Sky Duel: a big boy toy

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Some things are just more fun to review than others. I can’t think of a product I’ve reviewed lately that has been as much fun as the Swann Sky Duel helicopter set. Yes, it’s a set that comes with two helicopters in the package.

It’s called Duel because you actually shoot it out with your opponent with Infrared laser guns. Hit your enemy three times and he’s blown away.


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Roboform Everywhere for Everyone

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What’s better than having an electronic wallet where you can store all your secret, sacred stuff securely and always have access to it when you need it?

Roboform is better because it not only stores all your important information like credit cards, passwords, and account information, it also logs you on with the touch of a button.

There are several different flavors of Roboform. The desktop version works on all platforms and costs $29.95 as a onetime license fee.


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