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Why Did I Buy This? With Grant Pardee: Roomba Review

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Roombas can be a great addition to your home and make cleaning a more efficient process unless you become emotionally dependent on them. In this video, I give the iRobot Vacuum Cleaning Robot ($400 on Amazon) a spin around the house and enjoy watching the little guy clean up after me, scare the cats, fight with my drone, and then ultimately become a horrible drunk monster before returning to it’s dock. All in all, the Roomba is a great buy as long as you can handle it.

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Convert Your DVDs to Digital Movies for Free

MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Remember all those DVDs you bought back in the days when watching a movie meant watching a DVD? Now they’re probably collecting dust on a shelf, having been replaced by the likes of Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and maybe even Vudu. (Ha, ha, I know: good one.)

Yep, those discs are veritable dinosaurs these days, about as practical as vinyl records and VHS cassettes. And yet it’s possible to resurrect your DVDs for a very practical purpose: Watching those movies on your PC, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is the right software.

Specifically, a DVD ripper. Don’t let the name scare you: the process of “ripping” merely means copying the movie files from a disc and converting them to a format that’s compatible with the aforementioned devices.

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Finally, A Mobile Charger That’s Both Smart And Sexy

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Mobile chargers are kind of a hot category these days, which is understandable given the ubiquity of smartphones and their insatiable thirst for power.

To put it another way: your smartphone is always running out of juice, and always at the worst times (like when you need to make a call or you’re about to finally beat that impossible Candy Crush Saga level).

I’ve seen mobile chargers in all shapes and sizes, many of them squeezing their way into card-size frames that can easily slip into a pocket, purse, or even wallet. But as cool as that sounds, they typically have ugly plastic shells and anemic batteries.

That’s why I’m jazzed about the LithiumCard, which combines slick looks and smart design. It’s currently seeking backers on crowd-funding site Indiegogo, but has already blown past its funding goals, meaning it’s just a matter of time before it goes into production.

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Review: Martian Passport watch not quite smart enough

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My recipe for the perfect smartwatch is pretty simple.

First, it should look classy, not clunky, ugly, and tech-y.

Second, it shouldn’t try to do too much. It should be an extension of your phone, providing notifications and information, nothing more.

Third, it should last for at least a week before needing to be recharged.

Finally, it should cost no more than $100.

The Martian Passport is not the perfect smartwatch. It gets a lot of things right, but also misfires in a few key areas — not the least of which is basic wristwatch duty.

At first glance, the Passport looks pretty snazzy, with its analog face and shiny chrome casing. It’s available with a black or white face, though the black one (which I tested) has a decidedly non-snazzy rubber wristband. The white one comes with a leather band.

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Ematic EGP008 review: A dirt-cheap 8-inch tablet. Is it any good?

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When I see the words “8-inch Android tablet” paired with the numbers “$129.99,” I sit up and take notice.

After all, Apple’s new 8-inch (well, 7.9-inch) iPad Mini just debuted with a starting price of $399. A tablet that costs a whopping $270 less must be a hunk of junk, right?
That was my thinking as I approached the Ematic EGP008, a new tablet that, on paper, seems a little too good to be true.
Available in your choice of black, blue, gray, or red, the EGP008 looks like most other tablets in its class. It’s nicely tapered at the rear, and its gently rounded edges make for a comfortable grip. It also feels reasonably light, weighing just a hair over one pound.
The backside also has labels for the various items along the bottom edge, which include the power button, headphone jack, microUSB and microHDMI ports, and microSD slot.
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