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Get a Zvox SoundBase 555 Speaker System for $299.99

Zvox Scratch

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Here’s an inconvenient (and sucky) truth: The speakers built into most HDTVs sound like tinny AM-radio throwbacks. They’re awful! So why do people live with them? Probably because of the hassles and expense of buying an AV receiver and cluttering up their living rooms with speakers and wires. But, let’s face it, if you want […]

Trick Out Your iPhone with The XiStera XS Plus Multitool

XiStera XS Plus

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Like any red-blooded American male, my heart beats faster when I hear the word “multitool.” Of course, my iPhone is already the ultimate multitool, good for everything from photography to text messaging to Flappy Birding.  What more could it possibly do? Turns out: a lot. The XiStera XS Plus adds a host of nifty capabilities […]

Get an iZon Home Video Monitor for $79.99

iZon View

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Here’s everything I know about security cameras. They’re expensive. They’re a pain to install. They require lots of wiring. They’re the opposite of decor-friendly. As Ygritte would say to Jon Snow: “You know nothing.” The iZon 2.0 is a decidedly modern (and modern-looking) home video monitor that requires no wiring, sets up in minutes, and won’t […]

Three Free Web Services You Should Start Using Right Now

Three fab freebies

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

In the schlocky TV show “Once Upon a Time,” which I watch only because my kids make me, there’s a frequent refrain: “Magic always comes with a price.” (If you watch it as well, you know it’s usually followed by a “dearie.”) Here in the real world, there’s plenty of magic powered by technology–and, sometimes, there’s […]

What’s Best for Back to School: Laptop, Tablet, or Chromebook?

Laptop assortment

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Author Rick BroidaRick Broida

Having only just recovered from the horror that was winter, 2013-2014, I can’t believe I’m saying this: It’s time to start thinking about fall. Specifically, about school, and the gear that goes with it. For many kids that means a new laptop. My son, for example, is about to start middle school, and he’s eligible […]

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