Nyrius Smart Outlet review

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The conversion of everything in the home to be part of a wireless network is not all about the ‘cool factor.’ Home automation makes for convenient and cost-efficient living. Items will activate and shutdown when necessary rather than being turned on manually and staying on for an infinite amount of time. The Nyrius Smart Outlet works manually, with timers, or by proximity to control electronics in the home with a smartphone app. Each Smart Outlet costs less than $40, making home automation with Nyrius relatively affordable.

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Divoom Voombox-party rugged wireless stereo speaker review

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Choosing the perfect wireless speaker based on your needs is quite the task considering the vast array of options. There are trade-offs to be made between style, durability, portability, and sound. It is common for any device in any category to be rather bulky and unwieldy when built with durability in mind. Devices focusing on style and build quality lose out when it comes to durability. Divoom, manufacturer of various wireless audio products, believes it has the perfect formula packaged inside its rugged wireless stereo speaker. The Voombox-party has a simple design that remains portable despite the durability factors behind it.

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Moto E LTE (2015) Review: The perfect budget phone

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Last year Motorola released the Moto E, a phone that was built to last and priced for all. We found it to me a fantastic phone for the money, but with all technology, things continue to evolve, and Motorola has upgraded just about every spec on the device for 2015. Based on the suggested retail, the LTE version should cost a little more ($20) than last year’s $129 price point, but you can find it for much lower.

Is the new Moto E a worthy upgrade? Well I have spent a little over a week with it so let’s find out.


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Review: The Inateck BTSP-20 Water-resistant Bluetooth speaker

Inateck BlueTooth BTSP20 (12) Before I get started, I figured I would mention that portable speakers aren’t usually the sort of thing that I’m terribly interested in. I’ve always viewed portable speakers as unnecessary (from a personal perspective) and never really looked at them as being able to offer a satisfactory experience. As such, I have usually either listened to my music (anything from Roxette to AC/DC to Weird Al) via headphones or through my PC speakers. But the other week I was sent the Inateck BTSP-20 Bluetooth Speaker to review, and I’m more than pleasantly surprised with it. I might even go so far as to say that I have become a big fan of the BTSP-20.
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Galaxy Note Edge review: Super cool, but is it useful?

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The Galaxy Note Edge was introduced alongside the Galaxy Note 4. It’s essentially the same exact phone except the right edge is curved and it serves as a secondary display. On the surface, it looks kind of cool, but when it comes to technology, cool stuff isn’t always useful or worth your money. If it cost the same as other flagship phones, it might be an easy decision, but at $399 on contract, this thing is either the next best thing or something to stay clear away from. Let’s find out which after the break.


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SF Launcher 2 review: the launcher that brings Google Now style straight to your home-screen

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Earlier this month, Talk Android’s Justin Herrick reported on app developer Jack Thackar’s complete remake of his original SF Launcher, which you can view here. The new launcher, SF Launcher 2, features an amazing imitation of the Google Now app, but instead of notifications, you can customize your home-screen with apps and widgets inside of the notification cards.

This custom launcher doesn’t just stop there, though. Fully implementing Google’s new Material Design elements, colors and actions are present to satisfy your thirst for all things Lollipop.

Thanks to Justin’s tip on the new launcher, I decided to give it a test drive for a couple of weeks. Here are my thoughts on Thackar’s work.
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Kenu Airframe+ portable car mount review

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Finding the perfect car mount is difficult because there are hardly ‘one size fits all’ options. The Kenu Airframe+ portable car mount ditches suction cups, adhesives, magnets, and special cases for a simple design. After all, this is Kenu and we have seen the company produce compact products that are practical before. The Kenu Airframe+ even maintains versatility unlike so many other products in its class.


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Kenu Stance compact tripod review

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Is it possible for a tripod to be so compact even if it is holding just a smartphone? The people at Kenu would say absolutely. The Kenu Stance compact tripod manages to hold smartphones big and small in place with ease. It allows for the smartphone to be setup in various positions which can each serve a different purpose. If that’s not enough, the Kenu Stance doubles as a bottle opener.


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SkEye, the perfect companion app for any stargazer

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Without a doubt, one of the most wonderful pieces of equipment a person can own is a telescope. For centuries, these optical devices have been used to bring objects afar close to both the eye and the soul. And, now that most of the gift-giving this holiday season has passed, you, like a few people I know, may have received one of these instruments.

I could spend pages talking about Newtonian reflectors or laser collimators, but this being Talk Android, I’d like to give you my review of an app I have used for a few years that has made stargazing incredibly fun and easy. The app is called SkEye and it brings a planetarium straight to your smartphone or tablet.
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YouTube Music Key Review

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Google has long been rumored to be working on a YouTube music service. In the fall of this year we were promised multiple times that we were weeks and weeks away from the YouTube service. Finally, in mid-November the music service was announced.

YouTube Music Key as it’s called, goes for $7.99 a month (for the promotional period where it will then jump up to $9.99 a month) and offers an ad-free music and music video experience. Much like Google Music — and most other music streaming services — the service can be used both on the web and from the mobile app. The service is said to be a YouTube lover’s dream, but is it a streaming service worth your monthly coin? Hit the break to find out.


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