Author: Brian Wharton

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Brian is a part time tech writer for MacSources.com and full time gamer. He's a very skilled Call of Duty Player and Apple fanboy who has taken his fandom to the next level by tattooing the Apple logo on his back.

Geeni Smart Plug and WiFi Light

Geeni brings the power of lighting to your fingertips. Home automation is all the rage these days. Just a few short years ago all we could do is dream or watch science fiction to see home automation at work. Now we finally get to live in the future. We don’t get our flying cars, hoverboards, personal robots, or instant meals, but we still get the ability to do some more basic tasks around the house from our smartphones, tablets, or computers. Every day we see something new hit the market that makes our life just a little bit easier, just a…

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LAUT Power Dash

Power Dash delivers fast and efficient charge to all your devices. My new job means a lot of travel for me. With that, I seem to live in my car most of the time. It’s my office and sometimes a great place to take a nap. Like most people on the road today, I have several devices on me or in my car at any given time and charging them can be quite problematic. Most car chargers will only charge one or two devices at a time. They also will charge at a very slow rate with some you get…

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Presidio Grip case adds form and function without the extra bulk. I can never make my mind up on iPhone cases. I go through phases of wanting big and bulky cases for protection against everything, then during summer months, I tend to want a waterproof case because of sweat or water in general. Other times I just want to show off the beauty of my iPhone, the flawless design so I go with something extremely minimal. Here recently I’ve been trying to get away from all of those and just go for an all-around protection that doesn’t make the phone…

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VEHO ZB-1 Wireless Sports Headphones REVIEW

ZB-1 Wireless Sports Headphones outperform all others in the category. I fill a lot of my free time with music these days. Sadly, I am always on the hunt for a good set of headphones that meet my needs. I have realized that I need several sets for different situations and environments. While I have been consolidating here and there, I needed a versatile set of headphones that I could carry at all times. I am still a fan of old school corded headphones, but I want the freedom of wireless for my everyday use. After looking into the independent wireless…

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CrystalTech Nano 2.0 Liquid Screen Protector REVIEW Protects with minimal intrusion

Phones receive protection from the CrystalTech Nano Screen Protector without losing stunning look. One of the issues of owning a smartphone besides the cost is the tendency of your screen cracking. Whether it be a simple drop that you have done many times before with no damage (that is the worst), sitting on your phone while it’s in your back pocket, dropping something on it or a plethora of other different scenarios, it always has the same outcome – a screen that starts with a simple crack that leads to the spider web effect and you having cut fingers from the…

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Air Mouse makes life just a little bit easier when controlling entertainment devices. I have been using Android TV boxes for only a short time. I have found that the remote controls included with the box typically limit your capabilities. After several frustrating minutes with the provided remote, I realize that my wireless keyboard and mouse work on it. Soon after that discover, I decided to go out and get a keyboard with a mousepad directly on it for ease of use. This got to be quite bothersome very quickly. The problem for me was that with a separate keyboard…

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Lapa helps to locate misplaced belongings. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, things are often misplaced. If most people are like me, we are all doomed. I constantly misplace pretty much everything. I try to make routines and set places for everything almost to the point of a chalk outline of everything. With an active home life and crazy work life, I tend to loose a lot more than most people I know. I have tried simple solutions to no avail. Luckily I do believe my search is over. Lapa is a new take on the tracking device…

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MP3 player left me wanting more. Recently I’ve been wanting to kind of get back to the old-school early days of some of our technology. While I still like to live in the now, I still yearn for simpler days on one device did want to do things and that’s it. One of the biggest things that I Miss is when phones were just phones and MP3 players were just MP3 players. It’s nice having all of it at your beck and call, but it was simpler times. I’ve been picking up devices here and there that are just standalone…

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Charging stand efficient solution for Apple Watch Even though I am a fanboy of all things Apple, I waited quite some time to get an Apple Watch. While I do like the new method of charging (via induction), it’s yet another cord on my bedside table. Since the charging puck for the watch is magnetic, I don’t have to worry about plugging anything into the watch. But, just setting the Apple Watch charging puck down on my nightstand and flopping my watch on top of it looks sloppy and adds more clutter. I wanted a charging solution that holds the watch…

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RAM Mount provides a safe reliable way to charge your devices at home or in the car. I always look for different ways to make my life simpler and easier. I lead a busy hectic fast-paced life, so any product that saves me time while having an easy, practical application is much appreciated. Most of the I’m on the go or thinking about being on the go and I need things that can keep up with my pace, while still performing with all the everyday wear and tear that I might put it through. Now I’ve been known to be…

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Sound Level Meter is a good tool for podcasters. A few years ago in my younger free-spirited early twenties a lot of my friends were musicians. Some were better than others, but they all had the dream to make it big someday. The one thing they all had in common was the lack of necessary equipment and space. One particular friend comes to mind. The talent that oozed out of his fingers onto a guitar and out of his mouth was amazing. Such raw talent that needed refining. Sitting in the living room with a laptop and a voice batting…

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Projector is a versatile, portable home theater system. Like most people these days, I watch entirely way too much television and movies. If you add on a serious gaming addiction, then the electronics start to pile up. First, you buy a basic television. Then you need a new sound system, and soon after comes a new television upgrade and so on. After quite about of money, the one upgrade that always seemed inevitable was a larger screen. No matter how big of a television that I got, it never seemed to be big enough. I had to experience a new…

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Nexbox Android TV box gives one single platform for all your media needs. I’m addicted to watching television. Whether it’s binge watching a favorite show or brushing up on a favorite movie trilogy, I can always carve out much-needed time to escape the rigors of everyday life if one for a few short hours. One of the downsides that there are so many different options for my viewing pleasure. I am a die hard advocate of cord cutting. I refuse to pay for Cable or Satellite programming. I’m am ok with all internet based options, but being able to access…

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Power bank is a lifesaver for dead batteries. I don’t know how many times my phone has died on me. Like most people, I live vicariously through my phone. It always there for me in my personal and professional life. I can’t remember a day in the recent past that I didn’t have my trusty iPhone by my side or in my hands. With everything that iPhones do it’s only natural that they have become an extension of ourselves. With that being said, when the battery is dangerously low or dead it feels like an existential crisis. Like a part…

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Blumoo simplifies your life by eliminating remote clutter. I lose everything. Whether it is a big or small device, important or not, I lose it. I generally spend about an hour a day looking for something I misplaced in a hurry. One of the most common things I lose is remote controls. With all of the different streaming boxes, televisions, and speakers that I have strewn about my house I am constantly looking for a remote and more times than not I will find a previously misplaced remote that does me absolutely no good at that given time. There are…

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BIGFOX Q 4K TV Box fulfills all media needs. I am an Apple a fanatic when it comes to anything and everything they develop. This includes the Apple TV.  I have a few different versions and enjoy them all to some degree. For a while, they suited my every need, but after a while, I grew disappointed about not having all of the streaming devices on my set-top TV box. Naturally, I did a little shopping around and decided on Roku to help fill the void that I had in my TV viewing life. Once again, this solution only lasted…

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Flash drive great for extra storage space. No matter how large the storage on my iPhone is, I always manage to fill it up. My overcrowded iPhone hard drive is usually due to apps eating up space, music and video, or the all too familiar camera roll that is too full to take any more important selfies. I can, of course, use the cloud but that doesn’t always give me immediate relief. It can be a pain to upload everything and when you’re out and about, you don’t want to use all of your precious data in case you need…

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Bluetooth transmitter works well, but fails after battery dies. In my search to play my music from my phone through my car stereo without changing anything, I’ve tried out various solutions. I’m cheap and sometimes lazy, so any easy answer will usually do. I wanted a wireless solution to my music listening problem. I still wanted something stylish and aesthetically pleasing on the eyes. I have an iPhone and I do like products that mimic the look and feel of Apple products. After coming across Reiie’s Bluetooth Hi-Fi Dual Mode Transceiver, my troubles and woes were over. With a mostly…

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FM Transmitter provides easy to use hands-free solution for the car. When I was younger, changing out a car stereo was a good way to kill a few hours and be productive. Now, sadly, not so much. Between the hassle of pulling a whole dashboard out and with newer cars having integrated climate control and stereo it’s too expensive and can be a bit daunting. Burning your own CD’s can only go so far. I want to be able to use whatever media device is available to fuel my driving music needs. I looked for a smarter, simpler solution that would be…

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Bluetooth speaker good for special circumstances, but not an everyday speaker. Music for everywhere. Well, that’s the dream at least. I have been tired of being poolside and not having music and if I do I always have to worry about to getting wet or messed up in some other way. There are so many different speakers out on the market right now. I primarily focused on just a few criteria – portability, durability, Bluetooth capability, and battery life. The Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker is what I ended up going with. From first glance out of the box, it looks pretty…

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Hard drive fits a lot of storage needs, but not all. I am constantly running out of precious and much need hard drive space. Like most people, I save every picture, song, video clip, and document that comes my way. There are only so many internal storage upgrades that you can implement. I’m a fan of external storage for non-essential media and documents. I have to keep certain types of files grouped together and an easy way to do that is with portable hard drives. It’s the simplest way to upgrade. There’s no hassle of opening your computer and damaging…

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The camera delivers crisp, clear picture. I’ve always wanted to be in two places at once. By that, I mean I’m curious as to what goes on at home when I’m not there. Whether it be a roommate, pets, children, or possibly a burglar. In any of those scenarios I want to be able to access the camera(s) from my phone anywhere and possibly have the camera move if I couldn’t afford multiple cameras. Onwote’s IP Network Camera comes to the rescue. In my search to fill my house watching void, I ran across this easy to use camera. Setting…

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It’s filled my portable speaker void. I need to have music playing for almost every activity that I do, including sleeping. I wish I could carry around a full sized stereo with me everywhere. I have tried several portable speakers, with mixed results. Either they are too big, not loud enough, terrible sound quality, or poor battery life. While I can trade off on a few of these things I need a majority of the qualities while still being durable and able to withstand my rigorous day to day activities. SoundPEATS P2 outdoor wireless speaker has filled my portable speaker…

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Brings you peace of mind and helps you be safe. As a social drinker, I always worry about having a bit too much to drink and getting caught up in the celebration. Getting home is always a concern and I refuse to be “that guy” who drives intoxicated. Drinking responsibly is always a personal concern, so keeping track of what I drink is always crucial. I have lost a few friends to drunk drivers and it a needless death. Always. In the past few years personal breathalyzers have become affordable enough for most people to obtain – cutting out the…

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ByRobot's Drone Fighter REVIEW

ByRobot’s Drone Fighter is built for combat against other drones. No matter where you look today, drones seem to be everywhere. At CES earlier this year, drones had a huge part of the floor space. Some drones where huge and used for commercial applications, some for personal use around the property, and some were just for fun. With the bigger ones, you need to register with the FAA and that’s not my cup of tea. I focused on the small drones that have a multitude of applications. I chose to check out ByRobot’s Drone Fighters. It’s just a little larger than my…

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Sound Intone I80 DJ Stereo Headphones are sturdy and provide a decent sound. I love to listen to music. It calms me down when I’m wound up and vice versa. I tend to listen to music in some weird situations. I have several different headphones and earbuds. I tend to lean more towards actual headphones rather than earbuds. They stay out and almost always sound better, as well as block out ambient noise. They tend to be a lot more comfortable for me to wear for prolonged times. For some of my activities, headphones sometimes break or take a lot…

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Soaiy S-31 Bluetooth Handsfree Speakerphone is a simple solution for everyday use. I do a lot more driving than most people do everyday. The down side is, well, the driving. I try to use this time constructively by returning missed calls I have received throughout the day. I have an aftermarket stereo that supports handsfree calling, but it doesn’t really do the trick and I find myself yelling so that people can hear me. I also have a handsfree headset that gets somewhat uncomfortable after extended period of time. I have been searching for a easy solution that lets me not yell…

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Sound Intone CX-05 Headphones provide a clear sound and solid build. It seems like headphones are all the rage recently. There are so many different styles, sizes, and varieties. I’m not a big fan of earbuds. They always feel like they are going to fall out. Bluetooth headphones are nice, but worrying about the battery level can be bothersome when you are always on the go with life or work. I like the old school approach, corded with nice soft ear pads that stay in place. Sound Intone’s CX-05 foldable headphones fit for everything I wanted. The foldable headphones cradle over…

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Keluoer iPhone Power Case provides power, but not as expected. I’m always on the go, whether it is for work, personal reasons, or pleasure. The one thing that I can’t seem to live without is my iPhone. I am constantly searching for a charger, battery pack, or charging cord. Sometimes plugging into a wall isn’t a viable option or  even feasible. I’ve been looking at several different charging solutions including cases. Keluoer’s iPhone Power Case was the option that I attempted most recently. I am always trying new iPhone cases and portable batteries, so blending the two is a match made in heaven in my opinion. I have tried…

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1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones stand above the rest. In the last few years, I have ditched my corded earbuds for a wireless solution. It was a freedom that I craved. The first few Bluetooth headsets that I bought weren’t all that great, but it didn’t take long for them to improve battery life, volume, and sound quality. The problem was that I always had my trusty corded earbuds that came with my iPhone somewhere close for just in case. In the past year, I have been irritated with the sound quality with the new wireless headsets, so back to corded…

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