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NOMAD Slim Wallet with Tile Tracking REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON A minimalist wallet with a little extra inside. I’ve always been a big fan of keeping things simple. I loved Steve Job’s practice of wearing the same clothing every day because it freed his mind up to think about other things. Minimalist is definitely the way I like to think about things in my opinion. That’s why I’ve always liked Nomad. The company launched with its inaugural product, the ChargeCard in 2012 — the same year MacSources was born. I guess that’s why I’ve always had a particular fondness for Nomad as a company — that and…

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Rocabi Luxury Weighted Blanket REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON A luxurious way to sleep comfortably. Over the past year or so, I’ve been working on improving my overall health. I’ve done some research and reviewed what I’m doing in my life that could be improved. One factor that has continued to come up is quality of sleep. There are several things that a person can do to improve their sleep — stop drinking caffeine, exercise, make sure your bed is the right type for you — and one thing I found that can really change your sleeping habits is a weighted blanket. The concept of using…

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Western Digital MY CLOUD HOME REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON An eye-opening experience that turned me away from Dropbox MacSources writers share a lot of information back and forth. We like to work collaboratively, but in order to do that, we have to have a shared cloud space because we aren’t all located in one place. We first tried using Dropbox since I was a big supporter of cloud storage. At some point, I started having some issues with the service but still used it because I didn’t have another good option to go with. One thing I was trying to find was something that would be…

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Cleer FLOW Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON Great sound, confusing controls I love music. The problem that I have these days is that I have pretty profound hearing loss. This makes finding a set of headphones a difficult task most of the time. I want something comfortable and something that will allow me to hear music normally. Even though I experienced a little bit of control confusion, the Cleer Flow Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones ended up being a great fit for me. DETAILS The Cleer Flow headphones employ hybrid noise canceling technology for noise-free listening. The headphones are available in two colors – silver…

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An update to the PlugBug World – a travel must-have The newest version of the travel power adapter will feature two USB plugs. This will allow you to charge two additional devices from your MacBook charger at a powerful 12w of power (more than twice as fast as the standard 5w that your iPhone comes with). Twelve South understands that many of our favorite devices will be moving into the USB-C world in the near future but that still leaves us with everything we currently own charging with USB-A, not to mention all our other peripherals including wireless headphones, external…

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20180817-Extreme Portable SSD 2 TB-001

BUY FROM AMAZON On the go photographers best friend The past few weeks I’ve been recovering from an injury and have had to limit how much weight I carry around. As someone who is running around with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV attached to me like an extension of myself and a bag full of heavy glass lenses, I know the benefit of product weight and found that it was quite difficult to limit my camera gear. One place I could make a change was with my portable storage. Never have I ever seen a hard drive as big…

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LifeEar Core Hearing Aid REVIEW

Better option then I expected but still not as professional as seeing an audiologist. I suffer from major hearing loss. My high range is almost obliterated so sounds like birds, door chimes, some car alarms and other beeps, dings, etc. — you get the drift. Needless to say, I have done it all. I have seen an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor and I have had all the tests so I know just how bad my hearing loss is. There are multiple options out there for people who suffer from hearing loss and not just the high-end hearing aids from…

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Drone innovations are no more a distant dream for garage tinkerers and tech enthusiasts With a growing interest of makers in aerial robotics, IIT Bombay based nano-drone startup, Drona Aviation, is taking drone innovations at grass-roots level globally with their Indiegogo campaign. Their latest product PlutoX, the open and affordable aerial robotics kit for makers, is set to accelerate the development of drone ideas into reality. “Being tinkerers ourselves, we’re well aware of the demotivating crashes, burdensome coding and other challenges that limit the scope of tinkering and innovating with drones. PlutoX was engineered particularly ensuring agility, durability, and affordability…

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Xfinity Home Customers Can Now Manage and Control Smart Door Locks from Yale Yale Locks & Hardware today announced that smart locks from its Assure Lock® line can now be connected to Comcast’s Xfinity Home service, its home security and home automation solution, when purchased with a Yale Zigbee Network Module. “We’re delighted to partner with Xfinity Home and have our Assure Lock line play a critical role securing front doors across the country,” said Jason Williams, President, ASSA ABLOY U.S. Residential Group, which includes Yale Residential. “Xfinity Home customers can now connect an Assure Lock that’s right for them…

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Complete Portfolio of Storage Solutions Accelerates Growth Strategy StorCentric, the newly formed customer centric storage solutions company will be acquiring Drobo, the preferred storage solution for prosumer and SMB customers and Nexsan, a global leader in enterprise storage solutions. With these acquisitions, StorCentric will provide a robust portfolio of storage solutions with a broad and feature rich product line. This will enable high performance, secure, and scalable solutions for a multitude of workflows and workloads. Both brands will remain intact as independent divisions under StorCentric. The Next Phase of Growth in a Hybrid Cloud Environment With these acquisitions, StorCentric will…

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Ooma Butterfleye WiFi Security Camera

BUY FROM AMAZON High-quality video doesn’t make up for shortcomings. I’ve been a fan of Ooma years. Several years ago, I discovered that my grandmother had been paying a lease on a rotary dial phone that she didn’t even own anymore from AT&T. When I found that out, I immediately canceled the contract with them and looked for other options for our landline. At the time, one of the only options was the Magic Jack. It worked, but not well. Finally, Ooma brought a true VOIP phone system out for consumers. I joined up with it immediately and have been…

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A day to celebrate In August of 2012, MacSources was launched. Since that time, the site has expanded and the writers wanted to take the time to thank our readers and celebrate MacSource’s birthday in their own special way. Thank you all for sharing your lives with us and enjoy! Jon Walters SENIOR WRITER, EDITOR [box]On this date, August 20, 2018, one of my favorite groups celebrates its sixth birthday. Starting simply as a personal hobby in the fall of 2015, I did not understand how large of a presence MacSources would become for me. Initially, I joined the team…

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Affordable Designer Style and High-Quality Finishes Continue to Revolutionize Door Hardware Industry As door hardware continues to prevail as a powerful statement piece of the home, Schlage, maker of stylish and innovative door hardware, today introduced exterior handlesets as the latest addition to its Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware Collection. Launching earlier this year, Schlage Custom offers a new universal functionality that allows homeowners to change from a doorknob to a lever, a traditional look to a modern look—even a non-locking door to lockable—in just minutes, without having to remove the inner core of the lock. The collection now features more…

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Plantronics Rig 800HD Gaming Headset REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON Headset falls short of expectations I’ve always been big into console gaming. But I like to play loud games later in the evening so I typically use a set of headphones to enjoy my play time. I hate wires and as a result, I seek out wireless gaming headsets to complete my set-up. I’ve had the same set for a few years now and am looking to upgrade so when I saw that Plantronics, a brand I’ve liked for a long time, had a gaming headset with Dolby Atmos included as a feature, I took a chance…

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featured ZeroLemon iPhone X Charging Case 7

BUY FROM AMAZON An efficient charging case with an elegant design Something I have disliked about charging cases since I first started using them many years ago is the Micro USB connection that they all needed to be powered by. Even now, some of the big name brands continue to make charging cases that use Micro USB to power the case up. This is a nuisance since my iPhone uses Lightning and my MacBook Pro uses USB-C I don’t want to drag a third cable along. In fact, aside from my iPhone and iPad, most of my devices now use USB-C…

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Well-Kept Screen Cleansing Towelettes REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON Portable screen cleaning with style When I was approached to check out the Well-Kept Screen Cleansing Towelettes I had already been looking into a good way to clean my 34″ LG monitor. Over the past few months, I have let my screen go. It looked miserable. Fingerprints and smudges…little spots from who knows what…and dust…Oh, the humanity! I finally had a chance to sit down and proceeded to clean the beast. I was impressed with the tiny package of wipes from the start. The Well-Kept Screen Cleansing Towelettes comes in packets of 15 wipes. They are pre-moistened…

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SkyRunner Adult Kangaroo Shoes Jumping Stilts REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON A blast until you faceplant Ever since I watched the opening ceremonies during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, I’ve wanted a pair of jumping stilts. I’ve never had a problem with risk-taking and I loved the idea of being able to spring over large objects like cars. I’ve been trying to be more active recently and I thought, “Now is the time for the stilts!” I thought that maybe the enjoyment I would get from using them would be good motivation to get moving. While that ended up being true, I also found that the jumping stilts may not…

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Manfrotto Befree Live Video Travel Tripod Kit REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON My search is over for the perfect lightweight travel tripod Over the past couple of years, I started upgrading my photography equipment to more professional gear. Along with that upgrade, I began researching and testing out different brands of tripods. I finally settled on Manfrotto as ‘my’ brand of choice and I’ve really never looked back. Manfrotto as a brand says ‘quality’ to me. I am confident in the products they create and I know that any of my precious cameras will be safe when they are perched on top of a Manfrotto product. The first tripod…

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Guardzilla 360 Outdoor All-In-One HD Camera REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON A good investment in home security. One area of interest I’ve had for a long time is smart home security. I love all of the technology that surrounds this particular area and in some form or another, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with several of the major home security brands in the market (Ring, Arlo, etc.). Recently, Guardzilla, a technology company that focuses on home security that is both affordable and easy-to-use products, released a new 360º security camera — the Guardzilla 360 Outdoor All-in-One HD Camera. It was honored at CES 2018 with an Innovation…

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RolliCool Cool100H Portable AC with Heater REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON An efficient climate control system that is worth the investment. For many years, my family has kept a portable air conditioner in our garage. We do this so that in the oppressive heat that we sometimes have during the summer doesn’t make the garage completely unbearable. Even though the rolling A/C unit serves us well, it does not have remote control capabilities. You have to manually turn it on and off by the controls located on the unit itself. It’s a hassle and on more than one occasion, I think we actually just left it off for…

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Twelve South AirSnap AirPod Case REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON A remarkable luxury accessory for AirPods. I’ve been a fan of my AirPods since the day I got them. In fact, I spent a lot of time searching for a set because, for a long time, they weren’t readily available. And just like all my other tech gadgets, I try very hard to keep the AirPods in pristine condition. The AirPods themselves are protected from the elements because they have the awesome charging case, but what about protection for the case itself? Surprisingly enough, I’ve only seen a few protective cases for the AirPod charging case emerge…

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featured 6 Tile Pro Series Combo Pack

BUY FROM AMAZON A good investment for multiple trackers. Tile currently has four tracker devices in the market — the Tile Sport, Tile Mate, Tile Style, and Tile Slim. At one point or another, MacSources’ writers have reviewed each of these products including the original Tile Bluetooth Tracker. So, why rehash the same products? Well, it’s simple. This is a new way for them to be packaged. Tile has actually provided two different combo packs that make it easier for families to stay up-to-date with their belongings’ location. The combo pack of the Tile Mate + Tile Slim and the…

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Swagtron’s newest three-wheeled electric scooter carves like a longboard. SWAGTRON, the undisputed leader in electric rideables, today introduces the Swagger Cali Drift, a three-wheeled electric scooter that carves like a longboard, blurring the lines between the two to create an entirely unique experience. A powerful 250-watt electric motor drives the rear wheel and the two front wheels, stem and handlebar pivot on a carriage system allowing the rider the maneuverability to cut and carve in ways previously impossible on traditional two-wheeled scooters. The Cali Drift is capable of speeds up to 15.5 mph and inclines up to 8 degrees with…

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DREVO Calibur Wireless Mechanical Keyboard REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON A wonderful compact keyboard for everyday use. It’s always a bit tricky when you make the decision to add a mechanical keyboard to your set-up. What brand do you get? What size do you look for? What switches should you invest in? I’ve been researching and testing mechanical keyboards for the past couple of years now and seem to find pluses and minuses in every type I try. So, this time, I sought one out that would fit with my desk set-up. I ended up with the Calibur Wireless Mechanical Keyboard by DREVO. This special keyboard is…

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myCharge UnPlugged Wireless Portable Charger REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON Not Pre-charged but still awesome Thanks to the iPhone X I have really jumped onto the wireless charging game. I have one almost in every room of my house and even one in my truck. Recently I started playing with portable batteries that have wireless charging built into them. Finding a reliable power bank can be difficult, but I found that myCharge, a company that specializes in creating charging solution for mobile device users, is consistently developing products that provide power safely for users. This is why I decided to give the UnPlugged Wireless Portable Charger from myCharge a…

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PhotoMarks macOS App REVIEW

DOWNLOAD A batch photo editor that’s an efficient powerhouse. I work with hundreds of image files per day. Sometimes they are RAW files and other times they are just large JPEGs. Whatever the file type or size, I always end up having to resize them to make them uniform to a specific style I’m going for. Resizing images — especially for web use — is important as it makes it easier to share the files. When you are going to share files you need to make sure you are protected, too. One very easy way to do this is to…

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SoarOwl Camera Backpack REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON An impressive camera bag at an affordable price. When you are looking to protect your camera gear you want only the best. But sometimes the best cost more than you can afford. So, why not look a classy, well-made camera backpack that is an average price instead of a premium one. I like to try and take advantage of bargains when I can and love it when I can find good deals on great products. The Camera Backpack from SoarOwl is one of those instances. DETAILS This backpack is a standard bag for camera storage and transport.…

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SwagCycle Pro by SwagTron REVIEW

BUY FROM AMAZON Get around with this awesome electric bike https://youtu.be/-Tn9vWILhqU In certain parts of the world, you can get around easily without having a ‘real’ car. I’ve seen lots of people use public transportation (like buses and subways) to get from point A to point B and I’ve always been envious of that. I’d love to have the opportunity to hop on a scooter or electric skateboard to travel through a concrete jungle rather than get into my car. Even though my geographic location doesn’t quite lend itself to that type of transportation, I’m grateful that personal electric vehicles…

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New exceptionally engineered mattress offered at a remarkably affordable price tulo, an innovative bed-in-a-box brand that believes you shouldn’t have to sacrifice high quality for affordability, has introduced its next generation of premium mattress offerings– tulo liv. Constructed with proprietary materials to enhance your sleeping experience, tulo liv is comprised of three foam layers designed to provide core support and universal comfort at a remarkably competitive price point. Available online and in more than 3,000 Mattress Firm stores nationwide, prices for tulo liv start at $390 (Twin). Based on consumer feedback and market analysis, tulo recognized there is demand for…

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Allows Players to Bet Real Money Against Themselves in Trivia PROVEIT, the first mobile trivia experience that lets players put up real money to compete for cash prizes, today announces Streaks, a new way for players to win money by betting against an unlikely competitor: themselves. To play Streaks, players pay a $1 entry fee to play a 13-question quiz representing a wide variety of topics. In a manner similar to “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” players win cash for each correct answer they deliver, with the dollar amounts increasing as the play progresses. If players answer all 13…

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