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Conquer the cold

Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Product Picks

By Marc Rapport When temperatures start dipping and nipping at fingers and toes — indoors or out — these gadgets can bring the heat when and where you need it. PERSONAL SPACE OUTDOOR BUDDY Take it fishing, take it camping, take it out to the workshop. Wherever you go, the portable and powerful Mr. Heater… Continue reading.


Have yourself a techy little Christmas

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 in Product Picks

By Marc Rapport While there will probably always be a place for the traditional electric train set around the Christmas tree, here are some newer digital delights to make your holidays a little more techy for everyone on your gift list. PLAY AND LEARN Baby Talk Baby’s smartphone entertains the littlest device users with colorful… Continue reading.

Blower door

Seal tight; ventilate right

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 in Energy, Product Picks

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless Now that winter is here, I’d like to make my home more comfortable by keeping cold air out. I’m planning to have a contractor inspect and seal air leaks. However, a neighbor mentioned that I could seal up my home too much and cause ventilation problems. Is this true?… Continue reading.

Polaroid Snap

Photo ops

Posted on Nov 01, 2016 in Product Picks

By Marc Rapport With gift-buying season upon us, the world of digital photography offers plenty of interesting gadgets to help the camera buffs on your list snap, record and share their favorite images. NEW TWISTS ON OLD CONCEPTS It’s a Snap Polaroid cameras were revolutionary, offering the instant gratification of photo prints right out of… Continue reading.

Infrared Thermometer

Goin’ goo-goo for gadgets!

Posted on Oct 01, 2016 in General, Product Picks

By Ron Aiken Most babies born these days will live to see the arrival of the 22nd century. (That’s just 84 years away.) Give them a sneak peek of all the “star-techy” marvels they’ll be growing up with with some of the latest innovations in the baby-care market. EXTRA CARE High-Tech Peek-a-Boo Those early baby… Continue reading.

Tomorrow’s breakfast served today

Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Product Picks

By Ron Aiken Wake up and smell the high-tech coffee in kitchens equipped with handy devices that make morning meal prep a little more interesting. FIRST THINGS FIRST GOURMET GRIND If you like your coffee just so, starting with perfectly ground beans, you’ll want your own grinder. Cuisinart’s DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill offers… Continue reading.

Lend me your ears

Posted on Aug 01, 2016 in Product Picks

By Ron Aiken From headphones to speakers to home-entertainment sound systems, technology has improved the quality of sound and the way we listen. Tune in to some of the latest sonic electronics. HOME THEATRICS Surround Me As televisions grow to the size of movie screens, the sound quality keeps pace, along with the pricing. The… Continue reading.

Boy binoculars

The eyes have it!

Posted on Jul 01, 2016 in Product Picks

By Ron Aiken and Electric Consumer Though 1608 is the recorded year for the first telescope, which led to monoculars and binoculars, humans have tried to improve their ability to see long distances long before then. Roman Emperor Nero, it’s said, viewed the fights of gladiators through a natural magnifier made out of an emerald…. Continue reading.

Well … for pet’s sake!

Posted on Jun 01, 2016 in General, Product Picks

By Ron Aiken Humans aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the latest in technology. Check out these gadgets designed to make your pet cuter, your house cleaner and your life easier. HEALTHY CHOICES ENCOURAGING HYDRATION Dogs and cats need plenty of water, especially during these coming summer days. The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain… Continue reading.

Techie utility wear

Posted on May 01, 2016 in Product Picks

By Ron Aiken While we’re not quite to Batman’s utility belt just yet when it comes to having any conceivable gadget at our fingertips, smart watches, fitness trackers, health bracelets and more have brought the latest technology to your wardrobe closet. TIME HAS COME TODAY SMART SLEEK Samsung’s Gear S2 looks good and works smart,… Continue reading.

Ageless technology

Posted on Apr 01, 2016 in Product Picks

By Becky Billingsley As the body grows less nimble, technology can make many tasks easier for seniors, from caregiving to living life more independently. KITCHEN SAFETY UNCANNY Older hands will appreciate the light touch needed to operate the ergonomic lever on the Hamilton Beach 76606Z Smooth Touch Can Opener. Its side-cutting system leaves a smooth… Continue reading.

Off-road connections

Posted on Mar 01, 2016 in Product Picks

By Becky Billingsley Portable electronic gear lets you stay connected and equipped for adventure while biking, hiking, camping, boating or simply enjoying the great outdoors. TAKE CHARGE Hot pot A lightweight, 1.2-liter Powerpot 5 does double duty on your off-road adventures. While it cooks your food over a campfire, the pot generates an electrical current… Continue reading.

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