X-Doria Clearvue Case for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Is a Simple, Elegant Solution

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What’s the first thing you buy after purchasing a new iPhone?  A new iPhone case of course!  Even before my iPhone 7 Plus showed up, I purchased the X-Doria Clearvue case and had it waiting for me at home.  What drew me to the X-Doria Clearvue was the fact that it was small, light, and see through…and $9.99.

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The X-Doria Clearvue is made with transparent thermoplastic polyurethane, or TPU for short.  It’s a soft and elastic plastic that also sports a resistance to oil, grease, and abrasion.  It’s a great material for mobile phone cases that a lot of case manufacturers take advantage of.  The result, in the case of the X-Doria Clearvue, is a flexible plastic case that is easy to get on and off of your phone, but still provides a decent amount of protection from low drops.  The case weighs only 1.05 ounces and adds very little bulk to the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, so it’s easy to keep in your pocket.

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Check out my video review for a brief overview of the X-Doria Clearvue:

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The X-Doria Clearvue has a lip at the front that extends past the iPhone screen, providing some protection for the screen if you were to put the phone face down on a table.  The back of the Clearvue, living up to it’s name, is clear, allowing you to appreciate the design of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  The power button and volume buttons are covered with silver accents.  The cutouts in the X-Doria Clearvue are adequate to access the mute switch, allow room for the camera lens(es) and speakers, as well as the lighting port.  The cutout at the lightning port is also large enough to accept third-party lighting cables, which is key because who wants to buy legit lightning cables?

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Overall, I’m a fan of the X-Doria Clearvue.  It’s a no-frills case, but provides simple and elegant protection, for a great price.  I love the fact that you can appreciate the iPhone’s design through the case and it doesn’t add much weight or bulk to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus you’d like to protect?  You can get yours today on Amazon.

Source: The X-Doria Clearvue was a personal purchase.

What I Like: Simple, no-frills case; Transparent; Minimal weight and bulk; Decent protection; Lip at front of case to protect screen; Cutout accepts third-party lightning cables.

What Needs Improvement: Nothing at this price point.

Take Your Media Everywhere You Go With Plex Cloud

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If you haven’t heard of a little company by the name of Plex, you’ve probably been living under a rock. The popular media player and server announced today a service that will make sure you are never without your favorite music, movies, and photos again.

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Announced today, Plex introduced Plex Cloud, and its name says everything. Currently in a private beta, the $60 service will essentially give the user UNLIMITED storage courtesy of Amazon’s web services. So all of those family photos and home movies, you can now have them on every device, from your Google Chromecast to your Xbox One, even your smartphone if compatible.

Currently I am hosting everything off of a Western Digital hard drive, and in order to watch it from my Plex account, I have to have the hard drive on 24/7. So now I’ll have sound peace of mind knowing that if the power ever goes out, or my hard drive dies, I have media backed up to the cloud and it will never get lost. Prior with Plex you needed an always-on computer or NAS which means I can do away with the wires and extra endless boxes and stream ANYWHERE.

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One thing I wish I could do is link to my Dropbox, Box, or OneDrive, but to be completely honest I feel as though I’m already paying a lot for those services. But for $60 a year, and UNLIMITED storage, I might be cancelling those “other guys” for this one-two punch of a deal that Plex is offering up. Not having to deal with upload bandwidth and data caps is a thing of the past with the Plex Cloud.

While space is very limited, you can actually still sign up for the beta, and for more information you can head over to Plex today!

The Dotspen will save your wrist from stippling stress

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If you enjoy drawing, you’ve likely messed with different methods to shape the image in your mind onto the page. You can use hatching, shading, stippling, and a myriad of other movements to get the desired effect, but all options are going to be hard on your wrists. If you especially love the stippling effect, then you know how annoying it is to have to take breaks so there aren’t obvious changes in your movements or dot making. Lazy dots become lines pretty quickly.

To keep your wrist from going numb, this Cuttlelola Dotspen will take on half the work for you. This is an electronic drawing pen for illustration, stippling, and zentangle drawings. It uses electricity to power the pen tip to move up and down, looking like a slowed-down tattoo machine as it moves across the page, leaving a trail of dots in its wake. It will take some time to get used to the movement, but art is all about practice anyhow.

This is charged via USB, and you’ll know when its fully charged as the LED indicator light will shut off. You do have the option to use it while it’s plugged in, but will have to deal with the cord possibly getting in the way. It has slow and fast speeds while using a refillable gel ink. The pen will cost around $58, and you can expect paying out $3-4 for 5 replacement cartridges. Presently black ink is the only option that cheap, as blue, pink, and yellow will cost you $5 or more.

Available for purchase on Amazon
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Defeat Excessive Roaming Charges While Traveling With This Hotspot

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If you are a frequent traveler, you know that roaming can get to be pretty pricey. And a popular cellular data roaming company by the name of KnowRoaming wants to look out for you with their new hotspot!

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KnowRoaming actually offers mobile service without charging you a small fortune in the process, which is great for the traveler who wants to enjoy a truly unlimited data experience in over 90 different countries all with just the flip of a switch. The Global Hotspot by KnowRoaming will actually be great for the business traveler and their companies who need to host reliable service to a group heading overseas and do not want to suffer from a pricey hotel connectivity bill, or go the way of paying per-day for on-location Internet access. The Hotspot itself boasts some incredible features like the ability to last 20 hours without charging (on top of being connectable to up to fifteen different devices), and if you’re on the go, it will also serve as a portable battery chargers to your devices!

Described by KnowRoaming’s CEO Gregory Gundelfinger:

“The reality is business happens everywhere and people need instant connectivity on all their devices. We’re thrilled to say our Global Hotspot provides fast, secure, and reliable data around the globe from top-tier networks.”

But don’t let his words just be your only reason to choose the Global Hotspot, the fact that KnowRoaming will only cost a flat rate of $7.99 a day is cheaper than the hotel that you’re staying in while being much faster, and its giving you UNLIMITED data that you can even manage, using your KnowRoaming account that comes included. Why wouldn’t you want to pay for lower rates while getting better service? The answer is simple: you know you’re paying too much for roaming, so KnowRoaming is the clear winner when it comes to global traveling and connectivity.

For more information about the KnowRoaming head over to KnowRoaming today!

The Nemureru Mori Toe Separator Socks give your digits a rest

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When you take on a professional position in the work world, there’s usually a certain sort of uniform you wear to look the part. This means nice clothes, shoes, and accessories. For the most part, the outfit isn’t the worst to wear, but the shoes take a serious toll on your feet. The construction of these shoes usually bunch your toes together in the front, making you willfully deform your feet.

If you don’t want to deal with as severe hammertoe and malformation of your toes as you age, it might be worth it to get these Nemureru Mori Toe Separator Socks. These are ankle socks that have little cushions to go in between your toes which are supposed to be worn while you sleep. They are essentially toe socks, but don’t completely cover your toes to make sure they have plenty of space to stretch out. You’re supposed to wear these to bed so that your foot digits have a chance to realign themselves before being crammed into an uncomfortable shoe for another full day.

Made of polyester, acrylic, and polyurethane, these are likely a little more apt to being washed regularly than the longer cotton version we looked at before. These only come in pink and purple, fitting US women’s size 6-8.5, making those of us with bigger feet look into other options. The price on these is set at $23, which you could likely view as a medical expense as not taking the precautions now might mean resetting surgery in the future.

Available for purchase on JapanTrendShop
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The KA-BAR Tactical Spork is field practical

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Over the years of reading and writing for The Gadgeteer, I have seen a fair amount of combo eating utensils. While most of these have a spork like configuration, only a few have had a knife or cutting blade. KA-BAR (known worldwide for their Marine fighting knife) has come up with their version of a field eating utensil, the Tactical Spork. The Tactical Spork is made from food and water approved Grilamid and has a serrated knife hidden in the handle. The Tactical Spork is 6.875 inches in overall length with the blade of the knife being 2.5 inches (legal for carry in most states). The price of $6.93 from the KA-BAR web site is nice, but you must make a minimum order of three sporks ($20.97 before shipping) or you can order one for about $18 from Amazon.

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Inateck DB1001 Battery-Free Doorbell review

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I can be kind of lazy. Case in point, we didn’t have a working doorbell for at least a year because I was too lazy to replace the battery in the outdoor push button. Instead of buying a battery, I just ordered an ultra cheap wireless doorbell from Amazon and used it for less than a year before the battery died. If my doorbell was hardwired, this wouldn’t be an issue, but since I don’t have that option, I either have to order the non-standard batteries from Amazon or just buy a new doorbell every time the batteries die. Wasteful? Yes. But I already told you that I can be lazy. Luckily for me, I was asked to review the Inateck DB1001 Battery-Free Doorbell. No batteries you ask? I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s true. Let’s check it out.

What is it?

The Inateck DB1001 Battery-Free Doorbell is a two piece wireless doorbell that includes a transmitter push button that mounts outside your door and a receiver that plugs into a wall outlet. The push button that goes outside uses energy-harvesting technology instead of a battery. Pushing the button generates enough power to send the signal to the receiver in the house.

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What’s in the box?

Push button
Chime (receiver)
Double sided 3M stick tape
Mounting hardware
Instruction manual

Design and features

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The DB1001 doesn’t look very sleek. It’s 2.6 in (67mm) diameter plastic shell is large and white with the Inateck logo printed on the front.

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The receiver is about the same size but has 2 prongs and a speaker on the back.

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On the left side is a volume button and a chime tune selector button. The design is really basic and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Installation and use

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Installing the doorbell is just a matter of peeling and sticking the push button outside near your door. There’s a 3M adhesive sticker pre-installed on the back of the button, or you can also mount the button using the included screws. I just peeled and stuck it to the wall next to my front door.

Then you plug the receiver into a wall outlet and use the buttons on the left side to adjust volume (there are 4 levels) and choose a chime tone (there are 38 tones).

According to the instructions, the range of the wireless signal between the push button and the receiver can reach up to 262 ft (80 m) in the open and up to 98 ft (30 m) indoors.

There is no pairing process although the instructions do state that you can pair additional push buttons. There isn’t any mention of pairing additional receivers in the instructions, but there is mention of this on the Amazon page, so I’m going to say that it is possible.

To get an idea of the tones you can choose from, watch the quick video below. I didn’t include all 38 chimes as they get pretty annoying after listening to 3 or 4 of them, but you get the idea of the selection.

I ended up just using the default chime tone because that’s the one that will be selected by default if the power goes off – which it does at least once a week at my house. The default chime is also the least annoying because it just sounds like a traditional doorbell tone.

Final thoughts

The Inateck DB1001 Battery-Free Doorbell installed easily and worked as expected. Pressing the doorbell outside would cause the chime to be heard inside from the receiver. It was plenty loud enough to hear throughout my home, but then I only have a 1700sq foot home.

The button press felt adequately tactile just like other doorbells that I’ve used over the years and each time I pressed it, I would hear the chime in the house. What more can you ask for, a wireless doorbell that doesn’t require any batteries and costs less than $20. It gets two thumbs up from me!

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Inateck. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.

 

Product Information

Price:$17.99
Manufacturer:Inateck
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Simple to install
  • Outdoor push button doesn't require any batteries
  • Push button features a water-resistancy level of IPX-6
Cons:
  • Chime tones can be annoying
  • Loses ring tone selection if power cycles

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ChargeTech’s PLUG is most powerful battery pack in the world

plugThe modern day road warrior will find that his or her smartphone tends to run out of battery pretty quickly — especially when you have to attend to many tasks on the device, all the while having it communicate with other devices via Bluetooth or even doubling up as a hotspot for some. Power banks are an obvious choice for power users for sure, and so are protective cases for smartphones that come with a built-in battery. However, there might be something that is more useful for multiple devices, and ChargeTech’s PLUG happens to fill that niche by being the most powerful battery pack in the world.

The PLUG intends to be a trend-setter in portable power solutions, having just launched the PLUG as an Indiegogo campaign which has proven to be a success. First of all, the PLUG will boast of an impressive 48,000mAh battery capacity along 250 watts of power. Such figures make the PLUG as one of the highest rated battery packs of its kind in the market.

In other words, users are able to opt to charge laptops up to 3 times, tablets up to 7 times, smartphones up to 28 times, TVs up to 4 hours, drones up to 3 times, DSLR cameras up to 30 times, mini fridges up to 8 hours, hoverboards up to 2 times, among others. As for the kind of devices which are compatible with the PLUG, it should cover a wide range of notebooks, iPhones and other mobile devices, iPads, CPAP machines, medical devices, desktop computers, printers, flat screen TVs, PS4, Xbox ONE, Wii U, video gaming consoles, mini fridges, cameras, drones, and hoverboards.

In terms of connectivity, PLUG arrives with universal dual AC outlets with dual USB ports, letting you juice up to four 4 devices simultaneously. It also comes with international worldwide compatible outlets with power outputs of 120V to 240V, while featuring pass-through capabilities that enable both the PLUG and other devices to charge simultaneously. Not only that, it has an optional 40 watt solar panel that can recharge the PLUG within 8 hours. In addition, a USB Type-C charging port delivers the fastest charging speeds, allowing it to play nice with multiple devices for on the go charging. There are also beautiful LED display and power indicators so that users can check up on its charging status. The PLUG will have a recommended retail price of $329.

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Beddit 3 Sleep Tracker might help you enter dreamland

beddit3Those who have not experienced any kind of insomnia would not know the experience of wanting to get some sweet, sweet rest, and yet are unable to obtain such respite from everyday life. It can be quite a painful and emotionally draining experience, even driving others nuts. Well, it is always a blessing to know that anything which can be measured, can be improved — so why not go ahead and keep track of your sleep quality? Sleep trackers abound in the market, but you can also have something different in the form of the Beddit 3 Sleep Tracker.

The all new Beddit 3 Sleep Tracker should be able to answer the questions of why one sleeps well and why not. The Beddit 3 Sleep Tracker is proud to be the first product that depicts how personal habits, activities, and feelings will be able to impact all aspects of sleep quality, while offering personal insights to help develop the habits for better sleep.

It will make use of the industry’s most comprehensive and accurate set of data and features, providing access to a vast network of professionals. Being the first dedicated sleep tracker that has been integrated with eClinicalWorks and Healow, the largest Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) service in the United States with more than 115,000 physicians across all 50 states. You will be able to obtain a 2-week summary of sleep, recovery, and breathing in the terms and format that personal trainers, therapists, and healthcare professionals are able to understand at a glance.

Not only that, it will be integrated with the Health app on iPhone, ensuring that users will be able to choose to share sleep results with thousands of fitness and health applications. You also do not have to worry about running out of juice unlike activity trackers, where the Beddit 3 Sleep Tracker is totally ambient. It has a thin, flexible, and soft sensor which is unnoticeable when placed under the sheet on top of the mattress, where it plays nice with all beds and tracks the sleep of the person sleeping on the sensor, even if you are sleeping with your loved one. Expect the Beddit 3 Sleep Tracker to retail for $149 a pop from October 4th onward.

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Blue announces studio-quality Raspberry microphone for iOS and USB

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Blue’s new Raspberry microphone is a professional studio-quality microphone for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC that features patented microphone technology and new patent-pending internal acoustics that make it perfect for podcasts, on-location interviews, live streams, voice-overs, audio for YouTube, music recording and more in a small, portable format that allows for easy recording on the go.

“Raspberry is the ultimate microphone for modern creators looking to extend their recording capabilities beyond the desktop studio,” said John Maier, CEO of Blue. “With our patented circuitry and internal acoustic design, Raspberry delivers the performance of a professional studio microphone—anywhere. People today are creating outside the box and outside the studio, and with Raspberry, they have a professional USB and iOS mic that provides performance to match their ambitions.”

The Blue Raspberry microphone has a built-in volume control and a headphone jack for easy monitoring. It also folds up for transport.

You can find more information at www.bluemic.com/products/raspberry and order a Blue Raspberry for $199.99 (MSRP) from Amazon.

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