Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Simplicam review: the Dropcam killer has arrived

Simplicam review: the Dropcam killer has arrived

As go home security cameras, so goes the Dropcam. The very cool, Google-owned company put everyone on notice with their snazzy camera, meant for home security, but good for a variety of use cases. A new challenger, Simplicam, wants to unseat them from their throne atop the consumer security cam heap. Offering a bit more technical savvy than the Dropcam, Simplicam may end up the home security camera you should be considering instead of others it competes with. Is Simplicam as good as advertised, though? We put it through its paces to find out.

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The iPhone 6: here’s what to expect

The iPhone 6: here’s what to expect

Now that the iPhone 6 has been leaked to oblivion, it’s time to round it all up and offer a look at what your next iPhone just might be. From the visual punches to the specs and software, we take a look at all we’ve heard to this point. With Apple’s mysterious event happening in just over a week, let’s consider what will come of their biggest product announcement since the original iPhone.

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Blumoo review: complete control from your smartphone

Blumoo review: complete control from your smartphone

Something familiar will happen to you tonight. You’ll sit down on your couch, go to turn on the TV — and curse. Probably loudly. Those remotes, all five or more, are strewn about your living room. Under a bag of chips, between the couch cushions — or who knows where. Your remotes just don’t behave. You could suffer this indignity indefinitely, or you could just get a Blumoo.

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TravelCard review: backup battery power in your pocket

TravelCard review: backup battery power in your pocket

Battery packs are ubiquitous now, with just about everyone offering up their take on how to charge your phone in a pinch. A new entry into the market, TravelCard, battles your draining smartphone battery at the pinnacle of the battery backup wars: the credit-card sized power pack genre. Could such a svelte packet actually power up your smartphone? We go hands-on to find out.

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Ikea’s secret to amazing catalogs? CGI, and lots of it

Ikea’s secret to amazing catalogs? CGI, and lots of it

You walk into that big, bold store and tell yourself “don’t forget a catalog on the way out this time”. The Ikea catalog is a good barometer for style on a budget, and something lying around many homes and apartments. If you recently wondered why their staged rooms looked so good while yours looks so plain, the answer may be a bit more complex than you think. Turns out, they probably didn’t stage anything - it’s CGI.

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iPhone 6 may have 1GB RAM after all

iPhone 6 may have 1GB RAM after all

Sometimes, the right people see the right articles, and can add some needed insight. One clever sleuth thinks they’ve cracked the case on the iPhone 6’s RAM. Originally thought to be improved form the iPhone 5S, we may be getting the same 1GB we’ve been enjoying.

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