When it comes to grilling up the perfect steak, or ensuring chicken doesn’t dry out, there’s no better way to do that then to use a meat thermometer. That’s common knowledge and easy enough, right? Well, for those of us who want to incorporate technology into nearly every aspect of our lives, what better way to do so than with a Bluetooth thermometer? And thus, I take a look at the iGrilmini by iDevices.
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The Sector 5 Black Ops Elite case for the iPhone 5/5s is Element Case’s flagship case in their tactical line. Aside from the usual features of the Sector 5 case, the Black Ops Elite also uses G10, a durable plastic laminate normally used in handgun grips and tactical knives. I picked up a sample during CES and used it for several weeks. I really liked it for the most part, but had a couple of issues with it.
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Studio Neat originally released the Glif, a tripod mount for iPhone. It was a solid accessory for those wanting a way to hold their iPhone in place when capturing photos, but it had its drawbacks as well. Fast forward to the second version of Glif, and you’ll see that Studio Neat has taken into account the drawbacks and tried to account for them all. How does it stack up?
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USB flash drives are useful for a great many things. One of my favorites is turning them into bootable utility drives. Whenever I get a new version of OS X or Windows, I create bootable USB flash drives so I have hard copies of the OS installer. Another tool I use a lot is Parted Magic, a Linux-based utility. And while you don’t always need high-end flash drives for these purposes, a good one can go a long way to avoiding frustration and wasted time. I took a look at the Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 specifically for use as a bootable drive after I experienced problems trying to create a bootable OS X Mavericks installer.
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Mobile device manufacturers still charge a big premium for devices with additional memory. The cost difference between a base iPad Air with 16GB of memory and the 128GB version is a whopping $300. There is, however, no shortage of secondary Wi-Fi storage solutions available. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is one of most portable I’ve seen and is definitely a keeper.
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The DualPro case is one of Incipio’s most protective cases without moving up to the waterproof/rugged department. It’s a durable, two-piece case that comes in a variety of finishes. I was sent the DualPro Shine and the Carbon Fiber finishes and really liked the way they looked.
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Controlling an outlet and whatever is plugged into that outlet from your smartphone from anywhere in the world is cool. But controlling that outlet while seeing exactly how much energy the item is using is even cooler. That’s exactly what the latest addition to the WeMo line, the Insight Switch, allows you to do.
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