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Product Review: Garmin Vivoactive 3

Back in July I bought the Garmin Vivoactive smartwatch. I liked the device well enough, but the style was a major drawback. I started referring to it as “Michael Scott’s Plasma” because of how ridiculous it looked like on my wrist. But as silly as it looked, I liked the device for

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Smartwatch Use Cases

It seems everyone loves to argue about what gadget platform is better. Just last week when Claire and I were at Books and Brews, she mentioned her new Android phone and some dude had to chime in with an “iPhone is better.” Here’s the thing though, there is no “better” once you

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Initial Thoughts: Vivoactive 3, FitBit Ionic, Samsung Gear Sport

The IFA Conference just wrapped up, and three new smartwatches were announced that caught my eye. The Fitbit Ionic, Samsung Gear Sport, and Garmin Vivoactive 3. After reading up on them, this is my general feeling on each. Keep in mind, these aren’t out yet so I haven’t even seen them in

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Product Review: Garmin Vivoactive

After I posted my review of my Timex IQ+ Move, a friend started asking me questions about smartwatches. As I discussed the pros and cons of various platforms with him, I found myself missing an actual smart watch. Or at least a watch with some smart capabilities. When I saw the Garmin

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Product Review: Timex IQ+ Move

I loved my Pebble Time Round smartwatch, and I was really bummed when it was announced that FitBit had purchased Pebble. The purchase meant there would be no more updates to the Pebble. A shame because the watch did have some bugs like not always updating the weather, and occasionally losing steps.

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Goodbye Pebble

As of December 7th, Pebble is officially no more. Their intellectual property was purchased by FitBit, who won’t be issuing any updates for the Pebble ecosystem. I love my Pebble Time Round. It isn’t a “smart watch for women,” but in my mind it’s the only smartwatch truly designed with women in

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10 Things I’ve Learned About 3D Printing

Since I picked up an inexpensive 3D printer from Monoprice, and have been printing all the things. Getting started in 3D printing isn’t as daunting as you’d think. I was even able to start getting decent prints the first week. It’s getting from “decent” to “good” that take some work. Getting to

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Let’s Get Mechanical

Like most people who work at a computer all day, I have some repetitive strain injury (RSI) issues. Using a vertical mouse was a great step towards lessening the pain. As was working these muscles in a different way by playing guitar. But my keyboard has still been a pain point. Up

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A Year With a Smartwatch

A little over a year ago I bought a smartwatch. I’d wanted one a while, and when Pebble announced their Round I jumped on it. I wasn’t really sure what I expected from a smartwatch. I figured maybe I’d know when my phone rang (and I do), or that I’d use it to

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On Headphone Jacks…

After months of rumors Apple has officially released a phone without a 3.5mm (headphone) jack. Of course, everyone is upset about it. What about my wired headphones? An adapter? What if I want to charge my phone while I listen to music? This is ridiculous! I’m switching to Android! (Hate to break