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Black+Decker Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Stick Vacuum

It's a pretty fair assumption that most of us have a vacuum cleaner. They range from industrial models that are typically heavy, tough as nails, and need AC power to operate. On the other end of the spectrum of small lightweight battery powered handheld vacuums. Increasingly so called “Stick Vacuums” are becoming popular, as they are both lightweight, and quick to use and store. The new Black+Decker Cordless Lithium 2-In-1 Stick Vacuum with SMARTECH marries both worlds. It’s a small portable handheld vacuum, but then it snaps into full-size stick vacuum for your floors and carpets. How did it perform?  Read our full review to find out.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 3/24/2017

This week brings two new recordings that are rich with superlatives, extraordinary recording quality, musicality, and performance. Livingston Taylor is music royalty (His brother is James Taylor) and "Safe Home" his new binaural recording from acclaimed audiophile label Chesky Records shows off his performing and songwriting talents. “God Like The Sun” is Jimmer Podrasky’s latest gathering of his musical journey. Podrasky, already basking in the glory of Omnivore Records’ wonderful re-release of his seminal album Town+Country with the Rave-Ups puts the musical pedal to the metal with this new release. Read on for our full review.

Harris Fogel, posted 3/1/2017

Are you interested in learning more about Lightroom CC, or tweaking your workflow for more productivity? In this interview with Photoshop and Lightroom Guru Scott Kelby, we discuss his upcoming Lightroom CC Tour. We also discuss the Photoshop World Conference slated for April in Orlando, Florida. Both events will push your understanding of digital imaging, photography, and more. And... for a discount on registration for Lightroom on Tour, use this excusive discount code: MER10PA

Harris Fogel, posted 2/27/2017

In part four of our multipart story on upgrading the entertainment system in your vehicle, starting with a Pioneer 4100 NEX in-dash receiver, we concentrate on adding some oomph to your bass with an easy to install Pioneer TS-WX120A 150 watt Amplified Subwoofer System. Does your vehicle’s bass need some bottom end help? Read on for our review to find out if the TS-WX120A did the trick.

Harris Fogel, with additional reporting by Nancy Burlan, posted 1/30/2017

Unlike last year's Chevrolet Bolt launch, there was no single dominant automotive technology introduction at CES 2017. Despite this, there was a lot going on—John Mulhern III covers some of the more important automotive introductions at the show.

John Mulhern III, Posted 1/22/2017

With almost a week since he got back from CES 2107, John Mulhern III feels there's now been enough time to get a handle on what was notable at this massive show with it's 3,800 exhibitors and (at least) 175,000 attendees. He writes about ten products and technologies that impressed him.

John Mulhern III, Posted 1/14/2017

With about a week to go, John Mulhern III's attention is now solidly on CES 2017 in early January, and he writes about ten areas he's watching at the Consumer Technology Association's huge annual trade show in Las Vegas.

John Mulhern III, Posted 12/27/2016

Tablets are great devices, but many of us still find them vexing to use them for serious typing or entering of text and data. What else explains the multitudes of keyboards and cases available for them? We have tested keyboards in the past, but the approach taken in creating the Brydge 9.7 keyboard for the iPad is unique. It claims to bridge the gap between an iPad and an Apple MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. How does it deliver on its promise? Read on for our full review!

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, posted 11/26/16

In a world of capable multi-function devices, how does a single-function device succeed? John Mulhern III reviews Amazon's top-of-the-line Kindle Oasis e-reader and describes what differentiates it in a crowded marketplace. Is the Kindle Oasis right for you? Read John's review to find out!

John Mulhern III, posted 11/26/2016

Personal storage has been growing in popularity for years. At this point everyone is pretty much used to the idea of cloud storage via Google, or Dropbox, but online services don’t always fit the needs of users. The solution is a shared drive, usually attached to your network. NAS (Network Attached Storage) systems have been the norm for years, so it piqued our interest when Promise Technology introduced their first NAS consumer product, the Promise Technology Apollo Cloud. Featuring a new GUI approach, so that the storage appears to belong only to the logged on user, it’s an easy to use private cloud backup solution. Is the Promise Apollo Cloud for you? Read on to find out!

Harris Fogel & Frank Schramm, posted 11/25/2016