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BATTLE! – Apple Watch Sport versus Fitbit Surge versus Garmin Vivoactive

With the release of the Apple Watch the grey area between fitness activity trackers and smart watches has blurred more than ever before.  Just as when PDAs blended into smart phones over a decade ago, we’re already starting to see more of these “smart” features migrate into all wearables.  Right now the Apple Watch Sport, Garmin Vivoactive, and Fitbit Surge all attempt to capture the same potential audience, but with uniquely different features.  Which is right for you?

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COMPARISON: Withings Activité (Pop) versus the névo minimalist watch

Activity tracking and wearable technology have hit their stride.  More than a dozen of the largest retailers in the United States carry devices from manufacturers like Fitbit, Jawbone, and other large players.  One of those bigger names is Withings, who late in 2014 released the Withings Activité, a simple yet stylish watch that also tracks steps and swimming.  And just a few months later we now have the névo, a minimalist approach in a similar package. How do these two contenders stack up in this new, fashion-centric fold?

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BATTLE! – Fitbit Surge vs Garmin Vívoactive vs Polar M400

Have you decided to make 2015 the year that you train for that 5K?  Are you an avid cyclist and finally want to add an Activity Tracker to your arsenal of cycle computers and pedal sensors?  Or are you just an average person who wants to get a bit more serious about your fitness program?  In this comparative review I’ll look deeper into the pros/cons of three different devices for a wide spectrum of potential users. Time for another epic BATTLE, and in this go-round we’re testing the Fitbit Surge versus Garmin Vìvoactive versus Polar M400.

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BATTLE! – Fitbit Charge versus Garmin Vivofit 2

Spring has sprung!  Here in the Midwest the weather is warming up as we head into Q2 2015.  Before you throw on your sneakers and go outside you’ll want to make certain you’re wearing the best Activity Tracker for the task.  In this battle my two current favorite devices go toe-to-toe as we compare the Fitbit Charge versus Garmin Vivofit 2.

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TESTED: D-Link Wireless Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera (DCS-5020L)

Staples Connect offers a great home automation platform, and over recent months I’ve tested and reviewed a cornucopia of accessories for their smart home hub.  One of my favorite reviews talked about some D-LINK CAMERAS that could be easily called upon when the system detects motion and other triggers.  In this installment I’ll add two more cameras to my home, both which are D-Link Wireless Pan & Tilt Day/Night DCS-5020 units.

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