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Best Carbon Monoxide Detector: Kidde vs First Alert vs Nest

Nest carbon monoxide detector

Carbon monoxide (CO) is considered a silent killer because it is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas. There’s one way to protect your family from carbon monoxide and that’s getting detectors installed in your home. Installation is simple, and the price is relatively inexpensive considering it could save your family’s lives. Read our carbon monoxide detectors reviews to protect your loved ones today…

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What Is the Best Hoverboard? Powerboard vs Razor Hovertrax vs EPIKGO

Man in sneakers on hoverboard: What is the Best Hoverboard?

Are your kids begging you for the latest “it” toy — a hoverboard? Today’s hoverboards aren’t the levitating skateboards you’ve seen Marty McFly ride in the film, Back to the Future II, but they’re still all the rage. Today’s hoverboards resemble Segway foot pads and wheels, but you steer them from the body weight you place on the foot pads — and they don’t actually levitate off the ground. There are a ton of hoverboards on the market, some MUCH better than others. Here, we’ll give you the latest lowdown on the top hoverboards…

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Best Smart Light Bulbs: Wink vs WeMo vs Hue vs Insteon vs Flux

Smart Light Bulbs

If you’re anything like my husband and me, we bicker about who has to get up and turn the lights off when watching a movie or going to bed. “You were the last one to sit down, so you have to go turn off the lights,” is a common argument for why I shouldn’t have to get up. We were both thrilled when we moved into our new home and saw that the master bedroom had a remote control for the ceiling fan. Now we can both get into bed without stubbing our toes. However, we still need to solve the “movie night” dilemma, which is where these WiFi light bulbs come into play. These smart light bulbs can be controlled via smartphones, so you can turn the lights on/off or dim them. Read our WiFi light bulb reviews to see which company we think offers the best lighting options…

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Best DSLR Camera: Nikon D7100 vs Canon 70D vs Canon T5 vs T5i

Best DSLR Camera

Tired of using your smartphone to take pictures at important events? Do the pictures turn out blurry? Smartphones just don’t have the capabilities to take ultra sharp photos that really pop! Step up your photography game by purchasing a DSLR camera. Find the best entry-level DSLR cameras based on price, features, quality and user friendliness…

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Holiday Safety Tips For You & Your Home

Fireplace with stockings

The holidays can be particularly stressful with last minute shopping, hosting family from out of town and traveling. So there’s nothing you need more than peace of mind at home while celebrating peace on earth. Whether you’re entertaining friends or out and about attending holiday parties, households are more vulnerable to break-ins in the winter months. That’s why it’s important to set yourself up for success by following these holiday season safety tips to keep your home protected…

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Best Media Streaming Device: Apple TV vs Google TV vs Boxee vs Roku vs Chromecast vs Amazon Fire vs WD TV vs PlayOn vs TVersity

Watching TV: Best streaming media players

Tired of watching Netflix and Hulu on your tiny computer screen or tablet? Streaming media players connect to your television so you don’t have to squint your eyes at a small screen. In this comparison we take a look at the top streaming media players and pick our winners for best receiver for 2016. Included in this review are: Apple TV, Google TV, Roku, Boxee, Amazon Fire TV, PlayOn, WD TV Live, TVersity and Chromecast, as well as a few others. We share our top 3 picks for best streaming media player and for each, we share the pros and cons, so that you can decide which one might fit your budget and entertainment needs best…

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Best Stun Guns and Taser Flashlights: Zap Your Attacker

Woman in parking garage with taser gun

You may have taken a self-defense class or two, but are you considering kicking up your self-defense game while you’re out on your own at night or alone in sketchy areas? If so, you should consider getting a stun gun or Taser for added safety measures. We’ll help you decide which device is best for you: Taser vs stun gun and give you our reviews of the best stun guns and taser flashlights on the market…

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Fitbit Reviews: Will You See an Increase in Your Activity?

Thinking of joining the Fitbit community but unsure which band you should get? Our Fitbit Review discusses the different types of devices Fitbit has on the market as well as some of the items they excel at and some things they could improve. Fitbit has been a leader in the activity tracker world since their first device came out and they continue to create newer and better products for you to track your fitness…

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Activity Tracker Showdown: Garmin vs Fitbit vs Jawbone vs Nike Fuelband vs Microsoft Band vs BodyBugg

Wearable tech is a relatively new term, but this year’s new product introductions have made the category HOT with an ever-growing feature set designed to make these products more exciting and user-friendly. Companies are coming out with new gadgets to help you reach your weight and fitness goals. Read more to learn which company we consider to have the best activity tracker…

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The Ultimate Tech Gift Guide

Looking for the the latest and greatest gadgets for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season? We’ve got 8 items in our Tech Gift Guide this year that your techie is bound to love. We’ve handpicked some of the most popular items on the market today that we think will make great gifts! And the best part?!? All of these items are available online to ship directly to you or the recipient without leaving the comfort of your home or tablet…

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