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Stan grew up in the heart of the Silicon Valley, studying electronics engineering and writing. Stan has been freelance-writing product reviews for almost a decade, with a focus on gadgets, electronics, and technology. He's also a husband, father to three daughters - twins and a toddler -, avid reader, tech junkie, and scotch drinker. When he's not writing, you can find him spending time with his family, cooking, tending to his garden of ghost peppers, or playing smartphone games in a hammock. Email: stangoodner[ampersand]live(dot)com

TechnologyTell Review: Plantronics BackBeat FIT

When it comes to exercise, music is a driving force. Some studies have shown that people are less likely to commit to working out without music. However, not every set of headphones or earbuds are ideal when it comes to cords, sweat, and motion. It makes sense that a wireless product would pair well with activity.

Microsoft’s latest keyboard plays nice with Android, iOS

No matter how good the voice recognition or swipe-to-type software, nothing really beats a standard keyboard for writing notes or laying out ideas. There’s something about letting fingers hover, waiting to attack the keys with purpose, like a trapdoor spider snatching up unsuspecting prey. What? That’s not how the rest of you type? Give it a shot – it’s fun.

BelayCords creates fully reversible Lightning, USB cables

Whether or not you feel the creation of Apple’s Lightning cable is a money-making ploy in disguise, you can’t argue results. There is no up, down, or flipping; the cable tip just plugs right in. Rumors have been floating around recently about a Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector. Unfortunately, it appears unlikely that Apple will ship these revamped cables and adaptors with the upcoming iPhone 6.

After 2 years of user abuse, Microsoft to restore Start Menu

Recently-leaked photos posted on ComputerBase show a redesigned Start Menu that users have been wanting ever since Windows 8 came out.

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Has Apple jumped the shark with its latest news?

I remember the months prior to June 8th, 2002. Lennox Lewis held the title for heavyweight boxing champion, and the masses were eager to see former heavyweight ‘Iron Mike’ Tyson go head-to-head against Lewis. What could have been a fight of legend ended up very one-sided, as Lewis dispatched the aging Tyson with a knockout victory. By the third round, the disappointment was palpable as months of hype left viewers to witness the inevitable, technical defeat. I made a big’ole bowl of popcorn, for nuthin’.

Soen Audio launches portable, mountable wireless speaker

One of the reasons we love music through headphones is the freedom of mobility with secluded sound. You can be out and about in your own world, listening to track after track. But what if you decide you want to share that audio experience with others? Ya gonna need a speaker.

TechnologyTell Review: Braven BRV-Bank battery pack

Earlier this year at CES 2014, Braven unveiled its BRV-Bank, the world’s first Bluetooth-enabled external battery pack. It’s designed rugged and waterproof, perfect for those with outdoor lifestyles. On top of that, the Braven BRV-Bank is packaged with a non-weenie flashlight. For serious! At CES, the BRV-Bank was only in a display case, but I recently had the chance to check one out in person.

TechnologyTell Review: Lenmar Mutant External Battery

Last year, Lenmar launched their Undead Power marketing campaign for their lineup of external battery packs and accessories. Pairing the idea of zombies and mobile power – two quite popular themes right now – is brilliant. I find it fun. Why not?

Sony comes in like a heavyweight with new hi-res audio

There was a time when Sony championed portable audio. Many of us had a Sony Walkman of one type or another, back in the day. However, once MP3s and digital music hit the scene and completely changed the arena, the company fell out of place to the faster and more innovative. But with Sony’s latest product unveiling at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, all this just might change.

Next gen booq Cobra brief does function, fashion right

If you haven’t noticed, booq has been on a roll for releasing some fantastic, high-quality bags. In fact, you might have been thinking how your current backpack or messenger has been looking a little dated and worn. Technically, we’re still in that back-to-school “season” so it’s totally ok to consider a professional upgrade. Hey, appearances count, right?

Large smartphones get a boost for video, photography

Despite how digital photos from smartphones and cameras can be nigh unlimited, due to being able to delete the chaff, there is value in taking a great shot the first time each time. If not for the sake of photography, then at least to save storage space or time spent cherry-picking.

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TechnologyTell Review: Flyshark Bluetooth Keyboard

When it comes to me being mobile and productive, less is more. That’s why the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone (phablet) is my device of choice, compared to a desktop or laptop. I can have more power and information at my fingertips, all in the space that fills a pocket. I do as much as I can from the comfort of my hammock, impossible for a PC and awkward with a laptop.