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Health and fitness apps will be key selling points for smartwatches

CaptCase for iPhone

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The CaptCase leather iPhone coverwas the second campaign that I backed on Kickstarter that was successfully funded, but it is the first to be delivered to me. The packaging it came with was very nice and quite suitable for gift giving. Although I do like my Twelve South BookBook leather iPhone cover, after a year of use some of the stitching is coming apart. The CaptCase is a similar design but slimmer with a cutout for the camera and an outside pocket for a card or two. It is available for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 and cost me less than half the price of the BookBook.

Nitecore EA4W LED Flashlight

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I recently purchased a Nitecore EA4W flashlight after educating myself with some of the excellent reviews written by Selfbuilt over on CandlePowerForums. I'm very pleased with this high-powered compact LED flashlight that runs on only 4 AA batteries.
Before I knew anything about the real world of flashlights I purchased a MAGLITE® LED 3-Cell D Flashlight from Walmart. You can see it in the top picture. It's brightness is rated at 131 Lumens. By contrast, the Nitecore EA4 is much more compact and rated at 860 Lumens. The picture on the bottom right shows the Maglite on the left and the Nitecore on the right shining on a fence about 30 ft away. The difference is clear. The Nitecore is noticeably brighter in the grass directly in front as well as on the fence. I bought the "W" version of the Nitecore EA4 that has a warmer LED than the cool white that is also available. The Maglite has a cool white LED. The compact size of the Nitecore EA4 will make it much easier to th…

TYLT Energi Backpack

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This TYLT Energi Backpack with Built-in Battery was my fourth successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, but the second one to ship. The whole project was very professionally run and actually shipped early. The bag is awesome: very high quality with lots of well designed pockets like my SCOTTEVEST products. The built-in battery can charge 3 devices at the same time and has the capacity to charge an iPhone about 6 times.

Comparison: Casio ProTrek, Garmin Fenix, G-Shock Mudman

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I recently acquired a Garmin fenix GPS watch (pictured in the center in the above photo). It's a very capable sports watch that has the ability to track and monitor a variety of data as well as help you navigate wherever you want to go in your outdoor adventures. My previous ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass) watch was a titanium solar atomic Casio ProTrek, pictured on the left. The third digital sports watch in my collection, pictured on the right is a Casio G-Shock Mudman. 
The Garmin fenix has a built-in rechargeable battery that charges through a specially designed USB docking station. When you plug the docking station into a computer you can access the fenix as USB mass storage and backup or transfer files. Garmin says with the GPS on you should be able to get about 50 hours of use. With the GPS off and used only as a watch, the battery should last around 6 months. Timekeeping with the GPS on is very accurate because it synchronizes with satellites, but with the GPS off, th…

Light My Fire - Titanium Spork

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I recently picked up a number of items that I had ordered online including a Titanium Spork from Light My Fire. I used it this morning to eat an omelette and I'm glad to say it worked quite well. I expected the knife/cutting section not to be sharp because it goes into your mouth, but it cut surprisingly well. Our staff room at work is notorious for not having enough proper eating utensils--especially when needed the most--so the Spork will definitely come in handy.

Garmin fenix GPS Watch: Restore Missing Profiles

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I recently acquired a Garmin fenix Outdoor GPS Watch through an air miles reward program. This awesome watch uses GPS and a variety of sensors so that you can track, navigate and gather all sorts of trip information whenever you are out and about. You can also upload your tracking data to a smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth to view your progress or review your journey. What's even more awesome is having enough loyalty points the get Garmin fenix including shipping and taxes without having to pay anything extra!

The Garmin fÄ“nix comes with a variety of user-programmable Profiles that tailors the data shown on the watch to the particular activity you are doing, such as Hiking, Running, Cycling, and Geocaching. However, I encountered a problem where some of the profiles shown to me in the setup wizard were deleted once I started to use the watch. The ones I was interested in were: Mountain Biking, Hunting, Military, and Off Road--not because I was going to be participating in tho…