SMART UMBRELLAS

We never take our favorite umbrella out because we’d probably lose it. (We’ve lost at least a dozen over the years.) It’s decorated with “Peanuts” and other comic strips, and we’d never find another like it. But coming soon is a smart umbrella that tells you where you left it.

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THE WORLD’S TINIEST DRILL

world’s tiniest drillOne of the world’s tiniest 3D printers has printed the world’s tiniest cordless drill. It’s less than half the size of your thumb and you can see it in action at Gizmag.com.

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LEAVE THE LIGHT ON

One of Bob’s many pet peeves is people who cross in the middle of the block at night when they’re wearing dark clothing. Here are a few things that might save their lives and Bob from a big lawsuit.

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THE APPLE WATCH COMPETITION

Apple Watch reviews have been mixed. Some functions are unnecessary, and others take too long to learn. The $349 price isn’t too appealing either, and you have to have an iPhone to go with it.  We wondered what the alternatives were, so tried out three Android watches. You have to have an Android phone. Of the three, we liked the $179 “Motorola Moto 360” best. It’s half the price of the new “LG Watch Urbane” and $20 less than the new “Asus ZenWatch.” The round-faced Urbane  gets high marks for stylishness, though, with its metal rim and a handsome band. The rectangular ZenWatch is also attractive. But for Joy, our master tester, these two lost out to the less-expensive Moto […]

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DRONE IN A BACKPACK

We’re starting to see drones in the park. Why are they looking at us? (We’re not paranoid yet, but we’re willing to start.)

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APPLE WATCH STAND

If we had a new-fangled Apple Watch, we’d get the $30 “WatchStand” from Griffin Technology. It charges and displays the Watch and an iPhone on a pedestal that makes the watch look like a jewel.

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A BETTER REMOTE

We felt like we had been dropped back to 1960 when we temporarily lost our TV’s remote control. On modern TVs, it’s difficult to find the volume control – or any controls for that matter. A gizmo called “Pronto” could have saved our bacon. (Which after all that time trying to find the controls, was burning in the oven.)

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OUR READERS LIKE REALPAD

We’ve always been skeptical of those “RealPad” ads in the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) magazine. But readers tell us this senior version of a tablet computer is really neat. RealPad simplifies the user experience. If you can put up with a shorter battery life and a less zippy performance, it could be for you.

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WASHING YOUR PHONE

In a recent survey, the manufacturer of a sanitizer called PhoneSoap, asked people which they thought was dirtier: the soles of their shoes, a toilet seat or a cellphone: Most chose the toilet seat, but it’s actually the phone. Most cellphones have 18 times more bacteria than the toilet in a public restroom, they say.

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SUPER CHEAP TABLETS

Talk about cheap: There’s a $50 tablet called the Chromo 7Ci. It started out at $38, but high demand drove up the price.

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