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Today in Gear, CES 2014 Edition: January 7, 2014

Have you (geeks) heard? CES is on, and we’ve got two men on the floor, app-ing and connectivity-ing and syncing with a vengeance. We’ll be updating you all week with the coolest thing’s we’ve found so far. Here’s the first batch. LET’S GET TECHNICAL Best of Gear Patrol 2013: Tech | Tested: Xbox One |…

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Some junk for your trunk

Stocking Stuffers: Motorin’ Merch

True enthusiasts know that for the best driving experience you need very little accoutrement, if any at all. But a) everyone loves getting gifts and b) most times, some extra swag comes in handy. You could do the same thing you’ve done every year and get a gift card for the corner gas station, but…

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If your Christmas tree had peripherals

Stocking Stuffers: Treats For Techies

We live in a world dominated by technology, and a lot of it is pretty expensive. People save for the big items and often overlook the small; that’s where stocking stuffers come in handy (they’re the stop-and-smell-the-roses of the gifting world). The best news: because tech is so very ubiquitous — if not necessary — these days, a giftee needn’t be a major computer nerd to appreciate these tech gifts under $100.

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Pay attention to more than just your man cave

Stocking Stuffers: In And Around The House

A living space should be comfortable, functional, attractive — in a word, livable. Herein lie a multitude of smaller gifts that’ll come in handy, really tie a room together and/or keep a home’s occupants content. Hell, you might as well not even wrap these stocking stuffers at all; they’ll be put to immediate use, whether…

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What Your Air Should Wear

On Air: 35 Great iPad Air Cases

Just because the word “air” is in your latest iPad’s name doesn’t mean it’s going to float on the ether if (when) you drop it. There isn’t going to be some magical, fluffy cloud protection when you slip it in your work bag or duffel; there is neither a keyboard nor some sort of built-in kickstand. So, clumsy, what’re you supposed to do? How do you keep your pristine investment and advanced piece of technology looking new? How do you keep it accessible and functional in every imaginable way and every imaginable place, from the airplane to the board room to the living room?

For starters, you could do worse than picking up one of the best iPad Air cases on the market. We’ve rounded up 35 of the grandest grippers, gewgaw-laden sleeves, shells, keyboards and folios and parsed them by price.

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Talk about shopping in advance

12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

Oddly enough, the proliferation of electronic gadgetry, computer stuff and other digital goodies has made buying for the discerning sparkhead (we just coined that — please enjoy and proliferate at will) tougher. With this list, we aim to make the shopping a little simpler by covering suggestions for readers, photogs, movie buffs and gamers. Take a gander and start clicking; your techie giftee will thank you, probably with an email or holographic video message or something.

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Today in Gear: September 25, 2013

Timberland 40th Anniversary Ltd. Collection Traditionally, rubies are the gift of choice for a 40th anniversary. In lieu of red gems Timberland is upgrading their signature boots; their classic yellow boots, Super Boot and World Hiker all get a refresh for this run, including details like PrimaLoft insulation, Vibram soles and Gore-Tex. You’ll have to…

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Toss out the petrified bearclaw, will ya?

Kit: 10 Items for Every Glovebox

Like a shoebox filled with letters from your old girlfriend (you don’t still have that, do you?), no one wants to open your car’s glove compartment. What on earth could be in there — a non-functioning drugstore flashlight, insurance cards from 2009, a Spandau Ballet CD, perhaps some ketchup packets? Good god. We don’t even know you. Clean out your filthy glovebox, ditch the garbage and start stocking it with these ten essentials.

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Today in Gear: May 23, 2013

Defy Bags Defender Workcase Made (in the U.S.A.) from military canvas, reclaimed truck tarps and leather, the bag is sealed shut by kickass buckles; inside is a protective computer pocket. The modern workplace equivalent of a handcuffed-to-the-bad-guy briefcase, which is completely awesome. $332 (★) Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 14 Surround Sound Speaker System Anodized aluminum…

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Today in Gear: May 2, 2013

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Santa wouldn’t be nearly as efficient had he but one tiny reindeer out front of the ole sleigh instead of the de rigeur eight. Belkin, taking a play out of Saint Nick’s book, hitches up eight ports for ultra-fast gadgets in one fell, 20x-faster-than-USB 2.0 swoop. $300 Jazz. New York in…

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Peer into the future, without the crystal ball

CES 2012: Our Favorite Booths

We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we’ll continue to highlight gadgets revealed there on a regular basis, one of the best parts about being on the ground at…

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Enclose Your iPad with GP Approved Cases

25 Best iPad Cases

There are few greater ironies on this earth than buying a super sleek gadget like the iPad only to let the fear of scratching or damaging it cause us to mummify them in cases, sleeves, et al. Since we’re doubtful the trend will change or relent anytime soon though, we’ve scoured our offices, the web,…

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Save Power, Money, and Outlets.

Belkin Conserve Valet

Popular electronics accessory manufacturer Belkin has made strides over the last several years to provide consumers with eco-friendly power solutions that help us stay green with minimal inconveniences in our daily life. The conserve valet ($40) is one of the more intriguing devices to come from their latest efforts and is pitched as a clutter…

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Let Your iPod's Tunes Take Flight

Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

Looking for a better way to get music from your iPod or iPhone to your home stereo? Preferably one that doesn’t involve a 20′ long 3.5mm cable? Recently, we’ve discussed excellent solutions from Sonos, but not everyone has that kind of cash. Fortunately, another far cheaper option was announced today by our friends over at…

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Kiss Choppy Streaming Goodbye

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit

HD video is a blessing and a curse. As sports fans, gamers, and movie buffs, the instant we gazed upon those eye-searing lines of vertical resolution there was just no turning back to standard definition. The trouble is, witnessing Kobe’s facial expressions in glorious 1080p while defending Courtney Lee comes at the expense of added…

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Finally, Someone's Improved the Car Charger

Belkin Micro & Dual iPod/iPhone Auto Chargers

Typically, car phone chargers are nothing to write home about. You stick them in what used to be known as the “cigarette lighter” (back before smoking became equated with terrorism), plug in your phone, and that’s about it. Seeing the newly attached polyp protruding from your otherwise aerodynamic dash was just a fact of life;…

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Belkin Conserve

Live Green And Still Live Easy As self a proclaimed technology addict it’s been hard justifying my desire for national sustainability considering that even while turned off my home theater has enough lights glowing to rival the Vegas strip. I jest not. Then I stumbled across this simple yet ingenious device on Popular Mechanics. Aptly…