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Today in Gear: January 9, 2014

Today in gear, we find a dashboard for your digital metrics, tough running crampons, a portable workspace and much more.

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Today in Gear: October 30, 2013

iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot You’re likely familiar with Roomba, the robot floor sweeper, so a robot floor mopper makes a great bit of sense. The Braava comes in two flavors: the 320 utilizes dry or damp microfiber cloths; 380t models have an onboard reservoir to re-moisten cloths if necessary and have a larger battery…

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Today in Gear: September 26, 2013

Dock Tray What’s the quote? “Cleverness is next to Godliness”? Well, then set yourself down and worship this sleek tray, made in Germany from natural or dark oak. It’s shaped perfectly for iPad duty but can play well with iPhones too; there’s cable storage within and the outer channel functions as a stand for your…

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Little Big Sound

Beats Without Borders: Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Listening to music surely isn’t seasonal — but listening outside is. Now that the warmer, more relaxing months are upon us, it’s time to invest in a Bluetooth speaker that will just as easily perform backyard barbecue DJ duties as it will rainy day basement dance offs. Gone are the days of guarding against every fatal spill or doggy dry-off shake. A new crop of portable boomboxes presents rugged, well-designed and, yes, decent-sounding speakers. We size up five (plus one) of our favorites.

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Your Summer's Speakers

JBL On Stage Micro II Dock

YJBL’s On Stage Micro II Dock ($99) is the follow-up to its successful predecessor and wisely, JBL has updated the dock without changing too much. Essentially, a smaller version of the JBL On Stage IIIP, the On Stage Micro II packs dual computer-optimized JBL Odyssey transducers that deliver solid range (70Hz-20kHz) indoor & out. It…