Stay powered up with new battery packs from Mophie

The other week, we had strong storms move through the area, and we experienced the longest power outage I can remember. Thankfully, it’s been since restored, but it made me realize I needed to evaluate what I had around the house to keep phones charged up in an emergency. Funnily enough, there were four new Mophie power packs just recently announced.

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The Gate Labs Video Smart Lock Secures and Monitors

Welcome to the Gate smart lock – a front door smart lock that incorporates a traditional keyed deadbolt, multiple access keypad, person identification camera, and two-way audio system all in one. I’ve had this installed on my house for about 2 weeks now, and it’s been an interesting intro to smart home locks.

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No, high-capacity electronics manufacturing isn’t coming to the heartland

As I’ve written again and again, the biggest lie major manufacturers have told the midwest is that companies like Foxconn will bring jobs and prosperity to some bucolic town in the heartland. In fact, the possibility that Foxconn or any other mass manufacturer. The only exception? Apple who, obviously, can afford to pay workers a premium on its wildly expensive Mac Pro product which will be made in Texas.

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