Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, TechHive

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

Altec Lansing Mini LifeJacket III

Altec Lansing Mini Lifejacket III review: This rugged Bluetooth speaker isn't just water resistant, it's fully submersible

With just enough top-end sparkle to keep things clear, the MIni Lifejacket III is the best-sounding waterproof Bluetooth speaker we've heard.

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Elgato Eve connected-home system review: Elegant design and operation with HomeKit compatibility

Elgato's HomeKit devices couldn't be designed more elegantly; and except for the Eve Energy, they're reasonably priced.

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VLC for Apple TV review: Goodbye format woes

If there’s a codec VLC doesn’t support, we haven’t found it.

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August launches HomeKit Smart Lock, numeric keypad, and doorbell camera

San Francisco start-up expands its product offering with three all-new home-security products.

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Outlook 2011 to Mail migration: When mbox goes bad

Exporting mbox folders from Outlook 2011 used to be as easy as dragging them to the Desktop. Now it's a whole procedure.

Qualcomm AllPlay

Qualcomm's AllPlay promises to deliver audiophile-quality wireless music streaming

Monster's SoundStage Wi-Fi speakers use Qualcomm's AllPlay tech to stream audio at sampling rates up to 192kHz, and resolution up to 24-bits.

Corsair Voyager Air 2

Corsair Voyager Air 2 review: Wireless media streamer adds cloud storage sync to its repetoire

The syncing works only with Dropbox and Google Drive for now, but it's a cool new perk on this redesigned media-streaming hard drive.

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Browser comparison: How the five leaders stack up in speed, ease of use and more

Do you like your browser fast, easy on system resources, or simple to use? We tested Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari, and found surprising differences on these measures.

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Epson Expression Premium XP-520 review: $130 printer delivers beautiful output and surprisingly affordable ink

It's hard to find an inexpensive printers that doesn't ream you with pricey inks, but this model's high-yield cartridges offer an economical option.

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Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 review: For $300, small-office inkjet offers better output and value than a color laser

The WF-4630's new PrecisionCore print head produces near laser-like print quality. Throw in great features and low operational costs and you have an outstanding, low-cost, low-volume office multifunction.

WD My Cloud EX2

Western Digital My Cloud EX2 review: Fabulous features; pedestrian performance

A pro feature set, a marvelous Web interface, and remote access via a portal makes the My Cloud EX2 is easy as it gets. But it’s a slow performer.

Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile

Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile review: An SSD makes this the portable media server to beat

Thin, light, and long lasting, Toshiba does portable media storage and streaming right.

Fujitsu SV600 Scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 review: Touch-free scanner won't damage source material

It only looks like a table lamp. The Fujitsu SV600 scans material quickly and efficiently, but page curvature is a problem.

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HP Color LaserJet Pro M177fw review: Great output, but little else

Unless you don't print much, the expensive toner and dumbed-down features on this color laser MFP are going to frustrate you.

HP Envy 5530 e-All-in-One review: Home printer has print quality and cheaper inks in its favor

Low-cost home printers tend to be unexciting, but this one stands out for having better-than-usual print quality and a new, cloud-controlled Instant Ink program that is cheaper per page than its regular cartridges are.