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Belkin Apple MFi Certified 2-Port Car Charger with Lightning to USB Cable for iPhone 6S / 6S Plus, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c, iPad Pro, iPad 4th Gen, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini (2.1 Amp / 10 Watt)
Belkin Apple MFi Certified 2-Port Car Charger with Lightning to USB Cable for iPhone 6S / 6S Plus, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5 / 5S / 5c, iPad Pro, iPad 4th Gen, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini (2.1 Amp / 10 Watt)
Price: $31.99
11 used & new from $21.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Apple Certified Means IT WORKS!, August 7, 2014
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This is a great iPhone/iPad charger for you car. It is a great product because:
a) It is Apple CERTIFIED - meaning that IT WORKS! There are many similar chargers for sale that are not certified - therefore, they may or may not work. THIS ONE WORKS!
b) Very compact. Yes, it is surprisingly small. Just leave it in the car as it will fit in any compartment.
c) It allows you to charge TWO devices at once.
d) 10 Watts/2.1 Amp per port is good enough to charge your devices quite fast OR at least put some juice in it before you reach your destination.
e) It looks so cool.
f) You can power or charge other devices providing that wit have the correct USB connector (I tried an emergency lights set and it worked fine - with a different cable, since the set is not made by Apple).

All in all, a great buy!
RECOMMENDED!!


Panasonic SDR-S50K Std-Def SD Camcorder with 78X Zoom & Wide angle Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Panasonic SDR-S50K Std-Def SD Camcorder with 78X Zoom & Wide angle Lens (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
2 used & new from $99.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST camera at this price level!, August 6, 2014
This is one of the basic Panasonic camcorder models - and it feature a few impressive features for its price:

PROS:
a) An amazing loooooong OPTICAL zoom of 78x. That feature makes this camera ideal to take on a family vacation. The digital 3500x zoom is overkill as it loses a lot of detail when you actually get to the 3500. But still you can keep zooming for quite some time and the image will still look great.
b) Inexpensive batteries. The battery lasts for around 45 minutes of usage. If you are the "record it all" type, buy a few more or get the larger battery models.
c) Image stabilization is quite good for such a cheap camera.
d) Auto-focus is fast and sharp.
e) Shooting in Web Mode makes uploading your videos to YouTube a breeze (just remember to set it on again IF you turn the camera off).
f) PRICE: it's so cheap... that if your kids drop it in the swimming pool, you will not cry.
g) It works with any cheap memory card (unlike other cameras that record larger files).

OK
a) The software it comes with (Panasonic VideoCam Suite) is nice but very basic. You can do some editing and upload your videos to YouTube. But let's be frank: chances are, your computer already has a better editing suite probably.

CONS:
a) Not so good for low light situations (like shooting indoors with no lights). That is the price you pay for a big zoom that cannot open too wide. If you need a more versatile camera (if you want to shoot at candle light or at night inside the car), you will need to spend more money.
b) It's not Full HD or 2K nor 3D... because this is a camera to have fun with the kids and upload stuff on the internet. This is NOT a camera to show off your 80 inch 4K TV.
c) Not that good for photos. I suggest you keep your point-and-shoot available.

CONCLUSION
This is a great camera that will give you awesome zoom with a VERY LOW PRICE - making it perfect for a no frills daylight shooting for Youtube. Perfect for a day with the kids at the pool, at the beach or at the amusement park. For that, you cannot get a better camera with amazing image quality... and the price will stop you right there! But if you demand more from a camcorder, then you'll need to go upwards with price.

RECOMMENDED!


Buffalo MiniStation DDR High Speed USB 3.0 1 TB Portable Hard Drive (HD-PGD1.0U3)
Buffalo MiniStation DDR High Speed USB 3.0 1 TB Portable Hard Drive (HD-PGD1.0U3)
Offered by MAF (NO SALES TAX ANYWHERE EXCEPT GEORGIA)
Price: $99.00
16 used & new from $94.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faster but pricey! Here's what you are buying..., August 6, 2014
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This is an external hard drive with a unique feature: a built in 1 GB DRAM cache (a great idea!).
What it does is very simple: it boosts the data transfer speed because, basically, when you transfer files into it, AT FIRST you are using that capacity (which is quite fast - similar to what would happen if you were transferring files into a flash drive). So YES, data transfer speed is quite high. However, once the data is stored in the disc (a regular disc), I did not notice any big difference from other hard drives I have. So for you to better understand WHY you should get this hard drive, here are the pros and cons.

BIG PRO:
a) Data transfer speed (from original source into the hard drive): YES it is quite fast. I did some moving of files from my computer to the hard drive and got amazed about how fast it is. I feel I got speeds over twice as fast as what I am used to. I also seems a lot faster when saving (for example) a Photoshop large file - from laptop directly into the hard drive. WHO would like all this? Anyone who likes MOBILITY and is constant working in different places. This is certainly a big plus for anyone who is always on the go and cannot wait. So if you are constantly moving and working, then this hard drive is for you!

GOOD PRO:
a) Size - This is a smaller (compared to the Western Digital units I already have) hard drive that will fit anywhere. I just put is in the side pocket of my computer bag and it fits perfectly. Be careful not to forget it!
b) Performance - so far it seems very reliable and robust. Not one problem to report. As a hard drive, it seems at least as good as any.

CON:
a) Price - It is more expensive than the average hard drive.

CONCLUSION
Pricey... but very compact and with awesome data transfer speeds. Keep in mind that once the data is there, it will not be faster (that I have noticed) since it is still a regular disc-based hard drive. So what you are REALLY buying here is a hard drive that will enable you to send stuff into it (in seconds) and go to whatever comes next. So think for a little if you need that luxury.

RECOMMENDED!


DeLonghi Metal Lattissima Nespresso Capsule Espresso and Cappucino Machine Lattissima with FREE Nifty 40 Carousel
DeLonghi Metal Lattissima Nespresso Capsule Espresso and Cappucino Machine Lattissima with FREE Nifty 40 Carousel

5.0 out of 5 stars A Nespresso Tour de Force with a 40-Capsule Carrousel., August 4, 2014
Wow, this is without a doubt, one of the most perfect Nespresso machine I have ever had. Superior design and performance. With a 19 bar high pressure pump it can easily extract the best out of your Nespresso coffee pods. This machine is far superior to the smaller, cheaper Pixie I used to have. Out of the box, this is a beautiful machine. I put it on my kitchen counter and it looks stunning. Actually, it catches the eye of every one who walks into my kitchen. The machine takes no time to heat up, meaning you just turn it on and in around 20 seconds it is ready to start filling your cup.

Operating it is a breeze. This is a no fuss machine that will let you create a great variety of beverages. I also found the froth to be perfect (and you can use any type of milk you desire). Very thick and creamy if you like it that way OR thin if you prefer. Putting the capsules inside is simple. Taking the used ones out is easy too. The machine is also a dream to clean.

This is not a cheap Nespresso machine. But it will give you exactly what you want.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This model is here offered for $599 bundled with a 40 capsule carrousel. That is great... but keep in mind that if you DO NOT need the carrousel, you can also find available only the machine for a lot less (at least $100 less). Personally I do not think the carrousel is worth over $100. So do a little searching until you find the option that suits you best (machine + carrousel OR just the machine).

Still this is a great product.

RECOMMENDED!


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nespresso Tour de Force!, August 4, 2014
Wow, this is without a doubt, one of the most perfect Nespresso machine I have ever had. Superior design and performance. With a 19 bar high pressure pump it can easily extract the best out of your Nespresso coffee pods. This machine is far superior to the smaller, cheaper Pixie I used to have. Out of the box, this is a beautiful machine. I put it on my kitchen counter and it looks stunning. Actually, it catches the eye of every one who walks into my kitchen. The machine takes no time to heat up, meaning you just turn it on and in around 20 seconds it is ready to start filling your cup.

Operating it is a breeze. This is a no fuss machine that will let you create a great variety of beverages. I also found the froth to be perfect (and you can use any type of milk you desire). Very thick and creamy if you like it that way OR thin if you prefer. Putting the capsules inside is simple. Taking the used ones out is easy too. The machine is also a dream to clean.

This is not a cheap Nespresso machine. But it will give you exactly what you want.

RECOMMENDED!


Sony VAIO Fit Series SVF1421ACXB 14-Inch Pentium Laptop
Sony VAIO Fit Series SVF1421ACXB 14-Inch Pentium Laptop

5.0 out of 5 stars A well rounded laptop for your basic office needs., August 3, 2014
I got this computer as a gift from friends. Basically this is computer for your work and network needs - not for gaming. To me it was a great choice since I already have workhorse for entertainment. Anyway, using this computer with Windows 8 was a breeze. The Intel Pentium dual-core processor is powerful enough to deal with any task you throw into it.

The 500Gb hard drive is not a lot... But external drives are so small, versatile and cheap that I would hardly point this as a weakness. You know you will use a large hard drive anyway.

The Rapid Wake technology is great because it allows me to hardly turn off the computer. The web camera is one of the best I have seen so far. It works amazingly well in low light. I also loved the illuminated keys, since I like to work in the dark. They have just the right level of light.

All things considering, this is a fine computer at this price level.

RECOMMENDED!


BOB Revolution Flex Stroller, Black
BOB Revolution Flex Stroller, Black
Offered by Healthcheck Systems Inc
Price: $449.00
3 used & new from $449.00

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stroller for such a low price., August 3, 2014
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This is a great stroller with all the right features. Here we go, one by one:

PACKAGE - It comes in a large, strong box. Inside you will find the stroller and all its main parts, beautifully protected.
UNPACKAGING - Opening the box, you will find the stroller, its parts and the assembly manual (that almost irrelevant since assembling the stroller is a piece of cake.
THE STROLLER - The first thing I noticed was the quality of the materials. The structure is sturdy and strong enough. The seating is soft and ventilated. Assembling it all takes less than five minutes.
USING IT - I'm a tall guy and the handlebar's height can be adjusted. Finally a stroller that thinks about us, adults! you can be almost 7 feet tall and the handlebars will STILL suit you. It drives nice and smooth since the tires are inflatable. The structure also seems flexible enough and the (very simple) suspension is more than adequate so it will hardly transmit any hardship of the terrain up to the baby. I really liked that! Storage is not big, but this stroller is not designed for long rides that last a full day. Instead, it will have storage space for just a few things: one bottle, one toy, one diaper... and not much more. However, BOB sells other accessories to this stroller that you can take a look.
PUTTING IT ON THE CAR - the stroller closes easily so you can put it on the trunk of your car. All strollers do that, I guess. This one, however, has the advantage of being light.
PRICE - Here, the BOB Stroller seems unbeatable. There may be great state-of-the-art strollers... but this one offer great quality for an amazing price. Yes, you can get strollers from $800 or more. But they won't give you two times the quality of this one.

RECOMMENDED!!


Harman Kardon HK 3700 2-Channel Stereo Receiver with Network Connectivity
Harman Kardon HK 3700 2-Channel Stereo Receiver with Network Connectivity
Price: $349.95
18 used & new from $229.78

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entry level with beautiful sound and killer looks., July 31, 2014
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This Harman Kardon HK 3700 is a great entry level choice if you do not want to (or cannot) spend a lot of money. OR it is a great choice if you need a second stereo set (perhaps in your office) to pair with an older CD player or even those cassette decks you have since the 80's. OR you want to use your vintage turntable as well as listen to internet radio. It's all good!

Why do I say this? Because that's what the connections behind it mean. It contains mainly analogue inputs (5 plus Phono) and internet connectivity. You can either use it strictly with older equipment or connect it as part of your home network.

The sound quality will depend on many issues: your speakers, the original source and how you are planning to listen to it. Keep in mind that with a High resolution DAC and 24-bit/192 kHz sampling rate, this receiver will play beautifully anything you feed into it. But with 85 Watts per channel this is hardly a powerhouse. So this is hardly the receiver that will blast your party. Instead, it will do an amazing job playing you some jazz, classical or rock at moderate volume. The sub woofer output is a nice touch and enhances your experience... but again, this is a 85W per channel, so don't think you can turn your room into a movie theater. Instead, use it for music and it will sing beautifully.

I did enjoy its sound. I placed it in my office with two old Sony cassette decks and a turntable. My vinyl records couldn't sound better. I bought a new pair of speakers (KEF Q300B Bookshelf Loudspeakers - Black Ash (Pair)) and it all sounds like a thing of beauty. I also use it to play from my iPhone (and all of my music in there is lossless) and I am very satisfied! By the way, I also have a HK 3490 in my house, so I'm no stranger to Harman Kardon.

RECOMMENDED!


Manhattan Prep GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides (Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides)
Manhattan Prep GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides (Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides)
by Manhattan Prep GRE
Edition: Paperback
Price: $90.00
79 used & new from $70.65

5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive set for the SERIOUS student., July 6, 2014
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This is an amazing set of GRE strategy guides made by the prestigious Manhattan Prep - that also publishes the best LSAT guides you will ever find. This very comprehensive set includes all the major areas you'll need in order to prepare for your GRE. Plus, this set includes eight books for a very affordable price (if you consider the price each book could cost if sold separately).

All the books come with the most complete array of questions that will help you prepare like a true winner.

RECOMMENDED!!


Upgrading Leadership's Crystal Ball: Five Reasons Why Forecasting Must Replace Predicting and How to Make the Strategic Change in Business and Public Policy
Upgrading Leadership's Crystal Ball: Five Reasons Why Forecasting Must Replace Predicting and How to Make the Strategic Change in Business and Public Policy
by Jeffrey C. Bauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $29.95
32 used & new from $22.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious knowledge for a fast-changing world., July 6, 2014
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I disagree with other reviewers.
If I got the author right, he proposes a shift on the way we should consider what direction we (or our companies and organizations) should take in the future. That shift is from extrapolating past experiences (even when measurable) into a forecasting model that tries to bring all present and future variables. I work in Film Production and if there is one thing that Hollywood history has taught us is that predictions often fail miserably - and success, sometimes, comes from where you least expect.

So the fight between prediction versus forecasting is - in the film business - the heart of the industry for over a century! So I think I understand why so many people are underestimating this book's importance that gets more and more relevant the more intangible the discipline in question gets. And few industries are as intangible as show business.

I loved the book because it put into words the crucial distinction between prediction and forecasting. To many, it's just a matter of semantics... or details. It may be so for people on the Economy field. But for someone who works with intangible goods (Art, Films, Entertainment, etc.), this book nails it!

I suspect that most of the people who did not like this book, deep down, feel reluctant to abandon a prediction model that - in a world that evolves and changes SLOWLY, one lifetime at a time - always seemed so useful and reliable. But that slow-moving world is gone and things change radically in less than 8 years - so the prediction reliability is no longer here. This book confirmed many of my fears (laughs) and I will need to work harder to forecast more and predict NOTHING. I hate you, Mr. Bauer! (Laughs)

RECOMMENDED!!


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