More than four dozen selections to discover … [revised as of 1/15/21]

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For years we hiked miles and miles to dig out the hottest new items for our readers. This year, thanks to COVID-19, we are Zooming around instead of hiking. It’s virtually nothing like the old days, but technology never stands still, and the products we found are a testament to the industry.

[Edit 1/15/21] The Consumer Electronics Show is over now, but we’ve already discovered more than four dozen products to feature.

While we normally only write about products that we have used and tested for a period of time, most of these are products that we have not tested…


Sure, everybody knows why people by the millions go to restrooms in Pennsylvania. What they don’t know is what they might be seeing in the near future.

In a move to provide help to human trafficking victims, PA State Representative Bob Merski is introducing legislation that would require publishing the Human Trafficking Hotline number in all public restrooms across the state.

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From a recent newscast by Erie News Now, Haley Potter writes:

“This isn’t a Republican or a Democrat issue,” Merski said. “This is a human rights issue.”

Hundreds of cases of human trafficking have been reporting in Pennsylvania in…


If you need an all-day solution to listen to music while you work, the MU6 Ring is something certainly worth considering. With the folding design of the “ear” piece, these just about guarantee they will fit snugly and comfortably no matter how large or small your head is.

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I wear glasses all the time, and they fit comfortably over the arm of the glasses without slipping. There’s an ingenious slot built-in so they slide over the arms of eyeglasses or sunglasses. That way, the headphones still hug the side of your face.


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Meeting earlier this month, the United Nations issued a worrisome report, stating that human traffickers are targeting out-of-school children worldwide.

According to their report, children make up one-third of discovered trafficking victims, a number that has tripled since 2006. Trafficked girls are usually forced into the sex trade while boys are forced into manual labor.

According to this reporting done by Thomson Reuters:

About 222 million schoolchildren — one in eight pupils — are affected by school closures, according to UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural agency. The figure hit 1.6 billion in April last year.

“It is particularly alarming that in…


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Whether you have a single bird feeder or are just launching your birdwatching efforts, you will find this book compelling. If you’ve played or are lucky enough to own Wingspan, the runaway hit board game, then you will definitely want a copy of this book.


Next Generation AX1800 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router runs circles around my former Wi-Fi extender

What used to seem useable can quickly become unusable with all the gadgets being used around your home or office. Upon inspection, I discovered I’ve got 13 attached just between my wife and me.

After getting tired of so-so Wi-Fi speeds, I began looking around for more modern, faster alternatives. Fortunately, at CES 2021 I discovered the D-Link AX1800 router/extender.

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About seven inches tall and four inches square, it’s a nice, lo-luster white with only a non-annoying white indicator light. No protruding antenna, so you could probably place this anywhere in your home or office.

BLAZING FAST

With crazy speeds…


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AfterShokz is known for their lightweight awesome headsets for listening to music and audio while you exercise and compete, but now with the OpenComm bone conduction stereo Bluetooth headset, they’ve entered the office and home office market. And, you’re going to love them for it.

Water Resistant

The OpenComm is lightweight and you can wear it all day long — seriously. It packs 16 hours of talk time — but I honestly hope your work days aren’t 16 hours long. They are IP55 water-resistant, so go ahead and walk to Starbucks in the rain — they’re good. …


Wear & Hear has affordable solutions for the hearing challenged

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I recently had the opportunity to try out the BeHear ACCESS Personal TV Sound System from Wear & Hear. I had seen it demonstrated at the CES2021 show and was anxious to see exactly how well it worked in real-life situations.

Fortunately, it worked just as hoped.

Actually, it’s two products bundled together for cost savings, but either can be bought without the other, and there are reasons that might be just what you need.

BeHear ACCESSEnhanced Hearing Headset


Think that keeping your child is home is keeping them safe? Think again.

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We all like to think we trust our children, but even the most innocent children can be duped into sharing more information online than they should.

As this report points out, the “snatch and grab” method of child trafficking is not what usually happens. Instead, traffickers are most often connecting with children online, even through some children’s apps.

As this article from Fox2News points out.

Messages often involve flattery and attempt to make the child feel understood, important and popular. …


Ansel Adams would not have needed it, but you do

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If your camera bag is the size of a Mini Cooper, you definitely need this. If you are either a serious hobbyist or a professional photographer, you’ve undoubtedly accumulated a vast variety of cameras just in case that perfect opportunity presents itself. In addition to building strong shoulders carrying an overloaded bag, you also end up with an endless variety of media cards that need to be downloaded when you return to your studio.

Kingston Workflow Station WFS-U to the rescue

Doug Bardwell

Writer & photographer in print & online. Proud husband, father & grandfather. Engaged volunteer with Red Cross, human trafficking prevention & social concerns.

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