Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

By Jared DiPane

Deck the halls with stockings full of awesome knick-nacks. From tiny arcade games to swiss army knives, these are some of Team Thrifter’s favorite gifts under $20.

Anker PowerCore 5000mAh compact charger
This power charger is so small it fits in your purse or pocket and you won’t notice it’s there until that fateful day your phone runs out of juice at the worst possible time and Anker saves the day.

Boogie Board LCD writing tablet
It is essentially an Etch A Sketch for the 21st century. Write your note, draw your picture, hit the button to clear it, and start again.

Roku Express media streaming device
Cable companies are happy to over charge you, but it’s time to leave that behind. This Roku streaming stick lets you avoid the ridiculous cable costs and still consume tons of great media.

Oontz Angle 3 portable speaker
It’s got Bluetooth, water-resistance, big bass… and it’s a triangle. What else do you want?

USB Reading Light
You never know when you’ll need a spare light, so why not grab one that plugs right into a USB port. They are more handy than you may expect.

Glamspin Fidget Spinner Lip Gloss
There are few things in the world better than fidget spinners and lip gloss. Combine the two into one gadget, and you’ve got something even more amazing.

Phones have gotten bigger, but your hands may not have. Make holding your phone or tablet a bit more comfortable with these stylish accessories.

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray
You poop. It’s ok, we all do it. Avoid the bad smells when out and about by using some Poo-Pouri before you handle your business.

Google Cardboard VR
Why pay $300 on equipment for something you might not even like? Test out virtual reality without emptying your wallet with Google’s Cardboard VR headset.

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Video: Honor 7X review

By Hayato Huseman

A few years ago, small bezels and great build quality at an affordable price was just a fever dream, but Honor is setting the bar for budget phones once again with the new Honor 7X.

Starting at just $200, the Honor 7X touts a reasonably powerful Kirin 659 chipset, with 3 to 4GB of RAM and 32 to 64GB of expandable storage. The new 18:9 display brings a modern look and feel to the phone, and its dual camera system takes some impressive photos for the price.

Check out Hayato’s review in the video above, and for even more thoughts on the phone, take a look at Alex’s written review or our guide to mastering the camera.

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FIIL IICON wireless headphones review: Trading noise cancellation for sound quality

By Daniel Bader

A fantastic pair of noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones that doesn’t push the bar forward.

With the proliferation of phones without headphone jacks, it’s no surprise that Bluetooth headphones have become incredibly popular lately.

But there was a category of headphones that, while perhaps more niche until recently, always extracted plenty of divisive opinions: noise-canceling. Thank Bose’s incredibly popular QC25s, which gave way to the wireless QC35s, and inspired a category of imitators trying to get in on the action.

Now, a few years later, practically every company you can think of makes a good pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones. A new entrant, FIIL (pronounced “fill”) entered the game a few years back, and while its flagship over-the-ear IICON has its problems, it’s a bass lover’s dream — and a great alternative to the popular options out there from Bose, Sony and others.

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FIIL IICON What you’ll love

The IICONs are all-plastic, and while that’s not an immediate reason to like them, they are both sturdy and flexible — literally. The fold up to be very compact for a set of full-sized cans and the fake leather ear pads are very comfortable, even after being compressed for several hours in a bag.

The sound signature here can be summed up in one word: big. These are massive-sounding headphones, with an EQ that resembles a “U”, with an over-pronounced low-end and treble that errs on the tight side without being fatiguing. At their default, they are tuned to my ideal sound profile for rock or hip-hop; these probably aren’t ideal for classical, jazz, or anything that requires subtlety.

The included Android app is quite good, too, allowing you to tweak the equalization (Bass/Original/Treble), enable and disable the equalization, and play with some artificial soundstage themes like “Living Room”, “Theater”, and “Hall”. These are useless, but having access to a battery check or a monitor (which uses the included microphone to hear what’s happening in the outside world) is super useful.

The battery is another aspect of then IICONs that I love: they last around 30 hours, and while they charge using Micro-USB, I so rarely have to do so that I don’t even mind.

The longevity is enhanced by the headphones’ comfort: so few full-sized headphones are fatigue-free, but the combination of over-sized ear pads and a thick, foamy headpiece makes it easy to wear the IICONs all day without issue.

FIIL IICON What you’ll dislike

Whereas I’d put the IICON’s sound quality on par with anything from Bose or Sony, its active noise cancellation is not nearly as good. There’s only one setting, on or of, and while it certainly does an adequate job cutting down on plane …read more



7 great Google Play Music holiday playlists to make the season even better

By Ara Wagoner

Is it really Christmas until the music starts?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you know what that means: break out the Christmas music!! There’s so much out there to listen to, but if you don’t have your own curated holiday mixtape, check out these public playlist on Google Play Music!

You gotta kick it off with the classics, and this aptly-named Holiday Party Playlist is a real “Now That’s What I Call Christmas Music”. From Andy Williams and Bing Crosby to Michael Buble and Lady Antebellum, this playlist will hype up your holiday cheer and your nostalgia. Break out the eggnog and double the bourbon!

Holiday Party Playlist by Michael Schultz

Holiday music isn’t just big band beauties and intimate piano ballads; there’s holiday music for each and every genre, but none will pep up a party quite like Holiday Soul Music. Otis Redding, Jackson 5, and Mary J Blige, this shuffle will bring some soul back to a sometimes soulless holiday bustle.

Holiday Soul Music by Jeremy Haney

This mix, simply titled Christmas, brings some new life to the classic Holiday fare with Glee, Pentatonix, and Leslie Odom Jr. alongside the standards. It’s got life and shine to it, and we could use some fresh energy this Christmas after a long, exhausting year.

Holiday by Anonymous

Happy Holidays is a shorter playlist, but it’s got the holiday spirit through and through. It’s a quick shot in the arm, just to pep you up as you try to navigate the ridiculously crowded stores, or rush to get your home presentable before company comes up. Keep it downloaded for the car while you’re stuck in traffic when everyone makes their mad dash home.

Happy Holidays by Tae M

There’s soul, there’s orchestra, there’s classical, and then there’s pop holiday music. Now, scoff if you must, but this station is perfect for those who roll their eyes when someone puts on Andy Williams’ Happy Holidays for the one billionth time, or folks who hear Mannheim Steamroller and get flashbacks to being snowed in with their parents and nothing to do during the holidays. This station has a couple of the more recent standards, such as Josh Groban’s Noel album and Michael Buble’s Christmas, and also features newer holiday albums from Sia, fun, Hansen, and Pentatonix.

This is the station to go to if you want holiday cheer without cliche.

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Cannabis-Infused Tea Creators Elevate The Edibles Experience

By Jeff Siegel

The post Cannabis-Infused Tea Creators Elevate The Edibles Experience appeared first on High Times.

I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.

These are the words that once flowed from the tortured mind of Fyodor Dostoyevsky onto the pages of his existentialist novella, Notes from Underground. Although I’ve taken many trips down the long dark tunnels of Dostoyevsky’s world, imbibing on such classics as Crime and Punishment and The Idiot, it’s that quote from Notes from Underground that has always resonated with me.

There really is something to be said about the medicinal, and almost spiritual, effects of a good cup of tea.

Whether its the sustained boost of energy and focus from an earthy-flavored Matcha or the calming, somewhat sedative effects of fresh chamomile (which I’m actually fortunate enough to grow here in North Country), a good cup of tea can really make everything alright—even when it sometimes seems the world is going to hell.

The Joy Of Tea, The Joy Of Cannabis

In many ways, cannabis and tea are very similar.

Whether it’s the ability to calm the mind, enhance focus or provide very real medicinal benefits, tea and cannabis truly are gifts from God. And I treat both with the respect and admiration they deserve. This means, I only purchase and consume tea and cannabis that is grown and produced in a sustainable, socially-responsible manner. 

So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a company that actually does both.

It’s called Kikoko, and the folks running this operation have managed to combine the joy of tea and the joy of cannabis in a sustainable, socially-responsible and absolutely delicious way.

Sourcing only organically grown teas, herbs and flowers, Kikoko has developed a line of cannabis-infused teas that will knock your socks off.

Formulated to deliver reliable combinations and doses of THC, CBD and CBN, Kikoko’s cannabis-infused teas are designed to target specific health and wellness results.  This is not an edible I would recommend if you’re just looking to get blasted out of your mind.  This is more of an edible for those looking for a more evolved experience that will also deliver some pretty impressive health and wellness benefits.

Kikoko currently has four cannabis-infused teas on the market:

  • Positivi-Tea (10 mg THC, 5 mg CBD)—Formulated to improve mood and relieve stress. It will deliver a nice buzz but will not get you blasted.
  • Tranquili-Tea (3 mg THC, 5 mg CBN)—Formulated for folks who need a little help falling asleep and staying asleep. Unless you have a very low tolerance, this one won’t get you high, but it’ll help calm your mind and allow you to enjoy a solid night’s sleep… without feeling groggy or tired when you wake up.
  • Sympa-Tea (3 mg THC, 20 mg CBD)—Formulated for pain, muscle cramping and anxiety. This one is not likely to get you high, but it will help alleviate some …read more



15 Christmas-themed Android apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces to get you in the holiday spirit

By Matthew Sholtz

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be prudent to put together a list of apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces that are appropriately holiday-themed. There are a total of 15 Play Store listings within this list, and each one has been hand-picked. So if you are looking for some great Android-specific apps with a Christmas theme, you have clicked on the right listicle.


Google Santa Tracker

Okay, soGoogle Santa Tracker is pretty much a prerequisite at this point for any Christmas-themed list for Android.

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15 Christmas-themed Android apps, games, live wallpapers, and watch faces to get you in the holiday spirit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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7 Google Play tips and tricks every Android user should know

By Nicholas Montegriffo

Most users are familiar with the Google Play Store but many do not know how to use it to its full potential. But we can help you make your Google Play experience better! Here are the best Google Play Store tips and tricks that help you to make the most of this great service.

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Relax and enjoy your weekend comments thread

By Jerry Hildenbrand

The place to chat about stuff with friendly folks.

The weekend comments are back!

I’ve been out of commission on and off for the past few weeks getting some work done on my back, and have neglected the comments thread posts. Funny, saying “getting work done” on a body part makes it sound like an oil change. I could probably use one of those, too. It’s no fun getting old. But I digress.

The year is coming to a close, and as usual, it was filled with ups and downs. Next year will be, too. Feelings of excitement and disappointment are part of what makes us human, and it’s good to experience both on a regular basis to stay grounded. As long as there is enough of the good to offset the bad you can live a perfectly normal and satisfying life even when it seems like everything around you is going to hell in a handbasket. Having everything go your way all the time wouldn’t be any fun!

I’m looking forward to the holidays with my family, and I promise I won’t be thinking about any of the things that bring me down while I’m doing it. I wish the same for all of you! And yes, these are the things a person thinks about when they lay around in bed for a week taking pain medication. Part of those ups and downs.

Chat it up, guys and gals. Chill for the weekend with me.

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[Deal Alert] 64GB Moto Z (2016) is $349.99 ($350 off) at Amazon and B&H

By Corbin Davenport

We’ve seen a few discounts for the original Moto Z lately. The phone was $399.99 on Amazon back in September, and Motorola currently has it for $424.99 on its online store. Amazon and B&H now have the Moto Z for $349.99, a savings of $350 from the original MSRP, and about $100 less than what the phone usually goes for.

As for specifications, this phone has a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 13MP/5MP cameras, and support for all ‘Moto Mod’ modular add-ons.

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[Deal Alert] 64GB Moto Z (2016) is $349.99 ($350 off) at Amazon and B&H was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[Update x2: Available for more watches] Google announces which Android Wear watches will get Oreo update, and which already have it

By Corbin Davenport

As the name implies, Android Wear is simply a variation of Android specifically tailored to smartwatches. This year’s Wear 2.0 update ran on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, and while some components can be updated through the Play Store, the underlying system can only be updated through normal OTAs.

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[Update x2: Available for more watches] Google announces which Android Wear watches will get Oreo update, and which already have it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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