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On our Geared Up podcast, we cover all the breaking tech and gadget news of the week. But on this episode, we take a step back and put the spotlight on two technologies that Co-hosts Andru Edwards and Todd Bishop have been trying out in their day-to-day lives.

Andru has been using two devices from Nokia Health, the Nokia Steel HR smart watch and the Nokia Body smart scale. He says the devices themselves are just fine, but they show just how much an impact smart health devices can have on our behavior.

Todd has been spending a lot of time with his new Lenovo ThinkPad X1, which is his first Windows computer in a decade. He tells us how the device lured him back into the Microsoft world after a long stint as a dedicated MacBook Pro user.

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Editor's note:†Nokia's technology comes from its acquisition of Withings. After this episode was recorded, Nokia announced it is selling its health division back to Withings co-founder†…ric Carreel.

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KitchenAid Artisan Mini mixer review

In the world of KitchenAid mixers there’s something new and sleek. The company sent over its new KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5 quart mixer, and as someone who likes to get down in the kitchen, I must say I was hesitant. My older KitchenAid Classic mixer (full-sized) was strong and powerful, and the new model was compact - surely it couldn’t match up to what I already had right?

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Ullo Wine Purifier review

I’ve never been one to enjoy alcoholic beverages, but when Best Buy asked if I wanted to try out the Ullo Wine Purifier and I looked up what the gadget professes to be able to do, I was immediately intrigued. My wife will definitely enjoy a glass of wine every now and then, and so I knew I could always use her as my guinea pig for this taste test experiment.

Backing up a little bit, let’s talk about what the Ullo Wine Purifier actually is. The device rests in the opening of a wine glass, and you pour your wine right into it. The wine then passes through the Selective Sulfite Capture filter, which removes the sulfites from the wine that often have a bitter taste. It’s an added preservative that ensures that the wine doesn’t turn into vinegar. Additionally, the Ullo has a built-in aerator which you can enable or disable at any time.

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Best Buy LG Kitchen Appliances

Best Buy has a massive remodeling sales event going on, offering tremendous deals on kitchen appliances, and it includes some great discounts on LG home appliances! Best Buy makes it easy for you to stretch your remodeling dollars by offering the best deals during the season on Samsung appliances. Particularly of note is a savings of up to 30% off on major appliances, with a minimum savings of 5%. Plus, get a free $100 gift card when you buy 2 Major Appliances totaling $1500 or more.

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Best Buy Samsung Kitchen Appliances

Best Buy has a massive remodeling sales event going on, offering tremendous deals on Samsung kitchen appliances, and I've got my eye on a couple in that hot black steel color myself! Best Buy makes it easy for you to stretch your remodeling dollars by offering the best deals during the season on Samsung appliances. Particularly of note is a savings of up to 30% off on major appliances, with a minimum savings of 5%. Plus, get a free $100 gift card when you buy 2 Major Appliances totaling $1500 or more.

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Panasonic Ora Smart Home

If you've been an early adopter of smart home technology, you've probably recognized just how cumbersome it all can be. As cool and futuristic as the devices themselves are, it gets old having to jump in and out of multiple apps in order to turn on your smart lights, lock your smart lock-equipped door, set your security system, manage your thermostat, etc. In fact, the average home has over 100 devices that can potentially connect to the Internet, as I learned when Panasonic told me about its Ora technology that looks to power the smart home of the future.

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This is an entry from our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Seek Thermal Reveal

Now for something that is both usable and fun in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Built for the realities of work and play, the Seek Reveal handheld thermal imager combines powerful thermal insight and a high-performance LED spotlight in one durable device. With a detectable range of -40° to 626° F, Reveal lets you pinpoint specific sources of heat—and heat loss—up to 500 feet away, all at just the touch of a button. It’s a fantastic tool to have in your home, allowing you to diagnose drain clogs, heat/cold leaks, locating your pet, checking tires for wear, or even playing an awesome game of hide and seek in the dark.

You can pick up the Seek Reveal now

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This is an entry from our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Withings WS-50

The Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer reads your body's stats and also finds out how healthy your living environment is - perfect for the holidays as well as year round - and great for our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. The scale automatically syncs your weight, fat composition, heart rate and environment data to your personalized online dashboard accessible on the free health mate app. The wireless connectivity of the scale makes setting up an effortless process. The scale interface is designed to help users center on the product to obtain accurate readings. Users who attempt to avoid accurate readings by rocking on their heels or toes will see values fluctuate. It's $149 and is available in either black or blue.

You can pick up the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer now

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This is an entry from our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Check it out for suggestions on what to buy your loved, liked, and hated ones this holiday season!

Throwboy Emoji Emoticon Pillows

Look, emoji are here to stay. Rather than fighting with the nieces and nephews about how inappropriate they are for communication, accept it and make peace with one of Throwboy’s Emoji Pillows. We feature them in our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide as well as in the background of the Gear Live videos on our YouTube channel, and they add a great light-hearted mood to any room. Also fun for pillow fights.

You can pick up Throwboy Emoji Pillow now!

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Canary All in one home security best buy

Where I live, it’s a typical safe neighborhood. Nothing too crazy happens all that often (stolen UPS packages that are left on doorsteps not withstanding.) I do subscribe to Vivint though, a home security service that ties in home automation. Of course, that required a team to come out and install things all over the house—but what if that’s overkill for you? Maybe you live in an apartment or condo, or maybe you just don’t want the monthly bill.

That’s where Best Buy comes in. Rather than shelling out monthly for a monitored home security system, you can now take those matters into your own hands for what I’d consider to be a fair price. Best Buy sent over the Canary Home Security System for me to check out. If you’re unfamiliar, the Canary is an all-in-one unit that you put in a high-traffic area in your home. It’s a small package, but packs in the features.

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