Trader Joe Maple Water First Impressions Review

And now something different. While shopping at Trader Joe, I spotted a colorful new item, and I was curious enough to try it. It is the Trader Joe Maple Water, in 32oz room temperature tetrapak style container. You refrigerate after opening, but you can keep it out as long as it is not opened.

THE TASTE: despite the name, this does not taste strong like maple syrup. It has a very mild maple taste, quite subdued. It is watery first, maple second. It is nowhere near as distinctive in taste as something like unflavored coconut water. It does not leave a lingering aftertaste, it is a rather polite beverage. Overall I liked it, but with a $3 price, I consider it perhaps more of a special occasion type of a drink than a day to day (brewing tea is a lot cheaper). The nutrition information agrees with this…


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LG Nexus 4 Case review: Asmyna Electric Green Soft Case

With Google announcing that the LG Google Nexus 4 smartphone will actually be getting the official Android 5.0 Lollipop, this Pure Android phone just got a new lease on life. So one more reason to continue with our reviews of Nexus 4 cases. Today we take a look at the Asmyna Electric Green Soft Case, available (and purchased personally) through marketplace sellers at

This is not a hard case, so that’s one decision point right upfront. It is a soft gelatinous type of a case. As the “electric” in the name suggest, this is on the bright side of green. Makes the phone stand out when you use it, and also makes it harder for someone to grab it and run quickly – they will leave a trail of bright green behind them 🙂

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Evernote Android app on a Chromebook review

I am slowly but steadily getting “converted” to the Cult of Evernote. So I was excited to try out the Android version of the Evernote app running in the Android runtime “virtual box” in Chrome OS. This is my experience with it, using a 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook (the late 2012 model)…

Using the Evernote Android app on Chrome OS

Overall, I must say this turned out to be better than I expected. In practical terms, it gives you the option to use Evernote Off-line, and that’s one big plus over using the Evernote Web Client. During my use, this has been reliable in terms of syncing later. As far as I can tell, I haven’t lost any new note or note update or edit by using the “ChromeDroid” app (that’s my nickname for Android apps running on Chrome OS). So your Chromebook can be repurposed into a dedicated Evernote client device 🙂

Sync appears to be happening on its own (if it’s activated in the Settings), you don’t have to manually Sync. Of course if you are using it Off-line and then want to sync it all, it’s faster to manually Sync.

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Tablet Case Review for the Nook HD+: eForcity 360 Rotating Swivel Thick Folio

The eForcity 360 Rotating Swivel Folio Case for the 9-inch Nook HD+ tablet is a great idea on paper that unfortunately fails to deliver on its defining characteristic. What I would call a “tragic product”, it fails its primary mission but it is very good otherwise. However, there are workarounds and other ways you can put this case to good use, so read on for all the details.

Physical Description of the eForcity 360 Rotating Case for HD+
The case weighs around 9.4oz on its own and 1 lb and 11.5 oz with the tablet inside. The case is 24.5cm by 17cm with thickness ranging from around 3/4″ to 1″. The case is definitely on the thick side, which can be a plus or minus depending on your preferences.

It has an elastic strap that holds the folio closed (it does not stay closed without the elastic strap). It also has a loop for pens or tablet styluses. The loop runs along the landscape side so pen length is not an issue.

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Smartphone Case Review for the LG Nexus 4: Fosmon HYBO-SK Hybrid Kickstand Cas

This is a review of the Fosmon HYBO-SK Hybrid Kickstand Case for the Google LG Nexus 4 Android smartphone. This review is after over a year of intermittent use – I switch between different cases every few weeks for good measure.

This is a unibody case, gently pull up and away from edges to remove it and sink the Nexus 4 in it to encase it. This is not one of those two parts meet together type of a case that some may find frustrating.

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