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All Articles by Phil Nickinson

Modern Dad's Father's Day Favorites!

Don't think about it too hard. Any Dad (heck, any person) would love to have any of these great gift ideas.

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HDHomerun is the perfect addition for an Apple-loving cord-cutter

Sure, you can get OTA TV without it, but HDHomerun brings that free content to ALL of your devices.

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Win a Peel case for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from Modern Dad!

There's no shortage of chunky cases out there, and that's great. But when it comes to phones like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it can be hard to find something that's truly next to naked. Peel has solved that problem, and you can win one now!

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Modern Dad does basic storm tech

High-tech gadgets can be lifesavers when severe weather hits. But don't count out some low-tech options, too.

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VPN for dummies ... Or Dads ... Or why it's time to finally take the plunge

A good VPN isn't as complicated as it used to be, but it's still a pretty big step for a "regular" user to take. It's time to get my family used to it. Their data may depend on it.

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Netatmo Weather Station is long on looks, longer on data

It was time to update my home weather station from something functional but ugly to something decidedly more modern. Netatmo has fit the bill nicely.

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Amazon is dangerously close to being the new king of messaging

With Alexa gaining the ability to make voice calls and Echo Show bolstering the living room, Amazon moves a step closer to messaging ubiquity.

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Steel HR on sale just in time for Mother's Day!

The Steel HR fitness smartwatch is 20 percent off all month — just in time for Mother's Day. Now consider this: If it's good enough for one's wife, it's good enough for one's mother.

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Win a free Nintendo Classic and Bluetooth controller from Modern Dad!

It's contest time, again, boys and girls! Up for grabs this time is one of the hottest gaming gadgets of the past year — the Nintendo Classic!

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Steel HR brings brains, brawn, and battery to fitness smartwatches

More than a fitness tracker but not-quite-a-smartwatch, the Steel HR fits a sweet spot for me during my daily sweat sessions.

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Aukey WatchTower review: Low-cost connected security done mostly easy

Aukey is a longtime seller of, well, all things electronic. Turns out that means IP cameras and an integrated security system, too — and at a price that doesn't break the bank.

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Logitech Harmony paired with an iPhone is the ultimate universal remote

If you spend a lot of time in the living room with a lot of entertainment devices, the Logitech Harmony system is a worthy investment.

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Why I'll only drink coffee from this $150, iOS-connected mug

Only peasants drink coffee from a mug that doesn't have its own battery and heating element — to say nothing of Bluetooth and an app and upgradable firmware, right? RIGHT?

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Rachio's second-gen smart sprinkler controller is still a must-have for homeowners

If you have a lawn, you'll need to water it. And the Rachio connected controller will do it smarter — and save you money at the same time.

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Encrypt your family: Sending safer, smarter messages

I just wanted my family's messaging habits to be a little more secure. And the move was easier than I expected.

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Sonos PlayBase review: Don't overthink it

Sonos' second television-friendly speaker is a good choice when a soundbar won't work — but it's still pretty darn expensive.

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The best streaming video box for most people is a Roku

Yeah, Apple TV is great. Really great. But beyond that, the best all-around streaming video box for most people absolutely is the Roku.

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Cutting the cord: How Modern Dad ditched cable TV

How my family — using a mix of hardware and services — took the plunge and unplugged cable TV for good.

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Jaybird X3 may be the perfect sport buds

Wherein ye olde Modern Dad discovers the Jaybird X3 are a great companion for the gym, a quick jog, or really for whatever ...

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How Phil lost weight and got less fat with the Withings Body smart scale

A smart scale won't do the work for you, but it makes keeping track of your daily weigh-ins so much easier.

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