Running out of power is one of the worst technological disasters we can imagine. Yes, we mean "disaster "with a capitol "D." No contact with the outside world, no calendar, no reminders, no watching cute doggie videos on our phones; the list is endless.
To avoid certain doom, we travel with a couple of battery chargers; these brightly-colored "Magicsticks" which are small enough to be mistaken for a lipstick.
They charge quickly, are small and easy to pack, and are powerful enough to power most phones to full capacity. Made by "Powerrocks," the L 2600mAh portable battery works with any device that uses the universal micro USB charging port -which pretty much includes any device you own.
Amazon has them for $29.95.
And if you must know, we have them in pink and purple, to match our iPhone cases.
If you don't mind looking like an alien, these Japanese "Anti-Aging goggles" promise to reduce wrinkles. The site swears that if you wear these attractive goggles just 5 minutes a day you'll see a big difference. We couldn't make this stuff up. See, here's a quote directly from the Japan Trend Shop:
On the inside of the Mejikara there are specially-designed ridges which massage and help your skin. It puts gentle pressure on the skin and pushes those sagging eyes back up to where they once were!
And to think they're only $51 US!
Out of ideas for what to get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Well, read on to see a few ideas on how to tell your tech-savvy lover how much they mean to you. Flowers, candy, and champagne still highly recommended as accompaniments.
There's a lot of buzz about the new Blackberry Z10 device. Even accessory makers are thinking it's going to be a hit and rushing innovative cases to the market. If we had to pick, we'd want this Zebrawood number.
Inspired by vintage automotive interiors, the "Crafted Woods Collection" marries natural materials with a high-tech brushed aluminum.
$80 at Case-Mate.
C'mom, admit it. You've always wanted a bamboo keyboard. We found one for you at CES - the new Impecca Bluetooth Bamboo Keyboard for tablets, iPhones, and other Bluetooth devices. Impecca has created the first bamboo computer products in the market and this sustainable “green” line of bamboo computer accessories are created for the eco-conscious consumer.Inlaid with bamboo, it adds a refreshing natural look to a hi-tech work environment.
Well-designed and portable, the Bamboo Keyboard is also very comfortable to use, with a
fixed bamboo panel on the bottom rear of the keyboard that automatically positions it in
an ideal position to ensure ergonomic comfort while typing. The keyboard conforms to standard QWERTY style with an assortment of special “hot keys”, and is compatible with iPads, Android tablets, netbooks and other Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices.
$99 plus a mouse - bamboo of course - at Impecca.
We first spotted this baby on the floor of the CES convention hall. It's the brand-new microphone from Blue Mic.
Besides it's good looks, the adaptive USB mic delivers studio-enhanced sound for desktop recording of vocals, instruments, voiceovers and more. Nessie adapts in real time, applying professional studio processing, combined with a built-in pop filter and internal shockmount to produce expertly finished sound, without the need for additional mixing or editing.
Nessie’s key features -- and internal processing -- are specifically designed to combat the most common pitfalls of recording. The built-in, studio-grade pop filter and shockmount reduce harsh plosives and disruptive rumbling and vibrations, while the adaptive processing, including EQ, de-esser and level control, automatically smoothes and refines your audio in real time.
Nessie is plug-and-play compatible via USB with both PC and Mac with driverless installation. For mobile recording, connect to iPad using Apple’s camera adapters (30-pin to USB or Lighting to USB), sold separately.
Unlike many of the gizmos we saw at CES, Nessie is available now for $99 at Blue Mic.
Building off the success of the Jabra Speak 410, Jabra today announced the Jabra Speak 510 Series, which includes the Speak 510+ and Speak 510. Designed with the Mobile Worker in mind, the Jabra Speak 510 Series is designed for use at home, in the workplace and on the go.
Jabra Speak 510+
A wireless speakerphone for use with both smartphones and softphones (with a 300 foot range!) via a dongle.
Jabra Speak 510
A corded option for softphones or Bluetooth capability for smartphones or tablets.
Both speakerphones in the series feature 15 hours of talk time - which Jabra claims is more than double that of competitive products on the market. The Speak 510 is currently available so we'll be testing that soon, and the Speak 510+ will be available in March. Until then, stay plugged in.
People always have said you have a magnetic personality,and now they can say that about your iPhone case as well. Say what?
Stick with us and we'll explain. The new Rokform case lets you mount your device to any magnetic surface, as well as non-metal surfaces like your car dashboard.The new v3 is not so much a case as a "system," with features such as an integrated lock mechanism, anti-slip grip, detachable lanyard and an optional magnet insert. Fortunately, you can remove the outer bumper for a slimmer profile.
For someone who likes to slip her iPhone in her jean back pocket, this wouldn't work for me on a daily basis but it just goes to prove the old adage that there's a case for everyone. Or something like that.
Available in six colors, the RokShield v3 case costs $49.99.
Holiday shopping making you crazy and putting you into a "holidaze?" Have no fear! Even though there are only a few shopping days left, we are here to help see you through with our latest holiday gift guide. Let us help you decide what to get for the techie... okay... geek... in your life. Click continue to read on...
Previously, we reviewed the FoxL Bluetooth portable speaker, agreeing with Time magazine, who declared it the "Top 10 Gadget of the Year."
While it's hard to improve on perfection, Sound matters has done that with the foxLv2 by shrinking the size (5.6" wide x 2.2" high x 1.4" deep), increasing the rechargeable battery-time to 12 hours or more, but keeping the price at $199,the same as the original model.
The new "Foxy" (our nickname for it) was created for the growing range of aptX equipped phones and tablets, (think Samsung, HTC, Motorola) and features dual 1-inch Linear Magnetic Drive "Twoofers" usually found in large expensive hi-fi speakers for remarkable clarity and range,and the bass kicks butt. (It uses the battery as a woofer,which results in a smoother, more powerful bass.)
There's the same built-in noise-canceling mic in this smaller version,too.
The perfect holiday gift for the audiofile on your list? May all your gifting be this easy.