So it’s Fall and you’re already stressing out about getting your car winterized (wasn’t it just summer yesterday?) Automobiles come with responsibilities like oil changes, headaches like dead batteries, and mild anxiety about getting scratches and smudges your new (expensive) toy. Whether you’re a professional driver, auto aficionado, worried parent, or 16 year-old who’s yet to be in a bind, these five gadgets will help put those fears to rest.
World’s thinnest car battery jump starter keeps your automobile and mobile devices powered up when you need them
- Lightweight lithium polymer battery houses an impressive 6,000 mAh capable of jumping a completely dead car battery in minutes
- 5V 2.1A output charges power hungry devices such as smartphone, cameras and tablets
- Features a built-in LED flashlight for working in the dark
- Compact device measures 5.5” x 3” x .6” and weighs in at a mere 7 ounces
- Sleek battery pack fits perfectly into any purse or luggage case
- Available at: JunoPower.com | Price: $99.99
Toddy Gear: Toddy Smart Cloth
Carefully handcrafted microfiber cloth provides effective, scratch-free cleaning for iDevices, windows, lenses and other sensitive surfaces
- Built for cleaning extremely sensitive surfaces including iPhone, glasses, windows, car surfaces
- Protected with the AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology – a durable, environmentally friendly way to instantly wipe away dirt and smudges
- Plush microfiber material on one side to clean and silk microfiber on the other side to buff and polish
- No messy/damaging sprays or fluids necessary
- Features an antimicrobial coating, protecting the cloth against microorganisms that contribute to mold, mildew, and other negative effects
- Available at: toddygear.com | Price: $9.99 (5×7) $14.99 (9×9)
Blackfire: Clamplight Junior
Innovative and versatile LED flashlight lights up every situation by clamping to virtually anywhere, making chores easier and play better
- Quality grade CREE LED’s provide 100,000 hours of bulb life and up to 100 lumens
- Resilient spring clamps securely to shelves, doors, pipes, branches and a plethora of other objects, keeping both hands free and flashlight out of the way
- Two axis swivel head pivots and directs light where you need it
- Nonskid feet lock open and convert into a stand when there’s nothing to clamp to
- Braced with high impact ABSplastic with non-slip TPR for a comfortable yet rugged look and feel
- Maximum portability allows you to fit in a belt, pocket, or anywhere else
- Available at: Blackfire-usa.com and various retailers | Price: MSRP $18.99
Bracketron: Mi-T Grip Mount
The perfect universal mounting solution for your smartphone or other portable device
- Features Temporbond, Bracketron’s patented, breakthrough technology that allows you to mount the holder on any smooth or textured surface including your dash and windshield
- Allows you to view your device hands-free in portrait or landscape mode
- Provides full access to all device controls and ports
- Unique grip with rotating head securely holds your device with or without a case
- The mount’s compact size makes for easy portability from car to car or when traveling
- Available at: Bracketron.com | Price: $29.95
Lemur Monitors: BlueDriver
Turn your smart device into a professional-grade auto diagnostics tool
- Allows users to wirelessly read and clear diagnostic trouble codes without having to spend money at the mechanic
- Download the free BlueDriver app and plug in the BlueDriver – it’s that easy!
- Generate vehicle specific information such as code definition, possible causes and repair recommendations
- Check for whether or not your vehicle is ready for local emissions test
- BlueDriver is the first line of defense for today’s mechanic and is an affordable diagnostic tool for that fits in your pocket
- Works with all makes and models (sold in U.S. and Canada) that are 1996 or newer
- Pairs via Bluetooth with Apple devices (running iOS 7.0+) and Android devices (running Android 4.0+)
- Available at: lemurmonitors.com | Price: $99.95
What are some of your favorite gadgets that you keep in your car at all times? Share your favorite must have auto tech below.
Working from home has become a staple in most of our lives. Whether it’s sending emails or texting counterparts about business, we’re all tasked to work outside our office all the time. What if you could send emails on the go without those pesky “Sent from mobile device, please excuse typos” disclosures? Meet TinyStic, the portable stick that is transforming smartphones into desktop computers everywhere!
TinyStic is a USB-sized device that turns your smartphone into a desktop computer. Created by native Detroiter, MSU Computer Science graduate, and Yahooer Eric Hamilton, TinyStick was created to make working and playing on your smartphone as easy as using a desktop computer at home.
The TinyStic device plugs into the HDMI port on your monitor or big screen TV. Download the TinyStic app and your Android smartphone is then converted into a desktop computer with “Windows-like” drop down menus containing all your smartphone apps. Connect a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and you have a complete desktop computer experience right from your Android smartphone. TinyStic works with Android tablets also.
TinyStic is great for streaming live television, movies and playing games from your Android smartphone onto the big screen.
Discover more about the TinyStic IndiGoGo campaign (which has already met and exceeded it’s goal) and get in on the ground floor of this new accessory that will definitely change the game soon.
Lets face it, now more than ever before we live in a mobile world where getting work done on the go is a must. When multitasking is the name of the game, being held down to a hard line phone for a conference call is the last thing on my mind. Last week while surviving Snowpocalypse Pax in NYC I decided to re-create my conference call experience in my home office with the addition of a powerful, portable speaker. I hung up my bluetooth earpiece and tested the latest in mobile conference call speaker systems – the Philips WeCall HD Bluetooth Conference Speaker.
Who knew a device so compact and small could create a conference room space within my home office? The lightweight WeCall speaker comes out the box already charged and ready to be connected to your iPhone wirelessly via Bluetooth or Mac/PC using the included USB. The setup was relatively easy if you’ve ever paired a device on iOS/Android or Mac/PC before. The USB isn’t just for connecting your computer either, it’s also the primary way to charge the speaker as well. With a max battery time of 8hrs – one charge should last you at least 8-10 conference calls or 3-4 girlfriend chats (because we all know how a 20-minute chat with your girlfriend can transform into a 2hr chat with your girlfriend in an instant.)
The microphone is what really sets the WeCall apart from it’s competitors and standard phone/tablet/computer hardware. Once connected, I noticed that my conference call clarity was far superior using the WeCall than the speakers on my iPhone 5s or the MacBook Air at the same distance. Moments where I’d fade out standing up and walking around on standard hardware, the WeCall would increase sensitivity as I moved away from the mic. This can be attributed to the four omni-directional microphones that can pick up your voice from 360-degrees. Which is perfect if the device is sitting in the middle of a conference room space, or if you tend to walk around during a particular conference call – the WeCall will pick up your voice from more than 3 feet away. Never again will you have to hover over your speaker microphone to ensure a clear, crisp call.
If you’re like me when making conference calls, you often want to adjust the volume or mute the call so you can either A.) Talk smack about the person on the other end of the call. B.) Make sure call participants don’t hear your television blaring your favorite reality tv show in the background. C.) Hear the “other” call conversation you have going on your other line. The WeCall buttons for hanging up, volume control and muting can easily be found on either corner on the top of the speaker (making it easy to jump back into the conversation the moment your attention lapse or (attendance lapse) has been felt. [Check out the Philips WeCall in action HERE.]
Just in case you need a calendar organizing system to keep a conference call schedule, the WeCall also comes with a free app in the Apple Store. The WeCall App acts as a secondary conference phonebook/calendar which stores numbers and codes for one-touch connection with ease. The WeCall app not only automatically dials into conference calls when they appear on the calendar; it also enters the conference call ID number for the consumer making it the perfect virtual assistant in the office and on the road.
Overall, the Philips WeCall is a great tech addition to any home office or conference room space. No wonder the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has awarded it with the prestigious 2014 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award. As an award recipient for outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics products, the Philips WeCall HD Bluetooth Conference Speaker ($149) should definitely be considered the next time you’re thinking about upgrading the tech in your office space.
Wacom Bamboo Mini Stylus
Are there times where you wish you had a stylus for your smartphone or tablet at any given time? Are you an iPad owner wanting to design more ideas on the go but tired of having dig into your bag or purse for one? Wacom is here to the rescue with their new line of Bamboo mini stylus.
Wacom Bamboo Mini Stylus
How often have you starred at your screen, your mind completely blank as you try to remember your 18-character, case-sensitive password? You forget all your passwords, all the time. Lucky for you, with the award-winning myIDkey you never have to remember them.
myIDkey is a voice-activated fingerprint authentication Bluetooth/USB drive that displays your passwords and securely stores all sorts of your important data.
When you need it fast, simply speak. After unlocking your myIDkey with a finger swipe, you can simply press and hold the microphone button and speak into your myIDkey to quickly recall and see that important number, date or whatever personal data is needed in a flash.
Complete password management. Whether wirelessly connected to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, or when directly plugged into your desktop or notebook PC via USB, myIDkey autofills your credentials for any site. With complete password management that is also protected by your fingerprint, you never have to remember another password again! Plus, myIDkey can automatically generate unique passwords for further protection – all of which is easily managed with the myIDkey app.
Now you have a key to all your devices. By wirelessly syncing your myIDkey to your iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet via Bluetooth, you can create an extra layer of security for protecting what matters most.
You can pre-order your own myIDkey via their kickstarter page here. Would you consider keeping all of your important passwords on one usb device?
HTC is ready to start the new year off with a bang. They have been hard at work last year to bring us the follow-up to the One X. Currently codenamed the M7, HTC is applying all of the specs & designs from last year’s Android devices into their newest flagship. Slated to become available on multiple carriers unlike the One X which was an AT&T exclusive.
- 4.7inch 1080p HD SoLux display
- 2nd-gen 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- 2GB of RAM/32GB of storage/2300 mAh battery
- Running Android Jelly Bean w/ Sense 5 UX
- 2MP f/2.0 front-facing camera capable of recording video in 1080p HD
- 13MP f/2.0 rear-facing Cinesensor (improves video quality, adds super slow-mo & video HDR) lens also capable of 1080p HD video
- Beats Audio w/ built-in amp + stereo speakers
Yes, Really! Why shouldn’t they. Amazon, the biggest e-commerce retailer, transformed itself from a book e-tailer to the titan of the purchasing web. They are a digital content powerhouse. I suspect this new smart phone will be so integrated with Amazon services. They have a huge market share in cloud storage services, you can download digital content such as books, digital music and video effortlessly, and not to mention Kindle e-Reader and Kindle Fire tablets. The own the e-commerce sites Zappos.com, Endless.com, Shopbop.com.
This will be a huge disruption in the smart phone field and all the major tech websites are abuzz. It’s going to be the clash of the titans – Amazon, Google, and Apple. Could the recent fight between Amazon and Apple precipitate this new service?
According to TheEconomist.com, “The most hard-fought battle between them so far has been in the e-book market. Amazon accounted for some two-thirds of all digital-book downloads in America last year. Apple accounted for just 5%, but it has been trying to woo publishers away from Amazon with an aggressive strategy that gives them more freedom to determine e-book prices than under Amazon’s terms.”
In 2011, Amazon and Apple were at odds over the percentage that Apples requires when users buy products through their iPhone or iPad apps. The Daily Beast Reported “This all started because booksellers found a clever way to sidestep Apple’s rules about selling stuff on its platform. If a developer wants to sell something via an iPad app—it’s called an “in-app purchase”—the transaction must go through Apple, which keeps 30 percent of the money and passes 70 percent on to the developer. Here’s what Amazon and the others do: when you order a book using, say, the Kindle app on the iPad, you’re taken to a Web browser and the transaction takes place there, not inside the Kindle app itself. That way the 30 percent doesn’t go to Apple.” Seeing this, Apple then blocked the link to Amazon’s website in all e-books from the Kindle App. This prevents you from loading amazon.comand purchasing a book with all the proceeds going directly to Amazon.
Back to the Smart Phone – The Rumors are:
· – Reports claim Amazon is working with Foxconn, the same manufacturer for Apple.
· - The smart phone is expected to be available summer/fall of this year.
· – The smart phone will run the Android-based operating system like the Kindle Fire Tablet.
· - It will have 3D mapping from UpNext Software company.
· - The smart phone is priced low from $100 to $200 – Amazon expects to make profits from digital content services not from the price of the phone.
With all the services that Amazon offers would you purchase this smart phone?
I must admit, when I heard the rumors of this (make or break) Blackberry 10 device – I was super skeptical. With a Apple, Samsung (and even Windows) dominating the market share of devices, it seems like everyone has a neglected Blackberry device inside of a desk drawer somewhere (heck, it was reported at one point that even the US Government was ready to abandon Blackberry and migrate over to Team iPhone.)
We’ve already discovered a few specs prior to today’s live event (which will begin shortly….) this is what we know so far…
Display: 4.2? with a 1280 x 768 resolution
Memory: 2 GB of RAM
Storage: 16 GB of Internal Storage
Cameras: 2 Megapixel front-facing camera (can record 720p video) / 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 5X digital zoom
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC
Battery: 1800 mAh Battery (for more of our discovered spec rumors CLICK HERE.)
But what are we REALLY excited about? A little birdie told me about Rim’s new in photo editing feature that will blow the competition away! (Let’s just say that you’ll no longer have to worry about taking a blurry camera phone picture ever again. Blackberry 10 will allow you to select “by frame” the photo that looks best.) The Personal / Work user setting is another feature we’re excited about, not to mention the super fast predictive text.
Let’s see what the folks at Blackberry has to say….stay tuned for the LIVE EVENT below…
What do you think about the new Blackberry 10? Is it all hype or is it the next generation of what a smartphone should be? Share your thoughts below…
***UPDATE PHOTOS OF THE EVENT ***
We’ve all been victim of the stolen iPhone or iPad charger. These fun, inexpensive decals allow you to customize your Apple charging accessories so there’s no mistaking “Whooz” is whose!
What we love more than our tech accessories is personalizing them! Kickstarter project, Whooz provides you with a mini closet of decals to dress up your chargers and earphones to give them your personal touch. Even better, now you’ll know who nabbed your mobile life-line!
For only $10 you’ll receive these cute and fashionable vinyl decals that will really spice up your power strip and give life to that old white cord! Each pack comes with four sheets of labels to create your custom look to cover one adapter, the ends of the USB cable, and one set of earphones. Decals are compatible with both generations of Apple connectors and are can be easily removed or swapped out. Decals are finished with a UV laminate to insure your Whooz creation won’t warp due to heat and the coating also protects the graphic from wear and tear.
Whooz is a great stocking stuffer for the Apple lover in your life. If successfully funded this project promises to be available in time for the holiday season when iPhone and iPad charger theft is at its highest!
For more information or to support visit kickstarter.com/projects/whooz
As a burgeoning travel diva, I’ve learned the hard way that excessive baggage and baggage fees is not the way to go. But when traveling with office accessories, laptops, ipads, cameras, batteries and more – it’s kinda hard avoiding “Bag Lady” status and to (in my Erykah Badu voice) “pack light”. Luckily, I found some incredible gadgetries online that I would love to have in my carry on for my next big trip. I liked them so much, that I thought I’d share some of them with you below…
Virtual Keyboard Keychain ($99.99)
Get slick and productive with this virtual keyboard keychain, sold exclusively by Brookstone. This tiny and compact keychain is about the size of a pack of cigarettes. It will project a keyboard on any flat surface, and works with Bluetooth wireless technology to easily connect to your tablet or smartphone.
Using every trick in the book to milk your laptop’s charge for the duration of a flight? Forget that. Apple’s MagSafe Airline Adapter plugs into the airplane’s seat power port, keeping your MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air juiced for as many movie viewings as you like. (Note: This adapter keeps your laptop powered up but doesn’t charge the battery, so you’ll have to snag an outlet in the terminal if you need to fill up before the flight.)
Grid-It iPad ($34). Get organized with the Grid-It organization system’s new and improved iPad case. A neoprene pocket protects your tablet, while the gridded straps across the front of the case lets you configure your gadgets and accessories in countless ways. You’ll spend less time organizing and more time enjoying.
Looking for a few more travel friendly gadgets? Check out more findings on Brookstone.com or here.