This sleek, modern desk will look at home in your home office or in your family room. The Hollow-core ‘Connect-It’ White 48″ Tablet Desk‘s simple design makes it look like a minimal work table for your laptop or tablet, but it opens up to reveal a lot of storage and functionality inside. It has a silver metal frame and a matte white body that conceals storage space for books and papers, a compartment for a power strip, and an organized compartment for storing your mobile gadgets as they charge. A clear area in the table top allows you to see your gadgets as they charge. Close it up, and you have a great desk for your laptop or tablet. It measures 48″ wide X 28″ deep X 31″ tall. It’s available for $333.99 at Overstock.com at the time of this writing, but their prices do change frequently.
Coming in Fall 2014, this line of jewelry from Cuff will allow you to create a safety link between you and your loved ones. Each piece of jewelry incorporates the CuffLinc wireless device that connects with an app running on your iOS device that can send an alarm and a location to your loved ones. If some one in your circle sends an alarm, your CuffLinc jewelry will vibrate to alert you. The notification will also be send to your iOS device, so you’ll know who needs held and where they are. The CuffLinc continues to send out notifications to your circle until someone responds, so you know someone will hear your SOS. The CuffLinc doesn’t need charging; it has a non-replaceable battery that lasts for a year before it needs to be replaced. The CuffLinc fits all the jewelry – necklaces and bracelets – and the keyring that are planned for the Cuff line. You can pre-order now. Silicone or leather bracelets are $50 each; metal bracelets are $150; and necklaces or the keyring are $80.00. Each item will include a CuffLinc alarm device, which is a $30 value.
Larry’s recent go-to gadget discussion of his old Rotring pen reminded me that Levenger has a pen that’s a bit reminiscent of those pens, but they cost much less than some of those old Rotrings on the secondary market. Turns out that Levenger is having a sell this weekend on their L-Tech Plus Stealth Ballpoint with Stylus, so you could get yourself a new pen with Rotring-like design at 51% savings. The L-Tech ballpoint has a brass barrel with a black matte finish that’s been weighted so it feels good in hand. It has a faceted top so it doesn’t roll on the table and a knurled grip so it doesn’t slip in your fingers. It’s topped off with a capacitive stylus that can be replaced as needed. The pen is normally $69, but it’s only $34 through Sunday, February 23.
Apple designed the MagSafe connectors to safely detach from your MacBook instead of pulling the laptop to the floor should the charging cable get yanked. Some people feel the MagSafe connector detaches too easily, and if you are one of those people, you can use a Snuglet to keep it more firmly connected. Snuglets are precision machined pieces of metal that fit inside the MagSafe 2 connector on all MacBook Airs or MacBook Pros with Retina display (produced after June 2012) to “increase the magnetic connection and never interfere with insertion or removal of the power cable.” They won’t fall out, but they do come with a removal tool, should you decide to remove them or move them to a new laptop. You get two Snuglets and one removal tool for $19.00.
It’s been ages since I’ve owned a turntable of any sort and even longer since I actually listened to music using one. I was quick to join the CD bandwagon, because I wanted music without pops and noise and wanted to be able to start playing a recording without fear of dropping the tonearm and scratching my vinyl albums. Over the years, I bought CDs, or files from iTunes, to replace most of my vinyl collection. (At least those recordings that stood the test of time and my taste – I’m looking at you, Captain and Tennille.) Of course, replacing my vinyl with CDs was expensive, but I was able to spread it out over many years. I had hundreds of albums, so I sold most of them as I obtained the digital version over the years, and many others were lost when our basement flooded about 10 years ago. I still have a few vinyl albums, and some of them aren’t available in digital formats now. Some people may still have vinyl that they never bothered to replace because of the expense or because they just prefer the sound of vinyl, but now they may wish they could listen to some of their old favorites while in the car or out for a walk. There are devices on the market that let you hook up a turntable to a computer and convert the contents of the vinyl albums to digital files. I’ve always been intrigued by these devices, but I never took the plunge and bought one because I had so few vinyl albums left. I was chosen to put the Spinnerette USB Portable Turntable to the test when Crosley offered one to The Gadgeteer for review, so now I can see for myself how well the digital conversion works.
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Having your monitor at the right height prevents neck strain and poor posture, and the F1 Smart Monitor Stand from Satechi has two pre-set height positions to help you find the best height for your monitor. The empty space under the stand becomes a place to store your keyboard and mouse when they aren’t in use, or you can stow other items under there to keep your workplace looking neat. The Smart Stand has four USB ports on the front, so you can easily connect peripherals without having to blindly hunt for a USB port on the back of the computer. There’s also a headphone jack and a microphone jack up front. The aluminum legs can support monitors, laptops, or all-in-ones weighing up to 22 pounds. The regular price is $39.99, but it’s available now at the special price of $29.99.
With Nokia Treasure Tags, your Nokia phone will notify you before you leave behind your keys, wallet, or whatever you’ve tagged. The Treasure Tags use Bluetooth 4.0 (with Proximity Profile (PXP), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Find Me Profile (FMP)) to pair with your phone to notify you before you leave something behind. It has a Bluetooth range of 130 feet. If you do manage to lose something, the Treasure Tag app can show you where it was located when you lost contact with it. You can pair up to four Treasure Tags with your phone, and each Treasure Tag can operate up to four months on a single, replaceable coin battery. It measures 1.2″ X 1.2″ X 0.4″ and weighs just under half an ounces, so you’ll hardly notice its presence, unless it ever needs to notify you that you’re leaving it behind. The Treasure Tags aren’t available yet, but you can read more about them at the above link.
These multipurpose Beer Shot Glasses from The Awesomer Shop combine a pint beer glass and a shot glass into one. The glasses are made of laboratory-grade borosilicate glass. One end holds a full 16 ounces, and the other holds a 2 ounce shot. As well as being a novelty, these glasses can save room in your bar cabinet. You’ll get two for $19.00.
There was some discussion on the site recently about using a humidifier to help reduce stuffy noses during dry winter months. I always hesitate to use humidifiers because I think that they’ll leave a puddle on the furniture they sit upon because the warm, wet air they exhale will cool and condense too quickly. This Humidifying Tower from Hammacher Schlemmer not only doesn’t look like a cutesy penguin, which would work well in a nursery but not so well in the living room, but rather like some speaker docks I’ve seen. It emits a cool mist that evaporates quickly into the air, so you won’t see a puddle of water on the floor around it. It’s designed for a 650 sq-ft room, and it has a 91 ounce water tank that holds enough water for 20 hours between refills. It has three humidity levels and a remote control. It’s $299.95.
If you’re intrigued with Julie’s and Jackie Cheng’s reviews of the Keyport Slide keychain replacement, you should check out the special pricing that ThinkGeek is offering on their Keyport Slide 2.0 Starter Bundle. In Julie’s review of the Slide 2.0, I saw that the case alone is $29, and you’ll pay separately for each key blade or insert. With ThinkGeek’s bundle, you’ll get your choice of either a black or ice case and choice of 8GB or 32GB flash drive insert. You’ll also get a mini flashlight, a bottle opener insert, and a gift code for three non-transponder key blades that you’ll have duplicated at your local hardware store. (Transponder equipped blades are available, but they are extra cost.) If you don’t need three key blades, you can select equal-cost items with your gift code. Normally, these Keyports are $80-100 at ThinkGeek, but they are offering them at $55.30 for the black or ice case with an 8GB USB flash drive or $69.30 for the 32GB models for a limited time.
If you know a kid who’s a Star Wars fan, you might want to consider this Storm Trooper Backpack (their spelling) for the next gift-giving occasion. This is 26″ tall, has adjustable shoulder straps, and it unzips on the back. Based on the photo, I don’t think it has a lot of capacity, so it probably will be better for carrying a couple of toys or coloring books to Grandma’s house instead of school books. It’s $49.99 at Stupid.com.
With the CHUGPLUG external battery, you won’t have to worry about running out of power while you’re traveling. The CHUGPLUG is designed to work with 45W or 60W newer MacBooks. You can expect up to 4 extra hours of power for an 11″ MacBook Air or 3 extra hours for the 13″ MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. It measures 9″ X 2.9″ X 1.1″ and weighs 1.1 pounds. It accepts 100-240VAC 1.2A / 50-60Hz AC power and outputs 120-250V DC power. You just fit it between your MacBook’s MagSafe power adapter and its power cord to charge its internal lithium-polymer battery (takes about 2 hours) or to power the laptop. It’s coming soon from Lenmar Enterprises for $159.99.
You perhaps have heard by now about the security breach at Kickstarter last week. They announced on February 15 that “hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers’ data. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system.” The breach had occurred earlier last week, and they say that while no credit card information was accessed, personal information for some of their customers was. They say that there had been no evidence of unauthorized activity on any but two accounts.
If you are a Kickstarter supporter, you can read the entire press release here to learn more about how this affects you and what you need to do.
Actually, both sides can have cold beverages with this ice tray sets from Convenient Gadgets & Gifts. For $17.95, you’ll get a set of two silicone Star Wars Ice Cube Trays. Each tray makes different numbers and sizes of cubes, depending on the design. There are six sets to choose from. The first set has Darth Vader (6 cubes) and the Death Star (1); the second set is Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper (6 cubes of each design); the third set is Han Solo (7) and the Millennium Falcon (2); the fourth set is Han Solo (7) and R2-D2 (5); the fifth set is R2-D2 (5) and X-Wing Fighters (6); and the last set is the Death Star(1) and X-Wing Fighters (6).
As a matter of fact, it looks a lot like a wine bottle cork. Pop the cork end off of the Bottlelight to expose the USB plug that’s used to charge the internal battery. When you need emergency lighting or even some ambient mood lighting without the risk of candle flames, you just twist the Bottlelight to turn on the “super bright LED” and place the Bottlelight into the neck of an empty wine (or similar) bottle. They can be used indoors or outdoors, where a candle might be extinguished by the wind. It’s available at SUCK UK for $15.00. A couple of these would have been nice to have on hand and charged up earlier this week when the winter storm hit here in Greensboro.
We haven’t had a landline for years, and I rely exclusively on my cell phone. I need to keep it with me so I don’t have to run around like a crazy person, trying to find it before the caller hangs up, but most of my clothes don’t have pockets. I’ve tried various bags over the years, but sometimes they’re too big and heavy to hold just a phone, or the straps are too wide and irritate my neck. I’ve usually tried leather bags in the past, and leather bags start out heavy before you even add the phone. Vera Bradley has a quilted cloth cell phone case that looks ideal. Small Vera accessory bags are always lightweight, and this Cell Phone Crossbody is stripped down to hold just a phone and a couple of cards in a back pocket. It measures 4.5″ x 6.25″, so it’s big enough to hold bigger phones, like the iPhone 5/5s or the Samsung Galaxy phones. It’s 54″ chain strap is long enough to wear it crossbody, so it’s hands-free, and the chain is narrow enough that it shouldn’t be irritating your neck. It’s available in a variety of color/pattern combinations for $32.00.
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In the past few months, my family and I moved into a condo. Our old house was the dustiest house in the world, but we didn’t have any pollutants from nearby houses. In the condo, we are in a building that’s occupied by other people. Although the heating/cooling system ductwork is set up so that units are isolated from each other as much as possible, I know there’s some air seeping into my unit from the surrounding ones. Since my daughter has asthma, I don’t want to risk having her breathing in cigarette smoke or other airborne pollutants from another unit, so I wanted an air filter for her bedroom. I was happy to be selected to give the Fellowes AeraMax™ DX-55 a try. Read More →
The Military Grade Portable Smartphone Fishfinding Sonar from FishHunter is so small, you can almost carry it in your pocket. It’s shrunk down to fit inside a 8.5″ X 6.2″ X 3.0″ red rubber ball. It has a rechargeable battery inside, and it comes with a charging stand. You just float the military-grade sonar transducer in the water, and you’ll see all the fish swimming through its cone-shaped listening field on your smartphone’s screen. The transducer connects to the smartphone, either Android or iPhone, via Bluetooth. You’ll get maximum information from a minimal package. It’s $179 at FishHunter.
We’ve seen purses that can charge your phone, and now here’s a leather trifold wallet that can charge your smartphone. The Smartphone Charging Wallet from Hammacher Schlemmer has a rechargeable 680mAh integrated into one panel that can give you up to 2 more hours of talk time. The wallet is made of calfskin and has 6 interior slots that can fit up to 9 cards. It also has a full-length compartment for bills. It’s available in black for iPhone or for Android/Blackberry for $79.95.
Some of the vinyl albums of my youth had beautiful covers that were works of art. I was always tempted to display some of them on my walls, but there wasn’t a good way to do that and still be able to play the album. With the Record Showcase frames for vinyl albums, you can display both the album cover and the album itself. Best of all, you can easily remove the album any time you like so you can pop it on the turntable. You can hang them horizontally or vertically without worry that the album will slide out of place, because a small spindle holds it in place. The frame is made of polycarbonate, and it has a UV inhibitor to protect the record and its cover from light damage. It has a reversible silver/gold matting, and all you need to hang it is a nail. The Record Showcase is $39.95.
If you have a small kitchen without much storage space, you may find that you don’t have room for tools that you won’t use frequently. With the All in One Kitchen Tool Set from the MoMA Store, you’ll be able to store eight tools in the space of a bottle of oil. This plastic bottle stands 12″ tall and has a 3.25″ diameter, but it breaks apart into eight tools: (top to bottom) a funnel, a lemon juicer, a spice grater, an egg masher, a cheese grater, a lid grip for loosening stubborn jar tops, an egg separator, and a 1 1/4 measuring cup. It’s $40 for non-members or $36 for MoMA members.
This is a Kickstarter project that’s already raised over 7X the funding goal with just over a week left in the funding period. The Carbonlite wallet is a minimalist wallet made from two plates of “premium aerospace grade 6k 2×2 weave instead of the standard 3k 1×1. All of our carbon fiber has a smooth, durable, mirror-like finish and a deep three-dimensional luster that shifts with the light.” You can hold 1 to 10 credit cards in the Carbonlite. You can also order it with an optional money clip that lays flat until you need it; it will hold up to 8 bills. You can even get the Carbonlite with RFID shields to protect the information stored on your cards. Funding continues through Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 3:44 AM EST. You can pledge $60 for a wallet with no money clip nor RFID shielding ($95 with the shielding) or $65 for a wallet with a money clip and no RFID shielding ($100 with the shielding).
A friend of mine used to have a work cellphone for which she only had a car charger. She used to just leave the phone plugged in to her car’s power outlet at night to keep the phone charged, but she ran into a problem when she bought a new car that didn’t supply power to the outlets when the engine was off. If she’d had the 5 Amp AC to 12V DC Power Adapter from ThinkGeek, she wouldn’t have had a problem. With this adapter, you can power any car gadget, like a GPS or heated seat cushions or even a USB charger, using your house outlets. The adapter converts 110V AC power from the wall into 12V DC power, and it is rated for a 5A load. It’s $19.99.