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snappower

Last spring I helped back SnapRays, a Kickstarter project for a wall outlet cover plate with built in auto-illuminating LEDs. The project was a big success and they actually delivered the products to their backers on time, which has not been the norm for most of the projects I have backed in the past. Now [...]

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outlink-energy-monitoring-outlet

Several companies sell modules that you can plug in between the wall outlet and your device to monitor how much power it uses.  That's great, but you can monitor energy usage by plugging your device directly into the Outlink wall outlet.  Outlink replaces your current wall outlet.  The bottom socket is standard, and the top [...]

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Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News
mophie-juice-pack-dock

It's not Qi, but the juice pack dock from mophie does charge your iPhone and its juice pack battery case without plugging in a cable.  Just drop the iPhone (wearing its juice pack) into the dock, and the pins in the bottom of the dock mate up with charging points on the bottom of the [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
brickstix

LEGO fans young and old will love BrickStix reusable stickers. These removable and restickable decals can be used over and over again to customize your LEGO creations without leaving a yucky sticky residue. BrickStix are available in a wide variety of sticker packs that range from Zombies to Space, Signs, Comics and more. Each sticker [...]

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Posted in: Geek Toys, News
dimondpoint_patriotpen-1

I enjoy and definitely prefer nice writing instruments. Occasionally one is introduced on Kickstarter or the like that is noteworthy. In this case, the designers at Dimond Point have recently began a crowd-funded project so that they can bring The Patriot, their precision-machined, military-inspired pen to market. The Patriot Pen is sleek, lightweight and made from high-quality military grade 6063 aluminum, [...]

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Posted in: News, Pocket Gear
fitness-band-bling

We told you about some expensive Tory Burch jewelry holders for your Fitbit Flex.  They cost more than the Fitbit did, and not everyone is going to want to pay that much to pretty up their Flex tracker.  If you like girly accessories, you might like the Fitness Band Bling Accessory jewelry I found at [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News
swifty-app-for-ios

Have you wanted to try your hand at writing a program for the iPhone or iPad, but you don't know how to get started?  One simple, inexpensive way to get your toes wet with Apple's new Swift programming language is with the Swifty app.  You'll learn to program for the iOS platform with Swift right [...]

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Posted in: iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
themis

From the "You know you have too much money if you can buy this" files comes the Themis from Solloshi Design. The Themis is a table top humidor for cigars. But it's not just any old ordinary humidor. The Themis is a replica of a Colt cylinder with real bearings and ratchet mechanism and houses [...]

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Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
nomadkey-charging-cable-pebble-watch

Nomad based the design for the NomadKey USB charging cable for the Pebble Original smart watch on a key.  Since you always have your keys with you when you're out, why not have a key-sized charger on the keyring?  It won't feel like you are carrying anything extra, but you'll have a tough, flexible charging [...]

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week

It's time for you to pull up a chair, settle in and catch up with everything we posted this week. Click through to see the full list of news, reviews and articles that were posted this past week. HelloNomad mobile products review Satechi Bluetooth Button Series (Home Button) review Pixelist oil paintings review Satechi Aluminum Premium [...]

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InfiniteUSB

USB ports, there are never enough on my laptop or desk top computer to keep all my connected items connected. I am always changing a cable here, unplugging a device there and can never seem to find the right cable for the job. The InfiniteUSB, a Kickstarter project, hopes to provide you with a solution [...]

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promini

The Magic-Pro ProMini Power Station 6T from Brando is a USB charger that can charge up to six devices at once while only using one outlet. The Magic-Pro ProMini Power Station 6T comes with five interchangeable plugs that will allow you to use this charger in the US, UK, AU, EU, KR and JP. The [...]

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cocoon-leather-slim-backpack-2

My husband has the Cocoon SLIM backpack, and he uses it daily.  It's become his favorite gear bag because it's comfortable to wear on his back even when loaded down with his 15" work MacBook, his iPad, and various papers, cables, chargers, and other gear.  Now, Cocoon is making the SLIM backpack available in a [...]

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Posted in: Bags, Laptops and Gear, News
goodbye-old-friend-llap-necklace-2

If he were still with us, Leonard Nimoy would have been 84 years old yesterday.  If you are one of the many fans of Mr. Nimoy and Mr. Spock, you might want to pay tribute to both of them with this beautiful necklace.  The pendant looks like a hand held in the "Live Long and [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
amazon-cloud-storage-plans

Late last fall, we told you about a perk for Amazon's Prime members, allowing them to store unlimited photos in the Cloud for free.  Well, Amazon has decided to extend the type of files you can store, and they are making the plan available to everyone at very reasonable prices.  No longer must you be [...]

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Nendo Kame

A decent set of luggage is almost paramount these days when doing extensive or long travel. While polycarbonate luggage is usually a little more durable and lighter, it often only comes in a clam shell design (basically the suitcase zippers down the middle and opens with two equal size sides). Fabric luggage usually has a [...]

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Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear
kisai-satellite-x-watch

Tokyoflash Japan's latest watch is the Kisai Satellite X Wood LED Watch.  The watch has a custom-designed dark sandalwood case with a protective clear coating and a dark mineral crystal lens.  Time is displayed on three interlocking rings that are read from top to bottom.  The display has a backlight, and there's an animation mode [...]

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Posted in: News, Watches, Clocks
device-charging-end-table-2

We recently told you that Ikea has announced a line of furniture and lamps with built-in Qi chargers.  What about people who don't use Qi charging?  We want nice things, too!  Well, Hammacher Schlemmer has a Device Charging End Table that has a built-in charging station for those of us who still need to cable [...]

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casetify-custom-apple-watch-bands

There are multitudes of ways you can personalize Apple's watch to suit your style with just the available cases and bands that Apple offers, but you'll still know there are going to be multitudes of people out there with a watch just like yours.  With Casetify, you can get watch bands with stylish designs curated by [...]

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spot-connect-satellite-phone

Do you spend a lot of time in areas that lack cellular service?  If you do, you can supplement your cell phone with SPOT.  Anytime you find yourself in a remote (or not so remote) area without a usable cellular signal, you can pair your phone to the SPOT device via Bluetooth and "get connected to [...]

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