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Author Archives: David Ponce

Turn It Off And On Again? This Little Gadget Will Do It For You

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Internet went out again? You probably know the easiest way to get that fixed is to walk to your router, unplug the darn thing and wait for things to fix themselves. Most of the time it works all the time. But it’s still annoying to have to get up off your couch, so the ResetPlug does it for you. Just plug your router into it, and then the device itself into your wall socket. It’ll connect to your WiFi network after being configured, and will periodically monitor your Internet connection; when it sees it went out, it’ll just cut power to your router, wait a bit, and power back up. It’ll keep doing this until your connection is restored. If you want to monitor more than one device, say a modem and a router, just use a power strip and voila! It’s great not only to save you the hassle of getting up, but if you have any home appliances or devices that rely on a working connection, like security cameras or smart appliances, the ResetPlug will make sure they keep on keeping on even when you’re away from home. It’s $60.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Awesome Infographic On The History Of Mobile Phones

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Any of you old enough to remember the days before mobile phones? It was a dreadful time, when you had to pick up these barbell-shaped plastic receivers with no screens and stand by the wall talking into them, like some lunatic. Looking into our super high definition phablets, these days, it’s easy to imagine things were always this way, but if you’re a day over 15 you know it isn’t true. Mobile phones have gone a very long way since they hit the market, and the folks at Broadbandchoices.co.uk have done an amazing job in putting together a genuinely engaging infographic on the history of the mobile phone. From the humble Motorola DynaTAC in 1983, through the awesomeness of the StarTAC, to the high tech glory of the LG G5, all the stars are there. We strongly recommend giving it a look.

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Deal Of The Day: 57% Off On Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote

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Your home is filled with myriad devices that all need some form of remote controlling. The Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote is meant to bring all these under one roof so you can centrally control everything you need.

Say goodbye to the days of lost remote controls and cluttered electronic gear. Blumoo connects your smartphone to your electronic devices for complete access, literally at your fingertips. Control your home theater experience from the couch or around the house— Blumoo gives you 150-ft of powerful Bluetooth connectivity.

– Get universal control of your home theater w/ a simple, one touch system
– Enjoy support for Alexa on Amazon Echo, Dot, Tap, Fire Stick & Fire TV
– Get powerful music streaming functionality
– Scroll through the custom TV guide based on your service, postal code & preferences
– Easily upgrade your A/V equipment from your connected iOS or Android device
– Download the Apple Watch App
– Automatically update it over the air to add new features, device libraries & functionality
– Control over 250,000 A/V components
– Set up quickly & easily

Normally $100, it’s $52.99 after today’s deal.

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Rolls-Royce’s Wraith Luggage Collection Costs More Than A Regular Luxury Sedan

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If you’re going to drop six digits on a Rolls-Royce vehicle, you might be tempted to think “well, might as well drop five digits on a set of luggage.” That’s at least what the folks at Rolls-Royce are thinking with their Wraith Luggage Collection, for which they’re asking you to part with $45,854. That’s right, for the price of a well equipped luxury sedan you can get yourself a set of 6 bags to complement your brand new $300,000 RR Wraith. The set consists of

Two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekend bags and a Garment Carrier. The set was designed by Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Design Studio to complement the cars. This plush luggage set will be available only with Rolls-Royce dealers, emphasizing its luxury credentials. The set is exclusively designed to complement the car’s look, so there are many points of symmetry between the bags and the car. For instance the stitching on steering wheel of the Wraith and handle of the weekend bag are identical, perfected by Haute Couture clothing. Obviously, the brand didn’t miss self-righting wheels and to emblazon the double-R logo almost everywhere, from wheels to zips.

Even if we did have that kind of cash lying around, we’re not sure how we’d feel about putting $40,000 bags in the cargo hold of a commercial plane, but then again we suspect the target market is here is the ‘private plane’ kind of crowd. Oh, and if $45,854 didn’t seem expensive enough, you should know the price goes higher is you want to customize the bags to your liking.

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Anker’s (Not So) Portable Power Pack

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There are portable power packs, and then there’s Anker’s PowerHouse. It’s about the size (7.9 x 6.5 x 5.7 inches) and weight (9.3 lbs) of a concrete construction brick, so might weigh things down a bit should you decide to toss it in a backpack. That being said, what you’re trading for that all that heft is a massive charging capacity. At 120,000 mAh, the 434Wh behemoth is able to fully recharge a laptop 15 times over. For reference, an iPhone 6 Plus has a 2,950 mAh battery. It outputs all that electricity through a 12V socket, an AC socket, or 4 USB-ports. It’s meant to take with you when you’re off grid and power your electronics for long periods. The PowerHouse is able to feed most things, like stereos, TVs, and lamps, but it might choke on higher-voltage appliances like toasters or hair-dryers. Still, no one is expecting you to try to blow-dry your hair while your husbands sets up the tent, so the point is moot.

It’s $500.

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It Might Get Loud

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The following article is brought to you by Raghav Govindarajan and 1ByOne. -Ed.

We’ve all been in those situations where we needed our music to be just a bit louder or even portable. I know I’ve been to social events like picnics and small parties where I need that extra oomph in my music. I was able to find that extra firing power in the form of a seven inch speaker made by 1byone.

The 1byone Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a pretty small speaker, relatively speaking. It is about the size of my HTC One M8 in terms of length, and width. It is a very light speaker, and I will admit that initially threw me off. I did not think that this tiny speaker would be capable of producing a respectable sound, but boy was I wrong. Syncing the speaker was not a difficult task at all, it was as simple as holding the power button until you heard the confirmation that the speaker was on. It automatically starts searching for devices, and I was able to immediately able to sync to it with no issues. After that, I took a look at the interesting interface. The top of the device has 4 buttons that act as the control panel, with the rest of the circles acting as an aesthetically pleasing effect.

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Deal of the Day: 78% Off On 3-in-1 Mighty Stylus, Pen & 8GB USB Drive

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The 3-in-1 Mighty Stylus, Pen & 8GB USB Drive should be the modern man’s companion. It does three tasks in one device, and does so at a ridiculously low price.

The 3-in-1 Mighty Pen is a one-stop shop for the communication needs of today’s world. With just one gadget that easily slips into your pocket, you can share files and photos with the USB, jot down notes, and double-click and scroll with the stylus. Plus with 8GB of space—that’s 2 million pages of data—you can keep all your on-the-go files in one place.

– Acts as a stylus, pen & USB storage
– Stores up to 2 million pages of data w/ 8GB of space
– Hides the USB w/ its covert design
– Fits anywhere w/ sleek, compact design
– Compatible w/ Macs & PCs

Normally $60, it’s an astonishingly low $12.99 after today’s deal. Think about that: for less than the price of a USB drive, you get an additional pen and stylus. Shipped, of course, for free.

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Floor Cleaning Slippers

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You guys remember the Baby Mop? It was a onesie lined with microfibre finger pads that cleaned the floor as your toddler crawled around. That was an awesome product! Well now you can have the same sort of “innovation” for the rest of the family. The Floor Cleaning Slippers’ soles are lined with microfibre finger pads as well, which pick up dust and small debris as you walk around. Sure, it’s only going to clean the most walked-around areas in your home, leaving corners to collect all the dust bunnies you didn’t pick up. But we suppose it’s better than nothing. The soles do detach easily for cleaning. And at $5 for a pair, who not get one? Oh… ‘sexism alert’: they only come in ladies sizes 6 to 9.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

The Igloo Trailmate Cooler Is One Serious Cooler

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Planning a party on the beach? You’re gonna need a cooler. You’re also going to need two guys with some muscle to carry the thing down from the parking lot. But not if you’ve opted for the Igloo Trailmate Cooler, which features oversized never-flat wheels that give the thing 10 inches of clearance, allowing one man to simply pull it to its destination. It’s a good thing too because this cooler packs a lot of stuff, with enough room in its 70 quart container for “112 cold ones”. The quality insulation means ice will remain unmelted for up to four days, while a water-resitant storage area will keep your personal items dry while you frolic. The carry handle telescopes out to give you a butler tray upon which to place a drink or three, and tie-down loops make it easy to carry extra gear up top. It’s $300.

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