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Deal Of The Day: 52% Off On 6 Ft. iOS + Micro-USB Charging Cable

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Apple’s Lightning charging cable is pretty expensive. To make things worse, it’s darn short. So it’s cool to see good alternatives, like the above 6 Ft. iOS + Micro-USB Charging Cable. Not only is it twice as long as a standard Apple cable, it gives you two options: Lightning and Micro-USB, on the same cable! That means you’re not stuck charging only iOS devices, but can lend it to an Android-powered friend in a pinch. Better yet, it’s also cheaper today, thanks to the active rebate. You’ll pay $19 for what would normally cost $40. If this doesn’t scream Stocking Stuffer, nothing does.

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Cable Labels: Mixed-Up Cables No More

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Tired of mixing up cables and turning on the switch to another line when you meant to switch on the one beside it? Well, this first-world problem is solved with these Cable Labels. As its name implies, these are labels that are meant to be attached to your cables for easy identification. Just write down what the cable connects to (for example, your TV, printer, speaker, etc.) and tack it onto the corresponding cable. Easy peasy.

The Cable Labels are available online for £7.50 (or about $12+.)

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inCharge Smartphone Charging Cable Is Super Small, Cute, And Keychain-able

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Smartphone range anxiety is a real issue, with millions of people fretting over their device’s ability to make it through the day the world over. Current solutions involve carrying extra batteries or cables to top your charge up on the go, but these are often unwieldy and not that portable. The inCharge cable however is as inconspicuous as you get. It’s a simple ribbon with a USB connector on one end, and either a Lightning or MicroUSB on the other. It doubles as a keychain when it’s not unfurled and at work. And most importantly, it won’t break the bank: a small $9 pledge will get you one.

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Soba Cable Organizer Cleans Up That Mess Behind Your Monitor

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Most of us choose to entirely ignore the area behind our monitors, just because we’re too lazy to deal with the spaghetti clutter of cables. If the putting-your-head-in-the-sand technique is running thin, you could try to give the Soba cable organizer from Bluelounge. Just slip them all into the “Vortex tube”and place them where you want it. The kit comes with 3 mounting caps, which can be affixed to any surface and help route the tube in your desired path. There’s even a Y-split, in case some of your cables have completely different destinations. For $25, it’s a cheap and efficient way to today up your living space.

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Deal Of The Day: 70% Off On 10ft. Lightning Cable

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How often have you found yourself contorted in bed, trying to fall asleep with phone in hand while it charges, but completely uncomfortable because your Lightning cable is so short? With this 10ft. bungee charging cable you’ll be able to roll from one side of bed to the other while still topping up your power hungry gadget, simultaneously avoiding tangles thanks to its braided nylon sheath. The best part, of course, is the price. Normally $40, you’ll only have to pay $11.99 after today’s 70% rebate. That’s much, much less than an original replacement from Apple.

[ 70% Off On 10ft. Lightning Cable ]

Deal Of The Day: 32% Off On Lightning Cable And Car Charger

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While not wanting to embark on a critique of Apple products, suffice it to say that their durability isn’t the most stellar on the market. I’ve had to change a Lightning cable on more than one occasion, and wasn’t thrilled at having to pay the premium Apple prices. Well, today you’re looking at an Apple-approved Lightning cable from Hipstreet, along with a car charger, that’s going to cost almost as much as a single Lightning cable straight from Apple. That means that for $26 you can get both of these items, when you’d normally have to pay $21 for the cable alone. That’s a deal.

[ 32% Off On Lightning Cable And Car Charger ]

8 Feet Of AudioQuest K2 Terminated Speaker Cable For Just $8,450

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By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not looking to fuel the debate over whether or not high-end AV cables are as effective as claimed or just snake oil, but I can’t see the sum of the parts going into these AudioQuest cables adding up to a price tag of well over $8,000. Even if they’re made of “Solid PSS Silver” and feature “Dual Star-Quad Geometry.” But if stuff like this didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be blessed with comments from satisfied users on Amazon like this one from Valannin “Pantheon Outcast”:

If there is one cable I would whole-heartedly trust to my Chimera-hunting needs, this would be the cable. No other cable has the tensile strength to properly and efficiently garrote a lycanthrope, asphyxiate an Esquilax or even gag a mermaid. Last week, using my trusty AudioQuest K2 (retrofitted with lead weights, bright orange latex paint and a generous coating of crushed glass stolen from the window of an abandoned church at midnight), I managed to snuff 3 golden unicorns in swift succession!

Pros: Quickly tears through scales, fur, bone, and adamantium with ease
Coils and uncoils from hip holster (optional) quickly and quietly
For a product fabricated from 1,000 Onyx Dragon fetuses, the price is unbelievably reasonable!

Cons: Shipping from the R’lyeh took far too long
Doesn’t come in 10′ lengths (which would be perfect for hydra, cerberii and other multi-headed creatures)
After every use, I can feel 6 ounces of my soul slipping from my core into the ether. But this may be due to the fact that I prefer to work without gloves. YMMV.

Overall, I would recommend that any hunter buy one, nay, two, of these immediately, and experience the difference that upgrading to the K2 will make in your next quest!

Update: It looks like Amazon has put these cables on sale for just $6,800, so at that price I’d recommend buying two sets which will save you $3,300 in the long run.

[ Amazon – AudioQuest K2 Terminated Speaker Cable ] VIA [ TechEBlog ]

Wiretape Is The World’s Thinnest Cable

By Chris Scott Barr

Running cable is a pain, regardless of what it’s for. Be it networking cable, wires for your TV, or anything else, it always gets tangled up and looks unsightly. Sure, you can try to run it through your walls, or install some sort of cable management system that hides it, but these aren’t always viable options. One company thinks they have the perfect solution, called Wiretape.

These Wiretape cables are super-thin (sadly we don’t have exact measurements) strips that are essentially flattened-out versions of your regular cables. They are so thin, in fact, that you can hide them away simply by affixing them to a wall and painting over them. This also makes them great for hiding under carpets and such. The cables are supposed to be rather durable as well, as they are touted to withstand extreme temperatures and can be folded numerous times. We should see these available in USB, HDMI, Cat5, VGA and other flavors sometime in September.

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Premium HDMI Cables: More Of A Ripoff Than You Think

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By Evan Ackerman

A couple years ago, we posted about some self-described “audiophiles” who pitted premium Monster Cables against soldered coat hangers to see if there was any audible difference. And shockingly, shockingly, there wasn’t. Those cables were analog, and in the world of digital signals, cables should make even less of a difference, but that hasn’t stopped companies from betting that people are rich and dumb and trying sell you on them. After the jump, check out the rest of the above graphic, which makes it perfectly clear that you only buy expensive HDMI cables if you hate starving children.Continue Reading