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Did Santa bring you a new smartphone? Tablet? E-reader? Bluetooth
speaker? Gadgets like these need power, and it seems like there's
never enough--especially when you're traveling.
What's more, if you have an older mobile device, chances are good
its battery is starting to show signs of wear, meaning it doesn't
last nearly as long between charges.
All the more reason to pack a mobile charger. Ah, but which one?
There are literally hundreds of different makes and models out
there, all in different shapes and sizes, all promising to keep
your devices humming indefinitely.
My pick: just about anything from Anker's Astro series. And for a
limited time, you can get the top-end model for a song: the Anker Astro E5 mobile charger for $49.99
I'm a big fan of Groupon, LivingSocial, and similar daily-deal
sites, which I've used to score some solid bargains on restaurants,
family outings, and even vacations.
But tech gear? Not so much.
If you're like me and get the usual deluge of e-mail from
these services, you've probably seen offers for everything from
laptops and TVs to mobile chargers and Apple accessories.
Every self-respecting couch potato needs an Apple TV or Roku box. Ah, but
which one? The answer might surprise you.
In case you're unfamiliar with these products, they're each
about the size a hockey puck, each intended to plug into one of
your HDTV's HDMI ports.
Both boxes stream content to your TV from a variety of
sources, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. Neither
requires you to pay any extra monthly fees except for the regular
costs of services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. And both can be had
for under $100 (more on that in a bit).
I've used an Apple TV and various Roku models for a while now,
and I'll profess to loving them equally. That said, each has its
pros and cons, and those are worth considering as you weigh your
Let's start with Apple TV.
Unless you've figured out how to clone yourself, you can't be in
two places at once. But you can keep an eye on, say, the baby's
room, the babysitter, an elderly parent who's living on their own,
an empty house, and so on -- even when you're not there.
All you need is a Webcam that feeds live video to your smartphone
The Stem Innovation iZon Remote Room Monitor is one such
Webcam, and it costs far less than competing products. Ah, but is
it any good?
Yes and no.The concept behind the iZon is excellent, the price
quite reasonable. It's the execution that falls a bit short, though
not so far that you should rule out buying one.
Small, white, and cylindrical, the iZon stands about four inches
high on its curved, magnetic base. That base makes it easy to
position the camera, and can even be hung upside-down.
There's nothing like a gross-out news story to offer a little
perspective. Last week, I might've complained that shipping was taking
longer than expected. Now, I'm just glad that my gadgets don't arrive
covered in gum and vomit.
As The Consumerist reports, this was the sight that greeted a Dell Outlet customer when his refurbished laptop arrived with gum on the inside and a barf-like substance on the outside. What's worse, Dell initially blamed FedEx.
the problem seems to be mostly sorted out, and the man will soon have a
shiny, new, non-waste-covered laptop on the way. And, thankfully, the
vast majority of refurbished laptops don't have this problem, or any
problems, really. We should be careful not to take the wrong lesson from
this. Refurbs are still a smart choice. Read on to learn why.
Whether it's a shiny new flat-screen, a smartphone or a new suit,
you can save money just by knowing a little about product cycles
and how companies anticipate your movements as a market. If you
know what they expect out of you, then you know how to take
advantage of being the "unexpected" fraction of their target