Summertime is nearly upon us, and for most folks that means travel. Whether you're packing up the minivan for a cross-country road trip or hopping a flight to visit far-flung family, you'll want to throw a few key tech tools into your bag.
MyCharge Peak 6000
The last thing you need during a trip is for your phone or tablet to run out of juice. The MyCharge Peak 6000 is a portable power supply with built-in connectors for the most common gear—and a USB port for the less-common stuff.
The half-pound Peak packs enough mobile power to charge not only small devices like phones and Bluetooth headsets, but also larger tablets like the iPad. I've been using one for months, and it has quickly become my most indispensable travel accessory. Read my original review if you want to learn more.
The Peak 6000 lists for $99.99, but AT&T currently has it on sale for $69 shipped.
So you tweet, right? I mean, who doesn't tweet these days? But isn't it sometimes just annoying that when you go to read your friends' tweets that you have to, like, actually read them and stuff? I mean, it's so tedious! It would be so great if you could just have a friend sitting beside you, reading the tweets to you, so that you could get on to more important tasks in your life.
If you're wondering what kind of classy, edgy, techy super present to get
Dad for last minute Father's Day gifts…I'd highly recommend you don't
read this blog post. But if you want to see some amusing ideas that you
can grab to make him laugh or get Dad geeked out, look no further. These
Father's Day gift ideas are sure to make your pop smile, possibly make
your mom cringe, and some are even--gasp--useful!
This week includes
iPad accessories, a trimmer, and even a calculator that doesn't run on
your average AAs. What does it run on? Well, you'll have to read on to
find out. I know, the mystery of it might drive you insane.
I'm a huge fan of dual-monitor computing. Nothing boosts your productivity like having two (or more) frequently used programs visible at the same time.
For example, I routinely keep a Web browser open on one screen and my e-mail program on another. Of course, sometimes I shrink the browser to half-screen size and run my word processor in the other half. The possibilities are pretty much endless.
I'm a big believer in making online backups of your crucial data. And what's more crucial than your family photo library?
If you're looking for an easy and affordable way to archive your photos, Google's running a promotion that's mighty sweet: When you sign up for a Google storage account, you get a free Eye-Fi wireless memory card for your digital camera.
I consider external hard drives a must-have accessory for any computer user. Beyond their most obvious use--providing extra storage when you run out of space on your primary drive--these drives are ideal for making backups, moving large files between PCs, and archiving space-hogging data like photos and videos.