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Homo Tech :: The Latest Hi-Tech Goodies!

by Bob Sanders
Thursday Jan 10, 2013

So many gadgets, but only so much time. And money.

That's all right. EDGE has sifted through the flood of new products that have been appearing on the market. Take a look at these. They're not only fun, they're even useful!

For Those on the Go

Incipio IPH-677 iPhone 4/4S Stowaway Credit Card Hard-Shell Case

Expensive leather wallets may be increasingly a thing of the past. If you want something that helps you stay organized - and look professionally reliable at the same time - consider the Incipio iPhone wallet-credit-card holder shell phone case. The smartly designed 2.6-inch-by-4.8-inch lightweight silicon-core case easily holds phone, credit cards, cash, security passes and personal ID. Buy it with the iPhone anti-glare screen protector.

Price: Starting at $20

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

You’re on the road for work. Do you bring the iPad or the laptop? Dilemma solved with Logitech’s Ultrathin Bluetooth keyboard cover, which lets you get some real work done on Apple’s tablet. A stylish aluminum screen cover that feels great and looks even better is designed to complement the iPad. In fact, it fits the tablet so seamlessly that you can hardly tell them apart. Bonus: It doubles as magnetically attached cover. Main advantage? If you or your bff tend to be plumber-fingered while tapping away on the traditional iPad or cellphone screen, this graceful accessory is the perfect helpmate to eliminate all that AutoCorrect fodder. Available in black or white to complement your iPad color.

Price: $100

For the Gymgoer

The Stick

Affectionately called "The Toothbrush for Muscles," The Stick is actually a system of handheld (and blessedly low-tech) hard plastic rods with hand grips and therapeutic spindles that provide deep-tissue warm-ups and disperse the effects of lactic acid build-up following a workout. Highly reviewed by hundreds of satisfied customers on Amazon, The Stick systems come in a variety of weights and lengths, each targeted for different body types, heights and athletic endeavors. The Stick will keep your body chiseled, hard, injury free.

Price $30-$50, depending on size; Stick Pro Systems starting at $119

JayBird Freedom Bluetooth Headphones

Need to stay hands-free while listening to your music? Want to talk effortlessly on the phone while working out? Check out for stereo music and phone calls. Featuring a lifetime warranty against sweat, it gives up to six hours of playing time, premium sound, warm bass and secure fit. Including a built-in microphone for calls, easy-access music controls, three sizes of the new Secure Fit sports ear cushions and three sizes of ear tips, USB charging cable and premium hard-shell magnet sealed carrying case. Great for sportsmen, who can wear the headphones while digging into your gastroc with the Hybrid Stick, above.

Price: Starting at $179

Plenty of Pads

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Attention bookworms: consider the world’s most advanced e-reader. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G offers higher resolution, a higher-contrast touchscreen with a built-in light and eight-week battery life. The 3G wireless works globally, so you can download books anywhere, anytime - and with no more hunting or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots, no annual contracts or monthly fees. The patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all conditions. Paperwhite has 62 percent more pixels for unsurpassed resolution, and 25 percent better contrast for sharp, dark text. Even in bright beach glare, Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images. With capacity for up to 1,100 books, the built-in Wi-Fi lets you download books in less than 60 seconds.

Price: Starting at $499

Apple iPad Mini

If the larger iPad is a little too much for you to carry around, consider the Apple iPad Mini, which Apple boasts is "the year’s biggest gift. Only smaller." A 7.9-inch display offers much of the same crispness of the iPad 2, though apparently without retina display (the point is glossed over on the Apple website). The true advantage would seem to be that it’s more easily handled while on the treadmill - assuming that the hands-free multitasker spends hours each day pedaling and working at the same time. Still, for those who prefer their electronics compact without sacrificing performance, this is worth considering.

Price: Starting at $329

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Not an iEverything fan? Then this would be the phone for you. Android-perfected, pumped with a high-performing quad-core processor and creative software features, the Samsung Gallery Note II is an excellent, top-end phone and perfect for the note-taking multitasker. Bundled with a precise S-Pen (also sold separately), 4G capability and better battery life, it’s available for use with all major U.S. carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular).

Price: Starting at $620

Giving Movies & Music a Boost

iHome iDM12BC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (Black)

For those who prefer to share their music (remember radios?), the perfect sound accessory for the traveling iPoder is the comfortably sized iHome iDM12BC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker. Offering satisfying clarity and sound for your playlist in a confined setting (car, hotel room, conference room), the handsomely designed compact speaker system is compatible with all iPad, iPod and iPhone models. The universal stand has foldout feet and is magnetized to attach to the speaker grill for travel. The built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery ensures worry-free music on the go. Reviewers note its great sound quality and easy Bluetooth connection.

Price: $59-$69

Samsung BluRay 3-D Wi-Fi DVD Player

DVD players are not dead - yet. Well, maybe DVD players. But not BluRay! With the ongoing uncertainties of variable streaming connections and Netflix’s legal battles over streaming content, the makes a great accessory for your home entertainment center. Package firmware includes links to Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube. BluRay quality enhances the image beyond your wildest dreams. Depending on your connection and your screen size, your Netflix playlist renders nicely. The player also lets you download apps, shop online, browse the Web, and update Facebook and Twitter accounts. With Samsung BD Wise Web, you can watch web-quality videos in high definition on your TV, optimizing shabbily shot online videos by bolstering picture quality so images are as crisp as possible. BD Wise Web can even resize the video ratio so the edges aren’t cropped.

Price: $70-$100

If all of the above remain a little pricey for your pocketbook, consider a subscription to Ranging from $5 (one month) to $50 (one year), Grooveshark offers an easy-to-use alternative to iTunes for creating personalized playlists. Ad free, unlimited streaming music on the Web, an HTML5 mobile app and native iOS and Android apps ensure a satisfying experience for the most jaded ex-iTuner. This is a thoughtful, practical and inexpensive answer for those still resisting domination by the Apple empire.

Price: subscriptions starting at $5


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