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Power options for home or on the go: 3 items reviewed

Einova Ultra Fast Power Bank


The Einova Ultra Fast Power Bank’s most salient feature is its LCD display in the corner which tells you how much juice is left in the battery; so, if you hate guessing and prefer efficiency, your prayers have been answered. The 20,000mAh battery capacity can do 4-8 phone charges, 3-5 tablet charges or 1.5 charges for a laptop. It would be an extremely useful gift for any gender because a stylish water-repellent linen canvas dominates the product’s surface. The color is modern: I’d call it a serious slate gray or a deep gray with a hint of urban business/London or New York blue.

Most of all I must point out: the corner indicator reads significantly brighter in real life compared to the image shown here. Overall it’d make a great gift, even for yourself. It has 3 built-in USB ports and boasts 63W of power in a 6.75 x 4 x 0.63-inch casing. You’ll get 5W USB-A output, 18W USB-A output with Quick Charge 3.0 as well as a 45W USB-C input/output with Power Delivery that can be used to recharge a MacBook or other USB-C laptops. This is a 2nd-gen product; the 1st-gen being one of the first of its kind to hit the consumer electronics market. It also has smart device protection which will stop charging automatically. This feature is built in to prevent devices from overcharging. Is this a lightweight product? Heck no. It’s got weight, but it’s slim and worth carrying because of how it can save your day. Pricewise, for what they’re asking, it’s a great value and might easily end up as your favorite charger, despite its weight and size. If you give it as a gift to someone, you’ll be remembered fondly.
Retail price: $69.99 on the Einova site

Accell Power BLOCK Mini


To lay the BLOCK Mini flat, play around with the thick main wire (see fig. 4) in the back, or else out of the box it might not. The most reliable parts of this power block are the 2 protected AC outlets with 300J surge protection (see fig. 2) They’re on both sides, 1 on each. The 3 USBs on the top (see fig. 1) are also extremely handy and in a prime position. The wireless charging area (see fig. 3) can act as a simple stand for landscape viewing too.
Retail price: $39.99 on the Accell site Comes in black or white.

myCharge Ampprong Plus 


The name alludes to the ability to recharge this battery directly through your wall outlet. I sometimes feel like James Bond using this. Wait, Bond would have a battery that lasts 50 years or something crazy right? Haha. Anyway, on the Ampprong Plus, the prongs extend out (not automatically, you need to use your fingers) and back in when not in use. There’s nothing bad to say about this. It’s got 2 USB ports. 6000mAh Lithium Ion battery, 2.0A Input, 2.4A Output. There might be a new iteration of this charger so check the myCharge portal on Amazon. I also notice the company has made even more chargers with prongs, so this isn’t the only one. When I first got the Ampprong Plus, it might’ve been the first of its kind, I’m unsure.
For the ecommerce price, again, please check the myCharge store on Amazon


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Guest article: “Apple and Google as Cyber Nannies: Trying to Curb Phone Addiction”

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While the United States is dealing with an opioid crisis, there’s another creeping issue that is being overlooked: phone addiction. No civilization before the internet has had such easy access to a wealth of information. But there’s an ugly side — when the first iPhone was introduced into the market in 2007,

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Hey NYC, Snap Spectacles are available today til New Year’s Eve


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Early morning on day one: Wasn’t so bad before 7:30 AM: Periscope.tv/GeoffGolberg/1YqKDjEzYWaJV

Address to buy: 5 East 59th Street around the corner from the Sherry-Netherland hotel

When: Starting today (Nov. 21, 2016) until Dec. 31, 2016.

Earliest time you’re allowed to buy: See below

:::IMPORTANT::: Spectacles are compatible with Android devices running Android 4.3 and higher with BLE and Wi-Fi direct capabilities only. If you have an iPhone, it must be an iPhone 5 or better running iOS 8 or better.

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Gadgets roundup: IconQ Boundless S4 bluetooth speaker, Kensington Expert Mouse trackball, more

Oct. 5, 2016

Gadget gift ideas roundup: 2016


“Tis the season” – okay, not yet, but it’s around the corner. How about tech suggestions to get you started? First on the list, Hand Liberation, a.k.a. “HANDL” by artist Allen Hirsch. Allen created this product out of a necessity. As you might infer from the name, it gives more freedom to your hand, resulting in less fumbling. It’s also conducive to live streaming. HandLiberation.com 

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My comments about the Kensington Expert Mouse Trackball are included in the roundup summary video below. Scroll down!

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Chatlight is a great tool and it’s easy to charge with a regular USB. It can also be attached to tablets as well as smartphones with flat backs. I added some additional comments about it in the roundup summary video below, so scroll down.

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My comments about the IconQ Boundless S4 are included in the roundup summary video above

Note: If you don’t want a fullsize keyboard like the Satechi, you could go with the Zagg (see video below) or the Jorno, but to be honest, neither are as stellar as the Satechi, but of course you sacrifice size by going with the Satechi. The compact Jorno or Zagg could be handy in a pinch ..but to use them daily? Not my cup of tea. (I gave both of mine away. Sorry Zagg, sorry Jorno. But the people who received the keyboards told me they were satisfied. I’m hard to please!)

And that’s my 2016 list for now. You can leave comments or questions here on this blog or just email me at alexyongnyc@gmail.com.

Disclaimer re: opinions on products: All product opinions seen on this page originate from me, not a company or an agency. Products provided for free were: Kensington Expert Mouse, ReachCase, LumeeCase, ChatLight, Satechi keyboard, Innergie MagiCable, IconQ Boundless S4 speaker, Jorno folding keyboard, Zagg folding keyboard. Please read my sitewide disclosure page: Sitewide disclosures

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Rio Olympics edition, pretty cute, especially if the 2016 games were your favorite


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Oh hey, since we’re talking about Samsung, sales of the Galaxy Note 7 are supposedly going to resume in October. Let’s hope it doesn’t come back with a bang!

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The S Pen on the Galaxy Note 7 will hopefully still have a “GIF maker” to make custom 15-second GIFs

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Former NFL star Mark Clayton did a video interview about LIVV headphones


Click the video above! I interviewed former NFL star Mark Clayton about LIVV headphones and why he created them. 🎧 Also in the video: Some cool stuff about Mark growing up in OKC, university life, what it was like having 🏈Ray Lewis🏈 as a teammate, and more 🏈 It’s cool stuff! After you watch the video, share it out by using http://ctt.ec/e2atm
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