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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 250 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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Planet Of The Apps debuted yesterday on Apple Music

June 8, 2017

You can “draw” electrical wires with this cheap conductive paint.⬇️⬇️⬇️

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Vysor easily controls an Android device from a computer

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A few days ago I was in someone’s Busker broadcast to play their version of “Name That Tune” and I was able to type really fast thanks to something called Vysor. Vysor lets you mirror what’s on your Android onto a PC screen. You then tell the Android that you want to type with Vysor, meaning you want to type with your PC. For more info, go to the link below.

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Did you see Mark Zuckerberg’s “Grill Talk” just now on Facebook Live?

October 9, 2016

You can bet your brisket there’s a very happy barbecue sauce company in Kansas City right now. They received a verbal, organic, fortunate shoutout from the Zuckerberg crew during Mark’s most recent video on Facebook Live (again, an organic shoutout. Not a product placement, says my gut instinct. Who can really afford that kind of hypothetical sky-high fee anyway? A huge firm like Mondelēz perhaps, but I digress)

Funny thing is, I don’t remember the name of the sauce. If I really wanted to know, I’d need to watch Mark’s replay, or perhaps wait for it to be mentioned (again, organically) on his next “Grill Talk”, which probably should’ve been named “Chill And Grill”. There wasn’t a ton of grilling discussion, and that wasn’t the point anyway, just Mark saying “Hi Cambodia, hi Shanghai” etc. and showing his child, wife, friends and Hungarian sheepdog named “Beast”.

So back to the sauce and how I don’t remember the name, well, that’s how it should be. Organic word of mouth. If, over time, a product gains traction and mass appeal, then it’s destiny, I guess. Overall it really was nice to just observe Mark in his yard with close friends and family on a weekend. Better than watching Trump vs. Clinton, although that’s what he said the barbecue was for, to eat barbecue and watch the debates. Oh, I get it now. Grill, debate, haha. Cute wordplay.

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