Heading back to college or university means sourcing out some gear that can provide all the computing power you need, while being easy to use too. This time on CTV Tech Talk, we looked at a laptop, tablet, and some other tech that can help make school assignments and studying easier. Continue reading “CTV Tech Talk: Back to school gear for college students: Apple, Beats, HP, Targus”
Whether it’s the bus, train or even Uber, sometimes commuting can be a pain. You need to be well armed when you head out for the day; all your papers and gear, your technology and devices, and maybe even lunch thrown in for good measure. Having the right accessories —and the best way to carry them — can make your daily commute easier.
I recently had a chance to partner with well known accessory company Targus to share some new gear picks with readers. They’ve sponsored this post, but let me pick out some of my favourites. Continue reading “The backpack you need for work – Targus accessories”
We use our smartphones so much today, it’s almost impossible to have a battery that can keep up. So when the juice is gone, what do you do? What are some better options for keeping your devices charged and at the ready? Check out my recommendations:
Trunk Charging cable: ilovehandles.com
A small, compact charger that bends to accomodate nearly any USB plug, the Trunk is small enough to fit in your pocket, but handy in a very big way!
USB Outlets: leviton.com
It’s frustrating when all the plugs in your home are taken up charging your devices. A smart alternative is to have USB plugs installed. These from Leviton, available at many home improvement stores, have the regulation dual AC plug, plus 2 USB slots, allowing you to charge up to 4 devices, and also come in other configurations!
Space Bar Charging Station, Pivot Power Bar and Converge charging dock: Quirky.com
Quirky.com has to be one of my favourite websites right now. The company works with inventors to bring their tech ideas to life – and to the market. Some of the smartest ideas are their Space Bar, which is a monitor stand that also doubles as a USB power centre, and the Pivot power bar, which curls like a snake to allow you to actually use every slot in the power bar.
The Converge charging station (above) is also smart, allowing you to keep cords organized, and in line while charging devices as they stand. The dock also has enough power for both small and high-speed items, and you can fit several phones, or phones and tablets with ease.
Cord Taco, Mod Case & iPhone “Sleeping bag” : thisisground.com
A simple invention, but one that’s really handy is the hilariously named Cord taco from This Is Ground. The leather circles snap around bundled cords, keeping them tangle free! The adorable and soft iPhone sleeping bag keeps your device safe, while allowing a bit of space in the back for your charging cord (like the Trunk above!). And the luxe leather Mod case has slots and compartments for cords, headphones and cables, plus room for a large smartphone, or notebook.
Cobra Car Starter & Device charger: cobra.com
One of my favourite gadgets this year, the Cobra JumPack will not only charge any and all your devices via its USB port, it will also boost your car on a cold day!! I can’t tell you how handy this is. I’ve tried it and it works so well, I’m getting these for all my friends. Read my full review of it here.
Energi Charging backpack: tylt.com
A genius option for the traveler, the Energi backpack comes with power pack and cables to keep all you tech charged, while it rests safely in your backpack. Just keep the included power pack juiced for when you run low, and use the handy cord openings to feed cables through the inside to everything stays secure.
Powerocks Charger/Flashlight: POWEROCKS.CA
This handy little gadget is a flashlight that doubles as a battery pack. Compact and lightweight, it’s got enough juice to fully charge your phone and then some.
Got a gadget you just can’t live without? Let me know in comments below!