Waterproof USB cables necessary for harsh environments

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While more and more products are going wireless, it’s not always possible to do away with USB cables. And if you do need to use them, the challenge of course arises when you have to use them in less than ideal conditions – particularly wet ones. Since not all cables can withstand moisture, having waterproof rated cables is imperative to ensure you maintain a solid connection especially in mission critical situations. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Pyle vertical Bluetooth turntable stands up and stands out

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I’m an old-school audiophile so call me sentimental, but I’m also a Gadget Guy. So when I see retro technology combined with today’s innovations I get pretty excited. This time, it comes from long-time audio products manufacturer Pyle USA. Today, they unveiled a brand-new turntable that almost makes a vinyl record stand up on its end. It’s called the Bluetooth Vertical Turntable, a new gadget that plays vinyl records positioned vertically and wirelessly streams music from almost any Bluetooth enabled device. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

BoostCube is an iClever little 4-port charger

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The iClever BoostCube 4-port is a smart 40W/8A USB wall charger whose claim to fame is that it can up charge to four USB devices simultaneously at full power from a single plug. At 2.45” x 2.45” x 1.12” it has a small and sleek form factor with a nice quality finish that’s about the same width and about 1/2” bigger than an iPad charger but smaller than a MacBook AC charging block.

iClever BoostCube features SmartID. This means it can recognize the type of device plugged into it and deliver up to the full 2A per plug and charge the likes of the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and others at the same rate as their original chargers but up to four at a time. Read full review at Canoe_Tech Blog.

Griffin PowerDock Pro charges 5 USB gadgets at once

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Griffin went back to the drawing board, re-designing their multi-device USB charging system and unveiling a newer sleeker model, the PowerDock Pro. It can still charge up to five devices at once and brings along some additional practical and enhanced features.

The Griffin PowerDock Pro is the successor to the PowerDock 5 we looked at here at CanoeTech Blog back in 2013. It still allows for charging up the five devices at once, but while the original was optimized for iOS, this one will play nice with both iOS and Android devices simultaneously. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Spider Charger to charge 8 USB devices at once

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Although everything seems to be going wireless these days the onslaught of new devices seems to bring out the need for yet more practical USB charging stations. We’ve seen them in all shapes and sizes including those embedded into wall sockets. But British Columbia based Lomiko Technologies; a wholly owned subsidiary of Lomiko Metals Inc. is taking this a few steps further. They’ve announced they have recently filed two key patents for their prototype of the new Spider Charger, their forthcoming product that will allow for charging up to eight USB devices from a single in-wall electrical outlet. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog

USB cables don’t have to be boring

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Many people find cables dull, boring and a necessary evil when a wireless solution is not an option. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few USB Lightning charging cables that are not only practical, some also have a neat funky twist to them. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

HUB-IT Sync and Charge review & giveaway

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Wouldn’t it be cool to have one device that can sync and charge up to seven devices regardless as to what type of connection they actually have? Well you can, with the new HUB-IT, an all-in-one sync and charge station from Eggtronic.

Designed by a former Maserati employee, HUB-IT is a funky desktop device (6.7” x 6.7” x 1.3”) that combines the aesthetics of Italian flair with USB 3.0 technology. And it actually looks like a hub in the traditional sense of the word, because you can connect your devices from all four sides of its perimeter. It has seven ports including three USB 3.0 super-speed ports and four cartridge connectors (Apple Lightning, Apple 30-pin, micro USB or mini USB connector) – a different one on each side. Each is fitted with about a 10” retractable cable which you can simply pull on to expand the cable and when it reaches a little tension at the end, simply let go and will spring back into place. There is also an LED indicator next to each port that displays its charging status.   Read more… and enter the GIVEAWAY at CANOE TECH BLOG

USB powered air purifier and fan cleans and cools

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I do keep my office reasonably clean, but truthfully my office is usually covered wall to wall with gadgets, cables, books, magazines, manuals, boxes and more. I’ve never really thought about all the dust bunnies and other allergens that might be lurking in the dark crevices behind and beneath all my gadgetry. Enter the 2-in-1 Satechi USB Portable Air Purifier & Fan. It can eradicate the bunnies, remove those nasty allergens and provide for a little breeze or air circulation.

It looks like a small desktop speaker, measuring 11 x 11 x 9 cm, small enough to be portable and weighs a mere 350g so you can use it in the home, in the office, on the road and even in your car.

No drivers to install; it’s plug and play and runs off 5V USB, so you can power it from a USB compatible wall charger or even your computer.

It has two modes – compressed and expanded.  When compressed it takes on the role as a purifier, designed to grab those ultra-fine particles like dander, dust and pollen from the air; when expanded by pulling out the front, it runs like a personal fan.

Read more…AT Canoe TECH Blog

Turn your empties into a USB LED bottle lamp

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You could toss that empty 750mL rum bottle into the trash, return it to the depot and get your quarter back or you could really be environmentally friendly and turn it into a funky little USB desk lamp. This can easily be made possible with the Satechi Touch USB LED Bottle Lamp.

Read more…

AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Workaholics Blake and South Park Mysterion now MIMOBOTS

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If you love Comedy Central and can’t get enough of “Blake” the goofy telemarketer from Workaholics or “Mysterion” the masked superhero from South Park, for a limited time, you’ll be able to get them as your very own asMIMOBOT USB Flash Drives.

Read more… AT CANOE TECH BLOG