Gadgets

Automatic – 2nd Generation

Automatic is a dongle that plugs into your car’s ODB-II port (check to see if your car is compatible) and provides a wealth of data. We wrote about the original one back when it was available for pre-order, and the company has continued to innovate. They’ve just released the 2nd generation of the Automatic device. It includes all the same features before, but adds some great new ones.

ASUS 13″ Chromebook

Chromebooks are a nice alternative to traditional laptops at a fraction of the cost Mac or PC. For less than $300, you get a laptop with a keyboard and Google Chrome. If you find yourself only using web based applications (Gmail, Facebook, etc), but want the full laptop experience, a Chromebook makes for a nice option.

HiRise for Apple Watch

Twelve South has just announced they are working on a HiRise Stand for the Apple Watch. Like the HiRise Dock, it uses your existing charging cable. It takes just a second to insert the watch into the dock, and it works with any style band. It will be available in silver or black.

eero

eero is a new router that is aiming to simplify everything from installation, expansion, troubleshooting, and guest access. With simple setup, simple meshing (adding more access points without running cable), and automatic updates, eero looks like a really great product.

UE Megaboom

The new Megaboom is completely waterproof, has Bluetooth connection range of 100 feet, and packs 20 hours of battery life.

Misfit Flash

Most people either know they want to track their activity or know that they don’t–few people fall in the middle, left unsure. But for those whose interest has been raised at some point, the Misfit Flash is a perfect entry tracker. The Flash has an MSRP of $50 directly from Misfit, but has gone on sale in the past from other stores like Amazon or Best Buy for $25.

AmazonBasics 4 Port USB 3.0 Hub

Laptops are great because they are portable and light weight. Their one downside is they only have 2 USB ports. Whenever I see the back of an iMac, I’m extremely jealous of the 4 ports. Thankfully, Amazon sells powered USB 3.0 hub for $18.99. This will allow you to hook up USB ethernet, a time machine drive, a printer, and your iPhone while still leaving 1 port free.

Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast has been out for quite a while, but I didn’t give it much attention until recently. For just $29.99, you get a fairly useful streaming device. Google currently has a promotion where you get a $20 Google Play store credit with purchase.

BookBook for iPhone 6

The BookBook has been a fairly popular iPhone case in years past. A number of my coworkers love them. It’s a handsfree wallet case with a removable shell. It’s all wrapped inside a vintage leather book. It includes pockets for cash and cards. It also folds out into a stand for Netflix and FaceTime. Buy it for $59.99 for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Monoprice Microphone Isolation Shield

The room I record my podcast in at work is fairly small, but it has concrete walls. I’m not an audio engineer, but even I know that audio and concrete don’t mix. I considered building a contraption to shield my mic using foam and a large box, but then realized that someone probably is selling exactly what I want. A quick search on Amazon resulted in quite a few options. I ended up choosing the Monoprice 602650 Microphone Isolation Shield.

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