Tools

PocketPlug

The PocketPlug is an iPhone case that comes with a built-in set of power prongs on the back, allowing you to charge your phone without having to carry an extra cable around with you. When not in use, the prongs fold flat and the PowerPlug acts as a normal case, providing some protection for your iPhone. Available in black for the 5/5s…

Capture Camera Clip System v2

In early 2012 ,the original Capture Camera Clip System became an interesting and very popular alternative to wearing a camera strap. The company behind the project, Peak Design, has taken their success and ingenuity and poured them into creating a new version of the product: the Capture Camera Clip System v2. Like the original model, the Capture is a two-piece system: A…

Felt Firewood Holder

Sure, there’s something to be said about living alone out in the wilderness*, where no one will ever see you lugging firewood around — but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do it in style. The Felt Firewood Holder allows you to do just that, with a thick 100% wool construction that looks awesome (and is also very durable). There are nice…

Simplecast

These days, it feels like I’m one of the few people on the internet who hasn’t yet started a podcast. Since my personal site runs on Squarespace, it would be a trivial matter to have a show hosted there, but I’ve never been one to put all my eggs in one basket. For example: the images are hosted off-site, my RSS feed…

MPod Mini Stand

One of our longtime favorite camera tripods has been the Joby GorillaPod, which has flexible legs for customizing your shooting setup — even if it means hanging the thing from a tree. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for a similar setup for your smartphone, you’re in luck because now the Joby people have released the MPod Mini Stand. With the original…

Dark Energy Reservoir

Readers of this site, being aficionados of fine technology, are likely no strangers to running out of charge when they need it most. Until battery tech improves such that it only takes one charge to power a smartphone for a week, most of us will need a backup plan at some point. Enter the Dark Energy Reservoir. This portable, rechargeable unit can…

Sony QX Series Lens-Style Cameras

What if you could somehow take the accessibility of a smartphone and pair it with the power of a point-and-shoot camera? Sony’s new ‘Smart Lens’ QX series of cameras aims to do just that. Available for pre-order in two flavors – the smaller QX10 ($248) and the larger QX100 ($498) – these cameras essentially look like zoom lenses that you attach to…

Black+Blum Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser

The Black+Blum Heavy-Weight Tape Dispenser is exactly what the name implies. Weighing in at 2.2lbs, the heavy-duty body is made from aluminum and contains a cast iron core, while the blade itself is made from stainless steel and is quite sharp. Combined, this makes for a tape dispenser with a handsome industrial look that won’t fly off the desk during one-handed use.…

Exotac Matchcap

If you do a lot of camping or hiking, you should check out the Exotac Matchcap waterproof match case. It’s made of aircraft-grade aluminum and can hold quite a few strike-anywhere matches. It also has several types of built-in striker surfaces and a lanyard loop for convenience. This thing is very durable, will keep your matches dry, and it even floats on…

Nomad Key Ring Lightning Cable

The Nomad Key Ring Lightning Cable ($25) is a miniature cable with a lightning adapter on one end and a USB plug on the other. It attaches to your key ring so you’ll always have it with you when you need it. If you don’t carry keys very often but do carry a bag everywhere you go, the Nomad fits quite nicely…

IFTTT for iPhone

IFTTT (If This Then That) is one of our favorite tools on the web. It essentially allows you to cook up “recipes” for automating actions across all kinds of web services — Dropbox, Evernote, RSS, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, App.net, to name only a few. For example, you could make it so that every time you upload a photo to Instagram, a copy…

The Ringtool

The Ringtool is a Kickstarter project that takes the following tools and puts them on a small, lightweight key ring: Bottle-cap opener 3mm Hexhead 4mm Hexhead 5mm Hexhead 6mm Hexhead 8mm Hexhead Flathead Driver Phillips Driver Torxhead T25 Driver The project can be backed for just $25, and the tool ships in December. Built with stainless steel and already funded, this Kickstarter…

Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac

Dragon Dictate is one of the most well-known dictation apps for the Mac, due to its accuracy and extensive feature list. Normally it goes for $200, but the guys over at StackSocial are currently offering it at $100 for the next 6 days (ending July 1st, 2013). This is the dictation app used by people like our friend David Sparks. As he’ll…

Permanent – Spreadsheets for iPad

If you spend a lot of time messing around with spreadsheets, you might want to check out Permanent for iPad. It’s an easy-on-the-eyes spreadsheet app that’s been optimized for touch and supports the XLSX and CSV formats for easy importing/exporting. As you’d expect, you can also write your own equation formulas. Normally this app costs $20, but for today only (June 25th,…

Pixelmator 2.2 and Vectormator

About a week ago, the guys at Pixelmator released version 2.2 of their popular image editing app, code-named “Blueberry”. It was packed with new features, such as smarter shape-selection tools, a palette with drag-and-drop shapes, a new light-leak effect, and a lot more. What they didn’t announce until yesterday though was that there was another, more hidden feature built in: Vectormator. Press…

Briefs for Mac and iOS

Remember back in 2009 when designer Rob Rhyne unveiled an ambitious UI prototyping toolkit for iPhone called Briefs? After several years of waiting, and a couple of rejections by Apple, Briefs has (*finally*) made its introduction to the public. Briefs for Mac allows app designers to arrange UI elements (such as buttons, toolbars, alerts, text/search fields, etc), entire screens, artwork, and transitions…

Inkwell Sketch Kit

The Inkwell is a sketching kit made just for app- and web designers. It’s got the essential tools one needs to put together an awesome UI wireframe: Hand-crafted bag Copic C-1 marker Copic C-3 marker Micron 05 pen Sharpie fine point marker 2 Sharpie ultra fine point pens (1 red, 1 black) 3 Post-it pads 250 Architecture dots The kit is currently…

Automatic – Smart Driving Assistant

The onboard computer of just about every car made since 1996 contains tons of useful data about the car and its driver’s habits. Usually you have to take the car to a mechanic and let them hook up a gizmo that can decipher all of this data, but now you can just get the Automatic Car Link and see it for yourself.…

ChargeCard

There are a surprising number of awesome credit card-shaped iPhone accessories. One of my longtime favorites has been the GoGoStand, but the ChargeCard looks to be another top contender. As you can see in the image above, it has a Lightning connector on one side and a rubberized USB connector that can be folded out from the middle section. I don’t know…

Cord Tacos

Silly name, handy items to have around. You won’t find these nifty little cable holders in our cable management guide, but if all you’re trying to manage is the occasional iDevice cable or set of earbuds that you toss into a bag, then these cord tacos might be right up your alley. The leather gives them a nice, distinguished look. Pick up…

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