Hitting the road this summer? Before you go, make sure to stop by today's CNET Exclusives page and stock up on tech gadgets to make your trip more entertaining! Accessory Genie is offering five products at 50 percent off. Buy them all, or pick and chose from our excellent selection.I recently borrowed my dad's car for a 4-hour road trip up to Cape Cod -- yeah, right where that guy in a kayak got chased by a great white shark last week -- and about 5 minutes in I realized he didn't have a jack for … Read more
An ambitious tinkerer has bestowed the power of wireless charging upon his iPhone 4S, with a modification that sees Apple's prized smartphone pulled apart and put back together with all new components.
Essex, England-based Tanveer Islam is the chap behind the creative hack. He uploaded a video explaining exactly how to modify your iPhone, which will gain the power to charge itself without being tethered to a boring old power cable.
Read more of "iPhone 4S gets wireless charging thanks to UK modder," and see the instructional video, at Crave UK. … Read more
iPhone charging on the go has always presented something of a challenge. You need not only the wall wart, but also a sync cable -- and someplace to carry both.
Pacific Productions' JuiceBuddy is a portable, self-contained iPhone/iPod charger that's tiny enough to slip into your pocket -- or ride shotgun on your keychain. In fact, it even comes with a keyring adapter for exactly that purpose.
Photos don't immediately do the product justice, so check out the promo video below to get some perspective on the JuiceBuddy's size and design.
As you can see, it … Read more
As far as brick chargers go, Mophie's tend to have a touch of style, but these types of products are more about utility than anything else.
Here are the quick specs:
If you're comparison shopping, Monoprice does sell some similar units for much less. For instance, the dual-port 5000 mAh External Battery Pack and Charger retails for $28.95. It can charge an iPad as well as smartphone at the same time. … Read more
Think of all the things you can do with a tea candle. You can light a jack-o-lantern, set some mood lighting, or keep food warm. Soon, you'll be able to use one to recharge your iPhone or other small electronic device.
The tPOD1 stands for "thermoelectric power on demand." It's a Kickstarter project from Tellurex that aims to turn tea candles into a handy source of electricity for those times when you're off the grid or the power goes out. … Read more
No, it's not the first thing people gravitate toward when tearing open their brand-new iPhone or iPad. Heck, it's probably not even the second or third thing (the USB cable and the Apple sticker are more popular I'm sure).
But, hidden deep within that pretty box is a cube that makes the whole thing work. It's an AC wall-charging unit, and it's as technically impressive as any other component in that box.
Ken Shirriff, a technology buff and blogger, has a complete teardown of Apple's tiny technical wonder on his blog, detailing (exhaustively, I might add) why exactly Apple can charge $29 for it.… Read more
Who hasn't left their various mobile devices plugged in long after they're fully charged?
A new product -- still a prototype but expected to go on sale soon -- aims to solve the problem of so-called vampire power. Plug your device into the Mushroom GreenZero charger, and when your device is fully charged, the charger will turn off automatically. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das takes a closer look at the handy device.
This video originally appeared on SmartPlanet with the headline "Charging devices eliminate vampire power."
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The Kickstarter project called JuiceTank that promises to combine a mobile phone charger and a case in one tidy package will be ready sooner than originally estimated, according to its creators.
Today, Detached -- the company behind the JuiceTank -- said it was "in the final stages of development" and that the tooling segment of production was ahead of schedule.
The peculiar hybrid, which was unveiled last month on idea incubator Kickstarter, differs from the bevy of cases with built-in charging features. Instead of including a built-in battery to augment runtime, it has an integrated wall plug that lets you plug your iPhone 4/4S directly into an outlet, eliminating the need to use a USB-based charger. … Read more
Some say they do their best thinking in the bathroom, so it's no surprise so many of you text, tweet, and talk while on the throne. But here's the stinker: research shows that 16 percent of cell phones have fecal matter on them. Eww.
Even so, sanitizing our germ-riddled smartphones probably isn't something we do regularly (in fact, this writer has never done it), unless you're germaphobe. But what if were as easy as charging your phone?
Enter the PhoneSoap. Created by four germaphobic entrepreneurs, it's essentially an enclosed box that blasts your phone with harmless UV-C rays. UV-C light is able to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses by penetrating cell walls and disrupting their DNA. The light is switched on for three to five minutes at a time, and there's no heat generated, according to the PhoneSoap's makers. … Read more
It's been a rough week for the Cheapskate. The blog, I mean, not the man. (I'm doing fine.) First that super-cheap powerline Ethernet kit sold out in what seemed like minutes, then yesterday's free DVD ripper caused all kinds of confusion (as these things always seem to do, despite my best efforts at making the instructions clear).
But do I buckle? Do I bend? Hell, no! I come roaring back with a week's worth of goodies in a single post! Because no way can five deals sell out. Bring it on, universe!
1. This is probably … Read more