Source: USA TODAY
This weekly roundup takes a look at the practical and sometimes quirky aspects of tech products.
Cool stylus mimics pencil’s look and feel
Yes, it looks almost exactly like a pencil. And as long as you don’t try to sharpen it, gnaw on it or treat it like one of those dime-a-dozen real pencils, Griffin‘s No. 2 Pencil Stylus will serve you well as you tap away on your smart phone or doodle on your tablet. The $20 stylus features a soft rubber tip designed to keep your touchscreen smudge free, a hexagonal cross-section to keep it from rolling off your desk and a yellow hue to remind you of the first day of school.
Jukebox takes you back to the future
Who says you can’t be a nostalgia buff and a techie at the same time? For music fans who like to combine the best of both worlds, the Retro Tabletop Jukebox from Pyle Audio offers the look and feel of a 1940s-era jukebox paired with 21st century sound technology. Colorful LED lighting sets the nostalgic mood while a USB slot, SD memory slot and 3.5mm audio jack provide access to your favorite digital tunes. The jukebox also features a slot-loading CD player and an FM radio. Although the jukebox has a list price of about $285, it can be purchased online for about $136.
Maybe your smartphone could use a boost
Yes, smartphones are pretty darn, well, smart. But for all the advances in cellular technology, weak signals and dropped calls can still be a source of aggravation, especially when you’re traveling in a car. That’s where the zBoost zForce YX240 comes in handy. Designed to capture the outside signal and amplify it inside your vehicle, the dual-band cell signal booster can keep your passengers connected while you zoom down the highway. Priced at about $100, the unit includes a built-in port for charging, an adjustable arm that fits a variety of phones and a cradle for hands-free operation. The company says the booster works with phones using 800MHz and 1900 MHz except for those operating on the iDEN/Nextel and 4G networks.
This is a thoroughly modern mouse
A mouse doesn’t have to look drab. And a mouse in your house or office yields many benefits if it’s a thoroughly modern one like the ones bred – well, made – by Kensington. Designed for right-handed use, the Pro Fit Midsize Wireless Mouse includes a storable nano receiver, a responsive 1750 DPI optical sensor and a scroll wheel with a middle button and a pointer speed selector. Available in red, blue, green and gray, the 2.4-GHz wireless mouse costs about $25.
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