Source: USA TODAY
TABLET MADE FOR FAMILY FUN
Need a tablet that can handle the demands of family life? Astak aims to please with the Neos tablet-top, a versatile, albeit pricey, device that can sit upright at an easy-to-view angle on a kitchen counter and even withstand the inevitable spilled drink. The tablet’s 5-megapixel camera can be tilted, allowing you to snap photos and record videos at different angles. Its two 5-watt speakers are powerful enough to share a favorite song with your family while its 15.6-inch touch-screen display with a resolution of 1,366 by 768 pixels can be set up for a two-player game. Powered by the Android 4.11 Jelly Bean operating system, the tablet includes Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth technology, a USB port and an SD/MMC card reader. It costs about $500.
You can keep track of the temperature of the steak you threw on the grill with the iGrillmini Bluetooth smart meat thermometer. Compact enough to hold in one hand, the thermometer has a magnetic mount so you can easily attach it to the side of a grill or a smoker. Using the included apps and probe, the thermometer can send updates to an iPhone or iPad via a wireless Bluetooth signal that automatically connects to your device when it’s within a 150-foot range. (An app for Android devices will be available early next year.) It also has an LED display that provides updates on the food’s doneness. The iDevices thermometer is set to ship in mid-December for about $40.
FOLIO PROVIDES POWER BOOST
The Portable Charging Folio Mini can keep your tablet and other gadgets charged up and ready to go. The folio case includes a built-in USB charging hub with four ports and an AC adapter with a 4-foot cable. Side snaps provide easy access to ports and cables and an elastic bungee system helps keep cables organized. Available in gray or black with a marbled felt fabric, the folio case from AViiQ costs about $80. Need even more juice? The company also makes a Portable Charging Folio with Battery for $150. In addition to featuring a built-in USB charging hub with four ports and an AC adapter, this model includes a built-in 5200mAH battery.
FOLDABLE CASE PROTECTS IPAD AIR
An origami-like folding cover lets you position the iPad Air to suit your viewing needs: portrait mode for reading a book and Landscape mode for watching a video. When the iPad is in transit, a soft microfiber cover shields its display while a polycarbonate casing protects it from scratches and shocks. The case also has built-in magnets that support the iPad’s auto-wake and sleep features. Priced at $60, Moshi‘s VersaCover iPad Air Stand Case with Origami Cover is available in green, blue, pink and gray.
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