From the fashion forward to the cute and kitschy, USB drives are taking a turn for the cool. Aside from being a working girl essential, this tech accessory is a great way to "back up" your personality. Whether you opt for a fashionable flash drive from Kate Spade or keep it cute with Hello Kitty, you can rest assured you won't be leaving this little gadget behind.
It's the season of love, and naturally, a geek has to celebrate with an eye toward the gadgets and gear that make our hearts pitter-patter. From our love for a favorite Internet feline to a new tablet that may just end up replacing our laptops, check out what we're longing for in February Must Haves.
What's an AT-AT Walker to do when he or she falls truly, madly, deeply in love? Get tangled up in sweet nerdy tees by Etsy user UglyBaby, of course. These All Terrain Armored Transports set out to destroy the Rebel's shield generator but became enamored with each other instead.
If this sounds like the story of you and yours, check out the AT-AT Love screen-printed tees by Seattle-based husband and wife team Rosale and Doug Gale.
Android phones are woefully underrepresented when it comes to stylish tech accessories, but no longer! iPhone, you don't get to have all the fun anymore thanks to Cygnett's line of snap-on London Galaxy S III cases. Choose between designs with a hard, plastic shell or those with grippy rubber texture and included screen protector to show the iGadget there's a new bloke in town. Sorry, mate!
We're getting the ball rolling on our "resolutionary" new year — and no, we're not talking about super-high-resolution Retina Display gadgets. All month long, we'll be challenging ourselves to better protect and use our tech. First up: ergonomic accessories that promote more natural typing, scrolling, and viewing, and less neck, wrist, and eye strain. Take a look at these essential accessories for tech ergonomics and let us know what you resolve to do with your gadgets in 2013.
The Force is what gives a Jedi his power, and the Phorce is what gives a techie hers. The all-in-one backpack, messenger bag, and briefcase can charge not one, not two, but three different devices on the go.
Smartphones, tablets, and music players — anything with a USB port — are fair game for the Phorce ($219). There's even a Phorce for Mac ($280) that can power an 11-inch MacBook Air for up to seven extra hours.
Is this the bag of the future? Phorce certainly could be, especially since the three-in-one bag went above and beyond its $150,000 Kickstarter goal last week. In today's mobile world, staying connected is very important, and portable charging bags such as this one could prove to be extremely useful in disaster situations that leave people without power for weeks.
At 3.7-pounds, the bag is light enough to carry around easily, thanks to an integrated lightweight cell battery pack. Phorce is smart in other ways too, with a Bluetooth-enabled iOS and Android app that displays how much power the bag has left and loss-prevention notifications that pop up as soon as Phorce is outside of your range.
Is Phorce just another gadget novelty? Or is it a game-changing new product? Check out more images and a video demo after the break.
Apple's iPad mini is a pretty little thing — and to keep it that way, snag one of these cases as elegant as the paperback-sized tablet. From handcrafted sleeves to multitasking hard-shell cases, here are some of the sophisticated accessories released for the hottest new tablet in town.
If friends and family are requesting your last-minute gift wish lists, help them bypass the stress and pass along a digital wish list of dream presents. Have them use these tools to ensure the gifts they're jonesing for this year end up in your e-shopping cart. Of course, they work for hinting at what you'd like to see under the tree as well.
- Pinterest — Already spending hours on Pinterest? Pin with purpose and make a personal wish list board filled with ideas to direct moms and loves ones. While you're at it, track products and DIYs a boyfriend, parent, or friend might like with individual boards for each.
- Etsy Wishlists — For the DIY and vintage enthusiast, use Etsy's gift recommendation app, which plugs into Facebook, to discover the unique finds your friends are hearting.
- Amazon Wish List — As one of the biggest stores on the Internet, you're likely to find everything on Amazon. Search for lists by your recipient's name to see the electronics, DVDs, and books they're craving.
- MyRegistry — Add a MyRegistry button to a web browser and add items from around the web to your registry account. It works just like a normal store registry you might use for a wedding, and items are checked off as they're purchased. That way, if grandma already bought you the coffeemaker from Crate & Barrel, mom can move onto another gift.
Sending holiday greetings is easier than ever with ecards and iPhone apps that let you send cards to your contact list on the fly, but popping a real card with a handwritten message in the mail is always the best way to show you care. If you lean more geeky than traditional, there's no reason why you can't show off a bit of personality in your holiday cards. Here, 18 seasonal cards for well-wishes and an end-of-the-year chuckle.