Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.
The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times on a single charge and it's about the size of a thick wallet. The 9,000mAh battery can even recharge most full-size tablets, and it features both USB-A and C ports for maximum compatibility. It’s rubberized polycarbonate frame is rated for military-grade shock resistance, so you don’t have to worry when it inevitably falls out of your pack. Plus, built-in Tile Bluetooth tracking makes your lost battery easy to locate.
This battery pack is a mobile workhorse designed to keep your devices chugging no matter where you are in the world. You can get the Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack today for $119.95. Read the rest
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.
How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? Keep your cards hidden in an RFID-blocking Wallet, like this one from Ideka. These wallets are slim and functional, and prevent unauthorized scanning of your cards when they’re in your pocket. They store up to 8 credit cards in easily accessible pockets and have an extra pouch with room for cash.
These Ultra-Slim RFID-Blocking Wallets won’t weigh down your pockets and can help prevent theft without giving off tin-foil-hat vibes. Usually $30, you can grab one of these faraday-cage wallets for $22.99 in the Boing Boing Store. Read the rest
As the old saying goes, "You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour." Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most of our free moments are squandered scrolling through social media.
Aura is a meditation coach for your smartphone (and you) that helps you practice mindfulness every day. It provides you with short meditation exercises that are scientifically proven to decrease stress and balance out your overactive brain. Aside from gentle reminders to breathe and relax, Aura uses machine learning to tailor your practice around your individual needs and anxiety levels. Its guided sessions can last 3 to 10 minutes, and you can revisit previous sessions any time.
Additionally, Aura tracks changes in your mood over time to paint a detailed picture of your mental health. A lifetime subscription to Aura is available in the Boing Boing Store for 82% off the usual price—a one-time cost of $69.99. Read the rest
The Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones are far more than your run of the mill Bluetooth earbuds. While the earpiece design makes these earbuds ideal for exercise and activity, and passive noise cancelling is conducive to a more serene listening experience, these buds go well beyond just playing music.
First of all, they can actually store up to 1,000 songs locally so you can leave your phone in the car when you head to the gym, and you can still enjoy your music in service dead zones. On top of that, they also act as a fitness tracker. The integrated sensor tracks heart rate, steps, cadence, strokes, duration, and more all in real-time so you can get live updates as you workout. You will need your phone for that, however. They’re even waterproof up to 1 meter so you can put your pump up playlist on while you're swimming.
This remarkably high-tech and feature-rich design earned the Bragi Dash an IF Product Design Award and a Red Dot Design Award, and you can pick up a pair for $192 now, 35% off the retail price. Read the rest
The Coding Powerhouse eBook Bundle comprises 9 titles covering everything from front-end web frameworks to cross-platform mobile application development, and it's available now in the Boing Boing Store.
This digital library includes the following titles:
The Coding Powerhouse eBook Bundle is available here for $29. Read the rest
COGZ is a game where up to six players compete to see who can fix a mad scientist’s color-coded machine, and it’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store.
In this Mensa-endorsed tabletop game, players take turns laying gear tiles to connect like-colored segments. Points are scored when complex paths are finished, but your unfinished arrangements are constantly vulnerable to sabotage by your opponents. It’s great for all ages, but still takes plenty of strategy to master. COGZ rounds typically clock in under 30 minutes, and the game is fully accessible for colorblind players.
Usually $42, you can get the COGZ board game here for just $33.99. Read the rest
Whether you desperately need to locate your wedding ring in the sink drain or accurately determine how much hair is clogging your shower, this Waterproof Endoscopic Camera will give you a clear window into your home’s tightest crevices.
This rugged camera comes with an adjustable LED lamp to illuminate the situation. Its 720p HD resolution provides plenty of detail for your view, which streams directly to your phone over WiFi. The camera snakes 3 meters long to help you get a read on crawlspaces, pipes, and mechanical interiors and an IP67 waterproof rating ensures it can be completely submerged in water.
You can get this WiFi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera here for $32.99. Read the rest
While the portability of smartphones and tablets is undeniably convenient, the occasional need to support your device while typing or video chatting can get exhausting after awhile. To give you an extra hand with your mobile devices, this trio of foldable stands is available in the Boing Boing Store.
These device props have an adjustable metal back, so you can keep your screen in 9 different positions. When not in use, it can be folded flat to fit inside your wallet. And since you get three in a pack, you can leave one at work to use as a discreet extra monitor for Netflix.
These sturdy stands are designed to hold everything from smartphones to tablets up to 11”. Get a 3-pack of Credit Card Sized Smartphone & Tablet Stands here for 33% off the usual price at $19.99. Read the rest
With over 80% of the global smartphone market, Android is by far the most widely-used operating system. Thanks to its open-source underpinnings, adoption of Google’s mobile OS has skyrocketed. It can be found everywhere from laptops to car navigation systems. As such, enterprising mobile developers would be remiss to not consider targeting the platform. And unlike iOS where all apps must be compiled on a Mac, Android development can be done on any desktop computer.
Although Android’s strength lies in its versatility, the wide array of versions seen in the wild can make it tough for beginners to get situated. With this ebook bundle, you’ll learn the proper way to make a contemporary Android app using Google’s purpose-built IDE. Your projects will incorporate multimedia, animations, and essential Google APIs. This bundle also covers building high-performance apps for real-time audio, video, and data processing with the Android Native Development Kit.
This collection usually goes for $144, but you can get the Android Development eBook Bundle for just $24. Read the rest
Throughout these eight courses, you’ll be introduced to a more comprehensive approach to web development using the MEAN Stack: a collection of technologies that includes MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, Node.js, and more. A taste of what you’ll study:
HideMyAss VPN does exactly what it says on the tin: covers your digital footsteps on all of your connected devices.
VPNs have proliferated in recent months, thanks to increasing demand for online privacy protection. While there might be tons of cheap VPN services with varying degrees of legitimacy popping up every week, it's wisest to trust a traditional stalwart like HideMyAss to keep your personal information under wraps. Their extensive network boasts over 660 nodes spread across 190 countries to ensure that you get a fast, encrypted internet connection from almost anywhere in the world.
This VPN is compatible with most devices, including game consoles and smart TVs, and allows for 2 simultaneous connections. Browse geographically restricted content, and keep your IP address hidden from ISPs with HideMyAss. A 2-year subscription to this VPN usually goes for $157.20, but you can get one in the Boing Boing Store for $54.99. Read the rest
If Apple’s AirPods are a bit too rich for your blood, or you know, you're an Android user, these discreet earbuds can be had for a fraction of the cost and will stay securely in place whether you're working out, commuting, or running between errands. Plus, with IPX4 water resistance, they can survive splashing water and sweat. Their noise- and echo-cancellation capabilities improve call quality as well as music playback, and they use the newest Bluetooth 4.2 to ensure a lag-free listening experience.
To keep your music playing through your work day, the included charging case gives over 8 hours of battery life, and each bud can run standalone for up to 4 hours at a time. Get a pair of HomeSpot AirBeans X True Wireless Earbuds here for just $54.99. Read the rest
The QFX Elite Series of wireless speakers can be synced up to provide a perfect multi-room sound system, and each speaker (and all three together) are currently available at a discount price.
The Elite Series is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable device, and you can connect each speaker over WiFi for a wider reach and greater signal stability. Pair all three together, or appreciate the booming sound of each speaker alone, so everyone you live with can personalize what they want to hear at home.
You can play songs from your personal collection, or connect to a variety of streaming services like Pandora, Apple Music or Spotify. Check out the entire QFX Elite Series Bach speaker here for up to 60% off. Read the rest
In Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, players must solve a grisly murder through collaborative deduction. One person plays the role of the killer, who carefully chooses what kind of evidence they leave at the scene of the crime. The killer tries to sabotage the investigation, while the forensic scientist attempts to reveal him or her to other players by indirectly analyzing the scene.
This game supports 4–12 players, making it a great group activity for board game nights. Deception’s social gameplay keeps it short and exciting—one session lasts about 20 minutes. You’ll use your wits to help lead your friends to the killer, or throw them off your trail with lies and deceit. Deception: Murder in Hong Kong usually goes for $39.99, but you can pick up a copy of this game in the Boing Boing Store for $10 off. Read the rest
Apple makes it hard to not use iCloud, at least for a few things. Since their cloud storage is baked so deeply into iOS, using iTunes on the desktop to manually move files and backup your device can sometimes feel like an awkward step backwards. To give your iPhone more flexibility to manage large files and get some much-needed expandable storage, take a look at the iKlips miReader 4K.
This mobile external drive connects to the lightning port to give your device up to 256GB of extra space via microSD card. It bypasses your phone’s internal storage when it’s plugged in, so you can shoot 4K video and transfer it directly to the miReader without using any phone storage. Plus it accepts files from any other microSD device, so you can use it as a portable backup for other cameras as well.
You can quickly move files between all of your devices without an internet connection or cloud storage subscription with the iKlips miReader 4K. Pick one up in the Boing Boing store for $46.99. Read the rest
Few things are as relaxing than an afternoon laying around in the sun. But no matter how careful you are, wet towels always seem to track some sand back home with you. The Quicksand Mat eliminates this beach-going annoyance by letting sand easily pass through.
Whether you use it as a blanket or a buffer to protect your towel, any sand kicked your way falls right through this mat’s unique weave pattern. It’s completely waterproof, so you can wash off any lingering particles before stowing it in the trunk.
This mesh mat helps to keep sand out of shoes, phones, and anything else you bring along. You can pick up a Quicksand Mat here in our store for 61% off—just $49.99. Read the rest
Drones are the perfect way to cheaply shoot aerial video, but it can be difficult to accurately point its camera when your view is limited to a tiny smartphone screen. This quadcopter offers a first-person view of the action in immersive 3D, so you can frame your shots as if you were flying.
The Micro Drone 3.0 can reach speeds of up to 45 mph, letting you capture wide swaths of landscape for up to 8 minutes straight. It captures 720p HD footage, and can be piloted up to 500 feet away with its handheld controller.
This drone kit is usually $215.00, but you can pick one up for just $145. Read the rest