The world’s strongest bottle opener is also the smallest

The Pry.Me Bottle Opener holds tens of thousands of times its own weight, and you can pick one up now from the Boing Boing Store.

This remarkable keychain is considerably smaller than any of your keys, but don’t let that fool you: it can easily open any bottle, and could even tow a trailer full of bowling balls if you had a hitch small enough. It’s made from Grade 5 titanium — the same type that’s used in countless industrial and aerospace applications. Needless to say, this tiny piece of hardware will easily outlast you.

Because of its unique shape and comically high tensile strength, this bottle opener can be so small that you’ll never notice it’s in your pocket. It also includes a heavy-duty key ring to replace the flimsy one that probably came with with your house keys. You can get one of them here for $10.99. Read the rest

You can get a great deal on Windscribe VPN

Guaranteeing your privacy online goes way beyond checking the “Do Not Track” option in your browser’s settings. To ensure that your internet activity is totally hidden from Internet Service Providers, advertisers, and other prying eyes, take a look at Windscribe’s VPN protection. It usually costs $7.50 per month, but you can get a 3-year subscription for $22.49 from the Boing Boing Store.

Windscribe offers the usual collection of VPN capabilities: encrypted browsing over a secure tunnel, and location masking by spoofing your IP address. You can freely download torrents and access region-locked content, but its extra privacy features set it apart from other VPN offerings available. It has a dedicated firewall to protect all of your devices from malware and unauthorized connections, and it actively blocks ads and ad trackers to keep your personal information away from indiscriminate data collection.

You can pick up a 3-year subscription to Windscribe VPN here for $22.49. Read the rest

This bundle might make you want to become a project manager

This project management bundle will help you get organized and learn how to lead a team to success. You can pay what you want for these five courses when you pick them up from the Boing Boing Store.

To help you become an invaluable asset for your company, this bundle includes a curated collection of professional resources. In the Six Sigma certification course, you’ll learn how to efficiently plan manufacturing processes that minimize waste and product variation. You can get the best out of your organization’s employees by learning how to set goals for your teammates and monitor their progress in the Performance Management section. This bundle also includes a crash-course in the fundamentals of project planning and cost estimation, as well as handy guides for decluttering your life and getting things done.

You can pay what you want for this Project Management Bundle here. Read the rest

Charge or connect up to 28 devices at once with this Master USB Hub

Despite the push towards USB-C as the one connector to rule them all, most peripherals in the wild are still largely USB-A. Since there’s little reason to upgrade all of your old flash drives, wired keyboards, and game controllers, you’ll need a decent hub to keep them all talking to your new computer.

The MondoHub Master USB Hub features 24 USB 2.0 ports to connect all of your legacy gear, with hardware on/off switches for each one. To quickly charge phones and tablets, and take advantage of external storage with high-speed data transfer capabilities, it also includes four USB 3.0 ports. And to keep your devices safe, it has automatic over-current protection.

Reduce cable clutter and extend your desktop’s connectivity options with a MondoHub Master USB Hub. You can pick one up in the Boing Boing Store for $54.99. Read the rest

Here are ten things under $20 you'll actually use

You don’t always have to pay out the nose for household items, everyday accessories, or memorable gifts. If you’re searching for something unexpected that can be had for less than two sawbucks, take a look at the following goods:

20oz Insulated Water Bottle ($18.99)

 

This stainless steel water bottle is double-walled with vacuum-sealed insulation to keep drinks cold for 24 hours, or hot for 8. It has a durable powder coat that’s available in 17 vibrant colors, and it fits in most car cupholders. The interior is completely free of BPA plastics and is totally rust-proof, so any liquid you put in it will taste delicious. Pick one up for just $18.99.

XXL Shower Speaker ($19.99)

The XXL Shower Speaker is totally waterproof, and has a sturdy suction cup for mounting anywhere in the bathroom. It puts out 3 watts of high-quality sound for up to 6 hours straight, so you rarely have to charge it. Playback controls are front and center with raised texture for easy operation, even when you have soap in your eyes. Get it from our store for $19.99.

UltraBright Military Flashlight: 2-Pack ($17.99)

It never hurts to have a dedicated flashlight around the house for when the power goes out unexpectedly. To keep you prepared for emergencies, this kit comes with two 500-lumen hand torches made from aircraft-grade aluminum and a durable carry case. Grab these tactical flashlights for $17.99.

MicroUSB Cables: 6-pack ($8.99)

Whether you’re a dedicated Android user or just have a plethora of portable electronics, you can‘t have enough microUSB cables. Read the rest

Keep up to 14 keys organized without any of that jangling sound in your pocket

For anyone that’s always travelling between their home, office, storage unit, art studio, or any other location that’s behind a locked door, you probably have more keys than you know what to do with. Fortunately, the Extended KeySmart keeps them all in a single, compact place that mitigates the need for a huge janitor key ring.

This key holder houses up to 14 keys, including longer and foreign key shapes. Each key folds out of the frame for quick access — you’ll never forget which one is for your front door again. Constructed from lightweight aluminum with durable, stainless-steel hardware, the KeySmart can take a beating without weighing down your bag or pants pockets. It even comes with a handy loop to accommodate your irregularly-sized car key.

You can pick up one of these cleverly-designed key containers here for $19.99. But if your dwelling has several separate locks and you want to keep your spare keys in order for houseguests, a 3-pack of KeySmarts is just $39.99, 33% off the usual price. Read the rest

The Ockel Sirius B is a PC that fits in your pocket

Working remotely often means using a full-size laptop, or forcing a tablet to do things it was never intended to do. Depending on your job, each may be a reasonable, if somewhat compromising solution, or an impossibly frustrating one. Either way, you’ll be stuck with a tiny screen and a form factor that will destroy any semblance of good seated posture you may have had.

If you are looking for a proper desktop experience wherever you call office, and have zero interest in making a Linux-powered Raspberry Pi your daily driver, the Ockel Sirius B is a complete Windows 10 PC in a package that’s no bigger than a portable hard drive. Just plug it into an external monitor, TV set, or projector, add a keyboard and mouse, and you’re good to go. Whether you frequently work from home, or need to give a presentation in a faraway conference room, this portable PC will work with any standard desktop gear.

Since most offices have yet to upgrade to the latest connector standards, the Sirius B’s got a pair of full-sized USB-A ports, HDMI, and even a MicroSD slot for maximum compatibility no matter where you are. In order to run modern desktop software, it has 2GB of RAM, modern integrated Intel graphics, and a quad-core processor. It even includes 32GB of internal flash storage for faster boot-ups and application launches.

The Ockel Sirius B Windows 10 Pocket PC is available now from the Boing Boing store for 24% off at $189. Read the rest

This interactive bootcamp will give you a solid intro to web development

Web technology has matured considerably in the last decade, and developers are continually in demand. If you're looking to add some skills to your resume, or are just interested in exploring the possibilities of the web, check out this Interactive Web Developer Bootcamp.

In this course, you’ll get a comprehensive overview of full-stack development using modern tools. After learning the basics of HTML5 and CSS3, you'll delve into front-end development to build functional interfaces using Angular and jQuery. You’ll learn how to connect your interactive pages to back-end data, and build application logic for projects that include a blogging engine and an e-commerce platform. This course gives you access to 180 video lessons, comes with a companion ebook, and lets you get specific feedback from instructors.

The Interactive Web Developer Bootcamp is on sale now for $29. Read the rest

This PC bundle features some top-rated apps to make you more productive

Even if you only use your PC for web browsing, media playback, or light document creation, default software can sometimes come up short. To give your Windows PC a bit of a boost, we've compiled a variety of helpful, paid apps that can enhance your user experience and make you more productive.

In the Premium PC Power Bundle, you get these three essential apps:

Netspot Pro

Netspot Pro is your best resource for optimizing your WiFi network. It‘s immensely helpful for troubleshooting your connection, but its mapping features are what really make it an essential. You can locate connectivity dead zones and determine the best places to put your wireless access points based on the layout of your home.

Glasswire Pro

With Glasswire Pro, you can closely monitor the network activity of up to three PCs. This centralized security system protects your computers from malicious hosts, and notifies you of unauthorized logins when you’re away. It even keeps track of remote machines, so you can be sure that websites or game servers you control stay secure. It's such a comprehensive security solution, PCWorld gave it a rare 4.5/5 star rating.

CleanMyPC

You can’t always trust your desktop to clean up after itself when it downloads updates and installs new software. CleanMyPC makes sure your computer isn’t being slowed down by junk files or unnecessary autorun applications.

Beyond these headliners, the bundle also includes the following apps:

Zemana AntiMalware: A one-stop shop for preventing against malware, ransomware, and other browser junk

7 Speed Reading EX 2017: This TopTenReviews Gold and Excellence Award Winner can help you read up to 3.471 times faster

PaintShop Pro X9 for Windows: An image editor that’s great for designing graphics and quickly annotating screenshots

Sticky Password Premium: You'll get three years of access to this secure password manager that syncs with both Android and iOS

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Home: Get back lost or deleted files and access the contents of corrupted disks

Android Data Recovery Pro for PC: Extract photos, contacts, and more from a dead Android device directly to your PC

Data Shredder 5 Professional for Windows: If you’re selling an old computer, this app ensures that your data gets completely deleted beyond recovery by a new end user

All of these apps are included in the Premium PC Power Bundle, available now in the Boing Boing Store for $29. Read the rest

These DIY projects are great for curious minds of all ages

Many people find it easiest to learn things by doing them. If you’re looking to give a doer in your life an interesting, hands-on project, check out these tech-focused DIY kits:

DIY AT-AT Cable Organizer & Card Case ($32.99)

With this kit, you get to put together a wooden replica of an AT-AT that keeps cables, pens, and other desktop detritus organized. And it’s legs are totally posable to let you re-create the battle on Hoth.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit ($69.99)

To set up a Raspberry Pi computer as quickly as possible, this Complete Starter Kit includes a MicroSD card preloaded with the aptly-named NOOBS OS, and all the hardware you need to boot it up.

The Complete Raspberry Pi 3 Training Bundle ($19)

The Raspberry Pi is capable of so much more than emulating old video games. You can learn how to use it for penetration testing, robotics, distributed computing, and internet-of-things devices with this course bundle.

TinyTesla Musical Tesla Coil Kit ($197)

You can build a singing Tesla coil, also known as a zeusaphone, with this kit. By controlling your plasma speaker from a laptop or midi source, you can put on quite an electrifying performance.

Extpro DIY Assemble Toy Set Solar Powered Car Kit ($10.95)

You and your kids can get excited about robotics and renewable energy together with this homemade Solar Powered Car kit. This project is best for ages six and up.

SunFounder Raspberry Pi Robot Kits ($149.99)

For a much more advanced electronic car project, this Raspberry Pi Kit will have you building a 4-wheeled robot. Read the rest

Ease your mind on your own time with Welzen

Although regular meditation has been shown to ease physical stress and reduce immune system activation, many people have embraced it as a powerful way to support their mental health. Mindfulness techniques like meditation and conscious breathing are powerful tools that can be used by anyone, and newcomers shouldn’t feel intimidated to try them.

If you’ve never meditated before or have found it difficult to fit into your life, Welzen’s 5-day program can help you develop your practice from scratch. Whether you’re looking for a daily commitment or just need a breather on certain tough days, Welzen offers a wide variety of subject-specific guided sessions, as well as a new 10-minute mediation every day. They have meditations to match your current mood, so you can enhance your focus when you’re feeling positive, and lift your spirits when the end of the day can’t come soon enough.

You can pick up a lifetime subscription to Welzen in the Boing Boing Store for $49. Read the rest

This shower speaker is twice as powerful as your average shower speaker

The XXL Shower Speaker sticks to your bathroom wall with a sturdy suction cup, and it promises to be the best accompanist you've ever had in the shower.

Aside from hearing your own singing voice, how often do you really get to enjoy the excellent acoustics of the bathtub? This Bluetooth speaker is totally waterproof, so you can bring your music, podcasts, and audiobooks with you into the shower. It puts playback controls front and center, with raised rubber texture so you can always find the play button when your eyes are full of soap. And you can easily answer or decline calls, depending on how hectic your morning is.

The XXL Shower Speaker comes in several bright colors, or flat black if that fits better with your bath decor. You can get it here for $19.99. Read the rest

This solar powered battery can charge three devices simultaneously

If you often find yourself far away from AC power, or just want to guarantee that you’ll have GPS access on your next camping trip, the SolarJuice External Solar Battery is an excellent companion for outdoor adventures. It’s currently available in the Boing Boing Store for $59.99.

The SolarJuice has a 26,800 mAh battery capable of powering up to three devices at once over high-speed USB 3.0. But more importantly, it absorbs power when you leave it in the sun, and it can bring your phone (or even a tablet) fully back to life several times over. It resists dirt and water, and is built to survive an accidental drop. You can attach it to your backpack with its sturdy carabiner clip to charge while hiking, and use its integrated LED panel as a powerful lantern for your camp site.

You can get the SolarJuice 26,800mAh External Solar Battery here for $59.99. Read the rest

Ethical hacking is still a valuable skill to learn

Between election hacks, ransomware, and Devil's Ivy, the cybersecurity space is booming as malware and hackers become more sophisticated. If you're interested in pursuing a career in ethical hacking, or just want to secure your own devices, The Super-Sized Ethical Hacking Bundle is a great resource.

In this bundle, you’ll learn the fundamental skills of ethical hacking, prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam, and perform penetration testing on web applications and network targets. You’ll get familiar with the variety of ways in which attackers gain access by doing it yourself, using tools like Kali Linux, Metasploit, and PowerShell. 

After you’ve gotten some hands-on hacking experience, you can explore topics like government surveillance and hacking infrastructure, social engineering, encryption, and the dark web.

This 9-course, 76-hour instructional bundle is available in the Boing Boing Store for $43. Read the rest

These Bluetooth headphones sync seamlessly with multiple devices

The TREBLAB X11 Earphones are versatile, offer great sound, and are currently $32.99 in the Boing Boing Store.

These Bluetooth earbuds are a great workout companion. They’re totally sweat proof and their ear-fins keep them snugly in place during high activity — something that Apple’s AirPods can only do if you were blessed with precisely the correct ear size. Whatever that is. The TREBLAB X11's also feature passive noise cancellation and wireless HD audio for excellent sound quality during music playback, and crystal-clear phone calls with the integrated mic.

While it might not seem like the biggest deal, being able to switch between devices without digging through a bunch of bluetooth sync settings is a godsend. It makes you want to use them with everything. Thankfully, they have 6 hours of battery life, so you likely won’t need to charge them more than once a day.

The TREBLAB X11 Earphones are available here for $32.99. Read the rest

Final Draft 10 is the industry standard screenwriting software

Whether you're a seasoned entertainment industry veteran or a student working on your first spec script, having the right tool for the job will make a huge difference in your focus and productivity.

Final Draft 10 is far and away the world’s best screenwriting software, used extensively by professional film and TV writers at top production companies like NBC, Disney, and Paramount because it makes drafting screenplays as straightforward as possible. By automatically formatting your work to comply with industry guidelines, Final Draft helps you focus on content and removes the tedium of preparing text for a read-through.

Aside from ensuring that your finished script is properly paginated, this program helps you plan everything out in a piece’s early stages. The Story Map feature lets you outline and rearrange major sections, and the Beat Board helps you refine your work beat-by-beat.

When writing dialogue, Final Draft 10 lets you store multiple versions of lines within the same file for easy comparisons and faster editing. You don’t even need to physically write; the desktop apps have powerful dictation capabilities when you’d rather talk it out. It supports real-time collaboration with a partner, and it guarantees that you never lose work by saving and backing everything up automatically.

Final Draft 10 is available for Windows, Mac, and iOS for sketching on the go. We have licenses available for this Hollywood-approved software in the Boing Boing Store now for $149.99. You can also take an additional 15% off with coupon code, FINALDRAFT15.   Read the rest

Produce smarter, SEO-optimized content with Webtexttool

Web content creators who don’t have a solid SEO strategy should take note of Webtexttool. It’s a service that pulls in anonymous data from their entire user base to offer crowdsourced guidance that increases your search page ranks. By analyzing prior user successes, it helps you better gauge how your posts will perform at a given time. And to help you spend less time editing and more time writing, It displays helpful optimization tips while you type.

Webtexttool integrates with Microsoft Word, and they also offer an array of plugins for CMS platforms like WordPress, Drupal, and Craft if most of your writing happens in the browser. For inspiration, you can quickly find popular posts in their network with their subject search.

You can get a lifetime subscription to Webtexttool in the Boing Boing Store for $49. Read the rest

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