Time for a new toothbrush?

Despite the upfront cost, electric toothbrushes are much better at removing plaque than those freebies from the dentist’s office. For those who struggle to fill the American Dental Association’s recommended two minutes of brushing time, or anyone with limited dexterity, a sonic toothbrush can give your oral care routine a boost.

To keep your chops healthy without dropping too much cash, we'd like to invite you to check out this Rechargeable Silicone Sonic Toothbrush. Its two included brushing heads are made of antibacterial silicone, so they last longer and are easier to clean than their manual counterparts. It features 13 vibration levels to cater to sensitive teeth, and a 4-minute deep cleaning mode for when you need to go in for your biannual checkup.

This sonic toothbrush is great for travel, and can be used for up to 40 days without needing a recharge. You can get one here for $29.99. Read the rest

Become a polyglot in your spare time with uTalk

Learning a new language will give your resume an upgrade, sure, but it will also provide a huge cognitive boost for mental tasks outside of translation and conversation. Bilingual brains have been shown to be better at handling multiple concurrent tasks, and gaining fluency in a new tongue is an amazing way to improve memory, and stave off dementia later in life.

uTalk is a mobile application for studying foreign languages. Instead of grilling you on complex grammar rules, this app focuses on building a practical vocabulary so you actually communicate with people. You’ll grow your language skills naturally with input from native speakers, and build confidence with interactive speaking games. This app syncs your progress across all of your devices and is compatible with most mobile and desktop platforms.

This package from uTalk includes American English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Latin American Spanish. You can get lifetime access to resources for these six languages for $29.99 in the Boing Boing Store. Read the rest

Get a better night's sleep on these memory foam pillows

If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider replacing your pillows before dropping hundreds on a new mattress. You can give your tired neck a break with a 2-pack of memory foam pillows, available now in the Boing Boing Store.

Each of these pillows is stuffed with cooling polyurethane foam that molds to your shape and provides ample nighttime support. For those with sensitive sinuses, its outer case is made from soft, hypoallergenic bamboo rayon that resists moisture, mold, and pesky dust mites. Each pillow compresses into a packable tube for easy carrying, and may be used comfortably without a pillow case.

These pillows are perfect for travel and home use alike, and this set of two is now $39.99. Read the rest

This power pack has a tracker built in, so it will be exceedingly difficult to lose

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

Time for a new wallet? Check out this slim, RFID-blocking one

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

Aura is a mobile meditation trainer that learns from your sessions

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 have their own music storage and fitness tracker in earbud form

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

Learn to code on your own time with this digital library

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.

These books give a detailed overview of current technologies and programming languages. You’ll learn how to write modern code for the web using modular JavaScript, as well as application frameworks like Angular 2 and React. In addition to building iOS Apps with Swift, you can also make your code compatible with the Android ecosystem using Xamarin. Once you have a solid foundation of knowledge, explore advanced topics like high-performance computing and machine learning.

This digital library includes the following titles:

Learning Angular 2Java Deep Learning EssentialsMastering PythonMastering ReactMastering JavaScriptMastering GitXamarin Cross-Platform Development CookbookSwift 3 Functional ProgrammingScala High Performance Programming

The Coding Powerhouse eBook Bundle is available here for $29. Read the rest

Make board game night a brain buster with this puzzle-based board game

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

This endoscopic camera helps diagnose problems in small spaces

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

These mobile device stands collapse to the size of credit cards

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

Digital books to teach you Android development

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

To succeed in web development, you need to know much more than just JavaScript

Having grown out of its awkward adolescence, JavaScript is no longer a novelty language for animating elements on webpages. It has become the lingua franca of the web, imbued with a variety of other libraries and tools to form complex, interactive sites. To make a real career as a programmer it's not enough to just know the base JavaScript language, you stand a much better chance at staying employed if you're a master of the MEAN Stack. Take a look at this Full Stack JavaScript Bundle to start learning some of the tech that makes JavaScript such a broad and formidable development tool.

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:

A comprehensive overview of web tech and common techniques for front- and back-end developmentRunning JavaScript code within and outside the browser with Node.jsBuilding NoSQL databases using MongoDBCreating single-page applications with AngularJS, and lightweight servers that use ExpressJS for network communication

Working programmers aren't just one trick ponies. Take a step in the right direction with the Full Stack JavaScript Bundle, available in the Boing Boing Store for $39. Read the rest

Get a deal on one of PC Mag's favorite VPNs

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

Make calls on the move easier with these noise-cancelling earbuds

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

Here's a series of speakers to fill your whole home with tunes

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

Deceiving your friends is acceptable in this card game

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

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