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Starry Station

Nobody likes their WiFi router. But the Starry Station aims to get on your good side from the get go. Instead of a bunch of seemingly meaningless lights, this triangular device represents network status and your devices on its large touchscreen display by way of floating orbs: bigger means more data used, blue means healthy, and red means something’s not working right with that particular device. When the inevitable latter happens, Starry Station gives you tips on how to fix the issue instead of requiring you to reset the router. It also lets you set rules and restrictions to better balance your (or, more likely, your kids’) time online, displays its WiFi password onscreen with a click instead of on a sticker underneath, is 802.15 ready, and dynamically runs speed tests at various times in the day to ensure you’re getting the speeds you’re paying for.

Learn more at Starry – $350

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Blunt + Tile Traceable Umbrella

When inclement weather strikes, you don’t want to be frantically searching for your umbrella. And yet. Umbrella maker Blunt just might have solved that problem once and for all with the Blunt + Tile Traceable umbrella. The umbrella itself contains an embedded tracking Tile that syncs up with Tile’s iPhone and iPad app to let you keep tabs on your umbrella’s whereabouts at all times. If it’s lost but you’re within about 100 feet, a loud, handy tune can be played to help you locate it. The umbrella is also virtually un-loseable: if you misplace it, fire up the app to find its last known location, or attempt to crowd-source its location if other tile users are in its vicinity. The cherry on top is that that this tech comes built into Blunt’s famously sturdy umbrellas, complete with safety tips and a fully tensioned aerodynamic canopy that can withstand winds of up to 72 mph. It’s also available in a smaller XS_Metro size for those who need to stay dry when space is at a premium.

Grab one at Blunt – $60 to $90

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Nomad Wallet

Like any good bifold, the Nomad Wallet carries roughly eight cards, a bunch of banknotes (up to 500 Euro size), even a couple of business cards. But unlike most it also carries along one iPhone 6S charge. A thin but surprisingly capacious lithium-ion battery in the wallet’s spine packs 2,400mAh, output via an Apple-sourced Lightning cable to your device whether it’s an iPhone or iPad. The battery itself recharges using a Micro USB input and boasts a 4 LED charge indicator and is encased in high crush strength aluminum for durability — though you’ll probably not want to sit on this one.

Grab one at Nomad ($100) or Amazon ($103)

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Poros Tetra Backpack

It all started with a weekender. Now they’re back with the Poros Tetra Backpack. Discreet in looks, the Tetra actually packs a 10,000 mAh battery cell integrated into the bag’s front compartment, with a 2.1A USB port suitable for any USB-chargeable devices plus a second dedicated output with either a Micro USB or Lightning cable for charging your Android or iOS devices, respectively, each several times over. A large display shows the battery’s current charge state at a glance (and the push of a button), and the charger even works to once refuel USB C enabled laptops like the Apple’s recent MacBook and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. And the TSA-approved backpack also boasts a sleek, modern build, complete with a protective sleeve for a 15-inch laptop, Air Straps that soften and comfortably distribute the load on your shoulders, plus a multitude of internal pockets to tidy up your on-the-go essentials.

Check it out at Indiegogo – $100

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Deal: ZeroLemon SolarJuice

With its 10,000mAh LiPo battery pack the ZeroLemon SolarJuice has enough to revive most smartphones from dead two, three, even four times over. But if you’re off the grid and it runs out of juice a built in 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel refuels the SolarJuice just enough over 8 hours to then recharge your smartphone halfway — a godsend for emergency scenarios. Dual 2.1A and 1.0A outputs allow you to simultaneously charge two devices, and the battery pack itself is ruggedized, with a shockproof, dirtproof, and rain resistant enclosure.

Grab it at our shop – $30

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR

Canon’s new flagship, the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR, has a name that keeps on going. Fortunately so does its spec sheet. The camera features a full-frame 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, dual DIGIC 6+ processors, and a Dual Pixel 61-point autofocus system that altogether manages to shoot continuously at up to 14 frames per second or capture video at 4K and 60 fps (and 1080p at 120fps). Other notable features span an ISO range of between 50 and 409,600, geotagging thanks to a built-in GPS module, a weather- and dust-sealed magnesium alloy body that’ll go anywhere you can (sparing being submerged), and two memory card slots capable of writing to both CFast or CompactFlash memory.

Preorder at Amazon or B&H – $6,000

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Zeiss ExoLens

If there’s more to your photographic repertoire than snapping selfies, Zeiss’ lenses for ExoLens could take your mobile photography to the next level. Fellowes and Zeiss have partnered to make the most advanced lens systems available for your iPhone. Need outstanding edge-to-edge performance? Wide-angle and telephoto lenses have you covered. Choose the Vario-Proxar macro lens when you need a zoom function or for up close shooting. Each lens is manufactured to strict tolerances and sport the Zeiss antireflective coating to minimize reflections and improve light transmission. And every ExoLens unit, as before, comes with built-in customized mounting brackets for the lebses alongside a standard tripod mount and a cold shoe for affixing accessories.

Arriving Q2 2016. Learn more at Zeiss – $TBA

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Line 6 Relay G10

No complicated wireless setup required and no cables to deal with. The Line 6 Relay G10 is by far the easiest way to cut the cords on your electric guitar setup. Plug the 1/4-inch compact dongle into your guitar and start playing — the transmitter and receiver work together immediately, basically like plugging in a cable, minus the whole annoyingly-long-and-twisted-wire-getting-in-the-way part. It works with all guitar types, lasts for 8 hours on a charge and up to 200 hours on sleep mode (when not in use), and employs 24 bit Relay digital wireless sound quality for amazing detail despite over-air transmission. And when the transmitter needs a recharge, just plug it into the receiver.

Arriving in April. Read more at Line 6 – $250

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Philips PowerPotion 3000

A veritable potion for your battery-dead smartphone, the Philips PowerPotion 3000 is the undisputedly best looking backup battery to date, albeit at the cost of not being the most capacious. This compact white bottle is decked out with a knurled aluminum cap and conceals a 3,000 mAh battery. Pop open the cap to reveal a Lightning cable that’s ready to refuel your iOS devices. Alternately, the underside features a Micro USB port to recharge the PowerPotion itself plus a standard USB port — alongside a four-LED charge indicator — to handle other, non-Lightning recharging duties.

Though it’s not yet available in North America. Learn more at Philips – roughly $32

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Fender Pro In-Ear Monitor Series

The famed guitar maker is now in the earphone game as well as well with the Fender Pro In-Ear Monitor Series thanks to a little help from Aurisonics, their recent acquisition. The range — minus the base model — boasts a 3D printed shell that provides a universal fit by basing its every contour to thousands of ears scanned, accommodating a vast 95% of wearers as well as would a custom-made earphone. Five models span the series, from the entry-level DXA1 to the pricier FA7. The latter comes equipped with a Hybrid-Dynamic and Balanced Armature Array that includes a pair of tweeters plus a 9.25mm precision rare-earth driver for solid performance across the spectrum. SureSeal tips also cut out up to 22dB of ambient noise to protect your hearing in live settings while detachable cables ensure the main limiting factor of earbud longevity — fragile cabling — is a non issue.

Learn more at Fender – $100 to $500

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