Gadgets: It's a tablet prop! No, it's a pillow! Actually? It's both

Gadgets Replacing Smartphone Passwords

The headphones give you the option of turning off the noise canceling and will work (minus the ANC) if the battery loses its charge. The foldable headphones come with a removable cable with three-click microphone, soft touch cleaning cloth, micro USB charging cable, airplane adaptor and hard shell case for easy transport. Details: $279.95 available in shadow black or cool silver; EASILY CUSTOMIZE THIS IPHONE 5 CASE A nice addition to the iPhone 5 case world is the Avivo Rail Carbonate case, with some interesting features to let you customize the case on the go. It can be used as a complete package with a hard shell jacket or add on the rail and/or the frame. The rail is available in a bendable polycarbonate with a soft touch coating or a military-styled aluminum finish, which fit over the outside edges of the jacket enabling it to withstand corner impacts of 12 to 14 feet, according to company testing. If you want the rail on the phone but without the jacket, just put the frame around your phone and add the rail. Obviously, when you combine the jacket with the rail you'll get the most protection along with a great-looking and stylish case. Regardless of the combination, all the ports, controls and the camera are fully accessible. Details: $49.99 for the polycarbonate or $79.99 for the aluminum model and both are available in various colors; PORTABLE LIGHT AND MOBILE POWER IN ONE Goal Zero has announced the Lighthouse 250 Lantern and USB Power Hub in a joint venture with Eddie Bauer. The 250-lumen Lighthouse will shine up to 48 hours of bright LED light on a single USB charge. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Gadgets & Gizmos: Lid Pocket

I love that the watch has a backlight. I also adore the color (mine is a pink/purple). Unlike other watches that have somewhere between five and seven standard holes, the watch has what seems like a zillion holes and fits wrists of all sizes. Another pro of the Polar FT4 is that I can access old training files on my device, so I can see overall progress over time rather than for a single session. See also: 10 Best Headphones for Your Workout The heart rate monitor occasionally falls off, though, even if you think it's too tight. A secure fit may be tougher for women, since the bottom of your sports bra is usually competing with your heart transmitter. Worse, when the heart rate monitor loses its signal, it's sometimes tough to find it again. You may be forced to re-start your training session. Experts say you shouldn't wear your heart transmitter or record your training all the time. These devices should be used only when working out. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

3 Fitness Gadgets to Revamp Your Workout

Jackery Mini portable charger Price: $30 OK, lust list aside, how about some go-girl gadgets that we normal gals can actually afford? One of my favorites is the Jackery Mini. This tiny charger weighs in at less than 3 ounces and is about the size of a tube of lipstick. But it still packs enough power to run your smartphone for up to 50 hours. And while we don't like the fact that you'll need to carry your smartphone's charging cable to plug in and power up, we can't argue with the superlow price or supersmall profile. The Ogio tote can carry your laptop, your tablet and all of your accessories. (Photo: Ogio) 4. Ogio Hampton's Tote Bag Price: $70 While this tote from Ogio doesn't have the tech of the Everpurse, it is designed with padded slots, sleeves and pockets to carry your laptop, your tablet, and all of the cables and accessories needed to keep your gadgets going in addition to whatever else you need to haul around. And, of course, it comes in a variety of colors, one of which is sure to please. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Five Gadgets That Every Business Traveler Should Carry

Make sure that you (or your IT person) have everything seamlessly connected between your notebook, desktop and tablet. Make sure that email shows up immediately and in the right place. And perhaps most importantly, make sure that you have the right apps for the task at hand. An itinerary planning app like Tripit and a flight searching app like Kayak or ITA Software can help you plan your next trip, while preloaded movies and TV shows can take the boredom away from flights. Remember as well that this is business focused tablet that clients will be seeing. Fruitninja has no place here. Noise Cancelling Headphones Bose Bose paved the way for digital noise-canelling headphones in the consumer marketplace, and now that competing equipment is developing, costs are starting to go down. On the lower end, CNET recommends the noise-canceling Monoprice over-ear headphones (above) that are about 70 percent as good as the Bose QC15s for a little more than a third of the price. For a more thrifty approach, consider the in-ear headphones that act as earplugs as well as speakers without the noise-cancelling circuit they can costs as little as ten dollars. An Ultrabook Computer Reasonable processors are finally starting to fit into the smaller form factor laptops that are ideal for business travel, giving users enough power to open up a 100-page PowerPoint file and stream Spotify at the same time. And with the growth of the tablet industry, ultrabooks, the low-weight-high-power class of notebook computers, are very competitively priced. Make no mistake, theres still use for notebook computers in a tablet friendly world, especially when a great deal of typing or peripheral use is involved. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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TECH NOW: Best new gadgets for women

Shine is basically an activity tracker you can wear as a watch or as some other kind of accessory (you choose the wearing method by your selection of accessories on the web site, which are sold separately). Whats amazing about the Shine is that it somehow connects to and syncs with the iPhone wirelessly and without a password. Just place the round Shine gadget on the screen, and the phone detects the device and syncs the data. An on-screen animation even shows that the phone knows exactly where on the screen the Shine sits. It even syncs when the iPhone is in Airplane Mode. (Note that the iPhone does not have NFC capability.) How do they do that? A promotional video by the company claims that Shine uses a new type of wireless sync technology. Because the screen detects the location of the device, Shine probably either transmits data through capacitive chargebasically using the same phone features that detect a human fingeror a combination of capacitive and some other wireless technologyincluding even something that transmits data through sound above the frequency detectable by human ears. Mysteries are rare in consumer electronics, and the Shine data transmission technology is still a mystery. Either way, theyve found a way to bypass the normal pairing and passwords normally required for devices to send data to a phone. Nobody likes passwords. Theyre time consuming. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit