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November 1, 2012 | By Craig Nakano
If all the coverage of Sandy and the East Coast power outage has you wondering how you would charge your mobile phone if the electricity were out here for days, let us ask: How would you? One possible solution for iPhone users: the Plug Battery Charger from the Monrovia design studio and Web store MollaSpace . The Plug is a portable lithium ion battery that recharges Apple devices on the go, without needing a wall outlet. One end of the Plug is a USB port, so you can power up the device on your home computer or laptop before any outage.
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September 29, 2012 | By Judi Dash
I'm always looking for improvements in mobile power chargers that can handle my mix of USB ports on my growing herd of devices, and Bracketron's new Universal USB Travel Power Kit manages to cover most of my wants. The slim AC power plug folds neatly into its recessed base, so it won't get bent during transport. The 3-foot charging cable is thick enough to last, and sprouts dual connectors, a micro USB plug that works with most of my electronics, and an attached 30-pin plug (for my iPhone and iPad)
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May 26, 2012 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Here's how I keep a cellphone charged and out of the way: Bracketron's new Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex. The holder, which plugs into the cigarette lighter, has a gooseneck arm that lets you adjust the phone. A push-button mechanism on the holding unit lets you lengthen or shorten the grips for different size phones or other devices. The power cable plugs into a USB port on the front of the power unit. The holder comes with a micro-USB to USB cable but works with any power cable with a USB plug.
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April 21, 2012 | By Judi Dash
Scanon's ScanStik looks like a big long pen, but is actually a full-page scanner. Though it's loaded with useful features, it's surprisingly user-friendly. Just press the “on” button and roll it down the page you want to scan (or multiple pages), then connect to a computer with the included USB cable, which also recharges the scanner's battery. A directory will open. Click on file transfer or view the files with your default viewer, and you've got it. The scanner's LCD display shows battery level and free memory and lets you choose between 300 and 600 dpi resolution and jpegs in 24-bit color or black and white.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2011 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Capturing the special moments in photos is a holiday tradition. But will those pictures be around to treasure in decades to come? In today's digital world, photos pile up chaotically on hard drives, often with no backup. Here are some options for saving copies of your pictures for future generations. • External hard drive: These sell for $70 to $200 and typically connect to your computer's USB drive. They're a reliable way of backing up large numbers of photos and other data.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
If Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire turns out to be the blockbuster that many are predicting it will be, it won't be because of design or hardware features. If Fire ignites consumers, it will be because it sells for $199, wears the trusted Amazon Kindle brand name and serves as a direct and easy-to-use pipeline to Amazon's online store, a massive offering of e-books, music, movies, TV shows and apps matched only by Apple. But although Fire's content offering is top-notch, the hardware is as plain as you can get. The 7-inch screen on the Fire is bright and clear, and its 1024-by-600-pixel resolution provides ample room for reading books or watching TV shows and movies.
NEWS
July 16, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
USB digital drives are great for storing photos, music and other memory hogs on the go. But they're also tiny and easily lost. Enter Verbatim's new Clip-it USB drive, which clips onto a pocket or almost anything. The 4-gigabyte drive comes in a colorful range of plastic housings - just the right accessory for your favorite geek. Costs $18.62 or $52.30 for a three-pack. Info: Verbatim , (800) 538-8589.
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February 27, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Accessory Workshop’s tyPad Bluetooth Enabled Keyboard Case ($99.99) is a folding, leatherette iPad case with a built-in, Bluetooth-enabled wireless keyboard. The case, which also functions as an iPad stand, offers a compact alternative to the iPad’s touch screen. It includes a rechargeable lithium battery and a USB port connector and cable for charging the device. Info: tyPad , (888) 691-3047
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January 9, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The iLuv Speaker Dock ($149.99) is a docking speaker designed for playing and charging the iPad, Apple's popular tablet computer. The dock can also be used with iPods, iPhones, and, with the aid of the auxiliary line input, any audio device with a 3.5-millimeter jack. The speakers put out a big, bold sound with powerful bass. Includes AC power cord and USB cable. Info: iLuv , (866) 807-5946.
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December 5, 2010 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tired of tangled wires on your portable electronics? The folks at Black Box are on the case — specifically, a 7-inch-square by 2-inch-deep faux-leather case. The case unzips to reveal five mobile accessories with retractable cables: a USB optical mouse, a USB cable, a cable for wired networking, stereo ear buds, and a notebook AC power cable. Each item in the Deluxe Retractable Cable Kit ($38.95) pops into and out of its own slot. Extension ranges from 2 feet (for the mouse)
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