Y-Fi: Gadgets on the Go

03 Sep 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Keep looking stylish and stay connected with Matthew Herbst’s picks of the best gadgets for life on the go




Kick back in style with your favourite tunes, audiobooks and more with this Flip 2 Portable Wireless Speaker by JBL that features dual drivers and a bass port for rich audio. It uses Bluetooth technology to give you hours of listening on a single charge and lets you wirelessly connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, tablets and more. Available at jbl.com from RO34.50.



These secret agent-worthy cufflinks let you wear a mobile hotspot on one wrist and carry around 2GB of important files on the other. One of the cufflinks contains a miniature router, while the other has a USB Flash Drive; plug them both into a laptop or computer and you’re ready to roll, making them great for businessmen on the go. The perfect fusion of geek and chic, available at brookstone.com from RO96.50.



The Sanctuary4 Charging Station has been completely re-engineered to become a comprehensive charging device with enough juice to swiftly recharge up to four devices at once. It’s also got an angle-adjustable tablet stand built in, giving you a dedicated space to charge your tablet alongside all other devices. One Micro USB cable comes with each Sanctuary4 for your convenience. Available at amazon.com from RO30.50.



It may look like an ordinary writing instrument, but look carefully and you’ll see it’s much more than that. The Smartphone Power Boost Pen is a portable back-up power source for almost any type of mobile device. Separate the two halves to reveal its power plugs and simply hook up your device using its multi-head charging cable to give you an additional 33 per cent of battery life. Available at sharperimage.com from RO19.50.



Take control of your power outlets wirelessly with this WeMo Switch Wi-Fi integrated outlet from Belkin. It works together with the free WeMo app to let you turn electronics on or off from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch wherever you are. No matter if it’s a lamp, fan, heater, curling iron or stereo, providing it is plugged in via the WeMo Switch, you can activate it or put it on a schedule. WeMo uses your home Wi-Fi network and also operates over mobile internet, giving you complete control, even when you’re travelling. Available at belkin.com from RO18.50.



Keeping hundreds of passwords and usernames safe can be quite a challenge in the digital age. With this in mind, the boffins at myIDkey came up with a safe solution for securely saving, managing, displaying and protecting personal IDs, passwords and files. Using biometric technology, myIDkey authenticates your identity and safely displays your information on the go. Available at myidkey.com from RO95.86.



Do you spend half your day looking for keys or other important things like your wallet or purse? Well, that could soon be a thing of the past thanks to Chipolo, a simple Bluetooth-based item finder for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Easily attachable to a keyring and small enough to fit inside a wallet, the idea with Chipolo is that you’re connected 24/7. If the item that your Chipolo is attached to goes out of range from your phone and disconnects, the app will pinpoint the last location on a map and send you a notification to inform you that your item may be lost. Available at chipolo.net from RO11.50.

App of the Week: Comics by Comixology


Just like books, comics have also gone digital, meaning your bags will be a whole load lighter. There are many comic apps on the market, but one that stands out among the rest is Comics by ComiXology. It is one of the most popular digital comic platforms online, featuring content from major publishers such as Marvel, DC and Image. The company’s mobile app, Comics, is an outstanding mobile comic reader, allowing users to download and read their ComiXology purchases without constantly needing the website. The app is free to download for iOS and Android, but can only be used with purchases made from comixology.com

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