Tag Archive for ‘Tools and Toys’

Twelve South PowerPic ➝

Chris Gonzales, writing for Tools and Toys:

The New Zealand pine frame holds any 5″ x 7″ photo and looks totally natural on your desk, bedside table, or fireplace mantle, unlike many chargers that stick out like sore thumbs. But it’s just as handy as the rest when you need it — just set your Qi-enabled phone against the photo and it immediately starts getting 10 watts of juice.

I have two of these, one in our living room and one in my office. I absolutely love it. It gives myself, my wife, or our guests the ability to top-off their phone without having to fiddle with cables or have any unsightly charging accessories out in the open.

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Griffin iTrip Bluetooth ➝

I bought this little Bluetooth adapter after Bradley Chambers recommended it on Tools & Toys. It arrived yesterday and, I have to say, it’s fantastic. I just plugged it in and ran the audio cable to my car’s aux-in jack. Conveniently, my car’s cigarette lighter and aux-in jack are located inside the same compartment, which means I can keep the entire setup out of sight.

After a quick pairing process in my iPhone’s settings, I was good to go. Now, every time I start my car, the adapter automatically pairs with my iPhone and I can start playing music or podcasts immediately.

I’ve looked at other Bluetooth adapters in the past, but most of them include funky playback control clusters that they expect you to mount inside your car. I don’t know if the folks at these companies have ever actually looked inside a car, but there isn’t a great place for them. The Griffin iTrip doesn’t include these unnecessary eye sores and leaves the playback controls on your device.

If you’re looking for a wireless in-car audio solution, I highly recommend giving this one a try.

The Tools and Toys Holiday Gift Guide ➝

Tons of great products this year — the folks at Tools and Toys certainly have good taste.

The Tools and Toys Guide to Cutting the Cord ➝

My sister and brother-in-law recently canceled their cable subscription. They bought an indoor antenna and a couple of Apple TVs to connect to all of the televisions throughout their house. I helped them pick out a lot of the devices and services that they would use to fuel their media consumption. This guide on Tools and Toys would have been invaluable for them during the lead up to their transition away from cable. If you know anyone that’s cutting the cord — or even thinking about it — send them a link to this guide.

Shawn Blanc’s New Weblog: Tools and Toys ➝

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