You know, the one who doesn’t have AA alkaline batteries handy when they’re needed. Imagine the crumpled foreheads of your frowning children when you have to tell them they can’t continue playing with that thing that uses AA batteries, because the batteries are spent – and you don’t have fresh ones. Or the deep consternation of your spouse, when the flashlight flickers out just as you both hear a really weird noise downstairs. Or you’re typing up a new post for your business’ website, talking about a great new deal, and your Bluetooth keyboard suddenly di
In short, batteries are important. And AA alkaline batteries are nigh on indispensable. So don’t get caught shorthanded, especially now that you can pick some up for less than a quarter apiece.
We’ve been doing this whole Deal of the Week thing for a while now. And a lot of the bargains we’ve featured have been on cables, chargers, docks, and adapter sets that work with older-model iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.
Apple is gradually moving its iOS devices away from the venerable 30-pin connector to the 8-pin Lightning connector.
If you’ve been waiting for a deal on a Lightning cable – something that will actually work with your sleek and sexy iPhone 5 – then this week’s DOTW is for you.
It feels like no matter where you go – road intersections, convenience stores, highway passes, retail storefronts, warehouses, banks – there’s a camera pointed at you. And the big search engines have cam-planes flying overhead and cam-cars rolling down our streets, snapping photos of… well, everything. It’s not paranoia when somebody really is watching your every move.
Well, now you can strike back – with your very own surveillance camera, one that can connect over Wi-Fi or Ethernet to your computer, even if that computer is halfway around the world. Because this particular video camera has its own web server built into it, meaning it can route a video feed to computers connected to your local area network (LAN) – or across the Internet itself.
Best of all, it costs only 40 bucks. Find out all about it here.
Most of the time, our DOTWs are geared toward helping you get things done faster, or better, or cleaner. They’re productivity aids or device enhancements – aiming to help you and your computer be all you can be.
Not this week. This week, we’re bringing you a small, gaudily-colored circus cannon that plugs into your USB port. A circus cannon you can aim and fire using your keyboard, your mouse, or (if you have one) your joystick. It fires three foam-tipped rockets up to 10 feet, at velocities exceeding what you might reasonably expect. And it serves absolutely no useful purpose, other than having fun.
Next time you’re called upon to access the innards of your kid’s toy, tighten your spouse’s eyeglass frames, or disarm an errant nuclear device, be prepared.
Nothing strips screwheads faster than the wrong driver for the job. Try to “make do” with one of your standard-sized screwdrivers, and disaster looms. So pick up this precision driver set, and pick it up cheap. Because this week, it’ll set you back a laughable 10 bucks. Think about it: a potentially world-saving toolkit for the price of a couple lattés. Easy choice.
You’ll get a charge out of our latest DOTW. We guarantee it.
Don’t get left high and dry, with your iPhone or iPod about to go dark as its battery is spent. This tidy, convenient, and ridiculously inexpensive solution gives you a charger for AC outlets, another charger for car, boat, or G6, and a 30-pin dock connector cable that works with both.
This week’s DOTW is a compact, easily-carried set of 12 miniature screwdrivers. They’re ideal for disassembling (and hopefully reassembling) watches, cell phones and other mobile devices, LED flashlights, and all manner of electronic gadgetry. It includes a comfortable metal driver handle with 12 interchangeable driver bits, including no less than six hard-to-find Torx drivers.
This set retails for $29.99, but this week only it’s a steal at $6.99.
There’s an ancient maxim that says you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many USB ports.
Fumbling behind your computer, bumping your head on the underside of your desk, swapping cables and devices – all of this goes away with the addition of this week’s DOTW: a sleek, futuristic-looking seven-port USB hub. Such a simple, elegant solution, at a such a trifling price: a mere $11.99. (it normally sells for $29.99.)