Activ5 is a “tiny gym in your pocket”, available worldwide at Apple retail stores soon

Activ5 is a “tiny gym in your pocket”, available worldwide at Apple retail stores soon

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re going to keep up an exercise regime is to make sure that you can do that exercise anywhere. However, if you’re trying to build up muscle mass that can be difficult, as it’s not always possible to have a set of weights or machines at your location. Activ5 (starting at $139.90)  is a palm-sized strength training device that works with a coaching app to let you work out anywhere. 

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Mophie’s powerstation hub is a versatile, if limited, portable battery

Mophie’s powerstation hub is a versatile, if limited, portable battery

Mophie’s $99.95 powerstation hub is a portable battery that sports foldable AC power prongs and a small design (3.31 inches square by 1.16 inches thick). Conveniently it can be used as a wall outlet hub, then taken with you as a portable battery with a Qi-enabled wireless charging surface.

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Still use a mouse? Toast's leather mouse pads are stylish and functional

Still use a mouse? Toast's leather mouse pads are stylish and functional

For most of the past 10 years, I’ve used a trackpad on my Mac. However, due to a failure of both my Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard to “do their Magic”, I decided to use some old review keyboards and mice until I make a decision on replacing my old iMac. Mice tend to work better on mouse pads, which are usually slightly rougher than desktops and allow for better tracking, so when Toast offered me a test drive of one of their $39 leather mouse pads ($49 for the large size), I took them up on the offer.

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NOMAD's new USB-C to Lightning Cable features Kevlar for ultimate durability

NOMAD's new USB-C to Lightning Cable features Kevlar for ultimate durability

NOMAD today announced availability of a new USB-C to Lightning cable that may just last longer than you! The cable, which comes in 1.5m (5 ft.) and 3m (10 ft.) lengths, uses Kevlar® fiber in the central core of the cable for strength and is wrapped with a Kevlar outer braid for incredible durability. While the cable might be a bit more expensive than what you’re used to paying for cheap cables (the 5 foot cable retails for $39.95), they’re also the only cables I know of that come with a 5 year guarantee — they’re built that well.

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Compass Pro Matte Black is a versatile tripod stand that works great with iPad Pros

Compass Pro Matte Black is a versatile tripod stand that works great with iPad Pros

Twelve South’s $59.99 Compass Pro Matte Black is a new version (colorwise, at least) for the iPad Pro. It vertically displays the Apple tablet for connecting to an external display for dual-screen setups. And it raises it up and out of harm’s way from spills and accidents.

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MyScript Nebo gets even better with a new publish feature … and another license giveaway

MyScript Nebo gets even better with a new publish feature … and another license giveaway

A few short weeks ago we ran a review of MyScript Nebo 2.2.1, the latest iteration of a note-taking app that uses an active stylus like the Apple Pencil to do incredible things with an iPad. Nebo instantly and accurately recognizes your handwriting (cursive or printed), has tools for adding diagrams, sketches, and editable/solvable equations to a note, and more. Nebo now features an option that lets you publish your pages privately or publicly via a unique URL. In today’s post, we’ll show you how the feature works, then give you a chance to grab one of 10 free promo codes for a copy of MyScript Nebo.

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Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System can make anyone a better chef

Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System can make anyone a better chef

One of my favorite Pixar movies is Ratatouille, in which a French chef by the name of Gusteau inspires a rat to become a gourmet cook. Gusteau’s tag line in the film is “Anyone can cook”, but the sad truth is that many people limit themselves to fast food, easy-to-prepare store-bought entrees and the like after having one too many meals turn out undercooked or scorched. The Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System consists of an app-controlled inductive cooktop, an 11-inch “smart pan” or chef’s pot with embedded sensors, and the Hestan Cue app (iOS or Android), all of which work together to make sure that home chefs get the best results every time.

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