Friday Favorites: Cool tools for busy professionals

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015 by Dee Fowler

You lucky Friday Faves readers can score a 62% discount on a service that unblocks streaming video wherever you may roam. Just Unblock promises you'll: "Never suffer from geo-blocking again with a three-year JustUnblock subscription. Gain access to countless international entertainment networks and streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Spotify, and Pandora anywhere in the world. With JustUnblock, you’ll avoid region blackouts while watching crystal-clear, HD-quality media on any devices—all without lags and service slowdowns."

Ever worry that you're scheduling a breakfast meeting when half your audience might be sitting down to dinner? World Time Buddy (WTB) "is a convenient world clock, a time zone converter, and an online meeting scheduler. It's one of the best online productivity tools for those often finding themselves traveling, in flights, in online meetings or just calling friends and family abroad."

Our friends at Technabob are offering another great limited-time discount: buy this great digital stylus in the next six days and save $10. The Pencil by FiftyThree Digital stylus incorporates a paintbrush, pencil, and pen into one iPad-compatible drawing tool. "FiftyThree’s Pencil rolls up your pick of pens, pencils, paintbrushes, and color palettes into one nifty gadget, and never requires switching tools. Erase and blend to your heart’s content— with Pencil, it’s just as easy to create a watercolor portrait as it is to design a custom invitation to your next event. Plus its classic carpenter’s pencil design guarantees you’ll look like a pro while you’re crafting your mini masterpieces."

Most of us are accustomed to travel mugs that maintain beverage temperature for a few hours, but how about an upgrade? The Ember Temperature-adjustable mug allows the user to set the temperature - and keep it there for hours. "This 350mL mug uses separate cooling and heating elements to change – and maintain – the temperature of its contents. You set the temperature by turning its base, upon which a hidden display will light up to indicate the temperature as you adjust. Ember also has a mobile app for iOS and Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0. The app not only lets you set the temperature but also save temperature presets. The app will also notify you if your drink has reached your target temperature."

Blicspy says that AT&T's ZTE Mobley allows you to turn your car into a hotspot - great for those of you who carpool, travel with wired family members/friends, or travel with colleagues. "ZTE Mobley plugs into your car’s OBD-II port. It’s as simple as 1-2-3 – the hotspot goes live as soon as the car is started and an LTE data link can be shared with everyone inside. It’ ... will be available for ‘free’ with a 2-year contract, or 100$ without one. You will spend more money on data, as it will cost you $20 and upwards for stand-alone service or just $10 if you add your device to a shared plan."

You won't be able to get your hands on this baby until after November 18, but Alpha Audiotronics has taken tangle-free earbuds to a whole new level with Skybuds. Mashable describes the Skybud package as: "Wireless earbuds, hands-free calls, a battery pack smartphone case and a charging/docking station for your earbuds when you're not using them."

The Kickstarter campaign to launch the accessory hopes to reach its $200,000 goal by that date. As of this writing, the campaign needs about $18,000 to reach its $200,000 goal. Pledge $224 (and get 2 Skybuds, a custom charging case, and charging case USB cable) or more.) 

Check back on November 27th for our next installment. In the meantime, be sure to let us know if there's something you'd like to share. 


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