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Technology That Is Great For Any Phone Today

The smartphone is already a multi-tasking machine that has changed the world forever, but there are a few products on the market that make these devices even better. From finding keys to enjoying arcade games, there is no reason that the smartphone can’t be the center of productivity, entertainment, connectivity, and more. Here are just a handful of devices that could make daily chores and projects easier than ever for those that have a smartphone on hand.

Geode

While countless millions use their smartphone for shopping every single day, many are wary about turning their smartphone into a credit and debit card replacement. Geode has become one of the first products that is reliable, easy-to-use, and well protected. This small device attaches to the back of a smartphone and can store information for all financial cards. With a single password and voice commands, users don’t need to remember PINs and reward card numbers, all of which are saved on a highly-encrypted chip.

T?d

From keys and wallets to pets and purses, misplacing items or having them simply run off in the case of a pet seems to be a fact of life. With T?d, these problems may be a thing of the past with a simple GPS unit that can connect directly to a smartphone. There are similar devices, but this GPS unit is just the size of a small coin and has amazing precision. It can quickly be slipped into a child’s pocket, clipped onto an animal’s collar, slid into a purse, or even placed in a vehicle for the more forgetful users.

Fling Game Controller

Gaming has become a major component of smartphones and mobile gaming is a fast growing industry. This device clips over the smartphone and provides small joysticks and buttons that keep the screen free of clutter. With a pair of black ear buds, users can tune out the world and turn their smartphone into the ultimate gaming device for long car rides or even the commute to work.

Lockitron

Even the most careful people tend to lose their keys, and the Lockitron is the perfect option for those that keep their smartphones on them at all times. This device is a powerful lock that can be installed on almost any doorway and wireless connects to one’s internet. With a simple interface, users can lock and unlock doors, give access to friends and family, or even get announcements when someone is knocking on the door.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The original, 5.3-inch Note caused much debate: was it a giant smartphone or a dwarf tablet? Sharing the limelight with the many Galaxy Tabs, Samsung’s second Note has a more substantial, 10.1-inch screen. The S-Pen stylus and proprietary S-Note software allow for creative doodling, but now on a bigger scale, and a 1.4GHz dualcore keeps things zipping along nicely.

Price: £TBC, Samsung

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Magnum iPad Stand

A truly original take on the iPad 2 stand, the Magnus rather ingeniously uses super-powerful magnets to give the illusion that the tablet is attached to the base by magic, or perhaps glue. Hewn from a single block of aluminium, and hand-finished to look like a tab extension rather than an accessory, it even works through protective casings. Two hands are recommended for wrenching it from the mount, mind.

Price: $50, tenondesign

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Union Folding Cycle

Folding bikes may be practical, but let’s face it: lugging one around on public transport is a pain. That’s why this stunning concept from Taiwanese design students Weiche Wu and Minhan Lin is so appealing. Rather than collapsing into a metal frame that magnetically attracts fellow commuters’ ankles, it folds down into an appealing Apple-white covered shell. You then use the rear wheel to drag it around behind you, suitcase-esquely. Also looking far cooler than any folding bike we’ve clamped eyes on hitherto, it’s a concept that’s crying out “mass produce me, mister”.

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Sony Xperia Tablet

Sony is planning a comeback. Yes, another one. Along with new phones and TVs, the Japanese giant is having another stab at tablets after last year’s moderately successful P and S. The all new, though not very newly named Xperia Tablet S boasts a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 backed by 1GB of RAM, with PlayStation Certifi cation for gaming on the 9.4inch, 1280×800 LCD display. It comes with the old before its time Ice Cream Sandwich, though an update to Jelly Bean is promised.

Price: From £329

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BMW M Chronograph Watch

If you can’t quite stretch to the £55,000 required for BMW’s latest M3 Coupe, you might consider this, which is not only a lot more affordable, but can also sit on your wrist without crushing it to a bloodied pulp. Made of brushed, stainless steel it proudly boasts a laser-engraved BMW logo on the back, has a stopwatch function – described by the manufacturer as “accurate”, which is reassuring – plus fluorescent hand tips and hour markers. It’s waterproof to 100 metres, while a Swiss quartz movement and toughened mineral glass case provide the sturdy reliability and ruthless efficiency characteristic of the motoring giant and, in fact, German things in general.

Price: £255

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Withings Smart Activity Tracker

Having already covered baby and weight monitoring, Withings looks set to take on Fitbit with its Smart Activity Tracker that aims to get you fit in 2013. The pocket-friendly device counts steps, calories and sleep quality but can also measure your pulse and differentiate between the intensity of physical activity. Bluetooth Smart support means real-time data can be viewed on your smartphone plus it will also give you a nudge when you should get up and go for a walk. An OLED display lets you view your progress and also hosts a heart rate sensor activated by pressing your finger on the screen, all which should give you much fuller picture of your unhealthy lifestyle.

Smart Activity Tracker

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Philips Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar

Taking care of your home surround sound setup, the sleek looking speaker can blast virtual surround sound and 5.1 channel surround sound automatically as soon as you detach the additional wireless speakers. With a wireless subwoofer also in tow, you can expect an impressively rich audio performance that we have come to expect from the Fidelio range and an with Intelligent Orientation Sensor will adjust sound performance whether the soundbar is mounted or lying on a shelf. Bluetooth and HDMi support means you can also pump your tunes or hook up your console to benefit from the surround sound experience.

UK Price: TBA (US Price: $799.99)

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Sony Bravia X9000A

This 65-inch slab of pure premium is the embodiment of Sony’s new design philosophy – a huge bezel-less sheet of glass with super-thin magnetic fluid speakers on either side. With an actual resolution of 3840 x 2160, this is the flagship for Sony’s 4K range boasting passive 3D, and upscaling is now some of the best in class thanks to a dedicated X-Reality Pro engine. NFC-enabled remote allows for seamless smartphone-to-TV mirroring.

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