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Check out this cable, guy

IF any USB cable can be called amazing, Innergie's MagiCable Duo is the one. It's a unique 2-in-1 cable with a charging connection for both Apple Lightning devices and Android mobile devices, all in one.

One end has a standard USB connection to plug into your power source.

The other has the Lightning tip on the outside, which slides out (and stays attached) to expose the microUSB tip. If you're confused, just buy it. Once you see it, you'll know how cool this is.

Details: $29.99; www.myinnergie.com

Cut the cord

THE Phiaton Chord MS 530 headphones use Bluetooth technology connecting the fancy headphone to your music source.

Once paired, the padded ear cups with 40mm titanium driver technology bring you amazing sound. An internal battery (needed for both the sound and noise canceling features) gives you up to 30 hours of use before needing a USB charge.

There's also a dual-microphone built-in so they can be used for hands-free phone calls. You can try them on your next flight but the attendants might catch on to the Bluetooth, which you still can't use inflight.

Details: $349; http://phiaton.com

Making a case

MAPI Cases Milano portfolio leather mini iPad case is made with 100-percent premium leather and has a zipper closure on three sides. The interior is made of a soft fabric to keep your device well-protected and looking great.

Inside the cover you'll find dividers for paperwork, passports, business cards or whatever you want to store. You can get the leather case in black, brown, red and tan.

Details: $200; www.mapicases.com

Clip and snap

THE Olloclip 3-in-1 clip-on photo lens works on the new iPhone 5s/5c as well as the 5/4/4s, converting your iPhone lens to a fisheye, wide-angle and macro lens all in one.

It clips on and off your phone in seconds. The wide-angle lens nearly doubles the widths of your phone's view; the fisheye gives you close to a 180-degree view and the macro is a 10X magnification.

A cloth pouch is included for storage -- and it's handy for cleaning fingerprints off the lens.

Olloclip's new 5c model comes in phone-matching colors of blue, green, pink, yellow and white.

Details: iPhone 5/5s, $69.99; 5c, $59.99; and the 4/4s, $69.99; www.olloclip.com

A fix for fat fingers

FAT fingers are always a problem while typing on a touchscreen's virtual keyboard for anything more than a quick message, but the brand new Rapoo E6300 keyboard solves that problem.

It's an ultra slim Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard made with eye-catching brushed stainless steel and plastic keys.

An internal rechargeable lithium battery lasts for about a month on a two-hour USB charge with the included microUSB cable.

You can use it on an iPad, Android devices or any device that is Bluetooth equipped. As for the keyboard, it's full-sized with 80 standard keys and 15 iPad hotkeys including homepage, play/pause and copy/paste.

Details: $49.99; www.rapoo.com

App spotlight

HOW productive are you, really, when you're online? Unless you track your time, you might not really know. Limitless is a new extension for Chrome that not only tracks your browsing habits, it inspires you to complete your goals.

Every time you open a new tab, Limitless greets you with a productivity tip, a pleasant background and how much time you've spent on different site categories. You can edit sites' categories in case you want to put Lifehacker into entertainment rather than productivity, for example (but you wouldn't do that, would you?). When you first set the extension up, you tell the app your goals for the new year and can also add a daily goal, to be reminded of these when you open a new tab.

Limitless also displays how long you've been on a productive or time-wasting site with a green or red number in the icon.

Unless you've got the willpower of a monk, you've experienced this situation: You sit down at your computer to write a report, finish a... Read...

If you tend to get really distracted, you'll probably need a more powerful site-blocker, but for everyone else, this is a helpful tool, much like RescueTime, but for your browser. A Firefox version is in the works. Find it here: http://bit.ly/1iUoq8Y

Lifehacker.com

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 12, 2014 ??65521

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