HP’s newly unveiled Chromebook is the first version powered by an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture. The result? Dramatically extended battery life, more dazzling graphics and lower running temperatures — meaning smaller internal fans, less noise, and thinner, lighter computers. The compact design features a 14-inch WLED BrightView screen and a gateway to Google Chrome apps like Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat, as well as 100GB of included Google Drive online storage. Headturning colors include Ocean Turquoise and Coral Peach, and the starting price is a Christmas miracle. From $299.99.
The problem with earphones? They’re an all-or-nothing proposition: You can either hear your audio or yank them out to listen to what’s going on around you. This innovative tool from Ölens Technology allows you to hear the ideal blend of headphone music and the outside world simultaneously. Simply plug your device into it and groove to your tunes in the office while still interacting with co-workers, and enjoy a new level of safety when walking, jogging or biking. No more worries about missing announcements on the train or in the airport. It supports all iPods, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, MP3 players, laptops and desktop computers. $29.95.
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For your favorite high-octane adventurer, here’s an easy-to-use, lightweight camera that’s keen to capture any death-defying feat, with a 180-degree field of view and a powerful 14-megapixel sensor. Fully waterproof and tough enough that no case is required, mount it on yourself or a wide range of sporting equipment, helmets and vehicles. Working with the free companion app, the camera uses your iOS or Android device as a viewfinder, to control recording, adjust advanced settings and upload and share videos to your favorite social networks. Access the free iON Cloud to share and stream your media files from the highest mountains, deepest jungles, most remote beaches and anywhere in between. $299.99.
What do you buy the tech-savvy girl-about-town who has everything? This chic handbag actually charges your phone while you’re on the go: Just drop your phone in the internal pocket, where a patent-pending docking system physically connects. Everpurse can juice your phone fully twice a day; to recharge it, just lay it overnight on its charging mat, which sends energy wirelessly to the purse. Measuring a handy 8.5 inches by 7 inches, it comes in a range of colors and patterns in fabric and leather. For iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3/S4. $189–319.
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