FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Tech Tools For Home

by Akhil Kalepu

Jun 1, 2016
2016

Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller Home irrigation has come a long way since oscillating fan sprinklers. With 24-hour weather data and an Internet connection, you can now water your lawn as efficiently as possible with the Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller. The system comes with sensors for 16 zones and a central control unit which can replace any electronic unit for sprinklers. After connecting to your home’s WiFi, set up your zones with information on vegetation, soil, gradient and sun exposure. Entering your zip code sends the unit weather information to adjust its Smart Cycle, which sets the watering schedule according to conditions. $249.99. rachio.com

© MOPHIE

© MOPHIE

Mophie Powerstation Mophie is famous for the Juice Pack, its line of battery cases that protect your phone while charging it. Not everyone wants a bulky case, though, making the Mophie Powerstation a great accessory for people who need some extra power once in a while. The device comes in five sizes, from the 1x with 2,000mAh to the 8x with 15,000mAh. The 1x, 2x and 3x are nice and portable, while the 5x and 8x have an additional Bluetooth connection for the Mophie app, which lets you see how much charge is left in the device. $39.95–149.95. mophie.com

© NINE APP

© NINE APP

Nine App Ideas Made Digital takes the simple to-do list and revamps it for the smartphone. Plenty of people use the stock reminder app on the iPhone, but few take the time to carry out the tasks. The Nine app lets you be more productive with your tasks by making the list visual, encouraging you to photograph your tasks and geotag them. By taking a picture instead of typing a note, you are already in a more involved mindset to get your tasks done, and the app categorizes your objectives into easy lists. $0.99. nineapp.co

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© INTEL

Intel Compute Stick Handheld smartphones are starting to include the capabilities of a full desktop computer, but sometimes the mobile version of your favorite app just doesn’t cut it. For travelers who don’t like to lug around a laptop everywhere, there is an even more portable option with the Intel Compute Stick, a computer the size of a flash drive that plugs into the HDMI port of a television. Two USB ports allow you to connect a keyboard and mouse, while a microSD slot can expand the storage from 64GB to 128GB. It includes a WiFi and Bluetooth connection for accessing the Internet, playing music and connecting peripherals. $130. intel.com

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