Introducing the first Web conferencing tool that merges real-time video of the presenter with a PowerPoint slideshow, online demo, video or other content. Working with traditional conferencing and collaboration tools, including Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting and Skype, this software uses a depth-sensing camera to extract video from your background and overlay it onto any desktop setting, creating a virtual “green screen.” Record, store and share presentations; use the accompanying mobile app for iPhone and Android as a presentation remote control. Compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8 desktop, and Mac OS X. $20 per month per user; ASUS depth-sensing camera available for $199 with three months free; 30-day free trial available.
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This groovy case for the iPhone 5 boosts your phone’s WiFi signal by up to 50 percent — perfect for airports, hotels and other spotty zones. Simply slide out LINKASE’s antenna for significantly faster Web browsing and upload and download speeds. It’s fueled by electromagnetic waveguide, an advanced, signal-enhancing technology that functions through the case’s proprietary antenna. LINKASE’s sleek and protective design uses a durable polycarbonate material, while shock-absorbent rubber shields the phone’s screen. Its multilayered, non-slip leather coating provides a smooth touch, melding form and function. Available in five colors. $49.95.
Analyze the world around you with this futuristic gizmo. About the size of a roll of quarters, The Node — similar to the Star Trek tricorder scanner — was developed by a former NASA contractor and measures temperatures, captures true colors with 99.99 percent accuracy (a plus for graphic designers and painters), detects airborne chemicals like carbon monoxide and reports the efficiency of your humidor or how far you’ve ridden your bike. Take various scans by popping the six sensors on and off (available separately, starting at $25) and display readings on your iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5th Gen, iPad 3, iPad 4 or iPad Mini. $149.
Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader
Kobo delivers the ultimate e-reading experience for the plugged-in bookworm, with the highest-resolution 6.8-inch E Ink display available. At 265 dots per inch — compared with the Kindle Paperwhite’s 212 dpi and the Nook SimpleTouch’s 167 dpi — the spacious E Ink touch screen offers 30 percent more reading surface and the closest experience to reading print on paper. The 1GHz processor is 25 percent faster than its competitors and accesses the Internet with WiFi to browse the Kobo eBookstore. Its 4GB of storage (expandable to 32GB) stores thousands of eBooks, and the battery lasts up to two months. Available in Ivory, Espresso and Onyx. $169.99.
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