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Favorite Things for April 2013

By: Rich DeMuro
4/29/2013

Every month Rich DeMuro is on the lookout for gadgets that are unique, affordable and useful.

This month he found: an easy way to expand your WiFi signal; a hotspot with a battery life that lasts and lasts; bluetooth kit that turns any headphones or speakers wireless; and an effective way to revive your wet phone.

Amped Wireless Powerline Network Adapter – $99.99

There always seems to be one spot in the house where the signal just doesn’t reach.

The Amped Wireless Powerline Network Adapter turns an electrical outlet into an Internet connection.

Just plug the other end into your router and you’re good to go.

AT&T Unite –  99 cents or $150

Make anywhere a WiFi hotspot with AT&T Unite.

It has a built-in touchscreen that’s really useful and easy to use. It shows all kinds of great information, like your WiFi network name, password, and how much data you’ve used.

Battery life is awesome and we’ve used it to connect to AT&T’s fast LTE network in several cities

BlueAnt Ribbon - $70

Upgrade any car with an aux input or your favorite pair of headphones with the power of bluetooth.

Blueant Ribbon does just that for 70 dollars. It’s a simple setup and it works like you’d think.

Kensington’s EVAP Rescue Pouch – $20

Save your smartphone from water damage for 20 bucks. Kensington’s EVAP Rescue Pouch is 700 times more effective at absorbing moisture than rice.

It worked as advertised in our test.

We dropped this phone in the water, pulled it out and put it in the pack. 24 hours later it still turned on and functioned like it should.

It might not save every phone, but for 20 bucks, it could be worth a try.

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