By GREGG ELLMAN
They don’t look like your standard tips; instead they are designed with the natural contour of your ear for the comfort and stability. Once you get the right fit, it stays in place until your remove it and there’s no need for an ear loop, which is a good thing since there isn’t one in the box.
The Jawbone app (App store and Google Play) lets you customize your headset to what works best for you and lets you see the remaining battery level. The ERA can be paired with two devices simultaneously.
Details: $99.99 for the headset or $129.99 with the charging case; www.Jawbone.com
GRIFFIN CASE HELPS KEEP TRACK OF SQUARE READER
Using credit cards with the Square Reader on a smartphone is pretty common but misplacing or losing the tiny 1-inch square device is also common. Square has combined the device and built-in storage from Griffin Technology to co-develop the Griffin Merchant Case plus Square Reader. The silicone protective case is now available for the iPhone 5/5s with a non-slip finish and extra protective corners in the event of accidental drops or bumps.
What makes the case unique is a slot in the back of the case to store the reader when it’s not in use. All your phone’s controls and touchscreen are fully accessible when the case is on.
Details: $19.99, www.griffintechnology.com
PHONE CASE FOR THE ‘ALWAYS BE PREPARED’ SET
The case gives you a built-in mini-tool kit. Included are screwdrivers (Philips and regular), tweezers, scissors, a nail file, toothpick and even a pair of pens (red and blue). They won’t work on heavy construction but are described by the company as being “helpful with everyday tasks,” such at tightening eyeglass screws or removing lettuce from your teeth.
As for the case, it protects the phone and gives you full access to all the controls and has a built-in stand for hands-free use.
Details: The case is available in black, clear and white. As for the tools, you choose those colors from a choice of white, black, blue, green, orange and pick. $44.95, www.in1case.com
IT’S A WRAP WITH LOOP EARBUD CORD WINDER
There’s not a lot to it, just wind your headphones on and wind them off.
It’s done by inserting the 3.5mm headphone jack into the hole in the center of the Loop and winding the cord. The only real requirement is to wind it in the direction the slots are to ensure the earbuds lock on and you can get it off easily.
Details: $5.95 each or 3-pack for $16.99, available in 10 colors; http://ipocketloop.com
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