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Rod Chester and Alex Kidman review some handy additions to your everyday tech tools
EYETV W ELGATO, $ 129 elgato. com/ en, harveynorman. com. au
YOU are probably used to watching video, streaming or otherwise, on your tablet, but what about free- to- air TV without the potential cost of data downloads? Eyetv W is easy to set up. Charge the device ( battery life is four hours), download the free app and scan for channels. The Eyetv W becomes a wi- fi hotspot, so you don’t need to physically connect your tablet to the device. To boost chances of tuning into the right show, there are two types of aerial.
CONNECT WIRELESS FLASH DRIVE SANDISK, $ 90 ( 16GB) $ 110 ( 32GB) $ 180 ( 64GB) sandisk. com, harveynorman. com. au
STUDIO NEAT, $ 33
studioneat.com THOSE who embraced the iPhone photography obsession early may remember the original Glif that was both a phone stand and a tripod attachment and came out of a successful 2010 Kickstarter campaign. This updated version is designed to be more adaptable. It comes with a hex key to adjust the bracket to fi t any smartphone so long as it’s 58.4- 86.4mm wide and 3.1- 12.7mm thick. Another improvement is it has a keychain attachment for your backpack or camera bag. It’s also handy to prop up your phone for Facetime chats.
JOT SCRIPT STYLUS FOR IOS
ADONIT, $ 119.95
adonit. net, harveynorman. com. au YOU’D swear this was a fancy ballpoint. What it does is work as an iPad stylus. It’s lightweight, but solidly built, and feels quite good. You don’t just jab at the screen and hope for the best. Instead, you pair it with an Evernote app and Bluetooth LE connection. Despite promises of accuracy, there’s a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’re a fast scribbler.
SENSECOVER FOR IPHONE 5/ 5S MOSHI, $ 59.95 moshistore.com
THERE are many iPhone users who like a case with a cover because of the protection it offers. The downside is answering a call involves fl ipping the cover over and then it sits awkwardly. This clever cover by Moshi leaves only a window of the screen exposed. The slim cover has a panel of metallic plates that transfer your touch through to the screen below. You can see the date and time through the cover window. You touch the cover to answer calls and can speak with the cover still over the screen.
TAKE TV WITH YOU: The Eyetv W allows you to watch free- to- air TV on your tablet.
SANDISK’S Flash Drive works like a USB 2.0 drive, but that wouldn’t come close to justifying its price tag. What does is its wireless capability. Copy a movie, music fi le, photo or document to it, power it up and launch the iOS or Android app, and you can stream fi les from the drive to your device, or copy content off to free up space. Streaming is simple and works well. The in- built battery is good for about four hours for a single video stream; slightly less if you push it out to three devices.