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With only anemic digital cameras under $100 and many $200 cameras struggling to be better than your phone, what do you do if you want a camera that feels like a camera and takes better pictures but you don’t have a big budget? In a rapidly-changing field, one good bet as of mid-2017 is the Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS. It manages to pack a 12x optical zoom with optical image stabilization into a comfortable form factor. It also has a decent flash. And its superb “intelligent” mode produces extraordinarily good results. Available in gray, black and (yes!) purple.
This iPhone case is attractive but not garish, and really protects your phone with a hard exterior and a soft, shock-absorbing rubberized interior. Available in White/Pebble Grey/Peacock Blue.
Investigating jar openers for home use, Jeff Mirus tried the incomparably simple EZ Off—a great choice if you can mount it under an upper kitchen cabinet. It opens jars of widely varying sizes. Just lift the jar into the mouth of the V, slide it back against the teeth, and turn the jar clockwise while the jaws keep the top from slipping. Very little strength is needed. There are, of course, all kinds of jar openers on the market: hand-held, stationary, and electric, ranging from about $6 to well over $100. Your needs may vary, but if you can mount this, look no further.
A powerful and affordable media streaming device which is highly useful for traveling, allowing you to connect to any modern TV and access your movies, TV shows and music. Does everything over the Internet, and you can operate it with your voice.
- Enjoy over 15,000 apps, games, and Alexa voice skills.
- Access just about anything even if you do not have cable or satellite TV service.
- Anywhere you are, pick up where you left off.
Wishing for company-level output in a tiny home office? Meet Jeff Mirus when he moved the Trinity Communications office to his home. High speed output for teaching materials; excellent color for family products; duplex printing, copying, scanning and faxing all in one device: The solution was Hewlett Packard's fairly new line of page-wide inkjet printers. They print up to 55 ppm in draft mode, cost far less to run because of their high volume ink cartridges, and produce brilliant color prints at four times the resolution of comparably-priced lasers. This is the current version of the original in Trinity's home office.
Sometimes you just can’t get a good hold on some larger item to unscrew it or break it free. That’s where this Husky 8 in. Strap Wrench will save the day. Loop the rubber strap around the item, snug it up and lever the wrench in the direction that tightens the strap and unscrews (or pulls free) at the same time. And voila!
If you compare the standard Kindle Paperwhite E-reader with the more expensive Voyager and Oasis models, you’ll find it does not lack any of the features most people need. But if you choose the plain basic Kindle, you may well miss the higher resolution and screen lighting of the Paperwhite models, along with their ability to connect to the Internet over both 3G and WiFi. Kindle battery life is weeks, not hours. The Paperwhite display treats your eyes like a book, even in bright sunlight. But it is not for you if you need color. Shown: Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - White (also available in black).
If you're a guy who likes to listen to sports or Car Talk while you mow the lawn, you need a radio with a belt clip (so the buttons don't get bumped in your pocket) and an antenna in the wire for the ear buds (so you get good reception without a telescoping antenna). Though not dirt cheap like many little radios, the prize-winner in this category is the C. Crane CC Pocket AM FM and NOAH Weather Radio, with clock and sleep timer. Excellent reception, good quality sound, the features you need, runs on 2 AA batteries, and has a speaker along with a separate antenna wire for when you are working on quieter projects.
Kids drop things in hard-to-reach spaces in the car all. the. time. (Heck, so do I.) This claw makes retrieving those things possible for your kids (and for you). It reaches items up to 18 inches away. Also comes in a model which reaches 36 inches.
Tired of your favorite FM station cutting back to mono or dropping altogether? Jeff Mirus solved this problem with this amplified Terk antenna. It features adjustable gain, and works far better than the antenna wires (or plastic frames) that come with most tuners. It is inexpensive for a powered antenna, but it does requires a power source, either a nearby powered USB port or an ordinary household receptacle. Designed for indoor use; can be placed upright or on its side. If this sounds right for your needs, remember two things: (1) Make sure your tuner has the right connectors; (2) If no signal is reaching the area where you want to place the antenna, then there is nothing to amplify and no antenna can help. In that case, a rooftop antenna may be the only option.
Simple gizmos for hanging things on walls when the studs aren’t conveniently spaced. Installs in seconds. Use it to hang pictures, clocks, mirrors towel bars or anything else up to 90 lbs.
Reliable, durable and attractive, this is an automatic mechanical watch, meaning it doesn't run on a battery but is powered by the movement of the wearer's arm. Stainless steel case with a black canvas bracelet. Black dial with luminous hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Arabic numeral minute markers (at 5 minute intervals). minute markers around the outer rim. Day of the week and date display at the 3 o'clock position. Seiko Caliber 7S26 automatic movement with about 40 hours of power reserve. Scratch resistant hardlex crystal. OK for swimming but not diving. Recommended by Phil Lawler.
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