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Eufy Lumos Smart BulbYou don’t need a fancy base station to turn your house into a smart home. In fact, you can get started with a single Wi-Fi-enabled light bulb, and it’s a lot cheaper than you might think.

On sale for just $17 (53% off), the Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb looks just light a standard light bulb, and you can screw it into any of your existing lamps at home.

Once you’ve got the Lumos smart bulb installed, just use the EufyHome app (iOS and Android versions are available) to connect the smart bulb to your home Wi-Fi network.

With a little help from the app, you can put the smart bulb on a regular schedule, activate a varied “away” schedule to keep would-be burglars guessing, or control the bulb with voice commands (like “Turn on the lights!”) with an Amazon “Alexa”-powered device. Read More

Sabrent Premium three-port USB hub & memory card readerNot all PCs and Macs comes with the luxury of a built-in memory card slot, but this budget-priced USB hub lets you add one in a flash (no pun intended), and it even does so in style.

On sale today only for $13 (72 percent off), the Sabrent Premium three-port USB hub boasts a striking aluminum-brushed design, perfect for sitting alongside your MacBook or Magic Keyboard.

Along with its three USB 3.0 ports (handy for speedy file transfers), the Sabrent hub comes with a trio of slots that support more than a half-dozen memory card formats, including MicroSD, CompactFlash, SD, SDXC, SDHC, MMC and M2.

You won’t need any installation software or even a power outlet to get the Sabrent Premium hub up and running; just plug it into a free USB port on your PC or Mac, and it’s ready to go. Read More

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth KeyboardDid you skimp on the keyboard for your new PC? I did, and I learned an important lesson: a clunky, squishy keyboard for just $10 is no bargain at all. Luckily, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to trade up for a better keyboard—even a Bluetooth keyboard, in fact.

On sale for $31 (22% off), the “comfortable and responsive” Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard was named the best Bluetooth keyboard “for most people” by The Wirecutter, and it comes with a nifty trick up its sleeves: the ability to switch between up to three Bluetooth-enabled devices. Just tap one of the K380’s “easy-switch” keys to cycle the keyboard’s Bluetooth connection between, say, an iMac, an iPhone, and an iPad.

Weighing in at less than a pound, the K380 will (according to Logitech) work for up to two years on a pair of AAA batteries, and it’s small enough to slip into a knapsack, perfect for on-the-go touch typists. Read More

iPhone wireless charger case by MophieJust because you’re not willing to shell out $700—or, gulp, $1,000—for a new iPhone 8 or iPhone X doesn’t mean you have to miss out on charging your iPhone wirelessly.

On sale for $52 (48% off), this iPhone battery case from Mophie will let you charge your iPhone 7 using a wireless charging pad like this one (which I wrote about yesterday).

Just slide your iPhone 7 (or iPhone 7 plus, if you get this case) into the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless case, then place the case onto your “Qi”-compatible wireless charger to start charging wirelessly. Read More

Anker Fast Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone 8 and iPhone XWhen I first heard that the upcoming iPhone X and iPhone 8 would (finally!) support wireless charging, my first thought was: “Get ready for a $99 wireless Apple charger.”

Amazingly, though, Apple decided to go with the existing Qi standard for wireless charging, and that means that dozens of iPhone-compatible wireless chargers are already on sale, many of them for less than $20. Read More

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