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TaoTronics TT-SK05 Bluetooth 4.0 SpeakerIf you’ve been circling the idea of a portable Bluetooth speaker but haven’t quite pulled the trigger, here’s a cheap way to get your feet wet.

About the size of a coffee cup, this stylish Bluetooth speaker by TaoTronics wirelessly streams music from your iPhone, iPad or Android device. It also boasts about six hours of battery life, plus a built-in microphone for taking calls. Best of all, the TaoTronics TT-SK05 Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker is on sale for $6, or more than half off its usual $14 price tag. Read More

This wireless Mac keyboard never needs new batteriesNo matter how often I replace the AA batteries in the Magic Keyboard for my iMac, it always seems to be running out of juice. In fact, I’m getting a “low battery” warning on it right now.

If you’ve had enough of changing keyboard batteries, check this out: a solar wireless keyboard from Logitech that’ll never need new batteries, so long as it’s near a light source. On sale for $41 (it lists for $60), the Logitech K750 solar keyboard connects to your Mac using a wireless dongle, and Logitech claims it’ll stay charged for three months in complete darkness. Also nice: its numeric keypad, dedicated function keys, and its slim, silver design. Read More

Here's an easy way to save serious cash on your cable billSo, you know the modem that the cable company gave you for home Internet access? Well, they didn’t really give it to you—they’re renting it to you, and you’re getting charged for it each month.

In fact, you could be spending up to $10 a month to rent your cable modem. Doing the math, that adds up to $120 a year, every year. Ouch. Read More

This cheap USB flash drive could double the storage of your MacBook AirSo, did you decide to save a little cash by getting the 128GB MacBook Air rather than the pricier 256GB version? Me too—and once I did, I learned the hard way how cramped a 128GB Air can get.

Nope, you can’t go to the Genius Bar and ask for a storage upgrade—the MacBook Air’s case is sealed too tight for that—but you can give it a big boost with a USB memory stick. This SanDisk Cruzer USB 2.0 memory stick (on sale for $23 on Amazon) boasts 128GB of storage, enough to double storage capacity of the bargain MacBook Air model. Need even more storage? There’s also a 256GB Cruzer stick for $53 (down from $70). Read More

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Can't find your Netflix queue?

Remember the old Netflix Queue? It’s still around, although you may have to dig around for you queue—or rather, “Your List,” as it’s now called—on your Netflix home screen depending on how often you use it. Read More