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Bluedio T3 Wireless Bluetooth HeadphonesSure, you can spend $300 or more on a premium set of on-ear Bluetooth headphones (Beats Audio, for example), but here’s a snazzy wireless headset that costs a lot less—a lot less.

On sale for just $30 (a whopping $50 savings), Bluedio’s T3 Bluetooth headphones boasts a comfy on-ear design, “extra bass” speakers, virtual surround sound, and 20 hours of battery life. Just pair the T3 headset (available in red, black and white) with your iPhone or Android phone, slip on the earcups and press play. Also in the box: a USB charging cable and a drawstring carrying bag. Read More

Lamical S1 phone standDon’t want to spend $50 for Apple’s official Lightning dock for iPhone? Instead, try a sleek—and affordable—phone stand that makes for a stylish bedside companion.

Lamical’s sturdy, aluminum alloy S1 phone stand ($10 on Amazon, 75% off) is compatible with just about any iPhone or Android phone. Rubber padding on the base and cradle helps to prevents slippage and scratching; just string your phone’s charging cable through the wide opening in the S1’s neck, and you’re all set. The S1 is available in black and silver; a red version is slightly pricier at $11. Read More

Anker PowerDrive 2Tired of having to share your car’s USB charger—assuming you have one at all, that is? There’s an easy way to add a couple of USB charging ports to your car, for cheap.

On sale for $9 (down from its $30 list price), the Anker PowerDrive 2 plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter, and it packs in dual USB ports that are powerful enough to charge a pair of iPhones—or even a pair of power-hungry iPads—at the same time, and at full speed to boot. The PowerDrive 2 also happens to be Wirecutter’s favorite USB car charger, which is always a plus. Read More

Amazon's 7-inch Fire tabletIf you were bummed that you missed Amazon’s holiday sale on its impressive 7-inch Fire tablet, good news: the price just dropped to $40 again, this time for Amazon’s Valentine’s Day Deals sale.

Normally priced at $50, Amazon’s 7-inch Fire tablet is a steal at 40 bucks. Boasting front- and rear-facing cameras as well as 8 GB of storage (which you can easily expand thanks to the microSD memory card slot), the Fire tablet makes for a great way to read Kindle books, stream Prime Video movies and TV shows, and even chat with Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant (like Siri on an iPhone). You’ll also be able to browse the web, check your email, and get access to thousands of apps on Amazon’s app store, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Netflix. Read More

Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Smartphone AppIf you’ve had it up to here with juggling multiple remotes for your TV, your Apple TV (or whichever streaming set-top box you use), and your cable box, try this on for size: a gadget that lets you control all your home theater gear with your iPhone or Android phone.

The Logitech Harmony Smart Control includes a glossy black module that receives commands from the Harmony app for iOS or Android and then transmits them to your HDTV, your streaming set-top box and your other TV components (up to a total of eight devices). Also included in the box: a standard universal remote, perfect for times when your smartphone isn’t within arm’s reach. Read More

Logitech Multi-Device Keyboard K480Now here’s a neat idea: a snazzy Bluetooth keyboard with a slot that props up your iPhone, iPad, or both at the same time, along with a dial that lets you quickly switch between typing on your phone, tablet or Mac. Nice.

On sale today only for $21, more than half off its usual list price (update [2/3/2017]: deal’s over!), Logitech’s Multi-Device Keyboard K480 works with Windows PCs, Macs, iOS and Android phones. A long slot along the top of the portable keyboard serves as a cradle for your mobile handsets, while a three-way dial controls which device the keyboard is connected to: your PC or Mac, your phone, or your tablet. Read More

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Delete an iPhone photo by mistake?

As long as you act within 30 days, you can yank deleted iPhone and iPad photos out of the trash bin. Read on for the trick. Read More