Never get caught without a charging cable

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I don’t know if anyone has coined a term for it yet, but there is some variation of Murphy’s Law at play that ensures your smartphone or tablet will run out of power when you need it most. Finding a power source is generally pretty simple, but without the proper charging cable for your device you may still be out of luck. 

Depending on your device, you might be able to borrow a cable from a friend or random stranger. MicroUSB is fairly ubiquitous, but the Lightning cable used for current iOS devices is harder to come by. Regardless of which connection your device uses you don’t want your ability to recharge to be dependent on the kindness of strangers, and you don’t want the burden of having to carry a long charging cable around in your pocket.

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The Nomad ChargeCard fits nicely in a credit card slot in your wallet.

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VIPorbit now offering VIPsync and Backup My Stuff services for free

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VIPorbit recently announced that it is dropping the price of its VIPsync service to zero. Now that the service is free, it will be easy for VIPorbit users to make sure their contact and calendar data stays in sync between their various devices.

In case you’re not familiar with VIPorbit, it is a relationship management tool. At face value, it seems to simply replace your contacts and calendar applications, but VIPorbit is more than that. VIPorbit also integrates with social network accounts, and acts as a communications hub that lets you track and manage your communications and relationships more effectively.

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Manage your relationships across all of your devices with VIPorbit.

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Box overhauls iOS apps and offers 50GB of free storage for life

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Box rolled out new and improved apps for iPhone and iPad on Wednesday. Users probably have enough incentive to download the newest Box apps just to take advantage of the latest features, but Box also sweetened the pot by offering 50GB of free cloud storage for life for users who download the new apps during the next 30 days.

According to a Box blog post, the new app has a simpler, more intuitive interface, faster document rendering, and progressive loading of photos to allow for faster previewing and scrolling.

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Box has completely revamped its iPhone and iPad apps.

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GoDaddy teams with Microsoft to offer Office 365 to small businesses

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Microsoft and GoDaddy have partnered to offer Office 365 as the exclusive business-class email and productivity tools service for GoDaddy’s small business customers.

GoDaddy is offering customers three different tiers of Office 365 service: Email Essentials, Business Essentials, and Productivity Plus. The Email Essentials plan is only $4 per month, and is tailored to very small business customers. It lets the business set up an email using the company’s own domain; comes with 5GB of email storage, plus 2GB of SkyDrive Pro cloud storage; and lets customers sync email, calendar, and contacts across devices and platforms.

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ioSafe unveils massive disaster-proof storage capacity with 1513+

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Every year at CES ioSafe has raised the bar for disaster-proof storage—often with dramatic demonstrations involving fire, or guns, or massive bolts of electricity. This year ioSafe scaled back the theatrics but announced a new product that lets you store massive amounts of data in a private cloud that can survive virtually anything.

ioSafe announced the new 1513+. It is a disaster-proof network attached storage device capable of storing up to 90TB of data. More importantly, the data can be accessed from virtually anywhere over the Internet, allowing you to gain the benefits of a private cloud without the security and privacy concerns of public cloud services.

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The ioSafe 1513+ has five drive bays of disaster-proof network attached storage.

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Younity brings Snapchat-like capabilities to the rest of your files

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Storing data in the cloud has a variety of benefits--most notably that it makes the data conveniently accessible from virtually anywhere and easy to share data without sending huge file attachments via email. Those perks come with some consequences as well, though, because storing data in the cloud exposes it to greater risk, and sharing it with others places it out of your control. Younity has a different approach. 

Younity recently added a new feature that allows you to share photos, music, videos, documents, and any other data indexed by the app with other Younity users. The shared data, however, can’t be permanently downloaded, and you have the ability to “unshare” and revoke access at any time. By default, access to the shared data expires after seven days.

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Shared data will automatically expire, and access can be revoked.

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5 last-minute high-tech gifts for road warriors

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With its long airport lines, endless string of hotel rooms, and fat-saturated meals, work travel is hardly glamorous. So why not give the road warrior in your life something to ease the many miles they'll rack up in 2014. Here are a few ideas to help you out if you need some inspiration.

1. Timbuk2 Hudson Laptop Briefcase

This bag is functional and durable, made of water-resistant waxed canvas with leather trim. It has a rugged, distressed look that gives it some character. One side opens fully, like a briefcase, and has padded pockets for a laptop and/or tablet.

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