Picnic gadgets I didn’t know I needed before the COVID-19 quarantine

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With no indoor dining available yet at our favorite restaurant in Phase 4 of the NYC reopening, more and more Staten Islanders are choosing to enjoy outdoor picnics in our ‘Borough of Parks.‘ Not only do picnics afford physical and mental recharging, but they are fun opportunities to make lasting memories with loved ones. Scroll below for useful and affordable picnic gadgets that can be used for the remainder of the summer weeks.

1. Portable Folding Picnic Table Outdoor Camping Table – This nifty picnic table retails for $48.99 and is waterproof, durable, and made of stainless steel and oxford cloth. Best of all, it’s portable and and is roughly knee-height. It fit easily into your car/RV/canoe without taking up too much space, so you can place your table anytime, anywhere.

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Gadgets: Headphones team delivers again

Before I even opened my package from LinearFlux, I knew some of the company’s history, which gave me great insight that their products would be outstanding.



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LinearFlux is a California start-up built with solid experience. Founders David Leung and Einstein Galang might not be household names, but you should be familiar with their innovative engineering and design prowess with their work at Monster Products.

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The sent me the Hypersonic true wireless in-ear speakers for testing.

They were delivered in a colorful, animated, fun, easy-to-read package. And while the packaging doesn’t mean the product is top of the line, they did not disappoint. The earbuds worked to perfection.

The sound is great, driven by LinearFlux DL01 Immersive Sound Engine tuned to popular HD streaming services by Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora.

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Daily Deals: Use this Code to Save an Extra 15% on Tech, Gadgets, and Electronics

You can actually find some of the best tech deals at eBay right now. There is an extra 15% off tech and electronic items such as laptops, graphics cards, monitors, and more when using code PACKUP15 at checkout. You can save up to £60 on whatever you choose, but this is a great deal and well worth considering as an alternative to the usual tech retailers.There are also some awesome gaming deals available at the moment online, with plenty of digital titles getting a significant discount right now. One of the best deals is on Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order for Xbox One, with the Deluxe Edition down to £19.79 from £69.99. You can also find the new Horizon Zero Dawn PC port for just £29.99, or Microsoft Flight Simulator for just £53.99.

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Chilling ‘James Bond style’ gadgets used by British secret agents in World War Two emerge for sale

Daggers disguised as smoking pipes, miniature cameras and escape kits hidden in matchboxes are among a haul of chilling ‘James Bond style’ gadgets used by British secret agents in World War Two that are going up for sale this week.

A host of concealed weapons used by secret service personnel behind enemy lines are set to go up for auction on Friday.  

The deadly items include normal-looking smoking pipes, pens and pencils which have daggers inside for close-quarter combat.

This fountain pen was actually a concealed dagger that could be used by spies caught out behind enemy lines during the Second World War

This fountain pen was actually a concealed dagger that could be used by spies caught out behind enemy lines during the Second World War

A specialist 'escape' compass expertly concealed in a box of matches is among the items to go up for auction later this week

A specialist ‘escape’ compass expertly concealed in a box of matches is among the items to go up for auction later this week 

Hidden daggers were also crafted inside pipes to ensure secret agents always had some protection on them whilst gathering intelligence

Hidden daggers were also crafted inside pipes to ensure secret agents always had some protection on them whilst gathering intelligence

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Award-Winning Tech and Gadgets to Kick Off the School Year

A new school year often means loading up on the latest and greatest tech products. However, considering the new reality of remote or in-person classes and study sessions, as well as the convoluted market (new products are dropping almost on a weekly basis), we figured you might need some help.



a close up of a sign: After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.


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After countless hours of research and testing, we present you our favorite tech products you need in your life for the upcoming school year. The award-winning gadgets range from feature-packed laptops and smartphones, all the way to affordably priced accessories for them.

So we spent countless hours researching and testing today’s best back-to-school tech products in a number of categories, whittling down all that’s out there to a select few products that are certain to help you conquer what life throws at you, both in and out of the classroom.

The award-winning products are divided into several

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Gadgets to buy and prepare for your at-home classroom

It’s time to think about back to school and for many families. That will mean preparing for an at-home classroom. We’re stretching your dollar with what to look for as you buy new gadgets.

The days of notebooks and backpacks as your primary back-to-school supplies are behind us for many families who are trading the in-person classroom for the at-home school amid the pandemic.
This year, electronics are topping the list.

“One thing that you, parents and kids need to do, is making sure there are enough computers to go around. If mom is in a meeting, dad is in a meeting and two kids are in meetings, you have to make sure everyone can be connected at the same time if needed.”

Dealnews.com‘s Michael Bonebright says the good news is you don’t have to pay top dollar so everyone can have their own gadget. He says buying a refurbished

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The Best Laptop, Headphones and Other Remote Learning Gadgets for Your Student’s At-Home Workstation

Kids have started going “back to school,” and what that phrase means, exactly, depends on where you live.



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While some states such as Colorado and Alabama plan to reopen schools in person with social distancing measures and perhaps reduced class sizes, many districts plan to stick with online learning. Others are going with the hybrid approach, using a combination of in-person and virtual classrooms. What this means is that many parents should expect children to be “in school” at home this year, at least part of the time.

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Virtual learning is tough on both parents and children. Even in school districts with internet access and virtual learning plans in place, parents and students have to contend with issues such as lack of motivation, distraction, feeling isolated due to lack of in-person interaction and not seeing friends, and the ever-present anxiety that comes with

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Gov’t urged to remove taxes on gadgets to be used for online classes



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A lawmaker on Saturday appealed to the government to remove taxes imposed on gadgets to be used by teachers and students for online classes.

Computers, mobile phones, tablets and other communication devices to be used for blended learning should not be taxed, Quezon City Representative Precious Hipolito Castelo said.

“Removing taxes will considerably reduce the cost of these devices and gadgets, and make them affordable to poor learners and teachers,” the lawmaker said.

Castelo said customs and tariff duties plus 12% value added tax are imposed on the products mentioned if these are imported.

The lawmaker also asked telecommunications companies to improve their Internet and mobile connectivity signals especially in rural areas.

“They can do that if they want to. During the recent lockdown, they offered to boost signals for free. Internet became faster. Now, it’s

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Gadgets, SIM cards for students, teachers arrive at Manila City Hall

The laptops, tablets, pocket WiFis, and SIM cards for public school students and teachers in Manila have arrived at the Manila City Hall and will be distributed next week, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso wrote on Facebook Monday night (Aug. 17).

These gadgets and connectivity devices will be used to equip students and teachers during the blended distance learning set-up amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Domagoso also said they aim to reduce the expenses of parents in terms of purchasing gadgets and access to the internet to equip their children in time for the opening of classes on Oct. 5. 

“This effort of your city government is to help every student and teacher to continue studying and adapt to the new normal of education,” he said in his post.

“Ito ay tulong na rin natin sa mga magulang para maibsan ang kanilang hirap na mapaaral ang kanilang mga

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The Best Beauty and Wellness Tech Gadgets From CES 2020

A strand of hair, a swipe of skin cells — sounds like the stuff of cloning experiments, but we’re talking about beauty here. If you’re game, you can now hand over personal data in exchange for perfectly customized products. Send a sample of your hair to Strands Hair Care, for example, and “our lab runs a number of proprietary tests, looking at the hair’s cuticle quality instead of just guessing if it’s damaged or not, and identifying your true hair texture by looking at the thickness of hair under a high-magnified microscope,” says Rita El-khouri, chief innovation officer at Strands. For now, the analysis is used to create a custom shampoo-conditioner duo with the ideal balance of protein and moisture for your hair health, but additional personalized treatments are next on the agenda.

Taking it a step further, Biologique Recherche’s My Beauty DNA analyzes your genetic makeup (from a

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