PhoneSoap got my attention by telling me my smartphone is 18 times dirtier than a public restroom toilet. They had other fun analogies but I'll leave it at that. That was enough to get me to try this device.
If you didn't know it, your cellphone is flat out disgusting. I'm referring to the germs on the screen and case, which can be cleaned with the PhoneSoap device.
It's pretty simple to use. Without chemicals, heat or liquid (which surprised me) it cleans your phone in minutes. This is done with UV light to eliminate the bacteria and germs.
According to PhoneSoap website, "UV-C light penetrates the cell and disrupts the DNA, killing the pathogen."
Before loading up my iPhone, I tried it on an older and smaller smartphone. It's designed to allow you to hear alerts from the phone while cleaning and charging, so you can clean it nightly.
New this fall, the company will be launching the PhoneSoap Plus for the new larger smartphones hitting the market. The PhoneSoap Tablet will follow.
I'm not taking up a new profession in donut making but the T-fal 7-In-1 Multi-Cooker sure does make it tempting.
The AC powered countertop cooker is so easy to use that even a dysfunctional kitchen type like me has a chance to cook snacks and a meal worth eating.
T-fal launched the cooker in August in a new line of multi-purpose kitchen electronics that are designed to eliminate the need for separate appliances and save space in kitchen cabinets.
The 7-1 multicooker is touted as the first of its kind, making it ideal for the most elaborate kitchens or even small apartments.
It has a built-in removable timer, which is great if you have to walk away from the kitchen.
With my limited kitchen knowledge, a company representative suggested I try Orange Drop Donuts and supplied me the recipe. Let's just say I wouldn't be bragging about my results if they were anything less than outstanding, and incredibly easy to make.
My next favorite feature was the cleaning; just put the removable cooking bowl, which has a non-stick coating, into the dishwasher and you're done.
I've learned the hard way that a wire is not a wire.
In this case I'm referring to charging cables for the pile of portable USB gadgets we all have.
The cord that comes with the device is great and works fine. But we all want and need extras and I've been victim to several "deals of the day" which end up not working.
A long-time work associate from OWC/NewerTech has persuaded me to stop buying cheap cables in order to keep them out of "yesterday's cable" drawer," which in my case is a large box.
Think of how important these cables are to your daily life and you'll see the necessity of having top quality OWC/NewerTech cables.
They come in all sizes and colors along with all the necessary connectors (Lightning, microUSB, Thunderbolt, etc.) on the opposite end of the standard USB connection.
Many also connect critical computer components for long-term use for running a business or just a simple, yet critical I'm trying to help my readers save money by buying the cables only once.
MacSales.com prices vary on type and length; for example a 1 meter black Thunderbolt cable is $29.99
Gregg Ellman, gadget guru, can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @greggellman.