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Hook it up, then forget about it. Invest in tech that will upgrade your life, without getting in the way.
USB sticks, external drives? Waiting to safely eject? It’s hardly the casual hook-up you were expecting. A wireless drive like the Apple Time Capsule (R6 500, takealot.co.za) will give you access to your files from 50m. Plus, it’ll back up your devices overnight, for when everything goes south. The Seagate Wireless Portable Hard Drive (R1 499, takealot.co.za) won’t pack as much space, but won’t sacrifice download speed either.
A limp Wi-Fi connection is just going to let you down. Sure, the Internet is fast when you’re sitting on top of the modem, but what about the kitchen? Or even the deck? Forget about it. Here’s where you need the TP-Link AV500 2-port WiFi Powerline Extender (R880, takealot.co.za). This little gadget makes use of the existing electric circuitry in your walls, employing next-level tech wizardry to beam your connection further.
Remembering passwords is a chore – well, it should be, if you’re trying to be cryptic. The Gatekeeper Wireless PC Lock (R2 380, wantitall.co.za) is your skeleton key to all your accounts. Just plug it into a USB port and it’ll manage your passwords and store sensitive data. Bundled into the package is proximity security, which senses if you’re near your laptop or computer. Step away for a second and it’ll lock the system down.
Want a smarter home? Be prepared to splash a bit of cash – but when you’re controlling everything from the sprinklers to the dimmer switch from the comfort of your couch, you won’t regret the investment. The guys at Ezicontrol (ezicontrol.co.za) will map out your home and install a mainframe to sync up to your phone or tablet. What impressed us the most? Putting a timer on your blinds and coffee machine for the ultimate wake-up.
It’s good to track your progress, not so much fun to write it all down. Log your weigh-ins without touching a pencil with the Garmin Index Smart Scale (R2 900, garminonline.co.za). It’ll measure more than just your weight, doing a few basic calculations to determine your body fat and BMI too. Step off, and all that data will sync up to your phone or laptop, complete with comprehensive charts so you can run the numbers.