Summertime keeps you on the go for work and play. These gadgets make it easier to stay mobile.
San Disk’s new plug-n-play Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 has the typical USB connection on one end, as expected from a flash drive. But this one stands out because the other end has a microUSB connector. That which makes it easier to move content between devices, including Android smartphones and other OTG (on-the-go) devices, which can act as a host to peripheral gadgets.
To organize and transfer content, download the free SanDisk Memory Zone app in Google Play. Consider that app your file cabinet to access files and move content on or off a device. This includes photos, music, movies and contacts. The app lets you access and use anything on the drive without first moving files to your device.
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For example, if the memory of your smartphone is full and you want to watch an HD movie, plug in the Ultra Dual drive and watch it without having to transfer it.
The standard USB works with any Windows or MAC computer (no driver needed). It measures just 0.43 by 0.78 by1.44-inches, has a slider to expose the connection you want and is available in 16GB ($13.24), 32GB ($18.49) and 64GB ($34.24) capacities.
Check the SanDisk website for a list of compatible devices. The USB 3.0 port is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. www.SanDisk.com
Ssmart Dynamo 2 plus activity tracker
The Oregon Scientific Ssmart Dynamo 2 plus activity tracker does everything you would want from a wearable fitness device.
It’s easy to set up and get going along with the free Smart Fit for Android (version 4.3 and above) and iOS (version 7.0 and above) devices.
It works 24/7 or as long as you wear it to track sleep patterns and fitness activities or to stay connected with friends and family.
The latter happens after the tracker is paired with your cellphone to receive and display caller ID, text messages and email. It also allows you to reject calls (Android only) and share fitness results on social media.
As for the fitness aspect, which is the main reason to have an activity tracker, it tracks heart rate data, the distance you go and how many steps it took to go that far. It also estimates how many calories burned.
It also features Find My Phone. If you ever have to use it, you understand the value.
Within the Smart App, everything is displayed in simple pie-charts, not complicated graphs. Many features and displays can be customized to your liking, including the wristband button and the display.
Up to seven days of information can be stored on the tracker. $99 at http://store.oregonscientific.com.
Lost and easily found
Attach the coin-sized TrackR to a valuable item. TrackR helps you locate it when it’s lost or misplaced.
You'll get notifications through the TrackR app in seconds if you get separated from your device.
Through the app, the device connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0 and has a 100-foot range.
TrackR uses the Crowd GPS network to find the TrackR and displays the distance between you and the item on the app. If you ever played the game hot or cold, that’s how this works to let you know if you’re on the right track to find it.
The rounded item measures 1.2-inches in diameter and is just .13-inches. It easily attaches to a key chain, camera strap, bicycle or a pet’s collar.
Register up to 10 TrackR devices on the TrackR app for simultaneous tracking. Also, within the app, many of the alert sounds and notifications can be customized. $29.99 at www.thetrackr.com