Tech Accessories

Umbrella USB stops syncing, spyware while juicing up from PCs

USB UmbrellaThere are days when life is so busy that mobile users forget to charge their devices at home. When that happens and they choose to charge at work or a public port, it can mean that data gets compromised, or worse, they get juice jacked. So Umbrella USB keeps the reign of cyber bullies from falling on the precious data of rightful mobile owners. A similar campaign that is rather colorful in nature if not in hue would be the USB Condom, but this effort looks more like a finished product than a hobbyist’s project.  For $9, backers get one USB Umbrella with an expected delivery of October 2014.


Energi 2K offers cheap phone charging via battery or flip-out plug

Energi 2KWaiting for gadgets to charge can be inconvenient and time consuming. But there’s little in life that’s more frustrating than a smart phone or tablet that dies when most needed. Energi 2K offers a solution to those days when getting to an outlet or computer to charge a gadget is impossible, but critical. When the charger needs to be recharged, it plugs into any wall outlet, and then the prongs fold down for easy toting.  The brightly colored travel charger is battery operated and has both a USB port and plug for on-the-go charging and is that rare crowdfunding product that beats a lot of competitors on price, in no part due to Tylt  — which previously funded a power backpack — being a more established company than many first-time funding seekers. Early bird backers can get one product for $20 with an expected delivery of July 2014. Expected retail is $39.99.