Last Minute Valentine’s Gifts

Valentine’s Day is coming up quick, do you still need to pick a present for your sweetheart? Well, if they are into technology, you are in luck. Here we have compiled a list of this year’s coolest tech gifts that will work for either sex. Whether money is no object, or you are on a tight budget, we have you covered.

1. Check out these cool calendars from Social Print Studio in SF. Pick out a few of your favorite Instagram photos and have a your calendar tell a story. The calendar is printed on 170gsm paper, and allows you to choose from three layouts This company also makes cool photo magnets, buttons, greeting cards and photo books. $40 http://www.socialprintstudio.com/calendar/“>”>

2. If your significant other has stuck to their New Year’s resolution of getting fit, help them out by buying them a FitBit. With the FitBit Charge they will be able to track their calories burned, how many steps they have taken throughout the day and even their sleep quality. https://www.fitbit.com/charge

3. R2D2 Car Charger: If your Valentine is a Star Wars fanatic, get them this handy charger shaped like the famed R2D2. Along with being cute, this R2D2 is he will charge your phone too. http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-R2-D2-USB-Charger/dp/B00HE6UW4M $39.99

4. If your loved one travels around for work—Pick them up a CalypsoTag and make sure their luggage never gets lost again. The app will alert you if someone is trying to steal your luggage. Comes in black, orange, yellow and silver. The battery will last up to six months, and is easily replaced. Simply download the app to get synced. https://www.calypsocrystal.com/calypsotag/ $169

5. There is a new laptop stand on the market that MacBook users are sure to be excited about. The BookArc mod is a designer wood stand that will store your MacBook vertically in your workspace. This stand allows you to hook up an external monitor while keeping your laptop upright, closed and out of your way. https://www.twelvesouth.com/product/bookarc-mod-for-macbook. $60

6. If your better half is a music lover, the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker is the perfect gift. Bose is at the top of the speaker market, and at $129 this gift is one of their most affordable options. This speaker is small enough to throw in a bag and take with you wherever you go. Pick from teal, red, blue, black or white. https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/speakers/wireless_speakers/soundlink-color-bluetooth-speaker.html#v=soundlink_color_red

7. Give her the gift of coffee with a brand new Keurig. There are two types to choose from now; so you can brew either hot or cold coffee. On top of a quick cup of coffee, you can brew up tea and hot chocolate too! Perfect Prices vary. http://www.keurig.com/content/k-cup

8. Give your techie the gift of organization with some romantic cable organizers, in the shape of adorable little tacos. With inspirational love quotes like “be my taco” and “tangled love” these will surely be a hit. $40 for a pack of five.
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9. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we have this candy pink battery backup charger. It may be tiny, but it is powerful enough to charge your smartphone twice on a single charge. http://www.cablewholesale.com/products/mobile-accessories/mobile-charger/product-30w1-50040.php $11.57

What Makes USB 3.0 Different — and What Are Its Benefits?


Most people are familiar with what a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable isand know that it’s used as a standard for interfacing computers and electronics devices. However, not everyone realizes that there are actually three different versions of the USB. The newest is the USB 3.0, which was renamed USB 3.1 Gen 1 in 2015. It’s the third such USB connector, and it comes with some major advantages over previous USB devices.

One of the many improvements that USB 3.0 brings is the new SuperSpeed (SS) transfer mode. This setting allows data to be transferred at up to 5 gigabits (Gbits) per second, or 625 megabytes (MB) per second, which is about ten times faster than the USB 2.0 standard. (USB 2.0, it’s worth noting, was 40 times faster than the original USB 1.0, which only offered transfer rates of 12 megabits per second when working at full-speed.)

There are a couple of factors that can help you identify a USB 3.0 cable from its earlier counterparts. The first such feature is the typical blue color-coding on the receptacles and plugs. The other is the ‘SS’ logo that can be found on USB 3.0 devices.The USB 3.1, later named USB 3.1 Gen 2, was first released in July of 2013. The transfer mode SuperSpeed on this model can transfer data at a rate of up to 10 Gbit/s (or 1.25 GB/s, twice the rate of USB 3.0). That’s so fast, in theory, it could compete with the first version of the Thunderbolt interface.

One of the best things about the USB 3.0 is its versatility. Not only can it work with existing 5Gbps USB 3.0 hubs and devices but with USB 2.0 ones as well. In 2012, the majority of new computers were expected to be produced with the new USB 3.0 ports standard. The capabilities of this useful cable have come a long way over the years, and by the look of it, they’ll be around to offer these high-speed transfers for some time.

HDMI Licensing Expects 750 Million New Compatible Devices to Ship In 2016 Total Near 5 Billion

High-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) cables have been around for about 14 years, providing a new way to transfer audio and video from one device to another. Along with things like USB cables and CAT5 crossover cables, highspeed HDMI cables are one of the most popular technological cords you’ll find in a home, school, or office.

In support of this claim is a recent announcement from HDMI Licensing, the seven company conglomerate that sets the standard for such cables. According to HDMI Licensing, over 1,700 licensed HDMI Adopters are expected to ship over 750 million HDMI-compliant products in 2016. This information was released through the press release news site BusinessWire.com.
Technically, there are three different types of HDMI Standard cables: the original HDMI Standard, HDMI Standard with Ethernet, and HDMI Standard Automotive. There are also two types of HighSpeed HDMI cables: regular HDMI High Speed and HDMI High Speed with Ethernet.

One thing that’s led to the staggering growth of these universally specialized highspeed HDMI cables is their relative inexpensive price. It’s a myth that you have to spend $50 on an HDMI cable. While some people still cough up the money for the high price, many more have become aware that you can buy the same cable from places like CableWholesale for a fraction of the price.

Perhaps even more impressive than the numbers the industry expects to reach in 2016 alone is the overall point that they’re at. The installed base of HDMI-enabled products worldwide is quickly approaching five billion.

Another beneficial quality of HDMI cables is their efficiency. The length of the cable isn’t a big factor when it comes to the quality of the audio and video. The only time that the length of the cable matters is when it’s being stretched over greater distances. If you need a cable that’s 100-feet or longer, you should invest in an HDMI cable specifically designed for that purpose, but otherwise, there’s virtually no negative effects.

The licensing company also announced the launch of a new premium certification for users who want to ensure the highest quality and reliability.

Confusing Network Failure Could be Simple Fix One Tech Writer Proves While Helping Another

The network Ethernet cables is one of the simplest, yet most effective and valuable pieces of equipment in the everyday technology world. They can come in many different specifications, such as the CAT5 crossover cable or newer CAT6 Ethernet cables, but their connectivity and networking generally work the same way.
That’s why it was somewhat surprising that a former tech writer couldn’t figure out how to troubleshoot the problem he was having with his own network Ethernet cable in his new house.
Lex Friedman, former Macworld editor, bought a new home that came equipped with Network Ethernet cables already wired throughout the house, but when he went to plug in his modem and Ethernet switch, it worked fine in some parts of the network, but not at all in others.

It’s unclear exactly what kind of network Ethernet cables were being used. That being said, CAT5e cables are used typically for networks and mulit-line phone systems. They can transmit up to 10/100/1000Mbps and have a maximum frequency of 100 MHz. CAT6 cables are also used for networks and multi-line phone systems, but have a maximum frequency of 250 MHz and can transmit up to 10/100/1000Mbps. Mega is a prefix that denotes one million and is used in data communications to describe the speed of data transfer in megabits per second and the bandwidth of a given system in megahertz.

“What was even more maddening is that the LED status lights on the switch and the base station both lit up green, and the light blinked on the switch showing activity,” Macworld writer Glenn Fleishman recalled. “If the cable were truly inoperable, neither light should be lit up; some switches will show a different LED color or pattern for a bad cable, too.”
Fleishman gave his struggling friend the same advice he gives many people with similar types of problems: go through section by section and try to isolate exactly what’s causing the failure to happen in the first place. It could very well be a bad piece of patch cable.

Friedman did just that and eventually tracked down his problem. Essentially, one of his connections was causing the internal network to fail entirely. An electrical short in the connection was speculated to be the culprit.

Friedman’s situation was peculiar, but certainly not unique entirely. It’s a good lesson that many times the problem that’s causing your entire network to fail could be fixed by buying something as simple as a new network Ethernet cable.

Apps to Simplify Your Life

If you’ve ever had trouble figuring out how much you should tip your waiter, join the club! In this age of technology, we literally have answers our most burning questions right at our fingertips. As it turns out, tip calculators come in pretty handy! Gone are the days of struggling to figure out the math in your head. These days it’s all about knowing how to find information quickly. There are a variety of apps available to us that are designed with one purpose in mind: making your life easier. Here we compiled a list of our tried and true top favorites that will help you keep it together in the New Year.

Tip Me (tip calculator): This is a cool little app has an old time diner tag as its background; not only is this app cute, it is super convenient too! You will be able to easily input your tab’s total amount, and then decide on percentage of tip that you should leave, all within seconds. Free. Available at the Google Play Store.

Gratuity (tip calculator): This app is user-friendly, and will let you decide your tip amount by using a smiley face system, 20% for a happy face, 15% for a slightly happy face, and 10% for an unhappy face. Your tip also varies depending if you are at a bar, restaurant or paying for a delivery service. Free. Available for iOS.

EasilyDo: This is one of the best productivity apps that we’ve run into so far; it is perfect for busy folks who have trouble keeping track of their life. EasilyDo will keep track of your contacts with their most up-to date email and different phone numbers, keep your emails separated by level of importance and manage your calendar events as the days fly by. If you are a traveler, this app will keep your itinerary, including flight times and hotel reservations. Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Evernote: This productivity app is more geared toward organizing your work life. With this app you will be able to share your work seamlessly with whomever you choose, be it clients or co-workers. Evernote might end up taking the place of your PowerPoint, as these notes can be easily organized into a presentation, no slides required. This app will save all of your work to a cloud, so you don’t have to worry about space constrictions. Available for iOS and Android. A basic account is free, however through the app you can upgrade to Plus, Premium or Business, with prices ranging from $25-$120.

Pushbullet: If you use multiple devices throughout the day, then this is the app for you. Pushbullet will keep your different devices synced to each other, so you will be on the same page, no matter which one of your devices that you are currently using. This app will also send push notifications that you receive on your phone directly to your computer, so you don’t miss out on any information throughout the day. Sending files between devices is also a breeze; you can send links as well. Available for iOS and Android.
http://calengoo.dgunia.de/docs/: This app allows you to make modifications to your Google calendar. This app will allow you to pick different views of your Google calendar by day and week or by agenda. You can change the color and style of your calendar entries, so that you can keep track of them easily. You can also assign people to various events, as well as tracking recurring and floating events. CalenGoo is easily configurable, so you can tailor it directly to your needs. $6.99. Available for iOS and Android.

Cupid’s Arrow

Are you looking for a date, but don’t want to go the Tinder route? There is a plethora of new dating apps at our fingertips, but which ones are good? We checked out a few shining stars, who’s using them and what they’re all about.

Bumble

Bumble is one of the most popular new dating apps on the scene that has singles buzzing. While the format is similar to Tinder, there are slight differences that make it a more legit site. Along with pictures, you have the choice of including your personal information such as your age, occupation and the school you last attended. Bumble will send over matches that are in your geographical area, and then you are all set to start swiping right or left on potential dates. Bumble is being hailed as the feminist’s dating site, as only the woman can initiate a conversation. Once a match is made, there are only 24 hours to make a move. If no conversation has been initiated by then, your match is lost into the void.

This feature helps eliminate those who aren’t seriously looking for a partner. The trouble with Tinder is that you can swipe right all you want, but it’s not guaranteed that anyone will ever start a conversation with you.

Bumble is the brainchild of one of Tinder’s exiled executives, Whitney Wolfe, who was famously ousted by her ex-boyfriend and Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen. The two are still in the middle of a bitter lawsuit, but that is not interfering with the success of Wolfe’s dating app.
Free. Available for iOS and Android.

eHarmony

Just in time for the New Year, eHarmony is overhauling the religious overtones of their dating site, and opening it up to non-religious folks. One thing that will not change is the fifty-point questionnaire that you fill out upon joining eHarmony. The company decided to keep this feature in order to match their users up on as many levels as possible. This new rules will undoubtedly gain eHarmony a slough of new customers, but it may turn off the religious crowd that is looking for love with like-minded religious individuals. A subscription is required, which might weed out potential mates that are just looking to have a good time. If a person has to shell out some cash to meet someone, they are typically pretty serious. $60/month. Available for iOS and Android.

JDate

If you are Jewish and are in the market for a Jewish partner, then Jdate is for you. This app just acquired another smaller Jewish-dating app called JSwipe, so it really has the monopoly on the Jewish online dating market. This app is helpful if you are looking for someone who holds the same values and beliefs that you do, as well as someone who celebrates the same traditions. JDate also allows you to narrow your search depending on your level of faith, from Orthodox to Hasidic to those who only celebrate holidays, and everything in between. The app even includes a synagogue locator. You don’t have to be Jewish to use the app; you can also join up if you are looking to date a Jewish man or woman. You can also classify yourself as “willing to convert” if that is up your alley. This app has been around since 2007 and states they have matched up to a million Jewish singles. Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Hinge

Since its inception in 2013, Hinge has been hailed as the professional’s dating app. When setting up a profile on this app you will be asked for your age, occupation, where you went to college and other personal info. Once matched with someone, you will be able to see your mutual friends on Facebook. This definitely takes the creeper element out of online dating, and you can be assured that you will be matched with someone who has a job.

One of the bigger drawbacks to Hinge is that you literally be thrown into a dating pool of friends of Facebook friends. This can get awkward if you are still friends with an ex, or their friends and family. A good idea is to do a thorough cleanse of your Facebook contacts before signing up with Hinge. Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Coffee Meets Bagel

This new dating app focuses on the meeting aspect of online dating, instead of chatting endlessly with potential suitors. We all know it is sometimes hard to communicate your personality through text, so there really is no better way to get to know someone but to go out and actually meet them. This app matches you up with men and woman who have similar interests as you, and who live in your area. The app will send you one match around noon everyday. You then have 24 hours to decide weather you have interest in this potential match, and they have the same amount of time to decide on their interest in you. If you are both interested, the app will then help you designate a meet-up spot. This app also goes through your Facebook, so your match will likely know one of your Facebook friends. This 24-hour feature cuts down on the lag time that sometimes comes with dating apps, where you can match with multiple people and never actually meet up or even communicate with them at all. This is the perfect app if you want to meet a lot of new people and have a large variety of potential sweethearts with similar interests to choose from, and want to meet them all face-to-face. This free app is available for iOS and Android.

3 Things to Know When Buying Power Strip Surge Protectors

The average U.S. household has a plethora of electronic devices that are constantly connected to power sources. With all the money that’s spent on these valuable products, it’s important to protect them from things like electrical surges and power outages. Of course one of the best and easiest ways to do this is with power strip surge protectors.
When it comes to buying power strip surge protectors, CableWholesale has a variety of quality products to choose from, but there are few things you should know before making your selection. Here are three of the most important.

Know the Difference: Not every power strip is a surge protector. Most people consider them to all be the same thing, but in reality there are some that are merely extensions of the wall outlet that provide a couple extra slots. While some of these will have basic circuit breakers, they don’t offer the level of real protection power strip surge protectors do.

Know the Specifications: Even when it comes to real surge protectors the quality and service can vary. For surge protectors that means looking at the number of joules it is made to protect against. Basically, this is the amount of electrical damage a protector can absorb before it breaks down.
Another important thing to look at when browsing is the amount and output power of slots for USB cables. Many devices such as smartphones, which have an average lifespan of two years, are now charged through USB 2.0 cables. Many surge protectors now include these slots, but the amount of amps will vary. Generally, the more amps it has, the faster your device will charge, in the same way more watts in the charger chord will speed up charging for iPhones and iPads.

Know the Shelf-Life: Power strip surge protectors are important to any home, business, or office that plugs things in for power, but they do have a lifespan. In the event that your space suffers an electrical surge the surge protector will start to lose some of its joules and will eventually need to be replaced.

Check out the great selection we have to meet any and all of your surge protector needs and rest assured with our included lifetime warranty.

What’s Your Device? Part 2


For the second installment of our “What’s Your Device” series, we will be focusing on laptops and televisions. Whether you need to register your device for a warranty, or you need support for the product, it is important to be able to find both your device’s model and serial numbers.
Finding your laptop’s model and serial numbers can be relatively easy depending on who manufacturers the device.

Laptops

Macbook: Apple places the serial and model numbers of their laptops in several places. The first place it can be found is on the product packaging. If you save your original packaging from when you purchase your Macbook, the information will be right on the box, as well as on your invoice. On the laptop itself you can find the serial number on the bottom of the device near the back by the air vents. You may need a magnifying glass, the serial number is written in a tiny print. This is where the Macbook’s model number is also located. This goes for all the different versions of Apple’s Macbook, including the Air and Pro.

Toshiba: This manufacturer puts their model and serial numbers on a sticker that is located on the bottom of their laptops. The model number should begin with letters, followed by a dash and then a few other numbers. Depending on what year your laptop was manufactured; the number should be about ten digits.

HP: This manufacturer typically puts the model name of their device directly under the LED screen. You can also press the fn + escape key on the keyboard to pop up HP’s system information window. It is here that you can find both the laptop’s serial and model number. The serial number should also be located on the bottom or the laptop, on a sticker near the back.

Television

Vizio: The easiest way to find the model and serial numbers on your Vizio is through your remote. For pre-2015 models, go to the “menu” button on your remote control. From there you select the “help” option and then go to “system info” where you will find both the serial and model number of the TV. On newer models, the “help” option is instead named “system,” from there you can go to “system options. Vizio will also include their identifying numbers on the TV itself, but that can be hard to find in the instance that your TV is wall mounted or in a place where you cannot get to the back of the TV easily.

LG: There are a few different ways to find LG’s model numbers on their televisions. First you’ll you go to the “menu” button and click “support” you will find the serial and model numbers under “product info.” The model number can also be located in your instruction manual. The letters “LG” will always begin the model number followed by a mix of eight letters and numbers. There is a method to LG’s model number that will unlock different information about your TV, including the year of production and type of series it’s included in.

Samsung: This manufacturer places their model and serial numbers directly on the back of their TVs, where they can be found on toward the bottom of the screen. Their model numbers typically start with the letters “UN” and are about thirteen digits long. The serial number is located right below that. If you have wall-mounted your TV you are in luck. Samsung also included their model and serial numbers on the side of their TVs, so the information is still visible even when the TV is mounted.

Stay with us as we continue to explore different devices and how to find out what model you’ve got and where to find the info!

Zipcord Fiber Optic Cable and How to Save Money Buying It

Zipcord fiber optic cables are a type of fiber optic cables that consist of two or more conductors that are connected by an insulating jacket, which can be easily separated just by pulling the two conductors apart. They’re typically used to carry related optical signals so that the conductors remain together to avoid confusion, and also reduce the potential for tangled and messy cables.
This style of cable can also be purchased for electrical signals as well, and many people probably use it in their homes every day without even realizing it. Common uses for this would be in speaker wire and lamp cords. Zipcord fiber optic cable is usually either used for fiber optic internet connection or in a commercial, like an interstate trucking scale location that transmits data to a central location.
Unlike the HDMI Standard cables and HDMI Highspeed cables, which come in three and two different types respectively; zipcord fiber optic cables typically only one come as duplex cords.
Duplex is simply a cable in which two separate fiber optic strands exist. Typically, they are designed in the zipcord way so that they can be separated, thus turning them into simplex cables. The primary difference between duplex and simplex fiber optic cables is that duplex transmits data going both directions, while simplex unsurprisingly is usually utilized for one way operation. There are, of course, many exceptions to these standards, but this is sufficient for a basic level of understanding.
Many people believe HDMI cords will cost $50 or more even though you can find them for cheaper. It’s really fiber optic cable that can cost you a bit more because of the quality. One way to be more financially savvy is to buy bulk fiber optic cables. CableWholesale offers high-quality cables for reduced, wholesale prices. Even if you don’t need it all today, chances are you’ll need more of it down the road.
Life expectancy is an important attribute when it comes to cables. For example, CAT 5 Cable constructed of top grade materials will typically last between five and 10 years. The best part of buying zipcord fiber optic cable from CableWholesale is that it comes with our lifetime warranty.
Another quick tip when buying fiber optic cable is to always go with the zipcord fiber optic cable as you can always easily turn this into single, simplex cords, but will have a much harder time doing it the other way.

Save Money On Apple’s Hidden Surcharge With Lightning Cables From CableWholesale

Apple is one of the most successful, innovative, and largest technology companies in the world today for many reasons. First and foremost though is the fact that they produce a quality product. From the beloved iPhone to no-tower desktops and now, of course, the revolutionary line of iPads, they’ve done an exceptional job in virtually all aspects of business. However, even a company like Apple has its faults.
One of the not-quite-devastating, but certainly incredibly frustrating is their lightning cables used to connect USB cables and charge the iPhone. As Tony Bradley recently pointed out in a piece for Forbes, one of the company’s most important cell phone accessories essentially comes with a hidden surcharge of sorts.

“The Lightning cables are required to charge Apple’s latest mobile devices, but the cables are expensive and fall apart easily,” Bradley wrote. “I have tremendous respect for Apple quality and attention to detail… However, we have a lot of Apple devices in my house — six iPhones, and two iPads — and not one of the eight Lightning cables that came with those devices has survived.”
Smartphones usually have a lifespan of about two years, but when it comes to cell phone cables Apple has fallen much shorter. Bradley is right when he points out that this issue, while not significantly detrimental to the device’s overall use, it is a major annoyance that ultimately results in a phantom-style surcharge. New lightning cables from Apple will cost you around $19.
Don’t let the alleged faulty nature of Apple’s cell phone cable accessories turn you off from all the great products they do offer, though. CableWholesale offers replacement lightning cables for Apple products at less than a third of the price! For just $6.50 you can buy a one-and-a-half foot long charger that comes with our signature lifetime warranty.

Another reason you’re going to want to replace your lightning cables at the first sign of significant damage is because of the safety risks they pose. Damaged, frayed phone charger cables have several times been the cause of electrical fires, electrical failures, and malfunctions that altogether resulted in about 53,600 home fires in 2008. These fires caused more than 500 deaths, injured 1,400 people, and did $1.4 billion in property damage.

The iPhone 6 takes about an hour and 50 minutes to charge using a 12 watt USB power adapter, but it could take a heck of a lot longer if you don’t realize it’s not even charging when you go to bed for the night. Apple’s got enough money, save a little of yours by buying your replacement lightning cables with us.