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Nomadplug: The only travel adapter you’ll ever need

It works in all 195 countries!

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I remember one particularly long layover at the Hamad Airport in Doha. I was ready to have a few productive hours at the airport but as I set up my laptop, I realized I needed to charge. No biggie, except I was in Doha and hadn’t packed a converter. My airport productivity cost me around QAR 200 (or around US$ 60). A similar scenario happened again on my last Europe trip, and yet again in China.

The struggle is real. But, I may just have stumbled upon a solution.

The Nomadplug is a travel adapter that will work in all 195 countries of the world. Now, I know you’d expect a gadget like this to be big, bulky, and complicated (as I did) but it’s not.

Yup, this sleek thing plugs in anywhere in the world for anything that you bring — from charging phones and cameras to hairdryers and styling tools.

It also has fast-charging capabilities and allows for plugging in more than one device (there are two USB-A ports and one USB-C port that can be used at the same time). There’s even a 5000mAh power bank built in! The best part? It packs into one sleek, easy-to-carry bar that comes in a number of cute colors.

Each adapter will retail for approximately US$ 120 which honestly isn’t bad considering you’ll never need another adapter in your life, ever. Prototypes will be available for testing at CES 2019.

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This is a real Banana Phone and you can buy it now

Connects to your smartphone like a headset

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In the deep annals of ancient internet history, one of the earliest memes was the infamous Banana Phone song. In fact, the word “meme” hadn’t even entered our common lexicon when the video first dropped on YouTube. Since then, the video has gained massive online popularity, earning it a spot in the internet hall of fame.

More than a decade later, we finally have the technology to create a real Banana Phone. Created by the Banana Phone LLC, the Banana Phone is literally a banana-shaped phone. Somewhat.

Instead of a smartphone (or even a dumb phone), the Banana Phone is a Bluetooth-enabled device that merely connects to your smartphone. In other words, yes, you can take calls on a banana.

The device isn’t a new one, either. The Banana Phone was first developed in 2017 through an Indiegogo campaign. However, The Verge has spotted a new one already in the works.

According to the founder himself, the upcoming Banana Phone will come with a loudspeaker built for music playback. If the mood takes you, you can actually play the original “Banana Phone” video through an actual Banana Phone. We’re living the dream.

Besides the loudspeaker, the new model will come with a bigger battery, capable of up to 20 hours of usage. Despite the upgrade, the Banana Phone will still have the same US$ 39.99 price tag.

Currently, the new model is still unavailable on the Banana Phone’s official site. However, it will likely launch sometime around the end of November.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 8110 4G Hands-On: Retro Banana Phone!

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New Google Pixel Buds coming in 2020

Gotta wait a while longer

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The new Google Pixel Buds have officially been unveiled but we won’t get our hands on them until Spring 2020.

Google says the Pixel Buds were designed with the user in mind. It is truly wireless and promises rich sound, clear calls, and a comfortable fit. The company notes how it’s great hardware made exceptional by having Google deeply embedded into it. For instance, it should help you in your out-of-the-country trips with Google Translate built in.

The new Pixel Buds are supposed to last for five hours of continuous playback and extend that to 24 hours through the wireless charging case. The headphones will retail for US$ 179.

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This is an official Pokédex iPhone case

For your iPhone X or iPhone XS

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Your dreams of carrying an actual Pokédex is still just a dream. This iPhone case by Premium Bandai is the next best thing.

It’s officially called the Pokédex Smartphone Case, but it’s only really made for the iPhone X and iPhone XS. You should be able to fit the iPhone 6, 7, and 8 in here but it will cover mic and the flashlight. Unfortunately, this won’t fit the iPhone 11 at all.

The case costs US$ 69.99 and will launch on March 2020 in Japan. It’s open for international pre-orders. Check here to secure one.

SEE MORE: The average American needs 5.8 days to save up for an iPhone 11 Pro

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