The coolest tools of 2012

By , Network World |  Hardware, gadgets, Kindle Fire

Verizon Jetpack ($50, with two-year agreement and online discounts): Getting reliable and fast Internet speeds while traveling is still a pain in the you-know-what. Unless you have one of these units, which can quickly access Verizon's 4G LTE wireless network, providing for excellent download AND upload speeds (for content creators, upload speeds are much more important than content consumers). The easy-to-use nature of the device makes it a must-own for mobile workers.

PowerCup 200 Watt Inverter ($35): I'm still in love with this device, which keeps my iPhone powered up and connected while I'm driving to and from work. Shaped like a cup of coffee, this gadget sits in your car's cup holder and lets you power up a USB-enabled device (if you have the cable) and also can power other devices (like your computer) via a regular power outlet. As long as you don't mind giving up a cup holder space, this gadget is a must-own for any long commuters or people who work out of their cars.

With the Consumer Electronics Show starting in a few short weeks, we're already focused on what the Coolest Tools of 2013 will be. Have a great holiday season everyone, and hopefully the world won't end on Dec. 21 because of those crazy Mayans!

Shaw can be reached at kshaw@nww.com. Follow him on Twitter: @shawkeith.

Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.


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