New 'Smart' Power Strip Lets You Control Each Individual Outlet

“Did I leave the clothes iron on?” is a question that the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip puts to rest. As The Verge points out, not only does it let you remotely control your lights, fixtures, and appliances through a smartphone app or voice assistant, it also lets you turn the power strip’s six individual sockets on and off at will.

This new product from TP-Link pairs with Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and the Google Assistant, allowing hands-free control over your household appliances. “This means you can control any device from anywhere, monitor energy consumption, and more, thanks to the Kasa Smart mobile app,” David Li, CEO of TP-Link Research America Corp, said in a statement.

The app lets you know how much energy each device consumes. To conserve energy while you're sleeping or at work, you can schedule when your devices power on or off. In addition to the six sockets, the power strip also contains three USB ports that remain on at all times.

“On top of that, Kasa’s line of smart home products actually work, and its app is fairly easy to use,” The Verge wrote in its product review.

The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip is currently available on Amazon for $79.99.

[h/t The Verge]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Turn Your Couch or Bed Into an Office With This Comfortable Lap Desk

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LapGear

If you're not working in an office right now, you'll understand the freedom of taking a Zoom meeting from your back porch, jotting down notes from your bed, and filling out spreadsheets from your sofa. But working from home isn't always as comfortable as everyone thinks it is, especially if you're trying to get through the day while balancing a notebook, computer, and stationery on your lap. To give you the space you need while maintaining your well-earned place on the couch, LapGear has the perfect solution to your problems with their lap desk, which you can find on Amazon for $35.

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With more than 6000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, the lap desk can fit laptops and tablets up to 15.6 inches across and includes an integrated 5-inch-by-9-inch mouse pad and cell phone slot for better organization. There's even a ledge built into the desk to help keep your device from sliding when you're at an angle.

For some added comfort, the bottom of the desk is designed with dual-bolster cushions, so you'll never have to feel a hot laptop on your thighs again. The top surface is available in various colors like white marble ($30), silver carbon ($35), and oak woodgrain ($35) to work with your design aesthetic.

Find out more about LapGear’s lap desk here on Amazon.

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