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Petalite – The World’s Fastest Charging External Battery

Petalite - World's Fastest Charging External BatteryEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Petalite – the World’s fastest charging external battery which charges in just 15 minutes!

Petalite – The worlds fastest charging external battery

Petalite - The World's Fastest Charging External BatteryThe Petalite Flux is the World’s fastest charging external battery, charging to 100% or 2600mAh in just 15 minutes.

After spending the best part of October and November this year travelling with the IT industry’s Conference silly season, I know all too well what it’s like for my Nexus 5 Android Smartphone to run out of charge at the most inconvenient moment.

I also know what it’s like to wake up the next day having forgotten to put my Smartphone on charge overnight!

The Petalite is an external battery that takes just 15 minutes to charge (20x faster than USB) and then provides a full day’s charge to most Smartphones – including Android and iOS devices – meaning you can stay connected even when you aren’t near a power socket or don’t have time to plug-in.

Pre-Order a Petalite

Founded by Leigh Purnell, Petalite is a start up business in my home-town of Birmingham, UK.

The Petalite Indiegogo campaign is now live with early-bird access closing shortly. I’ve no doubt the campaign will meet its targets, and with a Petalite charger and battery starting at just $64 I’d suggest getting in quickly to pre-order your Petalite! I’ve already ordered mine!

Thanks to Mike Brooman of Vanti for the introduction!

DBinbox – receive files that are too big for email

files that are too big for emailEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is DBinbox – a free service to enable you to receive files that are too big for email.

Receive files that are too big for email

DBinbox allows you to make a web page that lets people drag and drop pictures, movies, PDFs, Word documents and pretty much anything else to a folder on your computer directly from their web browser.

Free with Premium options

The service is free for files of up to 20mb, with premium options offering larger capacities starting at $30/year.

Conclusion

DBinbox is a very simple and useful way to receive files that are too big for people to send via email. Not everybody uses file sharing apps like Dropbox – so DBinbox makes it easy for those people to send you files to you.

You can send files to my DBinbox at https://dbinbox.com/tubblog

Photo by niseag03

Bounce – An easy way to share ideas on a website

Bounce - An easy way to share ideas on a websiteEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Bounce – an easy way to share ideas on a website.

Share ideas on a website

I often get asked by my clients to share my feedback on a website with them – perhaps they want my thoughts on a design or would like ideas on what to change. Bounce allows you to easily pin your thoughts directly to a screenshot of a webpage.

First, input the website you want to give ideas on. Hit “Grab Screenshot” and Bounce will go away and collect the screenshot for you.

Bounce Screenshot

Then simply draw boxes which can contain your thoughts, ideas and feedback directly on to the screenshot of the web page.

Bounce Screenshot of Tubblog

You can share the feedback with others directly from the Bounce website.

Conclusion

Bounce is simple and useful for anyone who needs to quickly and easily offer ideas, thoughts and feedback on a website – and it’s free to use. Thanks to California based design agency Zurb for giving it away!

 

Focus@Will – Attention Amplifying music

Attention Amplifying MusicEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Focus@Will – a website that provides attention amplifying music to help you focus and which helps you tune out distractions.

Attention Amplifying music

Lots of us play background music while studying or working, but it’s often the wrong type of music which distracts us. Focus@Will delivers “Attention Amplifying” music channels through a web browser that are scientifically designed to engage with your brains limbic system, sooth distraction and increase attention to the task at hand.

Focus@Will also allows you to use the Pomodoro technique, setting a timer for 25 minutes (or more) to help you get started with a job and work in short bursts – a technique that I, as the worlds biggest procrastinator, have long been a fan of!

If you’re sceptical – and as somebody who has always found background music distracting, I was – then I’d urge you to try the 30 day free trial and see if it works for you. It did for me!

Focus@Will Founders Interview

Erik Fisher also has a really interesting interview with the Focus@Will founders, Will Henshall and Jeff Straw, in episode 76 of the Beyond the to To Do List Podcast – well worth listening to!

FireChat – Off the Grid Instant Messaging

FireChatEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me. My Friday Favourite this week is FireChat, an off the grid instant messaging App.

IM without an Internet connection

FireChat is an Instant Messaging app that – in the absence of Wireless or Mobile Internet connectivity – works by creating a mesh-network via Bluetooth that enables you to chat to fellow FireChat users. If you’ve ever been to a large concert or sports event and trying to communicate with friends in the vicinity, only to find the Wireless or Mobile Network is unavailable due to the volume of people nearby – FireChat could be useful for you. If you live in a part of the world where the Internet is monitored or restricted by Government, FireChat could be essential to maintaining anonymous communication. FireChat also enables live and anonymous discussion groups, of which there are many!

Multi Peer Mesh Networking

With Apple’s new multi peer mesh network capabilities likely to grow in prominence over the next few years, FireChat could offer a real insight into the next stage of networking.

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