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Evoluent's VerticalMouse 4 provides a more relaxed way to point and click. Evoluent's VerticalMouse 4 provides a more relaxed way to point and click.
Evoluent's Mouse-Friendly Keyboard makes reaching for your mouse less of a stretch. Evoluent's Mouse-Friendly Keyboard makes reaching for your mouse less of a stretch.
The Brolly umbrella not only keeps you dry, it lets you to text in the rain! The Brolly umbrella not only keeps you dry, it lets you to text in the rain!
The sleek, aluminum Jackery Air battery (right) is similar in size and shape to the iPhone 5 (left). The sleek, aluminum Jackery Air battery (right) is similar in size and shape to the iPhone 5 (left).
Rayovac's 2-Hour Power can provide your smart phone with up to 2 hours of additional talk time without ever needing to be charged. Rayovac's 2-Hour Power can provide your smart phone with up to 2 hours of additional talk time without ever needing to be charged.

As one who has used mice of all descriptions since the early 1990's, I must confess that trackballs and odd-looking mice have never enticed me. Until recently.

The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 is designed to keep your hand in a fully upright, handshake position that eliminates forearm twisting and provides a more relaxed way of pointing and clicking.

The mouse remains steady when you press buttons because the thumb naturally opposes the finger movements and its sculpted shape features programmable buttons and pointer speed controls that are easy to reach without having to release your grip. A convenient, top-mounted LED indicator displays whether extra low (XL), low (LO), MD (medium), or high (HI) is selected. 

The USB mouse can be used with either Windows and Mac computers, and it's although not required to use the device, Evoluent's mouse management software provides an intuitive interface for assigning functionality to all six buttons on the mouse. 

Both wired and wireless versions are available, in addition to models contoured for right-handed or left-handed users. Prices start at $99.99. For more information, visit Evoluent.com.

Evoluent also offers a "mouse friendly keyboard" that deviates from the standard layout of putting the numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard. The company says putting the keypad on the right forces right-handers to reach to maneuver a mouse. Putting it on the left makes more sense.

With the Evoluent Mouse-Friendly Keyboard, your mouse stays in front of your shoulder, keeping your arm is in a relaxed neutral position. Furthermore, your left hand is free to operate Enter, Del, Page Up, Page Down, arrows, and other keys in the numeric keypad.

The Mouse-Friendly Keyboard sells for $59.99. For more information, visit Evoluent.com.

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Weather is on everyone's mind this time of year, so let's talk about brollies (a nickname for  umbrellas in the U.K.) and batteries!

The Brolly (pronounced like "trolley") Rain Umbrella is designed to be the most comfortable, compact rain umbrella ever. But that's not all! This unique umbrella not only keeps you dry, it lets you to text/e-mail in the rain! Best of all, it can be all yours for only $19.95 at BrollyTime.com.

Jackery, known for premium rechargeable battery products for mobile devices, recently launched the Jackery Air, the world's thinnest rechargeable battery, that also features innovative power lock technology, allowing it to hold a charge for up to six months!

Encased in aluminum and similar in size/shape to the iPhone 5, the sleek, bright orange battery provides up to five days of extra operational time and has an easy-to-read, three-color LED status indicator to let you know how much charging power remains. The Jackery Air is available for $79.95 on Amazon.com.

Rayovac's 2-Hour Power can provide your smart phone with up to 2 hours of additional talk time without ever needing to be recharged. Simply insert a CR123a lithium battery (included), which typically has 10-year shelf life. Once inserted, the battery can easily power a smart phone for an hour or more. The more batteries you have, the longer you can talk. 

Extra CR123A batteries sell for $2.25 - $3.25 each, depending on quantity. The 2-hour boost, however, is ideal for travel, power outages, or tropical storm preparedness. Models equipped with Apple's 25-pin docking connector (iPhone 4/4S/iPod) or a Micro-USB charging connector sell for $8.99.

A model that supports the iPhone 5's new Thunderbolt docking connector is currently not available. For more information, visit Rayovac.com.

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