Staying connected

Staying connected
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In an increasingly mobile world, it's now possible to stay connected and work from just about anywhere. For many of today's workers, this means checking into the office during summer vacation. If you're planning to get some work done on your getaway this year, you'll need the right tools to do it. With the help of Max Borges Agency, we've compiled a list of 11 tech gadgets to help you work remotely, no matter where you're headed.

NuForce Cube

NuForce Cube
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Got a conference call? Don't worry about not being able to hear your colleagues over the crashing waves in the background. When you plug your headphones into this portable audio station, it bypasses your mobile device's onboard digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for improved sound quality. It can also serve as a high-performance speaker. $99.00, NuForce.com

OGIO Covert Shoulder Bag

OGIO Covert Shoulder Bag
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This slim laptop bag is ideal for air travel. The main, padded compartment keeps your laptop protected and easily accessible, while the secondary compartment is perfect for your chargers, smartphone and other everyday accessories. And don't worry about damaging this bag at the pool; its water-resistant coating guards against splashes. $70.00, OGIO.com

Penclic Bluetooth Mouse

Penclic Bluetooth Mouse
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No laptop mouse? No problem. Instead of plugging into your computer's USB port, this Bluetooth-enabled mouse looks, feels and acts like a pen, which allows for faster, more precise navigation. The device features five buttons, a scroll wheel and a laser sensor that operates on almost any surface — without a track pad. With this tool's two-month battery life, you won't have to worry about recharging the mouse during your trip. $89.95, Amazon.com

Booqpad for iPad Air

Booqpad for iPad Air
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If you're constantly searching for paper to jot down memos and thoughts while you're working, this is the tablet case for you. Made by Booq, it's a combination iPad Air case, folio and notepad that comes stocked with 50 sheets of eco-friendly paper to make sure you're always ready to write. The screen protector offers 360-degree protection for your iPad. $60.00, Booqbags.com

Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speakers

Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speakers
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Want to listen to some tunes while you work? With these rechargeable mini speakers, you can plug the built-in audio cable right into your phone or laptop for high-quality, 360-degree sound. The speakers' internal battery lasts for up to 6 hours, so you can spend the day on the beach with them. $19.95, Kinivo.com

Griffin PowerDock 5

Griffin PowerDock 5
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Many of today's workers have multiple mobile devices, and it can be difficult to keep track of all the associated chargers. The PowerDock can store and charge up to five iOS devices simultaneously, with each cable tucked away inside the charging station. You can even keep your iPad right in its case while it charges. $99.99, GriffinTechnology.com

Neptor NP056K Portable Battery Charger

Neptor NP056K Portable Battery Charger
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If you left your hotel room for the day and realized you forgot to charge your phone, this dual-port charger lets you power up to two devices at once, without an outlet. With its powerful, 5600mAh battery, you can charge your devices up to four times on just one Neptor charge. $19.99, Neptor.com

Happy Plugs in-Ear Headphones

Happy Plugs in-Ear Headphones
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Why settle for standard white or black earbuds when you can choose from one of 13 bold colors from Happy Plugs? The built-in microphone makes these headphones ideal for conference calls on the go, while the silicon buds, which come in small, medium and large, fit comfortably in your ears as you listen to music on the plane. $34.99, HappyPlugs.com

Rapoo E9070 Wireless Keyboard

Rapoo E9070 Wireless Keyboard
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At just 5.6mm at its thinnest, this wireless keyboard won't take up much room in your carry-on bag. It features a comfortable scissor-key structure and integrated shortcut controls for audio playback, volume adjustment and Web browsing. The 2.4GHz wireless frequency allows for a smooth, interference-free connection to any computer. $35.99, DX.com

Satechi Smart LED Desk Lamp

Satechi Smart LED Desk Lamp
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It may not be the most convenient product to take on a flight with you, but if your vacation is within driving distance, bring along this LED desk lamp. The flexible pivots ensure that the lamp fits into any desk space, and the timer function helps avoid unnecessary energy use. In addition to consuming less power than incandescent and florescent lamps, Satechi's lamp also has a USB port to charge your mobile devices. $99.99, Amazon.com

BONUS: getAbstract.com

BONUS: getAbstract.com
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