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10 Fun Gadgets You Can Use All Summer

Summer is a time to disconnect, but that doesn't mean you have to put all gadgets aside. Here are 10 gizmos to help you beat the heat and have fun.
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For many of us, summer months are prime time to relax, lay out in the sun, and leave our phones and laptops to cool off while we soak up vitamin D.

Technology isn't usually top of mind when it comes to summer shopping lists. How many people want to spend their off hours staring at a screen when they could be enjoying the warm weather outdoors?

Most of the digital tools we use for work aren't built for the outdoors. You'd be squinting to read email on your brand-new two-in-one device under the sun's harsh glare, and one splash from a nearby pool would render it useless anyway.

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That said, not all tech tools are built for productivity. Some of them are only meant to help you have fun. Now that we've reached the unofficial start of the year's best season, it's time to put aside your laptop and business phone and start browsing summer-friendly tech.

Summer gadgets are not designed to distract you from a good time, but rather to help you make the most of one. Whether you're trying to stay cool on a weekday afternoon, to enjoy a casual barbecue over the weekend, or to snap photos of your holiday travels, there's a fun gizmo waiting to help.

Here we take a new angle on the tech shopping list and recommend a few gadgets perfect for summer months. Do you own any of these, or would you pick some up to get the season started? Is there anything you would add to this collection?

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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6/4/2016 | 9:02:37 AM
Umbrella
The umbrella is a neat gadget, but it relies on notoriously inaccurate weather forecast. Maybe it is the region where I live, but the forecast is wrong most of the time.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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5/31/2016 | 8:06:37 AM
Spinchiller
I'm interested in how effective that spin chiller is. I've found the bes two methods of cooling drinks are to: A) place in freezer with a wet paper towel wrapped around it, or B) place in salty ice water and swirl around for a couple of minutes.

Either gets your drink cold in under 10 minutes. 
Michelle
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Michelle,
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5/29/2016 | 5:53:28 PM
Great list!
This was a really great list. I had no idea some of these products existed. I don't need any of them, but wouldn't mind owning a few! I thik I could do without the umbrella. I already have an app on my phone that delivers realtime rain alerts as push notifications.
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