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Incase IconConnected Power Sleeve for MacBook Pro (CES 2018)
Preeminent computer gear brand InCase just announced a MacBook accessory that’ll protect and charge your Apple powerhouse. It’s a combination of the brand’s famous ICON sleeve and a 14,000MaH battery, which will charge your portable command center with he included USB-C cable. Launching later this year, the IconConnected will be available for both 13- and 15-inch versions of the laptop for $200. To read about 10 new products just announced at CES 2018, see our up-to-date coverage here. — Nick Caruso



911 Lovers Coffee Table Book
911 Lovers is a beautiful homage to the 50-year history of the Porsche 911 R and RS models. In the photo-heavy book, Jurgen Lewandowski puts together fantastic portraits of unique collectors’ items and interviews with enthusiasts, racing drivers and customers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 R in 2017. — Bryan Campbell



Ball Engineer M Challenger
Ball just introduced its first watch to feature a movement that the company claims was produced completely in-house. The new caliber has automatic winding, runs at 28,800 beats per hour, and features a lengthy 80-hour power reserve and COSC chronometer certification. Ball is known for its super-tough engineering, so expect the same with this watch, notably magnetic protection up to 4,800A/m and the brand’s proprietary shock resistance system. It’s available for order now — in several strap and dial options — with a massive $1,200 pre-order discount. — Andrew Connor



Parachute Home x Quiet Town Canvas Shower Curtain
Parachute Home recently teamed up with Quiet Town, a Brooklyn-based home accessories brand, to create a minimalist shower curtain. Handmade with 10-ounce canvas that’s grown and milled in the U.S., it measures 72 x 72 inches and pairs handsomely with a set of matching curtain rings ($52, sold separately). — Jack Seemer



Ripple Networking App by the Makers of Tinder (CES 2018)
Using their success-proven “swipe to meet” formula, the folks at Tinder figured they should venture into the professional sphere. It’s simple: users are shown profiles of potential business connections, and swipe right to connect and left to ignore — because why not treat your work life like a game? At least with Ripple you won’t have to scramble to find that perfect bar… Check out more CES 2018 coverage here.— Nick Caruso


The Best Deals of the Day


Filson Tote Bag
Save 30%: If you’re in need of a rugged tote bag that will stand up to years of use check out this simple option from Filson. It’s built from heavy 22-ounce paraffin treated cotton twill and features bridle leather handles. For storage, the design includes four external pocket and an internal pocket with a key clip. It’s got everything you need and nothing you don’t. — John Zientek



RXBAR Sample Pack
Save 25%: The ingredient list on a lot of snack bars in the market typically has a lot of unpronounceable words. RXBAR set out to change that by incorporating the ingredients in the design of the label. As soon as you pick up one of the bars, you know exactly what’s in it. Each bar comes packed with protein — 12 grams, which is ideal for a snack — thanks to all the egg whites and nuts in them. They’re perfect to keep at your desk or in your gym bag.

Down from $27 for 12 bars, this sample pack is only $20 with the code DUMBBELLS. Stock up on their six best-selling flavors including chocolate sea salt, peanut butter, blueberry, coconut chocolate, mixed berry and peanut butter chocolate. Did we mention they actually taste good? — Meg Lappe



Frye Logan Leather Card Holder
Save 50%: Downsize your wallet this year with a slim leather card holder. This reliable option from Frye is made from black leather and features two cards slots on each side. — John Zientek



Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team
Save 20%: Miele makes an excellent vacuum, and its entry-level C1 canister vac is ideal for individuals with both hard floor and low-pile carpet in their homes. It uses a HEPA filter and has received praise from reviewers for its quiet operation and lightweight build. The C1 Turbo Team usually sells on Amazon for its $400 MSRP, but right now, thanks to a 20 percent discount, it’s at its lowest price yet. — Andrew Connor



Stuart & Lau Regimen Gym Bag
Save $95: Even though gym bags come in all shapes and sizes, most of them still look like gym bags — meaning, sporty and splashed with logos. Stuart and Lau’s Regimen is not. Constructed from waterproof DuraLite fabric with leather accents, the Regimen more closely resembles a suave carry-on than an everyday hauler for sweaty gear. But it does do that, and it does it exceptionally well thanks to a ventilated shoe compartment, multiple water bottle sheaths and a range of organizational sleeves for anything else you might be carrying, like a laptop or tablet. — Tanner Bowden



Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L
Save 10%: Now at Huckberry you can save 10 percent off the Peak Design Everyday Backpack. At its core, it is a compartmentalized camera pack, but with endlessly customizable FlexFold dividers, internal storage can be designed to carry anything. Boasting a 20-liter capacity, dedicated laptop storage, a magnetic closure system and constructed from waterproof materials, the Everyday Backpack is so much more than a simple camera bag — it’s the EDC backpack to end all backpacks. — Bryan Campbell



Belstaff Trailmaster Jacket
Save $199: Now at East Dane, you can save $199 on the iconic Belstaff Trialmaster jacket. This motorcycle jacket is made from six-ounce waxed cotton and features four front pockets, a buckle-tab collar, snap cuffs and an inset drawstring at the waist. It’s a weather-resistant jacket that will serve you well for years to come — on or off the bike. — John Zientek


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