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Best beach tech

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When you get to the beach you want to be able to stay at the beach. That means packing a good beach bag and being ready for a day away from the comforts of home. Some people need only a good book, sunscreen and a towel. Others want to bring a little bit of home with them. Here's a list of five cool beach items that make it easy for you to bring the tech you need to the beach you love.

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1. Phoenix Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

This little speaker is smaller than a cup of coffee and plenty powerful. The wireless speaker uses the Bluetooth feature on your enabled device to provide you with plenty of sound — enough for a large room or any sized beach blanket bingo you've got going on — within 35 feet of your cell phone/MP3 player/etc. It weighs just seven ounces, looks sharp and is easy to use. There's an auxiliary input for any non-Bluetooth devices and a lithium battery capable of eight hours of continuous playback.

2. Original V-Neck Sleeve

This is not your average V-Neck. At first glance it looks like there's a Gap employee somewhere looking for a gold star in folding techniques. On closer inspection this product is revealed to be a unique way to protect your iPad or Macbook. With additional pockets to store your phone, chargers and paperwork, the V-Neck Sleeve stands out from the crowd of plastic, "me-too" device cases. And it's machine washable. The sleeve is available in five colors and costs from $39.99 to $59.99.

3. Fanny Wang headphones

You see a lot of folks wearing noise-canceling headphones on airplanes, but they may be better suited to a busy beach day. If you want to carve out a little peace and quiet on a busy day at the beach, these are a fashionable and effective way to keep the outside world out. The headphones effectively eliminate over 95 percent of ambient noise, allowing you to listen to your music undisturbed wherever you are. The unit comes with 50mm titanium dual-plated drivers and a lot of other high-tech specs to justify their significant price ($299.95). If you want your music to be as awesome as the view at the beach, these are for you.

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4. The Beach Safe

You bring a lot of important things with you to the beach — keys, phone, and money. How do you keep them safe while you're taking a swim? Try the U.L.O. Beach Safe ($24.95). It attaches to your beach umbrella and includes a resettable TSA-approved combination lock. Its overlapping edges keep the sand out and its white color and styling blends with the underside of your umbrella. It's a simple solution for keeping your valuables safe while your jumping the waves.

5. Underwater Digital Camera Mask

Now this is pretty cool. The Liquid Image Explorer Series 5.0MP Underwater Digital Camera Mask allows for hands-free use and is built with tough tempered glass lenses and an integrated crosshairs for lining up shots ($99.00). It operates at a depth of 15 feet and has 16 MB of built-in memory. There's also a MicroSD card slot, USB port for downloads and PC-only image editing software.

Note: This was written by Victor Paul Alvarez, a Digital Crave contributor.
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