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Keep this emergency flashlight and radio close to your bed

Perfect for blackouts or your "I Am Legend" situations.
Perfect for blackouts or your “I Am Legend” situations.

Image: Vista shops

Do you have a plan in place for an emergency situation? Unfortunately, we all should. Even if you’ve been intending to put together an emergency kit but haven’t quite gotten around to doing it, good intentions won’t get you very far in an actual emergency.

Here’s a tip for getting started: grab this Emergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight. This handy gadget will check off multiple boxes for under $20, and take up minimal space in the meantime. It boasts a radio that can monitor both AM and FM stations as well as the NOAA 24/7 weather broadcast. With solar panels and a built-in hand crank, all the functionality can stay powered self-sufficiently, including its onboard battery for charging USB devices and an LED flashlight that lasts 100,000 hours.

You’d never know how much is included in this flashlight because of how compact it is at only 5 inches long. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to be prepared but doesn’t want to invest in an apocalypse bunker just yet. 

Buy it now for $18.99, which is a steep 78% discount off its $89.95 price tag. Plus, for a limited time only, enter promo code SAVE15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on your purchase.

Unlock your computer simply by being near it, with the help of this device

Use protection.
Use protection.

Image: gatekeeper

Sometimes passwords, no matter how strong you think they are, just aren’t enough to protect all of the sensitive information stored on your devices. The GateKeeper 2.5 Wireless Bluetooth PC Lock is here to make sure you don’t leave yourself accidentally exposed. 

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This PC lock sounds pretty impressive — because of its powerful Bluetooth wireless key, you can log in to your computer just by entering the room. The key allows you to adjust your login range from mere inches to up to thirty feet depending on the kinds of people you tend to fraternize with. None of your information is stored on the key either, so if you lose it, you don’t risk compromising yourself. 

This PC lock seems to be extremely easy to use. Apparently all you have to do is enter the room and you’re logged in to your PC—the key takes care of everything for you. Whether you’re protecting confidential medical data or some particularly embarrassing selfies with your cat, this PC lock appears to be a security solution that anyone can use and rely on.

For a limited time, the GateKeeper 2.5 Wireless Bluetooth PC Lock is available in the Mashable Shop. Get it now for $59.99, which is 50 percent off the $119.98 price tag. Mashable readers can also save an additional 15 percent off their order with coupon code: SAVE15.

This pocket-sized sensor can duplicate colors on demand

Think of it as a color detector.
Think of it as a color detector.

Image: Nix sensor

From photography to painting your bedroom, sometimes exact color comparison can be the difference between perfection and disaster. 

Assuming that you’re in fact not some sort of color wizard, The Nix Mini Color Sensor could be an awesome tool to feed your innate perfectionism. The Nix Mini Color Sensor apparently measures the color of anything your heart desires IRL and sends the exact digital color profile directly to your smartphone. It’s not magic, but it might be.

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While this pocket-sized device might be best suited for creative types (hello designers, illustrators, and architects), but it’s actually super handy for anyone out there living their life. While many of us have taken on home DIY projects inspired by our favorite HGTV shows, this tool apparently takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect shade of paint. The listing says it can instantly scan 28,000+ brand name paint colors (not to mention RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colors too) and returns you a match. 

With the Nix app, you can also organize and save your very own color palettes for whenever and wherever inspiration sparks. Snag one for $69 here. 

Brighten your space with this programmable desktop greenhouse

A greenhouse in every sense of the word.
A greenhouse in every sense of the word.

Image: ADI ventures

The EcoQube Air is a desktop greenhouse that will brighten your space — and maybe even your mood, too. 

This lovable Indiegogo hit is more than just a planter though: perfect for those without a green thumb, it is ridiculously easy to keep alive. Use the app to schedule everything from the amount of light your plant needs to the weather functionality. 

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Surrounding yourself with plants has numerous positive benefits, from filtering the air and relieving stress, to helping with concentration and productivity. The EcoQube features a Smart LED light that not only helps your plant friend grow but could also keep you happy through the dark and stormy months when daylight is at a minimum. Program EcoQube to gradually wake you up every morning with an artificial sunrise—take that, February.

Pick up an EcoQube for 26 percent off right now. There are limited quantities, so be sure to grab it while you can.

How to become a legitimate photographer for less than $30

Become the next Peter Park.
Become the next Peter Park.

Image: pexels

Photography’s not just a side hustle or hobby. For plenty of people, it’s a lucrative career. So what — besides talent — helps someone succeed in the competitive industry?

The right tools, for one. And the know-how to wield them correctly. If you can get your hands on a camera, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Lightroom, you’re halfway there. Get four live courses in Live Online Academy’s CC & Digital Photography Bundle, and you’ll be ready to go pro.

If you’re just beginning, chances are that you’ve been shooting in automatic mode. All the buttons and different lenses on a camera can be pretty intimidating, but they’re also easy to get the hang of with the right guide. This bundle includes 10 lessons on the ins and outs of manual photography, from light metering and ISO to white balance and shutter speed.

Of course, there’s plenty you can do to get amazing shots once you come out from behind the camera. There are plenty of tools out there, but this bundle focuses on the industry standard: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. You’ll learn from an award-winning designer, with both online modules and Q&A sessions. By the end of the lessons, you’ll know how to create a great photo, from shooting to editing to printing.

Best of all? You have the option to take the lessons live if in-person is how you learn best, or on-demand if you need to work on your own schedule. Usually, this package of four courses goes for $1,580, but when bundled together you’ll find the package for just $29.99.