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Getting Tech-y: MiniInTheBox is Now on Instagram!


I’m sure you are all familiar with LightInTheBox’s Instagram profile. If you’re not, you should be. We’ve got loads of customer reviews, fabulous outfits, and even some giveaways! Seriously, check it out.

But now we’ve just launched an awesome new account, for our sister site MiniInTheBox. Mini is comprised of all things tech-y, gadget-y, outdoors-y, and more. Really, it’s just a fun site with loads of things you didn’t know you needed, like this cigarette-lighter-iPhone-case, this octopus tissue dispenser, or this laser gun alarm clock. Of course, there are all sorts of other useful things, like cameras and accessories, cycling gear, and the most awesomely designed USB flash drives you’ve ever seen, ever.

But what’s our favorite thing on Mini is definitely the phone cases for iPhone and Samsung. We’re talking some seriously awesome designs here, from pop culture references to tribal designs and glow-in-the-dark.

Some of the sweetest cases around!
Some of the sweetest cases around!

And guess what, we’re giving them away for free. Yes, you read that right. Free. Want to know how? It’s easy. Check it out: miniinsta

It really is that easy. So, what are you going to do now? That’s right–head on over to Instagram, follow us, and start showing us your phone case! Hate the one you have? Show us! Don’t have one at all? Show us! Need a new one? We’ll be happy to help out– 10 of you will get a new case of your choice from Mini!

I’ll just leave you with a bit of inspiration:caset


Tech Tuesday: Newsbytes From The Rumor Mill

Another week, another Tech Tuesday…And this time, we’ve got the scoop on the hottest upcoming product releases! Read on to find out about the next iPhone release, the highest-resolution laptop to hit the market, and which ecommerce giant is turning its hand to home gaming…

Continue reading Tech Tuesday: Newsbytes From The Rumor Mill


Tech News Part: 140938409254

So many news, so little time!  This year boasted a ton of upgrades (Samsung, Apple. Microsoft, anyone?) and tons of concept designs.  Read more for what’s in store in 2013!

Okay, so this isn’t the REAL iPhone 6, but one can dream, can’t he/she?  Of all designs that I’ve seen, the general consensus is a built-in projector that can be shown on any surface.  Apple will have its keynote on June 10th at the World Wide Developer’s Conference, where it should release some iPhone 6 news!

Does your phone ever get overheated, thereby rendering the phone impossible to use?  Never fear!  The NEC Medias X 06E has recently been produced, and can be cooled by a liquid cooling pipe located behind the display and next to the processor. Do YOU think this liquid-cooling phone is a good idea?

At Society for Information Display’s Display Week 2013, Samsung will be displaying several new gadgets, as well as its new 13.3-inch notebook with 3,200×1,800 (WQXGA+) pixel resolution, which surpasses Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro.  However, with such a small display, what can you really do with such an excellent resolution?

Watch out, Apple fans!  Coming this July, the iPad 5 will be in stores!  With the same resolution of  9.7-inch 2048 x 1536, the iPad 5 will be even lighter, with an improved LED backlighting.  Also in store for Apple this year will be two new iPad Minis, one of which has the Retina display.  Are YOU excited for these new gadgets?  Or are you not an Apple fan? =)

“We promise not to screw it up.” –  Marissa Mayer, in regards to Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr, for a whopping $1.1 billion.  With different demographics, can Tumblr survive under Yahoo’s rule?   With a lot of adult content in Tumblr, Yahoo can potentially face several lawsuits in the upcoming years.  What other troubles lie ahead?

Doodle3D is a new drawing tool that brings your sketches to a three-dimensional life.  This tool was created from a Kickstarter campaign, and geared towards an audience with a less serious drawing skills but interested in 3D printing at the same time.  The tool is actually a device itself that can be plugged into your iPad and 3D printer.  COOL or not??

So there it is, the news of  week.  Which devices/upgrades are you most looking forward to seeing come to life??




Presenting: Da Code iPhone Skins!

About Us

Da Code is a geek chic designer brand established in 2009. The brand aims to be a universal cultural symbol, a representative of current zeitgeist, and a philosophy open to interpretation. This is what inspires Da Code.

Integrated Design

Da Code protective skins become elegant extensions of your screens, completing a beautiful picture that perfectly complements your device and personality.

We’ve carefully prepared the dimensions of the skins to match various devices for you to fully express yourself.

Removable and Reusable

Da Code protective skins can be easily applied and re-positioned with no air bubbles, removed and reused without leaving any trace of adhesive – even after seven years.

3M’s Controltac™ graphic film technology is pressure-activated, allowing the skin to be easily applied, re-positioned, removed and reused on other devices without a loss of adhesive integrity.

Delicate Texture

To make more naturalistic skins that are fingertip-friendly, we selected this texture out of more than 30 raw material candidates.

It’s is just like real skin – comfortable and long-lasting. You will love the way it feels.

Fine Printing

Every printed pixel matters to us. Brightness, contrast, hue and saturation have all been finely tuned to produce the most accurate representation.

Buy Them Here:


MiniInTheBox Reviews

Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome reviews about MITB all across the social media.  Here are some awesome posts, enjoy!



Got plenty of new toys to review and play around with today!



Crazy Cell Phone Accessories

One of my favorite things to do is look up crazy gadgets, and wonder, “who in the world would actually purchase these these gadgets??”  Besides that, there seems to be some new cell phone coming out every week, so why not pair the two and look up some crazy cell phone gadgets?  Here are some crazy gadgets I’ve found:

Telephone Handset for Cell Phones

Seriously??  I thought we moved from corded handsets to cell phones for a reason!  I suppose for those who have used both types for long periods of time, it’s a good way to mix the two.  Bluetooth, anyone??

iPhone Windshield Wiper

I suppose have a windshield wiper on your phone would be useful on rainy and snowy days.  However, is it really that useful??  I think it would take infinitely less time wiping away the screen with your hands rather than an extra gadget.  Touch gloves, anyone?

Helmet With Speaker

I can imagine this gadget has a smaller market audience.  That’s what big headphones are for, right?  I can also imagine how weird it would be to walk around with helmet (unless you’re a klutz) bobbing along to your tunes…

Cell Phone Holster

Like the helmet, this cell phone holster would have a smaller market audience.  This holster eerily reminds me of the dreaded fanny packs tourists wore around their waists while on vacation.  On the plus side, this holster can ward away thieves!

Cell Phone Grass Charger

I suppose this grassy charger will be useful for several types of cell phones at once!  Hopefully who ever uses this gadget will not gravitate towards dropping their cell phones in the grass for charging!

Bacon & Egg iPhone Case

Now this iPhone case is just plain evil!  For hungry people, that is!  As a big foodie myself, I would not be following my New Year’s resolution with this case staring at me 24/7!


Colorful and Awesome Gadgets!

Hey all!  As we know, the MITB online store has thousands of gadgets, but when aimlessly looking around for something to buy, it’s difficult to find that one particular quirky object you don’t really need but must have!  Take a look at our gift guide for some ideas!


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The Countdown: DIY Projects of 2012

AWESOME DIY projects of 2012!  Do YOU have DIY projects you’ve completed this year?  Don’t hesitate to share with us in the comments below!

DIY iPhone Case

Materials: clear iPhone case, scrapbook paper

How-to: trace the paper around the clear case, including the camera hole.  Cut the holes out with a round hole punch.  Create more than one print for interchangeable cases!

Bubble Quilt

Materials (for a size of 24×44 without the ruffle): 16 different colors of scrap fabric, 1 yard cheap crappy fabric for the base of the puffs, 1 yard minky, 1 1/2 yard silky fabric for the ruffle, some poly-fil

How-to: Click here!

Bacon Wraps with Brown Sugar and Butter

Ingredients: 1 pound Bacon, Cut Into Thirds, 1 pound Smokies, 1 stick Butter, 2 cups Brown Sugar

How-To: Preheat oven to 375F. Cut the bacon into thirds and wrap each smokie. Place all the wrapped smokies in a single layer in a baking dish. Then melt the stick of butter and then 1 cup of brown sugar and stir until mixed well. Pour the butter and brown sugar mixture on the smokies and bacon. Then take the other cup of brown sugar and sprinkle evenly over the smokies. Bake them for about 15-20 minutes and then turn the heat up to 400F for about 5 minutes or longer until the bacon becomes crispy.

Sinus-Clearing Shower Tablets

Materials: muffin tin, some baking soda, water, and whatever aromatics you want to use (essential oils.)

How-To: Make a paste with the baking soda and water, and include your essential oils. Leave them out overnight in a muffin tin, and you have your tablets!

Dry Erase Calendar

Materials: 35 chips, a 12″ x 16″ frame, and a dry erase marker

How-To: Click here!

Watermelon Keg

Materials: watermelon, spigot

How-To: Cut a lid at the top and scoop out the watermelon, then attach a spigot via a hole you either drill into the melon or make with an apple corer.

So there it is, the best (or so I think,) DIY projects of 2012.  Don’t forget, post some awesome home projects you know of or you have completed yourself in the comments below!  Happy 2012!


Must-Have Apps and Accessories for the iPhone

We all know that Apple’s iPhone prices are pretty steep if you want the best possible. Therefore, we compiled a list of apps and accessories where you would not have to drop a heavy dime!


iPhone Cases – cases are essential for every iPhone owner, especially klutzy ones (like me) who drop their phones almost every day. Check out our most popular cases for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5!

iPhone Earbuds – want to give those busy hands a rest OR do you just not have enough hands to juggle a phone on top of papers, bags, etc.?? Earbuds are a must-have if you have a super busy schedule (or just too plain lazy to use your hands :) )

iPhone Chargers – okay, this is pretty obvious, but I seem to go through what seemed like hundreds of chargers since I’ve owned the original Mini iPod…MITB has been selling the iPhone 5 Lightning Cables like hot rocks due to the shortage

iPhone Lens – instead of lugging around big cameras, the majority of iPhone owners seem to enjoy taking pictures with their phones and editing them in order to look vintage, grey, etc. (Instagram, anyone?) You can enhance your photos with cool-looking external lens so you yourself can look hip and professional at the same time!

Do YOU use any cool gadgets not mentioned above?  Send us links, pictures, etc. and we will post them on our Facebook Timeline!


Dropbox – helps move content between platforms, can upload pictures and videos, share links, etc. The benefit of this app is that it runs in the background so the transfers will not be interrupted in the middle!

Kindle/Nook – a virtual library app that is synced to the cloud system, so whatever page you were last on, you are able to pick up on that page on other electronic devices.

Skype – enough said! But seriously, this must-have app is perfect for making long-distance (video) calls across the world while walking to work or just lying in bed!

Find My iPhone – the title says it all. If you’re anything like us, TOO much time would be spent looking for this thin device. The app tracks the location of your iPhone if you’ve forgotten to set up the Mobile Me account.

Shazam – Whether you’re in a club, out at a restaurant, or just plain driving while listening to some tunes, use this app to identify that song you can’t seem to get out of your head!

Facebook, etc – these social networking apps give you instant notifications from other friends

Weixin (WeChat) – highly used all over Asia and Europe, a free alternative to WhatsApp, iPhone users can chat for free through text and voice messages. WeChat also has adding features where you can “look around” to find other WeChat users in a certain radius.

Instagram – a cool photo app that resembles a photo version of Facebook, where you can not only edit photos with different colors, but you can share them amongst friends and comment on other photos.

We know the apps above are the most mainstream and basic apps that everyone seems to have. Can YOU give us some app names of that are just as good and free??


The “Underdogs”

With all the recent hype surrounding Apple products (namely the iPhone5 and Mini iPad,) it is easy to overlook the other tech products that have premiered recently (or will be premiering in upcoming months.)  So here’s a quick overlook on the Kindle Paperwhite, Samsung Galaxy Premiere, and Microsoft Surface RT:



Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon has recently ceased all Kindle touch production and selling in order to make room for the latest: Kindle Paperwhite.  Its primary feature that makes this product differ from the rest is the 24 levels of patented built-in backlight, illuminating the surface text (however, keep in mind that the lighting depends on the environment you are in.)  The Kindle Paperwhite is reported to be the world’s most advanced e-reader, with higher resolution, contrast touchscreen, and up to 8-week battery life.  Gone is the text-to-speech function, so unless you are perfectly fine with the Paperwhite’s new adaptations, it is not recommended to buy this product.  More features include: no visible buttons (coming a long way from the original Kindle,) six different types of fonts, and the parental locks.  Kindles are now used in classrooms in order to enhance hands-on learning for students.


Samsung Galaxy Premiere

A phone faster than its predecessor (Galaxy Nexus,) the Samsung Galaxy Premiere has faced several rumors and leaks due to the excitement surrounding it.

This new mobile device will come out with Android 4.01 (Jelly Bean) with a 720×1280 resolution using a micro-SD card.  Some of its numerous features include: voice activation, face detection, and media-sharing for easy easy file-swapping.  This mid-range smartphone will be available in 8/16 GB, with an 8-megapixel rear-facing cameraSamsung’s Galaxy Premiere is reported to be launched in December.



Microsoft Surface RT

The Microsoft Surface RT has a lot of competition to face with Apple’s new Mini iPad.  Microsoft has really stepped up its game, becoming more minutely aware of every function and display the Surface RT has to offer.  Furthermore, with the premiere of Windows8, the tablet is another way to market the new OS hype.

The Surface RT comes with a thin and light kickstand, and an optional Touch keyboard for those who prefer to type separately from the screen.  This product also has a Splitscreen feature, so users may write an email while doing voice chatting on Skype!

Keep in mind that this new product is NOT a laptop.  Like other tablets, the Surface RT is in a market entirely of its own.

For more information regarding the Windows8, please refer to our previous article here.

For those who prefer to SAVE money on electronics, check out some just as awesome alternatives at LightInTheBox:

Now it’s YOUR turn, folks.  Has this post swayed your decision in buying a tech product OTHER than an Apple product?  If you’ve used or purchased any of the products mentioned above, let us know what you think!