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Hold the Phone! 5 Totally Stylish Cases and How to Win Them


Ring, ring! Who’s there? Oh, just the five smartphone cases that are totally calling us! These cases make your phone a fashion accessory. And since our phones are often on display these days, we think it only makes sense to dress them up! P.S. All of these make standout stocking stuffers. Hint, hint! Continue reading Hold the Phone! 5 Totally Stylish Cases and How to Win Them

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


“We’re Not Worthy!” Brazilian Blogger Heaps (Unsolicited) Praise on MiniInTheBox

Have you ever Fallen In Love? Well we have many MiniInTheBox fans that have! From the Free International shipping to the rock bottom prices, many people can’t sing the praises of MiniInTheBox enough! Read this prolific blog post about one shopper’s experiences!  Continue reading “We’re Not Worthy!” Brazilian Blogger Heaps (Unsolicited) Praise on MiniInTheBox


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??




Thank You Awesome Fans!

Here’s another shout out to our awesome fans who have been participating in Fan of the Week!  Remember, post an awesome purchase from MITB with a nice little caption on our Facebook page and you’ll have the opportunity to win an USD $50 shopping spree at MITB!

Damn I can’t stop to buy things from you. - I love miniinthebox!♥


DIY Guide: Part 6874654315

Another DIY guide as usual, hopefully you haven’t gotten tired of these already!  From homemade caramel sauce to a fire-powered smart phone charger, enjoy your lazy spring nights with these projects!

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ingredients: Click here!

How-To: Click here!

Bicycle Trailer Hitch


  • Eye bolt (mine was 6mm diameter)
  • Nut x 4 (to fit the eye bolt)
  • Washer x 4 (to fit the eye bolt)
  • Pair of rail clamps from an old bicycle saddle
  • Spanner (to fit the nuts)
  • Hacksaw (maybe)
  • Some strips of inner tube

How-To: Click here!

Batgirl Birkin Bag


  • Find yourself a Birkin-like bag to modify
  • Purple fabric for the header
  • Yellow and black felt for  trim
  • Flashlight capable of megalumens of illumination
  • Length of 12 AWG normal household wire for the TASER probe
  • Retro red/pink phone handset
  • Toggle switches
  • Electronics to provide the flashing alarm and sound player circuit

How-To: Click here!



  • 500 grams of Marscapone
  • Approximately 40 Savioardi biscuits – Italian lady fingers
  • 5 eggs – separated
  • 1/3 cup of Marsala wine
  • 10 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 1 cup espresso
  • 1/2 cup of rum

How-To: Click here!

Quiz Game Controller


  • (1) Set of “Lights and Sounds Buzzers” by Learning Resources
  • (4) Mini Reed Relays
  • (1) Arduino Uno
  • (1) Project Box
  • (4) LEDs, one each in Red, Blue, Green, Yellow
  • (5) resistors, 2.2K
  • (8) 2.5mm stereo mini phone jacks
  • (1) Reset Button, Normally Open, Momentary Contact
  • (2) 3 feet 2.5mm Male To 2.5mm Male – Stereo
  • (2) 6 feet 2.5mm Male To 2.5mm Male – Stereo
  • (1) Project Box
  • hookup wire


  • Soldering iron
  • screwdrivers (phillips and flat head)
  • Dremel type tool for cutting and countersinking holes

How-To: Click here!

Fire-Powered Smart Phone Charger


  • 1x high temperature TEG module: TEP1-1264-1.5
  • 2x voltage step-up
  • 1x small heat sink.
  • 1x Aluminum plate: BxWxH=90x90x6mm
  • 1x 5V brushless DC motor with plastic fan
  • Fixation for heat sink: Aluminum bar (6x10x82mm)
  • 2x M3 bolts+2nuts+2x washers for heat sink: 25mm long
  • 2x M3 1mm thick metal washers
  • 4x M4 bolts+8x nuts+4x washers as construction base: 70mm long
  • 4x M4 1mm thick metal washers
  • 4x M4 bolts: 15-20mm long
  • 4x Drywall screw (35mm)
  • 2x heat insulated washers: Constructed from cardboard and old plastic food turner
  • 80x80x2mm corrugated cardboard
  • 2x pull springs: 45mm extended


  • Drill and thread tap for M3 and M4
  • File and abrasive paper
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Loctite power glue (Repair Extreme)

How-To: Click here!


Tech News of the Week!

Obviously it’s been awhile since I’ve caught up on the news, and boy, are there tons of it!  From Amazon apps to Star Wars, I hope you enjoy reading!

This week, Amazon launched its AppStore in China, surpassing Google in sales.  Its apps are Android-based, but not free.  With about 75000 apps and China being the world’s largest market for smartphones, Amazon’s presence in China will go far!

Codename: Blue.  Windows 8 will be having a makeover this holiday season with 3 important features: evolving Windows 8 for touch, a more efficient customer feedback, and 7 and 8 inch screen sizes.  Will YOU want this updated Windows 8 in your stocking this year?

A long-time dream will finally come to reality: Disney and EA will be producing Star Wars video games for mobiles, social networks, tablets and online websites.  However, with EA voted as the worst company in America, will the games live up to gaming expectations?

3D rendering company, Otoy, in partnership with Mozilla, has produced ORBX.js.  For developers, this is exciting news!  With this piece of web technology, developers are now able to stream desktop apps on any browser and operating system.  Basically, Photoshop can potentially be run on a Kindle Fire.  Awesome, right??

Coming this year, budgeted iPhones will be launched, with a look of the iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPod classic.  They will be less durable, using more plastic, which is cheaper to manufacture.  For you non-Apple users, will you be tempted to switch to the Apple side with these affordable phones?

The boxed version of Creative Suite has been discontinued and Adobe will move to a subscription software-based model, known as Creative Cloud.  Customers have shown their anger at this new change.  For Adobe, this change means a few financial changes, defeating the software pirates, and a chance for customers to save money.  What do YOU think?


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!


amplifier dock

DIY Guide: Part 85435132

Here are some more awesome nerdy projects you can create for your gadgets…from an Instagram photobooth to an iPhone speaker, I hope you have fun trying out these projects!

Amplifier Dock


  • Ceramic cereal bowl about 6.25″ diameter and 2.5″ height
  • 2 10-32 thread 1″ length flat head phillips machine screws
  • 2 10-32 thread wood tee nuts
  • A small piece of 1/8″ thick wool felt, at least 2.5″ sq
  • A block of hardwood you can cut down to 16″ x 2.3″ x 3/8″
  • A $.10 dime (totally serious)

Machine tools

  • Wood planer
  • Table saw
  • Chop saw
  • Belt or disc sander
  • Drill press
  • Drill bits
  • Forstner bit,
  • Countersink bit

Hand tools

  • Pencil
  • Calipers or tape measure
  • Block sander
  • Medium and fine grit sand paper
  • Clamp
  • Wood glue
  • Craft glue
  • Mallet or dead blow hammer
  • X-acto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Phillips head screw driver
  • Awl

Instructions: Click here!

USB Hard Drive


  • dead Hard Drive
  • 4-port USB hub
  • few Flash Drives

Instructions: Click here!

Chocolate Chess Board


  • Chocolate chess pieces mold (available online or in specialty cake supply shops)
  • 12 oz White candy melts (they come in 12 oz bag)
  • 12 oz Black candy melts (they come in 10 oz bags)
  • Plastic piping bags or plastic squeeze bottles
  • Small paring knife
  • Pair of white cotton gloves

Instructions: Click here!

Peanut Butter Popcorn


  • One large batch of popcorn (2/3c kernels)
  • 1/2c butter
  • 3/4c brown sugar
  • 1/4c peanut butter (a lump about the size an egg)
  • 20 large marshmallows or about 2c of fluff
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Sauce pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Popcorn popper

Instructions: Click here!

Kindle Cover


  • MDF/Acrylic or Plywood sheets of 2mm thickness (you can use any of them)
  • Synthetic Adhesive
  • Rexin / Faux leather (approx 2’x2′)
  • Elastic (preferably round cross section)
  • Foam sheet (2’x1′) !5mm thick or anything lying around would do
  • Sewing machine
  • Sticker Cutting machine/ Laser cutting machine required for making the logo (optional)

Instructions: Click here!

Instagram Photobooth

Materials: Click here!
Instructions: Click here!