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TECH REPORT: Favorite gadgets for October

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Every month, Rich DeMuro is on the lookout for gadgets that are unique, useful and fun.  Here are his favorite things for October, including a tiny smoke alarm.

October is known for fire prevention.  It's a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detector.  But while you're at it, why not upgrade your device?

First Alert's new Atom Alarm is so tiny, you can put it anywhere -- even clipping to a wall or ceiling in seconds.

Atom has a photoelectric sensor to detect smouldering fires, in addition to smoke, which means it sounds less false alarms.  Retail price is $28.

DeMuro's favorite wireless speaker system is more affordable than ever.  Sonos Play 1 lets you stream just about any online music service.  You can control the tunes right from your phone.

It's the cheapest speaker yet at $199.  Plus, it's humidity resistant so you can finally have some back up vocals while you're in the shower.

Save big on international roaming charges with a rental Hotspot from Xcom.  Their system is brilliant.  Just tell them when and where you're going and a few days before your trip, they'll send you a hotspot that works in those countries.

Once you're plane lands, just turn it on and connect your phone with Wi-Fi and get unlimited use for only $15 a day.  It worked perfecly on DeMuro's recent trip to Japan.  Once you're home, just drop the hotspot in Xcom's prepaid shipment bag to return it.

Also good for travel -- Kenu's airframe.  It's a portable universal clip that mounts your phone to your car's vent in seconds.  The hold is secure, and much better than having your phone rattling around in your cupholder or passenger seat.

It's great for using GPS or for music on the go at just $25.  Move it from car to car with ease.

Just remember, eyes on the road and keep your hands on the wheel.  For more information, go to the website

by Rich DeMuro

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