Living in these fast tech times means having to pause to power up our devices. It’s just part of the deal, right? And when we’re on the go, this often means searching for a free outlet, sometimes in strange places. But what about when you have more than smart device to charge? Thankfully our friends at Bluelounge are here with the new Bluelounge Portiko, a 6-foot extension cord with 2 outlets and 2 USB ports. The power cord allows you to plug in two laptops, a tablet, and a smartphone at once, all on one outlet. Plus, one of the USB...Read More
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We all love our smart devices until they start flashing “low battery” signs at us. Which is why we’re always on the lookout for fast and easy ways to charge our tech devices. And if the juice boost method happens to be cool too? Icing. Like with these two, new portables from the UK-based company Fonesaleman: The QiStone+ wireless charger and the WoodPuck Bamboo Edition wireless charger. I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical at first. I’ve tried a few of these so-called wireless gadgets that turned out to be lame, complicated, or just not effective and taking entirely too long to get the juice-up...Read More
A USB electrical outlet that’s easy to install and easy on your wallet. We’ll take one in every room.
It’s amazing that USB electrical outlets aren’t yet standard in homes and new constructions, so we’ve covered quite a few ways to turn regular electrical outlets into USB charging spots yourself. The new SnapPower Charger looks like the easiest and most economical option we’ve seen yet. It’s no wonder it’s killing it on Kickstarter. Unscrew your old outlet cover, pop the SnapPower Charger in its place, and screw it back in. It really is that simple. If you can wield a screwdriver, you can install this. Related: The USB electrical outlets that need to be in our homes What I really love about this USB electrical outlet...Read More
With one of the main complaints about the new Macbook 2015 stemming around the single USB port, it makes perfect sense that technologists and developers are on that issue, stat. Because hello, functionality? Not all of us have all the time and patience in the world to plug in one device at a time to our computers. So the Infinite USB Cable, currently a Kickstarter campaign, is a smart — and dare I say attractive — solution to the problem. You can check out all the details at the Vojotech site, since the respected cable maker is working in collaboration with a...Read More
I have a thing for simple, smart design, which is probably why I’m such an Apple fan. It’s also why I love so many of the Apple accessories designed with the same sensibility. So all it took was the silhouette of this Ray Tablet Stand handcrafted by Ciseal, and, yeah. I filed under Need One Now. Then added it to the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop so you can grab one too. Observant mid-century design fans may get the Ray reference; the molded plywood tablet stand with walnut veneer is inspired by Ray and Charles Eames’s illustrious LCW chair. In fact, the stand looks a lot like something the...Read More
The black and white standard-issue cables that come with your devices? Bor-ing. Just because we can’t live tech life without cables doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. They not only can match your decor, or stand out in your bag when you travel with them, they have the added benefit of helping you distinguish which one is yours so you can totally nail the family member who’s stealing yours and denying it. So step outside of the black and white box and try one of these cool and colorful charging cables instead. Plus, science says that if you do this, spring will come...Read More
All the typing I do during the day has really built up tension in my arms, and probably other parts too. After studying up on ergonomics, I have some ideas about how to change my workspace, starting with a laptop stand for my MacBook. So this week, I’ve been trying out two new laptop stands from two of our favorite small tech companies see which is best. There’s the Kickflip laptop stand from Bluelounge and the ParcSlope MacBook stand from Twelve South. Here, my thoughts on each, and what you should consider before choosing one. Related: 3 reasons the MacBook Air is perfect for parents Kickflip...Read More
We rely so much on our tech gadgets that it’s no surprise innovative charging solutions are such a hot commodity. We’re always looking for a smarter, sleeker way to power up our phones and tablets while keeping our homes organized, and we’re pretty impressed with how the new thingCHARGER charging station does exactly that. The thingCHARGER plugs directly into a wall outlet, but it’s really an outlet in itself. Both sockets are fully operational, plus there are ports at top with interchangeable adapters to charge or device any USB device at all–iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, other battery packs, you name it. Plus...Read More
Taming cords is one of my own top tech challenges, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to get my desk more organized and keep tangles at bay. Because despite what design magazines tend to portray in their perfect home office photo spreads, cords are a fact of life in the real world today. Lots and lots (and lots) of cords. Whether you need a new cord management solution for your home office, or or just want your workspace to look more organized overall, we found some great new options to consider that we haven’t featured before. One of my favorite cord management finds from CES this...Read More
HiRise Deluxe by Twelve South: A beautifully designed iPad and iPhone charging dock that makes you wonder why no one thought of it first.
Until recently, I thought a good charging station simply needed to keep my devices in one place and get unsightly cords off my small, crowded bedside table. But then I tried the HiRise Deluxe iPhone charging dock from the wonderful Apple accessory designers at Twelve South and realized there was so much room for improvement in the world of charging docks. First, this metal pedestal is simply sleek and sophisticated. My gold iPhone 6 matches perfectly with the dock, but the silver and black are very cool too, if you don’t feel the need to match your device with the stand. The MFi-certified Lightning and Micro-USB cables...Read More