Category: Gear

This charging device backs up your phone so you don’t have to remember to do it.

If you’re like me, remembering to back up your cell phone is one task that falls through the cracks. But it’s probably one of the most important things we all need to do. But, that’s all changed since I was introduced to the MEEM back up charger for iPhone (and Android). And no, I don’t mean that it’s my second backup charger if my first one bites the dust. With the MEEM, you’re actually backing up the data on your phone while it charges. With absolutely zero effort. (And that’s my kind of effort level these days). CMT is an rstyle affiliate. Related: Why...

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A pastel phone case pretty enough to eat. But don’t. Because it’s a phone case.

Sometimes I see a phone accessory so gorgeous, I just want to eat it up. Which I know sounds weird, until you see the beautiful ice cream-colored pastel leather wallet-style phone cases for iPhone and Galaxy phones, via UK’s Snakehive London. Take a look at the pink leather Samsung Galaxy 8 case here and you can see you get more than just a pretty case. A rubberized holder (or uh, rubberised if you’re a Brit) and magnetic clasp secures your phone inside, while the bifold structure converts to a stand for small-screen binge-watching. Or, slightly larger-screen binge-watching, if you’re...

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Tubular ’80s redux alert: Mixxtape brings mixtapes into the Bluetooth era.

The mixtape will just not go away, and that’s just fine by me. In this case, the beloved cassette of the days of yore now comes in form of a new MP3 player called the Mixxtape, courtesy of wildly popular Kickstarter campaign that blew away its funding goals faster than you can say don’t stop believin’. Order now and by the end of the year or so, you’ll be ready to start transferring your music library onto this sweet Bluetooth device that has a built-in LCD display and touch controls, a headphone jack, streaming capabilities, and an internal rechargeable...

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Kids Listen makes it super easy to find the best podcasts for kids

I’m not the only one in my house who loves listening to podcasts. My kids, especially my son, are big fans too, which is why I was so excited to discover Kids Listen, a web app that creates curated playlists of the best podcasts for kids. And from what I can tell, they’ve got very good taste. Hello, Wow in the World! Related: How to find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone If you’ve ever tried to find good podcasts for kids on iTunes, then you know that the task can be pretty overwhelming. There are a ton of...

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The 13 best food podcasts for anyone who loves food.

With summer unofficially here and lots of road trips on the horizon, we’re always looking for new podcasts. In our experience, personal recommendations go a very long way, especially from fellow podcasters (that’s us!). Related: How to download podcasts and listen to them on your phone If you’re new to podcasts and want to know where to get started, or you’re a seasoned listener looking for some new ear candy, we rounded up 13 of the best food podcasts for families, or really, anyone who loves food. You certainly don’t need to be a foodie or gourmet or whatever...

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5 of our favorite Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcasts for your Memorial Day road trip

Wait, what? You’re not listening to our Spawned podcast? Well, we’re just going to have to help you change that! We think it’s a wonderful way to spend 30 minutes in your week, and we hope after listening that you think so too. If you’re not familiar with podcasts or why you’d want to start listening to them, we’ve got a simple tutorial to get you set up, complete with our favorite podcasts (and nope, not just ours). For iPhone users, you can subscribe right on iTunes and it will pop right into the podcast app that’s already on...

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How to make sure you have the right power adapter for your Mac laptop

I’m still making good use out of my trusty, late 2013 MacBook Pro, but what I’m not making good use out of is the original power adapter and cord. It frayed (as with so many Apple cords over the years, sigh) and I immediately replaced it. Only — surprise! — the Amazon seller I bought it from wasn’t honest about compatibility, forcing me to buy a Magsafe to Magsafe 2 converter tip.  Gah. Related: Everything you need to know about the new MacBook Pro The Apple power adapter styles change so often, here’s the best thing to do to find the...

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Flowers for Mother’s Day, right on her iPhone

We love to get fresh flowers for Mother’s Day, but when they’re on a new phone case, they’ll last all year long, not just a few days. So, we found 8 pretty floral phone cases, from sweet bouquets to geeky chic designs, that any mom would love. Including us! CMP is an rstyle affiliate. At top: Jane Soleil floral case | Danse de Lune at Society 6 Related: 13 amazing Mother’s Day gifts under $20 that don’t feel cheap at all Herb Garden case ($36, Rifle Paper Co) This collection of herbs, fruit, and flowers is a perfect switch for spring, and...

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Why the new Beoplay P2 portable speakers just rose to the top of our tech gift wishlists.

We love our portable Bluetooth speakers around here, especially as the warm weather creeps in and we aim to take our favorite music (and ahem, favorite podcasts) outside. That’s why we’re smitten with the brand new Beoplay P2 Speaker — and right in time for Mother’s Day, too. (That’s another *ahem* in case you didn’t catch that.) Related: 4 great outdoor speakers for outdoor entertaining this summer These are no ordinary Bluetooth speakers. They promise an impressive 10-hour battery life, splash-resistance that parents pretty much require, and of course fantastic sound, all in a manageable 9.7 ounce package.  But what’s...

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I Am Groot! That’s Groot speak for, I am here to charge your phone.

With the geeks among us getting excited for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere in just one month and one day (and yes, I’m counting shut up), I figured I wouldn’t be the only one dying to reconnect with Baby Groot once again. Especially in the form of this completely wonderful Baby Groot USB car charger. No he doesn’t sound like Vin Diesel, but he is sound-activated (Peter Quill would suggest The Pina Colada song) so he’ll dance around in your cup holder while charging your phone. Plus the geniuses at Think Geek who designed him even knew to include two charging ports. Because the...

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