Category: Gear

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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5 fun rainbow iPhone cases for St. Patrick’s Day. Or any day!

With tasty rainbow recipes on Cool Mom Eats, and cute rainbow crafts for kids on Cool Mom Picks, we wanted to get in on the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Here, 5 fun rainbow iPhone cases to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, though really, we think rainbows work all year long. Cool Mom Tech is a reward style affiliate. Related: 22 of the coolest iPhone 7 cases Rainbow iPhone 6 case  I know a few tweens and teens who would love to get their hands on this case from Stella McCartney. Though hey, if you have trouble finding your phone, you might want...

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Never miss a flight again with this new Tripit app feature. Well, hopefully.

One of our favorite travel apps just got a whole lot better thanks to a new feature that tells you exactly when to leave for the airport to ensure you’ve got enough time to drive, park, check-in and get to the gate. Basically, Tripit is making it really hard for you to miss your flight, and for that, we’re thankful. Related: 6 smart travel apps to help you save money.  Tripit already does so much to make traveling easier — whether it’s for business or pleasure — but their new “Go Now” feature makes it a whole lot easier....

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Spotify and Chill on Valentine’s Day with Prince to serenade you

Your Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot more romantic thanks to the official news that Prince is now available on Spotify and Apple Music. Whoo! That’s right, all of his albums can be streamed all day, and… all night. Ahem.  Start off with a little Purple Rain, and then, depending on how your evening goes (aka when the kids finally fall asleep after their day long sugar high), Get Off? We’ll let you take it from here. And if you need more romantic ideas for a date night at home, parents, we’ve got them in spades. Or should we...

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5 fabulous Valentine’s Day tech accessories you can get at Nordstrom. Drool.

I’ve been a big Nordstrom fan for years, and not just because I have a little shoe addiction. Their customer service is unrivaled, like the time they sent someone to my home to take off a security tag an associate had forgotten to take off. Nope, I’m not kidding. What you might not know is that they have killer tech accessories, from tech wristlets to iPhone cases, even battery chargers that you won’t believe are battery chargers. Here, 5 fabulous Valentine’s Day tech accessories you can get at Nordstrom right now (though really, hearts are fun all year long). Good luck...

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All that glitters… is glitter!

These days, you can make as much of a fashion statement with your iPhone as you can with your clothes and accessories. Case in point: these new Liquid Glitter iPhone cases at Casetify, which are a special Valentine’s Day treat for the tech lover in your life. Let me answer your first question before you even ask it and tell you that these are actually double layer cases, so you’ve got one layer between your iPhone 7 and the liquid glitter. I’m digging the unicorn pastels myself, but they’ve got a few other color choices to pick from. Related:...

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3 tech organizers to help you tackle your cords, cables, and chargers, oh my.

I reached into my bag the other day and pulled out a gigantic knot comprised of my computer charging, my earbuds, and my lightning cable. If this sounds even vaguely familiar, here are 3 tech organizers, in 3 different price ranges, that are smart solutions to a pervasive problem we tech lovers have. Related: A smart cord organizer for those of us familiar with the term cord spaghetti Cocoon GRID-IT We featured the Cocoon GRID-IT six years ago (yes, six!) because we thought it was such a simple, clever way to keep tech organized. And surprise, we still like it....

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