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...Read More
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This gadget does what? 5 outrageously crazy new tech gadgets you never knew you needed. (And still don’t.)
Most of the tech pitches I receive fall into a few categories: 1) Wow, that’s super cool 2) Hmm, possibly, I’ll take a closer look and 3) Eh, no thanks. But with the proliferation of crowdfunding campaigns and sheer numbers of tech products being developed and pitched daily, the formation of another category has taken shape. 4) What on earth??? I now realize it’s my duty to share them, if only for a look into what’s on the minds of tech entrepreneurs these days and which problems they are trying to solve, even if they’re not really problems. Or hey, maybe one of these items will appeal to...Read More
Look, you and I both know that those cheap-y car chargers we get at the pharmacy, mall kiosk or as free giveaways at conferences have a limited usefulness before they fizzle out on us — usually at the most inopportune time. So I went looking for the very best USB car chargers that will be ready to rock when you roll, whether you’re in your car all day for work or carpools, or you’re getting ready for a big spring break road trip with the family. Because when you’re maybe a wee bit lost and need to pull over to re-check the...Read More
I now have a couple of two-port USB chargers in the cigarette lighter socket, because the idea of running out of batteries in the middle of a Waze nav is terrifying. (And on a totally separate note, when are we going to stop calling them cigarette lighters and start calling them electrical ports? Or maybe we already did and I missed the memo.) So Belkin, as they often do, saves the day with a really smart new four-port car charger that’s more than just four ports. The Belkin Road Rockstar with 4 USB Ports actually has two ports up front, then a 6-foot cable that...Read More
Like we always say, the safest way to use your phone while driving is to not use your phone while driving. Duh, right? And it’s something that’s really top of mind for us this holiday weekend, when cops are out on the roads full force, and the anti-texting and driving PSAs are blanketing the radio. As we all know, it’s distracting and has the potential to be very dangerous. That said, I know that sometimes there is an urgent need to take a quick call while you’re behind the wheel, in which case using a hands-free speakerphone is still your best and safest...Read More
With an estimated 37 million Americans hitting the road on the Memorial Day holiday alone, it’s going to be the biggest travel weekend in a decade. Clearly, after enduring a long, miserable winter, folks are super hyped for the (unofficial) start summer. Instagram, get ready! And then, there’s the whole rest of the summer, during which we hope you’re taking at least a little time off to get away with your family. Of course we want you to reach your beach, BBQ or buddy’s backyard in one piece, so I’ve put together 4 useful apps for safer road trips this weekend and beyond that...Read More
Oh Appy Day! gives you the scoop on the coolest apps from some of the coolest people anywhere. This week, our favorite foodie mama, Gail Simmons, shares her favorite. The apps I use most, truthfully, are Uber and Waze in tandem. I’m a Brooklyn mom—I just moved to Brooklyn less than a year ago—and am still adjusting to the commute. Whenever I have to get anywhere in the city, I need a pick up on demand and then I need to know if the Brooklyn Bridge is closed or not—and it often is! The second I get into the...Read More
We’ve talked a lot about solutions to the texting and driving issue, from apps to hands-free devices you install in your car. And now ATT is doing more on the third anniversary of their popular It Can Wait campaign, by asking for more lifetime pledges, and promoting their new #X social hashtag. The idea of the hashtag is that teens (or anyone for that matter) text or tweet a message ending with #X as an indicator that they are now driving and not accepting texts. They’ve even launched a PSA with Demi Lovato about it. Now, I still think that an app that actually blocks texts...Read More
7 super helpful tech accessories for car rides with kids. Maybe they’ll even let you focus on the road for 40 seconds!
I admire the families that attempt long summer road trips with kids, especially because my kids consider a road trip to be anything longer than an hour. On short trips, relying on technology is usually my last resort, but for the extra long rides (that’s 1.25 hours for us, ha) there are so many cool tech accessories for families to help make those car trips a little smoother, and (dare I say it?) maybe even entirely whine-free. GripDaddy v2ARM The GripDaddy (above) is a smart tablet holder with an extendable arm that the kids will enjoy maneuvering for the perfect LEGO Movie viewing angle. It’s certainly come...Read More
Automatic Driving Assistant: The Jetson’s era car accessory that can keep you safer and smarter on the road.
With the amount of time I spend in my car driving kids to their various activities, a driving assistant sounds awfully nice. While technology hasn’t yet come up with a virtual driver to take over carpooling responsibilities, a system like the Automatic Driving Assistant can be a great way to keep track of your car’s health and your own driving habits for all the time you’re in your car, and even help you out should there be an accident. Automatic Link is small accessory that you plug into your car’s data port (every car has one, don’t worry) to instantly transmit information about car health...Read More