Tag: smartphones

Piquing our geek: The Light Phone helps keep you off your phone.

Browsing the crowdfunding scene, we’re always amazed by the space-age ideas being brought to life out there and making us go, whoa. Now, it’s the the Light Phone, an ultra compact phone that totally looks like it’s from a sci-fi movie. Billed as “your phone away from phone,” the Light Phone is meant to be the way you stay in touch when you’re really trying to disconnect. Sounds like an oxymoron, I know. But stay with me, because I can really see why the Light Phone could be great for parents. Related: 5 things I learned when I put away my...

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Father’s Day Tech Gifts: 4 stylish fitness trackers for men that look great out of the gym, too

Wearable fitness tech is super hot right now. (Duh, right?) And with all the rad, new stuff coming down the line, it almost feels as if we’re getting a mini workout just trying to keep up. I especially like these cool, stylish fitness trackers for men that don’t look like the typical tracker at all. Because some folks like their workout tech to blend in with their everyday style, as opposed to wearing it so obviously on their sleeves. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been coveting this lovely Tory Burch for FitBit bracelet for months. One day, my darling. One day...

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Web Coolness: Periscope for Android, stolen Instagram photos, and your destructive smart phone habits.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   One of our favorite storybook apps for kids is now only $.99 for a limited time. Hurry! We love that Lyft is teaming up with Ford to offer 10,000 free rides to breast cancer patients to and from their treatment. Just share something that brightens your day on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the #MoreGoodDays hashtag and you’re giving a free ride to someone who really needs it. Apps parents should know about: The...

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Powerskin portable chargers now just for one penny. Hurry!

Penny for your thoughts? Better. How about a penny for portable chargers for your smartphone? It’s true: Powerskin, one of the leaders in portable chargers, launched a super promotion this weekend offering its popular PoP’n portable battery pack for Android and iPhone (4/4s, 5, 5s, 5c) for only one cent, plus shipping. That’s a savings of $49.99, friends! We’ll take it. But hurry – today is the last day! Related: Our 5 essential portable chargers: Don’t leave home without one. Or more. The PoP’n portable charger is pretty neat.  Its slim, versatile design lets you get a quick power boost simply...

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Earth Day 2015 picks: 5 cool tech gadgets to get you excited about solar power

It’s Earth Day 2015, and this is always the time we stop and think of ways that we can save energy — and money — in our everyday lives. One of the trends we’re really starting to see blow up, at last, is the use of solar power. There are so many smart products out there, and they’re getting even more affordable, accessible and truly useful for everyday people. When we’re out and about, we’re even seeing solar-charging laptop backpacks on the shoulders of people you’d least expect, so it’s clear it’s catching on. And that’s a good thing.   So we’re happy to...

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Location Services on smartphones: Why does every app seem to want access to it, and when should you turn it off?

I’m always a bit leery of apps the moment they ask to have access to my location. Sure, it makes sense with Google Maps, weather apps and certain social apps that help me locate a specific store or get a restaurant review. Those kinds of apps are more useful and just function better when they know where I am. But when it comes to sharing my location on apps like Pinterest, Shazam or Facebook, that’s when my spidey senses start to tingle. And not in a good way. And now comes a recent study from Carnegie Mellon, that apps regularly ping or access your...

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Web Coolness: Google Maps Pac-Man, Facebook’s new Scrapbook feature, and do you have a smartphone addiction?

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   This series of funny smartphone wallpapers remind you to look at your phone less. Speaking of looking at your phone less, Kristen’s smartphone addiction experiment was featured at Buzzfeed! We love that the new Cards Against Humanity science deck will help fund a women in STEM scholarship. This geeky wedding story made us smile. Any guesses as to how many women made the Forbes Midas List? It’s probably worse than you think.     One of our favorite...

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Sponsored Message: Webroot keeps you and your family safe online, wherever you are.

This is a sponsored message for Webroot   No matter how much you or your family is online, the last thing you want to worry about is malware, viruses, and data and identity theft. That’s where the award-winning Webroot security software comes in, to help insure that your computers and even your mobile gadgets have the protection that they need to keep you and your data safe. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount for our readers below –  Available for both PC and Macs, as well as mobile devices, Webroot quickly scans your gadgets as you browse, without using a ton of memory. In other words, you can continue to use your browser...

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Smartphone addiction: 5 things I learned when I put away my phone around my kids for a week

I’ve often wondered if I’ve had a bit of a smartphone addiction, seeing as how my iPhone often functions as my third arm. Or second brain. As a busy work-at-home-mom who runs her own business, my smartphone allows me freedoms that I wouldn’t otherwise have, like running to the doctor’s office mid-day, or volunteering in my kids’ classrooms. Even when I’m home alone for a few days, my smartphone keeps me connected to my community of faraway friends — not to mention it’s my music player, my camera, my calendar, my GPS…you know the drill. A smartphone really, truly is a parent’s lifesaver. But as we...

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Web Coolness: Sending money with Facebook, Starbucks delivery, and kids read mean tweets

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   21 ways you can upcycle Legos, like this pretty cool gadget charging station. You can now send money with Facebook. But is it safe? If you want to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse, here’s how to watch it online. Smart ways to make your iPhone less distracting, without turning it off. We love these illustrations of Baymax from Big Hero 6 dressed as popular Disney characters by artist Demetria Skye. First it was the HBO Now...

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