Tag: smartphones

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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8 smart ways to make your iPhone less distracting, without turning it off

As much as I love my iPhone and how much it really helps me as a parent, it can also be a huge distraction. Don’t get me wrong, as someone who runs a business and works on a computer all day long, I really do love how much freedom it gives me to be able to do those things I wouldn’t be able to, if I were tied to a desk. Scheduling mid-day doctor appointments, enjoying spur-of-the-moment coffee meet-ups with friends or colleagues, even peeling off an hour to volunteer at my kids’ school–I’m able to do these things in part because of my ability to get that...

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Here come the Men In Black for your phone.

Clever always wins, in my book. That’s why I snorted pretty loudly when my editor Liz emailed me a link to this most excellent Men In Black phone case from Society6. I will also admit that it took me half a beat to catch the full joke, like, the fact that the figure at the top right is Johnny Cash. Ha! See? I’m giggling all over again. Can’t ever quit you, funny phone cases. The artist behind this super cool case is Eric Fan, the same illustrator who gave us this brilliance called Big Chew (ha), a Chewbacca iPhone case...

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3 cool keyboard apps to perk up your phone

We dress up every other part of our smart phones, from gorgeous cases to pretty wallpaper. So why shouldn’t your keyboard get a little makeover too? We found 3 fun keyboard apps to perk up your phone and make it look cooler than ever.   1. Go for Color Spruce up your iOS devices with Brightkey, a keyboard app that offers 13 cool themes, including color, metal and wood options. Brightkey has even partnered with Pantone, so keyboards everywhere can wear any Color of the Year, from 2000 to 2015. Brightkey doesn’t just look good though; it offers some smart functionality. Swipe left or right...

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