Tag: travel

5 devices that deserve to go along on my family vacation

I’m packing up my family of six up for our exciting vacation to Hawaii (squee!), and like most parents, I’m making my tech list and checking it twice. Do we really need to bring a laptop (the answer here is NO!)? Inspired by Brian Chen’s piece at the New York Times Devices That Deserve to Go Along on Vacation, here’s what I’m packing for our week-long vacation (and extremely long plane rides) with four kids, other than my smart phone, which I can’t leave home without. Related: 6 simple tech tips for traveling with kids that save us every time...

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TripIt’s new feature makes air travel so much less stressful. We’ll take it!

If you’ve ever tried dragging a bunch of tired kids and all of their luggage around an airport while searching for a charging port, a snack, or a bathroom — let alone the gate for the next leg of your flight that boards in five minutes — you’ll know why I’m so happy about the new interactive airport maps that launched today on the TripIt app for Pro users. Yes, airports have their own maps (if you can get most of their stupid websites to load while you’re in the airport) but this one is easy on the eyes, it’s...

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A Star Wars hotel is coming. And it looks like… Westworld?

With the Star Wars lands hitting Disney Parks late next year (or early 2019), we probably shouldn’t be surprised that they’re adding a Star Wars hotel to the mix too. And while we don’t have many details, we have to say it sounds (and looks) a little bit like Westworld. Hold the cowboys and bar maids. Related: DIY Star Wars slime your kids will love According folks that attended the D23 Conference in Los Angeles where it was announced, this new Star Wars hotel will feature various storylines that guests participate in for their entire stay, all while surrounded...

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Web Coolness: The annoying Instagram algorithm, how to listen to podcasts, and lots more.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Cool Mom Tech is a reward style affiliate.   These portable park iPhone cases from Japan are cracking us up! Father’s Day, anyone? You’re not the only one annoyed by the Instagram algorithm. Someone used FaceApp on museum paintings and it’s awesome. A simple way to block calls and texts on your iPhone. Here’s how to find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone. Including our own podcast, Spawned!     What should you do with all...

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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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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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Why you should stop charging your phone and tablet in public ports right now

There have been plenty of times I’ve been stuck with a low charge on my smart phone or tablet, especially when I’m traveling, and have used one of those public charging ports to juice my device up again. Well, you might want to skip those because from what we’ve learned in this new CNN report, they’re a simple way for hackers to access your data. Yikes! Related: A new portable charger that backs up your data too As you probably already know, the cords you use to charge your devices also transfer information as well, so when you think you’re...

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Web Coolness: Geeky Valentine’s Day gifts and cards, VIZIO privacy breach, and the end of Facebook?

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Our favorite Emily McDowell card. Get it for Valentine’s Day! Use the KonMari method with your tech gadgets and digital life. Smart! If you have a VIZIO smart television, you need to read this. Hilarious shirt for the teachers in your life who love Netflix. Is this the end of Facebook? This new Pinterest feature is like Shazam for stuff. Why you want to keep your eye out for the Backpack Challenge, parents. Yikes. This inspiring 22-year...

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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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Web Coolness: Aristotle, France’s new after-hour email rule, and a shower you can pre-heat from your smart phone!

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Coming soon from Mattel, an Amazon Echo type gadget for kids called Aristotle. A geeky engagement announcement for Serena Williams and Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, of course. The best advice 11 inspiring women in tech would give to their college selves. A worthy Nobel Prize for an amazing female scientist. Interesting piece: If you’re worried about your kid’s screen time, you need to help them with it. These gorgeous 2017 printable calendars are a really good reason...

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