Tag: travel

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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15 awesome travel tech gifts for the frequent flyer or weekend warrior | Holiday Tech Guide 2016

Next up in our 2016 Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Gift Guide, we’re sharing 15 of our top picks for cool travel tech gifts. Whether you’ve got a business traveler on your list, a college kid coming home on holidays, or just family members who hit the road to see each other every weekend, we hope these gifts help make traveling in the digital age a little easier and a little more fun. Don’t miss our big CMT Holiday Gift Guide giveaway! Details below. Spoiler alert: You can win an iPad.  CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate   Handmade Leather Tech...

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App controlled Bluesmart Luggage is the suitcase that does what?!

If you’re looking for a great gift for a frequent flyer and tech devotee — you know, the kind who doesn’t travel without an iPhone charging case, a Jackery portable charger and a backup backup Jackery charger (ahem, raising hand here) — we may have found it in the app-controlled, super futuristic, James Bondian Bluesmart Suitcase. They had me at “can charge your phone up to six times,” but having taken a review unit out for a test run, it does so much more than that. Hook up the companion iOS or Android app, register your suitcase (which takes a minute), charge and...

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The free QuickTrip app saves you time planning your day, and who doesn’t need more time? | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Allstate. With the holiday season here and to-do lists getting longer, everyone’s time is a precious commodity right now. That’s where the new, free QuickTrip app from Allstate comes in. It helps you plan your day by finding the smartest, quickest routes for all your daily to-dos, so you can spend your time on things you’d rather be doing, like enjoying your family instead of sitting in traffic. Just download the app and sign up, then simply enter your tasks for the day (grocery store, dry cleaners, dentist, soccer practice, grocery store again) along with locations and the time each task needs...

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