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5 Ways To Give Your Smartphone a Luxe & Elegant Look!

June 24, 2016 by  

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You carry a cell phone around everywhere, right? It goes with you to work, to the gym and when you travel. While we’re huge advocates of keeping them at bay when you talk and in another room when you sleep (use a safe tubular earpiece connector and put your cell phone on Airplane Mode when it’s on your body — be sure to read our write up on EMF concerns), it’s hard to do without our phones. Truth be told, we use them for Skype, messaging, surfing the web, watching videos, listening to music, email and more, so with a device that is that prolific in our lives, why not give it a luxurious looking skin? We discovered several brands we love where both the quality and design made our cut for top cell phone accessories in the oh so luxe and chic category!!

Piel Frama

This Spanish brand offers a number of stylish and elegant choices for your cell phone and for other items, like business cards, wallets and trinkets.In other words, they’re not just about making your cell phone luxe, although I’d argue that this “carry all” leather case could also serve as a great carrying…

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Phantom Glass Screen Protectors Make Shattered Screens a Thing of the Past

June 16, 2016 by  

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We discovered a useful product find for avid travelers with smart phones. Meet Phantom Glass, a tempered glass screen protector designed for smartphones, tablets, and cameras. Phantom Glass is made using the most durable tempered glass, which ensures that Phantom Glass will resist most impacts and scratches, and ensures that your device is protected. The glass protector is also engineered so that in the event of breaking, it does so in a what that is 100% safe to the touch. There are no hazardous shards of glass or sharp edges. Bravo!
Their proprietary and patent-pending silicone nano-adhesion layer ensures that Phantom Glass installs in under 30 seconds, with no bubbles, liquids, or special techniques. To use, simply align Phantom Glass with your device, and Phantom Glass will install itself. The silicone nano-adhesion will never leave gross residue on your device when removed, which we found to be a great feature.
Unlike any other screen protector out there, Phantom Glass is treated with a specially engineered oleophobic nano-coating to ensure that fingerprints and residue wipe off with ease, another great feature as we’ve had “fails” with other products in the past. This coating is applied using a unique


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HButler’s Travel Totes Boast Built-in Phone Charger

May 28, 2016 by  

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I love my new Reversible Navy and Cream Tote by HButler!  While it is not made of leather, it gives the illusion that it is with its sleek and chic style that is both elegant and functional. As avid travelers know, finding a bag you can take with you on a trip that will go with a variety of outfits can be hard. What’s unique about this reversible tote is not only can you choose the cream side for dressier evening occasions and the dark navy blue that won’t show dirt for all day city strolls, but this Mighty Purse features a concealed slimline battery to charge your Smartphone on the go. Tucked into the side of the purse, a small detachable purse has a charger that will give your cell phone life again when your juice is low, a godsend feature when you don’t have access to a power outlet on the road.
It’s made from Vegan Leather and its built in Slimline and lightweight rechargeable battery that can recharge a smartphone up to two times (4000 mAh). Their “Auto-Power On” Technology means nothing to ever switch on or off, another godsend feature for those frequently on the…

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Meet ZUS, a Cool Vehicle Finder & Smart Car Charger Combo

March 30, 2016 by  

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How cool is this? A vehicle finder and smart car charger wrapped into one product. We recently learned about ZUS (it sounds a bit like a super hero), a small black device that plugs into your car. The first cool thing about it is that can use it to charge two devices (phones or tablets) at the same time. Anthony and I are always fighting for the car charger juice on longer road trips — as soon as one of us is at 70%, the other one plugs in. That’s no way to take a trip in the year 2016 — things should be simpler and faster. What’s nice is that not only does the ZUS have two plugs so we can charge our phones at the same time, but the charger works twice as fast as normal car chargers. Part 2 of the cool feature set of the ZUS is that it is also a car finder, so you have some assistance when you’re tired after a long event and can’t remember where you parked your car in that massive parking lot where each section all looks the same. Here’s how it…

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DENT 2016: From Eradicating Malaria & Disruptive Ideas to Virtual Reality

March 30, 2016 by  

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Putting a dent in the future — isn’t that a compelling idea? And, what’s even more compelling is that it means such different things to different people and why the eclectic DENT Conference in Sun Valley Idaho, is so unique. From technologists, entrepreneurs and scientists, to artists, astronauts and Olympic Gold medalists, people gather around to hear radical new ideas, learn from the best of the best and share their best practices, all under the roof of the Sun Valley Inn, a stone’s throw from Baldy Mountain and incredible skiing, even in the Spring. The brain child of Seattle-based Steve Broback and Jason Preston, DENT is now in its fourth year and my third year of attending, DENT’s format is a mix of educational, interactive and thought provoking, with un-conference break-out sessions, fireside chats and general talks. Since the backbone of the conference stems from the technology community, it seemed fitting that American futurist and author Amy Webb would speak. As the Founder of the Future Today Institute and an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, she dabbles in a lot of projects. She asks us wryly: “What happens

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Driving a Buick LaCrosse is Bliss, Even in the Dead of Winter

March 30, 2016 by  

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I’m a huge fan of Buick and love that we get to drive them on some of our family travel adventures. People think that I own one, at least that happens to be the case on social media. It appears that there’s a bunch of Instagram Buick lovers as well and it’s fun to see enthusiasts join us on our journey. Our most recent Buick adventure was in the dead of winter in New England and we got it all: snow, ice, damp air and below zero temperatures every night. We decided to go with the LaCrosse 2016 model, which includes a boat load of bells and whistles, including one of my favorites: heated seats. It’s not as if heated seats are a unique feature in the luxury car category, but not all of them warm up quickly – not the case with Buick. Within a few minutes, our bottoms were toasty warm. While everyone who has either grown up in the Northeast or spent a lot of time there knows, it can be biting in February between the slush and wind chill that sends shivers up and down your spine.  It was around 30 degrees or…

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The LOOP Fixes the Tangled Earbud Problem for Good

March 22, 2016 by  

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Ever been frustrated with your tangled earbuds especially when you’re on the road and need to use them quickly? We just discovered the LOOP which makes it easy to quickly access and use your earbuds without the mess. What’s so nifty about this product is that your earbuds simply wind on and wind off design keeping them organized when they’re in your backpack, purse or pocket. The LOOP also serves as a great protector of your earbuds from damage which helps to increase their lifespan as well. They’re designed to be durable, so very hard to break and as you know, we love color over here — take a look at the wide array of options they come in! Let’s be honest, tangled earbuds are something that effects nearly everyone I know.  Having to untangle a Gordian knot of earbud wires is something I deal with every time I go to the gym and regardless of how neatly I put them back into my fanny pack, they come out tangled the next time I need them. The device was born out of necessity and the personal experience of its inventor, Scott Rodwin, a Boulder-based architect, designer…

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Direct Sound’s Serenity II Headphones, a Great Option for Road Warriors

March 8, 2016 by  

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Meet a pair of stylish headphones that are noise cancelling at their core. At home or on the go and you want to focus on your activity, not the background noise – Direct Sound’s Serenity II Headphones are a great solution. They tout the best passive, battery-free sound isolation and TruSound tonal accuracy on the market to boot. For those of you not familiar with the brand, Direct Sound is known in the professional music world as the category leader for isolation headphones — headphones used by world class recording artists to isolate live instruments (such as the sound of live drums or guitars) out of the headphones so the artist can hear clearly during recording. The engineering team took the same leading isolation design approach they used with musicians and applied it to the Serenity II, which equates to top notch foam and padding. and over-the-ear ear cup design to isolation noise. They don’t require batteries or other finicky phasing technology used in many noise-cancelling headphone models. The Serenity II headphones have an NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 25 db (dB stands for Decibels), meaning they isolate that level of exterior sound. Virtually no other travel headphone…

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