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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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Book Your Flights the Green Way Through This Useful App

March 4, 2016 by  

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green travel Photo: Bill Williams/Unsplash; Edited: Epicure & Culture Though Simon Smedberg may have saved 50 dollars by booking flights to Thailand that included three stopovers, he ended up with remorse when realizing the amount of carbon offsets that would be released as a result. So upon returning home to his native Sweden, Smedberg decided to make up for his decision by co-creating a travel search engine providing data on selecting low-carbon emission flights. Glooby, which launched in 2015, is a green travel search affiliate website designed to give consumers informative purchasing decisions relating to sustainable travel options. While Glooby sorts and assembles a list of flight suggestions from sources such as travel agencies, airlines and booking sites — as other search engines do — this site touts itself as being the first to show suggestions for low-carbon emission flights plus eco-friendly hotels. green travel Glooby searches and compares the most fuel-efficient flights and eco-labeled hotels. Smedberg is noticing travelers are taking more notice about sustainability concerns. Recent studies pack it up too. For example, a 2010 Travelzoo survey found that more than 90% of American travelers would choose to…

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Wisdom 2.0: Practice Bringing Consciousness Into Everything You Do….

February 28, 2016 by  

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I’ve known about Wisdom 2.0 for awhile now but never managed to secure a ticket in time to attend, at least not formally so since I’ve been to a few sub-events and parties here and there. As I scanned the sessions, I realized I knew half a dozen speakers on the main stage, which would serve as a place for discussions over three days at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Facebook tells me that I share 30 mutual friends with its founder  Soren Gordhamer, although somehow given where I’ve been spending more of my time lately, I’m surprised it’s not more. I couldn’t align with his vision more. His vision is centered around how we use technology and making sure consciousness is at the core. Essentially Wisdom 2.0 addresses the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world. I’ve been starting to see more and more technologies crop up that aren’t necessarily healthy for us physically or emotionally. CES over the last…

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Let a Robot Clean Your Floors While You Pack For Your Trip

February 24, 2016 by  

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The truth is, I’m not new to robots. I was introduced to early functional robots in the early nineties, consulted for a few products over the years, including Keecker’s Smart Connected Robot and Willow Garage, whose PR2 robot can not only fetch a beer and knows how to dance as well. And, this and last year’s CES demoed a ton of robots, for a myriad of things ranging from helping the handicapped and flying drones to more functional uses like cleaning your house. Ahhh yes, what woman doesn’t love a little help to get a sparkling clean house? Having grown up with a conventional oh so English grandmother, we used to get on our hands and knees and scrub floors before guests would arrive — a mop simply wasn’t enough for some reason! Today, I have less time than ever to clean the house, especially with so much travel on the schedule. Just because I love to travel and travel often, it doesn’t mean I don’t want my house to be dust free — in fact, I’d argue that a product like iRobot’s Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot (above) is a…

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5 Travel Apps to Bring You Into Genuine Local Experiences

February 24, 2016 by  

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Today, there is no shortage of travel apps that can help you organize your trip. That being said, it can be difficult to sift through the dominant generic information to find suggestions for local, ethical and authentic travel experiences. Every location has its unique charms, but that uniqueness can get lost in the mass of information. That’s where the following apps come in to simply your travel planning. authentic travel Image courtesy of eva101 via Spotted by Locals.

1. Spotted by Locals

Who better to tell you how to explore a place than the people who actually live there? Spotted by Locals features easy-to-follow travel advice for all kinds of cities, compiled by locals. Use this app to find places you wouldn’t hear about otherwise, recommended by people who really know their stuff. Image courtesy of oneinchpunch via Shutterstock. Image courtesy of oneinchpunch via Shutterstock.

2. Grouper

Any travel guide can send you to a well-known restaurant or a new bar. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, Grouper can offer you a more personalized dining, partying or bar-hopping experience. The app links you up with locals or…

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TEDxBerkeley 2016 Looks to Solutions to World’s Imperfections on Feb 6

January 26, 2016 by  

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From innovative surgery and extraterrestrial intelligence to reporting from war zones and Grammy-Award winning music, this year’s theme for TEDxBerkeley 2016 – Finding X, which will be held at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley CA on February 6, will look to solutions to our world’s imperfections. Sixteen riveting speakers will address how we identify these problems and make sense of them in the larger systems where they belong. Whether it be voyaging into uncharted technological or scientific territory, reconciling our diverse perspectives of the human condition, or unearthing the parts of ourselves that give our lives direction and meaning, we all hope to make an impact on this world by Finding X. Now in its 7th year, this prestigious TEDx event will bring together thought leaders, visionaries, innovators and 54 performers who will enlighten and inspire more than 2,000 attendees across core disciplines impacting the world, from medicine and education to technology and diversity. TEDxBerkeley strives to curate an outstanding group of inventive and provocative speakers who can shift global conversations in a way that makes the world a better place, central and core to TED’s mission. The goal is to get us all to re-think

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Harman’s AKG N60NC Noise-Cancelling On-Ear Headphones for Travelers….

January 13, 2016 by  

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We’re fans of both AKG and JBL headphones by Harman and were excited about their latest – the Everest Elite 700, which we included in our annual Holiday Gift Guide round-up this past year.  We thought we’d also look at the AKG N60NC headphones since they are noise-cancelling on-ear headphones designed with travel in mind. The AKG N60NC headphones deliver AKG superior sound while also utilizing best in class active noise cancelling to minimize the disruptive sounds encountered on everything from planes to trains. The other fabulous feature for travelers are their 30 hours of battery life, a godsend for those long flights and layovers. And, apparently when immersing yourself in your music for long stints, the N60NC can still be used in passive mode after the battery dies out. Accented with premium material such as aluminum, memory foam and leather, it is also fairly lightweight as well, another great feature for avid travelers. In addition, these premium headphones come with a 3D-Axis folding mechanism, a fully-accessorized travel package, a one button universal remote/mic cable and a USB charging cable.
The headphones reduce ambient noise especially when travelling to create


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