Free iPhone app lets you stream your favorite music from YouTube, SoundCloud, and more, right to your Boombotix speaker

Program offers easy access to tracks and playlists not typically available on music streaming services

The new Whyd app for iOS is getting a lot of play late, and for good reason. It’s a smartly design program that allows users to easily stream their favorite songs from YouTube, Soundcloud, and other musical playgrounds, right to their headphones or Bluetooth portable speakers, while on the go.

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Just in time for summer: Tips on getting sand, dirt and water out of your phone

You bring your phone everywhere—know how to protect it

It’s summer, which means a majority of us will now be spending a majority of our time outdoors, living it up under the sun.

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While long days at the beach, lake, and poolside might lie ahead of us, one thing you want to avoid is having to spend hours at your local phone repair shop getting your device fixed because of a little sand, dirt or water got in it.

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Boombotix users are especially prone to this due to the fact that the speakers are Bluetooth capable and extremely durable. They go everywhere and anywhere with their users, and while they’re designed to take a beating and keep on ticking, today’s iPhone or Galaxy S5 phones are not, and are quick to stop when exposed to some outdoor elements.

If you get some grime in your device this summer, don’t fret! Here are some quick tips on fixing it up, mostly drawn on personal experience.

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You’ll save some space when you give your bike a hug with the Clug

Nifty clip holds bike in place, saves you some major space

Thank goodness for Kickstarter — otherwise, how else would we find out about ridiculously awesome concepts like Clug?

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Yes, what you see above is a clip, but be warned — this is no ordinary clip. You see, it’s a bike clip, which can get applied just about anywhere, for the purpose of holding one’s cycle upside down, securely and in place, thereby saving you some serious space.

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New e-bike connects with your smartphone

Cycle taps the technology resources of a user’s smartphone to make for a better ride

Here’s something you don’t get to write every day — check out this e-bike from Croatia!

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The cycle you see above is the Visiobike, and what makes it so cover-worthy is not that it’s a nifty-looking e-bike, but rather the fact that this nifty-looking e-bike hooks up to one’s smartphone, allowing the rider to use the unique combination of the two to do things like unlock the bike, track one’s speed, or check to see what’s behind the rider using the cycle’s built-in rear camera.

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Now, having the smartphone cradle on the bike’s handlebars obviously impedes on the space allotted for our Bluetooth portable speaker holder, but I suppose we can make a bit of room for this awesome piece of technology.

The Visobike hooks up to the phone via Bluetooth technology, and it’s compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Along with the aforementioned functions, the phone can also display a GPS map of the rider’s surrounding area, and any sort of fitness tracking program it’s running will see the data sent to a cloud for review later on.

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There’s also automatic accident reporting and emergency alert if the Visiobike detects any sort of impact. As far as security, the bike comes equipped with GPS tracking and a motion sensor, so its owner knows its whereabouts at all times.

The sporty looking, mountain bike-esque Visiobike has a carbon fiber body, enormous 180mm/160mm hydraulic disc brakes, and a SR Suntour fork. Altogether, the thing weighs, 46.3 pounds, which might be a lot for some, but remember – it is an ebike. There are two versions available, with two different motors: one provides 250W and the other 500W of power, with top speed being either 15.5 mph or 31.1 mph.

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Worth noting: the bike doesn’t drive itself. Rather, it’s a pedelec, so the rider needs only to get on and start pedaling like they would with any normal bike. Once they start going up a hill, the motor kicks in, and it feels pretty much the same.

Visiobike’s lithium-ion, 14.5Ah battery lasts for around 62 miles. After it’s been depleted, the rider will need to plug the bike into an outlet, whereupon it’ll recharge in about three hours.

The Visiobike team just launched a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, with the goal of raising $245,178. Those interested in owning the bike can get the basic version with the weaker motor for $5,318. The better model (automatic transmission and rear camera included) will cost $6,749.

Plug-in charges your phone twice as fast, so you can listen to music all day long

Tiny USB dongle packs some major power

Smartphones and our Bluetooth portable speakers work hand in hand.

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The problem, though, is the battery life for our speakers is significantly stronger than what you’d find in any of today’s smartphones. While our speakers can stream music for eight-plus hours, you’d be lucky to get four hours of constant music-playing from an iPhone or Galaxy.

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There are options to overcome this issue, of course. You can keep the phone plugged in all the time. But then you have extra wires involved, which kind of defeats the purpose of using a speaker that’s Bluetooth capable. Plus, the power’s draining while it’s simultaneously being juiced up, which causes unnecessary wear and tear on the device’s battery.

Your best bet is to unplug the phone or tablet and let it charge a bit. But today’s devices take well over an hour to get to a full charge, and no one wants to be without their music playing for that long. That’s what makes technologies like PLX Devices’ Legion Meter so great—the tiny USB dongle actually helps the user charge their smart phone 92% faster than today’s standard plug-in approach.

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The Legion Meter is on Kickstarter right now and has already secured over $200,000 in funding, well above the company’s original goal of $10,000.

Along with “safely accelerating your smartphone/tablet’s charging speed up to 92%,” the Legion Meter also has a built-in multimeter to show the user different details about the device, including current power, milliwatt hours, and voltage.

“The charge accelerator circuit has two modes of operation,” the company explains on their Kickstarter page. “Apple mode and Android mode. The user selectable mode dynamically converts any USB port to optimize the charge speed by signaling your mobile device to safely draw the maximum amount of charge possible. The PLX Charge Accelerator circuit is patent pending.”

Best of all, the Legion Meter is affordable. Those interested can purchase one through the Kickstarter page for $49 (shipping out October 2014). To learn more, check out the clip below: