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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Do It For Dad

 

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Fatherly Advice

Take a walk down memory lane.  You could catalogue all of the times your dad gave you advice.  You could also catalogue all of the times he gave you advice and you didn’t listen.  For me the latter was the most prominent, as I always knew what was best.  I even knew the best way to do things; better than my dad.  Which is why I want to pay homage to Dad with these three tidbits of fatherly advice I should have listened to.  Oh man….hindsight really is 20/20.

1.  Credit Cards:  Your right, Dad.  You do have to pay them back.

2.  Cars:  Regular oil changes….who knew?

3.  Work:  Hard work pays off. It’s hard not to ignore this mowing the lawn or doing chores.

DAD’S LIKE DEALS

We have a pretty sweet deal for your Dad this Father’s Day and a pretty sweet deal for you.  Pick up a BOOMBOT2 and get 20 bucks off!

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To Guarantee Father’s Day Delivery (June 15th) Order by these dates:

  • Thursday 6/12 before 4pm PST – Standard (2-Day) Delivery
  • Friday 6/13 before 4pm PST –  Overnight Shipping

You’ve grown up a bunch and now you probably like the same music.  It’s weird how that happens!  So the next time you’re sharing a brewski with Pop’s you will be serenaded by the sweet sounds he’s most accustomed to.Thank God for Polaroids, am I right?

HIS FINEST MOMENTS

Our memories sometimes fail and luckily technology is there to help us regale in the most incriminating photos.  For Dad, there is no such thing as “too ridiculous” or “over-the-top”, that’s why we’re asking our friends on the intertubular webs to show off their goofiest photos of Dad on Instagram!

That said, you send us the goods, we’ll deliver the goods.  Check the prizes and contest info below!

PRIZE PACKS & CONTEST INFO:

Starts – 6/10/14 (TODAY!!!)
Ends – 6/17/20141st Place – BOOMBOT2 & Metro Edition Socks
2nd Place – BOOMBOT2
3rd Place – Metro Edition SocksDon’t forget to #BOOMBOTIX, #doitfordad #FTW kids, and stay tuned for more goodies from your favorite ultra-portable, rugged & Dad friendly speaker company.

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:

Hammock backpack + Bluetooth portable speaker: All you need for camping this summer

New hammock backpack makes packing for outdoor adventures easy-breezy

As perennial supporters of outdoor living, we have to point out this most awesome new piece of camp equipment to hit the shelves. It’s called the HackedPack and, in short, it’s a backpack that packs up the most important piece of camping gear: a hammock.

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Of course, it’s not just a piece of sheet for you to tie between trees. The HackedPack also includes all of the ropes, carabiners, and other necessities for securing the hammock between trees. It also has plenty of strap space for you to clip on your favorite Bluetooth portable speaker, and just enough additional room to pack away some trail mix and water.

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The backpack is able to achieve this remarkable space saving technique by using some fancy pass-through design trickery that allows the hammock to support the weight of an individual without putting stress on the backpack’s straps.

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Pretty cool idea, and what’s additionally beneficial about its design is the fact that it keeps the pack off the ground, thereby eliminating the chances of any sort of bugs or critters scurrying their way in while you sleep.