This spoken-word video from Prince Ea highlights a struggle more and more of us are fighting.

When you view the world through the lens of your phone, are you viewing it at all?

Though this might seem a bit odd coming from a mobile trends newsletter, one of our goals is save you time by filtering through a lot of the fluff.

Take some time this week to view the world through your eyes, hang out with a friend, gather with family, taste your favorite foods or just breathe.

Keep living!


Amazon Rapids

App

By converting stories into a simulated conversation, this new approach to childrens’ books by Amazon is intriguing. They claim that the short messages make reading less intimidating while the SMS style delivery presents things in a format familiar to young kids. There’s even a glossary with audio pronunciations to help kids tackle those tough words. Parents with iOS, Android and FireOS devices can activate a free trial and monthly access is just a few bucks thereafter.


Lifepower A2 M Portable Outlet

Accessory

While we’ve highlighted a wide range of external battery packs on The Informr, the Lifepower A2 is a real beast. WIth 25600mAh, an output up to 120W and both USB and traditional US power outlets, it can charge your phone and laptop at the same time. Not to mention, the brushed aluminum case looks sleek and can likely keep up with the bumps and dings of life on the road. Though we have a feeling you’d notice the extra weight in your everyday carry with this aboard.


KitchenIQ Smart Wireless Kitchen Scale

Accessory

Making the 2016 list of Oprah’s Favorite Things, this electric scale links with your smartphone to help you with portion control and create a digital food log. Reviewers also applaud it for its accuracy, so when you’re not counting calories, you can use it to bake like a boss or satisfy that urge to find the weight of random things within reach. Or maybe that’s just us. By the way, a Halloween-sized box of Milk Duds weighs in at 16g. Put down the cat! This thing’s only rated for 11 pounds.


Bear

App

Featuring a minimalist interface and powerful markup-based formatting options, Bear offers a writing experience that we can really get behind. Exclusive to iOS and Mac devices, the app will also sync notes across devices. By relying on markup, the app creates an option that gets rid of the hassle of complex interfaces on a mobile device while still allowing you to write something--like blog posts, school reports or newsletters--people won’t cringe at while on the go. If you’re a writer, or participating in NaNoWriMo, there’s even word counts and other metrics.


WingBack iPhone Sleeves

Accessory

Sometimes it’s the simple touches that make something stand out. These sleeves for the iPhone 6, 6S and 7 caught our eye with their understated look and emphasis on functionality. You can access your phone’s ports with the sleeve on, making listening to music or charging simple. The inner pocket stores a few cards or cash to make a compact everyday carry. There’s also stitching options and inscriptions for a bit of personalized flair.


Stealth Cell Tower

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Sometimes it’s the simple touches that make something stand out. These sleeves for the iPhone 6, 6S and 7 caught our eye with their understated look and emphasis on functionality. You can access your phone’s ports with the sleeve on, making listening to music or charging simple. The inner pocket stores a few cards or cash to make a compact everyday carry. There’s also stitching options and inscriptions for a bit of personalized flair.


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