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Sorc’d helps you digitally highlight and save relevant content on the fly

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Highlight any document with Sorc'd.
Highlight any document with Sorc’d.

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Thanks to the multitudes of emails, articles, tweets, and digital content you consume every day, there are times where you cannot for the life of you name the source of a particular quote or fact you’re trying to remember. 

And so you either have to exhaust your browser history to find it, or go through the whole process of going down the pits of Google to retrieve that piece of content. 

Sorc’d is a digital highlighter that helps keep you on top of online clutter by letting you slice essential details from your reads and transfer them to a cloud-based vault that you can quickly access and share. 

So the next time you’re reading an article and come across a chunk of text you’d like to save, use Sorc’d to highlight it, and the text — along with the link of the source — will automatically be stored to a cloud-based repository you can revisit later. The app lets you organize all your snippets via categories and tags for easy recall.

Sorc’d also allows for real-time collaboration. This feature is especially useful for researchers, students, and marketers who work together to curate content. You can all have a shared receptacle of sources, and build a comprehensive collection from the ground up.

Regularly $899.40, you can get a lifetime subscription to the service today for only $49.99.

Save $33 on this portable Bluetooth speaker that also charges your devices

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If there’s anything you don’t want when you’re exploring the outdoors hiking or camping, it’s a dead device. Even though you might be going off the grid, it’s important to be able to contact the outside world in case of an emergency and/or to stay sane. 

This Bluepot Bluetooth Speaker and Power Bank helps keep your devices charged while you travel — and as an added bonus, you can play your favorite songs while you get from point A to point B. You can charge your iPhone up to five times with the 10,000mAh battery, or listen to music for up to 150 hours. It’s perfect for camping trips, barbecues, pool parties, road trips, and anything else you’re up to this summer. 

Unlike other Bluetooth speakers that play poor quality audio, the Bluepot speaker uses Flat Core Speaker Technology (FCST). Not only do you get to experience the highest quality sound, but you can also simultaneously charge devices up fast with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and 3.0A dual outputs.

Get two for one with this ultra-convenient speaker: usually this Bluepot Bluetooth Speaker and Power Bank is $80, but you can get it now for $46.99.

Learn to take professional quality photos with this online course

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A photo is like a memory that you can return to always. Better make sure it’s not blurry.

The Professional Photography Bundle shows you how to become a better photographer. Not only will you take high-quality photos you can rely on to preserve your fondest memories, but you could potentially turn your proficiency with a camera into a lucrative side gig. 

This bundle includes seven different courses that show you how to work the settings of various cameras and devices to compose the perfect shot. You’ll master how to use a DSLR, mirrorless and smartphone cameras, utilize exposure to edit a photo creatively, and learn how to work with models to help them pose effortlessly and naturally. 

There are even courses that cover helpful editing software, like Mac Photos, and how to be a wedding photographer, so you can snap amazing images at key moments, whether it’s for a friend or for cash. Visit the Mashable Shop and check out the Professional Photography Bundle — name the price you want, and unlock the last course of the bundle. Beat the average price, and you’ll get all seven courses — that’s up to 99% off the original price of $629.94.

This $20 device is half flashlight, half plasma beam lighter

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It's one part lighter and one part flashlight.
It’s one part lighter and one part flashlight.

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When Morrissey and Johnny Marr wrote There Is a Light That Never Goes Out for the Smiths, they were obviously singing about falling in love so hard that you don’t mind getting trampled by a double-decker bus. But when we hear that song we can’t help but think about Sparkr Mini, a nifty gadget that is equal parts plasma lighter and flashlight, essentially making it a light that literally never goes out.

Perfect for times when you’re roughing it out in the woods, the Sparkr Mini combines a light and fire starter in one portable and USB-rechargeable tool, so you only have to carry one device for igniting a fire and beaming light. The built-in lighter doesn’t even require butane. Instead, it uses plasma to create an electrical arc instead of flame, which means it would still work in wind, rain, or snow.

Watch it in action:

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On the other end, you have a high-efficiency LED flashlight that blasts off 25 lumens, providing ample visibility whenever you need it. So whether you need to kick off a campfire or just desperately need to search for a tiny item you accidentally dropped on the floor, whip out the Sparkr Mini and get the job done.

Regularly $29.99, you can get it on sale now for $19.99.

6 of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that go everywhere

Using your smartphone or tablet’s built-in speakers should only ever be a last resort if you want to listen to your favorite music playlists. With many Bluetooth speakers out there, it’s the perfect time to invest in a great device for a superior listening experience. You don’t even have to worry about buying a bulky unit that’s tied into a power supply. 

Plenty of portable Bluetooth speakers are high quality, while also offering the flexibility of a great battery life and added convenience. These are great for taking out with you while you’re hiking, or simply for when you’re traveling away for the weekend and you still want to listen to your tunes in the hotel room. 

Our personal favorite is the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, but there are other great options out there too, if you want to try something a little different. We’ve broken down the best of the bunch, so you’re sure to buy a great portable Bluetooth speaker. 

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Small yet mighty sums up the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom perfectly. Over the years, Ultimate Ears has gone from strength to strength when it comes to great portable Bluetooth speakers. The firm has outdone itself with the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, pumping out far more bass than its predecessors, although not quite as much as its rivals. A pod-like device, the Wonderboom boasts truly 360-degree sound so it’s perfect for getting the most from your music. The mids and mid-basses sound consistently great, with highs sounding good until you hit high volumes. 

Impressively, it’s also IPX7-rated, meaning you can submerge the speaker in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It floats too, so it’s perfect for pool parties. Its controls are sealed by rubberized membrane so it can stand up to most average abuse, even if you drop it. A short elastic loop is the best way to hold it, as well as clip it onto nearby surfaces. 

There’s no speakerphone facility and charging is solely conducted via microUSB rather than USB-C, but those are small prices to pay for an otherwise exemplary unit. A battery life of about 10 hours rounds things off nicely. 

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The JBL Charge 3 is a heftier looking portable Bluetooth speaker than most, but it’s ideal if you want powerful bass, as well as ruggedness. JBL has always offered high quality speakers, and things are no different here. The JBL Charge 3 offers some of the most incredible bass that you can hear through a portable Bluetooth speaker — even more so if you place it on a flat surface, like a tabletop. High frequencies aren’t quite as crisp and clear, but for the majority of your listening needs the JBL Charge 3 sounds fantastic. 

Elsewhere, it’s suitably comprehensive when it comes to features. Due to its extra heft, it has a battery life of about 20 hours, so the music will hardly ever stop. There’s full IPX7 rated waterproofing, and it’s possible to connect multiple JBL Connect speakers together. Dual external passive radiators show off the music literally, with you able to see them vibrate when the music is loud. As the name suggests, you can also charge your smartphone or other USB based device while you listen. And there’s a built-in mic for good measure. 

The JBL Charge 3 is heavy and not quite as portable as others, so it won’t slip into a small bag of yours, but it’s a small price to pay for an impressive Bluetooth speaker. 

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The Bose SoundLink Micro might lack the stylish looks of some of its competitors, but it offers excellent sound quality for the price. It’s also bordering on indestructible, so it’s perfect for taking out and about with you. Pebble shaped, it gets right to the point with a top facing speaker and a micro USB charging port to the side, ensuring that tech novices will still know exactly how to use it. 

It’s small too, so it’s far more travel friendly than its rivals, proving easy to toss into your bag. Scratch resistant rubber around its chassis means tossing it around truly is a safe choice to make. Plus, there’s the all important IPX7 certification. A strap enables you to easily clip it to yourself or your shower caddy or towel rack. 

The only real downside is it doesn’t have full 360-degree sound, due to the placement of its speaker, and its battery life is a little stingy at 6 hours. This is understandable though, given its small size. Other than that, the sound quality is suitably high for the size, with impressively meaty bass sure to keep your ears happy. 

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As a bit of a party piece, the Anker Soundcore Flare is unrivaled, and available at an excellent price. A small cylindrical speaker that wouldn’t look out of place next to your PC monitor, it’s surprising what happens when you start it up. There’s an LED light show for catching one’s eye, while the sound quality is high enough to appeal to your ears. 

It might not look like much but the Anker Soundcore Flare easily survives being thrown around, as well as coping with water, thanks to its IPX7 rating. There’s no loop or handle for gripping onto it while out and about, but it’s small enough to toss into your bag. 

The light show may seem gimmicky but it ties in neatly with the music you play, pulsing enthusiastically or switching to a more soothing, breathing-style mode. The sound quality itself is well balanced, although highs can sound a little rough at times. A Bass Up feature button helps boost bass noticeably, however. Battery life depends on the light show with up to 12 hours promised, but 8 hours more likely. It’s compatible with Alexa too, reinforcing its position as a Swiss Army Knife of budget portable Bluetooth speakers.

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A premium name in all audio visual areas, Bang and Olufsen has worked to create something a little different from the rest with its Beoplay P2. The Bluetooth speaker offers impressive performance in a small shell, and throws in some convenient gesture and voice controls for good measure.

The speaker looks far thinner than its rivals, but still provides high quality sound. The bass is powerful, if not quite as imposing as it sounds on larger devices, while the mids are well balanced and the lows are crisp. Some compensation may have been made for the size, but it’s hardly an issue here. 

Much of the slimline design is thanks to the lack of controls. An on/off switch is located under the logo of the speaker but otherwise playback controls are dictated by gestures or your voice. It takes a brief amount of time to get used to, but it’s quickly very useful. For something a little different from the rest, the Bang and Olufsen Beoplay P2 stands out well. 

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The Creative Omni isn’t just about being a useful portable Bluetooth speaker. It also has WiFi-based multi-room functionality. That makes a useful all-rounder, even if it’s not quite as portable as some alternatives.

The speaker can be paired with another Omni to provide playback across the house, with its WiFi connection ensuring you can listen to the same song no matter where you are. Through the connected Sound Blaster InterConnect app, you can also configure each speaker to work as a dedicated left or right channel speaker, for improved sound quality.

That sound quality happens to be impressive too. With three drivers built into its shell, there’s strong bass, steady mids, and well tuned highs. It also works as a speakerphone, and it’s splash proof. It might be a little big for tossing in your bag, but as a multi-room speaker that can also be taken out, it’s worth checking out. 

What to look for when buying a portable Bluetooth speaker?

Before purchasing a portable Bluetooth speaker, it’s worth thinking about why you want one. Are you going to be solely using it in your home? Then battery life isn’t a huge consideration. Alternatively, if you want to take it out hiking or to the beach, an extended battery life is a useful thing to prioritize. 

Typically, smaller speakers are more portable but their sound quality isn’t quite as exceptional as a bigger device. Consider whether size or sound quality is most important to you. 

Additional features like a speakerphone or voice controls are great, but will you actually use them? Are you more likely to grab your phone or tap a button instead? There’s no point in buying a speaker that offers features you’re never going to use. Sometimes, it’s better to save your money and focus on what you want the speaker to do for you. 

If you’re not much of an audiophile, and just keen on stepping away from using your smartphone’s built-in speaker, don’t get too stressed over whether the bass is strong and the mids are crisp. Go with the form that suits you best, and you’ll be satisfied regardless.