Trees turn into iPod docks from RockAppleWood

There are a ton of generic iPhone and iPad speaker docks on the market, but sometimes you want something with some style to accompany function.

For that let us introduce you to the Etsy artisan shop RockAppleWood (RAW). The owner and creator of shop handcrafts docking stations for iPhones and iPads using reclaimed, fallen, and re-purposed wood from the Murphys, California area — it’s a small town about an hour east of Stockton.

“We believe in natural selection when it comes to harvesting our wood,” RAW says on its site. “We let nature determine what wood we work with and when.”

In the gallery above, we specifically highlight the iPhone speaker dock and iPad stand that is part of the RAW Beats collection. The company does have a number of other docks and stations that you can see a couple of examples of, also in the gallery.

The speaker dock above is powered by two 5-foot USB cords — one charges the iPhone or iPod, the other powers the speaker. The speaker is capable of 1.2 watts of power, with volume control on the rear of the dock. The speaker is about 2 inches in diameter. 

As for the wood itself, RAW uses a White Oak double burl that is sanded and polished then covered in a combination of beeswax, carnuaba wax, and orange oil, which is supposed to prevent the wood from drying out and the deterioration of the finish.

Product Review

The Schlage Encode Wi-Fi smart lock shuts out the competition with looks, style

Easy to install and easy on the eye, Schlage Encode’s integrated Wi-Fi and third-party platform support make it a fine choice for the smart home. We took it for a test run to see how well it worked.
Mobile

Put the latest iPad Pro to the test with these great games

Did you recently purchase the 11-inch iPad Pro, or are you enjoying the 12.9-inch version? Maybe you've got an older iPad Pro. We've rounded up a few of the best iPad Pro games to take advantage of that raw processing power and huge screen.
Mobile

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.
Mobile

These are the key settings to change on the LG G8 ThinQ smartphone

The LG G8 ThinQ is finally available. There are a lot of settings turned off by default that may be useful in improving the experience of using the phone. We've rounded up 11 key settings for you to change on the G8.
Mobile

The 15 most stylish iPhone docks and charging stands for your device

The right iPhone dock does more than just hold your phone. If you’re looking for the perfect dock for your bedroom, or one to sit discretely on your office desk, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here.
Mobile

Google Assistant for Android and iOS wants to tell you a story

Just in time for National Tell a Story Day on April 27, Google has added the ability for Google Assistant for iOS and Android to read you a story. So now there's no excuse for not catching up with a good book.
Product Review

Arlo’s doorbell is missing a camera, but ease and style make it a great addition

A lack of an integrated camera means that the Arlo Audio Doorbell isn’t as versatile as competitors, but a low price, simple installation and smart features make it an easy add-on for Arlo smart home fans.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Smart Home

This Amazon Echo and Pandora Premium smart speaker bundle saves you $138

QVC just took online merchants to school with a massive discount on the second-generation Amazon Echo with a 3-month voucher for Pandora Premium. The minimum you save is $128. Save off $10 extra with TAKE10 code for first QVC orders.
Mobile

Bothering the bots: Funny questions and commands to pose to Google Assistant

Communicating with Google Assistant can be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of fun questions and commands to add a little entertainment to your oft-rigid conversation. Here are some of our favorites.
Smart Home

Keep your stuff safe and porch pirates away with the best home security cams

When it comes to the best home security cameras, the choice often comes down to the one that simply knows how to stay out of your way. Here are some of our favorites, both indoor and outdoor.
Smart Home

The Instant Pot LUX60 pressure cooker gets a huge price cut at Walmart

Walmart cut the Instant Pot LUX60 6-quart, 6-in-1 multi-use programmable pressure cooker price so low, people who already have an Instant Pot may buy it as a spare. Digital Trends' reviewer said, "The Instant Pot Lux won't disappoint."
Smart Home

The Ninja Foodi multicooker gets a steep $80 price cut on Amazon

Amazon took a healthy chunk off the price of the Ninja OP302 Foodi Cooker, Steamer, and Air. This heavy-duty, multi-function appliance morphs from pressure cooker to air fryer, crisper, steamer, slow cooker, and even a dehydrator.
Deals

Best Buy slashes prices on Sonos and Sonance outdoor speaker bundles

Best Buy slashed the price of the Sonos and Sonance Outdoor Speaker Streaming Audio Bundle with an xPress Audio Keypad. This outdoor bundle includes a Sonos amplifier, two Sonance speakers, and a remote. You can save $550 during this sale.