By Jim Gresham on Sep 16, 2012
You just preordered the new iPhone 5, but did not want to splurge on the 32GB or 64GB model. While you wait for Friday to arrive, you are growing more and more concerned about the lack of storage space on your shiny new iPhone. After all, you are going to want to watch widescreen movies in their 16:9 glory, but alas, you need all 16GBs to store family vacation photos to show Grandma on your Thanksgiving trip home.
Critically, you scoff that she doesn’t have WiFi at the assisted living center, so you can’t pull them from iCloud or Dropbox. This Thanksgiving, be thankful for Kingston’s Wi-Drive, which will store everything needed in a compact design and wirelessly broadcast the files without an existing network. Even the nagging kids in the backseat can simultaneously enjoy different movies… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2012
It is no secret that Apple’s in-ear headphones that ship with iPhones and iPods leave a lot to be desired. Sound quality is average, at best, bass is non-existent and highs sound a little too robotic. Of course, we knew Apple would be introducing a brand new headset today. What we haven’t known is that the company spent three years designing the new headphones, dubbed EarPods. Yes, three years… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2012
Just one more day to go until Apple’s highly-anticpated iPhone event, and surprise surprise, we have more purported case leaks. This time, it’s a photo of an iPad mini and iPhone 5 case, among a 4S and others.
The purpose of the image is to give us an idea of how the unannounced devices measure up to their predecessors. And it’s actually really interesting to see how the iPad mini compares to the third-gen iPad… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Sep 5, 2012
Apple could cash in to the tune of $100 million soon after it unveils upcoming devices with the new 9-pin dock connector. The Cupertino, Calif. company intends to be initially the only game in town for Apple fans, exclusively selling the adapters at $10 a pop, reports say.
The company will also sell Apple-branded USB cables for $19 each. This is in line with the MagSafe to Magasafe 2 converter cable Apple sells for $9.99 and the iPhone Micro USB adapter for $11 and $13. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Aug 28, 2012
Priding itself on accomplishing the perfect combination of “natural soundstage, wearability and eye-catching appeal,” Phiaton is part of the Cresyn Co., which produces components for many of the world’s best-selling headphones, earphones, and speakers. The parent company’s philosophy is to focus on innovation and quality, which motivates its 12,000+ global workforce.
The Phiaton PS 300 NC headphone is a testament to creativity, build quality, and practicality. From supple genuine leather ear cups and premium leather grade trim to the included custom cut travel pouch, the “Primal Series” 300′s stand tall against the competition and sound great. To walk through some Pink Floyd and Skrillex, read on… we wouldn’t want you to miss your chance to win one of three pairs of PS 210 earphones. Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2012
In search of a new iPad case? You might want to check this out: LifeProof, the company behind the popular rugged iPhone cover, has just released a new case for Apple’s tablet.
Dubbed the nüüd, the case is thin and doesn’t feature a built-in screen protector. But somehow, the developers still managed to make it water, shock, dirt and snow proof… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2012
One of the great things about the iPad is the fact that it’s so easy to use, a toddler could use it. In fact, they do use it. Recent studies show that roughly 40% of children ages 2-4 have used an iPad or similar device.
But unless you want to put the fate of your $500 tablet in the hands of a two-year old, you better put a case on it. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of choices out there that are kid-friendly. Enter the iKid… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 2012
If you haven’t noticed lately, part leaks for Apple’s rumored iPad mini have started to pick up over the past few weeks. Last weekend, the tablet’s dock connector assembly surfaced. And a few days before that we saw its audio jack.
These pieces should help alleviate some of the skepticism that the smaller iPad doesn’t exist that came along with no physical evidence. But if you’re still on the fence about the slate, check out these new iPad mini cases… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 2012
Since Apple unveiled the iPad two years ago, accessory-makers have been trying to find a way to turn it into a laptop hybrid. We’ve covered several of these kinds of products on iDB over the years, including the NoteBookCase and the Brydge.
And this morning, we’re adding another one to the list: the CruxSKUNK. The Crux team promises the case will turn your iPad into a powerful laptop. And, goofy name aside, it actually looks like it could give its competitors a run for their money… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 22, 2012
Of all the interesting iPad accessories we’ve seen over the years, this one has to be towards the top of the list. It’s a real, working typewriter keyboard, that’s compatible with your Apple-branded tablet.
The invention comes courtesy of industrial designer Austin Yang of Edinburgh, Scotland. And it’s essentially a typewriter with capacitive touch hammers that press the keys on your iPad keyboard. Watch: Read More
By Jim Gresham on Aug 21, 2012
I wouldn’t call myself an audiophile, not even if I was stretching my imagination, but I do have a set of speakers in almost every room in the house. Circa 1997, I bought a pair of portable desktop speakers, which have held true for 15 years, but it is time for a change. Technology has adapted and changed, but my old speakers have not.
To increase the savvy of my sound and look, Edifier sent over their Prisma E3350BT 2.1 BT Audio System and, I must say it is quite an impressive package. In fact, the system boasts a 2008 CES Design and Engineering honor and has received updates throughout the past few years… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2012
We’ve seen a lot of cool accessories for the iPad over the years, but this one might just take the cake. Double Robotics has just unveiled a new self-balancing motorized stand for Apple’s tablet called the Double.
The stand uses the iPad for propulsion, as it wheels around on a Segway-like base. And the whole thing is controlled by a second iPad, using the camera on the first for guidance. You really have to see it to believe it… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2012
In the overcrowded world of iPad cases, an accessory manufacturer has to make its covers extremely unique to stand out. Well it doesn’t get much more unique than this.
Meet the Padintosh Case for iPad. The cover promises to bring out the Macintosh geek in you with its nostalgic 1984 Mac design, while still protecting your 2012 tablet… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 10, 2012
If you have an iPad, and a Smart Cover for that iPad, then that makes you the perfect candidate for the Smarter Stand. The tiny accessory, composed of 2 clips, promises to turn your Smart Cover into a full-featured iPad stand.
Wish your Smart Cover was more sturdy when propping up your iPad? Smarter Stand can help with that. Wish your Smart Cover offered a wider range of viewing angles? Smarter stand can help with that too. And here’s how it works… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 30, 2012
Now that it’s been all but confirmed that Apple will be hosting a media event in September, the spotlight turns to the focus of the meeting. Obviously, a new iPhone is a given. But what else will Apple be unveiling that day?
One report suggests that we could see the rumored iPad mini at the event, although there is still no actual evidence that such a product exists. But that’s not stopping case-makers from ramping up production… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jul 30, 2012
Hitting the ground in early 2000, LapWorks, Inc. began making portable products for notebook computers. Over the last decade, the company has made items for major hardware companies, including privately labelled products for Targus. LapWorks then began making products for the iPad in 2010 and now offers a wide assortment of hardware accessories, of which the InVogue iPad Stand is a proud member.
There are plenty of evenings when my wife or I enjoy a movie on our iPad. As a hardware reviewer, there are plenty of iPad cases and stands around the house made specifically for that situation, but none of them are hands or lap-free. By that, I mean, the iPad must be held/rested on my lap or nearby table. Those who do not invest in fancy accessories are just holding it in their hands, and what a shame it is!
Everyone has experienced the burning shoulder syndrome that is caused by trying to hold the iPad at the perfect viewing angle while taking in their favorite Netflix movie. The InVogue iPad Stand is the prescription only LapWorks can fill… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2012
Doesn’t it bother you there’s no easy way to send text messages or give someone a buzz while your phone is docked to a music station? Enter Pear, a Kickstarter project by Brendan Kelso which seeks to tackle this unpleasantry with a nice dongle that attaches to your speaker so now you can take your iPhone and browse the web, check email, message people and what not, all the while being able to stream your music via Bluetooth. Unless you have an AirPlay-enabled audio gear or Bluetooth speakers, Pear could be just the gizmo you need… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jul 12, 2012
Simply, I hate tangled cables. The most worthless item in your bag is a knotted-up bunch of charging cables and, if you’ve really got a bird’s nest, it can take forever to untangle. Thankfully, everyone at AViiQ shares the common tangled-disaster-pain that ravages the world of technology and decided to do something about it. Ready Clips are here as the antidote and they fit quite nicely in a travel bag… Read More
By Jim Gresham on Jul 10, 2012
Reformation. Few companies can break their products down to the stitching and take an honest look at what works, and what doesn’t. Count Twelve South in with the fine, and few, Apple accessory companies mastering the feat of self evaluation and introspection. The new BookBook is the final result of personally positive criticism. After deconstructing the BookBook, Twelve South has redefined one of their most popular products.
A company dedicated solely to producing Apple accessories, Twelve South designs a limited number of new accessories per year to ensure perfection of each. With what little time they have after garnering worldwide acclaim in Kiplinger’s, Twelve South evaluates the capabilities of their existing products and strives to further enhance them… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jun 6, 2012
Not too long ago we told you about a new Kickstarter project that caught our eye. Called the Touchtype, the project offered up a new type of iPad case that really piqued our interest.
More than just an iPad case, the Touchtype promised to offer a safe home for not just your tablet, but also an accompanying Apple wireless keyboard. If you’ve ever wanted to leave your hefty MacBook Pro at home when popping down to the coffee shop to do a little work, then the Touchtype aimed to make using your iPad for work a real possibility.
The thing is, and as we have all witnessed before, Kickstarter projects all look great when asking for money, but what about the finished article? We have been lucky enough to spend some time with a shipping version of the Touchtype, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed… Read More