Review: RHA MA750i earphones

By Oliver Haslam on Feb 23, 2015

Music can be a very personal choice, and the same goes for the hardware that we use to enjoy it.

Just take a look at the sheer number of options on the table when looking to buy a new set of earphones. Taking price out of the equation for now, it’s clear that everyone has different tastes based on what they are looking for from earphones. Do they want the best sound quality that money can buy, or do they want something with a logo on the side that is going to make them look cool in front of their mates? What about design – do they want bright colors and patterns or do they want something understated?

Since choosing earphones isn’t simply a case of picking the best sounding option at a price you can afford, just browsing the myriad of earphones on Amazon can be daunting to say the least, with many simply resorting to choosing something with a name they know or the best looking specifications. What they need is a good, solid recommendation.

So before we go any further, here it is. Buy the RHA MA750i. Read More

 

Turn your iPhone into a Batmobile or Delorean with these crazy light-up cases

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

Folks in the market for a distinctively different iPhone case who don’t mind some bulk should check out a pair of crazy cases hailing from Japan.

As highlighted by TouchArcade, the cases turn your device into a near-perfect replica of Tim Burton’s Batmobile or a Delorean from Back to the Future II, complete with blinking LEDs and sliding plastic doors to reveal the camera lens and the physical buttons.

Though impractical in terms of daily use, these cases will sure turn heads and make you the star of every party. Created by Bandai, they’re available in Japan for 5,940 yen, which works out to approximately $50. Read More

 

This external battery pack can charge your iPhone 6 seven times or more

By iDB Deals on Feb 16, 2015

For those who find themselves needing more power on the move, our latest portable charging deal could come in handy. Water resistant, shockproof, and chargeable via solar, the ZeroLemon SolarJuice offers an incredible 20,000mAh of portable, renewable energy at your fingertips. And with our exclusive iDB Deals offer, you can get this beast for 50% off.

Made from tough and durable materials, this battery pack will go the distance with a 1,000+ recharge cycle rating. The powerful but relatively small package contains a 20,000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery, with enough juice on tap to fully charge an iPhone 6 over seven times. And with the dual USB ports, you can charge multiple devices at once. Read More

 

Another purported iPad Pro case leaks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2015

Yesterday, French blog NowhereElse.fr pointed us to a few curious images of a purported protective case for an ‘iPad Pro,’ originated from a Chinese accessory vendor which makes iPad Air cases.

The sleek black case clearly shows cutouts for a rear-facing camera, Lightning connector, volume rocker, microphone, mute switch and power button.

However, the cutouts for stereo speakers believed to be located at the top and bottom of the device are nowhere to be seen. Big media has asserted that the oversized iPad will rock a screen measuring either 12.2 or 12.9 inches and one analyst believes the device may include an optional stylus for the creative types. Read More

 

Meet Phorm, an iPad mini case that enhances your virtual keyboard with tactile keys

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

What if Apple’s virtual keyboard could give you tactical feedback on each key press? This very idea has led Tactus Technology to embark on a project that’d result in a special case that magically morphs into a tactile keyboard buttons which raise up directly on your iPad mini’s screen.

You’re still using your on-screen keyboard, it just has a tactile feel to it now. Based on microfluidic technology, the Phorm, as they’re calling it, consists of an iPad mini case and a screen protector which does all the magic.

A huge slider on the back of the case lets you dynamically add or remove fluid-filled keyboard buttons that give you tactile feedback. “The anxiety of auto-correct disappears, your productivity increases,” says Tactus.

So, is the Phorm but a gimmick? Read on. Read More

 

Anki Overdrive announced with modular track pieces, new cars and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Following the success of Anki Drive, a slot car racing game which made its debut on stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer of 2013, Tuesday the company announced  the Anki Overdrive ahead of the next week’s New York Toy Fair show. Anki Overdrive is an improved version of Drive with brand new cars, customizable tracks and more. Read More

 

iDB Deals: big discounts on charging accessories

By iDB Deals on Feb 7, 2015

With great power, comes great responsibility, and with these great charging deals from iDB, you’ll be able to keep your device at 100% wherever you are. This roundup includes a whole variety of deals on charging gear for your iOS devices – all from the iDB Deals store. Included below are big discounts on everything from external battery packs and a 10-foot MFi cable to a bundle of Quirky accessories… plus a few more! Read More

 

Review: PlugBug World by Twelve South, the versatile little charger Apple should have made

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2015

Aren’t you sick and tired of those unsightly, clunky wall chargers lying underneath your desk? I’m all for simplification so solutions that cut down the number of power adapters needed to juice up my devices are bound to win my attention.

Twelve South’s PlugBug World is a cute hybrid charger which connects to any MacBook brick or Apple USB wall charger.

By integrating an additional 2.1-Amp USB port, this compact accessory can quickly recharge any iOS device, or a lower-powered USB device, while feeding power to a MacBook at the same time.

Continue reading as I let you in on the PlugBug’s little secrets, such as its cunning adaptability, versatility and smart design choices that make it stand out from other products and turn it into an indispensable companion in your mobile arsenal. Read More

 

Apple awarded patent for snap-on iPhone game controller with support for head-to-head gaming

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

As first discovered by AppleInsider, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this morning awarded Apple a patent for a snap-on gaming accessory for the iPhone which imagines physical button controls such as miniature joysticks, action buttons and directional D-pads positioned at left and right of the screen.

The patent No. 8,939,838 titled “Accessory for playing games with a portable electronic device” even envisions added extras such as an additional multitouch display, cameras, microphones and speakers to elevate the experience. Read More

 

Twelve South launches hybrid MacBook stand you can type on

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

Premium Apple accessory maker Twelve South on Tuesday announced a new MacBook stand that you can actually type on.

Unlike a bunch of similar notebook stands by rival vendors, the ParcSlope elevates your MacBook screen to a neck-friendly height while tilting the keyboard at desk level for comfortable typing.

The hybrid solution provides a more ergonomic viewing height at an angle of eighteen degrees, without requiring an external keyboard, although you can use the ParcSlope with one if you want. The accessory is available now at the Twelve South webstore for $49.99. Read More

 

This iPhone Lightning cable claims to cut charging time in half for $27

By Jake Smith on Jan 20, 2015

SONICable is claiming it’s the world’s most advanced charging cable for the Lightning-supporting iPhones, able to charge your device in half the time as a normal Apple charger.

It offers an off and on switch that is behind the magic. When the switch is OFF: Its like a normal USB cable, charge and sync. When the switch is ON: All of the power is focused on charging, sync/data is disabled, which the Fort Lauderdale-based company says helps increase speed significantly. Read More

 

FiftyThree’s Pencil stylus comes to an Apple Store near you

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2015

FiftyThree’s Pencil, a Bluetooth enabled stylus that pairs with the iPad and is activated by pressing on the Pencil icon in the Paper app, is now available at an Apple Store near you. The accessory ships in an all-new packaging created by their in-house designer Becky Brown. Read More

 

TextBlade physical multitouch keyboard collapses to just a third of iPhone size

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

If you’re in the market for a physical keyboard for your iOS device but can’t stand the size of existing offerings, a company called WayTools may just have the most curious answer to your needs.

Bringing a whole new typing experience, their new TextBlade keyboard has the same QWERTY layout you’re accustomed to but collapses to a tiny rectangle just a third of the size of an iPhone 6, thank to built-in magnets that snap the individual pieces together.

The eyebrow raising design calls for a set of eight large touch-sensitive keys providing full access to the entire alphabet, and then some more.

Weighing just 1.5 ounces, or 43 grams, the device sports an ultra-low profile half as thick as an iPhone 6. And unlike standard rubber spring keyboards, the TextBlade does not suffer from drag, stretch or wear. Inside, it’s immense technology based on six issued patents and more than a dozen patent filings. Read More

 

These tiny wireless earbuds pack an MP3 player, a versatile fitness tracker and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 12, 2015

Ever since the iPod’s heyday a decade ago, I was been wondering whether Apple in its pursue of miniaturization might eventually come around engineering an iPod shuffle of sorts that would be entirely embedded inside the firm’s In-Ear Headphones.

But as Apple hit the brake on iPod innovation amid rise of the iPhone, my dreams have remained mere wishful thinking — up until now. A German company called Bragi has created a tiny earbuds that contain an embedded MP3 player, a comprehensive fitness tracker and a host of other features. Read More

 

New noise-cancelling headphones from Philips draw power from Lightning port

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 8, 2015

As The Verge reported Thursday, Consumer electronics maker Philips took the wraps off its new on-ear headphones that don’t have a built-in battery, instead drawing power from the Lightning port of an iOS device.

The Fidelio NC1L features noise-cancelling technology which uses four different microphones to suppress background noise. Audio quality is improved further thanks to the use of Philips’s own integrated 24-bit digital-to-analog converter instead of the one built into iOS devices. Read More

 

CES 2015: OWC puts desktop-class SSD into USB 3.0 thumb drive, previews FusionDrive-like app

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2015

At CES, Other World Computing launched several new products aimed at Apple users, including a new desktop-class solid state drive (SSD) packaged inside a tiny USB 3.0 thumb drive form factor and a work-in-progress version of the forthcoming Transwarp software which marries traditional hard drive to SSD cache akin to Apple’s own FusionDrive solution. Read More

 

CES 2015: upgraded Flir One thermal imager has 4x resolution, works with any Lightning iOS device

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2015

This time last year at at CES in Las Vegas, the world’s first private thermal imager, the Flir One, was announced and released six months later in the form of a case that slides onto an iPhone 5/5s. And now at CES 2015, a much improved version got unveiled which works with any Lightning-enabled iOS device and Android smartphones via USB.

Additionally, a Flir One software developer kit (SDK) was released in December for the iOS platform.

Android developers will gain access to the SDK in the Spring. Both iOS and Android editions of the Flir One SDK will let programmers write apps which access absolute temperature data for all pixels and control the camera’s shutter mode, in both manual and automatic settings. Read More

 

CES 2015: LifeProof debuts waterproof battery case, water and electricity mix

By Jake Smith on Jan 6, 2015

LifeProof, the maker of insanely protective waterproof cases, has outdone itself at CES 2015 in Las Vegas with the announcement of the LifeProof fre, a case that is both waterproof and packs an extra battery for more power throughout the day. Read More

 

CES 2015: Incipio’s new Prompt Folio iPad case has a built-in display for notifications

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2015

Incipio announced a unique new case for Apple’s iPad Air tablet at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas today. The case, which it’s calling the Prompt Notification Folio, features a built-in OLED screen for discreetly delivering notifications from a connected device.

The Folio connects to “most smart devices” using Bluetooth Low Energy, and is capable of displaying incoming phone calls, emails, text messages, calendar appointments, low battery alerts, and more. Battery life for the case falls between 7-10 days per complete charge. Read More

 

Apple Watch set to launch in March, says new report

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2015

Apple is planning to launch its Apple Watch within the next month or two, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The site’s Mark Gurman says that the company is finishing up work on the wearable’s software, and sources familiar with the project say it’s on track to begin shipping in the US by the end of March. Read More

 
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