Nomad’s PowerPack is a rugged battery pack that you can track with Tile

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 24, 2017

Battery packs are a hot commodity these days because it seems like our mobile devices never want to last as long as we’d like them to. They bring us out of the dark ages, where we used to have to sit by a power outlet and wait for our handsets to charge, and are advantageous because they allow you to charge on the go, no matter how far away from civilization you might be.

On the other hand, people who are always on the go have a tendency of misplacing things, and sometimes that means losing their battery packs. That’s why Nomad came up with the PowerPack, a trackable battery pack you can keep tabs on with your mobile device, even when you’ve forgotten it somewhere or misplaced it. Read More

 

Snapchat kicks off online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2017

Spectacles, a pair of camera glasses developed and manufactured by Snapchat, are no longer exclusively distributed via the company’s pop-up vending machines, called Snapbots. Today, Spectacles became available for purchase online, CNET reported Monday. Available in three vivid colors and expected to ship in 2-4 weeks, the $130 Google Glass-like accessory is now available online via spectacles.com. Read More

 

Apple submits third FCC filing for its mystery Bluetooth and NFC device

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Apple has submitted its third filing for a mystery Bluetooth and NFC device with the US Federal Communications Commission (FTC). The original “Wireless Device” was first uncovered in an FCC filing back in September 2016, with a second appearance last month.

The latest update concerns a device with the model number A1845 and is generally similar to Apple’s prior submissions. The filing doesn’t seem to be for Apple’s rumored Siri-powered appliance akin to Amazon Echo wireless speakers because it lacks built-in Wi-Fi. Read More

 

BeatsX earphones will be available to buy this Friday, two new colors added

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2017

Corroborating yesterday’s report, CNET today said that the upcoming BeatsX earphones with the Apple W1 wireless chip and a new neckband design will be launching this Friday, February 10, in the United States. The earbuds will be available to purchase from Apple.com and company-owned retail stores. Aside from the existing Black and White color options, CNET has learned that the $150 accessory will be available in two additional finishes, Gray and Blue, following this Friday’s launch. Read More

 

BeatsX earphones briefly showed as in stock in select Apple Stores ahead of launch

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2017

Following a recent delay of Beats X Bluetooth earphones with Apple-designed W1 wireless chip, they briefly showed as in stock in select Apple Stores this morning suggesting either an imminent launch (not very likely) or limited availability later this week (more likely). The earbuds use a flexible cord that lets them hang around your neck when not in use. Announced at the September 2016 iPhone 7 event, the accessory sports 8-hour battery life, a Siri-compatible RemoteTalk with built-in playback controls and a Lightning port for charging.

And with Fast Fuel technology, BeatsX customers will be able to get approximately two hours of playback time with a quick five-minute charge. Read More

 

How to check for software updates for your Beats audio accessories

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 4, 2017

If you have Beats-branded audio devices, then they might have a firmware installed on it that sometimes need to be updated.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to check for updates for any of your supported Beats devices. Keep in mind that some Beats audio devices do not need to be updated. Read More

 

How to install software update for your AirPods

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2017

Not unlike other accessories, Apple’s wireless earphones need a piece of software, called firmware, to function properly. A new AirPods firmware should install silently in the background without the user ever realizing it. Should the process fail, an update can be manually deployed on your AirPods as soon as Apple releases a new version.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how to deploy a new firmware for your AirPods manually, as well as check the version number of the firmware that’s currently running on your AirPods. Read More

 

Don’t like the color of your AirPods? Have them repainted black to match your iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 31, 2017

Ever since AirPods made their long-expected albeit delayed debut, some Apple users—this author included—have been scratching their head over the inexplicable lack of a Jet Black edition. That’s why we’re thankful and excited for the BlackPods project.

Taking advantage of a proprietary three-phase coating system, BlackPods promises to give Apple’s first truly wireless earphones a luxurious scratch-resistant black finish that should match any Black, Jet Black or even Space Gray iPhone perfectly. Read More

 

How and where to share faster with AirDrop

By Steffen Reich on Jan 30, 2017

In the absence of reliable figures from Apple, it is not much more than conjecture to say that AirDrop is likely a feature often neglected by the average iOS user. The gut feeling persists though, simply based on day to day observations, and it is a tenable position to take until proven wrong by Cupertino or another reputable source. The file transfer protocol is indeed handy for the transfer of heavier media files (e.g. videos, photo albums), but often only becomes relevant to us when we for example have upgraded to a new device.

Next to sheer transmission speed however, there are other notable areas where AirDrop has the clear edge when it comes to sharing all kinds of material from your iPhone. The AirDrop icon has now fully permeated the sharing tab in iOS 10’s user interface and that is for a good reason: it is without fail going to be more nimble than iMessage, Mail or other contenders, often actually skipping steps that would throttle the process elsewhere. Such being the case, here are some unique scenarios where AirDrop excels on your iPhone and why you should try to embrace the feature more regularly. Read More

 

How to find out your AirPods firmware version

By Sébastien Page on Jan 26, 2017

Most Bluetooth headphones have a firmware that can be periodically updated, and AirPods are no different. These firmware updates tend to be extremely small in size and usually offer bug fixes and stability improvements in order to fix issues users may encounter (ie. quick battery drain, etc…).

In this post we will show you how can find out what your AirPods firmware version is. Read More

 
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