Unique approach to iPad folios
STM is one of those companies that seems to fly under the radar when it comes to iPad accessories. They're better known for their general-purpose tablet and laptop bags; they are making inroads, though, having caught some attention with their Skinny and Grip cases. The Studio is a new design built exclusively for the Air and Mini, and in our review, we'll see if STM can make good on earlier progress.
New devices have 37 velocity sensitive keys, expandable with sustain pedal
Mobile music-making apps developer IK Multimedia has announced the expansion of its iRig Keys line with two new products for mobile musicians: iRig Keys Pro and iRig Keys with Lightning connector, compact MIDI keyboard controllers with 37 velocity-sensitive keys.
TomTom's GPS watches' new MySports mobile app, offering easy data upload
TomTom, a GPS gadget producer, has announced its latest software release to compliment its GPS watches. TomTom MySports offers flexibility to runners, cyclists and swimmers in respects to their interactions with their performance data. Users of the Sports Watch can upload and access their key performance information to the app without needing to connect to a computer.
Win an Acoustic Research: ARS60 Bluetooth speaker
Our Giveaway Blitz continues with our Cyber Monday giveaways. Today we have the Acoustic Research ARS60 Bluetooth speaker to give away to one lucky reader. This speaker is the result of a cooperative effort between SuperTooth and Voxx to create a portable and powerful sound system that is compatible with any Bluetooth device.
Does the headset impress, or is it a case of form over function?
Headphones make a statement. Whether the listener is an unabashed audio fiend or someone that cares more about the outer coolness than the quality of the sound, there are a lot of considerations to put into a product. Velodyne has created a line of headphones that looks great on paper and in design across all of their offerings. The vBolds, the newest to hit the market, continue to carry Velodyne's stylish yet simple design. As great as the vBolds look on the outside, will the sound quality and everyday use match the meticulously sleek design? Check out our review to find out.
MacNN and Electronista's Holiday Giveaway Blitz
Join the Giveaway Blitz this week as MacNN and Electronista shower our readers with prizes from Thanksgiving Eve through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We will be giving away cellphone cases, Blutooth speakers, headphones, portable chargers and more. Get ready to gorge on these great prizes, and be sure to check back often for new items to arrive.
Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote
As Black Friday spins wildly, we thought we would offer our readers something that might bring a little "harmony" and "control" back into their lives. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate is what we're talking about. You may not be able to cope with what happens out there in the retail frenzy, but you can take control of the electronics in your home with this amazing remote.
First Snugg case for iPad Air sticks to plan
Snugg's Distressed Brown Leather Case was something of a pleasant surprise when I reviewed it last year. I didn't expect much at first, considering that it's a low-cost case from a relatively unknown manufacturer. It quickly became a personal favorite though, and ended up being my usual go-to case in between other review units. The Robust Case is Snugg's flagship for the iPad Air -- we'll put it through the ringer and see if it can live up to its predecessors.
win one of 15 iD America prizes!
Black Friday is on, and to kick the Giveaway Blitz off today we are giving away 15 prizes from ID America. We have five of each of the following; the CrossLink Universal Sync and charge cable, the Cosmopolitan leatherette portfolio case and the Wall St for iPhone 4/4s, 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4. We don't want to waste any more precious Black Friday shopping time, so enter the giveaway and get started with the madness!
EasyPak 5-volt charger
Uuuuug, so much turkey. So much stuffing. So much delicious gluttony. Take a break from the never-ending piles of food, because it is time to recharge with another installment of our Holiday Giveaway Blitz! We have two EasyPak 5V chargers from Newtrent to give away to our readers. Just in time too -- I didn't think my phone was going to make it through another plate.
The Pop earbuds by Coloud Headphones
It's Thanksgiving, and nothing sounds better than stuffing ourselves with unhealthy amounts of turkey and passing out during the football game in front of the TV while gearing up for Black Friday tomorrow -- but first, we need to get on with our Holiday Giveaway Blitz, so next up are "The Pop" earbuds by Coloud Headphones. These headphones provide direct sound and powerful bass while eliminating noise pollution. We have two sets to give away to our readers.
Black Friday, holidays offer good deals on wide range of pop gear
Black Friday is just around the corner, and it's entirely likely that there's a particular loved one you've been unable to think of something special: your resident musicophile. Fortunately, they're secretly among the easiest of all the people on your list to shop for. Normally we'd be a bit quieter in saying something like that, but your house audiophile is probably off somewhere wearing a pair of high-quality headphones, vibing to Bishop Nehru or Tame Impala -- don't worry, they'll tell you about those bands sooner or later. In the meantime, click through and check out the Music Lover edition of Electronista's Holiday Gadget Gift Guide, and we'll hip you to some tech gifts you can give them that will make them take pause -- and even press pause -- in surprise and delight.
Up to $100 off MacBooks, iMacs; $70 off iPad Air, $90 Apple TV
Apple online retailer MacMall has launched its Black Friday sale early, with the company now offering discounts on selected Macs, the iPad Air, non-Retina iPad minis and Apple TV among other items and accessories. The specific discounts could mirror Apple's as-yet-unspecified Friday discounts, and hint that Apple doesn't intend to discount the limited-supply Retina iPad mini or its iPhone line at all this year.
Giveaway: PureGear Utilitarian case
This week MacNN and Electronista are getting into the holiday spirit, and as such we are going to be giving away a lot of cool prizes from today through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend in between. Be sure to check back often to get in on the action. First up, we are giving away three PureGear Utilitarian cases for iPhone 4/4S and 5, or Galaxy S III.
Mirasol smart watch could ship long after original December 2 target
Qualcomm has opened up pre-orders for its Toq smartwatch, ahead of its December 2nd shipping date. The smart watch now appears in the Qualcomm online store as available to buy, though the component producer does advise that the device will be shipping "within 1-3 weeks," meaning that some customers may face a considerable wait for their order.
New case waterproof up to 2 meters, MILSPEC 810G rated
Case designer Incipio has announced the launch of the Atlas ID Waterproof Case for the iPhone 5 and 5s. The Atlas ID Case features an intelligent Touch ID interface which is compatible with the iPhone 5s Touch ID sensor, and includes a device limited warranty and accompanying registration App. Incipio's Atlas ID Case is waterproof up to two meters (6.56 feet) for 30 minutes, meets US Military Standard 810G for drop protection, water and dust ingress, and has an IP68 ingress protection rating against water and dust.
Signature folio gets update for new iPad
The very first Targus iPad Air case we had a chance to look at -- the Versavu Keyboard Case -- didn't exactly earn high marks. I disliked it so much, in fact, that I immediately pulled it off once the hands-on was finished. Thankfully, Targus' new Vuscape folio case seems a little more competent -- at least at first glance. We'll see if it surpasses that level in our review.
Tech eliminates need for intermediary streamer
A Danish company, GN ReSound, has collaborated with Apple to develop the first Made for iPhone-certified hearing aid, Reuters says. The LiNX is capable of connecting directly to an iPhone using Bluetooth Low Energy, instead of first connecting to an intermediary "streamer" that bridges Bluetooth devices and regular hearing aids. The LiNX will let people stream music and make phone calls, as with a dedicated Bluetooth headset; a companion iOS app will let people configure device settings.
Promo image points at possible iPad, accessory discounts
Apple has begun teasing its annual Black Friday sales event on its international websites. While the company's US website has yet to mention anything, the Australian site notes that the event will take place this Friday both online and at retail, and that online orders will have free shipping.
Belkin brings home-automation tool to market
Belkin this week announced the release of a new home-automation tool, the WeMo Insight Switch, an iPhone-compatible device that allows users to turn lights and appliances on and off remotely. The WeMo Insight is the successor to Belkin's initial WeMo Switch, and it improves upon the older version by adding the ability to monitor power usage. It also allows users to create rules and schedules governing power usage.
AT&T now selling new Moshi case for iPhone 5c, earbud headphones
Moshi, a mobile accessories company, announced the availability of its two new products - Mythro earbuds and the iGlaze Remix case for iPhone 5c - that are now available on ATT.com and in select AT&T stores. Released in anticipation of the holiday shopping season, the new product additions join the already existing Moshi offerings available through AT&T, such as its origami-style iPad case and bubble-free iPhone screen protector.
New Wren V5BT's 3-inch throw drivers and four layer voice coils produce realistic bass
American audio company, Wren Sound Systems, is now shipping its latest speaker product, the Wren V5BT portable speaker. Powered by Intersil's classic D2 50-watt DSP-controlled class D amplifier, the V5BT is able to deliver room-filling sound in a compact design.
Pro-Apple verdict decried by Samsung attorneys
[Updated with Apple statement] The Apple versus Samsung damages retrial is complete. The jury awarded Apple $300 million dollars, 76 percent of the $380 million Apple asked for, and nearly six times what Samsung thought it should have to pay. The retrial marks the end of the first Apple and Samsung patent trial, barring appeals. Samsung is now on the hook for a total of around $900 million in damages, with another trial covering different devices and patents to begin in 2014.
SnowLizard SLPower 7 portable battery charger
Owning a smart phone or a tablet is great, but having the battery die while on the go is not so great. There are various ways to avoid having this happen -- one of them being a portable battery charger. SnowLizard's SLPower 7 charger provides 7000mAH of power that can be used to simultaneously charge two tablets or smartphones. Electronista has one of these to give away to our readers.
Second major controller release for iOS 7 devices
Following months of leaks, Logitech has officially announced the PowerShell, its first game controller case for the iPhone and iPod touch. Compared with MOGA's new controller the PowerShell has a minimalist number of controls, limited to a direction pad, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons. Both cases do however incorporate a battery -- in the case of the PowerShell, one rated at 1,500mAh.
Google's Nexus devices get wireless charging accessory
Owners of Google's Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 smartphones and the Nexus 7 tablet can now get a specialized wireless charging device. The device appeared Tuesday in Google's Play Store, and it ships in 1 to 2 business days. The device provides wireless charging for each of the Nexus devices, though it only has room to charge one device at a time.
PlayOn announces availability of PlayCast channel in Roku channel store
MediaMall Technologies, owner of PlayOn media server software for streaming
video content, has announced the availability of its new PlayCast channel in the Roku channel store. PlayCast allows users to send any video from a PC browser to a Roku-connected TV, much like Google's Chromecast service. When used with PlayOn, PlayCast gives users the ability to cast videos from an Internet browser. PlayCast is available in the Roku channel store; PlayOn, which can be accessed through subscription, is available in monthly, annual and lifetime payment options, starting at $9 per month.
Will allow more precision in compatible games
Accessory maker MOGA has formally revealed the Ace Power, a game controller for the iPhone and iPod touch. The device is the first to take advantage of iOS 7's GameController API, standardizing controller support. It includes two sticks, a direction pad, four main buttons, and shoulder triggers. It clamps around the top and bottom of an iPhone or iPod, also plugging into the Lightning port. This lets the accessory supply extra battery life.
LinkedIn Pulse responds to feedback, enhances 4.0 update
LinkedIn Pulse, formerly Pulse, was released last week on iTunes and Google Play as LinkedIn's "main vehicle for [its] social news experience". Version 4.0 was met with criticism, leading the company to hurriedly issue version 4.0.1 to respond to complaints. The update includes full screen reading on iPad, increased density on the home screen, the ability to swipe to go back after reading a story, and several smaller fixes and performance improvements.
Toq smartwatch uses low-power Mirasol display, boasts multi-day battery life
Qualcomm will be releasing its own interpretation of the smart watch at the beginning of next month. The Qualcomm Toq uses a low-power Mirasol display, something which will help the always-on device to have what is claimed by the company to be "multiple days of battery life," while also remaining visible in bright sunlight.
iPhone repairer aiming to turn broken iPhone parts into new products
An iPhone repairer has launched a new KickStarter project aimed at reclaiming unrecyclable broken iPhone parts and turning them into useful products including furniture, jewelry and kitchen accessories. According to project founder Chris Koerner, he was finding that only around 75 percent of broken iPhone components could be recycled, particularly the broken LCD components. Although Apple has a recycling program, Koerner wanted to avoid shipping costs and created the Twice Used initiative, using some of his staff to create products featuring the broken components including tablets, and clocks.
Acase releases Tip Top and F1 cases for iPad Air
Acase, a designer and manufacturer of mobile device accessories, has announced the availability of two lightweight iPad Air cases: the TipTop, which emphasizes functionality, and the F1 Case, that focuses on style. The TipTop can prop the tablet in six distinct angles, and includes a hand strap for preventing drops while holding it. The F1 provides users with a cover that also can prop the tablet for adequate typing usage, and sports a black and red aesthetic that likens itself to an Italian race car. Both cases are made of premium leather, and feature magnetic covers that automatically turn the iPad on or off. Available on Amazon, the F1 Case and TipTop are each regularly priced at $40 and currently on sale for $25 and $20 respectively.
Twitter client updated, re-adding former Tweetbot options before redesign
Tapbots has updated its Twitter client app for iOS, Tweetbot 3 ($3), restoring several former Tweetbot options that did not make it into the redesigned 3.0 app. Redesigned last month for iOS 7, Tweetbot 3 offers users native push notifications, customizable navigation, and a synced timeline position. Version 3.1 allows users to again set a list as their default timeline, as well as the ability to resize text. The round avatars that were introduced alongside the iOS7 redesign can now be set to square, and timeline badges can be hidden. Additionally, bug fixes, right swipe quick reply, and more are included in the update. The update is free, and Tweetbot 3 can be downloaded through iTunes for devices with iOS 7.
Master Fader 2.0 incorporates user feedback, adding new features and enhancements
Mackie's Master Fader app for its DL Series Digital Live Sound Mixers with iPad Control has received an update with the release of Master Fader 2.0. The Master Fader iPad app works in conjunction with a Mackie DL1608 or DL806 digital live sound mixer. Master Fader 2.0 offers input channel and aux send linking, which provide true stereo operation and a single set of controls for linked channels. Other features include an expanded Aux/FX send configuration, with a pre-DSP option, and LR mute and pan options for stereo auxes. Master Fader 2.0 has iOS 7 support, and numerous bug fixes in areas that previously caused crashing. Compatible with iOS 6 or later, Master Fader 2.0 for iPad can be downloaded for free from iTunes.
27-inch Samsung monitor for $190 and more
Currently, Rakuten.com has the Samsung 27-inch LED monitor for the reduced price of $190 (price reflected when added to cart) which is $323.20 off the list price of $513.19, and the lowest total price we've seen on this monitor by about $60. Free US shipping is available, but sales tax applies for residents of New York and California. This monitor features adjustable height, 1080 resolution, LED backlight, DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort connectivity along with built-in USB hub. It is backed by a three-year limited warranty from Samsung.
Belkin aims high with early Air keyboard case
In a hands-on with the Targus Versavu Keyboard Case, I observed that buying a case around the launch of a new Apple device often entails compromise, since not every manufacturer is on board yet. Even if they are, they may only have a few options available -- designers do, after all, need to experiment to come up with something high-quality. Belkin's QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case is an early effort for the iPad Air, but we'll see in our review if that's necessarily a mark against it.
New articulated arm to convert a standard desk to a standing workstation
Ergotron has been a standard in workflow solutions for some time. Known best for monitor stand configurations and wall mount systems, it isn't uncommon to see them in use by law enforcement offices or hospitals across the country. At the consumer level, the company has pushed to the standing desk movement with their line of WorkFit products. With the aim to make working while standing as accessible as if one were sitting, the line has offered a more affordable solution than motor assisted, rising desks. The company has now turned its attention to creating a WorkFit for Apple consumers, bringing out the WorkFit-P for Apple for use with the full range of MacBook products. How well does the product deliver on the Ergotron ethos for a more healthy working environment? Read our review and find out.
Google Glass-compatible frames for prescription lenses due in January
Rochester Optical is working on creating frames for prescription lenses that will work with Google Glass. The eyewear manufacturer is hoping to capitalize on the apparent lack of progress that Google has made towards modifying its existing Explorer Edition headsets for use by those who normally wear glasses, by designing frames that could easily accept the wearable device.
SwitchEasy CANVAS case can prop tablet at any angle
SwitchEasy has announced the immediate availability of its updated iPad case, Canvas for iPad Air. Encasing the Air's front and back, its outer layer is soft to hold while its inner shell is composed of a protective polycarbonate. The patterned, microfiber inner lining of the case does not damage the screen and also provides a slide-proof canvas for propping the tablet at any angle. Strong magnets lock the screen cover in place, engaging the iPad Air's sleep function. The Canvas unit is accompanied with a screen guard, microfiber cloth, screen squeegee, two headphone jack protectors, and to lightning connector protectors. Available in four colors, the SwitchEasy Canvas for iPad Air is available for $50.
Google Nexus to be released on T-Mobile on November 14 online, November 20 retail
T-Mobile has announced the upcoming launch of the Google Nexus 5 with its service. The Nexus 5 is to be powered by the latest Android OS, with a 2.26 GHz quad-core processor and LTE capabilities. Soon available with the company's Simple Choice plan, consumers pay $40 up front and $20 per month in a two-year device payment plan. The Nexus 5 will be available for purchase November 14 online, and November 20 at T-Mobile retail locations.
ReadyNAS, PNY Flash expansion, and more
Until the end of the year, save $50 through a mail-in-rebate offer on the Netgear ReadyNAS 4TB network attached storage system at Frys.com. It was $299, but is only $249 after the mail-in-rebate is applied. That makes this about $120 less than the lowest price we've seen anywhere else. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of AZ, CA, OH and TX. The ReadyNAS features two Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and has 4TB of storage capacity.
TuneIn Radio update features redesign and optimization for iOS 7
TuneIn Radio, a free radio app for iOS, lets users listen to a variety of streaming radio stations features sports, news, talk, and music programming. Listeners have access to 100,000 live radio stations and two million podcasts, concerts and shows, all of which can be streamed on an iPhone, iPad and iPod. In version 5, Tunein features a redesigned interface, optimized for iOS 7. Live college basketball games can also now be accessed, including every PAC-12 game. Also included in the update are bug fixes regarding playback and streaming errors, and issues pertaining to viewing recommendations upon swiping the Now Playing screen. TuneIn Radio is available on iTunes, and can also be accessed from the web.
BlackBerry, HTC, iPhone 5s also eligible; sold gold iPhone available
As has been offered with previous popular electronics devices from Apple and other vendors, a company called Goldgenie is offering wealthy buyers of the latest iPad models the opportunity to purchase a device (or send an existing one in) and have the exterior surface plated in 24-carat gold or platinum. The company offers both traditional gold and "rose gold" (actually a mixture of gold and copper). Prices for the service start at $1,858 for a 16GB Retina iPad mini, and $1,871 for a 16GB iPad Air.
Addonics' Wi-Fi Drive Adapter enables wireless sharing of USB drive, micro SD card
Addonics Technologies has announced its network device for wireless sharing of a USB drive or micro SD card, or for use as a wireless hotspot. The Wi-Fi Drive Adapter can share drive or card content upon insertion into the adapter. To share an Internet connection, a hotspot can be created by connecting the Wi-Fi Drive Adapter to a Local Area Network with an Internet connection. Including one RJ45 socket for 10/100Mbps Ethernet connections, the Wi-Fi Drive Adapter supports the 802.11b/g/n standard with a range of up to 150 feet. Priced at $50, the Addonic Wi-Fi Drive Adapter can be purchased online.
Audio specialist Onkyo has announced two new sets of headphones aimed at iOS users, the ES-CTI300s and the IE-CTI300s. The ES-CTI300s use an over-the-ear design, and come in black or silver. Built into the cable for them is a three-button iOS remote with volume, play/pause, track skip, and call answer/rejection functions, and a microphone for calls, recording, and voice commands. The set uses two 40mm titanium drivers, with bass chambers to improve low-end sound.
BitTorrent Sync 1.2 includes native iPad support, API for developers
BitTorrent has announced an update to its beta software, BitTorrent Sync. A free syncing tool, BitTorrent Sync does not rely on servers, making it more secure and private than cloud-based services. Sync is currently available for Mac and iPhone, and will soon be available as a native app for iPad. Now available as an API for developers, BitTorrent Sync can be used to build secure social and enterprise apps. BitTorrent Sync is available for download online.
Smart watch app fully integrates with Notification Center
Pebble has made a number of announcements about its Kickstarter-funded smart watch, for both iOS and Android app developers. The new iOS app introduces full integration with the Notification Center, while version 2.0 of the software development kit adds four new APIs, allowing app creators to do more with the smart watch.
Primate Labs combines Geekbench 3 leak and Windows workstations for Mac Pro prediction
Apple's upcoming Mac Pro is set to be released in December -- and with its launch still a month away, speculations continue regarding how it will perform. Apple has not announced which processors will be used, but according to John Poole of Primate Labs, research suggests Xeon E5 is likely for all upcoming models. Furthermore, the specs of the suggested processors appear to line up with details posted on the official Mac Pro website.
Apple updates Smart Case, Smart Cover for iPad Air
The new narrow and thin dimensions of the Apple iPad Air have necessitated the creation of a new range of matching Apple covers. The updated Smart Cover ($39) and the new Smart Case ($79) have been tailor made by Apple in multiple color options to match its next-generation tablet. The Smart Cover and the Smart Case are each multifunctional, offering both protection and the ability to be used in two different positions, while also automatically putting your device to sleep or waking it. So which one do you choose?
Moshi releases screen protector for iPad Air, hardshell case for MacBook Pro
Available as of November 1, Moshi has released two new accessories for iPad Air and MacBook Pro. The iVisor AG (anti-glare) is the latest addition to its line of reusable screen protectors, and is designed to be air-bubble free, provide enhanced scratch protection, and reduce fingerprints and smudging. The iGlaze, originally only available in MacBook Air and Retina versions, is now available for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The hardshell-style case provides durable protection while remaining thin, due to its polycarbonate construction and micro-clip design.