As much a fashion statement as practical
iPad cases are built not only to suit a wide range of uses but a wide range of incomes, and both of those factors come into play with one of WaterField's first products for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the Outback Slip Case. On a functional level it's relatively straightforward: it's a cushioned sleeve that you slide an iPad into. WaterField makes four variants, split between the Air and the Mini, and whether you want one sized to accommodate a Smart Cover as well. We tested the Air 2/Smart Cover edition.
VU Wireless Car Charging Mount, VU Solo give consumers new options for charging
Tylt unveiled two new wireless charging solutions, adding the VÜ Solo and VÜ Wireless Car Charging Mount to its lineup. The VÜ Solo is a wireless Qi charging base powered by Micro USB, keeping it compatible with existing smartphone and tablet charging blocks. Only a single Qi coil is in the base, but Tylt includes a Micro USB cable that contains its Alin positioning system to ensure the device makes contact at the correct point. Devices that require 1A to charge can use the base, which also features a non-slip surface and suction base. Price for the VÜ Solo is set at $40.
Keys-To-Go supports all iOS devices
Logitech has announced a trio of new iPad keyboard accessories, beginning with updates of its Type+ and Ultrathin cases for the iPad Air 2. The Type+ is a thin folio design, with features such as automatic wake/sleep magnets for both an iPad and the keyboard itself. It costs $100, and comes in black, blue, green, or purple, with extra "synthetic" versions of the first two colors.
Dodocase releases Flat Vernacular Classic cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
Tech accessories producer Dodocase has released two case series for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Its Flat Vernacular series features unique hand-drawn patterns from Brooklyn-based design company of the same name, and its Classic cases are available in black with different options for the inner cover. Both case series include a book-bound spine, an impact-resistant bamboo tray and folding back cover, either offering multi-angle folding options or the original cover.
Service would help shoppers make better decisions about online purchases
Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson, along with his former Apple colleague Jerry McDougal and former Apple creative director Tom Suiter have teamed up in a new retail-oriented startup endeavor called Enjoy, promising to help consumers spend more wisely instead of just aiming for the cheapest price. The company, which launches next year, will help consumers make smarter choices on buying, such as educating shoppers on the finer points of a camera to promote the best overall value.
Latest Moto 360 update adds battery saving option, mood lighting
Owners of the Moto 360 smartwatch have received two bits of good news this week. The latest Android Wear update for the Motorola smartwatch introduces more battery-related improvements, along with other software tweaks, while Google Play has started to include the Moto 360 Wireless Charging Dock among its hardware listings.
Highly-controllable flash and video light can be interlocked with other units
Originally funded through an IndieGoGo campaign, the Australia-based IC12 has now debuted its 5,000-lumen high-speed portable flash and video light, the LED Light Cube. Built with an interlocking design that allows units to be used in combination, the light offers no recycle time between flashes, and gives photographers a way of shooting with a continuous high-speed flash of up to 1/8000th of a second. The unit is compact enough to be easily portable, and doesn't require external battery packs.
Phablet car-mount brings hands-free to larger format mobile devices
Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to hold larger six-inch phones. In our review, we thoroughly put the Airframe + to the test to see what exactly it is that puts the "plus" in this portable car mount.
Tumblr releases OS X app, features full screen viewing, easy posting
Blogging social platform Tumblr has released a native OS X app. A microblogging service, Tumblr lets users share media ranging from text, photos, music, links, video and more. Tumbler's app for OS X features a full-screen viewing option, and additionally allows posting to Tumblr from anywhere on one's Mac that has a Share button in its window. Free to download, the new Tumblr app requires OS X 10.10.
Comes despite companies settling lawsuit
In spite of the two companies settling a lawsuit over noise cancellation patents, Apple has gone ahead and removed Bose headphones and speakers from its online store, visitors note. Rumors surfaced a week ago that Apple was planning to remove Bose products from its stores. Why it would want to was uncertain, but one point of speculation was animosity because of the lawsuit.
Publicity from ban, player fine makes Beats 'look like the underdog,' co-founder says
Speaking at the University of California's "Global Conversation" conference on Wednesday, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine offered his spin on the recent NFL deal with rival Bose to make the latter's headphones the "official" brand of the football league, and the fact that many players seem to prefer the Beats brand. He told the audience that players, both under contract to endorse Beats and not, have taken to taping over the Beats logo on their own pairs rather than wear the endorsed brand.
PowerSkin PoP'n 2 power pack for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are in the hands of millions of loyal Apple fans, many people are starting to look at useful accessories that third party manufacturers have to offer. One awesome addition to the list of "must-haves" is the PowerSkin PoP'n 2 portable battery pack. We have two of these battery packs to give away to our readers. Find out more about what makes this mobile charging solution different, and how you can enter to win.
Decision may be linked to Apple Watch
Apple may, in the near future, stop selling Fitbit products at its retail stores, sources claim. No explanation has been given, but it's speculated that the reason may be the Apple Watch, which is shipping early next year and will share similar functions, even if it's more expensive and not intended purely as a fitness device. So far, Apple doesn't appear to be taking action against any other fitness trackers, but Fitbit controls nearly 70 percent of that market.
Two new Bluetooth keyboard cases come to the Qode series starting at $100
Belkin announced two new keyboard cases today, under the banner of its Qode tablet series. The Bluetooth keyboard covers offer "improved keyboard layouts" with the same number of keys as a laptop, with the Ultimate Pro Keyboard offering additional features over the Slim Style Keyboard. The Qode Ultimate Pro features an aluminum construction, a backlit keyboard, adjustable portrait and landscape modes with different view angles, up to a year of continuous battery life, a detachable case that doubles as a smart cover, and auto-sensing automatic on/off technology. Belkin's Slim Style Keyboard is a folio cover and keyboard in one, with a stand that supports several viewing angles, a handheld media mode, and flexible corner tabs to keep the iPad in place.
Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard gives tablets versatility, but typing space is cramped
The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. From the lack of feedback to the change in configurations, there are several obstacles that can get in the way of adapting to a new format. However, physical keyboards are available on the market to help people retain some of the familiar feel, without having to carry around a laptop. Adesso offers a Bluetooth keyboard for fit this need with the Compagno X. But is the keyboard helpful to users, or will it drive them back to using the screen-based alternatives? Find out in our review.
Red JBL earphones have 9mm drivers, inline controls
Chinese mobile device producer OnePlus has introduced a second set of earphones for its smartphone, less than a month after announcing another pair of slightly-smaller earbuds. Built in partnership with JBL, the E1+ Earphones are said to be "specifically crafted" for the OnePlus One, with the earbuds using 9mm JBL drivers with the company's PureBass technology, claimed to provide a high-frequency response between 10Hz and 22kHz and a considerable amount of bass.
Nearly $250M in accessories sold after iPhone 6 debut, up 43 percent
According to a new report from sales analyst NPD, mobile phone accessories in the US hit a new record in the two weeks immediately following the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Accessory sales were seen to be 43 percent higher than the two weeks before the launch, and far better than the 17 percent increase seen in the same period after the release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s last year. The new total for accessories in the fortnight was $249 million, topping last year's $195 million.
Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated for iOS
Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile has released an update to its iOS app, offering a thorough overhaul from its previous versions. A professional-grade painting and drawing app, SketchBook v3.0.1 features pencil and brush tools that aim to deliver a realistic drawing experience. Its redesigned user interface and improved "paint engine" allow users to apply the same workflow to devices with a range of screen sizes, thereby eliminating separate tablet and phone editions of the app. The app's interface is fully customizable to fit the user's working preferences.
Google announces Chromebook business features aimed at office environments
Google has announced the release of new business-focused features for its Chromebook laptop. Users can now switch easily between personal accounts and one's organization's credential-secured account, and its new single sign-on feature allows for logging in with the same credentials and identity provider used in the rest of an organization. Certificate management for wireless networks is also included, with provisioning Chromebooks with client certificates to access 802.1X EAP-TLS networks now being easier for businesses, schools and government institutions.
Google News & Weather released for iOS
Google has released its News and Weather app for iOS, offering iPhone and iPad users a personalized news interface. Originally released for Android last month, users can access news coverage from sixty-five thousand publications by way of simple swipe-access to various categories. The layout is highly customizable, with option to choose from sixty country-specific editions and news sections such as Hollywood, NASA, Fashion, and more. To view more in-depth content, users can tap any story to view a full story. Free to download, Google News and Weather requires iOS 7.0 or later to run.
SoundFocus announces Amp speaker case for iPhone
Audio products company SoundFocus has announced the pre-ordering availability of Amp, a "smart" sound system case for iPhone. Comprised of two speakers with a main audio engine, the Amp features personalized audio akin to the technology behind hearing aids. The Amp case is capable of learning a person's hearing pattern and musical preferences, and adapt settings to a changing environment, thereby continually remastering the audio output from one's smartphone. The audio output from the Amp can be heard both through the case's speakers, and through headphones plugged into the headphone jack.
Audiophile-grade amplified headphones feature perfect fit, great sound
Blue, a company that has specialized in microphones, has turned its techniques the other way around to create a set of serious headphones -- called Mo-Fi -- with an almost Apple-like attention to detail, from the packaging to the execution of the design. This is the sort of thing we were hoping Apple would create for Beats after the first year or two, but here it is now. At $350, they are not meant for casual listening, and it might be dangerous to wear them while walking the streets. They are primarily intended for serious listening to high-quality music. Are they for you? Find out in our review.
Google+ now offering ability to restrict viewers based on age, location
Google's social network, Google+, has added a new privacy feature, allowing its users to limit who views their content based on age and location. The new section, found within Profile Settings, is called Audience; here, an age limit can be selected on content viewing, and users can also select what countries the content can be viewed from. Varying age restrictions can be chosen for each country if desired.
Designer will remain based in UK, lead his own company
Designer Marc Newson, recently hired to join Sir Jonathan Ive's design team at Apple, has confirmed in a new interview that his work with the iconic iPhone maker is part-time, and that he will continue to run his own design company and operate out of the UK -- confirming rumors that Newson would only be called to California on occasion. "My role at Apple doesn't necessitate all of my time, and that was for very specific reasons," he said, but couldn't elaborate on what he was working on for Apple.
Piper Jaffray's Munster forecasts 10M units in first year, ASP of $500
Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, while calling the Apple Watch "light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market," nevertheless advised both clients and market watchers to expect "conservative" initial sales of the device in its first year. Like the iPod, which took three years to become the dominant force in music players, Munster said that "consumer application may be limited initially, until developers begin to create useful applications for the watch."
Bluetooth keyboard, case combo features wider space between keys, rechargeable battery
(Updated with corrected Type+ pricing) Logitech announced a new case and keyboard combo for the iPad Air today, the Type+. Like many other Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, the Type+ is powered by an internal battery. In this case, the battery is said to last up to three months on a single charge, according to Logitech. The case portion uses clips in the corners to hold onto the iPad, also using magnets to hold the cover closed. The Type+ auto-wakes or auto-sleeps the iPad Air, depending if the cover is open or not. The case does make the tablet a little thicker, as it bumps up to 0.71 inches.
Drobo increases Mini capacity, size grows to 8TB with four drives
Connected Data, the creator of the Droboline of storage solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 drive array. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5" drive bays, pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime, as a result of Drobo's BeyondRAID Technology. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an retail price of $999 through Drobo's website and its select channel partners.
Smaller Buddy accessory for Pop Mega offers phone functions in smaller device
Alcatel is attempting to make the large-screen phablet useful to those wanting a smaller device, by bundling it with a secondary phone device. One of two new devices, the Pop Mega is a phablet with a six-inch display which Alcatel has paired with a small "Buddy" candybar-style accessory, capable of making and receiving calls without needing physical access to the main device.
Steven Lamar said to have exaggerated association to boost new venture
According to new court filings, Apple-owned Beats is suing Roam and Jibe Audio founder Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after Lamar posted numerous times on social media and his own company's website that he was a "co-founder" of Beats alongside Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. While Lamar does have a legitimate connection to the headphone maker, and collects a royalty on certain models of Beats headphones, Beats says in its filing that Lamar has "never had any ownership interest" in the audio products company.
MyFitnessPal's Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker adds new features for iOS 8
MyFitnessPal has released an update to its Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker app for iOS 8's HealthKit. Featuring a food database of over 4 million entries, users can log and track what they eat and how much they exercise as part of maintaining a fitness regimen. MyFitnessPal v.5.6.6 allows users to add meal summaries logged to HealthKit by automatically sharing meal data with HealthKit-connected apps. Similarly, weight data and exercise entries can be synced between HealthKit and MyFitnessPal. Bug fixes regarding login issues have been resolved in the latest update. Free to download, MyFitnessPal requires iOS 6.0 or later to run.
On-the-go drive offers USB 2.0 write speeds with inconsistent results
A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can suit a specific task. From everyday storage that goes on a keychain to super secure drives that require a thumb scan to access data, there's room for all kinds of devices. For buyers looking for something that can be used on both their Android smartphones and computers, Patriot offers a storage solution with the Stellar Boost XT USB drive. But will users find the micro-USB capable drive useful for transferring to and from their phones, or will it end up being a computer-only drive that doesn't get a lot of mileage? Find out in our review.
Seek Thermal Camera add-on has 206x156 sensor resolution
A camera add-on for mobile devices has opened to pre-orders, one which adds thermal imaging abilities to smartphones. The Seek Thermal Camera uses a 206x156-resolution sensor capable of detecting heat in the range of -40 Celsius to 330 Celsius, with the user able to switch between a normal image feed and a thermal version with a quick swipe.
OnePlus earphones launching next week for $15
OnePlus has created a set of earphones designed to match its flagship smartphone, the OnePlus One. The Silver Bullet Earphones are compact ear buds housed in a brushed aluminum casing, with the Chinese manufacturer claiming the audio devices to be durable as well as providing listeners with a "powerful and immersive sound."
Pyle Audio introduces its new Bluetooth blood pressure monitor
Pyle Audio has announced the introduction of its new Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). The monitor and its accompanying integrated app are designed to provide users' pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures. Users insert their arm into the device's sleeve, press the power button and allow the monitor to tighten and measure blood pressure. The monitor can store 99 blood pressure readings for each individual, and the large LCD display shows collected data.
Exterior, cap design good for every day, real world transfers half or less of stated speeds
USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? Patriot attempts to tackle the question with the high-speed USB Supersonic Rage XT. While the drive is offered three different sizes, the 128GB flash drive seems the most appealing. Is it worth considering, or is money better spent looking at something smaller? Find out in our review.
Tylt to launch iPhone 6 family of battery cases, screen protectors in glass, plastic
Ahead of the retail release of the new family of iPhone 6 smartphones, Tylt has announced that it is coming out with three new products by the end of the year for the devices. Two different screen protectors are rolling out, including a new version of the Alin screen protector. While the standard plastic version will be available for around $20, Tylt is offering a glass version for the first time for $35. Both come with an alignment tool to ensure the correct fit.
Offers many of the same tracking features as the Shine, loses the aluminum casing
Misift, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, announced another tracker today that aims at bringing wearables to a wider audience. The Flash functions as a fitness tracker and sleep monitor, taking on the same features found in the Shine for a lower price. Where the $100 Shine was a tracker in an aluminum shell, the Flash takes a cheaper route with polyurethane and polycarbonate construction for $50.
Phones still waiting for Sept. 19th
Early orders of Apple's official cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are beginning to reach customers, user reports indicate. While the company usually gives strict instructions to courier services that prevent them from delivering iPhones and iPads before a launch date, it doesn't do the same for accessories. The strict timing with hardware is believed to be for the sake of marketing impact, as well as deterring scalpers.
Keyboard works on iOS, Android, Windows, new wireless mice also on the way
Microsoft announced a slate of new accessories with wireless features today, one of which is ready for use with three of the major mobile operating systems. A universal keyboard, wireless mouse, Bluetooth mouse and a PC-ready Xbox One controller are expected to make their way to consumers, starting in the fall.
Black one remaining option
Apple has winnowed its official case selection for the iPhone 5s down to just a single black option, checks of the company's online store show. Previously there were was a collection of several leather cases in different colors. At the moment, Apple appears to be concentrating on production of leather and silicone cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
CM4 announces new wallet case for iPhone 6
Mobile accessories designer CM4 has announced the introduction of its Q Card Case for the iPhone 6. A one-piece design, the Q Card case protects the user's phone in addition to storing credit cards, cash and IDs. Its rubber-and-fabric composition aims to minimize overall bulk. The Q Card Case for iPhone 6 is now available to order for $40, with shipping beginning next week.
Griffin Technology announces iPhone 6 case lineup
Tech innovations company Griffin Technology has announced its case lineup for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Its family of Identity cases offer drop protection with a variety of aesthetic options, composed of a two-piece design with a protective bumper and low-profile back plate. The cases' bumper combines shock-absorbing rubber and a hard plastic frame, able to protect the iPhone from drops up to four feet. Available in a range of colors in Performance, Graphite and All Clear models, pricing starts at $30.
May require iOS 8, hardware upgrade in order to play true 24-bit audio files
Audio and video equipment maker Philips has debuted a new headphone set for iOS devices that offers a pair of distinct differences: it features 24-bit digital-to-analog conversion and amplification built right within the headphones, and it uses a Lightning connector rather than a standard 3.5mm connector. The Fidelio M2L headphones are said to the first to use the Lightning connector.
MFi gathering will brief companies on HomeKit, iBeacon, other tech
Apple will hold its annual Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad summit between November 12 and 14 this year in Shenzhen, China, according to an announcement. The event is intended to brief accessory and peripheral manufacturers. This year, Apple says that sessions will concentrate on HomeKit, iBeacon, AirPlay, and in-app purchases.
Otterbox releases cases compatible with upcoming iPhone 6
Otterbox has announced a new lineup of cases for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Defender Series, Commuter Series, Commuter Series Wallet, Symmetry Series and Clearly Protected screen protectors are all now available for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with iPhone 6 Plus cases due to be available soon. Pricing starts at $20 for screen protectors, and $40 for cases.
WaterField releases Spinn leather holster for iPhone 6
WaterField Designs has announced its new case for iPhone 6, the Spinn leather holster. Composed of full-grain leather, the Spinn case features a patent-pending wheel designed to keep one's headphones organized and untangled. The interior of the case is lined with scratch-free Ultrasuede for added cushioning protection, and cleans the iPhone's screen when inserted and removed from the case. Available in black, "chocolate" or "grizzly," the Spinn leather holster is can be pre-ordered now for $60 as-is, and $70 with an added belt clip. Shipping is due to begin in October.
Small, handy mic add-on enhances iOS recordings
Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some time made a Mikey clip-in microphone for 30-pin iOS devices that significantly enhanced the sound quality of recordings. The company has now brought out a new model -- the Mikey Digital -- designed for Lightning-based devices, and introduced a few new tricks in the process. While not the equal of Blue's more expensive desktop mics, it is a godsend for on-the-go recording. Is it right for you? Check out our review for samples and insight on this little wonder.
Hint earbud from Motorola actively listens for voice search prompts
Motorola revealed a new earpiece alongside its Moto G and Moto X updates, one which adds more usefulness to the standard Bluetooth headset. The Moto Hint is a compact earbud which can be used for voice searches and to interact with a paired smartphone using verbal commands, as well as for making and receiving phone calls hands-free.
Field recording through Lightning devices, stand gives tablet users positioning options
Two new products are coming from IK Multimedia, as the company announced the iRig Mic Field and iKlip Xpand Stand. The iRig Mic Field offers high-quality stereo recording through Lightning-compatible devices for projects that need a separate audio recording, like live bands or films. The new iKlip Xpand Stand offers tablet users a way to mount their tablets, giving them the flexibility to use them in a freestanding manner without bulky hardware or permanently attached fixtures.
Hackers penetrated system between April 15 and August 6, 2014
Apple iPad case seller ClamCase is the victim of a computer intrusion, revealing its customer information to hackers. Emails to customers have been arriving in recent days, claiming that the company has fallen victim to the hack, and purchase data from that period between April 15 and August 6 has been stolen. Information obtained includes customer names, addresses, and credit card information.