Chromecast vs. Android TV

A mysterious second-gen Chromecast is indeed on the way

By on October 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

A mysterious second-gen Chromecast is indeed on the way

After having been spotted in FCC documentation, the second-generation Chromecast has been confirmed by Googlers from the Chromecast team during a Reddit ask-me-anything session, but they said the device will not have any new features for users, without revealing more details about it. Meanwhile, Gigaom has learned that a Chromecast V2 is indeed coming, as Google doesn’t plan to replace its extremely affordable and very popular dongle with Android TV just yet. More →

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Rhinoshield Crash Guard Kickstarter

This super-slim iPhone 6 bumper promises to protect your device from bending and so much more

By on October 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM.

This super-slim iPhone 6 bumper promises to protect your device from bending and so much more

We’ve seen a lot of iPhone 6 cases pop up on Kickstarter lately, but this one still looks like something special. The Rhinoshield Crash Guard is a new case that’s being pitched as a “slim profile bumper case that provides amazing drop protection for the iPhone 5/5S/5C, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Protection that does NOT compromise on the original design.” The case’s Kickstarter fundraiser has already exceeded its original goal of £6,000 and has now raised more than £100,000. It has 17 days remaining, and has already racked up an impressive 3,844 backers.

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Second-gen Chromecast Specs and Release Date

Don’t be too excited about the new Chromecast Google is going to soon launch

By on October 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Don’t be too excited about the new Chromecast Google is going to soon launch

The Chromecast dongle is one of the most popular gadgets Google launched in the last few years, according to the company’s own past statements, but a second-generation model is yet to hit stores. But when it does come out, a new Chromecast won’t have any new features to offer users, Google has confirmed, after an FCC filing outed the second-generation device. More →

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Kickstarter Anonabox Tor Router Scam

The Anonabox Tor browser might be a huge hoax despite topping $500,000 on Kickstarter

By on October 15, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

The Anonabox Tor browser might be a huge hoax despite topping $500,000 on Kickstarter

Anonabox is a tiny Wi-Fi router that’s supposed to bring Tor-grade encryption to all online activity performed on a computer connecting to the Internet through the device. The gadget has already taken Kickstarter by storm, raising well over $500,000 in just a couple of days from more than 7,700 backers, thus significantly topping its original $7,500 goal. However, the device appears to be a huge hoax, as its creator is simply showing off a gadget on Kickstarter that’s identical to a regular Wi-Fi router that’s already sold on Alibaba for around $20, failing to explain the similarities in a professional manner. More →

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iPhone 6 Accessories Record Profits

Apple isn’t the only company getting rich off of the iPhone 6

By on October 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Apple isn’t the only company getting rich off of the iPhone 6

With record iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales comes the equally impressive sales of iPhone accessories. In the two weeks following the announcement of the iPhone 6 lineup, accessory sales reached a record $249 million, according to the latest data from market research firm NPD Group.

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Kickstarter Pronto 5 and 12

This ultra fast-charging iPhone external battery just smashed through its Kickstarter goal

By on October 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

This ultra fast-charging iPhone external battery just smashed through its Kickstarter goal

Many companies come up with interesting external battery pack concepts for iPhone and other smartphones before hitting crowd-funding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo looking to raise enough money to turn them into commercial products. But even with all the different battery pack options to choose from, Power Pratical’s Pronto battery pack appears ready to offer you something quite special. More →

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HTC RE Camera Review

Meet the new HTC: Hands on with HTC’s RE Camera

Meet the new HTC: Hands on with HTC’s RE Camera

By on October 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

HTC has made plenty of accessories in the past, but it has never really been an “accessory maker.” Similarly, the Taiwan-based smartphone maker has a long and storied history of building terrific software experiences, but it has never been a “software company.” Now, things are changing.

On the heels of the release of its most beautiful and capable smartphone in the company’s history, HTC reported second-quarter revenue that continued to decline. The company’s high-end Desire phones have also been selling well, but HTC’s return to profitability is thanks largely to its cost-cutting efforts over the past few quarters.

Something has to change.

HTC continues to focus mainly on refining its smartphone lineup, but phones will no longer be the only business that matters at HTC. The company is now starting to dabble outside of phones, and is working on some unique apps — including its first stand-alone iOS app, Zoe, which will launch this fall after the Android version exits beta on Wednesday.

On the hardware side of things, the new RE is HTC’s first attempt at a truly unique and useful accessory that will draw new eyes to the HTC brand. More →

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How To Unbend The iPhone 6 Plus

This tool was designed for the sole purpose of unbending your iPhone 6

By on October 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

This tool was designed for the sole purpose of unbending your iPhone 6

So let’s say your iPhone 6 Plus does bend under normal usage and Apple for some reason refuses to replace it — what can you do? Well, one option might be to buy the gTool PanelPress, a new device that was designed for the sole purpose of helping you restore your bent iPhone back to its original shape. More →

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Best iPhone 6 Accessories Aquatik

Clever cases will give you the waterproof iPhone 6 that Apple never delivered

By on October 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Clever cases will give you the waterproof iPhone 6 that Apple never delivered

One feature that many iPhone fans wish they had with the iPhone 6 was the same waterproof casing we see on devices such as the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2. Thankfully, there’s a new Indiegogo campaign for two new premium iPhone 6 cases developed by accessories manufacturer Lunatik that will alternately either make your smartphone waterproof or waterproof and borderline indestructible. More →

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Best iPhone 6 Plus Galaxy Note 4 Accessories

Japanese company creates the most awesome accessory for iPhone 6 Plus owners with tiny hands

By on October 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Japanese company creates the most awesome accessory for iPhone 6 Plus owners with tiny hands

Do you love the giant display on your iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy Note 4 but hate how hard it is to properly use the device with your small hands? Well fear not because Japanese accessory manufacturer Thanko has created something that will let you keep your big display by giving you a large soft silicone thumb extension. More →

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Plastc Card Release Date

Plastc replaces your entire wallet with one incredible card

Plastc replaces your entire wallet with one incredible card

By on October 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

The mobile payments space is finally starting to heat up in the United States now that Apple’s contactless payment solution is almost ready for primetime, but it will still be years before Apple Pay even comes close to being able to replace your wallet. While the sleek solution allows iPhone users to pay for goods online and in a handful of stores, the majority of retail establishments we visit will not support Apple Pay at launch. And what about scannable rewards cards or getting cash at an ATM? Even years from now, there will still be limitations that Apple Pay doesn’t overcome, and there will still be plenty of establishments that don’t accept Apple Pay or other similar services.

There is a gap between now and several years down the road when mobile payment solutions are truly ubiquitous, and Palo Alto-based startup Plastc might be the company to fill that gap. More →

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