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How to add Kinect-like gesture controls to your Apple TV and other devices for $129

How to add Kinect-like gesture controls to your Apple TV and other devices for $129

By on November 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Clicking buttons on a remote is so 2013. In 2014 and beyond, gadget makers are turning their attention to voice commands and gesture controls as the preferred method of navigating on-screen interfaces and controlling the various devices in your home. But what about all of the devices you already own that don’t support gestures and voice commands?

Companies are hard at work on accessories that will drag your old devices kicking and screaming into the future, and one such offering has just been unveiled that will add Kinect-like gesture support to your Apple TV, Nest thermostat and more. More →

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Coin Review

I just replaced every credit card in my wallet with Coin

I just replaced every credit card in my wallet with Coin

By on November 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

Coin is not the future. This is important to make clear right off the bat. The future of payments will look much more like Apple Pay than it does Coin. In the digital age, there is no reason we should still have to carry paper money or plastic credit cards in the United States. We do it because we have to; the government is behind the times and banks are behind the times.

Paper money and plastic credit cards will not exist in the future. Sadly, it maybe be decades before that future is truly realized.

In the meantime, smartphone and wearable-based payment solutions like Apple Pay are in their infancy in America. They’re wonderful and secure options at the small number of retailers where they are accepted, but they cannot replace any of the credit cards in your wallet, let alone all of them. Good luck buying dinner at a restaurant or getting cash from an ATM with Apple Pay.

This is where Coin comes into play. More →

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iPhone Mini Power Recyclable Cardboard Battery

This tiny cardboard capsule is exactly what the iPhone doctor ordered

By on November 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM.

This tiny cardboard capsule is exactly what the iPhone doctor ordered

No matter how big smartphone batteries are, smartphone users still often must rely on external battery packs to keep them going, so it’s no wonder the accessory market is filled with third-party accessories that promise to prolong battery life on iPhones, Android devices and other gadgets that might require frequent charging. FastCoDesign has found a new external battery concept though, and it offers a different and unique take on providing extra power. More →

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Indiegogo XOO Belt iPhone and Android Battery

Meet XOO, the belt that can recharge your iPhone and Android smartphone

By on November 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Meet XOO, the belt that can recharge your iPhone and Android smartphone

Nifty, a U.K. based company that has already successfully funded a nifty portable storage solution for MacBook laptops (the MiniDrive) is back on Indiegogo looking to raise funds for an equally interesting project, the XOO Belt. What’s so great about the company’s new belt? It has a hidden, but very important, feature: It can offer additional battery life to an iPhone or Android device on the verge of dying. More →

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Kickstarter: Moto 360 SteelConnect M

Video: This cool Kickstarter makes the Moto 360 look even better

By on November 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

Video: This cool Kickstarter makes the Moto 360 look even better

For some smartwatch buyers, the circular Moto 360 is the best-looking wearable device out there, and the Motorola gadget is definitely popular with buyers — at least when compared to other Android Wear devices. To make it even more appealing, SteelConnect has created some interesting accessories that are currently available for purchase on Kickstarter, including a hook that can turn the Moto 360 into a smart modern pocket watch, as seen in the image above. More →

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Prynt Smartphone Polaroid Printing Case

Meet Prynt, the cool iPhone accessory mobile photographers have been waiting for

By on November 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Meet Prynt, the cool iPhone accessory mobile photographers have been waiting for

What if you could print your selfies immediately after taking them? That’s the kind of problem French startup Prynt has been trying to solve for almost a year, and the company has produced just the kind of Polaroid-like mobile printer that mobile photographers have been waiting for. Prynt has come up with a smartphone accessory that acts as a case and photo printer for the handset, and it will be available on Kickstarter for $99 at some point after CES 2015, according to TechCrunch. More →

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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad

SanDisk’s got your iPhone and iPad storage needs covered

By on November 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM.

SanDisk’s got your iPhone and iPad storage needs covered

iPhone and iPad users not happy with the amount of storage available on their iOS devices, and looking for an easy way of moving pictures and videos from the iPhone and iPad on the go without requiring access to a cloud or computer, should check out SanDisk’s iXpand Flash Drive for the iPhone and iPad. More →

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iPhone 6 Best Cases Rugged

4 cases that will help your iPhone 6 survive brutal drops

By on November 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM.

4 cases that will help your iPhone 6 survive brutal drops

There’s nothing worse than dropping your iPhone 6 and having its screen get scratched or cracked… and let’s not even get into what happens if you drop your device and it bends. Thankfully, Geek.com has put together a terrific list of rugged iPhone 6 cases that are designed to help your device survive brutal drops. They may not be the most aesthetically pleasing cases on the market but they look like must-haves for anyone who regularly takes their iPhone 6 on rock climbing trips. More →

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Somfy Motorized Shades

Somfy shades are the last piece of the home automation puzzle

Somfy shades are the last piece of the home automation puzzle

By on November 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

As we move further and further into a connected home and connected world, I regularly explore how we can integrate every device possible into one main system and network. For now, my favorite hub is SmartThings. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great home automation platform with a great community and support for a wide array of devices.

Window shades have been a bit of a white whale, though. This is an area I have always wanted to explore and I have heard that Somfy is without a doubt the leader in the space. In the past, not only have automated shades been a less-than-ideal solution with power having to be supplied to each noisy shade motor, but it’s also been prohibitively expensive for many people.

All of that has now changed, however.

More →

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Don't Text And Drive Smartphone App

This accessory makes it (sort of) safer to look at your phone while driving

By on November 11, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

This accessory makes it (sort of) safer to look at your phone while driving

You shouldn’t text and drive. You really, really shouldn’t. That said, if you’re the kind of person who just can’t help picking up your phone whenever you hear a little buzzing sound, you may want to check out Alfah Mobile, a new smartphone accessory that’s trying to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter. More →

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Amazon Echo Parody Video

Amazon’s talking Echo cylinder brutally parodied in new video

By on November 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Amazon’s talking Echo cylinder brutally parodied in new video

It hasn’t taken long for creative YouTubers to come up with ways to make fun of Echo, Amazon’s new talking cylinder personal assistant that it unveiled earlier this week. YouTube user Barry Mannifold posted a video on Friday that takes the original introduction video that Amazon made for Echo and overdubs his own… interesting responses to the family’s questions. More →

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Best iPhone 6 Cases

10 cases that will protect your iPhone 6 without ruining Apple’s gorgeous design

10 cases that will protect your iPhone 6 without ruining Apple’s gorgeous design

By on November 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

Regular BGR readers will know that when it comes to smartphone cases, I am not a fan. Industrial design, ergonomics and materials are all hugely important pieces of the smartphone experience, and cases typical spoil all of them. As strongly as I dislike cases, however, I almost always have a case on my iPhone 6. As anyone who has ever held one knows, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most slippery phones on the face of the planet.

Beyond that, not using a case on Apple’s new iPhones leaves them vulnerable to a few troublesome issues, namely “Bendgate” and “Dyegate.”

So, the task for me has become finding the least offensive cases out there that will protect my iPhone 6 without making it look and feel hideous in the process. More →

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