Soundbook X3 Review

Meet the X3, a bold new wireless speaker that blew me away

Meet the X3, a bold new wireless speaker that blew me away

By on February 6, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

When a device looks as bold and eye-catching as the Soundbook X3 by Bayan Audio, it’s usually compensating for something. In the case of a portable wireless speaker, the odds are good that it’s compensating for less-than-stellar sound quality. So when Bayan sent me a pair of speakers to test I was skeptical at best, and I assumed I was in store for “all show and no go.”

Of course, you know what they say about assumptions. More →

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iPhone and Android HIV and Syphilis

Check out the most useful iPhone and Android accessory ever made

By on February 6, 2015 at 11:41 AM.

Check out the most useful iPhone and Android accessory ever made

Smartphone accessory makers are continuously trying to convince buyers to spend extra money on iPhone and Android accessories, some more useful than others, including headphones, battery packs, cases and screen protectors, to name just a few of the most popular ones. But none of these products are as useful as a recently revealed iPhone and Android smartphone accessory that might forever change how some critical blood tests are performed. More →

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Samsung Gear VR Reaction Video

Video: I filmed my father using virtual reality and can’t stop laughing

Video: I filmed my father using virtual reality and can’t stop laughing

By on February 5, 2015 at 10:45 AM.

Have you ever just wanted to test a new gadget or phone on an unsuspecting member of your family? I was so impressed with Samsung’s new Gear VR virtual reality headset that I brought it over to my parents’ house for them to try. While both my mother and father were equally blown away, my mother acted like a normal person throughout the demo.

My father did not, and so I filmed it to share with the world. More →

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Kickstarter Kraftwerk iPhone and Android Fuel Cell

Meet Kraftwerk, the awesome iPhone 6 battery that raised almost $1 million on Kickstarter

By on February 3, 2015 at 3:50 PM.

Meet Kraftwerk, the awesome iPhone 6 battery that raised almost $1 million on Kickstarter

Kraftwerk is a brand-new external battery pack that has taken Kickstarter by storm. Close to reaching almost $1 million in pledges with a month still left in the campaign, this particular power pack also proposes a unique take on mobile batteries that could power up various devices, including the iPhone 6, GoPro cameras and anything else that can be recharged via a USB port.

More →

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Best iPhone Camera Accessories

5 gadgets you can buy on Amazon that will take your iPhone 6 camera to the next level

By on January 30, 2015 at 12:25 PM.

5 gadgets you can buy on Amazon that will take your iPhone 6 camera to the next level

On Thursday we covered a very cool new gadget that can clip onto an iPhone or any other smartphone, tablet or laptop, and it completely changes the way your device captures photos. Unfortunately, the accessory isn’t yet available for purchase and it isn’t scheduled to begin shipping until early this summer. In the meantime, iOS apps can only do so much, but people looking to really up their iPhone 6 photography game already have a variety of nifty accessories to choose from.

Here are five of the coolest ones you can currently get on Amazon: More →

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Samsung Gear VR

Brilliant: One airline will soon give Gear VR to first-class fliers

By on January 29, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

Brilliant: One airline will soon give Gear VR to first-class fliers

We went hands-on with Samsung’s new virtual reality headset back in September, and we have discussed how fantastic Gear VR is a few times here on the site. The device uses the brains and quad HD display of a Galaxy Note 4 to power a wonderfully responsive virtual reality experience, and it’s well worth the $200 price of admission.

Now, Samsung has struck a brilliant partnership with an airline that will give first-class passengers free access to a Gear VR headset during flights. More →

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iPhone Camera Accessory

Cool new accessory completely changes the way your iPhone captures photos

By on January 29, 2015 at 3:50 PM.

Cool new accessory completely changes the way your iPhone captures photos

The images below are stills taken from a video, and no apps or clever visual effects were added. Instead, they were captured using a nifty new iPhone accessory called the “Trippy Clip,” which can clip onto any iPhone, iPad, Android device or even a laptop. The device is a small, inexpensive accessory that is currently in development, and it’s set to launch this summer. More →

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Kickstarter VexBox Internet Router

This new router will slow your internet speeds to a crawl – and you’ll be glad it did

By on January 29, 2015 at 1:01 PM.

This new router will slow your internet speeds to a crawl – and you’ll be glad it did

When I was a kid, I didn’t have access to an Internet-connected smartphone or tablet filled with all sorts of interesting ways to help me pass the time. But that’s an argument I’ll try not to bring up (too much) when I’ll eventually have to talk to my own kids about how much time they’re spending online compared versus homework or chores. No, my plan is to limit their mobile device use without taking their gadgets away, and now there’s a company that can help me do it. More →

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Gear VR Video

Video: Watch people’s shocked reactions when they try Samsung’s VR headset

By on January 29, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

Video: Watch people’s shocked reactions when they try Samsung’s VR headset

Samsung’s first virtual reality headset is fantastic, but it has a big problem — and it’s the same problem that impacts all virtual reality devices. In these early days when most people haven’t yet experienced VR headsets, there’s simply no way to convey just how great the experience is. You really have to try it to see how amazing and immersive the experience really is.

So, to help emphasize that and to get more people interested in giving Gear VR a try, Samsung posted a video to its YouTube channel that shows just how impressed people are when they first try Gear VR. More →

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Kickstarter Prynt Smartphone Polaroid Printing Case

Prynt, the iPhone 6 case that prints Polaroid-style photos, is now on Kickstarter

By on January 28, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Prynt, the iPhone 6 case that prints Polaroid-style photos, is now on Kickstarter

In mid-November, a French startup called Prynt demoed a special smartphone case that contains a printer and houses enough special sheets of papers to let smartphone users quickly print out some of their photos and selfies in on-the-go Polaroid fashion. At the time, the company said the device would be available on Kickstarter at some point after CES 2015, and it looks like that time has come. More →

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Gear VR Sale

You can finally buy Samsung’s shockingly great virtual reality headset from Best Buy

By on January 28, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

You can finally buy Samsung’s shockingly great virtual reality headset from Best Buy

The first time I tried Samsung’s virtual reality headset, I was beyond skeptical. Here was Samsung yet again trying to jump on any trend it possibly could by quickly churning out an ill-conceived competitor. I sat down, listened to a Samsung spokesperson run through his short, prewritten spiel, and lifted the Gear VR over my head.

No one was filming me so I can’t be certain, but I think my jaw hung wide open the entire time I tried it. More →

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Chromecast vs. Vudu Spark

Walmart takes on Chromecast with even cheaper, simpler streaming stick

By on January 26, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Walmart takes on Chromecast with even cheaper, simpler streaming stick

Walmart’s quietly launched Vudu Spark is the latest Chromecast competitor, a device that’s supposed to be about as big as Google’s streaming dongle, but even cheaper. However, it appears the stick might have more limited powers than the Chromecast also, as GigaOm reports. More →

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