Apple Smart Home

Apple to unveil new smart home platform at WWDC next week

By on May 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM.

Apple to unveil new smart home platform at WWDC next week

Apple won’t have an exciting new iPhone 6 or an iWatch to show off at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco next week, but it looks like the company will still have a few tricks up its sleeve. Beyond iOS 8, OS X 10.10 and a mysterious new device, Apple will reportedly unveil a brand new smart home platform, according to a new report. More →

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Apple.com Free Shipping Deal

Here’s another reason to get all your iPhone and Mac accessories from Apple.com

By on May 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Here’s another reason to get all your iPhone and Mac accessories from Apple.com

Apple is offering online buyers free shipping on all the items available in its online stores through May 29, which is a nice change of pace from the company’s typical free shipping policy that only covers orders of $50 or more, 9to5Mac reports. This will allow buyers to purchase many accessories for iPhone and Mac that are priced under $50, and that wouldn’t otherwise qualify for the free shipping offer. More →

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Wireless Charging Solutions

Where is the wireless charging revolution?

Where is the wireless charging revolution?

By on May 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM.

January 8th, 2009. On this day, in the midst of the usual noise that surrounds the year’s most extravagant electronics show, Palm debuted the Pre. Outside of its radical software, the most notable hardware feature was one that truly was ahead of its time… years ahead, in fact. The phone supported wireless charging, with the Touchstone charger ushering in the idea well before most anyone else was even thinking about it.

Half a decade has passed, and we’re still waiting for wireless charging to matter. More →

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Legion Meter iPhone and Android

This tiny gadget will help you charge your smartphone twice as fast

By on May 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM.

This tiny gadget will help you charge your smartphone twice as fast

PLX Devices’ Legion Meter is a tiny USB dongle currently raising money on Kickstarter that will help you charge your iPhone or Android smartphone up to twice as fast. With 27 days to go, the project has already surpassed its $10,000 goal, reaching almost $210,000 in pledges, which means that Legion Meter has already been funded. More →

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LG G3 QuickCircle Case

LG launches an awesome case for a flagship phone that doesn’t exist

By on May 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

LG launches an awesome case for a flagship phone that doesn’t exist

LG on Thursday decided to do something handset makers rarely do, which is to launch an accessory for a device that doesn’t exist yet. The QuickCircle folder case that was shown in many leaked LG G3 images in previous days has been confirmed by the company, with LG saying that it wants to offer a preview of the upcoming G3 with the new, interesting case. More →

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Cliq Case for Android

This cool case will give your Android phone superpowers

By on May 22, 2014 at 2:34 PM.

This cool case will give your Android phone superpowers

Any Android fans familiar with Dimple, a smartphone accessory that puts extra buttons on the handset that’s currently raising money on Kickstarter, should also check out the Cliq Kickstarter project. The accessory offers similar NFC buttons that are incorporated into a slim case, thus offering protection against accidents while adding extra superpowers to the smartphone. More →

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Nest Recalling Smoke Alarms

Nest is recalling over 400,000 smoke alarms due to safety risks

By on May 21, 2014 at 4:22 PM.

Nest is recalling over 400,000 smoke alarms due to safety risks

Nest Labs has recalled 440,000 smoke alarms in order to fix a bug that could prevent their alarms from sounding immediately after detecting smoke. Mercury News reports that the Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarms are equipped with a feature that “allows users to temporarily silence some alerts by waving their arm near the unit.” There have been no reported incidents, but Google’s recent acquisition is currently sending out electronic updates to disable the feature in case of emergency. More →

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Best Galaxy S5 Accessories

Now there’s a way to double your Galaxy S5’s battery life… for a price

By on May 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM.

Now there’s a way to double your Galaxy S5’s battery life… for a price

Battery life is quickly becoming the most important smartphone specification and now Galaxy S5 owners can buy a new accessory that will give their favorite phone twice the juice. Per SamMobile, the new Mugen Power 5900mAh Extended Battery will double your Galaxy S5’s battery life, although it will also cost you $90 as well. More →

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Best iPhone iPad Accessories iStick

This is the one USB stick every iPhone fan will want to own

By on May 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM.

This is the one USB stick every iPhone fan will want to own

Do you want a quick way to zip files from your iPhone or iPad to your PC that doesn’t involve carrying a Lightning cable around with you everywhere? Then you might want to check out the iStick, a new USB flash storage drive that has both a standard USB connector and an approved Apple Lightning connector as well. The iStick, which is being developed by the Sanho Corporation, has launched a Kickstarter page where so far it’s raised close to $600,000, more than 6 times the $100,000 it had set out to raise and it still has 26 days to go. More →

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Fake Lightning Cable Review

Warning: Don’t waste your money on knockoff iPhone Lightning cables

By on May 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM.

Warning: Don’t waste your money on knockoff iPhone Lightning cables

When Apple ushered in the Lightning cable with the iPhone 5, millions of folks groaned collectively. A new connector means new accessories and outdated doodads, but in this particular example, it also represented a serious shot against piracy. As it turns out, Apple detests knockoffs… even when it comes to cabling. So, with Lightning, the company included a chip inside of each plug that would be next to impossible to reverse engineer and ape. Moreover, Apple added yet another expense to reproducing the cable, which would no doubt cut into the profit margins for would-be knockoff artists.

Today, a three meter Lightning cable from Apple is priced at $20. Which, by all measures, is firmly in Monster Cable territory on the ripoff meter. Thankfully, quite a few “Apple certified” options do exist, including a smattering of $14 versions available across the web.

But, being the stubborn knucklehead that I am, I just couldn’t be bothered with paying such outrageous rates for a couple of spare cables. More →

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Kickstarter iPhone Augment Battery Case

Check out this slick iPhone case that doubles as a secondary battery

By on May 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Check out this slick iPhone case that doubles as a secondary battery

Augment is the name of a new case and charger combo for the iPhone that is seeking funding on Kickstarter. Unlike existing case solutions that help users prolong the battery life on their iPhones in addition to offering damage protection, Augment proposes an interesting new take: a modular design that allows users to both enjoy a slick, protective iPhone case, and an ultra-portable external secondary iPhone battery. The two devices – the Augment Case and Augment Charge – can be connected when extra battery life is needed, and offer users a 60% extra battery charge. More →

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim Review

Review: Seagate Backup Plus Slim and Fast mobile hard drives

Review: Seagate Backup Plus Slim and Fast mobile hard drives

By on May 16, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Fast. Fast and cheap. In a nutshell, that describes Seagate’s latest duo of mobile hard drives. In a world where SSDs are still (unfortunately) too pricey for most, mechanical hard drives are (mercifully) becoming increasingly affordable. The thought of carrying around 2TB of photos, videos, and love letters that you just can’t part with for under $120 would’ve been a pipe dream just a couple of years ago.

As the latest race to the bottom plays out, Seagate’s 2TB Backup Plus Slim is a compelling option. It strips away practically everything except a USB 3.0 connector, but fancies itself up on the software front. More →

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