Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Gear VR

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge: Gear VR hands-on (and eyes-in)

By on March 3, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge: Gear VR hands-on (and eyes-in)

Samsung on Sunday announced that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are going to get their own version of the Gear VR, the company’s own virtual reality headset that lets users enjoy immersive VR content with help of compatible devices — you actually have to insert the smartphone inside the headset to make it all work.

Naturally, I had to take the new model for a hands-on, and eyes-in spin at Samsung’s booth at MWC 2015. More →

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Stratos Smart Card Release Date

Stratos is yet another smart card that wants to kill credit cards – but this one is real

By on March 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Stratos is yet another smart card that wants to kill credit cards – but this one is real

While we patiently wait for services like Apple Pay to proliferate and eventually eliminate the need for plastic credit and debit cards, a new type of solution has emerged. Dubbed “smart cards,” these devices are capable of storing multiple credit, debit and membership cards in a single swipeable device, theoretically allowing users to empty out their wallets and just carry a single payment card.

Right now, sadly, these cards do not exist as far as consumers are concerned. The most promising among them is called Plastc, and it doesn’t yet have a firm ship date. Also interesting is a device called Coin, but its creators have run into a slew of problems and the current beta device isn’t always reliable.

Now there’s a new player on the scene called Stratos, and it touts one key difference compared to earlier smart cards: This one is actually real, and it’s shipping next month. More →

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12-inch MacBook Air: SanDisk Type-C USB Drive

Apple’s Retina MacBook Air doesn’t exist, but there’s already an accessory for it

By on March 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Apple’s Retina MacBook Air doesn’t exist, but there’s already an accessory for it

Apple’s rumored ultra-slim and light 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is far from being official, but there’s already one accessory ready for it, as announced at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Though to be fair, it’s not just future 12-inch MacBook Air buyers who will be happy to see it in stores. More →

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Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and SanDisk 200GB microSD

The best accessory you can’t use with your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge

By on March 2, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

The best accessory you can’t use with your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung on Sunday announced two gorgeous Galaxy S models. Our early impressions of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is that they look and feel better than anything Samsung has ever done when it comes to smartphones— probably because they had good inspiration, some would say. But like any gadget, they’re not perfect, and some people will quickly find things to criticize, with one particular missing feature coming to mind that hardcore Android users will find hard to adjust to. More →

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Indiegogo FlexCharger iPhone and Android Charger

Meet FlexCharger, the only iPhone and Android charger worth getting excited about

By on February 27, 2015 at 4:35 PM.

Meet FlexCharger, the only iPhone and Android charger worth getting excited about

Smartphone and tablet chargers are far from being exciting accessories, yet we have to constantly carry them with us on the off-chance that our beloved mobile device runs out of battery life when we least expect it. FlexCharger, however, is a different kind of charger for mobile devices — in fact, it’s the only charger in recent memory that we might even call exciting. More →

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Apple Virtual Reality Headset

And now, it’s Apple’s turn to copy Samsung

By on February 27, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

And now, it’s Apple’s turn to copy Samsung

The Gear VR is probably the greatest thing Samsung has created in a long time. The simple but well-made virtual reality headset blows minds young and old. I have personally shown it to a number of people, and so far I have yet to come across anyone whose jaw didn’t drop. It’s awesome.

And it looks like Samsung’s biggest competitor may be getting ready to launch a rival device. More →

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ZRRO Touch Controller Kickstarter

Meet ZRRO, a revolutionary new way to control your TV

By on February 20, 2015 at 11:24 AM.

Meet ZRRO, a revolutionary new way to control your TV

Every time a new Android-based gaming console pops up on Kickstarter, I assume it will be the last, but ZRRO has something more to offer than what we’ve seen from the endless parade of Ouya knockoffs that have dominated the crowdfunding scene over the past few years. More →

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Best iPhone 6 Cases

This clever case may have just rendered one of my favorite iPhone accessories obsolete

By on February 19, 2015 at 2:50 PM.

This clever case may have just rendered one of my favorite iPhone accessories obsolete

For third-party accessory makers, Apple’s iPhone lineup is a gold mine. This is especially true for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are by far the most slippery and accident-prone iPhones to date. There are tons of options out there, and we try to cover some of the best of the bunch from time to time, simply because a protective case is such a necessity for Apple’s latest iPhones. In the recent past, for example, we’ve shown you some beautiful iPhone cases you’ve never heard of as well as 3 awesome iPhone 6 cases that are perfect for people who hate iPhone cases.

Now, we’re back with a creative new option to protect your iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and it might just render one of my favorite iPhone accessories obsolete. More →

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Sony Premium Sound Memory Card

Sony just unveiled the stupidest product in the history of the universe

By on February 19, 2015 at 2:25 PM.

Sony just unveiled the stupidest product in the history of the universe

We’re starting to think there’s something seriously wrong with Sony these days. In addition to its ridiculous looking new Google Glass rival, Sony this week unveiled what might be the single stupidest tech product in history: A $155 memory card that promises to deliver “premium sound.” More →

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Google Nest Smoke Alarm Video

Google employee posts horrifying video that will convince you to never buy a Nest smoke alarm

By on February 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM.

Google employee posts horrifying video that will convince you to never buy a Nest smoke alarm

It’s a safe bet that Nest CEO Tony Fadell is not too happy with Google staff engineer Brad Fitzpatrick right now. Fitzpatrick last week posted a video that showed Nest’s Nest Protect smoke alarms badly misbehaving in his home. In fact, despite the fact that his house was not on fire, the alarms kept going off and he was unable to find a way to get them to shut up. Fitzpatrick says he posted the video for one reason: To warn people away from buying Nest Protect. More →

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Kickstarter: Beam Android Projector

Meet Beam, the Android projector that turns any light bulb socket into an entertainment center

By on February 18, 2015 at 6:45 AM.

Meet Beam, the Android projector that turns any light bulb socket into an entertainment center

In case you were looking for an out-of-the-box smart projector, then Beam might be worth looking into. The unusual-looking device has just been listed on Kickstarter and it needs to raise at least $200,000 by March 24th to become a real entertainment-ready accessory. More →

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apple-watch-3

The most expensive Apple Watch is going to make Apple all the money

The most expensive Apple Watch is going to make Apple all the money

By on February 17, 2015 at 9:32 PM.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple’s Watch production for the first quarter of this year is on track for 5 million units. Of that 5 million, half are expected to be the less expensive Apple Watch Sport which starts at $350, and one third are the stainless steel watch, which could sell for $500-$750, most likely. That leaves about 850,000 Apple Watch Edition pieces, the more expensive gold model. I believe the watch will sell for around $3,000 or less, though let’s assume it sells for $4,000 as The Wall Street Journal is hearing, for the purpose of this exercise. Let’s also assume a 35% margin on each Apple Watch model on average (conservative), and including extra bands, an average selling price of $400, $650, and $4200 for the Apple Watch Sport, stainless, and Edition models respectively, and also conservative. More →

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