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Olloclip Adds Wide-Angle Active Lens to Its Lineup

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Olloclip has added yet another camera accessory to its lineup. The new Active Lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is available for preorder on its website.



New "Home" App in iOS 9 May Manage Smart-Home Devices

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I'm looking forward to the June 8–12 developers conference, during which Apple is expected to show off iOS 9 and announce new products. Apple has already confirmed that new devices compatible with their HomeKit platform will launch in June, so many are expecting the Worldwide Developers Conference to feature this forthcoming platform. In announcing HomeKit, Apple said it would be used with devices that control a home's locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs, switches, and more. Smart-home devices are becoming increasingly popular, and a platform that integrates their function and gives them a common interface would be a huge boon — and a big step forward for the industry. The timing is right.



Ztylus Metal: A Clever Camera Case

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With a name like Ztylus, I was expecting a stylus, but instead Ztylus gave me the Ztylus Metal Camera Kit ($114.95) to try, which includes an iPhone case and 4-in-1 revolver lens. I came away impressed. 



Here's How Apple Is Using the Hidden Apple Watch Port

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Apple may not want third parties to take advantage of the hidden diagnostics port behind the Apple Watch's band connector, but that hasn't stopped Apple from using it. In some leaked photos, a Brazilian blog (blogdoiphone.com) shows how Apple's own display stands keep those Apple Watches charged while running demos.



Why Apple Isn't Selling an HDTV -- And How They'll Make Their Mark on the Industry

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As our blogger Todd Bernhard posted, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Apple decided over a year ago not to bring an HDTV to market. I'm guilty of hyping the rumors saying one was coming. And certainly Apple seriously considered it, having developed a number of prototypes. The rumor was further stimulated by the Isaacson Steve Jobs biography, which made it sound like the late Apple founder had conceived of a new interface for TV that would make it much better. So why would Apple decide not to bring a TV to market, especially knowing that a million Apple fan boys would immediately snap it up? 



Apple Watch to Hit Apple Stores in June

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Apple is still trying to meet the backlog of online Apple Watch orders, but 9to5mac asserts that Apple Watches will be available in Apple retail stores in June, per Apple CEO Tim Cook, during his China tour. This could be a curious situation for those who ordered a watch with delivery scheduled in late June. Of course "in June" could be June 30.



Apple TV Update Appears Imminent

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Ever since Steve Jobs was quoted in Walt Isaacson's Jobs biography as having "nailed" the television dilemma, and really before then, Apple watchers have been looking for an integrated Apple television set. I never thought it was practical, as the TV set market is pretty cutthroat, with newer entries like Vizio driving sizes up and prices down. It's hard for Apple to enter that market, make a difference, and charge a consistently profitable price. But where they could leverage their expertise is in user interface, remote control, home automation, and thanks to their acquisition of PrimeSense (the Israeli firm behind Kinect), gestures and gaming.



Marshall Offers High Performance Headphones at a Reasonable Price

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I'm a fan of Marshall amplifiers, so when I had the opportunity to try Marshall Headphones Model Major II ($119) I jumped at the chance. As you would expect from the leader in rockstar amps, sound is the primary focus and it shows. The headphones deliver full range without distortion and compete favorably with headphones priced twice as high. In fact, Marshall's previous generation products are currently on sale for half price which means you can pick up some great cans for $50!



Apple Now Selling Dock for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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Apple is now selling, for the first time, an iPhone Lightning Dock that can be used with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Unlike earlier docks, which had a groove that held your phone, this one has no groove. There are two advantages: the same dock fits both phones, and you don't need to remove the phone's case to put it in the dock. The Lightning connector protrudes above a solid slab. Like most Apple products, it's pricey, at $39. The Apple Store web page says that it ships in 1 to 3 days.



The Stealthy Selfie Stick for Spies and Stars

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Selfies are big and a selfie stick is the only way to get a good shot without your arm being in the way. Even Tom Hanks took an epic selfie with David Letterman, but to make it a nice photo, he used a selfie stick. Now some museums and events have banned selfie sticks, including Apple's own Worldwide Developers Conference. So if you're going to bring a selfie stick, you will want an ubtrusive stealthy model.



What I Learned While Writing Apps for the Apple Watch

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It seems like I have been waiting for an app-enabled smartwatch since my calculator watch days in the early 1980s. I'm still waiting, because while the Apple Watch runs apps as extensions of the iPhone's screen, those apps still run on the iPhone. Apple has said that developers will be able to write apps that run natively on the Apple Watch, but it hasn't committed to a date. Perhaps June's Worldwide Developers Conference will shed some light on this limitation.



Life n Soul Offers an Affordable and Adorable Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker Just in Time for Summer

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I had the opportunity to try BM101 Mini Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker ($24.99) from Life n Soul. It is a teeny tiny adorable speaker about the size of two dozen quarters, stacked on top of each other. When placed on its side, it almost looks like a jet engine. There are two small metal hooks on the side that you can attach a small lanyard to, for use on the go.



Monster 24K Headphones Bring a Head Full of Bling

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If you are one of the elite few to score a gold Apple Watch, or if you gravitate towards the gold iPhones or iPads, then the Monster 24K headphones ($299.95) may be the perfect accessory to compliment your sense of style. Monster's 24K headphones are a sleek synthesis of a high performance, self-contained sound system, with decadent elegance and posh style. With their extremely flashy look, the 24K may not be for everyone, but for those looking to make a Kardashian-esque fashion statement with their headphones, these are a classy alternative.


Add Power to your iPhone for Just $10

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Act fast, because until May 16th at 11:59pm (ET) only, PowerSkin is offering their PoP'n for just $10 shipped. Technically, it's a penny with $9.99 shipping, but however you slice it, it's a good deal, since it normally lists for $49.99 plus shipping. The PowerSkin PoP'n latches on to the Lightning port (or microUSB if that's what you order) of your iPhone and sticks to the back of the phone or case. Not all cases will work with it, as you need some clearance around the lightning port, but you could always remove your case if needed. Their website lists the iPhone 5/5s/5c, but it should work with an iPhone 6.



The Search for Apple Watch Apps Just Got a Little Easier

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If you were lucky (and brave) enough to pick up an Apple Watch, you probably want to find some killer apps for it. Maybe you want to justify your purchase, or show it off to friends, or just get the most out of your new device. After all, the original iPhone didn't really strut its stuff until the App Store showed up a year later.



Mount the Apple Watch in Your Automobile

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The Apple Watch may not be cheap, but it could actually be a practical alternative to a CarPlay or Bluetooth-enabled stereo system. I recently added Bluetooth stereo to my old car and it cost over $200 for an entry-level model. With the right car mount, you can use your Apple Watch as a hands-free speakerphone, complete with Siri integration.



LUNATIK Is at It Again, with a Protective Case for the Apple Watch

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You might remember LUNATIK, the folks behind Epik, a hardened case that turned the old square iPod nano into a rugged watch. Apple stopped making that little iPod a few years ago, and during that time, LUNATIK has been anticipating an Apple Watch. They are now ready to release their Kickstarter campaign for a protective shell for the Apple Watch. As I wrote about earlier, the Apple Watch is proving to be more durable than expected and even scratches on the stainless steel model can be removed.



Apple Watch Takes a Licking, Keeps on... Clicking

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The Apple Watch doesn't "tick" like a Timex, whose slogan has been "Takes a licking, keeps on ticking" but in a recent "torture test" it survived better than Apple promised. An enterprising amateur athlete, dubbed DC Rainmaker, took an Apple watch on a 10-plus minute swim, a few dives from a high diving board, and more and found it worked without any noticeable issues. He even simulated a 40 meter dive, although the watch is rated for just 1 meter!



Review: The Timbuk2 Rogue Laptop Backpack

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For the past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to test out the Timbuk2 Rogue Laptop Backpack ($79) loaded with everything I need for a mobile office and more. Of course, there are things I like and things I don't. Let's dig in.



Cogito Classic Could Be a Smart Affordable Alternative to the Apple Watch

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In the post-Apple Watch world, like it or not, every wearable will be compared to the Apple offering. Fortunately, Apple has left quite a few gaps in their product line, allowing folks like Cogito to compare quite favorably. They offer a pair of watches, one at about $130 and the other at $180. This is about the price of a nice band from Apple!



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