By Nate Adcock on Mon, 06/29/2015
By Siva Om on Sat, 06/27/2015
I love spending time outdoors. Wherever I am, I always make it a point to explore the natural surroundings. For me there's no better way to unwind, stay fit, and learn about new environments. These days I tend to have my iPhone with me on my adventures, which allows me to stay connected and enjoy multi-media, even when trekking in the wild. There's certainly no shortage of useful and practical gear available to assist the tech-savvy adventurer; from communication and navigation apps to charging gear and portable Bluetooth speakers. Here's a sampling of the great gear and apps I've been putting to use these days.
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 06/26/2015
I first met Mark Lentry last year at Stan Lee's Comikaze, and was very impressed with his woodworking skills. Lentry actually appeared on the original Star Trek TV series and brought that experience to his woodworking efforts under the name Wood That I Could. He makes beautiful Star Trek themed works of art, such as a $100 working Phaser (by working I mean it has a colored LED that works like a flashlight—it won't stun, let alone kill any aliens) and a $1,250 scale model of the Enterprise NCC-1701, also with working lights.
By Siva Om on Thu, 06/25/2015
Even though the Apple Watch has a speaker, it's really only designed to play tones or for short calls. Since we can't listen to tunes on the Apple Watch using traditional wired headphones, a good pair of Bluetooth headphones (or speakers, but that's another article) are called for. There are a huge number of choices available, so to help you decide I've picked three exceptional pairs of headphones, based on their unique individual functionality, to feature as worthy accessories for Apple's first foray into wearable tech.
By Siva Om on Wed, 06/24/2015
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 06/23/2015
Around Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) I wrote about the upcoming sequel to SMS Audio's Star Wars headphones. Since then, I have had the opportunity to try a pair of the Star Wars Second-Edition Headphones ($179.95) specifically, the R2-D2 version of the new headphones. While the first edition offered Stormtrooper, Galactic Empire, Boba Fett, and Rebel Alliance, it wasn't until the second edition that customers could choose from R2-D2, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, or Tie Fighter. All versions come with stickers and other limited edition accessories.
By Becca Ludlum on Thu, 06/18/2015
It's that time of year again—summer is here and it's time to celebrate Dads and Grads! Whether you're looking for that perfect gift for your iPad loving Dad or the gadget-loving Grad in your life, there's a little on this list for everyone in every price range!
By Nate Adcock on Wed, 06/17/2015
The IBLAZR ($39.99), previously featured in our CES coverage, has gone on to rave reviews and something like a billion units sold (OK, I don't really know how many, but a lot.) So get ready for the next portable camera light you didn't know you needed: the IBLAZR 2 (crowd roaring and fireworks)!! It hasn't yet been officially announced, but a new Kickstarter effort is coming that ups the flashlight camera ante yet again; the second generation includes Bluetooth remote control, and an even more sophisticated app for taking great pictures in any lighting condition (well, maybe not at the bottom of the ocean, for that we might have to wait for the iBLAZR 3.) Read on for more information on this upcoming add-on flash unit.
By Daniel Rasmus on Wed, 06/17/2015
Tangerine is not only a lovely citrus fruit, but also the title of a Sundance Film Festival official selection. Tangerine is the first full-length feature film to be shot entirely on a mobile device. If you want to give shooting high quality film with your iPhone a try, the Steadicam Smoothee ($169.00) could turn your home movies into professional looking Steadicam work, and offer professional videographers an entry path into the Steadicam experience.
By Nate Adcock on Tue, 06/16/2015
TYPO Innovations sent us its latest wireless keyboard and case. Dubbed TYPO ($189), and aimed at "bridging the gap between your laptop and your iPad," the pricey accessory has a sleek and somewhat refined appearance. It looks great, but how does the TYPO really stack up against other wireless keyboards? Read on to find out in our full review.
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 06/15/2015
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 06/15/2015
Rapoo gave me the opportunity to try its E6300 iPad Keyboard ($49.99). I liked that Rapoo offers different versions of the keyboard in colorful combinations (black with orange accents, white with blue accents, and white with gold accents) and it uses familiar Apple-style chiclet keys. I also liked that this model offers iPad-specific hot keys so you spend less time touching the screen.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 06/11/2015
I had the opportunity to try Magic Hub ($49.90) from Mobee, although like most Mobee accessories, it looks like it could have come from Apple. Mobee specializes in accessories for the Apple market that Apple should have invented in the first place.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 06/10/2015
Winner Gear gave me their MONTAR ($29.99) car mount to try. While the MONTAR is billed as a universal car mount, there's no reason you coudn't use it for a desk mount as well. The base has a powerful suction grip which should work on most flat surfaces. Winner Gear also bills the MONTAR as World's Strongest Mount and that is a believable claim. In fact if there were any downsides to this mount it's that it might be too strong. You can remove your phone from the mount with one hand, but it takes some effort. That's the point, though, so your phone will stay put.
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 06/08/2015
The next generation of Apple's Watch operating system, dubbed watchOS 2, will not only allow native apps but will also allow developers to add custom "complications" to the watch face. An enterprising app developer could add challenges, sports scores, and other notifications as desired. Many of the changes in watchOS 2 are not just for developers. There are a lot of usability enhancements as well.