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Gear Review: Nyne BASS Bluetooth Speaker

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The wireless speaker market is completely saturated, so its hard to know where to start when looking for a quality, yet affordable option that is rises above the sea of cheap Bluetooth speakers. I have listened to a metric ton of them, and the gold standard for streaming and quality to me is Sonos, but their products are not cheap, and do not include a simpler Bluetooth option. Nyne has a uniquely shaped line of Bluetooth 4.0 speakerphone devices that give the solid sound quality that approaches the Sonos level, but without the price (and WiFi fuss.)



Add Power and Style with the Add PowerBank from Lepow

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There is always need for more battery life, and power banks are a must-have in my gadget bag. I often carry several in fact. So it was cool to see the Add series of Power Banks from Lepow. There are several features that set this product apart.



I Love the iLuv Syren, But Wish the iPhone Could Leverage its NFC Feature

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My car doesn't have integrated Bluetooth, so I'm always on the lookout for a convenient add-on. The Syren ($39.99) from longtime Apple accessory vendor iLuv has a lot to offer. In fact, it might have too much to offer! In addition to traditional Bluetooth pairing, the Syren offers NFC (Near Field Communication) so you can pair it with an NFC-enabled smartphone just by touching the speaker with your phone! But Apple doesn't have NFC yet, and may not as they promote their iBeacon alternative.



Rumor: iWatch Coming 3rd Quarter, Manufacturer to Build 65 Million in First Year

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Apple has said to expect new product categories this year, and many people think the most likely candidate will be an iWatch. Rumors out of China on Tuesday, reported on AppleInsider, say that the iWatch will be coming the third quarter of 2014, with Taiwan's Quanta Computer expected to make 65 million units in the first year. That's a huge number.



Colorant Adds Some Color to Your iPhone's Life

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If you like the specs of the iPhone 5s, including the TouchID fingerprint reader, but wish you could add some vibrant colors like the iPhone 5c, the folks at Colorant can help out. The Colorant Link Pro is a water resistant, dustproof, sandproof, and shockproof case that still leaves the TouchID sensor accessible.



Kanex simpleDock because sometimes the simplest ideas are the best

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I use my MacBook Pro to develop apps, so I'm constantly taking it with me when I visit clients and colleagues, and even to Starbucks, which means frequently unplugging it and plugging it in. So I decided to get a docking and charging station in order to simplify my life. I was looking at the Thunderbolt docks from Belkin and Matrox, but at upwards of $300, it's hard to accept that price just for the convenience of using a single cable to connect all of my devices. A great compromise is the simpleDock ($119.95) from Kanex.



Is Amazon Fire TV Bad News for Apple TV?

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Apple TV has long been a "hobby" for Apple, with perennial rumors of something bigger. However, Google, Roku, and now Amazon have been putting out attractive competitors without waiting for Apple to get serious. The $35 Chromecast from Google brought smart TV features to the masses. Now the $99 Amazon Fire TV offers higher-end features, comparable and even superior to the Apple product.



Get Set for Summer Travel with the Sennheiser MM 550-X Bluetooth Headphones

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Sennheiser has made quite the name for themselves when it comes to premium headphones. It’s almost common knowledge that their wired headphones are like the Porsches of the headphone world. That’s all well and good, but what about their Bluetooth headphones; how do they rank against other high quality Bluetooth headphones currently available? I got to spend some time with the Sennheiser MM 550-X over-ear Bluetooth travel headphones ($499.00), which are Sennheiser’s top-of-the-line pair of Bluetooth headphones. Read on to find out how they performed and how they stack up in an ever more competitive Bluetooth headphone category.



Gear Up for Summer Adventures with the LaCie Fuel Wireless Hard Drive.

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It's springtime and folks are gearing up for travel and vacations. With that in mind, I'll be taking a look over these next months at some of the gadgets and gear that can make your adventurers more convenient, more fun, and more tech friendly.

If you’re traveling in the near future, and especially if you're traveling with family, this new hard drive/Wi-Fi hotspot from LaCie might just be the indispensable travel companion you've been waiting for.



Phosphor's Touch Time Battery Life Shines Among SmartWatches

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SmartWatches are all the rage, even if Apple hasn't jumped in to the pool, yet. I've owned SmartWatches from Pebble, Martian Watches, i'mWatch, and more, and so far, none has met all of my requirements. One watch might have good battery life while another has a better screen or more apps, etc. So I'm happy to see more options.



Judge Blocks Sales of Ryan Seacrest's TYPO Keyboard Case

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When I first reviewed it, I was concerned that the TYPO Keyboard Case, backed by Ryan Seacrest, was too similar to BlackBerry's keyboard design, and sure enough, a judge has agreed.



The Ultimate Luxury, Courtesy of Apple and Piel Frama

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Back in college, at Carnegie Mellon University, one of my professors posed the question, who was richer? Our choices were historical figures like King Louis, Julius Caesar, Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon, George Washington... and ourselves. The answer was each of us... None of those ancient figures could access any movie on demand via NetFlix or iTunes. None of them could communicate instantly with someone across the world, by video no less. They couldn't "see" star systems and planets as we can with apps like StarWalk. Modern technology makes our lives richer than the wealthiest people long since gone.



Dock Your iPhone Just About Anywhere With The TogoDock

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Fuse Chicken, the folks behind the Une Bobine iPhone stand, are at it again with the TogoDock. Having surpassed their $20,000 funding goal on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, it looks like the company's latest product will be available to the masses and it's not too late to make a contribution in order to get your own.



Sleep Well (or Run Well) with SleepPhones (and RunPhones)

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Lots of folks like to fall asleep to ambient sounds or soft music or to run to inspirational music. However, most earbuds and headphones aren't a great solution. Enter the doctor-created SleepPhones ($39.95) and RunPhones ($39.95). These devices embed small speakers in headbands and connect either via traditional wires, or flexible and strong wires, or even Bluetooth, depending on your needs.



Listen to Your Favorite Band While on the Run with the Bandshell Case

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These days, to get me interested in your iPhone case, you gotta have a gimmick. I expect your case to offer protection, especially a raised lip that rises above the front glass. What else you got?

How about a kickstand to make it easy to view movies hands free? Maybe a way to redirect audio so instead of projecting sound down, it is projected towards me? And make sure you offer it in lots of colors.



Make Your Stylus Your Own with Jaymo's PixStylus

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Anyone can make a stylus, and with the popularity of touchscreen devices, just about everyone has. But they all pretty much look the same. Now, thanks to the good folks at Jaymo, you can leverage their personalization tools to make your stylus unique.

I've used their website before to customize iPhone and iPad cases, but at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, I got to see their latest product, the PixStylus. It's actually a combination pen and stylus, with different tips on each end. 



A Case That's a Work of Art, from Strong N Free

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Steve Jobs didn't like the idea of keeping an iPhone in a case. So much effort went into making a functional work of art, that hiding it in a case was sacrilegious to him. Maybe he needed to get his eyes on the Berlin and Sydney Birdcage Designer Cases from Strong N Free.



Get a Life... Charger Case from Ontrion

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You can never have enough power, for your iPhone and other gadgets, and Ontrion knows that. As many others have done, they have introduced a case for the iPhone 5/5s, the LifeCHARGE Battery Case ($79.99). But where others have fallen short, Ontrion has gone a step further. Specifically, many such cases obstruct the headphone jack, and include an extension cable that you're supposed to carry around. That extension is going to get lost or forgotten, making you rely on the built in speakers.



Jam Away With These Unique Bluetooth Speakers

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More than almost anything in the world, I love music. And I love how versatile Bluetooth speakers are, and that they are so portable and easy to use. It's important for a Bluetooth speaker to be durable, since they're so often used while on the go. Here are some of my favorites.



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