This is the season of the Watch, and I've had the opportunity to review at least five SmartWatches lately, from Pebble, Martian, Phosphor, i'mWatch and now Cogito ($129.95). Each brings something different to the table, in terms of apps, screen, battery life, style, and functionality. Cogito's Pop may have just enough "smart" to go with plenty of style and battery life to be your primary watch.
Apple just sent out a quick notice offering a mechanism to get a refund for unauthorized in-app purchases by a minor. It should have been sent to all iTunes users who made an in-app purchase, but it's easy to miss, so I've included the text below. Despite Apple's efforts to limit in-app purchases to a 15 minute window without requiring re-entering a password, a lot of damage can be done in those 15 minutes. I've written about my troubles with IAPs before.
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.
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
Usually when you win the lottery, you get some money. But with Apple's WWDC ticket lottery, winning entitles you to pay $1,599 plus expenses to attend their Worldwide Developers Conference during the week of June 2. The lottery system for WWDC is new this year, although Apple used a similar system for their regional Tech Talk Tours last year. I have attended a few WWDCs in the past, and was able to see Steve Jobs in person. I just had to be lucky enough to read my email and register within a few minutes, much to the chagrin of potential attendees who were asleep when the emails were sent. The lottery system should make it fairer for those who live in other time zones.
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.
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference always sells out, and lately in less than an hour. So today, when Apple announced the even will be held June 2 through June 6, instead of selling tickets immediately, potential attendees have to register for a lottery ticket. A limited number of developers will win the right to pay $1599 to attend the event.
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.
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.
My oldest daughter grew up on Knowledge Adventure's PC games, so I was excited to see their mobile offerings. The same daughter loved How To Train Your Dragon, so when Knowledge Adventure released an iPad app based on that movie, I was all over it!