By Jim Karpen on Wed, 05/27/2015
When I received the InnoFLASK portable speaker ($129.95), the first music I played was my long-time favorite: Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture. It has a wide dynamic range, and seemed like a perfect test for this speaker. I was impressed.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 05/27/2015
I had the opportunity to try PicoPro ($379.99). Celluon loaned me the pint-sized projector, along with the necessary cables to connect to an iPhone. The projector is as thin as an iPhone in a rugged case, maybe thinner, and could easily fit in a jacket pocket, which makes the PicoPro an ideal projector for road warriors.
By Nate Adcock on Tue, 05/26/2015
The iKlip Grip ($59.99) is a departure for IK Multimedia from their usual music-oriented gadgetus. The Grip is basically a portable, expandable camera stand that can also become a handy selfie pole. However, the Grip is no one-trick pony, thanks to its universal camera mount attachment point that is compatible with many cameras and accessories.
By Jordan Joynt on Fri, 05/22/2015
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 05/21/2015
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.
By Jim Karpen on Wed, 05/20/2015
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?
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 05/20/2015
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.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 05/20/2015
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!
By Jim Karpen on Tue, 05/19/2015
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.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 05/19/2015
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.
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 05/18/2015
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.
By Siva Om on Sun, 05/17/2015
By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 05/16/2015
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.
By Tommy Ly on Tue, 05/12/2015
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.
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 05/11/2015
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!
By Todd Bernhard on Sun, 05/10/2015
I had the opportunity to try PowerClip ($61) from Emtec. This clever charger snaps on to the bottom of the iPhone via the Lightning port. This can be a more compact alternative than a traditional battery pack case. I used to have a similar charger for my 30-pin iPhone and was glad to see a Lightning option. Emtec also makes an Android-compatible model with a microUSB port.
By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 05/09/2015
I love the products from Satechi. They offer a range of hubs, stands, remotes, and more that make the iOS and Apple Mac experience better. Additionally, many of their gadgets are made out of aluminum which makes them right at home on any Apple user's desk. Recently, Satechi gave me their Premium Aluminum Monitor Stand ($69.99) to try.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 05/06/2015
I had the opportunity to try Scosche MagicMount XL Dash/Window ($34.99) from Scosche. The MagicMount is a car mount for phones, but is hefty enough to work with tablets as well, and it can also work on a desk in an office. This makes the MagicMount's decent price even more justifiable. I once drove a Tesla Model S and it has a 17-inch touchscreen display. If you want to do something similar, with an iPad mini or even a full-size iPad, the MagicMount could do the trick.