By Siva Om on Thu, 10/01/2015
By Nate Adcock on Tue, 09/29/2015
This past summer, we posted a review of the Internet-of-Things wonder LightBlue Bean. Now, I am happy to announce that PunchThrough, makers of the original programmable Bluetooth gadget, have successfully Kickstarted a new iteration called the Bean+, which is even more power packed than the previous model. There are more pins, a rechargeable battery, and solderless connectors for those who don't like the risk of using hot liquid metal. Where are Bean developers taking this powerful, new bean? Where no man has gone before. Well, sort of.
By Daniel Rasmus on Tue, 09/29/2015
As a reviewer, I receive all type of gear and accessories, from iPad cases to styluses and light bulbs to remote controls. Out of all of the products I receive to evaluate, only a few make it into my regular technology repertoire. Its not that I don’t use other items I’ve reviewed, but these have taken up residence in my office, I keep them handy and actually rely on them to do my work. I think that is the highest praise for a technology accessory. I won’t provide deep reviews in these posts, but I will be telling you why I like the item, and what has made it indispensable to my work.
By Nate Adcock on Sun, 09/27/2015
Wondering what to do on that long bus or train commute to work? If you own an iPhone and happen to be a music major (or want to become one), you might want to brush up on your scales. MusiClock ($2.99) is a reference of every scale (or most) known to modern humankind presented in a rotating, clock-like dial that also lets you experiment with background music. Read on to find out how you might become the next great composer with nothing more than MusiClock and your iPhone (oh and lots of time).
By Mike Riley on Sat, 09/26/2015
A few years can make quite a difference in the technology world. From the time that Jaybird released its highly praised BlueBuds headphones, the company has been hard at work refining its winning formula of a lightweight, completely self-contained Bluetooth headset. Read on to find out if this objective been achieved with the release of Jaybird's X2 Wireless Buds ($179.95).
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 09/25/2015
I've been a fan of Grovemade for a while. The case maker's attention to detail and quality use of wood and leather materials brings a natural element to the otherwise glass and metal iPhone. I recently tried Grovemade's Walnut iPhone Case ($99). The company offers a bumper or a full case which is composed of a bumper and an adhesive backing.
By Daniel Rasmus on Thu, 09/24/2015
Over the last several month I’ve received a number of Lightning cables. Most of of them are serviceable, but a few really stand out.
By Conner Carey on Thu, 09/24/2015
New iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hit store shelves Friday, September 25. The super fans have already ordered their iPhones and are eagerly awaiting their arrival. The rest of us are waiting to hear how they like it. Personally, I know I want the new model, but watching a few video reviews always help me make the final decision.
By Nate Adcock on Wed, 09/23/2015
The ZAGG Dropguard case ($24.99) and InvisibleShield Glass Luxe ($34.99) is a perfect combo for assuring iPhone protection. The case attractively snugs over the backside and edges, while the shield slams down a force field of layered protection to the screen front. The new iPhone is here and you will want a quality case and screen protection combo to protect that 6s. ZAGG will have your iPhone's back. We'll also give you some tips to prevent smashing your screen.
By Mike Riley on Wed, 09/23/2015
Spare external batteries for mobile phones and tablets seem as ubiquitous these days as headphones. Each provider offers more or less the same features (often even the same internals) as the other. In such a competitively crowded marketplace, how does Jackery's Giant+ Battery Pack ($29.99) differentiate itself from all the others?
By Nate Adcock on Wed, 09/23/2015
Tiny Empire ($2.99) is a physics game that appears mundane at first, but adds interesting new challenges as you progress. Rendered in 16-bit graphics that are exceptional, I would have appreciated a bit more on-the ground activity. Still, this is a solid game to kill time and goblins with, if that's what you're after.
By Siva Om on Tue, 09/22/2015
Game Centered features roundups and reviews of the best in iOS games and gaming related news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the great new releases. Each installment of Game Centered will take a closer look at a select few iOS games that are worthy of special recognition. As we near the end of 2015, we enter one of my favorite times of year as an iOS gamer. Every year around this time we start to see an influx of new games in the App Store as developers hustle to get their best games to market in time for the holiday shopping season. Here are some of the best games from Apple's own Best New Games section of the App Store.
By Brian Faulkner on Mon, 09/21/2015
The I-Venstar Waterproof Sport Speaker ($34.99) is in many ways similar to its sibling, the Taco. Where it differs, besides the shape and waterproofing, is that it has a carabiner directly attached to it and it can act as a power bank. It has a 3600 mAh battery that can charge your iPhone or provide up to 10 hours of music.
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 09/21/2015
I've been a fan of Martian Watches for years... long before Apple hinted at a smart watch of its own. Martian Watches offered some distinct features that were unmatched by competitors, and with its latest set of watches, including the Martian Alpha Watch ($279), those advantages still hold up today. I had the opportunity to try one and it addresses many of the concerns I had with earlier versions.
By Todd Bernhard on Sun, 09/20/2015
The smart home is here and it's more affordable than you think. Nyrius has a line of smart home products, including a low-cost Wireless Smart LED Multicolor Light Bulb ($29.96). It works as a stand-alone bulb, or you can connect several to create a room or even house full of color-changing light bulbs. This is where the Nyrius excels; because if you have a lot of light bulb sockets, the price can add up. Competitors like Philips' HUE are more expensive (by about 50 percent) and when you multiply that by a dozen or more bulbs, the difference becomes even more dramatic.
By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 09/19/2015
There are headphones meant to broadcast "Hey, look at me!" and "I just spent $200 on a set of headphones!" The Plattan Adv ($59) from Urban Ears is not such a pair. Urban Ears sent me its wired version (a Bluetooth version is also available) in gray. The headphones come in a variety of colors, but the gray ones are quite understated. All of Urban Ears' headphones are monochromatic with simple, subtle styling.
By Nate Adcock on Wed, 09/16/2015
The Capti Narrator (free), developed by Charmtech Labs LLC, can read your iPhone screen to you, or at least from most apps that support sharing within iOS. The app also provides its own browser interface, and queues up your content into a track playlist. The coolness does not end there. You can sync up your devices to include desktop PC, iPhone, or iPad, and seamlessly switch between them without a pause in your content. Capti is for anyone who wants an audio-enabled mobile content experience hands free in the car, the gym, the office, or practically anywhere.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 09/16/2015
I had the opportunity to try the i-FlashDrive MAX (starting at $79.99). PhotoFast gave me the accessory to try and it saved me a lot of trouble. My daughter had a lot of photos and videos on her iPhone that needed to be backed up. I was able to treat the i-FlashDrive like a USB drive and copy the files to it from her iPhone and then plug the drive into my Mac and use it as a normal Flash Drive. You do need to use PhotoFast's free app to access files within iOS, but that's true for all of these types of drives.
By Brian Faulkner on Tue, 09/15/2015
With our smartphones becoming thinner, it's harder for the phone’s maximum volume setting to fill a room. Thankfully, there are several companies that provide a portable solution. And with a simple Google search, you can find a multitude of options. So the real question is which ones are worthy of your consideration.
By Mike Riley on Tue, 09/15/2015
I always look forward to reviewing the latest headset from Phiaton, a company that is consistently refining its product line. While some of its headset releases take small incremental steps forward, others, like its wireless BT 100 NC ($119) innovate on an entirely new level. But in the case of the BT 100 NC, do these innovations go far enough to justify replacing your existing headset?