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Twelve South Compass 2

It may not give you direction, but the Compass 2 can hold your iPad while you search

on Monday, March 17th, 2014

I am a big iPad user. It is my main device for writing. So, when I updated to a new iPad Air, I found myself looking for new accessories to use with it. I was especially looking for a new mobile stand. In my search I happened across the Compass 2 from a company called Read More…

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Prong PocketPlug charger-case for iPhone review

on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

With the always-online connectivity of smartphones these days, the folks making chargers are trying to keep up as much as those developing better battery chemistry. If you’re one who can’t quite make it through the day on a full charge, or if you travel and need to take along a charger, you’ve probably been irritated Read More…

Arq Dock

It won’t hold two of every animal, but the Arq Dock will hold your smart device

on Monday, March 10th, 2014

The title of this post is kind of funny because my household seems to have amassed two of every smart device we use, two iPhones and two iPads you get the picture. And like every household, the way we protect or enhance these devices varies by user. Anywhere between full-blown rugged protection to skinny and Read More…

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Keep your grocery list organized with the Hiku Scanner and your iPhone

on Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Hiku Scanner is a small handheld scanner that recognizes both barcodes and your voice. With a real 1D linear imager like the ones used at grocery store checkouts, the Hiku Scanner instantly adds items to your shopping list without any need for writing or typing. When you finish that last box of Rice Crispies, just press Read More…

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Fulki iPad leather case review

on Saturday, March 8th, 2014

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I love nice leather bags and accessories.  When I can cover my  gadgets with nice cases and covers, I get the best of two things I love most, technology and fashion!  I recently got a chance to review a case from Fulki, and decided to try the iPad leather Read More…

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Get your iPad Air or Mini to stick around with the MagBak iPad mount

on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Last year I posted news on the MagBak magnetic mounting system for iPads. Alex Baca is at it again for a new MagBak project on Kickstarter – the MagBak for the iPad Air and Mini. Like the original, this version is composed of silicone covered adhesive pads with embedded magnets. This design allows you to Read More…

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Snugg iPad mini Case Cover and Flip Stand review

on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

There are plenty of iPad cases on the market.  The trick is to select the best one or at least one that meets your needs. The Snugg has been supplying cases for various devices and I received one for the iPad mini.  I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and have formed Read More…

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Add an eInk screen to your smartphone

on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

OAXIS produces cases for your iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy Note II that incorporate a 3.5″ ePaper screen into the back of the case.  The ePaper screen connects via Bluetooth and serves as an auxiliary screen.  Using a special app “allows users to control and manage the second screen to display images, notifications, reminders, and Read More…

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ChargerLeash review

on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

It’s happened to me several times: I charge my device in a hotel room, disconnect in the morning to move to a different seat or go down for breakfast, come back, pack and leave, and abandon my cable under the nightstand. Now that we have multiple devices to charge, the likelihood that we’re going to Read More…

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SlideStand review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Sometimes you have a case you love, but you need a stand so you can FaceTime, Skype, or watch videos on your phone. Problem is, a lot of the cases that have stands built in are not as stylish as the ones you find without stands. In comes the SlideStand, a stick on stand for Read More…

Heming iPad Case

Would this be what Dr Jones uses for his iPad, the Heming leather iPad case?

on Friday, February 28th, 2014

If you have an iPad chances are you go to some lengths to protect your investment. But, if you are like me you don’t want a run of the mill, everyday, everyone else has one type of case. You want something a little different as well as something that is quality made. The Heming a Read More…

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Belkin MIXIT dock for iPhone 5

on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Belkin has a nice looking, reasonably-priced charge and sync dock for iPhone 5/5s.  The MIXIT ChargeSync Dock for iPhone 5 has a built-in Lightning connector and a 4-ft cable.  Plug it into a wall charger (not included) to charge your iPhone or 5th-gen iPod touch, or plug it into your computer to charge and sync. Read More…

Kanex Foldable iDevice Stand

Give your device some hold while on the road with the Kanex Foldable iDevice stand

on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

We live in an ever-increasing mobile society, so I am always looking for items to help me function on the road. One item in particular is a decent portable stand for my iPad or iPhone. I have reviewed one stand here that is my current travel buddy, but it’s kind of big and bulky. Recently, Read More…

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Truffol Autograph leather skin for iPhone 5/5S review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Several months ago, I reviewed a few cases from Truffol. I loved them, but they caused signal degradation. Truffol took some of the comments they heard and went a step further when developing their latest product, the Truffol Autograph leather skin. Instead of a case, they have taken their high quality leather and made a Read More…

SteelSeries Stratus

Take your iOS gaming to the next level with the SteelSeries Stratus

on Friday, February 21st, 2014

So, I am moving up in the world, I am upgrading to an iPad air from my old iPad2. Better graphics, better weight, better gaming just to name a few advantages. Speaking of gaming, one area that the iOS devices lack in the gaming arena is a decent hand-held game controller. The SteelSeries Stratus hopes Read More…

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Brando STAR WARS Darth Vader Lightsaber Portable Battery Charger review

on Thursday, February 20th, 2014

As huge Sci-Fi geeks and Star Wars fans, the Gadgeteer Kid and I have literally dozens of lightsabers kicking around our house. So, when Brando recently introduced a novelty smartphone accessory in the shape of Darth Vader’s lightsaber, I offered to take a look to see if the PowerBank was worthy enough to represent the Read More…

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LYNKtec TruGlide Apex Fine Point active stylus review

on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Back in the good old days of PDAs, fine tipped styluses were everywhere. When PDAs were replaced by smartphones and tablets, styluses went on the endangered gadgets list . However, it didn’t take too long for them to start appearing again, but they all had wide tips that made writing with them feel more like you Read More…

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Listen to your favorite FM station on your iOS device

on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I listen to the radio in my car, but that’s about the only place I can listen these days.  I don’t have a radio in my house anymore, and my iPhone doesn’t have a built-in radio.  With the 8 Pin Lightning Compatible FM Radio for iPhones and iPads from Allputer, you can listen to the radio Read More…

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Keep your eyes on the road with Garmin’s HUD+

on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Using your smartphone to help you navigate while driving is obviously commonplace these days. But the problem with using your phone or even a stand alone GPS is that they require you to look away from the road to view navigation information. Garmin’s new HUD+ is a small device that uses Bluetooth to pair with Read More…

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Vority X5S iPhone 5/5S charging case review

By: Ryan Chapman
on Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Phone cases are one of my secret passions. I love to have something different than everyone else, and I love color. One problem with the charging cases I’ve seen is that they are pretty limited in the colors you can have. I’ve seen black, white, and every once in a while, a blue or red Read More…

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Ladies, forget about backup batteries, the Everpurse is all you need

on Saturday, February 15th, 2014

We covered the Everpurse iPhone charging purse back in 2012 when it was a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. Now the folks at Grand St. have teamed up with Everpurse and the designers of New York based Stitch Collective to create a new version of the handbag which offers a built in Lightning charger dock that Read More…

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An iPhone 5/5s case so minimal, it’s almost not there

on Thursday, February 13th, 2014

This Kickstarter project is seeking funding for an iPhone case so minimal that it almost doesn’t exist.  Instead of a case that engulfs the sides and back of the iPhone or even a bumper case that covers the sides, and sometimes impacts cellular reception, the Bumprz case simply covers the corners.  The designers contend that Read More…

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Jackery Leaf iPhone 5 & 5S backup battery review

on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

The world of backup batteries for smart devices is a fiercely competitive one! There are generic, external charge-anything battery packs to device-specific cases. So how do you decide which one to get?  Jackery has designed the Leaf, a hybrid type charging system that allows you to attach the battery pack to your iPhone 5/5S when you Read More…

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Carry a Lightning cable on your keychain

on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

You know the drill, your iPhone or iPad is warning you that the battery is about to die, forcing you to go on a scavenger hunt to try to find a Lightning cable. If you’re tired of having to scrounge around in a drawer or gear bag to find a cable every time your device Read More…

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Did the Cadillac of smartphone car mounts just get even better?

on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Several years ago NKMOS introduced the Ultima, their top-of-the-line, CNC machined aluminum smartphone car mount. Well the designers/engineers at NKMOS have just raised the bar and are beginning a new Kickstarter project, the Ultima S. The Ultima S is even sleeker, more minimalistic and easier to use than its predecessor. While still made from high grade Read More…