You really have to give Apple a lot of credit when it comes to putting on a new product announcement event. They are definitely the masters of hype and showmanship. Even though I say I don't care about the iPhone anymore, I still get excited just like the rest of the planet to hear about [...]

Posted in: Articles, iOS, Watches and Clocks

The past couple of years, I've noticed an Apple program called 12 Days of Gifts that gives away twelve things like free apps, books, or movies during the twelve days after Christmas Day.  I was always disappointed to see that this offer was not available in the US.  Apple has decided to include their US [...]

Posted in: iOS, News

Has Apple lost its mojo???


Ryan Chapman and I are not only Gadgeteer colleagues but friends as well. We have been karate & tech buddies for years. We have been discussing Apple's latest generation of iPads for weeks now. After much talk and a bit of debate, we both decided to take the plunge and purchase Apple's latest tablet, the [...]

Posted in: Articles, iOS

I really tried to be excited about yesterday's Apple iPhone 5C and 5S unveiling. As I watched the live stream, I kept telling myself maybe Apple will surprise me again. Maybe there will be "one more thing" to wow me. Maybe... But there wasn't and it made me sad. Today I visited Apple's site and [...]

Posted in: Articles, Miscellaneous

The ISnapX, combined with the free iSnapxRemote app, acts as a wireless shutter release for the cameras in your iOS devices.  You'll be able to take group shots with you included, or you can get that perfect selfie from up to 10 feet away.  The ISnapX is $29.95 from Gadgets and Gear.

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Camera Gear, iOS, News

Last July, Julie told us about a crowd-funding project for a charging cable that could be carried in a credit-card slot in your wallet.  That project was very successfully funded at more than 3 times the goal, and now the ChargeCard is ready for shipping to the general public.  BiteMyApple, a website that sells only [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News, Pocket Gear, Travel Gear

The iXY microphone from RØDE looks like no other add-on microphone for iPhone or iPad that I've seen.  It's designed to connect directly into the charging port of the iOS device, but it unfortunately uses the 30-pin connector, so it's limited to the iPhone 4/4S and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPads.  The iXY has "24-bit/96k [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, iOS, News

The countdown to the press event where Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPhone 5 had Apple fan(atic)s like myself waiting on pins and needles to find out what amazing, revolutionary and insanely great features we would be offered with the new model. I had waited months, saving my Verizon upgrade to use on [...]

Posted in: iOS, Reviews
Apple lightning to usb-01

Shortly after the iPhone 5 was available for pre-order, I went ahead and ordered up a pair of extra Lightning-to-USB cables from the Apple Store so I would have some extras for the office and travel.  I got them today, before the anticipated Friday, September 21st iPhone 5 release date. The size difference is astonishing. [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, iOS, News
Harman Kardon headphones_1

Harman Kardon has made some of the most visually compelling speakers anywhere. I have owned three SoundSticks speakers through the years and loved them. Nothing looks like them. Now Harman Kardon have entered our personal space with a line of headphones and earphones. The BT wireless over-ear headphones are Bluetooth-equipped with a built-in microphone and [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, iOS, News

Have you invested in expensive docking speakers for your iPhone or iPod, and now the talk of Apple changing their connectors has you concerned that your investment is down the drain?  If so, you might want to check into the Pear Bluetooth receiver that's soliciting funding now on Kickstarter.  You'll simply plug the Pear onto [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, iOS, News

The net has been buzzing about the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display since it was announced at WWDC earlier this week. Although it's tempting to buy one, I'm sticking with my 13" Macbook Air until Apple offers an Air with a Retina Display. For me the MBA is the perfect combination of size, weight [...]

Posted in: News

I'm sure I wasn't the only person who was disappointed a month ago when Apple failed to announce the iPhone 5 after many months of rumors and speculation. Instead, we were offered the iPhone 4S - an evolutionary instead of revolutionary update to the one year old iPhone 4. Even though I wasn't eligible for an upgrade, [...]

Posted in: iOS, Reviews

The PlugBug Charger from TwelveSouth is a different kind of powered USB charger.  Pop the cover off the PlugBug, pop the power prongs off the Mac charger, and then plug them together.  US power prongs fold out of the PlugBug.  The other end of the PlugBug has a USB port that delivers 5V at 2.1A, [...]

Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear

About a year ago, we told you about the Scosche flipSYNC charging cables.  Now, Scosche has updated their compact cables and converted them to carabiner clips, so they'll be even easier to keep on a keychain or clipped to your gear bag.  The clipSYNC gear features full-sized charging cables with a spring-loaded carabiner built in.  Each clipSYNC is less [...]

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Posted in: News, Travel Gear

RIP Steve Jobs – 1955-2011


The world will mourn the loss of a truly creative and visionary individual who has done so much to shape the world of gadgets as we know it. RIP Steve Jobs

Posted in: iOS, News

Along with thousands (millions?) of other geeks, I have been pressing refresh on my browser for the past hour and a half trying to get the latest Apple news via the various live blogging sites which have been crashing with all the traffic. I'm not sure if I remember ever having this much trouble with [...]

Posted in: iOS, News

So, the Amazon “Kindle Fire” tablet is now reality and I believe it will be a big seller. At $199 it is within shouting distance of that “no brainer” gadget purchase price. Best of all, for us consumers, Amazon is forcing the rest of the tablet market to prove their value and “reason for being”. [...]

Posted in: Android, Articles, Tablets, Ultra Portables

Well, it appears that someone in the tablet industry watched what happened last month with the HP TouchPad and may have taken notes. Engadget is reporting, and Fusion Garage has confirmed, that the Grid10's previously announced prices of $499 for their 16-gigabyte WiFi model, and $599 for the 16-gigabyte 3G/WiFi models were reduced to $299 [...]

Posted in: News, Tablets, Ultra Portables

The forthcoming Amazon tablet is now officially leaked thanks to MG Siegler’s (TechCrunch) hand’s-on look at the device. It’s going to be a 7-inch color touch-screen with no physical buttons running Android…well, sort of. Amazon has elected to use a version of Android prior to 2.2 (Most new Android-based tablets are running 3.2 or the [...]

Posted in: Android

I just popped open my Macbook Air to check email and RSS feeds and the first item that caught my eye was a shocker (at least to finally see it in text)... It's been announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO of Apple. After stock market trading ended this afternoon, Steve sent out a [...]

Posted in: News

You might have heard almost 2 years ago Nokia  sued Apple for Patent Infringement. Well, 20 months later they settle and Nokia agrees to license its patents to Apple. How much you ask? We may never know but we can be sure it was for a lot of money. According to some sources, the settlement [...]

Posted in: Android, iOS, News

Apple held its 2011 WWDC today and debuted quite a few new products, including: OS X Lion, an update to the operating system aboard their iMac desktops and Macbook notebooks: iOS 5, the mobile operating system aboard their iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices; and the long-await iCloud online storage and sync system, which Steve [...]

Posted in: iOS, News

Apple is known for its Apple stores, both for the location and the architecture of the stores. In 2008, Apple opened the first store in Israel. Apple is considering a second store and the leading location is Jerusalem. The location is in the new entrance to the city (see picture), next to a first of [...]

Posted in: iOS, News

Mere minutes ago, Apple unveiled its iPad 2 and quite a bit more at a media event, throwing the daylight of reality on speculation about the rumored new device's features.  Steve Jobs, Apple CEO who has taken a leave of absence from the day-to-day operations, even emcee'd the event.  More detailed info is available via [...]

Posted in: iOS, News