Apple

Julie’s gadget diary – Apple is boring and I miss Steve

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 …

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Wallet-sized ChargeCard cable now available.

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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iXY is the world’s first on-board, HD-quality, stereo microphone for iOS

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 …

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Harman Kardon Have Invaded Our Personal Space

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 …

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Pear Bluetooth Receiver for Docking Speakers

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 …

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Price Drop on Apple Macbook Air Notebooks at B&H Photo

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 …

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Add a USB Charging Port to Your MacBook Charger

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, …

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Keep Your Charging Cables Close at Hand with the Scosche clipSYNC Carabiner Cables

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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Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event wasn’t just about the iPhone

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 …

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Kindle Fire – A Tablet for the Masses?

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”. …

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