Suggests higher prices may not equal quality
When Logitech's Ultrathin Keyboard Cover first came out, it caused something of a minor stir in the iPad world. It was the very first keyboard cover, solving a problem many people probably didn't realize they had: finding a Bluetooth keyboard that's more convenient than a separate unit, but less bulky than a full-on keyboard case. The one major issue -- apart from having to find your own protection for an iPad's rear shell -- was price. Even now, the Ultrathin is $100, which isn't far off from the cost of a keyboard folio. Anker's TC930 attempts to duplicate much of the Ultrathin for a cheaper price, while simultaneously putting its own spin on things.
Wello smartphone case tracks blood pressure, ECG, heart rate
Azoi has entered the health tracker market, by announcing a fitness-tracking smartphone cover that works with both iOS and Android devices. Wello contains a number of sensors on the side and back that take a snapshot of the user's vital signs after a few seconds of being held, with the results transferred wirelessly over Bluetooth 4.0 LE and recorded in a companion app.
Fitness tracker filing suggests another Samsung wearable device on the way
Samsung could be preparing to launch a pared-down fitness tracker, following its launch of the Gear Fit last month. A filing on the FCC website for a device called the "S-Circle" comes months after the discovery of a similar filing at the Bluetooth SIG, and suggests the activity tracker could be similar to the S Band heart rate monitor that launched alongside the Galaxy S4.
New Thunderbolt accessory provides eSATA, USB3
Akitio has expanded its line of Thunderbolt accessories with its new Thunder dock. With eSATA, FireWire 800, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt pass-through, the new accessory aims to provide a sensible set of additional ports for most MacBooks manufactured in the past three years. Check out our full review to see if the Thunder is a must-have desk accessory.
Secure a new Mac Pro with the $49 Switchd MacPro Lock
A new security solution for the latest Mac Pro has been announced from a company called Identified Media, which is taking pre-orders now for a new locking alteration referred to as the Switchd Mac Pro Lock. The lock is expected to ship next month, using a replacement part for the existing case lock switch on the 2013 Mac Pro that creates an opening for a standard cable lock. The pre-order price is $49, and emails are being accepted for notification about when the product debuts.
Tonewood Products introduces iPhone cases made from premium wood
Tonewood Products has introduced a new line of iPhone cases. Built from guitar tonewoods such as maple, mahogany and rosewood, the company's wood-grain holders protect the phone while recreating the aesthetic of an acoustic guitar. Available for iPhone 4, 4s, 5 and 5s, the cases feature wooden volume and power buttons. Tonewood's phone case pricing begins at $80.
Compatible with Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, 2.5K other devices
Accessories maker Logitech has extended its line of Harmony remote controls to include a new "Harmony Smart Keyboard" that the company is aiming for the growing number of non-computer "smart devices" around the home -- particularly "living room" devices like Apple TVs, video game consoles, audio systems and digital video recorders, among others. Logitech says the keyboard is compatible with 225,000 home-entertainment devices covering 5,000 brands.
Dell multi-touch monitor cut to $400 and more
Right now, the Microsoft Store is offering a price cut of $249 on the Dell 23-inch multi-touch monitor. It was $649, but has been reduced to $400. That makes this nearly $90 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This monitor features 1080p resolution, 10-point multi-touch capabilities, built-in five-watt speakers, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, dynamic contrast ratio of 8 million to 1, and a USB 3.0 port.
Intel's new SSD 730 Series available for pre-order
Intel has made its new Solid-State Drive 730 Series available for pre-order. A powerful hard drive intended for gaming and heavy work use, the SSD 730 Series offers low latency and a high throughput, allowing for quick response times. Able to complete up to 70GB of writes per day as opposed to the industry typical 20GB, the drive is capable of delivering consistent performance across data types. Interested buyers can now pre-order the SSD 730, with its official release being March 18.
Kickstarter funded device shipping a year after estimated date
The successfully-funded Instacube, tagged as "as living canvas" that pulls photos from a user's Instagram feed in the campaign, will finally start shipping units in April to backers -- more than a year after the estimated shipping date. The product, which pulled $621,000 from backers on Kickstarter, was funded in September 2012.
Device aims to instruct on form, efficiency and help avoid injury
A new fitness device that acts more like a fitness coach and less like a tracker is looking to change how a workout is approached by offering more than just numbers. The Moov, created by a team that boasts a former Apple engineer and a pair of Microsoft researchers, uses a smartphone connection to instruct users on how to improve their workout rather than merely quantifying it.
Apple TV promotion may foreshadow hardware update
(Updated with official confirmation) Apple retail workers are being told that as of today, anyone who buys an Apple TV from an Apple Store will get a free $25 iTunes gift card, according to sources. The promotion is expected to end March 5th. While the offer may simply be a means of boosting Apple TV sales, it's strongly speculated that Apple is trying to clear inventory ahead of a rumored hardware refresh which could take place as soon as April, if not earlier. Third-party vendors have been cutting their own prices in recent weeks.
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD only $180 and more
This week, Other World Computing has a great deal on the Elgato 120GB Thunderbolt solid state drive, which is currently priced at $179, $120 off the list price of $299. That beats the next lowest price by $65. Free delivery is included. The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD offers 120GB of storage with 270MB/s access times. Included is a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Elgato.
Fitness tracker combines wrist-worn device with Bluetooth earpiece
Huawei has entered the wearable devices market with an accessory that provides users more options beyond just fitness tracking. The TalkBand B1 is a wearable fitness tracker that incorporates a detachable Bluetooth earpiece as part of the design, allowing the wearer to make and receive phone calls when not monitoring fitness. Electronista took a closer look at the device at the company's Mobile World Congress display.
Grovemade introduces walnut and maple cases for iPhone and iPad, iPhone docks
Accessories designer Grovemade has introduced new walnut and maple wood cases for iPhone and iPad today, as well as wooden iPhone docks. Each wooden iPhone case is milled from a solid block, and features a reinforced interior for durability. Cases for iPad Air and Mini feature three standing positions for reading, typing and viewing content, and Grovemade's iPhone Dock combines a wooden top with a solid three pound steel base for sturdy, one-handed operating. Walnut and maple cases and docks retail at $100.
Companion app adjusts settings to different locations
GN ReSound has officially launched the LiNX, its promised MFI-certified hearing aid. The unit connects wirelessly to an iPhone (or other iOS device), which with a companion iOS app can serve as a remote controlling volume and EQ settings, including presets. A unique feature is geofencing, which can automatically switch presets based on location, such as home or work. A Find My Hearing Aid option can help retrieve a lost LiNX.
Design held back by critical mistake
We've likely all had to cope with something -- a product, a person, a place -- that was almost perfect, but shot down by some critical flaw. I imagine that for many people, Chil's updated Notchbook case for the iPad Air may fit into the same category. In our review we'll see if the Notchbook might still be worth a go, since it gets so many things right, and offers a few features other cases miss.
Pi Dock-It Pro case and Bluetooth keyboard for iPad to be released March 14
Parle Innovation has announced the upcoming release of the Pi Dock-It Pro case and keyboard for iPad. Both a protective case and a full-size Bluetooth rechargeable keyboard, the Pi Dock-It Pro is slim, with a 'Chiclet' style of keys. Composed of a high-grade polycarbonate blend, its anti-skid base and slide-and-pivot opening action provides stable use, in vertical or horizontal orientation. Its integrated magnets and sensors automatically put the iPad in sleep mode and activate the Bluetoth keyboard in laptop mode. Priced at $160, the Pi Dock-it Pro will be available for purchase beginning March 14.
Android Fob slated to launch in April
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Loop has formally launched the Fob, a mobile payment accessory for iPhones. The device plugs into an iPhone's headphone jack, and lets people make purchases on most point-of-sale systems that support credit cards. That differs from systems like Isis or Google Wallet, which require specific support by retailers.
Treasure Tag helps keep track of objects via Bluetooth proximity
Nokia will be shipping its rumored Treasure Tag item-tracking accessory in April, the company has announced. The Tag, which uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth, is designed to be attached to important objects, such as a bunch of keys, and via an app, provides feedback on where the tag is in the event it is misplaced or lost.
Customizable luxury case for iPad Air
Shortly after the original iPad launched in 2010, one of the first cases on the scene was the DODOcase -- a luxury folio made using bamboo and traditional bookbinding techniques. That product set the stage for an influx of imitators, some better, some worse. One of the companies that joined the crowd was Pad & Quill, perhaps best known for its Contega series. Now, though, it has a new, slightly cheaper Author Series case available for the iPad Air. We'll put it through the ringer to see how well it holds up.
High writing speed makes new SanDisk memory card suitable for 4K video recording
SanDisk has unveiled a new SD card that offers a write speed of up to 250MB/s, making it ideal for recent camera releases from Sony and Panasonic capable of recording 4K-resolution video at a high data rate. The SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II memory card exceeds the UHS Speed Class 3 Rating, with its writing speed beaten only by the 280MB/s read speed.
Radiohead's PolyFauna game deemed 'experimental collaboration'
Prolific UK band Radiohead has announced the release of app they have created in collaboration with Universal Everything, entitled PolyFauna. An experimental game, frontman Thom Yorke says the app was "…born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song 'Bloom.'" PolyFauna aims to envision "an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious," with players being able to create worm-like constructs with a finger swipe. Available for Android devices on Google Play and iOS devices through iTunes, PolyFauna is free.
Earphones can sense pulse of wearer, pass data to smartphone app
Earbuds capable of sensing the wearer's heart rate from LG have passed through the FCC, ahead of a possible release in the United States later this year. The Heart Rate Earphones, audio devices that appeared at CES in January alongside the Lifeband Touch, are able to monitor the wearer's pulse and feed the data back to the wearer through an accompanying app.
Drives use compact flash or CFast to emulate SSD RAIDs
Addonics Technologies has released two storage solutions using Compact Flash (CF) cards in five slot drive configurations with the Sapphire five-slot CFast and Sapphire five-slot CF drives. The drives use CFast and Compact Flash cards, respectively, to create RAID arrays for SSD storage solutions, aimed at systems using USB 2.0/3.0 or eSATA interfaces.
SpiShutter for MacBooks released, protects webcam privacy
Web camera privacy accessory SpiShutter has been released for Mac laptops, offering an always-available physical barrier to block the built-in camera on a Macbook Pro or MacBook Air laptop. Consisting of an opening in the center of the strip that lets its user enable the webcam by sliding the strip left or right, the SpiShutter then blocks the camera physically when not in use. SpiShutter can remain on the laptop when closed, and is coated with low-friction powder to prevent the screen from scratches. Priced at $20, SpiShutter is available in black, silver and yellow through Amazon.
Could result in cheaper add-ons
In January, Apple quietly scaled back the licensing fees it charges companies wanting to make Lightning and/or Made-for-i accessories, reports say. To what extent the fees have been reduced hasn't been made public. The change could, however, potentially reduce the cost of accessories to the public and/or encourage development of more products.
New heart rate monitor water watch resistant, tracks activity
Recreational gear and audio equipment designer Pyle Audio has released its latest device, the Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor Watch (PSBTHR70). The monitor tracks and measures heart rate, average speed, distance traveled, number of steps taken, lap speeds and caloric consumption. Data can be wirelessly transmitted through its Bluetooth Smart technology, and is compatible with a variety of third-party fitness apps, such as RunKeeper, MapMyRun and WahooFitness. Its water resistance protects from rain and sweat. Available in black, green, blue or pink, Pyle's Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor Watch is priced at $70.
Pad and Quill releases new Author Series cases for iPad Air
Pad and Quill has announced its release of five new designs of bindery- and artisan-patterned cloth cases for iPad Air. Part of the Author Series, the new commissioned artwork designs are created by Tamarah Ryan and Will Bowe, local artists to the production site of the cases (St. Paul, Minnesota).
17-inch Alienware for $1,399 and more
Currently at Dell, buyers can get a 17-inch Alienware gaming laptop computer for $1,499. Use coupon code '2M66J?BPVPP$F3' to drop the price down to $1,399. That's about $70 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This model features a 2.4GHz Intel i7 (Haswell) processor, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive, with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-installed. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included.
Inductive charging, screen-mounted solar panel, movement charging touted
Apple is experimenting with alternative charging methods that could be used in the rumored iWatch, claims the New York Times. Rather than charging a smart watch by plugging a wire into a port, Apple is apparently looking into using magnetic induction charging for the device, with a solar-charging layer added to a curved glass screen also touted by report sources.
Moshi releases flip cover case for iPhone 5s and 5c, features embedded touch sensors
Mobile accessory maker Moshi unveiled earlier this week its flip cover case for iPhone 5s and 5c, the SenseCover. Allowing users to swipe to answer phone calls or silence alarms without exposing the iPhone's touchscreen, Moshi's touch-sensitive plates within the front cover offers a design similar to what is seen from Samsung's S-View flip cover for Galaxy handsets. Its cutout near the top lets the caller identification information still remain visible. When access to the touchscreen is desired, the cover can be folded back and kept open by its rear-mounted magnetic clasp.
Samsung launches NFC-enabled printer range within small and mid-sized market
Samsung has announced the launch of NFC-enabled printers this week at the Samsung European Forum, including the monochrome laser Xpress M2880 Series and color laser Xpress C1860 Series. Both printers offer fast printing, at 28 pages and 18 pages per minute respectively. Featuring NFC and Wi-Fi Direct, users can print wirelessly by way of tapping their smartphone on the printer for sending files to be printed, or execute printing from a Samsung Galaxy device with its default print button, via a Wi-Fi connection.
Direct sales allows Scentee to expand outside of Japan
Consumers worldwide that have been waiting for smell notifications from their iPhone and iPad need wait no longer. Scentee, the gadget that emits aromas, began offering direct sales from their website for English versions of the scent puffing attachment outside of Japan for the first time.
Portable Puku S8 charger offers 900 hours of smartphone standby time
Puku has announced its new portable charger, the Puku S8. Featuring a powerful rechargeable battery, the S8 provides three to five full charges for an average smartphone in a small form factor. Compatible with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices that charge through a micro USB cable (or adapter for micro USB), its compact design allows for easy carrying while travelling. One charging of the S8 can power up to 900 hours of standby time, 36 hours of talk time and 153 hours of media play time. The Puku S8 is available in six colors, and is priced at $100.
Notchbook for iPad Air features space for easy holding
Accessory maker Chil has introduced its Notchbook iPad Air folio today, offering its users a heavy grip and the ability to slide a hand through its sleeve portion. Intended for the iPad Air, the Notchbook is compatible with many other tablets of broadly-comparable dimensions. Featuring a platform that rotates 360 degrees, the Notchbook folio doubles as a stand for comfortable table viewing.
Win a CM4 Slite case for iPhone 5c
By now, those who got an iPhone 5c over the holidays might be considering getting a case to keep it safe (if they haven't done so already). There are plenty to choose from -- but before deciding, take a look at the Slite Card Cases from CM4. MacNN has three to give away to our readers. Read on to find out more about this case and enter to win, you just might save yourself $30.
Booq's newest Python shoulder bag has capacity to pack mirrorless camera with large lens
Today, accessory creator Booq announced its latest addition to its Python Collection for photographers, the Python Mirrorless. The top-loading shoulder bag has the space to hold either a mirrorless camera with a large lens, or a compact DLSR with a small lens. Comprised of a durable, water-repellent nylon exterior and densely-padded interior, the Python Mirrorless can house an iPad mini or other small tablet with its chargers in the main interior, and has room for business cards, an extra battery and wallet in its exterior side pockets and slip-in back pocket.
Ergonomic case offers 22 unique positions
Accessories creator Felix has released its versatile case for iPad and iPad mini, the FlipStand. An ergonomic case that acts as a stand, the FlipStand provides 22 angled positions (16 for the FlipStand mini) for using an iPad for reading, browsing the Internet, watching videos, and more. Users can set a position by lifting the iPad to a desired position, and set it into any of its ridge to lock the device into place. Its kickstand holds the iPad under a secure clip on the case. Available in black and tan with white, the FlipStand retails for $50.
Divoom Voombox Outdoor Bluetooth speaker offers portability, water resistance
Divoom will be releasing its portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker tomorrow, the Voombox Outdoor. Offering 12 hours of play and talk time on 15 watts of power, the Voombox can withstand splashed water and dust. Users can wirelessly stream audio from tablets, smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and make or receive calls wirelessly.
Features 'top Valentine's gifts' and deadlines for holiday delivery
Taking a page from its own Christmas promotions, and coming on the heels of the asian stores' Lunar New Year celebrations, the online Apple Store has "redecorated" somewhat in preparation for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday. It has added love-themed taglines, red graphical images and a new "Top Valentine's Gifts" section. The company also updated its Apple Store app for iOS to include the "Top Valentine's Gifts" section.
Maclocks' locking and anti-theft solution for new Mac Pro to ship end of February
Maclocks has announced its upcoming release of its newest security locking bracket, compatible with Apple's latest Mac Pro computer. The Mac Pro Lock Security Bracket fits underneath the cylinder lid of the Mac Pro, with an extended rim to connect the included Security Cable Lock. Designed to sit securely over the power cable, the lid cannot be opened without unlocking it first.
Tech first revealed at CES 2013
Accessory maker Incipio and carrier AT&T have launched the Cashwrap, a new iPhone case enabling NFC-based payments. The case is based on the Isis platform, something normally only accessible by Android devices. Black, gray, and pink colors are available; two sizes support the iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 4/4S, respectively. Each case is $69, except for the black iPhone 5/5s model, which is listed at $65.
Functionality of Keynote Remote melded into latest iOS, Mac Keynote updates
On the heels of updates to both the iOS and OS X updates for Keynote -- which restores a number of the features removed in the previous release's "rebuilding" effort -- buyers have noticed that Apple quietly removed the app "Keynote Remote" from sale. The program, originally priced at $1 and later made free when iOS 7 was released, created a direct Wi-Fi link with the Mac edition to allow an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to control the presentation remotely.
Lightning-connected audio recording accessory for iPhone, iPad as well as iPod touch
Audio accessory maker Zoom has launched its iQ5 microphone for iOS devices this week, offering the ability to capture high-quality audio in 90- or 120-degree fields, adjustable by a switch on the device. Including two microphone elements in a mid-size configuration,the iQ5 records 16-bit/44.1kHz audio with an analog-type mic gain wheel. Fitted with a Lightning connector, the microphone has three auto-gain levels, built-in timing, automatic recording, and a dedicated headphone jack to avoid any latency in monitoring.
ADATA Technology launches Elite Series CE700 wireless charging stand, supports inductive charging
Adata Technology today announced its launch of the Adata Elite Series CE700 wireless charging stand. The Elite CE700 is a new way to charge compatible mobile phones through inductive charging, eliminating the need for cables and bulky transformers. Power is automatically and wirelessly transferred to the device by placing the phone on the charging pad.
Satechi Smart TV Box runs Android OS 4.2, support live TV streaming app
Satechi has released its Smart TV Box, now available online through Satechi and Amazon. Ideal for those who want to stream digital media onto their televisions, the Smart TV Box allows for downloading apps from the Google Play Store (as it is an Android 4.2 device), and stream movies, music, games and more on their HDTV.
Small form LPC-630F fanless mini computer with 3rd Gen. Core i7 mobile processor
Stealth Computer has released its new fanless mini PC, the LPC-630F. The cunit offers a high-performance Intel third-generation Core i7 mobile processor, and features a wide variety of input and output options. The LPC-630F supports up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and has optional built-in 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking. The fanless PC ships with a 120GB solid state drive, with SSD options up to 480GB providing for superior operating speed and protection against vibration and shock.
ARK Portable wireless device charger close to achieving Kickstarter goal
Bezalel start-up has recently launched its Kickstarter for its portable wireless device charger, Ark. Compatible with all Qi-certified devices, the Arj charger is aimed at users who would like to avoid connecting their smartphone or tablet to an outlet to charge. Using interoperable standard Qi, Ark can charge iPhone 4 and later, the Nokia Lumia series, and Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, and Nexus 4.
New Mac Pro with 64GB of RAM for $4,461
Expercom is currently offering a great deal on the new Mac Pro. This configuration is normally priced on the site at $4,597, but has been reduced to $4,461 with about $17 for shipping, making it about $738 less than the price Apple charges for this same configuration. That makes this the lowest price with these specs that we have seen anywhere. It features a 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 64GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage with dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.