Tag - Backpack
It's been about six months since we've started using the Ogio Newt 15, and we've really put it through the wringer. It's been taken on public buses, road trips, dragged around campus for over a semester, and more. How did it handle what we threw at it? Did the Newt 15 rise to the occasion, or fall apart at the seams?
Every family has one member who's always on the road, either for business or personal travel. Whether it's your college-age kid backpacking around Europe, or your on-the-go brother who jet-sets to meetings around the globe. For the MacNN family, that guy is -- me. There's always a certain amount of tech we just have to bring along -- the trick is getting it all in there, yet keeping it light enough to not be a burden. In this Gift Guide, we'll take a look at some of my road-tested travel gear.
It's that time of year again -- it's time for high school and college kids alike to think about how they're going to carry supplies to and from classes. Even if you're not a college or high school student, backpacks are still convenient to carry all your things from place to place. After all, most of us carry multiple forms of tech every day, so why not make it a little easier? If you're not the type to leave the house without carrying at least a phone, tablet, or computer, read on for our check-out of the Newt 15 laptop backpack by Ogio.
Booq has announced the release of its newest laptop backpack offering this week: the Cobra pack. Comprised of a 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior with a water-repellent coating, items within the pack are protected from weather conditions, and its quilted inner lining prevents damage during transport. The bag's main compartment features two open pockets and a slip pocket that offers easy access to something like a magazine or book while travelling. Its zippered mesh window pocket keeps passports, tickets and important items accessible, and its separate zippered padded laptop compartment can accommodate a 15- to 17-inch laptop. A second zippered back pocket can hold a tablet.
Booq Bags' latest backpack, the Boa flow graphite has been released, designed to fit up to a 17-inch Mac or PC laptop as well as a variety of other tech fundamentals. Aimed at commuting professionals, the backpack features many pockets, in addition to a malleable interior with a collapsible main frame that allows the user to adapt the bag to accommodate what is needed. Its headphone strap separates headphones away from being mixed into other objects that could compromise them, and a hidden hip pocket is included that can conceal a phone and cash. Priced at $225, the Boa flow graphite can be purchased online.
Many companies currently offer battery packs and various accessories to keep smartphones and other gadgets charged when away from an outlet. Powerbag has taken this concept to the extreme, with products such as the Business Class Pack. The company aims to offer well-rounded backpacks and messenger bags that protect gear and keep batteries full at the same time. In our full review, we take a look at the Business Class Pack's worthiness as a charging station and a backpack.
Accessory maker Booq has added the Cobra Pack to their Cobra line of briefcases and other bags for tech devices and accessories. Sporting a main compartment with document pockets, flap-covered and accessory pockets and a fold-down camera and accessory compartment -- along with several stretchable pockets on the outside -- the pack also has dedicated compartments for a laptop, an iPad or e-reader and exterior smartphone pocket on the strap.
MacBook and iPad bag maker STM are quick on the uptake, following rapidly on the heels of Apple's revamping of the MacBook Air with new jackets, bags and backpacks which will hold the 11- and 13-inch models -- or other machines of a similar size -- that include extras like iPhone pockets and iPad slip compartments.
Notebook protective gear maker STM Bags are introducing two new bags, the Jet backpack and the Vertical messenger bag that offer room for a mobile office-full of of digital electronics, including a nylex-coated pocket inside each for the iPad right alongside laptops, cell phones, cords and other accoutrements.
RadTech on Tuesday announced that the STM Convoy notebook backpack has begun shipping. Although the bag mimics the appearance of a typical canvas backpack, a concealed notebook compartment is designed to accommodate devices with screen sizes up to 15 inches. When traveling in rain or snow, users can deploy the built-in rain cover for extra protection.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE