Sturdy, good, but not what you expect from the name
This is a good, solid, well-made stand for your Apple Watch and your iPhone, but it does have two issues -- and the first is in its name. The full name of this is the Griffin WatchStand Powered Charging Station and through sheer bad luck, Griffin has released this exactly when you are likely to make an assumption about it. You're going to assume that this stand is powered, and that you do not need to insert the Apple charging cable that you got with your Watch. Unfortunately, you do.
The difference between a date and a marriage
About two months and one day ago, we met the Griffin PowerMate Bluetooth -- and with umpteen years of technology experience, cut straight to the key questions: what in the world is this thing, and why would anyone want it? About two months, 23 hours and 50 minutes ago, we found both answers, and become smitten. Infatuated. This is a remote control for your Mac: at its very least, it is a giant volume knob, but you can also set it to scroll or scrub through applications. In the unashamedly gushing initial Hands On we had exactly no criticisms, and just one concern.
Gorgeous and unexpectedly useful control for Macs
Look away. Look away. You don't need this, you really do not -- but you're going to want it. Here's how smitten we are with the Griffin Powermate Bluetooth: it's on our desk, it's connected to our Mac and we're using it constantly yet we still lust after it as if it were something Apple had just announced. That's a bit of a turnaround given that when we picked it up we expected it to be spectacularly pointless. It's only a knob, a round aluminium control that sits on your desk and does things like turn the volume up or down.
Former protects from impacts, latter adds scratch protection and style
Accessory maker Griffin Technology has announced two new accessories for the Apple Watch -- the Survivor Tactical Case and the Ultra Thin Case. The new Survivor Tactical Case lets users wear the watch knowing their investment is protected, while the Ultra Thin Case adds snap-on color and style to the Apple Watch.
Durable case offers multiple ways to protect your iPad Mini
We love our iPad mini around here. They're the perfect combination of portable and functional, giving us the extra screen space without becoming too unwieldy to manage when we're out and about. The iPad mini, however, poses a problem. With being so portable, we've come to realize that it's prone to experiencing just as much as we are, including nasty bumps, bruises, and even the occasional fall. Griffin seeks to make life a little less harsh on the iPad mini with the super sturdy Survivor CrossGrip iPad mini case.
Lightweight iOS enabled Bluetooth helicopter is tons of fun on the cheap
One of the greatest things about smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled tablets is the sheer amount of crazy gadgets that go along with them. You can control lights, air conditioners, cameras and more, all from your iPhone or iPad -- but what about things that are designed for fun? What about Bluetooth-enabled toys? Today, we're here to tell you about one of the most fun gadgets we've had a chance to look at, Griffin's Helo TC Chopper.
Griffin Twenty brings wireless streaming to passive speakers
A few years ago Griffin launched the original Twenty, a small digital amp that used an AirPort Express to turn any set of passive speakers into a wireless system for streaming music. Unfortunately for Griffin, shortly after the launch of the Twenty, Apple updated the design of the AirPort Express, which instantly antiquated the digital amp. Now, thanks to advancements in Bluetooth technology, Griffin no longer needs to lean on Apple's AirPlay technology for streaming, and is back with a new and improved version of the Twenty Digital Amp. We have spent some time with the updated digital amp -- see what we thought about it in our full review.
Griffin Technology WatchStand holds Apple Watch, iPhone in one place
Mobile accessory manufacturer Griffin Technology has announced the Griffin WatchStand, the first accessory in their new line of products for Apple Watch. This simple display dock provides a safe, secure place to charge Apple Watch when it's not being worn. WatchStand displays Apple Watch on a sleek pedestal, and can be placed on any nightstand, tabletop or desktop for convenient nightly charging. WatchStand houses the Apple-provided MagSafe charging cable in an angled cradle that keeps it ready to charge at all times. WatchStand's weighted base has a home for a phone as well. Griffin's WatchStand will be available this summer for $30.
Griffin adds Bluetooth connectivity to Twenty digital audio amplifier
Griffin is using CES to launch a large number of accessories for mobile devices, as well as something for audiophiles. The collection includes four items in its charging-related accessory range and two iTrip devices, along with an upgraded version of its Twenty digital audio amplifier, adding Bluetooth connectivity and a refined physical design.
A rugged case...for those who need it
For some people, the best protection options for an iPad are probably the simplest. An AppleCare+ plan, for instance, may be $99 up front -- and cost an extra $49 per accident -- but will let you forego a case entirely, or at least pick a case for style over substance. And on the most basic level, you can just be cautious and keep your iPad out of anything like a dangerous situation. That may not be an option though, and for that, there are cases like the Griffin Survivor Slim.
Tumblr releases OS X app, features full screen viewing, easy posting
Blogging social platform Tumblr has released a native OS X app. A microblogging service, Tumblr lets users share media ranging from text, photos, music, links, video and more. Tumbler's app for OS X features a full-screen viewing option, and additionally allows posting to Tumblr from anywhere on one's Mac that has a Share button in its window. Free to download, the new Tumblr app requires OS X 10.10.
Handles card, barcode scanning
Accessory-maker Griffin and ShopKeep have announced ShopKeep Mobile, a new point-of-sale case for the iPod touch. The case uses Griffin's Olli hardware platform, but is specifically design to be used with ShopKeep's POS app. Built into the Mobile are a credit card reader and a barcode scanner; the unit can also connect to receipt printers.
Wire removal from PowerMate part of dial redesign
Griffin has revealed an updated version of its PowerMate controller at CES, one that disposes of wires. The PowerMate Bluetooth is able to perform the same duties as the original accessory, except that there is now no longer a USB cable strung between the dial and the computer or notebook, and it has also received a striking remodeling from Griffin's design team.
Pair of devices a result of partnership with Hal Leonard
Griffin, having recently expanded its offerings for musicians and announced a deal with music distribution giant Hal Leonard, is offering two new products for the mobile musician at CES 2014. Newly announced are the iOS- and OS X-compatible multi-track recording hardware StudioConnect HD, and the new Guitar Sidekick clamp for guitars and other fretted instruments.
Each device receives 10W of power for charging from one AC source
Accessory manufacturer Griffin Technology has launched the PowerDock 5. The new device is built to safely charge and store up to five iPads, iPhones, iPods, or other USB cable chargeable devices at the same time, from a single power source.
Dock connects to legacy speakers with no external amp
Gadget manufacturer Griffin Technology has announced the availability of Twenty, as introduced at CES 2012. Twenty is an audio amplifier that incorporates an Airport Express to capture the AirPlay stream, decode it, then play the resultant lossless amplified sound through attached speakers.
New cases have variety of styles, functions
Griffin Technology announced today the availability of a new line of cases designed for Apple's iPad mini. Griffin's announcement included several new designs, patterned after its most popular collections. Customers can choose from the Survivor, IntelliCase, CinemaSeat, Folio, Slim Folio, and Passport lines.
Griffin bands up with Otis James for designer iPhone cases
Otis James, a Nashville-based tie and hat maker, and accessory vendor Griffin have partnered to create a line of handmade protective sleeves for iPhone 4, 4S and 5 which will be sold exclusively in Griffin’s London store and on Griffin’s website. Griffin + Otis James iPhone Sleeves features the trademark Otis James hand-made design, with a pocket on front that stores credit cards and cash. The Griffin + Otis James cases are available beginning today for $75 on Griffin's website.
Upgrades of existing cases, military-grade protection offered
Following the unveiling by Apple of the iPhone 5 yesterday, case and accessory manufacturers have started to make products for the new phone. A number are opting to create cases with unique selling points, such as military-grade handset protection, with some designs appearing to be similar to cases for the iPhone 4 and 4s, albeit with obvious modifications for the new size and port placements.
Griffin Kiosk mounts iPad securely for POS, healthcare
After a January announcement, Griffin Technology has announced the Kiosk is shipping now for all iPad models. This mount is designed to safely and securely affix an iPad to a singular location, while providing both power and physical access to the device's screen. The tall configuration allows the iPad to be secured to the floor and keep the iPad at usable height, while the short arm kit is designed to secure to a desk or wall. Both Kiosk models include a kit with three faceplates, giving owners the option of allowing some, all or no access to the iPad's camera and home button. The shorter desktop model retails for $199, and the floor-mount taller model sells for $299.
First Griffin retail store opens in London
Element Case has launched a new line of protective cases for the iPhone 4/4S constructed from certified exotic wood, a hard plating and leather. The Vapor Pro Elite is being offered in four models, Nickel/Brown, Nickel/Cream, Black/Gold, and Frost/White, each with a transit kit that allows users to further customize the case. The transit kit includes a screen protector, EVA molded foam zipper case and a Vapor speed wrench. Prices for the Vapor Pro elite range from $170 to $180 and quantities are said to be very limited.
Griffin launches WoodTones earbuds
MakeMusic has launched a free new music app that allows iPad users to view, play, and print electronic sheet music. In addition to viewing PDF music files, Finale Songbook also supports files created with the Finale family of notation software. When viewing Finale MUS files users also gain the ability to hear the music played back with options for controlling tempo. Other features includes set lists, gesture controls, and support for AirTurn page turners.
Case essentially unchanged for new hardware
MacNN has had an opportunity to test a Griffin IntelliCase ($60) with the third-generation iPad; while a case would normally warrant a full review, the current IntelliCase appears to be unchanged from its version for the iPad 2, so it was decided to do a capsule review combined with a simple test of how well the case fits with the new tablet. As before, the case consists of a polycarbonate back with a Smart Cover-style front flap that uses magnets to turn an iPad on and off.
Helicopter piloted by mobile devices
Griffin today shipped the latest generation of its Android- and iOS-guided remote control helicopter. The Helo TC Assault craft is maneuvered using an app running on a smartphone, tablet or even an iPod touch (free, App Store, Google Play Store). The new version earns its name from firing toy missiles from two spring-loaded launchers.
IK trots out three iRig products, new iPhone app
Several companies are premiering new Apple-oriented music products at CES, among them IK Multimedia. The outfit has announced a full three new iRig peripherals, such as the Stomp, a stompbox guitar interface. The unit bridges iOS signal processing apps with pedals, pedalboards, amps, or PA systems using regular quarter-inch guitar cables. A battery-powered output circuit is said to improve headroom, and a bypass switch can be used to turn on or skip effects in the AmpliTube iOS app. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a large input knob. The Stomp should ship in the second quarter for $60.
Griffin Twenty amps, streams iOS audio
Among the companies announcing AirPlay-based electronics at CES are Griffin and Acoustic Research. Griffin's contribution is the Twenty, an amp that pairs with an AirPort Express to pump AirPlay audio into a nearby speaker. The amp supports 2.1 channels, producing up to 20W of output per channel. Users can also attach a powered subwoofer; automatic active crossover kicks in at 80Hz. A pricing and a launch date for the Twenty remain unannounced.
Dijit remote for iPad arrives
Dijit on Friday brought out an iPad-optimized version of its remote control app (App Store). The now-universal port lets users steer a Griffin Beacon , and thus the TV, with many more actions on screen at once. Viewers can have both direct controls, device inputs, social activity, and the show guide all visible at the same time, with video previews of some shows available without disrupting the main picture.
Griffin Beacon now talks to Android tablet, phone
Griffin filled a gap in Android home theater control by releasing Beacon for Android. The combination of the device and Dijit's app gives the same Bluetooth-to-IR remote control support as from the iOS version of half a year ago. It's optimized both for smartphones and tablets and takes advantage of the extra space on a tablet to show the program listing, detailed show info, and the remote all at once.
Implement for multiple uses fits in pocket
Griffin has announced a multifunction implement that combines the functionality of an ink pen, laser pointer and input stylus. The Stylus + Pen + Laser Pointer was designed for the on-the-go user carrying multiple mobile devices, and it works with a projection screen, touchscreen devices, and paper.
Control via virtual joystick, accelerometer
Griffin has introduced an R/C helicopter, the Helo TC, that is controlled by an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Like many ultra-micro size helicopters, the Helo uses a coaxial rotor design with counter-rotating blades to improve stability and eliminate the need for a complex control system. Users can choose to tilt the iOS device or use a virtual joystick to move the helicopter forward, backward and side to side.
Griffin Helo TC chopper uses iOS remote control
Griffin has just introduced a product that will end the monopoly enjoyed by Parrot and its AR.Drone quadrocopter. Like the original product, the Helo TC helicopter can be flown by a free app for iPhones, iPads or iPod touch devices. The form factor of the two crafts is slightly different, but either is an airborne toy.
New app lets kids color interactive pages
Griffin Technology and Crayola have partnered to create the Crayola ColorStudio HD for iPad which is an app (free, App Store) and accessory that lets kids draw and paint. The iMarker stylus combines the functionality of a marker, pen, crayon and paintbrush. Animated and interactive coloring pages are part of the app and react while being colored.
Griffin unveils Beacon iOS remote
Griffin on Wednesday shipped a wireless remote bridge for iPhone and iPod touch owners that promises a simpler link than most for controlling a home theater. A Beacon adapter translates a Bluetooth link from the iOS device to an infrared signal that upwards of 200,000 devices can understand. It supports navigation, input, volume, and other common controls on anything from TVs and Blu-ray players to DVRs and the Apple TV.
Update brings 60 triggering actions, scriptability
Griffin Technology has released an update to its PowerMate management software. The PowerMate is a USB-attached knob, allowing users to control actions such as scrolling, volume, jog/shuttle, or a variety of other configurable tasks. It arrives preset to work with iMovie, FinalCut Pro and GarageBand, and can be assigned to interact with many other programs.
Griffin also ships PowerDuo for iPad
Griffin has announced iPad compatibility for three new chargers. The Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad accessory maker has launched PowerJolt options with 2.1-amp power capability, allowing them to charge iPads which require a heavier power draw than iPhones and iPods. The PowerJolt Plus for iPad features a pass-through port for another car-charging unit, while still powering an iPad, iPhone or iPod with a dock connector. It allows users to power their Apple product and still power a GPS or USB-based item via a second 12-volt connector. It has a built-in SmartFuse and uses a coiled charging cable.
New cases announced from three manufacturers
Fast on the heels of Apple's iPad launch come new accessories from Griffin, Belkin and TOM BIHN. Griffin has announced the Elan Passport, a folio case that offers full wrap-around protection and a microsuede lining to protect the iPad surfaces. The folio is held shut by a stretch band and its inner cover has card pockets. The Elan Sleeve is a synthetic leather shell case that the iPad slips into. It has a microsuede interior for protection, and a tab closure to keep the iPad secure. Both Elan cases will cost $50.
Four new iPod touch patterns
Griffin Technology, in collaboration with Threadless, has expanded its line of iPhone and iPod accessores with three new case designs, I’m Like a Bird, Living in Harmony and HI. Each new pattern comes paired with one of Griffin’s single-piece polycarbonate shells that snaps into place and guards the iPhone from scratches and dust. The cases measure approximately 1mm in total thickness, while the design provides access to the dock connector, controls, and headphone jack.
New iPod nano 5G cases from Griffin, USBfever
Griffin Technology and USBfever have both announced new cases for Apple’s latest iPod nano 5G. Griffin’s newest designs are the Outfit hard-shell polycarbonate case and the FlexGrip silicone case. Both cases are made to help protect the iPod nano from bumps and scratches during everyday use, and allow for full access of the devices scroll wheel, controls, connectors and screen. Outfit also keeps the iPod nano’s new camera lens free for use and features an EasyDock design, which enables users to simply slide off the bottom half of the case when docking.
5G iPod nano, 3G iPod touch cases at Best Buy
Best Buy on Tuesday inadvertently tipped off Apple's plans for tomorrow by posting entries for unreleased iPods. Belkin and Griffin cases for the fifth-generation iPod nano and third-generation iPod touch have appeared and support the notion that at least these two will be updated at Apple's special event on Wednesday. None of the releases immediately betray expected features like built-in cameras, though some include their own hand straps.
iFM Radio Browser released
Griffin has announced the iFM Radio Browser, an iPhone application to accompany its recently-released Griffin Navigate FM transmitter. The application enables the iPhone to interact with FM radio, while listing artist information playing on the chosen station. iFM Radio Browser provides song titles, albums, the artists biography, and upcoming concert dates. iFM Radio Browser also provides iTunes links, enabling users to purchase each song or place the content on a wish list.
Electronista got a first-hand look at several new Griffin accessories featured at CES and Macworld, including the Navigate controller and upcoming IFM app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Navigate controller features an integrated FM tuner and a white-on-black LCD screen. The track information was easy to view but subtle, while the control buttons allowed easy browsing through the songs, playlists or FM channels.
Griffin launches new gear
Griffin (Booth No. 1902 S) announced a slew of new of new iPod and iPhone products at Macworld today, launching twelve new items, including its new sound-isolating bluetooth headset, covered earlier today on MacNN. Launched today were the TuneFlex AUX, an iPod car system with a steering wheel remote, an iTrip for iPod nano 4G, TuneBuds Fit, a new headphone set, and the new PowerBlock Reserve and PowerJolt Reserve, which power iPods via home outlets and car power, respectively, and include an external battery for mobile use with the iPod. Also announced were the SmartShare USB, a USB Splitter, the Noise-Reducing Audio Cable, TuneJuice, a AAA-battery powered iPod charger, the Charge Converter FireWire-to-USB cable, Navigate, an FM transmitter for the iPod that can control both iPods and iPhones so they can be stored during travel, and Elan Form Chrome, a chrome-plated iPhone case.
DealNN: bargain Blu-ray
DealNN deals for today include a variety of products from Blu-ray players to iPod docks. First up is the refurbished Sharp Blu-ray disk player priced at $179.99 at SecondAct.com. For a limited time Frys.com is offering the SimpleTech 250GB signature mini USB portable hard drive in pink for $67. CompUSA.com has a mail in rebate offer that drops the price down to $9.97 on the OCZ 4GB memory kit. Amazon.com has reduced the price on the Samsung 2.1 home cinema system from $499.99 to $248.39. The Griffin Amplifi iPod speaker system is priced at $69.99 at Buy.com.
Griffin iPod cables
Griffin Technology on Wednesday released Component and Composite video cables for connecting iPods to televisions, computer monitors and home entertainment systems. Each six-foot cable attaches to the 30-pin dock connector, while a second USB cord and A/C adapter are also included with each package, which allows the devices to be charged while in use.
Griffin Wave for iPods
Griffin has announced that its Wave case has been updated and redesigned for the new iPod nano 4G, Touch 2G and Classic. The new version features the same wave-shaped contours of the original iPhone version, but has been modified with a double-helix design on the front and back. The iPod cases also feature Griffin's EasyDock design, which lets users simply slip off the case bottom in order to charge and sync.
iTrip Auto updated
Griffin Technology on Tuesday announced the availability of an updated iTrip Auto FM transmitter for iPods. The form factor has been changed to a more modern look, and the display has reverted back to a black-on-white LCD. The iTrip automatically optimizes the volume without need to adjust the iPod controls, allowing the user to adjust levels from the car stereo.
Griffin launches new gear
Griffin Technology has launched new iPhone 3G accessories, announcing immediate availability. Window Seat is a new car-mount, while Reflect, iClear, and Wave for iPhone 3g are new cases, as well as the Streamline armband. WindowSeat mounts an iPhone 3g (also an iPhone 2g or iPod touch) on a cars windshield or dashboard at eye-level, with an adjustable bracket for a secure hold. It includes an audio cable for playing the iPhone through a car stereo and works with other accessories to charge the phone or transmit music over FM. It costs $30.
Griffin intros new iTrip
Griffin Technology on Friday announced the release of its iTrip Universal FM transmitter for MP3 and CD players. As the name suggests, all that's necessary to hook up the iTrip to any portable audio device is connecting the 3.5mm headphone cable to the iTrip. The Universal version is the first iTrip device to use a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery via a USB connection.
Marware, Griffin cases
Hot on the tails of the 3G iPhone release, both Marware and Griffin have updated a few of signature cases to fit the new device. Marware officiated its entry into 3G cases with its popular C.E.O. Sleeve, a leather case with snug-fitting elastic material. It features the company's Multidapt belt clip, which can be switched out or removed. The C.E.O. Sleeve is available in black, with a microfiber interior, selling for $25 from Marware's website.
iPhone specs change
Earlier reported design molds for the 3G iPhone have allegedly changed, potentially rendering case molds by companies such as Griffin useless. iDealsChina reports that the dimensions used by Griffin, and possibly other iPhone accessory manufacturers, are 2mm shorter and 0.5mm thicker than the newly leaked designs. While both incarnations of the 3G iPhone are heavily steeped in rumor, the news would badly affect manufacturers who have already invested time and money into the new cases.