If you want more oomph from your MacBook’s speakers, TwelveSouth’s BassJump 2 can deliver enhanced low-end sound without adding all the bulk of traditional external speakers. The company has just updated the software that handles the audio processing for this external subwoofer, delivering new features and full OS X Mavericks compatibility.
The Wren V5 achieves a unique goal. It blends a beautiful, organic design with high-end technology to produce a speaker that looks every bit as good as it sounds. With built-in AirPlay compatibility and a host of wired input options, the V5AP offers great sound for virtually any music device.
The ōlloclip family has expanded by another member, and some of its existing members are more colorful than ever. The new 3-in-1 Macro lens offers additional options for taking high-detail closeup shots, while new color options for the 4-in-1 lens let you add as much personal flair to your photography as you have on your iPhone.
I’ve given up on calling it Cyber Monday, because everybody seems to be running week long sales. In fact, the sales seem to start about three days before Thanksgiving, but that’s another story. Right now you can find some great deals on Hyper’s impressive products, from their external batteries to cables to cases during the HyperShop Cyber Week sale.
The FineGrain team is back on Kickstarter with a new iPad accessory, the COBURNS iPad stand. Minimalist to a fault, COBURNS is a set of two wooden slats that can be used to hold your iPad at any angle without adding bulk to your iPad. Even though they use less material than FineGrain’s cases, the materials in each COBURNS are no less exotic; not only will your iPad stand up, but your iPad will also stand out with a pair of these fine looking wooden beauties attached.
Originally launched as a Kickstarter project, the Flote iPad stand aims to take you handsfree when browsing, watching, or chatting. Flote isn’t another small desktop style-stand; its heavy, weighted base keeps it firmly in place on the floor, while its adjustable arm lets you place your iPad anywhere from four to seven feet off the ground.
It was abundantly clear at this year’s CES and Macworld|iWorld expos that wired speaker docks had been given the old heave-ho, to be replaced by wireless streaming options like Bluetooth and (more rarely) AirPlay. With the holidays upon us, here’s a look back at what we feel are the best wireless speakers from this past year. They cover a wide range of price points and use cases, from the expensive home theater setup to a rough-and-tumble outdoor speaker that’s ready to go anywhere.
Motrr’s Galileo robotic dock provides you a controllable iPod dock that swivels and rotates, allowing you to capture panoramas or time lapse photos, control your own telepresence, or perform monitoring—all remotely. The dock connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to the device you’ve placed in the dock, and you control the motion of the dock from another iOS device.
Headphones will only produce sound as good as what you put into them, so why not give your cans some TLC? Audioengine’s D3 is a combined DAC and headphone amp that combines high quality sound processing with the convenience of USB to get better sound to your headphones with a minimum of fuss.
Lately I’ve been traveling a great deal for both work and personal reasons, and I came to realize I have a small stash of iPhone travel accessories that goes with me on every trip. I’m a type A, list-making person, and each of the items below has a permanent spot on the list. No matter how stingy the airlines get with baggage, how little room I have under the seat in front of me, or how cramped my feet might be, these gadgets have to be in my bag before I walk out the door.
In the mood for turn-of-the-century nostalgia? You’re in luck, because Harman Kardon’s new Nova speaker system combines the see-through spherical design of Apple’s old Pro Speakers (which HK designed) with more modern technology like Bluetooth so you can appreciate their beauty using a more modern audio source.
Tiffen has combined their desktop photo editing software and digital equivalents of some of their most popular optical filters to make Photo fx. Basically a full blown photo studio that fits in the palm of your hand, Photo fx offers more than 75 filters and hundreds of presets to let you edit, tweak, and punch up your photos, then share them easily right from within one app.