You used to pay hundred of dollars, often with a subscription fee on top, for a dedicated GPS device to give you directions. Now, you have multiple options given away with your phone. GPS-maker Garmin has stayed in the game not by fighting smartphones, but embracing them with their own apps and accessories, like the Active Mount for the iPhone 5/5s, a combination car window mount and charger.
We all know how thin the iPad Air is by now, and how easy it is to handle and carry around. One of the first accessories iPad Air owners will purchase is a protective case. For some owners, they will want to keep with the design of the iPad Air and find a case that won’t add a lot of bulk and weight. The makers over at X-Doria have a full line of SmartStyle cases for the iPad Air, and we were given the SmartStyle Patterns case to see how it performs.
Ever get that sinking feeling you’ve forgotten where your car keys are? Maybe to tend to lock yourself out of your house with the keys still inside. Fortunately, the people at Elgato have come up with a way to keep track of your keys and alert you if you stray too far away from them; the Smart Key along with a free app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch will keep watch for you.
Pioneer has launched two new models of in-ear DJ-quality headphones designed to make excellent sound more portable. Rather than carting around a bulky set of DJ over-ear cans, the new DJE-1500 and DJE-2000 aim to offer the same sound quality via a lightweight in-ear form factor.
Signal loss is an issue inherent in all but one aluminum frame I’ve ever tried, to varying degrees. designed by m admitted to 5 to 10% signal loss in the original AL13, which is not a huge issue in my immediate area, but it certainly could be elsewhere. And this why they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for the AL13 v2, which is designed specifically to eliminate signal loss.
Ah, a keyboard for the living room. How times have changed from the days when my dad you used to tell me, “Son, get up and change to channel 43 on the TV. Benny Hill’s coming on.” Now I’m the dad, and I get to hear myself say, “Son, get the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard and do a search on the Apple TV for that Benny Hill sketch with Darth Vader.”
Upstart Danish audio firm LIbratone today announced new branding with the tagline “360 Scandinavian” ahead of a refresh to the company’s product lineup of high end speakers. Rather than focusing sound on a single spot in front of the speaker, Libratone’s gear features multiple speakers firing in multiple directions, with the goal of providing uniform and room-filling sound.
Macworld/iWorld Expo may still be three weeks away, but we’ve already got some new products to get excited about. Core Brands, LLC, has just announced it will demo the Korus V600 and Korus V400 wireless speakers designed for Apple gamers and video/music aficionados at the event, which takes place March 27-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
I suppose the drawback here is that every time I hand my iPhone to a musician, he’ll want to break into “Stairway to Heaven” or “YYZ” like those guys at the music store? That’s the price you pay for one of the coolest iPhone case ideas I’ve seen in quite some time. Tonewood Products has announced a line of iPhone cases built from genuine guitar tonewoods in maple, mahogany and rosewood. Sadly, Brian May’s fireplace isn’t an option.
D-Link has announced they’re shipping the world’s first portable 11AC router. The Wi-Fi AC750 portable router and charger (DIR-510L, for short) allows mobile users to quickly create a Wi-Fi hotspot from an existing 3G/4G, Wi-Fi or Ethernet internet connection. The DIR-510L features a high-capacity 4,000mAh rechargeable battery that can charge mobile devices.
Blue Microphones has always done a fantastic job of getting audio from its source to your computer or whatnot, but now it seems they’re aiming to deliver that audio back to you. They’ve begun the tease for the Mo-Fi headphones, which they state offer “true mobile high fidelity.” We don’t know much more than that, but we’ve signed up to learn more, and so can you.
Launched at CES back in January of this year, ClearView bills its Clio Bluetooth speaker as the First Invisible Speaker; from the photos, that seems to be an accurate description. Product images on their website feel less like geek porn and more like a game from Highlights magazine—spot the speaker in the room scene. Featuring a single curved glass panel and barely-there base, the Clio transforms 2.1 channel sound from boring box to invisible marvel.