Review: bem wireless Mobile Speaker

bem wireless speaker

As a long-time Apple user, I’m used to seeing hardware get progressively smaller, thinner, and lighter, and for the most part, as with phones and laptops, this “smaller is better” attitude has largely been successful. Even camera lenses have been able to produce above-decent images at less than 1/8th the size of traditional camera lenses. However one area where... Read More

Review: iKit NuCharge external battery for iPhone 5

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Ever since losing our power for 7 days during Hurricane Sandy, I’ve grown rather paranoid about the idea of not being able to use my iPhone for more than 6 minutes. Unfortunately until recently the selection of external batteries for the iPhone 5 was pretty anemic. But in recent months a number of companies have stepped up to the plate, including a new face on the scene named... Read More

Review: X-Doria’s Dash Folio for iPad mini

X-Doria Dash Folio

I’ve been an iPad user since day 1, and an iPad mini owner since… maybe day 57 or so…. (not as impressive, I know). But in all my days of tablet use, I have yet to find a portfolio-style case that I enjoyed using. Until now. (Queue harp music). Actually, X-Doria’s Dash Folio for iPad mini ($39.99) is probably not all that different or revolutionary as far as... Read More

Review: 3 Cygnet iPad mini cases for 3 different users

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If there’s one thing Apple’s iPad mini commercials have tought us, it’s that there is no such thing as the “typical” iPad user. Some people use the iPad simply for email and web, some for games, some for eBooks, some for watching videos, and some for a combination of all of the above. And just as there is no one iPad user, there is really no such as... Read More

Review: HyperJuice Plug 10

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If there’s one thing that the recent Hurricane Sandy taught me, it’s that I can’t live for more than 3 hours without power. Or more specifically, I can’t live for more than 3 hours after my iPhone loses power. While iPhone charging cases are nice and we are finally starting to see a few iPhone 5-compatible models, they generally can only provide one full... Read More

Review: Cygnett UrbanShield for iPhone 5 – The iPhone’s little black dress

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It’s been a running joke in the tech community that Apple seems to always strive to make each subsequent generation of its devices thinner and lighter, and this has perhaps never been more true than with the iPhone 5. Despite embiggening the screen, Apple somehow managed to shave both thickness and weight from the device, and it really is noticeable, especially when you are... Read More

Review: Korg microKEY USB Keyboard Controller

Korg microKey

For most musicians, micro keyboards are a necessary evil, meant to fill in when either portability or space makes it impractical to use your full-sized keyboard. Korg’s microKEY 37-Key Midi Controller ($79.99 at Amazon) is actually one of the LEAST EVIL microKeyboards we’ve seen (they are free to use that quote in their marketing material), and while I won’t say... Read More

Review: The Monster at the End of This Book for iOS

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Yes, Sesame Street’s “The Monster at the End of This Book ($3.99 iTunes)” may seems like an odd choice for me to review, but even a heart as cold and cynical as mine can occasionally thaw when confronted with a childhood memory this awesome, especially when it is seen through the eyes of my OWN children, on my magical iPhone. The Monster at the End of This Book... Read More

Review: Element Case’s Vapor Pro

Element Vapor iPhone Case

When you’re attempting to sell a $129 iPhone case you need two things: A kick-ass case, and a big set of balls. Element Case appears to have both with the latest version of their popular, if not controversial Vapor Pro. I reviewed Element Case’s original Vapor case back in 2010, and while I loved the look and feel of the case, there was an unfortunate “reception... Read More

Review: HiveDock – Not nearly as stupid as you’d think

HiveDock iPhone viewer

Yes, truly glowing words of praise. However, I think appropriate as almost everyone who first views the HiveDock experiences the same flurry of thoughts, starting with “WTF?”, then moving on to “That seems stupid” and finally, “I wonder if it works?”. Long story short, it kinda does. The idea behind the HiveDock is so simple it seems obvious.... Read More

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