Category: Gear Reviews

iPads Could Face Downturn as Attention Shifts to Wearable Devices

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Tablets have proven themselves as serious competitor for laptops and other personal computing solutions, but analysts are expecting a reduction in tablet sales due to the increasing buzz around wearable devices. As more devices are released it is increasingly apparent that the number of gadgets that people are willing to buy and use have a limited number.

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Apple Patents New iPad Smart Cover which Displays Push Notifications

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Apple offers relatively few case accessories for their line of iPads, but the ones they do offer are known for a high level of quality and functionality. Push notifications are continuing to grow in popularity in iOS and OS X so a new Smart Cover with advanced display functionality makes perfect sense, which is exactly what is in a new patent application filed by Apple this week.

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Honeywell Takes on Nest with Geofencing Capable Smart Thermostat

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Honeywell is reputable name in A/C and thermostats and so it isn’t a surprise that they are getting in on the app enabled home trend. In fact, it is refreshing to see that new companies such as Nest are finally getting some solid competition, which is going to begin the process of lowering prices and creating a diverse market.

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Philips Shows What Hue Smart Bulb Control Might Look in iOS 8

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Philips Hue is a proven product with a very distinct style and a lot of momentum in the marketplace. With HomeKit announced, Philips has released a mockup (see below) of how Hue might look in the iOS 8 Notification Center and it is clear that their efforts to integrate into iOS 8 are well underway.

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Apple Reportedly Working on Home Automation System Ahead of WWDC

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The rumor-mill is in full swing ahead of the WWDC keynote next week and one rumor in particular is suggesting that Apple is going to enter the smart home market. A number of companies already have items such as thermostats, lighting, security systems, and weight scales which are app connected but if Apple jumps on board then we can expect tighter iOS integration with all of the polish for which Apple products are known.

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iCorners Brings Case-less Protection to your iPad

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Buying an iPad is a substantial investment that you will want to protect, but often the cases that provide the most safety also detract from the benefits from having a lightweight mobile device. A company called Simple Innovations has designed an elegant solution called iCorners that protects your iPad through the use of high quality corners, which add minimal weight and stay out of the way of normal use.

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Osmo – iPad Gaming with a Real World Twist

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It is an idea that is so simple that it will feel like it’s always been a part of iOS, yet it is magical enough that it has the potential to add an entire new category of gaming on the iPad. A startup named Tangible Play has created a technology called Reflective Artificial Intelligence, which integrates the environment around the iPad using its camera to promote learning and fun through an expanded tactile experience.

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Quickdraw iPad Cable is Lighting Up Kickstarter

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A new product from Woodford Design is something you need to check out this weekend because it is the first new cable design I have seen that has really impressed me and it has impressed the Kickstarter community by meeting its goal in 5 days and is nearing twice its asking amount. Why is it so special? Its simplicity and quality will impress you and everyone should support this project.

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iPad Powered Teddy Bear is Magical Toy For Kids

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Roam & Wander toy company is building on the success of their iPhone powered plush toy rabbit by developing an extremely charming iPad powered teddy bear. Aimed at helping kids integrate digital tech with traditional toys, these products are fun, engaging, and worth every penny.

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iPad Battery Case Lets You Charge Multiple Devices on the Go

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Apple designed the iPad to be as light as possible, but when the battery dies you might as well have a desktop computer plugged into the wall. A new Kickstarter from Fang Wang provides additional battery power for up to two devices on the go. The battery also functions as an iPad case which provides protection and a 360 degree stand.

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