Category: Gear Reviews

Apple iOS Patent Aims to Block Teens from Texting while Driving

Carplay

I saw far too many people driving while using their phones on the way to drop my kids at school this morning. Sometimes I wonder why there aren’t stricter laws about distracted driving, especially in school zones where there are small children crossing streets. In an Apple patent discovered this week it seems that Apple has figured out a way to create a text free zone in the driver’s seat, through communication with the car and by using data available to the phone to determine motion and location.

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Apple TV Rumored to Get Motion Detection

Apple TV

The Apple TV is one of my favorite products and it’s likely the most used Apple product at my house. It has proven itself as a popular media streamer and Apple has consistently added new features over the past few years. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the Apple TV is on the verge of receiving its biggest update since its initial release.

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Amazon Fire TV Versus Apple TV: Hands-On Review

Amazon Fire TV 5Last week, Amazon announced the launch of its newest device. The Fire TV hopes to compete in the living room with the likes of set-top boxes like Roku, Boxee, and most importantly, Apple TV. I am a sucker for new gadgets and had already purchased one before I had even finished writing the news announcement. I spent some time with Fire TV over the weekend and have a few comments on what is good and bad about it, and whether you should get one yourself.

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Kensington Releases New iPad Cases Designed for Business Users

Kensington

iPads in the marketplace are growing more and more popular because they are relatively affordable and very flexible. While they can easily do more than traditional cash registers, they are also more fragile and if not protected they can easily be dropped and broken. A new product line from Kensington is designed with point of sale applications in mind.

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iPad Connected SITU Food Scale Aims to Help Us Eat Healthy

SITU

I love cool iPad gadgets and I also love Kickstarter, which is why I think it’s hard to go wrong with an iPad connected food scale that is currently seeking funding. The scale is called SITU and it is a powerful way to track the nutritional content of the food we eat.

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Bump Your iPad Storage to 2TB with LaCie’s Fuel Wireless Drive

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One of the things holding me back from adopting my iPad as my primary computer is its storage capacity limitation. I’m too cheap to get the LTE version and then pay for a bunch of cloud storage but perhaps there are other options which can provide a one time financial investment. LaCie, for example, offers a portable hard drive which is both wireless and battery operated, which might be the perfect solution for someone like me.

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Another Patent Links Apple to More Technology Around Wearable Devices

iWatch Demo

Evidence continues to mount that Apple is working on a new ‘wearable’ device, either in the form of an iWatch or some other exciting new product. A patent application was published today that points towards Apple getting into the finer details of what it is going to take to make a really great device.

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DODOcase’s New Multi-Angle iPad Cases Mix Old World Design with New World Technology

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I love well made cases and stuff in general that is made by hand with excellent craftsmanship. If you appreciate local industry (in spite of owning an iPad) then you should check out the cases from DODOcase. These cases are the perfect low tech solution to keeping your high tech device safe and stylish.

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MagBak’s New iPad Mount Kickstarter Gaining Traction

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MagBak is hoping that lightening will strike twice with their second generation iPad mount, designed specifically for the iPad Air and iPad Mini. Their first Kickstarter campaign funded in 3 days and reached over a total of $70,000, which is impressive considering they started with a $15,000 goal.

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SteelSeries Stratus Bluetooth Wireless Controller: Hands-On Review

Stratus Game Controller 1At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, SteelSeries announced that it would be launching the first-ever wireless gamepad for iOS 7. What makes a controller like this so exciting is that it can be used with any device, including iPad or iPhone, as long as it meets technical requirements and is running iOS 7 or higher.

Most game controllers that are on the market right now cater to the iPhone. Logitech’s Powershell, for example, lets you place your iPhone inside a specially designed controller. No room for upgraded phones and certainly no room for the iPad.

SteelSeries’ new Bluetooth controller, the Stratus, makes it possible for you to game on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and keeps you connected to your Apple devices, no matter what future generation you invest in.

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