Category: Gear Reviews

Apple Adds WatchESPN and HBO GO to Apple TV

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In a move that is sure to both excite and frustrate Apple TV users, several new apps have been announced that are available when you download and install version 5.3 of Apple TV software. The update includes HBO GO, WatchESPN, Sky News, Crunchyroll, and Qello.

While each has access to free content, HBO GO and WatchESPN require that you have a subscription through a participating television provider and several others have subscription options available. Adding these apps certainly points to a shift away from traditional cable and satellite offerings and more towards an on-demand paradigm. For those of you that have dropped your television provider, this update is a reminder of an industry that is refusing to let you go without a fight.

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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: Turn Any Mic Stand Into An iPad Holder With TAB STATION

tab_stationWelcome back to PadGadget’s weekly music column. We have some resident musicians on staff who love talking about music related apps and accessories. Last week, we had a hands-on review of IK Multimedia’s iLine Cables. What a great way to have all your audio connections in one place.

This week, we have found an iPad mount that is specifically designed for use with a microphone stand. Castiv’s TAB STATION is a musician’s best friend in a pinch.

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Thermodo: Tiny iOS Temperature Sensor, Runaway Kickstarter Success

thermodoDanish app developer Robocat is definitely on to something.  Its recent Kickstarter project, Thermodo, a tiny electrical thermometer that plugs into the headphone jack of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, is a huge success already. Thanks to enthusiastic Kickstarter backers, Thermodo has blown out its inital $35K goal, and is closing in fast on its second stretch goal.

Thermodo’s success likely stems from two factors. First, iPad owners like weather apps as a rule, and tend to retain using them longer than other app categories, but there’s one problem with weather apps: they don’t tell you the temperature where you are, only the temperature near to where you are. Thermodo solves this problem. Secondly, Thermodo’s tiny form factor is pretty adorable.
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PadGadget’s Sound Stage: iLine Cables Let You Connect Anywhere With Any Device – Hands-on Review

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It’s time for another exciting installment of Sound Stage. Whether we talk about Cat Piano apps, analog keyboards that plug into your iPad, or epic DJ equipment, we love music and aren’t afraid to show it. Last week, we told you about an app that incorporates a bit of music history with anagram style puzzle games. Musaic Box may not require that you know how to play an instrument, but it sure helps if you know what each one sounds like.

This week, we go hands on with another of IK Multimedia’s new toys. We just can’t get enough of the music-loving software and hardware developers over at IK Multimedia. We recently had an in-depth review of their newest MIDI-compatible app, iLectric Piano. Talk about going down memory lane.

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Snugg iPad Ultra Slim Bluetooth Keyboard Case – Gear Review

Snugg bluetooth keyboardOur friends at The Snugg have a great new keyboard and iPad case duo – perfect for anyone looking to pump up productivity and turn your iPad into a typing machine. Testing it out for this article, I’m excited to bring you a great new accessory.

First impression, for typing, this is wayyyy better than pushing at letters on the screen. While I’m admittedly quite clumsy, I’ve never been able to really get a hang of typing on the iPad, and this keyboard could really be a time saver for me. Compared to a regular laptop or desktop keyboard, this is quite a bit more narrow, and its taken me approximately 1.5 paragraphs to get used to the letter spacing.

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Spigen Stylus Pen Kuel H10 – Gear Review

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Our friends at Spigen, makers of some very cool and advanced accessories for your devices, have a fabulous new stylus we’re excited to review for you today. One of the smallest we’ve tried, the new Kuel H10 is a mere 4 inches long, but packs a great list of features for its size. Perfect for anyone on the go, we think this is an excellent tool for travelers, or anyone looking for well-designed quality accessories for their iPhone or iPad.

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The Snugg iPad Mini Case – Gear Review

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For our Thursday gear review, we’re introducing a new iPad mini case from The Snugg – makers of great cases and accessories for all of your devices. The Snugg iPad mini Case and Flip Stand is a folio style case made of faux-leather and made to look very professionally sleek. Cleverly designed, this case packs a lot of great features and is available now for $24.99 on Amazon!

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Cygnett iPad Mini Case Roundup – Gear Review

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Cygnett, one of the market leaders in accessories for mobile devices, has a slew of new gear for your iPad mini and we’ve been given the great opportunity to test them out for you. Below you’ll find reviews of 5 of their top cases. Ranging from folio style, to protective amour or stand-up cases, they have a ton of products suiting almost every need made with style, functionality, and performance.

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Dok CR34 6 Port Smart Phone Charger – Gear Review

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Our friends at Dok have sent us a great new toy to try out. Their 6 Port Smart Phone Charger will charge just about anything with a USB port, and up to 6 devices at the same time. The dock itself integrates a digital clock, dual alarm functions, speaker sound system, and FM radio. Compatible with smart phones, tablets, ireaders, and mp3 players – this dock would be great for anyone with multiple devices, phones, or accessories – or as the perfect gift for any household with multiple gadgets.

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Gekko Stand for iPad — A Successful Kickstarter Project

gekkostandBefore learning about Dwight Houser’s Kickstarter project, the Gekko Stand for iPad and iPhone, I had never heard of nanosuction, but the technology sounds almost magical. According to the project’s Kickstarter page nanosuction uses a large number of microscopic suction cups to “bond to almost any surface like an industrial adhesive,” yet it leaves no residue behind.

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