Maybe someday (maybe even tomorrow, though I doubt it), Apple will engineer an iPhone that can charge wirelessly, just by sitting on the right surface. No cables, no wall warts, no hassles.
Not a day seems to go by without some new leaked image of an iPhone 5S or 5C part, which has taken a lot of the mystery out of what Apple will unveil on September 10. But that's a good thing for accessory makers who want to have cases ready to go at launch (if you remember, Apple didn't have any cases in its stores when the iPhone 5 launched, which frustrated a lot of consumers).
In fact, some are so confident that the leaks -- and their own intel -- are accurate, they've already started to … Read more
My neverending quest for the ultimate smartphone stand just got a little closer to ending.
The Objekten Keyring is a simple leather loop that affixes to your keychain. It's good not only for hanging your keys on a hook, but also for whipping the entire ring around on your finger when you get bored.
Also, it's a smartphone stand.… Read more
BERLIN -- American audio veteran Harman Kardon and its subsidiary JBL showed off a raft of new home audio gear at the IFA show here today.
Harman's new Esquire is both a wireless loudspeaker and a teleconferencing system with built-in mics. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Its tricks don't end there -- with three USB ports, you can charge three devices at the same time. It has its own 10-hour rechargeable battery, too. The Esquire is out next month for 249 ($330, £210).
Also new from HK is the Onyx wireless speaker system, which is … Read more
For many people, nerdy smartphone holsters are the epitome of un-cool. For many others, they're a daily necessity.
Here's a solution that's both eye-pleasing and practical. The GSi is a bumper case and holster that secures your iPhone in place with magnets while making it very easy to grab when needed.
The contraption hangs from a belt, waistband, or purse, and lets the phone dangle within easy reach. … Read more
Samsung has had a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to mobile. It's the world's biggest handset vendor, but Samsung is forever compared to Apple and often found to be lacking in one way or the other. Either it's the plasticky feel of its devices or the hard-knocks lesson that its features, like eye scrolling, don't always run as smoothly as expected. Most of all, it's the perception … Read more
When we reviewed Sony's $299.99 MDR-R1 headphones last year, we gave them high marks despite their high price tag, saying they were "highly accurate-sounding headphones with style and substance."
That model can now be had for closer to $200, which is where the new MDR-10 Series will start. The new models aren't quite as swanky as the MDR-R1. Nor do they sound quite as good. But they are a little lighter, arguably more comfortable, more mobile friendly, and, in theory, more affordable (I expect that their street prices will come down after launch).
All three … Read more
Time to get excited, tech fans: we're just days away from IFA 2013, the gadget extravaganza where the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will lead a torrent of new and exciting technology. With our heady mix of live blogs, thrilling video, and expert hands-on First Takes, you'll be right at the heart of the action.
IFA is an industry trade show held every year in Germany, bringing together the world's technology titans at an event considered to be the European CES. Around 240,000 gadget fans flock to Berlin each year to join the scarlet-tressed Miss … Read more
Buttons aren't usually cause for excitement, but the Pressy button on Kickstarter has excited more than 2,900 people into supporting it. What it does sounds pretty basic, but the potential uses are extensive. It adds an external physical button to your Android device.
The tiny button connects into the headphone port on Android smartphones or tablets. Coupled with the Pressy app, it can control certain functions, like turning on your flashlight, snapping a picture, or putting your phone on silent. The idea is to save the steps of unlocking your phone, locating an app, and tapping or swiping your way to your goal.… Read more
Way back in October 2012, I told you about the ReadyCase, an Indiegogo project for an iPhone case with seven handy built-in tools.
Because I was in the market for a new case for my 4S, I decided to fund it, even though it meant waiting until production began in February.
I ended up waiting quite a bit longer; various delays pushed the shipping date back and back, resulting in no small number of extremely angry backers (as evidenced by the comments on the project page). But a few days ago, my ReadyCase finally arrived. Was it worth the wait?… Read more