The most popular reason nonprofessionals buy dSLRs or other types of interchangeable-lens cameras is because they want better photos or faster performance than a point-and-shoot can deliver; the power of manual controls and interchangeable lenses seem to be a secondary concern. Nevertheless, I'm still routinely surprised when someone hands me his dSLR and it's set to auto and equipped with a standard kit lens.
iPads don't come with their own protection. In fact, these sleek metal and glass beauties ship naked. That just won't do: you need a case. But when it comes to the iPad Mini, I quickly discovered, what makes a good case or bag is a very different proposition than for the larger iPad.
To help you pick out something good, here's what I've observed so far over the last couple of months of hard-core Read moreuse. Let's take a look, shall we?…
If you're stumped about what to get the iPhone lovers on your holiday gift giving list this year, I have a few suggestions for you.
In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer one reader several suggestions for buying accessories as gifts for his wife who has an iPhone 5. I also offer my thoughts on why U.S. wireless operators aren't likely to sell some of the interesting new feature-phones developed by Nokia for the developing markets.iPhone accessory holiday gift ideas
Dear Maggie, I just purchased a new iPhone 5 for my wife who seems quite … Read more
Various accessories that include Apple's new Lightning connector are gradually trickling out onto the market, and JBL is the first to announce Lightning-equipped speaker docks.
The smaller $99 battery-powered model, the JBL OnBeat Micro, which gets about 5 hours of power from four AAA batteries, retails for $99 while the $199 JBL OnBeat Venue LT offers wireless Bluetooth connectivity and its dock can also accommodate the iPad Mini and the fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display. Unfortunately, of course, the docks aren't compatible with older iPhones unless you use an optional adapter. … Read more
The launch of Windows 8 also brings an opportunity for PC makers to release third-party peripherals that complement the push for touch sensitivity. If you're planning to purchase tablet, laptop, desktop, or some combination of the three, these accessories let you get hands-on with your new computer, because let's face it -- a touch-based device is only as good as the accessories available for it.
Many of the devices in this list already have reviews, but we'll continue to add products as they emerge. Head here for a comprehensive list of every major computer launching with Windows 8 or RT.… Read more
Shutterbugs who've used lens hoods -- an invaluable accessory for reducing stray light to improve image contrast -- know how frustrating it is to try to cap one's lens with the hood in the way. To prevent photographers from misplacing their lens caps or damaging their lenses, Taiwanese accessory makers have created a nifty accessory that combines both accessories into one.
The Hoocap features a simple design. It's a hood with two retractable doors; when not in use, the doors flip down to form a shield.
Judging by pictures of this contraption, it does seem to add … Read more
First off, congrats to John M. of Winona Lake, Ind., for winning a Booq Cobra laptop backpack in last week's giveaway. Now, would you like a keyboard to go with that iPad touch screen? This week's giveaway will hook you up. We're offering a free TyPad, a unique iPad case with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard.
CNET's Josh Lowensohn gave the TyPad positive marks when he went hands-on with it a couple of years back. He tested the original TyPad, but we're giving away the latest version of the accessory, the TyPad 2, which is compatible with all iPads, including the newest model. … Read more
You know the old saying: you can never be too rich or too thin, or have too much battery power for your Android phone.
If you're forever running low on juice, you've probably thought about packing along a spare battery -- but that's a hassle. Not only do you need a way to keep it charged, you also need a convenient place to stow it.… Read more
Between Canon and Nikon's inexpensive full-frame bodies and Sony's full-frame press of a compact, pro body and camcorder, there are going to be a lot of photographers and videographers lining up to sit on Santa's lap this holiday season.
But if you prefer something smaller, there's plenty of that for you, too, in the form of new enthusiast compact cameras from almost every manufacturer and updates to interchangeable-lens models. Plus Panasonic gave its video-friendly GH2 a complete overhaul for the GH3.
Here's a guide to our complete Photokina coverage. Just because.… Read more
Your iPhone may be getting more and more wireless, what with iCloud and Wi-Fi syncing and all, but there are times when it's nice to have a dock.
Of course, most docks are little more than stands, offering few, if any, features beyond charging and syncing.