The iPad Mini with Retina Display may look a lot like the original iPad Mini, but it's a tad thicker and has a second microphone on the back that none of the leaked specs revealed. The result of those small design differences is that many of the existing iPad Mini cases don't fit the Retina version, and case makers have had to scramble to make new, slightly modified versions of their existing cases. It's taken them a little while to do that, so in the early going we're seeing fewer case options for the Mini Retina … Read more
There are finally universal game controllers that work with Lightning-equipped iPhones and iPods running iOS 7. Both the Moga Ace Power and Logitech PowerShell offer the potential to turn your device into a little handheld game dynamo by adding buttons. But, there's a problem: it's not easy to find games that support them.
There are supposed to be hundreds of iOS 7 controller-ready games out there in the App Store, but with 1 million apps to sift through, discovery isn't a piece of cake. Games need to be updated to work with these controllers. Luckily, many of the newer games are coming out of the gate controller-ready, and Rockstar's newly released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the king of the early heap. … Read more
You don't need a keyboard for your iPad. But, if you're planning on an iPad being a laptop-replacing device, having one can come in very handy for getting writing done. I've played with a lot of keyboard accessories on the iPad, but these are my favorites.
Before the iPad Air, most cases would fit the second-, third-, and fourth-gen models equally. That's no longer the case. So, having used several new solutions and written on each, I've broken my recommendations down into categories of iPad: Air, previous generations, and iPad Mini.
You could also, … Read more
For weeks now I've been sorely tempted to buy the Republic Wireless Moto X, but there's one thing preventing me from pulling the trigger: the 16GB of unexpandable storage. That's just not enough for the amount of apps, music, and video I want to carry.
Thankfully, because the Moto X supports USB OTG, it's a fairly simple matter to plug in external storage for my media. Of course, the typical solution for such an exercise is a USB OTG cable and a flash drive, but the new PKparis K'2 is a flash drive that plugs directly into an Android device's Micro-USB port.… Read more
Looking for a low-cost keyboard for your Android tablet? One has just landed in North America.
Previously available abroad, the LuxePad A110 is a wired keyboard made by the folks at Taiwan-based Genius. The $20 keyboard connects to your tablet via its Micro-USB port and offers dedicated keys for locking the screen, playing music, controlling the volume, and handling other tasks. Genius also throws in a stand so you can position your tablet at different angles while you type away.
One caveat: the keyboard's specifications say it supports Android 4.0 or higher, so those of you still stuck … Read more
Does your iPhone case merely protect your iPhone? Bo-ring!
Why not spruce things up a bit with a case that combines protection with festive, blinky coolness? That's the idea behind this line of VanD flashing iPhone cases.
Available in a variety of styles for iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 5C, the LED Cover Flashing Clear Case offers a seemingly transparent protective shell for your handset.
Among the nascent gadget category known as smartwatches, the biggest problems to date have revolved around how they interact with cell phones. The issues are plentiful: the watch "goes dark" if it untethers from the phone; the watch can only handle a small subset of notifications from the phone's apps; the watch only works with iPhones or Android phones; and so on.
That's where the Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 is unlike any other smartwatch we've seen so far. The TrueSmart doesn't pair to another phone; the TrueSmart is the phone.
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iPhone users apparently will have yet another game controller to add to their arsenal.
Seen in a series of photos tweeted by Evleaks, the Razer Kazuyo will offer a wraparound case that turns your iPhone into a lean, mean gaming machine. The photos reveal a design similar to iPhone game controllers offered by Logitech and Moga.
The controller sports four action buttons on the right and an arrow button on the left. The iPhone can also be tilted to give you a better view of the action.
Smartphones owners often dress up their phones in order to reflect their individual personalities and sense of fashion. They might opt for pink rhinestones, faux alligator, or sedate leather. Another option is to just throw caution to the wind and buy a Vanesa Ray necklace case to turn your iPhone into a giant piece of jewelry.
Described as a tech fashion accessory, the necklace is essentially a case on a chain. The chain is removable and the design also contains a slim wallet for carrying some cash and cards.… Read more
If you've been vested in the iDevice ecosystem for a while, you probably own a speaker dock that has a 30-pin connector -- one that is now incompatible with your current-generation iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Those newfangled Lightning ports make docking out of the question.
So, what happens to that perfectly good speaker? Craigslist? Garage sale? Landfill?! (Horrors.) If it's a higher-end speaker that you want to keep using, consider giving it a wireless makeover. The Auris Skye is a small receiver that endows 30-pin speaker docks with AirPlay, DLNA, and Wi-Fi Direct capabilities.
If that sounds … Read more