Nestled among the many, many iPhone accessories at CES 2014 was one that could be one of the most useful of all: the Mophie Space Pack, a battery pack case for the iPhone 5 and 5S with an additional 16 or 32GB of storage. If you consider that battery life and extra storage space are two of the biggest problems with using an iPhone exclusively as a camera, the Space Pack is perhaps the best iPhone-as-camera accessory yet made. I spent some hands-on time with one, and it does everything you’d expect...but that extra storage turns out to … Read more
Looking for an iPhone case that offers power and capacity at the same time? Mophie has a new case that can perform that trick.
Shipping in March, Mophie's Space Pack includes its own 1700mAh battery that can pour more juice into your iPhone when its own power gets low. Mophie promises that its battery will offer 8 hours of talk time, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music. An included Micro-USB cable charges and syncs your iPhone and the Space Pack at the same time.
The Space Pack also lends a hand if you're low on … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Smartphone accessory maker Mophie may have launched the Juice Pack Helium two weeks back, but the successor to its iPhone 4 and 4S Juice Pack Air case has just been revealed at Pepcom's MobileFocus Global event here at Mobile World Congress.
While the Juice Pack Air looks similar to the Helium, we're told that the Air is slightly heavier (helium floats because its lighter than air). Not that we could tell, both cases felt pretty light in our hands. The Air sports a 1,700mAh battery, and the Helium has a charge of just 1,500mAh. Both … Read more
As far as brick chargers go, Mophie's tend to have a touch of style, but these types of products are more about utility than anything else.
Here are the quick specs:
If you're comparison shopping, Monoprice does sell some similar units for much less. For instance, the dual-port 5000 mAh External Battery Pack and Charger retails for $28.95. It can charge an iPad as well as smartphone at the same time. … Read more
Think of Mophie's new Juice Pack Pro as an Otterbox case that's packing a 2,500 mAh battery that more than doubles the battery life of your iPhone 4 or 4S.
Mophie would probably argue that the Juice Pack Pro is actually tougher than an Otterbox case. It's touting its first ruggedized battery pack case as exceeding military specification MIL-STD 810G, which is pretty tough.
That said, the case is water-resistant but not totally waterproof (it can't go underwater). It has a built-in screen protector and comes with a rotating belt clip. According to Mophie, that … Read more
Intuit is offering some healthy incentives to get small businesses to adopt its GoPayment mobile payment service.
Launched in 2009, GoPayment lets small business owners process credit card payments on the go by using a card reader that attaches to a compatible mobile phone. Normally, the card reader costs money, while the service entails a monthly fee.
But as of yesterday, Intuit is now offering a free card reader and is waiving the monthly service free for most customers who sign up for GoPayment by the middle of February. The deal is actually sweeter for people who don't do … Read more
Back in November, I pitted iPhone 4 charging cases from Dexim and Mophie against one another. They both held one extra phone charge, but because it was lighter and much better designed, Mophie's Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4 was the clear winner.
A new entrant from each blurs the lines. In this rematch, the Dexim DCA224 Super-Juiced Power Case for iPhone 4 challenges the Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 4.
Dexim DCA224 Super-Juiced Power Case
Specs: Capacity: 2000mA; Input power: 5V DC, 1000mA; Output power: 5V DC, 500mAPrice: $69.90 Weight: 3.2 ouncesColor: White
With poor … Read more
The biggest change to our on-the-go computing habits in 2010 has been the introduction of Apple's iPad tablet. While ultraportable and Netbook laptops are still very important, there's a pretty good chance that meetings, day trips, and coffee shop work sessions are now conducted with the help of an iPad instead.
Picking the right case for your iPad is important, and we've gone through dozens to compile this roundup of useful ones. We're still searching for the holy grail of the perfect iPad case, but many of the examples collected here are either solid all-around products … Read more
Raise your hand if your iPhone 4 has ever flashed the 20-percent-left battery warning at a most inopportune time, with no usable or practical outlets in sight.
Yep, me, too. I've been the girl scanning cafe walls, poking at ambiguous hinged metal floor plates, and scouring airline gates in the hopes of finding a power source more times than I'd like to admit. If that's you, too, you should consider investing in a charging case that's equipped with its own battery pack.
Over the last few weeks, I slipped CNET's iPhone 4 into both the … Read more
Imagine walking into your favorite cafe and instead of waiting in line to place your order for a large iced nonfat latte and handing over your debit card, you submitted your order and authorized payment from your bank account via an application on your phone.
You can't do that now. But it's very possible that some day you will. It will be a big leap forward getting banks, credit card companies, retailers, and cell phone makers--not to mention consumers--on board with this idea. But a few companies are beginning to provide digital stepping stones to what someday could be a wallet-less future.
On Thursday, Intuit and Mophie (maker of the JuicePack battery for iPhone) will introduce the Complete Credit Card Solution, which fits over the iPhone 3G and 3GS like the JuicePack and has a credit-card reader that uses Intuit's 18-month-old GoPayment mobile payment software. It will be available as an iPhone accessory in Apple Stores.
The idea is to allow small businesses or anyone who needs to process payments that doesn't have a permanent place to plug in a cash register to be able to accept something other than cash on a device many people already have. The hope is consumers would find this more convenient than keeping cash on hand when they want to make a purchase, even from a nontraditional retailer.
While plastic and cash are still the way the vast majority of retailers do business, that could change over the next few years as smartphone usage continues to skyrocket, and more personal finance details are being taken care of online and on the phone. Hardware makers, banks, and payment processors are at least dipping a toe into the water by participating in trials or offering new ways to pay people without using plastic or cash. … Read more