The folks at Juicies may have come up with a way to improve upon Apple’s lightening cables as well as the typical Micro USB cable. The JUICIES+ cable is made of anodized aluminum, wrapped in a tangle-free woven cable, and is a foot longer than the typical power cables. A $20 Kickstarter pledge lands you one power cable of theRead more
FinderCodes is a QR-code based lost and found system that can be used with just about anything to which you can attach a sticker. The folks at FinderCodes — which is now a brand partner with AT&T, as you’ll notice from the logo on the box in the photo above — were kind enough to provide Gear Diary with a
USBFever puts out a lot of stuff. I know that you’ve probably noticed that I show a tendency to gravitate towards some of the camera-oriented ones, due to my history as a serious shutterbug (back when shutters, ya know, actually existed). But in this case, I’m wanting to show you this item because it’s, well, a little bit goofy. Okay,Read more
I don’t know if Blackberry is long for this world or not. Personally, I hope they are. For one thing, I always hate to see tech companies that were really innovative go belly-up, and BlackBerry was definitely in that category. (Heck, I still lament the passing of SiliconGraphics.) For another thing, as I have pointed out practically ad-nauseum, I thinkRead more
I’ve probably gone on about it before, but it does bear repeating in brief: Smartphones are awesome, and it’s absolutely amazing to me that you can have so much computing power and storage space available in a device you can hold in your hand. But the down side it, that much computing power requires, well, regular power. i.e., battery power.Read more
I found out about Ventev shortly before CES. The original plan was that their PR company would send some cables and chargers direct to our hotel, but that box got lost somewhere along the way. After returning home, a new shipment was arranged, and what was inside the box was quite impressive — not only because Ventev sent me suchRead more
BlackBerry’s Hail Mary pass – aka the Blackberry 10 Z10 smartphone – is close to release. I was impressed with the sample I was given at the official release event, and am looking forward to hearing what Judie, who currently has her hands on our Z10, thinks about the phone. The BB Z10 feels solid enough, but I suspect thatRead more
If they’re not the best sounding earbuds you’ve experienced… we’ll give you your money back. That’s what Zagg says on the product page for theIR ZR-SIX earbuds. It is a bold claim to make under any conditions, but considering the ZR-SIX earbuds are under $60 it is actually a remarkable claim; I am left wondering if the claim can holdRead more
We’ve said it over and over and over again – battery life is the Achilles Heel of today’s mobile devices. Speeds have improved, screen resolution and size have too; battery technology has, unfortunately, not kept pace. The result is that many of use have to either carry our wall adapter and charger cable or an external battery. And there areRead more
“I just dropped my iPhone in the sink” Elana said. I jumped into action, went to the cabinet, pulled out the DRY-ALL Wet Smartphone Emergency Kit, pulled the SIM from the phone and sealed it inside. I then put Elana’s SIM into one of the review phones I had lying around and, within a few minutes, she was up andRead more
I am shocked (SHOCKED!!) by how much I am liking the new BlackBerry Z10 tht I was given at the BlackBerry Experience this past Wednesday. It feels great in the hand, is fast and the BlackBerry Hub integrates all my messaging in a way that is surprisingly convenient. Honestly, except for the lack of a few key apps, I haveRead more
I love Vaja products. I genuinely do. They’re beautiful, they’re functional, they feel nice in your hand, and they’re high-quality. Yup, they cost a bundle, no question, but I honestly believe they’re worth it. I have had several Vaja cases for my iPhones along with a beautiful wallet that still gets me compliments. Vaja is an an Argentinian company that
You know, I have a hard time bringing you all news about iPad mini gear. Not because I don’t like telling you about Cool New Stuff; no, it’s because I really want an iPad mini (a lot), and I’m determined to not get one until they come with Retina screens, so I’m holding off. Also, i don’t “need” one. I
We’ve looked at a few different accessories that turn your wired speaker dock or home audio system into a wireless audio powerhouse, but none have been quite as powerful as BlackBerry’s upcoming $49 Music Gateway. What makes the Music Gateway stand out? NFC (Near Field Communication)!
Let’s take a closer look.
The BlackBerry Music Gateway is a
Every now and then a product comes along that makes me say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” iLuv has new “Premium Audio Cables and Charging and Sync Solutions” available as part of their myLink collection, and one of them fits the bill quite well.
Here’s what the company has to say about their new offerings.
iLuv’s audio and data
Thanks to services like Line2, my iPad makes for a great phone. Seriously, so long as I have a good data connection, the tablet offers a huge screen for dialing and an excellent noise-canceling microphone for making speakerphone calls. But what if I want to use my iPad, or my iPhone, or my iPod touch or, shockingly, a device runningRead more
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Whether it is via AirPlay or through my Sonos system, I’m into wireless music these days. I love not having to physically dock a device in order to get the musicRead more
When we were at CES, Dan couldn’t wait to show me the pre-release iFrogz Boost Near Field Audio Amplifying Speaker that he had scored, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. This little box didn’t need to connect to a mobile phone to produce a much bigger sound; you could simply place any phone on the box,
I have had the opportunity to review each generation of Sound iD’s Bluetooth headsets. The first was a small but excellent device and with each generation the devices have gotten better and better. Now the company is back with their Sound iD SIX Series headset and it looks great.
Here’s what the company has to say about it:
It seems silly to refer to an external battery as “good-looking”, but mophie’s new juice pack power station is one good-looking battery. It is sleek, solid and feels great thanks to the combination of polished metal and soft touch material. And with a footprint that is a bit smaller than an iPhone, this 4000mAh battery is simple to carry aroundRead more
Jabra has announced two new headsets that join the company’s sport line and let you take you tunes with you when exercising or doing other activities. The headsets look great, especially the wireless one, and they come with a host of great features. As Jabra explains
Featuring a category-first built-in FM radio, A2DP technology, and powerful bass to
I love the idea of inductive charging whereby you can simply lay your device on a base-station and have it recharged without having to plug anything into it. I love the idea but, until now, not the execution. We’ve looked at a few systems and, while they all worked as promised, the requisite charging case or sleeve was too heavyRead more
I cannot help but feel a bit bad for the BlackBerry PlayBook. After all, the device has a great form factor, excellent build quality, a responsive touchscreen, and two things that are lacking on most tablets: both the front and rear facing cameras are quite good and the forward facing stereo speakers don’t sound half bad. Still, weeks after theRead more
One of the pleasant surprises I found when I first started checking out the BlackBerry Playbook was the fact that it is a fantastic blogging tool. Unlike the iPad, which continues to fall short in the mobile blogging department, the PlayBook is a complete blogging system that works beautifully. The rear camera is surprisingly good, and the file management allowsRead more
Electronic devices always seem run out of power at the most inopportune times, don’t they? Figuring out ways to keep those devices powered for as long as they are needed is key. Whether you are a regular road warrior or simply away from the office for the day, if you aren’t going to be near an outlet or power port,