We are in a pandemic. I’ve spent the last week moving my synagogue into a virtual space and checking in on my seniors. Judie is working from home while babysitting grandkids so her daughter and son-in-law can continue to do their jobs. Carly is handling her day job remotely while building a home school program for her child. And what has Apple done? They’ve released a new, overpriced iPad. Really Apple? Are you that clueless?
Articles by Dan Cohen
The iPhone ushered in the era of slab phones and quickly became the design-standard for the industry. Companies looking for “the next big thing” are exploring dual-screen phones. Some look more intriguing than others, but all are pricey as hell. With the LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen, LG has taken a unique approach and kept the phone affordable.
Nomad makes some of the best wireless charging solutions available. I loved the original Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition (read my review) but missed the rear charging ports found on other Base Station models. Nomad just addressed that and just released a new version with ports galore; now you can charge pretty much all your devices at once.
I spent some quality time at the 2020 New York Toy Fair; while it may be a bit smaller than CES, it is no less overwhelming. There was so much to see that it was almost impossible to settle on this year’s ‘Best of’, but we persevered and made our selections. Here’s a look at our picks.
Waterfield has been on a roll lately and released a number of excellent new products. A company that initially made carry solutions for tech, they have branched out in a huge way. A case in point is the new Waterfield Bootcamp Gym Bag. It is all Waterfield, and it looks great.
Greg recently reviewed the 6,700mAh myCharge Hub Turbo portable battery pack. He describes it as the “Swiss Army Knife of Portable Battery life.” MyCharge recently sent Judie and me the 10,050mAh MyCharge Hub Turbo, and we are pleased to report that Greg was more than correct in his description and, perhaps, even a bit understated; it is a fantastic external battery.
I’ve had a video doorbell for over three years. It’s great, but after three years it is on the way out. Thankfully, the August View Doorbell Cam arrived for review. And while I can’t install it quite yet (we are in the process of replacing our fence and will use it there), I set it up to test and am impressed.
Earlier today, we got the sad news that due to concerns over the Corona Virus, Mobile World Congress was canceled. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing great new hardware this spring. Samsung led the way at their Unpacked event, announcing the new Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra.
Logitech has just announced their new $169.99 StreamCam. Described as, “the ultimate experience for streamers,” the new camera is small but does an amazing job capturing audio and video at a time when any individual with a computer can now be a content creator.
If you do a quick Google search for the best smartphone lenses, you’ll see that Moment’s lenses garner universal acclaim. And while Moment sells cases that work with their lenses, those cases are rather utilitarian. Nomad’s new Rugged Case for Moment changes that. It’s a beautiful, rugged case that will protect your phone and let you use Moment lenses.
Bodyguardz has long been one of the top-selling makers of screen protectors. Their products, reliability, and warranty put the company at the top of their game. Now, with the introduction of their PRTX line of screen protectors, the company is offering a new take on an important accessory. There are three different “models” in the PRTX line; here’s a look.
At just .6mm thin, the Pitaka Air Case Collection lets you protect your iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max without adding weight or bulk. That’s great if you prefer to use your iPhone unencumbered by a case but still want to protect it. Let’s take a look and then give a few away.
A few years ago, Raina convinced me to take a cruise. I’ve never had any interest in such a vacation, but, much to my surprise, I enjoyed it. Since then we’ve taken several additional cruises. The only problem? I get seasick. Thankfully, for our last cruise, I had the opportunity to try the Reliefband 2.0. Let’s take a look.
True wireless earbuds have exposed over the past few years. The Master & Dynamic MW07 delivers amazing audio but retail for $249, and Jabra’s Elite 75t are also amazing but cost $179.99. But what if you don’t want to spend quite so much? That’s where the TCL SOCL500TWS comes in. They are under $80, but are they worth it?
We started 2020 with some amazing giveaways, and we don’t see any reason to slow down now. Today’s giveaway is the mophie juice pack access for the iPhone 11 Pro, a battery case that adds and up to 13 hours of audio or 5 hours of video; mophie’s latest offering is just $79.95 and can be yours. Read on and enter.
We review a lot of phone cases on the site. Some are thin, light, and simple. Some are big, bulky, and super-protective. Some have metal plates for mounting the phone on a charger. Others let you leave your wallet at home. But few have the special sauce of the Lander Torrey Case for iPhone 11.
The original Crossfade M-100 I reviewed are still going strong. Now, however, their price has dropped to an MSRP of just $150. That’s a bargain for an incredible pair of wired headphones. The new V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Master is an update to the original. They look similar but have a few important updates that make them compelling.
A few years ago, I realized none of my mobile devices used a mechanical drive any longer. Not only did my iPhone and iPad used solid-state drives, but both my MacBook Pro and iMac had shed the mechanical drives. My external drives, however, were another story. Now, thanks to Kingston’s HyperX SAVAGE EXO SSD, my external drive has joined the party.
As 8K televisions begin to gain traction, the need for cables able to handle huge amounts of data continues to grow. Austere, a new company we told you about a few months ago, is ready for the revolution. Their new 8K HDMI 2.1 cables can handle 48 Gbps with style. They look great but come at a price.
A few weeks ago, I shared the news that our friends at Nomad had released a new wireless charging stand. The Nomad Base Station Stand is a premium wireless charger whose thoughtful design and premium features make it stand out in an ever-more crowded market. Now that I have one in and I can share some of my personal impressions.
Last month I reviewed the HOMI Pro Jacket. First revealed on Kickstarter, the jacket is impressive. It employs Thinsulate for warmth, has an abundance of pockets, so you stay organized, and it has a built-in heating system that keeps you extra toasty on those cold winter days. It is comfortable, looks great, and we are giving one size large jacket away!