So you’ve got an external battery pack that you carry around with you to charge up your smartphone on the go. But you constantly forget to charge the battery up. So what’s the use? Elgato is here to rescue you from yourself.
Something familiar will happen to you tonight. You’ll sit down on your couch, go to turn on the TV — and curse. Probably loudly. Those remotes, all five or more, are strewn about your living room. Under a bag of chips, between the couch cushions — or who knows where. Your remotes just don’t behave. You could suffer this indignity indefinitely, or you could just get a Blumoo.
Battery packs are ubiquitous now, with just about everyone offering up their take on how to charge your phone in a pinch. A new entry into the market, TravelCard, battles your draining smartphone battery at the pinnacle of the battery backup wars: the credit-card sized power pack genre. Could such a svelte packet actually power up your smartphone? We go hands-on to find out.
A new connected smart-bike integrating the best of mobile data and supercar-style suspension has been cooked up by Canyon and Deutsche Telekom, expected to show up for road trials early in the new year. Dubbed Project MRSC Connected - after the "Magneto-Rheological Suspension Control" (MRSC) - the bike links a new carbon leaf spring suspension system with a cellularly-enabled brain, as well as a network of sensors throughout the frame.
Microsoft has a well-documented history of trolling Google. Prior attempts at throwing shade on the search giant have revolved around things like privacy in Gmail, and Google’s scanning of your communiqué for their own good (sarcasm on my part, of course). A new promotional Surface tablet, meant as an announcement of the PC-killer launching in several new countries, might just be another round of trolling from Microsoft.
ASUS, who make all kinds of electronics you might want to have, are bringing another one to the fold. We’ve known their smartwatch was in the works for some time, and even that we’d be seeing it at IFA this year. Via the Facebook page, we get a look at what this new watch might look like, and we think you’re going to like what you see.
We might have focused too much on Sony's upcoming smartphones, but it seems that the OEM is also preparing a new tablet for IFA 2014 next week. Earlier revealed in a user manual for a charging accessory, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact might have once again been accidentally leaked by Sony, this time together with what may be its next SmartWatch.
Volvo is making 3G connectivity standard across its cars, with the company's Sensus Connect infotainment system now standard on all US models, functioning as a WiFi hotspot, remote control gateway, and more. All 2015 Volvo cars will include web music streaming support, including Pandora, TuneIn, and Rdio, as well as Yelp POI reviews, Glimpse location-sharing, and live weather updates, served through an AT&T connection.
Transportation disrupter Uber has released its own API, announcing an initial eleven partners that will embed car-on-demand functionality, including Starbucks, TripAdvisor, and more. Third-party apps will be able to integrate Uber's service in whatever way makes most sense to them, such as offering rides to venues, figuring out how to transfer from airports to hotels, or even tracking where you've been for avid life-loggers.