Accessories

Moshi VersaCover review; origami cool for the iPad

Moshi VersaCover review; origami cool for the iPad

Apple loves aluminum, and glass, and combining the two forms some very beautiful — and fragile — mobile devices. Their iPad lineup is among the more delicate, and with a large surface areas and thin profile, we tend to have trouble not scratching or busting them up. As devices edge toward paper-thin, we’re always looking for ways to protect them. For iPad, Moshi has created the VersaCover, an all-over protective case that has some interesting viewing options. It also pinches some of Amazon’s cool we loved with the Fire Tablet's cover.

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Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney is doing a lot more than 3D-printing fabric. Disney Research Labs have created smartphone accessories called "acoustruments" that can control your smartphone by playing the instrument-like accessories. These little ultrasonic instruments attach to the base of a smartphone and the manipulations of sound can be interpreted like toggles and switches for the smartphone, like pressing a camera shutter in the above photo. The idea is based on the principles of wind instruments like slide whistles and The Legend of Zelda's ocarina.

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Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition goes Chroma

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition goes Chroma

One of the most high-performance keyboards made for gaming is getting a sort of re-boot for the market with a newly minted rainbow inside. The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma, it's called, and it'll be working with the same bright array of colors we saw with the first several "Chroma" family devices earlier this year. This machine works with mechanical switches, a detachable USB cable, and now 16.9 million customizable colored key options - including a lovely Spring array for you lovers of the morning sunshine.

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Garmn Vector 2, 2S make cycling power metrics easier to do

Garmn Vector 2, 2S make cycling power metrics easier to do

You might know Garmin to be more of a navigation technology company, but two years ago it debuted a Vector line of products that focused not on getting where you're going but on how you are getting there. The first Vector in 2013, followed by the Vector S a year later, are bike pedals that helped cyclists get a hold of their performance stats. Today, Garmin is stepping up, no pun intended, with the launch of the 2nd generation Vector 2 and Vector 2S pedals, now made even easier to install and remove.

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Minecraft Gameband Review

Minecraft Gameband Review

If you're in the mood for Minecraft and you move from machine to machine on a regular basis, you may want to have a peek at the Gameband + Minecraft. This unit has actually been in "soft release" mode for a few weeks - it first surfaced a few months ago, in fact, but today it's on blast courtesy of the folks at Gameband and Microsoft. In addition to being sent to none other than Larry Hyrb last week, you'll be seeing this piece of equipment appearing in stores across the United States immediately if not soon.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge battery bump: hands-on with Mophie’s newest Juice Pack

The Galaxy S6 Edge battery bump: hands-on with Mophie’s newest Juice Pack

This is the Mophie Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. While it might seem rather similar to the same device for the Galaxy S6 (without edge), this version is ever-so-slightly different, made perfect for the unique shape of this device. Battery woes haven't been reported as massively significant in reviews of the device thus far - but with an extra-wide screen, users will end up aiming for battery solutions like these one way or the other. Mophie has teamed with Samsung to push battery life to the masses as fast as possible.

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Lunatik reveals monstrous Apple Watch case

Lunatik reveals monstrous Apple Watch case

Behold the most massive Apple Watch case yet revealed. This is the Epik, made by the mobile accessories brand Lunatik, created to keep the 42mm Apple Watch safe no matter the conditions. Sort of. it's not going to keep your Apple Watch safe from a bomb - or water. But it will be made with aircraft-grade aluminum, and if you didn't know your Apple Watch was on your arm before, you darn sure will with this extra bit of action surrounding it.

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Apple Watch battery doubled with this odd accessory

Apple Watch battery doubled with this odd accessory

The folks behind "wipowerband" suggest that all you need to to to get twice the battery life from the Apple Watch is wear their band. This band makes the Apple Watch setup twice as thick - at least - and adds a layer of plastic to your otherwise mostly metal setup. This accessory works with any version of the Apple Watch as it comes in more than one shape and size - as long as you make sure you get the right one. Don't expect this band to be around the wrists of too many Apple Watch Edition buyers, that's for certain.

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Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

GoPro is not the only company that wants to let you capture footage from anywhere in the world. Garmin is also involved in the action camera segment, and today announces updates to their VIRB lineup. The VIRB X and VIRB XE cameras bring HD video and pixel-dense still image capture in a small form factor. They’re also waterproof to 50 meters, and have a “variety of built-in sensors” like GPS, an accelerometer, and gyroscope. The lineup starts at $299.99.

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Retail Apple Watches discovered to still have diagnostic port

Retail Apple Watches discovered to still have diagnostic port

Remember back in early March when it was discovered that the then-in development Apple Watch had a hidden diagnostic port inside the bottom groove where the band connects? The 6-dot brass contact array was assumed to be used, well, for diagnostic tasks, but speculation began to rise that the wearable may one day accept "smart straps." Several sources then said that the port was only for internal use, and would not be found on the Watch when it begins shipping to customers. Well, guess what some users have found when trying on the new device in Apple Stores on Friday?

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