Accessories

Apple tells accessory makers how to make Apple Watch bands

Apple tells accessory makers how to make Apple Watch bands

We knew this day would come, and we're actually wondering why that day only arrived now. Apple has released guidelines that tell accessory makers exactly how it wants Apple Watch bands to be made. In Apple's carefully guarded and curated world, this isn't exactly a surprise, though the lucrative market of third-party unofficial accessories remain, well, lucrative. But it remains to be seen if that will also be the case with the Apple Watch, which Apple is keeping a close eye on, from charging accessories and now to the most personalized part of the devide: the strap.

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Apple Watch diagnostic port could be used for faster charging

Apple Watch diagnostic port could be used for faster charging

The purpose of the Apple Watch's diagnostic port, hidden behind the watch strap, largely remains a mystery, especially why the port remains in retail versions of the device. But for now, some rather enterprising accessory makers are willing to take advantage of its existence to provide something that other accessories might not be able to: faster, wired charging. One of these is Reserve Strap, who is redesigning their strap accessory to utilize that port for charging, instead of relying on Apple's sanctioned magnetic charging port.

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Moshi Urbana review; a modern take on the classic briefcase

Moshi Urbana review; a modern take on the classic briefcase

Urbana. The name alone screams Moshi’s ‘briefcase’ is for the city-dwelling folks. The design suggests lawyers with ten-gallon hats won’t be buying this one, but the rest of us should take note. Not your typical briefcase, the Urbana brings refined sophistication to the busy urban professional; the ones who catch trains, hail cabs, and take day flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Lightweight, feature-rich, and downright cool, Urbana has a little something for everyone who needs to bring it all with them.

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Mophie intros juice pack for the LG G4

Mophie intros juice pack for the LG G4

That was quick. While we’re currently (literally!) getting our hands on the LG G4, Mophie is already out of the gate with accessories. A notable name when it comes to external power packs for your phone, Mophie is introducing a juice pack for the LG G4. Juice pack is Mophie’s lineup of cases that double as power packs, giving you the pleasure of powering up while on the go, but not needing to tether to a clumsy battery pack via a power cord.

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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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