Accessories

MOS Kick revisited; version 2.0 improved in time-lapse

MOS Kick revisited; version 2.0 improved in time-lapse

The last time we talked about the MOS Kick, it was in the late stages of a crowdfunding campaign. Though it fell just short of its goal, the team behind MOS Kick weren’t going to give up. The tiny stand also made its Kickstarter debut at an odd time, when the iPhone 6 was all but confirmed and most were suspending any purchases until they got their hands on a new phone. Refined, we’re taking a second look at an old favorite.

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Moshi iVisor Glass review — clearly superior

Moshi iVisor Glass review — clearly superior

Your iPhone 6 might need some protection, and Moshi is there for you when you need it. Aside from their long list of cases, the company that makes so many Apple device accessories also has a unique take on screen protection for the iPhone 6. Their iVisor Glass is a solid iPhone 6 screen overlay, and cleverly mimics the aesthetic of your phone. Though Moshi says you can skip the glass down the street, we don’t recommend that. We’ll test its everyday use, though.

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The Apple key: Leverage

The Apple key: Leverage

When the iPhone was released, the smartphone environment kicked into gear. When Apple released the iPad, tablets began to be produced in earnest. An entire industry is built around accessories made specifically for Apple products. Companies are built creating products that work on Apple products alone. Apple is one of the most successful companies in history - not just because they create products that sell well, but because those products can move the industry. Case in point at the time this article is set to be published: the Apple Watch.

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These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

Google has embraced USB-C on the new, 2015 Chromebook Pixel, revealing a handful of accessories for the new connectivity standard alongside the Chrome OS notebook. As well as the Pixel itself - which promises up to twelve hours of battery life, as well as a recharge good for two hours of use off just 15 minutes of being plugged in - there's also a variety of adapters and dongles to get legacy devices up and running. Best of all, since USB-C is an industry standard, rather than something cooked up by Apple or Google individually, it doesn't matter whose branding is on the packaging: the accessory will work with both the new Pixel and the new MacBook.

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Griffin WatchStand answers the call for Apple Watch docks

Griffin WatchStand answers the call for Apple Watch docks

Apple isn't putting out charging docs for its new Apple Watch, at least not yet, but we've said that you can make your own. Of course, you don't have to either, as there are many who are more than willing to deliver a ready to use product, for a price of course. Famed smartphone accessory maker Griffin is one of those first on the scene with its equally plain-named WatchStand, a rather unassuming post that holds not only your Apple Watch but also its partner iPhone.

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USB-C adapters: a MacBook must

USB-C adapters: a MacBook must

This week the folks at Apple have revealed the new MacBook, a notebook with just 2 ports. One is for your headphones - a standard headphone jack that also allows mic-in. The other port is a USB-C, a sort of "universal" port which allows you to charge the notebook up as well as run video out and peripherals in. To make use of this port for power, you won't have to do anything special - there'll be a power cord in the box. For everything else, you're going to have to pay a little something extra.

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Reserve Strap charges your Apple Watch as you wear it

Reserve Strap charges your Apple Watch as you wear it

As Apple's "Spring Forward" media event draws even closer, and with it new details about the Apple Watch, headlines are being dominated by talk about how long the new smartwatch's battery will last, and how the device minimizes power usage when not being worn. While the Apple Watch's release is still a few weeks away, some accessory makers are getting an early start on debuting their items, including one that aims to address concerns about battery life. The Reverse Strap is a watchband that doubles as a charger for the Apple Watch, providing additional power while being worn.

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Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Apple Watch has hidden diagnostics port (for now)

Some interesting news about the Apple Watch has surfaced today, all of it revolving around a hidden diagnostic port available on the Apple smartwatch. This diagnostic port is said to contain a 6-dot brass contact array, which is inside of the bottom strap's connector slot groove. Sources have confirmed this port exists, but that's where the agreement among sources seems to end: one source has said that the port is used for diagnostic tasks (as you'd expect), but that it could theoretically be used for accessories after the watch launches. This has spurred speculation about so-called smart watch straps, but a different source has surfaced saying not to get your hopes up.

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Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

Play any instrument with just an Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1

We've seen accessories that turn your mobile device or computer into a makeshift recording studio, but what about one that lets you play almost any instrument? And one that actually feels like it has real strings? That's the almost unbelievable promise that the Artiphone INSTRUMENT 1 is making on Kickstarter, to deliver a strange looking contraption that can be played as a guitar, violin, keyboard, drum, or, thanks to software, any other instrument or sound known to man as well as those still unknown to man.

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Windblocker microphone clip lets you take a call in a hurricane

Windblocker microphone clip lets you take a call in a hurricane

We're seeing some of the hottest technology come out of the Mobile World Congress 2015. Now Windblockers is introducing some old school tech that's perfect for the mobile world. Mobile software developers have been undertaking the task of perfecting noise cancelling software for a while now. It still has a way to go, as anyone who has ever taken a call on a windy day can tell you. Instead of waiting for the perfect in-phone software you can try Windblockers microphone cover for instant noise reduction.

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Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

Samsung Gear VR Teardown (mini)

What follows is not a full teardown of the Samsung Gear VR. We're not going to go through all the steps involved in finding the right screwdrivers, spudgers, pins and all that. Instead we're going to go through the basics for two groups of people. First, the people that own Gear VR units that want to get inside without destroying their device. Second, for people who want to see what this device is made of. To the untrained eye, it's certainly not made of a lot, that's for certain.

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Razer Tactical Bag Review: the gear backpack of your dreams

Razer Tactical Bag Review: the gear backpack of your dreams

My review of the Razer Tactical Bag began in January of 2015, about a month and a half ago. The bag was delivered to me right in time for CES 2015 - easily the most action-packed week for me out of the whole year - for tech, that is to say. During the week I carry a lot of weight. In past years, I've brought bags that weren't up to the task. I've had bags whose handles rip partway through the week. I've had bags that didn't end up having nearly enough space or pockets for organization of oddities. The Razer Tactical Bag was up to the task.

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