iOS

Typo iPhone keyboard hands-on: BlackBerry’s bane

Typo iPhone keyboard hands-on: BlackBerry’s bane

There’s only one Bluetooth-connected iPhone keyboard out there this week that connects the way Typo’s QWERTY does. What we’re aiming to take a peek at here is if the lawsuit aimed at this company by BlackBerry earlier this month is really worth all the fuss. What we’ve found so far is tha yes, when you get up close, there’s no mistaking that this keyboard is directly inspired by BlackBerry’s own classic physical keys.

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SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller for iOS 7 hands-on

SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller for iOS 7 hands-on

Having a peek at one of the cutest devices we’ve seen pop up at CES 2014 this week we’ve seen the SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller - made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. While we’re to understand that this device works with Bluetooth, it’s also limited to those devices that work with Lightning cables. Not because it uses Lightning connectivity for anything, mind you, but because they’re aiming for the future.

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Razer Nabu Smart Band hands-on: made for gamers, not just gaming

Razer Nabu Smart Band hands-on: made for gamers, not just gaming

We’ve had a close-up look and feel experience with the Razer Nabu this week not long after the device was revealed, getting an idea of what it meant to have this gaming company behind the wheel of a wearable. Speaking with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan about the device, we immediately asked how the company, known for their gaming products, classifies this device - and how it fits in to their collection. “We make products for gamers,” Tan made clear, “not for gaming.”

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Lumen TL800 Bluetooth 4.0 light bulb hits Amazon on way to CES 2014

Lumen TL800 Bluetooth 4.0 light bulb hits Amazon on way to CES 2014

In the battle of the smart bulbs, it would appear that the Lumen TL800 is about to be a big contender starting here in 2014. There's been little damage done to the likes of Philips Hue's efforts in the smart light bulb business since inception, but all that may be about to change now that the Lumen TL800 arrives at Amazon online before being given a full showing at CES 2014. This light bulb is both multi-colored and smart enough to know when you've walked in the room.

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Apple vs Samsung patent talks to resume

Apple vs Samsung patent talks to resume

Amid years of court battles, the likes of which have been public in a big way, Apple and Samsung have apparently agreed to begin talks of patent agreements. This chat would be a continuation of agreements made on patents on both sides of the rail, suggesting both companies would like to settle their massive sets of matters out of court. This could be the end of the epic years-long battle between the companies on mobile matters worldwide.

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iOS holiday shoppers out-spent Android concludes IBM

iOS holiday shoppers out-spent Android concludes IBM

iPhone and iPad shoppers were more than five times more active than their Android counterparts in online sales on Christmas Day, researchers claim, spending nearly twice as much per order as mobile shopping surged to record levels. Phone and tablet shopping comprised 48-percent of online traffic over the holiday season, IBM Digital Analytics calculated, an increase of 28.3-percent over 2012's split, while mobile sales surged even more, up 40-percent to comprise nearly 29-percent of all online sales for the period.

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Japan’s Apple Store “New Years Lucky Bags” include one Mac Pro

Japan’s Apple Store “New Years Lucky Bags” include one Mac Pro

It would appear that the Japanese Apple Store team has upped the ante this year for their New Year Lucky Bag event, bringing on one 2013 Mac Pro for some lucky buyer. Since there’s only a single Mac Pro out there to be had, only a single customer will receive it - otherwise they’ll be getting a set of devices from the Apple Stores in Japan that are otherwise overstocked or for whatever reason an OK thing to give away. There’s also a set of devices that will be added to a limited number of bags.

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Apple acquisition tips: BroadMap and Catch for notes [UPDATE]

Apple acquisition tips: BroadMap and Catch for notes [UPDATE]

The battle continues between Apple and the rest of the software giants around the world, focusing today on maps and the keeping of notes. Apple has been tipped to acquire two companies as of late, one called BroadMap, focusing on mapping technologies likely aimed at improving the stability and abilities of Apple Maps. The other company tipped to have been acquired by Apple this week is Catch, a note-taking cloud-based ecosystem in competition with Evernote.

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