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iPad mini keyboard review: Belkin FastFit vs. Logitech Ultrathin

belkin fastfit logitech ultrathin ipad mini review

It's 2014 and we're all familiar with iPad keyboard cases by now. They're designed to protect your iPad's screen while giving you the option of a physical keyboard when you need to do some heavy typing. For the iPad Air, these keyboards are more or less interchangeable. But for the iPad mini, because of its reduced size, keyboard markers have a hard decision to make as far as the keyboard layout goes.

The Belkin FastFit Keyboard Case for iPad mini (pictured in black) feels more like a traditional full-sized keyboard, with larger number keys compared to the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Mini (pictured in white). Both have arrow keys and proper Command, Alt/Option, Function keys that let issue quick commands like changing the volume, pausing playback and activating Siri. Both keyboards have laptop-style keys that feel nice to type on, and both have standard magnets that attach to your iPad mini. We put these two keyboards head-to-head in this iPad mini keyboard review.

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Mophie Space Pack increases both battery power and storage of iPhone 5 and 5s

Mophie Space Pack iPhone

I've got a lot of love for Mophie and its line of Juice Pack and Powerstation charging devices for smartphones, tablets, and pretty much anything that charges over USB. I've owned them since the original was released for the iPhone 3G way back when. Now, the company is looking to expand into new territory with the Mophie Space Pack. The Space Pack is a battery case for the iPhone that also incorporates built-in storage, allowing users of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s expand the overall storage capacity of their devices. Available soon in 16GB and 32GB variants, users will be able to store any type of file on the Space Pack, including iTunes content, photos, and videos, all managed through the Mophie Space app. The 16GB model will sell for $149, while the 32GB version will be $179. Both are available for pre-order today, and begin shipping on March 14, 2014.

Check out a video demo of how it works after the break.

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LifeProof Fre for iPhone 5s review: An impressive Touch ID-ready case

Lifeproof Fre white and gray

It's said that Apple product's cycle iteration are improved upon from generation to generation; dubbed the tick tock method. In that regards, LifeProof has proven itself to be in sync. The Frē for iPhone 5s is an incremental update (see our iPhone 5s review) that goes hand in hand with the update of the Apple’s latest iPhone. To the untrained eye, the iPhone 5s' outer design is relatively unchanged from the iPhone 5 except for a few important aspects, which LifeProof simply nails.

Let me say that right off the bat, the Touch ID is nothing short of a marvel. Biometric security is nothing new, but in and of itself, many companies have attempted it and many have failed miserably. On the other hand, Apple has executed it to perfection while making it look easy. My biggest trepidation was how LifePoof's new case would continue to provide protection from environmental factors like snow, water, dirt and shock while still allowing access to the Touch ID's function, without hindering biometric authentication in any way. So, how did it perform? Join us for our LifeProof Fre for iPhone 5s review to find out!

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Unboxing Live 123: SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks

We give you a look at SOL REPUBLIC's first over-ear headphone, the Master Tracks, in this episode of Unboxing Live. The Master Tracks include:

  • X3 Sound Engines with SonicSoft speaker pads
  • Audio cable with built-in three-button remote control
  • Sound Track headband
  • Slim-fit carrying case

That's all in addition to the great warranty on the headband itself. Check out this episode to see how they look visually, and then head on over to Gear Live for our full SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks review.

You can pick up the SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks on Amazon.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Ogio Renegade

Ogio Renegade Backpack

Here's a backpack that's worth of being featured in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: the Ogio Renegade. If you're like us, packing a ridiculous amount of gadgets with you when you leave the house, the crush-proof tech vault on the Renegade should pique your interest. There are also other compartments that are meant to keep your expensive tech safe, like the paddes camera pocket, tablet pouch, and the armor-sealed laptop area. The Ogio Renegade is as comfortable as it is durable, featuring ergonomic padded straps to make it easy to carry around. They're available in two colors: black and black pindot.

You can pick up the Ogio Renegade for $116 on Amazon.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Bracketron NanoTek Stand

Bracketron nanotek stand

Our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide needs more accessories, and we found a cool one for smartphones owners in the Bracketron NanoTek Stand. It securely grips your phone and desk without messy or sticky adhesives, and is forged out of durable, aircraft grade aluminum composite with an elegant matte finish. It'll hang onto your device in both portrait and landscape orientations, and the integrated cable management system keeps your cable handy for easy charging. They're available in both silver and black.

You can pick up the NanoTek Stand for $19.99 on Amazon.

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Apple releasing Lightning docks for iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, Cell Phones

iPhone 5S DockiPhone 5C Dock

When Apple released the iPhone 5 last year, it did so without offering a dock. WIth the upcoming release of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, it seems the company has learned from the error of its ways. When the two new Apple smartphones go on sale in ten days, Apple will be offering a Lightning-compatible dock for each, and in fact, they're already available to view in the Apple Store online:

Each dock will cost $29, and will be available on September 20th.


Apple has multi-colored line of cases for the colorful iPhone 5C

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, Cell Phones

iPhone 5C case

The iPhone 5S isn't the only new smartphone getting a custom Apple case, as the company has also announced a multi-colored line of cases for its iPhone 5C. Unlike the leather iPhone 5S case, these are soft-feel silicon rubber cases with microfiber lining on the inside, making them easy to put on and take off of the iPhone 5C. They'll be available in all the iPhone 5C colors, too, those being green, blue, yellow, pink, and white, as well as an extra black color as well. As you can see in the image above, the cases are made in such a way that you can choose to match your 5C, or have a two-toned approach, letting the color of the 5C show through the circle cutouts on the back. You can pick up an iPhone 5C case for $29.

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iPhone 5S Leather Case protects your next smartphone for $39

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, Cell Phones

iPhone 5S leather case

Alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5S, Apple hit us with a leather case for the iPhone 5S as well. As you can see in the image above, the case covers the rear of your iPhone 5S, as well as the sides, all the way up through the chamfered edges. There's a hole on the back that allows your camera, microphone, and flash to operate as expected, and another on the side to give access to the mute switch. You can get them in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and (PRODUCT) RED. The iPhone 5S leather case sells for $39, and we wouldn't be surprised if it also fit on your current iPhone 5.

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Tile, world’s largest lost and found accessory coming soon

Posted by Jason Diaz Categories: Accessories, Apple, Wireless / WiFi

Tile bluetooth tracker

Tile may be a small Bluetooth accessory, but it is an ingenuous idea, currently being crowdfunded, that helps users find their lost items like keys, wallet, purse or anything you might attach Tile to.

Tile connects to iOS devices that support Bluetooth 4.0 with Bluetooth Low Energy. At this time, Tile is selling for $18.95 each in a KickerStarter-style pre-order system. The price will jump to $25 dollars when it officially goes on sale. One of the cool features includes a crowdsourced search that enlists the help of others to retrieve items that have been lost or stolen. Battery life is about a year, and when it's time to get a new one, they even send you an envelope to send the old TIles back for recycling. So far, Tile has over 25,000 backers and has surpassed its goal of $20,000 by $1.3 million dollars with 5 days left to go. Check out the video after the break for an in-depth look at how it all works.

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