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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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Nexus 4 Bumper case available in Google Play store for $19.99

Nexus 4 Bumper Case

Google has just put its new Nexus 4 Bumper Case up in its Google Play Store. The Nexus 4 Bumper is apparently a totally original case that protects just the sides of the Nexus 4 smartphone, leaving the entire front and back of the device open. Perhaps Apple should look into making a product with the same name, that does the same thing, for it's old iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S line of devices. Oh, wait.

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Type Cover gives Microsoft Surface a tactile keyboard

Type Cover Microsoft Surface

The Touch Cover is a futuristic multitouch keyboard accessory for the Microsoft Surface tablet that brings a thin profile and a measure of protection, but for those of you who'd prefer a tried and true tactile keyboard with real trackpad buttons, you'll wanna get a look at the Type Cover. Since the Touch Cover is a capacitive touch keyboard without any moving keys, it's the slimmer of the two, measuring in at 3mm thin compared to the Type Cover's 5mm thickness.


Apple releases Smart Case for new iPad

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, Handhelds

iPad smart cover

Apple has announced the new Smart Case accessory for the new iPad. The Smart Case is similar to the Smart Cover that's been available since the iPad 2 shipped, but it protects both the front and back of the new iPad shell. It's available in six colors, and can even be personalized with free laser engraving, a first for an Apple accessory. The Smart Case also features the familiar tri-fold design that the Smart Cover has, allowing you to comfortably use the iPad to type and watch media. Check out all of today's Apple news coming out of the WWDC 2012 keynote.


Bowden + Sheffield Minimalist iPad cases are beautifully functional

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, Design, Hot Deals

Bowden + Sheffield iPad Cases

We know that it's hard to find variety when looking for a great iPad case. Our main problem with the cases is that we want something that adds a level of form and function while also offering protection, but we don't want something that hard to take the iPad out of, because we don't want to use an iPad that's stuck in a bulky case. Up until now, there's been no way for us to have our cake and eat it too, but that's set to change with the success of the Bowden + Sheffield Minimalist iPad Cases Kickstarter project. While the project wraps up in 16 more hours as of this writing, it's surpassed its $20,000 goal. What makes this case so good? Well, for starters, both cases look fantastic. The case designs are similar, with the difference lying in the materials.

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Belkin iPhone 3G and 3GS Cases

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Handhelds, Misc. Tech

Belkin GripBelkin has a new group of cases for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The ergonomic Grips, at $29.99, have a thick layer of silicone and textured designs. Other models include the Vector Duo at $19.99 and the Ergo and two-toned Vector for $29.99. All allow for charging while the phone is inside. The company also has new Leather cases for $29.99 and BodyGuard cases for $29.99 and $34.99. Some are available now while others are expected next month.

 

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Cocoon Innovations Cases With Grid System

Cocoon

Cocoon Innovations features an interesting line of bags and cases with an organized, internal “grid” system to keep your MP3 player, cell phone, accessories and cords tidy. The material is flexible elastic fabric that can work in any configuration you can devise. The company calls their design “a place where technological extensions of our lives and work could be kept safe and organized.” We call them a OC perfection. Contact Cocoon for prices.

 

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Speck Mac Hard Shells

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, PC / Laptop

Speck Pinstripe CaseSpeck has announced their new SeeThru and Fitted cases for the MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The fabric-covered, form-fit hard shell covers with rubber feet are available in several styles and colors and protect your Mac against dirt, bumps, and bruises. As with most of Speck products, the covers are snap-on and off with access to keyboard, drive and ports. Each will carry a price of $69.95 to $99.95 and the company says they will add additional designs in the future.

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New Name, Better Gadget Pouches: Hard Graft Dapper Collection

hardgraftiphoneWorking Class Heroes, the brand known for their minimalist felt gadget pouches, has returned with a new name and a brand new collection. Now known as Hard Graft, the new Dapper collection has been unveiled and three new designs have been added to the Hard Graft repertoire. Still constructed of high quality wool felt and leather, the Dapper collection features pockets reminiscent of those found on jeans, just big enough for an iPod or . And the collection now features three new pouch styles, two created specifically for the and the iPhone and a new Laptop Wallet featuring snaps along the open end.  Prices for the entire collection range from 19 to 89 Euros and Hard Graft’s online store is open for business.

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TSA to Allow Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Cases

Skooba CheckthroughThere’s good news for travelers. The Transportation Security Administration will soon allow those with laptops to leave them inside their “checkpoint friendly” cases. In order to qualify, the cover must have a designated laptop-only section that would lie flat when it rolls through the X-ray machine. It cannot have metal zippers, snaps, buckles, or inner pockets. The new rule will take effect Aug. 16. Already approved are bags from Mobile Edge, Tagus, and the Skooba Design Checkthrough that will become available in the next few weeks.

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