Apple introduced the Lightning connector in the iPhone 5 as a way to more quickly and efficiently charge the phone and transfer files. Rumors now point to the dock being made compatible with headphones. 9to5Mac reports that it has received word that Apple is introducing a spec to manufacturers that will make it possible to connect audio devices through Lightning cords rather than the 3.5mm headphone jack. Read More »
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The Martian Passport Smart Watch connects through Bluetooth 4.0 to offer a link between the device in your pocket and the one on your wrist. It's compatible with both Android and iOS devices and can be purchased for $299 at www.martianwatches.com. The Martian Smart Watch displays callers name, number, and some of the text directly on the Smart Watch. It can make calls or accept incoming phone calls by speaking into the built in mic on the side of the watch. Users will need to download an app from either the Play Store or App Store to interact with the Passport, but it's very simple to set up and use as you can see from the video below. Read More »
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Are you tired of tangled cords and battery chargers? Sick of missing out on important notifications? The Cogito Pop SmartWatch is compatible with both Android and iOS devices and helps use both. The Cogito Pop Watch alerts the user by beeping, light flashing inside the watch face, or vibration. These can be customized for each option individually, so an email might alert you differently than a text message. If you want the watch to beep when you miss a call but only flash when you get a text, it's possible to set up this way. Read More »
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The ritual of pulling out a smartphone and wiping the screen with a shirt or microfiber will be made redundant with the release of Nuevue, an iPhone case that wipes the screen for you. Inside each Nuevue case is a microfiber material that is designed to remove smudges, dust, and fingerprints in one fell swoop. When the user press down slightly on the case's exterior and then slides the phone out, the inner lining wipes the screen and makes it more presentable. Take a look at how it operates in the video below.
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The iPhoneographer scene, and smartphone photography as a whole, has increased quite a bit in recent years, so a number of apps and accessories have sprung up to take cater to that audience. One such product is Olloclip, a camera accessory that attaches different lenses to take better photos with an iPhone. It's also now a way to take better photos with an iPad. Read More »
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When a company backed by TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest announced Typo, a clip-on QWERTY keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s devices, it was obvious where the inspiration for the Bluetooth accessory came from. The raised keys had an obvious resemblance to BlackBerry keyboards, and the resemblance has become so noticeable that BlackBerry has filed suit against the company. Read More »
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There's a new Kickstarter project with a rather odd goal. Instead of going the Pebble route and asking people to support a watch that can connect to a smartphone, it wants to turn the phone into a smartwatch. Take a closer look at Smartlet, a wrist accessory that holds the iPhone in place so it can remove the smart watch middle man.
My gut reaction is to say that this is the dumbest thing I've seen all year. It's bulky, looks silly, and will probably be very impractical in daily life. However, for people who already use their iPhone with an armband or don't need mobility, maybe it's not so crazy? The Smartlet Kickstarter project has 20 days to go and it still needs to raise $25,000 to be successful. Backers who pledge $29 or $39 can be first in line to receive the product when it is released in May.
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Fitbit has updated its Apple iOS 7 app to include basic fitness tracking, a surprising move for a company that benefits most when people purchase its wristband accessory. Even people who don’t have a Fitbit can use the companion app because the latest version now available for download uses the M7 motion sensor to provide fitness stats in its place. Read More »
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