I've had a love affair with high-tech watches for as long as I can remember. I still recall with fondness my beloved Casio Marlin W-300, which I cherished as a tot. I've also proudly worn some truly laughable devices out in public, much to my friends' annoyance and eventual entertainment. Remember the Pimp series from Tokyo Flash? On second thought, perhaps it's better that you don't. … Read more
Last month I wrote a preview of the Prong PocketPlug, an iPhone case that can plug right into a wall socket. In other words, no more carrying around an AC adapter and charge cable.
I liked the idea, but had a few concerns. Now that I've had a few days to test-plug the PocketPlug, I can safely say that my concerns were justified. In my opinion this is not a good product.
Make no mistake, it works as advertised. Once you've docked your iPhone inside the two-piece plastic housing (which does provide a lot of protection), you simply … Read more
About a year ago, Kickstarter project Memoto hoped to raise $50,000 toward the development of a small, wearable camera that would automatically snap photos throughout your day, the idea being to "lifelog" your experiences in searchable, shareable records.
The campaign raised $550,000.
Unfortunately, the estimated delivery period -- February 2013 -- came and went, and went, and went. But early backers are finally going to receive their cameras: the newly christened Narrative Clip (so named because of a conflict with the Memoto moniker) is scheduled to ship November 1.… Read more
This is the magnetic cover that plays double duty as a screen protector and foldable stand for iPads. Apple introduced the $39 accessory alongside the iPad 2 back in 2011, and the product has remained largely the same since the iPad form factor hasn't changed either.
That's not expected to be the case with the fifth-generation iPad, which several leaks have suggested will take on a look similar to … Read more
How do you improve upon the Surface, Microsoft's tablet-as-PC that debuted last year? Internal upgrades are always welcome: more battery life, a better display, amped-up graphics. But the real killer apps of the next Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets might once again be the accessories.
The Type Cover was the one part I loved the most about the last Surface Pro, for good reason: it worked great, felt small, and acted as a screen cozy. The Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 make small but very important improvements: they both add backlit keyboards, and the Touch … Read more
One of the only surprises at last week's very predictable iPhone unveiling was that Apple's once again making its own cases.
Along with the two new iPhone models, on Friday Apple is also releasing 11 cases -- six at $29 a piece for the iPhone 5C, and another five at $39 for the higher-end iPhone 5S.
That may seem like a small part of the bigger iPhone picture, but it's notable given that Apple debuted last year's iPhone 5 without any sort of protection, breaking a two-year pattern it had going with "bumper" cases … Read more
The EleMount is one of those Kickstarter projects that seems a little too good to be true.
Yes, it's just a universal mount that holds your smartphone or tablet, and that alone isn't hard to believe. But unlike the clamps and claws and suction cups used for most universal mounts, the EleMount uses supersticky proprietary polyurethane pads. Pads that can cling tightly to your device and mounting surfaces, but also release easily with no residue left behind.
Also, because it doesn't secure your device or attach to the mounting surface using those usual methods, it can be … Read more
The Korean electronics giant has partnered with designer Dana Lorenz on jewelry to accompany its wearable computing device, including spiky metal charms that can attach to the watch's strap. While the line doesn't include custom bands for the Gear just yet, that could change in the future.
"I feel the sky is the limit," Lorenz told CNET.
Fashion Week may not be Samsung's typical venue, but the company looked right at home Sunday in the main white tent at … Read more
The docks appear to be identical in design, each with a Lightning-in and audio-out connections on the back, with an up-facing Lightning-in connector on front.
Each dock behaves as docks are wont to do, allowing you to charge, sync, play music, as well as conduct speaker phone calls while your iPhone rests in its cradle.
According to Apple's site, the 5S dock is compatible with the iPhone 5 and … Read more
My neverending quest for the ultimate smartphone stand just got a little closer to ending.
The Objekten Keyring is a simple leather loop that affixes to your keychain. It's good not only for hanging your keys on a hook, but also for whipping the entire ring around on your finger when you get bored.
Also, it's a smartphone stand.… Read more