What a difference a trade show makes. Though Motorola dominated CES back in January, it didn't even whimper at CTIA 2011 last week. Indeed, the company announced no new phones and its small booth was way at the back of the show floor. I had to look on the map to find it, actually, and once there I found just a small table showing its latest phones and tablets.
I know, I know, a lot of you don't want to spend a whole lot on an iPod/iPhone speaker system--because you've told me. But you do want something that sounds half decent and has a nice design (you've also told me that). Which is why I've gone ahead and put together this little roundup. These compact systems may not offer the best sound in the world--after all, you shouldn't expect too much from a budget iPod speaker--but they do have some nice qualities. Better yet, a couple can even be had for less than $50.
Note: While we couldn't include our Editors' Choice Logitech S715i as part this roundup, it's worth noting that it only costs about $120. So, if you're willing to stretch a little, check out that model as well.
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Like Altec's competing product, the OnBeat has a swiveling mechanism that allows you to dock your iPad--or any other iOS portable device, including the iPhone and iPod Touch--and turn it vertically (portrait mode) or horizontally (landscape mode). And like the Octiv Stage, the OnBeat will also retail for $149.99 when it's released in April.
JBL mentions that the OnStage has a composite video output for sending video from your iPad to a TV, but it doesn't appear to have the tilt capabilities of the Altec dock. We look forward to having a closer look--and listen--as soon as we get a review sample.
Note: Though JBL doesn't says whether the unit will be compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2, we think the iPad 2 should fit just fine in the dock. However, we'll wait for JBL to confirm that. … Read more
Sony is readying a "hybrid" Vaio laptop equipped with Intel's Thunderbolt tech, according to a report.
Thunderbolt, formerly known by its codename Light Peak, is a new connection technology that combines high-speed data transfer and high-definition video on a single cable. The Intel-developed technology has come to market through a technical collaboration with Apple and is being made available first on Apple's new line of MacBook Pro laptop computers.
Though Sony did not publicly endorse Thunderbolt at the Intel roll-out last month, the company has previously offered public support for the technology. "Sony is excited … Read more
Shopping for iPad speakers doesn't have to be complicated. If you already have a speaker system you like, you're probably just a .99-cent stereo aux cable away from making it work with an iPad (or anything else, for that matter).
Generally speaking, there are four ways to get sound out of the iPad. It can go out through the headphone jack to anything, though you run the risk of … Read more
One of the most eye-opening, attention-grabbing pieces of future tech to hit CES 2011 was the Motorola Atrix 4G--not so much because of the phone itself, but because of its bold laptop dock, which promises a seamless transformation of smartphone into Netbook. Who needs a laptop, after all, when your phone can be both? Well, you've read Bonnie Cha's review of the phone. I'm interested, as a laptop reviewer, in how the Atrix functions as...well, a laptop.
The idea remains bold, and to Motorola's credit, the experiment has resulted in a product a mere month after CES. This laptop dock isn't vaporware. On the other hand, it isn't exactly a laptop, either.
A laptop, without the laptop What the laptop dock--or, Lapdock--is, in effect, is an extremely well-constructed dock for the Atrix phone, adding a long-life battery, a keyboard, a large touch pad, two USB ports, and a pair of stereo speakers. It looks like the Cr-48 Chrome OS laptop, and or even a sleek thin-and-light. At 2.4 pounds it's easy to tote, and has a sturdy feel when the lid is closed.
But it's not a standalone machine: The Atrix needs to be plugged in for the laptop dock to work. The good news is that the transformation is seamless and hot-swappable: Plug it in and the dock boots up. Unplug and the phone's back in your hand, ready to go. … Read more
Because Apple computers are so intuitive, you may be overlooking some simple but helpful settings. A few tweaks to your security settings, dock, Finder, and keyboard are really all it takes to make your MacBook even easier to use than it already is.
If you're a first-time MacBook owner, this how-to will introduce you to your computer's security settings and help you enable a few of your Mac's most useful features.
So before you say, "Hey, there's no right-click on MacBooks?!" walk through the following tips:
Rev up security settings. Go to System Preferences &… Read more
OK, this week we've got a hot one courtesy of the folks at Monster: the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox iPod Dock.
This is one room-thumping iPod/iPhone stereo system. I should know because I reviewed the thing. I said that, "The Monster Beatbox has a simple mission that goes something like this: deliver big sound from a small box." And while I didn't think it delivered the most refined sonics in the world, I recommended that if you were looking for big, aggressive sound from a compact system, this was the one to get. (… Read more
Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:Verizon is going to sell the iPhone with a $30 per month unlimited data plan
Barnes & Noble may be discontinuing the 3G Nook
Facebook mandates that all games use Facebook Credits
Mobile Gmail users can now print from their mobile devices
The IRS launches an app that lets you track your tax refund, get daily tax tips, and follow the IRS on Twitter
A new site challenges you to do nothing for two minutes.
A star's been on our radar lately, and it has nothing to do with the recent horoscope brouhaha.
The Satarii Star is a docking accessory for your iPhone 4, iPod Touch, or mini camcorder (6 ounces or less) that allows you to shoot videos without anyone having to man the camera. It's not just a tripod (like the Gorillapod), though.
Once the device is placed in the battery-powered cradle, a "marker" is attached to whoever's being photographed, allowing the base to track and stay focused on the wearer using infrared technology. It has the ability to rotate 180 degrees and follow the subject of the photo for a range of about 26 feet, inside or outside. … Read more