Maybe someday (maybe even tomorrow, though I doubt it), Apple will engineer an iPhone that can charge wirelessly, just by sitting on the right surface. No cables, no wall warts, no hassles.
Not a day seems to go by without some new leaked image of an iPhone 5S or 5C part, which has taken a lot of the mystery out of what Apple will unveil on September 10. But that's a good thing for accessory makers who want to have cases ready to go at launch (if you remember, Apple didn't have any cases in its stores when the iPhone 5 launched, which frustrated a lot of consumers).
In fact, some are so confident that the leaks -- and their own intel -- are accurate, they've already started to … Read more
Way back in October 2012, I told you about the ReadyCase, an Indiegogo project for an iPhone case with seven handy built-in tools.
Because I was in the market for a new case for my 4S, I decided to fund it, even though it meant waiting until production began in February.
I ended up waiting quite a bit longer; various delays pushed the shipping date back and back, resulting in no small number of extremely angry backers (as evidenced by the comments on the project page). But a few days ago, my ReadyCase finally arrived. Was it worth the wait?… Read more
Whenever a new iPad is announced, it's quickly followed by a flood of accessory manufacturers announcing new cases for it. With the new Nexus 7, the number of case announcements is more of a trickle, but we expect to see lots more in the coming weeks.
Of course, plenty of sleeve-style cases for the old Nexus 7 will fit the new Nexus 7 because the two products, while not exactly the same size (the new model is slightly taller and slimmer), are similar enough to fit in a sleeve that has some play to it. However, fitted cases truly … Read more
Yahoo is continuing its fight to show that it was not involved in handing over consumer information to the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program.
The company has petitioned a court to unseal documents from a classified 2008 case, which apparently shows that Yahoo "objected strenuously" to providing the government with customer data, according to the Mercury News.
"Release of this Court's decision and the parties' briefing is necessary to inform the growing public debate about how this Court considers and examines the Government's use of directives," Yahoo attorneys Marc Zwillinger and Jacob … Read more
Updated June 25, 2013, with three new cases (Ballistic, Cascade Designs, and Lifeproof).
Waterproof smartphone cases used to be bulky, ungainly contraptions, but they've been trimming down lately.
That said, building a truly waterproof case is not easy (a waterproof case is defined as one that can be fully submerged underwater for at least 30 minutes). Often there are trade-offs in creating a waterproof design, the biggest of which usually involves access to the headphone jack on your phone. They also tend to be pricey, usually costing more than $50.
In boiling down the best of what's currently … Read more
Most of you are probably just gearing up for your summer vacations, but we here at Always On have already had ours. It's all for you, dear viewers; it's all for you. On this week's episode, we visited Hawaii's Big Island to road-test gadgets meant for sun and water fun. And not to be all lowest-common-denominator, but that last sentence basically translates to an entire episode filmed in swimsuits. Just saying.
Tim Hickman, founder and CEO of Gumdrop Cases, has made it a tradition to announce cases for major Apple products ahead of their launches. He's currently batting 4 for 5, only whiffing badly in 2011 when another of his companies -- Hard Candy Cases -- released an iPhone 5 case in advance of the iPhone 4S launch and it didn't fit. It wasn't even close.
Almost six years ago, Apple's iPhone hit the scene, introducing a whole new category of device and unlocking an almost endless stream of applications that put a multifunction computer right into our pockets.
Today, there are apps for just about everything -- banking, dating, gaming, monitoring health vitals, putting mustaches on pics of people and pets. Who knows what's next for smartphones? Today, there are literally tens of thousands of digital tools we can put inside our phones. Sometimes though, we need something a little more, well, tactile.
Enter the iPhone case, a place for many of the … Read more
We're taking a different approach to the show today with a story from Memorial Day that takes the entire episode, but trust us--it's worth it. It's a tale of survival, of tech failure and success, the power of nature, and a tightrope walk above surefire doom. What's the closest you've ever come to the end? This is mine.