04. 4.2013

Put Your iPhone in the 'Vault'

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Pelican cases are known to be nearly indestructible; just ask the US Military who uses their equipment. Even if you won't be in a war zone, the iPhone Vault can be a good idea.

• Full-seal design defends against extreme wind-driven snow, rain and dust
• Waterproof microphone and speaker covers provide high fidelity audio
• Slimmer and lighter than other smartphone case designs
• Optical glass on both camera areas
• Guaranteed for life

Though this might not fit in your jeans pocket,it's a lower profile than most hard-core protective cases. Available for the iPhone 5 in several color combinations for $79.95.

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02.25.2013

Powerrocks Rocks : Backup Battery Charger

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Running out of power is one of the worst technological disasters we can imagine. Yes, we mean "disaster "with a capitol "D." No contact with the outside world, no calendar, no reminders, no watching cute doggie videos on our phones; the list is endless.

To avoid certain doom, we travel with a couple of battery chargers; these brightly-colored "Magicsticks" which are small enough to be mistaken for a lipstick.

They charge quickly, are small and easy to pack, and are powerful enough to power most phones to full capacity. Made by "Powerrocks," the L 2600mAh portable battery works with any device that uses the universal micro USB charging port -which pretty much includes any device you own.

Amazon has them for $29.95.

And if you must know, we have them in pink and purple, to match our iPhone cases.

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01.30.2013

BB Z10: Zebrawood

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There's a lot of buzz about the new Blackberry Z10 device. Even accessory makers are thinking it's going to be a hit and rushing innovative cases to the market. If we had to pick, we'd want this Zebrawood number.

Inspired by vintage automotive interiors, the "Crafted Woods Collection" marries natural materials with a high-tech brushed aluminum.

$80 at Case-Mate.

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01.23.2013

Jabra Speak : 15 Hours of Yak Time

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Building off the success of the Jabra Speak 410, Jabra today announced the Jabra Speak 510 Series, which includes the Speak 510+ and Speak 510. Designed with the Mobile Worker in mind, the Jabra Speak 510 Series is designed for use at home, in the workplace and on the go.

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A wireless speakerphone for use with both smartphones and softphones (with a 300 foot range!) via a dongle.

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A corded option for softphones or Bluetooth capability for smartphones or tablets.

Both speakerphones in the series feature 15 hours of talk time - which Jabra claims is more than double that of competitive products on the market. The Speak 510 is currently available so we'll be testing that soon, and the Speak 510+ will be available in March. Until then, stay plugged in.

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01. 8.2013

Rock Your iPhone Case

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People always have said you have a magnetic personality,and now they can say that about your iPhone case as well. Say what?

Stick with us and we'll explain. The new Rokform case lets you mount your device to any magnetic surface, as well as non-metal surfaces like your car dashboard.The new v3 is not so much a case as a "system," with features such as an integrated lock mechanism, anti-slip grip, detachable lanyard and an optional magnet insert. Fortunately, you can remove the outer bumper for a slimmer profile.

For someone who likes to slip her iPhone in her jean back pocket, this wouldn't work for me on a daily basis but it just goes to prove the old adage that there's a case for everyone. Or something like that.

Available in six colors, the RokShield v3 case costs $49.99.

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08. 9.2012

Third Rail : Terrible Name, Handy Gadget

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Despite the off-putting name, the Third Rail battery case for iPhones is a useful gadget, made all the better by the fact that it will work with future iPhone models by simply switching out the case.

Comprised of a protective case (Slim Case) and a universal, removable battery (Smart Battery), the Third Rail "System" is a thin, battery-enabled protective case that allows you to add extra power when you need it.

The light- weight battery can also serve as a stand-alone universal charger for other devices (via micro USB). Handy.

For road-warriors, pick up a few extras and stash them in your briefcase.

$89.99

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07. 2.2012

JitterBug : Not What You Think it is

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If Grandpa isn't texting, Face Book-ing, or running up the data plan, then chances are he doesn't want a new-fangled phone with lots of buzzers and bells. Not to mention that the keyboard may be too small for him to see.

So buy Pops the re-designed Jitterbug Plus the original easy-to-use cell phone, with only the features he'll need in an easy-to-use package.

It doesn't get more intuitive than the “YES” and “NO” buttons, a backlit keypad and big, legible numbers. Also, the improved speaker helps eliminate all the "WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU" proclamations.

And since chances are they might forget to charge it, the Jitterbug Plus comes with one of the longest lasting batteries on the market – up to 25 days of standby time – so they won't discover they've run out of power the next time they go to use it.

Since older folks have said that the one feature they wish they had was photo sharing, The Jitterbug designers came up with a built-in camera and simple app that doesn't need computer cords or complicated uploading.

Along with the 24/7 assistance, the 5Star Urgent Response transforms their JitterBug it into their own personal safety device.


It comes in snappy red or fashionable silver for $99. We'll all be trading in our smart phones for one of these someday, so no making fun!

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06. 6.2012

Operate this cooking stove with your mobile

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This may look like a regular cooking stove, but it's actually the AGA iTotal Control and you can operate it remotely using just your cell phone.

The AGA is controlled with a special app, that you can use with a smart phone, tablet or laptop. You simply program what you want the oven to do and if it's been successful you get a notification message right back.

To make it even more accessible for those without fancy devices you don't necessarily need a smart phone either. You can set the AGA cooking away with a simple text message if you have a basic handset, because the oven is weirdly fitted with its own SIM card, so has its own number. Awh.

[Via Springwise]

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06. 6.2012

We heart this blue Facebook phone

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Over the past few weeks there's been a lot of talk about Facebook's new smart phone, which Zuckerberg and the team are allegedly working on RIGHT NOW.

As you'd expect a number of tech lovers are speculating about what features the new device will have and most importantly, what it'll look like.

The Bluephone has to be out favourite concept so far, dreamt up by Michal Bonikowski it has a shiny blue metal exterior, 4.2 inch screen and two awesome cameras. Finger's crossed this is what they've been sat building in Facebook HQ...

[via Yanko Design]

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05.24.2012

Turn your iPhone into a cute camera

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So many of us use our iPhones instead of investing in expensive cameras nowadays, so why not make your phone look like one?!

We love this case from Dynamism that not only protects your phone, but makes it look like a proper camera with a working shutter button and headphone jack too.

Available from Dynamism for $49.99.

[Via Swiss Miss]

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