Incase is synonymous with laptop sleeves and cases. The company just announced its Icon Sleeve with Tensaerlite ($70), which provides maximum protection for your 13” or 15” MacBook Pro when you drop it. What exactly is Tensaerlite? Incase describes the material as providing “maximum impact absorption through a lightweight bumper frame.” In short, it offers solid shock protection without a lot of heft.
Parrot’s new Minidrones, the Jumping Sumo (reviewed here) and Rolling Spider (reviewed here) are the newest featured products in our latest video review. Check out these new toys in action and hear what we have to say about the experience. This is our second video review, following last week’s look at the Otterbox Agility Tablet System — feel free to share your feedback!
World’s First USB Case for iPhone 5s
A new phone case by CasePlug proves you can do more with an ordinary USB plug then previously thought. The featured, built-in USB mechanism, has a rotating, quick-release plug that’s used for mounting, syncing, charging and kickstand for your phone.
Billed on the company's website as a "seriously grown up speaker," Cambridge Audio's Bluetone 100 ($300) gets its name from its 100-watt amplifier power and Bluetooth capabilities; it houses two 4" drivers that promise room-filling sound. Adjustable bass controls are offered on the speaker, which does need to be connected to an outlet. RCA and 3.5 mm inputs are also included. Coming only in glossy black, Bluetone 100 isn't cheap, but it looks to provide plenty of power.
Cambridge Audio's Go v2 ($180) is the newest version of its Minx Go speaker, this time coming with a built-in battery pack. That USB battery pack can fully charge in two hours and last for up to 18 hours, streaming music via Bluetooth. It comes equipped with two titanium tweeters, two 2" drivers, and a rear-firing bass radiator. Each Go v2 unit can remember up to eight devices for a quick connection. The speaker can also charge a phone or tablet through a USB port. An international wall charger and carrying bag are included in the package.
Google Slides (free) — Google debuted its Slides app this week. The presentation-creating app joins Google Docs and Google Sheets as yet another Google Drive-based app. Slides allows users to open, edit, and save Microsoft PowerPoint files; the autosaving app can also work without an Internet connection.
Hyperlapse from Instagram (free) — Instagram’s Hyperlapse is a new app that seems like it could become a sensation. Users can quickly create time lapse videos with the app. It works amazingly well — you can shoot while stationary or in motion — and the app clearly shows users how much time an accelerated video will actually take to watch once the time lapse is complete. A hyperlapse video can go up to 12 times normal speed, enabling users to show a lot of action in a short amount of time. The effect is very impressive for a free app. It’s simple to use, and no sign up or account is required, so we highly recommend downloading Hyperlapse to see what the fuss is all about. Next month, iOS 8 will introduce an integrated time lapse video recording feature with comparatively limited settings.
Mobile Passport (free) — Airside Mobile’s new Mobile Passport app, which is officially approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, allows users to enter the U.S. faster. You’ll be able to skip the regular line upon returning from abroad, as the app “effectively replaces” the traditional declaration form required of all travelers entering the U.S. by air. Both U.S. and Canadian citizens are eligible to use the app. Currently, the service is only available at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with more supported locations to follow in the future. Keep in mind that the app is not a replacement for your passport.
Poppy Cat and the Bubble Volcano ($3) — The prolific StoryToys returns with another storybook app, Poppy Cat and the Bubble Volcano. Featuring the popular Poppy Cat, the app features a variety of games and activities. It’s similar to other StoryToys apps, but it’s definitely worth a look if your kid is into Poppy Cat — the app features sound effects and music from the show, and illustrations are based on the TV show’s animation.
Apple has sent out invitations to its September 9 event. The invites simply list the date on a white Apple logo background with the words: “Wish we could say more.” This time around, the event will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. As usual, the event will be held at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET. It’s expected that we’ll see two new iPhones at the event, and according to a Wednesday report, the long-awaited iWatch will debut, as well. [via The Loop]
Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Sensordrone for your iOS device for only $149. Featuring eleven different sensors in a single package small enough to fit on a keychain, Sensordrone lets you monitor the world around you for things such as carbon dioxide, temperature, gas leaks, light levels, weather, and more. An open platform and API also lets you connect external sensors for any other project you’re working on and have the data beamed back to your iPhone or other iOS device via Bluetooth.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will come with its own mobile payment system, and the solution will use NFC, Wired reports. Use of near field communication has been rumored in the iPhone for years — speculation began around the time of the iPhone 4 in 2010, and every iPhone since has been accompanied by an NFC report that never came true. Talk about the use of NFC in the iPhone has heated up again in recent weeks, though considering the device’s history, there have been plenty of reasons to remain skeptical. However, with Apple’s known interest in mobile payments — and the apparent upcoming introduction of such a service — perhaps the time has finally come for iPhone NFC. There’s also been discussion about Apple using its iBeacon platform for mobile payments; it’s possible that iBeacon could still be involved in some way.
Apple plans on unveiling its new wearable device alongside its two new iPhones on September 9, Re/Code reports. As expected, the new device will “make good use of” Apple’s new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms, though how the latter will be implemented isn’t quite clear. The wearable device has generally been referred to as iWatch, but the true name is still unknown at this point. According to the report, Apple will likely still hold an event in October — that event would undoubtedly introduce new iPads, at the very least.
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