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iLounge Best of the Year Awards 2017

iLounge Best of the Year
AWARDS 2017
By Jesse Hollington, Senior Editor

Welcome to iLounge’s Best of the Year Awards for 2017! Our team of editors have once again gone through the products we’ve covered during the past year, highlighting our favorites in a number of categories. Our selections this year were made based on any products we covered — and any apps we used — from Nov. 1, 2016 to Nov. 15, 2017.

This year, we have products across 17 different categories, with the usual changes based on what we’ve seen on the market — not all of our previous categories included enough products to choose from, and we’ve added some new categories and combined other. Each category has one winner, with some categories also noting some runner-up selections. You can click on any product link to read our full review. We hope this list will give you some ideas for this year’s holiday shopping and beyond. Thanks for reading!

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Daily Deal: Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac, Lifetime License

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up a lifetime license for Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac for only $34.99 — that’s 70% off the regular price. Disk Drill Pro makes it easy to recover documents, music, photos, videos, or even whole partitions that have gone missing from your computer, and with only a single push of a button, Disk Drill can ferret out and recover over 200 types of files on your computer. You can even recover deleted files from iPhone and Android devices, and add additional tools for cleanup, duplicate finding, disk health, data protection, and more, absolutely free. Best of all, this lifetime license means that all future updates and major upgrades are included at no extra charge. Plus, for a limited time iLounge readers can grab an extra 15% off with the coupon code GIFTSHOP15.

Get a lifetime license for Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac now for only $34.99

Review: RHA T20i In-Ear Headphones

It's okay to own multiple headphones. Unless you listen to only one type of music, you will probably find that there are very few headphones that pair well with all genres of music — to us, that's enough to justify owning multiple headphones at any given time. When considering the sound of a headphone, we try to keep in mind that there is no "best" sound signature — each headphone is tuned to target users with particular listening preferences. This week, RHA turns that all on its head with the T20i, a high-quality IEM that uniquely allows the user to adjust its sound. We think they're excellent.

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Daily Deal: BauBax Windbreaker

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the BauBax Windbreaker for only $109.99 — that’s 56% off the regular price. Billed as The World’s Best Travel Windbreaker for Men, Baubax raised $9 million on Kickstarter and is now available for purchase. This may just be the smartest jacket you’ll ever own, combining an all-weather water-repellant jacket with a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, and microfibre cloth as well as pockets for all of your needs, from a neoprene-lined drink pocket to double-lined hand-warming pockets, as well as pockets for your iPad, passport, sunglasses, earphone holders, and of course your iPhone. It’s also available in red and blue.

Get the BauBax: The World’s Best Travel Windbreaker for Men now for only $109.99

Coach releasing new Apple Watch bands for fall

Coach is releasing limited quantities of new Apple Watch bands for fall, Haute Ecriture reports. Some of the old bands have been renamed and new bands are available in colors like heather grey, melon, beige and a brown with darker patches to mimic a camo look. Many of the bands also feature embroidered embellishments, like stars, a leaping shark and a penguin holding a martini glass. The bands retail for $150-$175, but some are only available for the 42mm Apple Watch.

International Trade Commission investigating patent infringement claims against Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating patent infringement claims against Apple, Reuters reports. This particular inquiry stems from complaints made by Aqua Connect Inc and Strategic Technology Partners over technology used in iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple TVs and Macs. The USITC is also currently conducting a separate investigation into Qualcomm’s claims that Apple devices violate its patents, on of many fronts in Apple’s ongoing legal war with the chipmaker.

Apple to help design anti-spam app to end stalemate with Indian regulators

After refusing to allow India’s anti-spam app onto the App Store over privacy concerns, Apple is going to provide “limited help” to the Indian government to develop a suitable substitute for iOS, Reuters reports. Apple’s refusal to approve the Telecom Regulatory Authority’s app has drawn the ire of the TRAI at a very inconvenient time for the company, which is trying to expand its presence in India’s massive smartphone market. Google’s Android system already supports the app, which accesses the device’s SMS details and call records to enable users to report numbers and block numbers that have been reported. But Apple doesn’t provide third-party apps the ability to access those details, so the government’s app won’t function even though iOS does feature other apps that identify and block calls through other means.

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Apple assembly partner hints at AR headset coming in 2019

Apple assembly partner Quanta Computer’s Vice Chairman C.C. Leung said he sees a “significant” augmented reality device “available in the market no later than the year 2019,” Nikkei Asian Review reports. He said the AR product is a “headset-like gadget with a fully transparent lens that allows users to see through and interact with the environment,” leading analysts to speculate he’s referring to the rumored AR headset being developed by Apple. A previous report claimed Apple is working to have an augmented reality headset developed by 2019 and shipped out to consumers as early as 2020, trying to get away from the traditional model of using a smartphone as the screen and engine. Leung said the device would need to cost less than $1,000 to be a hit in the market, solidly undercutting devices like Microsoft’s Hololens headset, which has a $3,000 price tag.

First GymKit-compatible equipment goes online in Australia

A Fitness First gym in Australia is the first to feature GymKit-compatible equipment, 9 News reports. In a demonstration of the new capabilities, reporters saw users tap their Apple Watches to a treadmill to send data back and forth automatically, with the watch pre-loading all of the user’s vital stats and the treadmill sending calories burned and incline information back to the watch during the workout. There’s no word on when the specialized gym equipment necessary for the connection will appear in the U.S., but Apple has previously said compatible machines from TechnoGym, Life Fitness, Matrix, StairMaster and Schwinn will start rolling out by the end of thew year. [via 9to5Mac]

Daily Deal: Sphereo X2 Speakers

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Sphereo X2 Speakers for only $29.99. Each of these two Bluetooth speakers can fit in your palm, but they pack a powerful audio punch to let you stream your listening experience just about anywhere. They’re ultra-compact for easy transport, usable as a speakerphone, and recharge simply by placing them on the wireless dock.

Get the Sphereo X2 Speakers now for only $29.99.





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