Review: Belkin Qode Ultimate + Ultimate Pro Keyboard Cases for iPad Air 2

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Having debuted the fancy Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air in November 2013, Belkin released the even fancier Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air in October 2014 – only days before Apple launched the physically incompatible iPad Air 2. To accommodate the thinner tablet, Belkin quickly announced sequels to both products: the Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case for

DigiDNA iMazing

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It was only five months ago that we were impressed by DigiDNA’s DiskAid, which went past Apple’s iTunes with the ability to back up individual iOS apps, including settings and files — to keep or transfer to other devices — as well as completely clone one iOS device to another. Now DiskAid has become iMazing ($30), as what would have

Apple SVP Cue on iBookstore conspiracy appeal: “I’d do it again”

An interview published by Fortune today suggests that Apple is unrepentant over the allegedly conspiratorial launch of the iBookstore in 2010, as Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue and CEO Tim Cook “feel we have to fight for the truth” by appealing a 2013 ruling that Apple had illegally fixed digital book prices in violation of the Sherman Act. According to

Report: MacBook-sized “iPad Air Plus” planned for mid-2015, iPad mini 4 to follow?

Speculation as to the actual size of a larger next-generation iPad is continuing, as a report from Japanese magazine Mac Fan (via MacOtakara) purports to offer specifics as to the device’s dimensions and features. A schematic suggests a design nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, only with a larger 12.2” screen and a total of four speakers spread across

Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

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It was only a half year ago that we were writing about Elgato’s original Thunderbolt Dock, a handsome little hub designed to connect a bundle of peripherals to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac. Now Elgato’s back with the Thunderbolt 2 Dock ($230), a remixed version that looks mostly the same but adds throughput to accommodate Thunderbolt 2-equipped Macs and accessories. Still made

Review: Twelve South HiRise Deluxe for iPhone + iPad

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From a purely functional standpoint, Apple device docks stopped being interesting years ago: a series of quiet electronic changes effectively killed their video-out and later audio-out capabilities, while Lightning connector-specific mandates created case compatibility problems, turning the once-thriving dock category into something a lot less exciting. Today’s docks are generally nothing more than stands — plastic and metal holders for

First Look: MOS Kick Stand + Tripod Mount

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Made from solid steel and billed as “the world’s smallest, pocket-size stand and tripod mount” for iOS devices, MOS’s new Kick ($35) is a very low-profile option designed primarily for holding iPhones upright for photography purposes. Measuring around 2.8″ long by 1.2″ wide by 0.35″ tall at its largest points, Kick includes a circular screw hole for attachment of a

Review: ZeroChroma FluxStand-Compatible Car Vent Mount + Reflective Armband

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Earlier today, we looked at two ZeroChroma “accessories for accessories” — wall- and car-mounting solutions for the iPad Air and iPad mini. Now we’re turning to similar iPhone add-ons called the Car Vent Mount ($20) and the Reflective Armband ($30), which are designed to be paired with ZeroChroma’s FluxStand-equipped VarioEdge or Vortex cases. Unlike the company’s Slide-Mounts, which were so

Review: ZeroChroma Slide-Mount Combo Pack for iPad Folio-Slide Cases

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Accessories for accessories are tricky propositions. Typically, a case-specific add-on appeals only to owners of the original case, and then, the price really needs to be right. ZeroChroma’s Slide-Mount Combo Pack ($30, aka 2-Mount Combo Pack) adds one more speed bump: if you’ve already purchased one of the company’s excellent Folio-Slide iPad stand/cases, which can already stand up on their

Review: G-Project G-Go Outdoor Wireless Speaker (2014)

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Early last year, we reviewed and loved G-Boom, a remarkable ruggedized $100 boombox from a relatively unknown developer named G-Project. It turned out that G-Project shared some key personnel with Soundfreaq, maker of many good and great speakers, yet was focused on producing even more budget-conscious yet durable Bluetooth audio gear. This month, G-Project debuted what it’s alternately calling the

Review: Belkin/Jarden Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Coffeemaker

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While we laud Belkin for staking a very early claim in the automated “smart home” market with the WeMo line of Wi-Fi accessories — and have liked most of the WeMo products we’ve tested — there are times when the technology can feel more like an expensive gimmick than a potential lifestyle-changer. Jarden Consumer Solutions’ new Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart

Satechi 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub

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“No, no, no,” you said when you saw Satechi’s 7 Port Aluminum Hub on iLounge + Mac earlier this year. “Seven extra USB ports for my Mac is not enough. I must have 10 ports.” If that plea sounds familiar, consider yourself lucky: Satechi heard you and is ready with a solution. Bear witness to the new 10 Port USB

Review: Logitech Keys-to-Go For iPad

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Logitech had several choices after releasing the best standalone Bluetooth keyboard for Apple’s devices — 2013’s Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard: rest on its laurels, continue iteratively improving Easy-Switch, or focus on producing simpler, cheaper versions. Thankfully, it hasn’t been sitting around doing nothing: earlier this year, Logitech released a decidedly budget version called K480, and now it’s offering Keys-to-Go ($70), a

Review: Twelve South PlugBug World iPad/iPhone Charger

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Twelve South’s late-2011 PlugBug was a nifty little power adapter. Originally launched as an accessory for MacBooks at a time when iPad-friendly 2.1-Amp USB ports were just beginning to appear in Apple laptops, PlugBug added one such port to any MacBook’s wall charger — handy for quickly recharging any Apple tablet, or a lower-powered device if you needed it. PlugBug

Review: iDevices iShower2 Bluetooth Water-Resistant Speaker

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When we reviewed iDevices’ iShower back in August 2012, we noted that few companies had “catered to the modestly challenging but potentially lucrative market for waterproof speakers,” a market that iShower addressed with a boxy, water-resistant wireless design at a mass-market $100 price point. Quite a few competitors have been released since then, including several top picks in the last

iOS camera app ProCam 2 adds “4K Ultra HD” video recording mode as $5 IAP

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ProCam 2, a $2 still and video camera app by developer Samer Azzam, has added “4K Ultra HD video recording” via a $5 in-app purchase. Following a technique debuted in September by i4software in the $1,000 app Vizzywig 4K, ProCam 2 uses a hack to splice high-resolution still images together with an audio recording to simulate 4K video recording. ProCam

Touch Press releases Molecules by Theodore Gray, sequel to The Elements

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Four and a half years after Theodore Gray released the breakthrough iPad science application The Elements: A Visual Exploration, developer Touch Press has published Molecules by Theodore Gray ($14), billed as an “extraordinary sequel.” While The Elements was neatly organized using a fully animated version of the Periodic Table, Molecules is closer to a 14-chapter book in design, yet preserves

Review: uNu Superpak 10,000mAh External Battery Pack

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With hundreds of options now in the marketplace, USB battery packs are headed towards commodity status at this point: pricing, capacity, and recharging speeds are becoming the biggest differentiators between numerous otherwise similar models. Previously known for its high-capacity Ultrapak Tour, which boasted an integrated charging meter and super-fast recharging for its 10,000mAh cell, uNu has debuted Superpak ($100) as

Nimbus Force One LED Floor Lamps

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Apart from thinning to reflect the miniaturization of technologies inside, Apple’s Macs are timeless—their aluminum bodies complement or upgrade even modern offices. If you’re looking to accentuate your Mac’s near-future leanings, Nimbus Lighting’s Force One LED Floor Lamps ($2,200 and up) offer some luxurious options. Designed by Rupert Kopp for the German lighting company, Force One is made from aluminum

Review: Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker

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Though it’s not easy to make speakers that look or sound worthy of premium price points, Bowers & Wilkins has had a far better run than most Apple accessory developers. Starting with its flashy Zeppelin series and continuing in more conventional desktop and all-in-one models, B&W’s speaker lineup has remained at $400 and up for years. So while the average

Review: Alpine Headphones

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For companies other than Apple, selling premium headphones has become challenging in the post-Beats world. Beats made big headphones cool again using Apple-inspired industrial designs and marketing, commanding $100 premiums while scaring better-sounding rivals out of the consumer market. Something different is needed to compete with the Beats juggernaut, and that’s what Alpine Electronics is attempting to do with the

First Look: SwitchEasy AirMask for iPhone 6 Plus

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Billed as “the world’s first non-case protection solution for iPhone 6,” SwitchEasy’s new AirMask for iPhone 6 Plus ($30) is a set of two thin plastic stickers that attach to the front and back of the iPhone 6 Plus, providing 0.3mm-thick anti-scratch coverage without anti-drop protection at the same price as a regular case. The front piece has clear screen

Review: Just Mobile Xtand Go Z1

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Four years ago, we reviewed Just Mobile’s original Xtand Go, a $40 car mounting solution for bare iPhone 3G and 3GSes. Then in 2012, we briefly checked out Xtand Go for bare iPhone 4 and 5 models. Both were initially priced at $40, but were subsequently dropped in price, then augmented by a somewhat less elegant but case-compatible version that

APC Back-UPS Connect BGE90M

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https://assets.ilounge.com/images/mac/bge90m-1.jpg https://assets.ilounge.com/images/mac/bge90m-2.jpg https://assets.ilounge.com/images/mac/bge90m-3.jpg https://assets.ilounge.com/images/mac/bge90m-4.jpg https://assets.ilounge.com/images/mac/bge90m-5.jpg We were intrigued when APC released the original $50 Back-UPS Connect some months ago, and now it has an even more compelling model called Back-UPS Connect BGE90M ($65). Occasional power interruptions are inevitable, and without a source of backup power, you can lose everything from home lighting to Internet connectivity and digital home telephone service