In this episode I bring you my thoughts on the new Apple smartphone line, which now includes the iPhone 5s, as well as the lower-budget iPhone 5c. Apple announced both phones during its annual iPhone reveal event, and many are wondering which device they should purchase. Some even say that the iPhone 5c is a waste of time. I give you the rundown of features and specs of both new iPhone models, and give you my recommendations for which one you should pick up, and why.
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Have you always wanted to be a DJ, but didn't have the skills? JAKKS Pacific introduces the EZ Pro DJ, a $50 accessory that works with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad that allows you to mix beats while sounding like a pro. You get the two turntables and fader in a unit that connects to your device over USB. It can pull in tracks from your iOS device, letting you manipulate them to your hearts content, even automatically matching up the beat of both songs. There's also an optional microphone accessory that lets you bring your voice into the mix, and a headphone jack so you can sport the right cans to complete the look.
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Amazon revealed a ton of new Kindle hardware at its 2012 Kindle Press Event last week, and we've got the event here for you to check out. Get a look at the new Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, and the entry-level $69 Kindle as introduced by Jeff Bezos. The event ran a little long, so we've condensed it down to make it easier to enjoy. All the gadget news without all the awkward pauses or drawn out demos. There was a lot of info packed into just over an hour, and we've squeezed it down to just over 25 minutes for you. Check it out for all the info on Amazon's latest e-book reader hardware, and admire Jeff Bezos doing his best to stick it to Apple and Google. Oh, and if you wanna read our play-by-play, you can check out our live coverage of Amazon's Kindle event.
At CES, we caught up with Ben Kaufman, founder of Quirky (and he also started Mophie back in the day,) to get a look at the social product design process behind Quirky.com. Get a look at their amazing products, and awesome design process here. Site members can jump in at any point during a products design lifecycle, and once they do, they get a royalty whenever that product is sold.
In this episode, we give you a look at the HP Envy 13 and HP Envy 15 notebooks. These are the flagship, top-of-the-line HP notebooks, incorporating great displays with a clickable trackpad (although, it doesn’t support multitouch gestures.) The Envy 13 also has a ridiculous 16-hour battery life. For those of you audiophiles out there that need something with a bit more punch, you’ve got the HP Envy 15 Beats Limited Edition, which comes with the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones, DJ tools software, and a few custom settings as well. Want one? You can find all three models on Amazon:
Hit the video above for the full scoop on the HP Envy notebook line.
Yesterday, Apple released Apple TV 3.0, the first “major” release for the device in about two years. The company has often referred to the Apple TV as a hobby, as opposed to a real business. That said, there are a few nice additions that can be found in the Apple TV 3.0 update, so we give you a full walkthrough of the device, giving you a sampling of some of the new hotness.
Some of the standout features are the obviously redesigned home screen. Instead of the centered grid, you get a full screen menu that makes it easier to navigate right to the content that you want. I mean, it’s nice, but it seems to be the biggest visual upgrade to the device, which we think is in need of a hardware refresh. You also score Genius DJ playlist abilities, nice for parties and such, but I rock a Sonos system, so it doesn’t really appeal to me personally. Same goes for Internet radio, but it is there as a feature, and it’s nice. The one we like is the addition of iTunes Extras and iTunes LP content. We are fans of the iTunes LP, so being able to see it on an HDTV, which is where we think it shines, is also “nice.”
If you are picking up on a trend, you win. This whole 3.0 business is, in a word, “nice.” It isn’t anything more than that. It brings the Apple TV in line with other Apple products, allowing it to do things that other devices can do, and it gets a UI refresh, and the Helvetica font. All well and good, but let’s hope that next time around we get some decent new hardware. In any event, hit the play button for the full tour.
Retrevo.com presents a unique take on gadget comparison shopping. By spidering a veritable avalanche of shopping comparison sites, they compile a near-comprehensive snapshot of just about every gadget they can, including feature sets, average reviews and price points. They plot these into neat regression charts that outline a given gadgets “value” as determined by its number of features plotted against its price. They’re also able to sort things into cost points like “high end”, “mid range” and “budget” and make comparisons based on these facts. Since their spider is constantly compiling and recompiling new data points, they’re able to recategorize a given gadget as its prices change and as more reviews become available.
The site is engineering to be a definitive way to get a good look at a given gadget’s feature sets and your value for your dollar. Since they bring in quick access to reviews from all over the net and include product manual searching and archiving, this becomes a pretty useful tool for techphiles.
Take a look at our video to learn a bit more about the service and how it works.
A few days ago HP threw a big launch party in NYC celebrating the launch of a bunch of products. We are talking about new iPaq handhelds, consumer and business oriented notebook computers, and a bunch of other gadgets and software announcements. Over the next few days, we will be publishing a bunch of video content from the event, focusing on the products themselves. For now, enjoy this preview - a montage of the sights and sounds from the Your Life is the Show event.
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There are all sorts of high-quality electronic toothbrushes out there. HydraBrush aims to take some of the attention off of the Oral B Professionals and SoniCares of the world by combining 8 microbrushes that you actually bite into. By doing so, you get a full brushing on both sides of your teeth as well as a gum massage. Don’t mind the demo, as we were just as uncomfortable watching it in person as we are sure you are watching from the comfort of your screens. In any event, the HydraBrush is available for $109 USD.
We loved the concept of the GoPro Digital Hero 3 that we saw at CES. It’s a small digital camera that straps to your wrist. It’s ultra-secure, so no worries about dropping it, and the images look fantastic. Perfect when hiking, skiing, or sporting events when you want a camera near at all times but don’t want to have to worry about putting it away and taking it out repeatedly.
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