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Review: Zens Modular Series Provides Customizable Qi Charging at a Steep Price

Wednesday January 20, 2021 8:01 am PST by
Last month, Zens announced a new modular wireless charging station, which lets you mix and match various pieces to create a charging set-up that fits your needs. In terms of Apple products, you can use the new accessory to charge iPhones, Apple Watch, and AirPods. There are five total accessories in this line, three "Main Stations" that act as starting point for the modular system, and two...
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Review: Satechi's Latest Wireless Charger Has a Magnet, But Isn't MagSafe

Thursday January 7, 2021 9:34 am PST by
Satechi's latest charger, the USB-C Magnetic Wireless Charging Cable, is modeled after Apple's MagSafe charger and includes a built-in magnet that allows it to attach to Apple's iPhone 12 devices, but it's not ‌MagSafe‌ and can charge Apple devices at a maximum of 7.5W rather than 15W. Since this is a Qi-based charger, it works with AirPods and also Android smartphones, and for Android...
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Review: Jackery's Explorer 500 Portable Power Station is Useful for Power Outages, Emergencies and Camping

Wednesday January 6, 2021 9:40 am PST by
Jackery makes a range of battery pack options from those designed for iPhones and iPads to those that are much more powerful, useful in emergency situations, power outages, and when camping. Jackery's Explorer 500 Portable Power Station is a middle tier 518Wh/144,000mAh portable battery that's expensive at $499.99, but also highly useful for keeping your necessary devices charged up when...
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Review: Belkin's 3-in-1 Boost Charge Pro Offers Hassle-Free 15W MagSafe Charging for iPhone 12

Tuesday January 5, 2021 10:18 am PST by
When Apple announced the iPhone 12 models with MagSafe charging capabilities, the first third-party ‌MagSafe‌ accessories were shown off during the announcement. Shortly after, Belkin officially introduced the Boost Charge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with ‌MagSafe‌, which is the first official third-party ‌MagSafe‌ charging option. Belkin's Boost Charge Pro ‌MagSafe‌ is set to be available for...
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Review: Activity Awards Bring Your Apple Watch Fitness Achievements to Life

Friday December 18, 2020 9:06 am PST by
Activity Awards is a new site that offers physical representations of the digital fitness awards that Apple provides when Apple Watch owners meet their goals. Available in the form of magnets, the Activity Awards are designed to look like the in-app awards that can be earned through the Fitness app. Each magnet is modeled after a different award, with the Activity Awards site offering all...
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Review: Belkin's Car Vent Mount PRO Offers Easy MagSafe Mounting

Thursday December 17, 2020 9:41 am PST by
Belkin, known for the accessories that it makes for Apple's devices, recently announced its first MagSafe products, the Boost Charge Pro ‌MagSafe‌ 3-in-1 Wireless Charger and the Car Vent PRO. The wireless charger isn't out just yet, but the Belkin Car Vent Mount PRO with ‌MagSafe‌ has launched. The Car Vent PRO is, as the name suggests, a mount that's been created for use in the car with a...
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Review: Boss Audio's New Head Units Deliver Wireless CarPlay for Just $400

Wednesday December 16, 2020 6:00 am PST by
Boss Audio and sister brands Planet Audio and Sound Storm Laboratories today are introducing new car stereo head units that include support for wireless CarPlay and Android Auto at a price of just $400. With a capacitive 6.75-inch screen and support vehicle features like a rear camera and steering wheel controls, the new systems offer a solid value for those with older vehicles looking to update...
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Review: Meross Smart Power Strip and Plug Offer Affordable and Versatile HomeKit Sockets, but Setup Difficulties Can Cause Frustration

Friday December 11, 2020 7:15 am PST by
Meross makes a range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices for multiple regions around the world. The Meross Smart Power Strip and Smart Plug are some of the company's most popular products and both work with Apple HomeKit. Meross's smart plugs are among the more affordable HomeKit-compatible devices on the market, and the company offers the option to buy them in cheaper multi-packs for ...
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Review: The ElevationHub Adds an Extra USB Port and SD Card Slot to Your Mac's Power Adapter

Thursday December 10, 2020 9:01 am PST by
ElevationLab has a range of useful accessories for Apple products, and in June, launched a new accessory that's designed to turn the Mac's power adapter into a hub. There are many USB-C hubs available on the market, but the ElevationHub is unique because it works directly with the power adapter rather than plugging into the Mac itself. The USB-C accessory attaches to the USB-C port on one of ...
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Review: Nanoleaf's HomeKit-Connected Triangle and Mini Triangle Light Panels Offer New Design Possibilities

Wednesday December 9, 2020 10:47 am PST by
At the beginning of the year, Nanoleaf unveiled its new Shapes line, which features interconnected wall-mounted light panels in different shapes that display a rainbow of shifting colors. The Hexagon light panels, launched this summer, were the first new light panels in the lineup, and now Nanoleaf has launched the Triangles and Mini Triangles, two new shape options that connect to one another...
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Apple Silicon Mac Reviews: M1 Chip Delivers Exceptional Performance, Thermals, and Battery Life

Tuesday November 17, 2020 7:13 am PST by
As the first Macs containing Apple Silicon processors began arriving to customers today, reviewers have shared their first impressions of the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. In particular, reviewers praised the M1 chip's ability to deliver excellent performance, thermals, and battery life. ‌MacBook Air‌ The Verge's Dieter Bohn remarked that "The ‌MacBook Air‌ with the ‌M1‌ chip is...
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HomePod Mini Reviews: 'Remarkably Big Sound' Despite Compact Design

Thursday November 12, 2020 6:27 am PST by
HomePod mini reviews have now been shared by media outlets and YouTubers, providing us with the first impressions of the speaker's sound quality and design. We've rounded up some opinions of the speaker below. For more video reviews, see here. Image: Matthew Moniz HomePod mini is equipped with the same S5 chip as the Apple Watch Series 5, which Apple says allows the speaker to "analyze the...
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Review: iBoy is a Must-Have Desk Toy for iPod Fans

Monday November 9, 2020 11:37 am PST by
Designer Philip Lee, known for his line of Classicbot toys modeled after Apple products, earlier this year came out with his latest figurine, the iBoy. The palm-sized iBoy is an homage to Apple's iPod Classic, first released in 2001. Design wise, the iBoy is a cross between an iPod and a robot, and it makes for a fun desktop toy or shelf decoration. iBoy's body looks similar to a...
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iPhone 12 Pro Max Reviews: 'The Best Smartphone Camera' You Can Get, But 6.7-Inch Display Isn't for Everyone

Monday November 9, 2020 8:00 am PST by
Reviews are now out for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, providing us with a closer look at the super-sized device before it begins arriving to customers on Friday. We've rounded up a handful of reviews from media outlets below. For video reviews, see here. Image: The Verge With a 6.7-inch display, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest iPhone ever, eclipsing the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. Given that...
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iPhone 12 Mini Reviews: The Best Small Smartphone but Battery Life 'Leaves Much to Be Desired'

Monday November 9, 2020 7:26 am PST by
First impressions of the iPhone 12 mini have now been shared by select media outlets and YouTubers, providing a closer look at Apple's small form factor smartphone. Reviewers praised the ‌iPhone‌ 12 mini's size and full feature set, but were disappointed about the device's battery life. Photo via The Verge Size The Verge's Dieter Bohn believes that surprisingly little is lost on the ‌iPhone‌...
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Review: Eight Sleep 'Pod Pro' iPhone-Connected Mattress Offers Temperature Controls and Sleep Tracking

Wednesday October 28, 2020 12:23 pm PDT by
A few years ago, Eight Sleep launched its first iPhone-connected mattress called "The Pod." The central feature of this bed is that it allows you to adjust the temperature of the mattress from your iPhone (or Android smartphone), accomplished through hydro-cooling technology that disperses water through a small grid on the surface of the mattress. This year, the company updated its original...
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New iPad Air Reviews: 'The Best Tablet for Most People' With New Pro-Like Design and Features at Lower Price

Wednesday October 21, 2020 7:33 am PDT by
Last month, Apple introduced a new iPad Air with a larger 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display, a faster A14 Bionic chip, a USB-C port, and Touch ID built into the power button. The new iPad Air begins arriving to customers on Friday, and ahead of time, reviews of the device have now been shared by various media outlets and YouTube channels. The new iPad Air via The Verge Most reviews agree that...
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iPhone 12 Pro Reviews: New Design and Camera Improvements More Compelling During Early Days of 5G

Tuesday October 20, 2020 9:12 am PDT by
Three days ahead of its launch, reviews of the iPhone 12 Pro are in. We've rounded up impressions of the device below. With the iPhone 12 now featuring an OLED display like Pro models, The Verge's Nilay Patel said the differences between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are "fundamentally much smaller than last year," when the iPhone 11 still had an LCD. In addition to OLED, both devices...
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iPhone 12 Reviews: Major Design and Display Improvements, Mixed Experiences With 5G and MagSafe

Tuesday October 20, 2020 8:58 am PDT by
The first iPhone 12 reviews have been shared by various media outlets and YouTubers, and the overall consensus is that the ‌iPhone‌ 12 is surprisingly similar to the iPhone 12 Pro. Reviewers praised the ‌iPhone‌ 12's new design and Super Retina XDR display, but had mixed experiences with 5G and MagSafe. Photo via The Verge Design The reviewers were impressed with Apple's new squared-off design...
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Review: Beats Flex Offer a Great Entry Point to Apple's Wireless Earphone Ecosystem for Just $50

Monday October 19, 2020 11:00 am PDT by
One of the announcements last week that flew under the radar since it wasn't explicitly mentioned during Apple's event was the introduction of Beats Flex, new wireless earphones that represent an upgraded version of the previous BeatsX. Not only do Beats Flex come with some upgrades, but they also carry a much lower price of just $49.99, representing the most affordable way to get into Apple's...