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Review: Aqara's Roller Shade Driver E1, TVOC Air Quality Monitor, and Hub M1S Are Reliable and Well-Designed HomeKit Accessories

Wednesday September 22, 2021 12:42 pm PDT by
Aqara makes a range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices that are stocked in Apple Stores around the world. This review takes a look at some of Aqara's latest products, including its TVOC Air Quality Monitor and Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1, which launches today. With these new accessories, I was able to add to the HomeKit setup that I created with some of Aqara's devices earlier this...
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9th-Generation iPad Reviews: An Even Better Value With More Storage and a Better Front Camera

Wednesday September 22, 2021 9:09 am PDT by
In addition to the sixth-generation iPad mini, the ninth-generation iPad also saw its review embargo lift today, with reviewers generally feeling that the iterative update hits most of the right notes in terms of prioritizing upgrades to storage, performance, and the front camera. Photo via CNET As an overall take, CNET's Scott Stein argues that the "good enough" entry-level ‌iPad‌ actually...
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iPad Mini 6 Reviews: Impressive Upgrade Brings iPad Air Features to Smaller Size

Wednesday September 22, 2021 6:23 am PDT by
The sixth-generation iPad mini will begin arriving to customers and launch in stores this Friday, September 24, and ahead of time, reviews of the device have now been shared by several tech websites and YouTube channels. We've already rounded up video reviews of the new iPad mini, and we've shared some highlights from additional reviews below. The consensus among reviews is that the...
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iPhone 13 Reviews: Excellent Cameras, Speedy Performance, and Improved Battery Make for Worthy Upgrade

Tuesday September 21, 2021 7:03 am PDT by
A few days before they start arriving at customers, Apple has provided select media outlets and reviewers with models of the new iPhone 13 mini and ‌iPhone‌ 13, giving us a closer look at this year's new ‌iPhone‌ update. Compared to their predecessors, the ‌iPhone‌ 13 and ‌iPhone‌ 13 mini feature a smaller notch, improved cameras, longer battery life, and better performance. Here's a brief summary of...
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iPhone 13 Pro Reviews: ProMotion and Longer Battery Life Highlight an Iterative Refresh

Tuesday September 21, 2021 6:30 am PDT by
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will begin arriving to customers and launch in stores this Friday, September 24, and ahead of time, reviews of the devices have now been shared by several tech websites and YouTube channels. Image Credit: The Verge Key features across the iPhone 13 lineup include a faster A15 Bionic chip, camera improvements, longer battery life, and a smaller notch. The...
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Review: Classicbot's Latest iBoy Accessory is a Wearable iPhone Pouch

Thursday September 16, 2021 10:30 am PDT by
Classicbot designer Philip Lee has created a range of robot figurines, toys, plushes, and pins that are modeled after classic Apple devices like the Mac and the iPod. The latest Classicbot product is an updated version of the iBoy that's available in pouch form. Lee's previously released iBoy was made from plastic and modeled after the Classic iPod. The iBoy Phone Pouch looks similar to the...
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Review: 2022 Acura MDX Adds Wireless CarPlay to a Touchpad-Driven Infotainment System

Monday September 13, 2021 12:33 pm PDT by
The Acura MDX is Honda's luxury-brand three-row SUV, and with the recent launch of the 2022 model, the MDX now supports wireless CarPlay. The MDX is Acura's first vehicle with wireless ‌CarPlay‌, and I recently had a chance to check out the updated model and some of its new features. The MDX starts at $47,200, but my test vehicle was equipped Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, Technology...
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Review: 2022 Jeep Wagoneer Offers Wireless CarPlay and Up to Nine Screens

Tuesday September 7, 2021 11:52 am PDT by
One of the splashier car introductions for this year is the relaunch of the iconic Jeep Wagoneer brand as an all-new full-size SUV to compete against the likes of the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. The new 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is also available as a Grand Wagoneer, but rather than being a larger version of an already large SUV, the "Grand" designation is used to represent higher trim...
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Review: Grid Studio Turns Apple's History Into Beautiful Home Decoration

Friday August 20, 2021 5:00 am PDT by
Apple fans tend to accumulate old products in their homes, likely on a shelf or in a drawer collecting dust. Rather than letting Apple's history become junk items for dust collection, Grid Studio aims to turn them into artistic wall decoration. Grid Studio, whose tagline is "Every classic deserves to be framed," takes Apple products and breaks them down component-by-component, placing them...
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Review: Hyper's $40 Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack Is a Worthy Competitor to Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack

Friday July 23, 2021 12:16 pm PDT by
Back in March, Hyper released its HyperJuice Magnetic Wireless Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 lineup, promising customers an easy way to wirelessly charge their devices on the go. At the time, there were relatively few options for portable MagSafe-compatible battery packs on the market. Now, though, thanks to Apple's recent release of its own MagSafe Battery Pack, there is a little more...
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Review: Anker's PowerWave Go 3-in-1 Stand Charges Your Apple Devices at Home and on the Go

Monday July 19, 2021 5:00 am PDT by
Back at CES, Anker announced the PowerWave Go 3-in-1 Stand, a docking station for iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods that also includes a removable power bank to charge your devices on the go, and after a few months to finalize the product, it's launching today. I've had a few days to try out the PowerWave Go, and I can say that it's a clever gadget that comes in handy for those steeped in the ...
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Review: Nanoleaf's Wood-Style Hexagons Add Attractive Accent Lighting to Any Room

Friday July 9, 2021 9:51 am PDT by
Nanoleaf in June unveiled its new Elements Wood Look Hexagons, which are a departure from all of the prior light panels that Nanoleaf has designed. The Nanoleaf Elements feature a textured wood-like material that can be lit up with cool or warm white light, and when off, they appear to be simple wood panels, offering a more natural look than the white plastic of prior versions. The Nanoleaf...
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Review: 2021 Cadillac Escalade Puts Wireless CarPlay on an Expansive OLED Display System

Wednesday July 7, 2021 1:15 pm PDT by
A few months ago, I took a look at the 2021 Buick Envision, which now supports wireless CarPlay as part of the Buick Infotainment System offered by GM. I've been a fan of GM's infotainment systems for a while now, as I find they have an intuitive, modern interface that keeps things simple and comes closer to replicating a smartphone feel than systems from many other manufacturers. I've...
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Review: Smartmi's P1 Air Purifier Offers Useful HomeKit Compatibility, But App Needs Improvement

Wednesday June 23, 2021 10:33 am PDT by
The Smartmi P1 Air Purifier is one of the few air purifiers that include HomeKit integration, allowing it to be added to the Home app and to be controlled with Siri voice commands. Released earlier this year, the Smartmi P1 is a relatively new product, but Smartmi has other air purifiers and home products, and it is a subsidiary of Chinese company Xiaomi. The Smartmi P1 features an...
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Review: Aqara's HomeKit H1 Switches, Temperature Sensor, and Hub M2 Expand Any Smart Home With Easy Setup

Tuesday June 22, 2021 12:33 pm PDT by
Aqara makes a range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices for multiple regions around the world. This review takes a look at four of Aqara's latest products, including its Temperature and Humidity Sensor and the newly-released Hub M2, as well as the Wireless Remote Switch H1 and Smart Wall Switch H1, which launch today. With these new accessories, I was able to add to the HomeKit setup I...
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Review: BlackBrook's AirPods Max Leather Cases Give Protection in a Practical Design

Thursday June 3, 2021 6:52 am PDT by
Based in Florida, BlackBrook Case makes a range of high-quality leather goods, including cases for the iPhone, AirPods, iPad, and AirTag, as well as Apple Watch bands. One of BlackBrook's latest products is a case solution for AirPods Max, which works both with and without Apple's own Smart Case and seeks to address some of the criticisms that have been leveled at protecting Apple's over-ear...
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Review: The Chipolo ONE Spot is a Solid AirTag Alternative With Built-In Hole and Louder Sound

Friday May 28, 2021 10:29 am PDT by
The Chipolo ONE Spot is the first Find My-compatible accessory that's a direct AirTag competitor, offering AirTag-like tracking capabilities for your valuable items. The ONE Spot is slightly more affordable than the AirTag at $28 for one and $90 for four (vs $29 for one AirTag and $99 for four) and it has a couple benefits that make it a worthy AirTag alternative. Like the AirTag, the ONE...
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Review: Ford's SYNC 4 Brings Wireless CarPlay to the 2021 F-150

Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:02 am PDT by
The massively popular F-150 pickup truck was one of the first Ford vehicles to gain the manufacturer's new SYNC 4 infotainment system for the 2021 model year, and I recently had a chance to test out the vehicle to get a sense of how the overall system functions, including a key new feature for iPhone owners: wireless CarPlay. If you've shopped pickup trucks before, you know that they come in ...
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PopSockets MagSafe-Compatible PopGrips and PopWallets Now Available for Purchase

Thursday May 20, 2021 11:52 am PDT by
PopSockets' line of MagSafe-compatible accessories is available for purchase as of today, with the PopGrip for MagSafe, PopWallet+ for ‌MagSafe‌, and the PopGrip Slide Stretch all available for purchase. I was able to spend some time with the accessories ahead of their launch, with a quick overview of each one available below. PopGrip for ‌MagSafe‌ The PopGrip for ‌MagSafe‌, priced at $30, is...
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New Apple TV 4K Reviews: A12 Chip is Noticeably Faster, Redesigned Siri Remote is Much Welcomed

Thursday May 20, 2021 6:05 am PDT by
The embargo has lifted on reviews of the new Apple TV 4K, a fairly minor refresh to the streaming box with an A12 chip for faster performance and a redesigned Siri Remote with a new clickpad for five-way navigation. Most customers will begin receiving their new Apple TV 4K this Friday, and ahead of time, we've rounded up reviews and unboxing videos below. Andru Edwards said the new Apple...