Posts by: James Pikover

Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.

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SpiderStyle i5d iPhone Battery Case Review

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I’ve written numerous times about the atrocious battery life the iPhone 5 and 5s get. It’s a daily struggle for me; as an app developer it was awful. As a journalist it’s terrible. And as someone who only uses it for checking emails occasionally and playing with new apps? Still...

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HTC One M8 Harmon Kardon Edition Review

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Today’s best smartphones don’t joke around. It’s no longer enough to have a good camera, high-grade bright and colorful display, plenty of available memory, strong build, and other features; they have to stand out. Some of my favorites do this in interesting ways: the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 had a...

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad Air Review

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For the best keyboards with an iPad, Logitech has been the top of the line. In fact, the Ultrathin is my current go-to keyboard, and I’ve recommended it above every other iPad keyboard and keyboard case since it released late last year. Yet here we are just over half a...

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Mixbag Transformer Bag Review

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Laptop bags are a tough thing to buy. We all have different everyday needs that don’t always associate with anyone else’s. And we don’t just use the bag to it’s fullest, we use it to our most benefit…but at the same time also form to the available pockets and other...

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SVS SB-1000 Gaming Subwoofer Review

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Multimedia is only as good as the hardware to play it back. Your Nintendo 3DS may be a great gaming platform, but only for little games that are good for bite-sized chunks (generally). The iPhone isn’t built for watching a full movie, but feel free. That’s why it’s still so...

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Blue Microphone Spark Digital Review

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Smartphones are behind for professional-grade equipment, even though we’re using them more and more for just about everything. So what happens? The quality of our content drops. Convenience always trumps usability, quality, and experience. If it isn’t easy to use, if it isn’t perfectly available and at hand when we...

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Lightning Rabbit Smartphone Cables Review

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Smartphone connectors are a tough nut to crack. It’s hit or miss, but all too easy to miss unless you stick with the expensive, top-tiered 1st party cables. If you’re on an iOS device, that means at least $30 a pop for Lightning. Android owners are much better off with...

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Bluelounge Kii Review

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In this era of ultraportables, smartphones, and minimalism, carrying more around is passe. Doing so defeats the whole purpose of simplicity, and at least for me, it’s a burden that we should be able to get rid of entirely. Great products like the Wally Case help make that a reality...

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Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e Review

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Proper communication in the workplace is the most important aspect of any business. The best intentions, plans, and people in the world can’t get anything done if they can’t communicate properly. There’s a reason why opening lines of communication in war is always the number one priority. In today’s business...

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Bluelounge Sanctuary4 Review

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These days, we all have multiple smart devices. Smartphone, tablet, media player, portable game console, wearable…something that plugs in via USB. Some of us share space with roommates and family with their own devices. And keeping all of these devices charged and organized is an under-appreciated problem. The Sanctuary4 is...