Gadget Review http://www.gadgetreview.com Your lifestyle gadget site Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:05:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Soundwall Combines Music and Art, Music Wireless Plays From Artwork http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/soundwall-artwork-speaker.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/soundwall-artwork-speaker.html#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:05:39 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176943 If you love music and art, then the combination of both into one will probably get you really excited. So you should really be jumping up and down to hear that Soundwall has captured both into one device – artwork that hangs on y our wall and plays your favorite tunes wirelessly. The artwork streams […]

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If you love music and art, then the combination of both into one will probably get you really excited. So you should really be jumping up and down to hear that Soundwall has captured both into one device – artwork that hangs on y our wall and plays your favorite tunes wirelessly. The artwork streams music wirelessly from your iPhone, Android, Sonos while doubling as the perfect accent to your home. The artwork is thin, light and easy to hang on your wall – you just need to make sure it’s by a power outlet and that it’s connected to your Wi-Fi network. And the artwork is totally customizable, letting you choose from either a picture from their own gallery, custom print any image you supply them or give Soundwall the freedom to create an entirely original piece.

And the sound from the artwork isn’t that bad thanks to Soundwall’s hi-fidelity sound from it’s “sophisticated distributed mode speaker system.” So the entire canvas is the speaker and it has a built-in computer and amplifier that delivers powerful and flexible sound from your wall. And to make sure everything works well, every Soundwall piece is handcrafted and individually tested in their Boulder, CO studio. They have different picture size options that range from your normal poster size (24″ x 36″) all the way up to Epic (40″ x 60″), with prices ranged accordingly. So the cheapest is $949 and that goes up to $2,499, but it’s noted that some pieces might even be more than that.

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Keep Your MacBook Cords Nice and Neat With The PowerCurl Cord Wrap http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/powercurl-cord-wrap.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/powercurl-cord-wrap.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:11:22 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176924 No one likes a messy workspace filled with cables everywhere. To help your messy cable problem, opt for the PowerCurl MacBook Power Cord Wrap that’s only $10 at The Fancy! It works with the entire family of MacBook power adapters (Air, Retina, Pro, etc.) and makes it easy to unplug and pack up quickly without […]

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PowerCurl Cord Wrap

No one likes a messy workspace filled with cables everywhere. To help your messy cable problem, opt for the PowerCurl MacBook Power Cord Wrap that’s only $10 at The Fancy! It works with the entire family of MacBook power adapters (Air, Retina, Pro, etc.) and makes it easy to unplug and pack up quickly without having to untangle a mess. It features a sleek look with a silicone cover that keeps unsightly cords concealed and neat. All you have to do is fold down the soft, durable cover to hide the wires and drop in your power brick right into the center and surround PowerCurl around all the cordage your charger’s have! No more getting tripped up by tangled cords ever again, which is something we’ve all done, right? With its low price, you can gift them to all your MacBook crew!

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HP Pavilion 11 Windows 8.1 Tablet drops $200, Space Pirates And Zombies only $2, & More http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/hp-pavilion-11-windows-8-1-tablet-drops-200-space-pirates-and-zombies-only-2-more.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/hp-pavilion-11-windows-8-1-tablet-drops-200-space-pirates-and-zombies-only-2-more.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:44:49 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176888 Want a solid Windows 8.1 tablet that can convert to a laptop with the click of a keyboard? Today the HP Pavilion 11 tablet with Core i5 Haswell processor and 128GB SSD is under $600 from the Microsoft Store. The tablet features over 8 hours of battery life. The popular PC game Space Pirates And […]

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Want a solid Windows 8.1 tablet that can convert to a laptop with the click of a keyboard? Today the HP Pavilion 11 tablet with Core i5 Haswell processor and 128GB SSD is under $600 from the Microsoft Store. The tablet features over 8 hours of battery life.

The popular PC game Space Pirates And Zombies is only $2 after applies-to-everything coupon O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK.

And if you need a solid point-and-shoot camera, check out Amazon’s today-only deal on the Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS. It features 24x optical zoom and only runs you $150.

HP Pavilion 11-h112nr x2, Core i5-4202Y, 128GB SSD for $599 with free shipping (normally $799).

Space Pirates And Zombies (PC Download) for $2 (normally $10 – use coupon code O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK).

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS 16 MP Digital Camera for $150 with free shipping (next best is $279).

COMPUTING DEALS

Whether you’re looking for a new laptop or to upgrade your existing system, we found plenty of excellent values in Computing Deals today. An HP Envy 17t-j100 Leap Motion is only $770 after coupon PC69930 and gives you the ability to perform tasks through physical gestures. For those who don’t care about gesticulating at their PCs to get things done, there’s a Toshiba Satellite refurb for $500 or a specd out Lenovo Erazer X700 desktop for $1,300. The popular iPad Air and Asus Transformer Pad Infinity are both good values today, and for storage, there’s a Crucial M500 240GB SSD and a Western Digital 1TB HDD.

HP Envy 17t-j100 Leap Motion Quad Edition, Core i7-4702MQ, HD+ 900p for $770 with free shipping (normally $1,050 – use coupon code PC69930). Cheapest ever by $15.

Toshiba Satellite E45T-A4300B Touch Core i5-4200U, 6GB RAM (Refurbished) for $500 plus $5 shipping (next best is $600). Cheapest ever by $50.

Lenovo Erazer X700 57316914 Quad Core i7-3820, Geforce GTX 660 1.5GB, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD for $1,300 with free shipping (normally $1,700).

Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi MD788LL/A for $440 with free shipping (normally $499).

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 32GB 10.1-inch 1200p Tablet (Refurbished) for $180 with free shipping (normally $500). Cheapest ever by $35.

Crucial M500 Internal SSD 2.5″ 240GB CT240M500SSD1 for $110 with free shipping (next best is $120 – use coupon code EMCYTZT59226). Ties cheapest ever.

Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB Hard Drive for $50 with free shipping (next best is $60 – use coupon code RUF123154). Cheapest ever by $50.

GAMING DEALS

Hundreds of solid game deals are made possible by GameFly’s ‘under $20 used game blowout’ sale. Otherwise, we found six other titles and packs on sale, including Dark Souls II and Europa Universalis 4 for cheapest ever prices.

GameFly Under $20 Used Game Blowout Sale

Destiny + $10 Gift Card (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3) for $60 with free shipping (normally $60).

Dark Souls II (Xbox 360, PS3) for $50 with free shipping (normally $60). Cheapest ever by $1.

World of Warcraft + 2-Month Card (PC/Mac) (Burning Crusade, Wrath of Lich King, Cataclysm) for $30 with free shipping (normally $50). Cheapest ever by $5.

Bioshock Triple Pack (PC Download) for $13 (next best is $70 – use coupon code EMCPFWE84). Cheapest ever by $1.

Europa Universalis 4 (PC Download) for $11 (normally $40 – use coupon code APR20OFF). Cheapest ever by $3.

Legendary (PC Download) for $1 (normally $10).

ALL THE OTHER GOOD DEALS

Insignia NS-48D510NA15 48-inch LED HDTV for $380 with free shipping (normally $450).

JBL Cinema BD100 Blu-ray Home Theater System for $200 plus $4 shipping (next best is $245). Cheapest ever by $50.

Beats by Dre Executive Headphones for $180 plus $5 shipping (next best is $270). Cheapest ever by $14.

Panasonic DMC-TS25 Tough 16.1 MP Digital Camera for $83 with free shipping (next best is $138). Cheapest ever by $16.

Roku 2 (2013) 1080p Streaming Player (Refurbished) for $52 plus $5 shipping (next best is $70).

Magellan RoadMate 3045-LM GPS (Refurbished) for $45 with free shipping (next best is $80). Cheapest ever by $10.

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Startech Thunderbolt Docking Station Review http://www.gadgetreview.com/computers/startech-thunderbolt-docking-station-review http://www.gadgetreview.com/computers/startech-thunderbolt-docking-station-review#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?post_type=os_computers&p=175483 With any computer that uses Thunderbolt, unless you’ve got the cash to buy a couple of Thunderbolt Displays to go along with it, there’s very little most users can do with the high density data transfer connector. It’s expensive and has very little support in the PC community, even if all Apple computers now ship […]

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With any computer that uses Thunderbolt, unless you’ve got the cash to buy a couple of Thunderbolt Displays to go along with it, there’s very little most users can do with the high density data transfer connector. It’s expensive and has very little support in the PC community, even if all Apple computers now ship with it. That makes the one or two slots almost useless on most machines.

Startech’s Thunderbolt Docking Station is an excellent means to provide a bunch of additional connections to your desktop or laptop Mac, and even to the few PC’s with Thunderbolt support. The Docking Station comes complete with three USB 3.0 ports (one on the front for easy access, and two on the back), an additional Thunderbolt passthrough (for daisy-chaining devices), HDMI out, Ethernet, and two audio jacks for stereo and microphone support. Everything you could want for your computer, and just a bit more.

My experience with Thunderbolt over the past three years has been abysmal. Unless you have nothing but Macs and a lot of spare money for the more expensive accessories and components, the connector just wouldn’t get used. Worse yet, even Apple failed to deliver a good way to make use of the port, which for MacBook users has been especially troublesome. At least before they were guaranteed Firewire and/or ethernet.

With the Thunderbolt Docking Station, users get everything that the Thunderbolt Display offers without the screen itself, replaced instead by the free HDMI connector. That means users can actually have any monitor or TV connected instantly without using the additional Thunderbolt port for an expensive adapter. That in itself, especially for Apple die-hards who don’t have the money to buy the very expensive monitors from Apple, makes the $250 dock seem fair.

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Everything else makes it a dead ringer for the “must have” item on your workstation. Unlike the recently reviewed Satechi 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub, the Docking Station adds extra ports without compromise. It stands upright, looks gorgeous, and has enough available connectors for a MacBook Air or Pro Retina to give it that true, desktop feel.

Unfortunately the Docking Station isn’t exactly travel friendly; it’s fairly large (7.4″x4.9″x2.8″) and requires at least two cables to work, power and Thunderbolt. I’ve tried carrying it around for work, especially after moving offices, and it’s really made to be stationary. Even if you forget the stand, it’s still bulky in a bag.

The only other thing missing is the media playback buttons as a passthrough. With the Docking Station, users are afforded a microphone and headphones port, separately, but without the option to use media playback controls like on the Apple Earpods. Perhaps like the Thunderbolt Display the passthrough cannot be used over Thunderbolt.

For most Mac owners, the Startech Thunderbolt Docking Station is a godsend. It’s everything your MacBook needs but can’t fit with it’s tiny frame. For Mac Mini and iMac owners it’s more of a nicety, a great way to make use of that Thunderbolt port, but doesn’t provide significant benefit since the desktops support plenty of connectors. Your home/office desk will be a true workstation with the Docking Station. And without it, you’ll wonder how you ever survived.

Bottom Line: The Startech Thunderbolt Docking Station is perfect for MacBook owners who need a workstation, at home or the office, without any compromises.

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IL-1 Birds of Prey Gets A High-End Simulator http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/war-thunder-simulator.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/war-thunder-simulator.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:54:46 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176882 You may not be familiar with IL-1 Birds of Prey. It’s an aircraft combat MMO using classic planes from the first half of the twentieth century, and it’s generally getting good reviews despite still being in beta. It does, however, have at least one superfan if this video is to be believed. Bring The Thunder […]

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You may not be familiar with IL-1 Birds of Prey. It’s an aircraft combat MMO using classic planes from the first half of the twentieth century, and it’s generally getting good reviews despite still being in beta. It does, however, have at least one superfan if this video is to be believed.

Bring The Thunder

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First, we should note that we’re not really sure of the provenance of this video. All we really know about it is that it seems to have been shot somewhere they speak Russian, as that appears to be the language on the posters in the background. It also appears to be arriving to us second-hand through a YouTube channel that scrapes and reposts videos. All that said, it’s still pretty cool!

Simulated Power

Essentially, as you can see, it’s an overly elaborate simulator put together from a few parts. Stepping up from the arcade cabinets of the ’80s, this pivots, dips and swings as the pilot does the same, flying through the clouds. Of course, the whole thing is in third person view, which we assume breaks the realism of this particular simulation just a tad, but, eh, you can’t win them all. It also seems, fascinatingly, to be cobbled together from spare parts; there’s general agreement that the stick is an off-the-shelf, albeit high-end, flight joystick, for example.

Not Coming To An Arcade Near You

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All of which adds up, of course, to this likely being a pirate arcade game. The phrase sounds absurd even typing it out, but this is Russia we’re talking about, the land of cobbling things together to make money off of them, and honestly, one suspects the development team probably wouldn’t object so much if they were asked. After all, it’s not every day your fans build your game its own custom simulator.

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6 Things You Need To Know About Amazon’s Kindle Phone (List) http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/amazon-kindle-phone.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/amazon-kindle-phone.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:30:40 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176875 The rumors appear to be true. After years of development, it appears that Amazon really will be putting out a smartphone. So what do you need to know about the next step in Amazon’s would-be dominance of hardware? 1. Pretty Much All The Rumors Are True. You may have heard rumors that Amazon’s smartphone will […]

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The rumors appear to be true. After years of development, it appears that Amazon really will be putting out a smartphone. So what do you need to know about the next step in Amazon’s would-be dominance of hardware?

1. Pretty Much All The Rumors Are True.

You may have heard rumors that Amazon’s smartphone will have a fancy, high-end glasses-free 3D interface. You may also have heard that it won’t. You may have heard that it’ll be a premium product. You may have heard that instead it’ll be priced to move. It turns out that everyone was actually right and that Amazon is actually debuting two smartphones, a budget model and the fancy high-end 3D one.

2. The 3D Interface Is Almost Absurdly Elaborate.

The phone apparently has no fewer than six on-board cameras to make the 3D interface actually work. Two of them are your standard cameras; there’s a rear-facing one for snapshots and videos, and a front-facing one for video chat and other fun stuff. But there are also four at the corners that enable the 3D interface and tracking.

Honestly, we’re more curious to see how hackers will use the cameras than we are in the interface. This also means that it doesn’t do 3D the way the 3DS does 3D, so this might not kill your eyes.

3. Sadly, It Will Have The Same Busted Software.

Unfortunately, Amazon’s taste for forking Android, in both the literal and figurative sense, appears to be continuing completely unabated. This phone will be running a, barf, “heavily-modified” version of Android likely designed to funnel you towards Amazon for everything. So essentially this phone will arrive hobbled, and you’ll have to fight Amazon to make it work properly.

4. It’s Surprisingly Low-Res.

Honestly, this feature may be more smart than anything else: The phone only runs video at 720p. It’s worth noting that, since the screen is 4.7 inches, you aren’t really going to notice much in the way of a quality difference. The numbers are really just for bragging rights and need to be treated accordingly. Still, we imagine that will lead to some frustrated comments on the Internet.

5. The Phone Is Built To Help You Window Shop.

There is one particularly interesting application of the 3D that may explain the low resolution and absurdly over-the-top interface. Supposedly, when the phone debuts, you’ll be able to use it to view and rotate objects Amazon has for sale to see surfaces that otherwise aren’t visible on the site. While we hope that isn’t their killer app, it’s a really cool idea, at least.

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6. It May Take A Few Months To Get Up To Speed.

Finally, the biggest problem may be that it’s not a phone designed for everyday use right out of the gate. Amazon is apparently working overtime to recruit major developers and get major apps onto its own private ecosystem day one, but efforts like this always fall short. So, when this phone arrives, look closely at the apps it has, and be sure to put some weight on whether or not you’ll use it.

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Here’s Stunning Drone Footage Of New York City (Video) http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/nyc-drone-footage.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/nyc-drone-footage.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176868 Flying a drone in a urban area is dumb for a multitude of reasons. It can put the safety of others at risk, especially if you’re an inexperienced pilot. It can crash, be crashed, or even be shot down depending on how grouchy someone is. Or the police might pay you a little visit to […]

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Flying a drone in a urban area is dumb for a multitude of reasons. It can put the safety of others at risk, especially if you’re an inexperienced pilot. It can crash, be crashed, or even be shot down depending on how grouchy someone is. Or the police might pay you a little visit to discuss why you’re flying a robot around. But sometimes, with footage like this, it’s worth it.

Drone Away

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Essentially Randy Scott Slavin just hooked up his GoPro to his DJI Phantom, took off, and started filming. This isn’t the first time Slavin’s explored cities with a drone; notably, he gave it a shot in Northhampton, Massachusetts. But it’s rare to find drone footage of New York City, especially this well-done, even though there’s no shortage of drone pilots in the Big Apple.

Air Film

Of course, there are a few reasons for that, most of which are good ones for not trying this yourself. First of all, you have no idea what you’re going to run into up there; it’s not uncommon for drones at a certain height to start running into birds and other, ah, “squishy obstacles.” Secondly, filming with a drone can be of questionable legality depending on where you are and what you film; there’s a reason most drone footage on private property is paid for by the company who owns that property. Drone pilots know all too well that the NYPD can hassle anybody they think might be breaking laws.

Drone Again

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But, we have to admit, you can’t argue with the results. OK, you can argue with the music, but that’s true of a lot of viral videos. Either way, it’s a beautiful collection of footage that captures a city just going about its business, over the course of a day.

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Hear Music and Light Up A Room Directly From Your Phone, Smartlight is a Speaker and Bulb http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/smartlight-speaker-led-bulb.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/smartlight-speaker-led-bulb.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:17:42 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176863 What do you get when  you cross a LED bulb and a speaker? Give up…You get Smartlight! Okay, that was a lame joke, but seriously, Smartlight does combine the two and lets you control both from your smartphone, PC or tablet. The 10 Watt Bluetooth Speaker and LED bulb just screws into your lamp and […]

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What do you get when  you cross a LED bulb and a speaker? Give up…You get Smartlight! Okay, that was a lame joke, but seriously, Smartlight does combine the two and lets you control both from your smartphone, PC or tablet. The 10 Watt Bluetooth Speaker and LED bulb just screws into your lamp and you’re good to go! It’s compatible with all devices using Bluetooth, but has a maximum of 10 meters and can be used on all E27/E26 lamp sockets. And it doesn’t disappoint as a light bulb, either, with LED light intensity more performant that a 40W standard bulb. There’s also six levels of light intensity you can choose from - 100% / 75% / 50% / 30% / 20% / OFF and it’s a warm white color. The speaker has a total output of 10W. It’s now available for pre-order for $85 at PreLaunch.

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Recreate Your Own Favorite Scenes With The Simpsons House LEGO Set http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/the-simpsons-house-lego-set.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/the-simpsons-house-lego-set.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:03:40 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176859 A while back, we posted about The Simpsons LEGO set being the first licensed line of LEGO minifies and now they’ve released their house as its own set. The new set has 2,523 bricks and comes with a variety of seated featured like a detachable roof, modular design, the famous family couch – even their […]

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A while back, we posted about The Simpsons LEGO set being the first licensed line of LEGO minifies and now they’ve released their house as its own set. The new set has 2,523 bricks and comes with a variety of seated featured like a detachable roof, modular design, the famous family couch – even their pink car with a dent! Open up the top to discover the family bedroom that includes Maggie’s crib, Bart’s room complete with a Krusty poster, Lisa’s room filled with looks and even a bathroom with a shower, toilet, sink and mirror (because we all know toy LEGO’s need to go, right?). Check out the iconic living room with their infamous couch and TV playing Itchy and Scratchy.

In the detachable garage, there’s a workbench, took rack, vacuum, toolbox and their dented car that even has a radioactive bar from Homer’s job at the nuclear power plant. Outside looks just as it does on the classic animated TV series, with even an air conditioning unit with “Property of Ned Flanders” on it! This set is definitely a collector’s item and includes 6 minifigures: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Ned Flanders. It measures over 9″ high. 16″ wide and 9″ dee[ and goes for $199.99 (limit five per customer).

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Roadtrip!: Apple’s CarPlay Goes Aftermarket http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/roadtrip-apples-carplay-goes-aftermarket.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/roadtrip-apples-carplay-goes-aftermarket.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:18:43 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176849 In Apple’s 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote, SVP Eddy Cue detailed “iOS in the Car.” This news was expected, as a few car companies had already integrated an “Eyes-Free Siri” feature. But Siri was basically a voice-search, not an immersive Apple ecosystem experience. “iOS in the Car” was a different animal. It included full voice […]

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In Apple’s 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote, SVP Eddy Cue detailed “iOS in the Car.” This news was expected, as a few car companies had already integrated an “Eyes-Free Siri” feature. But Siri was basically a voice-search, not an immersive Apple ecosystem experience. “iOS in the Car” was a different animal. It included full voice and consol-based touchscreen controls for every aspect of iOS: music, maps, messaging, everything. And it was coming soon, very soon, to a dozen brands and counting.

Nine months later, at the annual Geneva International Motor Show, Apple finally let the cat out of the bag and officially named the service CarPlay, while detailing an impressive list of partners who would be releasing CarPlay enabled models in 2014. Take a gander: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.

Imagine, all of your iPhone’s services at your fingertips (or tongue tip) during the morning commute or long road trip. The system, controlled by Siri voice-command or manual steering wheel/dashboard buttons, could turn any car into a personal entertainment and navigation center, complete with turn-by-turn directions, dictated messaging, and third-party app support (including favorites like Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Beats Music).

The announcement was a no-brainer, as multiple car companies (I’m looking at you, Ford) had utterly flubbed attempts at producing their own proprietary versions of CarPlay. And Apple’s old friend Google had already announced its very own Open Automotive Alliance, a “global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014.” No time to lose!

Rejoice, the few million of you who are in the market for a brand new car this year. Chances are you’ll be able to find one that integrates with your mobile OS of choice. But what about the rest of us who are happily ensconced in an older model? I use iTunes too, you know.

Never fear, tortured souls. Today, Pioneer Audio announced that it will bring CarPlay to five of its popular in-dash NEX infotainment systems (aka thief magnets) in the coming months, with model prices ranging from $700 to $1,400. And Yesterday, Alpine Electronics announced its own CarPlay integration products, at the EVERYDAY LOW PRICE of $500 to $700. Expect a torrent of similar announcements to follow, as the booming Apple aftermarket rightfully panics.

Obviously, this needed to happen. Apple’s objective should be full market penetration, and while that is highly unlikely (I’d say impossible), it becomes much easier when older cars can get in on the game. The price point seems high, and definitely prices a significant portion of the aftermarket customer base out for now. But as 2014 models quickly enter the used car marketplace, CarPlay will quickly spread to all corners of the market.

This all comes at a time of major changes to the global dashboard. Audi is experimenting with a 12.3 inch LCD display, in place of the classic dash dials, that goes way beyond anything available in commercial vehicles today. And most tellingly, the Nikkei Asian Review cites a report from Yano Research, which “estimates conventional car navigation systems worldwide will fall from 21.11 million in 2013 to 38.2 million in 2018. Shipments of in-car entertainment systems that link to smartphones, by contrast, will leap roughly fivefold over that same period to reach 14.75 million.”

I can’t wait to plug in and say “play”.

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4 Apple TV Rumors You Can Sink Your Teeth Into: Features, Functions and Release Date (list) http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/4-apple-tv-rumors-you-can-sink-your-teeth-into.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/4-apple-tv-rumors-you-can-sink-your-teeth-into.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:59:02 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176697 As the blogosphere and Wall Street clamor over the snippets of “news” leaking out about plans for the iPhone 6 and “iWatch” wearable, both of which are expected to be big sellers, one of Apple’s most successful products has been overlooked. The Apple TV isn’t as public as the other products. People have them at […]

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As the blogosphere and Wall Street clamor over the snippets of “news” leaking out about plans for the iPhone 6 and “iWatch” wearable, both of which are expected to be big sellers, one of Apple’s most successful products has been overlooked.

The Apple TV isn’t as public as the other products. People have them at home and use them every day, but no one really talks about it with their friends. But with over 20 million units sold since 2007 (10 million in 2013 alone, and 80% year-over-year jump worth over one billion dollars), it’s clear that it is in demand as more and more consumers cut the cable cord and turn to independent and web based content providers for their media.

We haven’t seen an Apple TV hardware refresh in two years, so it makes sense that an updated device is likely on the horizon. Before we get into the release date specifics, let’s take stock of the rumors surrounding new features and functions.

1. Live TV Streaming/DVR Capabilities

There is compelling, if not one hundred percent convincing, evidence that Apple is engaged in high level talks with Comcast about coordinating live television streaming and recording on any new Apple TV, which in this scenario would essentially become a cloud-based set-top box. These talks started with Time Warner, but have moved to Comcast since the two companies announced a merger. In an FCC document released during the merger process, Comcast flat out says Apple is “exploring” the development of a set-top box.

The Wall Street Journal (link above) reports that the discussions are stalled over issues including how consumers would log in to the service, which company would control that data (BIG DATA!), and connection speed guarantees (basically, Apple TV streams would be part of a prioritized cable connection separate from the “public” Internet).  From an outside perspective, a collaboration seems like a win-win for both companies. Apple gets to offer live TV and DVR services and immediately become a power player in the in-flux television market (through media rights, hardware sales, etc), while Comcast attaches itself to a beloved global brand that stands in stark contrast for the abject hate often directed at cable providers.

2. Motion control

This rumor is also highly likely to turn out true. Apple acquired Israeli 3D sensor technology company PrimeSense, the team behind the original Xbox Kinect tech, in November 2013. And, as AppleInsider reported in early March, a bunch of camera-centric job positions were posted and filled on the Apple TV team:

“Job titles include Camera Algorithms Developer, Camera Tuning Framework Engineer, Media System Performance Engineer. Qualified candidates must have experience working with camera capture frameworks.”

So, cherish your remotes for a while more. Soon, it appears, they’ll become a quaint artifact of the past. Although…

3. Touchscreen remote

Now this is a real rumor, totally unsubstantiated, but fun to consider. Even with motion sensing tech (and maybe Siri integration? Again, that’s my thought, no evidence at all), it would be surprising if Apple ditched a physical control completely.

German online tech outlet Curved posted these awesome conceptual renderings of a  touch screen remote. Even if it doesn’t happen, at least we got to geek out!

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4. Release Schedule

In February, Bloomberg (link above) reported an April release date, which, though that timeline no longer seems likely, points to at least an announcement in the coming months. This past week, we received the strongest evidence yet in the form of a market research note from KGI Securities. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at the firm, posted a note detailing KGI’s confidence in a 2014 release, and shooting down the rumor of a full-fledged Apple-branded television set: “Considering the high cost involved in creating a TV supply chain, we don’t expect the iTV to debut before the TV ecosystem improve.”  His note also included a 2014 product release roadmap (below) which, while rumor for now, fits with the information we have so far regarding the other products included.

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Amidst the rumors, one thing is for sure: we will see multiple new hardware releases from Apple in 2014. And Gadget Review will keep you in the (infinite) loop until the moment the announcements come.

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17 of the Best iPhone 5s Cases of 2014…So Far (list) http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/17-of-the-best-iphone-5s-cases-of-2014.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/17-of-the-best-iphone-5s-cases-of-2014.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:12:50 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176726 Looking to protect your iPhone 5s from spills, dust, drops and more? Or are you looking for a cool-colored case to accent your smartphone? Whatever your reasons are, we’ve compiled some of the best iPhone cases available. There’s slim-fitting ones, wallet folios, tough cases and more. 17. Ballistic Jewel Known for making tough cases, the Ballistic […]

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Looking to protect your iPhone 5s from spills, dust, drops and more? Or are you looking for a cool-colored case to accent your smartphone? Whatever your reasons are, we’ve compiled some of the best iPhone cases available. There’s slim-fitting ones, wallet folios, tough cases and more.

17. Ballistic Jewel

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Known for making tough cases, the Ballistic Jewel is its slimmest case yet and sells for only $19.99. You can opt for various colors or the translucent version for a sleek, simple case to protect your phone.

16. Lifeproof Fre

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As a waterproof case for the iPhone 5s, the Lifeproof Fre ($79.99) is the idea case for those who want to keep water and grime out of their phone, but still access the phone’s fingerprint feature.

15. Moshi SenseCover

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The Moshi SenseCover ($45) is a new faux leather flip-style case for your iPhone 5s that has a built-in window, along with touch sensors which allow you answer calls, check what time it is and more.

14. Spigen SGP Slim Armor

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The sleek Spigen SGP Slim Armor case provides great protection and won’t break that bank at only $17.99.

13. Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book

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Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book ($60) case is unique and novel with an bamboo interior frame with slots on its inside for storing credit cards, cash and cards is a great option for those want a more stylish case.

12. Element Rogue Black Ops

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The Element Rogue Black Ops is a more affordable option from Element’s lineup that has cases that go for $200+, but this one does the job for only $99.95 and features

11. Urban Armor Maverick

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The Urban Armor Maverick ($34.95) features an armor shell that has an impact resistant soft core, yet it’s light weight thanks to its composite construction. It also has oversized tactile button and an easy-to-access touchscreen and ports.

10. Typo iPhone Keyboard

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When radio and TV show host Ryan Seacrest wanted his iPhone to be more like a Blackberry, Typo fulfilled his wish with the iPhone Keyboard  ($99) that features a physical keyboard. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and did so well that their first batch was so popular that they had a huge wait list and just barely caught up with them all.

9. Ballistic Every1

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This Ballistic case ($50)  is super tough, but doesn’t add extra bulk. It also features a built-in kickstand and comes in a variety of colors.

8. Rokform Rockshield V.3

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The Rokform Rockshield V.3 ($39) is not only a case, but features a built-in mount system and includes a car mount for your vehicle.

7. CM4 Q Card Case

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It’s a case and a wallet in one! The CM4 Q Card Case is great for those looking for an all-in-one option and it’s amiable in a variety of colors for only $39.99.

6. G-Form Xtreme

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freak out whenever you drop your phone when you have the G-Form Xtreme ($39.99) protecting it! The case features there layers of protection that combines its “patented Reactive Protection Technology with a rigid outer polycarbonate shell and an inner shock-absorbing TPE insert.”

5. Gumdrop Drop Tech Series

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Here’s another cool tough case ($45) that features two layers of protection that conforms to your phone and a built-in screen cover.

4. Incipio Atlas ID

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The Incipio Atlas ID ($89) is a waterproof case that comes in a variety of colors and is constructed with five defensive layers to protect agains shock, dirt and dust.

3. Mapi Orion

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Made for the stylish, the Mapi Orion ($90) is made from high-quality leather. the flipper-style case allows you to prop up the phone horizontally or vertically and comes in different colors.

2. Mophie Juice Pack Plus

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The battery case ($119)  provides lots of powers for those who need more juice throughout the day. It has highest capacity battery (2100mAh), more than doubling the battery life of your iPhone.

1. OtterBox Armor Series

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If you need a tough case, the OtterBox Armor Series ($99.99) is their toughest yet. Available in three color, it features a slim design and is waterproof up to 6.6 feet for up to 30 minutes.

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A-Audio Legacy ANC Headphones Review http://www.gadgetreview.com/headphones/a-audio-legacy-anc-headphones-review http://www.gadgetreview.com/headphones/a-audio-legacy-anc-headphones-review#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:00:12 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?post_type=os_headphones&p=176612 Noise cancelling headphones have a bad rap, and for good reason: the theory is great, but in practice most fall flat. The principle of noise cancellation is simple: block out interfering audio by creating an interference pattern so the bad noise is cancelled out. However, there’s almost always a lot of residual noise that listeners hear, […]

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Noise cancelling headphones have a bad rap, and for good reason: the theory is great, but in practice most fall flat. The principle of noise cancellation is simple: block out interfering audio by creating an interference pattern so the bad noise is cancelled out. However, there’s almost always a lot of residual noise that listeners hear, and that tends to be annoying, especially for anyone looking for high-quality audio.

A-Audio is a new company producing high-end headphones, and they may have cracked the nut. Their Legacy ANC Headphones is a powerful, good looking set made for the smartphone and noisy world. With 40nm drivers and noise cancellation plus bass boost, this metal and leather-bound set plays the part of kickass headset every day of the week.

The ANC isn’t your typical headset. Along with the high quality smartphone-ready four-foot cable (complete with volume rocker), the set comes standard with a second standard 3.5mm four-foot cable, a 1/4th inch adapter, carrying case, and a two-year warranty. For a $300 set much of this is to be expected; the reason it stands out is because of the quality and usability of the headphones themselves.

Firstly, sound quality is excellent. Whether you’re rocking out, throwing on some wub-wub, or listening to light jazz, the audio is very good. Lows are excellent, and made additionally so with the bass boost. Highs are very steady, though some mids are muffled. This is definitely not the pair you’ll want for throwing on a lot of classical music. If you’re into popular tunes from the past 20-30 years (Rock, Hip-Hop, Pop, etc.), you’ll love the sound quality.

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And you’ll love it more with the noise cancellation on, whether or not you need it. I’ve been testing the ANC out for over three weeks and rarely use it without the boost, which is alright for  noise cancellation but excellent at boosting the audio like an amp, with clearer sound that’s easier to distinguish. I particularly like the Bass Boost, not because I need the extra bass, but because it does such a good job at giving my preferred rock that additional contrast of highs to lows that makes the music stand out.

Then there’s the comfort factor; these are comfy. The Legacy headphones are some of the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever tested. The plush leather is thick on the cans and headband, and though the set is heavy thanks to the metal frame, they’re very solid when worn. The only problem I’ve had is overheating, which is standard for headphones that use leather. After about two hours my ears got claustrophobic; after five minutes they were just fine.

Two features really stand out as above and beyond what any competitors offer. The first is plugging in on either side of the headset. Users can choose which side to plug into, the right or left can. With the majority of today’s music streaming through smartphones and laptops, how we plug in to listen may vary on a day to day basis. Sometimes you set your phone on the right, or the left; sometimes it switches pockets. Whatever the case, most headsets have the cable built in, which means it favors one side. Not so with the ANC; plug in on either side and keep your cables organized, no matter the situation.

The second is because there are two headset ports. Say your friend wants to listen to something with you. With the second headphone port, plug in their headset or speakers into your headphones and voila, an instant audio passthrough. Share music with another person for a plane or car ride without any drama or invasion of personal space. Very simple, very clean, and it doesn’t get in the way of the design of the headphones at all.

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Two things keep A-Audio’s headset from perfection. The first is that the battery is not rechargeable. The Legacy ANC relies on two AAA batteries, unlike the slightly more expensive Bose QuietComfort 3. I’d rather pay an additional $50 for a rechargeable battery pack than carrying around extra batteries, something many of us have stopped doing for years now. Sure, the ANC doesn’t need batteries to function, but the last thing any of us wants to think about is “where are those damned batteries?” I have used the set for 20+ hours and haven’t had to replace the batteries yet.

Next is the metal frame. As great as it is, after a few weeks I’ve noticed that the metal is very easy to scratch. It’s not noticeable from far, but it’s very easy to feel. The chrome does stain with fingerprints too easily as well. Sure, they look great from a distance, but in the hand those scratches and fingerprints don’t leave a good taste.

Additional notes: the travel case is a nice touch, but it looks surprisingly cheap. The cables pouch is really, really cheap, and the cleaning cloth is very thick and abrasive (which is actually good for cleaning off fingerprints from the chromed-out headphones…but nothing else). The Legacy ANC also has adjustable cans that turn 90 degrees so you can rest them comfortably, cans down, on the neck. They also fold, though the headset doesn’t really fold well in half. Finally, the battery cover is kept in place magnetically, a great touch.

Bottom Line: The Legacy ANC Headphones combine high quality audio, great comfort, and excellent features. As A-Audio’s first headset, it is a little rough around the edges, but this stylish headset is a worthy companion for travel, work, play, and much more.

Available through A-Audio

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5 Awesome Features American Smartphones Don’t Have And Desperately Need http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/5-awesome-features-american-smartphones-dont-have-and-desperately-need.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/5-awesome-features-american-smartphones-dont-have-and-desperately-need.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:00:02 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176833 Like your smartphone? Many do. Putting tiny computers in our pockets has changed our society in ways both enormous and subtle. But there are many, many features for smartphones that you simply don’t find in the US. Here are just five features you can find overseas… and not in the US. 1. eInk Everywhere A […]

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Like your smartphone? Many do. Putting tiny computers in our pockets has changed our society in ways both enormous and subtle. But there are many, many features for smartphones that you simply don’t find in the US. Here are just five features you can find overseas… and not in the US.

1. eInk Everywhere

A weirdly common trend everywhere but the US is to put eInk on the back of smartphones. Why? It can pop up your notifications and other data, so instead of unlocking your phone or staring at little icons, or reconfiguring your lockscreen, you can just glance at the back of your phone. Why isn’t this common in the US? Mostly because Samsung, Google, and other companies are hoping to sell you a $300 watch that does the same thing.

2. Dual SIM Card Slots

OK, OK, we admit it, if you know where to look and aren’t picky about an operating system, you can find dual SIM card phones in the US as well. That said, it’s an idea that’s popular overseas less because they believe in paying two phone bills, and more because they believe in not paying roaming charges. It’s fairly easy, in Europe or Asia, to cross borders and immediately have your phone sitting on someone else’s network, eagering awaiting the chance to charge you twenty bucks a text. So it’s common to buy one-day use SIM cards or pay-as-you-go plans and just slot them into your phone.

3. Split-Screen Messaging

Messaging apps are popular in the US, but they’ve got nothing on messaging apps in Asia. As a result, some smartphones sold in markets like Korea have a split-screen messaging capability; you can message on two apps simultaneously. It’s a great idea for social butterflies, so why isn’t it here? Mostly because the current push in the US is to try and consolidate all your messaging into one app; just ask anybody who’s been annoyed to install Facebook Messenger.

4. Rotating Camera

This is another feature that’s simply baffling as to why it isn’t standard. True, for most of us, a front-facing camera and a back-facing camera are all that’s necessary. But, first of all, a rotating camera on your phone is pretty neat, and makes it easier to use, especially if you’re trying to get a surreptitious photo of your notoriously camera-shy pets. We’re speaking from personal experience, here. Secondly… well, it’s just fairly neat. And really, that’s why we have smartphones.

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5. Dedicated Shutter Buttons

Quite a few of us use our smartphone not just as a tiny computer, but also as a replacement to our tiny point-and-shoot cameras. And, yet, the controls are still agonizingly clunky and unresponsive; it turns out that touchscreens, with their lag, aren’t great for snapping off quick shots. Most overseas smartphones still have a dedicated shutter button, usually located on the back of the phone, that only works when the camera is open. Really, this should be standard on all phones.

Of course, these items may come to market sooner rather than later; that’s the joy of smartphones. Still, come on, guys, pick up the pace.

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HTC One M7 vs HTC One M8: Which to Buy, What’s the Difference (comparison) http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/htc-one-m7-vs-htc-one-m8.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/htc-one-m7-vs-htc-one-m8.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:35:29 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176625 Back in March, HTC unveiled a better version of the last year’s flagship device, the HTC One M8. Since its launch, we’ve done a few comparisons to help users find out about the big differences between the HTC One M8 and flagship devices from other OEMs. However, if you’re still hooked up with the last […]

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Back in March, HTC unveiled a better version of the last year’s flagship device, the HTC One M8. Since its launch, we’ve done a few comparisons to help users find out about the big differences between the HTC One M8 and flagship devices from other OEMs.

However, if you’re still hooked up with the last year’s HTC One M7, and want to know if its really worth upgrading to the latest and greatest offering from the Taiwanese OEM, read on.

Amazing Build Quality and Design

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Before I proceed, let me tell you one thing: both devices are amazing — in terms of hardware, software, build quality etc. Coming over to the build and design, HTC One M8 looks strikingly similar to its predecessor, and features an all aluminum body, but it’s a bit more polished and better. They both look great in hand, and HTC revealed the latest HTC One M8 in a few new color options, including gray, gold and the traditional silver color.

HTC One M7 received a lot of recognition across the globe because of its beautiful design, and was also named as the best smartphone of 2013 at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in February.

HTC One M7 measures 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm and weighs 143g, while its successor is 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm and weighs 160g. The latest flagship device is a little heavier, but thinner, and the difference is minute when it comes to weight.

Bigger Display, But With The Same Resolution

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HTC One M8 comes with a slightly bigger 5-inch display with a 441ppi pixel density compared to 4.7-inch in its predecessor with 468ppi pixel density, but it still boasts the same resolution.

The different in the screen size shouldn’t bother users, but they should get a some what similar screen area due to the inclusion of on-screen navigation buttons.

Comparatively Faster

This is one of those areas which received the biggest bump when it comes to technical specifications and performance of the device. HTC One M8 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM, compared to the Snapdragon 600 on its predecessor with the same amount of RAM.

The new processor makes it a lot faster compared to HTC One M7, and offers a good user experience, no matter which app you to try to run or task you perform.

Storage

The all new HTC One M8 comes with 16GB of storage on board, compared to 32GB on its predecessor. But, there’s a major change here: the new HTC One M8 comes with microSD card support of up to 128GB, a feature which was missing in the One M7.

It’s not just the microSD card support, HTC One M8 comes with 65GB of free Google Drive storage as well which helps users save their data in the cloud so its accessible no matter which device they are on.

Duo Cameras

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This is another major change in the latest flagship device. HTC One M8 comes with an improved Duo Camera — although it’s still UltraPixel. The camera is accompanied by a depth sensor with UFocus which lets users focus on an element in a photo, while the remaining part is blurred out. It’s not just uFocus, the new camera comes with an array of editing features to improve the picture quality.

The new HTC One M7 also features a 5MP front-facing camera compared to a 2.1MP one found in the last year flagship.

Other Changes, Software, Nano-SIM and more

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HTC One M8 comes with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6.0. The HTC One M7 is also running the latest KitKat update, but it features Sense 5.5 UI, but worry no more as HTC has promised to deliver the latest Sense 6.0 to the device in the coming months.

The new flagship comes with support for a nano-SIM card, while the HTC One M7 came with micro-SIM support. But, that’s not a pretty big issue as it can be handled easily, or you could just get a nanoSIM from your carrier.

Additionally, the HTC One M8 comes with other software improvements which are not present in its predecessor, with the most interesting one being Motion Launch. It lets you turn on the screen and perform a few tasks without pressing any button, unlock device, and more. The HTC One M7 will not get the Motion launch due to hardware limitations.

As far as the battery is concerned, the HTC One M8 rocks a 2,600 mAh battery which is 40 percent more efficient than the 2,300 mAh found inside the HTC One M7. In addition, it comes with an Extreme Battery Saving mode that can extend the battery life of the smartphone to 14 days on a full charge — impressive isn’t it?

The new HTC One M8 is available for $199 with a two-year contract in the US, while T-Mobile is selling it for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $26.50.

Wrap Up

There you go. The new HTC One M8 comes with several improvements and new features when compared with its predecessor. But, if you’re thinking whether it’s worth upgrading, well, if you ask me, I’d say, Yes. The device looks beautiful, and the internal upgrades will make you notice the difference in first use. Rest is up to you. The handset is available from various retailers and carriers in different regions.

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Volvo Debuts The Inflatable Car Seat http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/inflatable-car-seat.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/inflatable-car-seat.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:30:31 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176828 If you’re a parent, you are in for, among other things, a lot of hard labor. You will lift lots of surprisingly heavy things, sling heavy things over your shoulder… and lift in and out, in and out, the car seat, which gets old even if it’s a Batman car seat. Volvo has decided that […]

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If you’re a parent, you are in for, among other things, a lot of hard labor. You will lift lots of surprisingly heavy things, sling heavy things over your shoulder… and lift in and out, in and out, the car seat, which gets old even if it’s a Batman car seat. Volvo has decided that just maybe, parents could use a break from the heavy lifting.

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This isn’t new territory for Volvo. The company is infamously safety-obsessed, and that’s extended to designing car seats for infants and toddlers. And, obviously, people at Volvo reproduce, just like the rest of us. So when they started considering the safety seat, they came up with a few ideas to spare parents, especially around weight and space.

Pump It Up

Essentially, the rear-facing seat is designed to be simple to inflate and deflate. Without air, it folds into a backpack shape so parents can haul it through airports, across taxis, and elsewhere. When it comes time to actually inflate the seat, there’s a Bluetooth activated pump that gets the seat inflated in forty-seconds or so: No mess, no external pumping, nothing.

To answer the obvious question, Volvo uses a drop-stitch fabric from the boating industry that’s surprisingly damage resistant. Essentially, this seat won’t deflate or pop unless something has gone horribly wrong well outside the purview of a child seat’s abilities.

Fold And Haul

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Sadly, this is just a concept for now, much like Volvo’s pedestrian airbag. Volvo claims that the seat goes above and beyond safety standards, but an inflatable car seat is obviously going to be a fairly hard sell for safety-obsessed parents. Still, it’s good to know that the people who build indestructible cars are working on a way to lift the burden from parents. And if nothing else, we’re hopeful that we’ll see this technology at some point, possibly incorporated into Volvo’s cars.

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Finally, A Wearable Generator http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/finally-a-wearable-generator.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/finally-a-wearable-generator.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176824 As we barrel into the future, we’re going to need more electricity for all the gear we’ll be festooned with. And that’s a tricky prospect than it might at first seem; if you’re going to wear the technology in question, you shouldn’t have to take it off just to recharge it. And a team of […]

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As we barrel into the future, we’re going to need more electricity for all the gear we’ll be festooned with. And that’s a tricky prospect than it might at first seem; if you’re going to wear the technology in question, you shouldn’t have to take it off just to recharge it. And a team of researchers in South Korea might have finally solved this problem, with this wearable thermoelectric generator.

Heating Up

As you may have guessed from the name, this particular generator is powered by your body heat. It’s actually not a new idea; scientists have been studying thermoelectric concepts for decades. But until now, wearing one on your body was limited by the materials available; inorganic materials generated more power, but were too bulky and rigid, while organic materials didn’t generate enough power to be viable. So how to beat that? New materials!

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They pulled it off by using glass fabric. It manages to solve two problems with one material; the fabric won’t let go of the heat it collects, and its flexibility makes it simple to use and to wear. With that in place, the researchers were able to create a highly efficient thermoelectric generator that could be glued to any place on your body.

Body Heat

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This doesn’t mean you’ll be wearing Google Glass powered by your own body heat tomorrow. This is still a prototype and the team is still working on various issues surrounding, well, strapping something that leaches your body heat to you. But it’s undeniably a breakthrough that’s likely going to be developed into an actual product, since it has applications everywhere from outdoorsmanship to wearable computing. Don’t be surprised if, sooner rather than later, the wearable gear you buy doesn’t even have a USB port to charge it up, thanks to this research.

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5 Reasons Why The Krups Infinity Slow Juice Extractor Is The Only Juicer You’ll Ever Need http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/5-reasons-why-the-krups-infinity-slow-juice-extractor.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/5-reasons-why-the-krups-infinity-slow-juice-extractor.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:18:15 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176812 If you’re not juicing, you don’t know what you’re missing. Not only is it healthy for you, but they taste pretty good (depending on the recipe that you use). Whether you’re doing green juices, fruit juices or even smoothies (everyone loves smoothies!), you’re going to want to invest in a good machine – one that […]

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If you’re not juicing, you don’t know what you’re missing. Not only is it healthy for you, but they taste pretty good (depending on the recipe that you use). Whether you’re doing green juices, fruit juices or even smoothies (everyone loves smoothies!), you’re going to want to invest in a good machine – one that will get the most nutrients from your fruits and veggies. If you’re ready for the big leagues of juicing or want to skip all the cheaper juicers out there, the Krups Infinity Slow Juice Extractor ($227.04 at Amazon, which is a savings of $72.95 off of its $299.99 price) is the one you’ll want to get and here’s why…

1. More Juice, Less Pulp

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Because it features breakthrough juice press technology (that has seven patents by the way) and 300 watts of power, you get more juice and less pulp. That means more nutrients for you and less stuff getting stuck in your teeth. Just feed all your veggies and fruits in its 3-compartment feeding tube. Then when you take out the extra pulp, it’ll be dry to the bone because all the good stuff went into the juice. This is because of its continuous slow mice extraction at 80 rounds per minute. When you’re done, collect all the pulp in its external jug.

2. Use It For More Than Juicing

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The juice extractor is not only great for your juicing habits, but can be used in your everyday cooking adventures, helping you whip up delicious means. It comes with two different stainless steel baskets – one finer grid basket great for juices and cocktails and a coarser grid one that’s best for sauces, smoothies and coulis.

3. Two-Year Warranty

Who doesn’t love a warranty, right? This one gives you two whole years of knowing you can get a replacement if something goes wrong, which will ease your mind.

4. It Looks Good

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The Infinity Juice Extractor actually looks good enough to be kept on your kitchen countertop despite being one of the taller juicers, displaying to the world you have good taste in juicers and actually juice daily. Its stainless steel finish is attractive and will blend in with your other modern-looking appliances. It’ll sit on your kitchen counter like a stainless steel Buddha, providing you delicious juices with some eye candy.

5. It’s Quiet

Some kitchen appliances are super loud. To the point where you can’t hear the TV or a conversation because it’s so loud. This isn’t the case with the Infinity. It has a super silent motor, churning out 70 decibels as it extracts all the good stuff from your fruits and veggies.

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Drink Cold, Frosty Beers With The Beer Glass Froster http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/drink-cold-frosty-beers-with-the-beer-glass-froster.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/drink-cold-frosty-beers-with-the-beer-glass-froster.html#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:04:39 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176809 There’s nothing like putting back a cold one at a bar. The tall, frothy glass can really make or break a great beer drinking experience. For those who prefer frothy beers at home comes the Beer Glass Froster. It can frost a beer glass in 10 seconds, allowing you to enjoy that nice cold crisp […]

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There’s nothing like putting back a cold one at a bar. The tall, frothy glass can really make or break a great beer drinking experience. For those who prefer frothy beers at home comes the Beer Glass Froster. It can frost a beer glass in 10 seconds, allowing you to enjoy that nice cold crisp beer a whole lot faster. The froster mounts to a bar or countertop with its included clamp and takes up as much space as a coffee maker. It connects to a co2 tan or cylinder (you have to buy separate), while its spout emits a frosty cloud that will take any room temperature beer into a ice-cold one in seconds! Its sprout is wide enough to allow the CO2 to completely cover a rocks glass for a margarita or a beer stein, making it the perfect addition to your next boy’s poker night or party. There’s even a festive blue LED light that glow onto the glass as it gets frosted (the light is powered by three AA batteries, which are included. Hammacher Schlemmer has it for $399.95.

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Waiting for Steam Spring Sale? Arkham Origins for $8, Tomb Raider GOTY at $6 http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/pc-gaming-spring-sales-begin-8-batman-arkham-origins-6-tomb-raider-goty-more.html http://www.gadgetreview.com/2014/04/pc-gaming-spring-sales-begin-8-batman-arkham-origins-6-tomb-raider-goty-more.html#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:57:47 +0000 http://www.gadgetreview.com/?p=176800 If you’re waiting for Steam’s Spring Sale for 2014 — you might have some salvation in ways to blow your cash thru a different retailer. Today the UK based digital retailer Green Man Gaming launched a 7 Days of Deals PC Gaming sale. Every 24 hours a new wave of gaming deals will appear up […]

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If you’re waiting for Steam’s Spring Sale for 2014 — you might have some salvation in ways to blow your cash thru a different retailer. Today the UK based digital retailer Green Man Gaming launched a 7 Days of Deals PC Gaming sale. Every 24 hours a new wave of gaming deals will appear up to 75% off instantly. On top of that there’s a 20% off coupon code to discount the games further. Most of these titles below are Steam activated so you’ll get to add the keys to your Steam library without a problem.

My personal pick would be Arkham Origins for $8 or the Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition for only $6. The “Day 1″ deals expires on the 16th at 9 A.M. Pacific, we’ll update the post when “Day 2″ deals show up and put some of the best titles below.

Use coupon code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK

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While the sale will go until April 22nd, the Above “Day 1″ deals will only last for 48 hours, ending Wednesday, April 16th at 11am Eastern. The 20% off coupon code will last through April 22nd.

Note: Every deal in the “Recently Releases” category above is at its lowest price ever.

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