iPort today announced new versions of its All-in-One Charge Case and Stand for both the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display. iPort’s Charge Case and Stand is designed to combine a case with both a wireless charger and a stand.
The iPad fits into the case portion of the accessory and attaches magnetically to the stand/charger. When attached to the stand, the iPad can be rotated into three different mounting angles and two different orientations (both portrait and landscape), making it extremely versatile.
The case, which is designed to remain on the iPad at all times, is compatible with Apple’s Smart Cover, while the dock, which weighs in at over a pound, includes a power supply for charging whenever the iPad is connected.
In considering the final value of this system, it’s important to look at its constituent pieces. A good dock without any charging hardware or cables sells for around $30, and a case of this sort would go for $35. Adding a 12W charger and a Lightning cable will cost you another $40, assuming you go with Apple products. That brings you over the $100 cost before you even consider iPort’s wireless charging. Taking the design of the parts and the total value of the bundle into consideration, it’s easy to offer the Charge Case and Stand our high recommendation. iPort got so much right here, and little touches such as the removable Lightning plug pushed the solution over the top from very good to great.
The Charge Case and Stand for the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini will begin shipping in February and will be priced at $119.95 and $99.95, respectively.
A number of companies introduced new 4K display options at CES this week, and, though some 4K monitors have seen early teething pains with the new Mac Pro, the new displays are expected to be compatible with Apple’s new pro machine.
4K displays saw significant price drops in 2013 with a number of models introduced in recent months but these new options are, for the most part, significantly cheaper than currently available 4K monitors.
Lenovo debuted its ThinkVision Pro2840m, a 28″ 4K display aimed at professionals with a 3840×2160 resolution. The monitor should be available in April for $800.
Asus also has a 3840×2160 display available, a 28-inch panel called the PB287Q, priced at $800. It will be available in the second quarter of 2014.
Finally, Seiki confirmed to MacRumors that it will announce a new 28″ 4K display tomorrow, likely a budget-option as the company currently has a 39-inch 4K television available for just $500, significantly cheaper than similar alternatives.
LG previously announced a 4K display, the 31-inch 31MU95, that is wider than most other options, using a 21:9 ratio ultra-widescreen panel at 4096×2160, whereas the other available options use a 16:9 ratio. It will also offer 34-inch and 29-inch options at similar formats, likely for significant price premiums over similar-sized displays. Those panels should be announced later this week at CES.
Android is poised to have its largest year ever with 2014, perhaps to the tune of 1.1B device shipments. At least that’s what research firm Gartner predicts for the platform in the coming twelve months. Accounting for nearly half of all device shipments in 2014, Android is expected to be far and away the most popular platform.
Thanks to increasingly lower price points in smartphones and entry into new and emerging markets, Android is well on its way to crossing the 2 billion threshold. As desktop and laptop shipments slide, smartphones and tablet adoption will rise. And, with 1.1 billion of the expected 1.9 billion, there’s no question that Android is the prefered operating system of the moment.
There is no doubt that there is a volume versus value equation, with Android users also purchasing lower-cost devices compared to Apple users. Android holds the largest number of installed-base devices, with 1.9 billion in use in 2014, compared with 682 million iOS/Mac OS installed-base devices,
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The flagship smartphone and tablet should debut in late February
CES 2014 is not even halfway in the books and yet we’re already looking ahead to the next big event. According to trusted leakmaster @evleaks, Sony is expected to debut its 2014 flagship smartphone and tablet at the annual conference.
The so-called Sony ”Sirius” smartphone will reportedly feature a Qualcomm MSM8974AB processor, a 5.2-inch 2,560×1,440 pixel display, 3GB RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with G Lens, and a 3,500mAh battery. Allegedly, the device will run Android 4.4 KitKat and we suspect it will boast the full suite of Sony apps and services. According to the source, Verizon will offer this particular model when it comes stateside.
As for the tablet, the Sony “Castor” will also feature the same processor and come in both Wi-Fi only and 4G LTE versions. There’s no other specs to share at this point but we expect nothing short of incredible and powerful.
Mobile World Congress takes place in Barcelona, Spain starting on February 24 so there’s plenty of time left for more leaks and images to surface.
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While Vimeo was one of the first to adopt HTML5 for streaming web video, its player hasn’t kept up with the times; it hasn’t been very fast or powerful. That’s changing with a redesigned player launching today. The new version starts playback much more quickly, resizes elegantly and will even sync preferences across multiple players in a single browser. And if you’re enamored with Vimeo On Demand, you’ll be glad to know that you can now buy or rent videos in-player, no matter where the clip is playing. The improvements are big enough that Vimeo is now making HTML5 the default across all platforms — you’ll only have to use Flash if you’re using an outdated browser. You can try the player for yourself by watching the promo video below.
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Source: Vimeo Staff Blog
After the deluge of announcements from MakerBot and 3D Systems over the past two days, it’s likely going to be tough for any other 3D printing companies to cut through the noise this week at CES — though XYZprinting’s got something most of the competition can’t match: a sub-$500 price point; $499, to be exact. The Taiwanese company will be brushing elbows with the big boys, showcasing the da Vinci 2.0, a semi-enclosed cube printer with a 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 build volume, which is set to launch in Europe, Japan and the US come March.
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It figures that Samsung would want to take its “Create” tagline for the Note series and press on into 3D printing because: You. Customization. The endless possibilities. And all that other jargon-y industry buzz buzz buzz. Well, now that the Korean electronics giant’s taking a stab at the make-it-yourself wheel, it’s partnered with 3D Systems to show off an app that makes custom inserts for specially-designed Galaxy Note 3 cases. The catch here being that it’s not a soon-to-be released commercial product. This is all just concept for now and you have to be at CES 2014 in Las Vegas to test it out.
Instead of whipping up entire cases, the 3D Systems app allows users visiting Samsung’s booth to create custom-designed coins (small plastic inserts that slot into the base of a Note 3 case) using its new entry-level Cube 3 3D printer. Coin creation is fairly straightforward with options to add a range of pre-set icons, text or free hand drawing. There are also three template users can choose from: a plain-faced Simple Coin, an Olive Wreath or Poker Chip. But 3D Systems told us that it intends to swap out these three templates throughout the week, so what you’ll see will depend on the day you visit.
Once you’ve settled on a final design, the coin printing process takes about 20 minutes to complete, but not everyone who passes through the booth will see their designs come to life. 3D Systems plans to sort through all submitted designs and populate a wall in Samsung’s booth with the best of the bunch — a money shot we’ll have for you later this week. So, there’s your taste of the future folks: Big-ass phones, styluses, 3D printers and your unbridled creativity (actual sense of taste optional).
Signal today announced a new iOS 7 controller, the RP One, a Bluetooth gamepad with a traditional console-style design. Because it works wirelessly over Bluetooth, the RP One is able to connect to both iPhones and iPads running iOS 7.
The RP One has been designed with serious gaming in mind, offering a “full scale” ergonomic shape to fit a range of hand sizes. The current prototype includes a directional pad, two analog sticks, two triggers, and four action buttons.
Each RP One includes a universal stand for all of Apple’s iOS devices, compatible with most covers and cases. The RP One controller offers up to 10 hours of battery life.
The RP One most closely resembles the recently introduced SteelSeries Stratus, though it has a more promising design that mimics the popular Xbox controller. Early controllers from Logitech and MOGA connected via the iPhone’s Lightning port, which excluded them from functioning with the iPad.
Like the other iOS 7 controllers, the RP One will retail for $99.99. It is expected to be available during the first half of the year.
Samsung’s custom smartphone UI (or Touchwiz) isn’t usually the Android skin you think of when it comes to the word “beautiful”. With the OEM’s Android skin going almost unchanged for a few years, we’ll welcome a change with open arms.
Thanks to popular leaker @evleaks, we can assume that Samsung is looking to refresh Touchwiz a bit. The leaked image shows a more artsy, almost hand-drawn look for the skin. Could this have anything to do with the Magazine UX debuted on the Galaxy TabPRO and NotePRO tablets? We’d like to think it could possibly be inspired by it. If the rumor holds, we could expect this for Samsung’s flagship devices going forward.
We’re sure hoping that some of these changes stick. Who knows, this might be the new look of the Galaxy S5!
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Hot off Samsung’s CES keynote and the reveal of the new Galaxy TabPro and NotePro, Logitech has already announced a protective case with a built-in keyboard for the two devices. According to Logitech, the new accessory will fit both devices thanks to a system of clips that hold either your NotePro or TabPro in place. With a protective back and a full-size keyboard (complete with Android shortcut buttons), Logitech is swinging for the fences with their Pro case. We have to admit, it does look pretty awesome.
The Logitech Pro is set to launch in the U.S. and select European and Asian markets in February, and you can expect to pay around $129.99 for this functional accessory. We’ll have more coverage of the Logitech Pro as information becomes available.
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