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Naturally on top

Samsung Galaxy S III

The anticipation for Samsung’s lastest addition to their premier Galaxy line of mobile phones has been higher than any other Android device we can remember. Was it for good reason? Well, the revealed specs include a massive, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display at 720p resolution, 16-64GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for expansion, Bluetooth...

Docking Statement

Jarre AeroPad Two Dock

There are docking stations and then there are docking statements. In a world wrought with crappy auxiliary plug-ins masquerading as “made for iPod” accessories, this would be the latter. No judgment here if you mistook the Jarre AeroPad Two Dock (~$920) for something out of Gattaca, but we think you’ll find that this device has...

Invoke your God's Eye

Motorola LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld

Not currently available for civilian use (check back around the end of the Mayan calendar or a city under Martial Law nearest you), the Motorola’s LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld puts military-grade situational awareness and command and control into the hands of first responders. With the LEX 700, police, emergency medical services, and firefighters benefit...

An ounce of prevention...

Normincies Radical iPad Bag

The death of your iPad is a palpable loss. When you’re on the go, we recommend keeping your glowing Retina Display enshrined in something that can prevent such a tragedy. While there are plenty of i-accessories out there to choose from, Normincies Radical iPad Bag (~$198) features an anodized aluminum shield backing and detachable handle...

Watch your weight wherever

Medisana TargetScale

One of the best things about technology is how it can mediate mundane or annoying activities, such as hopping on the scale to see the damage caused by the last few months of winter. Enter the Medisana TargetScale ($207), which transforms the entire notion of the bathroom scale into a device that any UFO fan...

Dare to Stream

Logitech UE Air Speaker

Logitech has a new dog in the iOS speaker fight. Teaming up with Ultimate Ears — best known for the ubiquitous in-ear monitors you see worn by everyone from Bono to Bieber — the Logitech UE Air Speaker ($400) is a single-unit sound system whose engineers are out to prove that it has equal parts...

Bridging the gap

Apple TV 1080p

Apple previously described its foray into the living room as a “hobby”. Now that the tiny black puck has been launched side-by-side with the new iPad, it seems more like the ultimate tablet accessory. Given the new iPad’s crazy-retina display, the new Apple TV finally matches the 1080p output of competing set-top streamers like the...

Screening past the competition

New Apple iPad (3rd Generation)

Right on schedule, Apple has announced their latest iteration of the new iPad. Yes, that’s its official name and it was the biggest surprise of the entire announcement. You can guess that the most important upgrade to the third generation of Cupertino’s market-dominating tablet lies in the ridiculous 2048 x 1536 retina display packed with...

Apper up!

MLB At Bat 12

A new season of baseball is upon us and with it comes the latest update to one of our all time favorite apps. In its latest iteration, MLB.com At Bat 12 delivers the avalanche of baseball stat goodness you’ve come to expect, but is now available on the iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle — seriously,...

Full-grown phone

HTC One X

The annual Mobile World Congress is the ideal place to show off the latest and greatest in cell phone technology, as long as your name isn’t Apple. HTC’s newly revealed super phone, dubbed the One X, is the most exciting handset to emerge from this year’s mobile smörgåsbord so far and is intended to serve...

Keep the Hi-fi, ditch the high price

Fiio E17 Alpen USB DAC Headphone Amplifier

Anyone on a budget looking to wade into the world of portable headphone hi-fi should take a good Pei Mei stare at Fiio. In the audio community, the upstart brand is known for providing unbeatable value, and their latest E17 Alpen USB DAC Headphone Amplifier ($140) is no exception. Boasting inputs for mini USB, AUX,...

Where's the beef? On your iPad of course.

Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat

Steve Jobs always said the iPad was magical. We didn’t think our shiny tablets deserved that level of praise, though, until we laid eyes on the 360-degree interactive rotating meat cuts found in Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat ($7). As a modern day manual for carnivores of all strips, the app contains detailed information...

Bookin' It Old School

Electric Library Embossed Smart Cover

Etsy maker “punkassjim” came across a photo of an antique electrical handbook and got inspired. The bold title and fun aside notes seemed to describe the iPad 2 perfectly. So, he decided to recreate the look into a set of custom iPad 2 smart covers. All of his wares are made by hand from leather...

A touch more advanced

Parrot Zik Headphones by Philippe Starck

Headphones are the new status symbol in a world where everyone owns the exact same phone. So it’s not surprising that Parrot, maker of a wide range of random accessories for mobile devices including a remote controlled helicopter drone and the Asteroid car audio receiver, decided to enter the fray. Like the $1,500 Zikmu iPod...

Roll Credits

Avid Studio for iPad

Looking to go beyond iMovie on your iPad? Consider Avid Studio for iPad. Yup, the software behind some of Hollywood’s biggest films has now been condensed and touch-optimized for the tablet experience, and it costs just $5. Capture media through the iPad Camera Connection Kit or access stored media, and arrange everything quickly in a...

Minimal Magnetism

Magnus iPad 2 Stand by Ten One Design

Simple, elegant, purposeful — those adjectives are just as applicable to the iPad 2, as they are to the Magnus iPad 2 stand ($50) by Ten One Design. The pure aluminum base is machine-crafted and equipped with customized magnets to hold Apple’s latest tablet firmly in place. While thicker cases won’t work with the stand,...

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Akai MPC Fly for iPad

Some companies wilt in the face of technical evolution and changes in consumer behavior. We love you Kodak — but you’re a classic b-school case study on this. Famed MPC maker (which, FYI, stands for music production center) could have followed a similar path in the face of exploding new device categories like tablets. Their...

Better late than never

Sony Xperia Ion & Xperia S

After buying out Ericsson’s share of their joint venture earlier this year, Sony’s inaugural run of solo-branded smartphones shows the Japanese heavyweight has no intention of ceding the market just yet to Korean competitors like Samsung and LG without a fight. The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch 720p display with a 1.5GHZ dual-core processor, a...

Data Decadence

Xcom Global Broadband Rentals

Jetsetting is a nightmare for untethered internet junkies — particularly when papa corporation isn’t footing the tab. Sure, most U.S. wireless carriers can keep the data flowing, but at their rates, careless users will lose their shirts faster than a night of craps at the Bellagio by just checking email. Frugal types may go through...

Liberty City goes mobile

Grand Theft Auto III for iOS & Android

The game that changed the gaming industry and inflamed parents across the globe thanks to its unabashed encouragement of senseless violence recently turned 10. To celebrate, Rockstar has re-released the classic for newer iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android devices for a shocking price of $5. Essentially it’s the same experience most will remember, just...

Not so nano

Behringer iNuke Boom

Yeah, we know. Another day, another iPod Dock. But unlike the one sitting in your bedroom, the 8-foot by 4-foot Behringer iNuke Boom ($30,000) probably won’t fit on your nightstand. Then again, it won’t win any awards for classy product names either. Inside the 700 pound stereo beast, the iNuke has been endowed with 10,000...

Can-do attitude

Kickstarter: Hidden Radio & Bluetooth Speaker

We credit the Rams’-like looks of the new hidden radio & Bluetooth Speaker on Kickstarter for catching our eye this morning — despite our luke warm feelings about most Bluetooth audio. The monolithic can avoids spoiling its clean lines with external buttons by incorporating a simple but effective twist top design. The first twist turns...

Fuel to the fire

Road Inc.

Question: what does over one million dollars worth of app production and development entirely for the celebration of iconic classic cars look like? Answer: Road Inc. ($10). From the Murciélago to the Mulliner Fastback Bentley Continental R, the original Model T to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, Road is quite possibly one of the most...

Thumb Beats

HTC Rezound

Now that Samsung and Motorola have shown their Android super phone hands for the holiday season, it was only a matter of time before HTC followed suit. After signing a $300 million deal to buy 51% of Beats Electronics back in August, HTC’s first Sense-skinned Gingerbread 2.3 phone with Beats audio is now here. Besides...

Goodbye roller ball, hello baller

Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry

There’s no denying that the folks at RIM have gotten more things wrong than a bro on Wheel of Fortune College week. The newly announced Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry has no chance of making a dent in the company’s sagging bottom line, but it does illustrate that RIM still understands the direct correspondance between exclusivity...

Scandinavian Champion

Nokia Lumia 800

The Nokia Lumia 800 is the first overwhelmingly positive result born from two mobile underdogs. It’s essentially Nokia’s gorgeous N9 on the hardware side, packed finally with a mobile OS (Windows Phone 7) whose tombstone isn’t already chiseled. Its curved, 3.7-inch, 12.1mm-thick polycarbonate frame and ClearBlack AMOLED display looks and feels almost like the iPod...

Android's New Poster Child

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest showcase device developed under Google’s close supervision, built for one purpose: to make Android’s latest incarnation look like the belle of the smartphone ball. Its 4.65-inch, curved contour glass, HD Super AMOLED display boasting a legitimate 1,280 x 720 (720p) resolution is just the start of a stellar...

Nice Slice

Motorola Droid RAZR

The original RAZR kept Motorola’s Mobile Devices division in pay dirt throughout the late 90s, but surprisingly when the smartphone revolution came, the company pushed in a new branding direction with the Motorola Droid. For those reasons alone, the fact that the newly announced Droid RAZR bears both heavyweight titles is a pretty big indication...

Quietly Enormous

HTC Titan

HTC’s Titan may be our dark horse favorite smartphone of the fall. It’s biggest claim to fame (literally) is a hipster-pants-tearing 4.7-inch, 480 x 800 Super LCD touchscreen slapped on a body that measures only .35-inches thick. A 1.5Ghz processor, 512MB of Ram, 16GB of on board storage, a MicroSD card slot, 14.4Mbps HSPA+ download...

Giddily Gutted

Apple iPhone 4S

Oh the torture! Our Pavlovian anticipation for a new iPhone every 12 months has been pushed to the limits this go around, especially after being teased earlier this summer about what to expect from iOS 5 (which, FYI will be available to all current iPhone 4 owners October 12th). Now the news is out and...

Connect and Project

Epson Megaplex Projector

Epson’s new Megaplex MG-850HD projector ($800) is the perfect home base for digital nomads who typically catch up on movies or TV via their smartphone or tablet. It has all of the usual trappings of a basic 720p projector, pumping out 2800 lumens with connections for USB, VGA, and HDMI sources, and even features an...

In Control

Logitech Harmony Link

There are a handful of companies out there already trying to turn your smartphone or tablet into the universal remote of your dreams, but none of them has the home theater chops of Logitech. Now, after years of making the best universal remotes out there for the average consumer, the company’s new Harmony Link ($99)...

King of the Android Hill (For Now)

Samsung Galaxy S II

After months of waiting, Samsung’s top-tier Android super phone is now available stateside, on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. The phone will apparently ship in slightly different variations to each network. At their core, all U.S. models will still feature Android 2.3, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of memory, an 8 MP rear camera and measure...

Torching the Storm

BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860

The new BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 ($TBA) won’t cause Android and iPhone users to defect in droves. The new handset is a welcomed improvement, though, for RIM loyalists in search of an upgrade from the aging Storm I and II. Its 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 traditional touch screen is the biggest ever on a BlackBerry, making...

Sun dial-it-up

Dunhill Solar Charger

So you want sophistication and mobility without having to buy a Rolls Royce Phantom? For a few hundred thousand dollars less, you can show off your Dunhill Solar Charger. Okay, so it probably won’t get you into a posh Manhattan nightclub, nor is it lined with burlwood and rich leather, but it will give you...

In, Case

DODOcase for J.Crew for iPad 2

Give your iPad 2 a touch of preppy protection with this collab between J.Crew and DODOcase. Taking the already popular DODOcase, J.Crew has added a touch of their signature style with two combinations of contrasting sailcloth lining and contrasting spine (navy and orange, or grey and blue). And of course the wood and linen case...

Pick Floyd

Kickstarter: Air Guitar Move

Don’t feel like shelling out 6 large for this but own an iPhone? Well, there’s a Kickstarter Project for that: the Air Guitar Move. Using a tethered pick equipped with a motion sensor, the Air Guitar Move allows you to unleash you inner Jimmy Page (sans the actual axe) by strumming in the air while...

1995 Never Looked so Good

Detraform 500 Dect Cordless Telephone

Landline usage isn’t exactly growing by leaps and bounds, but Canadian designer Joel-Blair is at least helping the technology go out in style with the Detraform 500 Dect cordless telephone ($130). Its polished ploycarbonate and aluminum L-shaped shell is instant eye candy, as is the clean, white numbering and caller ID display. In terms of...

Don't Pray. Prey.

Prey Gadget Security Software

IPhone and iPad owners lucked out when Apple made the find my iPhone application free. But what about other laptops or phones you might have? Recently, a company called Hidden made a big splash in the media world for helping an Oakland resident find his stolen laptop — but we prefer Prey. Why? Well, you...

The Future Forecast Is Decidedly Cloudy

iCloud

The speculation started long before today, but now the folks in Cupertino have officially released iCloud, a new service designed to help consumers effortlessly store and access digital assets in Apple’s freshly-minted data centers. iCloud is free to all, and will launch in full with iOS 5 this fall — presumably to coincide with a...

What You & Your iPod, iPhone, and iPad Need to Know

Apple iOS 5

IPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners will receive a ton of new features in iOS 5. The bad news is that the latest and greatest mobile operating system won’t be available until fall of this year for consumers. On the up side, we’ve made getting a knowledgeable head start on what’s to come super easy....

Easy Button

Kickstarter: Red Pop

Unless your endowed with triple jointed thumbs, taking photos with your iPhone can be mighty cumbersome if not downright painful. The Kickstarter project, Red Pop, aims to fix that with a simple, well-designed solution: bringing the shutter button back to its rightful finger (your index) and location. Simply plug-in the adaptor, which also serves as...

Dialing It Down

Cleartones Serious Ringtones

Hearing a clip of Don’t Stop Believin’ every time someone calls may never get old to you, but your colleagues and that woman you were chatting up at the bar don’t see things the same way. That kind of move was somehwat forgivable back when your only other option involved using defaults — “Boing” and...

A peek of what's to come?

Asus Padfone

While you were busy BBQ’n with friends and family yesterday, Asus decided to tease the world with the Padfone. Hard facts really aren’t available at this point, but as the picture and videos below illustrate, the main draw of the padfone is its unique tablet shell. We do know the device will run some form...