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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: October 21, 2014

Today in Gear: A travel coffee kit, green boots, Bill Parcells’ memoir, Spotify Family and more.

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A Road Warrior’s Best Friend

For Seasoned Travelers, the iPhone 6 Plus is a Worthy Upgrade

Starting at $749, the 6 Plus is also the most expensive iPhone ever produced, but it offers jetsetters, journeymen, and tried-and-true road warriors a few things that no Apple smartphone has before. After traveling around for a week with the 6 Plus, I’m confident in at least one thing: it’s a must-have for those who can’t seem to stay in one place for long.

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... And Hopefully Those Damn Stickers Too

Decrypted: The Specifications War is Over

If the topic of mobile technology happens to come up at your local water cooler, it’s unlikely that a fight will break out concerning which colleague’s phone has the most RAM. Tech specs used to be consumers’ top priority; what do the numbers mean to us now, with supercomputers in our pockets?

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WHAT'S NEW, NOW

Today in Gear: September 29, 2014

Today in Gear: Nike’s new driver, a great game from Middle-Earth, cases for your iPhone 6, cocktails wisdom from Death & Co. and Vizio’s crazy affordable 4k TVs.

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Hollywood is society's compass. It should be the Apple Watch's, too

Lamenting the Apple Watch’s Missed Opportunities, with the Help of Cinema

The Apple Watch may be touted as innovative, but if Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that for the modern, 21st century man, Apple’s latest creation is severely lacking. Take note, Tim Cook: Cinema is here to save your bacon.

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Is the Sixth Time the Charm?

Decrypted: The iPhone 6, What Matters and What Doesn’t

The iPhone 6 and6 Plus are being dubbed “the biggest advancement in iPhone history”, and it appears that Apple’s referring to a lot more than the actual size of the units. Aside from growing up, what’s there to know about the new iPhone duo? And, more importantly, are they worth the upgrade?

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Paying Their Dues

Decrypted: Apple Pay Will Kill the Wallet — Eventually

With the debut of the iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) came a nugget so substantial that it deserved its own introduction: Apple Pay. With this, Apple is not only proving that it’s ready to join the mobile payment movement, but that it’s ready to define it.

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It's About Time

Decrypted: The Apple Watch Is Here. Now What?

Back in August, we argued that smartwatches simply weren’t worth the investment (yet, anyway) for most people. The question, of course, was whether or not Apple’s entry into the space would break away from that mold in any significant manner. Now that the company’s annual September event has concluded and an Apple Watch has been released, Darren Murph examines the answer.

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Potent portables

27 Accessories to Make Your Smartphone Smarter

You don’t need us to tell you that smartphones are becoming exceedingly central to our lives; just look at the massive market for phone accessories. Whether you’re a fitness buff, a photographer or an avid traveler, there’s tons of gear for your phone that matches your lifestyle. We’ve picked our favorites for both the Android and iOS ecosystems.

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iOS or Android? Choose wisely -- or else

Decrypted: With Smartphone Ecosystems, Divorce Is an Ugly Proposition

Your next phone decision is likely to play a role in everything from your next vehicle to your next home…so choose wisely.

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Ticking off the latest in watch news

This Week in Watches: July 15, 2014

This Week in Watches: July 15, 2014. The Bell & Ross WW1 Guynemer, news on Apple’s iWatch, BENRUS lives again, and more.

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WHAT'S NEW, NOW

This Week in Gear: July 5, 2014

This Week in Gear: the 2015 Ford Focus ST, GE Link connected LEDs, Ginger infused bourbon, Trek’s Edmonda SLR 10, Patagonia’s Nano-Air jacket.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: June 30, 2014

Today in Gear: Ford’s hot hatchback gets a facelift, Apple’s iPod Touch gets better and cheaper, Nikon’s new full-frame DSLR and more.

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Today in Gear: June 20, 2014

Today in gear: Harley-Davidson’s first ever electric motorcycle, Winnebago’s new retro-inspired RV, Apple’s cheaper iMac and more.

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Third-Party Extensibility Thrives in iOS 8

Decrypted: Apple Drops its Guard

Make no mistake: what we’re witnessing right now is the beginning of a new Apple. The company that showed itself during the WWDC 2014 keynote is dramatically different from the Apple of years past, a company that had maintained a legendary wall around its wares, demanding that users either do things their way or go elsewhere. And if I had to guess, I’d wager that most of you reading this stand to benefit yesterday’s shift.

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Today in Gear: June 3, 2014

Today in Gear: Apple’s new OS, HP’s Android-powered laptop, the hand truck your back’s always wanted, a more active version of the Galaxy S5, your guide to freediving and a thermometer your iPhone will love.

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Today in Gear: April 30, 2014

Today in gear we examine, the ultimate tea brewer, Apple’s update to the Macbook Air, Harmon Kardon’s special take on the HTC One M8 for Sprint, Trident’s Iceni Sports car, Gilette’s FlexBall handle system and Topo Design’s minimalist trail pack.

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Power plus space, all in one case

Tested: Mophie Space Pack

Mophie’s Space Pack for the iPhone 5/5s combines extra battery power with up to 32GB of additional storage, promising to fixing two of the phone’s biggest shortcomings in one convenient package.

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No excuses, just good shots

Kit: Essentials for the Budding Movie Maker

Today’s affordable tools, cameras, classes and copious creative outlets have brought making a film (one of the best story-telling devices) nearly to the everyman. Still, all those advances can’t change a basic fact: sometimes making a movie means going to where the story is rather than waiting for it to come to you. But paying to check 10 Pelican cases of equipment will essentially eat your entire production budget, not to mention it’s tough to sneak into a location if you have a fleet of boxes and bags. This kit can be carried by one or two people in traditional suitcases — which means you get your shots, no matter where those shots may be.

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Today in Gear: March 4, 2014

Today in gear we examine Apple’s foray into your car, the perfect IPA glass, bars made out of Jerrycans and Logitech’s perfect home theater keyboard.

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The pick of the little

The Best iPad Mini & Mini Retina Cases

Does your iPad Mini Retina need some love? We’ve updated our best iPad Mini & Mini Retina cases at a variety of price points to help get your new Cupertino buddy from birthday suit to warm and cozy. Whether you prioritize looks, function or insurance for your butterfingers, each of these iPad Mini cases has a forte — and a price.

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How It's Made

Making the All-New Mac Pro

Apple’s Mac Pro, released in the fall of last year, is the kind of provocative machine that makes even luddites turn their heads. Its design is reminiscent, in some ways, of Da Vinci’s plans for a flying machine: an impressive idea, a maelstrom of creativity, a game-changer that inspires curiosity and awe. It’s not anywhere near as ground-breaking as Leonardo’s plans — but then again, Apple is able to execute. Apple’s short film captures that execution.

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Today in Gear: 2013 Tech Rewind

Grumble away, gramps: sending a third of our wages to Uncle Sam and marching slowly toward death notwithstanding, the constant exponential expansion and discovery of technology is neither slowing nor ever going to end. So instead of griping about not knowing how the cloud works, try embracing tech. It can get overwhelming, sure, but there…

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At Your Service

Opinion: Amazon, Google and the Future of Help

In the process of creating revolutionary products and services that made everything from music, movies, games, photos and a vast world of internet-related services instantly on-demand to consumers with the touch of button, Apple has been out-innovated in the one area that supposedly guides everything that they do. With the launch of the new Kindle HDX, Amazon revealed a new free support service aptly named Mayday built into each new unit shipped. Google has an on-demand, face-to-face help service too. Is this the future of tech support (and beyond)?

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Best Laptops

Apple and Microsoft dominate the laptop market with their respective Mac OS X and Windows systems, each exhibiting dynamic yet dissimilar user experiences. In considering the wide selection of convertibles and ultrabooks out at the moment, it only seemed fit to narrow down the top offerings from each computer platform. Here’s a look at the best laptops available now: The Acer Aspire S7 and the MacBook Air.

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Next Level

Mac Pro

As young men, we thought by the year 2000 we’d all be zipping around in Jetsons-style tubes from one place to the next. We don’t see any tubes, but Apple’s newest Mac Pro ($3000+) at least gives us hope that we may get there yet. This sneak peek into the future of the pro desktop has roused plenty of curiosity as the most powerful and smallest Mac Pro to date. With brains, beauty and brawn, this Mac might just be the best forward-thinking tech device around. Sorry, Rosie.

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Lighter, Better, Faster, Stronger

Breakdown: iPad Air and iPad Mini 2

The original iPad’s unveiling generated a buzz world-over, and for good reason: it looked like something out of the Jetsons, and brought to life Steve Jobs’ dream of a portable, easy-to-use device that allowed users to connect to the Internet, play games, and consume media. Although some didn’t see the value (as Tim Cook gleefully pointed out in yesterday’s Apple Keynote), it was undoubtedly a commercial success. Yesterday, we witnessed the newest members of the iPad family: the iPad Air and the iPad Mini. Follow along as we break them down.

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Protecting Your Interests and Theirs

Opinion: Security Insecurities and the iPhone 5S

In the face of what Apple has recently touted as a record-setting sales weekend, there’s one important feature of the iPhone 5S whose larger implications are flying under the radar of the smartphone-toting public: Touch ID. In case you’ve been too busy living to pore over Apple spec sheets, Touch ID refers to the new “fingerprint identity sensor” feature that allows iPhone 5s users to unlock their phones and even make purchases on iTunes using only their fingerprints. Just how secure is this tech? We examine.

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Kit: Graduate School

So you’ve decided four years of college just wasn’t enough to quench that thirsty brain of yours. You’ve trudged through essays, taken the tests and traded countless lattes for advisor recommendation letters. The wait, worry and work were entirely worth it, though, because you just opened that letter admitting you into the graduate school you’ve been gunning for. The parents are proud, the student loans are shrieking and your name train is ready for a few extra letters. It’s time to get schooled all over again, and we’ve prepped your shopping list. You’re getting smarter — so should your gear.

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Quite exciting, this computer magic!

Breakdown: Logic Pro X

While the rest of the world was busy lambasting the newest Ryan Gosling movie, Apple quietly released the long-awaited update to its famed Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), Logic Pro. To many Logic Pro X may seem like a yawn compared to retina displays and tube-shaped towers — but if you spend most of your day behind a sound board, this is like Kate Upton dancing on the hood of a a Jaguar with that Whitesnake song playing in the background. We break it down.