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Powering your lifeline

PowerSkin

One of the few knocks on the iPhone 4S has been its battery life. While our own iPhone doesn’t seem to be plagued with any battery-sucking gnomes, having a longer battery life, when you need it, is never a bad thing. PowerSkin makes a number of cases for major mobile phones (ahem, your iPhone) that…

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One for all, all-in-one

Unity Home Theater System

People at the helm of Apple, like Jony Ives and the late Steve Jobs, tend to get all of the credit for the company’s constant innovation. Startups like the Nest Learning Thermostat and Flipboard, which were both founded by Apple alums, proved though that Cupertino’s talent pool is incredibly deep and certainly capable of innovating…

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If Apple Got Into HVAC...

Nest Learning Thermostat

If we had to guess what famed Apple hardware and software engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers would do after leading the team responsible for the first 18 generations of the iPod, and the first three generations of the iPhone — revolutionizing the thermostat wouldn’t immediately spring to mind. Now, after launching the Nest Learning…

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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…

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You Mess 'Em Up, It Ties 'Em Down

CableGuy by Michiel Cornelissen

Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen has devised a clever product to tame Apple’s ubiquitous ear buds. The CableGuy ($13) features four slots for holding the ear buds and 3.5mm plug in place, leaving room in the middle to wrap up the pesky cord in a nice ‘n tidy fashion. There’s also a built-in clip for attaching…

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Your Mac's New Big Brother

Apple Thunderbolt Display

Screaming thunderbolt three times while hoisting a sword into the sky won’t do anything. The nifty technology embedded in Apple’s latest über monitor does, however, provide new Mac owners with a hassle free docking station, not to mention 27 glorious inches of display real estate. Specifically, connecting one MagSafe cable to the display, and one…

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Assaulting Batteries? Guilty as Charged.

Mobee Magic Charger

Mac heads are normally a pretty cohesive group — that is until you ask what “magic” product they prefer using. Both the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad have their respective advantages, but until recently, dealing with frequent battery changes was an issue for either side. Thanks to the Mobee Magic Charger ($50) the tides have…

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X, Rated

Final Cut Pro X

The glossy spawn of iMovie and Final Cut Pro, Apple’s new Final Cut Pro X ($300) is completely rebuilt from the ground up with an all-new interface, 64-bit fully parallel processing, raw video tagging, built-in color correction and a cool new editing method called Magnetic Timeline. Of course, the revolutionary software won’t transform your scripts…

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More Space, Same Case

New Apple Time Capsule

After sulking in the corner for the last two years from lack of attention, the Time Capsule ($300-$500) has finally received an update from the loving engineers in Cupertino. Well, sort of. Now the line consists of a 2TB and beefier 3TB model, which are available at the price points of the old 1TB and…

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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…

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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….

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What You Need to Know Before Diving In

2011 Tablet Buying Guide

2011 is the year of the tablet, no matter how hard we and our wallets squirm over having another gadget thrust into our lives. But why now? A discussion on that topic could take longer than the birther diatribe if explored in full, but the short answer is we have our smartphones addictions to thank….

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Essential Gear: 20 Best Travel Gadgets

When it comes to traveling you may still rely on tried and true packing lists, but it goes without saying that gadgets and tech, have become both welcome and obnoxious additions — so much for packing light. In this Essential Gear feature we bring you our list of travel-tech endorsements, field tested by the GP…

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Judge An iPad By Its Cover

Apple iPad 2 Smart Covers

Now that the iPad 2 hysteria has passed — at least until launch day, it’s worth circling back to focus on its companion Smart Covers. Apparently Steve Jobs was upset that the old iPad case hid the beauty of the original iPad’s industrial design, so Apple went back to the drawing board to develop an…

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The Tablet You Love, Take 2

Apple iPad 2

Let the speculation cease. The iPad 2 ($499-$829) is official. Apple’s latest creation features a new A5 dual-core chip, that’s 2x faster than the original and 9x faster graphics performance. A front and rear video camera are now included too, with the latter being capable of recording 720p video at 30fps — implying HD video…

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Light Pique

MacBook Pro 2011

With a raft of updates including the ultra-fast Thunderbolt I/O port technology (a snub at USB 3.0), the new MacBook Pros hardly qualify as an average mid-cycle refresh. The 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros ($1,799-$2,499) are endowed with up to 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology capable of cranking…

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Mount MacKindly

MacMini Backlit Mount

Now that you’ve got your Philips Cinema Display hanging on the wall, what about your Mac Mini turned home theater PC? Well, give it some ambient back-lighting love with a backlit mount. The mount, made of recyclable materials replaces the newer unibody Mac Mini’s stock base without any sacrifices in features or connectivity. Once replaced,…

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Gift Guide 2010: The Technophile

As men, we’ll always be suckers for shiny things. There’s no point in fighting it. Particularly when they can help do things like battle our inbox(s), catch up on missed episodes of the shows we’re too busy to watch, or single-handedly sway the tide of battles using just our thumbs. This gift list is a…

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Macbook Heir

New Macbook Air 13.3″ and 11.6″

Well the folks at Engadget leaked it some time back, but now it’s official. The MacBook Air has received a much-needed update and emerged as the new belle of the laptop ball.

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A Different Kind of Apple Wood

Combine Collective Black Walnut Keyboard Trays

Like Apple but looking for a more natural look? Check out Combine Collective’s Black Walnut Keyboard Trays ($64-$79). They also work well for those of you who start twitching when their separate wireless peripherals start to scatter (att: Eric Yang). Made in Vancouver, Canada from whole and solid-joined sustainable hardwoods harvested in North America, Combine…

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It's Nano to be Square

iPod Nano (6th Generation)

Get one iPod Nano, shave a little here, tweak a little there, add a dash of multi-touch. Voila, the 6th generation iPod Nano ($149-$179). Square and only half the size and weight of the previous generation iPod Nano, Apple has packed a 1.5″ 240×240 pixel Multi-Touch display, 8GB/16GB memory, FM Radio, pedometer, Genius Playslits, Nike+iPod…

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The Kitchen Sink, Minus AT&T

New iPod Touch

New iPhone, new iPod Touch. Right? Right. Not too unexpectedly, many of the new features on of the new iPod Touch ($229-$399) come from its well-connected sibling, but that doesn’t stop us from being any less impressed. Designed to be even thinner than its predecessor, the new iPod Touch packs the pixel-packed retina display, Apple’s…

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Apple's Hobby Gets Serious

New Apple TV

Well what do we have here? Apple seems to be taking their AppleTV “hobby” a bit more seriously with the release of the all-new, um, AppleTV ($99). The new AppleTV comes in at a quarter the size of its predecessor and housed in a home theater-friendly black matte finish. The remarkable shrinkage (the good kind)…

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Enclose Your iPad with GP Approved Cases

25 Best iPad Cases

There are few greater ironies on this earth than buying a super sleek gadget like the iPad only to let the fear of scratching or damaging it cause us to mummify them in cases, sleeves, et al. Since we’re doubtful the trend will change or relent anytime soon though, we’ve scoured our offices, the web,…

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Three More Inches of Apple

27-Inch Apple LED Cinema Display

After releasing the 27-inch iMac in the fall of 2009, it was only a matter of time until a 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display ($999) made its way to Apple’s shelves. Now we’ve been given an official date of September for the IPS (In-plane switching) display, that features a massive 2560×1440 resolution, and a true…

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Happy Fingers

Apple Magic Trackpad

Apple is bringing the, um, “magic” of the Apple laptop multi-touch trackpad to a Mac desktop near you. The Apple Magic Trackpad ($69) supports full gesture control. Swiping, flipping, inverting, inertial scrolling, momentum, caressing, cooing, and hugging have all made it to the Magic Trackpad including features like the smooth, wear-resistant glass surface that’s 80…

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Ansel Apple Adams

iPhone 4 In Black & White… Photos

So, like it or not you’ve probably been victimized by the blitzkrieg of iPhone 4 reviews, images, fanboy raving, and hater ranting. Gear Patrol is a little guilty of feeding the hype beast too, but rather than do the typical hands-on review, my editor said “you use Android, why don’t you take this on and…

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Mini(er) and Mightier

Mac Mini Unibody

Just in case you missed Engadget’s note, we wanted to share that Apple has released an update for its white-headed step child computer otherwise known as the Mac Mini. Why they opted to pull this move amidst the mad iPhone 4 pre-order scramble is a bit of mystery, but that always seems to be Apple’s…

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Fourth Time's A Charm

iPhone 4

The all-new Apple iPhone 4: it’s nothing that hasn’t already been talked, tweeted, posted, or chatted about six ways from Sunday. But here we are, posting about it. Tsk tsk. Well, at least it’s an excuse to post a gallery (after the jump).

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A Great Idea We Want to Own Now

FastMac U-Socket

Longtime Gear Patrol readers may remember our post on a similar product called the Truepower USC Power Outlet that promised to integrate powered USB ports into the universal American outlet. Unfortunately it looks like that particular model which featured its USB ports on either side of the main AC sockets has since been scrapped. Macheads…