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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry Level for Apple, But Solid None the Less

Apple MacBook (Fall 2009)

Updated in the fall of 2009, Apple's entry-level MacBook packs a bevy of worth while features that make it a promising computer for those uninterested in PCs and with no need for the more powerful MacBook Pro line. Squeaking

Still Does Not Part the Sea

iPhone OS 4.0

iphone-os-4-gear-patrolSteve Jobs and all his buddies at Infinite Loop just unveiled the latest (and long overdue) iteration of the iPhone operating system today. While it is (unfortunately for some) still exclusive to AT&T for the time being, and it is still not

Top 10 Reasons Why You’ll Love the iPad

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It's important to realize that the iPad isn't intended to be a list of awesome, mind-exploding specs. The iPad is a different kind of device, one that disappears into the users hands as they immerse themselves in content, games, and apps. After

Dueling iPad Reviews (Coming Shortly) & Happy Birthday

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The iPad has landed and it's definitely blanketing the news, partially because the same news organizations are hoping this will be their savior. That, and of course iPad's feat of claiming the most-overhyped gadget in recent history. Either way, the GP Crew

Walkman Killer

iPod 5GB w/ScrollWheel

ipod-first-generation-gear-patrolYour music. To go. Using the SoundJam based music management software (tentatively called "iTunes"), the Apple iPod features a massive 5GB mechanical Toshiba hard drive capable of holding a 1,000 songs in MP3 format. Featuring a high-output amplifier, 2" monochrome LCD, unique

Best Case Scenario

Speck Cases

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Apple products are notorious for their gorgeous factory finishes being as magnetically attractive to scratching and scuffing as seedy women are to Tiger Woods. While there are a plethora of products on the market for protecting your iNvestment, those offered by

If There Were Such A Thing As iPhoto Pro

Aperture 3

apple-aperture-3-gear-patrolApple has just rolled out the latest iteration to its semi-pro/pro photo management and editing software. Aperture 3 ($199, $99 upgrade) brings it with 200 new features including Faces (facial recognition), Places (geotagging), and Brushes: an enhancement tool that lets photographers

The Apple. iPad. Seriously.

Apple iPad

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The Apple iPad is here, and it's both as much/little as people had hoped, expected, worried, drooled over, and even prayed for. The Apple Newton 2010 iPad ($499-$829) will arrive well equipped: 9.7" (1024x768) IPS enabled Multi-Touch LED backlit display, 1GHz

Bringing Desktop Convenience to Laptops

Zemno DeskBook Pro Portable Docking Station

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Five years ago, if you wanted a laptop that even remotely matched the power of a desktop, you'd have to kiss your dreams of portability goodbye. So-called "desktop replacement" machines were enormous, weighed more than Kathy Bates, and in most cases

Non-Aluminum Goodness

Apple Polycarbonate Unibody MacBook

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At $999, the new Apple Macbook is officially the best deal going in Apple's laptop lineup, especially for those looking to make the jump. The new polycarbonate MacBook is equipped with a 1280x800 13.3" LED backlit display, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2

Power To The People

The New 21.5″ & 27″ iMac

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Today, the iMac gets a face (chin) lift. 21.5 and 27 inch 16:9 LED displays with 1000:1 contrast ratios, ridiculous power, and welcome new features round out the new iMac and it's all about bringing power to the people. The 21.5" iMac

The Mighty New iPod Nano

Apple iPod Nano 5G | Video, Mic, Pedometer, FM Radio

ipod-nano-with-video-orange-anodized-aluminum1 Despite a relatively good track record by the Apple rumor mill for predicting the company's latest breakthrough before its official announcement, today's details regarding the new iPod Nano came as a refreshing surprise. Contrary to ideas circling the iPod touch (which

Better, Faster, Easier

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)

mac-os-x-snow-leopard-10-6Apple drops their evolution to OS X today with Snow Leopard. As if you didn't already know. We picked up our copy this morning and are happy to report that, well, it's a screamer. Version 10.6 of Apple's new OS is

Spend $12 to Kiss Cable Expenses Good Buy

Mini Display Port to HDMI

mini-dvi-port-hdmi-macbook By Gear Patrol Reader Kirk Ward So you went and bought the 13-inch MacBook based on the glowing article posted a few months ago. Kudos to you; that's a great start. The only problem is, well, (screen) size is everything and

25 Apps. 14 Days. 2 iPhones. 1 Jailbreak.

25 Best & Must-Have iPhone Apps

Empower your iPhone with these 25 best and must have iPhone Apps, as curated by Gear Patrol.

OWC Mercury Pro Blu-ray Drive

Hooks Up With Every Computer Imaginable, Disease Free.

OWC-Mercury-Pro-Blu-ray-Drive.jpgOne of the many down sides from the high definition video format war is that computer manufacturers (ahem Apple & Microsoft) have shown hesitancy in integrating the technology into their new line of machines. Mercifully for the

New Apple 13-inch MacBook

New + Improved + Cheaper = Awesome

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Well, well... Apple's revised their laptop lineup today (MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air). Damn technology. Lets start with construction - the MacBook is made from one solid piece of aluminum, so like your chef's knife - this thing