Quick Review: Ballistic Tungsten Tough iPhone 5s Case

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I’ve reviewed more phone cases than I can count. Each one of them has had their own attributes and flaws and they’re all geared towards different types of users. Part of doing reviews on this site is trying to place yourself into someone else’s shoes and understand how others might use their devices in ways … Read more

Review: MiLi Powerspring 5 Powercase For iPhone 5s

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The iPhone 5s has multiple external powercase solutions.  We have reviewed of them here. The MiLi Powerspring 5 is jumping into the ring with a sleek and compact design that should be attractive to some buyers. First let’s get some specs out there so you know what this guy is packing.

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Review: Epson LW-600P Bluetooth Label Printer

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If there’s one piece of technology my wife likes around the house its a label printer. We label bins, cables, school supplies, kids cups, and a variety of other things. By today’s standards a basic label printer isn’t considered a high tech gadget, but once you pair that label printer via Bluetooth and a smartphone app, then you got something worthy to call techy. Meet the Epson LW-600P Bluetooth Label Printer. A compact, versatile bluetooth connected smart label printer. Let’s run down some of the key features real quick.

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Intel Working On Kill Switches For Laptops

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Apple’s Find My iPhone “kill switch” feature is one of the selling points of the device that people really like. Google is also currently working on a similar feature to release in their Android software update coming in the fall. With mobile devices getting the remote kill feature it just makes sense that laptops would … Read more

Apple’s Smartwatch Is Coming – Opinion

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iOS 8 is nearly proof that Apple will build a smartwatch and it is a good estimation to think it will release this year. Many companies have a smartwatch currently on the market with many more amazing models on the way such as the Moto360 and the Kairos watch we previewed last week. The smartwatch everyone is waiting for is one the company that will make it has not even announced yet. Here’s why we should expect an announcement soon.

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Nova, Bluetooth-Enabled External Flash For iPhone

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There’s no shortage of iPhone accessories on the market today; everything from home button jewels to bunny ear cases. But BiteMyApple might have something that’s actually really useful. The Nova is an external flash that works via Bluetooth and is super slim (about credit card size) and portable. This is a great accessory for the iPhone photographers out there whose photos can sometimes be ruined by the on-board flash. While there are some people who wouldn’t give up their DSLR’s for anything, there is a whole new world of iPhone and smartphone photographers out there. This would be an extremely useful tool for those artists. Check out the full press release below and links where you can pick yours up. 

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iOS8 Randomizes MAC Addresses When Searching For Wi-Fi

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Redmond Pie is reporting that Twitter user @FredericJacobs found an unannounced feature in iOS8 that randomizes your MAC address when scanning for Wi-Fi networks. His Tweet is below.

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Apple Releases iOS 8 SDK With Over 4,000 New APIs

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Biggest Developer Release Ever Includes Extensibility Features, HealthKit, HomeKit & Swift SAN FRANCISCO―June 2, 2014―Apple® today released its iOS 8 SDK, the biggest developer release ever with more than 4,000 new APIs, giving developers the ability to create amazing new apps like never before. iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with … Read more

What If Apple Is Buying Beats For Future Wearable Tech?

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Welcome to the darkside Beats

 

It makes me sick to my stomach just typing it. This entire deal makes me angry.  As someone who would like to see Apple prosper (please do not interpret that to mean I’m a fangirl) I just can’t wrap my head around this deal.  I will admit, I purchased a pair of craptastic Beats earbuds recently (read: within the past year) and was gravely disappointed.  How could headphones cost this much and sound so horrible?  At that point I ended any dealings with Beats.  So when I heard that Apple purchased Beats…it was just a sad day.

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Indiegogo: Fritzframe Brings Versatility In An iPhone Case

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There are hundreds if not thousands of cases on the market for the iPhone. You can find them littering the kiosks at the mall and cluttering up Amazons pages. But once in awhile something kind of cool emerges through the pile of plastic and metal. And what better place for something cool to emerge than Indiegogo. The Fritzframe is a versatile case for your iPhone that tries to solves some of life’s little problems.  Indiegogo is always a great place to find unique and fun new ideas, and Fritzframe looks like it’s heading to success, they’ve already busted through their funding goal by over $5000. Check out the video after the break. And read on down below for more information on this Indiegogo, then hit the link at the end or right HERE. What do you think of the Fritzframe? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. 

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Could The iPhone 6 Be Getting A $100 Price Bump?

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Business Insider is reporting that Apple is currently negotiating with the major carriers for a $100 price increase on the iPhone 6. All the leaked information and images have pointed to Apple increasing the size of the iPhone to 4.7″ and possibly a second 5.5″ version. We’re not really sure why Apple is pushing for such a price increase other than manufacturing costs and the use of sapphire displays.

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Apple Document Hints At Worries About iPhone Sales Decline

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The folks over at Re/Code are reporting an internal document from Apple shows that some of its sales force was worried about iPhone sales and the impact the competition has had on them. Parts of this document were shown to the jury in the Samsung Apple lawsuit. “Competitors have drastically improved their hardware and in … Read more

Typo iPhone Case Gets Hit With Court Ordered Sales Ban

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Typo, the iPhone 5/5s keyboard case that brings a physical keyboard to the iPhone 5/5s has been ordered to cease sales of its case by a US district judge in San Francisco. If you remember sometime last year, Blackberry decided to sure Typo because they felt the companies case looked too similar to Blackberry’s iconic keyboard. CNET and Reuters report that US District Judge William Orrick ruled in favor of Blackberry, saying that they proved the “likelihood” of infringement and Typo had not given evidence to refute that.

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HTC M8, Samsung S5, It’s Your Turn Apple

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HTC just announced and unveiled their newest flagship phone, the HTC One M8. The M8 is the much anticipated follow up to last year’s HTC One M7. Initial impressions and reactions seem to be positive for the M8. Having owned the M7 before my current iPhone 5s, my initial impressions of the M8 are also positive. It seems HTC has managed to take an excellent design and make it that much better.

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Another iPhone 6 Render Video This One Shows A 6″ Screen

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Smartphones have become something of a sport over the past few years. People identify with the device they have in their pockets and people defend their chosen devices to the teeth (much like sport fans). Currently Android and HTC fans are watching the announcement of the new HTC One M8. And soon after the announcement is made the blogs will be feeding the information back to the people. Like fans of any phone, iPhone fans are no strangers to build up and anticipation.

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Smartphone Start Up OnePlus Set To Launch First Phone

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We’re almost ready to showcase our baby to the world. On April 23, the OnePlus One will be fully unveiled.
Forget gimmicks and bloat. It’s time to return to the product itself. Its design, its build quality. The feeling you get when using it. It’s time to return to user value, and make all the necessary choices to ensure that in the end, it’s the user that benefits.
Thanks for everyone’s patience and support over the last few months. We promise it will be worth it.

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Review: UNU Aero Wireless Charging Case iPhone 5/5s

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The competition in the iPhone battery case arena is so hot I’m finding it hard to say anything really new about them. I’ve reviewed several battery cases for the iPhone 5/5s in just a few short months. Each one did what it was supposed to do and each one had their share of quirks and really nice features. So, what could a company possibly do to stand out from all the other battery cases? Go wireless.

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Review: Bell’O Digital BDH751 Sport Earbuds

The world of headphones and earbuds is a vast sea of “what in the world should I buy!?” While at CES 2014 I spoke to no less than a dozen different headphone/earbud manufacturers. One of those companies was Bell’O Digital. They caught my eye with their beautiful, straight forward and minimal packaging of their sport earbuds. They were kind enough to send us a pair of their BDH751 sport earbuds to test out and review.

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Review: iBattz Mojo Refuel Battery Case For iPhone 5/5s

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We have seen our fair share of battery cases come through the Techaeris doors, and the iBattz Mojo is likely not the last we will see. This combination external battery and protective case from iBattz is looking to be the last external battery case you’ll ever need. 

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Feeling A Little Anti-Social? Then Cloak Is For You

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Social media is more popular than ever. Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Pinterest each have millions upon millions of users. One of the key similarities of these services is the ability to share your location with family, friends and even people you don’t even know. So what do you do when you’re out and about and you run into one of those people? Do you stay and chat even though you really don’t want to? Do you wish you could have seen them coming so you could avoid them?

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Kickstarter: Travel Card Smartphone Charger

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We’ve covered a couple of different small form factor charging solutions here on Techaeris and today we have yet another to choose from. This one looks to be promising as their Kickstarter campaign has already been fully funded. The Travel Card is a credit card sized external battery for your iPhone or Android device.

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Cloud Storage, Which Do You Prefer?

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I have had Google Drive since it’s inception, but until recently it was lacking in features compared to several other cloud storage options. The first cloud Storage I used on a regular basis was DropBox because it was easy to upload, download and share to anyone via email or link. It has been the most popular backup solution for a great many people world wide.dropbox-logo

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Review And Giveaway: TYLT Tunz Bluetooth Speaker NOW CLOSED!

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We’ve reviewed a fair amount of TYLT products here at Techaeris, and we rated all of them very high. This time around TYLT sent me their TUNZ Bluetooth speaker to check out and review. Of course, being  no stranger to TYLT, I expected top of the line packaging and they didn’t disappoint. TYLT is one of those companies who puts thought into the entire experience of buying a product. From packaging to final product.

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Google Facing Potential Class Action Suit Over In-App Purchases

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A mother has filed a class action complaint in California against Google over in-app purchases made by her son. The story begins with the mother buying a 99¢ game, Marvel Run Jump Smash, for her son. By buying the game, her Google account was left authenticated for 30-minutes (by design) so that in-app purchases would not require a password. In that 30-minute window, her son bought $65.95 in virtual in-game currency known as crystals.

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Analysts Agree, Windows Phone Has Passed Blackberry

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Most of us have already assumed that Blackberry’s position at the top (in the U.S.) was coming to an end. We also assumed that Windows Phone would likely pass Blackberry at some point. International Data Group made the call earlier that Blackberry had lost its third position to Windows Phone but not everyone agreed. But now comScore has also verified that their data points to Blackberry slipping to 4th and Windows Phone pulling into the 3rd slot behind Android and iOS, albeit a distant 3rd.

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Kickstarter Prescient AudioCase for iPhone 5/5s & Galaxy S4

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I’ve used many cases in my time as a blogger and smartphone user. Everything from a simple bumper to a heavy duty waterproof/dustproof case. I’ve even used a decent amount of power cases. But Prescient Audio is making something just a bit different from what I’ve ever used before. The AudioCase is not only a protective case and extra battery. It also houses a premium speaker inside which Prescient Audio is saying will deliver high quality sound. It’s really a neat concept and one we hope can deliver. Check out the video below.

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Why You Should Use Telegram Instead of WhatsApp

When Facebook acquired popular messaging platform WhatsApp on February 19, 2014, for US$19 billion in shares, stock, and cash, two things happened: The Internet went crazy trying to figure out Facebook’s angle on the purchase, and millions of users began flocking to Telegram.

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Founded in 2013 by brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov, Telegram is a free, open source messaging app that focuses on maintaining maximum security for its users. It is available on both Android and iOS officially and Windows Phone, Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX unofficially for free; indeed, the company makes it plain on their website that “Telegram is free forever.

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