Gaiam Filigree Wood iPhone 5 Cover Review

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Gaiam (pronounced “guy-um”) is widely known as the go-to source for all things yoga; from bedding to toe-less yoga socks (yes, such a thing does exist).  So imagine my complete shock to discover they also have a line of tech accessories available for iOS and Samsung devices.

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Apple Drops Support / Updates For Snow Leopard

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CNNMoney is reporting that Apple has pulled the plug on updates for OSX 10.6, better known as Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard was released in 2009 and it’s estimated to still be running on 19% of the world’s Apple computers. This really comes as no surprise as Apple has released three versions of OSX since, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks. This really shouldn’t be an issue for most, as long as your Mac is a 2007 model or newer, you can just head over to the App Store and download and install OSX Mavericks for free. Upgrading to Mavericks is quick and painless and highly recommended to keep getting those security updates.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai Says Android Not Designed To Be Safe, But What Does That Mean?

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The blog’s are exploding with one short quote that Sundar Pichai has made about Android. Before I get any further, read the quote below.

We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android …

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It’s Been The Week For iOS7 Flaws As A Keylogging Flaw Is Discovered

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Security company FireEye is reporting a new keylogging flaw inside iOS7 that would allow an app to record what you’re typing and send that data to the server of its choice. Both Gigaom and Ars Technica are reporting this via FireEye’s blog. This has been a serious past few days for Apple, iOS and OSX. First there was the SSL security flaw found in iOS7 and OSX, read more here. Apple managed to push out a fix very fast for the iOS7 SSL flaw but their OSX platform still remains unpatched. Now FireEye is just compounding the bad news for the company and they’re likely scrambling to get it researched and patched. It is important to note that this flaw only applies to apps that run the monitoring code to use the flaw. Here’s what FireEye had to say.

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Kickstarter Review: Fuz Designs’ Everdock

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Kickstarter is an awesome way to discover new tech and after a successful venture with LimeAde I decided to show my support to another venture and invest in Fuz Design’s Everdock: Universal Dock.

While I am a proud owner of an HTC One, I am disappointed in the lack of accessories on the market for my handset.  From docks to cases, I was having a hard time finding something that catches my eye so when I came across Everdock, I was delighted.  This dock touts itself as universal catering to all devices by simply switching out the cord via the cable adapters.

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Google Translate Is Close to Perfect

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Back on December 19th, 2013, Google updated its translation app, and seemingly few people noticed. I have been a fan of this app since the beginning but I have not used it much since I discovered Duolingo. Although they serve different purposes I was so impressed with Duolingo that I just didn’t bother opening Google … Read more

Apple SSL Security Flaw Leaves Your Device Vulnerable

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Apple users have something to worry about this morning as a new flaw in iOS and OSX has been revealed. The flaw could allow a hacker to intercept information that is supposed to be encrypted such as email and banking information. Hackers could also intercept social networking information. But keep in mind, this flaw is only usable if you’re sharing an unsecured network with other users, such as a coffee shop or public library. Good news is Apple has already patched and released an update to fix the SSL issue. You should check your iDevice for the update, iOS 7.0.6 here’s what Apple had to say about this new update.

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Review: iRigHD And AmpliTube For iPad

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One of my passions in life has always been music. I grew up around a family of musicians…uncles, aunts, cousins, dad, and my brothers were all musicians. So, naturally, I followed that path. I started playing drums when I was seven years old and graduated when I was 11 to the king-of-the-hill (in my eyes), the guitar. If you would have told me twenty-eight years ago that I would be playing my guitar through a small TV-like device that emulated the sounds of  The Eagles, Pink Floyd, and Aerosmith, I would have called you insane.

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Kickstarter: Limefuel IP66 Rugged External Battery

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There are a ton of external battery options out on the market, just browse Amazon and you’ll find them practically jumping out of your screen! We’ve reviewed a few here on Techaeris and sometimes we investigate new stuff coming out. We ran across a company called Limefuel yesterday and found their latest Kickstarter project for their IP66 Rugged. The battery itself looks amazing, you can read more about it after the break. What really impressed me was the fact that these guys launched their Kickstarter campaign and in just one day hit their $30,000 goal!

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More Power! TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case For Galaxy S4

There are those that use their smart phones as really nothing more than a vehicle for talking and texting. They might fire up a navigation app every now and then, or post to social media, but by and large they cruise through the day with nary a worry of battery longevity or charging solutions. I am not one of those people.

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Samsung Pokes Some Pencil Humor At Apple In Their Latest Ad

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By now most everyone is aware of the Apple and Samsung wars, well most everyone who’s a mobile phone geek that is. The rest of the world generally goes on about their daily lives because none of this is that important. But I digress. Let’s get back to the lighthearted mud slinging shall we. We all know (us geeks) about Apple’s iPad Air commercial in which they used a pencil to show how thin the device really was.

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Huawei Pokes Fun At Apple And Samsung In Its MWC Short

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Huawei unveiled some really nice hardware and software features on its new phone lineup at CES 2014, we were impressed. Now with Mobile World Congress (MWC) getting ready to kick off it looks like their riding in with a bit of humor and fun. Check out the video below as Huawei makes a quick poke at Apple and Samsung.

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Review: iBattz Battstation Tough Dual Pro 12000 mAh

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I think that we can all agree that an external battery pack is really expected to do one thing – charge stuff.  I can say with the utmost certainty that the  iBattz Battstation Tough Dual Pro 12000 mAh does that with aplomb.  With 12,000 mAh of portable power, this spare will charge your devices far longer than many other portable batteries on the market.  With that out of the way, I feel that it’s probably more beneficial to discuss some of the things that set the iBattz apart from it’s competitors.

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Quick Review: The Elago S5C Series Case For iPhone 5C

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We see our fair share of cases come through for review here at Techaeris, and each one of them has a quality all its own. The Elago S5C Series case for the iPhone 5C is no different in that regard. Elago’s tag line is “Simple Sophistication,” and it’s a well earned tag line indeed.

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Welcome To The New And Improved Techaeris

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Hey there folks! You might have noticed a few things have changed here at Techaeris HQ! Well we up and moved the entire site off of WordPress.com in order to have a little more control over what we can and cannot do. We enjoyed our time over at WordPress.com and thank them for hosting us and being very kind to us.

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Alleged Pics Of iPhone 6 Leak Online

The boys and girls over at 9to5 Mac have got their mitts on some alleged pics of the iPhone 6. Now take it with a grain of salt and don’t get too over the top with rumors. We really don’t know what the new iPhone will look like or have inside of it. But judging by these pics, the rumored “larger” screen looks to be happing. Also there is an almost edge to edge display, from the looks of it.

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Quick Review: Pelican Protector CE1150 Case For iPhone 5/5s

When you land on Pelican’s homepage you don’t automatically think mobile phone cases and accessories. That’s because Pelican makes a variety of products, each one of them made to be tough and resilient. So is the case with their Pelican Protector Series CE1150 case for the iPhone 5/5s.

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Influx: Elegance For Your Android Screen From A Random Package

It’s been awhile now since I have been on the iPhone and back on iOS. But one doesn’t easily forget the joys of using Android. And one of those joys was customization. The amount of icon makers and icon packs is daunting on Android. There are hundreds of icon makers and customization options. But there … Read more

iPhone 6, What We Don’t Know But This Video Shows A Lot Of What We Want

So we obviously know absolutely nothing about the new iPhone 6. We have no specs, no idea what size screen it will have and no idea if sapphire glass will be used for the display. We don’t know if it will be thinner, have smaller bezels or a higher megapixel camera. We know absolutely nothing … Read more

Report: Apple Reduces MFi Licensing Fee Which Could Mean Cheaper Accessories

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9to5 Mac is reporting via Macotakara that Apple has or may be reducing the fees and minimum quantities purchased on MFi (Made For iPod, iPhone, iPad) licenses for third party accessory makers. This would certainly not only be welcome for the manufactures but consumers as well. Assuming manufacturers will pass the savings along. For those of you not in the know. Apple began its MFi program back in 2005 with the iPod.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 To Be Announced Feb. 24th And With Less Pomp And Circumstance

The New York Times is confirming that Samsung will announces its Galaxy S5 flagship handset at Mobile World Congress on the 24th of this month. This time around don’t expect the elaborate production they had for the last unveiling. Instead expect a low key press conference at MWC, although they did send press invites out … Read more

Apple Is Said To Be Replacing Gorilla Glass With Sapphire Crystal, Watch It In Action

One of the rumors flying around the tech world is Apple’s intention to replace Gorilla Glass on its iDevices with new Sapphire Crystal glass that is supposed to be better and stronger. Well, you be the judge, check out the video below demonstrating a concrete block being scrapped across the screen of an iPhone outfitted … Read more

Review: Evutec Karbon SP Series For iPhone 5/5s

My good friend and fellow writer, Drew Sanders, did a recent review on the Evutec Karbon for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and he absolutely loved it! So we are following up with a review of Evutec’s Karbon SP series for the iPhone 5/5s. Evutec is one of those companies that just deserves mad respect for … Read more

Kyle Took A Bullet For Me: Review Karbon S Series Case For Galaxy S4 By Evutec

As much as I love full sized, ballistic style cases, I have always had a huge soft spot for slimline cases. I love the ability to get solid protection, while adding next to no bulk at all, and retain as much of the original form of the device as possible. I have used a lot … Read more

Review: The Jumper Card, Quick Power In Your Back Pocket

There is a superfluity of mobile external power solutions on the market today, each one of them has their own valid uses. A lot of them have plenty of juice to get your device moving two times over, some of them are good for a full charge and a half. The Jumper Card is not … Read more

Apple Shoots 30th Anniversary Celebration Video Entirely With iPhones

By now we all know that Apple is celebrating their 30th anniversary and the celebration just keeps going. This morning they released a video that they shot entirely on iPhones and edited entirely on Macs. Here’s a bit of what their celebration campaign had to say. On January 24, 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh. And … Read more

Facebook Paper Is Facebook, But Better

Facebook announced this morning a new standalone app called Paper. The goal of Paper is to offer a more enjoyable Facebook browsing experience by combining a user’s Newsfeed as well as social exploration into one place. The exploration aspect of Paper will come from a broad selection of topics, creators, and “emerging voices” that are … Read more

SwiftKey Comes to iOS Through Note Taking App

Popular Android keyboard replacement SwiftKey has finally arrived on Apple devices in its first iOS app, but not in a way that you might expect. SwiftKey Note brings the beloved keyboard to Apple devices with many of its features intact, acting as both a companion app to note taking favorite Evernote and as a standalone … Read more