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Late this past spring, we heard about the first microSD card that would hit the 64GB mark, setting new limits for how much data you could store on your smartphone. While the cards were announced months ago, they’re just now becoming commercially-available products, and SanDisk is the first to bring one to market.

We had guessed back in May that one of these 64GB cards might fetch somewhere in the $200-300 range, and that’s pretty spot-on; SanDisk’s 64GB card goes for about $220. Obviously, you’re paying a premium for getting all that data crammed into one tiny package. An 8GB microSD card with the same speed rating (class 6) can be had for $11, which comes out to about $1.38 per gigabyte. For this 64GB card, you’re paying $3.44 per gigabyte, or two and a half times as much.

Then there’s the problem of compatibility to deal with. The new 64GB card is a microSDXC device, not just the SDHC we’re familiar with. SDHC tops-out at 32GB, and smartphones will need to be able to communicate with SDXC cards in order to take advantage of their increased storage space. We’ll absolutely start seeing SDXC support in future phones, both as the prices of the cards drop, and user storage needs grow. For the moment, at least, you’ll have to be content at 32GB.

You can’t get more niche than a phone accessory that’s also a phone, but that’s exactly what Japanese network Willcom has got here in the miniscule WX03A “strap phone” – a candy-bar handset that attaches to another phone. The device weighs in just 33g, crammed in a 32 x 70mm frame boasting a thickness of 10.5mm – which, as you can see, compares favorably with a packet of curiously-named Japanese mints. With the space at a premium, features are very thin on the ground; no Bluetooth, memory card slot or even email functionality. There is, however, an infrared connection (for exchanging contacts), microUSB port, headphone socket and a battery capable of 300 hours standby. Those genuinely interested in carrying two handsets can pick one up in December, and we hope to see in-the-wild pictures of lop-sided, dual-phone nunchucks soon after.

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The perfect Christmas present for any geek

I’ve just spotted this uber-cool gadget being sold at MobileFun. It’s the Magic Cube Projection Keyboard and Multi-touch mouse from Celluon. For just 129.95, you can beam a virtual keyboard and multi-touch mouse on to almost any surface. It’s a bluetooth device and will work with almost any HID compatible device. Feel free to send me an early Christmas present

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Full-sized projection keyboard lets you type accurately and comfortably on any flat surface

If you like to work on the go but find traditional Bluetooth keyboard solutions bulky and uncomfortable, the Celluon Magic Cube is the answer. Packing a full-size keyboard into a pocket-size package, the Magic Cube employs lasers, LEDs and IR detection to project a keyboard onto any flat opaque surface and then accurately read your button presses as if by magic. Within minutes you’ll be touch-typing like you would on a regular keyboard, and wondering how you ever got anything done without it.

Multi-touch mouse mode allows you to switch control to your cursor from your keyboard

In an industry first, Celluon have introduced a multi-touch mouse to the Magic Cube. By utilising an easy to remember keyboard shortcut, you can switch between keyboard and mouse in a flash, letting you get on with working on your documents and emails, and not working on figuring out your keyboard. The mouse supports two-finger scrolling, pinch to zoom and other gestures for natural, easy navigation.

Small size for enhanced portability

Measuring just 75 x 37 x 29mm, the Celluon Magic Cube will fit in almost any pocket. This means you don’t have to compromise between travelling light and being fully prepared, as you can have a full-sized keyboard and multi-touch mouse wherever you go. The Magic Cube charges via an included mini USB cable.

Bluetooth HID support for driverless compatibility

The Celluon Magic Cube supports Bluetooth HID profiles so is compatible with a number of devices straight out of the box. From iOS and Android 2.0+ devices to PCs and Macs, the Celluon Magic Cube will work within seconds with your device letting you get on with your work.

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If you prefer the concept of a Bluetooth handset over a Bluetooth earpiece, Brando may have the solution for you with the Bluetooth Handset TK2, as pictured to the right above next to the iPhone. It basically acts and holds like a phone, which we’re guessing is a bit silly if you were to pair it with a phone.

However for those times when your phone is charging, or if you were to pair it with a Bluetooth enabled computer or tablet, then it starts to make more sense. Brando claims it will be compatible with a variety of devices ranging from the iPhone, to notebooks, and even with VoIP software such as Skype.

It will also support Bluetooth v2.1 multipoint technology, meaning that you will be able to pair the TK2 handset with up to two devices, so you will be able to answer calls on your phone as well as from your PC. It will feature a rechargeable battery that supposedly provides talk times of up to 6 hours, and a standby time of 200 hours. If you’re interested in getting your hands on the TK2 handset, it is available from Brando’s website for $23.

A team of 100 peroduct designers are hard at work developing a new product – a wristwatch computer for Apple, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The news strongly suggests the product has moved beyond the experimentation phase.

 

Apple develops many experimental products it never brings to market, but dedicating so many resources to the watch indicates we may be seeing this rumored wearable computer at some point in the not-too-distant future. Bloomberg cites sources familiar with Apple’s plans – and even names two top executives who are working on the project. The team not only includes hardware and software engineers according to the article, but also managers and members of the marketing group. If the marketing group is involved, it suggests Apple is already thinking about how it’s going to position and sell this device.

Bloomberg’s report comes on the heels of similar news from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. And while the iWatch is generating some buzz, enthusiasts are not showing nearly the same level of enthusiasm occasioned by rumors of a new iPhone or iPad. Perhaps it’s because watches are a bit pass . But Apple has a way of re-conceptualizing familiar objects and disrupting the market. After all, the market already was saturated with MP3 players when Apple came out with the iPod. And when Apple announced the iPhone, experts greeted the news with scorn. Since the big players in the industry already dominated the market, no one imagined a phone from Apple would have any impact. Of course, in the end it completely transformed the industry. And today Apple takes home 70 percent of the profit in the smartphone market.

What is the potential of the iWatch? No one knows at this point. But according to what I’ve read, it would be nearly impossible to replicate the functionality of the iPhone in a watch. It probably won’t have a FaceTime camera, and I’m guessing it wouldn’t be able to run Siri or offer maps. The most likely scenario is that, like the Pebble watch, it would be an adjunct to an iPhone, receiving and displaying information from your iPhone such as alerts and text messages. However, one never knows. And as the Bloomberg piece notes, Apple’s offerings are often underestimated at launch. As people realize how cool and useful the products are, they begin to snap them up.

The image accompanying this post is by artist Yrving Torrealba.

 

Android is already in our phones and tablets, but what about cars? French Parrot unveiled a car stereo system powered by Google’s mobile OS last year – ASTEROID. Now Clarion is entering the same market with a similar product called Mirage. It’s a 6.5-inch system with a built-in GPS, radio, SD card slot, USB port, Bluetooth and a number of preloaded apps like Facebook and Angry Birds. Needless to say, Clarion doesn’t suggest playing any game or checking your friends on Facebook while driving, but it’s a cool thing to be able to do so while waiting for someone in a car. Or to allow other people in the vehicle to entertain themselves while you drive.

Unfortunately you can’t get the Clarion Mirage in a local store. The company is pitching the new product towards car makers which – if everything goes as planned – will integrate it into their vehicles and additionally make it sing along vehicle telematics and readouts, reverse camera, steering wheel controls, a DVD player or changer…

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If you are looking for security, portability and style for your new iPhone 4, 5, and popular Androids, look no more. The new Surface clip-on case has it all.

Start with the protective case the will shield your phone from harm. Just pull it apart and slip your phone into it, and it will snap securely in place surrounding your phone in a tough, but lightweight polycarbonate case. Precision cut openings still allow access to ports, controls, and camera.

When you’ve finished using your phone, simply snap it into the carrying holster that clips on your belt or inside your purse, pocket, or bag. The secure hook clip accommodates belts up to two inches wide. The inside of the carrier is covered with a soft felt-like material to protect your screen from scratching.

The belt clip is designed to rotate so the you can carry your phone is a vertical or horizontal position. At the top is a hinged clip to hold the phone securely in place. To retrieve the phone, just lift the clip and remove the phone.

By the way, I found that I can use the belt clip to attach to many other objects to hold the iPhone like a impromptu stand. You can even clip it on the edge of your iPad to have hand access to both screens at the same time.

By the way, I found that I can use the belt clip to attach to many other objects to hold the iPhone like a impromptu stand. You can even clip it on the edge of your iPad or tablet to have hand access to both screens at the same time.

This elegant, sleek case comes in black and will cost you as much as $49.95 if you pay the suggested retail price. But I discovered them for much less here: http://amzn.to/QJEC0p.

Siva's Reviews: House of Marley

House of Marley: specializing in gear for the iLife.  

 

I can’t talk about House of Marley without taking a moment to acknowledge the man who started it all. A man whose principles and messages of love, and “inity” continue to inspire and shape the course of countless lives in so many ways. In fact as testimony to his longevity and influence, Forbes lists Robert Nesta Marley as number 5 on the list of top-earning deceased celebrities.  

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Bob Marley was indeed a man with a message and on a mission, who took the fullest advantage of his fame and stature to spread songs of equality, human rights and love of god and each other throughout the world. I was fortunate as a child, to have seen him in person once, as he sat amongst a small group of people gathered around him by the Sunday Morning Well on the island where I grew up. I couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8, but I remember it like it were yesterday, and what I remember most was his smile. A genuine smile, that came from his eyes and shaped his mouth and shone from his heart. It’s been over 30 years since that day and I am happy to see how his legacy has lingered on and continues to shape the world we live in, in so many ways. And House of Marley is one of those ways.

 

House of Marley exists under the larger umbrella of the Marley family name, with profits from House of Marley’s revenue going into the Marley family’s 1Love Foundation and with various Marley offspring showing up at House of Marley events to support the line.

 

The Marley’s are known for, among other things, music and lifestyle. And House of Marley continues in those genres by offering products to support both our love of music and our choices to live a more conscious modern mobile lifestyle, taking into consideration the environment and world we live in when deciding which products we choose to buy, endorse and support.

 

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House of Marley’s guiding principles reflect those of Bob Marley, and all the products they make are crafted with both love and awareness of our ecosystem. Their products feature a variety of recycled materials; including their patented REWIND fabric made with 30% Hemp / 30% Organic Cotton / 40% Recycled Plastic Bottles (RPET) as well as incorporating recycled woods, plastics and aluminum. House of Marley is a trailblazer leading the way when it comes to incorporating recycled goods back into new, high-quality lifestyle gear and iDevice accessories.

 

Their line up is diverse, and I would certainly suggest that anyone interested visit the House of Marley website to see all the variety and options they offer. As you’ll notice if you visit the site, much of their tech is geared towards Apple products, and you may also notice that some items are only available at the Apple Store online as part of an ongoing charity donation event where Apple doubles the amount House of Marley raises and the proceeds go to the Little Kids Rock charity which gets instruments and music education into “under served” school systems.

 

For now though, here are a few of my favorite goodies from House of Marley that I would expect to be of special interest to iDevice users:


 

Revolution On-Ear Headphones

 

 

The Revolution On-Ear headphones deliver an incredibly dynamic and responsive sound quality at a very affordable price. In fact, it’s easy to assume that the Revolution headphones cost much more than they do once you take a listen! The sound quality is pristine and rivals that of headphones typically priced at $100 or more.

 

The House of Marley Revolutions, like all House of Marley gear is crafted from recycled fabrics, aluminum and plastics and that approach also includes the packaging. Presentation is everything they say, and House of Marley has also nailed that aspect of their gear. The “natural” aesthetic element of House of Marley products can’t be overstated.

 

When I tried on a pair of the Revolution on-ear headphones I was truly blown away by what a rich and layered soundscape opened up before me. With a full range of clear tones the Revolution delivered a near-studio quality listening experience. Their powerful bass was much appreciated as I cranked up some Roots reggae and when it came to one of my favorite pastimes, video gaming, they reminded me that as good as the speakers on my iPad may be, they just can capture the subtle complexities and layers of some of my favorite games; like Bastion and Infinity Blade II.

 

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The Revolutions are lightweight and fold up compactly to slip into the included cloth rasta-colored storage bag. The Revolutions, like all of House of Marley gear that incorporate in-line volume controls, also feature a mic and call control button that works specifically and seamlessly with Apple iDevices. Everything about these great Marley headphones is inspiring and high quality. If you are looking for a great pair of headphones that will deliver a professional grade sound at a bargain price, look no further. Check out the House of Marley Revolutions HERE for just $90.00.


 

The Chant portable Bluetooth speaker

 

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I think Chant is the perfect name for the House of Marley portable Bluetooth speaker. Chanting to Bob Marley meant to sing praises, to sing praises to whatever higher power you sing praises too. In its name we are reminded to give thanks and praise, and with it we are able to bring our songs of freedom with us wherever we may roam, with a sound that is loud and ready for a celebration and a design that has a very organic feel to it while reflecting its reggae roots. The Chant is encased in a REWIND fabric shell that has cutaways to expose the charging port and 3.5 mm jack. With its slick bamboo wood trim, Rasta-color accents and plush padded construction the Chant is a beautiful hybrid of style and practical durability.

 

House of Marley’s Chant rocks! The sound quality is great! What would you expect from the Marleys though? This tiny, lightweight portable boom box is all speaker, and packs its punch. The Chant has one full-range driver and one passive radiator for bass reinforcement providing an expansive soundscape for indoor or outdoor media broadcasting.

 

The House of Marley chant is small and light enough to be clipped on a belt loop or the outside of a pack, and it also has a built in microphone so it can be used as a speakerphone. Additionally, the Chant comes with a short 3.5 mm cord to connect to any device that has that size jack. The Chant mini boom box has a 6-hour rechargeable battery so that you are good to go for a fair stretch without having to plug back in a power up.

 

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The Chant would make a perfect gift for teens on the go, student’s and writer’s desktops, iDevice gamers, hikers, anyone who likes to stream music or movies on their iPad or iPhone… maybe even for yourself! The Chant is available in the Apple Store online for $100.00.


 

Zion In-ear headphones

 

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The Zion earbuds are the top-of-the-line in-ear headphones that House of Marley offers. These noise-canceling earphones will shatter your concepts of what a quality pair of earphones can be. Everything about the Zion exudes quality and attention to detail. With their fabric wrapped cords, finished wood speaker shells, custom fit earpieces and even their carry case made out of House of Marley’s patented REWIND fabric, the House of Marley Zion earphones will not disappoint!

 

The House of Marley Zion earphones are the best that House of Marley has to offer, and that’s saying something. I tested a pair extensively, with everything from FLAC audio files of live Further shows to AAC and WAV files of Bob Marley and Dr. Dre. All I can say is look out Dre, there’s some serious competition on the block when it comes to the best earphones and headphones at a reasonable price.

 

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The Zion in-ear headphones are tough and durable and I can t speak highly enough about their sound quality. The accuracy with which they reproduce sound is uncanny, especially for 11mm speakers! The multi-tonal clarity is crisp and precise; delivering every note and nuance with an accuracy and richness that has to be experienced to believe. The Zion are some of the best in-ears I have had the pleasure of reviewing and when all things are considered: cost, appearance, speaker sound and microphone quality, not to mention Eco-friendliness, indeed, the Zion are hard to beat. The House of Marley Zion earbuds are available HERE for $100.


 

Lively Up Backpack

 

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This military-inspired, lightweight backpack is simply but well made. I’d consider it their iPad daypack option, made sturdily with 13oz REWIND fabric.

 

The Lively Up pack pays homage to Bob Marley’s oft used expression and song by the same name: Lively Up Yourself. You don’t have to be an expert in Rastafarian dialect to figure out what that sentiment is encouraging us to do. In the spirit of “lively-ing up” House of Marley introduces their Lively Up pack line up. The Lively Up backpack is the perfect accessory for you when you feel the spirit move you and the time to get lively is at hand. This backpack is the perfect size and fit for anyone (student, teacher, urban professional or outdoor adventurer) who wants to carry their iPad or small laptop plus a days worth of gear around with them.

 

The Lively Up backpack has a padded back with 4 compartments. There is a large main compartment, within which is a piece of fabric dividing the compartment into two separate sleeves. It also has a zippered front compartment ideal for a 10″ iPad or small MacBook or of course, an iPad mini. Lastly it has a mini pocket, accessible by a rear/side zipper that opens up a discreet sleeve set into the backside panel of the pack. With hook closures and adjustable lightly padded straps the Lively Up backpack is a perfect companion for carrying your iDevices and a day’s heavy load.

 

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Available in 3 natural and earthy tones, the House of Marley backpack is available HERE for $100.00.

 


 

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