Accessories, News/Rumors

Сhange the mood of your room with Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb

Do you want to change the mood of your room with just a few taps? The SatechiRevogi Bluetooth 4.0 RGBW Smart LED Bulbs offers 16 million color combinations.

In addition to the color option, the smart device can dim and brighten on command, and use just 10 percent of the energy consumed by a standard bulb.

Revogi’s smart LED bulbs are easy to install and can fit into any standard socket. Once paired with the free Delite app on smartphone, it gives you control upto 10 smart LED bulbs from your phone at once. All you need to do is to use the companion app to select between millions of colors and set mood lighting to calm or energize you.

You can also easily set timers to turn lights on or off to help you fall asleep and wake up with your own customized settings.

Revogi Smart Bluetooth LED Bulb

Every bulb features a lifespan of 25,000 hours and uses 10% of the energy in comparison with a standard bulb.

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Key features:

Control all aspects of your lights from an easy-to-use app

  • Choose from 16 million color options
  • Easily control the brightness of your lights
  • Set smart-timers
  • Control up to 10 bulbs from the app
  • Enjoy preset ‘scenes’
  • Use 90% less energy than w/ traditional bulbs

iPhone, News/Rumors

TSMC reportedly the only manufacturer of next-gen ‘iPhone 7’ A-series chip

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, better known as TSMC, will reportedly be the only company to provide the processor used in the next-generation iPhone, reported the Electronic Times.

TSMC has received exclusive rights to manufacture Apple’s new chip, to be called “A10” if naming conventions continue. The Taiwan company beat Samsung in the race to scale 10-nanometer process technology.

TSMC will go into full production of the next-generation chip sometime in June. The iPhone 7 is believed to be announced during the usual fall iPhone update window.

After the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched last year, owners began reporting about differences in the performance of models using the TSMC-made A9 chip and the Samsung-made A9 chip. According to the results of some benchmark tests and videos, an iPhone 6s equipped with the TSMC chip appeared to run cooler and have better battery life than an iPhone with a Samsung chip did.

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While the current A9 SoC is a pretty powerful processor, it might not succeed in supporting the dual rear-facing cameras this year’s flagship handset will reportedly feature.

Accessories, iPad, News/Rumors

Joli Originals offers leather sleeve for iPad Pro

Joli Originals, an independent company that imports leather from Italy, introduced a new high quality leather sleeve for iPad Pro.

The new cases have a pretty simple design. They are handmade from smooth, premium Italian leather. Each sleeve features a natural uneven texture and 100% Dutch wool inside, which protects your device and allows it to easily slide in-and-out. The wool comes in different colors, includding red, black, aqua, brown, orange, and pink, but this selection is determined by the exterior leather color, either, grey, brown, or dark brown.

There are currently three versions of its leather sleeve for iPad Pro. One for the naked iPad Pro, one for the iPad Pro paired with a Smart Cover, and one for the iPad Pro paired with a Smart Keyboard.

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The Joli sleeves give iPad owners a good way to protect their beloved Apple products without having to compromise the design during actual use.

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Joli Originals also offers both a Smooth and Textured collection for MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and extras for wallets, cable wraps, passports, and a memo book sleeve. The iPhone 6s Plus sleeve can be purcahsed for €57.85 ($73.75 USD), the iPad Pro sleeve runs €90.08 ($99.24 USD), and the MacBook sleeve will cost you €81.82 ($90.14 USD). Joli’s sleeves can be found on its website.

iPhone, News/Rumors

iPhone 7 Plus said to feature 256GB option and larger 3,100 mAh battery

According to multiple reports, Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 Plus may come with 256GB storage option and larger 3,100 mAh battery as two differentiating features over the smaller iPhone 7.

There is no confirmation if the iPhone 7 Plus will still feature 16GB base storage, or if the company will opt for larger storage options such as 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, compared to the iPhone 6s Plus lineup of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models.

The rumored 3,100 mAh battery would be approximately 12.7% larger than the iPhone 6s Plus’s 2,750 mAh battery. If Apple does add a 256 GB option to the lineup, it’s likely the company will shuffle the other storage sizes.

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In addition, the company may remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector, which means the products receive between 6.0mm and 6.5mm thinness and a waterproof design. The smartphones may also be provided with a quicker TSMC-built A10 chip and Intel 7360 LTE modem and non-metallic casing with hidden antenna bands. iPhone 7 Plus models could have 3GB of RAM.

The new flagship iPhones are expected in the fall.

Accessories, News/Rumors

Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case-good keyboard solution for iPad Pro

Logitech developed The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro, which is a good solution for those users who type a lot.

The new accessory is a keyboard and a case that turns the Pro into a proper faux laptop. It folds up like a laptop, waking up the iPad when it’s opened and shutting it down when it’s closed.

Thanks to its fabric exterior, it looks nice and super sturdy. It comes in colors that are actually matched to the iPads—black and grey, red and gold, and silver and blue.

Unfortunately, Logitech’s new product isn’t water resistance and lightweight. The iPad and case together weigh about 3.2 lbs. By comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Air weighs 2.96 lbs and the 13-inch Macbook Pro weighs 3.57 lbs.

The iPad is docked to the Create Backlit Keyboard Case with a strong magnet. You can pick it up even when it’s opened, and the keyboard stays attached and in position.

The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard is really good at making Apple-y chiclet keyboards, and both the layout and the function of the Create case are dead ringers for Apple’s familiar MacBook Air and Pro keyboard.create-backlit-keyboard-case

Thanks to the Smart Connector, there’s no Bluetooth pairing and you don’t need worry about whether the keyboard is charged or not. All you must do is to lock the iPad into place and it’s ready to go.

Finally, there’s a nice set of 14 iOS  function keys, including a Homebutton, screen brightness, keyboard brightness and media controls — play, fast forward and rewind. It is also equipped with sound controls and a Lock button. 

The Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case is available for $150, which is pretty pricey for a keyboard and case.

Accessories, News/Rumors

Belkin Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone available

Last month, Belkin unveiled a new Charge Dock for iPhone users that has a nice additional feature for users of the Apple Watch. Finally, the new accessory is available for purchase on Belkin’s website.

The Charge Dock allows you to conveniently recharge both your iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously with a single wire. That means you need only one charging solution for both of your Apple devices. The dock will charge an iPhone even if it is in a case.

The Dock looks stylish and also features Made for iPhone and Apple Watch badges, meaning it’s passed Apple’s certification tests. It has a heavy metal base, which measures 10.93 by 13.4 by 8.8 centimeters, and a solid cast arm with a chrome finish. The base is covered with a non-slip and non-scratch material and includes an adjustable Lightning connector for your iPhone, and the arm has an integrated, magnetic Apple Watch charger with a detachable band clip. Magnets ensure that the connectors align automatically, letting inductive charging to start immediately.

According to the company, it is the only charge dock that is made for Apple Watch. It is compatiable with the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and all versions of the Apple Watch.

Belkin is shipping the Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone for $129.99 now.

iPhone, News/Rumors

Apple shares new iPhone 6s ad focusing on 3D Touch ‘Peek and Pop’

Apple has shared a new ad for the recently released iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus focusing on the 3D Touch feature of the device.

The voice quickly offers a list of all the ways device owners can interact with iPhone using Apple’s newly developed pressure-sensing input technology. Actor Jamie Foxx appears in the ad using 3D Touch to access his newest album, “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses.”

“This is iPhone 6s. Not much has changed, except it feels different. Now you press lightly to peek and deeper to pop. It changes how easily you can peek a flight, check a post, search for dinner – ooh, you guys are going to love that place. You can find a getaway easier – Yeah, go there. And find music easier – wait, are you listening to your own song? So pretty much everything you do feels different and that’s what’s changed.”

In the 30 second video, a few 3D Touch gestures are demonstrated in apps like Safari and Messages, while a voiceover explains how Peek and Pop work in a humorous way.

The new commercial features the tagline “The only that’s changed is everything,” which the company has used a lot of times in its describing of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Apple has already released different ads and videos following the announcement of the iPhone 6s, but this is the first commercial for the handset we’ve seen since launch.

As expected, the new devices saw record-breaking sales numbers, with Apple recording more than 13 million unit orders over launch weekend.

Jailbreak, News/Rumors

Pangu releases first untethered jailbreak for iOS 9-9.0.2

Big news for jailbreak community-the Pangu team has just released iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak, making it the first jailbreak available for iOS 9, and also for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The tool is only available for Windows users at this time. Mac support will probably follow in the future but a date has not been announced.

According to the website, the new jailbreak will work with all the iOS 9 compatible devices:

  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2
  • iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, 1st gen iPad mini
  • 6th generation iPod touch, 5th generation iPod touch

pangu-ios-9-jailbreakRemember to create a backup of your device using iTunes before you install the jailbreak. The Pangu FAQ also recommends to turn on the Airplane mode and disable passcode and Find my iPhone so that the jailbreak process will not be affected.

With the debut of iOS 9.1, the release of the jailbreak is an important event, as it provides Apple with the opportunity to fix the exploits before releasing iOS 9.1 to the public. It is also possible that the company has already fixed the exploits used in the iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak in iOS 9.1 beta, so the Pangu team decided to release it now.

Accessories, News/Rumors

Latest Apple Watch ads focus on Apple Pay, Siri, more

Apple shared six new Apple Watch ads on Monday covering tentpole features like Apple Pay, Siri, fitness tracking and Maps presented in a new visual style.

Each of the company’s short 15-second commercials focuses on a specific Watch capability, with most demonstrating only one or two characters acting out scenes on a minimalist set.

The first ad, “Sing” focuses on Watch’s voice messaging capabilities, with a young man singing a ditty to his girlfriend via Messages. The spot ends with the tagline “text your heart out.”

The second ad is entitled “Date” and describes how notifications are handled with the device. In this commercial, actress Lake Bell, who is the narrator of the iPhone 6s commercial, enjoys a night out and is updated on her child via Messages. 

Another two ads, called “Train” and “Cycle” highlights Watch’s ability to track fitness metrics, in these cases heart rate monitoring and specific exercise logging for indoor cycling. The videos feature actors interacting one-on-one with their Watch with no outside distractions, suggestive of a highly personal connection with the smart watch. 

The next ad, called “Ride,” tells how Apple Maps works with Apple’s wearable. The video showcases a woman asking Siri for directions to a destination.

The first ad is called “Sprinkle” and focuses on Apple Watch’s support for Apple Pay. In the ad, a mother carrying a kid is shown using her Apple Watch to buy more ice cream after one of her daughters drops her ice cream.

The new commercials were released nearly 2 weeks after Apple announced watchOS 2 for the device, which adds native app support, new watch faces and third-party complications.

Accessories, News/Rumors

Logitech debutes ‘Logi Circle’ portable monitoring camera

Consumer electronics and accessories maker Logitech has announced its entry into the home security and monitoring market, debuting the Circle Portable Home Connection Camera, under its new Logi brand. 

It’s a small, ball-shaped camera that works as a standard home security device, but also provides a lot of advanced features, including 2-way audio and real-time streaming of high-definition video via its accompanying smartphone app on iOS or Android. In addition, it also acts like a two-way intercom, allowing users to listen or speak to whoever is in the room.

According to the company, the Circle brings “Scene Intuition” technology that sets it apart from other similar home camera systems. With Scene Intuition, the Logi Circle can learn home life patterns to send alerts only when interesting activity happens to protect users from having to sort through hours and hours of footage. The Circle’s software is capable to learn which movements are normal for a room, including a pet walking around or curtains in the breeze, and can recognize those among something significant.

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Another great feature of the camera is its ability to create a “Day Brief,” which algorithmically produces a sped up video of the day’s highlights. Logitech filters all of the video and surfaces the most interesting segments when browsing the Circle’s iOS or Android app.

The camera has a 135-degree wide angle view and 8x zoom. Its built-in battery provides up to three hours of non-stop streaming, or twelve hours in power saver mode. There is a magnetic charging ring to recharge the device.

It is Logitech’s second product to sport the company’s new Logi brand, following a triumvirate of iPad cases back in July. The Circle is available for pre-order in the United States and in select countries in Europe for a suggested retail price of $199.99, with shipments scheduled to arrive in October 2015.