Charging the Apple Watch while traveling can be a little tricky. Generally, I lug along a super-long charging cable and a wall plug to get the job done when on holiday. Nomad — makers of great Apple Watch straps and accessories — offers a stylish and super-portable charging solution called the Pod Pro. The Pod Pro wraps […]
My kids are crazy for PopSockets ($ 10–$ 15) and I understand the appeal, especially now that the company has come out with a car vent mount option ($ 15). You have likely already seen these on the back of someone’s phone. You attach the adhesive back of the PopSocket to the back your iPhone case and then can pop it open and use it as a stand for your device or a means to get a better grip on your iPhone.
Aside from its use as a stand or finger grip, a PopSocket is also a great way to decorate your phone with an image or design or even logo of your liking. PopSockets even offers a very reasonable $ 15 custom option where you just upload a photo, select colors, and even add text in your own font. There is also an option for corporate branding. And now the car vent clip adds a new element of usefulness. You simply slip the phone into the mount and let gravity keep it in place.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, PopSocket showed off tons of designs including licensed images from franchises like Harry Potter. They even have a higher-end Swarovski® Crystals options. My only concern is that they are semi-permanent; if you’re careful when installing a PopSocket, you can reposition it but not easily re-attach it without new sticky tape. I’d like to see an industrial-strength Velcro® option. And they aren’t compatible with some silicone or waterproof cases. Plus, the device itself might interfere with Qi-based wireless charging.
- Tons of designs including licensed images
- Customize your own
- Swarovski® Crystals options
- Vent mount option
- Corporate logo options
- Repositionable, but semi-permanent adhesive
- Might interfere with Qi-based wireless charging
- Not compatible with some silicone and waterproof cases
If you want to dress up your case, and add a finger grip, PopSockets has a lot of designs to choose from.
During PAX West this past September, Eli and I stumbled across a bank of kiosks featuring upcoming Steam games, and one in particular caught our eye with its really neat art style. That game was Plunge from developer Spooky Buns Games, and it’s a rogue-lite dungeon crawler with an almost board game-like isometric viewpoint. It combined “slide until you stop” block-pushing puzzle mechanics with more traditional dungeon crawling, and it looked really awesome. Lucky for us, when we stopped to chat with the developers they mentioned that Plunge was indeed destined for mobile in addition to desktop. Here is a fairly recent and lengthy gameplay video showing Plunge in action.
This week we learned that Spooky Buns will be at GDC showcasing Plunge at the Indie Megabooth, and since we’ll be at GDC covering the event like we usually do, we’ll make a point to stop by and check in on the game’s progress. No pricing has been decided and there’s no solid release date set just yet beyond sometime in “mid-2018” but I’m curious to see how the game has come along since we saw it last September. If you’re liking the look of Plunge as much as we do, then keep your eyes on TouchArcade for our GDC coverage starting March 19th for an updated look at this promising upcoming game.
Electric bikes are a dime a dozen these days, but a new one from Copenhagen-based startup Kvaern has two things that stand out: a unique compact style and a solar-powered battery pack for charging.
The €999 ($ 1,200) Kvaern bike is pedal-assist (meaning you still have to do some work) and uses a 250W motor that’s built into the frame to get up to 15 miles per hour in just a few seconds, according to the company. An integrated battery is good enough for about 30 miles of range, which also pops out for easy charging.
If you want to go all in on that green e-bike lifestyle, though, Kvaern is also selling a 360wH battery and solar panel combo for €449 ($ 548), so you can power the bike with nothing but sunlight.
As expensive as the iPhone X is, you’re going to want to protect it from scratches, drops, water, dust, and more. I’ve used Catalyst cases before, so I tried the Waterproof Case for iPhone X ($ 89.99) with my daughter’s iPhone X. As protective as the Catalyst case is, it’s still surprisingly slim. The iPhone X is water resistant, but this case makes it waterproof to 10 meters.
The slim design ensures the case is compatible with Qi-charging. There’s even an included lanyard, which is another way to protect your phone, as you’re less likely to drop it in the first place. My only concerns are that the rubber flap can be tricky to keep in place and it’s only sold in one color—black with clear back and front.
If you don’t need the waterproofing feature, Catalyst offers impact-protection cases, in more color choices and at less than half the price. Speaking of saving money, if you have expensive Apple AirPods, they can be easy to lose; so I’d recommend Catalyst’s Waterproof Case for AirPods, especially the Glow-In-The-Dark option. For under $ 30, you can clip your AirPods to your backpack or purse and even find them in the dark.
- Surprisingly slim
- Robust protection
- Sealed ports
- Compatible with Qi-charging
- Optional lanyard
- Rubber flap can be tricky to keep in place
- Only one color
Whatever your iPhone case requirements are, Catalyst can probably meet your needs.
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With Valentine’s Day just a little over a week away, finding a unique gift for your favorite female tech-lover just got a bit easier. Gift her with a beautifully made Apple Watch band designed for women by women. Bezel’s & Bytes transforms Apple Watch into jewelry with its decidedly-female collection of metal-accented bands that’ll go […]
Once thought to be a thing of science fiction, wireless charging has finally arrived in real life. And now that the new iPhones are fully compatible with Qi wireless charging devices, there’s never been a better time to get in on the cordless revolution. This Takiso Walnut Qi Charger combines wireless convenience with unparalleled style, and it’s on sale for only $ 34.90…. Read the rest of this post here
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Smart lock company Otto is suspending operations after a failed acquisition agreement. In a blog post late last year, CEO and founder Sam Jadallah says the company made an acquisition deal that limited its ability to fundraise, but the buyer pulled out at the last minute, leaving Otto with no remaining cash. The first locks were supposed to ship within the next few weeks, but “Otto will not ship next month and it may never ship,” says Jadallah. The company will “evaluate [its] options” for moving forward in the coming weeks.
The Otto Lock was pitched as a tiny and stylish, but very expensive, smart lock. It sold for $ 699, and was intended for wealthy homeowners. Despite this limited niche, Jadallah told TechCrunch that Otto didn’t…
Just prior to its release on Playstation 4 and Playstation VR in early May, Montreal based developer KO_OP Mode and publisher Double Fine announced that their extremely stylish and crazy puzzler GNOG would also be arriving on Steam and mobile later in the year. GNOG is an escape room type of puzzle game that has you poking and prodding at the insides of a robot’s head in order to free the tiny person trapped inside. It’s definitely a wacky premise, but for those who enjoyed games like The Room but craved a bit more surreality and some kicking tunes, GNOG looked to offer exactly that. While KO_OP had to deliver a bit of bad news on Twitter today announcing a delay to the Steam version of GNOG, they simultaneously delivered some good news by announcing that the iOS version is launching tomorrow! Here is the launch trailer for the Playstation version so you can get an idea of GNOG’s amazing style.
While there obviously isn’t any VR support in the iOS version, there will be support for an augmented reality mode so you can do some puzzle box solving semi in the real world. Mostly though I just feel that GNOG is the exact type of game that feels best on a touchscreen as you poke, push, pull, and otherwise manipulate the various elements of each puzzle in search of a solution. It really makes it a more personal experience when you can directly touch a game and watch the effects. While KO_OP says the iOS release is tomorrow, most of us that live in the world of the digital App Store know that “tomorrow” could mean any time in the next 5 minutes or the next 24 hours. Once we see GNOG live in the App Store though we’ll definitely give you a heads up.