The BlueGATE CTR is a hands-free Bluetooth car kit with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC pairing for cars with an AUX in port. It has music controls, a built-in mic for calls, and a 2.1A USB port on the DC adapter for charging your iPhone or iPad. It lists for $67.99 though it usually sells for $44.99, but have we got a deal for you (at least until August 30). Just use the coupon code SAVEBLU1 to take $25 off. So your price for the BlueGATE CTR will be $19.99. And, of course, other than local tax, that's all you'll pay 'cause shipping is free. If my car had an AUX port, I'd order one in a heartbeat.
Here's a neat iDevice accessory that aims to simultaneously address two user demands: high quality sync and charge cables that won't tangle and fray, and a unique design that looks great for personalizing your mobile setup. Esbee Cables, nearing their initial goal on Kickstarter, are custom leather-wrapped cables that claim to offer much greater durability than the standard Apple cable, and come in one of seven color options. Each Micro USB or Lightning cable will retail for $30 (compared to the $19 that Apple charges for a standard cable), although a few reward tiers remain which can shave a couple of dollars off that price. Those backing the project now should receive their cables by mid-November. Check out additional pictures and videos on the project's Kickstarter page.
There are lots of Apple Watch stands and charging docks, but most hold just the watch itself. If you're looking for a cheap and useful dock that can handle both your Apple Watch and your iPhone, our own Adam Christianson found what looks to be a great deal on Amazon. The Apple Watch Stand from Poetic Smartphone holds your Apple Watch and iPhone, comes in iDevice-matching color options Space Grey, Silver, and Gold, and will run you just US$20 shipped. Just one potential caveat: buyers report that the larger 42mm Apple Watch will only work with the Sport band; other bands are too heavy for the stand when combined with the weight of the watch.
Andy Weir's "The Martian" is a great book and looks like it's going to be a pretty awesome movie, too. The new trailer for the movie is a roller coaster of excitement with all kinds of little tidbits that should put smiles on the faces of everyone who read the book. That, and it's just way too cool when Matt Damon says, "I'm going to have to science the s#@t out of this." In case you aren't familiar with "The Martian," it's a story about an astronaut stranded on Mars and his efforts to survive while he waits for rescue. The movie hits theaters on October 2, so we'll have to wait until then to see if the movie lives up to the trailer.
A Kickstarter project aims to turn your ordinary Apple Watch into an extraordinary pendant or pocket watch. Bucardo premium jewelry explains the pocket watch: "Inspired by the original way that men wore their timepieces, our patent-pending technology transforms your 42 mm Apple Watch into a classic, vintage-inspired pocket watch. Engineered to interface directly with the band slots of your Apple Watch, simply slide your wristbands out and slide your Bucardo accessory in. Our Pocket Watch protects your Apple Watch, and opens to give you easy access to the Apple Watch face." Regarding the need for constant authentication, the developer told TMO "...the password authentication can be turned off/disabled for the Apple Watch, thus not affecting the continuity of using your Apple Watch with one of our Pendulum Accessories. The only features that are compromised with our accessories are the activity tracking features as well as Apple Pay, which needs to sense the wrist as a security measure." There are are also some gorgeous pendant options. Shipping is scheduled for December 1—if funded. Support options for basic versions start at US$100.
Misfit and Speedo are teaming up on a new version of the Shine fitness tracker designed for swimmers. The Speedo Shine is waterproof to 50 meters, and is designed to track how many laps you swim, and can track your distance regardless of your swimming stroke. It also sports the usual tracking features like steps, calories burned, and sleep patterns. You can pick up a Speedo Shine from Misfit and Apple retail stores starting September 1 for US$79.99.
Check out the Tab LapDesk from iSkelter. It's a wooden desk for your lap that has a slot designed to hold your iPad, iPhone, or both devices at the same time. I suppose it would hold Android devices, too, if that's your thing. In any event, it gives you a nice writing surface while holding your devices. Simple and elegant. It's priced at $49. Oh, and there's an optional built-in white board—one for lefties and one for right-handed folks! That's just clever.
Apple rolled out a 42mm Link Bracelet Kit for Apple Watch on Friday. The $49 kit has six additional links the for the Link Bracelet strap for Apple Watch—despite the name of the kit, those additional links add up to 40mm to the Link Bracelet for wrists more than 205mm in diameter. The Link Bracelet is designed so that individual links can be removed or added without special tools. This kit's links are the same as the links that come in the Link Bracelet itself so that they match. The kit currently lists a shipping time of 5-7 days.
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." In 1977, what seemed like just another a small-time scifl flick, relegated to the smaller screens in some theaters, exploded into the public consciousness and has remained there for almost 40 years. Mindful of the release of Star Wars Episode VII on December 18, in glorious infographics and charts, Jordan Roland in the Shutterstock Blog has celebrated the influence of this series on film and TV. In fact, the language of this movie series has even seeped into the popular lexicon of technical writing. (Pray I don't change the wording any further.) See, for example, the TMO Spin in a recent article by our Jeff Gamet. Enjoy this fabulous article that visually depicts the influence of Star Wars on our entertainment even to this day.
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