LAS VEGAS – Kickstarter darling Advanced Sound has just released a set of universal fit, dynamic driver earphones built for musicians to use as in-ear monitors for just US$24.99 per pair. The Advanced S2000 features a single 10mm dynamic in each earpiece, and they’re designed to loop the cable over the ear to stay in place on stage. The low price point is intentional: they know that musicians wind up getting their in-ear cables pulled or earphones crushed in a gig bag, and their thought is to make them inexpensive enough that one doesn’t worry about replacement costs. The sound? I haven’t tried them on stage, but I did try them in my hotel room and on the show floor. They have a great sound with a high-mid boost that actually matches what I prefer for on-stage. That lift gives vocals a little more presence, and is exactly what you want. For $24.99, these will remain in my gig bag as spares or a rehearsal set, for sure. If you just want to listen to music, the original $39.99 M4 would likely be a better choice, as the EQ is a little smoother for that purpose.
LAS VEGAS – The Spire Health Tag attaches to your regular clothes, turning them into your personal health and fitness tracker. Jeff Gamet checks them out at CES 2018.
We have a deal for you today on the venerable Mac utility Drive Genius 5. This software helps monitor and manage your storage device and its files with 19 different built-in utilities. It’s $39 through us, some 60% off.
LAS VEGAS – Popular iPhone grip and stand maker, PopSockets, has launched their next accessory: the PopSockets Car Vent Mount. Built to fit into the air vent of your car, this makes it super-simple for any one with a PopSocket on your phone to mount it on your car’s dashboard in one, easy motion. Pricing is US$9.99 and it will be available this week or early next from PopSockets.com or Amazon.
LAS VEGAS – Apple’s Lightning to USB cables for the iPhone and iPad are notorious for fraying where the connectors and wires come together. Nite Ize has a fix for that with their Cordcollar, and they show Jeff Gamet how it works in this video interview.
Apple also said that it, “has strong data-privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems.”
LAS VEGAS – Somnox showed their sleep aid robot to Jeff Gamet at CES 2018. It helps you relax and fall asleep, and you can check it out in this video interview.
Some voices suggest the Apple HomePod will fail because it doesn’t go toe-to-toe with other smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo. This is nonsense.
It’s not a finished product, but a working prototype.
Satechi will start selling the charging station sometime this spring for US$64.99.
The iPhone BOGO deal starts this Friday.
LAS VEGAS – Catalyst has a shock proof and waterproof case for Apple Watch Series 3 that’ll keep your smartwatch dry up to 330 feet underwater. Jeff Gamet gets to check it out at CES 2018 in this video interview.
LAS VEGAS – Rocketbook’s reusable notebooks let you write and draw, use your iPhone to upload and organize your work online, then wipe the pages clean and start again. Jeff Gamet checks them out in this video interview.
Senator Thune wants an answer to his letter by January 23. This article will be updated when Apple responds.
John F. Braun learns more about Cocoon Cam Clarity baby monitor which offers a non-invasive way to monitor your baby’s breathing and other activities.
This is a device that you plug into your network at home and is then accessible anywhere for both syncing and remote access, creating a true, turnkey private cloud.
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The Elgato Eve Button is a simple-to-use, elegant device that brings you the ability to easily choose a HomeKit scene without saying a word or lifting your phone. Simply tap, double tap, or press-and-hold to choose from one of three scenes, and setup takes about a minute.
John F. Braun checks out the JAQ Hybrid Charger, a charger that uses both traditional lithium ion and fuel cell technology to help when you’re not near a power source.
LAS VEGAS – myCharge, long-time makers of quality battery packs and charging bricks, this week announced at CES the upcoming availability of a new portable battery with two Qi surfaces built-in. The US$79.99 Portable Power Bank Unplugged 10K Dual is about the shape of a smartphone, and features a Qi pad on top so that your phone will charge when the battery pack is simply up against it. Cleverly, myCharge has included a Qi coil on the bottom of the pack, as well, allowing it to charge from a Qi pad (like then $29 myCharge Powerdisc shown in the picture). In a true “passthrough” sense, a phone stacked on top of a charging battery pack will see the phone charge first, then the pack afterwards, making for a very convenient setup to have on your desk or bedside table. Stack ’em at night to charge, grab ’em in the morning and go! The myCharge Portable Power Bank Unplugged 10 Dual will be available in March and has a list price of $79.99.
Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to talk about voice control devices’ strong presence at the event, plus they share more cool products they’ve found.