A lot of CNET readers like to complain that we cover too many Apple accessories and not enough Android ones. Well, the truth is there just aren't nearly as many accessories out there marketed toward Android users. … Read more
Editors' note: Updated December 16, 2013, with three new accessories.
The iPad, while being astonishingly versatile, can't do everything. That's where peripherals come in. Maybe you want to connect a camera, stream audio or video to a TV or stereo, or write with a real keyboard. Or maybe you're just looking for a nice bag.
Here are some of the most useful iPad accessories I've found. Some work for both the iPad Mini and the new iPad Air; some work with just one; some are meant for older models. You might already own an iPad and are looking for a little stocking stuffer. Or, maybe you're looking for something to go with a new iPad you just got. Browse through these suggestions -- you may not need all of them, but they can come in awfully handy.
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The NoteBookCase for iPad2 transforms the tablet into a smaller version of the MacBook Pro, complete with a similar MacBook-style keyboard. Aside from the Bluetooth-connected keyboard, the case comes with an integrated battery that charges the tablet, too. … Read more
Grab them while you can.
Nokia is bringing back its Xpress-on color cover program by giving Lumia 710 owners in the U.S. one free cell phone cover during the month of April.
The manufacturer reported that the last time it implemented the offer, thousands of customers applied for the giveaway and received their covers.
Last month in March, the company surveyed 1,000 U.S. customers about their preferred shade. Blue won the majority of votes, with white, pink, and yellow following behind.
And just when you think the Lumia couldn't get any "freer," all throughout … Read more
One of the more interesting things that Suke Jawanda, chief marketing officer of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), ever saw enabled with Bluetooth was a toothbrush. It measures how long you brush and the number of strokes you make.
"It's all these telematics from your toothbrush that are tracked and sent to an app," he said. "And it's like...what can't be connected?"
For Jawanda and everyday consumers, it seems like everything these days features the Bluetooth logo on its box. In fact, in 2011, 50 Bluetooth-enabled products are shipped out every … Read more
Created by Australian company Annex Products, the brainchild behind the Opena bottle opener case (which I'm totally onboard with, by the way), the Playa Case features a slide-out compartment where you can store -- wait for it -- condoms!
That's right, no more rings on your wallet. Instead, you can now flirt worry-free with this classy and discreet rubber dispenser. Just imagine how impressed your lady friend will be when you slide open the Playa Case to reveal a selection of condoms as if you're offering her a mint. You're sure to get lucky in no time like Chris in the video below. Yeah, no. … Read more
Some say they do their best thinking in the bathroom, so it's no surprise so many of you text, tweet, and talk while on the throne. But here's the stinker: research shows that 16 percent of cell phones have fecal matter on them. Eww.
Even so, sanitizing our germ-riddled smartphones probably isn't something we do regularly (in fact, this writer has never done it), unless you're germaphobe. But what if were as easy as charging your phone?
Enter the PhoneSoap. Created by four germaphobic entrepreneurs, it's essentially an enclosed box that blasts your phone with harmless UV-C rays. UV-C light is able to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses by penetrating cell walls and disrupting their DNA. The light is switched on for three to five minutes at a time, and there's no heat generated, according to the PhoneSoap's makers. … Read more
One of the things I love best about my iPhone is that it single-handedly replaces a bevy of other devices. Alarm clock? Gone. Digital camera and camcorder? Gone. Reward cards? Gone.
Now I can add one more item to the list: wallet.
The Poddities Money Clip for iPhone 4/4S adds a metal clip to the back of your handset, allowing you to keep cash, credit cards, and the like close at hand. It also gives you the option of hanging your phone from your belt or the top of pants pocket.
There are, of course, iPhone cases that have slots for credit cards and whatnot, but most of them add bulk ranging from a little to a lot. The Poddities is about the slimmest solution out there. It can hold up to three cards, according to the manufacturer.… Read more
Fall is here in force and the chill of winter is in the air. With the season comes plenty of tempting holiday treats and the urge to hibernate indoors. Before you know it, though, swimsuit and tank top weather will cruelly arrive. Luckily, there are new mobile accessories that harness wireless technology, competitive behavior, social media, and other online tools to help couch potatoes catch the exercise bug.… Read more
When you think of iPhone docks, the first thing that comes to mind is usually something that resembles Apple's simple iPhone 4 dock. Hacoa's inspired design, however, takes a different approach by carving out a space for the smartphone and its USB cable out of a solid block of wood.
Hacoa's BaseStation for iPhone 4 comes in two flavors: Maple or walnut. While it's not hand-crafted--machines are used to carve out the grooves--polishing is done manually. With the right clock app, this could be the prettiest bedside accessory to have. That is, if you think it's worth the $49.90 you'll have to fork out for ownership.