From the Pebble to the Toq, multi-tasking sports watches have recently gained popularity among the techie set. Among athletes, they’ve been used for over a decade. At their most basic functionality, athletic smart watches measure pace and distance, though most also have an optional heart rate monitor and offer enough technological bells and whistles to make Siri swoon. We got our hands on the TomTom Multisport GPS ($200 USD), an intuitive little offering that provides metrics for running, cycling and swimming. [Read More]
Sure, you can get your iPhone 5S in Apple's own gold finish, but so can just about anyone else with a few hundred dollars to throw around. If you really want to stand out from the crowd of folks poking at their devices all day, you need the Apple Solid Gold iPhone 5S ($3,300 USD). Instead of the typical gold finish, this one comes in solid, 24-karat gold covering the edges, top, bottom, and back. You can also choose the platinum or rose gold additions — and if you're really feeling like showing off, go ahead and upgrade it with Swarovski style embellishments on the logo, bezel, and more.
It seems like everywhere you look, someone is sporting some sort of Beats device — whether it's a pair of headphones, earbuds, or portable speakers — but none of them look quite like the Beats by Alexander Wang Collection ($150-$450 USD). This very limited edition takes three of these devices and coats them in matte black with pale gold accents, making them truly stand out. They include the Beats Pill portable speakers, Ur Beats ear buds, and Beats Studio headphones, and each comes in an Alexander Wang embossed glossy stingray case with a zipper and clip. Each one is available in limited amounts in a pre-sale event, but won't be for long.
Having made its debut in the summer months, OUYA — an Android-powered game console designed by Yves Béhar and funded by Kickstarter — presents its 2013 Limited Holiday White Edition. With a crisp, white design at its core, the holiday edition shares similar attributes to the standard black version, boasting a NVDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core CPU processor, 1GB memory, 16GB internal flash storage and 1080p HD video output. The built-in Bluetooth connectivity allows for a carefree, wireless gaming experience. Priced at $130 USD, the console can be pre-ordered now at the OUYA shop.
In the past Dre's Beats Headphones have been derided for their somewhat juvenile appearance, and for being the sort best meant for music with a lot of bass — and perhaps fairly so. The Beats Studio Wireless Headphones ($380 USD) are an answer to that criticism, ditching the childish aesthetic for a more subtle matte look, and balancing out the sound for a more discerning audience. While their professional sound carries a heftier price tag, it's the result of a re-engineered acoustic engine and improved software meant to recreate music as the artist intended. Noise-canceling technology, a battery that lasts up to twelve hours, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity with a 30-foot range are really just icing on the cake.
If you're in the market for a fitness tracker, but aren't wild about the idea of a cheap-looking piece of plastic adorning your wrist at all times, you're in luck. The first in its limited edition series of metallic colorways, the Nike+ FuelBand SE Rose Gold ($170 USD), is made for those who are both style- and fitness-conscious. The clasp, bezel, and screws are made from 316 series stainless steel, hand polished, and finished in durable PVD coating. It has all the same features as the typical Nike+ FuelBand SE, without all the bright neon. If gold isn't quite your look, just wait, more finishes are set to be released in the coming months.
Even with all of our favorite summer festivals now a distant memory in our Instagram feeds, a portable power source for your mobile device can still be valuable during the chaotic holiday season. Today, protective accessory maker Incase announced the release of its Portable Power Pack in various colors and sizes. With your choice of a 5,400 or 2,500 mAH internal battery, the simplistic design of Incase’s latest creation features an embedded USB-A cable that will indicate your device’s charge progress with a series of LED lights. While the more powerful 5400 Pack can deliver two full charges to your iPhone, the 2500 only provides one. Both packs are currently available at the brand’s web store for $79.95 USD and $59.95 USD respectively.
When you choose to compete with giants like Amazon, you've definitely got your work cut out for you — but Barnes & Noble's new Nook GlowLight ($120 USD) may have just what it takes to make a go at it. While it may never be able to boast the kind of ecosystem available with Amazon, its feature set and competitive price point make it an option worth considering. They've stuck with e-ink, and made the reading experience better than ever, with 60 percent more pixels, no glare, and a higher 1024 by 768 resolution. They've also put it on a diet, reducing overall weight by nearly a fifth, while the four gigs of storage will hold up to 2,000 books, and the battery will last up to eight weeks on a single charge.
For 2014, audio manufacturer REVO has announced the development of its latest installment to the AXiS line of digital radio devices – the AXiS X3. This version comes in a fresh new gunmetal casing with improved Bluetooth streaming quality and the addition of an Apple Lightning dock for the iPhone 5 series. The X3 can be controlled via an icon-driven 3.5-inch touchscreen interface that enables quick and easy navigation through its many advanced features. The compact speaker also boasts award-winning audio performance, courtesy of its 8W Class-D amplifier and patented Balanced Radiator loudspeaker technology. Addition details include wireless DLNA streaming, an internet radio with Wi-Fi connection, and a digital alarm clock. The AXiS X3 from REVO is currently available for purchase here with a price tag of £200 GBP (approximately $323 USD).
Apple kicked off this year’s tablet war this week, unveiling the latest versions of its iPads with an eye on an increasingly competitive marketplace. The new iPad will be lighter, thinner — the width of a pencil — and has a new name, the iPad Air. Its smaller tablet, the iPad mini, will have a higher-resolution display, faster processor and new colors. Both go on sale in November — just in time for the holiday shopping season. [See & Read More]
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