Archive for November, 2015

Product Review: mophie juice pack air for iPhone 6s

by on November 17th, 2015

 

I recently purchased the new iPhone 6s (review to follow on examiner) and I got my first mophie with it. As press and attending more events after the launch of Hi-Tech Chic having a low battery is not an option. For the past 6 years I have gone to so many tech events where people are on the hunt for a plug to charge their phone; one lady even got creative and charged her smart phone in the venue’s bathroom. Needless to say when you have a low battery on your phone you will go to great lengths to find a charger or outlet caveman style.

Mophie 2I finally decided it was time to get a mophie juice pack air with the new purchase which has also been a great case for my iPhone 6s as well. The mophie juice pack air is a lightweight case and with a 2,750mAh battery pack that delivers more than 100% extra battery. On the mophie there is an integrated standby switch which allows you to choose when to charge or save some juice. It also has a LED power indicator displays the juice pack battery levels and charge status, which has been a big help! Something I didn’t know the Mophie, while plugged in, recharges your iPhone 6s first and then the juice pack case recharges itself.

The mophie has a durable outer-band, raised bezel edge and rubberized support pads inside of full-case protection guard. Its high-impact protection case has saved me each time I have dropped my iPhone 6s down my cement stairs (not on purpose).

Unfortunately it is on back order for one to two weeks so if you want to give this as a holiday present I suggest order it now. It’s currently $99.95 and you can place your back order here.

I love my new mophie, someone should have told me to buy one of these sooner because it has been a life saver when I have a low battery and nowhere near a charger.

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Logi CREATE Unveiled for iPad Pro

by on November 11th, 2015

Logi CREATE Keyboard Case_RedA unique follow-up to yesterday’s post of the iPad Pro today Logitech unveiled its first accessories designed in collaboration with Apple. See full press release below.

NEWARK, Calif. — Nov. 11, 2015 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) unveiled its first accessories designed in collaboration with Apple to perfectly complement the aesthetics and features of the new iPad Pro™: the Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector and the Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand. The Logi CREATE Keyboard Case is the first third-party keyboard on the market to leverage Apple’s new Smart Connector™, eliminating the need to power on, connect or charge the keyboard.

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“The iPad Pro coupled with iOS 9 opens new ways to create, work and play on the tablet,” said Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech. “With this in mind, we worked closely with Apple to design the Logi CREATE, and unleash even more possibilities. The result is a functional yet beautiful case, and the best iPad keyboard we’ve ever created. From compatibility with the Apple Smart Connector to the color and finish of the keyboard, every detail was meticulously crafted to perfectly complement the iPad Pro.”

Logi CREATE Any-Angle Case_Hinge RedBoth Logi CREATE products offer thin and light front and back protection, and the tightly-woven premium fabric resists accidental bumps, scratches and spills. Highlights of the cases include:

The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector

The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case is designed to work exclusively with Apple’s new Smart Connector for seamless communication between the iPad Pro and the keyboard. Through leveraging the Smart Connector, the Logi CREATE keyboard automatically powers on and securely connects with the iPad Pro when placed in the typing position – no Bluetooth® pairing needed. And because the keyboard is powered by the iPad Pro, you never have to think about charging your keyboard again.

The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case is built for productivity. The keyboard features full-size

19 mm keys, adjustable backlighting and an intuitive layout, helping you take full advantage of the iPad Pro’s expansive workspace and new iOS® 9 features. The iOS shortcut keys also put the power of your favorite apps at your fingertips – you can activate search and media controls without ever leaving the keyboard. The case provides two viewing angles, so you can make the most of the iPad Pro’s big, beautiful screen whether you’re posting an update, watching videos, or using the Apple Pencil to take notes. The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case is available for a suggested retail price of $149.99.

The Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand

The Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand adjusts to whatever adventure comes your way. The case’s flexible stand has a hidden hinge that firmly holds your iPad Pro in the perfect viewing angle within a 60-degree range. Place the iPad Pro upright in the stand for watching video in comfort or nearly flat for sketching with the Apple Pencil – there’s an angle for nearly every activity or work setup. The Logi CREATE protects the front and back of your iPad Pro without adding unnecessary bulk or weight. The Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand is available for a suggested retail price of $79.99.

Availability

The Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case and the Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand are available in a variety of colors including black, red or blue. Both are expected to be available online and in Apple stores in the U.S., and select countries in Europe and Asia beginning November 2015, at the same time the iPad Pro becomes available. For more information, please visit Logitech.com, our blog or connect with us on Facebook.

About Logitech

Logitech designs products that have an everyday place in people’s lives, connecting them to the digital experiences they care about. Over 30 years ago, Logitech started connecting people through computers, and now it’s designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech at www.logitech.com, the company blog or @Logitech.

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Press Release: NEAT MICROPHONES SET NEW STANDARDS IN USB MICS WITH LAUNCH OF “WIDGETS”

by on November 3rd, 2015

As a former singer and struggling to get my voice back I found this press release interesting especially if you have your own home music room like I do. It would be interesting to try out since Gibson has been around FOREVER and I have a few musician friends that may get a kick about this as well. Maybe with their coloration with Neat Gibson will send me one to test out?Gibson

NASHVILLE, TN—November 2, 2015—Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, has announced the launch of the “Widget” mic line by Neat Microphones. Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO and Chairman of Gibson Brands, states “The time for entirely new thinking in how microphones are designed, manufactured, and applied is overdue—not only to benefit professionals, but also to create products that improve the audio experience of all consumers.”

Since joining Gibson Brands, Neat has released their Bee Microphone line for professional audio applications and now, with more people turning to computers for voice communications, Neat is launching the Widget line for home and educational use. The current lineup consists of three cool desktop USB mics that not only capture sound beautifully, but whose colorful looks also capture the imagination.

Skipper Wise, Neat Microphones’ President, came to Gibson Brands from Blue Microphones, which he co-founded with Martins Saulespurens. Together they revolutionized the recording industry by changing the way people record with and perceive microphones. They introduced the best-selling, top in class: Snowball and Yeti professional USB microphones to the marketplace.  Now with Gibson, the former Blue management team is taking microphones to the next level.

Neat carries on that tradition for consumer-oriented, computer-based applications—“Widgets” plug directly into a computer’s USB port, bypassing the need for preamps, interfaces, and other complicated gear. Each Widget combines high-resolution, better-than-CD-quality audio performance (96 kHz, 24-bit resolution) with true plug-and-play operation for both Mac and Windows computers.

According to Wise ”Whether it’s a grandfather talking to his granddaughter, a long-distance relationship, or a business conference call, more and more people are using computers for communications—as well as taking dictation, capturing musical ideas, recording notes in class, or simply preserving audio memories. Widgets address those needs with the highest quality possible—these mics don’t just capture sound, but every syllable and emotion of a conversation.”

Juszkiewicz adds, “Neat is about creating the next generation of microphones—one that innovates from manufacturing processes to final look and feel. Neat’s products sound better, look better, and are simpler to operate. Even better, Gibson Brands understands that just because they’re making ground-breaking, serious products doesn’t mean Neat can’t have fun creating a brand and culture.”

Widgets are available for $99.00 starting on November 15, 2015 at fine retailers world-wide including: Amazon.comAmericanMusical.com,BestBuy.com, BestBuy Canada, SamAsh.comWalmart.com and Zzounds.com.

For more information, please visit neatmic.com.

About Gibson Brands:

Gibson Brands, the fastest-growing company in the music and sound industries, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson Brands is a global leader in musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio, and is dedicated to bringing the finest experiences to consumers by offering exceptional products with world-recognized brands. Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over 100 well-recognized brand names starting with the #1 guitar brand, Gibson. Other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. In professional audio, KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton, and Cakewalk also continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets. Consumer electronics brands include Onkyo, Integra, TEAC, and Esoteric.  Gibson Brands recently expanded its reach into consumer markets with the acquisition of Philips’ Home Entertainment based in Hong Kong—a company that invented the cassette tape, the CD format, the DVD format and the MP3 and the MP4 format.  Under the Philips and Fidelio brand names, Gibson Brands continue to represent the ideal combination of innovation, tradition and a dedication to improving design while maintaining the highest level of craftsmanship.  A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige and improving the quality of life and music for its customers. Its goal is to provide the most exceptional customer audio products and experiences in the world.

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