Dark Energy is probably wondering when battery technology will keep up with everything else. Perhaps that’s why we have the Dark Energy Reservoir, an 8,000mAh battery pack barely bigger than an iPhone...
Nothing relaxes us like coming home and kicking off our shoes, but few things can disturb us more than having our private space violated while we were away. Protecting your place with a lot of gear can get expensive, but with the following apps, your iOS device can provide peace of mind without breaking the bank.
With the release of iOS 7, Apple finally recognized the demand for physical gamepads via built-in support through its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program, which means all game developers and peripheral manufacturers alike can use the same compatibility standards. Now, any game that supports iOS 7 controllers should work with any MFi gamepad — in theory, at least. That hasn't exactly worked out thus far, with at least one game only compatible with a certain early controller, and a few titles that work better on some gamepads than others. If you're thinking about investing in an iOS 7 game controller now, here's a concise look at the strengths and weaknesses of each, complete with our review scores from the full appraisals.
Like Star Trek’s Mr. Scott, Apple’s engineers have well-deserved reputations for being high-tech miracle workers, but even they can only do so much about the laws of physics. Any moving part can become worn or damaged over time, and MacBook owners know few parts move more than their power adapter’s precious MagSafe cord. The Fray Fix adds a layer of protection to your faithful power brick’s most vulnerable spot, but in a way that’s anything but futuristic.
The iPhone can do virtually anything, but can it be turned into a universal home theatre remote control? Accessory maker Logitech rebounds from the ill-fated Harmony Link by pairing an improved smartphone app with a remote control easy enough for everyone in the family to use.
Getting your iPhone’s battery to last all day can be a challenge. We’ve all got chargers stashed around work, home, and our vehicles, but, obviously, none of those are very helpful when you’re nowhere near a power connector. By tossing the Powerskin PoP’n in your bag, you can effectively double your iPhone 5 battery life. Since it’s not a form-fitting case, the PoP’n will also charge other lightning-port-equipped devices.
For years, gadget-makers have been hailing wireless charging. But there's a dirty little secret: it's not really wireless. Since we can't yet efficiently transmit power through thin air, there are still wires involved in all those "wireless" charging devices. To its credit, BuQu Tech's Magnetyze doesn't actually claim to be a wireless charging system, and the case/charger combo has its own attractive qualities.
Need a stylus? If your answer is "meh, not really, but sort of, I guess," let me submit that maybe you'd get some good use out of a stylus, but you're probably not gung-ho enough to drop $30 on one. Luckily our favorite destination for dirt-cheap cables-n-more, Monoprice.com, sells this great pen-slash-stylus for under $7.
Milo is a great little stand, with a microsuction pad to hold your iPhone or iPod touch (or other smartphone, I guess, if you gotta play it like that) in either portrait or landscape orientation. Bluelounge has a newer aluminum version for $29.95, but the original plastic version is just as good -- and only $14.95.
Studio Neat's clever Glif looks like a musical note from the side, hence its name. But that's not the cool thing about it -- Glif snaps onto your iPhone, then lets you securely screw that device onto a tripod or other camera-mounting system, so you can take better photos.