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First Look: m?k Sound Case for iPhone 5/5s


Although we’ve seen iPhone cases that offer passive audio amplification before, m?k Sound Case for iPhone 5/5s ($20), from the company of the same name, offers the feature in an inexpensive and unobtrusive package. The rubber case is like many others, with built-in Sleep/Wake and volume button protection. There’s also one opening for the headphone port and microphone, and another for the Lightning port, but none for the speaker. This is because…

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Mac: Satechi AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers


Satechi’s AirBass Active Bluetooth Speakers ($130) are a good example of how simple design, executed properly, can lead to an attractive product. Coming in either black or white, these desktop speakers would look really nice next to an iMac or a MacBook. They’re not the fanciest things around, but at this price point, they don’t have to be.

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Ask iLounge: Non-Bluetooth Lightning dock speakers


Q: I’m looking for some non-Bluetooth speakers with a Lightning Dock for charging my iPhone. It seems everybody is going with Bluetooth these days, but I really have no interest in paying extra for Bluetooth, and I actually want speakers I can use at my workplace where wireless equipment isn’t permitted—I actually have to keep my iPhone in Airplane Mode when I’m at my desk. Is there anything still out there that doesn’t…

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Review: Spigen SGP Tough Armor for iPad mini


Despite the fact that you can separate the case into pieces, you don’t have to do so during installation or removal. It’s easy enough to snap the iPad mini in place without really fussing with it. Inside, some hidden features help increase protectiveness, including air cushions in the corners. Like most iPad cases, Tough Armor leaves the speakers, Lightning port, side switch, rear camera, microphones, and headphone port totally bare. Large…

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First Look: iBackFlip TabKeeper 360 for iPad


It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from iBackFlip, but now the company is back with its latest — and least expensive — bag, the TabKeeper 360 ($55). Able to be worn as a messenger bag, sling style backpack, or briefcase, depending on how you position the detachable strap, its key feature is the same as previous carriers from the company. That is, it can fold down for hands-free access, with straps holding the tablet perpendicular to…

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Review: Belkin LEGO Builder Case for iPad mini


The case’s hard plastic shell comes in green, yellow, or red. Either generation of iPad mini easily snaps into it, although Retina iPad mini users will notice that there’s no opening for the rear microphone. Otherwise, there are clean holes for the headphone port, top mic, Sleep/Wake button, and rear camera, plus a gap for the side switch and volume buttons, and another for the speakers and Lightning port. Overall, it’s not the most protective…

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Mac: Dell UltraSharp 32 UltraHD Monitor


No, we haven’t gone crazy: we’re actually talking about a Dell monitor. But it’s not just any old screen—it’s the new UltraSharp 32 UltraHD Monitor ($3,500). This 31.5” monitor has enough pixels to support the 4K video format with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, making it ideal for the upcoming Mac Pro—though it also costs $500 more than Apple’s base model.

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Review: Skech Glow for iPhone 5/5s


What Glow actually does is protect the iPhone impressively well for a $25 case. Not only does it include thorough rear and side protection, but the lip around the screen and the button coverage are both spot-on, with the latter offering full tactility. Along the bottom edge, Skech chose to go with a design that straddles the two most common options. There’s not one opening, and there aren’t three tightly tailored holes. Instead, there are two…

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