Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Wireless chargers are getting increasingly popular, but the vast majority that we see are desk docks. Today, we’re unveiling something different: a Qi wireless dock for your car. The Air Dock combines a wireless charger and a car holder to produce a brilliant two-in-one accessory. Let’s take a closer look.
The Air Dock has a bold streamlined look. Instead of the traditional heavy clasps holding your phone in place, there’s just a simple pad. This micro-suction foam pad holds your phone in place, helped by magnets inside. This means you can just place your phone on the pad, and immediately it will be held into place, without the fuss of squeezing into a clip. Picking up your phone is similarly quick and easy.
Once installed, the Air Dock begins charging your phone immediately. The Qi wireless charger inside is compatible with a wide range of phones from Google and Nokia, and many other phones – including Samsung Galaxy phones and iPhones – can be charged wirelessly using a wireless charging case or cover. For more information on how wireless charging works, check out our guide to wireless charging.
Otherwise, the Air Dock ticks all the boxes that you’d expect. The suction cup mounting allows you to affix the car holder to your dashboard or windscreen, or even your desk at the office. The car holder can also rotate, allowing you to find the perfect angle and position for your phone.
The Air Dock is a solid car charger and car holder, and should prove quite popular with owners of wireless charging capable handsets. For more information and photographs of the Air Dock, please visit the product page linked below:
You can also see our full range of Qi wireless chargers here. Thanks for visiting the blog and have a good week!
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
After decades of advancement, smart homes are closer to becoming a reality. Instead of buying a pre-packaged smart home though, you can upgrade your home piecemeal. We’ve seen smart thermostats, smart smoke alarms, and even smart lightbulbs. Today, we’re happy to announce one of the most capable smart lightbulbs ever made: the MiPow Playbulb.
This clever lightbulb connects to your phone or tablet using Bluetooth. Start up the Android or iOS app on your device, and you’ll be able to control the intensity of the light emitted – so you can turn it down low for a romantic evening or keep it lit for a working night. The bulb can also be set to automatically dim or turn off, saving power and automatically keeping up with your routine. And with the power of Bluetooth, you can make these changes from anywhere in the room.
But where this lightbulb gets crazy is its speaker system. Yeah, that’s right: this lightbulb plays music. Just connect via Bluetooth, and you can stream music, podcasts or any other audio you like. The speaker inside is surprisingly loud, and provides a nice ambient experience where music is playing without an obvious source.
For all its capabilities though, the MiPower Playbulb is as easy to install as any normal lightbulb; just screw it into your light socket as normal. If you have a bayonet fitting, you’ll be able to use an adapter to make it work too.
The MiPow Playbulb is available now at Mobile Fun. For the latest pricing and availability information, as well as additional details and photos, check out the product page linked below!
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
We recently received some interesting images that purport to be cases for both of the upcoming iPhone 6 models. The one on the right is for an iPhone with a 4.7-inch display, expected to be announced in June. The left case is for an iPhone with an even larger 5.7-inch display. This larger, phablet-sized model would be released in September.
There are a few other details visible on these iPhone 6 cases – namely that we see a similar overall shape to the iPhone 5S, including a camera and flash in the upper left hand corner and the same arrangement of buttons on each side. A Lightning and 3.5mm port are present at the bottom, while another cutout at the bottom is for the speaker.
We’ve seen a number of reports that Apple will be moving to a larger iPhone this year, and the sizes shown above are often mentioned too. For example, this report from Japanese newspaper Nikkei includes drawings of both the 4.7 and 5.7 models.
Both models are expected to be made of metal, with the plastic bodied iPhone 5C’s low sales perhaps making it a one-off event for Apple. The 4.7-inch model has a 137 x 66mm body that’s 7mm thick. The 5.7-inch model is obviously larger at 157 x 77mm, but is also thinner at 6.7mm, requiring the camera protude from the body a small amount.
Perhaps the most compelling evidence is evidence from the ongoing Apple vs Samsung trial, on an internal Apple slide labelled ‘Consumers want what we don’t have.’ The slide goes on to say that all growth in the mobile market is from phones cheaper than $300 or phones with a larger than four inch screen. As Apple aren’t in a position to offer unsubsidised phones at less than $300, the only other option is to go bigger… and it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening.
Thanks for having a look at these first iPhone 6 accessories, and I hope you’ll let us know what you think in the comments below.
Monday, March 31st, 2014
OK, it’s April 2nd now so we regret to inform you that this isn’t a real product. Thanks to everyone that showed an interest in the Magic Smoke – you should have received your £10 voucher via email for your good humour.
If you’re on the lookout for some cool – and real – iPhone 5S accessories, check out the rest of our site!
Magicians always have the coolest gadgets – and now you can enjoy them too. One of the classic elements of their repertoire are smoke bombs, which can be thrown on the ground to create a puff of smoke. Then, the magician can escape scot-free. That’s why we’re introducing the Magic Smoke attachment for the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C.
The Magic Smoke is a small Lightning adapter that attaches to the bottom of your iPhone, and interfaces with the Magic Smoke app. Whenever you want to escape a sticky situation, just open the app and press the large red button. A large amount of smoke will erupt from the bottom of the adapter, cloaking you from view.
The Magic Smoke Adapter comes with enough smoke built-in for up to three escapes. Additional smoke cartridges can be purchased inexpensively from hobby shops, and can be installed quickly for subsequent escapes. In fact, it’s possible to pop off a smoke, then load additional cartridges before the smoke clears.
As well as a general purpose escape method, the Magic Smoke can also be loaded with dyes that produce coloured smoke, ideal for distractions and misdirections. Whether you use the Magic Smoke for fun or mischief, you’ll definitely find it effective.
For more information on the Magic Smoke, see our full product page here. We’re also looking at sourcing Magic Smoke as a standalone universal gadget that connects over Bluetooth, allowing compatibility with Windows Phone and Android phones and tablets too.
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Saturday, March 29th, 2014
According to a recent BBC article, opticians are calling for smartphone users to be wary of damaging their eyes. Optician Andy Hepworth has stated that “blue violet light is potentially hazardous and toxic to the back of your eyes… over a long period of time it can potentially damage your eyes… when you’re looking at a smartphone, the light peaking out of that is blue violet.” This puts users at a risk of macular degeneration, eventually causing blindness. Other effects have been reported to, including headaches and disruption of sleep patterns.
While the news is worrying for smartphone users, it’s relatively straightforward to block harmful blue-violet light, through a filtering screen protector. We’ve added a new product to our site, the Tech Armor RetinaShield Blue Light Screen Protector. This iPhone 5S / 5 / 5C screen protector filters out the harmful blue light, making for a more comfortable and less damaging smartphone viewing experience.
The Tech Armor RetinaShield Blue Light Screen Protector is available for pre-order now via the link below. In the meantime, be sure to take frequent breaks from using your smartphone and other screens, to look at the world around you. A walk around could also help your health!
Be sure to let us know what you think of this new kind of screen protector in the comments below. If you would like to see this screen protector made available for other models of phones, let us know this too, and we’ll endeavour to do so if we see sufficient demand.
Thanks for reading the article, and have a good weekend!