1 September 2014

Review: Wink Hub & GE Link Lightbulbs

GE LinkI’m a sucker for gadgets—ever since the earliest days of running SchwarzTech, I’ve always been at odds with if I really needed something, and the desire to have a new toy to play with. From a financial standpoint, I feel like I’ve mostly made reasonable choices on purchases (I still haven’t gotten any sort of smart watch yet), but I’ve always been fascinated with the home automation side of things. Products like the Philips Hue have been out my reach for just dipping my feet in the pool, but GE’s new Link bulbs, priced at $15, piqued my interest…

18 August 2014

Review: Incase Pro Snap Case for iPhone 5/5s

Pro Snap CaseA little over a year and a half ago, we reviewed Incase’s Snap Case for the iPhone 5, which also is compatible with the 5s. More recently, we took a look at the Pro Snap Case, a slightly different version of the case, featuring rubberized sidewalls for enhanced protection…

28 July 2014

Review: Edovia Screens for Mac

Edovia Screens for MacVirtual Network Computing, or VNC, is a very specialized product category. While it’s used for Apple’s own Screen Sharing client, often invoked through Finder windows or iCloud’s own Back to My Mac features, Apple’s client is rather basic. Sometimes you’ll need to connect and control computers that aren’t on your own local corner of the network, or you’ll want some added flexibility once you do. Enter Edovia’s Screens, a $35 Mac app that offers quite a bit more functionality…

27 June 2014

Review: Supertop Castro

CastroFor a lot of people, Apple’s Podcasts app will be a great way to listen to podcasts. Others may want more power with apps like Instacast, Downcast, or PocketCasts. After using a mix of Apple’s app and Instacast, I decided to give newcomer Castro a try, a $4 iPhone-only podcast app by Supertop that aims to provide a new design and only the most important features…

13 June 2014

Review: Apple iPhone 5s Leather Case

Apple iPhone 5s CaseWhen Apple released the iPhone 5, they did not included an updated version of the overpriced-yet-minimal Bumper from the iPhone 4/4s. While this made some sense, the company released a first-party case alongside the iPhone 5s, the $40 iPhone 5s Case, which also works with the iPhone 5…

19 May 2014

Review: Contrast Perfect Weather

Perfect WeatherLiving in central Indiana, we see crazy weather on a regular basis—a five day forecast can run the gamut of temperatures and conditions, feeling like you’ve experienced all four seasons. This had led to an obsession with finding the best weather app. Apple’s built-in weather app provides great information with a beautiful interface, but finding a good replacement is hard. Contrast hopes to fill this role with Perfect Weather, a $3 iPhone-only app that hopes to offer you everything you need…

22 April 2014

Review: Overmacs PhotoSweeper

PhotoSweeperIf you’re like me, your digital photo library may span years—even decades. Although programs like iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom try to help with keeping photos organized, multiple cameras types, accidental extra imports, and even simple file duplications are bound to happen. While some tools are included in these programs for sorting and finding duplicates, PhotoSweeper by Overmacs is a $10 utility that hopes to make the process even easier…

31 March 2014

Review: Uncommon Deflector for MacBooks

Uncommon DeflectorAlthough Apple’s portable computers are rather resilient, people still want to find ways to prevent scratches and dings on the aluminum surface. A popular accessory has been the hard shell case, often a plastic shell that snaps on a few key areas and protects the computer from cosmetic damage. These can also give an otherwise familiar-looking MacBook some personality and provide a empty canvas for stickers. Although the popular models seem to come from companies like Speck and Incase, iPhone case manufacturer Uncommon offers its own version, the Deflector