SchwarzTech
October 21, 2014

Review: Dash

DashIt’s rare when an app is available for Android first, and then slowly makes its way to iOS. I was intrigued when I first heard about Dash, a longtime free favorite in the do-it-yourself car data recording world for Android users becoming available for Android a few months ago. Even though the app is free, it does require a compatible interface to connect to your car, and challenged me to give setting up my own system a try.

October 10, 2014

Review: FutureTap Where To?

Where To?Chances are, if you have an iPhone, it will serve as either your primary GPS navigation device or a handy spare at one point or another. Unfortunately, the built-in Google Maps-based app is a bit clunky, forcing you to buy a GPS application or deal with its quirks. If you chose the former, costs can skyrocket to nearly $100 for an app. FutureTap’s $2.99 Where To? app offers a much cheaper alternative just for finding things to see and do…

September 29, 2014

Review: Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6As another fall begins, there are a few certainties—most of America will become madly obsessed with the NFL, Starbucks will begin selling its Pumpkin Spice Latte (and others will sell their versions), and Apple will release new iPhones. This year was no different, as Apple introduced the eight generation of its popular product a little more than two weeks ago. Now, with over ten million in the hands of users, the big changes are starting to sink in…

September 1, 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…

August 18, 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…

July 28, 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…

June 27, 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…

June 13, 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…