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January 28, 2014

Review: Realmac Software Ember

EmberIn the days that Macs featured rainbow-colored Apple logos, there was a handy tool that lived in the Apple Menu—the Scrapbook. The idea was that you could use it as a place for images, text, sounds, and other content that you could later paste in documents. Unfortunately, with the transition to OS X, Scrapbook didn’t make the cut. Realmac Software has sort of resurrected the idea with Ember, a $50 Mac app and free iOS app combo…

April 12, 2013

Review: iLoveHandles Barnacle

BarnacleIt never ceases to amaze us the random accessories that people come up with for the iPhone—cases are pretty straightforward, as are most audio-related accessories, along with things to charge your device. Most stands that we’ve seen are some sort of angled, notched item allowing you to have your iPhone on a desk or table. The Barnacle by iLoveHandles is a $5 product that tries to approach the idea of an iPhone stand quite differently…

March 18, 2013

Review: FutureTap Street View

Street ViewWith iOS 6, Apple moved away from Google Maps as its source for map tiles. Building a new mapping system from scratch is no small task, and the public was quite critical. Eventually Google released its own Google Maps app for iOS and Apple’s own mapping system has gotten quite good. Besides public transit information, Maps also lost the ability to show Google’s Street View panoramic photography. If you opt to not use the Google Maps app, FutureTap is offering a standalone app, dubbed Street View, which integrates with Apple Maps and sells for 99¢…

March 14, 2013

Review: Castello DaVarg KANAM5 for iPhone 5

Castello DaVarg KANAM5We’ve recently reviewed a number of cases for the iPhone 5, made from a number of materials, including plastic, rubber, or some sort of fabric. Still, the idea of a leather case is intriguing in a timeless and natural way. That’s why we were eager to try the KANAM5 for iPhone 5, a $45 cover made by Castello DaVarg…

March 1, 2013

Review: Speck CandyShell Grip for iPhone 5

Speck CandyShell GripSpeck has been making cases for Apple devices long before the iPhone, and was one of the first to transition from silicone “skins” to thermoplastic polyurethane for a good chunk of its lineup. The major exception has always been the CandyShell, an often colorful, glossy, hard case, with a rubbery lining. This combination offers a mix of protection and shock absorption. With the iPhone 5, Speck has updated the popular line, and reworked the $35 Grip variety…

February 22, 2013

Review: Uniea Colorama Folio for iPhone 5

Uniea Colorama FolioMost cases that we review are the type that provide an extra layer of protection, sort of like a shell (either soft or hard), as opposed to actually being a true case. We were intrigued when Uniea sent a Colorama Folio for the iPhone 5 our way, a $30 case, designed to protect your iPhone from all sides—including the screen…

January 21, 2013

Review: Speck SmartFlex Card Case for iPhone 5

Speck SmartFlex CardOne of the biggest complaints from the tech press regarding the iPhone 5 was its lack of NFC, or near-field communications, a technology primarily used for mobile payments. While this technology is still nascent, the idea of using your phone as an electronic wallet appeals to many. Speck hopes to help combine the phone and wallet concepts with the SmartFlex Card Case, an $35 iPhone case that allows storage of up to three cards and cash…

January 14, 2013

Review: Incase Snap Case for iPhone 5

Snap CasePerhaps you are the kind of iPhone user who appreciates the aesthetic of the device, but wants to keep it protected. Sure, there are basic films that protect against minor scratches, but what if you’re still paranoid about drops and bigger bumps along the way? Incase hopes to solve this with its $30 Snap Case, a redesign of a popular iPhone 4/4S case…