SchwarzTech
November 1, 2013

Review: SwitchEasy SafeKeys

SwitchEasy SafeKeysAs predicted, Apple would eventually phase out the traditional MacBook Pros in favor of the Retina MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. This happened with last week’s event, although it was surprising that the 13″ model is being kept for the foreseeable future. Besides that it continues along, like the iPad 2 an iPod classic, there are a lot of unibody MacBook Pros still in service. Since portable computers generally go everywhere and anywhere, there’s always the concern of damage from accidents—especially spills. SwitchEasy got into the game with the SafeKeys, a silicone rubber keyboard protector that is designed for the MacBook Pro specifically…

June 25, 2013

Review: Moshi PalmGuard

Moshi PalmGuardThe MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are surprisingly sturdy machines, despite being quite thin. Part of this comes from the unibody design, and Apple’s lightweight, but strong aircraft-grade aluminum. Still, scratches and wear tend to happen, especially in areas that we interact with our systems the most. Moshi offers the PalmGuard, a $20 peel-and-stick protector, designed to match the finish of your computer and protect what’s underneath…

June 17, 2013

Review: Muzzy

MuzzyiTunes is one of Apple’s oldest pieces of software, actually predating OS X as far as consumers are concerned. Because of this, and numerous ways that developers can improve upon Apple’s experience, there have been tons of ways to use iTunes without directly using iTunes. Muzzy, a new free app, tries to offer some additional features directly from the menu bar…

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…