Incase’s new Icon sleeve is “the next evolution in protection” for your MacBook and iPad

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It’s not often you hear about exciting new products in the laptop sleeve world, but the all-new Incase Icon has reimagined gadget protection. Most current sleeves are made from a soft neoprene, which is great for casual drops and knocks, but a serious tumble will most likely still harm your MacBook or iPad. That’s where the Icon sleeve comes in.incase-icon-hybrid-design

The combination of form-fitting neoprene panels, fur-lined interior walls, and Tensaerlite around the edges create a hybrid sleeve that retains your device’s slim design, while providing ample protection. Instead of utilizing a zipper, the Icon has a magnetic snap closure to that is quicker to open and less likely to scratch your device.

The Icon sleeve is now available in two different color combinations for the Retina MacBook Pro ($69.95), iPad Air ($59.95), and iPad mini ($59.95). If that’s out of your price range then you can always pick-up an older version on the cheap at Amazon.

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The new littleBits WiFi enabled cloudBit makes anything an internet connected smart device

Littlebits Electronics makes a large line of magnetic electronics modules (or Bits) that can be used to create a number of different gadgets and devices without the need to know how to code or to pull out a soldering iron. While there a number of different bundles that can be purchased, the Bits range from switches, light dimmers, sensors, small motors, and even Korg made a littleBits DIY synthesizer kit.

Until now, the prototyping and hobbyist platform didn’t allow for creations that were connected to the internet, so littleBits has decided to introduce the new cloudBit module.

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8Bitdo brings retro gaming to iOS, Android, Mac and more with its NES Bluetooth controller

nes30-8bitdo-bluetoothNext-gen consoles and supped up PCs are producing beautiful games, but they can’t replace the sense of nostalgia felt by booting up your favorite retro game. 8Bitdo is attempting to recapture that feeling by bringing to market a Bluetooth version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System controller. Other than two additional two buttons and a couple design tweaks, Nes30 was built to mimic the look and feel of the official Nintendo controller… Read more

New and upcoming Bluetooth speakers: Denon HEOS, Scosche boomBOTTLE black & Fugoo +Sport

Scosche boomBOTTLE H2O Wireless Waterproof Speake-black-Apple retail-01We have a few new Bluetooth speaker product announcements, updates and releases including the updated Scosche boomBOTTLE H2O Waterproof Speaker, Denon’s new HEOS speakers and the Fugoo +Sport. 

The new black boomBOTTLE H2O is an Apple Store exclusive and features the same rugged design as its predecessors. It can be submerged 1 meter for up to 30 minutes and features “up-firing” 50mm speaker, a passive subwoofer, and a 33 foot Bluetooth range.  The new boomBOTTLE H2O is available starting now at Apple retail stores and on its site for $99.95.

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Logitech Harmony remotes and keyboards now work together to create the ultimate home theater experience

logitech-harmony-smart-keyboard-8geraete-fernbedienungLogitech is now giving you the power to build and tailor your home entertainment system by letting you add to your existing system (with a supplemental remote or keyboard), or building your dream system from the ground up.

Harmony gives you one of the world’s largest remote control compatibility databases with over 225,000 home theater devices. The right Harmony remote depends on your home theater setup.

  • Harmony Ultimate One and Harmony 650 give you a powerful universal remote with one-touch control and are perfect for home theater systems with an open cabinet set up.

Find your Harmony

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Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5: Blackout gets a new trailer ahead of next week’s release

Gameloft launched another trailer for its upcoming Modern Combat title. The mobile shooter franchise will be returning to iOS, Android and Windows 8 on July 24th with Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The game will once again feature an action heavy single player campaign as well as a full multiplayer suite and Spec Op missions that are separate from the main story.

In the trailer (above), we a see a little more of the same Venice setting we caught in the E3 trailer along with more gameplay footage and some light story elements. Gameloft recently confirmed the Tokyo level along with a character progression system and 4 soldier classes.

While Gameloft has been criticized for its more than obvious nods to popular console franchises, many of its arguably knock-off mobile titles have very strong ratings among users, so chances are MC:5 Blackout will as well. Gameloft’s last MC title, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour is currently sitting with 4 stars from 11767 Ratings on the App Store. 

Reviewers who have had a chance to go hands on with previews of the game (both single player and multiplayer) pointed out that the game plays very similar to MC4 and seem to have come away generally impressed. You can check out quite a bit more gameplay footage of MC:5 on Gameloft’s Twitch channel.

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ZTE’s new LivePro is the first Android-powered projector and hotspot

Sprint LivePro multiuse projector and hotspotOn July 9th, ZTE introduced the Sprint LivePro Projector. It’s the first pocket-sized mini projector and mobile hotspot powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It lets you watch movies or give presentations with a 10-inch to 10-foot projection display, as well as connecting you to the Internet. The all-in-one device launched July 11th and costs $299 with a two-year carrier agreement, or $449.99 prepaid (no contract).

The Sprint LivePro has a 4″ touchscreen and it runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It has a microSD card slot and HDMI cable connection that provide an HD experience in the office or at home.Sprint LivePro multiuse projector

“Whether it’s a boardroom proposal or backyard movie night, Sprint LivePro is a one-of-a-kind device that combines the enhanced LTE network capabilities of Sprint Spark with an easily portable projector that helps you get work done or keep the family entertained.”

 

Product video highlighting key benefits and features of the Sprint LivePro Projector.

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Nyko’s latest Power Pak doubles the battery life of a DualShock 4 controller

Nyko-PS4-Power Pak-03Gaming accessory maker Nyko has just launched its new PlayStation 4 Power Pak. The small, light weight add-on attaches to the back of a DualShock 4 to double the controller’s regular battery life.

It connects via the Micro USB connection along the top of the controller and uses two small pegs that lock into the screw holes on the back to hold it firmly in place. It features a pass-through USB port which allows for simultaneous charging of both the Power Pak and the controller with a single cable.

While it does appear that the Power Pak could both get in the way of comfortably holding the controller and could add some additional weight, Nyko seems to be pretty sure that’s not the case. The company’s director of marketing, Chris Arbogast, said “It’s lightweight and does not impede gameplay or ergonomics, enabling users to extend their gaming sessions.” 

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SlingBox M1 and SlingTV debut alongside free PC/Mac desktop app

slingbox-m1-slingtvFor years SlingBoxes have been the gold standard in placeshifting, which allows you to watch your costly cable service live on nearly any mobile device, desktop computer, or HDTV with a streaming media player. Since Aereo, a controversial cloud antenna broadcast service, was dealt a major blow last month, Slingboxes are your best option to enjoy live TV anywhere.

Late last night, Sling Media announced the SlingBox M1 and SlingTV, the return of its desktop apps, and a fresh update for its mobile apps…

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Synology announces new 4-bay DS415play media optimized NAS

Synology-DS415play-launch-01Synology has announced a new model in its line of popular Network Attached Storage devices with the DS415play. An updated, 4 bay-version of the DS214play that was revealed last fall, the latest model is also designed with your home entertainment and media experience in mind. Featuring full 1080p video transcoding, the DS415play can efficiently store and beam all of your media content to your home network with fast, multi-channel streaming.

It features a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom CE5335 “Evansport” CPU with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and four hot swappable 2.5 or 3.5-inch drive bays. You can pack up to 24TB of solid state or traditional hard drive storage into one of these. As for connectivity, the new DS415play has a single Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports and three USB 3.0 ports.

It runs Synology’s latest DSM 5.0 software, which features an easy to use interface with several handy content streaming apps built right in. You can find out more about DSM and why every Mac and iOS user should have a Synology DiskStation in our full run down on 9to5Mac. You can also get a better look at Synology’s hardware in general in our DiskStation review.

The DS415play has an MSRP of $539.99 and is expected to become available in US stores sometime around the end of the month. Amazon currently has it on pre-order for $540 and the older DS214play listed at $348.99 shipped (Reg. $370, within $18 of lowest).

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Raspberry Pi B+ microcomputer now available w/ several enhancements, same $35 price tag

raspberry-pi-B+-computerFor those unfamiliar, the Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that can mimic the abilities of a typical desktop setup, but is extremely affordable and is designed to foster home-brew projects.

Dubbed the “final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi,” the new B+ model of this microcomputer is now available for $35 with several refinements over previous iterations. It still packs 512MB of RAM and supports the same software, but it also includes several refinements that should help to improve its usability:

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Samsung’s new 850 PRO Solid State Drives with 3D V-NAND are now available for pre-order

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Update (7/8 noon): Official retail prices are as follows: 128GB $129.99, 256GB $199.99, 512GB $399.99, and 1TB $699.99.

Update (7/2 9:30am): Now available for pre-order from Amazon with an estimated ship date of 7/21.

Samsung has officially announced its newest high-end Solid State Drive lineup. The 850 PRO Series features Samsung’s proprietary V-NAND technology, which Samsung believes is “the biggest technology shift in 30 years of the memory industry.”

Samsung supports this claim by explaining that V-NAND allows it to overcome “the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture used in conventional flash memory, yielding significant speed, endurance and energy efficiency improvements.”

Here’s a video that should help clarify exactly what this technology does…

It features “read performance reaches up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), with write performance of up to 520MB/s. Random read performance is up to 100,000 input/output operations-per-second (IOPS), with write speeds of up to 90,000 IOPS.”

The new 850 PRO is scheduled to ship later this month and is available in the following capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. While the stated MSRPS range from $169.99 to $799.99, Newegg is currently offering up to 24% off with prices starting at just $129.99 shipped.

If you don’t need this much power then we highly recommend checking out the 840 EVO Series SSDs that currently start at $79.49 and have scored a near-perfect rating from Amazon reviewers. It’s also worth checking out the 840 PRO series drives for discounted previous generation pricing.

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Jabra unveiled two new ‘Next Generation’ Bluetooth products this week

 

Jabra Stealth“Jabra unveiled two new Bluetooth products this week. The Jabra Stealth mono Bluetooth headset and the Jabra Step Wireless earbuds. The Jabra Stealth is the first headset to incorporate microPOWER technology, reducing the overall size of the headset while boosting battery efficiency and without sacrificing sound quality.”

Defining features of the Jabra Stealth include:

  • Small, discreet design incorporating microPOWER technology
  • Ultimate Comfort Eargels™ (5 options) to provide a secure fit
  • Crystal clear sound at both ends of phone calls via HD Voice
  • Easy pairing to smartphones and other devices with NFC
  • 6 hours of talk time and an energy-saving PowerNap function

 

Step“Jabra’s new Step Wireless earbuds are ideal for wireless newbies who want to listen to music, play games or take and make calls when on the go or working out.”

Key features of the Jabra Step Wireless include:

  • Great wireless sound for life on-the-move
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Easy to pair & control calls and music
  • Comfortable fit for long-term use
  • Angled earbuds give optimal sound flow with no sound  loss

The Jabra Stealth will be sold at AT&T retail stores in the United States, beginning on August 8, and on Jabra.com in August. The new earbuds will retail for $69.99 and will be available at Amazon.com and Jabra.com in August.

JBL announces two new lines of headphones with the Synchros E-Series and the Reflect sport in-ears from $40

Harman and JBL have announced two new lines of headphones today including the JBL Synchros E-Series and the JBL Synchros Reflect sport in-ears.

Where as the Reflect series is designed more for active use or with workouts, the E-Series headphones are more tailored towards day-to-day listening. They are shipping in 4 different models: E50BT around-ear headphones with Bluetooth (MSRP $149.95),  E40BT on-ear headphones with Bluetooth (MSRP $99.95), E30 on-ear headphones (MSRP $79.95), and the E10 in-ear headphones (MSRP $39.95).

The Reflect series will come in two versions, one with Bluetooth and one without. The Synchros Reflect have a $59.99 MSRP and the Bluetooth version will run you $99.95 direct from JBL/Harman. They feature a rugged, sweat proof design, a brightly reflective cable designed for comfort and visibility at night, and magnetic cable management to keep cables firmly secured and out of the way.

The new versions don’t appear to be available on Amazon or other retailers right now, but previous model JBL Synchros headphones have  generally received around 4+ star ratings. You can see more Synchros series headphones from JBL here and for more details on each of today’s sets head below the fold.

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D-Link expands smart home lineup with new Wi-Fi Motion Sensor and mobile control app

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Following last month’s release of its new Wi-Fi Smart Plug, D-Link is now expanding its line of home automation devices with the new Wi-Fi Motion Sensor. Like the Wi-Fi Smart Plug, the sensor is designed to make your home smarter and safer and will automatically fire off a push or text notification to you as soon as it detects motion.

D-Link’s new Wi-Fi Motion Sensor can be used to know when the kids get home, when the dog goes outside or even if the garage door is opened, for example, but the functionality goes even deeper when paired with D-Link’s other Connected Home products and the new mydlink Home mobile app for iOS and Android.

D-Link-Wi-Fi Motion Sensor-release-02Along with customization features for your smart home devices, the app also allows for various D-Link Connected Home products to work in conjunction with one another: “For example, easily pair a D-Link Smart Plug with a Wi-Fi Motion Sensor to make home electronics immediately react to motion, such as setting an action for the lights to turn on as you walk in the front door, another for a fan to keep the living room cool while you’re there, and another for music to play when you step on the treadmill.”

The new D-Link Wi-Fi Motion Sensor (DCH-S150) is now available direct from D-LinkAmazon and other retailers for $39.99.

D-Link is also announcing the new AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-880L) today as well. It features 11AC Wi-Fi dual band connectivity with speeds of up to “1300Mbps on the 5GHz band and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.” D-Link says this is the “company’s highest end wireless router to-date.” It is available direct from D-Link at $189.99.