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Griffin keeps your Apple Watch safe and sound in style

So, you have decided to take a leap of faith and enter into the world of wearable technology – smartwatches in particular, and since your everyday life is well entrenched in the world of Apple, it would make perfect sense if you were to complement everything else with an Apple device whenever possible. The Apple Watch then, would be the most obvious candidate when it comes to picking up a smartwatch, and Griffin Technology has decided to make sure your pristine new Apple Watch will remain free from scratches and the ilk with a pair of new accessories – namely the Survivor Tactical Case and Ultra Thin Case. The new Survivor Tactical Case will enable users to wear their watch with confidence knowing their investment is protected, whereas the Ultra Thin Case adds easy snap-on color and style to the Apple Watch.

With close to 3 million Apple Watches sold in the US alone since its launch, this means that there is a decent enough market for Griffin’s new Survivor Tactical Case that will cost you $29.99 a pop. It is more than ready for whatever the day has in store, as the Survivor Tactical Case comes with a trio of 3 layers of protection for the Apple Watch, which means regardless of whether you are on the job, at the gym, on the trail or track, the Survivor Tactical will offer all the rugged protection expected from Survivor. The case’s co-molded TPE and polycarbonate layers ensure that impacts are deflected and absorbed, while the integrated screen also protects the Retina display without interfering with Apple Watch’s Force Touch.

As for the 0.5mm thin polycarbonate Ultra Thin Case, this happens to be the thinnest Apple Watch case in the market, as it can easily clip itself onto the face of the Apple Watch. You do not have to remove the watchband as you can still access the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown and button easily, and Griffin’s Ultra Thin Case is available for the 38mm watch and 42mm watch in packs of three including Polished Yellow Gold, Matte Gold, and Clear, or Polished Silver, Matte Silver, and Clear.

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Samsung Gear S2 debuts

samsung-s2-gearThe world of wearable technology is certainly a thriving one, no doubt about it. After all, it looks like the smartwatch such as the Apple Watch is here to stay, and not only that, grow to achieve even greater heights. In fact, Samsung Electronics have recently announced the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, which happens to be the South Korean company’s most recent offering where the wearables category is concerned. It is not as though Samsung has not made any foray into this particular “department” before though.

For starters, the Samsung Gear S2 will arrive in a versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom user interface as well as advanced features that enable users to enhance, personalize and bring more fun to their mobile experience. For instance, there is the Gear S2’s unique rotating bezel, that will be accompanied by the Home and Back buttons, where all of them work like clockwork (pardon the pun) to ensure that users will end up with a quicker, more precise method to comfortably access notifications and applications.

There will be two different options to pick from – one of them would be the Gear S2 while the other is the Gear S2 classic, where Samsung has specially designed the Gear S2 to appeal to two distinct consumer preferences. The Gear S2 classic has been developed to target users who prefer a more timeless watch design, where one can pick from an elegant Black finish with a matching genuine leather band, whereas the Gear S2 would be perfect for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design.

You will also find the 11.4mm thin design to be a thing of beauty where the Samsung Gear S2 is concerned, with a 1.2” circular screen and its 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi). The applications on the Gear S2 are also able to be viewed with amazing clarity, making sure that users do not end up missing notification pop-ups. The latest Tizen OS will complement the optimized 1.0GHz dual core processor, allowing the Samsung Gear S2 to perform tasks easily and efficiently.

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This Tesla Watch is a splendid steampunk accessory

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The steampunk movement has been around for quite some time. Seeing that there’s now a show out called “Steampunk’d”, it’s safe to say that this subculture has hit mainstream. We’ve been seeing the aesthetic pop up all over the place, and while some items are more than a few gears glued on to an existing product, it’s hard to find the good stuff among the rest. Not that gears glued onto a shirt or your face aren’t fanciful, but it’s nice to see them doing their job in a functional piece rather than just for show.

While time travel, Victorian aesthetics, and clocks seem to dominate the field, it’s hard to encompass all of that into your daily wear. If you want to show your steampunk affiliation without peacocking about too much, then a nifty nod like this Tesla Watch would likely be just enough…if not more than. This uses weathered brass for all of the metal, light-up vacuum tubes, and a leather strap to fit into the theme.

The vacuum tubes light up when you throw the switch into the “on” position, and there is an ornamental winding key for this analog watch. There is stainless steel and glass in its makeup, and you’ll need three different batteries to keep the minutes, seconds, and LEDs working as they should. This will fit a 6.75-8” wrist, and while you can likely get a custon strap for larger or smaller, it’s going to tack on a pretty penny to this $59.99 purchase. It is quite gaudy, but is certainly neat to look at.

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Griffin announces latest Crayola iMarker and Trace & Draw iPad accessories

Griffin has worked with Crayola before to deliver their fair share of iPad accessories such as the Crayola Light Marker, and this time around, both of them have worked on the updated version of the latest Crayola iMarker and Trace & Draw accessories for the Apple iPad. Those will be accompanied by a range of compatible Crayola apps, enabling the Crayola iMarker and Trace & Draw to empower young artists so that they can blend in traditional coloring activities alongside mobile technology – all without making a mess that would exhaust even the most tired parent after a long day at the office.

With the new Crayola-inspired coloring accessories and apps, they are able to keep children entertained for hours on end, making them as extremely “effective” babysitters, so to speak, especially when it comes to extremely long road trips and holiday travel. The vibrantly colored iMarker will retail for $29.99, where this is a kid-friendly stylus that packs in all of your favorite crayons, pencils and markers into the perfect shape that little hands will grasp and use easily, making it a snap to tote around as you move.

When you use it with the free Color 360 app, your iPad (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPad Air and iPad mini will magically be turned into a fun and interactive digital coloring book alongside animations and sound effects. Color 360 would bring your child’s imagination to a whole new level, that’s for sure.

The iMarker compatible apps will be able to know automatically whether an iMarker or a child’s finger is being used, paving the way for intuitive, creative play with color and going where the child intended. This palm rejection feature would ensure there are not frustrations which hail from stray coloring marks that would inevitably mess up the child’s artwork.

Setting it up is a snap – just insert the included single AAA battery, turn the stylus on, install one of the compatible apps, and you’re good to go. There will be access to the 64 classic Crayola colors alongside a bevy of tools such as pens, markers, crayons, and brushes among others.

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Griffin PowerMate Bluetooth takes the wireless route


Griffin Technology has taken the step to introduce an upgrade to its PowerMate device, by throwing in wireless connectivity in the form of the Griffin PowerMate Bluetooth. This is stylish power tool for both the novice and pro computer user, where one might take a glance at it and wonder just what the heck does it do. I suppose you are able to describe it to be a clickable knob, as the PowerMate Bluetooth can be programmed for it to execute a wide range of key commands in virtually any application. Apart from that, users are able to streamline routine tasks including editing home movies like a pro, scroll through long (and hopefully not boring!) documents, or creating audio masterpieces.

The PowerMate Bluetooth will function beautifully as a convenient volume knob and mute button for Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Mac computers, but that would just be scratching the surface. PowerMate has been preset to play nice with iMovie and GarageBand right out of the box, which would make editing a painless and quick affair.

It will not remain within the confines of the multimedia department though, since users will also be able to follow the easy instructions in order to add custom commands within their preferred applications. You can opt to spin PowerMate like a wheel so that you can move through large multimedia files in a jiffy, in addition to spreadsheet and word processor documents, or opt to click it like a mouse to select text or perform commands.

The PowerMate Bluetooth has a gleaming brushed aluminum exterior, where it will sport a soothing blue glowing base. You will be able to take control of the behavior of this pulsing LED in order to know the current system status at a glance. Multiple PowerMates can be paired using Bluetooth connectivity, hence kissing goodbye to entangled wires and the ilk. Expect the PowerMate Bluetooth to arrive later this summer for $59.99 a pop.

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Apogee announces Quartet

Apogee (no, not the video game company) has just announced the Quartet, which is touted to be the ultimate desktop audio interface and control center for Mac machines. The Quartet is ready to be shipped around the world, where it will boast of a quartet of inputs, eight different outputs, MIDI support, a top panel display and control, which more or less lets Quartet set a totally new standard when it comes to performance and connectivity for the modern studio.

Sporting more than enough input and output connections, the signature single controller knob, QuickTouch pads, and Apogee’s conversion technology, you can be sure that the Quartet does not disappoint, delivering where it counts the most in terms of sound, functionality and usability.

You will be able to hook up the Quartet to just about any Mac via USB 2.0 high-speed for extremely low-latency and stellar performance. It does not matter if you are rocking to a MacBook Air or a far beefier MacBook Pro, the Quartet will be able to connect a whole lot more easily at amazingly high-speeds regardless of the machine or sample rate; 44.1-192kHz.

Thanks to the Quartet’s four combination inputs that deliver microphone, instrument and line input alongside an exceptional gain range of up to 75 dB, you are left with a whole lot of headroom for demanding microphones and sound sources. Not only that, if you need additional channels, Quartet’s eight digital inputs will be able to deliver the option of hooking up an external interface, similar to the Apogee Ensemble.

Apogee CEO and Co-Founder Betty Bennett, said, “We are excited to announce Quartet. Quartet offers a highly requested I/O configuration, award-winning sound and sleek design, all at an affordable price. We have listened to our customers and have designed Quartet with their requests in mind. At Apogee, we are all about delivering the absolutely best in sound, design and functionality and believe Quartet is a winner on every front.”

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Griffin Twenty is now available

If you have not heard of Griffin Technology before, perhaps it is time for a heads up – this is touted to be one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and the company has recently announced the availability of Twenty, which was originally introduced earlier this year at January’s showcase CES 2012 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just to recap, Twenty will function as an audio amplifier which will incorporate the user’s Airport Express so that it can capture the AirPlay stream, followed by decoding it, and then playing lossless amplified sound via the attached speakers. In fact, Twenty has been recognized for its design and innovation, having picked up the gong for the Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award along the way.

Ethan Opelt, Line Manager of Griffin’s Audio category, said, “Griffin’s Twenty is the easiest, best-sounding solution for untethered digital playback from iTunes or any AirPlay-enabled iOS device. We designed Twenty to be an elegant solution to cable clutter while maintaining high-fidelity sound for the audiophile.”

Just what else does Twenty offer? For starters, it comes with a zero-configuration audio set-up, where you will plug the AirPort Express into a built-in power connection and mounting platform on Twenty’s top panel. Following that, Twenty will then capture the AirPlay stream from iTunes as well as other AirPlay-enabled apps including (but not limited to) Pandora, Spotify, and last.fm, while sending great Apple Lossless audio to your speakers via its low-profile digital amplifier.

Twenty was also specially designed to deliver docking with the original Airport Express, although it is also capable of being compatible with any digital audio source including the new Airport Express. The audio amplifier will boast of a 2.1 channel sound system alongside 20 watts output per channel, while supporting a powered subwoofer using an automatic active crossover at 80 Hz.

You can pick up Twenty for $99.99 a pop if you are interested.

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Griffin Technology announces the Crayola Case Creator

When it comes to creativity, it would be best not to stifle your little one as he or she picks up a crayon and start doodling all over the paper (although the more adventurous ones would think that everything that the crayon can stick onto would be fair game!). After all, you can never quite tell just when your progeny is going to end up as the next Van Gogh (sans the mental issues, of course), or Michaelangelo, even. Griffin Technology’s recent announcement of the Crayola Case Creator is one peripheral that you might be interested to look into – after all, when you can come up with your very own case designs, it is definitely worth exploring, no?

We all want to be our own individual these days, and to move along with the herd is something that many people shun, especially those in the creative field who have their very own “signature” on their creations. Crayola, a company who has churned out products that have inspired creative expression in children for over a century, have just announced the availability of the Crayola Case Creator. The Crayola Case Creator is a protective case and app combo which will basically enable users to come up with their one-of-a-kind case for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The Crayola Case Creator will come with a clear protective hard shell case which will protect users’ iOS devices without sacrificing on the show-off side – where their artwork can be paraded for the masses to admire (or cringe, depending on just how one interprets your artwork). You can also shoot a photo or grab one from your photo album, transforming it into a customized case as and when you like. The free Case Creator app will provide the keys to let your imagination fly, where even kids are savvy enough to use the app by adding, resizing and manipulating digital stickers to photos, or perhaps even draw in Doodle mode.

The range of artwork that are churned out from the Crayola Case Creator app can be printed on included perforated inserts, ensuring that they remain sized and shaped to fit the clear case. Each creation is also unique enough to deserve a place in your pantheon of artwork, where you can add it to a gallery, e-mail it or share it on Facebook.
Expect to fork out $29.99 for the Crayola Case Creator.

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Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker

When it comes to living out the wireless lifestyle, the Bluetooth connectivity standard has certainly done its part to promote such a thing among consumer electronics users. Still, the number and popularity of Bluetooth devices are not exactly at a very high penetration level – leaving cable gremlins more than happy as they have plenty of wires and cables to tangle up whenever you are not looking. For folks who are adamant in making the push for a wireless lifestyle where speakers are concerned can always look forward to the Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker.

Coming in a special and portable design, the Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will offer 2 × 2 watts of exceptional audio performance that will play nice with just about any Bluetooth-enabled device, never mind as to whether it is the iPhone 4S, an Android-powered smartphone, the new iPad from Apple, the iPad’s closest rival – the Samsung Galaxy Tab, or MacBook Pro amongst others.

The new Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker tips the scales at a mere 9.6 ounces and in order to be well and truly free from the shackles of a cable, it will also sport a built-in rechargeable battery that is said to deliver up to 6 hours of playtime, resulting in what some might deem as the perfect audio solution whenever you are on the go. This new Bluetooth speaker will feature a dual-channel speaker system with each channel output capable of delivering up to two watts of power for optimum sound quality. Not only that, despite its compact enclosure, it is still more than capable of pumping out audio that has enhanced low-end bass frequencies.

The Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will also come equipped with an auxiliary port which allows you to hook it up to other non-Bluetooth devices, although that would definitely ruin your mojo in an attempt to go as wireless as possible around the home. You can control some functions of the device via integrated volume, pause/play and power buttons that are located right on the top of the speaker. The Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will retail for $44.99 if you are interested.

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Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker

When it comes to living out the wireless lifestyle, the Bluetooth connectivity standard has certainly done its part to promote such a thing among consumer electronics users. Still, the number and popularity of Bluetooth devices are not exactly at a very high penetration level – leaving cable gremlins more than happy as they have plenty of wires and cables to tangle up whenever you are not looking. For folks who are adamant in making the push for a wireless lifestyle where speakers are concerned can always look forward to the Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker.

Coming in a special and portable design, the Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will offer 2 × 2 watts of exceptional audio performance that will play nice with just about any Bluetooth-enabled device, never mind as to whether it is the iPhone 4S, an Android-powered smartphone, the new iPad from Apple, the iPad’s closest rival – the Samsung Galaxy Tab, or MacBook Pro amongst others.

The new Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker tips the scales at a mere 9.6 ounces and in order to be well and truly free from the shackles of a cable, it will also sport a built-in rechargeable battery that is said to deliver up to 6 hours of playtime, resulting in what some might deem as the perfect audio solution whenever you are on the go. This new Bluetooth speaker will feature a dual-channel speaker system with each channel output capable of delivering up to two watts of power for optimum sound quality. Not only that, despite its compact enclosure, it is still more than capable of pumping out audio that has enhanced low-end bass frequencies.

The Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will also come equipped with an auxiliary port which allows you to hook it up to other non-Bluetooth devices, although that would definitely ruin your mojo in an attempt to go as wireless as possible around the home. You can control some functions of the device via integrated volume, pause/play and power buttons that are located right on the top of the speaker. The Satechi Audio Cube Bluetooth Speaker will retail for $44.99 if you are interested.

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