Last year LeapFrog's LeapPad managed to capture the Toy of the Year Award so you know that the LeapPad 2 will be one of the hotter devices this holiday season. The improvements include a higher resolution, front and back cameras, video recorder, a faster processor, longer battery life and back compatible with games from the first generation. The tablet is recommended for ages 4 - 9 and can be used with stylus or small fingers. Available in both green and pink, the package includes 5 built-in apps, an app of your own choosing and a Cartoon Director app for making movies. Special bundles and accessories are also available.
Almost every company is coming out with docks for iPhone and Distilunion is no exception. Recently reaching its goal on Kickstarter, the Snooze holds an iPhone 4, 4S or 5 in landscape mode while it is still housed in its case and has a non-stick bottom and scratch-free surface. The device comes with a free Snooze Alarm App and it only takes a smack on its top to get in those extra minutes of sleep. Choose between a basic Snooze for $39.99 or one with a charger for $49.99.
The long awaited Nintendo Wii U has arrived with its 6.2" touchscreen GamePad controller. The console has 8GB storage and already there are more than thirty games available. The Basic white Set comes with AC adapters and HDMI cable while the black Deluxe U Set also includes the Nintendo Land game, 32 GB storage, 2 stands and a charging cradle.
The same clever company that put out Jackpot Slots and Pinball Magic has a new game. New Potato's Classic Match Foosball can be used with your iPad and comes with 8 usable 2-axis control bars and scoring markers. The app-enabled toy does almost everything its full sized brother does, including being able to play tournament games. With both game and crowd sounds, it includes customization, multiple layouts and 3D instant replay. Sign me up, Scotty, as the mini-table carries a $99.99 price.
iHome is trying to cater to Apple's AirPlay crowd with its WiFi iW1 Speaker. Easily set up, it promises its SRS WOW HD audio will have an impressive 3D sound. In addition, it has a USB port for charging, 4 speaker drivers, a touch-sensitive control panel and is upgradeable. A free app includes set-up instructions and the speaker comes with an IR remote and charging base.
Apple now has a Lightning to USB Cable for those who were thinking generic. While discouraging third party manufacturers of same, it can be used for syncing or charging and is compatible with the latest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The company has also released a Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter.
MasterCard is working with a bank in Singapore for the planet's first interactive payment card. Beginning in January, the new card has an LCD display with buttons that the user taps on with a secret password. The combination combines payment with security. While the Display Card is only for banking interactions, they see future usage for checking balance, recent transactions and reward points.
Jawbone's latest contribution to the planet is Up, its health conscious bracelet. It measures lifestyle habits and displays data concerning eating, mood and activities. Available in 8 different colors and 3 sizes, it has an idle alert if you haven't been moving, can wake you from a power nap, is simple to operate and has a rechargeable battery with USB charger. Up connects to an iOS device, displays data with its free app and can be yours for $129.99.
LaCie's PetiteKey is literally correct as a USB storage device. With a convenient hole for attaching to a keychain, it comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions. Made of metal and waterproof in depths of 100 meters, it is password secure, has private-public software and Wuala Secure Cloud Storage.
JBL already has 2 speaker/docks compatible with the iPhone 5, both iPads and the newest iPod nano and touch. The OnBeat Micro is a Lightening-enabled portable dock that can run up to 5 hours on a charge and has a USB port for charging on the go. The tabletop OnBeat Venue LT has dual full range speakers, 30W power and can connect with up to eight devices.
Although canned air is a luxury for those who eat while they surf, wouldn't it be wonderful if you could get one that never runs out? You practically can with the rechargeable Hurricane 2 Canless Air System. You get over 500 full charges, the equivalent of about 20 cans of air per charge. That's 10,000 uses! Because it has a wind speed of 150 mph, so there will be some noise but the device can be used at any angle so that seems a fair compromise.
Elecom has managed to combine the efficiency of a full-sized keyboard with the protection of an iPad case. It also can be used as a stand when folded up. Bluetooth compatible, about 0.9 " thickness is added to the iPad and using it will not block its charging port. The TK-FBP048ECBK runs on a lithium ion battery that is USB compatible for charging and has a MSRP of ¥16,884 (~$212.00)
The long awaited Angry Birds Star Wars has finally arrived landed. While the trailer doesn't give away much, there are 80 levels and a journey that starts on Tattooine and makes its way to the Deathstar. You can get yours or a redirect on their site for $2.99 or hit your nearest download site of choice. There is also plenty of hype, interviews, demos and fan art on Rovio's site.
Amazon Prime is morphing into a monthly streaming service with a bonus of a free Kindle ebook once a month. After a 30 day free trial, you pay $7.99 monthly ($95.88 yearly) for the viewing privilege as well as getting free 2-day shipping on anything you purchase from them with no minimum limit. It remains to be seen if those who frequent Amazon shopping will turn to them for their streaming needs as well.
While most docks seem to be too large to really be portable, the Stycom iPhone/touch Dock can fold up and fit into a pocket. At a minute size of 2.1 x 3.3 x 0.2" and available in three color combinations, it works in both portrait and landscape mode. The device has storage space for an SD card, extra SIM and SIM removal tool. An included cable connects to the smartphone's charger or USB port. Although it can not work with the Lightening connector, it will work with most iPhones/touches.
Amazon is jump starting Black Friday which, as we all know, comes on the Friday following Thanksgiving. If you want to take advantage and get all your shopping done early in the quietness that is not the nearest mall, you can check out their Countdown Specials now or subscribe to their Email Daily Deals. The deals vary in savings, from 15 to 50% off. The day we checked this out, we found72% off office electronics.
Security company Lookout claims that 30% of those with cell phones couldn't find them when lost or stolen because the batteries went dead. We think that might be a low estimate but a new feature on their security app helps take care of the problem. Signal Flare will flag your phone's location on their site when your battery is about to sputter out. Available for both Android and iPhones, you can signal your lost device with an actual noise to help you find it. The app is free and they have a Premium one that you can demo as a 2-week freebie.
Although they have been around for over a year, there seems to be a plethora of EcoATMs cropping up for those seeking extra holiday cash. The good news - you get cash on the spot even if your cellphone or MP3 payer is broken. The bad news - you need to supply an ID and electronic thumbprint to ensure you are not fencing off something that somehow doesn't belong to you. The eco-minded will be glad to know that they will actually resell your ancient electronics to other vendors or disembowel for recycling.
Peter Ng of Ricochet Media and Facebook engineer Chris Ackermann grabbed photos that were tagged either #Sandy or #Hurricane. They then created the site Instacane. It is an amazing site and we expect that they will continue to add to it in the weeks to come. And, by the way, how can you not feel the utmost compassion for what they are going through? If you can spare it, please use your phone to text the Red Cross at 90999 to make a $10.00 donation or contact the Red Cross to volunteer and find other ways you can be of assistance.
Get ready, Halo fans, as 4 debuts tomorrow morning at 12:01 am.. Over 10,000 retailers in more than 40 countries will celebrate by opening their doors in the wee, early hours and selling both the regular Halo 4 for $49.99 as well as a Limited Edition version that comes with a 90 minute live action feature for a bit more bucks.
Beats recently came out with a new speaker system designed for those who like their brand but not their usual prices. For less than $200.00, the Pill is portable and can be used from up to 30 ft away. It can double as a speakerphone with its built-in mic. The system features 4 speakers, can be controlled by other Bluetooth devices and has both a 3.5mm line-in and -out. Included in the package is a 1.5m audio cable, AC adapter, USB cable and handy carrying case.
While Apple finally unveiled both the iPad mini and the 4th generation of iPad, it remains to be seen how well they deliver as the mini white has already sold out. Those who pre-ordered from the Online Store will undoubtedly see a delay and those who still want them are camping out at Apple's retail shops. Those who get them in their eager little hands will have at least four days of play before standing in line at their local Polling Place.