InkCase Plus Wants to Put an E-ink Display in a Case for Your Phone, Crushes Kickstarter Goal in a Day

If you could think of a single accessory that would greatly enhance your smartphone experience, is there any chance that you would say, “Give me a secondary e-ink display that I could pair to my phone and attach in a case!” I can’t say that I would, but if the early success of a Kickstarter campaign for a product called the InkCase Plus is any indicator, maybe many of you would. The InkCase Plus went live yesterday on the crowd-funding site with a $100,000 goal. In less than a day, it eclipsed that goal and seems to be picking up even more steam.  (more…)

HTC Dot View Application Receives Update, Brings Themes and Notification Options

One of the more interesting Android accessories that we have seen over the past year came when HTC introduced the Dot View Case for the One M8. A weird looking accessory that is also strangely functional, it certainly gives the One M8 a distinctive look in comparison to other “smart” cases and covers.

Today, the app that controls the Dot View Case received an update through Google Play that brings a few new features inside.  (more…)

Deal: LG G Watch From AT&T Available for $179 Through Accessory Promo

AT&T appears to be running an accessory promo at the moment that will land you 25% off your entire cart if you buy three or more products. Should you couple the newly released LG G Watch (since it is listed as an accessory) with two incredibly cheap, $5 Body Glove products, you could get into the G Watch for as little as $179. The G Watch currently retails for $229, so you are looking at $50 in savings.

We reviewed the G Watch last night and came away from it more looking to the future, than anything. The product isn’t bad, but the platform behind it is so new that it is tough to fully evaluate where it could be in a couple of months. At $179, it may just be worth a look if you love adopting new technology out of the gate.  (more…)

Deal: TYLT Offers 50% Off Battery Power Packs and Cases for the 4th

TYLT, makers of all sorts of premium-designed accessories like the TYLT Vu charger, are offering up a 50% discount on portable battery packs and battery cases for the holiday weekend. You will find battery banks like the 5,200mAh Power Plant for $35 (regularly $70) and 3,000mAh Energi 3K for $30 (regularly $60). They also have battery cases for devices like the Galaxy S4 that hold 2,350mAh of juice and have been discounted to $40 from $80.

If you need some portable battery power, use the promo code “fireworks” at checkout.

The deal runs through July 9.  (more…)

Pressy has Finally Arrived, We Go Hands-on With It

Pressy, the Kickstarter funded project that brought instant actions to your phone via headphone jack button, is finally arriving to backers after months of delays. The idea at introduction sounded interesting, so we went ahead and grabbed a couple, not knowing that Xiaomi and others would copy it and sell it cheaper before Pressy could get theirs off the manufacturing floor. But in the end, it is here and we want to take it for a spin. Well, we at least want to show those of you who backed it that it is real, is shipping, and actually works.  (more…)

Nest Protect Now Available on Google Play

Nest, makers of smart home products like the Nest Thermostat, announced late last night that their previously recalled smoke detector, the Nest Protect, had returned with a removed feature and a new $99 price tag. It was previously available at shops like Best Buy and Amazon, but had for some reason never found its way onto Google Play, even though Google owns the company and has been selling Nest’s Thermostat for months.

That changes today, as the Nest Protect is now available for $99 in either “wired” or “battery” models on Google Play (US, UK, and Canada).

Go get it.  (more…)

Pressy is Actually Shipping, App Hits Google Play

Everyone remember Pressy? That would be the Kickstarter funded button that plugs in to your phone via headphone jack, so that it can then be used to trigger actions on your phone. It is yet another Kickstarter project that sounded amazing at inception, but its creators have struggled with the manufacturing portion.

There have been delays if you think about the original ship date which was slated for March. Companies like Xiaomi thought the idea was awesome, so they copied Pressy to a T and have already released their version which costs a fraction of Pressy’s $17-20 price tag. There are other knock-offs of the project filling eBay by the day, leaving Pressy fans a little more than frustrated. It’s a mess.  (more…)