Last year, along with the launch of the Moto X, Motorola introduced an accessory called the Skip (our review). The Skip was an attachable NFC clip that would allow you to skip the unlock PIN or pattern on your device with a simple touch. It really only had that one use. Motorola handed out the Skip for free to those who placed early Moto X orders, but it later retailed for around $20 (now $10).
As a follow-up, Motorola is on the verge of releasing a new version of the Skip, this time in the form of a Bluetooth-equipped key fob that has more uses than tap-to-unlock via NFC. (more…)
Mophie, leaders of all things attachable battery packs, announced today the availability of the Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S5. I’m not exactly sure why it has taken them six months to make this available, but hey, it’s coming! Potential buyers can pre-order the GS5’s Juice Pack today for $99.95 at Mophie’s site with an expected ship date of September 8.
What is a Juice Pack? Put simply, it’s a case with a built-in battery pack. Mophie has made a living and name for itself by creating these cases for the iPhone, since iPhone’s don’t have removable batteries and people often need to charge throughout a day. But they have also found some success on Android, even though a handful of Android devices (like the Galaxy S5) have removable batteries that can be easily swapped without the need of a massive battery case. (more…)
Use a padlock to secure your bike on a regular basis? What if you could unlock that padlock without using a key or entering a combination? What if a single click on the locking mechanism (shank) could send a Bluetooth signal to your securely paired phone, allowing it to unlock? That can happen, thanks to Noke (no-key, get it?), a Bluetooth powered lock that has already cruised past its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 in funding. (more…)
Samsung added to their line of Level audio products this morning with the announcement of the new Level Box Mini. As the name suggests, this is indeed the smaller version of their previously announced Level Box.
The Box Mini is Bluetooth speaker that offers users “a smart, seamless user experience combined with Samsung’s iconic design and premium sound technology.” The body of the speaker is “metallic,” sports a large 55mm stereo speaker and a passive radiator, which is “optimized to deliver a premium-quality sound that is powerful, crisp and balanced.” You could use it for conference calls or consume media, just like any other Bluetooth speaker. Devices are paired to it via NFC. (more…)
Coin, the crowdfunded credit card that wants you to leave all of your other cards at home, is inching closer to its “Summer” shipping date. In an email to backers that was sent out this morning, the Coin team announced that next week, backers will receive a “Claim your coin” email that will allow them to fill out recipient info. Once that happens, you can start to monitor your estimated shipping date through either the iOS or Android app. (more…)
Are you launching a product in 2014? If so, there is one criteria you must meet before making it available – the product name must include the word “One.” It doesn’t matter how you go about it, just don’t forget. You could use it in the name as a multi-tasker, to both represent the product and help teach young ones simple math. You could do something really brilliant, that would certainly make all sorts of sense to non-techies, like tie in the codename of your product to the word “One.” You could even go numerical and add a +1 on to the end of it. But again, this is key to your product launch, even if it doesn’t mean success.
New Bluetooth speaker maker OM/ONE clearly got the memo. Introduced today via crowd-funding campaign, the OM/ONE is a levitating orb-like Bluetooth speaker that is actually pretty sweet looking. It runs $179, comes in either black or white, and could be delivered by December of this year. (more…)
Need a replacement or extra charger for your LG G Watch? Google is now selling them through Google Play for $19.99.
Dropcam Tabs, sticky movement sensors that can be placed anywhere around your house and used to send notifications when things like doors, gates or windows open, have been put on hold by the IP cam company, thanks to their recent acquisition by Nest.
The products were first introduced back in May, going up immediately for pre-order. Unfortunately for those who pre-ordered, your order will never be fulfilled. This afternoon, Dropcam sent out status updates on pre-orders, stating that they are excited to begin “collaborating closely with Nest,” but that because of the acquisition, they are reassessing future product plans and canceling pre-orders. Those who ordered will receive full refunds within the next couple of weeks. (more…)