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Tech Review – MoblNRG Lithium Ion Battery

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Tech Review – MoblNRG Lithium Ion Battery

While we certainly enjoyed covering SDCC this year, we’re always battling one thing: our battery life on our smartphones and electronics. This year was no different. Between doing social networking, recording videos and taking pictures it was a chore to keep the smartphones charged.

What’s worse is when you discover you have less then 50% battery and it’s not even the middle of the day.

Luckily for us, a certain booth caught our eyes and came to the rescue, promising  a mobile solution to charging your devices. MoblNRG stepped up and took the SDCC challenge. So how did the MoblNRG lithium ion battery hold up? Did it give us the extra charge we needed to get through SDCC?

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Tech Review – Kinivo BTC450 – Bluetooth Car Kit

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Tech Review – Kinivo BTC450 – Bluetooth Car Kit

There are plenty of downsides to owning an older car, usually involving the outdated car stereo. There have been plenty of solutions, my favorite being the Cassette adapter. I feel quite lucky that I have at least an Aux port, but I’ve been in too many cars that have those lovely bluetooth stereos. I’ve contemplated replacing the built in stereo, but those that support Apple Car Play are expensive. There is always that avenue of saving up for a new car, perhaps the affordable Tesla car? What? Don’t take my dreams away.

I’m not the only person that experiences Bluetooth Stereo Envy, and Kinivo has just the solution with the Kinivo BTC450, a Bluetooth Car Kit that plugs in using the Aux Port. I’ve had the chance to drive around using the device, so how does it rank? Is this the ultimate Bluetooth solution?

 

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Review: “Dragon Quest VIII” for iOS

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Review: “Dragon Quest VIII” for iOS

Reviewing a Dragon Quest game from an American standpoint is an interesting prospect. The long-running RPG series is a cultural phenomenon in its native Japan. Those in the Japanese gaming industry consider it Japan’s national game, with new Dragon Quest games selling up to four million copies. The series has received live-action ballet adaptations, and its music has been performed annually in concert halls since 1987. There’s even a bar in Tokyo modeled after Liuda’s Bar from the games, where fans can go to swap stories and collect treasure maps.

Why, then, has this series never caught on in the States? Sadly, there were barriers from the start. The first game in the series had to be released under the title Dragon Warrior for copyright reasons, but Nintendo still thought it could rustle up the same excitement as it did in Japan, promoting the game heavily in its magazine Nintendo Power. Dragon Warrior garnered generally good reviews, but sold so poorly — half a million copies, only a third of the number sold in its homeland — that Nintendo had to resort to giving copies away. Nintendo then decided to let U.S. publishing duties fall to Enix, the studio that created the games. The next three games, also released under the Dragon Warrior moniker, sold less copies combined than the original. Following this, Enix opted not to release any of the Super Famicom DQ’s in the States, eventually shutting down its U.S. operations completely.

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Tech Review: ShoulderPod

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Tech Review: ShoulderPod

At each convention we attend I watch as the video recording devices get smaller and smaller, as more and more people realize that mobile video is here to stay. Well it just makes sense. There is just one problem, though, that the avid iPhone film maker faces; holding one’s iPhone sideways can lead to a little bit of a shaky shot, and there have been countless cases and add-ons that promise a sturdier shot. They generally lack what is the best part about shooting with an iPhone: being mobile.

While searching for a solution for this very problem I came across the ShoulderPod, and in all the pictures and descriptions it seemed someone had finally achieved the trifecta for the mobile film maker: mobility, sturdiness, and compatibility.

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Tech Review: MonkeyOh

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Tech Review: MonkeyOh

While mobile phones are getting smarter, they still require power to run. Plugging your smartphone in before bed has almost become just as important as brushing ones’ teeth. And one thing to be said about charging devices: it never looks pretty.

Generally you’ll find a power strip overloaded with a metric ton of chargers and a mess of wires. That’s where the MonkyOh from felix swings in, promising a little humor and slick design to offset the madness. Now how does this device hold up on the general day-to-day? Is it the ultimate tool for smartphone charging?

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Review – Mophie Juice Pack Air

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Review – Mophie Juice Pack Air

Sadly, San Diego Comic Con International comes but once a year. And with it officially behind us, it’s time to remember the fun. Or remember why we had so much fun, being that my iPhone had enough battery power to make it through.

Since having a kid last year, it’s been a while since I’ve covered a convention that spanned so many days. I was more than a little concerned about battery life for our devices, with our teams schedules packed tight with back to back interview madness. But in our hour of need, Mophie certainly came to the rescue with an offer to review their Mophie Juice Pack Air, an extra battery case for the iPhone 5. I took the Mophie out for what I would consider the ultimate test: full-time  SDCC coverage, including video, constant photos, and streaming video.

How did the Mophie fare?

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Tech Review: Ollo Clip iPhone 4S

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Tech Review: Ollo Clip iPhone 4S

When it comes to functionality, the iPhone has become the one device to rule them all. I find myself using my iPhone for practically everything I do, the only short coming was with the camera. While it takes some really nice photos, there was always the dream of getting a little more width out of my shot, especially when interviewing people. It always felt a bit cramped.

Well, the Ollo Clip has been around for a while now and I finally got a chance to take it out for a test drive. While recently upgrading to an iPhone 5, I had to borrow my wife’s iPhone 4s for a trip to the zoo so I could see what this little baby could do. Is the Ollo Clip the next best thing for the iPhone? Does it rival the rather bulky DSLR cameras?

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iCovers4u – Tape Deck Case Version 2 for the iPhone 4

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iCovers4u – Tape Deck Case Version 2 for the iPhone 4

The following is a guest post by Jessica Cruz.

A year after I first saw the the tape deck cover for the iPhone 4iCovers4u is offering a better, shinier case. Can we say “upgrade?”

Last year when I first saw the tape deck cover for the iPhone 4, I knew I wanted it immediately. I waited for days in anticipation for its arrival, and finally it came! I ripped open the packaging…and was somewhat disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the case’s design. The concept was beautiful, but the quality was shoddy. The silicon material was too loose to hug the iPhone. When held in your hand the case hung pathetically limp.  It would constantly slip off the phone and, in reality, did not offer any real protection whatsoever.

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GameBoy iPhone 4 case brings back some of your childhood

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GameBoy iPhone 4 case brings back some of your childhood

The ultimate portable gaming system of the 80’s will always be the Nintendo GameBoy.  It was one of the first portable gaming systems that let you play more than one game on it, unlike those Tiger Electronic game systems.

If you’re a gamer from the 80’s you’ve probably owned a GameBoy or at least begged for one. Now, you can get that 80’s gamer feeling back thanks to iCovers4U and their new GameBoy case.

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PowerSkin® – iPhone 4 Silicon Case with Built-In Battery [Gadget Review]

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PowerSkin® – iPhone 4 Silicon Case with Built-In Battery [Gadget Review]

Sir Patrick Stewart says his smartphone is “an extension of who I am,” and he’s not unusual for folks on the go these days. Without it, a mobile worker bee might not get as much business done.  Smart phone cases with built-in battery chargers were invented for this very reason, and PowerSkin’s case will give your iPhone 4 a second full charge of battery life.

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