Timing isn’t everything. At least, not for Apple. It’s trying to prove that again with its first smart speaker, the HomePod. The question is, will it work this time around?
You can see why Apple went for the ‘X’ name for the flagship 2017 iPhone – it represents a whole new generation of hardware design and is completely worthy of the ‘X’ (or ‘Ten’) moniker, released for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. This isn’t just rhetoric, either. Having used the iPhone X full time for a number of days, it’s a genuinely jaw-dropping piece of high tech – there’s almost nothing it can’t do and it’s stunningly beautiful as well. With only a couple of caveats along the way, here’s why you might want to dip so deeply into your wallet after all.
Back in 2007, the Apple iPhone was a triumph of futuristic UI over actual functionality, but year on year the iPhone has caught up and largely surpassed the competition. In the early days, Symbian-based Nokias, latterly Android-based flagships from a dozen manufacturers. And the iPhone 8 Plus, in terms of imaging, internals, and fit and finish, knocks just about everything into a cocked hat, at least until the iPhone X is available in a month or two.
HomeKit-enabled devices and accessories are so convenient and flexible, but a major downside is usually the price. That even includes smart bulbs – Philips Hue bulbs are often $50 per bulb, which adds up quickly. Koogeek thinks it has a solution to this problem.
Despite being a new toy for all of us involved in tech to play with, Snap Spectacles have become quite well known through the mainstream. It’s not because they’re popular just yet, but because of how bewildering they are. I admit when I first heard the plans for this product, I didn’t have much faith in them. Now that they’re widely available, I’ve gotten a chance to play with them a little bit.
Opera recently released one of the most unique desktop browsers we’ve seen in many years. Opera Neon is a proposed glimpse in the future — it’s where Opera sees web browsers eventually heading. It has an entirely different user interface with some unique multitasking features and the overall experience is quite intriguing.
The Jaybird X3 wireless headphones ultimately deliver excellent sound quality with a fun companion app, a snug and customizable fit, and great battery life. Plus, at only $129.99, they’re $50 less than when the X2 came out — and those didn’t even include the comply foam ear tips. For this price, the value here truly shines. All of these factors combined elevate Jaybird X3 to the top choice wireless headphones for athletes.
Betternet is a terrific VPN service. It’s perfectly easy to activate on iPhone with one tap and connect to the “optimal” location. If you need to connect to a specific location, you can do so at several areas in the world including multiple U.S. points for a low monthly fee. It’s secure, fast, and consistently works well.
Editor’s Note: I would strongly recommend Private Internet Access VPN over Betternet. We recently completed a comprehensive review of Private Internet Access and found it the complete package for your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Mac or PC.
After several months of waiting since Apple and Nintendo made the joint announcement, Super Mario has landed on iOS for the first time in the form of Super Mario Run. It’s the side-scrolling adventure you might expect as Mario goes on a mission to save Princess Peach from the evil Bowser.
You’ll have already read my review of the smaller new iPhone 7 here, hopefully. It’s a terrific little smartphone and by far the best iPhone ever, whatever you might think of the future-looking removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. But I’ve saved the best til last, since the larger iPhone 7 Plus is even better. With higher resolution, bigger battery, a technologically advanced zoom camera and the usual ‘Plus’ iOS tweaks, the 7 Plus is just about the most technology, with the most uses, ever crammed into one phone shell…