I just love technology.

I’ve always tried to shy away from third party charge and sync cables for my iOS devices lately due the fact that I don’t want to take the risk of damaging my prized possessions since Apple took control of who’s after market products would be allowed to work with them. So when I was asked to review a rather nice looking cable from Winnergear I was going to be sceptical from the start.

So if you watch the above video you will see I was pleasantly surprised and very satisfied with the results. This cable is cheaper than Apples own cable and looks better to boot. The aluminium plug casings are tough and durable, and match your MacBook or other aluminium laptops superbly which adds a nice touch to an already nice braided cable tough and tangle free so no more cursing as you get it out of your bag. My only criticism of the one I was sent is the fact that the braid is white and will eventually show up the general dirt and skin oils from handling but that of course has absolutely no bearing on the fact that tis cable is perfect in it’s operation and is much cheaper than the genuine Apple branded cables which let’s face it, are expensive and don’t stand up to the wear and tear of every day handling. Hit the links below to get hold of yours, before they’re all gone.

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Only Amazon US       or    Winnergear website

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A couple of reports yesterday and today have highlighted a little tidbit of information many have been wondering about the upcoming Apple Watch: How will the device make sure payments via Apple Pay are secure? Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have the convenient Touch ID sensor to validate that your purchases are indeed being done by you, but new information suggests that the Apple Watch is going to accomplish this security in a slightly different way…

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This is the first time I have reviewed a BlueTooth speaker myself. I have had hands on with many over the last few years with a view to possibly buy one and I just could never make up my mind.

I was always put off by the price or the looks or just the pure "do I need one" side of it.

 

So with all this in mind and the fact that I'm more of a home listener, this one from MPow ticks all the right boxes and more.

I am a Mac user, and because of this the minimalist solid aluminium aesthetics are on the nail straight away. Then you turn it on and get immediately wowed by the crisp sound that comes from this relatively small device (not by any means the loudest I've heard) but very clear and only slightly phased by the deepest of bass.

Easily charged in approximately three to four hours, giving around eight hours of playback time, all for a very fair price, especially when compared to some others on the market.

If you are in the market for such a device then you should definitely consider this in your list of speakers to try out.

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[gallery type="rectangular" ids="725,726"] In addition to officially announcing its special event to be held on September 9th where two new iPhones and the long rumored wearable device is expected to debut, Apple has begun to build some sort of structure at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, as noted in…

A case for the rugged.

So being the lucky guy that I am, I was sent a case to review for my iPhone 5 by Newtrent. This case of theirs is the “Trentium Ultra-thin rugged” case for the iPhone 5/5s.

I unboxed the case and installed it to my iPhone 5 on camera.

The first thing you notice is that it adds a reasonable amount of bulk to the device (not a bad thing, it’s for protection remember). There is a noticeable addition to the weight too, most of which is from the second part to the case which is a rubberised material in black, which has all the port covers and rubber nubs built in to control all the buttons on the phone.

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As you can see from the packaging you will also receive three interchangeable back plates of different colours, so you can personalise your device somewhat. Once installed you get an immediate feeling of strength and ruggedness as the name suggests, now I wouldn’t want to immediately slam it to the ground but, as a manual worker in a workshop and site environment I have to say it does give me a good sense of that extra protection, which at the end of the day is the main objective of purchasing such a case.

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I have no fear of my keys or coins being in the same pocket and less fear of banging it against the edge of a workplace bench now due to that fairly thick feeling front screen protector, which contains the only bad point for me, which is that home button cover that reminds me of a rather weak condom. Not that it has split but I fear it will in the not too distant future. However I get the feeling it is so thin for the finger print sensor built in to the home button of the iPhone 5S, where I believe it would be much less of a worry as this button would require less physical movement causing any wear and tear.

In rounding up I would say for the money you couldn’t go far wrong in purchasing this case, I have used it in the rain with no water ingress, as it is water resistant (NOT waterproof), so don’t go for a bath with it. Great for us hard working guys out there. A huge thank you to Newtrent for sending the case out for my review and if you are interested the Amazon links are below.

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Following the USB power adapter redesign rumors, we’ve now received word that Apple’s new reversible Lightning to USB cable may not be ready in time to ship with the iPhone 6. According to third-party Apple retailer Moca.co, Apple has yet to place orders for the reversible cable from its manufacturing partner…

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Apple is just weeks away from unveiling two new iPhones, but as with any Apple reveal, there are still plenty of details being kept under wraps. The most oft-repeated rumor, supported by enough evidence to put it in the fact column, is that one iPhone 6 model will have a 4.7-inch display and the phablet version will feature a 5.5-inch display. With larger displays, it would make sense for Apple to bump up the resolution as well, but previous reports regarding an upgraded resolution have been shaky at best.

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