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Beats Music review: So good I may finally ditch Rdio!

Now that Beats Music is finally available, it has a lot of folks wondering how it stacks up to the likes of existing services and whether it's worth making the switch. I've been taking a look at what Beats Music has to offer for the exact same reason. I've completely set aside my main streaming services, Rdio and Songza, in order to give it a fair chance. And after a few days, my decision has become harder than ever.

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ZAGGsparq portable battery and wall charger review

The ZAGGsparq is a portable battery and wall charger combo that can make sure your iPhone, iPad, or other kind of portable device never dies while you're on the go. The ZAGGsparq currently comes in a few different models that range from one full iPhone charge all the way up to four! I've been testing it out for the past several days. Let's find out how it faired...

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Adrift for iOS: The puzzle game that makes solving a Rubik's Cube look easy

Adrift for both iPhone and iPad is a puzzle game with a simple premise but not so simple game play. You're tasked with drawing paths to each color in each world. The paths appear on three sides of a cube and they can't intersect. While game play starts out easy, it quickly gets challenging.

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iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c reviews: 3 months later

Three months ago Apple, for the first time ever, released not one but two new iPhones in the same year - the forward thinking iPhone 5s and the fun and friendly iPhone 5c. Both were variants on last year's iPhone 5. The 5s kept the same design but added a monstrous new 64-bit Apple A7 chipset, Apple M7 motion coprocessor, an even better iSight camera, and the Touch ID fingerprint identity scanner. The 5c kept most of the same internals but switched to brightly colored plastic backs. It's a little early to determine just how successful Apple's strategy will be over the course of the year, but having used the new phones for 90 days, it's absolutely long enough to see how both phones are doing for us the consumers. Often lost among the endless marketshare, profit share, and usage share metrics are what matters most to us, the people that buy and live with the phones - how well they work for us not just on launch day, but every day.

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MOGA ACE POWER game controller review: Button mashing comes to iPhone!

The MOGA ACE POWER is one of the first MFi (Made for iPhone) game controllers to hit the market. This new generation of Apple-supported, Lightning adapter powered controllers promise even better compatibility and performance, but are they really ready for primetime? Do they make that much of a difference? And can they be used over AirPlay to make a virtual console?

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CalDigit Thunderbolt Station review

CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is one of a new class of peripherals designed for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. It uses the prodigious bandwidth of the Thunderbolt connection on new Macs to connect a variety of peripherals over USB, Thunderbolt, Ethernet and more. Does it work well, and is it worth the money? Let's have a look!

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ZAGGkeys Folio for iPad Air review

The ZAGGkeys Folio for iPad Air by Zagg is their newest offering for Apple's newest iPad. This case features back illumination, a full, dedicated row of iPad specific function keys, a battery meter, and an elegant and attractive design. Overall, it looks great... but does it work just as well? Let's find out!

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Flote Hands-Free tablet holder for iPad review

I love using my iPad. I use it everywhere in my home. I find holding my iPad cumbersome, however, and if I am cooking or doing my make up I want to have something that holds my iPad at the proper angle without having to worry about it falling down or simply falling out of my line of sight. If you are like me, and wish you had something to hold your iPad for you, then Flote might be just what you've been looking for!

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iPad mini 2 review

In 2012 Apple took the year-old 9.7-inch iPad 2, condensed it down to 7.9 inches, and re-launched it as the new iPad mini. Every inch an iPad, yet one of stark contrasts - a design from the future wrapped around technology from the past. It had an Apple A5 processor in the age of the Apple A6, and a 1024x768 standard density display in an age of 2048x1536 Retina. Still, for many, the lack of size mattered. Smaller, thinner, less expensive, and, most importantly, lighter than any iPad before it, the mini quickly found its way into pockets, purses, and hearts. It was such an incredibly good tiny tablet that otherwise incredibly discerning people - people who vowed never to go near a standard density display again - forgave it its shortcomings, even if its chunky pixels never let their eyes forget it. Enter the 2013 iPad mini with Retina display. Ever-so-slightly thicker, ever-so-slightly heavier, it manages to pack the full 2048x1536 resolution into an even higher density screen, and skips an entire processor generation to do it. Apple A7 powered, 64-bit, it appears atomically identical in almost every way to the iPad Air. Small wonder indeed... or is it?

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iPad Air review

The first iPad was magical and revolutionary, Apple's most advanced technology at an unbelievable price. It lifted the tablet from a decade of obscurity and made it not only a household name, but a household product. The iPad 2, however, proffered that technology alone was not enough. It was thinner, lighter, and faster, but most importantly - more confident. It defined post-PC even as it made the computer itself far more personal. The iPad 3 was new and "resolutionary", but at the expense of thinness and weight. The iPad 4, twice as fast. Both brought specs to what Apple had previously framed an experience fight, and the latter was overshadowed almost entirely by its newer, smaller sibling, the iPad mini. When it came to the full-sized iPad, it seemed Apple had hit a wall.

Enter the iPad Air. Where the limitations of 2012 dictated Apple had to choose between Retina and lightness, the advances of 2013 mean that Apple - that we - can now have both. But is it just more specs, or is it once again getting technology out of our way? Is it simply thinner, lighter, and faster, or has Apple recaptured the delight and the magic? Is it merely a step forward, or is the iPad Air truly another leap?

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