Mac Sources Digital media blog for resources and reviews 2017-04-25T19:12:20Z https://macsources.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[X-Doria Launches Camo Cases for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus NEWS]]> https://macsources.com?p=44120&preview=true&preview_id=44120 2017-04-25T19:12:20Z 2017-04-25T18:57:55Z Camo cases provide ultimate in protection and style. X-Doria, a leading manufacturer of fashion-forward and protection accessories, is introducing its latest Camo case collection line to outfit and protect the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The collection is designed with distinct aesthetics that appeal to various personalities and styles, with the added protection Military Grade […]

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Camo cases provide ultimate in protection and style.

X-Doria, a leading manufacturer of fashion-forward and protection accessories, is introducing its latest Camo case collection line to outfit and protect the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The collection is designed with distinct aesthetics that appeal to various personalities and styles, with the added protection Military Grade Drop Tested protection and a raised front lip to keep the screen off tables and other flat surfaces.

X-Doris Camo Cases

Defense Gear is a full body, no bulk case for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, with four materials infused together for military grade drop protection, including a scientifically proven DropShield™ edge lining that hardens on impact. Defense Gear combines DropShield™ technology with hard polycarbonate, TPU and anodized aluminum. The case is engineered with enhanced corners and a 0.1 inch thick frame that provides dual layer protection and shields all angles of your device. The Defense Gear case can withstand drops from up to 6’6”. Colors include: Grey, Green and Blue Available for $27.95 for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

X-Doris Camo Cases

X-Doria’s Defense Lux for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus brings together refined luxury and durability to create the ultimate protective case. Defense Lux features a simple snap-on construction, engineered with a soft inner rubber layer, impact resistant polycarbonate backing, and machined with an aluminum outer frame. The aluminum outer frame protects the perimeter of the iPhone, while inside, the soft rubber wraps around the phone protecting it from up to 6’6” drops on concrete, exceeding military drop test standards – MIL-STD-810G. Colors include: White, Grey and Black. Available for $34.99.

X-Doris Camo Cases

The Defense Shield series merges polycarbonate, soft rubber and anodized aluminum to form the ultimate in protection for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. X-Doria utilizes machined metal as opposed to plastic to ensure its Defense Shield provides military-level drop protection that has been tested to survive 6’6” drops on concrete. The perimeter of the iPhone is protected by machined aluminum while the inside is wrapped with soft rubber, ensuring the metal never touches the device. The screen is protected from drops and surface scratches by raised lip, and the rear is shielded by a clear polycarbonate, protecting the device without covering it up. The simple snap on construction requires no tools for assembly. Colors include: Yellow, Orange and Blue. Available for $29.99 for iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

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Robyn https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Just Mobile TopGum Portable Battery REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=43657&preview=true&preview_id=43657 2017-04-25T18:09:23Z 2017-04-25T18:09:23Z TopGum is a sophisticated backup battery. One of my favorite all-time mobile accessories is the power bank. It serves a purpose and makes it possible for you to continue using your mobile device even after its own battery is depleted. There is a large variety of portable batteries available for mobile users and I’ve tried a […]

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TopGum is a sophisticated backup battery.

One of my favorite all-time mobile accessories is the power bank. It serves a purpose and makes it possible for you to continue using your mobile device even after its own battery is depleted. There is a large variety of portable batteries available for mobile users and I’ve tried a lot of them. My favorite features for power banks include an integrated charging cable and a small form so that it’s easy to carry. The only ‘hassle’ I tend to have with power banks is remembering to recharge them so that they are ready when I need them. I’ve been a fan of Just Mobile’s elegant designs for quite some time now and so when I decided to look for a solution for this problem, I decided to check out what they had available.

The TopGum is a portable power pack that recharges with the use of a magnetic charging dock. I was completely blown away by this option because it provides a very simple answer to my battery charging problem. It’s much easier to remember to charge my battery when I’m done using it if all I have to do is drop it on a dock. Aside from the dock, the TopGum has a lot of other great features going for it.

 Just Mobile TopGum Portable Battery

First, the TopGum is a 6000 mAh battery. This is a large enough capacity to charge not only an iPhone but also an iPad. The battery pack has a built-in Lighting cable for charging your Apple products, but it also has a standard USB port for charging other devices. The body of the TopGum is aluminum like so many other Just Mobile products and it provides protection from overheating for both the battery and your device.

As great as the design concept is, I did have a few problems with the TopGum. The first had to deal with the connection of the battery with the dock. Even though it’s magnetic, there is still a specific way it has to sit on the dock in order to get a charge. It is not an inductive charger — therefore contact must be made between the battery and the charging dock. There were a few times when I struggled to get the battery to sit just right and start charging. This was a little frustrating cause I think something like that should just drop into place. In addition to this issue, I also found that the battery slipped off its contacts a time or two.

 Just Mobile TopGum Portable Battery

If that were the only issue, I would chalk it up to user error, but the major issue I had came after I had used the battery a few times. One night, I was sitting with my family at dinner and needed to charge my phone. So, I plugged in the TopGum and sat the phone on the chair next to me. When I went to unplug my phone, the Lightning cable broke off at the end. Given the flaw, I contacted Just Mobile about the problem and got a very prompt response.

Now, it’s very important to note here that Just Mobile responded to the problem by shipping out a second battery. I was very happy to have another chance to test out the TopGum because I really wanted to like the product. The other thing I really appreciate about Just Mobile is that they requested the faulty unit to be returned because they want to see where their product went wrong. I like that because it shows that they want to make sure their products are great for their customers.

 Just Mobile TopGum Portable Battery

My second testing of the TopGun was a much nicer experience than the first time around. So much so that I wonder if maybe there was more wrong with that unit than just the Lighting plug. First of all, the second unit sits on the charging stand much better. The contacts are firm and it actually seems like the stand’s magnets are a lot stronger than the previous TopGum. Another great feature that I got to test out because the stand was stronger was the passthrough charging. While the battery was charging on the dock, I plugged in a Lightning cable and started charging my iPhone. I was very happy that this method of charging worked because it just gives you another way to charge.

Given that the company resolved my problems with the original unit and that the second battery worked very well, I think the TopGum is a great option for a portable battery. It’s powerful and when you have one that works, it’s easy to use.

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Jon Walters http://macsources.com <![CDATA[Fredi WiFi Camera REVIEW Pocket sized recorder.]]> https://macsources.com/?p=43244 2017-04-25T17:08:16Z 2017-04-25T17:08:16Z Capture video when you want and where you want with the light weight camera from Fredi. With all of the media buzz concerning personal rights and body cams, dash cams, etc. I was incredibly interested in the Fredi P2P WiFi camera. I do not expect there to be a need for the device, but my children […]

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Capture video when you want and where you want with the light weight camera from Fredi.

With all of the media buzz concerning personal rights and body cams, dash cams, etc. I was incredibly interested in the Fredi P2P WiFi camera. I do not expect there to be a need for the device, but my children and I are regularly active with baseball, cub scouts, and camping.   Sometimes it is incredibly helpful to be able to capture video/memories with a hands-free system.  I have tested sunglasses with an HD camera embedded into them.  I have tested numerous home webcams, dash cams etc.  Having never tested a wearable body cam, the P2P Wifi camera had some big shoes to fill.

The Fredi P2P WiFi camera arrived in a small white box that embodies a very prominent 1970’s feel.  Opening the lid of the box, the camera is nestled securely in white foam.  Upon removing the lid, I caution you to not throw it away.  If you are not careful, you will accidentally throw away the instructions, which are nestled inside of the lid.  The camera is very attractive and will fit in the palm of your hand, measuring 1 13/16″ tall by 7/8″ wide by 3/4″ thick and weighs 5 oz without and 8 oz with the clip.  Along the front, you will notice a small camera, and a sticker labeled “night vision P2P WIFI Mini DV.  The right side has a port for a micro-SD card (up to 32 GB supported, none included).  The left side has a mode button and on/off switch. The back has a sticker with the Cam ID/USER and login Password/access code.  The base has a USB-Mini  (yes, USB-Mini and not USB-Micro) connection point and the top has a hole for the included lanyard.

Fredi P2P WiFi camera

The Included accessories are rather promising.  You will find a 14-panel instruction manual, that unfortunately suffers from poor translation.  Additionally, you will find a 32″ USB-A to USB-Mini connector, a MicroSD to USB2.0 adaptor, a swivel camera clip, a neck lanyard with a quick detach clip and a wall anchor that you can dock the camera clip into.  The wall anchor has a swivel that is very secure and a ribbed attachment point for the camera lapel clip.  Unfortunately, the lapel clip was incredibly loose upon evaluation.  If you look closely, you will notice that there is a single Phillips screw in the middle of the clip.  Once this was tightened, this did help to secure the belt/lapel clip very well.

Fredi P2P camera

One of the first steps, recommended by the instructions, was to charge the camera for 2 hours, prior to its initial use.  You will notice an illuminated blue LED, on the back top of the camera, which signifies the charging status.  You can use the charging time to peruse the instruction manual.  The camera is designed to use P2P technology (allows users to use it without any settings).  The manual further details the network settings of the camera.  It will utilize a 2.4GHz WiFi, the video format is AVI, coding M-JPEG and the resolution is 640×480 VGA with 10fps. The camera will support up to a 32 GB microSD. The camera has loop video function, which will overwrite old data first.  It will segment video as well, into 30-minute clips, to enhance transfer speeds. You can name video and multiple phones can connect to the camera at once.  I also like that the camera will try to use a local Wifi before using its own WiFi.  If you are out in the middle of nowhere, you should be able to connect directly to the device WiFi and see the images directly.

The setup details are not easily utilized.  Start with downloading the app.  You can use the included QR code, within the manual, or you can navigate to the IOS App store or the Google Play store and download p2pCamViewer.  Turn the camera on by sliding the On/off toggle to the on position.  Wait 20-30 seconds and then navigate to settings, WiFi, and select Q7 and tried to connect.  It required a password. I attempted to enter the listed 12345678 password and received an “Unable to join the network Q7.”   I tried multiple passwords and none of them worked. I had to turn the camera on and off about 3 times and finally, the 12345678 password worked.  I then navigated to the app and selected the local cameras. MD220361 will appear in the list. The steps are listed in written form and in pictorial form, which is more useful.  The camera connected and got incredibly hot to touch. After about 15 minutes of trying to connect and trying to set up wireless viewing, the camera powered off. It never powered on again.  Although disappointing, I did reach out to the company, who sent me another device.

Everything listed above was duplicated a second time.  I charged the device for 2 hours and again tried the above connection. Slide the switch to the on and you will notice a red (flashing) and blue LED. Again navigate to settings, WiFi, and select Q7.  This actually showed up pretty quickly. The reds are a little off, appearing pink in the picture.  The whites appear to be bright.  The camera shot at about 20-107Kbps. The instructions discuss  LAN connection as well, which I did not test.  You can also evaluate real-time video over the internet using PC.  Again, I did not utilize these features as I wanted a portable smartphone device. To activate night vision mode, you can press the circle/steering wheel icon along the bottom left of the screen. If you press the camera icon on the bottom right, it will snap still photos and store them to the microSD card. Press the video camera icon on the bottom right and record what the camera sees.  To end the recording, press the camera icon again.  From the main page, you can select my cameras, local cameras, files, alarms, and more along the bottom.  From local cameras, select the cog icon to access settings.  Format the SD card, CHANGE THE PASSWORD, etc from this location.

Overall, the camera proved to be a little sluggish, especially at home where I had 2 different WiFi networks.  Out in my driveway, the camera was much brisker.  The device clips nicely to the lapel, and then again to the wall clip.  I was dismayed when the original device did not function.  However, I was really pleased with the information provided by the company.  They provided quick information, quick return and did provide a backup device.  Some will find the 640×480 resolution to be unacceptable.  However, it is actually quite reasonable on a small device screen.  I would not use this to take HD home movies, but then again we have been capturing home movies for a generation in standard definition.  I used the device for a good 40 minutes on a single charge.  With about 1 week of use, I would say that this is an interesting device. The quality of an image is beneath that of modern generation smartphones.  It has motion detection opportunities and you can set this to alarm as well.  I liked that you can set the record to SD card feature.

Summary:
I have tested a variety of cameras and found this to be mediocre.  Everything about the camera depends on the app.  I did not test the connection with my PC as I wanted to test this as a smartphone option.  The cost is actually amazing for what the device promises.  I, like many others, did get a defective device.  I was very pleased with the customer service and when the camera worked, felt it did okay.  I wish that there was a 3.5 star because 3 is not fair and 4 is perhaps overgenerous.
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Jeremiah Parker http://macsources.com <![CDATA[CRDC Life Outdoor and Shower Bluetooth Speaker REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=44111&preview=true&preview_id=44111 2017-04-25T16:34:32Z 2017-04-25T16:34:32Z Good sounding, low-cost Bluetooth speaker. I’m a music lover. I don’t mean that I listen to the radio when I’m driving or I like background music when I’m working. I mean I love music. It’s a huge part of my life. That said, I have music playing almost all the time. At work, you’ll see […]

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Good sounding, low-cost Bluetooth speaker.

I’m a music lover. I don’t mean that I listen to the radio when I’m driving or I like background music when I’m working. I mean I love music. It’s a huge part of my life. That said, I have music playing almost all the time. At work, you’ll see me with my Bluetooth earbuds in. In the truck, you’ll hear my pick of the moment blasting from every place I can fit a speaker. At night you’ll find me sleeping to my favorite vocalist singing quietly through my stereo. I surround myself with rhythm and melodies. Imagine how excited I was when I got to try out the CRDC Life Outdoor & Shower Bluetooth Speaker.    When I took my first look at this speaker I didn’t have incredibly high expectations simply because I don’t usually care for single speaker setups. Being a music fan, I also appreciate.

CRDC Life Outdoor and Shower Bluetooth Speaker

When I took my first look at this speaker I didn’t have incredibly high expectations simply because I don’t usually care for single speaker setups. Being a music fan, I also appreciate the quality that can almost always be limited to stereo systems. I’m happy to admit that I was wrong. The sound quality offered by the S101C is truly impressive. While we’re not talking Bose quality by any means, I can confidently say that this speaker can hold it’s own against many of the midlevel name brand devices on the market. I was very happy with the clarity and response. A lot of the more reasonably priced speakers that you find online have a poor signal response that makes everything sound muddy. The bass or midrange overpowers the treble or vice versa. This unit does not fall into that category. It sounds wonderful. On top of that….it’s loud. I tried it out in my home machine shop and had no trouble listening to my music without maxing out the volume or sacrificing clarity. That alone makes me recommend this speaker.

CRDC Life Outdoor and Shower Bluetooth Speaker

So we know it’s a good speaker. Now let’s talk about the other features this awesome little speaker has. According to the literature, the S101C will play for 10 hours on a full charge. I only have about 7 hours on it so far but I’m betting that is an accurate statement. It took a couple hours to get a full charge out of the box and I haven’t had to plug it in since. Charging is achieved with a micro USB cable included in the box. For those that haven’t jumped on the Bluetooth bandwagon yet, there is also a 3.5mm aux cable included so virtually any device can be used. That’s just one more thing that makes this a great speaker for people who like to take their audio with them on the go. Take into account that if you have it paired with your phone you can also make and receive calls and you have the total package. Oh…and did I mention that it’s dust and water resistant?

CRDC Life Outdoor and Shower Bluetooth Speaker

This speaker is durable, well built, sounds great, and is incredibly portable. Weighing in at under 6oz and about 3.5 inches square, it fit in a purse, backpack, briefcase, or even a pocket with ease. I literally have nothing bad to say about it. If you’re looking for a good speaker without breaking the bank I highly suggest the S101C. I’m confident you won’t be disappointed.
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Nicholas Calderone https://www.macsources.com/team/ <![CDATA[Solo Vector Slim Case for iPad Air 2 REVIEW]]> https://macsources.com?p=44025&preview=true&preview_id=44025 2017-04-24T16:57:52Z 2017-04-24T16:57:52Z The Vector Slim Case protects my iPad Air 2 while looking stylish Ever since the iPad was released as a device, I’ve had the standard 9.7-inch model at my disposal. I’m currently still rocking the iPad Air 2 because the newest iPad release just didn’t seem like a big enough jump for me to invest in a new […]

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The Vector Slim Case protects my iPad Air 2 while looking stylish

Ever since the iPad was released as a device, I’ve had the standard 9.7-inch model at my disposal. I’m currently still rocking the iPad Air 2 because the newest iPad release just didn’t seem like a big enough jump for me to invest in a new tablet. I might upgrade when they release the next generation iPad Pro, but for now, the iPad Air 2 is still a very reliable, very speedy tablet that gets the job done for me. With that said I still find myself looking for cases from time to time that will give me a better user experience. Most of the time the case choices fall flat for me, but when I happened upon the Vector Slim Case from Solo, I knew I found a diamond in the rough.

Solo Vector Slim Case for iPad Air 2 REVIEW

The Vector Slim Case for the iPad Air is a stylish case with a textured surface that provides a solid grip and protection for the front and back. The iPad itself is housed inside a tray that secures it in place. On the inside of the tray are four pads that are meant to protect the backing of the iPad.

The case features a magnetic sleep/wake cover and even has a small magnetic flap that keeps the cover closed when it’s in your bag or just being carried around. The body of the case is made from vinyl and is water resistant. That said, your iPad is not 100% protected from the elements since the top and bottom are open to the air. The inside of the cover is lined with a kind of rubberized vinyl that acts as a non-slip surface for the iPad to rest on. This ensures that you get many, many viewing angles when you have it sitting on a table or other flat surface.

Solo Vector Slim Case for iPad Air 2 REVIEW

Installation of the iPad is pretty standard for what you find with a case like this. You start with one corner — I recommend the one with the volume buttons and then slide the case around the other corners of the iPad. It snaps into place pretty easily. There are no complicated tricks for getting it back out of the case when you need to.

One thing that I’ve found out in testing iPad cases is that you will find some that fit perfectly like the Solo Vector Slim Case and then there are some that seem to have a good fit but are slightly off when it comes to ports and buttons. The Solo Vector gets a big thumbs up on the fit and port cutouts. The cutouts for the buttons and ports are perfectly trimmed for the iPad Air 2. I’ve not had any problem with accessing them or using them.

Solo Vector Slim Case for iPad Air 2 REVIEW

All in all the Vector Slim Case for iPad Air 2 is going to be my daily case for a while as it fits all my current needs.
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