Highlights from Interbike 2014

Reviews

Gizmag tries out the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition

Last September, we heard about a new cycling multitool known as Fix it Sticks. A successful Kickstarter project, it consists of two aluminum "sticks" that can be joined together to form a T wrench, with a different type of bit permanently attached to each end. At the time, several readers complained that the bits should be interchangeable. Well, those people will be happy to learn that the designer has now come out with the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition. We got to try one out, and can attest to the fact that it's a gooder.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Surface Pro 2,

With the first Surface Pro, Microsoft laid out its vision of the future: one mobile device with the guts of a laptop that can replace your tablet, laptop, and maybe even desktop. Unfortunately that first model also brought along some sketchy battery life. But what happens when you improve on that by 75 percent? You have the Surface Pro 2, a much less compromised hybrid PC.  Read More

Gizmag takes the newest iteration of Apogee Duet  for a spin

American purveyor of audio equipment Apogee has long commanded an enviable reputation regarding the quality of its hardware. The most recent iteration of the Apogee Duet sees iOS functionality added to the popular recording device, allowing users to easily move between an iOS device or a Mac to record and perform music. Gizmag takes the newest Duet for a spin to see how well it performs on both an iPad Air and a Mac.  Read More

The Fonesalesman iQi Mobile provides wireless charging for certain iPhone models

Smartphone manufacturers have yet to begin including wireless charging functionality in their handsets as a matter of course. There are, however, a number of devices available that can add wireless charging functionality. The Fonesalesman iQi Mobile is one such device – let's take a look at how it performs.  Read More

The Snapzoom allows a smartphone to take telephoto snapshots through a set of binoculars

Chances are that you already carry a smartphone with you wherever you go, and if you're a wildlife-watcher, hiker, or sporting-event spectator, then you likely also have a pair of binoculars. Well, the Snapzoom is a new product that brings those two devices together – it lets you get telephoto snapshots of distant subjects, by holding your phone's camera lens in alignment with one lens of your binoculars. I recently got a chance to try the thing out for myself, and liked what it had to offer.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Nokia Lumia 1520, a powerhouse phablet that runs Windows Phone 8

iPhones and Android phones might get the lion's share of attention, but we think Windows Phone is a pretty terrific platform in its own right. What happens when you marry Microsoft's mobile OS to an enormous 6-in phablet? You get the Nokia Lumia 1520, the first of its kind. Read on for our review.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Surface 2, the second-generation version of Microsoft's Windows RT hybr...

The slow sales of the original Microsoft Surface may have made it an easy target for snarky comments (including some from yours truly), but we also think there's a lot to love about Microsoft's series of hybrid PCs. Let's take a look at the latest version of the Windows RT model, as Gizmag reviews the Microsoft Surface 2.  Read More

The Socam UltiMate, jerry-rigged to the underside of a DJI Phantom quadcopter

Things got a little tighter in the already-crowded actioncam market this week, as Conrad Electronic announced its Socam UltiMate Action Camera. Among its features are a rotating lens, a streamlined form factor, and an included splash-proof case. I was provided with a pre-release review unit, which I've been trying out over the past couple of weeks. Read on, to find out how I liked it.  Read More

Gizmag reviews Kobo's crystal clear Aura HD e-reader

A few months ago, we sat down to compare the top e-readers released in the past year and find out which would work best for our avid readers out there. Naturally, the latest Kindles and Nooks scored high marks, but surprisingly the one device that stood out was the Kobo Aura HD. Kobo isn't exactly the first name that comes to mind when people think of e-readers, but after spending some extensive hands-on time with the Aura HD, we see an argument for that to change.  Read More

Road testing the EntroSys BikeAir motorcycle A/C system

As someone who likes to have my skin wrapped around my body rather than smeared up and down the highway, I cringe every time I see a motorcyclist cruise past without suitable protective gear on. There is an (albeit still completely flawed) rationale behind this, though – leather jackets, boots, gloves and scrape-resistant pants are hot, heavy and uncomfortable. All of this leaves motorcyclists in an unfortunate predicament because when the weather is at its best, the inclination to pull on protective gear is at its lowest. The EntroSys BikeAir motorcycle A/C system is a product designed to let you enjoy the best of both worlds by providing portable cooling (and heating) for the rider. It sounds great in theory, but does it work? We ventured out under the burning Australian sun to answer that question.  Read More

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