Tuesday, October 8, 2013

OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet Case Protects Your iPhone

If you're anything like me, you always have your smartphone with you. I always have a fear of losing something in my pocket, especially my car keys, so it drives me crazy to have a lot of things stuffed inside the pockets of my jeans. If you like to go a bit more minimalist and don't want to have to carry your smartphone and your wallet, OtterBox has a new case that you might appreciate.

The case is called the Commuter Series Wallet and is available for the iPhone 5/5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4. This certainly isn't the first case on the market to offer wallet capability, but it does look like OtterBox's offering will hold more than a lot of other 5s iphone cases otterbox camo back rubbing off on the market. OtterBox is also well-known for making cases that actually protects your phone in the event of a drop.

Rather than having slots, this smartphone case has a sliding drawer on the back that appears to be approximately a quarter of an inch deep. You can cram credit cards, driver's license, and cash inside the wallet drawer and have them with you at all times. The only downside I see is that the case is rather thick and might not fit in your pocket if you're the sort who wears skinny jeans.

The Commuter Series Wallet is available now from OtterBox for $44.95(USD).

Source: Technabob

Sunday, October 6, 2013

OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet Arrives for iPhone 5s/5 and Galaxy S4

OtterBox is best known for making some of the most popular rugged 5s iphone cases otterbox kindle case for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4, and today they are adding to that line with a new OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet case.

The OtterBox Commuters Series Wallet case combines the protection of the popular Commuter series with a slot that holds up to three cards and one bill in a small slide out partition on the back of the case.

OtterBox boasts that this allows you to access your cards without flipping the case over like many other wallets and notes that the wallet compartment includes an audible click when opened and closed so you'll know your cards are securely tucked away.

Read: Best iPhone 5s Cases

OtterBox sells two models of the Commuter Series Wallet. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 model comes in black, white and grey and pink and light grey and fits both phones. Unlike the Defenders Series iPhone 5s case there is no need for a special version with a cutout for the Touch ID sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Commuter Series Wallet is available in the same colors.

OtterBox sells the Commuter Series Wallet case for $44.95 for the iPhone 5s/5 and Galaxy S4 models with sales live on OtterBox currently.

OtterBox sent the iPhone 5s Commuter Series Wallet Case over and we've been using it today to get a feel for the new case option. The case is slightly thicker than the iPhone 5s Defender Series case we recently reviewed, but not too thick to use. The front of the case protects the edges of the device, and keeps any case parts away from the screen so it's easy to use the new iOS 7 gestures and the Touch ID on the iPhone 5s.

The case features a two piece design with a silicone inner and hard plastic outer shell. The only complaint about the back is that it is very slick and slides around much easier than a Defender case when on a hard surface. Flipping the phone face down solves this minor issue.

Three cards and one bill fit tightly in the wallet compartment, but removing them is easy enough to master. Three cards is the essential amount of space for most users as it can cover a ID, credit card and a debit card. While some users may have trouble slimming down to three cards every day, it will at least put your most used cards within reach. The wallet section opens easily and with a click. There is enough pressure that the wallet shouldn't open accidentally.

Read: Best Galaxy S4 Cases

The case covers the volume and power buttons with rubber covers for easy pressing and leaves the mute switch uncovered. The headphone and charging ports are covered with the soft inner layer and work with most headphones and charging cords.

OtterBox includes a self adhesive screen protector in the bundle which may offer some added protection from scratches. The OtterBox Commuter Series Wallet Case is not waterproof.

Source: Gottabemobile

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

This Year's Best Pop Culture Costumes For Women

The halloween costumes monster high countdown has begun! If you don't have a costume yet, look no further. Pop culture has given us lots of inspiration, and while some ideas are more classic, sometimes you want your costume to reflect what's hot now. We've got you covered - inside you'll find ideas from recent movies, TV, and music that'll keep your pop culture aficionado friends on their toes.

Source: Buzzsugar

Monday, September 30, 2013

PHOTOS: This Is What You Need To Be For Halloween

<halloween costumes for extra large dogsp>Our favorite holiday will be here before we know it. And in order to be able to enjoy all of the pumpkin carving, trick or treating, candy eating, and spooking that comes with Halloween, we need to get one very important decision out of the way -- and that's choosing what we're dressing up as, of course.

To make it a little easier, our friends at HGTV featured the most adorable DIY Halloween costumes for the whole family that you can get started on this weekend. You'll be surprised at how easy they are to make. For example, that plain grey sweatsuit you wear as pajamas can be whipped into a pretty scary looking shark-inspired outfit by sewing on a little pointed-tooth trim and some eyes. Need some inspiration to get you started? Click through the slideshow of ideas below and head back to HGTV for even more.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pippa Middleton Teases Wedding Plans: 'Maybe I'll Be A DIY Bride?'

<halloween costumes bridep>The rumors that Pippa Middleton got engaged in secret several months ago appear to be untrue, seeing as we haven't even glimpsed of a ring on that tan finger. But the famous sis clearly has weddings on the mind. In her latest column for the Telegraph, on the subject of flower markets, Pippa teases, "Maybe I'll be a DIY bride?"

Dropping the "b" word is a bold move for Pippa, who has been dating her boyfriend, Nico Jackson, for around eight months. Things between Middleton and Jackson, a 35-year-old stockbroker, appear to be more serious compared to Pippa's previous dalliances, and chatter amid the British tabloids is that a Pippa wedding is coming sooner rather than later.

And when it does, it appears Pippa might be doing the flowers herself. The 30-year-old party planner writes in the Telegraph that she loves perusing the outdoor flower market for gorgeous blooms, interacting with "the always friendly and generally flirtatious traders." (Of course.)

Self-deprecatingly, she also lists her flower woes: "Why do my orchids keep dying and how can I prolong the life of the (sadly, infrequent) bouquets that land on my doorstep?"

Sounds like Nico better up his flower game. Read more from her latest Telegraph column here.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chris Clark will go from observer to integral very quickly. (Bob Leverone/AP)

You're Chris Clark. You're 27 years old, and you may have trouble sleeping Sunday night.

You're starting your first game at left tackle this weekend. Your only significant regular-season game experience to this point is as a jumbo tight end in 2011, when Tim Tebow ran the offense. Now your job is to protect Peyton Manning's blind side.

You'll be playing on Monday night. You entered the league as an undrafted free agent, you've been cut three times, and your debut comes on Monday Night Football.

You'll be going up against a pass rusher, Oakland's Lamarr Houston, who leads all NFL pass rushers through two weeks in quarterback pressures. He has 16, in eight quarters. He's very good at stunting, which means you not only have to block Houston, but when he stunts, you have to be able to communicate with your guard about who's blocking whom. Not easy when it's your first game starting at left tackle.

You'll be taking over for the consensus best left tackle in football, Ryan Clady. He's out for the season after rupturing a foot ligament last week. Which means it's all you now. The last line of defense, expected to sub in and not let the offensive production fall off with the great Clady missing.

Oh, and in the next two weeks, two of the best pass rushers in football-Trent Cole (Philadelphia) and Demarcus Ware (Dallas)-are ready to test you.

So how are you feeling about it all?

"So excited,'' the 6-5, 315-pound Clark said, driving home Thursday evening after practice and meetings at the Broncos facility. "No feeling of fear. I will not be afraid. But it's pretty intense, and believe me, I am not taking any of this lightly."

Looking for advice to set your lineups this week? Alessandro Miglio and Eric Edholm have answers.

Clark's mobility is just average, and Denver may need to help him with chip-blocking from an extra tight end on passing downs. On the plus side, he's played a lot of left tackle in the spring and summer this year, because Clady held out of camp while negotiating a contract and Clark was the nominal starter there, getting reps and comfortable with the line. "I was lucky to have learned so much from Ryan,'' he said. "You want to be able to learn from a guy who does everything right. I try to match what he does, mimic him.''

The matchup with Houston, Clark said, "will be tough. He plays hard every play. All the guys in the league are good, and he's one of those guys.''

And Manning has his back, according to Clark.

"When we found out about Ryan,'' Clark said, "Peyton texted me. He said to me, basically, 'I know you can do it. You've been waiting for this moment your whole life. Let's get it done.' That meant a lot.''

"What's your goal for Monday night?" I asked.

"No one touches the quarterback,'' Clark said.

That's Manning's goal too.

About Last Night ...

Kansas City 26, Philadelphia 16. I thought the story was the marauding Kansas City defense, with its five sacks, four forced fumbles and 11 pass deflections. That is one tough group to block. It's clear the Chiefs have the right formula to win: an offense that doesn't turn the ball over (12 quarters, zero giveaways) with a defense that chases the quarterback all over the field and can stop the run. But the other story of the night was the coach who went back home. Check me on this: Ever see Andy Reid smile so much late in a game and in the post-game scrum? I don't think I ever have. The game, clearly, meant more to him than a third win by Sept. 19 for a team that won two all last year. "You put it out of your mind as best you can,'' Reid said after the game. "But 14 years is 14 years. I really didn't think much about it 'til the game was over. I'm not sure exactly how I feel, other than we won the game.'' I'll translate for Reid. This is what he just said: "YIPPEEEE! WE WON! WE WON WHERE THEY RAN ME OUT OF TOWN!!!!!"

Source: The MMQB with Peter King

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. For the Galaxy Note line of handsets from Samsung, they're hoping that the S-Pen is mighty enough to sway you into buying the new Galaxy Note 3. Thanks to a few little tweaks and changes, this is the first handset where a stylus actually makes sense.

What Is It?

The Galaxy Note 3 is a huge uppercut to the competition. It packs a huge hardware punch with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, super-fast Category 4 LTE/4G capabilities, all hiding beneath a beautiful 5.7-inch Full-HD Super-AMOLED display. The battery is more juiced than ever with 3200mAh taking you from pillar to post, as well as a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to shoot your life along the way.

All this power and beauty has been packed into a smaller footprint than ever, with the device measuring in at a svelte 8.3mm case, weighing just 168 grams.

What's Good?

The Note-line of handsets is starting to inform the design language for the rest of the Galaxy products Samsung makes. If you look at the Galaxy S4 for example, you'll see the same minimal bezel, oval-shaped home button, sensor placement and grille/pattern design found on the Galaxy Note II. This is great news, because the Galaxy Note 3 has a more premium feel than any Samsung handset that has come before it.

Cheap plastic covers have been replaced by a stitched leather back, bright accents, grooved edges and an S-Pen that feels textured like a beautiful watch might be. The changes to the S-Pen really go beyond just a new look, however.

Samsung has overhauled the S-Pen to take it from a novelty gadget into something you're probably going to use all the time now, In fact, the new Air Command feature paired with the S-Pen will turn the Samsung-branded stylus into something you need, rather than something you use in meetings to impress your boss.

The Air Command feature refers to a a radial menu that anchors in new apps designed to leverage the Note 3′s giant screen and handy power: Scrapbook for web clipping, Action Note for powerful handwriting tools, S-Finder for looking around your device, Screen Write for doodling on screenshots and Pen Window for putting hovering apps over any screen.

Air Command is fast, fluid and incredibly functional. Pen Window allows you to drop funky widgets on your existing multi-window layouts, bringing the power of three tasks at once onto the single, 5.7-inch screen. You don't notice any slow-down the more you throw at the device: it welcomes the challenge and excels.

Likewise with Scrapbook, Action Memo and S-Finder. These are three incredibly useful features that can only be accessed with the S-Pen. It's now something you need everyday.

Scrapbook is a fun little feature that lets you circle just about anything you can find on the Galaxy Note 3 from either the web or inside another app. Whatever you put in your selected area gets clipped, Evernote-style, into a centralised Scrapbook for you to access later.

Scrapbook also pulls out the contents of said webpages, for example, and embeds the content in a new page so you can watch that YouTube video or listen to that SoundCloud track inside the app without having to bounce out to your browser.

Action Memo is the natural evolution of the S-Note app that Galaxy Note users know and have come to love, only this time Samsung has done a great deal to make your handwriting meaningful and useful this time around. You can now create "Actions" from your handwriting, which uses optical character recognition-style software to encircle your text and turn it into something that other apps can use.

Got an address written down? Open it up in Maps with an Action to see where you need to go rather than writing it out again. Need to call that girl who left her number in your phone because you're the smoothest dude around picking up chicks with your Note 3? Just Action her number into your phone and ask her out to dinner. Sadly, the Note 3 can't help you with that unironed shirt hanging in your wardrobe you need to wear.

That OCR-style software comes in handy with the new global device search feature known as S-Finer, too. Not only can you now search for stuff on your handset better than ever before, S-Finder also looks at handwriting as well so that note you scribbled in a meeting won't be lost forever. You can also add filters for time-specific searches and even location specific searches. If you were in London recently for a meeting and took a few photos, too, you can look for those specifically by your geotag.

All these features turn the Galaxy Note 3 into a really different handset than we've ever seen before. The previous generations of Notes were just big Galaxy S handsets with a pen attached. This one is the first productivity partner you could actually see yourself living with everyday.

Tap your home button from the main screen and you'll find a clever HTC Blinkfeed-style feed that displays all your news and social content. When we first saw it, we thought that Blinkfeed and Flipboard had a baby on a Galaxy Note 3, but it's actually a clever repackaging of the Flipboard app built specifically for the new Godzilla handset. It's nice, but there's no real way to curate the feeds you want, and it's missing Facebook integration which is a bit of a shame.

Meanwhile, on the hardware side, the Galaxy Note 3 is also packed to the gills.

The power is turns this handset into an ego-bruiser, and the new most-powerful handset we've had through the labs. That didn't last long for the poor iPhone 5s, did it? The Note 3 is packing ,ore RAM than in any other Android handset - 3GB worth to be precise - and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor so powerful you might just hear it growl under the soft leather backing of the handset itself.

In our Geekbench 3 tests, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 scored 2875. To put that into perspective, the Galaxy note II was impressive when it came out at 1403*, as was the Nexus 4 at 1537*. Earlier, we dubbed the iPhone 5s the most powerful device on the market with a score of 2530, but that crown was quickly usurped by the Note 3, with its impressive total. It's worth pointing out that benchmarks aren't always all they seem when it comes to Samsung's top-tier handsets, but hopefully it wouldn't make that error in judgment again.

It's worth noting that Samsung only scored a few hundred above the iPhone 5s, which is still packing a 1.7GHz dual-core A7 processor and only 1GB of RAM. All that power on the Galaxy Note 3 saw off the iOS competition on the test bench, but it's amazing to see what can be squeezed out of a comparatively-small processor and meagre amounts of RAM compared to just throwing more system resources at the platform.

Also on hardware, the 13-megapixel shooter on the back of the Note 3 is hella-impressive in daylight, but still leaves a bit to be desired in low-light areas compared to the Lumia range and even the new iPhone 5s.

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iPhone 5s

iPhone 5c

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Nokia Lumia 1020

Download the uncropped versions from Dropbox here.

Still, it's an impressive camera for most circumstances, and it's still packing a great deal of customisability on the software side thanks to the inclusion of the Galaxy Camera style Camera app. (It's worth noting these photos were all taken on their respective handset's "Auto" setting)

It's also worth mentioning that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is, for the foreseeable future, the only handset compatible with the Galaxy Gear smart watch. The Galaxy Gear is a clever little gadget that acts as a fancy remote to your Galaxy Note, all the while making you feel like Maxwell Smart.

It connects via Bluetooth and gives you access to some nifty remote features like the weather, a pedometer, Find My Phone proximity alarms, S-Voice compatibility and different clock faces.

The Gear runs an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, a 1.9-megapixel camera with autofocus, all concealed underneath a 1.63-inch SuperAMOLED (320×320 pixel) face.

It also packs a bunch of remote features for your smartphone, like pushing notifications to your wrist from various apps and allowing you to start, stop and skip music tracks from your watch.

The remote features also work in tandem with your phone, so for example, if you're looking at a notification on your wrist, you can tap it or even just pull your phone out of your pocket and it will take you straight to the information you were looking at on the big screen so you don't have to go digging for it again.

These are all clever features, but the real power comes from the calling, camera and app functionality.

The Gear also comes with a 1.9-megapixel camera mounted in the middle of the strap between the face and the buckle, designed for grabbing quick snaps when something happens that you don't have time to get your phone out for. It's a feature called Memographer, and feeds nicely into the Galaxy Note 3′s ideology of taking quick snaps and grabbing information fast for access later.

All of the faces, apps and other ahem...gear...is managed from an app on your Note 3.

We'll bring you our full review of the Galaxy Gear soon.

The beautiful screen on the Galaxy Note 3 trumps the massive panel on the old model, touting a 1080p panel (1080 x 1920, 386ppi). Just look at the difference between the two side-by-side.

Left: Galaxy Note II. Right: Galaxy Note 3

The phone also has a smaller bezel, less rounded edges and an all-round better design than its predecessor. It's a coming of age for the Note.

What's Bad?

The Note 3 is a fantastic handset, and probably the best thing to come out of Samsung Mobile in the history of ever, but no gadget is without fault.

We praised Sammy for ditching the scratchy, horrible plastic on the Note 3, but it's not all single-malt scotch and fine suits with the leather case: it still has that underlying feel of plastic, almost with a faux feeling to it.

The Note 3′s size bump from 5.5-inches to 5.7-inches is starting to push the planet-sized flagship into the "too big to hold" category. If the Note gets any larger we'll have to relegate it there, but it's worth noting that this phone isn't for the tiny-handed (read: your feeble yet fearless reviewer).

Samsung has actually changed the charging port on the Note 3 from USB 2.0 to the speedy USB 3.0 standard. That's actually a good thing, but what the hell am I meant to do with the 50 USB 2.0 cables I have on my desk now?!

The Worst Part

It was our least-favourite part of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and it seems to be one with no end. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is still running that goddamn Australia-specific version of Touchwiz where you can't change anything in the dock and you have to push a bunch of keys just to move stuff around on the homescreen. God. F**king. Dammit.

Exact your revenge by flashing it off as soon as possible if you're someone who likes Android because it's, ya know, customisable.

Should You Buy It?

Centre of your digital life straight out of the box and impressively powerful and impossibly pretty as far as Samsung is concerned.

This is the phone for devout Samsung users and productivity junkies alike.

*Scores adjusted for Geekbench 3 tests according to Primate Labs' multi-core test scores.

Source: Gizmodo