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Last week's popular and featured articles on TUAW you don't want to miss

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: Tips to help you optimize your Wi-Fi network Samsung's smartphone woes mean...

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Limefuel Rugged L150XR battery pack: Designed for adventure

Of the many external battery packs that we see here at the TUAW Labs, just about all of them are designed not for use out in the real world, but in offices and homes. Take any one of the packs that we've reviewed over the years and expose it to the conditions you'd find in the field -- rain, dust,...

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Video: Philips hue and two fun apps stir up FIFA World Cup finals fever

Do you have any of the Philips hue smart lightbulbs installed in your home? If you do, grab your iPhone, pull up the App Store, and grab two apps that promise to get you in the mood for the remaining FIFA World Cup games. Those games are scheduled for Saturday at 4 PM ET to determine the...

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Kanex intros Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter

After a slow start, things are really heating up in the Thunderbolt accessory market. We've reviewed Thunderbolt hard disk drives and SSDs ,Thunderbolt RAID arrays, and even Thunderbolt docks. Now Kanex has introduced a new Thunderbolt to eSATA + USB 3.0 Adapter (US$79.95) that makes it easy to...

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Crowdfunding Roundup: MiKey, SandPiper, Vaavud, and more

Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is designed to give readers a heads-up on projects...

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IDAPT accessories: Style and substance from Barcelona

IDAPT is a design company in Barcelona, Spain that reflects a lot of the character of the city that's seen in the image above. While some products such as the US$9.99 Sutra channel the quirky and playful side of the architecture of Barcelona, others like the $49.99 Universal Charger i4 are as...

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Drobo's venerable 4-bay array gains USB 3.0 speed boost

Drobo's products have come a long way over the years. The company started with a 4-bay BeyondRAID array with a FireWire connection that was sold in one form or another for quite a few years, and has expanded the product line with everything from the mini (with 2.5" drives, Thunderbolt and USB) to...

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Apogee Duet and Quartet audio interfaces for Mac and iOS

Apogee's Duet (US$495) and Quartet ($1395) are the respective steps up from Apogee's ONE, a single input interface with a built-in condenser mic. You can check out the review of the ONE here, but suffice to say it's a high-quality interface for those looking for a compact and portable recording...

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Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker: iPhone control of a kitchen classic

"Hold on, I'm updating the firmware on my Crock-Pot®" Those were words I never expected to pass my lips, but they did during the setup of the new Belkin WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker (US$129.99). This kitchen appliance is one of a duo from Crock-Pot and Mr. Coffee that are hitting...

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Last week's popular and featured articles on TUAW you don't want to miss

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: Mac 101: Use built-in OS X tools to spell and grammar check your...

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Benchmarking LaCie's speedy Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt SSD drive

LaCie's been supplying Mac users with drives since 1987, but the company's still able to surprise and delight the Mac community with new and innovative products. One that I had been looking forward to testing just showed up at the office -- the new LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt SSD (starting at...

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Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard: TUAW Video Review

It's great to see some multitasking accessories starting to come out for iPad Air. Today's TUAW Video Review takes a look at Kensington's new KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard folio for the iPad Air, which not only acts as a protective folio case and stand with a keyboard, but can also provide a charge to...

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LilGadgets Untangled Pro Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are a great option for careful kids

Headphones are a challenging purchase for parents. Most are sized for adults and don't fit children properly. Those that are styled for kids are sometimes pricey and often poorly made. This is a niche that LilGadgets hopes to address with their Untangled Pro Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (US$49)....

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Belkin's MIXIT Lightning to USB cables: A better Lightning cable?

You might think that there's not much you can do to improve on the standard old Lightning to USB cables that you get with new iPhones and iPads, but you're wrong. For one thing, the plastic-coated standard Apple cables have a tendency to fray and crack, the plastic shells can crack if the cables...

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TUAW Giveaway: Win one of three sets of RHA MA750i in-ear headphones

We've teamed up with Glasgow-based in-ear manufacturer, RHA, to giveaway three sets of its premium MA750i, iOS compatible in-ear headphones, each worth US$129.95. I reviewed the MA750i headphones last year and was really impressed with their overall quality and performance. In fact, they've...

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