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The HTC One M7 was one of the most popular and well received smartphones of 2013. As a result, the M8 has a lot to live up to considering that many reviews had named its predecessor the best phone of the year. HTC doesn’t have the same sort of market share as a company like Samsung, but its high-end flagships have been doing quite well against other Android devices. HTC’s One M8 is different in…

With a mix of futuristic style and acceptable sound quality, the Edifier e25 Luna Eclipse desktop speakers are quite interesting. For $199.00, they do sound pretty good and they also have great style (in our opinion) but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any downsides to the speakers, especially when they are put up against the dozens of other $200 desktop speakers that are on the market. These speakers are available in three different colors, red,…

Wireless charging is undoubtedly one of the most useful features to be added to smartphones in the past few years, though the chargers themselves aren’t always great. The Tylt Vu offers one of the simplest Qi wireless charging methods possible and will even charge a smartphone or tablet no matter how it is placed on the charger. Design If you want a simplistic wireless charger for Qi-enabled devices, you cannot get much simpler than the…

G-Technology’s G-Drive Mobile is both stylish and fast, though its $200 price tag places it above many other 1TB portable hard drives. However, the inclusion of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connection options does make it very useful for people that are looking for a speedy drive. Design It may work with both Mac and PC but the G-Drive’s aluminum finish makes it perfect as an accessory for Apple computers. Since the drive is bus-powered and…

When put up against other Bluetooth-enabled speakers in its price range, the Jabra Solemate Max is easily one of the most powerful. Not only does the wireless speaker boast its ability to break glass (figuratively speaking) but it also lasts for at least 10 hours on a charge, which is more than enough to use the speaker during a long get-together. Design There are some design flaws that I noticed relatively fast when using the…

Laser mice may be easier to find, but in many ways, optical is still the way to go if you are a gamer. When SteelSeries announced that it would be coming out with a new optical mouse, the Rival, we were obviously excited. Everyone likes something a little bit different when it comes to peripherals and that is particularly true with gaming mice. However, there are some general designs that seem just about perfect for…

The 6-inch Kobo Aura is an easy to navigate, lightweight and sleek e-reader. At 174 grams, the Aura weighs less than its competitor, the Kindle Paperwhite, and is thin enough to be comfortably held in one hand. The Wi-fi enabled Aura boasts a collection of over 4 million books, comics and childrens titles in it’s Bookstore. Key Information & Features: PRICE: US $149 RETAILERS: Kobo, Independent Booksellers LANGUAGES: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese,…

The TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch is the company’s first solo venture into the market of wearable sports devices. This new device allows runners, walkers, cyclists and even swimmers to track their workouts, plot training routes, and view progress. TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch: Design and Functionality The TomTom Multi-Sport GPS watch, available in both grey and hot pink, has an exceedingly large high resolution LCD screen, that overcomes the difficulties of viewing in sunlight, lowlight,…

Tucked up in bed but unable to sleep, I turned on my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, dimmed its LED screen to a comfortable brightness and enjoyed a very pleasant hour of reading. Indeed in the company of the Paperwhite most evenings will be pleasant: it’s fast, it’s responsive, it agrees with the eyes and, of all the ereaders now avaliable, it is very likely the best. What is the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite? Released last year, the…

The Nokia Lumia 1320 is best described as a lower-end counterpart to the Nokia 1520. They’re both 6-inch Windows smartphones, but the 1320 is a lower-spec, cheaper phone which puts a big phone with reasonable functionality in your hand for about $340. Nokia Lumia 1320 Features The Lumia 1320 packs a 720p (1280 x 720 pixel) 6-inch display with 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD) and a 5MP rear-facing camera with 1080p…

Activity trackers are becoming increasingly common and even the most unlikely brands have decided to enter the market as more and more consumers find that tracking everything they do can be useful or at least somewhat interesting. Misfit Wearables has come out with the Shine which may very well be one of the best looking trackers currently on the market. Every aspect of the Misfit Shine screams minimalist and while this is beneficial in many…

Who knows about the most reliable hard drive brands? A cloud storage vendor, that’s who. And, by “knowing” online backup firm Backblaze means they have usage data from 27,134 storage pods and that’s just for 2013. Step inside for insider info which vendor has the most reliable hard drives. “Running a truly unlimited online backup service for only $5 per month means our cloud storage needs to be very efficient and we need to quickly…

When Samsung released the Galaxy Gear, they beat Apple to market with a smartwatch and that puts the Korean electronics giant in the driver’s seat, right? Well, if that’s a victory — 800,000 shipped vs 50,000 sold — then you are going to love the rest of the items on Tapscape’s Top 10 Tech Fails of 2013. Google Glass — Pay $1,500 for the unique privilege of being called a “glasshole”? Gosh, how do I get…