It used to take forever for new iPad cases to arrive. Now it takes days, at most weeks. Many of the new iPad Air cases got the size and shape right, but a few missed the magnets on folios that enable sleep/wake. This first batch of iPad Air cases doesn’t offer any new twists or innovations, instead continuing mostly with cases that are one-offs of earlier iPad cases. The variety does, however, suggest that iPad Air owners will have plenty of options to choose from.
Look for CES announcements to greatly expand the number of options available.
Depending on where you live, you may think winter has already blown in, but astronomical Winter doesn’t arrive until December 21, so you still technically have time to prepare for Winter.
We’ve written many times on the pages of iPhone Life magazine, and in this blog, about external batteries that extend the life of iOS devices, but you also need to consider the power needs of desktop and laptop systems. I was in the middle of copying some movies over to my iPad last time the power went out (hoping to get them on so I could watch them should the power go out). The movies were on a powered external hard drive. Needless to say, the iTunes copy didn’t finish. Although the Macintosh and the iPad were still powered, the hard drive stopped working and anything not copied was immediately aborted.
2nd Vote (free)
2nd Vote is a clever application. Written by conservatives, the application is designed to inform its users so they can cast a second vote, an economic vote, to reinforce their personal political and social views. The app details the political leanings of major corporations: where they invest and what stands they take, for instance, on same sex partner benefits.
You must sign-up for a free account for the app to work. You may want to read this before you sign-up.
It is hard to write about evolution. Evolution is subtle. Sometimes changes occur internally, sometimes they are only cosmetic. Evolution, when it works well, makes for a better fit within a niche. Sometimes it helps the dominant species remain dominant. Such is the case with the iPad Air.
An interesting collection of stands that are not exactly stands has come my way. They range from wall-mounted pockets to adjustable car mounts to a robot-like dolly. Each offers a unique take on how to make an iPhone stand on its own.
I often conduct interviews. I usually capture those interviews with my LiveScribe Echo SmartPen, that records both my notes, and if I choose, the sounds around me, but the fidelity of the sound is often lacking. So I need something with a little more pick-up to complement the Echo. Enter the iRig Mics from ikmultimedia.
The iPad is notoriously insensitive to pressure. To an iPad, a finger is a monochromatic experience. But with new stylus products like the Pogo Touch, things changed. Through the magic of Bluetooth 4.0, the iPad can receive information from an external sensor. For the most part this has come in the form of stylus products that provide pressure-sensitive input to the iPad.
As the number of pressure-sensitive stylus options increases, style, design, and usability become an important element. It is no longer unique enough to deliver a stylus that can apply a pressure-sensitive input to the iOS environment, now you have to do it well.
Bags designed for the iPad take on a variety of shapes and sizes and present styling that runs from Old World to contemporary. I’m highlighting three new bags that I use on a regular basis, but all for different situations.
Bluetooth speakers continue to arrive fast and furiously. And they come in all shapes and sizes, designed for use on the desk, in the shower, or tucked up under an old stereo system breathing new life into old components.
This round-up features four different solutions, ranging from the diminutive Cobra AirWave to the SoundFreaq Spot, along with the Bravern 710 and the Boom Swimmer.
You open the box and remove the object, which is still and inert, but filled with potential. It will need power, a shock to start its heart, to ignite the apple at its core. But first it must be unwrapped. The powerless slab lies completely encased in a clear, thin, suffocating film. Quietly it waits. Magic contained in a box.
Peel its clear skin back and reveal the underlying structure. Plug it in. Let the lightning flow. The clear skin lies in piles on the side, used and discarded…
Is that how you experienced opening your iPad?