New iOS keyboards continue to venture forth. Here are my thoughts on the latest arrivals:
The Belkin FastFit Keyboard cover is designed to compete with the Zagg PROplus iPad Keyboard ($129.99) and the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($99.99). Unlike those two cases, the Belkin FastFit offers two viewing angles, which means you'll have a lot of open space on the far end of the keyboard, in fact, too much when you see it next to these other keyboards. As with most portable keyboards, Belkin misses a key touch typing element: the full-sized shift key on the right-hand side of the keyboard. Push everything back a half-inch or so and the same arrangement of keys can be easily accommodated. I'm not sure why keyboard manufacturers continue to make this fundamental mistake when Zagg, Logitech, and Clamcase clearly demonstrate keyboards that easily make room for a full-sized right shift key.
Moxtra (free) brings together real-time collaboration and personal knowledge management in an app designed to help people collect their artifacts of work or play. Moxtra lets you not only share your projects with others, but work on them together across a variety of mobile modalities. Many people compare Moxtra to Evernote or to Microsoft’s OneNote, and to be honest, there are overlaps.
There is nothing new about collaboration. Lotus Development, now part of IBM Corporation, created the first large-scale enterprise solution with Lotus Notes. Developers designed and built Lotus Notes and all other current collaboration solutions during the era of client-server computing, where internal servers hosted databases accessed by desktop computers. We now live in a post-PC world where devices need different tools and workers have widely different expectations.
Increasingly, businesses rely on audio and video technology for enterprise training, conference calls, not to mention spring and summer office parties! Therefore, I'm reviewing two new speakers, not through the lens of the audiophile, but of the business user for a change.
Collaboration is important to businesses large and small. It helps bring distributed teams together, facilitates better decisions, and keeps everyone in the loop. Collaboration also is a great reason to deploy iPads. When you need something, you need it now, not when you get back to your desktop. When you learn something, you want to capture it immediately. When someone needs you, you want to be able to respond quickly. Collaboration is very personal.
How many backpacks do you own? Some people only see the need for one bag or backpack, which becomes a familiar companion on any trip. Others are bag junkies, and I’m one of those people.
I have a plethora of bags for trips long and short, meetings formal and casual. I recently received two very different backpacks for review. While they're roughly the same size, only the shoulder straps make these bags anything alike. You can’t go wrong with either bag, but each is designed for very different environments and for travelers with different expectations.
The current issue of iPhone Life (May-June 2013) includes an @Work article I wrote called “The Right Touch,” in which I cover the best stylus products on the market. While researching, I reviewed many innovative styluses, which I rated based upon usability, design, unique features, durability, and price. See the table at the end of this post for details.
Here is a list of the winners from the print edition, and a compresensive guide to the run-over stylus products I enjoyed but couldn't find room for in the magazine.
Most iPad cases are expensive and are often made of imported plastic or pleather. Packaging, transportation, and processing all add to the price of the product. If you're interested in keeping costs down, supporting an American company, and buying an environmentally friendly product, you may want to consider the new Apple Pie's iPad Case Kraft 3 Pack ($16.99, On sale from $19.99).
If you're anything like me, your desk is covered in stuff: pens, paperclips, business cards, CDs, receipts, a stylus or two, a mini flashlight, rubber bands, and memory cards. You get the point. And, if you're like me, your desk drawers are filled with too much stuff for you to find anything you need at the moment.
As a Newton user, I was very excited this morning to learn about this great case from Hex. Check out the accessory company's press release below for details on today's special promotion. I thought it was worth including in its entirety. Enjoy the case as it brings a little color into your Newton's life, and enjoy the promotion. Happy April 1!
If you can’t wait until May to get your Star Trek geek on, then consider downloading the Official Paramount Star Trek App (Free). Unlike most movie apps that combine a game with access to trailers, this app creates a virtual — and constantly changing — scavenger hunt.
As you locate items, from magazine pages to movie clips of the much-anticipated film, Star Trek Into Darkness, you point your phone’s camera or microphone at the digital and physical artifacts. They register in the app. The more items you find, the higher your rank. As you find items, not only do you rise in rank, but you also unlock images and clips that only exist within the app for now.