Drivers, ohms, impedance. Audiophiles may want to delve into all of the specifications for headphones, but for the rest of us, it comes down to two things: do the headphones sound good and do they do whatever special thing we bought a particular pair of headphones for?
Over the last couple of months I've tested dozens of headsets; some Bluetooth, some not. This review will look at two pairs of headphones, one designed for electronic music, and another designed to allow you to listen to music while in the rain—or even the pool.
Incipio is a difficult company to categorize. And that is a good thing. They make some of the most recognizable cases for iPhone, iPads, and Android phones; and their sister company, Tavik, makes swimwear and apparel. After Apple revealed the iPhone 5C and 5S, Incipio immediately followed with a same day announcement of a wide range of cases for both products. They understand the anticipatory nature of the Apple market. Regardless of the yawns or cheers from analysts, the fervent Apple customers start looking immediately beyond the announcement horizon for industry support. Incipio vows always to be first to market.
What does a computer-aided design leader do after 30 years in the market when confronted with mobility and tablets? If it’s Autodesk, it reinvents itself. Well, not completely. Autodesk, maker of the well-known AutoCad suite of design products, continues to support its core customers. But here’s the thing: It took 30 years to build that very loyal base of 17 million customers; it took just three years to build its mobile apps base of 140 million users.
Sometimes a parent just has too many pictures of his children. And although the dominant photo-print services deliver beautiful hardcopy books, they don’t really help people organize their images. At the end of a long day of work, diaper changing, back-and-forth on swings, and handing out snacks, sitting down at a computer to organize pictures isn’t high on most people's priority list.
So here are two companies with very different approaches to help busy parents organize and share images.
Before writing this iPad stand comparison, I never considered all of the potential ways an accessory can help you hold an iPad in your lap, on a desk, on a coffee table, etc. The iPad accessory, iProp brings up some good points. Can you use your stand on your lap, in bed, and while in a recliner? Can you wash it? Is it kid-friendly?
Why would an iOS business user care about Microsoft SharePoint? Because Microsoft SharePoint is the focal point of many enterprise collaboration and content management strategies. Being an iOS user in a Microsoft-oriented business sometimes makes one feel a bit like a lowly stepchild, getting by rather than really fitting in.
Luckily for iOS users, Microsoft’s partners recognize the strength of the iOS market as well as the unique capabilities offered by tablets in the mobile space. A great example is Nintex, a workflow company that has made it easy for developers to visually develop processes and to deliver those to any device.
I’ve always loved microscopes, but I’ve also hated them in a way. As a kid, my microscope used a mirror or a really tiny light to illuminate the tiny worlds of fly hair and dried and stained amoebas. When I put my eye up against the lens, I often saw more eyelash than fly leg hair. And as I zoomed in, my light source made for ever darker images that turned the intricacies of nature into abstract art.
As an adult, I stopped looking at really tiny things unless I could find a picture of them in book or on a website. At least until now. Now I have a Bodelin ProScope Micro Mobile ($149). This handy device transforms an iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini or iPod Touch into a microscope. Unlike earlier Bodelin microscopes that looked like science fiction guns and required their own WiFi network to stream images to an iOS device and receiving app, the new ProScope Micro Mobile stands alone (well, alone if you count being mounted to an iPhone as alone).
Dictionaries define serendipity as “The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way." So it has been for Seattle design firm, Design Commission. What started out as a holiday gift has evolved into three new business lines focused on helping them design and build digital products, like websites, e-commerce applications, and mobile apps.
The WorldCard Link ($39.95, Pro $69.95) is an iPhone tripod for business cards. Mount the iPhone on the front of the device and business cards on the back, and once configured, the app takes a photograph of a business card, performs OCR, and places the data into the app. From there, it's easy to put the contact into your local contact databases on the iPhone, which then makes it available to iCloud, Google, or a file storage system like Dropbox. Use all of these with PenPower's own proprietary contact management system. The WorldCard Link comes in different versions for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 cases continue to arrive on the market in all shapes and sizes. Here is a roundup of a few of the more unusual ones I’ve received over the last few weeks.