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?
Inspector Gadget was a 1980s cartoon hero (seen here in app version—not available in the US). His gadget-laden personality was enveloped with a very high tech trench coat. If you ever imagined yourself as Inspector Gadget, then you will appreciate the SCOTTEVEST (SEV) trench coat ($200).
Sure, I’m a gadget guy, but the first thing a trench coat should do is keep you dry, and this one does a fine job of covering suits, Seattle Seahawks sweatshirts, or whatever you may be wearing. It isn’t a very heavy coat, which means that it will easily fit in overhead bins, but it also means it probably won’t be your go-to coat when the snow starts falling. But in a Northwest fall, it is the perfect coat for a walk with the dog and an iPhone.
Some controversy erupted last week after Apple implied that giving away its iWork Suite to new buyers of iOS and Macs would provide them with the productivity tools they need. Microsoft’s VP of Communications, Frank Shaw, in a blog response wrote the following: “And so it’s not surprising that we see other folks now talking about how much “work” you can get done on their devices. Adding watered down productivity apps. Bolting on aftermarket input devices. All in an effort to convince people that their entertainment devices are really work machines.” That was followed by a swipe at the press for positive coverage of Apple giving away iWork, a product Shaw said “was already priced like an afterthought.”
I love my iGrill from iDevices ($79.95). I have owned many a meat thermometer over the years, only to be disappointed by undercooked steaks, melted plastic bezels, and holding devices a little to close to the heat. iGrill appears to be accurate. Even better, it talks to my iPad so I don’t have to sit and watch the steak cook. To quote a tutorial on steak cooking, “the only reason to flip a steak is to cook the other side.” Many BBQ aficionados spend too much time with their meat. They poke and prod, flip and rearrange because watching a steak cook is like watching the proverbial grass grow. Since you want the perfect steak, you pay a little too much attention to it. While people are putting out paper plates, popping the tab on another beer, or cheering a great block shot in croquet, you are left watching your meat cook.
I want to be totally transparent. Most other manufacturers loan hardware for evaluation. Right now I have devices from Samsung, Amazon, Dell, Google, and Fujitsu. Apple doesn’t loan hardware to anyone but the most “elite” press. Despite access to a wealth of technology, I use Apple technology daily—and I have to make a budget decision when approaching the acquisition of new Apple hardware—not just a public relations ask.
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.