Siva Om is an award-winning graphic artist, website designer, journalist, nature enthusiast and tech-geek. He has been actively blogging, writing articles, and designing websites since 2002. A featured writer for several tech-related sites, many of Siva's articles and blogs delve into the technological and sociological changes Apple's innovations are bringing to the world. Siva can be reached at sivaiphonelife [dot] com.
Welcome back to my weekly recap, here at iPhone Life. Some of the top stories in the world of iOS that I’ll be reviewing this week include:
•Apple and their withdrawal from EPEAT.
•More iPad Mini Rumors.
•Google sued for Mobile Safari spying.
Apple says: We are better than EPEAT.
One of the week’s big stories that has been generating a buzz in the blogosphere has to do with Apple removing themselves from EPEAT's registry and certification. EPEAT stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, and according to their website, serves as a “resource for purchasers, manufactures, resellers and others wanting to find and promote environmentally preferable products.”
Of course, Apple defended it’s decision to do so, as evidenced by the following statement to The Loop, from Apple rep, Kristin Huget: “Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2. We also lead the industry by reporting each product’s greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials…”
I'd like to introduce you to a great Kickstarter project that could use your support. The Tablift is a great idea that (as of this publishing) is just over 24 hours away from being fully funded, and it's almost there! With a pledged $77,000 towards their required $78,000 goal the Tablift is only hours away from becomming a reality!
DEAD TRIGGER, the newest game release from MADFINGER games (makers of the other App Store smash hit, SHADOWGUN) is one of the best First Person Shooters available right now. This game is freakishly scary, and has been a very hard game for me to put down, partly due to its killer graphics, and partly due to its excellent gameplay. The post-apocalyptic environment you find yourself in is desolate with lethal danger around every corner. Abandoned buildings and deserted alleyways will become your tomb, if you are lucky. If not so lucky, well then I reckon you end up like them.
I've been consistently saying for years now, that it was without a doubt, only a relatively short matter of time until Apple released a smaller version of the iPad tablet. Well, it seems as if that day may finally be right around the corner. Multiple reliable sources, including the Washington Post and Bloomberg, (among others) are reporting this week, that the rumors of the iPad mini are not just rumors. The new iPad mini will likely be released by the end of this year, possibly as early as September. In fact, it sounds like Apple has its product manufactures busy, in full swing producing parts for this new iPad mini, preparing for a massive product launch very soon. Not only will the iPad mini be a direct competitor to the Amazon Kindle and Google Nexus, but it will fill a niche that needs to be addressed, since many of us, as much as we do love our iPads, would love a smaller, lighter, more compact, more portable version of the same thing as much, or more!
Charging on the go... One of the questions I get most often from folks embarking on summertime adventues with tech toys is: "How do I keep my devices charged while on my travels?"
That's a great and crucial question! To address that concern, I'd like to introduce to you two handy, affordable and very useful products: the goBAT II portable USB battery charger by Scosche, and the Mojo Armor external battery case by ibattz.
If you have been following my articles in iPhone Life Magazine and my blogs here at iPhoneLife.com, you know I am somewhat of a rugged case afficianado, and that I am known for testing heavy-duty cases thoroughly and aggressively in the field so that I can report back to you in detail on my findings. So it's with great enthusiasm that I share with you this incredible new case: the TAKTIK by LUNATIK.
Greetings fellow iTravelers and iAdveturers! Welcome back to my special Summer Travel series, in which I take a look at great apps and awesome accessories that can make our summertime adventures more convenient and more enjoyable.